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Wednesday, September 23, 2021

To the extent that I follow the workings of the world economy, I did think that Pittsburgh as a site for the latest meeting of the Group of 20 was an unconventional choice. It seems like a seat of national government — Paris, Berlin, London — is the usual suspect for these macroeconomic confabs.

Turns out the Steel City is a unique choice:

The pick was left to Obama’s discretion after the governors of the G-20 decided the event would be held in the U.S. Obama said he chose Pittsburgh to showcase the city’s reinvention from an aging industrial town into a tech-heavy, eco-friendly metropolis with a burgeoning alternative-energy sector. The success story isn’t all hype — Pittsburgh’s unemployment and foreclosure rates are lower than the national average, and the sagging steel industry is no longer the sole engine of the city’s economy. Pittsburgh is just the second noncapital city to hold the event, after Montreal in 2000.

So the Three Rivers metropole is to be a model for a global recovery? The post-recessionary world better pick up a Stanley Cup winner and Super Bowl champion along the way. Because we all know how much the President likes his sports.

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 09/23/2009 11:01:43 PM
Category: Business, Political, Sports
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On the way home today, I saw a man sitting in a train seat, finishing off a bag of popcorn. Once he was done, he reached into his backpack, took out a little bottle of Purell, and proceeded to bathe his hands with the alcohol-based sanitizer for several seconds. Once finished, he replaced the bottle into his backpack and placed his hands in his lap.

Looking at this, I thought: This idiot actually thinks he just accomplished something.

Because hand sanitizers don’t work like that. If you need to get rid of dirt, grease, grime, and other visible soiling, a germ-killing sanitizer doesn’t do squat — it doesn’t dissolve the gritty residue. The germs from said soiling might be dead, but you’re still carrying the crud, and smearing it onto anything that comes into contact with your hands. Bottom line, you’re basically just as dirty — and a bit of slob, to boot.

On a basic, common-sense level, you’d have to be kinda stupid to not understand the principle behind this. But I’m sure that germophobic paranoia being as irrational as it is, lots of people simply don’t make the connection. Like my fellow passenger, who probably marked everything from his pants to his face with popcorn grease with this “clean” hands — all because he’s too lazy/clueless to find some soap and water.

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 09/23/2009 07:19:41 PM
Category: Science, Society
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