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Tuesday linkage

By

Sam Roggeveen

@SamRoggeveen

11 August 2009 16:28

  • Japan's election campaign starts in a week, and the polls look good for the opposition.
  • In the midst of much gloom about Japan's long-term future, these stats about R&D spending look encouraging.
  • Pushback on my Afghanistan pessimism: readers recommended I read this and this.
  • A small victory for transparency: China's bureau of statistics to hold monthly press conferences.
  • Introducing Iraq's national symphony orchestra. Also in Iraq, this joke is doing the rounds:

    An Iraqi man found a Genie’s lamp quickly he rubbed it and a Genie appears: Master, all your wishes will come true.

    The Iraqi man quickly asked for only one wish not three: Make us a bridge from Baghdad to Sweden so all of us can leave. The Genie responded: ask for something reasonable!!! The Iraqi man responded: Oh you are right then I wish that the electricity in Iraq will be fixed.

    The Genie quickly responded: hmmmmmm lets go back to the bridge to Sweden. Do you want it one or two lanes bridge?!!