Antagoniste


19 juin 2009

La logique libertarienne Économie En Vidéos États-Unis Récession

Lors de la dernière conférence du Austrian Scholars Conference, Peter Schiff a fait un exposé remarqué (et remarquable) sur les causes de la crise économique.

Si nos médias étaient moins ignorants/paresseux, voici comment ils expliqueraient la récession:

Un extrait de cette conférence, histoire de vous donner une idée du ton:

Après mon divorce, j’ai loué un appartment de luxe à Stamford. J’avais vue sur mer, et mon bateau juste en bas. L’immeuble était gardé 24 heures sur 24. Il y a avait une piscine, des parkings couverts, des cours de squash, et un gymnase avec des entraîneurs à plein temps.

À côté, des petites maisons étaient à vendre. J’y ai fait un tour, par curiosité. Ils demandaient 500.000 ou 600.000 dollars l’unité.

La surface était la même que chez moi, mais il n’y avait pas de vue. C’était sombre, non gardé. Ni piscine, ni gymnase. Et il fallait payer 1.000 dollars par mois en charges et en impôts fonciers.

Si j’avais acheté, avec le remboursement du prêt, j’aurais payé plus par mois que pour mon somptueux appartement.

J’ai demandé à la fille de l’agence: “Pourquoi est-ce quelqu’un achèterai ça? Ca coûte moins cher de louer juste à côté.”

Elle a répondu: “Oui. Mais si vous louez, vous n’avez pas de capital quand vous déménagez.”

“Je ne comprends pas.”

“Si vous achetez cette propriété, elle va prendre de la valeur. Quand vous la vendrez, vous gagnerez de l’argent.”

“Pourquoi diable prendrait-elle de la valeur? N’avez-vous pas compris? Elle est DÉJA surévaluée. On peut vivre dans un appartement grand standing à deux pas d’ici pour moins cher. Pourquoi cette propriété s’apprécierait-elle?”

“C’est comme ça, l’immobilier.”

“Vous voulez dire que dans l’immobilier, il faut que je me sacrifie. Je renonce à un duplex de rêve pour habiter une cage à lapin; et au bout d’un ou deux ans, quelqu’un sera prêt à la payer encore plus cher, et viendra me dire: ‘Je n’ai aucune envie d’habiter dans le cinq pièces de luxe d’à côté. Je préfère cracher un max pour acheter ce trou parce qu’il va s’apprécier!’

Ils avaient oublié que l’immobilier, c’est simplement un endroit pour vivre. Tout le monde croyait que les prix ne pouvaient que monter. C’était de la folie. »

H/T: Sardanapale


19 juin 2009

Top 5 USA États-Unis Top Actualité

Poids média de l'actualité américaine dans les blogues et les médias traditionels selon le Pew Research Center:

Actualité États-Unis

Political Extremism (At Home and Abroad) Dominates the Blogosphere

Reaction to two events that put the spotlight on political extremists overwhelmed the discussion in the social media last week. One, widely covered in the U.S. media, was the attack at the Holocaust Museum in Washington D.C. by a white supremacist. The other, barely noticed in this country, was a European Parliamentary election that seated two members of a hard-line right-wing party.

Together, these two stories generated almost 60% of the week's links on the Web tracking site Icerocket, according to the New Media Index by the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism. The two events also produced a similar pattern of response in the social media-outrage followed by more polarizing commentary about the causes and impact of ideological extremism.

Stories about the European election generated nearly a third (30%) of the week's links, a clear indication of the international flavor of the online community. While a few American bloggers reacted, the vast majority of commentary came from British bloggers upset at the election of two members of the anti-immigrant British National Party (BNP) to represent the U.K.

The shooting at the Holocaust museum (29% of the week's links) by white supremacist and Holocaust denier James W. von Brunn was primarily of interest to American bloggers who quickly turned to the question of who deserved blame.

The third-largest story, at 10% of the week's links, was the latest chapter in a saga that has generated significant interest in the social media. Last week, Miss California Carrie Prejean was stripped of her crown by pageant producers. She first gained attention back in April when her opposition to gay marriage-in response to a judge's question at the Miss USA pageant-prompted bloggers to cheer her willingness to stand up for her beliefs. The pageant producers stated that she was dethroned for contract violations and not for her stance on gay marriage.

The fourth-largest story last week (at 8%) was a June 9 BBC report that downplayed the hype over the popular Web site Twitter. The story described a Harvard study finding that  just 10% of Twitter users generate more than 90% of the site's content, and that the majority of users update their page less than once every 74 days.

The fifth biggest subject (also at 8%) was a June 8 CNN.com story about two American journalists, Laura Ling and Euna Lee, who were sentenced to 12 years of hard labor in North Korea after a closed door trial that generated international protests.

PEJ's New Media Index typically utilizes data collected from two different Web tracking sites, Icerocket and Technorati. (Technorati has been having technical problems so this week's NMI is based solely on daily figures from Icerocket.)

The top stories in the mainstream press last week were largely different from those online. With the exception of the Holocaust Museum shooting, which filled 11% of the week's newshole in the traditional press, the other top stories received very little attention online. The No. 1 topic was the ongoing economic crisis (at 13%). After the museum shooting came the debate over health care reform (7%), the Iranian elections (6%), and the troubles plaguing the U.S. auto industry (6%).

Source:
journalism.org
Political Extremism (At Home and Abroad) Dominates the Blogosphere


19 juin 2009

Bush = Obama = Ahmadinejad États-Unis Iran Revue de presse Terrorisme

Foreign Policy

The FP Interview: Mohsen Makhmalbaf
Foreign Policy

In an exclusive interview from Paris, Mir Hossein Mousavi’s external spokesman describes this week’s protests in Iran as another revolution — and Mousavi as Iran’s Obama.

Foreign Policy: There has been growing criticism here in Washington that U.S. President Barack Obama hasn’t said or done enough to support those demonstrating in the streets of Iran. Do you think Obama is being too careful? Or even that he is helping Ahmadinejad by being cautious?

Mohsen Makhmalbaf: Obama has said that there is no difference between Ahmadinejad and Mousavi. Does he like it himself [when someone is] saying that there is no difference between Obama and [George W.] Bush? Ahmadinejad is the Bush of Iran. And Mousavi is the Obama of Iran.

Foreign Policy: Would Mousavi pursue a different foreign policy than Ahmadinejad?

Mohsen Makhmalbaf: As you may know, former President Mohammad Khatami, who is supporting Mousavi at the moment, was in favor of dialogue between the civilizations, but Ahmadinejad talks about the war of the civilizations. Is there not any difference between the two?

Foreign Policy: Does Mousavi have a message that he’d like to deliver to the international community?

Mohsen Makhmalbaf: [He asks] that the governments [of the world] pay attention to the people in the streets and do not recognize the government of Ahmadinejad as the representative of Iran — [that they] do not recognize the government of Ahmadinejad as a legitimate government.