by Tyler Cowen
on September 10, 2013 at 1:06 pm
in Uncategorized |
1. On the Coptic Christians in Egypt.
2. Tim Harford on low pay and the rise of the machines.
5. In Michoacan, citizens fight the drug cartels. And Mexico proposes a sugar drink tax.
6. Bangladesh to pursue legal action against Yunus.
7. For better or worse, China’s growth is being propelled by state-run investment.
#6 – None of this was an issue until Yunus’ political influence started to threaten Hasina’s. Pretty bleak.
Sure. They should just stick the IRS (and the EPA and all the other government agencies they can find) on him like civilized countries do.
Maybe charge his wife with perjury if he has the nerve to beat some trumped up charges.
I don’t understand why people think the decline in labor share is permanent. We are currently in a really strange place in history. Low tariffs, tech that allows labor from all around the world to compete, and half the world just joining global markets (and their labor costs MUCH lower than the developed half of the world). Once China and the rest’s labor costs catch up to the developed world, labor will again become relatively more scarce compared to capital (similarly to the 70s). So one force holding down labor share of GDP should reverse.
Now on tech changes, I can’t say exactly, but no one seems to consider that we might be at the convergence to two forces holding down labor, and at least one will reverse.
#5: Seems like I have heard this one before. Oh, yes, “La Familia Michoacana”, a vigilante group formed in Michoacan to combat drug cartels and fight for social justice in the 1990s. By the mid-2000s, was the leading drug cartel in Michoacan. Which led to the formation of the “Caballeros Templarias”, a vigilante group intended to combat drug cartels and fight for social justice in Michoacan. And now apparently the leading drug cartel in Michoacan, such that we need a “self-defense organization” to combat it. So what’s the over/under on when the “Jose Mireles Band” is responsible for the bulk of the drug trafficking in the state?
If you can’t beat em, join em. Or so says Yosemite Sam.
@#6 – re Yunus bank – let no good deed go unpunished, and yes I’ve seen the literature that microfinance is somewhat overrated (e.g. “Due Diligence” by David Roodman)
#1 Multiculturalism not so good in Egypt. Lets try in America.
2. I think I’ll start worrying when I own a single robot. Even an overpriced Roomba or way overpriced lawn bot are questionable examples of robots since they are really just dedicated appliances with almost the exact same functions. On the other hand, they could put the rug rat out of work in short order, so he should worry right before I get a lawn bot.
@#4 – the interviewee says: “TADROS: The army’s popularity is enormous. There is no doubt that there is majority support for the army’s action. There has been talk of a military coup, but it really isn’t so. The people really do show a majority support for the army. Part of it is understandable; the army has always been a respected institution.” – I’m not a fan of the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) , but this seems like spin. I doubt the Egyptians are really as liberal as Tadros claims. I would bet the MB probably represents the will of the people, sadly. As for Christian persecution in Muslim lands, we’ve seen this movie before in Turkey, nothing new here. There’s even a document in a Greek Orthodox monastery in Turkey that supposedly (I bet it’s a forgery) was written by the Prophet Mohammed himself that says to tolerate the Christians in this particular monastery, but that’s not stopped Turkish restrictions on Christians, which is as popular in Turkey as Fox news is in the Red states.
#1: It will be interesting to see where the Copts land. Europe is as hostile to Christians as anywhere else. America will take in many of them, but our rulers are plenty hostile to Christianity so maybe not. There’s an assumption that American Evangelicals would be campaigning to bring them over. There is a strange rift between Evangelicals and the Orthodox over attempts to woo young people over to the Evangelical side. As is always the case with Arabs, a multitude of conspiracy theories exist about who is cooperating with the MB at the expense of the other.
Why do you think Europe is hostile to Christians? As a European, I think they would be more welcome than any other religion as Europe’s cultural heritage is Christian.
Since the Thirty Years War, European elites have concluded that Christianity is no way to run a country. Ever since they have systematically eliminated Christianity from the culture. It remains a cultural artifact like the Pyramids for Egypt, but Europeans are no more Christian than Egyptians are pro-Pharaoh.
Church Attendance By Country:
I can only speak for Germany, but the two “big churches” here are basically state-churches. I know, I know: They truely are not, things are very complicated, and so on – but from a citizens perspective without a lot of knowledge they could as well be. Church attendance is low because church is as interesting as you would expect a state run “service” (see what I did there?) to be.
Europe is the same as America: So called progressives fighting religion, so called conservatives believing they defend it.
The copts of Egypt are almost as different from us – culturally speaking – than the muslims. Doesn’t mean some of them won’t find their way here, but the problems and opportunities with that will be about the same…
You seem to have left out Ireland from that list, which is still a very Catholic country. And you’ve left out Catholic Poland too. Many Europeans still consider themselves “Christian” despite not attending church. Austria still has tithing embedded in the tax system. The UK has an official church and state religion.
However, human rights law prevents discriminating for or against refugees based on their religion, as it should.
Honestly, I got tired of typing. Poland is a good example of the falling numbers. Their church attendance is 63%, down from 90% two decades ago. Amongst young people, it is now just over 30%. The same story holds in Ireland where it is 46% overall, but below 30% now for young people. The Italians are a little further down the same path. It is not just a European problem. The Turks and Persians have similar issues and also have fertility concerns. The latter is nearly an obsession with their ruling elites.
As far as “considering themselves Christian”, well, “starseeds” are people who consider themselves space aliens.
Yes. The obvious solution is to invite the protagonists from all sides of ancient conflicts to the West, because the taxpayers clearly can afford a vast national security bureaucracy with global reach.
Re: Europe is as hostile to Christians as anywhere else.
If “anywhere else” includes North Korea and assorted Islamist states, the above statement is nonsense. European Christians suffer occasional rudeness from secularists (ditto in the US and Canada) but you can’t compare that to murderous persecution.
“#4 When I began writing this book,… I had a naive gut feeling that all was still salvageable…. But I think I underestimated how severely we have damaged our oceans and their inhabitants. I now think that we have pushed them too far, past some mysterious tipping point that came and went without fanfare, with no red circle on the calendar and without us knowing the precise moment it all became irreversible. I now sincerely believe that it is only a matter of time before the oceans as we know them and need them to be become very different places indeed. No coral reefs teeming with life. No more mighty whales or wobbling penguins. No lobsters or oysters. Sushi without fish”.
Over fishing, climate change, globalization, ocean acidification, oxygen depletion.
All the usual suspects. Eye opening. You won’t like it. So don’t read it.
I decided to check one ‘factoid’ in the linked article #4, and was not impressed
“Already our oceans are 30 percent more acidic than they were thirty years ago” for which the science is wobbly to put it mildly, see the discussion in
The concentration of hydrogen ions in the ocean has increased by 30% in the last few decades. This is serious. Curry likes to use the logarithmic pH scale because the 30% increase in acidity changes the pH by 0.1, which doesn’t sound serious to the innumerate and scientifically ignorant.
While the scientifically informed like to pretend they know what levels were 200+ years ago (not several decades ago)
The concentration of hydrogen ions has increased by 30% in the last few decades. This is serious. Curry likes to use the logarithmic pH scale because a 30% change is 0.1 pH, which sounds less serious to the scientifically illiterate and innumerate audience she writes for.
Why is your use of H+ more valid than her use of pH? Most scientists use pH, not hydronium concentration.
Most things can survive small pH changes ie “large” H+ concentration changes.
Let’s not use the ‘Turkish restrictions on Christians’ for what amounts to jihad-like genocide see for example
People I know have talked to eyewitness Greek war veterans of this campaign, and they admitted there were were atrocities by both sides. Bayoneting pregnant Turkish women is not very nice, anymore than chopping off the hands of fleeing Greek refugees in Smyrna. The Middle East can be pretty brutal, not unlike the Thirty Years War was in Europe.
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