Why do central bankers buy and collect art?

The reserve bank of Australia has a magnificent collection of Australian aboriginal art. It was purchased cheaply in the mid-20th century. there is very little accountability for how the bank was budgeted back then

Mostly Economics

Jens Weidmann of Bundesbank in this speech:

It gives me great pleasure to join you here today in opening this exhibition of artworks from the collections of the National Bank of Belgium and the Deutsche Bundesbank. I must say, this is an impressive and exceptionally pleasing space for an exhibition of this kind. We jumped at the chance of sending exhibits from our collection on a journey to Brussels, to our friends at the National Bank of Belgium in the capital city of Europe. It’s a premiere for us – never before have we shown our works outside Germany.

Both the National Bank of Belgium and the Bundesbank have been avid collectors of art for many decades now. Over the years, we have each gathered quite sizeable collections which shed some light on how art has evolved in Belgium and Germany. But why do central banks collect art in…

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#BDS are card carrying members of what Orwell called the renegade left

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A day in the life of the twitter left

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Open letter to associate professor sharpens the focus on Treaty of Waitangi and its influence on governance

maori sought British colonisation to bring an end to the risk of another musket war and because the alternatives of French colonisation was worse

Point of Order

A champion of the growing practice of appointing iwi representatives to sit with elected representatives on local authority decision-making bodies didn’t have a great deal to say, when questions were emailed to her.

Much of the little she did say – published on Point of Order last month – has been challenged by Bruce Moon in an open letter posted on Breaking Views.

The thrust and parry were triggered by governance changes on the Hastings District Council, which last month voted to appoint Māori representatives with speaking and voting rights to its four standing committees.

The council press statement which announced the decision noted 25 per cent of the local population is Māori and five of the council’s 14 elected members (33 per cent of the total) have identified as being of Maori descent.

The council voted in favour of appointing more Maori to join the elected ones “to be…

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WordPress once again helps the Pakistani government block my “blasphemous” Jesus and Mo posts

Why Evolution Is True

I think this must be the third time that WordPress has cooperated with the Pakistani government in blocking “blasphemous” content on my site. The blasphemy, as you’ll see from the three links singled out, involves reproducing Jesus and Mo cartoons, which have apparently hurt the feelings of Muslims. Indeed, I seem to have committed a crime.

Here’s the letter from WordPress, with the Pakistani complaint below:

Hello,

A Pakistan authority has demanded that we disable the following content on your WordPress.com site:

https://whyevolutionistrue.files.wordpress.com/2012/03/2012-03-14.png?w=1000
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https://whyevolutionistrue.files.wordpress.com/2015/02/2015-02-25.png?w=522&h=522

Unfortunately, we must comply to keep WordPress.com accessible for everyone in the region. As a result, we have disabled this content only for Internet visitors originating from Pakistan. They will instead see a message explaining why the content was blocked.

Visitors from outside of Pakistan are not affected.

You and your readers may be interested in these suggestions for bypassing Internet restrictions.

For your…

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#OTD North Island ceded by treaty

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#MeToo offence archeologists overlooked Martin Luther King, a man very much of his patriarchal times as an Ebony magazine agony aunt columnist

Is King All That We Are Allowed to Become?

From https://amp.theatlantic.com/amp/article/556832/

#OTD 1840 slavery was abolished in New Zealand

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Sam Peltzman Regulation and the wealth of nations

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