Homosexual zebra finches form long-term bond BBC (hat tip Buzz Potamkin)
Why Is Sean Hannity So Mad You’re Having Sex? 5 Ways Conservatives Attack Sexual Freedom AlterNet (hat tip reader Dr. Kevin)
You (YOU!) Can Take Stanford’s ‘Intro to AI’ Course Next Quarter, For Free Spectrum IEEE (hat tip reader furzy mouse)
The Social Economics of a Facebook Birthday New York Times. At first, I thought this was satire, but this seems to be straight up. Lordie.
How Meditation Makes You More Rational AlterNet (hat tip reader Dr. Kevin). I’ve been meditating for eight years (a high tech version that a 30 year meditator told me was more effective than what he had been doing) and did it for two year stretch earlier. I dunno re rational, since tons of research says people who are mildly depressed are more realistic than most of the population. But it has markedly reduced the severity and amplitude of my stress reactions (even friends have noticed).
J&J To Settle Criminal Charge Over Risperdal Marketing, While 40 States Plan Lawsuits Pharmalot and FDA: JOHNSON & JOHNSON WRONGLY MARKETED RISPERDAL TO KIDS Voice of Detroit (hat tip reader furzy mouse)
Pakistan lets China see US helicopter Financial Times
H.K. Apartment Sellers Cut Asking Prices Bloomberg
Germany and France rule out eurobonds Financial Times versus German government no longer rules out euro bonds Reuters. My buddies point out that the Reuters piece is based on German press reports, which they have found over time to be more reliable.
The people’s Ponzi scheme Asia Times. Reader Nathan wanted me to highlight this as an “amazing in its arrogance and obfuscation.” I agree but I don’t have time to shred it, and I’m not sure Links is the best way to name and shame, so consider this particular link to be an experiment.
Budget Buster: Pentagon Unable to Account for “Trillions,” Glain Says Daily Ticker (hat tip reader May S). Not new, Cynthia McKinney made Rumsfeld squirm on this topic, but an important reminder given the debt ceiling theatrics.
2012: Big Oil vs. Big Money: The Case for Rick Perry Lambert Strether. This is like debating over whether to be killed via strangulation or being thrown of a cliff.
Welcome to Election Hell Democratic Underground (hat tip reader Scott A)
Banking: Again on the edge Financial Times. Big banks (finally) hoist on their own petard.
Krugman Taken to the Modern Money Cleaners Randy Wray, Huffington Post
Macro 101 – Reserves and interest rates MacroBusiness
Stop Coddling the Super-Rich Warren Buffet, New York Times. He endorses austerity (eek) but most of the piece is on taxing people like him more.
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