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    The Wonkblog discusses the inflation in Zim, eh...

    The Wonkblog discusses the inflation in Zim, eh Venezuela:



    It seems to my personal theme here in this thread. Over the year you saw things getting worse and worse, and marveled how things can...
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    Attached, a Slovenian soldier on a modern eMtb...

    Attached, a Slovenian soldier on a modern eMtb with full suspension, from an article by a Slovenian Officer in the Austrian Truppendienst about the NATO Mountain Warfare Center of Excellence


    If...
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    I have seen first-hand how the horrors of...

    I have seen first-hand how the horrors of Mugabe’s Zimbabwe haunt our people shines some light into the dark past. An example:
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    Harsh words but I fear there is more then just...

    Harsh words but I fear there is more then just some truth in it. All those wars with their brutalities and often direct Iranian military intervention have certainly set the bar of feasible terror...
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    Indeed. Some terms may be old-fashioned or not so...

    Indeed. Some terms may be old-fashioned or not so precise but this fits my personal bias for, well old texts...

    And still today much can be read between the lines.
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    I'm currently listening to an audiobook...

    I'm currently listening to an audiobook of the Xenophons Anabasis. What a gift it is to be able to follow the steps of men living roughly 2500 years ago! And what a pleasure to listen to such finely...
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    Obviously I have no idea but some basic thoughts:...

    Obviously I have no idea but some basic thoughts:

    1) Overall China is by far, far, far the biggest producer and consumer of ebikes and e-scooters. Almost all is focused on city transport. Mainland...
  8. Sven has a fine blog post...

    Sven has a fine blog post about this topic.

    Aerial drones are no doubt part of the future combat supply mix.

    Firn
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    A friend of mine in the voluntary (but well...

    A friend of mine in the voluntary (but well trained and prepared) Alpine rescue community has told me that an increasing number of teams are using ebikes with success. In some cases it is an official...
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    I'm not surprised by this connection, given how 'drones' were part of a large package which was created by Israel after it was forced to think and act laterally after the bloody face it's airforce...
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    I listened to it quite a while ago. Well worth...

    I listened to it quite a while ago. Well worth and with good insights. Hardly anything new under the sun, some very specific lessons due to the situation there and then but quite a lot of timeless...
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    Resources have indeed moved considerably higher*...

    Resources have indeed moved considerably higher* and are a huge help to support the economic policies of the government on which a large proportion of the economy rests.

    Skilled actions by smart...
  13. Thread: Energy Security

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    I'm now more confident then ever that Energy...

    I'm now more confident then ever that Energy Security can be achieved a rather low costs and within a not so long time frame. This is of course very unspecific but at the core the matter is very...
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    Even if they would have a decent chance to be...

    Even if they would have a decent chance to be successful it such projects just seem a huge waste of money due to the very high opportunity costs...

    More so if the economic legs are so marginal in...
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    I guess not participating in the theft of land...

    I guess not participating in the theft of land and property would have made him rather suspicious in the eyes of the other members of the mafi.. ah elite running the country.

    The coup leader is...
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    Indeed the fall seems never-ending. The resources...

    Indeed the fall seems never-ending. The resources of the state and the nation are almost exhausted. We seem to have now a situation approaching slowly the one of a huge prison camp where loyalty and...
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    As much of this thread is about technological...

    As much of this thread is about technological aspects I think it is important to point out the key implication of the paper on bicycle patrols: It's mostly not about biketech but about thinking...
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    Just as short (tech) update: 1) Mighty Shimano...

    Just as short (tech) update:

    1) Mighty Shimano enters the e-mtb engine market. A bit more info, arguably the best is in German. Seems to be step forward in terms of weight (almost 1kg less], size...
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    Good reads. The day will come when power changes...

    Good reads. The day will come when power changes hands. Without a widely shared, supported, clear and hardly disputed way as in a modern democracy this is bound to create great tensions and potential...
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    Sadly history has shown that a regime can survive...

    Sadly history has shown that a regime can survive a hunger crisis while many of it's citiziens might not.
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    Aren't the higher strata of Arab society also...

    Aren't the higher strata of Arab society also overreppresented in the rank of the Daesh? Maybe somebody has some study at hand...

    Obviously that vile murder of foreigners, among them many Italians...
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    Aren't the higher strata of Arab society also...

    Aren't the higher strata of Arab society also overreppresented in the rank of the Daesh? Maybe somebody has some study at hand...

    Obviously that vile murder of foreigners, among them many Italians...
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    EU Support Surges in Denmark as Brexit Scare...

    EU Support Surges in Denmark as Brexit Scare Spreads in Nordics, according to Bloomberg.



    I'm not surprised by those developments in Denmark as the political outfall in the UK was heavy and the...
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    An interesting facet of Brexit is that it is a...

    An interesting facet of Brexit is that it is a lot easier to roughly determine it's overall long-term economic effect - a clear negative for it's potential GDP. In the short run a heavily devalued...
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    Brexit humour springs out from fertile ground and...

    Brexit humour springs out from fertile ground and once again stranger then fiction. I mean Boris running away for the time being by not running for PM, Gove's mutiny after defection, spurred on by...
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