The unemployed themselves are not represented among experts and decision-makers who have paid jobs

“(…)exit of the crisis must hinge upon a deliberate backing of a new, balanced, environmentally sustainable growth model, guaranteed by financial stability and built upon the European welfare state. Achieving this growth model requires the culmination of the Single European Market in sectors such as energy, telecommunications, services and the creation of a truly European labour market. Greater integration of EU markets and greater backing of strategies to innovate and foster good public education will help improve productivity and growth. An active industrial policy must also play a leading role in changing the productive model. It is important to also stress that sustainable and balanced growth cannot be achieved unless social inequalities are drastically reduced.”

These resolutions describe detailed goals of social reconstruction clearly dependent on public initiative and implementation. But they give no indication of the number of jobs created and how much financial sources are needed.

We need to stop trying to be right all the time and try to just be cool. Accept that this is not a logical argument winnable by facts.

Solanum lycopersicum L.

In light of new genetic evidence, the International Code of Botanical Nomenclature has been revised in respect of the botanical name for the species tomato. This will now be known as ‘Solanum Lycopersicum L.’. In order to reflect this change the European Commission published Implementing Directive 2013/45/EC. This Directive requires Member States to update their domestic legislation to take account of this change of name of tomato.

“Decreto-Lei n.º 34/2014 – Ministério da Agricultura e do Mar – Transpõe a Diretiva de Execução n.º 2013/45/UE, da Comissão, de 7 de agosto de 2013, que altera as Diretivas n.os 2002/55/CE e 2008/72/CE do Conselho e a Diretiva n.º 2009/145/CE da Comissão, no que diz respeito à designação botânica de tomate, procedendo à segunda alteração ao Decreto-Lei n.º 329/2007, de 8 de outubro, à segunda alteração ao Decreto-Lei n.º 257/2009, de 24 de setembro, e à terceira alteração ao Decreto-Lei n.º 88/2010, de 20 de julho”.

“Dado o valor que a minha palavra tem não estará à espera de resposta”

If a snake bites your neighbour, you too are in danger

1390996819_europemapfinalfinalUSESwitzerland practices a kind of direct democracy, which means the people is called several times a year to vote directly over initiatives and to make parliament or executive decisions binding. Matters otherwise decided by the political class, in advanced democratic countries, are subject to the direct judgment of citizens. Last weekend the Swiss rendered a decision regarding the unlimited entry of persons from countries that are members of the European Union – in which Switzerland does not participate, result of another popular vote that was strongly opposed by the elites. Should Switzerland, as a sovereign state, assert the right to control its immigration and to set rules for residency?

Additionally, a larger issue hovered behind the vote. It involved resisting the growing power of “Brussels” to centralize and bureaucratize Europe. Almost all the newspapers and the electronic media, as well as the executive, predicted the end of civilization should the people vote wrongly. That forecast was given support by threats fired off by the EU, which claimed that the screening of entrants involves a violation of bilateral Swiss-EU treaties. The threatened consequence: economic retaliation that amounts extortion by a promised boycott.

The story also reveals a sizable gap between the people and the ruling elites that claim to represent them. The difference expresses a crisis of contemporary democracy. This makes Switzerland into a place where one can hear the people’s voice about matters elsewhere are judged too complicated and delicate to be determined outside of governing clans.

Why not start really at the top?

Diablo-Tunnel-1the anti-corruption movement causes much more psychological stress, even anxiety or paranoia in all strata of Chinese society: Everyone knows someone who is corrupt, but few want to get involved in any of this. That’s because China is not only cracking down on corruption, it is simultaneously going after the activists, democrats, and dissidents. China is an economic superpower – rich and mighty. But there also loom deep-rooted political and social maladies which if not treated properly might compromise the country’s former economic successes. While the year 2013 saw over 110,000 cases of corrupt officials, Xi’s campaign, now going into its second year, shows no sign of weariness. In fact, everyone seems suspicious, and the public can’t wait to hear about the latest scandal or obscenity. Yet while punishing some individuals for obvious misconduct is in itself wise and recommendable, the campaign lacks major reforms of the system. Just this month another activist, Xu Zhiyong, was sentenced to four years in prison. He demanded transparency and the disclosures of politicians’ assets and earnings.

Corruption across EU ‘breathtaking‘ – EU Commission”…with the anti-corruption package, the Commission is pursuing a coherent approach for shaping EU policies on the fight against corruption. In addition to stronger monitoring and the proper implementation of existing legal instruments, the Commission foresees a wide range of EU-level actions to adequately tackle corruption…

We’ll have a therapy for corruption perception anxiety disorder before anything changes.

Faith and a bar of soap will do

«An online survey into work hygiene (…) shows that colleagues who smell of sweat are the number one irritant(…) Second on the list are colleagues who don’t wash their hands after a visit to the toilet, third is bad breath, fourth is making sounds while eating and fifth, sniffing and blowing your nose too loudly

«Throughout history, the concept of sacrifice has merged theology and economics. In the ancient world, people made often-bloody offeringsto divinities, whom they believed would reward them with, say, good harvests or protection from evil. Christianity, with its belief that God (or the Son of God) sacrificed Himself to expiate humanity’s sins, inverted the traditional economy of sacrifice. In this case, divine suffering serves as an exemplar of the selflesshumility with which earthly misfortunes should be endured

«(…)experts on the economy and scientists researching human mentality have been shaking their heads over the countries of southern Europe hit by the crisis for years now, just to share with us their bad news – and each snippet is more troubling than the last. And all the while, the talk doesn’t stop about “core Europe”, kept running by the “Franco-German motor”, which must not be allowed to “splutter”.» «From today’s perspective — leaving aside all the effusive rhetoric about Europe — the introduction of the euro is nothing but the continuation of debt mania with more audacious methods. The euro countries took advantage of the favorable interest rates offered by the common currency to get into even more debt. Can all of this be blamed on some sort of human debt gene? Is it wastefulness, stupidity or an error in the system

Broken China

In a bid to defend the single market, the European Commission has raised customs tariffs from 17.6 % to 58.8% on 55 articles of porcelain and ceramic tableware imported from China on accounts of dumping.

There is nothing exceptional about this decision, which is similar to a number of others that have recently been taken in Brussels, like two other inquiries on solar panels, which play a much larger role in Europe’s trade deficit with China, more than 20 billion euros of imports last year. Chinese authorities and the Chinese media have begun to show signs of irritation with this harder line.

China is often depicted as an “irritated” country in reports. It’s like a romance gone bad. She is feeling irritated whatever I do. If I talk with her she gets annoyed. She said I’m not mature and she is not feeling that I’m with her! And now I’m trying to make her understand, but she is not hearing me no matter what I say!

Resolução da crise europeia para dummies

Jonh Nash, o matémático, não o esquizofrénico, deduziu numa formula o comportamento de agentes em competição e colaboração. Em jogos não cooperativos descobriu o equilíbrio de Nash onde apesar dos participantes não cooperarem, é possível que a busca individual da melhor solução conduza o jogo a um resultado em que se verifique estabilidade, não havendo incentivo para que nenhum deles altere o seu comportamento.

Chegados aqui a Europa não é mais do que um grupo de rapaziada que a qualquer momento pode decidir unilateralmente apenas em seu proveito.

Para começar, “Ignorem a loira!” :)