Monday, 20 August 2012

My take on Ryan

Well, it's not about Chile, but here's my take on Romney's choice for VP. In a nutshell, I suggest that it was much more about maintaining the unity of the Republican Party than about winning the election. In fact, barring some unknown unknowable popping up between now and November, it may almost guarantee defeat.

Tuesday, 7 August 2012

Tomas Gonzalez and the OECD

Twice in the last few days Chile came to a virtual standstill as everyone watched (or in my case, tried to watch on the Internet from work) Chilean gymnast Tomas Gonzalez aim for an Olympic medal, and fail. By this much.

He came in fourth. This led to much discussion, as most things in Chile do. Should we celebrate this achievement, or lament that we were celebrating having lost something? Twitter was aflutter.

So I wrote this.

The argument is that it all depends on whom we are comparing ourselves to. Just as in the OECD our numbers are often awful, at the bottom of most rankings, our Olympics results are usually unimpressive as well. That is because in both cases we're playing in the big leagues. When you think of the state funded gymnastics programs that exist in countries like Russia, Ukraine or China, Gonzalez' achievement seems huge. 

Sunday, 5 August 2012

The Waltz of the Useless

This seems to be a documentary about last year's student movement. It is moving, not least because it recalls a time when the students had purpose, were peaceful and creative. Most of that is gone now.