Spanish duchess gives away fortune in order to marry civil servant Guardian (hat tip Buzz Potamkin).
Number of sheep thefts doubles in six months as meat prices soar Independent (hat tip Buzz Potamkin)
Learning to Cope With a Mind’s Taunting Voices New York Times (hat tip reader Valissa)
Murdoch Hacked Us Too Frank Rich, New York Magazine. I’m late to this, but still worth reading.
Credibility, Chutzpah And Debt Paul Krugman, New York Times
Second Recession in U.S. Could Be Worse Than First New York Times D’oh! And this is after newly released IRS data revealed that incomes fell 15% from 2007 to 2009. So how much worse does it get?
Obama and S&P Vie for Credibility Wall Street Journal. As much as the Treasury/Administration pushback looks like sour grapes, this account from the WSJ winds up being more favorable to the Administration than I anticipated. It does appear that S&P had not only made up its mind, but was in a huge rush to make the release, despite the fact that after hours on Friday is the same thing as before market opening on Sunday or Monday.
Geithner Will Stay for Now, the Treasury Department Says New York Times. Another negative indicator. The only good thing about this is that Timmie will undeniably own the entire crisis, Phases One and Two.
Markets Fear Gridlock Without Aid Wall Street Journal. Are the true believers losing faith int the Bernanke Put and the PPT?
Pilots Take to the Streets Wall Street Journal
The Bear Necessities (of Silver Life) Screwtape Files (hat tip reader James P). They bury the lead, so skip to the end first and then backtrack if you wonder what this is about.
What Happened to Obama? Drew Westen, New York Times. Many readers pointed to this piece, it seemed to strike a chord. I have to admit I turned off Obama’s inaugural speech precisely because it had a very high noise to signal ratio, and what little signal there was not what needed to be said. But he is far too charitable in his interpretation as to why this Presidency has turned out the way it has.
Antidote du jour (hat tip reader furzy mouse):