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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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Video: FDR Inaugurated

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A video interesting in a few ways.

First historically of course, then because we will almost certainly hear a more or less similar speech in about a week, and third as times of today might turn out to be rather similar too.

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Time: PanAm 1937 Pacific Air Travel

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It was quite a trip to cross the Pacific in the 1930s particularly by plane. When PanAm in 1936 started the first air service from the west coast to China it took 60h flight time and roughly 5 1/2 days travel time.

Have a look at the 1937 PanAm brochure for details of the trip that was scanned in by Telstar Logistics.

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Travel: Historic tours of NZ Northland and Angkor Wat in 1930/40s

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Two film documents of travel 70-80 years ago from the Travel Film Archive (link below) that has many other history film documents from places around the world.

The first one is a tour of the ancient Cambodian temples of Angkor Wat and Bayon in the 1930s. If you recently had a chance to visit these wonders of the world, you will realize from watching the film how much this place has deteriorated within about 80 years.

The second film (in color) shows you around the New Zealand Northland popular with many tourists touring from Auckland. Many places there are now…

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History: Kristallnacht – German pogrom of 1938

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Tonight it is 70 years ago, that in the night of November 9th synagogues, Jewish shops and houses were destroyed throughout Germany and Austria. Almost a thousand Jews were murdered that night and 20-30,000 deported to concentration camps.

Sadly these days it looks like the extreme right wing thugs are creeping into society across Europe again. Where do you think that substantial amounts from all those Billions disappearing from military and so-called humanitarian aid programs are ending up?

This time it might not be the Jews, but will the majority of people again look to the other side and profit from…

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Film: MAHATMA – Life of Gandhi, 1869-1948

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If you’re looking for some quiet time this weekend and want to learn something about history, have a look at this 5 hour documentary of Mahatma Gandhi’s life by the GandhiServe Foundation.

The film in black and white includes many visual records of Gandhi’s life and of events during this important period of India.

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