Tibetan Mastiff Puppy Becomes World’s Most Expensive Dog Care2 and Pass notes No 2,943: Tibetan mastiff Guardian (hat tip reader furzy mouse)
Don’t Call Me, I Won’t Call You New York Times. Another indicator of growing social anomie. E-mails and text contain far less information than can be conveyed in a call. You lose tone of voice. And a lot of information exchanges are also less efficient by e-mail.
Republican-Controlled Committee Legislates That Climate Change Does Not Exist Care2 (hat tip reader furzy mouse)
Yakuza to the Rescue The Daily Beast (hat tip Marshall Auerback). Misses a crucial detail about the yakuza. They are officially sanctioned for a reason. The deal was that the yakuza got to run all sorts of criminal franchises (prostitution, numbers rackets, etc) provided they did not get in the hard drugs business and kept hard drugs out of Japan.
The Libyan War of 2011 Stratfor
Who Is Bankrolling A Lawsuit To End The Ban On Foreign Money In U.S. Elections? ThinkProgress (hat tip reader furzy mouse)
64 senators sign letter to Obama seeking broad budget talks McClatchy. Per Buzz Potamkin: “Pathetic”.
Republicans Are Losing Ground on the Deficit, But Obama’s Not Gaining Pew Research (hat tip Pat Caddell)
Minnesota GOPers Want to Criminalize Poor People Carrying Money Alternet (hat tip reader furzy mouse)
Antidote du jour (hat tip reader furzy mouse)