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Category Archives: China

The Shift Eastward: World's Biggest Banks 1999 and 2009

One interesting indicator of the financial shift eastward and the rise of China is indicated in the first two graphs, just over the fold (hat-tip: Syd Walker). As Michael Hudson … Continue reading

22 May, 2009 · 2 Comments

If music be the food of love

… play on, as Shakespeare has said. I’m also reminded of that other wonderful quote that architecture is frozen music (Goethe), which is probably more apt for this image (over … Continue reading

7 August, 2008 · 11 Comments

Outsourcing E-Waste

There is somewhere between 20 and 50 million tons a year of e-waste, mostly from the US and Europe. Much of the detritus of the digital economy ends up in … Continue reading

8 July, 2008 · Leave a comment

Tibetathon at the 2008 Beijing Olympics

For a good nuanced read that puts the recent flare-up in perspective, see Pankaj Mishra’s At war with the utopia of modernity (Guardian CiF). An interesting essay can also be … Continue reading

24 March, 2008 · 2 Comments

Timely Reminders

"Those who crusade, not for God in themselves, but against the devil in others, never succeed in making the world better, but leave it either as it was, or sometimes perceptibly worse than what it was, before the crusade began. By thinking primarily of evil we tend, however excellent our intentions, to create occasions for evil to manifest itself."
-- Aldous Huxley

"The only war that matters is the war against the imagination. All others are subsumed by it."
-- Diane DiPrima, "Rant", from Pieces of a Song.

"It is difficult
to get the news from poems
yet men die miserably every day
for lack
of what is found there"
-- William Carlos Williams, "Asphodel, That Greeny Flower"