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Elections in Russia: how many ballots can you fill out?

There’s a saying in Russia: “You don’t get to choose your political leaders anymore than you get to choose your parents.” Or something like that. So it’s not surprising that Vladimir Putin’s United Russia party took home a plurality of … Continue reading

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Lichen on Buildings

Imagine an urbanscape infused with lichen. An artist in NYC is doing just this. She’s taking environmentally-conscious urban gardening, usually reserved for rooftops, and applying it vertically. Creative examples of biomimicry are all over the fields of architecture and design. … Continue reading

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All the Bulls are in Poland

Throughout the great recession Poland has remained one of Europe’s few bright spots. It hasn’t gone into recession, commercial real-estate is booming and the retail sector continues to grow despite both a relatively high marginal savings rate (which to be … Continue reading

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Ostrava and the case of mutating genes

It’s well-known and increasingly discussed that the most frequently cited macroeconomic indicator, GDP, is deeply flawed. Among other things, one of its flaws is that it overlooks negative externalities, such as pollution, deforestation, depression, etc. So, for example, if a … Continue reading

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Some thoughts on Nord Stream

One half of the Nord Stream gas pipeline connecting gas supplies in Russia to gas demands in Western Europe is now operational. The pipeline runs on the floor of the Baltic Sea from Russia to Germany via economic zones controlled … Continue reading

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