Corona / Covid19: striving for an integrated concept

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

The State of Democracy in the World

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

We won’t give up our discourse for the sake of the market

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

The Heat Death of Interest Rates

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

Does CO2 fertilization make the world greener – or not?

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?

Illusive Numbers

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