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The European Union – Is the economic euphoria justified?The austerity policies pursued by Mr. Schäuble (and are still pursued by the EU) have had perverse effects. Coordinated fiscal consolidation has not only had substantially larger negative impacts on growth than expected (and advertised), but has actually had the effect of raising rather than lowering Debt-to-GDP ratios. Not only would growth had been higher if such policies had not been pursued, but debt-to-GDP ratios would have been lower. As if the plan of Mr. Schäuble was and is to asphyxiate the European economy…

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Did you know?

that recycling steel saves 75% of the energy that would be used to create steel from raw materials, enough to power 18 million homes?

that the revenue that is generated from gambling is more than the revenue derived from movies, cruse ships, recorded music, theme parks and spectator sports combined?

that recycling 1 ton of paper saves 17 mature trees, 7,000 gallons of water, 3 cubic yards of landfill space, 2 barrels of oil, and 4000 kilowatt hours of electricity; this is enough energy to power the average North American home for 5 months?

that of all the restaurants that are opened, 90% of them fail in the first year and of the remaining ones that survive, 90% of those fail in the second year?

that annually, the amount of garbage that is dumped in the world’s oceans is three times the weight of fish that is caught from the oceans?

that 1 recycled tin would save enough energy to power a television for 3 hours; 1 recycled glass bottle would save enough energy to power a computer for 25 minutes; 1 recycled plastic bottle would save enough energy to power a 60-watt light bulb for 3 hours?

that the Boeotian Hesiod about 3000 years ago theorized on the entrepreneurship typical of the market (an early laissez-faire), identifying the effects of government debasement of the coinage, which causes a decrease in its purchasing power (think Adam Smith, Keynes and post Keynes), arguing about the importance of competition and the importance of justice and the law in order to foster order and harmony in society?

that in a lifetime the average European or North American will discard more than 600 times his or her adult weight in garbage and about a ton of trash per person per year?

that Pytheas has presence in 41 countries?

that every year, Americans buy more than 100 million cell phones, yet fewer than 20% of old cell phones are recycled and that recycling just a million cell phones reduces greenhouse gas emissions equal to removing 1,368 cars off the road for a full year?

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