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by afew Tue Feb 5th, 2013 at 11:06:12 AM EST

Tuesdays are OK


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by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Tue Feb 5th, 2013 at 11:06:42 AM EST
Yes, Tuesdays are okay.

But Saturday night's alright for fighting.

'tis strange I should be old and neither wise nor valiant. From "The Maid's Tragedy" by Beaumont & Fletcher

by Wife of Bath (kareninaustin at g mail dot com) on Tue Feb 5th, 2013 at 03:40:39 PM EST
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Did you ever go for a pee and find the lights go out before you've finished?

Movement detector. Thirty second timer.

Don't wave your arms. Shrug your shoulders, carefully.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Tue Feb 5th, 2013 at 11:20:45 AM EST
I heard of an economics conference once where a presentation was so dynamic that the lights timed out after 15 minutes

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Tue Feb 5th, 2013 at 11:51:35 AM EST
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eFinancialCareers: Lords, princelings and princesses: why it still helps to be posh to work in finance
Getting a job in financial services has undoubtedly become more meritocratic as diversity programs at large institutions take hold. But in a world where relationships and personal connections still matter, do firms secretly prefer to hire the upper classes?

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Upper class connections also count outside Britain. In China, the so-called `princelings' - descendants of Mao's generals who wield massive influence in the country - are prominent in the financial sector. A number of the second generation have risen to senior positions in local institutions. Liu Lefei, son of Liu Yunshan who is in charge of ideology and propaganda in the Communist Party, was until recently chairman and chief executive of Citec Securities. Liu Xiaoyuan, daughter-in-law to economy reformist Deng Xiaoping, is vice general manager of Beijing Investment Consultants.

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But even in the US, which prides itself on equal opportunity, the financial sector prefers the privileged. According to a 2012 study published by Lauren A. Rivera from Northwestern University, the recruitment process remains slanted towards those from an upper class background. Rivera,  assistant professor of management and organisations at the school, interviewed over 100 Wall Street professionals for her research.



I distribute. You re-distribute. He gives your hard-earned money to lazy scroungers. -- JakeS
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Feb 5th, 2013 at 11:50:35 AM EST
My President Is Busy | Thomas Friedman | 10.11.12
You should be so lucky that the president feels he has the time, energy and political capital to spend wrestling with Bibi to forge a peace between Israelis and Palestinians. I don't see it anytime soon. Obama has his marching orders from the American people: Focus on Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, not on Bethlehem, Palestine, and focus on getting us out of quagmires (Afghanistan) not into them (Syria). No, my Israeli friends, it's much worse than you think: You're home alone.

Of course, no one here will tell you that. To the contrary, there will surely be a new secretary of state visiting you next year with the umpteenth road map for "confidence-building measures" between Israelis and Palestinians. He or she may even tell you that "this is the year of decision." Be careful. We've been there before. If you Google "Year of decision in the Middle East," you'll get more than 100,000,000 links.

One Friedman unit later:
President Barack Obama will visit Israel in the spring, the White House said Tuesday, marking Obama's first visit to the staunch U.S. ally since becoming president.

Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu discussed the visit by phone in late January, when Obama congratulated Netanyahu on his success in Israel's recent election. The White House has not released the date of Obama's trip or details about Obama's itinerary, but Israel's Channel 10 reported that a visit had been scheduled for March 20.

(h/t for the juxtaposition: Ha'aretz)
by gk (g k quattro due due sette "at" gmail.com) on Tue Feb 5th, 2013 at 02:13:41 PM EST
Definitely worthy of: [Moustache of Understanding Alert]
by Bernard on Tue Feb 5th, 2013 at 04:32:44 PM EST
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When he finds out about regexps he's going to totally freak
It seems plausible that long-time New York Times columnists might not know how to use Google, but it's appalling if the people who edit and fact-check the columns don't know how to use Google.

Surely Friedman is above such mere mortals as editors. Or he could be simultaneously above them and not above them, while looking at them from his hotel window in Gaza.

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sapere aude

by Number 6 on Wed Feb 6th, 2013 at 05:00:58 AM EST
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brits just voted in gay marriage. 400 to 175 agin.

"We can all be prosperous but we can't all be rich." Ian Welsh
by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Tue Feb 5th, 2013 at 02:21:20 PM EST
According to BBC, more tories voted against than in favour.

heh

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Tue Feb 5th, 2013 at 03:22:31 PM EST
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Interesting to compare parliamentary traditions.

In the Assemblée Nationale, they've been discussing it for more than a week now, and voting on each clause and on hundreds of amendments. The Right has decided on systematic obstruction and filibuster, and in retaliation the Left has decided to sit continuously, weekend and nights included, with short breaks from time to time (French parliament allows proxy voting, so there are sometimes only a few dozen MPs present). The Right is doing all the talking, spinning it out as long as possible. The Left just sit tight and vote down all their amendments.

Voting is on party lines, while each side pretends it's a conscience vote: only 2 right wingers have announced they will vote in favour at the end of debates (a couple more have announced they will abstain). Half a dozen on the left are expected to vote against; they all represent overseas constituencies, where family values are reputed to be more conservative.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Wed Feb 6th, 2013 at 03:29:56 AM EST
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this will be cameron's legacy, his 'yes, but...'

like n.ireland for blair.

"We can all be prosperous but we can't all be rich." Ian Welsh

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Wed Feb 6th, 2013 at 07:42:08 AM EST
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The Independent
Research by Virginia Tech found that reading so-called "chick lit" books in which the protagonist worried about her weight made women uncomfortable about their own body image.

It looked at "the effect of protagonist body weight and body esteem on female readers' body esteem" and concluded that "scholars and health officials should be concerned about the effect chick lit novels might have on women's body image".

Coming next: The effect of La coscienza di Zeno on people trying to stop smoking.
by gk (g k quattro due due sette "at" gmail.com) on Wed Feb 6th, 2013 at 03:31:01 AM EST
From the conclusions.
The neoclassical interpretation is that Macbeth became involved in conflict due to imperfect information as to his opponents' preferences and strengths; that he made his choices rationally given his priors of belief; that his choices had been hard because they belonged to sets of equilibrium strategies containing more than one element; that, perhaps, there was an element of the irrational in his deeds that took the form of some random `tremble'; some deviation from the optimal strategy which packs no significance in itself; and so on. All these suppositions are contentious because they wilfully ignore the possibility that a rational Macbeth could have chosen from the non-equilibrium strategy set as well (as I have contended in this book). None, however, is as contentious, and downright absurd, as the assertion that Macbeth's choices left his personality unaffected, or that they affected him in a predetermined (even if stochastically so) manner. Once choice and action contaminate motivation, the latter cannot determine the former. Indeterminacy is, therefore, irrepressible not just as the stuff of good theatre but also as a prerequisite for human development.
by gk (g k quattro due due sette "at" gmail.com) on Wed Feb 6th, 2013 at 05:38:00 AM EST
Indeterminacy is, therefore, irrepressible not just as the stuff of good theatre but also as a prerequisite for human development.

... and descends all the way down to the sub-nuclear particles we are made of.

Model that, Mister Smarty Pants Neo-Classical Economist.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Wed Feb 6th, 2013 at 05:43:48 AM EST
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gk:
Once choice and action contaminate motivation, the latter cannot determine the former.

Good summary of the major theme of Macbeth.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Wed Feb 6th, 2013 at 06:01:52 AM EST
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Somehow or other I got on the Stratfor mailing list. I just received a message with the subject
Impress your valentine as a Stratfor subscriber
by gk (g k quattro due due sette "at" gmail.com) on Wed Feb 6th, 2013 at 06:52:04 AM EST


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