Big tobacco bites back

The Gillard government’s plain pack­ag­ing for cig­a­rettes leg­is­la­tion is dis­com­fort­ing even for those who have no patience with the huge and unnec­es­sa...

Alarm or deny

How can it be that the same data on tem­per­a­ture trends and sea-lev­els sup­ports such rad­i­cal­ly dif­fer­ent agen­das? Because the data, from time to time,...

Nuts to NAB

If ever you need­ed a demon­stra­tion that “senior bankers” view the econ­o­my only as a prop for their loan books this non­sense is it. “ ‘If you are ask­...

Unlikely data

I don’t see any need to know these things: If the US Fed­er­al debt of $8 tril­lion or so were paid in dol­lar bills the height of the pile would reach to the m...

Dziękujemy Polska

Prices on the EU Car­bon Allowances mar­ket have crashed due to over­sup­ply head­ed into the sea­son­al (sum­mer) down­turn. The mar­ket for emis­sion per­mits...

Ingredients of trade success

OK, so I read World Bank doc­u­ments for the pic­tures. It’s true…I’m not ashamed to admit it. The prose in these tomes is often gluti­nous but the graphs are g...