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A useful redirection of military spending

Military spending of many European countries seems just useless to me. To maintain an army you do not need only technology.  You need a certain spirit of willingness to fight also in the population.  An army that has not been involved into a conflict for 50 years can hardly be supposed to have a successfull stand in an upcoming conflict.  Last week I found an article in which US officials were complainig about the unmanly behaviour of German soldiers  (They refused to take posiition, because it was too cold :-)).

But this is not the socialdemocratic Sweden!

But this is not the socialdemocratic Sweden! Sweden is governed by the conservative party (conservative only by name) since 2002 and thez have done an amazing work in revitalizing the country. If the Italian government would dare to introduce social la - Welfare, uguaglianza, crescita: ecco la Svezia senza crisi

«La nostra società è più egualitaria di quella italiana. Anche qui, però, non mancano i ricchi». La voce di Verner Egerland, ordinario di lingue romanze presso

Herder noooo!

 

“The greatness of the idea of European integration on democratic foundations is its capacity to overcome the old Herderian idea of the nation state as the highest expression of national life.” (Havel) Why the hell the German Library is called "Herder Library" - insane! Heinrich Heine Library, Immanuel Kant Library, or at least Theodor Fontane Library, but Herder nooooooooooooo

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“The greatness of the idea of European integration on democratic foundations is its capacity to overcome the old Herderian idea of the nation state as the highest expression of national life.” (Havel) Why the hell the German Library is called "Herder Lib -

Not only austerity!

"German policymakers who urge only austerity and wage restraint on the rest of Europe forget that the goal of growth is to raise personal incomes (and spending), and that the real benefit from higher exports is to pay for more imports. " This citation is - Modell Deutschland über alles

MUCH of the rich world is fascinated by Germany. Despite being at the heart of sclerotic Europe, its GDP per head has risen by more than any other G7 country’s over the past decade.

Piraten ja, aber Deutsche doch

Piraten ja, aber Deutsche doch - und der Einfluss von Jakob Burckhardts und seines gleichens ist einfach nicht auszumerzen: Sebastian Nerz macht sich lusting ueber Ansgar Heveling von der CDU und empfiehlt ihm einen Techniknachhilfeunterricht. Recht ha - Piraten ja, aber Deutsche doch - und der Einfluss von Jakob Burckhardts und seines gleichens ist einfach nicht auszumerzen: Sebastian Nerz macht sich lusting ueber Ansgar Heveling von der CDU und empfiehlt ihm einen Techniknachhilfeunterricht. Recht hat er!

La fuga di un imprenditore

E' deprimente. Ancora di più della lettera di un imprenditore che lascia il paese deprimono i tanti commenti a questa lettera dando ragione alla fuga. Perchè non nascono "i pirati" italiani? http://www.linkiesta.it/imprenditori-italia-estero - “Io imprenditore sono costretto a lasciare l’Italia”

Carissimi, è giunto il momento di salutarvi. Vi comunico che lascerò l’Italia, la mia azienda e quindi anche il Gruppo Giovani Imprenditori, per iniziare una nuova avventura in ter

Open Infrastructures for Open Science

 

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The Directorate F - Emerging Technologies and Infrastructures is organizing a series of consultations for the preparation of Horizon 2020, the new Framework Program for research funding.  I was invited to participate also in the Rome event about  "open Infrastructures for open science". I expressed my opinion that the importance of semantic standards and linked open data technologies should not be underestimated.

The picture at the left is from a presentation, which analyzed institutional readines for open data 

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An interesting intiative is EUDA with the intent to create trusted data services between public and private partners.

THe same issues that we are discussin in agINFRA (structures, vocabularies, relations, persistent identifiers, protocols)  are addressed in the EUDAT system.

more screenshots at my FlickR Gallery. 

 

 

 

Is chicken breast edible?

 Admittedly I would have answered convincedly "NO", if you would have asked me that last week.  Most of the chicken breast I bought in the last years was for the cat.  She compared with commercial cat food and told me  that I was a Gourmet Chef, when I was serving her the boiled or microwaved disgust.

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