Celestial Weasel (celestialweasel) wrote,
Celestial Weasel


You have probably all heard my gripe by now that any bunch of random tossers with a plausible title and some headed notepaper can get press coverage for any bizarre rubbish. Today seems to be the turn of the World Economic Forum, whose report saying that the nordic countries are the 'most competitive' seems to be getting lots of coverage in the press, not just in the UK if the EuroNews press review is to be believed.

Their website says "The World Economic Forum is the foremost global community of business, political, intellectual and other leaders of society committed to improving the state of the world. The Forum is an independent international organization incorporated as a Swiss not-for-profit foundation and has NGO consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations", which sounds like a giant circle jerk to me, frankly, and fails to explain why some random weighted spreadsheet of random factors should be taken seriously.

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