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A mini Eurotrib funding drive for UNHCR

by epochepoque Tue Sep 8th, 2015 at 02:37:12 PM EST

UN agencies 'broke and failing' in face of ever-growing refugee crisis - Guardian

Click on the link to see the complete graph. The first bar is the current unfilled request of the UNHCR for $2.89 billion for the Syria regional response plan. Only $0.9 billion of the total $3.8 billion have been funded. If some European governments had had the foresight (yeah I know), they would've just funded the rest long ago which would've been that much cheaper. Bygones, but it's not too late to make a difference.

frontpaged with minor edit - Bjinse

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The Olympics Are Over - A Postmortem

by epochepoque Fri Mar 7th, 2014 at 10:17:10 PM EST

"Every great cause begins as a movement, becomes a business, and eventually degenerates into a racket." - Eric Hoffer

The snowy dreams of the last olympics have faded away and we find ourselves in prime geopolitical confrontations. But not only are the Sochi olympics over, the modern olympics in general have finally lost their allure, and the decline which inevitably leads to death has become visible for all to see. (This diary grew out of a recent rant).

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EU High-Speed Rail - How Fast?

by epochepoque Fri Jul 22nd, 2011 at 02:12:35 AM EST

Having read DoDo's 2009 diaries about the status of HSR projects in Europe (Part 1, Part 2) I wanted to know how much of an effect those projects have had on actual travel time.

Cutout of European HSR map, original map by Wikipedia

So I looked at the timetables of the national railways for travel times of relations that use those high(er)-speed lines. Travel Speed = (Distance station-to-station) / (Minimal travel time in schedule).

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Trainblogging: Stuttgart 21 - Part I

by epochepoque Tue Oct 5th, 2010 at 08:10:15 AM EST

Overview of Stuttgart 21. New central station (Hauptbahnhof) perpendicular to the old station. Red solid: new above-ground tracks, Red dashed: new tunnels, Black: old tracks, Crossed lines: old tracks to be removed. Chart by Vieregg-R÷ssler GmbH.

What's not to like? A new through station with shiny, modern architecture and a new high-speed line to the East (Wendlingen-Ulm) by 2019. About 100 hectares (~247 acres) of newly available space in the center of Stuttgart. So why are the citizens of this southwestern German city up in arms about Stuttgart 21? Why are tens of thousands of them taking to the streets every week?

Promoted by DoDo with small edits

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Trainblogging: Stuttgart 21 - Part II - Consequences Beyond Stuttgart

by epochepoque Sun Oct 3rd, 2010 at 09:47:35 AM EST

If S21 were only of regional importance and if we had money to burn and if we didn't have peak oil and so forth approaching, then no one would have to bother about it.

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News and Views

 13 - 19 June 2016

by Bjinse - Jun 13, 38 comments

Your take on today's news media

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by Bjinse - Jun 4, 83 comments

Your take on today's news media

 Open Thread 13 - 19 June

by Bjinse - Jun 13, 19 comments

Go ahead, make my thread

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by Bjinse - Jun 4, 23 comments

Here's looking at you, thread

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