Category Archives: Economics

“Wenn etwas kontinuierlich wächst, dann ist das keine positive Entwicklung. Das ist Krebs.”

Bundespressekonferenz vom 12.03.2019: “Scientists for Future” zu den Protesten für mehr Klimaschutz. (YouTube, 46:25min)

“Stellungnahme von Wissenschaftlerinnen & Wissenschaftlern zu den Protesten für mehr Klimaschutz (#Scientists4Future) mit:
– Prof. Dr. Maja Göpel, Generalsekretärin des Wissenschaftlichen Beirats der Bundesregierung Globale Umweltveränderungen (WBGU)
– Dr. Eckart von Hirschhausen, Arzt, Wissenschaftsjournalist
– Volker Quaschning, Professor für Regenerative Energiesysteme an der HTW in Berlin
– Prof. Dr. Karen Helen Wiltshire, Stellv. Direktorin des Alfred-Wegener-Institut Helmholtz-Zentrum für Polar- und Meeresforschung (AWI)
– Luisa Neubauer, Fridays for Future
– Jakob Blasel, Fridays for Future”

Diskussion um Klimawandel im Vorfeld der Europawahl

Das Video von Rezo mit dem Titel Die Zerstörung der CDU. (YouTube, 55:08min) hat für große Aufregung und massenhaft Diskussionen gesorgt. Dabei wurde zum Teil auch die Richtigkeit bzw. Belastbarkeit seiner Aussagen in Frage gestellt u. a. weil er selbst kein Wissenschaftler ist. Wem seine Quellenangaben nicht genügen, dem sei das folgende Video ans Herz gelegt:

Mai Thi Nguyen-Kim (promovierte Chemikerin) alias mailab: Rezo wissenschaftlich geprüft, feat. Eckart von Hirschhausen. (YouTube, 21:42min)

Und nicht vergessen: Morgen wählen gehen!

“Plutocracy and populism”

The Washington Post Opinion: Only one 2020 Democrat fully grasps the threat Trump poses. By Greg Sargent.

“Thus, Warren’s call for an impeachment inquiry is linked to a big argument — one broader than that of any other candidate — about how the GOP has actively enabled Trump’s authoritarianism, lawlessness, shredding of governing norms and embrace of the corruption of our political system on his behalf.

Warren is comprehensively treating Trump both as a severe threat to the rule of law in his own right, and as inextricably linked to a deeper pathology — the GOP’s drift into comfort with authoritarianism.

Trump’s authoritarianism and his corruption are two sides of the same coin. Trump’s tax returns, which he rebuffed a House request for — something his government participated in, with dubious legality — may conceal untold levels of corruption, from possible emoluments-clause violations to financial conflicts to compromising foreign financial entanglements.

Warren has responded to all this — and the GOP’s near-total comfort with it — by rolling out a sweeping anti-corruption measure that requires presidential candidates to release tax returns and requires divestment to avoid such corrupting situations in the future.

Thus, Warren is treating this two-sided coin of authoritarianism and corruption as a systemic problem in need of reform, one linked to the broader imperative of actually “draining the swamp,” as Trump vowed, only to plunge into full-scale corruption himself.”

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“UK to leave ‘as soon as possible'”

Deutsche Welle: Brexit delayed until October 31, EU and UK agree. “Theresa May has accepted an offer from Brussels to extend the Brexit deadline to October 31. The delay could force the UK to take part in European elections unless it can pass a divorce deal through parliament.”

Der Brexit wird nochmal aufgeschoben – mit Bedingungen. “Fast hätte Frankreich eine Einigung mit Großbritannien verhindert und einen Chaos-Brexit provoziert. Doch jetzt hat London bis Ende Oktober Zeit, um den Austritt zu ordnen. Christoph Hasselbach berichtet aus Brüssel.”

Guide to Brexit

BBC News: Brexit: What happens now? “The UK and EU have agreed a variable extension to Article 50 to delay Brexit. It was originally scheduled to happen on 29 March. […] Having lost two votes on the Brexit deal, Theresa May is now asking MPs to back just half of it – the withdrawal agreement, which covers the divorce settlement.

If she is successful, Brexit would be delayed to 22 May but there will still be issues to sort out. If she fails, we can expect the process of “indicative votes” to continue on Monday.”

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