Archive for the 'Politics' Category

“Mr Trump has given away the prize of a summit without getting anything in return”

Saturday, March 10th, 2018

The Economist: Proceed with caution: Donald Trump’s gift for Kim Jong Un.. “A premature summit will do more for the North Korean leader than for America’s president.”

“Mr Trump no doubt believes that it is his toughness alone that has brought Mr Kim to the negotiating table and that, once there, his unique force of personality and his genius for the deal will bully and coax Mr Kim into giving up his nukes.

In fact hell will freeze over before Mr Kim voluntarily surrenders a capability that his father and grandfather believed would be the ultimate guarantor of their dynasty’s survival and which has taken decades and huge sacrifices to construct.


The risk, however, is that an inadequately prepared summit between these leaders will fall into one of two traps. The first is that Mr Kim succeeds in charming the impetuous and inexperienced Mr Trump to such an extent that he makes foolish concessions that his opposite number has no intention of earning. The second is that, if it dawns on Mr Trump that he has been played by Mr Kim and made to look naive, he may react like a jilted, misled suitor. The motto for talks with North Korea should be “proceed with caution”. A premature summit, by contrast, is an ill-considered roll of the dice.”

“Zu wenig Zeit für zu viele Aufgaben und zu viel Bürokratie”

Friday, March 9th, 2018

Die Zeit: Schulleiter beklagen zunehmende Verwaltungsaufgaben. “Jeder dritte Rektor hat mit unbesetzten Stellen zu kämpfen. Bürokratie, Inklusion und Integration von Flüchtlingen belasten laut einer Studie die Schulen zusätzlich.”

“Im Mittel bewerteten die Schulleiter die Schulpolitik ihres eigenen Bundeslandes mit der Note 3,8. Jeder fünfte Schulleiter in Deutschland beurteilt die Schulpolitik als mangelhaft oder sogar mit der Note 6.

Etwa 36 Prozent der deutschen Schulleiter gaben an, an der eigenen Schule akut mit Lehrermangel und unbesetzten Stellen zu kämpfen – an Gymnasien allerdings nur 25 Prozent.”

“He was going to be famous, the best shooter ever”

Tuesday, March 6th, 2018

Chicago Tribune: Accused S.C. teen wanted to outdo other school shootings. The problem, he explained, was the weapon.. “Jesse Osborne detailed his motives in online messages, interviews and a 46-page confession.”

“”My plan,” wrote Jesse Osborne, who had turned 14 three weeks earlier, “is shooting my dad getting his keys getting in his truck, driving to the elementary school 4 mins away, once there gear up, shoot out the bottom school class room windows, enter the building, shoot the first class which will be the 2d grade, grab teachers keys so I don’t have to hasle to get through any doors.”

He had been researching other school shooters for months and, determined to outdo them, learned exactly how many people they’d murdered: 13 at Columbine High; 26 at Sandy Hook Elementary; 32 at Virginia Tech.

“I think ill probably most likely kill around 50 or 60,” Jesse declared. “If I get lucky maybe 150.””


“Jesse could have killed so many more children, he knew, with that Mini-14.

“To the media, it’s called an assault rifle,” he told interrogators before lamenting, for a second time, that it remained locked away.

But he was wrong.

Soon after the shooting, investigators searched the teen’s home for evidence. In his parents’ bedroom, they looked in the closet, and there, outside the safe and just feet from his father’s dresser, was the weapon Jesse coveted.”

I’m feeling sick to my stomach.

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“So Bears Ears isn’t really about oil and gas.”

Friday, March 2nd, 2018

The New York Times: Oil Was Central in Decision to Shrink Bears Ears Monument, Emails Show.

“Even before President Trump officially opened his high-profile review last spring of federal lands protected as national monuments, the Department of Interior was focused on the potential for oil and gas exploration at a protected Utah site, internal agency documents show.”

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“Die Erde. Endliche Weiten. Das sind die Abenteuer der Menschen im 21. Jahrhundert.”

Thursday, March 1st, 2018

ZDF “Die Anstalt” vom 27.02.2018: Zukunftszenario Klimawandel – Zurück im Jahr 2100. (52min, auch als Download)

Hintergrundinformationen: Faktencheck (PDF, 564kB)

“Das Abschmelzen der Polkappen und das Verschwinden von Florida wird noch ein bisschen dauern, aber durch den Anstieg des Meeresspiegels sind weite Teile von Norddeutschland, den Niederlanden und Dänemark bereits überflutet. Hamburg und Amsterdam haben große Probleme und können nicht gehalten werden. 13 Millionen Menschen in Europa haben ihre Heimat verloren und in Indonesien 200 Millionen. Durch den Temperaturanstieg ist ein Drittel der Erdoberfläche unbewohnbar, und die Hitze zusammen mit der hohen Luftfeuchtigkeit hat dazu geführt, dass die Tropen, also von Brasilien über Afrika bis nach Thailand, Indonesien und Vietnam zu einer Todeszone geworden sind. – Moment, über welches Jahr reden wir hier? – 2100.”