Slip Sliding Away: Ukraine can avert an all-out civil war only if it can find a way to satisfy the demands of all of its various regions. And in that several regions want nothing to do with Keiv, civil war seems unavailable. And with Russia backing the seperatists and the US and its toadies backing the neo-Nazis currently in power, escalation seems inevitable. Ukraine shutting off the water to Crimea isn't going to help things.
Goal! So far, nearly 1,000 workers – mostly foreign laborers from SE Asia – have died during construction for the 2022 World Cup. Wonder what the over/under is for January 1, 2022?
Your Results May Vary: We're all rich! The Dow is at record highs! The economy is... Wait, it isn't the stock market that's up, it's Caterpillar that's up. CAT is only 4% of the index, but it accounts for more than half of the Dow's gains this year. Throw out Caterpillar, Merck and Disney and the Dow would be down for the year, not hitting new highs.
Take Two Aspirin And Call A Lawyer In The Morning: International pill pedaling giant GlaxoSmithKline has (once again) been accused of using bribery and fraud as in its marketing to doctors, hospital staff and government officials. This time in China, which claims disdain for such tactics
Over, The Rainbow: A federal judge has refused a petition to put gay marriages on hold in Idaho pending an appeal from the state's governor.
Chinese Fire Drill: The downturn in China's real estate sector may be the real deal, this time. In Guangzhou, property developers have been trying to overcome the slump through zero-down payments, large discounts and tax rebates. If this sounds familiar, it should. It may turn out that buying apartments in empty cities is not an effective retirement scheme.
It's BASIC: If student debt is going up, and graduates' incomes aren't, then college probably isn't worth it.
Porn O'Graph: The Volunteer Army.
The Parting Shot: