Afghanistan: clearing up bitterly needed

Can awacs help?

Al qaeda mobilizes and warns of more attacks in afghanistan – how much of it is propaganda?? The borderland between pakistan and afghanistan is becoming the new jihado park for more and more holy warriors who have been plying their diabolical trade on the former main battlefield in the war on terror, iraq – how much of this is mythmaking, how much more alarming trend?? Pakistan tries to pit good taliban against bad, a successful transfer of the awaking movement to afghanistan? How well were the two camps of the taliban separated then?

U.S. Troop casualties rise sharply and accidents pile up – how nervous are deployed soldiers in afghanistan?? "Pinpoint airstrikes" hit a wedding party for the umpteenth time – the apparent indistinguishability between civilians and taliban warriors remains an integral part of nato’s warfare strategy?

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The private meetings of the rich and powerful

Every year, a series of unofficial conferences takes place, leaving the burghers out in front

In davos it starts again: the colorful round of international private events, where the rich and powerful of this world meet to chat and decide about the less rich and less powerful of this world. These private meetings may pay also again and again the taxpayer. Sociologist hans jurgen krysmanski from the university of munster is tracking down these meetings with a research project on "structures and actors of wealth".

The poor are also poor in controlling their own data: every hartz iv recipient must share his most intimate details, such as account balance and bed partner, with the authorities on pain of starvation.The sociological literature is rich in research findings on the lower social classes. Not so with the company’s landlords. If capital is as shy as a deer, the rich man shies away from society’s gaze into his wallet and into his country-style villa.

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Childhood as a nightmare

Childhood as a nightmare

Image: initiative "syria, art and flight"

Millions of people growing up literally know nothing but war – the report "war on children 2020" also offers a gender-specific analysis for the first time

The situation for children in the conflicts of this world proves to be an absolute man-made catastrophe. Millions of adolescents become victims, and that in many respects. On the scenes of war, terror, expulsion, ethnic conflicts, along the lines of conflict between the major and regional powers, they are the most helpless and at the same time the ones who suffer the worst and most enduring circumstances.

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Air traffic discount

Air traffic discount

Refueling of a us c-5a galaxy. Image: dod

The energy and climate weekly: inconsistencies in the energy system, follow-up costs of lignite, and a strange boll foundation alliance

On thursday, thousands of people took to the streets under the slogan "save energy transition" on the streets. The call was made by the german renewable energy federation (bee), the german farmers’ association (dbv) and ig metall kuste. In addition to climate protection, the industry representatives were primarily concerned with preserving jobs in the renewable energy sector in germany.

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Eu election: conservatives lose to right-wing parties

Eu election: conservatives lose to right-wing parties

According to polls, social democrats could become the largest political group, almost a third of seats fall to right-wing and anti-eu parties

Elections for the european parliament at the end of may. It can be amed that right-wing, nationalist and anti-european parties will become significantly stronger. The decision in switzerland to oppose "mass immigration" from eu countries has challenged the right-wing populist parties and their slogans in other eu countries. They have now increasingly switched from anti-muslim to anti-european, because that apparently goes down better.

Eu election: conservatives lose to right-wing parties

Plenary hall of the european parliament in strasbourg. Image: claude truong-ngoc.0

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Ironic details

Drinks and advertisements for scientists

Writing about a conference like the world conference on science can be quite exhausting. I just felt the same way. So i took a break and went to the table where the drinks are to quench the thirst of sweating journalists. Well, it was not that bad. But the choice was limited: mineral water or some kind of grapefruit lemonade. Because i had already drunk enough water, i took the other drink.

After sitting at my computer again, i took a cursory glance at the label of the can. The information triggered mixed feelings. On the one hand, i should be honored, because it seems that the people who make this concoction, whose taste, by the way, does not resemble grapefruit in any way, have developed it directly for us. This drink, as it is written on the can, is recommended "is recommended mainly for dynamic people who are under constant physical and mental effort."

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Everything that can still use, must personally in the stadium

Only dead people were allowed to sell their world cup 2006 tickets

The time is approaching when the "world as a guest of friends" the world cup 2006 is already casting its data shadows. But when it comes to personalized tickets, there is a great deal of confusion.

Actually, we have always known it: a true fan can be seen in the stadium with freshly stitched wounds, drip and catheter if necessary. If, on the other hand, he is dead, he will be forced to skip the eagerly awaited game. The rules for exchanging or transferring personalized tickets are similar. The transfer of the personalized tickets. "In general, tickets cannot be returned or exchanged. Only in special cases (such as death or serious illness) tickets can be transferred to other persons with the consent of the oc" was the answer to any questions from contemporaries who were unwilling to abide by the rules established for the safety of all.

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The two wolfgangs, bose chemtrails and the security burka

The two wolfgangs, bose chemtrails and the security burka

Youtube and co. – our weekly telepolis video review

Today we start into the weekend with the stinker of the month. It’s just a pity that sigmar gabriel didn’t take both hands right away. And if the vice chancellor keeps on like this, i will actually like him. If you want to be really creeped out, you should read the comments under this video. It is also amazing how the german language is raped there by the probably mostly young german patriots.

The two wolfgangs, bose chemtrails and the security burka

There is only one thing that helps: some nice musical sounds with the sultans of swing. And after that a protest song about chemtrails by the sympathetic combo "vitavision". Youtube user lucas hanfblatt writes about this: "fol der schone songg mit fiel warheit und vong herzen." and rezo says as usual pragnant: "i find the lid totally great!" you can’t print it much better. It’s just a pity that the visionary group has meanwhile blocked the comment function: "due to inflammatory comments". Ignorant, envious and haters are everywhere unfortunately. Bad!

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Bitkom determines poor notes for digitization of schools

Bitkom determines poor notes for digitization of schools

As the bitkom has determined by a representative survey, the total taxation as well as parents awarded poor notes to the local school policy when it comes to the degree and design of the digitization of the schools. The coronavirus pandemic has clearly demonstrated the weakness of german schools. Is striking: the number of "digital referend" among the respondents is too low. The inhibitor shoe for the consistent digitization of the schools is located elsewhere.

Note 4-, set

Bitkom-prasident achim berg was dissatisfied as he pointed out the press conference to the latest bitkom survey on the evaluation: "the results are very humiliating". So the corona pandemic disclosed the deficits in digitization of schools. This statement had 89 percent of the population and 88 percent of parents agreed in the bitkom survey.

A rough desire was awarded as much expression; 87 percent of the population and 90 percent of the parents wanted schools to be enabled in this school year to inform schulerinnen and schuler by homeschooling. Because here are parents and population rough deficits. On the request to judge with school notes, how the schools are prepared for a possible re-lockdown, the total taxation awards the note "sufficient" (4.3), the parents even "inadequate" (4.6). A coarse part of the parents of school-age children ames that in the case of renewed school sluggishness of the lessons could hardly be maintained.

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Light and shadow: optimize contrast, brightness and color

Who enters the open day from a brightly enlightened room in a cloudy day, hardly realizes that the brightness is suddenly rising on tenfold and more, because the human eye adapts very quickly to a wide variety of lighting differences. It works in a light-flooded snow landscape with more than 100.000 lux and can detect something even in a star clear, moonless night at 0.001 lux.

The contrast is the cause of dafur that troubles daylight is sometimes darker than an enlightened buro, though it is the other way around. On a trust, maybe even foggy day, the brightness differences between the darkest and the brightest details are quite low. In a room with artificial light, however, there are usually deep shadows and thus more contrast. Already the old flamic champions have known that they bring with dark backgrounds more liked light into their paintings. Bright skin flakes and painted candle flames seem to light up in these images.

Modern cameras adapts thanks to bulltered exposure meters expansive quickly and exposure time to different brightness. However, the contrast scope detectable by a sensor generally includes a maximum of nine aperture levels. In the case of the brightest point of the motif 29 = 512 times as much light as of the darkest. However, a scene in the sunlight, however, is already clear to this bandwidth. The episode: depending on the concrete exposure setting, either the shadows are underexposed and thus black or bright images like the sky are covered and thus to a contourless soft flat.

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