Geithner Answers Questions on His Financial Plan

U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, speaking at Council on Foreign Relations, pledges a new plan to regulate systemic risks to the financial system, including enhanced oversight of "non-banks." In this video, moderator Robert Altman questions Geithner on aspects of his plan.

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Why the south of Westeros is the north of Ireland

As Game of Thrones ends, a revealing resolution to its perplexing geography.

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  • The fantasy world of Game of Thrones was inspired by real places and events.
  • But the map of Westeros is a good example of the perplexing relation between fantasy and reality.
  • Like Britain, it has a Wall in the North, but the map only really clicks into place if you add Ireland.
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