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In story: 23 April 2014

Re: Could you get Spanish nationality?
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But, do you know the main ingredient of paella?

Spanish tortilla?

Ok, you're Spanish!

This test actually seems to be a step down from the US version.  At least that test is concerned with whether you know how the government actually works.

by ManfromMiddletown (manfrommiddletown at lycos dot com) on
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In story: 23 April 2014

Re: Could you get Spanish nationality?
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Google Translate wanted me to say that the tortilla was made of egg and chips. That's on a par with Terry's mince in paella.

I fled to the Spanish version. 85%. So I can haz nasshionality?

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on
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In story: 23 April 2014

Re: Could you get Spanish nationality?
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I note the helpful translations :

"What are the fundamental ingredients of the Spanish Tortilla?"
The correct answer being apparently :
"A  Egg and chips"

(huevo y patatas)

Running at 82% so far.

by eurogreen on
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In story: 23 April 2014

Re: Could you get Spanish nationality?
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Is it in english?

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on
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In story: Wednesday Open Thread

Re: Wednesday Open Thread
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by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on
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In story: 23 April 2014

Could you get Spanish nationality?
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Note: I'm not asking would you want to.

Test your Spanishness!

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on
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In story: Further notes on Piketty's Capital

Re: the masses are getting in on it
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What, it's not common knowledge that finance people have no idea what they're talking about?

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on
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the plural of anecdote is not data

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on
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In story: Further notes on Piketty's Capital

Re: the masses are getting in on it
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And a comment that informs the rest of us about that!

by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on
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Possibly, but I vastly prefer this critique of Hersch's article.

Conclusion: Mr. Hersh provides interesting information from his sources, but it cannot be independently verified and is therefore not usable in our investigation.

    The DIA document seems to be mostly based on the Turkey arrests, but does provide more inside information from the interrogations that followed.
    The Russian sarin sample sounds reliable and plausible, but does not add any information over the UN's analysis.
    The claims of Turkey's involvement are based on weak evidence, which is far below the evidentiary threshold required for such an outrageous claim.



by generic on
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there are less at risk perpetrators reaching out because of the high risk of being "criminalized" if the therapist / counselor / psychologist they confide assesses that the person is a high risk for harming children.  Such professionals are legally obligated to report patients / clients in such cases, and can risk losing their license if they do not.  So -- just by going to a professional to seek help -- a person in this circumstance takes a high risk of getting themself locked up in a prison or medical facility.

A related point is how poorly prepared most professional counselors are to deal with these cases.

by marco on
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In story: Tuesday Open Thread

Re: Tuesday Open Thread
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Finally, ET provides some damn useful information.   ;-)

by Crazy Horse on
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In story: 23 April 2014

Libertarian reading comprehension
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by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on
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In story: Further notes on Piketty's Capital

Re: Further notes on Piketty's Capital
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Yes, there is a section of chapter 6 called "Beyond the two Cambridge"

by Cyrille (cyrillev domain yahoo.fr) on
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In story: Further notes on Piketty's Capital

Re: Further notes on Piketty's Capital
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Does Piketty say anything about the Cambridge Capital Controversy? How can this redefine capital after 200 years of confusion without resolving that debate?

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on
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In story: Further notes on Piketty's Capital

Re: Migeru on German 'competitiveness'
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In fact the German current account surplus increased to 7% even after the European Commission put the "macroeconomic imbalances" threshold at 6% so as not to bother Germany.

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on
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In story: Further notes on Piketty's Capital

Re: the masses are getting in on it
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I have a friend who works in a bank as a quant who thought the book would be too difficult for him (not because of the maths, but because of economic understanding)
Wow, a quant who's aware of the extent to which the quant finance industry cultivates economic illiteracy in its members.

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on
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In story: Further notes on Piketty's Capital

Re: Migeru on German 'competitiveness'
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The Court Astrologer: The Eurozone's giant sucking sound (2013/11/04)

See also my twitpic for more Eurostat sector balance charts.

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on
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Same story. He was forced out of his own business because internet freedom is off the agenda in Russia.

by eurogreen on
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In story: In defense of tree-huggers

Re: In defense of tree-huggers
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The problem is that one needs quite a lot of sophisticated cultural baggage to get past the basic idea that "more stuff = better life". Even in our wealthy societies where that is manifestly not the case for a majority of people. The young will save us : those who have grown up with scarcity of work and money but have the cultural baggage to put it into perspective, are often philosophically attuned to the idea of having a rich life which is poor in material stuff.

But with respect to places where people are doing subsistence agriculture without access to labour-saving devices, "more stuff = better life" is manifestly true. And where periurban dwellers don't have access to safe water and basic sanitation, same again.

So I have a lot of sympathy for the idea that to achieve an ecological transition, a society has to be mature and ready. As with the demographic transition, Sweden is at the forefront. That means there's hope for the rest of us.

As with the demographic transition, China will probably short-circuit the process by the application of brute force. That will give an alternative model, philosophically less attractive.

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In story: Further notes on Piketty's Capital

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That is somewhat amazing, and a very positive development.

I cannot say enough how much effort he put into making it readable by all (all graphs have an "how to read this graph" in small prints underneath). But it IS 950 pages long and about economics, which means constant numeric descriptions.

I have a friend who works in a bank as a quant who thought the book would be too difficult for him (not because of the maths, but because of economic understanding). Of course, he's wrong, and I told him. But if he could think so, then it's an incredible outcome that the book could be top of the sales.

by Cyrille (cyrillev domain yahoo.fr) on
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There is an interview of Piketty in le Monde today, and what he says seems to confirm my suspicion.

Loosely translated, answering a question about the fact that we don't hear too many stringent criticisms of his book (whereas several have praised it), even though there must be many opponents of his theories, with easy access to the media:

"We don't hear them much because my book is not a book of theory or speculation. By the end, I draw conclusions with which one may disagree, but the large majority of the book is made of descriptions of the historical of inequalities of assets holdings. I think it is not something easily brushed away. [...] people may draw different conclusions, but the diagnosis is hard to dispute."

By the way, it's interesting that potential critics are understood to necessarily come from the right. However, much as I appreciate his tremendous historical work, I feel that if anything he errs towards the right. In the description, as he himself says, because official data would tend to understate the extent of inequalities (tax havens have become a bigger factor with the increased mobility of capital). And in highlighting policy causes, probably deliberately so that his work cannot be brushed aside.

Which makes Galbraith remark (clearly intended as a negative) that this, despite wanting to be, is not the definitive work on Capital fall flat. First, being a definitive work is a silly target (why would you not want people to add?). But second, because Piketty deliberately made sure it would not be. He wanted it to be readable by all and dismissable by none.

This book (and the World Top Income Database. In many ways, the book is a summary of the base and an example of what can be done with it) is so important because it forces open a whole area of investigation. It does not seek to close anything.

by Cyrille (cyrillev domain yahoo.fr) on
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Seems that Hersh may be prey to Ed Woodward syndrome of not understanding that sources have their own agenda

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on
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Ooooooh, I bet they're really scared.

NOT

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on
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In story: Further notes on Piketty's Capital

Re: the masses are getting in on it
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"Temporarily out of stock". (I just ordered the French version).
by gk (g k quattro due due sette "at" gmail.com) on
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Britain is a great country. It's the people who are are rubbish ;-)

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on
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He's evidently confident that the conservatives will become hysterical in the aftermath of next month's elections.

This is the thing; if the Tories were more confident about what they stood for, or at least could be honest about it, then ukip wouldn't matter. But the Tories campaign on the lie that "we're all in it together", that even their supporters will get some measure of improvement from their policies.

Yet they know this is not true. They are corporate whores who seek only to increase the wealth of the very richest and the easiest way to do that is to take it from everyone else, including the middle classes and especially the previously tory voting working classes who are becoming ukip's bedrock suport.

And the saddest thing is the Labour are getting the yips about ukip as well despite the fact that the working class electorate embracing ukip haven't voted for them since the 70s. Ukip are actually the best thing form labour is decades, totally splitting the selfish vote

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on
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In story: Further notes on Piketty's Capital

Re: Further notes on Piketty's Capital
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http://www.msnbc.com/all-in/watch/not-born-rich-out-of-luck-229868611955

Here's an interview with Piketty, apologies if already posted.

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on
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In story: Tuesday Open Thread

Re: Tuesday Open Thread
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No please, enjoy.

But personally, I'll pass

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on
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Ah, "routinely", that's the get-out.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on
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News and Views

 23 April 2014

by ceebs - Apr 22, 44 comments

Your take on today's news media

 22 April 2014

by afew - Apr 21, 51 comments

Your take on today's news media

 Wednesday Open Thread

by Helen - Apr 23, 1 comment

I hear the sound of a gentle word on the wind

 Tuesday Open Thread

by In Wales - Apr 22, 6 comments

Any left over chocolate?

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