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Friday linkage


Sam Roggeveen


29 January 2010 11:04

  • In Afghanistan, the Royal Air Force prefers 'shows of force' to actually dropping bombs: '...the show of force is...where a combat aircraft is used to surprise Taliban insurgents by flying very low and fast over their heads, normally in full afterburner.'
  • This World Bank blog describes a unique Indian anti-corruption initiative — the zero rupee note. (H/t 3QD.)
  • Opinion polling of Japanese attitudes to China.
  • Zimbabwe is staging an impressive economic recovery.
  • Here's a graphical representation of the amount of aid delived so far to Haiti, and who has delivered it. (H/t Sullivan.)
  • Quote of the day, from Slate's Daniel Gross, at the Davos conference:

...the difference between banality and profundity is generally a few billion dollars: The real alchemy of finance is to endow those skilled at finance to wield authority in adjacent or even unrelated areas. That's the general theory of Davos, bankers sharing their theories about nonbanking subjects. Stick around and you'll hear a lot of conventional wisdom on globalization, climate change, poverty reduction, financial crisis, but it somehow sounds deeper and more weighty because it's delivered by an extraordinarily wealthy CEO, a private equity executive, or hedge fund manager rather than by a journalist.