Economics and Investing:

James K. was the first of several readers to send this piece in the usually Pollyannaish McNewspaper: Three doomsaying experts who foresee economic devastation ahead

G.G. suggested this: Extreme couponers push some retailers to tweak the rules.

Reader C.D.V. sent these four article links:

Credit Card Debt Nears Toxic Levels

George Osborne: UK has run out of money

More bad news: U.S. water bills to triple. (Yet another good reason to move out to the country and build where you can use spring or PV-pumped well water.)

Cue the dark, foreboding Beethoven music: Iran Moves Further to End Petrodollar, Announces Will Accept Payment in Gold Instead of Dollars.