JUST FOUR YEARS AWAY! | Afghan general vows by 2013 Afghan army will be in control of nation. That being the case, Canadian general says, Canadian forces may be quitting the troubled country two years too early.
TRUTH TO POWER DOESN'T PAY | Globe speculates parliamentary spending watchdog will be canned.
TAR SANDS PROTESTS | 16 demonstrators arrested at Shell Athabasca facility over weekend. Third oil-sands demo in recent weeks.
CURRENCY ROLLERCOASTER | Carney warns Canadian exporters looney will be volatile. Bernanke, whose weak greenback accounts for loonie's gains, warns U.S. dollar may lose reserve-currency status.
OVER-SIZED BANKS | U.S. regulator says "too big to fail" must end. Big global banks already balking at proposed reforms. G7 finance ministers tell banks not to resist reforms. UK official wants banks to pre-pay for their risky bets.
SOOT TO SOAR | Demand for 19th-century fuel coal to soar, says Barron's.
WTF? | Bankrupt Tribune Co. (L.A. Times, Chicago Tribune) to pay managers $66 million (U.S.) in bonuses. Needs to "incentivize" top talent to stay, firm argues - as if lucrative jobs are waiting for Trib execs elsewhere in crisis-stricken industry if they defect. James Warren, a former managing editor of The Chicago Tribune, tells the NYT: “The basic arguments underlying this request [of the bankruptcy court's permission to make the bonus payments] are laughable and beg at least one simple question: How many of those that are being enriched by the bonuses have been contacted by headhunting firms seeking their talents? After what has happened there and what is going on in the broader economy, where are they going to go?”
CHATTERBOX | Greenspan, widely discredited yesterday's man, says U.S. unemployment will top 10%. Strangely, this observation - conventional wisdom all year - is widely published as "news." Reuters blogger Felix Salmon: Greenspan has learned nothing from crisis.
BLAME OBAMA? | The many non-Obama reasons Chicago didn't win the 2016 Olympics. Opinion roundup on the Obamas in Copenhagen.
STUPID HUMAN TRICK | Top 10 list on how Letterman finessed apparent promiscuity.
THE SHOW MUST GO ON | Reluctant John Cleese returns to stage to finance $20-million divorce settlement.
Courtesy: Mike Luckovich, Atlanta Journal-Constitution.