I need an input-output matrix

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unemployment, exhibit A, Germany

You can search “unemployment in Germany” on Google.  (Big up for returning a nice time series plot.)  A comparison with unemployment in the UK — The uptick in German unemployment from the ’08 crisis was pretty much a blip.  You often hear this attributed to “strong exports”, the “weak euro”, etc. but economic policy was … Continue reading

frei und kostenlos

Suddenly it bothered me that gratis and libre take the same word, “free”, in English.  Here is what I gathered from the Online Etymology Dictionary and Word-Origins.  Its root is the Proto-Indo-European “prijos”, meaning dear, beloved, or friend.  (The modern noun-verb “friend” shares the same origin.)  “Prijos” was used in reference to one’s own family … Continue reading

études (2)

I. & II. The odor-laden noises of cows and chickens, the patchy autumnal colors sloping up in any direction — made a tourist of me.  The caked sod road followed the carved irrigation ditch, past countless paddies swarmed with thin blades which were shadows in the dusk, past stout figures who looked at me like I … Continue reading


I write.  I write that I am writing.  Mentally I see myself writing that I am writing and I can also see myself seeing that I am writing.  I remember writing and also seeing myself writing.  And I see myself remembering that I see myself writing and I remember seeing myself remembering… — Salvador Elizondo … Continue reading