Spend Matters Afternoon Coffee

Quite an intimate tax (and has sparked much office e-mail banter this morning)
Suttle unrolls toilet paper tax -- Mayor Jim Suttle went to Washington Tuesday flush with ideas for how federal officials could help cities like Omaha pay for multibillion-dollar sewer projects. Among the items on his brainstorming list: a proposal for a 10-cent federal tax on every roll of toilet paper you buy.

Spend management for crazies.
Chicago flight too costly for al-Qaida bomb suspect -- When an admitted al-Qaida operative planned his itinerary for a Christmas 2009 airline bombing, he considered launching the strike in the skies above Houston or Chicago, The Associated Press has learned. But tickets were too expensive, so he refocused the mission on a cheaper destination: Detroit.

NYT seems to think highly of itself.
Digital Subscription Prices Visualized (aka The New York Times Is Delusional) -- As Frédéric Filloux and others have pointed out, The New York Times pricing seems designed not to get people to subscribe digitally, but rather to discourage existing subscribers from cancelling their print subscriptions. I think the chart above validates that view: they apparently have no interest in competing for digital-only dollars.

China takes over.
China steps in to fill Japan supply chain -- Manufacturing companies worldwide are responding to changes in the supply chain after the Japan tsunami. Now, many Chinese companies want to fill in the production gaps, a move that could cost Japan billions of dollars.

- Sheena Moore

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