Britain evacuates all embassy staff from Iran

November 30, 2011 § Leave a comment

This Just In

 Britain has closed its embassy in Iran and evacuated all its staff from that country following the attack on the British embassy in Tehran Tuesday, British Foreign Secretary William Hague said Wednesday.

Iran has also been ordered to close its embassy in London, with its staff given 48 hours to leave, Hague said in a strongly worded statement to the U.K. Parliament.

Protesters stormed Britain’s embassy and a separate compound Tuesday in Iran’s capital, sparking outrage in the United Kingdom.

“This is a breach of international responsibilities of which any nation should be ashamed,” Hague said.

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Economic history of the world in 4 minutes, from Hans Rosling at BBC

November 28, 2011 § Leave a comment

Millard Fillmore's Bathtub

I would have sworn I had posted this earlier.  I can’t find it in any search right now.

So, here it is:

Hans Rosling does a program on BBC showing, among other things, great data displays.  In this one he shows how the development of trade and free enterprise economics lifted most of the world out of dismal, utter poverty, over the course of 200 years.

“200 countries, 200 years, in 4 minutes – the Joy of Statistics”

How can you use this in the class, world history teachers?  Economics teachers?  Does freedom mean you can get rich?  Or does getting rich mean you get freedom?  Can a nation achieve riches without freedom, or freedom without riches?

You need to know:

Uploaded by BBC on Nov 26, 2010

More about this programme:
Hans Rosling’s famous lectures combine enormous quantities of public data with a sport’s commentator’s style to reveal…

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The Neuroeconomics Revolution

November 24, 2011 § Leave a comment

Economics is at the start of a revolution that is traceable to an unexpected source: medical schools and their research facilities.“

Project Syndicate has this interesting article by Robert Shiller ("Animal Spirits") on the new wave in economic thinking. Maybe these neuroeconomists should first try to understand what is wrong with traditional economists’ brain to have such a distorted view of how the economy REALLY works?

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Disillusioned Everton supporters urged to take notes on Cairo protests

November 23, 2011 § Leave a comment

Kicking Sport

Everton supporters who held a protest against the club’s board and its transfer policy before the weekend match against Wolves are being encouraged to improve their attempts to cause a bit of mayhem by watching coverage of the ongoing Egyptian unrest.

The people in Cairo are venting their fury at the delayed handover of the running of their country – something that some of the Goodison Park faithful can apparently relate to.

“It’s worth bearing in mind,” admitted one Blue Union member. “Some said we didn’t even wake Bill Kenwright from his nap in the director’s box on Saturday.

“The game was so dull that he didn’t stir until after five as it happens.

“That’s the problem in a nutshell – we just need to communicate it a bit more effectively.

“Or loudly.”

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Funny Because It’s True

November 21, 2011 § Leave a comment

The Technocratic Nightmare –

November 19, 2011 § Leave a comment


The mess threatens to bring down the European project and European economies. It threatens to send the world into another global recession. (At this point, Chancellor Angela Merkel has more influence over President Obama’s re-election chances than Obama himself does.)

On a superficial level, the fault lies with the current European leadership, their addiction to inadequate patches and fudges. But the real problems emerge from the technocratic mind-set, from the arrogant gray men who believe they can engineer society, oblivious to history, language, culture, values and place.

And the final curse is that while building Europe in this way was a mistake, Europeans cannot now simply reverse course. If the euro was immediately dissolved, the Deutschmark would surge, nearly every other currency would plummet and the imbalances would create a global catastrophe.

via The Technocratic Nightmare –

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Switzerland to Allow Four Plants Per Person Legally Starting January 1st

November 18, 2011 § Leave a comment


From Ian Sparks at The Daily Mail:

Swiss cannabis smokers will be allowed to grow four marijuana plants each (to stop them buying drugs illegally)

Last updated at 2:07 AM on 17th November 2011

Cannabis smokers in Switzerland will soon be allowed to grow up to four marijuana plants each at home to stop them buying drugs on the black market.

A spokesman for the Neuchatel region said: ‘We have agreed these new rules to prevent drugs tourism between regions where the rules are different, and to stop them buying it on the streets.

The rules will apply in the cantons of Vaud, Neuchatel, Geneva and Fribourg from January 1 next year.

Read the whole article here at the Daily Mail.

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