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[sticky post]Western values
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If I am asked to define  "western" or "European values", I will single out the following three:

  • Democracy

  • Good governance (fair, efficient and legitimate)

  • Elimination of corruption


Planning my vacation
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Fake News :)
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Book of the Month (February 2017)
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Reamde by Neal Stephenson



I've enjoided it from the first to the last of its 1000 pages. 
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No More Labour
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I have been posting "Vote Labour" placard in the top post of my journal for almost 3 years. I am taking it down today.

It is not as I do not support socialist ideas anymore. Quite the contrary. The main reason I am failing to understand what exactly the party has been fighting for the last couple of years. There is fight and there is opposition, but the aim of all of it is sort of disappearing. It is not enough to be in opposition to conservatives any more.
I have to say that there is not much to choose from in modern Britain.  There are people and there are parties, but  there is lack of coherent vision of the future.
I am beginning to understand the appeal of bolsheviks ideas 100 years ago. At least the new what they wanted.

Adulting
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But I like "Adulting"


Sad News
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A wery sad news indeed. Professor Hans Rosling has passed away. He was a great fighter for the Fact Based World.



I used his work many times in the past and I am sure I will turn to the Gapminder again in the future.

Is liberalism to blame?
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Brank Milanovic is sharp - LINK

"Those who trusted in Fukuyama, and to whom the 1990s seemed like a triumph that would keep them at the pinnacle of human evolution forever, see today’s events as a catastrophe not only because they could indeed lead to a catastrophe  but because their carefully nurtured ersatz ideology and place in society have collapsed."

Perspective
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While discussing the subject of the now notorious two photos here the other day, it became apparent to me that some people do not understand how perspective works. Thus, all sorts of conspiracy theories and other nonsense.

I have put together two slides demonstrating good alignment between the photo taken from the Monument and the CNN’s gigapixel  shot.

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The third slide is really an illustration of what one can see from the Speaker’s Balcony.

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Question - Library database
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Does anyone have any advises with regard to a book repository app? I've finally decided to log all our books into a database. I am looking for some sort of an app or a desktop program or better a combination of both to scan ISBNs, log them and pull the books info from the internet.I'm trailing   Book Collector at the moment. It seams to be ok, but the scanning bit requires too much clicking.  I've also tried a couple of apps for iPad, but their ISBN data bases seams to be geared up for US market and they miss a lot of UK books.  the Book Collecto's DB does not find all books as well.
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The Great War
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The Great War channel on YouTube. A lot ot short and densely packed videos about events, places and people of the Great War. Very interesting.
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Good plan
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I actually gree with this suggestion - школа завтра

It is more or less how schools worked for my children. The result seams to be ok.

Science Outreach
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Mark Witton discusses aspects of educational outreach: The popularity of dinosaurs - for better, for worse

I think his thoughts are quite appicable to outher fields of science and for this matter technology and not only to paleontology.

Book of the month (December 2016)
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This is a retrospective post. I should have posted it last year, but...

I do have to spend some time and update my reading record. 2016 was a quite interesting year with regard to new books, but perhaps the last impression is the strongest of all. The Fractured Europe Sequence by Dave Hutchinson I've just finished reading is very entertaining.



-Europe in Autumn
-Europe in Midnight
-Europe in Winter

I like his witty style.

Liked In
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I've heard that Linked In has been blocked in Russia. Any confirmation of it?
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How bad is bad
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Price to pay
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Someone said today that we have to pay for any progress one way or another. The recent changes in American is our pay for years of progress.
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Do you still have some hopes? Forget them.
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https://assets.donaldjtrump.com/_landings/contract/O-TRU-102316-Contractv02.pdf
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Commemoration Day 2016
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