Fracking emergency. Governor Cuomo plans to lift the statewide moratorium on hydrofracking. If you are a New York resident, please click on the link and sign the petition voicing opposition. For more details, see Economic benefits of shale-gas extraction unclear New Scientist (hat tip reader Robert M) and Cuomo Will Seek to Lift Ban on Hydraulic Fracturing New York Times
Drowning Fish? Greg Palast
Spiders Fleeing Pakistan’s Floodwater Take to the Trees Popular Science (hat tip reader Robert M). Click through to see the photo.
Local Laws Fighting Fat Under Siege New York Times. Yes, it’s really important to preserve restaurant profits rather than have them present information that might help patrons fend off heart disease and diabetes.
Massive botnet ‘indestructible,’ say researchers ComputerWorld (hat tip reader bob)
Corn price plunges as US acreage rises Financial Times
Revealed: British government’s plan to play down Fukushima Guardian (hat tip Buzz Potamkin)
OH I’M SORRY – YOU HAD A THEORY ABOUT GREEK DEBT TOO? LOL Greece (hat tip Richard Smith). A couple of days old but still germane.
Meet The Millionaires And Billionaires Suddenly Buying Tons Of Land In Africa Clusterstock (hat tip Andrew). Clusterstock has become critical of the worst neoliberal abuses (admittedly overseas). An encouraging development.
The Militarized Surrealism of Barack Obama Tom Engelhardt
Two Rulings Find Cuts in Public Pensions Permissible New York Times
The real causes of the economic crisis? They’re history. Philip Angelides, Washington Post. Richard Smith notes: “Angelides busts a bloodvessel. Only a small one. That’ll teach him not to pull punches the next time he writes up a financial crisis.”
Mark Halperin Was Right Marshall Auerback, New Economic Perspectives
Geithner Staying (for Now) New York Times :-(
NY Fed halts mortgage bond auction Financial Times. This is a BIG deal.
JPMorgan Scores Victory for Repeat Offenders Jonathan Weil, Bloomberg (hat tip reader Robert M). Today’s must read. If you suspected all that language in settlement agreements where the probable perp swears he will clean up his act was meaningless, you can refer to this article for the sordid details.
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