Weekly Round Up 14 Décembre 2011

Bonjour à vous ! J’écris à CTDtoday.com et Thanassos m’a proposé de publier mon Weekly Round Up, une compilation hebdomadaire des liens qui m’ont semblé intéressant pendant la semaine. C’est un peu engagé, un peu à contre courant mais toujours intéressant. Après tout, il n’y a pas de sujets pas intéressants, juste des personnes pas intéressées ! J’espère que ca vous plaira !

« When a dog bites a man, that is not news, because it happens so often. But if a man bites a dog, that is news. » – Journalism

Science, General Knowledge & Environment

Geoengineering could save Earth or destroy it – « Within a few years, global temperatures would return to levels of 250 years ago, before the industrial revolution began dumping carbon dioxide into the air, trapping heat and causing temperatures to rise. But no one knows what the side effects would be. »

The new war on wolves – « What is happening to wolves now, and what is planned for them, doesn’t really qualify as hunting. It is an outright war. » Why is it important ? Because wolves are key in the ecosystem. For example in Yellowstone, water resources are depending on wolves. That’s right: no wolves, no water.

300 Years of FOSSIL FUELS in 300 Seconds – Video – « Fossil fuels have powered human growth and ingenuity for centuries. Now that we’re reaching the end of cheap and abundant oil and coal supplies, we’re in for an exciting ride. While there’s a real risk that we’ll fall off a cliff, there’s still time to control our transition to a post-carbon future.« 

The Future of Nano-Electric Power Generation – TED video – « Justin Hall-Tipping CEO of « Nanoholdings » explains how nanotechnology is set to change the future of energy and replace fossil and nuclear fuels.« 

Marathon training ‘may pose a heart risk’ – « MRI scans on 40 athletes training for challenging sporting events like triathlons or alpine cycle races showed most had stretched heart muscles. Although many went on to make a complete recovery after a week, five showed more permanent injuries. »

Music ‘boosts exercise endurance’ – « Dr Costas Karageorghis, from Brunel University, has worked out a formula to find the « perfect » workout track. He tested 30 volunteers on a variety of specially-selected rock and pop music, and found their endurance rose by an average of 15%. »

Drive: The surprising truth about what motivates us – (Hat tip Chelsea) – RSA Animate video. Monetary incentives are actuallydecreasing performance when it comes to cognitive tasks while more relaxed work approaches are the best way to innovate. It’s time to change our management methods!


10 minutes and you know about ShanghaiChina– (Hat tip Holly) – An introduction to China and Shanghai. Amazing.

Comités d’entreprises: la mafia des syndicats – Les Comités d’Entreprise de grandes compagnies nationales Françaises gaspillent et détournent des millions d’euros. La mauvaise gestion est telle qu’une enquête de la Cour des Comptes demande l’ouverture d’une action pénale. Mais le rapport de la Cour des Comptes (700 pages) est refusé par l’Assemblée Nationale et… broyé.

La gueule de l’emploi – (Hat tip Lolo) – Video – A voir absolument ! – Une dizaine de candidats s’affrontent pour décrocher un poste au cours d’une séance de recrutement dans une grande boite d’assurance française. Jusque là, rien d’exceptionnel. Mais les méthodes de recrutement sont extrêmement dures et déstabilisantes. Au cours de 2 jours, les candidats vont connaître un véritable enfer, obligés de se plier à la volonté des recruteurs qui tentent de ‘casser’ les candidats par tous les moyens.

The Real Reason for Obama’s Threat to Veto the Indefinite Detention Bill (Hint: It’s Not to Protect Liberty) – « Even if Obama’s threatened veto was for more noble purposes, the fact is that it would not change anything, because the U.S. government claimed the power to indefinitely detain and assassinate American citizens years ago. »

Send in the Clueless – (Hat tip Dad) – « The larger point, however, is that whoever finally gets the Republican nomination will be a deeply flawed candidate. And these flaws won’t be an accident, the result of bad luck regarding who chose to make a run this time around; the fact that the party is committed to demonstrably false beliefs means that only fakers or the befuddled can get through the selection process. »

Finance & Economics

Is Modern Capitalism Sustainable? – Must Read – Kenneth Rogoff. « Will capitalism be a victim of its own success in producing massive wealth? For now, as fashionable as the topic of capitalism’s demise might be, the possibility seems remote. Nevertheless, as pollution, financial instability, health problems, and inequality continue to grow, and as political systems remain paralyzed, capitalism’s future might not seem so secure in a few decades as it seems now.« 

Has the global business cycle ended? – « Firstly, we’d have to say that without the US, global production would be in big trouble. Everywhere else is slowing swiftly. I’d describe where we are as stall speed for the global economy. In my view, it cannot stay here sustainably. »

Afghanistan’s Economic Future, Aid, and the Curse of Riches – « We hear a lot about the future of Afghanistan after NATO withdrawal in 2014. Most of the speculation focuses on security and politics. Too little of it concerns economics. (…) If you thought the security and political prognosis was problematic, wait until you read what lies ahead for the country’s economy. »

US Fed Buys Europe Some Time – Must See – « Rob Johnson: Move by Fed papers over structural issues; austerity policies meant to weaken social safety net and lower workers wages. » How elites in Europe are pushing austerity measures down the throats of periphery countries to make them ‘compete’ with the developing countries who have almost no social safety and low wages. Isn’t there a better way for all to improve our lives?

Should Greece Pull Out of the Euro? – Video – First thing the Greek should do: default. Then get out of the EU, make major reforms including restructuring economy, redistribution between the super rich elite and the working people, nationalize and restructure the banks.

China and Europe – « 1. China is not monolithic and speaks in different voices. In terms of help for Europe, the politicos and diplomats seem more sympathetic than the finance folks. 2. China is unlikely to be the knight that rescues the euro zone. 3. China, as many other countries, may find it difficult to leverage its financial prowess for significant political gain. »

If China’s Property Bubble Bursts – « In the long run, cooling the real estate sector is positive for the economy and local governments. Rampant real estate development has led to rapid economic degradation, has had the potential to lead to a devastating bubble, and has sparked social unrest through government land grabs. Still, one thing is clear – the adjustment for local governments will be far from easy. » Anecdotical yet relevant video: House Prices Plunge in Chinese Ghost Town.

Number of the day: « The top 1% of US earners now command a far higher share of the country’s income than they did 40 years ago. This column looks at 18 OECD countries and disputes the claim that low taxes on the rich raise productivity and economic growth. It says the optimal top tax rate could be over 80% and no one but the mega rich would lose out.« 

Picture of the day: Afghanistan November 2011