Wild Parrots Give Their Chicks Names Wired Science; h/t John M. The video is just some cute parrots; no visible naming process going on there, in case you were hoping…
Atlanta Schools Created Culture Of Cheating, Fear, Intimidation Huffington Post. Parrots do better than this by their kids; h/t Carol B.
Rail transport should be treated as “The Commons” One Salient Oversight; H/t Neil and Anna C.
They’re Going to Cut Back The Bone and They’re Going to Keep The Fat George Washington’s Blog.
More American Exceptionalism Asymptosis on why cutting back to the bone may not be such a great idea for the US economy.
We’re Spent New York Times. Have they given up on their pay wall? They let me look at this one.
Looking at Greece in the Argentinean mirror VoxEU; an, ahem, unorthodox take on Greece, by one of the leading players in the Argentinian crisis.
Once Greece Goes London Review of Books. Upmarket Anglo-Saxon orthodoxy on Greece. H/t David Murphy.
The Democratic Deficit in Europe and the Crisis in the Periphery Macroresilience. A couple of weeks old, but since we’re on the subject of democratic deficits…
Italy MPs struggle to hold back eurozone debt crisis BBC: various Italians freaking out as contagion strikes Italy.
Behind the downgrades and the doubt: A crisis of growth Paul Mason has a go at folding the US and Euro dramas into one big story.
Al Jazeera interview on Rating Agencies Steve Keen talking straight, via a media outlet that likes that kind of thing.
Tissue paper over a mountain range London Banker. A succinct summary of Basel’s mythmaking about default risk and ratings and how it locks banks, regulators and politicians on a dangerous path. Complements Yves on Felix on Triple “A” issuance.
In the land of risk myopia, the one-eyed King is blind. The Credit Plumber on risk management fallacies and internal controls.
News Corp.’s Tangled Web Bloomberg via @Ian_Fraser. Diagram of the hacking scandal’s ramifications (so far).
Special Report – Inside Rebekah Brooks’ News of the World Reuters. There’s no way the lid will stay on this…
Stain From Tabloids Rubs Off on a Cozy Scotland Yard This NYT Murdoch story was heavily trailed yesterday on Twitter and elsewhere, but it seems to just be a roundup of the blowback to the UK police (which is considerable).
Fox News UK!! Or not.
Iowa Pays London Firm $450,000 to Ditch Movies NY Times. Admittedly the demise of this particular production may not be an irreparable cultural loss, but here’s a reminder of how risky the US film business is (especially for foreigners). H/t Buzz Potamkin.
Male Organ and Economic Growth: does size matter? The University of Helsinki utterly annihilates contenders for the next Ig Nobel prize in Economics.
Antidote du jour: I wanted to put this up for cat owners who need to take their cat to the vet, but Youtube embeds and WordPress still don’t coexist happily. So here’s a link instead.
Disclaimer: this doesn’t necessarily work on all cats. If you are the proud host of a Maine Coon, for instance, watch out: there is a fair chance that he will still shred the vet’s forearm, or yours.