* 'Thrift Nation': living in today's recession. Good read.
* Interesting: how the global recession is really only hitting the Western world.
* Are the environment and modern living responsible for the rise in allergies?
* Karen Allen on the problems with fixing Somalia.
* Fred Kaplan on how to beat the pirates.
* The teabagging debacle points out that it's been a while since conservatives were activists.
* Hee! Dana Milbank reviews all the comments on his articles.
* "Vincent Connare designed the ubiquitous, bubbly Comic Sans typeface, but he sympathizes with the world-wide movement to ban it." (Courtesy bizarrojack.)