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  • By: Timon Dias
  • We could, of course, explain ourselves and bore you half to death with bombastic adjectives. But we’d rather just show you. We believe that notions of left vs right, liberal vs conservative are outdated and disorienting. Instead, we’re positioned in the second quadrant (Q2) of Eric Weinstein’s Four Quadrant Model. In short: we detest the political correctness and identity politics of Q1, but we refuse to accept that alarmist boomer polemics and the alt-right in Q3 are the only alternatives.
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  • By: Vincent van den Born
  • The Mission of Brunei Darussalam wrote an aide memoir to present its point of view. It starts by stressing that Islam is Brunei’s official religion and that “strong religious values with rich heritage of tradition and culture, form the very foundation of the unique Bruneian identity (…) which are important to be preserved.” The document continues by Brunei asserting its sovereignty and the right to enforce laws “reflecting our own cultural and religious values.”
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  • By: Vincent van den Born
  • Spanish authorities report that 6.000 unaccompanied youths came into the country in 2018. Spain now has 12.500 under-age illegal migrants on register, the vast majority from Morocco, double the number of the previous year and it is expected to rise further throughout 2019. Thousands of them stray into the rest of Europe, looking for a residence permit: the number of official registered as having gone ‘missing’ is now 5.950.
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  • By: Vincent van den Born
  • The EU did give money to the EHT. But it did so through the European Research Council, not through the ESA as one would assume going on the information given. The EU provided about €34.3 million in funding (€14 million for the BlackHoleCam-project and another €30.3 for the RadioNet-project). A rather long list of other institutions providing funding suggests that the claim that it wouldn’t have happened without the EU is rather facetious.
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  • By: Willem Cornax
  • Prime Minister Edouard Philippe vowed to “to give Notre-Dame a new spire that is adapted to the techniques and the challenges of our era”. In order to achieve this feat and look good for the 2024 Summer Olympics Philippe has invited “architects from around the world to submit designs for rebuilding the spire of Notre-Dame cathedral.”
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  • By: Vincent van den Born
  • In 2012 the Huet Brothers decided they want to build a more… commercial product. The absolute madmen. It is called the HB Coupe and it is stunningly beautiful. There is not a lot of room for the children, but the chances that you’ll be able to produce a few of those are vastly increased by driving a Huet.
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  • By: Vincent van den Born
  • The Notre Dame is the crowning achievement of this first phase of European development. It is a great symbol of what Clark calls “the Great Thaw”. It is built, literally and figuratively, on top of the victory over what Clark calls ‘forces of barbarism’.
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  • By: Willem Cornax
  • “At the beginning [1820] of the examined period, until 1870, the correlations of GDP per capita and the dimensions are not that strong. (…) After the ‘coupling’ around 1870, well-being and GDP per capita develop more or less along similar lines, but in the second half of the 20th century, a new ‘decoupling’ takes place. (…) After 1980 a reversed form of ‘decoupling’ occured: Countries had a certain or even strong economic growth, yet well-being lagged behind on growth.”
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  • By: Vincent van den Born
  • It would seem Die Welt pretty much just reported the conclusions of the BKA report. In about 1 in 10 solved crimes, an immigrant was a suspect. They were overrepresented in violent crimes, including murder, and crimes with a sexual component. Immigrant participation in drugs-related crime grew strongest in 2018.
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  • By: Geerten Waling
  • How did it come to be that we live in a democratic rule of law – and the majority of the world population doesn’t? How did this happen? What does that say about our culture? And can we perhaps derive what a culture needs for democracy? What are the cultural conditions for a democracy to come into being and to function?
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  • By: Wolf
  • So, how does this thing work? According to Google, Stadia only takes 5 seconds (!) to launch a game on your browser , and will be playable on all platforms such as laptops, desktops, TV, tablets and phones. Basically on everything with a screen, Wi-Fi and battery. No console is needed; this is Cloud Gaming with Googles gigantic datacenters as your console.
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  • By: Timon Dias
  • The implicit theme throughout Gladiator: No matter how powerful, the pain of a man whose soul has been irreversibly corrupted, far exceeds the pain of a righteous man whose wife and son have been murdered and has been reduced to abject slavery.
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