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...would look strangely at this thread. We doing nothing but mock or lament at the clippings...
by Nomad on Tue Jun 6th, 2006 at 05:08:09 AM EST
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I think we select clippings with a view to mocking or lamenting them in the first place.

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Jun 6th, 2006 at 05:09:32 AM EST
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I'll let Fran answer that :-)

But, if you look through the thread, the discussions are rarely meta, they are on the substance of the article : Brown's speech before the CBI, for example, or Royal's remarks on the 35-hour week, or the "report" claiming business doesn't have a say in EU regulation-making.

The above piece about tech investment invites mockery. Until yesterday the pundits were all telling us Europe doesn't have the right kind of business environment for tech innovation, over-regulation and not enough R&D, etc etc. Now we're told it's great. Everything suddenly changed? Or the message changed?

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Tue Jun 6th, 2006 at 05:48:35 AM EST
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Nah, Microsoft decided to buy a couple of startups so they have to come up with a theory of it.

It's like stock market analysts who are paid to come up qith ex-post-facto explanations of rndom market movements.

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Jun 6th, 2006 at 05:53:02 AM EST
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I dunno... news is bad almost be definition. I think this kind of behavior is a cultural universal.

The fact is that what we're experiencing right now is a top-down disaster. -Paul Krugman
by dvx (dvx.clt št gmail dotcom) on Tue Jun 6th, 2006 at 05:19:52 AM EST
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No, we don't. We discuss Royal's statements on the 35-hour week, for example. We criticise Brown's anti-European speech. This is neither mocking nor lamenting. Though, of course, there are often things to mock or lament in a press review.

As for the hypothetical outsider, it all depends on who s/he is, and what her/is feelings about life, society, the world, are... ;)

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Tue Jun 6th, 2006 at 05:53:52 AM EST
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