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Off Topic 2: Noch mehr Fakten zu SPIEGEL Online | surveillance and security - Eine Sammlung zu computer- und korpuslinguistischen Methoden des politisch motivierten Internet-Monitorings Liebe Freunde der Sicherheit, semantisch bestimmte Wort- und Phrasenklassen lassen sich natürlich nicht nur zur Aufdeckung subversiver Tätigkeiten benutzen, sondern auch für ganz unnütze Dinge, etwa zur Analyse von Online-Medien. Im vorletzten Posting habe ich mir die Ressortentwicklung bei SPIEGEL-Online angeschaut und herausgefunden, was wir ohnehin schon alle wussten: das von uns so geliebte Ressort “Panorama” wurde in den letzten 10 Jahren langsam aber stetig ausgebaut, so dass es inzwischen sogar mehr Artikel umfasst als Politik-Inland oder Politik-Ausland. Heute möchte ich euch ein paar Zeitreihen zeigen, die man getrost als Indikator für journalistische Qualität ansehen kann. Die Zeitreihen wurden mit vergleichsweise einfachen Mitteln berechnet: Der Angstindex (man könnte ihn auch Fnordbarometer) zeigt die Anzahl von Wörtern und Wendungen an, die auf einschüchternde Sachverhalte hinweisen (Terror, Seuchen, Umweltkatastophen, Islamisten, Wirtschaftskrisen etc.).

ALL ABOUT 2012 13-Baktun Cycle Wave Harmonic of History : A splendid colour version of Arguelles' diagram of the 260 Katuns of the Great Cycle, combined with all events of History (since records began). 13 PIK The Mayan Perspective on 2012 13 Year Countdown to 2012 : Aluna Joy Yaxk'in gives astrological predictions for each of the 20 years of the last katun of the Great Cycle : A message from our future selves. 2012 Unlimited : An Australian site covering Earth changes, Mayan Calendar, frequency rise, UFOs, dimensional shift, etc. 2012, Comet Lee and the Birth of Our New Neighbour : Howard Middleton Jones says there is a new planet forming near the sun which will be part of a planetary alignment in 2012. 21 December 2012 The Mayan Calendar End-Date : “Information Made Easy for the Everyday Earthling to Understand” A Millennium Prayer For The End Days - Aligning With The Maya Calendar End date 2012 : Dwayne Rourke's recipe of preparation is a Mayan rite of the 4 Directions Apollonius 2012 - Eschaton

Retort: The 147 Companies That Run The World? They're You. Fascinating post by colleague Bruce Upbin on the dominant ownership position of the “147 companies that control everything.” But I think there is basic flaw in the thinking of the underlying study, which as Bruce notes comes from three systems theorists at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, and which was picked up by the magazine New Scientist. So, here’s the issue. We have met the enemy, as Walt Kelly once wrote in the comic strip Pogo, and he is us. Most of the companies on the top 50 list are simply investment companies – they aren’t operating companies. Consider a few tidbits: According to the Investment Company Institute, a trade group for the mutual funds industry, as of the end of August, mutual funds held $11.6 trillion in assets. And wait, a few more stats: 51.6 million U.S. households own mutual funds; they are held by 90.2 million individuals. 44% of U.S. households are fund investors.

Economists and Democracy by Dani Rodrik Exit from comment view mode. Click to hide this space CAMBRIDGE – I have been presenting my new book The Globalization Paradox to different groups of late. Lest the message be lost, he then illustrated his point by reminding the audience of “the former Japanese minister of agriculture who argued that Japan could not import beef because human intestines are longer in Japan than in other countries.” The comment drew a few chuckles. But the remark had a more serious purpose and was evidently intended to expose a fundamental flaw in my argument. This criticism reflects a serious misunderstanding of how markets really function. Consider all that is required. Well-functioning markets are always embedded within broader mechanisms of collective governance. Once we recognize that markets require rules, we must next ask who writes those rules. But this scenario is neither relevant nor desirable. Independent central banks provide an important illustration of this.

Off Topic: Einige Fakten zu Spiegel Online – Statistik zur Ressortentwicklung von 2000-2010 | surveillance and security - Eine Sammlung zu computer- und korpuslinguistischen Methoden des politisch motivierten Internet-Monitorings Liebe Freunde der Sicherheit, heute mal etwas, was uns vom eigentlichen Thema des Blogs wegführt. Die am 25. Für ein kleines Forschungsprojekt beschäftige ich mich zurzeit ein wenig mit dem Sprachgebrauch auf Spiegel Online. Zur Quelle: Ich habe alle Artikel im Online-Archiv von Spiegel Online gezählt. Die folgende Grafik zeigt die Entwicklung der Artikelzahl in den jeweiligen Ressorts: Wenn man den prozentualen Anteil der Ressorts an der jährlichen Gesamttextmenge berechnet, dann ergibt sich folgende Grafik: Für den, der es gerne etwas übersichtlicher hat: Hier mal die Entwicklung der Anzahl der Artikel in den Ressorts Panorama, Politik – Deutschland und Politik – Ausland: Allerdings muss man der Fairness halber sagen, dass die Artikel im Ressort Panorama durchschnittlich kürzer sind, als die in den Politik-Ressorts. Schaut man sich die Gesamtwortzahl an, die in den jeweiligen Ressorts produziert wurde, dann fallen die Unterschiede zwischen Politik und Panorama nicht so krass aus:

These 6 Corporations Control 90% Of The Media In America An Overview of Participatory Action Research Purpose of Activity: This activity is designed to challenge the stereotypes that are commonly held about research and researchers in order to reframe research as a process in which everyone can and should participate. Participants will be introduced to the basic philosophy behind Participatory Action Research: that those most impacted by an issue should be able to design and conduct research about their community. By the End of Activity Participants Will: Be able to break down stereotypes about research and expertiseLearn that various types of knowledge exist within the groupLearn that community knowledge and research is critical to changing policy and building power Materials Needed: Paper Writing utensils Poker chips (or pennies, paper clips, or jelly beans) Butcher paper with definitions of types of knowledge Key Terms: Community knowledge Knowledge from experience Academic knowledge Intended Participants: Members and staff of your organization Time Needed: 45 minutes Facilitator Instructions: 1. 2.

Petrichor Petrichor (/ˈpɛtrɨkɔər/) is the earthy scent produced when rain falls on dry soil. The word is constructed from Greek, petra, meaning ‘stone’ + ichor, the fluid that flows in the veins of the gods in Greek mythology. In 2015, MIT scientists used high-speed cameras to record how the scent moves into the air.[5] The tests involved approximately 600 experiments on 28 different surfaces, including engineered materials and soil samples.[6] When a raindrop hits a porous surface, small bubbles form that float to the surface and release aerosols.[5] Such aerosols carry the scent as well as bacteria and viruses from the soil.[5] Raindrops that move at a slower rate tend to produce more aerosols; this serves as an explanation for why the petrichor is more common after light rains.[5] Some scientists believe that humans appreciate the rain scent because ancestors may have relied on rainy weather for survival.[7] References[edit] Jump up ^ Bear, I.J.; R.G. External links[edit]

“There is nothing we can do” – Meadows | Damn the Matrix FORMAT interviews Dennis Meadows, author of “The Limits to Growth”, about the shocking position of the planet. 40 years ago, Dennis Meadows presented the best seller “The Limits to Growth”. In it, he predicted, not the exact date of the apocalypse, but the U.S. researchers showed by means of computational models, that by mid-century, the resources of planet Earth will be depleted. The book sold 30 million copies and Meadows is now regarded as the most famous “Sunset prophet” of the world. FORMAT’s writer Rainer Himmelfreundpointner met Meadows on a visit to Vienna for an exclusive interview. The message of the nearly 70-year-old is now no more optimistic as then, and is not for the faint of heart. FORMAT: Mr. Meadows: What we meant in 1972 in “The Limits to Growth”, and what is still true, is that there is simply no endless physical growth on a finite planet. Meadows: You cannot compare our current situation that way. FORMAT: cancer as a metaphor for uncontrolled growth? Meadows: Yeah.

"Unsourcing" - does free labour ultimately require free goods too? Crowdsourcing has been discovered by the corporate sector, The Economist tells us, as a great way to turn consumers into free labour. "Unsourcing", is the McKinsey-speak for the method pioneered by Wikipedia (and adopted by openDemocracy). But what are the system-wide implications of this move? Where will income to buy products come from once products are made by free labour? A bandwagon too far for the management consultants? Or the opportunity to think about the transformative politics necessary to sustain that world? A recent ‘Babbage’ column in The Economist writes about the phenomenon of ‘unsourcing’. “Some of the biggest brands in software, consumer electronics and telecoms have now found a workforce offering expert advice at a fraction of the price of even the cheapest developing is their customers themselves...." On the employment of crowdsourcing in the interests of profit, Christian Marazzi writes, He adds, “...the increase in profits over the last 30 years...