Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Quick notes: Kobane cleansed, GDP delusion...

  • Kobane is free, well almost: IS lost nearly 1,200 fighters in the battle, despite outgunning YPG forces with sophisticated weaponry. "They are adaptive and resilient and no-one is declaring mission accomplished yet".


  • Learn, India: China policy shifts towards quality-of-life rather than GDP. Excessive focus on GDP has contributed to environmental degradation and urban sprawl as officials encouraged heavy industry and bulldozed agricultural land to build housing developments.


  • Speculators' haven: Indian stocks among the most expensive.


  • Side-effects: Dementia 'linked' to common over-the-counter drugs - Tricyclic antidepressants, Antihistamines used to treat hay-fever and allergies, Antimuscarinics for treating urinary incontinence


  • Crude Rout: U.S. oil well shut-ins start


  • Warmer end of the spectrum: Australia Is heating up faster than the rest of the world


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