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Preferential treatment and anti-competition

Preferential treatment and anti-competition

On 16 June 2018, the association Students for Fair Admission (SFFA) filed suit against Harvard University for using racially biased admissions policies. This is not the first time SFFA has sued on these grounds. SFFA sued both the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, a prominent state university, and the US Department of Education for discriminatory admissions in the case of the…

Can a map be a tool of propaganda?

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Can a map be a tool of propaganda?

Presenting Crimea as a Russian land on a map is a trick of the Russian propaganda that even pro-Ukrainian people fall for.   In March 2014, Russian troops - disguised as members of “local militia” - invaded the Crimean peninsula and Russia soon annexed it via setting up an ad-hoc, unfair and internationally unrecognized referendum. The act was instead named by the vast majority…

Anti-competition and "unfair" advantage

Anti-competition and "unfair" advantage

For the last two or three years, the BBC has sporadically published articles on “smart drugs,” or nootropics (amphetamines used to increase concentration), and the effect their use have on the work place. Immediately, the narrative is distorted because while nootropics are a type of drug, they are not in the same category as the substances traditionally stigmatized by the word…

Humankind versus machine

Humankind versus machine

Columbia University announced in 2016 that the School of Engineering had created a 3D printer for food. The announcement received little, if any, attention in the mainstream, despite the benefits of the device: 3D food printing offers revolutionary new options for convenience and customization, from controlling nutrition to managing dietary needs to saving energy and transport costs to creating…

Fortune or opportunity?

Fortune or opportunity?

Audentis Fortuna iuvat                                                                       ~Virgil A quick google search of the English translation “fortune favors the bold” reveals that Americans have an…

Do what you like!

Do what you like!

  “Time you enjoy wasting was not wasted.”1 Oh no …, I do not want to go to work/school/university, etc.. This, or similar things may has everybody at least thought once in his lifetime. But, let’s be honest, who could not understand that? We will come back to this later, but first let us have a look at the quote above, which is often referred to John Lennon,…

The Theatre Industry in the Soviet Union

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The Theatre Industry in the Soviet Union   The history of Soviet theatre can be told in two different ways, because the Soviet and Western histories sound completely different. Some people might actually say that it seems like the theatre’s history in two fundamentally different states. In my latest article I wrote specifically about Chekhov. This article is supposed to discuss the…

Responsibility! Now!

Responsibility! Now!

  “The happiest slaves are freedoms worst enemies.”1   “They, who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.”2   “We have to choose between slavery and freedom. We chose freedom!”3   “Freedom means responsibility. That’s the reason most people fear it.”4…

What is Freedom?

What is Freedom?

  “Freedom is just another word for nothing left to lose.”1 This quote from the song “Me and Bobby McGee" by Kris Kristofferson is just one of many approaches to define the hard to understand concept of “Freedom”. But is freedom just this? Is freedom another word for nothing left to lose? Is this point of view not just narrow-minded and false? Freedom is…

Anton Pavlovich Chekhov - A Journey through Time

Anton Pavlovich Chekhov - A Journey through Time

Anton Pavlovich Chekhov A journey through time   On the occasion of the year of music and cultural encounters between Russia and Austria this blog post is mainly supposed to tell the story of achievements during A.P. Chekhov’s stay in the muscovite village Melikhovo from 1892 until 1899. This period of time is often called “seven years of life in Melikhovo” because…

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