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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: afc_support
  • 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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