Hikikomori: Why are so many Japanese men refusing to leave their rooms? BBC (furzy mouse)
How to Destroy a Community New Inquiry (Lambert)
Lockdown Marco Arment (Lambert). On why Google killed Google Reader.
China suspends PMI detail MacroBusiness
Cracks Emerge as Egyptians Seek Premier New York Times
Rope-a-dope: The strategy of Egypt’s puppet masters Aljazeera. Lambert: “More nuanced than the headline.”
Big Brother is Watching You Watch:
The NSA’s mass and indiscriminate spying on Brazilians Glenn Greenwald
In Secret, Court Vastly Broadens Powers of N.S.A. Mew York Times
Come Saturday Morning: Reclaiming Our LIBERT-E Phoenix Woman, Firedoglake (Bev)
WHAT IT’S LIKE TO GET A NATIONAL-SECURITY LETTER New Yorker (spooz)
City Unions: Wall Street Looted Oakland Darwin BondGraham, East Bay Express (mookie)
Kevyn Orr to load bankers in a bus, show them Detroit’s worst neighborhoods Detroit Free Press (1 SK)
New York fast food worker: ‘I think I deserve to eat lunch’ Daily Kos (Carol B)
MBS Clobbered and Treasury Yields Soar Following Purportedly Good Job Numbers Michael Shedlock (furzy mouse)
U.S. swaps regulator calls vote on cross-border rule Reuters. We’ll see how much of a “compromise” this is. George Bailey of Occupy the SEC is hopeful that the phased in approach referenced is the one advocated by CFTC Commissioner Bart Chilton.
Antidote du jour (furzy mouse):
Lily is a Great Dane that has been blind since a bizarre medical condition required that she have both eyes removed. For the last 5 years, Madison , another Great Dane, has been her sight. The two are, of course, inseparable.