Reproduction factor R in Germany, Source: Statista 2021 There is currently a growing #zerocovid movement that says: “Better an end with horror than horror without end.” An important inspiration for this is Yaneer Bar-Yam, whose initiative I am linking here. However, I limit myself to other measures that help to reduce the reproduction factor R, … Continue reading Corona / Covid19: striving for an integrated concept
Source: Democracy Report 2020, V-Dem Institut, Universität Gothenburg In this diligent work of the V-Dem Institute of the University of Gothenburg, in collaboration with around 3000 country experts, over 28 million pieces of information were compiled, which allow the state of the political systems in the world to be characterized according to 429 indicators. For … Continue reading The State of Democracy in the World
Socialists want to reduce or eliminate the differences in the stratification of society.Conservatives want to keep it.Neoliberals do not know any strata of society, but only responsible, fully informed "market participants" capable of acting and making decisions.The result of this artificial blindness, this crowding-out of common sense with oversimplified market mantras that we can see … Continue reading We won’t give up our discourse for the sake of the market
How can this be claimed? Rational numbers can be sorted and even counted. But real numbers can also be sorted and counted - in practice. If we do not want to take them as mere symbols, but relate them to the rest of the world, so that we can do calculations with them, we use … Continue reading The ratio of the number of real to rational numbers is about 5
Global development of interest rates since 1350 The "Zeit" reports on the study by Paul Schmelzing from Yale University about the long-term decrease in lending rates. The low interest rates run parallel to another development: productivity growth in the OECD countries is only just above zero. OECD yearly labour productivity growth (source) Interest on loans … Continue reading The Heat Death of Interest Rates
This article in The New Yorker reviews three books that deal with the peculiar fact that the opinion of many people on a particular matter seems to be unaffected by facts. How can it be, that is the puzzling question, that this preference of the human mind to stick to its own conception, which everyone … Continue reading Facts and Minds – a story of troubles
Credit: NASA There are many news about the decrease of the earth's forest area, but there are also a number of publications documenting a greening due to the CO2 fertilization effect and other human influences such as nitrogen fertilization. As one example I give a paper from 2013, the title of which gives hope: "Deserts … Continue reading Does CO2 fertilization make the world greener – or not?
The EU cap and trade system, the EU ETS (Emissions Trading System), is (still) the most important emissions cap system in the world and one of the two pillars on which the EU's policy to reduce emissions is based. I prefer the term "cap system" over "trading system", because the falling emission cap is the … Continue reading Emission trading systems of the world – unite!
Spontaneous mathematical speculation. Irrational numbers are characterized by the fact that they can only be described as the limiting value of a sequence. I wondered if there are numbers that cannot even be described that way. I would call them "illusive numbers". The sequences that describe the known irrational numbers, arise from recursive instructions, that … Continue reading Illusive Numbers
(Image: BarneyElo, Pixabay) The German energy demand is currently only covered to 17 % from renewable sources, albeit with an increasing tendency of half a percent per year (statista.de). So 83 % are still missing for a complete decarbonization. The majority of this, namely 71 % of the total requirement, is currently covered by imports … Continue reading Energy from North Africa: H2 or HVDC?