Instead of fiddling, was Nero merely LOL while Rome burned? Social media through the ages. (Gorkana)
Those fickle Ukrainians are resisting efforts to be brought under the big tent of the European Union. (Financial Times)
The race to the bottom heats up: Now it's the Australian dollar that is the hottest entrant in the beggar-thy-neighbor sweepstakes. (Wall Street Journal)
And, finally ... the market stars seem to be lining up nicely for December, but there are three things that could get in the way. CNBC's Patti Domm explains.
—By CNBC's Jeff Cox. Follow him on Twitter @JeffCoxCNBCcom.