“I think you’re exaggerating Dan’s tweets, he’s probably just having a bad day, calm down”

… but you don’t understand. Dan is one of the people I “turn to” when I’m having a bad day or when I don’t want to see or talk to anybody. I will always choose to watch Dan’s videos over listening to any of my favorite songs because he has the most calming voice I ever got to witness and I just simply love to listen to him talking, even if it’s just nonsense. 
This dork has a really huge impact on my life which may seem a bit odd to some people but I don’t care because at the end of the day he is still my sunshine on the cloudy days and I wish I could help him somehow to get through his cloudy days. 

So no, I am not exaggerating when I’m expressing my worry about him. 

Photo of a policeman who, all of a sudden, felt completely lost.

He went from being tough and aggressive to heartbroken and emotional.

In the midst of the revolution, he just sat down and started to cry.

Some protestors, who saw him and noticed the tears on his face, helped him back up.

Beirut, Lebanon — 23/08/2015
Photo credit: Karim Mostafa

Recesión en España en 2016-19: La profundización de la "crisis"

Análisis previo

¿Esta el Gobierno diciendo la verdad a la gente? No, como ya pasó con Zapatero en 2007, se está ocultando al país los riesgos de un recesión mundial que afectará a España de lleno en un año o a lo sumo, dos. 

¿En que se basa el crecimiento del PIB español? Fundamentalmente en tres cosas: Consumo interno, turismo y exportaciones. 

¿Y que problema tienen estos datos? Que si las demás economías se resienten, la española irá detrás.

¿Qué problemas serios tiene España? 
Una enorme deuda pública que no deja de crecer y una dependencia al QE que está logrando el BCE mediante el programa de compra de bonos.

El dato de deuda en julio machaca la previsión del Gobierno: La deuda pública ya es del 98,5%, y el objetivo para enero era el 98,7% http://www.elblogsalmon.com/mercados…ue-que-hacemos

Las principales cifras de la deuda española

  • La deuda creció en junio en 12.638 millones de euros.
  • España debe 1,053 billones de euros, un 4% más que en el mismo mes del año pasado.
  • Representa el 98,6% del PIB, y está a una décima de alcanzar el objetivo de deuda del Gobierno para todo 2015.
  • El Gobierno espera que la deuda baje al 98,5% en 2016 y al 96,5% en 2017.
  • Los valores a medio y largo plazo suponen más de dos tercios del total de la deuda española. Aumentó en junio en 12.982 millones y suman 775.110 millones de euros.
  • La deuda en valores a corto plazo aumentó en 165 millones hasta alcanzar los 75.764 millones de euros. 

Evolución de la deuda

El desplome del fondo de pensiones y la recaudación a la Seguridad Social, en mínimos

Datos sobre pensiones: 

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Eidolon: Since the crisis in Greece began, symbols of classical antiquity have framed the dialogue about it. The overplayed concept of the crisis as a long-running “Greek tragedy” was even the topic of a recent “Bad Metaphor Watch” column at foreignpolicy.com. While I understand the appeal of these references to the classical Greek past, they are often deployed in a way that is misinformed, paternalistic, and condescending — even by professional classicists, who ought to know better.

I’m not saying that antiquity has no place at all in the conversation: my heart has certainly leapt at seeing graffiti and banners in Athens calling for debt cancellation under the Solonic slogan of seisachtheia. But given the current circumstances, it is surely classicists who must better inform themselves and the public about the history of their field, the legacy of Romantic Philhellenism, and the consequences that the construct of the ‘Hellenic Ideal’ had for the branding of modern Greece (on these issues see e.g. the accounts of Calotychos and Leontis). For centuries, outsiders looking into Greece have lamented the observable decline of the culture and people with respect to glorious antiquity. The cheeky cartoons and turns of phrase that today package the disaster in cheery shades of ignorance are thus really heirs to a long tradition — a tradition at the foundations of both the academic discipline of Classics and the Greek nation state.

But you don’t have something insightful to say about the Greek crisis just because you can conjugate the ancient verb κρίνω.

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