Quotes & Links #38

1) zeit.de: Pegida – Die gefährlichen Ängste der Alten

Und jetzt erzählt mir mein Onkel, er wolle noch schnell die Zuwanderung begrenzen? Und damit die einzigen, die mir helfen könnten, seine Rente zu bezahlen, aus Deutschland fernhalten? “Ich habe ja nichts gegen ältere Menschen”, sage ich. “Aber sie sollen bitte nicht mit ihrem Rassismus unsere Sozialsysteme belasten.”

Guter Text. Ich muss mich wohl irgendwann intensiver mit der Rentensicherung beschäftigen, weil es für mich keinen Sinn ergibt, dass x-Personen für y-Personen aufkommen müssen. Ist nicht allein der Lohn/die Produktivität ausschlaggebend?! Meh. Werde mal nach Studien googeln.

2) faz.net: Moderne und Aberglaube – Die Dummheit blüht
Ein paar interessante Gedanken, warum der Mensch (angeblich) abergläubischer ist als früher. Würde ich so nicht unterschreiben.

3) guardian.com: Why are we obsessed with the Nazis?

A large amount of evidence has been uncovered of the survival into the postwar decades, often in positions of power and influence, of former active Nazis responsible for crimes of many kinds.

And yet, many Germans (maybe even a majority?), pat themselves on the back and reassuringly tell themselves “We repented.” I’m not all too optimistic about the future in that aspect, but we’ll see. The book itself seems interesting. Added it to my wishlist.

4) reuters.com: Greece must take bitter pill like Portugal: minister

Portugal must hold a general election by October and far-left parties inspired by Greece’s Syriza or Spain’s Podemos are barely making any inroads into support for the traditional center-right and center-left parties in opinion polls.

1.5% or 1.6% growth is not much, but better than Greece. I wonder why Portugal’s situation is so different from Greence’s? Were they too different from the outset? But I remember many people did compare them (from both “sides”).

unemplEU
What a steep drop-off! Obviously the unemployment rate is not the sole indicator for anything, but the contrast between the countries is quite interesting. What’s going on in Italy?!

5) carolabinder.com: Let’s Not Give Up on Mobility

Improving the living conditions of the poor is extremely important regardless of the level of mobility in a society. So I agree with Clark that we shouldn’t give up on equality. But I think we shouldn’t give up on mobility either.

6) washingtonpost.com/wonkblog: How to spot the rare dietary supplement that’s actually legit
Nice diagram.

7) washingtonpost.com/wonkblog: A fascinating visualization of how men and women see colors differently
And another one.

8) zeit.de: Masern-Ausbruch – Berlin meldet Rekordzahl an Maserpatienten

Wenige Wochen nach den ersten Erkrankungen gehörte schon mehr als die Hälfte der neuen Berliner Masern-Patienten zur angestammten Bevölkerung. Als Grund nennt das RKI fehlenden Impfschutz, der trotz vielfältiger Angebote nicht angenommen werde.

Krass. Warum keine Impfpflicht?!

9) economist.com: German-Americans – the silent majority

During the first world war, parts of America grew hysterically anti-German. Some Germans were spat at in the street. The teaching of their language was banned in schools. Sauerkraut was renamed “liberty cabbage”. German books were burned, dachshunds kicked and German-Americans forced to buy war bonds to prove their patriotism.

Article is interesting throughout. The difference between the treatment of Germans between World War I and World War II is quite interesting.

10) fivethirtyeight.com: Revisions Made This A Blockbuster Jobs Report

But perhaps more significant than the raw numbers is how steady those gains have been. The U.S. has added more than 200,000 jobs for 11 straight months, the longest such streak since the mid-1980s.

That’s indeed quite a streak.

11) gizmodo.com: 42 Visions For Tomorrow From The Golden Age of Futurism

12) wikipedia.com: Ergot

Other authors have likewise cast doubt on ergotism as the cause of the Salem witch trials.[21]

Interesting theory nonetheless. I think I had it here before, but I couldn’t find it.

13) sueddeutsche.de: Kritik an Arzneimittelherstellern – “Die Pharmaindustrie ist schlimmer als die Mafia”

“[…] Pfizer zum Beispiel hat […] 2,3 Milliarden Dollar gezahlt. […] GlaxoSmithKline […] drei Milliarden […] Abbot […] 1,5 Milliarden, Eli Lilly zahlte 1,4 Milliarden, Johnson & Johnson 1,1 Milliarden.

Das ist schon eine lange Liste an Schadensersatzzahlungen. Erinnert mich an die Banken. :)

14) nytimes.com/upshot: No, More Running Probably Isn’t Bad for You

Happily, only 17 had. While this was good news for the surviving runners, it was bad news for the researchers, because 17 was clearly too few deaths to discern whether the risk of death was related to running intensity.

WTF.

15) nytimes.com: How We Write About Love

The fear is we may force things or compromise after pushing so hard for so long. We may admire hard work in most endeavors, but we admire laziness when it comes to finding love.

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