Financial crisis: chicanery on the way to a global society

The personalization (greed) or playing off the state against the economy conceals the more complex background of the financial market crisis

The complexities of the "structured products" invented by financial mathematicians in the financial industry, which were too complex for the layman (investor) at least, disguised the lucrative trade in bad mortgage loans, which had been going on for years, as a simple chain letter construction. Today’s explanations for the now acute financial market or even world economic crisis seem to conceal a more complex social ie in their simplicity, in a strangely counter-current complementarity.

It is hardly satisfactory that the crisis is often reduced (by the mass media) to the culpable actions of a few individuals. It is a labeling fraud to brand the actions of investment bankers and brokers (and correspondingly investors, as is to be remembered) now in the crisis as "greedy" and "irresponsible", even from a prasidial address as immoral. In other words, what was previously business as usual – profit maximization, cost minimization and the pursuit of profit – has been successfully implemented. It is a personalization of the events, which can also be understood as a helpless effort of the mass media to bring complex ies closer to the audience.

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Social unrest or mass migration after the covid 19 pandemic?

Social unrest or mass migration after the covid 19 pandemic?

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The Covid-19 measures, along with the outbreak of racist police violence, have led to protests against state power, which could lead to riots or waves of emigration in the post-pandemic world, according to one study

In the U.S., with the gruesome killing of George Floyd by a police officer in the midst of the Covid 19 pandemic, protests against police violence have spread like wildfire across cities, also expressing long-pent-up resentment of U.S. President Donald Trump in the election year. Trump is playing with the use of the army and firearms, and he is doing a lot of cleaning up for his right-wing clientele "Law Order", refers to the demonstrators as "Anarchists" and "terrorists" and seems to accept or even want to provoke an outbreak of riots and their subsequent suppression by violence by stirring up the conflict in the USA, which is already torn apart politically for the election campaign.

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Obama: for the germans still the political superstar

According to the ARD-Deutschlandtrend four Funftel of the Germans find the Nato important, the German soldiers should be withdrawn however from Afghanistan

Before, Bush was the bad man from the USA, now Obama is the good man for the Germans. People expect the president of the USA, which is now ailing but still acts as a superpower, to regulate the fate of the world – for better or for worse. The anti-Americanism of recent years, which some have noted, was merely a rejection of the Bush administration, while expectations of the U.S. remained high. Barack Obama still shines in Germany, according to the latest ARD Deutschlandtrend. 80 percent of respondents like what he has done so far.

The Germans were obviously happy to have an Obama at the head of state instead of Merkel, Steinmeier and Co. also an Obama at the head of state. 76 percent would like to see politicians like Obama, and 72 percent say they have been pleasantly surprised by him since he took office. He seems to be doing everything right. 89 percent think. Under his leadership, the USA is back on the right track. The euphoria is just the all-or-nothing flip side of Bush’s earlier opposition. Now 78 percent of Germans again see the USA as a trustworthy partner. However, here stand the French – despite or because of Sarkozy? – still on top with 87 percent.

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Do it again, sweden

Do it again, Sweden

Sweden’s State Epidemiologist Anders Tegnell Stays True to His Line. Image: Frankie Fouganthin/CC BY-SA-4.0

Government tightens recommendations, but continues to rely on reason and solidarity instead of bans

No one could accuse the Swedish health authority of scaremongering and activism so far. But since hospitals are once again filled with covid patients, their admonitions have become more urgent. And in five regions, covering more than half of the population, rules are already in place that are suspiciously being followed "Lockdown Light" sound – only voluntarily. "We must show the same solidarity as we did in the spring", warns state epidemiologist Anders Tegnell.

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Concentration camp with shower

Stefan Ruzowitzky’s "The false ones" does without salon Nazis, but here too, Jews are better at trickery and deception

Stefan Ruzowitzky’s "The Wrong" is not the first concentration camp film. But one of the most unusual. For he shows the exception to the rule: prisoners who were well-fed and hygienically housed, whose survival the Nazis strove to prevent. For the titular "False" were experts in the field of money and document forgery. The Nazi regime formed a special unit out of them, whose main purpose was the production of false foreign currency for the war effort. The dilemma: After successful falsification, they face certain death – if only for reasons of secrecy. The film, which is conventional in its way of making, asks more good questions about history and cinema than it finds the right answers, an interesting film worth seeing, with considerable shortcomings.

Not everything is successful in Stefan Ruzowitzky’s film, but before any criticism, it must be said that "The counterfeiters" is one of the most exciting and interesting of the feature films that have been made in recent years to tell the stories of the National Socialist era. No less than in "The Downfall" or "Sophie Scholl" Here, actual events are faithfully recounted, but in contrast to the last days in the Fuhrerbunker and Gestapo cellar, the protagonists are not world-famous.

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Weaknesses in the vulnerability analysis?

The working group set up to identify potential threats to the "Critical infrastructures" Working group convened presents initial results

The data floods on commercial websites at the beginning of February also set alarm bells ringing in the Federal Ministry of the Interior: Last week, Minister Otto Schily put a stop to the alleged "Hacker attacks on the Internet", as it misleadingly states in a press release, a task force (Schily’s Cyberwar) a. The working group, which is composed of members of the Federal Ministry of the Interior, the Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) and the Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA), will jointly assess the threats to Germany and whether countermeasures are necessary.

However, a similar mandate has already been given to the working group coordinated by the BSI "Critical infrastructures" (Kritis), which has been searching for open flanks of networking across departments since 1997, mainly in the area of federal administration and ministries. The first fruits of more than two years of research were presented by Joachim Weber of the BSI at the Fundamental Rights Conference in Berlin (What fundamental rights remain for networked people?)?).

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Weapons of mass hysteria

Bush, The Second Iraq War, and the Attention Economy

Wars have always been a part of human experience, we are repeatedly told. Actually, what we call war, namely a military struggle for the control of land territory, is an outgrowth of the rise of agriculture and early industry. Land is valuable for growing crops or extracting resources. For those in most advanced societies who have abandoned a primary dependence on these kinds of activities, those reasons for war no longer make sense. Today, wars in general, and the second Iraq war in particular have primary value as a means for their instigators of focussing and attracting attention.

For Bush et al, the attention of those in the countries around Iraq mattered somewhat, but that of those at home in the US mattered far more. Some of us looked on in excitement -as if watching a sporting event – or in relief in the attack on a tyrant supposedly dangerous to the US. Others, including me, watched in deepening depression that the war had begun contrary to established international law and principle and despite every effort to oppose it. We were sick not only with the needless killing and destruction, but for fear of the power that George W. Bush would gain from it, a fear in itself quite useful to Bush. Our greatest fear perhaps is that this war will be followed by many sequels for the same ends.

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Family minister kristina schroder wants gender policy even for boys

Boys like to break out of their typical gender roles, but often do not know how

For years, the topic of equality was mainly looked at the situation of Madchen and women – because above all the female gender suffer from discrimination and unequal treatment. But for several years this picture is changing. After all, studies come to the conclusion that even boys are disadvantaged, especially at school.

As the fixed role-writing, which confronts boys and girls are confronted, increasingly soften and walk, Federal Family Minister Kristina Schroder (CDU) has called a young advisory board. Shortly before the end of the legislative period, he now presents his final report on the situation of the boys in Germany.

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Ireland faces the wall with its back to the wall

After the neoliberal summer, Ireland has plunged into debt winter – every Irishman is half a million dollars in foreign debt

Ireland bows to massive prere from the EU and is now toying with the idea of slipping under the euro bailout umbrella against its own will. Without the irresponsible talkativeness of the chancellor it would never have come so far.

Ireland stands with its back to the wall

Image: O’Dea, CC License

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Mcluhan, media age magician

Herbert Marshall McLuhan (21. July 1911 – 31. Dec. 1980) goods have become 90 years old today. What was from his slogans?

Even who has nothing of McLuhan Weib, has been at least one of his saying. He marks a relative misunderstanding that has been successful nonetheless. But McLuhan was despite all the treatment through European intellectuals (H.M. Enzensberger once called him the converter of one "reactionar health teaching") No blind propagandist of the new media, but a penifler explorer of the cultural transition.

Central for McLuhan was the thesis that the media developments of the Western culture does not necessarily follow a logic of decay: the decline of the previously-educated book culture can also mean an launch of new senses, instead of the literal alitate is a new oralitat (RockMusik etc). The font and prere culture sacrificed whole worlds of meaning and perception content, as it is called, whose potential prere of the candidate is due to the new media.

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