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Posts on 01/26/21

Most Host Mother`s View of Putin

(Helen Pitlick, USA, 01/26/21 11:34 am) My understanding is the same as Eugenio Battaglia's: the "freedom" that Russians experienced after the collapse of the Soviet Union was really just more chaos and uncertainty. The oligar ...

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Tortilla Espanola, and a Barcelona Football Club

(Francisco Ramirez, USA, 01/26/21 7:40 am) Espanyol is the other football club in Catalonia. Alas, now regelated to Second Division. Full name: Real Club Deportiu Espanyol de Barcelona. Maybe a nearby restaurant serves "tortilla espa&nti ...

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Can the Internet Marketplace Become Saturated? Not Really

(Sam Abrams, USA, 01/26/21 4:29 am) The beauty of the Internet as a marketplace is that it's quite hard to saturate, so long as the barrier to entry for suppliers remains low. Some suppliers, such as Amazon or Hotels.com, can i ...

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Saint-Saens, Babbitt, Navalny

(Edward Jajko, USA, 01/26/21 4:01 am) A question for the Francophones in WAIS: a piece by the composer Saint-Saëns was just played on the San Francisco classical music station KDFC. I can't recall which; it wasn't memorable. ...

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Are Russians "Tired" of Living Under Putin`s Yoke?

(Eugenio Battaglia, Italy, 01/26/21 3:22 am) Francisco Wong-Díaz wrote on 25 January: "The Russians had a taste of freedom after the collapse of USSR and are tired of living under [Putin's] yoke." I have a different in ...

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Posts on 01/25/21

What`s In a Name? And What`s in a Tortilla

(Enrique Torner, USA, 01/25/21 2:42 pm) I have the feeling Brian Blodgett and I would get along very well, as we both seem to enjoy the best of foods! I really enjoyed the different takes on the "tortilla de patatas," also ...

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Aleksei Navalny, Putin`s Biggest Fear

(Boris Volodarsky, Austria, 01/25/21 4:50 am) John Eipper asked me about details of Aleksei Navalny's arrival in Moscow, his subsequent arrest and about what happened on 23 January. I duly comply. In short, the story is as follows. Alek ...

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Navalny Crisis and US Leadership

(Francisco Wong-Diaz, USA, 01/25/21 4:09 am) John E described the jailing of Russian opposition leader Aleksei Navalny as the "first foreign policy crisis" for Biden. What foreign crisis? It is Putin's crisis and he is riding ...

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Reflections on the Dollar, Inflation

(Tor Guimaraes, USA, 01/25/21 3:21 am) John E wrote: "If you own the reserve currency, you can print money without significant inflation." That has been obviously so for many decades under general circumstances. ...

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Why Was There No Inflation after the 2008 Crisis?

(Sam Abrams, USA, 01/25/21 2:56 am) In taking issue with John E's contention that we needn't worry now about inflation, Cameron Sawyer wrote, "We avoided inflation following the 2008 crash only because of immense deflationa ...

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