I managed to spill water all over my external keyboard. Since Apples have the suckiest laptop/netbook keyboards known to man, and I refuse to use sucky technology, you have to wait for the post I had somewhat completed for my keyboard to (hopefully) dry out. The good news is that use of an external keyboard means any damage was limited to it (my Macbook Air sits on an old NeXT slab safely off the surface of my desk).
Andrew Martin: They are clean, intelligent and cuddly. Let’s hear it for the rat Independent (hat tip Buzz Potamkin). The apparently do make good pets, but life expectancy is only about two years. I wouldn’t enjoy getting attached to one and having it die on me so soon.
Beavers get tough defending their turf Anchorage Daily News (hat tip Buzz Potamkin)
Roundup Birth Defects: Regulators Knew World’s Best-Selling Herbicide Causes Problems, New Report Finds Huffington Post (hat tip reader furzy mouse)
Scientists Trap Antimatter For More Than 16 Minutes (video) Singularity Hub (hat tip reader furzy mouse)
Japan’s Decline as a Robotics Superpower: Lessons From Fukushima Sakai Yasuyuki, Asia Pacific Journal (hat tip reader Martin L)
‘Controlled’ power cuts likely as Sun storm threatens national grid Independent (hat tip Buzz Potamkin)
In a pure coincidence, Gaddafi impeded U.S. oil interests before the war Glenn Greenwald (hat tip readers May S and Crocodile Chuck)
Gaddafi is another name for oil Tehelka (hat tip reader May S)
More than 600, including 103 children, sickened by lead poisoning in China Associated Press (hat tip reader furzy mouse)
Control Fraud and the Irish Banking Crisis Bill Black, New Economic Perspectives (hat tip Philip Pilkington)
In Greece, Some See a New Lehman New York Times
Banks battle over US tax law Financial Times
WWFDRD (What would Franklin Delano Roosevelt do)? Elizabitchez (hat tip Lambert Strether). The post is much better than the title, and has a useful discussion of how to strip the system of its legitimacy.
Medicare Saves Money Paul Krugman, New York Times
Las Vegas Mayoral Candidate Sees Own Vote Flipped to Opponent on Touch-screen Voting Machine TruthOut (hat tip reader furzy mouse). Speaking of legitimacy…
Obama Seeks to Win Back Wall St. Cash New York Times
National mortgage fraud scandal spreads to the judiciary Atlanta Examiner (hat tip Lisa Epstein)
Dangerous faux research The Incidental Economist (hat tip reader Amit). Looks like a study based on what we used to call “McKinsey intuition” aka complete BS.
Roubini Says ‘Perfect Storm’ May Threaten Global Economy Bloomberg. He was early last time. I’m betting he’s late this time. Markets try to be in front of real world events, even if it winds up being only a smidge in advance. An\1
d remember how in 2008 the Bush Administration was in kick the can down the road mode, doing everything it could to push the reckoning till after the election and failing?
Debt Collectors Ask to Be Paid a Little Respect New York Times. The Times should be ashamed of itself to be running an industry press release as a new story (of course, the device is to make the story about the PR effort, which still allows them to talk about how nice debt collectors really are).
How to avoid our own lost decade Lawrence Summers, Financial Times. The FT has also created a shrine to Larry:
The comments on his piece are on the whole pretty hostile to the FT giving Summers the microphone. I hope like-minded FT subscribers will join the fray (or if you have energy, a nastygram to the editor would be good too).
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