Today’s links to interesting news and analysis, collected from around the Internet. If you find this useful, pass it to a friend or colleague.
- Lots of rumors about the number of these in circulation: “A Revisit to the Fake Gold Plated Tungsten Story“, Robert Bradshaw, Market Oracle, 11 March 2010
- You too can play: “How to Make Convincing Fake-Gold Bars“, Popular Science, 14 March 2010
- About disinformation: “Spock with a Beard: The Sequel“, billmon, Daily Koss, 25 March 2010
- “Welcome to Glennbeckistan, Where the Tea Party Rules and Tea-hadis Roam“, Chip Ward, TomGram, 28 March 2010
- “Skating on the Other Side of the Ice“, Willis Eschenbach, Watts Up with That, 28 March 2010
- “Iraqi children’s growth stunted by war, says study“, BBC, 28 March 2010
- “State Debt Woes Grow Too Big to Camouflage“, New York Times, 29 March 2010
- Note the wrong word in the headline: “Tax Receipts Rebound as 15 Biggest States See 4% Gain in 2011“, Bloomberg, 30 March 2010 — “Rebound” does not mean “above expectations” or “forecast to rise”.
- You read it first on the FM website: “A nightmare scenario: Fiscal collapse hits Japan“, Kenichi Goromaru, The Asahi Shimbun, 30 March 2010
We still know almost nothing about the alleged “murder for hire” operations in Afghanistan
- “Contractors Tied to Effort to Track and Kill Militants“, New York Times, 14 March 2010
- Some interesting if peripheral comments about the story: “AfPax Insider Is Death“, Joshua Foust, Registan, 15 March 2010
- “U.S. Official Defends Contractors’ Mission, New York Times, 25 March 2010
Today’s revealing graphic: US corporate profits back near post-WWII highs
Can American corporations fire their way to prosperity? It’s working so far. Perhaps a few more rounds of corporate tax breaks will not only boost their profits back to the pre-recession stratospheric peaks, but also spark more hiring. From David Rosenberg’s report, 29 March 2010: