Economics and Investing:

Steven M. sent this: Soaring battery prices “devastating” U.S. lead producers.

The Coming China Economic Super Crisis. (Thanks to J.McC. for the link.)

The suffocation of unsustainable global debt – Total global debt is now over $190 trillion and more than three times global GDP. Contagion with European Union

Toby Connor: Stocks are re-entering a parabolic “bubble” phase

Frequent content contributor Diana V. mentioned this over at Zero Hedge: Artemis On Volatility At World’s End: Deflation, Hyperinflation And The Alchemy Of Risk

Items from The Economatrix:

Why High Inflation is Inevitable

Employment Gains Slow, Jobless Rate Drops

Bernanke Says Financial Stability a Work in Progress. [JWR’s Comment: Ben’s work won’t be done until the U.S. Dollar has had its purchasing power destroyed.]