Sunday, January 17, 2010

Rumor

Here's a sidelight on the swine flu vaccine controversy that you may not have heard before: apparently it was rumored in the Muslim community that there was "pork" in the vaccine. The rumor was spread by e-mail and text message among students.

Economic Patriotism

Economic patriotism is back, sort of. But there's quite a bit of daylight between Sarkozy's blustery pronouncement--"we don't put so much cash into our manufacturers to see all their factories move elsewhere"--and Renault CEO Carlos Ghosn's vague promise that Renault will "maintain activity and jobs on the site" at Flins and "will continue to produce combustion vehicles while developing the production of electric vehicles." Ghosn didn't say how much "activity" or how many or what kind of "jobs," and he didn't say how long any of these vague commitments will hold.