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  1. New Books in Economics - Alberto Cairo, “How Charts Lie: Getting Smarter about Visual Information” (Norton, 2019)

    We’ve all heard that a picture is worth a thousand words, but what if we don’t understand what we’re looking at? Social media has made charts, infographics, and diagrams ubiquitous―and easier to share than ever. We associate charts with science and reason; the flashy visuals are both appealing and persuasive. Pie charts, maps, bar and line graphs, and scatter plots (to name a few) can better inform us, revealing patterns and trends hidden behind the numbers we encounter in our lives. In short, good charts make us smarter―if we know how to read them.

    However, they can also lead us astray. Charts lie in a variety of ways―displaying incomplete or inaccurate data, suggesting misleading patterns, and concealing uncertainty―or are frequently misunderstood, such as the confusing cone of uncertainty maps shown on TV every hurricane season. To make matters worse, many of us are ill-equipped to interpret the visuals that politicians, journalists, advertisers, and even our employers present each day, enabling bad actors to easily manipulate them to promote their own agendas.

    In How Charts Lie: Getting Smarter about Visual Information (W. W. Norton, 2019), data visualization expert Alberto Cairo teaches us to not only spot the lies in deceptive visuals, but also to take advantage of good ones to understand complex stories. Public conversations are increasingly propelled by numbers, and to make sense of them we must be able to decode and use visual information. By examining contemporary examples ranging from election-result infographics to global GDP maps and box-office record charts, How Charts Lie demystifies an essential new literacy, one that will make us better equipped to navigate our data-driven world.

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  2. Armchair Expert - Emilia Clarke

    Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones, Me Before You, Terminator Genisys) is an English actress. She sits down with the Armchair Expert to talk about her Hogwarts-esque boarding school, learning Dothraki and her experience having two brain hemorrhages. Dax describes his love of male physiques and Emilia appreciates a Boston accent. The two discuss round features, struggling with imposter syndrome and Emilia weighs in on the difference between British and American sexual escalation.

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  3. MFDB050 Leuchten

    Alle Probanden beschreiben den gleichen Verlauf: es beginnt mit einem Leuchten, dann sprechen Götter zu dir, was sie sagen kann beängstigend banal sein oder geradezu paradox, etwa dass es sie nicht gibt. Oder dass “God in the fucking” ist, wie T.C.Boyle es eine seiner Figuren sagen lässt in seinem großartigen, wie wir finden, in jedem Falle höchst besprechenswerten Roman über LSD und die Tücken der menschlichen Gruppenbildung. Als wäre das nicht verwunderlich genug, haben wir unabgesprochen beide das gleiche zweite Buch gelesen, Annie Ernaux’ fiktionalbiografische Meditation über den Vater, weshalb das Nichtgelesene das dritte Buch ist, Ian McEwan hat über künstliche Intelligenz geschrieben. Das war ein großer Spaß, magisch und profan zugleich.

    1.) T.C. Boyle – Das Licht 2.) Annie Ernaux – Der Platz 3.) Ian McEwan – Maschinen wie ich

    https://www.kuechenstud.io/mein-freund-der-baum/mfdb050-leuchten/

    —Huffduffed by CruelChris

  4. DLF: Proteste in Hongkong - „China hat den Widerstand unterschätzt“

    Kurz vor dem 70. Jahrestag der Staatsgründung Chinas sei die Regierung in Peking in einer schwierigen Lage, sagte der Politologe Heribert Dieter im Dlf. Die Proteste in Hongkong kämen gerade „sehr ungelegen“. Er glaubt aber nicht, dass China seine Truppen in Bewegung setzt. Es stehe zu viel auf dem Spiel.

    Heribert Dieter im Gespräch mit Manfred Götzke

    https://www.deutschlandfunk.de/proteste-in-hongkong-china-hat-den-widerstand-unterschaetzt.694.de.html?dram:article_id=456620

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  5. DLF Kontrovers: Weiter so mit Niedrigzinsen - Macht die EZB die Deutschen arm?

    Sparer fühlen sich betrogen. Die Europäische Zentralbank will an ihrer umstrittenen Niedrigzins-Politik festhalten. Gefährdet sie damit den Wohlstand in Deutschland? Oder sind solche Vorwürfe unberechtigt?

    Moderation: Martin Zagatta

    https://www.deutschlandfunk.de/weiter-so-mit-niedrigzinsen-macht-die-ezb-die-deutschen-arm.1784.de.html?dram:article_id=455825

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  6. The Face Everything Technique: Why Avoiding Difficulties Doesn’t Work

    We are, all of us, amazing at avoiding things.

    Our minds are less “thinking machines” than they are “avoiding machines.” And the incredible thing is that we aren’t even usually aware that we’re avoiding thinking about something.

    I’ll give you a few examples:

    Right now you’re reading this article but probably avoiding the difficult thing you don’t want to think about.
    We are constantly checking messages, news, feeds, notifications … to avoid doing something we don’t want to face.
    When we’re facing difficulties in life, we try to tell ourselves that’s it’s OK because (fill in the blank), or get busy with some activity or numbing agent (like alcohol) so we don’t have to face the difficulties.
    When a problem comes up, our reaction is to want to go do something else, put it off.
    We put off paying bills, doing taxes, dealing with long emails, dealing with clutter, because we don’t want to face these difficulties.
    We put off exercise because it’s uncomfortable.
    

    In fact, there are thousands more examples, every day, that come up and that we don’t even notice, because our minds switch to thinking about something else.

    Try this right now: pause for a minute and think about what difficulty you’re avoiding thinking about right now.

    You will either notice a difficulty you don’t like, or your mind will quickly turn to doing something else before the minute is up.

    What you’ve done is part of what I call the Face Everything Technique … which I’ll explain in a minute, after we talk about why avoiding everything is an ineffective strategy. Avoidance Doesn’t Work

    Our minds want to run from whatever discomfort, pain, difficulty we’re facing … and this is a good strategy for temporarily not having to deal with difficulty and pain. So in the present moment, we might feel some temporary relief.

    But what it does is relegate us to a life of running. A life of distraction and never facing what ails us. We keep ourselves busy, but never learn to deal with what’s inside us, what’s in front of us.

    This means we are at the mercy of our fears, of our discomforts. We are like little children who don’t want to do any hard work, but want the latest shiny fun thing.

    This results in not working on the important work (or at least putting it off until it starts to get painful). The same is true of exercise, healthy eating, finances, clutter, relationships, and more.

    In the end, we usually have to deal with these things, but they’ve just gotten worse. It would have been better to face them early on, when they weren’t such a big deal. The Face Everything Technique

    This technique is based on the idea that it’s better to be aware of things, and to deal with them like an adult, instead of running.

    And if we do, none of it’s that big of a deal.

    Here’s how it works:

    Create awareness by asking, “What am I doing right now?”Throughout the day, set reminders or put little notes that remind you to ask, “What am I doing right now?” The answer might be, “Checking Facebook,” or “Switching to a new browser tab,” or “Eating some chips.” Something simple and mundane like that, but just ask yourself what you’re doing, to start to bring awareness.
    Next, ask yourself, “What am I avoiding?” When things get difficult or uncomfortable, we automatically switch to something else. We run. We avoid, like crazy. You’re doing it all day long, but not realizing it. Ask what you’re avoiding: some fear, some difficult task, some difficult emotion, some discomfort, or just staying present in the current moment? Name what you’re avoiding.
    Now face it. Just stay with this fear, discomfort, difficulty, in the present moment. Not your story about it that you’re telling yourself in your head, but the actual physical feeling in your body in the present moment. How bad is it? You’ll find that it’s No Big Deal. Stay with it for a little longer. And a little longer after that — challenge yourself.
    Take appropriate action. Now that you’ve faced it and have seen that it’s not such a big deal, you can act like an adult rather than a little child: you can decide what the best action is right now. If you’re afraid of doing some task, but you’ve faced it and seen that the fear is not such a big deal … you can remind yourself that the task will benefit you and others, and is much more important than your little fear. If you’re avoiding a difficult conversation with someone because you’re angry, you can see that the anger and offense is not such a big deal, and you can talk to the person calmly and appropriately, with empathy and compassion, and figure out a solution.
    

    Of course, not all problems will just evaporate using this method, but I can tell you that you’ll be able to face many more things as you practice this method. You’ll get better at dealing with discomfort, instead of running from it as most people do. You’ll get better at not procrastinating, and doing uncomfortable tasks. You’ll be more present and more willing to stay in the moment rather than needing distractions all the time. Not overnight, but with practice.

    You might have the urge to dismiss this article, to avoid practicing this technique. That too is avoidance, and I urge you to face it this moment.

    http://www.zenhabitsradio.com/the-face-everything-technique-why-avoiding-difficulties-doesnt-work/

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  7. Urheberrechts-Reform an den entscheidenden Stellen zu vage

    Die Reform des europäischen Urheberrechtes sei ein fatales Signal vor allem an die jüngeren Europäer, meint Falk Steiner. Denn sie interessiere sich offensichtlich nicht für deren Lebensrealität. Zudem gelinge es dem vagen Text nicht, die entscheidenden Streitpunkte zu lösen.

    Von Falk Steiner

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  8. Novelist Jonathan Franzen : NPR

    Author Jonathan Franzen joins Fresh Air to discuss his critically acclaimed and award-winning novel, The Corrections. It is a saga about two generations of an American family; the parents and their children.

    http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=1131456

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  9. DLF Das Feature: Money from nothing - Wie unser Geld wirklich entsteht

    Das Feature, 43 min 25.09.2018

    Der größte Teil unseres Geldes wird nicht von der Zentralbank geschaffen, sondern von den Banken. Und zwar einfach so, aus dem Nichts. Die Tatsache ist weitgehend unbekannt. Aber sie gefährdet zunehmend die Stabilität unseres Finanzsystems. Kritiker fordern eine neue Geldordnung.

    Banken verleihen Geld, das sie sich vorher selbst geliehen haben. Von Sparern oder von der Zentralbank. Soweit das Lehrbuchwissen und soweit so falsch. Denn Banken können Kreditnehmern Geld einfach so gutschreiben, ohne vorher Geld von Dritten einzusammeln. Anders als viele glauben, hat die Zentralbank deshalb kaum Möglichkeiten, die Geldmenge wirklich zu steuern.

    Das ist ein Problem, meint unter anderem Thomas Mayer, ehemaliger Chefvolkswirt der Deutschen Bank. Diese Geldschöpfung durch die Banken destabilisiere immer wieder unser Finanzsystem. Selbst renommierte Volkswirtschaftsprofessoren wie Peter Bofinger haben das Problem lange nicht gesehen. Bofinger hat inzwischen sein Lehrbuch entsprechend korrigiert.

    Mayer plädiert wie viele andere Kritiker für eine neue Geldordnung, zum Beispiel für ein Vollgeld-System, in dem es frisches Geld nur noch von der Zentralbank gibt. In der Schweiz haben die Bürger ein solches System allerdings im Juni abgelehnt, nachdem Banken, Vertreter der Wirtschaft und selbst die Zentralbank massiv davor gewarnt hatten.

    https://www.deutschlandfunkkultur.de/wie-unser-geld-wirklich-entsteht-money-from-nothing.3720.de.html?dram:article_id=425402

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  10. NDR Das Forum: Cum-Ex - Wie Steuerkassen geplündert werden

    NDR Info - Das Forum - 18.10.2018 20:30 Uhr Autor/in: Lange, Jennifer

    Vermögende Investoren lassen sich europaweit bei Aktiengeschäften unrechtmäßig Steuern erstatten. Ein Feature zum großen Steuerskandal von Jennifer Lange und Christian Salewski.

    https://www.ndr.de/info/sendungen/das_forum/Was-es-mit-Cum-Ex-Files-auf-sich-hat,sendung818108.html#

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