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Too much to fit into one update. The leads could be

Communisms’ legacy

  • in the Baltic states
  • in East Berlin
  • in demographies
  • its relation to other genocides like the holocaust
  • a prison
  • how do the people live today
  • Ignalina and its replacement
  • (Peripherally a subject matter, the western powers’ somewhat interesting views on Finnish-Soviet wars and relations and their potential wagings of war against the reds – project Pike forum summary and the book here)

Russian forest fires

  • Beriev’s share price (A Be-200 appears on the video 15 seconds in, hat tip to Secret Projects)
  • organization of society and its ability to handle crises
  • the smoke in Helsinki because of that
  • should they care

Hot weather

  • Here, after the coldest ever winter comes the hottest ever summer
  • Is it largely just winds from the southeast’s continental hotness – when usually they blow from the more marine southwest?

Climategate blahblah

  • BBC has apologized and some NYT reporter has said the NYT should apologize on some small back page article.
  • Follow Michael Tobis for climate related news

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Twenty Years

Since the Wall fell. And the whole cascading fall of the evil empire was started. Why do humans have to do such horrible things to each other? Create such a sick society? There’s a lot to be improved nowadays too. We have to constantly strive for openness and truth.

I was in Berlin this summer, a very short visit. Last visit was in 1995. It had changed quite a lot. Had a wonderful evening with a friend I had not seen in six years. She as a local took me to all kinds of nice places. Artists working in an abandoned building (some very nice steel plate artwork for sale there by the way, if I was rich and had a huge villa to fill with artwork, I’d shop there), some river boats, the numerous bridges, the weird Potsdamer Platz, and all around architecture and nice parks. I even saw the place where allegedly Döner Kebap was invented. All in all a relaxed and boheme place. Somewhat smelly, yes, but lively.

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