(This picture is by my friend José Carlos Rodríguez who back then was living in New York.)
My English is not perfect? Well, it's not my mother tongue, so sue me!
See also Barcepundit (the original, in Spanish)
STAY CLASSY, BARACK: Barack Obama calls opponents of Iran deal 'the crazies'.
BEWARE OF THE AMERICAN ECON PROFESSORS! How Krugman, Sachs and Stiglitz led the Greeks astray.
THE END OF THE WORLD IS NEAR: “Are the British really giving up tea? The idea of ditching the afternoon cuppa really takes the biscuit.”
WOULD HE SAY THE SAME if he had won the first? “Second independence referendum 'inevitable' says Salmond.”
THIS BLOG'S ENGLISH VERSION turns 11 years old today. Man, they grow up so fast, don't they? In a blink of an eye and it'll be leaving for college…
INTERESTING: 17 intense questions you'll have to answer if you want to work at the world's largest hedge fund.
YOU KNOW WHEN you start reading an article and you bump into such a big howler that you stop reading it because the mistake is sort of disqualifying for the rest of the piece, it makes everything suspect or at least that it doesn't matter anymore?
There were a few policemen in Barcelona, but you get the impression they were there mostly to keep the Catalan separatists in line.Too bad the police power is exercised in Barcelona not by Madrid's central government —anti-separatist conservatives—, but by the Mossos d'Esquadra, ruled by the Catalan regional, pro-separatist, government that is making a major push for independence. That, or the local police of Barcelona, which is basically traffic and also ruled by pro-Catalan separatist mayor until one month ago and, since the latest election, by a left-wing mayor who doesn't have separation in her agenda but is not against it.
THIS MUST BE THE FAMED ECONOMIC RECOVERY: More U.S. Children Live In Poverty Now Than During the Recession.
MUNICH MOMENT: Iran leader vows opposition to U.S. despite nuclear deal.
WILIAM SALETAN: The war against genetically modified organisms is full of fearmongering, errors, and fraud. Labeling them will not make you safer.
SORRY, INTERNETS: 7 Gandhi Quotes That Are Totally Fake.
SORRY, CASSANDRAS: The world is getting better all the time, in 11 maps and charts.
YOU'LL BETTER START EMITTING A LOT OF CO2 TO COMPENSATE: “Earth heading for 'mini ice age' within 15 years; River Thames could freeze over in 2030s when Northern Hemisphere faces bitterly cold winters, scientists say.”
“SORRY, Everyone, America Isn’t That Racist.”
GOOD JOB, VLAD! The Russian Decline Is Accelerating: GDP Down 4.3% In 1q15.
WHY CHINA'S crazy stock market is getting scary:
Fill in the blank: In recent weeks, China's stock markets have __________________.Keep reading.
A) Wiped out as much as $2 trillion of investors' wealth.
B) Swung by as much as 10% in a matter of hours.
C) Scared the living daylights out of millions of shareholders.
D) All of the above.
Yes, correct! The answer is "all of the above."
FINANCIAL TIMES: Two-party system latest victim of Spain’s financial crisis.
VOTERS REMORSE DIDN'T TAKE LONG THIS TIME: More than half of voters unhappy with results of the local and regional election.
WHAT A SURPRISE: Gaza: Hamas killed and tortured, says Amnesty.
LOTTERIES: America's $70 Billion Shame: People spent more money playing the lottery last year than on books, video games, and tickets for movies and sporting events combined.
It's a tax on stupidity, really
THANKS, OBAMA, for unleashing a nuclear arms race in the Middle East:
Saudi Arabia will join the nuclear club by buying “off the shelf” atomic weapons from Pakistan, US officials told a London newspaper.
The Saudis — who financed much of Pakistan’s nuke program — are fearful of international efforts to keep its enemy Iran from acquiring a bomb, the Sunday Times of London reports. The Saudis think the deal, backed by President Obama, will actually accelerate Iran’s nuke push.
IF LETHAL INJECTIONS ARE CRUEL, I don't know what to call this: Does North Korea execute people with anti-aircraft guns? New satellite images suggest the rumors may be true.
George Soros likes to say the rich should pay more taxes. A substantial part of his wealth, though, comes from delaying them. While building a record as one of the world’s greatest investors, the 84-year-old billionaire used a loophole that allowed him to defer taxes on fees paid by clients and reinvest them in his fund, where they continued to grow tax-free. At the end of 2013, Soros—through Soros Fund Management—had amassed $13.3 billion through the use of deferrals, according to Irish regulatory filings by Soros.
Congress closed the loophole in 2008 and ordered hedge fund managers who used it to pay the accumulated taxes by 2017. A New York-based money manager such as Soros would be subject to a federal rate of 39.6 percent, combined state and city levies totaling 12 percent, and an additional 3.8 percent tax on investment income to pay for Obamacare, according to Andrew Needham, a tax partner at Cravath, Swaine & Moore. Applying those rates to Soros’s deferred income would create a tax bill of $6.7 billion.
UNITED ABOMINATIONS: UN aid worker suspended for leaking report on child abuse by French troops.
Baltimore is not Ferguson and its primary problems are not racial. The mayor, city council president, police chief, top prosecutor, and many other city leaders are black, as is half of Baltimore’s 3,000-person police force. The city has many prominent black churches and a line of black civic leadership extending back to Frederick Douglass.
Yet, the gaping disparities separating the haves and the have nots in Baltimore are as large as they are anywhere. And, as the boys on the street will tell you, black cops can be hell on them, too.
SPANIARDS LIKE TO LAUGH AT AMERICANS for creationism and irrational thinking. Well:
Thirty percent of Spaniards think that humans once lived alongside the dinosaurs, like in The Flintstones, while 25 percent think the Sun revolves around the Earth, rather than the other way around.
The figures may be horrifying, but they are nevertheless an improvement: in 2006, the proportions were almost 50 and 40 percent, respectively.
WELCOME TO THE 21st CENTURY: Cops arrest robot after it buys Ecstasy tablets with Bitcoin.
FROM THE STUPID LEAP OF LOGIC DEPARTMENT: Newsweek: Austerity Drives Spain to Adultery:
The eurozone’s economic crisis is driving Spaniards who can’t afford expensive divorces to have affairs outside marriage, according to an extramarital dating website.
Noel Biderman, CEO of Ashley Madison – which hopes to float later this year on the London Stock Exchange – says that some 1.3 million Spaniards have signed up to the website in the past five years.