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  • Writer's pictureJohn Foulis

Newsletter 29th November 2020

Updated: Nov 30, 2020

The massive dumps edition


“Would you like the good news or the bad news first?”


Mutterings continue that working from home may come with a cost. So, I guess if this report is correct women will be paid less but more equally.


Expats may be working from home in more ways than one in future.


Have you ever wondered if you are a workaholic? Well now there’s a test you can take. Sort of.



"We're number one!"


The most important thing in a pandemic is a league table ranking countries’ responses. Actually, it probably does have some practical use.


It’s going to be a long, cold winter if we’re not allowed inside, so tips on how to keep warm might come in handy.


In silver lining news, African economies are benefitting from the continuing pandemic. And cheese lovers have never had it so good.


One person in no hurry to try out a vaccine, despite assuring us his country has produced the first and best, is our old friend Vlad.



"So it's basically a dollar?"


In a setback for the digital currency bandwagon, the Libra token will be a lot less ambitious than originally planned.


If you’re reading this on Mozilla and think you are sticking it to Google, think again


However, in what seems to be a genuinely beneficial development Google is helping cities plant trees, an action with real economic and equality consequences.



"Did I say that? Really? Oh, I was just joking."


Could it be that the election of Joe Biden has jolted Erdogan to his senses, providing a first sign that things might return to what we fondly remember as normal. Don’t get your hopes up, but it’s still a little green shoot, and evidence that Trump’s presence in office was enough to embolden others.


Encouraged by managing to keep a president in position for more than a week, Peru is now looking to issue a century bond. What could possibly go wrong?


Pompeo and Netanyahu denied meeting MBS in Saudi Arabia last Sunday. Then a man died.


Fantasy solutions to real problems

One of the things that can give air to cults like QAnon is that lots of people who should know better have a vested interest in maintaining it. What happens if you resist this temptation and try to do the right thing? Take a guess.

What may also be giving it air is the very real phenomenon of left-behind regions that are struggling to adapt to the modern economy. Trump is another cult who benefitted from this.


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