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On the occasion of the Forderpreis "The power of the arts" for projects for the cultural integration of refugees and migrants

Philip Morris, the largest cigarette company outside China, is proud of its commitment to improving the world. That was made clear at a ceremony last Tuesday at the Berlin Academy of the Arts. On three floors of the Academy building on Pariser Platz, the Marlboro manufacturer celebrated the awarding of its Forderpreis for projects for the cultural integration of refugees and migrants. "The power of the arts" – This is the motto of the program, which was made public via a website of the same name.

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Ein richtiges kreuz auf dem stimmzettel fur einen job

U.S. Contractors declare to their employees, under threat of job losses, who they want on 6. November elections

Corporations allowed to vote since controversial ruling "Citizens United" not only invest millions in election campaigns. It allows them to exert political influence in other ways as well. The billionaire Koch brothers have now sent a letter to their employees. It is about the "right" election on 6. November.

Templates for anti-union laws, arch-conservative think tanks and millions of dollars for organizing the radical Tea Party movement: Infamous tycoons Charles and David Koch (Stealing and Carrying) have their own unique idea of how to protect the country from the influence of what they see as a liberal, regulation-minded Obama administration. Shortly before the landmark elections on 6. November, they therefore remind their employees which candidate allegedly threatens their jobs and who should take a seat in the White House as of January 2013.

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Ignorance pays off …

… Zumindest in einigen Bereichen wie der Borse schauen die Experten schlecht aus

Actually one tells us yes constantly that we live in a knowledge society, in which lifelong learning is necessary. There are supposed to be problems with the flood of information that comes at us thanks to the new media. But then there are the experts who call themselves knowledge workers, and of course new methods of knowledge management. Sometimes, of course, knowledge does not seem to pay off at all. Even those who do not burden themselves with knowledge or information can be quite successful, at least on the stock market, as a study by the Max Planck Institute for Educational Research in Berlin claims to have discovered.

In the background of the investigation there is of course also a concept: the so-called recognition heuristic. It is based on the tragedy of people who, for the sake of simplicity, always prefer the known to the unknown when making decisions. This economic attitude, which saves cognitive work, is not only a method of "method", to draw quick conclusions from limited information, it could also be said to be based on not taking off one’s blinders and insisting on one’s ignorance. One would think that decisions made with less knowledge would lead to worse results, but apparently there are also cases where a less is more approach can lead to worse results "Less-is-more"-effect, if one simply chooses what one already knows.

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Hotspot eastern europe

After financing the upswing of the CEE countries, Austrian banks in particular are now seen as candidates for bankruptcy on the international financial markets – and probably unfairly so

The central and southeastern European "reform states" that were formerly part of the Soviet Union have been at the center of the global financial crisis in recent weeks: the drastic decline in industrial production and the simultaneous collapse of their respective economies have caused the previously successful growth model of these countries, which was based on foreign loans, to fail, according to the analysis departments of banks that are not heavily involved in these regions. Corresponding warnings were also issued by the rating agencies, of which Moody’s issued one on 17 December. February issued a serious warning regarding the lending banks.

According to the Bank for International Settlements (BIS), the involvement of Austrian financial institutions in this region is particularly dangerous. Euros in outstanding loans in this region. This is more than 80 percent of Austria’s annual economic output, and on the credit markets it is apparently a given that this potential threat far exceeds the possibilities of the Austrian government. In the event of a crisis, Austria would be threatened with national bankruptcy, which is reflected in the recent massive increase in risk premiums for Austrian government debt. So hat sich der Risikoaufschlag gegenuber deutschen Bundesanleihen innerhalb nur einer Woche auf 133 Basispunkte (1 BP = 0,01 Prozentpunkt) verdoppelt und liegt nun hoher als jener Spaniens, so dass im Euroraum derzeit nur noch Griechenland und Irland hohere Aufschlage zahlen mussen.

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Expensive joke with foreign email account

Just out of fun and curiosity, a Spanish student had made rough mischief with the Hotmail account of a former colleague using the password she knew

When you get to know each other in your studies and become friends, a more or less rough trust develops. It is possible that one of them has got the password for the computer or the mail account of the other one. At least this was the case with two Spanish students. But then, after they parted ways, one of them got ideas – and got herself two years in prison on probation for spying out secrets.

It should probably be a deterrent judgment. Because a young woman knew the password for accessing the Hotmail account of a former fellow student and made some uble jokes with it, the 28-year-old in Barcelona has now been sentenced to two years’ imprisonment on probation and a fine of exactly 26.886.20 euros. The prosecution and defense had agreed to spare the young woman a prison sentence, but the Ministry of Finance had demanded 5 years in prison, the law firm Bufet Almeida on behalf of the victim even 7 years.

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Utopia or the idea of founding a state on artificial islands

Founding colonies in space is too far-fetched, but why not sovereign states on mobile structures beyond territorial waters, where the rules of the social game are reinvented??

Peter Thiel, the founder of Pay Pal, who has since managed a hedge fund and invested in Facebook early on, is betting on the libertarian ideology of the free market and a state that is as small as possible with extensive rights for the citizens (It sounds like a mixture of "liberal" and "pubertar"). That’s why he supported the maverick Republican Ron Paul, who also sympathizes with libertarians, in the last presidential election. Thiel is also a maverick, who studied philosophy as well as law, has little regard for democracy despite his libertarian views, but is a strong believer in the development of new technologies and, for example, calls for Aubrey de Grey, who is researching how to prolong human life. The controversial age researcher is convinced that in principle aging can be switched off.

Most recently, Thiel attracted attention when he founded an initiative and uses his private assets to encourage young people to abandon their studies in order to resolutely realize their business ideas (The somewhat different philanthropist). Thiel’s penchant for the utopian ideas of founding new communities or states, prevalent in libertarian circles, is also well known. Facebook’s success may have encouraged Thiel, but still, despite all the hype, the social network is basically an airline act. For a long time now, he has been calling for the Seasteading Institute, founded in 2008, to which he has now donated another USD 1.25 million to implement the idea of establishing new libertarian countries or communities on artificial islands, which are constructed in a similar way to oil rigs, in the oceans outside the state territories. And if we leave the land and go to the sea, the insular city-states should not be ships directly, but at least they should be mobile and changeable. After all, one does not always want to remain in one and the same place in space, and one does not want a rigid architecture, but a modular one, which can adapt to the experimentally developing communities.

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Operation anaconda: war propaganda

Whether the largest U.S. Military operation so far was such a success, despite the dropping of thousands of bombs, is doubtful – but success is necessary

Hardly anyone will really believe the official announcements of warring parties (Rumsfeld: Pentagon does not peek). Nevertheless, it is astonishing how much the Pentagon still relies on propaganda and the short-term memory of the people – and the media, which want to report the latest news. The most recent case is "Operation Anaconda", the largest battle involving U.S. Ground troops in Afghanistan – and also the one with the most losses for the U.S. So far. Hundreds of al-Qaida and Taliban fighters have been reported killed, demonstrating the success of the U.S. Military machine. This cannot be confirmed so far, everything looks rather as if the roughest combat action was a flop.

Operation anaconda: war propaganda

Operation Anaconda. Photo: Pentagon

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Rough jump down

Brussel sets electricity consumption plan target

Today, the German EU Commissioner Gunther Oettinger presents a draft for a "Energy efficiency directive". Among other things, it stipulates that each burger should consume 1.5 percent less energy each year. To achieve this target, energy companies are to send their customers up-to-date bills much more frequently than in the past: At least once a month for electricity and heating, and every two months for hot water.

Since this increases the bureaucratic burden considerably, the directive, which has a deterrent effect in the event of non-compliance "deterrent" penalties for non-compliance, was allowed to stand in the way of the widespread introduction of so-called "smart meters" a significant boost. But under the current legal situation, these harbor both considerable [http:.Our site. And neither in Brussels nor in Berlin is there any sign that anything is being done about these dangers.

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“Columbus discovered america even without a degree”

How to integrate into a disintegrating society? The "advancement through education" has become a hollow promise for migrants as well. Part 2 of the series on integration and education

In the first part "Turks are the true burgers of education" I investigated the prejudice that cultural reasons – namely the Islamic pragmatism – prevented oriental immigrants from seeking educational integration in Germany. Solid quantitative studies show that this prejudice is not only wrong, but even distorts the facts: Immigrants are always characterized by a high level of educational aspiration, i.E.H., on average, they make greater efforts to obtain a good education than do natives with the same qualifications.

Why do they do this? And why do we notice so many immigrants for whom this effort has obviously failed??

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World of zombie believers

World of the zombie-believers

Money and debt bubble unrelated to the real economy: where do we go from here??

In 2020, the global economy collapsed more than at any time since 1945. World GDP declined by about 4.4 percent to about 84 trillion (84.000 billion) US dollars. At the same time, debt will have increased by around 20 trillion dollars to approximately 277 trillion dollars at the end of 2020. The leading Western central banks have printed an enormous amount of fresh money in 2020. Rising debt, steep increase in money supply with declining economic power: How will the debt ever be repaid?? How is the value of money to remain stable?? How will all this work out? What is in store for us?

The development of the money and debt supply

Since the beginning of the last financial crisis in 2007, the money supply in the industrialized countries has increased at a rate that would have seemed insane to all economists until recently. Virtually all leading central banks in the Western world have fired up the money press and printed fresh money on a historically unprecedented scale, he said. The U.S. Federal Reserve Bank has increased the money supply about ninefold since 2007, the European Central Bank (ECB) has increased it sevenfold, the Bank of England has increased it ninefold, the Bank of Japan has increased it fourfold, the Bank of Canada has increased it sixfold, the Reserve Bank of Australia has increased it sixfold. Even the conservative Swiss central bank has increased the money supply eightfold.

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