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Economics and Investing:

Reader F.J.R. suggested this from The Washington Times: Currency control efforts worry Argentines [1]

Guess How Many Americans Don’t Have Enough Saved To Cover A $1,000 Emergency? [2] (Thanks to G.G. for the link.)

B.G. spotted this: Fed Surveys: Economy in Worse Shape Than Feared, Recession Odds Spike to 50% [3]

Sign of the times: Complete, and Ongoing List of U.S. Retail Stores Closing in 2011 Calendar Year [4]. (A hat tip to Kyle L. for the link.)

Items from The Economatrix:

US Companies Feeling Impact of European Crisis [5]. JWR’s Comment: Just wait until there is the inevitable global cascade of margin calls.

Europe’s Woes Pose New Peril to Recovery in the US [6]

Buffett:  European Concerns, US Housing Woes Linger [7]

Gold Demand Doubles Amid Economic Gloom [8]