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Iceland Has Hired An Ex-Cop To Hunt Down The Bankers That Wrecked Its Economy
His job description:
"On one hand, we have to investigate all suspicion of fraud and offences committed before 2009, on the other hand, we bring the lawsuits against the suspects to court ourselves," Hauksson explains. This is a 'totally new' method which allows the investigators to "follow the case" and the judicial system to "know the cases like the back of their hand". This is indispensable in order "to compete with the well-prepared defence attorneys".

Every Money Professional Knew Libor Was A Scam
I don’t believe that there is a money pro on either the buy or sell side over the past thirty years who didn’t understand that the Libor Fixing was “fixed”. If they claim to be “shocked” today, they are either lying or stupid. The same goes for every central banker and treasury official that knows the way to the bathroom.

Abandoned Walmart Recycled As Public Library
In recent years, there's been something of a grassroots backlash against Wal-Mart Inc., as people have started to realize the damage a single Walmart can do to the small businesses that make up a local economy. In a few cases, there's even been news of Walmart stores closing, effectively run out of town by citizens strongly opposed to its economic, environmental, and social practices.

Arts & Culture

Barbara Kruger and Catherine Opie resign from MOCA board
In another vote of no-confidence in the current direction of the [Los Angeles] Museum of Contemporary Art, prominent Los Angeles artists Barbara Kruger and Catherine Opie have resigned from the museum board.

John Baldessari left Thursday, making Ed Ruscha [who is out of the country and unreachable at this time] the only remaining artist-trustee on the MOCA board.

The resignations follow the recent ousting of chief curator Paul Schimmel, who had closely shaped MOCA's exhibition program until gallery owner Jeffrey Deitch was hired two years ago as museum director.

Opie is known for her photographic portraits. Kruger's billboard-style works combine text and images. Neither shies away from political content in their art.

A photo gallery from London
Cultural Olympiad hits stride as London Summer Olympics near
As part of the Cultural Olympiad, 12,000 cultural events are taking place across Britain to celebrate the London Olympic Games. They could also help attract future tourists.

Blogs of Interest

Tom's Dispatch
The Lily-Pad Strategy
How the Pentagon Is Quietly Transforming Its Overseas Base Empire and Creating a Dangerous New Way of War
By David Vine
[Caution explicit description of the wounded in the intro, and then:]
I asked a member of the Air Force medical team about the casualties they see like these. Many, as with this flight, were coming from Afghanistan, he told me. “A lot from the Horn of Africa,” he added. “You don’t really hear about that in the media.”

“Where in Africa?” I asked.  He said he didn’t know exactly, but generally from the Horn, often with critical injuries. “A lot out of Djibouti,” he added, referring to Camp Lemonnier, the main U.S. military base in Africa, but from “elsewhere” in the region, too.

Yale's 360
Maya Lin: A Memorial to a Vanishing Natural World
The designer of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial is now focused on the mass extinction of species,
a threat she is highlighting on an interactive Web site. In an interview with Yale Environment 360, Maya Lin talks about her “What is Missing” project, which she calls her “last memorial.”
By Diane Toomey

Jesus Loves the Little Children by OPOL
Crashing Vor has a new ad "Wink", how 'bout some more eyeballs and clicks for his good work! ~LL
Weaving Reality by rserven on dailykos, including a great Richard Farina quote, imagine that... serendipidty!
Why burn your candle at both ends, when you can attack it in the middle with an acetylene torch.  There's less aesthetic value, but twice as many people can see the flame.
--Richard Fariña


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