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Economics and Investing:

For the “I Told You So” file: Romanian government collapses amid public outrage over austerity [1]. (Thanks to B.B. for the link.)

California, New York might sign on to MERS settlement [2]

Dawn S. suggested a piece with a fascinating animated stock volatility chart over at Zero Hedge: Presenting The “Rise Of The HFT Machine” – Visual Confirmation How SkyNet Broke The Stock Market On US Downgrade Day [3]

Pennies: Where are they all going? [4] (A hat tip to Diana S. for the link.)

G.G. suggested this National Review article on commercial real estate: Armageddon at the Strip Mall [5]

Items from The Economatrix:

Illusion Of Recovery — Feelings vs. Facts [6]

Buying Gold In Uncertain Times [7]

Decline Of US Economy Is The Logical Outcome Of Keynesian Economics [8]