sábado, 17 de julio de 2010


lo que le dijo su abuelo a jeff bezos (el de amazon) cuando tenía 10 años y calculó y le dijo a su abuela cuantos años de vida había perdido por fumar

Jeff, one day you'll understand that it's harder to be kind than clever. Aquí


qué buscaba la gente en google después de la final

Via Kedrosky
Finally, no blog post about the World Cup would be complete without a look at what did drive people to search—after the final match, of course. …, Spain’s David Villa is winning in search compared to … Germany’s Thomas Müller and Uruguay’s Diego Forlán—and Dutch midfielder Wesley Sneijder. All of these men competed for the Golden Boot with five goals apiece.
Similar to when Carlos Puyol headed in the single goal that put Spain in the final, people flocked to the web to search for information on
Andres Iniesta, the “quiet man” who scored the one goal that led his country to its first World Cup championships. They were also interested in Dani Jarque, a Spanish footballer who died last fall and whose name was emblazoned on Iniesta’s undershirt, which he displayed after his goal. And after the match, searches for keeper Iker Casillas skyrocketed to a higher peak than any other popular footballer—including household names like Ronaldo, Villa and Messi—reached during the Cup. Sometimes, it seems, goalies get the last word. Aquí
Es interesante comprobar que los países donde más interés despertaban nuestros jugadores eran los sospechosos habituales: paises iberoamericanos. (Aquí)



Un diputado italiano propone reforzar la competencia entre las Universidades acabando con el valor oficial de los títulos. Mataríamos dos pájaros de un tiro porque no tendríamos que preocuparnos de convalidar los títulos de universidades extranjeras Aquí


como saber qué estados se declararán insolventes

Which governments will not be able to pay their bills? The ones with private sectors that are not doing well enough to bail out the government… government credit, in the end, is based on its ability to collect taxes. A healthy private sector will provide the taxes, if they are to be provided at all Aqui


“Today the US economy is on government life-support. The budget deficit this year will amount to 12.5% of GDP; 40% of the federal budget is credit financed. In 2011 the debt to GDP ratio will exceed 100% and move closer to the Greek’s level as of today. Now that the private securitisation of mortgages is virtually non-existent, 95% of all real-estate credit passes through three government institutions: Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and Ginnie Mae. The Federal Reserve buys the securities of these institutions with freshly printed money since customers abroad have become scarce. The capital imports of the US have shrunk by half in comparison to recent years. Where all this will lead to, heaven only knows. Aquí



“With the creation of an EU patent and a centralised litigation system, Harhoff (2009) shows that at least €120 million would be lost by patent lawyers (no more parallel litigations), and hence spared by the business sector”. Aquí



the Spanish economy is once more losing competitiveness against the German economy, (volvemos a tener una inflación mayor que la alemana) the exact opposite of what you want to see. And in July VAT went up two percent. Many argue this move is totally benign, but it will be interesting to see how Spain’s retail sales move over the months to come, and how the inflation differential with Germany is affected. Didn’t anyone tell them there are no free lunches in economics? And how cutting back on government fiscal spending - necessary as it is, since more government deficit is only going to get the country more into debt, not to mention the impact on investors - is going to help sort all this lot out, well I’m afraid that’s a complete mystery to me Aqui



Subir o bajar los precios de las cosas sigue siendo la mejor forma de regular la oferta y la demanda. Se pretende prohibir la venta de bebidas azucaradas en los colegios
“Take, for example, our nation’s obesity epidemic. The fashionable resp-onse, based on the belief that better information can lead to better behavior, is to influence cons-umers through things like calorie labeling — for instance, there’s a mandate in the health care reform act requiring restaurant chains to post the number of calories in their dishes. Calorie labeling is a good thing; dieters should know more about the foods they are eating. But studies of New York City’s attempt at calorie posting have found that it has had little impact on dieters’ choices. Obesity isn’t a result of a lack of information; instead, economists argue that rising levels of obesity can be traced to falling food prices, especially for unhealthy processed foods. To combat the epidemic effectively, then, we need to change the relative price of healthful and unhealthful food — for example, we need to stop subsidizing corn, thereby raising the price of high fructose corn syrup used in sodas, and we also need to consider taxes on unhealthful foods. But because we lack the political will to change the price of junk food, we focus on consumer behavior”. Aquí


los padres no tienen (SIEMPRE) la culpa de que sus hijos sean malos

“perfectly decent parents can produce toxic children…If the young man did not suffer from any demonstrable psychiatric disorder, just what was his problem?… Not everyone is going to turn out to be brilliant — any more than everyone will turn out nice and loving. And that is not necessarily because of parental failure or an impoverished environment. It is because everyday character traits, like all human behavior, have hard-wired and genetic components that cannot be molded entirely by the best environment, let alone the best psychotherapists. “The central pitch of any child psychiatrist now is that the illness is often in the child and that the family responses may aggravate the scene but not wholly create it,” said my colleague Dr. Theodore Shapiro, a child psychiatrist at Weill Cornell Medical College. “The era of ‘there are no bad children, only bad parents’ is gone.” Aquí


Las empresas de private equity (compran empresas infravaloradas por el mercado, las “reorganizan” cargándolas de deuda y las vuelven a sacar al mercado) se parecen demasiado a los conglomerados de los años sesenta y setenta (grupos que tenían empresas en los más variados sectores). Y podrían tener sus días contados una vez que no hay mercados donde venderlas y, sobre todo, no hay posibilidad de pedir millones prestados para comprarlas. Las entradas enlazadas son, además, muy graciosas.


… it takes less to start a technology company these days.  You don’t need to buy hardware – there’s Amazon AWS.  You don’t need to buy expensive software – there are free open source solutions for nearly everything.  You don’t have to hire as many sales people because much can be sold online.  So companies are running for the first 1-2 years on significantly less capital than they did 10 years ago  Aquí 

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