Catalonia, Presidents and Flags

Will Catalonia secede from Spain? This Nation article seems to think so.

    Here’s a key quote:

“For Spain, the secession of Catalonia—and the Basque Country, which wouldn’t take long to follow—would mean the departure of two of its wealthiest regions and would therefore be a significant loss.”

But Colm dismissed my argument:

“But this loss would bring about greater political stability. It would be advantageous for everybody.”

As Juan Enriquez says, “People assume stability where there isn’t any.”

Juan Enriquez – PopTech 2006 from PopTech on Vimeo.

In his book, The Untied States of America, he shows how

No U.S. President has ever been buried under the same flag he was born under.

Catalonia and Spain are in a similar space.

Why the Blazers are Smoking the NW

We’re only 5 – 7 games into the new NBA season, but I like this early look at why the Portland Trailblazers are so much better than the rest of the Northwest Division.

I compared a team’s offensive and defensive efficiencies with the current NBA average. Obviously, you want positive numbers (above the league average). The Blazers are solid on both fronts, the Jazz only on one. What they get on one end of the floor, they give away at the other end.

The Thunder are obviously missing their two stars and the Timberwolves are missing K-Love.

How will your country look in 20 years?

Tyler Cowen always finds interesting ways to look at things.  As he posts here, population in Europe will continue to age and the young will increasingly come from Africa and Asia to work.

Here’s Tyler’s Upshot article and it’s not complicated – if you’re a rich country, you need immigrants.  Just trying to have more babies isn’t really a strategy.

Tom Barnett puts it this way,

The core countries have the money and the jobs, but not the people.  Outside the core, they have the people, but not the jobs.  We’re gonna need someone to turn us over in our hospital beds.

 Here’s Barnett talking about the flow of people (around 6:30 mark is where he talks about the job flow from the gap to the core).


japan pop pyramidLast but not least is the site.  Here you can play with any country you like from now to 2100.  The key to population pyramids is their shape.  Japan’s in serious trouble.  They’re not replacing their dying and they won’t follow Cowen’s advice to allow immigration.