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Worth to note! A beneficary concert in NYC at Carnegie Hall where a substantial amount goes to the Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen to feed the homeless.
I have served there twice during my NYC stay and I would continue at any time if I lived in NYC.

Absolutely admireable people. I am glad that they got selected to get a share from this concert.

#NYC #HolyApostels #homeless
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In Switzerland, real estate companies take slowly motorcycle riders into consideration.
They offer two wheel secured parking with a reserved parking spot for a monthly fee. Access only to renters and owners with a NFC badge and an access gate. This is a relatively new phenomenon.

In public garages this is still nonexistent. Nearly all of them forbid two wheel vehicles.

Also cities do not offer any parking for motorcycles in Switzerland. You get fined everywhere.
It is interesting that the private market is the first one offering space.

This one is very near my house.

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"Wellbeing is a question of security" (Glück ist eine Frage der Sicherheit):
The next direct democracy nightmare in Switzerland arrives: A majority is set to say Yes to the surveillance law so that Swiss secret services may wiretap everyone without any court/judge order.
Orwell gets voted by direct democracy. And that motto! Wellbeing/Feeling happy is a question of security. Orwell would be proud.

It is just a first poll but the result is a nightmare.

Switzerland had a huge scandal where the secret service created records on - mostly - foreigners. When they left home, which trains they took, who they called. That scandal created the ban of such powers.

Now the population wants to reintroduce it. Complete wiretapping, surveillance and storing power without limits and without liability towards a court.

Add the also coming initiative to put "Swiss law always over international law" (which will result in a cancellation of the European Convention of Human Rights incl. Non obeying of any ruling of the European Human Rights Court) - which puts Switzerland on a level with Russia and Belarus. And that also has the power to pass.

#Switzerland #Surveillance #Orwell #DirectDemocracy
Hätte das Schweizer Stimmvolk bereits Anfang August abgestimmt, wären das Nachrichtendienstgesetz und die Initiative «Grüne Wirtschaft»
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+Pascal Gienger Exactly.
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Dutch trains are so red.... :-)
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Hoe rooier, hoe mooier !   
... or something like that   ;-)
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If there is one prime example why real journalism does not work any more then it is this one:

A journalist goes as employee (security guard) to a private correction facility, writes an in depth report which is so impactful that the US government wants to get out of licensing privately run prisons, spends $350,000 for that report but it is not possible to fund it any more, despite impact.
He got $6,000 revenue from ads. For a report with a similar impact like the Nixon tapes. Today Watergate would not have happened in the press, but boobs on page 1 together with the latest Trump fart.

No wonder journalism became pure click-baiting. "The one trick Hillary Clinton did this weekend, click here!!!!!??".
This June, we published a big story—Shane Bauer's account of his four-month stint as a guard in a private prison. That's "big," as in XXL: 35000 words long, or 5 to 10 times the length of a typical feature, plus charts, graphs, and companion pieces, not to mention six videos and a radio ...
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+Benny Siegert
Caltrain gets Stadler trains.
And it finally gets electrified.
 
Die Schweiz sollte eine der ausrangierten Züge kaufen und ins Museum stellen. "Schaut, liebe Kinder, mit sowas fahren die im Jahr 2016 noch immer in der High-Tech-Hochburg Silicon Valley herum! Aber jetzt bekommen sie unsere Züge aus der Schweiz, die werden ganz schön staunen, dass es auch elektrische Züge gibt, nicht nur Autos!". 
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+Pascal Gienger​ for Caltrain, the tracks were there for diesel and adjacent lines were also being used for freight. Funding for Caltrain is a complicated agreement between the transit agencies of several counties so everyone had to be on board. Then there was also an approved proposal to run a high-speed line (SF to LA) down that corridor. Since the corridor runs through some wealthy neighborhoods and close to some homes, lawsuits diverted the high-speed alignment. There was a question of why the high-speed proposal chose that route in the first place; maybe as an effort to derail the high-speed project, since someone had to know the wealthy and politically connected neighbors would fight it. But I think all of that also delayed the electrification goal. 
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"Donald Trump vowed he would implement a system of extreme vetting as part of a screening test for all immigrants coming to the US to ensure they share the same ideology as Americans."
(hilighting by me)

yawn
Again the immigrant as the root of all evil. And actually getting votes for that. He portrays Germany as the evil in Europe and tells people that criminality is at an all time high. Which is clearly wrong. Despite some bad events, criminality is at an all time low and it becomes lower year by year.

One hint dear Trump-Voters: Without immigration, the land which is called the USA today would be still nearly empty and the Native Americans as you call them today would have their peace...

And: What is "the same ideology as Americans"? Which one? Trump does not seem to know his own country - the US is as diverse as no other country of the world. A common ideology would be already difficult to find.

#Trump #Germany #Immigration
Donald Trump vowed he would implement a system of extreme vetting as part of a screening test for all immigrants coming to the US to ensure they share the same ideology as Americans.
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The trick is, that Trump actually can say that crime rate in Germany has been rising significantly from 2014 to 2015 ( https://www.bka.de/SharedDocs/Downloads/DE/Publikationen/PolizeilicheKriminalstatistik/2015/Zeitreihen/Faelle/tb01_FaelleGrundtabelleAb1987_excel.xlsx?__blob=publicationFile&v=2 ) and those additional crimes have been committed exclusively by immigrants, but when looking at the numbers more closely, you realize that this rise can be accounted for exclusively by offenses against the procedure for political asylum. So yes, we have a rise in criminality, with the only crime being that the refugees don't want to leave.

Even including those "crimes", the numbers are still lower than before Merkel took office.

So yeah, as always, never trust a statistic you haven't faked yourself.
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Awesome immigration story of a man who immigrated to the US to find his love.


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Food à la Camerounaise: Bar braisé avec du piment.


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My god it looks delicious!
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Leaving ZRH. Always worth a Pommery.

This airport is bound with pretty much every positive awesome lasting experience I got. NYC, Atlanta (GA), Yaoundé, Douala, Abidjan, Casablanca, Manila, Bacolod, Singapore, Brussels. All direct or indirect from here. Real challenges, real success.

I need my Pelham Bay back. And Coney Island. And the Rockaways. Or the Douala Lagoon. Or the Abidjan Youpougon District. Or the Marina Bay.
You won't find any equivalent of those dynamic challenging development areas in Switzerland. Only rules to be obeyed by the letter and a general rule of silence and submission. And everything has to be planned weeks before - even Tickets for a non-event like an open air cinema. Without a reservation weeks in advance no entrance. They plan their whole life. And are happy with it.

I think I will never understand this. But I accept the fact that many people want exactly this - not only because their wealth increases.
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Atul Singh talked about the rise of far right parties in the world.

And - as always - the comments under the video are the best proof for his views.

It will become the new Godwin's law. Every time when someone holds a speech about right wing parties there will be someone claiming "Angela Merkel" would have "invited everyone to come" and this "can only be stopped by the extreme right wing".


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Trump attacks Hillary Clinton to be like "Angela Merkel". Wow.

This is funny. Under Angela Merkel in Germany

- The German passport is the most accepted of the world for business and tourist stays without a visa (most countries are open for Germans)
- University education is nearly free, no need to take $200,000 "tuition credits". You buy a house instead. And no need to go to overpriced "college" to "build networks" before going to U (you go directly after 12 years of school there).
- The German way of raising craftsmen and professionals (professional school AND training on the job simultaneously) makes German professionals sought everywhere in the world.
- The unemployment rate is far lower than in the US!
- The criminality is an order of magnitude lower than in the US!
- Number of innocent people killed by police: 0 (ZERO)
- Statutory health insurance nearly catches everyone
- Hospital bills will never ruin you - most of the times you do not even see them
- Roads/freeways, railroads and waterways in a much better condition than in the US (maintenance!) - only Switzerland and Norway beat Germany when it comes to public infrastructure in Europe.
- The state debt per capita is lower than in the US and Germany manages to take no new debt at all in the moment (the last time the US achieved this was under Bill Clinton!).
Now he attacks Hillary Clinton by invoking the German leader's name
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+Oliver K.
She lacks long term visions like the great politicians who founded the European Union and I would sometime wish to see her more passionate and eloquent but she's a good chancellor, looking after national interests without losing focus on Europe. German economy is in an incredibly good shape, unemployment is at all time low and she manages her coalition well in spite of all problems she has to face.

She is without doubt the most respected politician in the world and the image of Germany in the world is really enviable. She also is the face of Europe, she saved the honour of EU in the refugee crisis, she sticks to all humanitarian and humanist principles without compromise and she never succumbs to the facilities of populism. In that regard, she is quite unique. 
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  • Pascal Gienger
    IT Security Consultant, 2001 - 2012
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    Business IT Consultant, 1999 - 2008
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Cameroon/Ivory Coast/Senegal Africa enthusiast.

The opinions presented here are my own personal opinions and not necessarily those of my employer.

I like public transit infrastructure and how these systems work.

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Schnelle Terminvergabe und sehr höflicher Empfang. Sehr kurze Wartezeiten bei Röntgen, modernes digitales Röntgengerät. Hatte einen sehr freundlichen Arzt zugeteilt bekommen.
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Angenehme Schulungsatmosphäre Ruhig gelegen
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The new "VIP" service includes a decent travel bus with very good seating and a very responsible driver. A small snack and lemonade is included.
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