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History: Niall Ferguson – The 6 killer apps of prosperity

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We finally found some time to watch Niall Ferguson’s Ted Talks presentation with the “killer applications” he also describes in his latest book “Civilization The West and the Rest”

Niall Ferguson starts his presentation outlining his playing field, pointing us to the facts that more than 106 billion people have walked this planet and 94% of those are already dead. Out of those 106 billion 60% were or are Asian and most of them were or are very poor (shortening their life span / economic output). He then bridges over to explain the concept of the “Great Divergence“, that the majority of today’s wealth (US$195 Trillion) was made after 1800 by so-called Westerners and till today 66% of the world’s wealth is owned by these Europeans, North-Americans and Austral-Asians that only make up 19% of the world’s population…

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Travel: The Market

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Beautiful impressions of Bangkok’s Maeklong market that remind us to soon go travel again despite all the atrocities the NeoCon countries and their vassals have created on their quest to treat most people worse than cattle…

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Data visualization: Leading surveillance societies around the world

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Since 1997 two NGOs – the US-based Electronic Privacy Information Center and the UK-based Privacy International – have surveyed and assessed the state of surveillance and privacy protection in 47 countries. The annual Privacy & Human Rights Report compiled from their findings has by now become one of the most comprehensive surveys of global privacy and citizen rights.

Their “most recent report” published a few days ago has been created with the help of more than 200 experts from around the world and has grown to 1,100 pages. It shows trends of

…an overall worsening of privacy protection across the world, reflecting an increase in surveillance and a declining performance of privacy safeguards…“, and

…an increasing trend amongst governments to archive data on the geographic, communications and financial records of all their citizens and residents. This trend leads to the conclusion that all citizens, regardless of legal status, are under suspicion…

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Travel: Sign Posts long before the Rugby championship

A sign post seen in New Zealand before the Rugby championship had commenced in France… Be assured, we all feel “very” sorry about the outcome… we have seen similar signs for Penguins and Kangaroos but this one we liked most… so do stay alert at night


Travel: Sign Posts on the Road

A sign post seen in the South Pacific reminding travelers of things to do (and don’t)… It is notable that some of the small island states ( not the place where this picture was taken are already starting to fight their bare survival due to global warming … talk to some people in Kiribas – [...]


Australia: Supersize my ambulance

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Australia’s obesity crisis has forced health officials to revamp their fleet of ambulances to cope with a sharp rise in overweight patients.

Studies estimate that 67% of Australian men and over half of all women aged over 25 are overweight or obese.

Super-sized vehicles have been introduced and new air ambulances will be remodeled to carry heavier people weighing up to 220kg…
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