Talk of the town: The etymology of UK places Independent (hat tip Buzz Potamkin)
Obesity Epidemic in Dogs Captain Capitalism. One of my Abyssinians bore a striking resemblance to an Abyssinian-colored football when I returned from overseas. Over his protests, I got him thin and handsome again. It can be done but most pets have their owners firmly under control.
Shortages of key drugs endanger patients Washington Post (hat tip reader Francois T)
Bin Laden galvanises US even in death Financial Times
The Kings We Crown Mark Moyar, New York Times
Royals Chris Whitaker. I now feel much better about ignoring the wedding, save perhaps the bun throwing at Abingdon.
Barack Obama takes revenge on Donald Trump in White House speech Telegraph. I find this sort of thing tacky…but then again, I’m an old WASP wet blanket.
Donald Trump Shows Up at White House Correspondents Dinner, Is Booed on Arrival The Wrap (hat tip reader furzy mouse). Oh, the fickle media!
China Controls Our Food Supply Dylan Ratigan (hat tip reader Francois T). First rare earths, now this.
Wal-Mart — It’s Alive! How the Company Is Terrorizing the Country With its Corporate ‘Personhood‘ Alternet (hat tip reader May S)
Who Benefits From Bubbles? Paul Krugman
Banks Should Pay for Foreclosures Common Dreams (hat tip reader furzy mouse)
US housing: what happened to the underlying demand? MacroBusiness
The scuttlebutt method of stock research John Hempton
The F.D.I.C.’s Lehman Fantasy Steve Lubben, New York Times.
Springtime for Bankers Paul Krugman, New York Times
Royal Bank of Scotland Report Held Up by Legal Wrangle, FT Says Bloomberg. We defied a superinjunction by RBS’s former CEO Fred Goodwin, so we hope someone with access to the report who wants to see it aired will send it to us. Please ping me at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Global Economy’s Corporate Crime Wave Project Syndicate (hat tip Mark Thoma). Is Jeff Sachs out to undo some of his bad karma? He’s been saying astonishingly candid and sensible stuff of late.
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