Pesticide exposure in the womb linked to lower IQ in children Daily Mail (hat tip reader May S)
CIA Declassifies Documents from World War I Secrecy News (hat tip reader Buzz Potamkin)
Apple, Google Collect User Data Wall Street Journal. This is more serious Big Brother action than initially reported.
Bahrain’s secret terror Independent (hat tip reader May S)
Nation’s Mood at Lowest Level in Two Years, Poll Shows New York Times. Some false causality here. Most of the commentary on national crankiness mentions the budget debate, which other polls show does not register as significant for the vast majority of citizens, despite the media focus on the issue. Rising gas prices are always lead to plunging Presidential popularity. That along with the continued crappy job market and lack of action on that front are the dominant culprits.
Wall Street, Banks Press to Shape Dodd-Frank Rules Wall Street Journal. The scale of spending is noteworthy.
As Consumers Cut Spending, ‘Green’ Products Lose Allure New York Times
States to Business: Give Our Cash Back Wall Street Journal. Notice the opening section:
To the list of those dinged by states’ budgetary woes—from Illinois vendors to Wisconsin public employees—add YUSA Corp., an auto-parts supplier in the city of Washington Court House, Ohio.
YUSA received a $35,000 development grant from the state of Ohio five years ago, pledging to expand a plant and employ 816 people. It’s only at 445. Recently, Ohio sent the firm a bill, demanding $15,915 back.
So borrowers are supposed to live up to their contracts, but we are supposed to be sorry for businesses when they are held accountable?
How You Can Have a Billion-Dollar Income in America and Pay No Taxes Alternet (hat tip reader May S)
JPMorgan to return $800m to Lehman trustee Financial Times (hat tip reader Hubert)
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the AZ House of Representatives… After passing the Senate 28-2… S.B. 1259 Completely Disappeared Martin Andelman (hat tip April Charney)
Patients Are Not Consumers Paul Krugman, New York Times
Antidote du jour (hat tip Buzz Potamkin):