Programming may be a bit lighter than usual this week. Bandwidth here in Maine still sucks. I made the mistake of assuming it was getting better, based on not awful performance on Sunday, and did not stop back at Starbucks after spending the day out (which involved, among other things, playing candlepins).
Mouse halts Nepal-to-Thailand flight USA Today (hat tip Buzz Potamkin)
GM Feed Toxic, New Meta-Analysis Confirms Food Freedom (hat tip reader Aquifer)
Tick-borne parasite infecting blood supply: CDC Reuters (hat tip Buzz Potamkin)
Fears rise again over Europe debt crisis Financial Times
Lost Decades Everywhere: The Grim Reality of Europe Dave Dayen, FireDogLake
Why austerity is only cure for the eurozone Wolfgang Schäuble, Financial Times. If you had any doubts about shorting the euro, this should settle it. Per Swedish Lex:
I believe that because people say that a breakup is unthinkable, it may actually happen. Saying that a breakup is “unthinkable” to me only equals “I am in complete denial and will hence not take appropriate action to prevent the unthinkable scenario from actually playing out”
Whatever minimum euro leadership there was, it is disintegrating. Schäuble’s “more austerity will fix it” – oped in the FT this morning makes me want to weep. I do now know which planets Sarkozy and Berlusconi are on. My gut tells me that many EU governments are on the brink of saying F—k the euro, although they have probably not seriously considered the consequences as per UBS.
Sensitive cables reveal views that portrayed Indian Dalit groups as threats to US Tehelka (hat tip reader May S)
Africa: Trade Based Money Laundering – A Shady Side of Globalisation AllAfrica (hat tip reader Valissa)
The price of 9/11 Joe Stiglitz, Aljazeera (hat tip reader Paul S)
If Warren wants to race, she should leave the gate Bsoton Globe. This is not a good sign and follows news that the influential Boston mayor (a Democrat who deep sixed a progressive gubernatorial candidate a few years back) has already signaled serious doubts about Warren.
The Fallacy Behind Tax Holidays Andrew Ross Sorkin, New York Times
HAPPY LABOR DAY: Now Here’s The Real State Of The Job Market In America Clusterstock (hat tip reader Carol B)
More restaurants are targeting customers who use food stamps USA Today (hat tip Buzz Potamkin)
These last two links are important reads:
‘People Don’t Realize How Fragile Democracy Really Is’ James Fallows, Atlantic
Goodbye to All That: Reflections of a GOP Operative Who Left the Cult Mike Lofgren, TruthOut (hat tip readers citalopram and May S)
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