Links 2/20/10


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Teach Your Children Well: There Is No Law but Might and Murder Chris Floyd

The Mouth of Sauron The Epicurean Dealmaker (hat tip Richard Smith)

School used webcams to ‘spy’ on students at home Financial Times

More Hysteria On Iran About Nukes EconoSpeak

Retail sales plummet in January Independent

Dozens die in Morocco minaret collapse BBC

Greece set for critical test with bond issue Financial Times

For Olympic Bobsledder, Real Life Is a Downhill Slide Wall Street Journal

The Great Goldman Sachs Fire Sale of 2008 William Cohan

A Prisoner’s Dilemma: AIG and Goldman Sachs Game Each Other And PwC Francine McKenna

Man bulldozes his foreclosed home Tim Iacono

Premarital sex: An economic model of its rise and de-stigmatisation VoxEU

Tax Law Was Cited in Software Engineer’s Suicide Note New York Times

UBS Defers 60% of 2009 Bonuses on Pay Above $250,000 Bloomberg

Monsanto ‘faked’ data for approvals claims its ex-chief India Today (hat tip reader John D)

Controversial Diabetes Drug Harms Heart, U.S. Concludes New York Times. The appalling aspect of this story is how GlaxoSmithKline sought to suppress information that use of Avandia led to heart attacks and heart failure, including intimidating physicians and misrepresenting the unfavorable findings.

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And a bonus from Richard Smith. This reminds me of my first cat as an adult, an Aby that I trained to walk on a leash and who rode happily in cabs (yes, I know I should get a pet from a shelter, but a friend dragged me into a pet store, and the kitten picked me out and lobbied very hard to be taken home). But you have to get them very young to do that, and it is not good for their health to take them from their mothers before they are three months old, better yet, four.