In China, Illegal Rare Earth Mines Face Crackdown (NY Times)

We’re doomed! We pollute and exploit the poorest even to make “clean” energy. Turns out that mining “heavy rare earths”  — red clay rich in dysprosium, terbium and europium found in the world’s poorest areas — is “vital” to manufacture high-tech hardware … including wind-power turbines and hybrid vehicles.


United Nations peacekeeping troops repelled protesters (NY Times)

Not that anyone cares about Haiti, but … since when is the United Nations supposed to repress legitimate anger about election fraud? (This is really a print edition — I still read print — caption, rather than a headline. You can see the picture, but not the caption, online here.)