Friday, November 20, 2009

Quick Round Up

Charlemagne has some on-point analysis of the EU leadership decisions. It is really a pity.

Thierry Henry committed an intentional handball in the French-Ireland World Cup qualifying match. Video here. It's sparked a media firestorm with people calling it the Hand of God, Hand of Gaul, and some pun about the Eiffel Tower that I forget.

This interview (mp3) with the author of Liquidated: An Ethnography of Wall Street, Karen Ho, an anthropologist at the University of Minnesota, has some interesting insights into the culture of Wall Street. She, like so many others, says we should bring back Glass-Steagall, for which I still await a compelling justification. What disappointed me with Ms. Ho's assertion is that I felt there might be a reasonable justification behind it, but none was forthcoming.

The OECD thinks we'll have faster employment recovery than Europe, but part of that is that we've had a faster rise in unemployment in the first place. Europe doesn't have as violent swings in unemployment for a variety of structural reasons. These keep employment at a relatively constant, but somewhat socially problematic level.

I might download the Google Chrome OS virtual machine to see what the heck they're doing because I'm just not sure what their point is.

Strategy Page:
Algeria is threatening to sue France in the International Court of Justice over how France administered Algeria during 130 years of colonial rule (that ended in the 1960s). This could be interesting, because the main reason for France taking control of Algeria was the inability, or unwillingness, of Algerian governments to control the criminal groups, including pirates, who had been preying, for centuries, on European shipping, and civilians living on the coast.


Anonymous said...

Hey FLG, do you recall the ? I had regarding the presumption of innocence and the KSM trial. Well, Krauthammer tackles that one thing morning:

"September 11, 2001 had to speak for itself. A decade later, the deed will be given voice. KSM has gratuitously been presented with the greatest propaganda platform imaginable -- a civilian trial in the media capital of the world -- from which to proclaim the glory of jihad and the criminality of infidel America.

"So why is Attorney General Eric Holder doing this? Ostensibly, to demonstrate to the world the superiority of our system where the rule of law and the fair trial reign.

"Really? What happens if KSM (and his co-defendants) "do not get convicted," asked Senate Judiciary Committee member Herb Kohl. "Failure is not an option," replied Holder. Not an option? Doesn't the presumption of innocence, er, presume that prosecutorial failure -- acquittal, hung jury -- is an option? By undermining that presumption, Holder is undermining the fairness of the trial, the demonstration of which is the alleged rationale for putting on this show in the first place.

"Moreover, everyone knows that whatever the outcome of the trial, KSM will never walk free. He will spend the rest of his natural life in U.S. custody. Which makes the proceedings a farcical show trial from the very beginning."

Mrs. P

Withywindle said...

Whatever the ostensible causes of the French occupation of Algeria, the colonization itself was formidably brutal, even as colonial conquests go. While on principle I don't such things ought to be adjudicated, I have some sympathy for the Algerians.

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