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Maybe a little hindsight will help in the future?

Saturday, November 12th, 2016

Inquiring Minds Podcast Episode 154: Changing Political Minds – The Deep Story With Arlie Hochschild and Reckonings. (Podcast, 1hr 18min 40s)

“We team up with Stephanie Lepp from the Reckonings podcast and talk to sociologist Arlie Hochschild about whether or not this election is causing more people than usual to change their minds about politics. We then hear from two voters who did in fact make some kind of transformation during this election season – one young voter who was voting in his second presidential election and one long-time voter and political insider who has been voting for 40 years.”

This podcats aired six days ago, a few days before the election. Still, the interviews with the two voters and especially the insights of Arlie Hochschild gave me a lot of insight into how many Americans think about politics and how they decided who to vote for. Recommended!

About Arlie Hochschild, quote from Wikipedia:

“Her latest book, Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right, is based on five years of immersion among Louisiana supporters of the Tea Party. It explores the role of emotion in politics by first posing a paradox. Why, she asks, do residents of the nation’s poorest state vote for candidates who resist federal help? Why in a highly polluted state, do they vote for candidates who resist regulating polluting industry? Her search for answers leads her to what she calls their “deep story,” a metaphorical expression of the emotions they live by. The people she studied may not be voting for their economic self-interest, she found, but they are voting for their emotional self-interest as members of a group which feels marginalized, scorned by coastal liberals, and left behind.”

“It’s a good place to be a woman”

Wednesday, October 26th, 2016

The Guardian: Why Iceland is the best place in the world to be a woman. By Noreena Hertz, 24 October 2016.

“Since 1975, the Nordic country has blazed the trail in gender equality and now, from infancy to maternity, women and girls enjoy a progressive lifestyle. But how did they achieve it?”

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Bitte keine amerikanischen Verhältnisse in Deutschland

Thursday, October 20th, 2016

Pharmama: EU kippt die Preisbindung für rezeptpflichtige Arzneimittel – für ausländische Versandapotheken.

“Wie reagieren die deutschen Apotheker?

Sie sind entsetzt von diesem Urteil. Bin ich auch. Und ihr solltet das auch sein! Das Urteil sabotiert de facto das deutsche Gesundheitssystem. Apotheken sind nicht nur Medikamenten-Dispenser, sie sind auch erste Anlaufstelle bei Gesundheitsfragen. (Immer noch) leicht erreichbar und die wohl zugänglichsten Medizinalpersonen. Nimm sie weg und Du hast vielleicht noch die (überlaufenen) Notfallstationen der Spitäler. Die Versandapotheken können nicht die Aufgaben übernehmen, die die Vor-Ort Apotheke täglich leistet. Die haben keinen direkten Kontakt zu den Patienten zu den Menschen hinter der mit Medikamenten zu behandelnden Krankheiten.”

916 Million in one year

Monday, October 3rd, 2016

New York Times: Donald Trump Tax Records Show He Could Have Avoided Taxes for Nearly Two Decades, The Times Found.

“Donald J. Trump declared a $916 million loss on his 1995 income tax returns, a tax deduction so substantial it could have allowed him to legally avoid paying any federal income taxes for up to 18 years, records obtained by The New York Times show.

The 1995 tax records, never before disclosed, reveal the extraordinary tax benefits that Mr. Trump, the Republican presidential nominee, derived from the financial wreckage he left behind in the early 1990s through mismanagement of three Atlantic City casinos, his ill-fated foray into the airline business and his ill-timed purchase of the Plaza Hotel in Manhattan.

Tax experts hired by The Times to analyze Mr. Trump’s 1995 records said that tax rules especially advantageous to wealthy filers would have allowed Mr. Trump to use his $916 million loss to cancel out an equivalent amount of taxable income over an 18-year period.”

Unter Behördenaufsicht

Wednesday, July 27th, 2016

Deutsche Welle: Attentäter trug elektronische Fußfessel.

“Einer der Angreifer, die in Frankreich einen Priester in einer Kirche töteten, stand wegen Terrorverdachts unter ständiger Behördenaufsicht. Er hatte mehrmals versucht, nach Syrien zu gelangen.”