Scientists discover the point of sex Telegraph (hat tip reader Swedish Lex)
Hope of the Lone Pine: As Tree Clings to Life, So Does Japanese City Wall Street Journal
Worries over Italy fuel eurozone crisis Financial Times
Vladimir Putin ‘sent to Russia by God’ Telegraph (hat tip reader Swedish Lex). But is that really a good thing? If I remember my Bible correctly, God visited all sorts of travails on people because they deserved it or even just for sport (Job).
The European project is doomed without reform Credit Writedowns
Phone hacking: Police probe suspected deletion of emails by NI executive Guardian. Three arrests today, including Coulson.
James Murdoch could face criminal charges on both sides of the Atlantic Guardian. In America? Surely you jest. We don’t arrest powerful businessmen.
Some older but germane News of the World/Murdoch stories:
Obama’s Raw Deal? TruthOut
Has Nancy Pelosi Been Marginalized in the Debt Debate? Swampland. Question bogus assumptions and you get pushed aside.
Bigger government is needed for the US economy – OSO’s New Deal One Salient Oversight. What is intriguing is that a former austerian is now arguing for significant spending.
Philadelphia Saves $2 Million By Not Prosecuting Pot Smokers Consumerist (hat tip Ed Harrison)
The Boom and Crash Cycle of I.P.O.’s Floyd Norris, New York Times
California Cuts Weigh Heavily on Its Colleges New York Times
Antidote du jour. This is reader Bill’s Daisy:
She always used to assume this coy pose whenever I came into view of her bed.
She’s older now but just as sweet natured, and a beautiful Tricolor Beagle.