Today's top read is the Freakonomics FAQ: "The last 10 days have been the most remarkable period of government intervention into the financial system since the Great Depression."
* The GAO reports on just how unprepared the US is for a major disaster. (Courtesy ninjacooter.)
* New problems with our military arrangement in Iraq.
* Where is China during the financial breakdown?
* And at least no one is playing politics with the financial crisis, right?
* Public health becomes a popular field of study.
* An excellent question: how many online services does a user really use?
* On branding Metallica. (Courtesy warmaster.)
* New animated movie on the horizon: Airman.
Interesting: six food mistakes parents make.
The AV Club interviews Neil Patrick Harris.