How did a giant diamond stolen in a daring London raid end up in a Hong Kong pawnshop? Independent (hat tip Buzz Potamkin)
Cartier Turns to More Discreet Watches Bloomberg
Your Storytelling Brain Big Think (hat tip reader Aquifer)
Man’s homemade canon explodes, killing him, as sons watch McClatchy (hat tip Buzz Potamkin). Probably Darwin Award winner
30Yr Study: Organic Farming Outperforms Conventional, Chemical Farming FriendsEAT (hat tip reader Aquifer)
‘Yoga can damage your body’ article throws exponents off-balance Guardian. Hah. I happen to like yoga, but anyone who does not know that there are instructors (and not just newbies) who like people to push their bodies into classical poses whether or not they have the flexibility or body proportions to do it is naive. And some postures are prone to causing injuries. Some schools are better at recommending alternative postures that will stretch the same areas.
Are We Really Monolingual? New York Times. This struck me as pretty desperate. Yes, using a language at home is too narrow a definition, but the author goes way too far in the other direction. It takes some doing to find Americans who are highly skilled in more than one language (and his “was fluent in Mandarin 20 years ago” doesn’t cut it. I was fluent in French once, and if you don’t use it, you lose it).
NYC Startup Founder Says Schumer’s Office Told Her the Senator ‘Is In Favor of Censoring the Internet’ BetaBeat (hat tip Buzz Potamkin). Well now that’s official.
EPIC v. Department of Homeland Security: Media Monitoring (hat tip reader furzy mouse)
Bills to Stop Web Piracy Invite a Protracted Battle New York Times
You Can’t Read This Book: why libel tourists love London Independent (hat tip Buzz Potamkin)
S&P is right about Europe MacroBusiness
Flag in Greece, Europe Aims to Limit Damage New York Times
Greece’s creditors seek end to deadlock Financial Times
Iran warns on output rise after sanctions Financial Times (hat tip Joe Costello)
The Navy Is Depending on Dolphins to Keep the Strait of Hormuz Open Atlantic Wire (hat tip Lambert). Cue The Cove.
Drone Disasters Nick Turse, TomDispatch
Renminbi deal aims to boost City trade Financial Times. A poke in Geithner’s eye?
Huntsman to drop out of GOP race, endorse Romney Washington Post
Stephen Colbert’s PAC Calls Romney a ‘Serial Killer’ Atlantic Wire (hat tip reader furzy mouse)
How Fares the Dream? Paul Krugman. Whoa. I’m not sure blacks would agree class is necessarily a bigger issue than race. What about the rate of black convictions and imprisonment, or the way blacks were and probably still are steered into more costly home and auto loans?
Scotus set to spank 9th Circuit again McClatchy (hat tip Buzz Potamkin)
Troubled RI city in receivership loses democracy Associated Press (hat tip Joe Costello). The Greek solution is becoming popular.
The five stages of economic grief MacroBusiness
Bank results threaten to dash US hopes Financial Times (hat tip reader furzy mouse)
JPM Chase Quietly Halts Suits Over Consumer Debts American Banker. In case you missed this last week.
Advice to a Generic Candidate Fred Reed (hat tip reader Chris M). You will enjoy this.
Antidote du jour (hat tip DCblogger). I once saw an exhibition on Indian art that featured crows, and the display included a considerable discussion of corvid intelligence. One scientist was quoted saying something like, “The stories you hear about the intelligence of most animals are exaggerated, but with corvids, they are understated.” The only anecdote I recall was a man was trying to frustrate a crow by giving him more than he could carry away (there was a reason I now forget why it was clear the crow would take any food and go). He tossed two doughnuts at him. The crow immediately stuck his beak through the hole in one, grabbed the other, and took off.