Monthly Archives: November 2013

In the first article we have spent on this blog in the U.S. presidential election and its relationship to the polls, we made reference city, like many other observers, the site of synthesis of the various surveys in the United united by Nate Silver, FiveThirtyEight blog.

This site, which already gave Obama the winner a week ago, confirmed and even strengthened its forecasts, did not hesitate to say that the strong support% of the popular vote and 303 electoral votes (against 234 for his rival) Obama has a 80% chance of winning the election! While these results are confirmed, but to a much lesser extent, the site Realpolitics, which gives 201 electoral votes for Obama, 191 for his opponent and 146 undecided. The nuance is.

But Le Monde today tells us that part of the electoral debate in the United States these days focuses on the following question: but who is this mysterious Nate Silver, whose comparative surveys blog seems to make more most authoritative among observers? Continue reading

Exports of military equipment from Russia, second arms supplier in the world after the United States reached a record level of $ billion ( billion euros) in 2012, announced Monday, January 21 a senior official quoted by Russian news agencies.

This figure must be further refined at the end of January or early February, more than 12% of the government’s goals, said Alexander Fomin, director of the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation. It is, moreover, an increase of 15% compared to 2011, during which Moscow had delivered $ billion for weapons.

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The law has failed in almost twenty years to bring down the price of the funeral. The economic crisis and the Internet could be more effective. For about a year, the funeral market mute. It develops all share a speech on prices, terms borrowed from the supermarket that seemed far indecent in the area. “Funeral low cost”, “discount”, “cut-price” … Appara t in this niche “first prize” a growing number of operators, storefront or online number;? For price comparison websites that facilitate competitive bidding. And families who can not, no longer want, deal with an average expenditure of 3,000 to 3,500 euros to pay their last respects to their deceased.

Ecoplus Funeral, new string of stores launched by the cooperative network’s funeral Choice, opened a new outlet in Lyon on October 17. Photo: Sebastian Erome for Le Monde

That’s almost twenty years since the communal monopoly funeral was repealed (Act Sweat January 1993), liberalizing the sector. Lower rates expected did not occur. On the contrary: most, the burial societies have increased the bill to make as much selling less. Why deny it? In this particular industry, the consumer, so far little compared.

The price of funerals has risen by a third in ten years, fell to November 2011 the consumer association UFC-Que Choisir, who tirelessly denounced the opacity of a sector whose turnover approaching 2 billion Euro ‘: “The funeral is a painful moment when we inevitably lose lucidity Some funeral operators are able to take advantage.”. Continue reading