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The Cheapest Generation - Derek Thompson and Jordan Weissmann

The Cheapest Generation - Derek Thompson and Jordan Weissmann
In 2009, Ford brought its new supermini, the Fiesta, over from Europe in a brave attempt to attract the attention of young Americans. It passed out 100 of the cars to influential bloggers for a free six-month test-drive, with just one condition: document your experience online, whether you love the Fiesta or hate it. Young bloggers loved the car. Young drivers? Don’t blame Ford. Adulthood, Delayed The Great Recession changed young Americans' attitudes about what it means to be an adult.by Derek Thompson In a bid to reverse these trends, General Motors has enlisted the youth-brand consultants at MTV Scratch—a corporate cousin of the TV network responsible for Jersey Shore—to give its vehicles some 20-something edge. Perhaps. Since World War II, new cars and suburban houses have powered the economy and propelled recoveries. Needless to say, the Great Recession is responsible for some of the decline. The typical new car costs $30,000 and sits in a garage or parking spot for 23 hours a day. Related:  Heidegger

Las 9 peores decisiones arquitectónicas Una muestra de lo increíblemente desatinadas que pueden ser algunas personas en el arte de construir. Todo puede suceder, aquí la realidad supera a la ficción... y a la estupidez. 1. La escalera hasta el techo. 1. La escalera hasta el techo. 2. 2. 3. 3. 4. 4. 5. 5. 6. 6. 7. 7. 8. 8. 9. 9. Comparte este post Síguenos para no perderte ni un post Síguenos para no perderte ni un post Deja tu comentario

What are negative interest rates? 18 December 2014Last updated at 11:04 ET Tom Espiner Business reporter Switzerland's National Bank (SNB) is to impose an interest rate of minus 0.25% on large amounts of money deposited in the country. The negative rate will apply to "sight deposits" - a type of instant access account for banks and large companies - of more than 10m Swiss francs (£6.5m). But why would a bank want to cut the value of deposits it holds, or charge depositors? Swiss National Bank wanted to lower the value of the Swiss franc What are negative interest rates? Normally borrowers pay lenders a rate, typically as an annual percentage, on the amount borrowed. So, for example, when people deposit money in a bank, they normally expect to get back some form of interest on the account. However, when interest rates are negative, this relationship is reversed, and lenders have to pay to lend money or to invest. The general idea of imposing negative rates is to discourage people or organisations from certain investments.

Un sorprendente video en color muestra cómo era la vida en Berlín en julio de 1945 En la Red ha aparecido una insólita grabación en color en el que se aprecia cómo transcurría la vida entre las ruinas de la capital alemana después de la Segunda Guerra Mundial, en julio de 1945. El video ha sido compuesto a base de materiales de archivo por la agencia Kronos Medios. La calidad del video, que registra la vida en Berlín después de la guerra, sorprende por su nitidez. Sepa más sobre la Gran Guerra Patria en nuestro proyecto especial aquí. En la grabación se aprecia el estado en que quedó la capital alemana tras la guerra, en concreto el Reichstag, la Puerta de Brandeburgo, el búnker del Führer y el bulevar Unter den Linden. Sepa más: Increíbles fotos: Alemania antes y después de la Segunda Guerra Mundial

Swiss National Bank will cut interest rate to minus 0.25% 18 December 2014Last updated at 08:57 ET Switzerland's National Bank (SNB) will bring in a negative interest rate cutting the value of large sums of money left on deposit in the country. The Bank is imposing a rate of minus 0.25% on "sight deposits" - a form of instant access account - of more than 10m Swiss francs ($9.77m). It is trying to lower the value of the Swiss franc, which has risen recently. Russia's market meltdown and a dramatic plunge in the oil price have led investors to seek "safe havens". The announcement sent the franc lower, and in early trading the euro was buying 1.201 Swiss francs, fewer than the 1.203 it was worth before the news, just within the target. Switzerland typically sees money flow in during economic uncertainty. The new rate will be introduced on 22 January and will only affect banks and large companies who use the "sight account" to transfer funds quickly and without restrictions. A negative rate means depositors pay to lend the bank their money. Reasons

CULTURA MATERIAL Denmark, Deutschland and deflation: strange times for EU 29 January 2015Last updated at 14:06 ET By Andrew Walker BBC World Service Economics Correspondent Denmark has been tying its currency, the krone, to the euro. There have been two important, connected economic developments in Europe. New official figures from Germany show that prices have fallen, by 0.5%, over the previous 12 months. Meanwhile the Danish Central Bank has cut one of its main interest rates for the second time in a week. It is a rate paid to commercial banks for excess funds parked at the central bank. It means banks have to pay to leave money at the central bank, above certain specified limits. Negative interest rates are another example of the strange financial world that has emerged in the aftermath of the financial crisis. What is the connection between falling prices - or deflation - in Germany and the Danish central bank? That peg has come under increasing strain as the European Central Bank, the ECB, has taken steps to combat deflation. Does it sound familiar?

El arte y el espacio EL ARTE Y EL ESPACIOMartin HeideggerRevista Eco. Bogota, Colombia. Tomo 122, Junio 1970, pp. 113-120. Cuando se piensa mucho en sí mismo, se encuentra la sabiduría inherente al lenguaje. Parece, sin embargo, ser algo poderoso y difícil de captar, el Topos -es decir, el Sitio-Espacio. Las observaciones sobre el Arte, el Espacio, la intermundaneidad de ambas, son aún interrogantes, aunque se las exprese en forma de aseveraciones. La configuración acaece dentro de una delimitación, como un Dentro y Fuera limitados. Será habitado por una obra plástica, moldeado como un volumen cerrado, perforado, vacío. El cuerpo plástico corporeíza algo. Verdad es que en cuanto Arte la plástica es una pugna con el espacio artístico. El espacio empero -¿permanece el mismo? El espacio -¿es aquel que, mientras tanto, sigue impulsando obstinadamente al hombre moderno a su dominio último y absoluto? La interrogante sobre lo que el espacio como espacio sea, no queda formulada, tampoco su respuesta.

End 'gross indignity', Greek FM Varoufakis tells Germany 5 February 2015Last updated at 13:53 ET Yanis Varoufakis is in Berlin attempting to renegotiate Greece's debt Greece's new finance minister has urged Germany to help end the "gross indignity" of the Greek debt crisis. Yanis Varoufakis said "too much time, hopes, lives" had been wasted by Greece's forced austerity programme. He was speaking after talks with his German counterpart, Wolfgang Schaeuble, who said a reduction of Greece's debt was off the agenda. Mr Varoufakis has been seeking support for Greece's plan to renegotiate its massive international bailout. On Thursday evening, thousands of people gathered in front of the Greek parliament to back the radical leftist Syriza party, which won last month's general election with a pledge to write off half the country's debt. "It's the first demonstration in favour of a Greek government," Telemaque Papatheodorou, an engineer attending the rally, told the AFP news agency. 'Scepticism' Greece's debt plans: What we know 'Largest loan in history'

Guardían de la isla de Malpelo - Otras ciudades Siente que es muy temprano. Con los ojos entrecerrados y con el dibujo de un leve bostezo en su boca, calcula que pueden ser cerca de las 5 a. m. de un día que no sabe cuál de todos los de la semana es. Los anteriores fueron tan iguales que solo tiene certeza de su ubicación espacial, la temporal tiene varios vacíos. El impresionante ruido del piquero de Nazca, ave insignia del Santuario de Fauna y Flora de Malpelo, termina por despertar a Jáiver Rojas Cundumí. En el puerto de Buenaventura, su familia todavía debe estar descansando y él, en el punto más al occidente de Colombia, a casi 500 kilómetros de distancia y a 36 horas de viaje (o entre 40 y 48 dependiendo del clima), ya va a empezar las actividades de lo que podría ser un lunes o un sábado, o un domingo. ¡Qué más da qué día sea! Más vale que se apresure. La vivienda, llamada Puesto Destacado, cuenta con tres habitaciones. Comienza el día Al salir de la casa, la vista le quita el alimento. De regreso en la casa, se ducha. La noche

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