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Open Thread 5 - 18 Feb

by Bjinse Tue Feb 6th, 2018 at 10:55:42 AM EST

The purpose of life is to live it, to thread to the utmost

by generic on Tue Feb 6th, 2018 at 06:04:53 PM EST
unthinking? Yup
Wise? You're kidding, right?

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Tue Feb 6th, 2018 at 09:12:07 PM EST
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Omniscience is assumed. But wisdom does not necessarily follow, not least because omniscience fails to obtain. But that is Neo-Classical Economics to the core. The Prime Directive? Ignore all inconsistencies.    

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Fri Feb 9th, 2018 at 05:13:29 PM EST
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I just received an e-mail informing me of the death of our friend Len. I am so sad. He was such a nice, kind person.

"Dieu se rit des hommes qui se plaignent des conséquences alors qu'ils en chérissent les causes" Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet
by Melanchthon on Wed Feb 7th, 2018 at 12:06:46 PM EST
Ah, that's bad news

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Feb 7th, 2018 at 02:23:06 PM EST
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Slightly buried by the GroKo news - but this has the potential of an important new step in the Energywende. If the SPD finally manages to withstand the coal-lobby, that is.

New German Government Adopts Coal Phase-Out in All But Name - Energy Collective

The coalition accord between Angela Merkel and Martin Schulz includes an increase in the renewables target in the electricity mix from 50% to 65% by 2030. Jon Berntsen and Anders Nordeng of Thomson Reuters Point Carbon have analysed how this will impact the German energy sector and conclude that it is a coal phaseout policy in all but name.

On 12 January, Angela Merkel's CDU/CSU party and Martin Schulz' SPD announced they had reached a provisional agreement on several key elements of German energy and climate policy for the years to come.

However, Merkel and Schulz did stress their determination to stick to the 2030 goal of cutting 55 percent on 1990-levels. They intend to table a legislative proposal to that effect in 2019.

What is more, they also want to accelerate the deployment of new renewable energy, by raising the target for the share of renewables to 65 percent in 2030. The current target for that year is a 50 percent share. They explained that a market-oriented expansion of renewables is a "precondition for a successful climate policy".


Without too much reading between the lines it seems reasonable to conclude that the discussion on coal phase-out in the years to come, both within the coal commission and the ensuing political debate, will revolve around a) the timeline (how fast/ambitious) and b) the support schemes to be put in place to compensate coal regions and to train/re-educate miners to change to different professions.

In this analysis we look into how the more ambitious RES (renewable energy sources) target for 2030 will imply a more rapid phase-out of coal, how this will affect power sector emissions over the next decade, and how this could impact carbon prices.

by Bjinse on Fri Feb 9th, 2018 at 10:18:38 AM EST
From Der Postillon.

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Fri Feb 9th, 2018 at 11:01:15 AM EST
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Fri Feb 9th, 2018 at 01:17:12 PM EST
Development by the numbers
How good are the numbers? This paper provides a review of the data quality in the most
important databases on economic development. It discusses the provenance and quality
of the observations in the data sets and equips data users with a guide to judge data
by generic on Mon Feb 12th, 2018 at 02:04:39 PM EST
  1. "as if" an estimate were a count
  2. "as if" an estimate were verified by a count
The report laid out a grand ambition. It recognized that currently "whole groups of people are not being counted and important aspects of people's lives and environmental conditions are still not measured." From that acknowledgement came a startling next step with the report declaring that, "[n]ever again should it be possible to say, `we didn't know'.  No one should be invisible. This is the world we want - a world that counts." One can understand this enthusiasm, though with some reservation. There are serious limits to what can be known through counting. Moreover; not all issues can be resolved through counting.  Restricting the production of knowledge and the design of governance to these methods of numeracy and counting may have serious pitfalls.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon Feb 12th, 2018 at 03:17:32 PM EST
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She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Mon Feb 12th, 2018 at 05:27:56 PM EST
Dante put the worst sinners in the Ninth Circle (guilty of treachery) of hell--right next to Satan at its center. People with whom readers would not want to share a dinner ended there as eternal punishment. But that doesn't mean that the militarists and the chief crazy in the White House, in other words those who would get an immediate pass for the Ninth Circle, are going to establish a military draft anytime soon.
And the title of the article?
A Military Draft Will Return When the Ninth Circle of Hell Freezes Over
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Thu Feb 15th, 2018 at 08:00:18 AM EST
Mother Jones
And Mother Jones has learned that Daniels years earlier talked about having had a sexual relationship with Trump--and in lurid detail. According to 2009 emails between political operatives who were at the time advising Daniels on a possible political campaign, the adult film actor and director claimed that her affair with Trump included an unusual act: spanking him with a copy of Forbes magazine.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Fri Feb 16th, 2018 at 09:33:25 AM EST
"...and it involved a copy of Forbes with Trump on the cover."

January 17, 2018:

Stephen Colbert reactions also accurately represent my own response to this story.

by Bjinse on Fri Feb 16th, 2018 at 11:50:52 AM EST
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Someone found a practical use to Forbes magazine? <shock>

(Colbert: I cant' believe this is a joke based on actual news)

by Bernard on Fri Feb 16th, 2018 at 08:59:51 PM EST
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J. W. Mason
I have a long review up at Boston Review of three books by Yanis Varoufakis: The Global Minotaur, And the Weak Suffer What They Must?, and Adults in the Room. Here's the start:

In the spring of 2015, a series of debt negotiations briefly claimed a share of the world's attention that normally goes only to events where celebrities give each other prizes. Syriza, a scrappy left-wing party, had stormed into office in Greece on a promise to challenge the consortium of international creditors that had effectively ruled the country since its debt crisis broke out in 2010. For years, austerity, deregulation, the rolling back of labor rights and public services, the rule of money over society, had been facts of life. Now suddenly they were live political questions. It was riveting.

Syriza was represented in these negotiations by its finance minister, Yanis Varoufakis. With his shaved head, leather jacket, and motorcycle, he was not just a visual contrast to the gray-suited Eurocrats across the table. His radical but rigorous proposals for a different kind of Europe--one based on meeting human needs rather than rigid financial criteria--offered a daily rebuke to the old refrain "there is no alternative."

by generic on Fri Feb 16th, 2018 at 08:24:23 PM EST

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