Notice how I tend to always post these on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, but miss on Tuesdays and Thursdays? Anyway, last night I was just about to do it when my wife called and reminded me we were expected for dinner at my parents’ house, and had to run…
Here are the headlines at this hour:
- Bernanke Says Fed Stands Ready to Support Recovery (WSJ) — By doing what? Move interest rates to negative numbers? (Oh, wait — NPR has actually answered my facetious question.) Here’s what Ben’s reacting to: “Economy grinds to near halt.” Remember what I was saying about the negative waves, man?
- U.S. Economy Slowed to 1.6% Pace in 2nd Quarter (NYT) — In fact, this thing (mentioned above) is bad enough I thought I’d give it its own sidebar.
- Afghanistan’s Karzai criticises US troop pullout (BBC) — Hey, if I were going to be left holding the bag over there, I’d criticize it, too. In fact, I think I will anyway…
- Video Messages From Trapped Chilean Miners (NYT) — A human-interest story that continues to amaze us.
- North Korea Frees American After Carter Visit (BosGlobe) — This is quite a few hours old, but I thought it still held up. I found interesting this comment by Mark Knoller on Twitter this morning: “North Korea likes having former US presidents come calling for the release of Americans held by the Kim Jong-il regime.” Yup.
- Blockbuster tells Hollywood studios it’s preparing for mid-September bankruptcy (LAT) — Well, we all saw this coming, didn’t we? Still, ya gotta love the irony: After all the warm little Mom-and-Pop rental stores it ran out of business back in the 90s, it’s Blockbuster’s turn. You’re goin’ down, Blockbuster!