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Steven Pearlstein gives us a different view on the current “eurozone crisis” by claiming that the actual reason for it does lie less in assumed greek decadency, but actual german efficiency:

What Germans won’t accept is that they wouldn’t have been able to sell all those beautifully designed cars and well-engineered machine tools if Greeks and Spaniards and Americans hadn’t been willing to buy those goods and German banks hadn’t been so willing to lend them the money to do so.

Former marine T.X. Hammes in the Armed Forces Journal put quite some thought and arguments into showing how the unreflected use of Power Point acctually leads to worse descision-making within the US-Army (and everywhere else it is used) by simply replacing arguments with bullet points:

Unfortunately, as soon as they graduate, our people return to a world driven by a tool that is the antithesis of thinking: PowerPoint. Make no mistake, PowerPoint is not a neutral tool — it is actively hostile to thoughtful decision-making. It has fundamentally changed our culture by altering the expectations of who makes decisions, what decisions they make and how they make them.

And Jonathan Chait explains for the New Republic how modern copyright, “limited quotation rights” and lawyerism threaten documentary film making:

Documentaries in particular are property of a special kind. The copyright and contract claims that burden these compilations of creativity are impossibly complex. The reason is not hard to see. A part of it is the ordinary complexity of copyright in any film. A film is made up of many different creative elements–music, plot, characters, images, and so on. Once the film is made, any effort at remaking it–moving it to DVD, for example–could require clearing permissions for each of these original elements. But documentaries add another layer of complexity to this already healthy thicket, as they typically also include quotations, in the sense of film clips.

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