Une lectrice nous signale

« Ailgof  Erreip, un gars qui écrit franchement bien et se donne comme défi de toujours écrire le contraire de Foglia. »

À conserver quelques semaines pour vérification

Cet article du Spiegel a été écrit un peu avant les élections françaises.

Big Promises and Bigger Illusions

By Mathieu von Rohr in Paris

A Post-Election Hangover

The sense of paralysis that characterizes this election campaign has much to do with a largely unspoken truth: No matter who wins, within just a matter of days after the election all of the candidates’ political programs will prove useless. On May 7, after the post-election celebration, the French will wake up with a hangover.

Economically speaking, France is a sick country. It has a national debt that is running at 90 percent of gross domestic product (GDP), and the country hasn’t had a balanced budget since 1974. France has the highest public spending ratio of the euro zone: 57 percent of its economic output depends on life support from the government. Unemployment is at 10 percent and there is an entire generation of immigrant children who are growing up in ghetto-like suburbs and have little contact with the labor market.

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The second star of this election campaign is not a candidate, but a bald business journalist named François Lenglet. He achieved cult status because, during the special election editions of  « Des paroles et des actes », he demonstrated to all of the candidates how preposterous their economic proposals were — often with the help of charts and diagrams. Granted, this didn’t put a dent in their delusions of economic grandeur, but it at least added some sense of reality.

Many candidates felt insulted. They are used to being fawned over by French journalists during interviews. Critical journalism, as practiced by Lenglet, is rarely seen on television. As for the print media, French newspapers are divided into two political camps: The conservative Le Figaro defends the government’s policies and attacks Hollande on a daily basis, while the left-wing Libération is campaigning for Hollande.

 

En 1996, les Démocrates ont réformé la loi américaine du B.S.

La situation aujourd’hui:

Une horreur selon le New York Times:
Welfare Limits Left Poor Adrift as Recession Hit

Une bénédiction selon City Journal:
The New York Times’s Welfare Myopia
Poverty remains a story of bad decision-making and out-of-wedlock child-rearing.

N’importe quoi

The Wire au programme (Quartier Libre)

Les étudiants de Valérie Amiraux, professeure agrégée au département de sociologie de l’Université de Montréal et titulaire de la Chaire de recherche du Canada en étude du pluralisme religieux au CEETUM, ont donc lu les 800 pages du corpus de textes et visionné la totalité des cinq saisons de The Wire  soit 60 épisodes. La dame déclare:

«La série The Wire aurait très bien pu être tournée dans certains quartiers de Montréal ou de Vancouver.»

Baltimore: 196 homicides en 2011 (620,961 habitants)

Montréal: 49 homicides (1 million et demi d’habitants)

Il aurait fallu raccourcir la série!

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