Smart Links 09 July 2012
Commentary on the grindingly slow US economy, melting oysters, China’s sexual revolution and its stuck economy, late lesbian onset, David Bromwhich’s take on Obama, and Quebec separation is not impossible.
Reuters -- Analysis: Anxiety mounts as economy limps into second half
A slew of weak economic data is casting doubts over expectations of a pick-up in growth in the second half of the year.
Economist – The Doldrums
HOW long ago seem the promising months of early 2012, when the American economy added jobs at a healthy 225,000 monthly clip.
The real problem with global warming is the acidification of the oceans. Oysters are simply melting away.
Thompson Reuters -- Disappearing Oysters
Reuters’ Felix Salmon loves Pacific oysters. Sadly for him (and the rest of the world), they’re being wiped out due to acidification. Oceanic Preservation Society’s Louie Psihoyos explains what the vanishing oysters mean for the world’s oceans.
Financial Times -- The bare necessities of naked marriage
If it weren’t for the dumplings, the language, the skyscrapers – and the fact that McDonald’s delivers 24 hours a day – I could swear that today’s Shanghai is just like the America of my childhood.
Except the ability to adjust. (ed’s note: sure the Chinese economy is close to overtaking the United States, but the question is what kind of shape it will be when it gets there, and it isn’t looking good).
Project Syndicate -- Why China Can’t Adjust
China’s current economic slowdown has no shortage of causes: Europe’s financial turmoil, sputtering recovery in the United States, and weak domestic investment growth, to name the most commonly cited factors.
Independent -- Harriet Walker: Lesbianism – the love that's fair game for all
Turns out there's another meaning to LOL that David Cameron wasn't aware of: "Late-Onset Lesbianism".
Obama’s twisted words.
London Review of Books – Diary
I went to see Barack Obama speak in New York, in spring 2007, at a preliminary ‘sounding’ for donors and assorted others.
The toothache is back.
National Post -- Peter White: With regards to separation, beware of what Quebec wants
Thank goodness my friend Andrew Coyne is not prime minister!
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