So, it’s quick links time!
Brett McS sent me this one within moments of me reading an excerpt from it in The Corner. It’s an interesting and perhaps obvious point, though I think perhaps a little optimistic. And I’m not inclined towards optimism these years.
The EU is being made redundant by technological change. In the 1950s, a regional trade association arguably made sense. But in a world where capital surges around the globe at the touch of a button, physical proximity becomes irrelevant. When deciding whether to invest in a country, corporations will consider many factors – tax rates, regulation, language, corruptibility of public officials – before they worry about geography.
The Internet makes it as easy for my constituents to do business with a company in New Zealand as with a company in Belgium. Easier, indeed, because the Kiwi company shares our common law, accountancy practices, commercial traditions and language.
This one is curtsies to RC2 (“Behold The Bolivarian Revolution!“). I thought this line was funny:
Police salaries remain low, sapping motivation. And in a country with the highest inflation rate in the hemisphere, more than 30 percent a year, some officers have turned to supplementing their incomes with crimes like kidnappings.
I think perhaps the propensity towards kidnappings might be doing more for the murder rate than police salaries. Just going out on a limb, there. I don’t think, just doing some back-of-the-napkin rounding, that were police salaries to fall 30% in, say, Seattle, or Redmond, or Davenport, Iowa, that the police would immediately turn to kidnapping to pay their family’s cable bills.
I do love me some infographics!
There’s quite a bit of talk about cats in there.