Monthly Archives: June 2013

Go refract yourselves

“Law-abiding” citizens have “nothing to fear” from the British intelligence services, the foreign secretary says. William Hague said reports that the UK’s eavesdropping centre GCHQ had circumvented the law to gather data on British citizens were “nonsense”. But he refused to confirm or deny claims GCHQ has had access to a US spy programme called […]

Putdowns with style — economists’ version

I was very chuffed when my favourite econblogger made one of my comments the centrepiece of a post. That is a prominent economist being nice. Then there are economists engaged in public putdowns. In 2002 Kenneth Rogoff penned an open letter to Joseph Stiglitz. In Scott Sumner’s words: I used to think that Ken Rogoff’s 2002 […]

Ausgang!

Germany has found that it has 1.5 million fewer people than was generally assumed, following the first census since reunification in 1990. The new data revealed a population of 80.2 million, the federal statistics office Destatis said. The census in the EU’s most populous country was carried out on 9 May, 2011. Until now, the […]

N Guilty Men: a meditation on the presumption of innocence

First, the societies that did not have it: 1. Ancient Israel: And Abraham drew near and said, Wilt thou also destroy the righteous with the wicked? Peradventure there be fifty righteous within the city: wilt thou also destroy and not spare the place for the fifty righteous that are therein? That be far from thee […]