Sunday, August 15, 2010

This Is Not About Swedish Meatballs


From Sweden [click the title below and let Google translate it]:

Oro i Karlskrona

Invasion av fredliga Malmöbor väntas till Karlskrona den 12 juni nästa år då EM-kvalmatchen i handboll mot Israel ska spelas. Men idrottsförvaltningen i kommunen avråder bestämt med tanke på vad som hände i Malmö när Sverige mötte Israel i Davis Cup där förra året.

Karlskronas kommunalråd Karl-Gösta Svenson (M) tycker inte man ska blanda ihop idrott och politik. - Jag har inte sagt nej till matchen, säger han.

"Ramadankriget" kallar araberna kriget mot Israel år 1973. Så det gäller att vara på sin vakt denna månad, när "ungdomar" fastar på dagarna och festar på kvällarna. Men för att återgå till sportnyheterna:

Caroline Glick är en amerikansk-israelisk journalist som bland annat medverkade i "We Con the World", en satirisk video om Gaza-flottiljens försök att bryta den israeliska blockaden. Hon skrev förra året:

"Trots upprepade önskemål från Israel vägrade svenska myndigheter att flytta matchen från Malmö till Stockholm. Med sin enorma muslimsk befolkning är Malmö platsen där några av de värsta islamistiska våldshändelserna mot icke-muslimer - och i synnerhet judar, kvinnor och flickor - i västvärlden har ägt rum.

De protesterande hävdade att deras önskan att mörda Israeliska tennisspelare berodde på "Operation Cast Lead". Men detta är ren propaganda. Deras önskan att mörda Ram och Haddad härstammar inte från Israels militära åtgärder för att försvara sin medborgare, utan från deras hat mot den judiska staten. Och detta hat kommer från samma källa som deras kvinnofientlighet, deras hat mot USA och därför stöder de till exempel Osama bin Laden och Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

En rapport från svenska regeringen visade att under 2004 ökade antalet våldtäkter med 50 procent i hela landet.
I en rapport från Malmöpolisen konstateras att 68 procent av våldtäktsmännen var minoriteter.
Den islamiska experten Robert Spencer har konstaterat att islamisk undervisning anser att våldtäkt är en legitim akt gentemot kvinnor och flickor, som beter sig på ett "icke-islamiskt" sätt.
På flera ställen i Skandinavien samt i muslimska områden i Frankrike, har kvinnor börjat bära slöjor för att skydda sig mot ambulerande gäng av muslimska unga män." länk

Även i år har antalet våldtäkter ökat med 50 procent. Den blå kurvan kommer från BRÅ och den röda från Migrationsverket, via Snaphanen.

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February 3, 2006
Go back to 1999-2000 and see what the Fed did. They are following the same pattern for 2005-06. If it ain't broke, the Fed will fix it... and good!
August 29, 2006 The Federal Reserve always acts on old information... and is the only cause of U.S. recessions.
December 5, 2006 Last spring I wrote about what I saw to be a sharp downturn in the economy in the "rustbelt" states, particularly Michigan.
March 28, 2007
The Federal Reserve sees no need to cut interest rates in the light of adverse recent economic data, Ben Bernanke said on Wednesday.
The Fed chairman said ”to date, the incoming data have supported the view that the current stance of policy is likely to foster sustainable economic growth and a gradual ebbing in core inflation”.

July 21, 2007 My guess is that if there is an interest rate change, a cut is more likely than an increase. The key variables to be watching at this point are real estate prices and the inventory of unsold homes.
August 11, 2007 I suspect that within 6 months the Federal Reserve will be forced to lower interest rates before housing becomes a black hole.
September 11, 2007 It only means that the overall process has flaws guaranteeing it will be slow in responding to changes in the economy... and tend to over-react as a result.
September 18, 2007 I think a 4% rate is really what is needed to turn the economy back on the right course. The rate may not get there, but more cuts will be needed with employment rates down and foreclosure rates up.
October 25, 2007 How long will it be before I will be able to write: "The Federal Reserve lowered its lending rate to 4% in response to the collapse of the U.S. housing market and massive numbers of foreclosures that threaten the banking and mortgage sectors."
"Should the elevated turbulence persist, it would increase the possibility of further tightening in financial conditions for households and businesses," he said.

"Uncertainties about the economic outlook are unusually high right now," he said. "These uncertainties require flexible and pragmatic policymaking -- nimble is the adjective I used a few weeks ago."

December 11, 2007 Somehow the Fed misses the obvious.
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December 13, 2007 [from The Christian Science Monitor]
"The odds of a recession are now above 50 percent," says Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody's "We are right on the edge of a recession in part because of the Fed's reluctance to reduce interest rates more aggressively." [see my comments of September 11]
January 7, 2008 The real problem now is that consumers can't rescue the economy and manufacturing, which is already weakening, will continue to weaken. We've gutted the forces that could avoid a downturn. The question is not whether there will be a recession, but can it be dampened sufficiently so that it is very short.
January 11, 2008 This is death by a thousand cuts.
January 13, 2008 [N.Y. Times]
“The question is not whether we will have a recession, but how deep and prolonged it will be,” said David Rosenberg, the chief North American economist at Merrill Lynch. “Even if the Fed’s moves are going to work, it will not show up until the later part of 2008 or 2009.
January 17, 2008 A few days ago, Anna Schwartz, nonagenarian economist, implicated the Federal Reserve as the cause of the present lending crisis [from the Telegraph - UK]:
The high priestess of US monetarism - a revered figure at the Fed - says the central bank is itself the chief cause of the credit bubble, and now seems stunned as the consequences of its own actions engulf the financial system. "The new group at the Fed is not equal to the problem that faces it," she says, daring to utter a thought that fellow critics mostly utter sotto voce.
January 22, 2008 The cut has become infected and a limb is in danger. Ben Bernanke is panicking and the Fed has its emergency triage team cutting rates... this time by 3/4%. ...

What should the Federal Reserve do now? Step back... and don't be so anxious to raise rates at the first sign of economic improvement.
Individuals and businesses need stability in their financial cost structures so that they can plan effectively and keep their ships afloat. Wildly fluctuating rates... regardless of what the absolute levels are... create problems. Either too much spending or too much fear. It's just not that difficult to comprehend. Why has it been so difficult for the Fed?

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