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French minister of the environment: edf should think about 100 percent renewable

French Minister of the Environment: EDF should think about 100 percent renewable

The boss of the energy company relies on the construction of new reactors. Elisabeth Borne now emphasizes that it defines the energy policy as a minister

The French Minister of Environment Elisabeth Borne has invited the French ECR EDF to reflect on the role of electricity supplier in a scenario in which the energy comes to 100 percent of renewable energies. That’s a scenario that was not yet suggested, emphasizes borne.

Basically, one expects a minister who is already in your official title ("Ministre de la Transition Ecologique") The claim of an ecological energy transition shall carry such a statement. But things are especially in France. There, the AKW for 75 percent of energy supply and the driving of the EDF relies on how in recent weeks showed on the construction of new reactors. She tries to gain the public opinion on the argument with the greenhouse gas emission advantage.

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Note dreams

Internet literature from 1970

On the occasion of the paperback edition of Arno Schmidt’s "Zettel’s dream" – a brief self-interview of a non-expert about this imposition in book form.

1) A pocket book? You must be joking!

Certainly. Unless we were talking about coarse bags here. They had to hold a book of the format 23 x 32 x 5.6 cm. My personal scale (Made in Ireland, Not Legal for Trade)!) shows 2.5 kg weight, but describes itself as error-tolerant to 500 g. A good chunk. Nothing for bed. Unfortunately.

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Inside the military-entertainment complex

Bruce Sterling Interview

Set in Istanbul, Bruce Sterling’s most recent novel Zeitgeist (2000) outlines a wicked scenario: the world is being conquered by G7, a girl group that plays cheap sampled pop and sells tons of merchandise product, oil-tanker-style. Against this backdrop of "popular geo-politics" a great deal of discourse is afforded to the so called "war for the soul of the next century." A culture war that is to be taken "inside the homes, and heads, and hearts, of the fundamentalists" as soon as the region’s distribution infrastructure and its contents are entirely in the hand of the G7 management.

"Of course, you can be a soldier, and also be a great entertainer", admits the novel’s anti-hero Leggy Starlitz. His pitch sounds familiar? Well, what the protagonists in "Zeitgeist" discuss among themselves as the military-entertainment complex foreshadowed contemporary phenomena such as "foreign diplomacy as marketing" (the current Undersecretary of State for Public Diplomacy is a former Ogilvy Mather chief and tries to rebrand USA and sell democracy to hostile Musilms across the world), "war journalism as reality-TV soap opera" (networks like ABC supply personal stories of soldiers in Afghanistan, the Philippines and beyond, in Sitcom format, directly from the front) and "imperialism as entertainment" (a consulting agency like Pearlfisher advises clients including Virigin, F1, or MGM studios to take over an entire island in order to create "Virgin Territory", an adult-only war-themepark).

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The information society wastes rough energy quantities

Idle electrical equipment consume 11 percent of the electricity

You want to always be ready. That’s why all devices have to go through. But that costs electricity and money. Highly probably the power consumption still increases when all the devices are reached to the Internet, which is the vision of the information society. According to a study created on behalf of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Reactor Safety (BMU) and the Environmental Agency, idle electrical apparatuses in the EU consume 90 billion kilowatt hours, which corresponds to a quota outset of 40 million tonnes of carbon dioxide whole Switzerland in one year to the environment.

In Germany, 11 percent of electricity or 20 billion kilowatt hours in households and buros are consumed by idle equipment. Who is technically well sustained and in his household TV, VideoGerat, HiFi system, electric cooker with clock, satellite receiver, PC, fax and laser printers, is paying for the idle performance of 90 watts to the 260 marks. The media, ie televisions and video recorder in continuous readiness, are the coasted energy swords in households. In Buros, however, telephone systems, fax gates and answering machine, followed by copiers, PCs and printers. The information society demands its price.

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Wsis barks, icann moves on

Internet Governance the Next

The controversy over "Internet Governance" has by a hair in December 2003 the success of the "World Summit on the Information Society" (WSIS) impossible. The final compromise was to ask UN Secretary General Kofi Annan to set up a working group to make proposals on how to proceed before the second WSIS summit in November 2005. But while eight months after the summit it is still not clear how the "Working Group on Internet Governance" (WGIG) is to be put together, the private "Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers" (ICANN), whose dominant role in WSIS had divided opinion, will continue to circulate. At the recent ICANN meeting in Kuala Lumpur at the end of July, ICANN, rather unimpressed by the WSIS discussion, took concrete steps to underpin its claim to leadership in strategic areas for the further development of the Internet.

Technicization and depoliticization

ICANN’s leading heads, Chairman Vint Cerf and CEO Paul Twomey, have developed an interesting double strategy, with which they on the one hand let the fundamental critics run into the void and on the other hand systematically and consistently create facts, which even those cannot get past, who initially had good reasons to imagine an Internet world without ICANN.

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Merkel de-trumps germany

Sale of tanks to Saudi regime heibt, Germany will "normal", which is why no one abroad is interested in the arms delivery

It is already a little spooky. Waves are running high in Germany after it became known that the German government has given permission in the Federal Security Council to sell 200 Leopard tanks to Saudi Arabia, i.e. to a crisis area and an authoritarian regime. The deal is estimated to be worth 1.7 billion euros. Some tanks are said to have already been sold.

The heavy weapons are going to a region where an arms race is taking place. This is not only about the conflict with Iran, but also, at least since the Arab Spring, about the uprising to put down the freedom and democracy movement. In this, Syria and Iran hardly differ from Saudi Arabia, which sent soldiers and tanks to Bahrain to brutally put down protests there.

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Future contract with a get-out clause

Federal and state governments have finally agreed on the Higher Education Pact 2020. But the agreement is only valid until 2010 and still leaves many questions unanswered

Even though its policy has provided it with many beautiful images, effective appearances and sometimes even demonstrable successes, the federal government has a veritable image problem. After all, what can be staged on the international stage in the interest of all parties involved can hardly be matched at home. The noticeable upward trend in the economy and the gratifying drop in unemployment were allowed to disappear again with the next economic downturn, because they are only partly homemade and by no means the result of a substantially well thought-out structural reform designed with foresight and aimed at securing long-term results.

The situation is similar in other policy areas: Stucco work in the health care reform, holes in the long-term care insurance, unsecured construction sites in the pension insurance and cosmetic corrections to the ailing education system, which must be placed on a fundamentally new basis in order to actually become the engine of positive and sustainable social development in the medium term.

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Erdogan’s dangerous network in germany

Erdogan's dangerous network in Germany

Image: Alexas_Photos / CC0 Creative Commons

The rocker group "Ottomans Germania" and very special connections

They do not drive heavy motorcycles, but rough cars. You organize yourself in boxing clubs and distribute the Internet Martial Videos. They work as a challenger and bodygards at events of nationalist turks. They are considered too deserving. The rocker group "Ottomans Germania" Every major contacts with Erdogan’s closest confidants in the AKP. the "Ottomans Germania" together with the Uetd and Islamists form a dangerous network, which now looks more closely at the German security associates.

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Worms or chocolates?

Worms or chocolates?

Image: Kira auf der Heide/Unsplash

What to give blob granny? A registration in the Fitnessstudio? Potholders? Book voucher? Or what? And, while we are at it: Why actually? – A little natural history of gift giving

Yes, why do we give gifts at all? Gift giving has a good reputation; it apparently shows generosity, generosity and altruism, it shows man from his chocolate Santa Claus side. But does it deserve this reputation? "There’s no such thing as a free lunch", is the American business wisdom. Many gifts are based on calculation.

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Border conflict between pakistan and afghanistan

No good news from Afghanistan

In Afghanistan, the Taliban started her contested early year’s offensive. In the last few days she has already demanded 8 deaths among the ISAF strike crafts, including a German soldier of the KSK. During the government coalition politician toplate the use as planned to continue, and the Defense Political Speaker of the SPD, Rainer Arnold, stressed that "statistical" the situation in Afghanistan has become safer in the last last years, the defense policy spokesman of the Grunen, Omid Nouripour said that the deduction from Afghanistan was "The most difficult and dangerous to what the Bundeswehr has ever made".

With the deduction, the dangers for the remaining ISAF soldiers continue to grow. In addition to the uncertainty that prevails in parts of the country, and the weak, corruption-protected Central Government – Prasident Karzai, the CIA funds confirmed and demanded the further payments – has been a conflict with Pakistan for days, which could further deteriorate the situation. Today again Afghan and Pakistani soldiers in Goshta have shot at the Eastern Border Afghanistan in Nangarhar Province.

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