Munich security conference: usa vs. China

Munich security conference: usa vs. china

U.S. Earmark secretary mike pompeo: "the west is winning." / picture: securityconference.Org

Usa sets the mood against china. Mark esper is at a loss to explain a huawei alternative. China counters almost calmly

The second day of the munich security conference began with several statements. The tenor: the west must show unity if it does not want to lose out to china. China, on the other hand, seeks to strengthen ties with both europe and the u.S.

Instead of #metoo: for more indecency between women and men

Instead of #metoo: for more indecency between women and men

La proposition (1872), william-adolphe bouguereau (1825-1905) / public domain

France: 100 women, including catherine deneuve and catherine millet, defend the freedom to be intrusive

Of course, the weinstein affair has led to very similar debates in france as well. #balancetonporc is the counterpart to #metoo and the ublen experiences that women describe under this keyword are not much different from those of american or german women.

Bis: “debt trap can only be prevented by an orderly deleveraging process”

Biz:'schuldenfalle kann nur durch einen geordneten schuldenabbau verhindert werden'

Graphic: bis annual report 2014

The world in the financial cycle: brazil, china, india, switzerland and turkey most at risk

The current annual report of the "bank for international settlements" once again proves to be an astonishing and probably the best "official" source on the world’s financial interception (the bis is owned by the rough central banks and is considered the "central bank of central banks"). And even though the bis has been exercising the noble restraint common in central banking circles, its rather harsh criticism of its annual report has once again made headlines.

Nosferatu in hong kong

Life in times of sars – a year ago, hong kong celebrated the victory over the lung disease, but its political and economic consequences are still being felt today

In the west, sars was hastily stylized as the new plague of the century. In hong kong, the outbreak site of the disease, the health problems were quickly under control. Doch sars hat politik und kultur des stadtstaats nachhaltig verandert. A heated, nervous mood characterizes the climate of the city, especially about its political fate there are again heated arguments.

Nosferatu in hongkong

The mask as protection became the uniform during the epidemic

Pain and lye

Torture can be this clean: the semantic woolly work in the torture memos from the bush-ara

They are rather bizarre documents, which are now openly accessible on the homepage of the american civil liberties union – by order of the new president: the until then secret memos of the bush administration on the torture of prisoners "high value"-terrorists. The four memos provide detailed insight into the state of "clean" torture technology at the beginning of the 21st century. The chinese government’s strategy for the twenty-first century and its mix of methods. They show the technocratic euphemization of pain and the semantic whale work of the flexible cynics in the u.S. Department of justice during the time of george w. Bush and vice cheney.

Es geht in den papieren um die juristische rechtfertigung von foltermethoden. The recipient of the memos was john a. Rizzo, who graduated magna cum laude from george washington law school and serves as head of the "legal bureaus" the cia, the office of general counsel acted as a. Office advising the chief and staff of the agency in legal matters.

Green genetic engineering: full speed ahead?

The governing coalition allows controversial genetically modified corn and wants to demand the cultivation of genetically modified plants in other areas as well

The new government has been in office for less than a hundred days, and already genetic engineering advocates have reason to rejoice. Under consumer protection minister horst seehofer, the first three varieties of genetically modified corn were recently approved for unrestricted commercial cultivation. In addition, the "preferential treatment" of organic farming is to be reduced and liability rules for the cultivation of genetically modified plants (gm plants) are to be relaxed. The minister’s latest statements are a source of joy for the agricultural industry and genetic engineering multinationals. Representatives of organic farming, consumers and environmental protection groups are upset.

With red-green’s departure, there is an upswing in the agro-genetic engineering ie. The coalition agreement already struck a conciliatory note towards genetic engineering producers, users and researchers. Die grune gentechnik solle verantwortlich genutzt und gefordert werden:

Habermas generation

Habermas generation

Image: wolfram huke/ cc by-sa 3.0

The world spirit of starnberg: no other thinker has influenced the federal republic of germany like jurgen habermas

Jurgen habermas turned 90 last week – he is the theorist against fear, the philosopher of civilization after barbarism and the intellectual, political conscience of the federal republic of germany.

Trialed: gps receptionist for rebrouxes for canon dslr cameras

Tried canon’s gps receiver gp-e2 (from 236,89 €) on a two-week trip through canada. He occupies the camera’s hot shoe and was ready for use in a few seconds. So we were not forced to permanently turn it on during a hike. But whoever does this, do not have to worry about our experience: in our practice test, the mignonzelle considered a week for a week – which translates more than 30 hours.

Trialed: GPS receptionist for rebrouxes for Canon DSLR cameras

The compact gps receiver is plugged into the hot shoe of a canon-compatible eos camera and ensures that the gps coordinates are written to the exif matadata of the image files. To set the gp-e2 is not necessarily the supplied program map utility of notes. The basic functions can also be adjusted via the camera name.

Exif metadata

With active gp-e2, it writes camera the gps coordinates into the respective image file or in their exif metadata. Thus, each photo automatically contains the geoinformation and thanks to the built-in compass also the photographing direction. This is practical because in this way the subsequent adjustment of a track recorded with a gps tracker remotes. This saves one operation.

Windows 10: problems with sandbox and defender application guard confirmed

Windows 10: problems with sandbox and defender application guard confirmed

Some users of more recent windows 10 versions are currently facing the problem that both the built-in sandbox and the windows defender application guard (wdag) crash with two different error codes. Microsoft has confirmed the problem and plans to release an update. When it will be available, however, is still open.

Security features especially for companies

The windows sandbox provides a virtualized windows 10 environment for testing apps; it was introduced just over a year ago in windows 10 version 1903 (pro, enterprise and education). Wdag, on the other hand, is a security extension available for various browsers. It causes websites that have been (pre)defined as untrustworthy to be opened in an isolated, hyper-v-compatible container via microsoft’s edge. Wdag is supported starting with windows 10 version 1803 (also pro, enterprise and education).

Since neither sandbox nor wdag support windows 10 home edition, the current crash ies primarily affect users in enterprise environments as well as in educational environments.

Bis financial crisis scenario becomes reality for russia

The collapsing fortunes of commodity exporters are putting increasing prere on companies from the emerging markets, which have borrowed more than a trillion dollars in dollars, euros and yen since 2009

The bank for international settlements (bis), has for years acted as perhaps the most important reminder of the financial markets. For years, she has also been increasingly harsh in her criticism of the expansionary monetary policy of the leading central banks, emphasizing in particular the consequences for the emerging markets. In this way, the dollars, euros and yen available in abundance were preferentially channelled to the emerging economies, where they led to exaggerations, misinvestment and, above all, excessive indebtedness, which would have disastrous consequences as soon as the international willingness to finance declined. Specifically, the bis has been warning for years about a phenomenon known in financial economists as the "original sin" (erbsunde) – the debt in a different currency than the one in which the revenue is generated.

554 billion dollars in foreign-held bonds

As the bis notes in its latest quarterly report, in the current financial cycle, it was mainly large, internationally active emerging market corporates that took advantage of cheap funding opportunities, iing $554 billion in international debt in foreign currency between 2009 and 2013. Add to this cross-border bank lending, of which $1.1 trillion had flowed to china, $311 billion to brazil, and just over $200 billion each to india and korea at the end of june 2014. The statistics also reflect only a small part of the obligations, since large companies often borrow through subsidiaries in offshore financial centers that do not appear in them.