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Jürgen Hubert
Works at Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy and Energy System Technology
Attended Friedrich-Alexander-University, Erlangen-Nuremberg
Lived in Erlangen, Germany
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  • Friedrich-Alexander-University, Erlangen-Nuremberg
    physics, 1995 - 2002
  • RWTH Aachen
    Computational Materials Engineering, 2004 - 2010
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Hi! I'm a 37 years old physicist with a PhD in Computational Materials Science currently living in Kassel, Germany and working in the field of Smart Grids and Renewable Energies.
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The new bread!
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Yeah. It sounds to me like part of the "stuff you can make in New England during the winter based on what we get in trade that keeps" collection. Right up there with baked beans. 
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Question: Is there a software or online generator somewhere that would show Earth with different "Poles"?

That is to say, it would create one of the standard map projection for the globe - but the "North Pole" could be set to an entirely different location (for instance, you could set it somewhere in the Arab Peninsula, but it would show up at the "top" of the map projection).
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I can also do that with Google Earth, but would this create one of the traditional map projections?
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Okay, this is rather fascinating.

(Via +Andres Soolo)
Rare "sea wolf" under the spotlight: they chew on barnacles, feed on salmon and dead whales, and swim miles in the sea.
At Canada’s western edge, beachcombing wolves swim between islands, eating whatever the sea serves up.
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+Shawn H Corey You might want to read the article. :-)
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A fairly decent analysis.
WARNING: SEMI-INFORMED MIDDLE-AGED RUMINATIONS ABOUT GLOBAL AFFAIRS IMPENDS! If you're just here for gaming stuff and Alphabear jokes, give this a miss. It may also help to imagine me gesturing with a gin and tonic.

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I think that when some prick is about to head-butt a beehive, maybe you don't want to stand in his way. I'm talking, of course, about Putin in Syria.

Obviously, Syria is a shitshow. Assad's in terrible shape. America's fair-haired insurgents are in terrible shape. ISIS doesn't care what shape they're in, their whole modus operendi is "be worse than everyone else." But let's look at context.

The broader Middle-East context started with Saudi Arabia and Iran having an edition war over whose Islam is the Islamiest. Then the US came in like alien invaders from Planet Haliburton, curbstomped Iraq, created a decades-long money pit, and threw up their hands saying, "We did our best. Our intentions were good!" And, in defense of that position, Saddam's gone. Anybody miss him? But pouring billions of dollars in raw cash and weaponry into an unstable region somehow failed to stabilize it.

Bush hard-charged into Iraq because (1) 9/11 left him aching to punch somebody and Saddam tried to kill his pappy, (2) Darth Cheney assured him that it'd be a cakewalk and that at the end of it, they'd have cake. (In this metaphor, oil is cake.) To be fair to Cheney, the first time he and a guy named Bush invaded Iraq, it was no big quagmire and he made a shit ton of money. He figured that, just like in Hollywood, the sequel could only be better and more profitable. Oh, and (3), the electorate was freaking out and nothing helps them sleep at night like military triumphalism.

Fast forward to the present, when Putin has an electorate freaking out because his promises to make Russia Great Again (conveniently pitched at people too young to remember what life under the USSR was actually, y'know, like) have boiled down to "everyone in Europe is pissed at us, but not as much as our former client states." But nothing says "great nation" like blowing up some foreigners, and ISIS' policy of doing stuff that makes Al Qeda say "Dude, whoa, you took that too far" (in Arabic) has left them as the air-campaign target that no one is going to defend at the UN.

I think Putin is Bushing.

The question in my mind is... do we even want to get in his way? What are the possible outcomes here?

One is, he gets sucked into a quagmire that he can't afford and can't win and either gets run out on a rail or, more likely, weakens his country to the point that it's less of a threat to Europe. A sad outcome (if you're Russian or Syrian) but how is it our job to stop other countries' leaders from making bad choices? Look how our last "nation building" experiments have worked out. We'll call this the "im-Putint" outcome.

The other possibility is he actually does it -- he beats fuckin' ISIS, stabilizes the Assad regime atop the corpses of every Syrian who wasn't degenerate enough to back Assad or ISIS, declares 'Mission Accomplished!' (in Russian) and milks the benefits of a sexy foreign victory. It's the "I'm Potent!" result.

I'd argue that outcome #2 (Putin wrecks ISIS) is not very likely but, even if it happens, it's hardly a clean win for Russia and a disaster for the USA. Here's why: ISIS isn't a country. You can just romp over and occupy it. It's an idea, and anyone who blows up its physical territory has wounded its least important component. ISIS-the-ideology is probably healthier when it's a memory of "the shining caliphate that was too beautiful and true for the West to tolerate," or when it's a promised future. Pretty much any time except the present when it's beheading your Christian neighbors and hauling your daughter off to be 'married' to some greasy foreign fighter.

I guess I'm trying to say that whomever gets the plaudits for 'beating ISIS' is going to become the next target of every ISIS-loving nutball on three continents. Does that sound like a great position to be in? Plus, the drawback to saving Assad is that you've then saved Assad and are entangled in his Syrian totalitarian drama, which is (I think both sides of the aisle can agree) a shitshow.

What's the smart play for the US? I think it's to gracefully withdraw from Syria with a regretful expression and vague gestures at our watch and phone. Get our people out of there as much as possible, make it rain money on the refugees, be super generous with them. This not only makes Europe grateful that we eased their migrant crisis, it makes the Syrians who remain less likely to hate us because their cousin in the US is sending them remittances and letters about how Americans aren't so bad, once you get used to the noise. It further weakens the Assad regime because you can't really run a peaceful, successful country when you've killed or driven out everyone who's sensible, capable and ethical. The fact that it's morally right to help Syrian refugees? Just icing on the realpolitik cake.

The only drawbacks to this idea are that (1) it costs money and (2) precludes a third-act climax of patriotic chest-beating U!S!A! triumphalism. The cost is only an issue if you don't compare it to the cost of fighting a war that can't be won in Syria and laying the groundwork for a generation of terrorist reprisals, but compared to not getting a win, is any price too high?

With elections coming up, maybe not.

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Justizminister Heiko Maas will ein Anti-Whistleblower-Gesetz durch den Bundestag schmuggeln. Das Gesetz ist nicht nur unsinnig; was die Regierung da plant, wäre ein Angriff auf Demokratie und Pressefreiheit.
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An experiment with a pole shifted globe for a gaming project of mine.

Of course, the climate zones and polar ice sheets would end up elsewhere. Sorry about that, Australia...
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Looks like Buckminster Fuller's Dymaxion map
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Der brillanteste, scharfsinnigste und treffendste Kommentar, den ich zum Thema "Flüchtlinge" bisher gelesen habe. Mit meilenweitem Abstand.
Absolute Leseempfehlung! Dringende Leseempfehlung!
Also eigentlich müsste ich einen Lesebefehl aussprechen...
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Ein Wagen des DPD parkt vor meiner Tür.

Ob das was mit dem DPD-Päckchen zu tun hat, dessen Auslieferung ich heute verpasst habe?

Die Liefernotiz ist auch bemerkenswert: Sowohl "2. Zustellversuch" als auch "3. Zustellversuch" sind markiert - ohne dass ich mal eine Benachrichtigung für "1. Zustellversuch" erhaltrn hätte.
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Immerhin ist es jetzt da...
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I just can't resist popping Springkraut seed pods.
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Muy bonitas ..
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Sehr schönes Kleinhotel mit gemütlicher Atmosphäre. Falls ich mal wieder nach Wien komme, komme ich gerne wieder her!
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Riesige, gute Steinofen-Pizzen zu einem sehr guten Preis. Sehr empfehlenswert!
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
Unlike most other breads sold in Columbus I have seen so far, the bread here is actually edible. Visitors from Europe should still tone down their expectations a notch, however. For example, the bread sold as "French baguette" is much denser inside than the baguette sold in Europe, making it less airy and harder to chew than the original. However, it does have a crust that doesn't shrivel up from fright merely by looking at it. If you are from Europe and crave bread, you might want to take a look at Panera Bread. It won't be as good as back home, but the odds that you will find something better in the United States seem to be limited. Otherwise, you will either learn to live without - or make your own bread.
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Ursprünglich nur ausgewählt, weil dies das einzige Lokal in Anklam ist, das nach 22 Uhr noch offen hat, wahren wir sehr angenehm überrascht - exzellentes Essen zu angemessenen Preisen. Sehr zu empfehlen.
Food: ExcellentDecor: Very GoodService: Excellent
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