Pepsi Says Mountain Dew Can Dissolve Mouse Carcasses Atlantic Wire (hat tip reader furzy mouse)
And the winners of 2011’s guff awards are… Lucy Kellaway, Financial Times
Social graph analysis reveals criminal conspiracy of slumlords boingboing (hat tip reader Paul T)
Angela Merkel has the whip hand in an orgy of austerity Guardian. Hold that metaphor. The image of Frau Merkel in latex, fishnets, and stilettos is not appetizing.
Europe’s Hunger pangs grow MacroBusiness
INDIA’S “PUBLIC SECTOR INDIGENOUS GM COTTON” A SCIENTIFIC FRAUD GMWatch (hat tip reader furzy mouse)
Jobs figures may not rescue Obama Financial Times. Why are so few people puncturing the canard of 8.5% unemployment? The BLS keeps disappearing people from the labor pool. U-3 is more like 12.5+%
Men at Work EconomPic Data
My Guantánamo Nightmare New York Times
Will Obama face blowback for not closing Gitmo? Raw Story. I would not hold my breath.
Downs and Ups of Driving in Los Angeles New York Times
America’s Unlevel Field Paul Krugman, New York Times
Earnings growth falters for S&P 500 Financial Times
Secret Reason for Strong December Economy and Employment Global Economic Intersection
US regulators eye new futures rules Financial Times
On Eve of $41 Billion MF Global Bankruptcy Filing, Jon Corzine Was Château Shopping in France Vanity Fair (hat tip reader furzy mouse)
Mr. Corzine Is Seeking Some Space Wall Street Journal. Why isn’t he in jail?
How Wall Street Turned a Crisis Into a Cartel William Cohan, Bloomberg
Wall Street Prepares for Sharp Pay Cut Wall Street Journal. Hhhm, NYC is finally going to have as many vacant retail stores as most of the rest of the US.
On Trading Central Tendency Bruce Krasting. This is astute, plus he has some funnies later in the post.
All Of Area Man’s Hard Work Finally Pays Off For Employer The Onion (hat tip Lambert Strether)
Antidote du jour (hat tip reader furzy mouse). This cat looks sufficiently pissed off that this might not be Photoshop: