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1  General Politics / Economics / Re: The Eurozone is now in deflation on: January 29, 2015, 07:14:07 pm
Deflation has arrived in Germany: Inflation rate falls to -0.5 per cent in January


Germany has slipped into deflation for the first time since the global financial crisis, supporting the European Central bank's recent decision to unleash its biggest "bazooka" on the ailing Eurozone.

Consumer prices fell -0.5 per cent on an annual basis in January, according to flash estimates from Germany's statistics office. This meant they had fallen to the lowest level since July 2009.

This shows that, despite its sunnier outlook, even the Eurozone's "star economy" is enable to inoculate itself against the spectre of prolong deflation which is currently haunting the single-currency bloc.

2  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What's your middle name? on: December 27, 2014, 07:43:21 pm
John (after all four of my uncles). Dad's brother, his two brothers-in-law and my mother's half-brother
3  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What is the marital status of your parents? on: November 29, 2014, 11:49:44 am
4  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What's the oldest book you own ? on: October 18, 2014, 01:09:49 pm
Psychology Michael Maher, S.J. [1900]

5  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: tattoo you! on: March 15, 2014, 02:14:15 pm
6  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Your internet self vs. your real self. on: March 15, 2014, 01:59:04 pm
I'm somewhat more of a firebrand on the internet
7  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Tony Benn dies at 88 on: March 15, 2014, 01:45:59 pm
RIP. Met him in Bearpark, once or twice, when I was a cherub en route to Durham Miners' Gala
8  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: I'm addicted to pop on: December 12, 2013, 05:54:19 pm
I was Smiley addicted to Diazepam Sad
9  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Opinion of Norway on: December 02, 2013, 07:02:55 pm
10  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What is your favorite meat? on: November 03, 2013, 03:21:01 pm
11  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What Ideology is the preceding poster... on: November 03, 2013, 02:52:59 pm
Hardcore American conservative.

Populist-leaning liberal
12  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Do you own a car? on: November 03, 2013, 02:49:38 pm
No. I couldn't drive anyway because of all my meds
13  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Margaret Thatcher dies at 87 on: April 13, 2013, 12:12:07 pm
14  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What do you call your own ideology? on: September 13, 2012, 05:45:48 pm
Left-leaning Christian Democrat
15  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: US vs UK party ID of Atlas on: September 13, 2012, 05:20:40 pm
16  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Getting married; 11th September on: September 13, 2012, 05:19:22 pm
No honeymoon or is that coming later Wink?
17  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Michael and Andrew's kick-ass wedding pics. on: September 13, 2012, 05:15:42 pm
These are some amateur pics.

Now part of the Leitch clan..one of us! one of us!

With my mum and dad.

With his actor cohort Smiley

Smiley I take it that it must have been a quiet affair [i.e. a small wedding 'do']
18  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Personal Excess on: September 13, 2012, 05:13:53 pm
19  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Dutch general election - September 2012 on: September 13, 2012, 05:05:14 pm
Why the rapid decline Sad in fortunes for the CDA? [... without my having to read a 29 page thread] Tongue given that they've went from having 41 seats in 2006 to 13 now?
20  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Getting married; 11th September on: September 11, 2012, 02:28:22 pm
Congratulations Smiley Andrew and Michael
21  Election Archive / 2012 Elections / Re: Polls of the Obama Romney race - in foreign countries on: August 24, 2012, 02:46:52 pm
Fortunately, it's Americans voting for President, not those in foreign countries.

They may not care too much for Mitt, but those who count in this election will flock to the polls in November and elect Mitt President to save the nation from economic disaster.

So who really cares what others think?

Besides, when they get to know him they will learn to love him.

Well if - God forbid - he's elected and I'm impressed that would be a FIRST for a Republican post-1981. I was only ever going to play a low expectations game with President Obama so I'm not that disappointed given the hand he was dealt Sad

I know why U1 is as high as it is. Its because austerity measures - the loss of public sector jobs - have had a detrimental impact on the US labour market and, worse still, at a time when demand for private sector goods and services remain pretty weak

Funny how congressional Republicans are insisting it must be a private sector led recovery because its not the standard to which they applied to their own miserable failure, during the first term of whom, saw the paltry net gain in jobs come from the public sector

Nevertheless workers Smiley are workers Smiley - and certainly more empowered consumers of private sector goods and services relative to the unemployed (aye, its hell being out of work this side of the Pond, too, given the pittance we call Job Seekers Allowance; in fact, beyond six months you get nowt if you've savings of more than 16k or a partner earning >7k). Underemployment seems to be becoming a big problem in the UK. Part-time employment is all very well for those who only need (i.e. can afford) to be working part-time. My mother worked part-time through the 1970s Smiley because my father had a well-paid job but she only needed to go full-time in the mid-1980s Sad because my father had a less well paid job
22  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: August 2012 Federal Election - At-Large Senate on: August 24, 2012, 11:42:41 am

[2] AndrewPA of Pennsylvania

[1] Bacon King of Georgia
Liberal Party

[3] Franzl of Illinois
Liberal Party

[5] Marokai Blue of Iowa
Labor Party

[7] NVTownsend of Nevada
Liberal Party

[4] Seatown of Washington
Labor Party

[6] Snowstalker of West Virginia
Labor Party

23  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: What is your ideology? on: May 19, 2012, 04:56:12 pm
Moderate liberal populist (left-leaning Christian Democrat)
24  Election Archive / 2012 Elections / Re: Why are Romney's favorables going up so quickly? on: May 17, 2012, 06:42:00 pm
Its a myth that the private sector can only expand if the public sector contracts

Actually that is precisely what has been happening.  The problem is the private sector hasn't expanded fast enough to deal with both the effects of the 2008-9 crisis and the contraction of the public sector since then.

Emphasis on only Ernest. Maybe the private sector would have expanded more had demand for its goods and services not been reduced by public sector contraction?

Given that the 'liberal' welfare model is weak, I'm loathe to culling the public sector until such time as unemployment is sub-5%. The transition from employment Smiley to unemployment Sad in the UK is a most horrifying fate indeed, and the FEAR of losing your livelihood could be suppressing consumer spending
'Liberal' welfarism worked during the Golden Age of Capitalism (aka the post-war economic expansion) when UK unemployment averaged 1.6% but it has averaged 7.4% during the Washington Consensus, while I suspect the more downside impact of globalisation may have contributed to an 'expanded' public sector in many developed economies
25  Election Archive / 2012 Elections / Re: Results of Gallup ideological and partisan polls by state on: May 17, 2012, 05:12:00 pm
The "Romney advantage" is something Gallup made up by adding the "conservative advantage" to the "Republican advantage."

Based on the assumption that ALL Republicans and conservatives will vote for Mitt Romney. 20% of self-styled conservatives, nationally, voted for President Obama in 2008. I'd be a somewhat socially conservative Democrat but it sure as hell doesn't follow I'd be voting for Mitt Romney
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