Anti-immigration <==> Don’t know many immigrants

The National Front has, in recent years, become more popular in many rural areas and small towns like Wizernes, places that are often relatively homogeneous and have few immigrants.

– Will France Sound the Death Knell for Social Democracy?, January 26, 2017 at 10:59AM

It’s the same here in the UK – many of the places that voted most heavily for Brexit, and are most anti-immigrant, are also the ones with very few immigrants.

I’m guessing it’s easier to whip up a fear of the unknown – immigrants people in, say villages of NE England, have never met – than of the known – immigrants people in London meet, work and play with every day.

Further down, in the same article… Lecoustre is anti-immigration, NF supporter, while Sailliot is anti-NF, leftist union leader.

I asked Lecoustre if immigration had changed his life in any direct way. He thought for a moment. “No,” he said.

Sailliot interjected. This was the absurdity of it all, he said. There were hardly any migrants in the area, and yet somehow, immigration was everybody’s biggest problem. How could that be?

Counter-argument: Synthetic CDOs were good

There is a theory that the pre-crisis mortgage bubble would have been worse in the absence of synthetic collateralized debt obligations on mortgage-backed securities: If banks didn’t have synthetic CDOs to sell to investors who wanted mortgage exposure, they’d have had to originate even more risky mortgages.

Governance, Advisers and Derivatives, January 26, 2017 at 12:02AM

Diplomacy – the bit that the world today has forgotten

‘The key at arriving at a successful outcome,’ Menon notes, ‘was keeping public rhetoric calm and steady, displaying strength, and giving the adversary a way out.’

The Sober Realist | OPEN Magazine, January 27, 2017 at 01:31AM

The *right* kind of job…

…it used to provide good jobs of a particular sort—jobs that offered decent and dependable wages for people, particularly men, with modest skills, and would do so throughout their working lives.

Politicians cannot bring back old-fashioned factory jobs, January 26, 2017 at 12:28AM

Dear Google, please make your assistant more ‘personal’

Talk to anyone who owns an Amazon Echo and they’ll soon tell you about how they find themselves having an odd fondness for Alexa - I can’t be the only one who often adds “please” and “thank you” to my commands.

BBC News, January 26, 2017 at 11:24AM

Glad to know I’m not the only one who says ‘please’ after every command to Google 🙂

But as long as Google forces you to bark “Okay Google”, Google Home will surely fail to become a personal assistant. It will be an assistant, sure, and a very good one at that. But it won’t be personal.

Despite being a regular voice-command user on my Nexus phone, I couldn’t agree with this more.