‘Economists know almost nothing about anything’. Yet another reason to love Thomas Piketty

June 23, 2014

20 years after the war, politics is frozen in Bosnia and Herzegovina: first impressions from last week’s visit

June 23, 2014

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June 23, 2014
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My twitter feed has been disrupted by being on a trip to Bosnia and Herzegovina (more on that later), and the over-excited outpourings of World Cup tweeting (sour grapes,

mortality by disease

moi?) but here’s a few that slipped through.


The disease most likely to kill you, by country (some doubts on the stats, but they come from WHO)

national murder ratesLatin America still has the highest murder rates, by country, from the UN ‘Global Homicide Book’.[h/t Conrad Hackett]

Big Numbers

$7.6 trillion is hidden in the world’s tax havens. That means lost annual tax revenues of $200bn (50% more than official aid flows). [h/t Chris Jochnick] It also = $1000 for every person on the planet.

The global cost of violence in 2013 was $9,800,000,000,000 ($9.8 trn, 11.3% of GDP), according to the latest Global Peace Index


The propensity of Latin Americans to protest rises with education, income and age (up to about 48 years old, then it falls)

The BBC’s arch inquisitor Jeremy Paxman stepped down last week. Here he is in vintage form, subverting efforts to make him tell viewers about the weather [h/t Ian Bray] [youtube height=”HEIGHT” width=”WIDTH”]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HMAt8ZXqtbc[/youtube]

And for the more obsessive UK politics heads, here’s the legendary time he asked a Tory Minister the same question 14 times (and still didn’t get an answer)


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