Economics and Investing:

Over at Forex Crunch: Dark Clouds Over European Banks

Euro bail-out in doubt as ‘hysteria’ sweeps Germany. (Thanks to J.B.G. for the link.)

B.B. suggested this article: German minister warns of seven-year global recession

David H. sent this: Commentary Lays Bare the Problems of Qualitative Easing…and The Banks

K.A.F. liked a piece by Ron Paul, over at the Fox News site: Bernanke Is Out of Options to Save Economy

G.G. sent this: More people having to delay retirement: The number of Britons forced to delay retirement into their late 60s and beyond has doubled over the past year as the rising cost of living hits home, a major study has revealed.

Items from The Economatrix:

The Winner Economy and the Loser Economy

Climbing the Wall of Ruin–America, The Bell Tolls for You

Insurers Drive Stocks Higher; Dow Gains 254

Hurricane Irene:  A Mixed Bag For Retailers

Contracts to Buy Homes Fell 1.3% in July