Fatster’s Roundup

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International Developments

? “Egypt Leaders’ Transition Plan Meets With Swift Criticism”–“from civilian leaders across the political spectrum.”  Update:  “Egypt’s state prosecutor has issued an arrest warrant for the leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, Mohamed Badie, and at least nine other senior figures.”  100s of warrants supposedly issued.  Update:  US “Will Honor Delivery Of 4 Fighter Jets To Egypt”.

? The Lac-Mégantic, Quebec tragedy continues as “Rail World boss Edward Burkhardt [says] he did not believe the last engineer had set a series of hand brakes, despite the engineer’s protestations.”  Townspeople heckled Burkhardt.  60 classified “dead or missing”.

? They’ve been recognized by the UK since 1677, but the Chickahominy tribe of VA’s quest to be recognized by the US government continues.

? “US navy makes history by landing unmanned drone on aircraft carrier . . . but navy has no plans to add this particular drone to its airfleet.”  It has others in mind.

International Finance

? “The European Commission has outlined plans for a single authority . . . responsible for winding down eurozone banks that get into trouble.”  Germany’s cool to the idea.

? Could you use a large laugh? “New York Stock Exchange to Take Over Libor:  And That’s Supposed to Instill Confidence?”

? “The Big Problems in Obama’s Big Trade Deals“, as illustrated by what happened to Ecuador under the US- Ecuador Bilateral Investment Treaty, Peru under the US-Peru Free Trade Agreement and Quebec under NAFTA.

? Results from a survey about global corruption:  over half think “graft has worsened over the past two years, and a quarter reported having paid officials a bribe in the last 12 months.”

? With exports falling 3.1% last month, “China has warned of a grim outlook for trade”.

Money Matters USA

? “NY Judge:  Apple Conspired To Raise E-Book Prices“, thereby breaking anti-trust laws. Apple was among six publishers sued; the others settled.

? “Wal-Mart says it will pull out of D.C. plans should city mandate ‘living wage’.”

? “Widows of coal miners who developed the black lung are eligible for survivors’ benefits under changes enacted by health care reform”.  (They were originally denied benefits.)

? OK, so what was the IQ of the person(s) who thought this up?  An applicant to be a New York City police officer was turned down because he “scored too high on an intelligence test”. [cont’d.]

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