Geschreven

Coup

Na alle opzwepende taal van Trump is het dan toch gebeurt, een deel van zijn aanhangers heeft het Capitol bestormd. Er is al het nodige over geschreven, Twitter draait overuren, maar zie oa de Wikipedia en bijv Metafilter (en het vervolg, omdat de eerste uit zijn voegen sprong).

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Economie

Vond via Metafilter een serie fascinerende infographics over de problemen met de economie van de VS, It's the Inequality, Stupid. Let vooral op de vergelijking met een pizza, en hoe deze verderop in de reacties volledig onderuit gehaald wordt. Wel schrijnend trouwens, hoe de VS het doet, vooral in vergelijking met andere westerse landen.

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Social

Browsing a bunch of old MetaFilter entries, I found Going Dutch. After a year and a half of living in the Netherlands, American writer Russell Shorto compares the Dutch welfare state to the tax, health care and social security systems of the United States. Very interesting to see an outside perspective.

Also on Metafilter, an article on whether or not optimism is uniquely American. Contains some great comments, one in particular I'd like to quote.

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Money

Just watched a documentary on America's national debt on the BBC. I know, sounds really boring, but in fact it was quite interesting.

The budget deficit of the US has risen to an eye-watering $9tn; its trade deficit is $738.6bn; its political leaders are casual about waste, and its feckless, want-it-now citizens buy stuff on credit and have abandoned the habit of saving, drummed into them by their provident parents and grandparents.
If you get a chance, you should check it out. The Guardian has a review or watch the trailer here.

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Elections

First of all, I’d like to express my elation with Barack Obama. And I really mean that. Even here, half-way around the world, in a country so liberal your scale doesn’t even go that far left, this will be a day long remembered.
To quote Mr Heilemann in his post Games. Games. Games.

I'm pleased he's won, but I'm even more pleased it's over and we can all talk about something else. I wonder if there's some parallel universe out there where the Dutch elections (which I'll admit, aren't nearly as exciting) get the same amount of airplay in the USA as theirs have gotten over here the past few months. Somehow I doubt it.