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Just-in-Time Economy Becoming a Problem for Europe, Lagarde Says (Bloomberg)

Bloomberg title: Just-in-Time Economy Becoming a Problem for Europe, Lagarde SaysBy: Zoe SchneeweissDate: 16 October 2021 "European Central Bank President Christine Lagarde warned that the globalized nature of the euro area’s economy makes it highly vulnerable to systemic shocks from supply chain disruptions.  “There are signs that the global economy could...

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Facebook Should Stop Pretending It Has Such High Standards (Bloomberg)

Bloomberg title: Facebook Should Stop Pretending It Has Such High StandardsBloomberg subtitle: The company’s critics, employees and founder would be better off if they just admitted its main goal is to earn a profit.By: Matthew YglesiasDate: 10 October 2021 "Facebook whistle-blower Frances Haugen has bequeathed to the world a trove of documents about the...

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BoJo’s levelling up the UK: needs, wants & beliefs

I'm intrigued by the British PM's determination to "level up" the UK. Ultimately, it might just be another one of his pranks but let's suppose that it's not. Is it even possible to level up a nation or a society? Yes, it is indeed as China has shown. However, Western democracies are facing elections without a fixed outcome. In my view, his belief in levelling up...

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China: appear strong when you are weak

My blog title is the 2nd part of an advice from the ancient book The Art of War by Chinese military strategist Sun Tzu (544 BC - 496 BC): “Appear weak when you are strong, and strong when you are weak.” The continued Chinese military plane incursions in Taiwanese airspace remind me of that Sun Tzu quote (eg, NR). A recent report by Goldman Sachs economists, as...

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The survival of reason in a climate of fear

Both governments and their opposition - of whatever kind - use fear to bolster support in contentious issues (eg, covid-19). Governments force us to choose sides by threatening us with expulsion from society (eg, fines, imprisonment, passports). The opposition stirs our fears by labelling government policies as a conspiracy and as a brutal attack on our rights (eg,...

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How CEOs became the 4th branch of government (Axios)

Axios title: How CEOs became the 4th branch of governmentBy: Felix Salmon, author of CapitalDate: 12 January 2021 "America needs law and order — but emphatically not the kind that President Trump has in mind when he uses the phrase. That's the message being sent by a broad coalition of CEOs who are silencing Trump and punishing his acolytes in Congress. Why it...

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