Archive for the ‘offtopic’ Category

Air Quality Egg

May 26, 2015

Air quality in Poland is in general rather poor, according to some sources the second worst in Europe. I live in Poland in a small town of about 9000 people. Since it is close to Wrocław, people consider it rural. There is some truth in that – it is surrounded by forests that are a great place to walk or bike. As far as air pollution is concerned however, the situation is bad, in winter worse than in Wrocław in my opinion. One evening last December after I came back from a walk smelling like a life-long chain smoker I tried to find data to check what is the level of pollution in my town. It turned out that probably nobody knows as almost all air quality monitoring in Poland concentrates in big cities. There are three monitoring stations in Wrocław, but none in the surrounding areas. So then I searched for an inexpensive way to measure pollution by myself and I found Air Quality Egg.



Moving again

July 22, 2009

I have decided to move with my family to Poland. I will be describing the experience on another blog.

The Great Bailout

October 3, 2008

I have not seen such disconnect between the information provided by the media and what can be found out from other sources since I was watching TV news in communist Poland more than twenty years ago.

First of all, failures of financial systems happen often enough that by now there are empirical data that allow to evaluate different ways of resolving them. Government buying of bad assets consistently proves to be the one that is the least effective and the most costly to the taxpayers. There is no dichotomy “either bailout of economic disaster”. There are other alternatives that work better and don’t cost that much money from people who didn’t benefit from the profits of investment banks.

As an angry renter (yes, I know who finances that site) I suggest another data point to consider: inflation adjusted house prices since 1890. And for entertainment the roller-coaster version of that.