Americans may be getting harder to panic. Despite scare stories about firemen starving in the streets, 37 percent of our friends and neighbors are all for the sequestration cuts. Only 45 percent think Congress should try to avert the cuts. The rest snickered and opened the sports section.
- Under Obamacare, employers are charged a fee for every "life" they cover on their health plans. Shockingly, companies are responding by dropping coverage for spouses. Did anybody ever intend this scheme to work?
- The Department of Justice is patting itself on the back over the federal government's transparency. Really.
- With Europe's economy dragging and its labor costs impressively ridiculous, Caterpillar is cutting 1,400 jobs at a plant in Belgium. No more hand-dipped tractor tires with a lambic ale.
- We think we have rough cops! Police in South Africa handcuffed a taxi driver to the back of their van and dragged him through the streets. Until he died. Over a parking dispute.
- Kim Dotcom, the former head of MegaUpload, who just launched a new encrypted cloud storage service, will introduce an encrypted email service. Why, yes, it does seem to be specifically intended as a screw-you to the U.S. government.
- Among other cool things, 3D printing is apparently opening the door for small, specialty car makers to do their thing.
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