Archive for November, 2012

Hot Air Capitalism

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012

Published on NYT eXaminer, by Costas Panayotaki, Nov. 2, 2012.

In a column published in the November 1, 2012 edition of The New York Times Nicholas Kristof describes Hurricane Sandy as a wake-up call that underlines the urgency of dealing with climate change. (i) Going through the reasons that, according to scientists, “rising carbon emissions could make extreme weather – like Sandy – more likely,” Kristof notes the absence of climate change from the debates between Obama and Romney and declares himself puzzled about the Republicans’ failure to grapple with this issue. According to Kristof, this “failure is odd, because in other areas of national security Republicans pride themselves on their vigilance.” Read the rest of this entry »

Wenn wir in Österreich nicht mehr Grüß Gott sagen dürfen …

Tuesday, November 6th, 2012

… folgender Brief einer österreichischen Lehrerin.

Mein Kommentar: einverstanden.

Corbett Reports … und mehr noch

Tuesday, November 6th, 2012

Corbett Report-videos in english:

videos auf deutsch: Read the rest of this entry »

Our American endorsement: Which one?

Monday, November 5th, 2012

America could do better than Barack Obama … sadly, Mitt Romney does not fit the bill – Published on The Economist, Nov. 3, 2012.

FOUR years ago, The Economist endorsed Barack Obama for the White House with enthusiasm. So did millions of voters. Next week Americans will trudge to the polls far less hopefully. So (in spirit at least) will this London-based newspaper. Having endured a miserably negative campaign, the world’s most powerful country now has a much more difficult decision to make than it faced four years ago.   Read the rest of this entry »

The Challenge for Beijing’s New Leaders: Chinese No Longer Bow to Autocratic Rule

Sunday, November 4th, 2012

Published on Spiegel Online International, by Bernhard Zand in Beijing, Nov. 2, 2012 (Photo-Gallery).

The time of autocratic rule has passed for China’s Communist Party. At one time it was understood that the people would obey, and everyone would get rich in return. But economic success will no longer suffice. Now the Chinese are demanding freedom and security too. Read the rest of this entry »

The American Enigma: Berlin Unsure about a Possible President Romney

Saturday, November 3rd, 2012

Published on Spiegel Online International, by Severin Weiland, Nov. 1, 2012 (Photo-Galleries: four years with Obama).

Germans like US President Barack Obama, but what if his challenger Mitt Romney wins next week’s election instead? The Republican politician is hard to read when it comes to foreign policy matters, and politicians in Berlin are asking what it would mean for German-American relations.

Germans have long since made up their minds about Mitt Romney. Only 5 percent would give him their vote if they had one, they say.  Read the rest of this entry »

Death-Defying Skydiver Felix Baumgartner: It’s Never Been about the Thrills

Friday, November 2nd, 2012

Published on Spiegel Online International, November 1, 2012 (Photo-Gallery).

In mid-October, Austrian skydiver ‘Fearless Felix’ Baumgartner broke the world records for balloon and free-fall height and became the first person to break the sound barrier without propulsion. In a SPIEGEL interview, he discusses the feat — and how the real challenges were mental … //

…  SPIEGEL: So you didn’t come up with the idea of free-falling from the stratosphere yourself?   Read the rest of this entry »

Cirque du Soleil

Thursday, November 1st, 2012

Alegría, 90.06 min, uploaded by RomanLozik, on July 21, 2012.

Links – le Cirque du Soleil: