In the last thread, anonymous (who else?) had a good idea for a thread. I'll just repost his or her comment:
I propose a QL thread where we can share some of the stuff we're reading instead of Plastic.
E.g. Salon: Missing girls and missing workers (labor shortage in China)
"New Economist alerts us to yet another study of labor shortages in China, this one conducted by a Japanese research institute. If I seem obsessed by this topic, well, that's because I am. I don't think it's an exaggeration to argue that a tight labor market in China will, if sustained, remake the global economy yet again. And, at this point, there appears to be little doubt that labor shortages are real and significant. The study by the Mizuho Research Institute is the most detailed I've seen, crunching reams of numbers procured directly from China's Ministry of Labor and Social Security."
Please keep the meta discussions to the last thread, and let us have this one solely devoted to interesting stories that we're missing out on because of the outage. Anonymous have provided a first, and I'll provide a second:
The Pirate Bay, the world's largest bit torrent tracker, has been taken down by Swedish police. 50 police men were involved in the razzia, where servers belonging both to TPB and the associated political party were seized.