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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


Good Deal
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No More Labour?
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This is what I wrote just over three months ago:

"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."

Has anything changed in my position since then? The answer is yes.
I have never been a Corbin's critics. I admire his personal and political integrity. I like his stile. He genuinely  cares about people. But I was not clear about the course of the Labour party. I still think there are many questions that need to be answered. The party is not only Corbin.
But what is new is this. I think there has been a fundamental shift in the discourse, thanks to Corbin. He has been putting more and more emphases on inequality in Britain. This is what I want to hear because it is the root of if not all, but many problems around us.

UK Election Quiz: which party's general election manifesto are you?
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Quiz - LINK


Real Homeland
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Не очень широко обсуждаемая у нас тема о которой я писал ранее - LINK




It’s about how a motivated US billionaire – Mercer and his chief ideologue, Bannon – helped to bring about the biggest constitutional change to Britain in a century.
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This is Britain in 2017. A Britain that increasingly looks like a “managed” democracy. Paid for a US billionaire. Using military-style technology. Delivered by Facebook. And enabled by us. If we let this referendum result stand, we are giving it our implicit consent. This isn’t about Remain or Leave. It goes far beyond party politics. It’s about the first step into a brave, new, increasingly undemocratic world.


The investigation continues: - LINK

Homeland
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Посмотрел все шесть сезонов Homeland. На мой взгляд это лучший шпионский фильм всех времён. С ним трудно что-то даже сравнивать.

Stardust
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A very interesting and cool story about a citizen science project - LINK

There is a face book page with many photos - https://www.facebook.com/micrometeorites/

I've ordered the book as well:


Book of the Month (March 2017)
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Great Continental Railway Journeys



In fact it has been the book of many months.  I have been reading it very slowly for various reasons, but it doesn’t mean it is not interesting. Quite the contrary. There is a sister BBC series with the same name, but despite the same title the book and the TV program present different aspects and in a different way. They really complement each other, but both can be read and viewed independently.

The next waiting to be opened is Great American Railway Journeys.



I have been watching the complimentary TV program  with great interest and I look forward to reading the book.  In fact after watching the program I really want to experience long distance trains in America. Trains look amazing. 

Big Data
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A very interesting and at the same time somewhat discomforting article in The Guardian - https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/feb/26/robert-mercer-breitbart-war-on-media-steve-bannon-donald-trump-nigel-farage
And a follow up article - https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/mar/04/cambridge-analytica-democracy-digital-age

All this makes me more and  more convinced that democracy itself needs proper governance. Otherwise it has a very real chance of becoming as dangerous as its absence.

Magic Food
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If you have ever wondered, what exacatly they feed to to harry potters here are some examples:







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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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.

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