Striking In Al-ndalus: Why Islamic State Attacked Spain


from The Conversation

-- this post authored by Ben Rich, Curtin University

Despite its (relatively) low body count and primitive execution, last Thursday's terrorist attack in Barcelona shocked many local and international onlookers. The Islamic State (IS) group was quick to claim responsibility for the attack, in which a van was deliberately driven into pedestrians on Barcelona's famed Las Ramblas strip. At least 13 people are dead, and around 100 have been left injured.

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What We Read Today 23 August 2017

Econintersect: Every day our editors collect the most interesting things they find from around the internet and present a summary 'reading list' which will include very brief summaries (and sometimes longer ones) of why each item has gotten our attention. Suggestions from readers for 'reading list' items are gratefully reviewed, although sometimes space limits the number included.

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All Things Bearish

by John Mauldin, Thoughts from the Frontline

'There is only one side of the market and it is not the bull side or the bear side but the right side.'- Jesse Livermore

'At least us old men remember what a real bear market is like. The young men haven't got a clue.'- Jeremy Grantham


Infographic Of The Day: Asking Google - The 10 Most Popular Questions

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In Raleigh, N.C., there's a mystery house... or what looks like a house. What's hidden inside is more important than most people realize. The average looking house on Wade Avenue goes unnoticed by many people that pass it on the busy street that runs in front of it.

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It is probably a result of this being 2017 (more than half-way through the ten-year period 2011 to 2020) and the next Global Warming related adjustment to Climatology will not occur until early in 2021 but right now all we see in the North Pacific with respect to temperature anomalies are Neutral, Warm and Very Warm. There is no cool area (other than a few specks of blue that I interpret as artifact) that allows an easy visual estimate of the state of the PDO. I assume that the computers will be able to compute the PDO Index but it is a bit disconcerting not to see an area of cool water (shown as blue) except along the Equator. This may simply be an inconvenience to readers or it may represent a more substantive problem. I do not explore this very much tonight but I do discuss the issue of analogs which may be related.

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The Rise Of The Trans-Asian Axis

Written by Dan Steinbock, Difference Group

From the Trans-Atlantic Axis and the Trans-Asian Axis

The ASEAN faces old and new challenges, and a huge long-term opportunity. The next three decades could witness the shift of global economic momentum from the Trans-Atlantic axis to the Trans-Asian axis.

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July 2017 Headline New Home Sales Significantly Decline

Written by John Lounsbury and Steven Hansen

The headlines say new home sales crashed and well below market expectations. Our analysis continues to show a continuing deceleration of new home sales.

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