Economics may be dismal, but it’s no science – John Kay

At least a few small businesses are saying to hell with the fiscal cliff – CNNMoney

Diana Nelson chosen as new chair at Carlson – StarTribune

North Dakota produced 747,239 barrels of oil per day in October – Fargo Forum

Monsanto wins $1b judgment against Pioneer – Des Moines Register

Video: “We are opening a gateway to space” – NASA

Duluth maintenance base finishes first Airbus – News Tribune

People are living longer, but dying in new ways – The Economist

Shinzo Abe presses central bank, vows new fiscal stimulus in Japan – WSJ

Childless Irish women earn 17% more than Irish men – The Atlantic

Great. The very rich are flocking to D.C. – Washington Post
Coffee industry has set its sights on China – Financial Times 

Correction appended: Diana Nelson will be the new chair at Carlson. This post originally incorrectly identified her position.