Category Archives: News
Get NYT for free
I got tired of paying for the NY Times and the Wall Street Journal. Its not worth it when you can look at the articles for free if you Google them.
This can be done having Firefox as your browser and having the Ref Control add-on. Once installed configure it placing https://google.com as the referrer.
This would basically tell NYT or WSJ that you are coming from Google instead of coming directly from your home or whereever you are located.
Spain wins the World Cup
So Spain makes it to the front page of the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. It’s a consequence of winning the Football World Cup. Guess the only thing left to say is congratulations.
I personally liked the football they made. For me the critical match was the one against Germany. Watching how the germans defeated “the boludos” was scary. At that moment for me Germany was a clear candidate for the World Cup. But Spain made a hell of a game against the germans. They kept the ball and gave almost no opportunities for the germans to score.
I was also afraid before the beginning of the final. The game hadn’t even started and Spain was already champion. Sounded to me like Maracanazo or Centenariazo.
The referee was pitiful. De Jong should have been off the pitch after the kick he gave to Xavi Alonso. Looks like the dutch were not willing to deploy total football, but more total karate. It was the referees responsibility to stop this and it was quite clear he didn’t.
I would like to mention the coach Vicente del Bosque. I feel amazed at how he keeps a low profile. He looks like the same person whether he wins, loses or ties. Looks like nothing moves him, always has the right word, not a bad word about the rivals. I wouldn’t say he is politically correct, but really humble. We all should learn a little from him.
Twenty per cent unemployment, a old job market, a fiscal deficit of around ten per cent, a failed economic model among other things are the problems the Spanish state faces. Really tough problems, no doubt about it. Let the spaniards celebrate today. They are already facing really tough problems. They needed something to cheer them up.
Wall Street and the World Cup
I was walking through Wall St. this morning and couldn’t help but notice that they had replaced some of the american flags with the flags of the FIFA World Cup finalist.
Good to know the NY Stock Exchange is not only about money and profits. The Dow Jones index has been going up for three straight days, let’s see how it opens up on Monday after a new World Cup champion.
Charlemagne on The Economist and Spain
I am subscribed to The Economist. Yes, it’s a conservative publication but I believe people should have open views.
I am going to take a few minutes to give my point of view on this weeks Charlemagne article. Asides from the fact of making the interview to Francisco Granados which has been involved on a espionage scandal. I believe the article is pretty accurate. Why simply passing an exam gives you the right to have a job for life? Why do public servant work from eight to three? That’s seven hours of work taking into account no time is taken to have a cup of coffee or anything else. Meanwhile most of the employees from private companies have to work eight hours. It is also funny the behavior of the unions. When unemployment is at 20% they didn’t said anything about a general strike, but when public servants salaries face a payment cut of 5% they go on a general strike. What about the rest of the society? Doesn’t it matters for the unions?
To me is quite easy. If your employer(which in the public servants case is the government) faces a deficit its employees (public servants) should do its part and accept a pay cut to control the deficit. The government deficit belongs to all of us. It is money that has to be paid with peoples taxes. Don’t we all take care of our finances? Well, then the government should also take care of its finances.