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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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  • By: Willem Jan Hilderink
  • There are some characteristics that most if not all forms of identity politics share. These are 1) a peculiar relationship between the self and the collective, 2) a tendency to measure marginalisation, 3) a strong focus on the concept of power and 4) the lack of some utopian vision. Let’s go through these characteristics one by one.
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  • By: Wolf
  • The X7 is X5’s larger, more luxurious brother. We wouldn’t exactly call the X7 a beauty on the outside, but from the inside it’s absolutely stunning, carrying all the toys and quality from the 7-series, with enough luggage space to transport the whole family on their skiing holiday.
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  • By: Vincent van den Born
  • Added to this is the couple making music in the left, which also suggests (sexual) impropriety. Music evokes lovemaking, with the phrase “‘to strum the lute’ being (…) an innuendo for sexual intercourse.” A watch, just above where the hands of the couple touch – the place the composition draws the eye to – is said to be reminiscent of the vanity of earthly desires.
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