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A calm, reasoned interview on recent happenstances. On "lone wolfs", alienated teenagers, a system that's hard to understand, and that more police does not help.
 
"Wir diskutieren über das Falsche"
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Der Konfliktforscher Ulrich Wagner kritisiert die Debatte über sicherheitspolitische Maßnahmen nach den Gewalttaten in Bayern. Es müsse mehr über Prävention als über Repression gesprochen werden, sagte er im DLF. Allein durch gesteigerte Polizeipräsenz hätten die Taten nicht verhindert werden können.
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Pro tip: always publish your papers with the author name "Bob Smith". Think of the citation rate!
 
The most important decision. New comic!
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Preventing smart people from entering the country, thereby dumbing Britain down?

Sure, why not.  What could possibly go wrong?
Theresa May is set to scrutinise the number of student visas being granted to UK university applicants in a fresh attempt to reduce immigration. The Prime Minister is reportedly preparing her new government to crack down on higher education institutions, claiming they have become an easy route into Britain for economic migrants.
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+Kory Hegwood there is no direct equivalent to federal funding in the UK, as the governmental structure is completely different.

Have a look at one of my previous posts at https://plus.google.com/+JoergFliege/posts/HswBGfurLpA  for a breakdown of teaching income, and teaching income only.  Research income is something else, and both items cross subsidize each other frequently at higher tier institutions. Note that the post discusses average or overall income; depending on the institution, the picture might look different.
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From the no-surprise department:

Now that the pound is weak, the overseas buyers are coming in.  But they don't buy goods, they buy whole companies.

Lets see how many of these acquisitions get strapped of patents and workforce over the next couple of years.
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I suppose ARM was the best known UK computer components company; given that most if not all, smartphones run an ARM-architecture CPU chip, thus looks like a huge deal...
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I must have overlooked that when the news came out.

As OP writes, this is a sign that the Sanders campaign is driving Clinton to the left.
In a major campaign move with powerful implications for higher education, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton offered a new plan for college and university finance. According to Ins…
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Yes, she killed them all.  Nyeh-heh-heh.
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On the death of reason.
What my evening with Milo told me about Twitter’s biggest troll, the death of reason, and the crucible of A-list con-men that is the…
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The whole 'famous for being infamous' thing is pretty nauseating. It is hard to  believe any of them having a soul.
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Have a vote here, if you want.
 
How should the UK's Remain or Leave question actually be settled?
So we had a Brexit vote and it won. But since the vote a chorus of otherwise democratic and progressive people have come out calling for MPs to vote against Brexit, for Government to do nothing, for the courts to block it, or in some other way to do the opposite of that the people voted for. To me this is baffling.

Probably, people feel that Brexit is a catastrophic result like fascists coming to power. I don't think so, I think it's within the range of reasonable outcomes. Brexit is inconvenient for people like me, marginally I think it's a mistake for the UK, and it will accelerate the impending disaster that is the EU. The EU as currently constructed is a failure. It has to turn into a federation, or it needs to be deconstructed and remade better. Britain did not land the EU in that crisis (unequivocally Germany did) but by withdrawing at this critical time the UK may push the EU into the path of disastrous break-up rather than hopeful reform. My argument against Brexit is mainly one of post-war responsibility.

Still, we have a referendum result and many people don't like it. What should the UK actually do? My instinct is direct democracy trumps representational, so we should leave. But there are other options. We could vote again, as a "cooling off" safeguard. The UK government is in fact representational democracy, not direct, so arguably the MPs should vote. Why did we have a referendum then? Arguably to inform the MPs when they vote. How should the MPs ideally take heed of the voters they represent? Should they respect the nationwide majority and Leave? Should they tow the party line and Remain? Should they go by what they hear from their own constituents? Should they vote as the electorate did locally in their constituency, which is not the same thing as the nationwide vote? Any of the above?

The trouble is each of these ways of reaching a decision yields different results. Some obvious, some easily answerable by data although I don't have it, some unknowable. Again I prefer referendums as an unequivocal way of settling these types of questions, but the others have merit. In the light of what happened, how would you want the UK to settle its Leave or Remain question?
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Referendum --> Leave
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2nd Referendum --> ??
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MPs listen to their constituents --> ??
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MPs uphold local election result --> ??
10%
MPs own judgement / all of above --> ??
10%
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If the Tory party would be a force foreign to the UK, the damage they have done to the country would be seen as an act of war.

NATO would have bombed them to bits already.
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The Tory government is taking back control, as promised, by not paying out funding reserved for matching up the European Regional Development Fund. Consequently, £2.5 billion are stuck in the accounts.

And who's hit hardest? The less developed parts of the UK, Wales, Cornwall and the North, to which most of the development aid from the EU was supposed to go.

Exactly those areas which voted for Leave, mostly.
 
UK suspended payments from £3bn EU development fund days after Brexit vote
The North of England, Cornwall and tech companies in London could all be hit by a sudden loss of hundreds of millions of pounds
Payments from a £3bn European development fund were suspended indefinitely by the UK Government just days after the vote to leave the EU, The Independent can reveal. In a move that exposes the almost immediate impact of Brexit on the UK economy, businesses said they had been told they would not now receive money that was due to be paid out under the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).
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Alas, no surprises there.

Get a job on "the continent" and EU27-citizenship - while you still can.
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YouGov looked closer into what exactly went wrong in the polling leading up to the UK referendum.
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Artworks in 10 Downing Street will be replaced by framed quotations from Theresa May's speech she delivered upon becoming Prime Minister in which she set out her political priorities.

Next step: billboards.
Theresa May has moved into Downing Street determined to make changes to the look of her new home. Her aides are preparing to take down some of the paintings hanging on the office walls of the historic building. The artworks will be replaced by framed quotations from the speech she delivered upon becoming Prime Minister …
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On princesses, dead for 2500 years, and their tattoos.

(Via +Kevin Clarke .)
 
This is an older article, but I found it through a more recent piece about the female mummy being put on display for the first time...draped in fur for modesty...
Interesting fact: she is one of the oldest known victims of breast cancer.

The tattoo designs are really intricate and lovely.
The ancient mummy of a mysterious young woman, known as the Ukok Princess, is finally returning home to the Altai Republic this month.
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Surprise:  I post, share, and discuss stuff that interests me. 

I also share stuff that I find interesting or thought provoking, even if I do not always agree with the sentiments of the original share itself.

The focus is usually around Mathematics and Operations Research, Science & Engineering (especially Space Science, Space Engineering and Telecommunications Engineering), Education, the politics of the above fields, and similar issues.

But really, it can get pretty eclectic.  Have a look at the stream of posts and +1, and build your own opinion.
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Worked for Umbrella Corporation, Weyland-Yutani, Ono-Sendai, and Tessier-Ashpool, after a brief stint at Miskatonic University. Still searching for Wintermute.
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  • Dortmund University
    Mathematik, 1987 - 1997
    Undergraduate studies, postgraduate studies, PhD. The whole shebang.
  • Dortmund University
    Mathematik, 1998 - 2001
    Habilitation. (At that time, there still was such a thing.)
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