Monthly Archives: August 2013

What a difference a language makes

I accidentally went on Spiegel Online’s English-version site yesterday after not having been for a long while, and was very surprised about the difference of tone from the mindlessness of the German site. The top items included Egyptian elite Succumb … Continue reading

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So much for “freedom”

There is this ridiculous assumption out there that only authoritarian regimes stifle “freedom” – of opinion or research, for instance. One can get quite the same effect by a combination of creating artificial scarcity, e.g. by reducing funding in a … Continue reading

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More arguments against private electric cars

On June 30, IEEE Spectrum published an article Unclean at any speed by Ozzie Zehner. In it, he argues that focusing on developing electric cars is a fake solution, because they consume rare materials the extraction of which has a … Continue reading

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