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Pessimistic about Optimism

One of the more useful, in my experience, ways of understanding cultural differences, especially in Europe, is ‘uncertainty avoidance’. In short, cultures (meaning majority preferences within a society) tend to differ in how they deal with the inherent uncertainty of … Continue reading

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Have We Been Played?

I’m starting to get the idea that some governments (okay, just about all of them) are instrumentalizing Coronavirus (however dangerous it is) to reinforce and strengthen austerity. This isn’t the end of austerity but its final victory as most societies … Continue reading

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The Worst News is the News

It’s safe to say that most coronavirus coverage in the mainstream media (in most or all(?) countries) has been pretty awful. It’s extremely hard to find daily infection/fatality rates in Poland (the figures are very low but updated a time … Continue reading

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The Least They Can Do

The euro did well for a couple of years in good times and completely failed at its first big stress test as the decision was made to place the Southern service economies (Greece, Italy, Spain, Portugal) in permanent debt to … Continue reading

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Gotta Catch ’em All

Sometimes wandering through the contradictory and odd reports on coronavirus I have the idea that rather than separate strains there are actually separate viruses. There’s one that spreads slowly, is not easily contagious but is very dangerous and hard to … Continue reading

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The Song of Cliff?

I always say I’m incapable of religious faith. Whatever makes it possible for other people was simply left out of my list of ingredients. That doesn’t mean I dislike religion, I’m very interested in what people get from it and … Continue reading

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Corona Hot Take

At times the coronavirus seems like WWI in reverse with the global pandemic preceding the fighting. At other times it seems like WWI in the normal direction. The WHO seems like the secret treaties that dragged country after country into … Continue reading

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Respawn, Reset or Killing our Dudes?

From the beginning I’ve thought that the economic consequences of the coronavirus will be far more serious and long lasting than the medical effects. But I have no idea of what’s going on right now. So many of the actions … Continue reading

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Header change…

The previous header (a lady dressed as a popcorn box) was from carnival a few years ago in the Canary Islands. It seems a bit… frivolous now so I decided something more appropriate might be this… The sign read (I … Continue reading

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I’ve Looked at Plagues from Both Sides Now…

At various times over the last month or so coronavirus has seemed like a dark approaching storm blowing away all in its way, an overhyped media story, a temporary inconvenience that will soon be forgotten, a dark abyss that everyone … Continue reading

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