Dear America, Maybe Leave The Hoarding To Countries That Can't Live Off Their Fat For A Few Months?

  • "It is just unreal what can happen when we get fear being spread as it is now, and when the general populace goes out and starts doing idiotic things like lining up at the Sam's Club and the Costco and not buying one bag but buying 10 bags just because they might run out." [WSJ]
  • "It is shocking that people are now speculating on increases in food prices. Banks are telling their clients to bet on soaring prices. The result is that there is now an incentive for speculators to create food shortages. Casino capitalism has taken a seat at the table of the poor.[Economist]
  • (Rice, corn and wheat prices have risen 180 percent in the last three years.) [Der Spiegel]
  • The Egyptian army is baking bread; the Philippines is making rice hoarding punishable by life in prison. "For the middle classes," says Ms Sheeran, "it means cutting out medical care. For those on $2 a day, it means cutting out meat and taking the children out of school. For those on $1 a day, it means cutting out meat and vegetables and eating only cereals. And for those on 50 cents a day, it means total disaster." [Economist]
  • And for Starbucks, it means measly 12% revenue growth. [WSJ]
  • For Haiti, dominoes and moonshine. [NYT]
  • OMG but will it mean the end for weak beer? [WSJ]

  • As if modern teenagers weren't worthless enough already, getting a summer job is now officially harder than getting into most Ivy League schools, especially Penn. [WSJ]
  • Well look here; an American automaker takes a few cues from Toyota and dedicates itself to making cars that don't break down and the strategy may actually be paying off? [WSJ]
  • President Barack Hussein Obama: the four scariest words in the English language? [Reason]
  • Some Dutch filmmaker thinks Jesus was the child of rape. Not sure how thorough his research was, but it's definitely not good for the "abortion is okay in cases of rape and incest" wing of the Church. [Reuters]
  • Congrats on your promotion, General Petreaus. [NYT]