Still waiting on final Bolivia election results, but a note on “exterior” voting

Looks like we won’t have final Bolivian election results until October 27. Because of problems, 49 precincts will have to revote on October 26. Overall, that shouldn’t alter the results, which currently give Evo Morales a comfortable victory will about 61% of the vote. But the changes in the margins could alter some seat distributions in Santa Cruz and Oruro (the departments where the revoting…

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What can Bolivia teach the US economy?

So there’s this meme floating around some parts of the internet, which two different people have asked me about. So it’s worth a comment. Here’s the meme:

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I don’t know where this originated from, but I was directed to this FB post. The post also links to at least two sources for data. One is a page from CEPR (“Bolivia’s Economy Under Evo in 10 Graphs“) and the other is a story from The Guardian 

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sandandglass:

Bryan Stevenson on The Daily Show.

Ebola Czar

kohenari:

It’s noteworthy, I think, that people who’ve spent the past six years complaining about and even working to undermine the federal government now insist the federal government must do something swift and meaningful to coordinate a national response to the health scare of Ebola.

I know, right. Everyone hates government, until they realize there are some things only governments do best. Which is, after all, why our species invented government. Even Hobbes knew that!

http://planetmoney.tumblr.com/post/100191942708/the-most-common-jobs-for-the-rich-middle-class

planetmoney:

The Most Common Jobs For The Rich, Middle Class, And Poor

We’ve written a lot about how income has changed (or not) for the rich, middle class and poor in the U.S. We’ve written much less about what the rich, middle class and poor actually do for work.

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Some thoughts:

  • Most common…
adam-wola:

From The Economist. Yikes: Venezuela needs oil to be US$120 a barrel in order for its government budget to break even. Oil is nowhere near that.

adam-wola:

From The Economist. Yikes: Venezuela needs oil to be US$120 a barrel in order for its government budget to break even. Oil is nowhere near that.

theeconomist:

China’s back: the brief period in which America overshadowed China as the world’s largest economy is now over, according to new estimates

theeconomist:

China’s back: the brief period in which America overshadowed China as the world’s largest economy is now over, according to new estimates

theweekmagazine:

How to overcome your fear of public speaking and give a great presentation
Here are six tips from experts and research
theeconomist:

Daily chart: There are approximately 35 million millionaires in the world. That’s just 0.7% of the adult population. But collectively, they hold 44% of the world’s total wealth.

theeconomist:

Daily chart: There are approximately 35 million millionaires in the world. That’s just 0.7% of the adult population. But collectively, they hold 44% of the world’s total wealth.

It’s understandable, of course, that so many Americans are scared: We are consistently told that we should be.

If we must have a hugely invasive national security state, let’s at least listen to it

America’s intelligence agencies agree: ISIS isn’t that big of a threat. So why are we all freaking out about ISIS?

(via theweekmagazine)