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The Week (November 30)

2017/ 12/ 01 by jd in Global News

“Trump seems to be coming unglued.” Though “you might say while it’s deeply troubling to see the president embracing conspiracy theories or believing that millions of people voted illegally for his opponent, it doesn’t necessarily mean that he has lost his mind. But the fact that he thinks that it wasn’t him on the Access Hollywood tape suggests that Trump has had a profound break with reality.”


The Independent (November 26)

2017/ 11/ 27 by jd in Global News

“Brexit has been a long, slow process in accepting the reality that should have been better understood before the referendum. In the next three weeks, some things will become brutally clear that should have been obvious long ago.” Theresa May’s path to the next EU Council on December 14 will be “strewn with unpalatable truths.” The £40bn exit bill and continuing sovereignty of EU law during the transition are just the beginning. “As it turns out, it may be that the more difficult intrusion of reality into the Brexit negotiations is the question of the Irish border.”


The Economist (July 22)

2017/ 07/ 23 by jd in Global News

“Despite the frantic political activity in Westminster…the country has made remarkably little progress since the referendum in deciding what form Brexit should take. All versions, however “hard” or “soft”, have drawbacks…. Yet Britain’s leaders have scarcely acknowledged that exit will involve compromises, let alone how damaging they are likely to be. The longer they fail to face up to Brexit’s painful trade-offs, the more brutal will be the eventual reckoning with reality.”


Washington Post (January 15)

2017/ 01/ 17 by jd in Global News

“A hellscape of lies and distorted reality awaits journalists covering President Trump.”000


Financial Times (July 14)

2016/ 07/ 16 by jd in Global News

“Before Nintendo shareholders get too excited, they should examine the reality.” As the Pokémon Go craze grows, “Nintendo’s shares have risen by 50 per cent in a week on hopes Pokémon Go can rescue the company from dependence on lacklustre consoles such as the Wii U, and propel it into a world of growth in casual games on smart devices.” The investors need to “calm down” as there are still challenges ahead for Nintendo.


New York Times (October 30)

2015/ 10/ 31 by jd in Global News

The rising populism in Germany and around the globe “is not the anger of a classic loony fringe, but rather mainstream people striking out at elites who they believe have lost touch with reality and common sense. To many here, the refugee crisis, the euro crisis, the Ukraine crisis and the threats seen in an unleashed global capitalism have converged in a fundamental question: Do the mighty still know what they are doing?”


Bloomberg (October 26)

2015/ 10/ 27 by jd in Global News

“Reality keeps beating BOJ’s inflation forecasts.” According to Bloomberg, the Bank of Japan (BOJ) ranks last or next to last in the accuracy of its forecasts for inflation and GDP when compared to other major central banks. The Bank of Japan has had to lower its inflation estimates for all four years from 2014 and now looks poised to follow suit on Friday with its release of updated inflation forecasts.


Wall Street Journal (April 3)

2015/ 04/ 04 by jd in Global News

“It’s fashionable to despair over American progress against cancer, but the reality is that every year medicine makes steady and durable gains…. The mortality rate fell 1.5% a year on average for all cancers from 2002 to 2011, while new cases of cancer dropped 0.5% a year over the same period.”


New York Times (April 6)

2014/ 04/ 07 by jd in Global News

“In reality, slower population growth creates enormous possibilities for human flourishing.” Japan may be at the forefront of graying societies, but the nation is hardly alone. Most developed countries are already shrinking. Many developing countries, like China, are soon forecast to contract. This is fueling “dark prophecies” and causing alarm over the future. It shouldn’t. “Population doom of one kind or another is a recurring fad. Like most fads, this one can be safely ignored. Humanity has many legitimate problems to worry about. Falling fertility is not one of them.”