6 janvier 2010

Sécurité privée Économie Israël Terrorisme

Quelle est la compagnie aérienne la plus sécuritaire de la planète ?

Selon la publication Global Traveler Magazine, il s’agit d’El-Al, un transporteur aérien israélien. Fait intéressant, la sécurité sur les vols d’El-Al a été entièrement privatisée depuis 1995.

Pendant ce temps aux États-Unis les autorités gouvernementales, responsables d’assurer la sécurité aérienne, rivalisent d’incompétence.

6 janvier 2010

L’entreprise privée Économie En Citations Philosophie

Citation de Winston Churchill à propos de la relation qui existe entre les entreprises privées et le gouvernement:

« Some people regard private enterprise as a predatory tiger to be shot. Others look on it as a cow they can milk. Not enough people see it as a healthy horse, pulling a sturdy wagon. »

6 janvier 2010

Trauma Économie États-Unis Québec

La salle d’opération que l’on peut voir dans la série Trauma, diffusée sur les ondes de Radio-Canada, a été louée d’une compagnie privée de Baltimore pour la modique somme de 35 000 dollars. Cette salle d’opération, de dimension moyenne par rapport aux standards américains, est 2 à 3 fois plus grande que les salles d’opération des hôpitaux québécois.

Le tournage d’un épisode de la série Trauma a coûté 710 000 dollars; la salle d’opération louée à Baltimore vaut 1,5 million de dollars.

6 janvier 2010

Les erreurs de l’étatisme, encore et toujours… Économie États-Unis Récession Revue de presse

U.S. Loan Effort Is Seen as Adding to Housing Woes
The New York Times

The Obama administration’s $75 billion program to protect homeowners from foreclosure has been widely pronounced a disappointment, and some economists and real estate experts now contend it has done more harm than good.

Since President Obama announced the program in February, it has lowered mortgage payments on a trial basis for hundreds of thousands of people but has largely failed to provide permanent relief. Critics increasingly argue that the program, Making Home Affordable, has raised false hopes among people who simply cannot afford their homes.

As a result, desperate homeowners have sent payments to banks in often-futile efforts to keep their homes, which some see as wasting dollars they could have saved in preparation for moving to cheaper rental residences. Some borrowers have seen their credit tarnished while falsely assuming that loan modifications involved no negative reports to credit agencies.

Some experts argue the program has impeded economic recovery by delaying a wrenching yet cleansing process through which borrowers give up unaffordable homes and banks fully reckon with their disastrous bets on real estate, enabling money to flow more freely through the financial system.

“The choice we appear to be making is trying to modify our way out of this, which has the effect of lengthening the crisis,” said Kevin Katari, managing member of Watershed Asset Management, a San Francisco-based hedge fund. “We have simply slowed the foreclosure pipeline, with people staying in houses they are ultimately not going to be able to afford anyway.