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Forum: Futurists & Theorists 18 Hours Ago
Replies: 13
Views: 5,082
Posted By Firn
Berkshire was a mighty success in the last fifty...

Berkshire was a mighty success in the last fifty year and any long-term shareholder's slice has become much more valuable. Two special letters...
Forum: Africa 19 Hours Ago
Replies: 346
Views: 55,698
Posted By Firn
Mugabe and his cronies had sadly many years to do...

Mugabe and his cronies had sadly many years to do their deeds, thanks in part to the principled support of thier (South) African neighbours for which only one thing or principle seemed important.
Forum: Global Issues & Threats 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 635
Views: 80,534
Posted By Firn
The move towards a 'smarter grid...

The move towards a 'smarter grid (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smart_grid) with much complex physical and digital interactions should indeed naturally greatly increase the ability to input cyber...
Forum: Intelligence 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 128
Views: 33,612
Posted By Firn
Talk about mission creep on a gigantic scale....

Talk about mission creep on a gigantic scale. Over a year ago I wrote:



It sounds simplistic but kids in a brave new candy store fits better then ever. All those clever people could just not...
Forum: Global Issues & Threats 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 635
Views: 80,534
Posted By Firn
Good questions which are usually not in short...

Good questions which are usually not in short supply regarding China...



Peak diesel demand just two years ago is a very bold prediction. A quick look at the commercial vehicle sales...
Forum: Global Issues & Threats 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 635
Views: 80,534
Posted By Firn
China’s Fuel Demand to Peak Sooner Than Oil...

China’s Fuel Demand to Peak Sooner Than Oil Giants Expect (http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-04-01/china-s-fuel-demand-to-peak-sooner-than-oil-giants-expect) makes for interesting reading....
Forum: Global Issues & Threats 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 635
Views: 80,534
Posted By Firn
X-rays Reveal Secret Life of Batteries ...

X-rays Reveal Secret Life of Batteries (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8lSTLRkKEk) offers amazing pictures and graphs on some processes inside experimental batteries. It is a public lecture and...
Forum: Middle East 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 167
Views: 27,720
Posted By Firn
I have no idea about the conflict but past...

I have no idea about the conflict but past evidence as in history suggests that such wars are quite easy to start but tend to be far harder to get 'won', in the sense that they fulfill their supposed...
Forum: The Whole News 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 214
Views: 18,223
Posted By Firn
I find that quote remarkable:

I find that quote remarkable:
Forum: Global Issues & Threats 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 635
Views: 80,534
Posted By Firn
An interesting article...

An interesting article (http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-03-24/there-s-pure-profit-sitting-at-the-top-of-u-s-crude-oil-tanks) about oil storage in the US gets filled up at a rapid pace.
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Forum: Global Issues & Threats 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 635
Views: 80,534
Posted By Firn
I fully agree with you and the basic logic is...

I fully agree with you and the basic logic is hard to deny. PV is booming for very good reasons, having become ever more cost-efficient per watt surprisingly quickly.

...
Forum: The Whole News 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 214
Views: 18,223
Posted By Firn
Sadly Occam's Razor points, like in the case of...

Sadly Occam's Razor points, like in the case of MH370 and others before, towards another deliberate crash (http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/27/world/europe/germanwings-crash.html?_r=0). The BBC asks...
Forum: Europe 03-20-2015
Replies: 612
Views: 36,042
Posted By Firn
The ruble recovered in recent months considerable...

The ruble recovered in recent months considerable against the USD and obviously more so against the Euro which push against inflation. Much depends of course on the commodity prices, especially oil...
Forum: Law Enforcement 03-20-2015
Replies: 64
Views: 10,172
Posted By Firn
Just a personal thought on the Brennan paper: ...

Just a personal thought on the Brennan paper:

Studies like the one cited by david confirm it once again: the considerable degree of autonomy of the states, united within a large and wealthy...
Forum: Europe 03-17-2015
Replies: 506
Views: 77,378
Posted By Firn
Die Akte Griechenland...

Die Akte Griechenland (http://www.faz.net/aktuell/politik/ausland/historische-schulden-die-akte-griechenland-13483054.html) is a highly interesting article about the bond debt Germany owes according...
Forum: Europe 03-02-2015
Replies: 169
Views: 59,988
Posted By Firn
Posted before the latest assassination of a...

Posted before the latest assassination of a member of the opposition The Absurd world of Russian Public Opinion...
Forum: Europe 02-28-2015
Replies: 169
Views: 59,988
Posted By Firn
After pretty much every prominent victim, beside...

After pretty much every prominent victim, beside the many not-so-famous ones , the similar stories seems to spread speedily. Not the man or his friends in power which have been subject to...
Forum: Europe 02-28-2015
Replies: 3,527
Views: 106,674
Posted By Firn
My view has shifted to some degree towards a...

My view has shifted to some degree towards a great weighting of the internal logic of Putins quasi-regime compared to other political aspects in Putins foreign policy.
Forum: Europe 02-28-2015
Replies: 169
Views: 59,988
Posted By Firn
Indeed it seems that being against the policies...

Indeed it seems that being against the policies of Mr. Putin has been rather dangerous in and around Russia for some years now. I personally blame the Mossad, not the CIA despite what clever cui bono...
Forum: Europe 02-27-2015
Replies: 612
Views: 36,042
Posted By Firn
It will be rather interesting to see how, how...

It will be rather interesting to see how, how much and how quickly Russia continues to spend it's funds like the NWF. Aslund does seem to support an old opion of mine, that Putin thinks that he knows...
Forum: Adversary / Threat 02-16-2015
Replies: 211
Views: 50,735
Posted By Firn
Without knowing the circumstances one year does...

Without knowing the circumstances one year does seem indeed little, especially if his change in behaviour in prison brought him seemingly on the radar of the Danish security services. Lots of...
Forum: Adversary / Threat 02-16-2015
Replies: 211
Views: 50,735
Posted By Firn
Perhaps we will never know but I'm pretty sure...

Perhaps we will never know but I'm pretty sure this is a question which gets asked in Western security services.

The Guardian has a short profile...
Forum: Adversary / Threat 02-16-2015
Replies: 211
Views: 50,735
Posted By Firn
The Danish security forces are of course for...

The Danish security forces are of course for obvious reasons still stilent on many aspects of the latest attacks so there are many blanks yet to be filled. It seems that the terrorist was born in...
Forum: Europe 02-16-2015
Replies: 612
Views: 36,042
Posted By Firn
Oil had a big rally...

Oil had a big rally (http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-02-16/crude-oil-bears-betting-on-supply-glut-miss-market-rally-energy) recently. As I pointed out earlier the commodity markets and...
Forum: Equipment & Capabilities 02-12-2015
Replies: 14
Views: 4,733
Posted By Firn
I did some additional research before the second...

I did some additional research before the second run in Vail. Personally I still think that those guys have the best way to descend on snow but there are some interesting fatbike tests from Norway...
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