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Morning Reading

Scott Jagow Aug 20, 2009

My favorite story of the morning comes from where else (?) but Marketplace. As a promotional campaign and stimulus package, a British telecom company has hired former pickpockets to slip money into random people’s pockets.

Here’s a link to the story and a video about it:

My favorite line from Stephen Beard’s story about the put pocketers: “They’ve been told to avoid the financial district, in case they inadvertently give money to a banker.”

Other items I found interesting:

Simpler living may outlast the recession (Forbes)

Turning Uncle Sam into a peeping tom (National Review)

Mayo Clinic CEO has the the answer to health care (Washington Post)

Cost control, not coverage, is the key to health care (Financial Times)

The world is not running out of oil (The Times of London)

Fox News has converted to Liberalism (The Daily Show) No matter your politics, this is pretty damn hilarious.

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