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In 2015, Berlin experienced the highest crime rate of all the Bundesländer, according to the Federal Interior Ministry’s crime statistics. The capital reported 16,414 cases per 100,000 people, above Hamburg’s 13,839, Bremen’s 13,784, Saxony’s 8,893, and the national average of 7,797.
With state elections around the corner, The Local looks at the poor side of Germany's poor but sexy capital city.
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“The term ‘competition’ becomes a racial code for the tensions that develop between whites and Asians when Asians succeed,” he says. He speculates that, although the U.S. will become a minority-majority country in a few decades, these trends of segregation and white flight from ethnoburbs will persist for some time. “Segregation has historically been part of the fabric of America,” Kye says.
 
There's a very interesting article here about "white flight." Unlike the more common stories about this, this story isn't about whites moving out of an area when a black community arrives, to some newly-gentrified area which is guaranteed to have better schools and so on than the place they're abandoning: it's about whites moving out of an area when it becomes too predominantly Asian, to a nearby community with worse schools, and often taking a direct economic hit to do so.

The way in which this reverses our usual expectations highlights a key research result which the article discusses: race, not economics, is alone a predictor of the "white flight" phenomenon.

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If diversity is so important to liberal whites, why do they keep fleeing ethnically diverse suburbia?
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"Nora’s good at math. There are too many kids here good at math. They’re affecting her self-esteem."

If your child falls behind others and her self-esteem solely depends on her school grades, then maybe, just maybe you might be doing something wrong as a parent. 
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No one is claiming that this is the work of an extraterrestrial civilization, but it is certainly worth further study. Working out the strength of the signal, the researchers say that if it came from an isotropic beacon, it would be of a power possible only for a Kardashev Type II civilization.
A candidate signal for SETI is a welcome sign that our efforts in that direction may one day pay off. An international team of researchers has announced the detection of “a strong signal in the dir...
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This is why it will be much hotter than you expected. This is why there will be air-conditioning everywhere. It's because just about everywhere in the US is a hell of a lot hotter than where you come from, for a much longer during the year. And because the US is rich enough to afford air-conditioning.
Before any visit to the United States, Europeans should be shown the map below, which accurately shows the relative position of the US and Europe on the earth: This is why it will be much hotter than you expected. This...
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Vegetables grown below 45°N taste much better than the stuff that comes from the greenhouses in the Netherlands. And then there is this slight problem that Germans prefer price over quality.
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A just-leaked draft impact assessment on the modernization of European copyright rules could spell the end for many online services in Europe as we know them. The document's recommendations foreshadow new a EU Directive on copyright to be introduced later this year, that will ultimately bind each of the European Union's 28 member states. If these recommendations by the European Commission are put in place, Europe's Internet will never be the same, and these impacts are likely to reverberate around the world.
A just-leaked draft impact assessment on the modernization of European copyright rules could spell the end for many online services in Europe as we know them. The document's recommendations foreshadow new a EU Directive on copyright to be introduced later this year, that will ultimately bind each of the European Union's 28 member states. If these recommendations by the European Commission are put in place, Europe's Internet will never be the same...
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It's about turning your internet suppler into a socialistic tool of the government. DON"T let it happen if you value your freedom.
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About half of current religious “nones” who were raised in a religion (49%) indicate that a lack of belief led them to move away from religion. This includes many respondents who mention “science” as the reason they do not believe in religious teachings, including one who said “I’m a scientist now, and I don’t believe in miracles.” Others reference “common sense,” “logic” or a “lack of evidence” – or simply say they do not believe in God.
With the percentage of U.S. adults who do not identify with a religious group growing, we asked these people to explain, in their own words, why they left.
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+Christian Biskup​ Only when you think rationally. Many believers know their faith is true. 
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And as long as I'm dreaming, we really need to separate our nation's intelligence-gathering mission from our computer security mission: we should break up the NSA. The agency's mission should be limited to nation state espionage. Individual investigation should be part of the FBI, cyberwar capabilities should be within US Cyber Command, and critical infrastructure defense should be part of DHS's mission.
 
Bruce Schneier on the epiphany US companies have with respect to the NSA: They are not a friend, they are the enemy. He uses more words, and it not as direct, but the outcome is the same.
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Hubris is wonderful when you're the only group with the intelligence to find vulnerabilities.

Given that most hardware isn't made in the west, and the software is preloaded in the factory, I'd say their hubris is misplaced.
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A federal judge refused Friday to block California’s new vaccination law, which requires children in public and private schools to be inoculated against 10 contagious illnesses and eliminates an exemption based on their parents’ personal beliefs. (...) "The right to freely practice one’s religion, one of the rights invoked by opponents of the new law, “does not outweigh the state’s interest in public health and safety,” Sabraw said.
A federal judge refused Friday to block California’s new vaccination law, which requires children in public and private schools to be inoculated against 10 contagious illnesses and eliminates an exemption based on their parents’ personal beliefs. “Society has a compelling interest in fighting the spread of contagious diseases through mandatory vaccination of school-age children,” U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw of San Diego said in denying an in...
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".. children who for very compelling reasons are not vaccinated.." - I have yet to hear ONE of those reasons that is not paranoid pseudo-science bullshit.
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Feminism has gotten a reputation in the past few decades of being less about equal rights and more about crushing men in order to raise women up. A new report from the Heritage Foundation (a conservative think-tank and my former employer) suggests modern feminism (and some of second-wave feminism from the 1960s) no longer views the movement as being about erasing inequalities in opportunity, but about enforced parity.
No one suggests men and women shouldn't have equal rights. So by the textbook definition, we should all be feminists. Why then, do so many women — especially young women — refuse the label? Feminism has gotten a reputation in the past few decades of being less about equal rights and more about crushing men in order to raise women up. A new report from the Heritage Foundation (a conservative think-tank and my former employer) suggests modern femin...
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The demographics were already daunting. But many Republicans now say Mr. Trump is only accelerating the flight of minority voters to the Democratic Party, like dry underbrush feeds an Arizona wildfire. Asked how fellow Republicans could win election to statewide office in the West, Senator Jeff Flake of Arizona offered some blunt advice: “Distance yourself from Donald Trump.”
Republicans are concerned that Mr. Trump is accelerating the broader population shifts that threaten the party’s standing in Western states.
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Part of the US Air Force’s job is to maintain a nuclear arsenal. And once a year, the 450 best missile and bomb operators show off their skills at the Global Strike Challenge. It’s all about dexterity and speed — from moving warheads by forklift to dropping bombs on specified targets. The weapons are real, and the competition fierce.
Welcome to the country's premier bomber, ballistic missile, and security forces competition.
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“Women do not view themselves and their lives through a political prism, so these people and processes that try to appeal to them based on ‘right versus left’ rather than ‘right versus wrong’ don’t get it,” Conway said in an interview with her alma mater’s magazine in 2006.
Women, 51 percent of the U.S. population, do not like Donald Trump very much. In national polls, Trump is down by about 6 percentage points, and Hillary Clinton is beating him among women voters 58…
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  • Universität Essen, Germany
    Medical School, 1987 - 1994
  • Johannes Gutenberg Universität Mainz, Germany
    Journalism Graduate School, 1996 - 1997
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Reads, writes and codes.
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Scot loves to read and write and spends his life in a constant state of low-level irritation that he can't do both at the same time.

My public postings on Google+ are mostly links to science, medical, and technology news as well as Americana and computers, presented without comment. Please note this is stuff I find interesting for one reason or another without regard to my personal opinion. In other words, I also link to texts I disagree with but think are worthy of wider attention. 
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Built my own study from scratch, desks and all. Building an 8-bit computer from scratch, writing my own Forth in 6502 assembler.
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