Catalina Island fox makes astounding comeback LA Times (hat tip Joe Costello)
The price of your soul: How the brain decides whether to ‘sell out’ Medical Xpress (hat tip reader Paul S)
Evolution Is Still Happening: Beneficial Mutations in Humans Big Think (hat tip reader Aquifer)
Breast cancer screening cannot be justified, says researcher Guardian (hat tip reader John L). NC regulars may have seen me rant occasionally about how lousy mammograms are as diagnostic tests. They are bad at detecting the fast moving cancers that will kill you and great at diagnosing growths that women will die with, rather than of. Manual breast exams by people who do a lot of breast exams are far better at detecting the dangerous cancers early.
The Geek’s Guide to Status, Prosperity and Passion Big Think (hat tip reader Aquifer). I am friends with enough geeks to have been designated an honorary geek. Not sure this is as sure fire as he suggests. I’ve known oenophiles who manage to be pedantic about it (and yours truly really likes wine).
Apple’s mind-bogglingly greedy and evil license agreement ZDNet (hat tip reader Francois T)
An Environmental Occupy Fracks Corporate America Ellen Cantarow, TomDispatch
Kim Dotcom: Police Cut Way Into Mansion To Arrest Megaupload Founder Huffington Post (hat tip reader Lance)
Australia Roundup: Oceanfront Homes for 65% Off; Chain Sales and Contingent Offers; Retailers Brace for More Job Cuts; Cusp of a White-Collar Recession Michael Shedlock (hat tip reader furzy mouse). OK, Down Under readers, I thought prices were ahead of themselves in 2003-4. Where are prevailing prices in Sydney in real terms relative to then?
MPs to discuss sale of Parliament Independent. Buzz Potamkin: “I thought it was already owned by Murdoch.”
Vincent Browne v The ECB You Tube (hat tip Philip Pilkington)
Greek debt talks stall over interest rate on bonds Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, Telegraph
IMF should stay out of the eurozone crisis Wolfgang Münchau, Financial Times (hat tip reader Lee S)
Paris and Berlin seek to dilute bank rules Financial Times. Quelle surprise! They have the most undercapitalized banks.
Greece needs sustainable debt by 2020: German finance minister Reuters (hat tip Joe Costello)
Owners of stricken vessel admit captain had ‘character problem’ Independent (hat tip reader Buzz Potamkin)
China Set for Goldilocks Landing? The Diplomat. They may be right, but that’s what everyone in the US financial media believed in early 2007 too.
Going Back to the Future: Militia Model Could Cut U.S. Expenditures Defense News (hat tip Robert N). Yes, by increasing domestic opposition to military adventures overseas.
Romney forced to reveal tax returns Financial Times
Should We Trust Paid Experts On The Volcker Rule? Simon Johnson
Commentary: Getting ‘those people’ to straighten up and fly right McClatchy (hat tip Buzz Potamkin)
Utah Doctors Join the Occupy Movement Truthout (hat tip reader Aquifer)
Antidote du jour. By Daniel Hooper: