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Paul Summerville • février 17, 2013

Commentary on hallucinations, the wealth fixation, working at Amazon UK, stuck on nuclear, and some sparks flew.

Don’t worry you’ve got company. (ed’s note – for those who haven’t hallucinated the experience is a little like a fulsome dream only without the excuse that you were asleep).

Paul Summerville • février 14, 2013

Commentary on the price of free speech, Japan’s big bet, the peace plan, how memory works, Photoshop moments, and the US climate change villain.

Danish hero. Thanks to David of London.

Spectator -- 'I may be killed if I write this’
Lars Hedegaard, founder of Denmark’s Free Press Society, speaks from a secret location after an attempt on his life.

Related.

Paul Summerville • février 13, 2013

Commentary on the risk in bonds, can the GOP be saved, what next Pope, Japan’s decline, and Colbert on the Canadian Pope.

Keep an eye on those yields.

The Motley Fool -- Bonds: So Much More Dangerous Than You Think
You may not have noticed it, but bonds haven't done well lately.

 

Paul Summerville • février 9, 2013

Commentary on Britain’s breakdown, China-Japan tensions, evil king fascination, how understanding politics makes good policy harder, makin sents, and the death of Keystone.

In-sourcing leaders.

Telegraph -- It’s Britain that is in need of overseas aid
Don’t stop at the Bank of England – most of our institutions could do with a foreign touch.

Paul Summerville • janvier 31, 2013

Commentary on the great wolf extermination, who has the stomach to raise taxes and cut spending, Japan examined, a summary of the history of ‘Indian’ removal in the United States, cashing out on bad weather, wonderful Manet, Japan’s blindness, and seven years on.

Human beings are great at stuff they put their minds to.

Paul Summerville • janvier 12, 2013

Commentary on an important squiggle, fatter world, the coin, the Japanese monetary and fiscal Rubicon, a bi-polar world, the tax man cometh, not ideal, and the great Victoria real estate double squeeze.

The end of the signature.

Telegraph -- Handwriting? It’s a currency that’s devalued
The new US treasury chief isn’t alone. I’ll give you a dollar if you can write your name clearly.

Paul Summerville • janvier 9, 2013

Commentary on India’s 100% club, cutting upper middle class child support, peeling back the layers of welfare, Japan ups defence spending, and not idle about revenue sharing.

The 100% club and you only need to be female to be a member.

Paul Summerville • décembre 31, 2012

Commentary on cool 2012 numbers, Nate’s numbers, Abe’s monetary delusion, and two mentors pass away in 2012.

The FT sums up the year in numbers.

Financial Times -- 2012 by numbers
From supersize national debts to subatomic particles to a sound barrier-busting free fall, we round up the year's stand out statistics.

How Nate nailed it.

Paul Summerville • décembre 27, 2012

Commentary on 10 extreme weather events in 2012, the private lives of elephants, Lincoln the movie, evolving human beings, what’s at stake in Japan, and personifying pipelines.

Has the conversation really changed?

Paul Summerville • décembre 21, 2012

Commentary on the world according to charts, is America’s moral compass broken, why austerity is killing the British economy, the Spanish case, why economic liberalism still works, and Tom’s first year.

Useful chart packages of the best 2012 charts. Hat tip Macquarie.

Business Insider -- Wall Street's Biggest Geniuses Reveal Their Favorite Charts Of 2012
There's no better way to understand the world than with charts.

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