1 HERE’S AN INTERESTING ARTICLE on the perilous life of the Euro (that’s the currency, not the Louis Vuitton fanny-pack sporting fellow offering to buy you a Campari and soda at O’Hanlons). Why did Germany and France ever think it was a good idea to tie their economies to those of Portugal and Greece in the first place?  (via Der Spiegel)

2 SPEAKING OF DISASTERS, all this flooding has pretty much killed hope in the hearts of Prairie grain farmers.   (via CTV Winnipeg)

3 MARINE LIFE IN THE WORLD’S OCEANS FACE MASS EXTINCTION if we don’t take serious measures now to stop polluting them with fertilizers, plastics, detergents and fire retardants. What is wrong with us?  (via The Guardian)

4 SPEAKING OF PLASTICS, the Bank of Canada is rolling out our cheesy new banknotes. Apparently they’ll be almost impossible to counterfeit, but who cares? They’re going to look, feel, and (worst of all) smell awful. That’s it. I’m moving to Europe. Suddenly the Euro is looking pretty good. Plus I happen to love Campari and soda. (via Globe & Mail)

5 THEY’RE NOT HERE FOR OUR AMUSEMENT. When I came across this item, I was reminded of a quote about zoos that I can’t seem to find online. All I remember is that the last line went something like “when we keep animals in zoos, we don’t just diminish the animal, we diminish ourselves”. (via Star Phoenix)

6 SPEAKING OF DUMB MONKEYS… In news that is probably a surprise to no one, it’s highly unlikely that most of the police officers responsible for assaulting, harassing, and generally abusing peaceable protesters at last summer’s G20 summit in Toronto will ever get their comeuppance. (via Globe & Mail)