Opinionomics | 6 June 2012

Must-read comment and analysis. Back to the Eurozone!

1. Panic has become all too rational (Financial Times)

If those with good credit refuse to support those under pressure, when the latter cannot save themselves, the system will surely perish, writes Martin Wolf.

2. Simmering anger in Seville (BBC News)

Paul Mason reports from Seville on the human cost of the Spanish crisis

3. Markets against markets (Stumbling and Mumbling)

Was the crisis a function of too few markets? Probably not.

4. Michael Geismar’s blackjack strategy (Reuters)

When mathematician and blackjack expert Jonathan Adler saw Felix Salmon's post about hedge fund manager Michael Geismar’s antics at the Vegas blackjack tables, he offered to explain just how silly Geismar was being.

5. Prepare for “no austerity without growth” (Left Foot Forward)

Cormac Hollingsworth lays out the Tsipras agenda for the eurocrisis

Mario Draghi of the ECB. Why won't they help? Photograph: Getty Images

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Space Oddity? Dr David Bowie is treating former astronaut Buzz Aldrin

Ground control to major coincidence.

The 86-year-old former astronaut and second man on the moon Buzz Aldrin has been evacuated from the South Pole to hospital in New Zealand. Your mole thought this was yet another piece of dismal 2016 news, before the silver lining popped up on Twitter. Aldrin’s manager Christina Korp sent a thrilling message about her client’s treatment:

Yes, the real-life “Starman” is going to be treated by a doctor who shares his name with the late pop icon who wrote “Space Oddity”, “Life on Mars?”, “Ziggy Stardust” and “Starman”, among many other odes to space.

In fact, Bowie’s “Space Oddity” hit about ground control losing contact with the fictional astronaut Major Tom was released in 1969, a few days before Aldrin and Neil Armstrong became the first humans to walk on the moon. This mole’s whiskers are quivering at the poignancy.

I'm a mole, innit.