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French Annoyingly Retain Right to Claim Intellectual Superiority Over Americans  PARIS (The Borowitz Report)—On Sunday, the people of France annoyingly retained their traditional right to claim intellectual superiority over Americans, as millions of French citizens paused to enjoy just how much smarter they were than their allies across the Atlantic.

French Annoyingly Retain Right to Claim Intellectual Superiority Over Americans 

In bars and cafés across France, voters breathed a sigh of relief in the knowledge that arrogantly comparing themselves to the U.S. population, a longtime favorite pastime of the French people, would remain viable for the foreseeable future. Pierre Grimange, a Parisian café-goer, sipped on a glass of Bordeaux and toasted his nation “for not being so dumb as the United States after all.” “A lot was at stake today: the future of our liberal traditions and our democracy itself,” he said. “But by far the greatest loss of all would have been our right to look down on Americans.” It’s official: America is now No. 2. Reuters Hang on to your hats, America.

It’s official: America is now No. 2

And throw away that big, fat styrofoam finger while you’re about it. There’s no easy way to say this, so I’ll just say it: We’re no longer No. 1. Today, we’re No. 2. Yes, it’s official. It just happened — and almost nobody noticed. The International Monetary Fund recently released the latest numbers for the world economy. As recently as 2000, we produced nearly three times as much as the Chinese. To put the numbers slightly differently, China now accounts for 16.5% of the global economy when measured in real purchasing-power terms, compared with 16.3% for the U.S. "Dehors, c'est dehors": l'Allemagne affiche sa fermeté en cas de Brexit. Silicon Valley’s Exodus Begins.

Hot air isn’t the only thing escaping the tech bubble.

Silicon Valley’s Exodus Begins

The past few years have seen a sort of entrepreneurial utopia bloom in Silicon Valley. Young kids with big ideas moved to the Bay Area, where they were handed millions of dollars hand over fist by zealous venture capitalists anxious to fund the next Facebook or the next Uber. But recently, there’s been trouble in paradise. The venture-capital funding is slowing down. Piketty's Inequality Story in Six Charts. The most important chart about the American economy you'll see this year. Ultra-rich man's letter: "To My Fellow Filthy Rich Americans: The Pitchforks Are Coming".

You probably don’t know me, but like you I am one of those .01%ers, a proud and unapologetic capitalist.

Ultra-rich man's letter: "To My Fellow Filthy Rich Americans: The Pitchforks Are Coming"

I have founded, co-founded and funded more than 30 companies across a range of industries—from itsy-bitsy ones like the night club I started in my 20s to giant ones like Amazon.com, for which I was the first nonfamily investor. Then I founded aQuantive, an Internet advertising company that was sold to Microsoft in 2007 for $6.4 billion. In cash. My friends and I own a bank.

Piketty.

US politics

Tunisian revolution. Egypt protests. Crise Financière. Haiti: Mappers, Aid Agencies, Media etc: Russie - Europe : les menaces de l'enlisement en Afghanistan. Printemps Arabe. OTAN pour eux. Crisis Camps projects. Bonnet d'âne aux agences de notation. Iran. Virtual Girlfriends Preferred By Japan's 'Herbivore' Millennial Males -SVW.

Posted by Tom Foremski - October 24, 2013 Japan's plummeting birth rate is being partly blamed on young males called "Otaku" who show far more interest in computers and comic books than sex.

Virtual Girlfriends Preferred By Japan's 'Herbivore' Millennial Males -SVW

Tokyo's Akihabara district (below) is filled with gadget and manga book stores and is the favorite hangout for Otaku, reports Anita Rani, for the BBC: The Japanese men who prefer virtual girlfriends to sex Unless something happens to boost Japan's birth rate, its population will shrink by a third between now and 2060. One reason for the lack of babies is the emergence of a new breed of Japanese men, the otaku, who love manga, anime and computers -- and sometimes show little interest in sex...Akihabara, an area of the city dedicated to the manga and anime subculture provides one clue to the country's problems.

Akihabara is heaven for otaku.Kunio Kitamara, of the Japan Family Planning Association, describes many young Japanese men as "herbivores" -- passive and lacking carnal desire. French: The Most Productive People In The World. Stephen Hawking's boycott hits Israel where it hurts: science. Stephen Hawking's decision to boycott the Israeli president's conference has gone viral.

Stephen Hawking's boycott hits Israel where it hurts: science

Over 100,000 Facebook shares of the Guardian report at last count. Whatever the subsequent fuss, Hawking's letter is unequivocal. His refusal was made because of requests from Palestinian academics. Witness the speed with which the pro-Israel lobby seized on Cambridge University's initial false claim that he had withdrawn on health grounds to denounce the boycott movement, and their embarrassment when within a few hours the university shamefacedly corrected itself.

Hawking also made it clear that if he had gone he would have used the occasion to criticise Israel's policies towards the Palestinians. Vogelsong : En Pologne ça va bien aussi. #OccupyWallStreet/ Occupy Wall Street.