Kazakhstan: Economics and blogs

Megakhuimyak talks about the models of social behavior of the Kazakhstani citizens… [ru]:

People of the Third World countries specifically like to spend their money to show off, especially, when wedding parties are concerned. A couple has just married, but tens of thousands of dollars are already spent. Then they are paying the debts out for years, and later start collecting money for the same party scenario for their children. And then they get surprised – why they always feel lack of money?

… and he also comments on the economic discrepancy in the calculations made by the government [ru]:

To increase the volume of oil refining by 4.5 mln. tons until 2015, it is suggested to invest $3.4 billion into the existing oil refineries. I wonder why they do not take into consideration another approach – 4.5 million tons can be processed by 18 mini-refineries of 250,000 tons capacity each. And their total cost would be 360 million dollars.

Meanwhile, katelka reminds, that the Law on Internet Regulation, which makes the blogs equal with mass-media, has become effective in Kazakhstan [ru]:

There is a question arising in connection with this law: once I’ve read a cat’s blog, i.e. a cat’s owner blogged “on behalf” of his cat… Who would be considered as a journalist in this case? A cat?

Also posted on neweurasia

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