Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Which country had the highest after-tax income in each income level since 1980

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MedianUnited StatesUnited StatesUnited StatesUnited StatesUnited StatesUnited StatesUnited StatesUnited StatesU.S./Canada
40thUnited StatesUnited StatesUnited StatesUnited StatesUnited StatesUnited StatesNorwayCanadaCanada
30thUnited StatesUnited StatesAustriaAustriaNorwayNorwayNorwayCanadaCanada
20thUnited StatesCanadaAustriaDenmarkDenmarkNorwayNorwayNetherlandsNetherlands
10thUnited StatesNorwayAustriaNorwayDenmarkNorwayNorwayNetherlandsNetherlands

Comparing Income by Country

In 1980, the American rich and middle class and most of the poor had higher incomes than their counterparts almost anywhere in the world. But incomes for the middle class and poor in the United States have since been growing more slowly than elsewhere. Why? Among the reasons: This country has lost its once-wide lead in educational attainment. Other countries have increased their workers’ skill levels more quickly, helping create well-paying jobs. The United States also tolerates more inequality: The minimum wage is lower here. Executives make more money. The government redistributes less of it. By 2010, the poor in several other countries had pulled ahead. And Canada’s median income had reached a virtual tie with that of the United States. Since 2010, other data suggest Canada has moved ahead.

Opportunities for Travel and Work in German-speaking Countries

There are some exciting opportunities for students and graduates to learn and/or use their German.
Check out these links if you have a desire to study, work, volunteer or just travel in German-speaking countries!
Explore - Experience - Enjoy
http://www.volunteergermany.org/    This organization oversees volunteer or internship-type opportunities without costing an arm and a leg.
Almost every college has an exchange program or study-abroad program for their students. Take advantage of a semester or year abroad. Often the costs are not much more than that same time here in the US.
American Association of Teachers of German
Their web page features some opportunities for post UHS study and work in Germany.
(CBYX is the program Katja is currently with in Leipzig. --rsb)
These websites were given by German World magazine: April 292012 by GW Editorial Staff  

Looking for an Internship or Scholarship in Germany?

Selection made by Yasmin Bar-Zemer

SCHOLARSHIPS/GRANTS  --   some are duplicates from above.

Here are some great opportunities for college students. 
Highly recommended are:)
Käthe Wilson Scholarship   (scholarship for a German honor society enrollee)
The Congress – Bundestag Youth Exchange Program (CBYX)
Student Stipends and Scholarships (Non-AATG)
Kinder lernen Deutsch

Below you will find various websites with scholarships, grants and money opportunities. Please read them carefully!!!!!

For students with Jewish Heritage/Background
National opportunities. There aren't very many scholarship opportunities that are open to Jewish students across the United States, and most of these have requirements other than simply a Jewish background. Here are a few available national scholarships.

       * Morris J. and Betty Kaplun Foundation Essay Contest. This essay contest is for middle and high school students, and involves writing a 250-1500 word essay on a given topic related to Judaism. Awards are between $750 - $1800. For more information, contact the foundation at P.O. Box 234428, Great Neck, New York 11023.
       * The Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America. This organization offers three scholarships to high school seniors who are direct descendants of members. Awards range from $500-$1000. To qualify, students need to be accepted to an accredited college or university, in the top 25% of their class, and active in extracurricular activities and the Jewish community. For more information, call 202-265-6280.
       * Alisa Flatow Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship fund was created in memory of a young woman who was killed in a terrorist attack while studying in Israel. Annual awards are given to students who are not currently in Israel but who plan to study there. Preference is given to students of religious studies. For more information, call 973-736-3200.
Read more at Suite101: Scholarships for Jewish Students: How to Find Grant, Scholarship, and Financial Aid Opportunities

U.S. National Team Starts Training in Brazil

SÃO PAULO—U.S. men's soccer coach Jurgen Klinsmann played down the long distances and muggy climate his team will have to face at this year's World Cup, saying that American players are used to both.
The U.S. team will be based in São Paulo, South America's biggest city, and will travel for first round matches to the Amazon heartland city of Manaus, as well as the northeastern coastal cities of Natal and Recife. That means the U.S. will have to travel some 14,000 kilometers in the first round alone, the most of any of the 32 teams that will compete in the league play round of the monthlong event that starts in June.

"We have the worst travel schedule of all teams," Mr. Klinsmann told reporters after a brief training session at the training grounds of São Paulo Futebol Clube, one of the continent's top teams.

Twenty-six players arrived in Brazil Monday as part of the men's team annual January training, and Mr. Klinsmann is using the opportunity to get to know the training center as well as a chance to pick new talent for the team. The squad is made up of players from Major League Soccer except for Norway-based Mix Diskerud.

"American players are used to traveling long distances, but we want to minimize the problem," he said, mentioning th possibility of traveling between game sites directly, rather than making the long slog back to São Paulo between rounds.

After two weeks in São Paulo, the 26 players head back to Los Angeles for another week of training. The final group of 23 players Mr. Klinsmann picks will be back in Brazil in June to prepare for a crucial first match on June 16 against Ghana in Natal, some 1,800 miles northeast of São Paulo.
"We have to win our first game no matter what," he said. That's because after Ghana, the U.S. will face Portugal—whose star Cristiano Ronaldo this week won the prestigious Balon d' Or title as the world's best player—and then plays soccer powerhouse Germany in the final group match. Germany clinched second place in 2002 after losing to Brazil, and came in third place in the following two World Cups.
With such a tough group, it will be a challenge for the U.S. team.
"We still have a long way to go and we know that, but we are getting better and hopefully we can prove that in the World Cup," he said.
The rapid growth of soccer in the U.S. following that country's hosting of the 1994 World Cup has helped improve the quality of American soccer, Mr. Klinsmann said, but they are still some years away from ranking with the best.
"We need to develop better players and better coaches, but that's not going to happen overnight," he said.


Lange nicht ueber Lukas Podolski gepostet.  (Frueher spielte er fuer FC Koeln...)

Hier mit ARSENOL, seine Tore  2012/13

TORE 2013/14

Saturday, April 26, 2014

2014 Brazil: Die Weltmeisterschaft -- World Cup Wir sind dabei!

We are going to Brazil!

Wo spielen wir ?  UFF!     --- (Und gegen wen?!?! -- DOPPEL-UFF!!) 

NBC Sports Venue Guide: Check out where the USA will play at 2014 World Cup in Brazil
Dec 11, 2013, 1:28 PM EDT 

With all the excitement of the World Cup draw last Friday for Brazil 2014, now seems like a good time to take a closer look at the cities and stadiums the U.S. national team will play in next summer.
As we all know, Jurgen Klinsmann’s side were handed and incredibly tough draw In Group G with Germany, Portugal and Ghana standing in their way of making it to the knockout stages. Ahem, ‘Group of Death’…

But what many have overlooked is the fact that in the group stages the USA will play in three of the four most Northern cities hosting games in the World Cup, which means unbearable heat, incredible humidity and will put plenty of extra strain on the players bodies as they play three games in 10 days.


So, from the Amazon to the North East coastal resorts, here’s a look at what cities fans of the USMNT will be visiting if they’re lucky enough to be heading to South America to cheer on the Yanks. Plus, we take a cheeky look at the venues the USA may play at in the knockout stages, if they make it out of the dreaded ‘Group of Death.’
Warning: take plenty of sun block… and a hat.
source: Getty Images
Estadio das Dunas stadium, named after the famous sand dunes which are in the region of Natal, is a beauty.

NATAL – 16 June, 6pm ET: Ghana v USA
City: In the far North East of Brazil, a tropical climate awaits the USA (that will be a running theme here) as Natal enjoys over 300 days of sunshine per year and is known as ‘Sun City’ in Brazil. Heavy European influence adorns the buildings and architecture of the city and tourism plays a big part in the local economy due to wonders such as Ponta Negra, Genipabu, Redinha, Pipa, Pirangi and the fabulous beaches along the coast. This area has struggled for any domestic soccer success for quite some time as fierce rivals America Futebol Clube and ABC Futebol Clube have both struggled since the 1980′s.
Stadium: The Estadio das Dunas has been newly constructed and it’s fantastic curving shape emulates the sand dunes Natal is famous for. A capacity of over 42,086 means it’s the smallest stadium at the World Cup. Could prove difficult to get tickets for this one.
source: Getty Images
The Arena Amazônia is the host stadium in the humid confides 
of the Amazon rainforest. Will the USA handle the heat?

MANAUS - 22 June, 6pm ET: USA v Portugal
City: One of the most spectacular, yet problematic, venues in World Cup history, the Amazonian capital of Manaus is host to the USA’s game against Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal. Humidity around the 99 percent mark is likely to greet the USMNT, as well as heat in excess of 100 degrees in the heart of the Amazon rainforest but plenty of stunning sights, such as the convergence of the Negro and Amazon rivers, will make a trip to Manaus a one in a life-time experience. The most northern venue boasts quite a poor crime-record, so be on your guard.

Stadium: There are plenty of concerns over the heat and conditions deep in the world’s largest rainforest, as the kick off time has been moved backwards, but what a stadium they’ve built to welcome the world into the Amazon. Huge interwoven rafters mimics the wooden baskets this region is now far, but once again the capacity is only just over 42,000 so the USA will be playing in another of Brazil’s smallest host stadiums.

source: AP
The Arena Pernambuco has already hosted Confederations Cup games 
and is ready to go.

RECIFE – 26 June, 12pm ET: USA v Germany
City: Just down the coast from Natal, Recife is the state capital of Pernambuco and the fourth largest metropolitan area in Brazil. The gorgeous beaches close to urban areas makes this city unique and a heavy Dutch influence from the 16th century can be found amongst the architecture. Just like Natal and Manaus, this sprawling Northern city also enjoys searing temperatures and the USA’s noon kick off time vs. Germany may actually play in their favor. Well, at least more of the USMNT’s players will be used to playing in hot conditions compared to the Germans.

Stadium: Built through public and private funding, the stadium is now home to Clube Nautico Capibaribe, one of Recife’s three professional teams. With a capacity of 46,154, again it’s not the biggest stadium in Brazil but there’s sure to be a terrific atmosphere in the ‘capital of the North-east’ when the U.S. face Germany in their pivotal last group game. The stadium itself is located outside of the city proper and close to the region known as Grande Recife where huge poverty affects the local people, but this venue has regenerated the area by offering shops, jobs and other businesses to locals.

USA’s potential venues in knockout stages
Last 16: Porto Alegre on June 30 or Salvador on July 1
Quarterfinal: Rio de Janiero on July 4 or Brasilia on July 5
Semifinal: Belo Horizonte on July 8 or Sao Paulo on July 8
3/4 place game: Brasilia on July 12
Final: Maracana Stadium, Rio de Janiero on July 13

Wer spielt für uns?

American Top 30: Projecting Klinsmann’s 2014 World Cup roster, 17th ed

By Steven Goff

June 2: FIFA deadline to submit 23-man World Cup roster.
June 7: Nigeria friendly in Jacksonville.
June 8: Team flight to Sao Paulo.
June 16: Group G opener against Ghana in Natal, Brazil.
Changes from last week: Maurice Edu overtakes Mix Diskerud in midfield. Terrence Boyd rejoins the 30, DeAndre Yedlin drops out. Movement among the midfield and defensive contenders.

Of note: Check marks indicate my picks for the final roster.
 “Contenders” are my leading candidates for the 23-man list (+ 7 contenders, for 30-man list).
Players not mentioned could re-enter the mix at any time in the coming weeks.
As it stands, I am projecting 14 MLS players, eight European-based players and one Mexican-based player on the flight to Brazil.


Tim Howard (Everton): 90 minutes in 2-0 victory over Man-U. Next: at Southampton Sat.
Brad Guzan (Aston Villa): 90 in 0-0 draw with Southampton. Next: at Swansea City on Saturday.
Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake): 90 in 1-0 victory over Portland. Next: Vancouver on Saturday.


√CB Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City): 90 in 4-0 victory over Montreal. Next: REVs. Sat.
√RB-CB Geoff Cameron (Stoke City): 90 in 1-1 draw at Cardiff City. Next: at Tottenham, Sat.
√LB-RB-LMF Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim): 90 in 3-1 loss at Werder Bremen. Next: Eintracht Frankfurt on Sat.
√CB Omar Gonzalez (Los Angeles Galaxy): 90 in 2-2 draw at Vancouver. Next: at Colorado on May 3.
√CB Clarence Goodson (San Jose Earthquakes): 90 in 0-0 draw at Colorado. Next: Chivas USA on Sat.
√LB-LMF DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla): 1st 40 (injured) in 2-1 victory at Pachuca. Next: Morelia on Sun.
√RB-DMF Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders): last 23 in 2-1 victory at Chivas USA. Next: Colorado on Saturday.
√LB-RB Michael Parkhurst (Columbus Crew): 90 in 1-1 draw with D.C. United. Next: NY on Sat.

— Contenders —

↑CB Tim Ream (Bolton): 90 in 0-0 draw at Charlton. Next: Leicester City on Tues., Sheffield W. on Sat.
↓CB Michael Orozco (Puebla): not in the 18 (leg injury) for 2-1 victory at Pachuca. Next: Morelia on Sunday.


√DMF-CMF Michael Bradley (Toronto FC): 90 in 2-1 loss at Dallas. Next: REVs. on May 3.
√CMF-F-RMF Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders): 90 (assist) in 2-1 victory at Chivas USA. Next: CO on Sat.
√RMF Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City): 90 (assist) in 4-0 victory over Montreal. Next: REVs. on Sat.
√DMF Jermaine Jones (Besiktas): 90 in 1-1 draw with Fenerbahce. Next: Sivasspor on Sun.
√LMF-CMF-RMF-F Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy): 90 in 2-2 draw at Vancouver. Next: at CO, May 3.
√DMF Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake): 90 in 1-0 victory over Portland. Next: Vancouver on Sat.
√RMF-CMF Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes): 90 (goal in 31st) in 6-2 victory at Valenciennes. Next: Marseille on Fri.
√↑DMF Maurice Edu (Phila.Union): 90 in 0-0 draw with Houston. Next: at Montreal on Saturday.

— Contenders —

↓CMF Mikkel Diskerud (Rosenborg): no match scheduled. Next: at Bodo/Blimt on Monday, at Orkla in Norwegian Cup on Thursday, Brann on Sunday.
LMF-F Julian Green (Bayern Munich II): no match scheduled. Next: at Rain Lech on Sat.
↑RMF-LMF Joe Corona (Tijuana): 7 in 2-1 victory at Atlante. Next: Leon on Friday.
↓LMF Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo): not in the 18 (ankle injury) for 0-0 draw at Phila. Next: NY Wed; Portland Sun.


√F Jozy Altidore (Sunderland): 24 (drew controversial late PK; video) in 2-1 victory at Chelsea. Next: Cardiff City on Sun.
 √F-LMF Aron Johannsson (AZ Alkmaar): no match scheduled. Next: at Den Haag on Sunday.
√F-LMF Eddie Johnson (D.C. United): 76 in 1-1 draw at Columbus. Next: Dallas on Saturday.
√F Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes): 90 in 0-0 draw at Colorado. Next: Chivas USA on Sat.

 – Contenders –

↑F Terrence Boyd (Rapid Vienna): 90 (goals in 24th and 43rd) in 2-2 draw at Groedig. Next: Red Bull Salzburg on Sat. (11 goals in 26 league matches, 16 in 34 overall)


Lustig von Stefan Raab?  Wie immer.  Und auch erfolgreich.  
So aber auch ist Hans Hubert Vogts. Wer ist er denn? Er kommt aus Kaarst -- nahe Düsseldorf. Gibt es noch was? Ja, und wie!  Das ist wirklich noch etwas für uns herauszufinden. 

Jurgen Klinsmann Discusses USMNT Changes Surrounding Berti Vogts, Martin Vasquez

Jurgen Klinsmann has appointed former Germany, Scotland and Nigeria head coach Berti Vogts as Special Advisor for the United States' men's national team, further altering the nation's backroom staff after dropping Martin Vasquez from his assistant role. 
Sports Illustrated's Grant Wahl revealed the news on Twitter:

USMNT assistant Martín Vásquez being reassigned within USSF. Berti Vogts hired as adviser, Tab Ramos working with senior team.

Friday, April 25, 2014

Dative Possessive Pronouns

  das Auto    das Fahrrad     das Flugzeug     die Rakete       


Grammatik: Verstanden!

Easy, interesting explanations.

Cave-man talk = interessant.

Funkel, Funkel, kleiner Stern...

ah, wie bist du mir nur so fern?
Wunderschön und unbekannt,
wie ein strahlend Diamant.

Schön, wenn auch nicht perfekt...

Katarina Witt als Die Eisprinzessin


Which USA entertainer might resemble Helene Fischer? Hit song: Atemlos durch die Nacht

Yet another entry for Ms Fischer?? 
Here, she sings her Nr. 1 song in today's charts.  Later in the medley, she demonstrates some of her training as a dancer. 

Do you sense the audience is put off that she's singing in Russian?

Marteria singt OMG -- O mein Gott, dieser Himmel

Früher im Blog sahen wir Marteria, als er mit seinem Paar Cheerleaders im Büro alles verkehrt machten (Lied:  KIDS).

Hier... mit Songtext dabei!

Hier früher (juli 2011) findet man sein Lied mit Peter Fox,  Sekundenschlaf

Adel Tawil singt schon wieder ein HIT

 Remember the super song about songs "LIEDER", featuring Bowie, Whitney, Michael, EMF etc.!   It's still in the German charts.  Now, here's another:

Weinen (mit Songtext dabei!)   Enjoy.

aus Düsseldorf Stigma: Katharsis

 Das Musik und Harmonie finden ich ganz in Ordnung.
-- Den ganzen Text verstehe ich nicht.

Notizen zum Songtext:

Raus!  Sonst ist es zu spät
Ich will meine Seele befreien!
Ich brauche dich
--- ein Katharsis.

Ich suche....
Nach der Erlösung!
Was ist los mit mir?
Was passiert mit mir?
Ich spüre das es etwas in mir erweckt
Ist es gewusst?
Ist das die Erlösung?

Schau mich an.
Das Leben lässt mich aus.
Ich kann es nicht ertragen.

In meinem Leben viel zu sehr geträumt.

Was kann ich ändern?
Es ist so schwer.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Die Welle -- 2 Films

Novel by Todd Strasser (originally penned under pseudonym, Morton Rhue)

The original Film  (1981) was based on the real experience of a high school class in Palo Alto, CA in April 1967, whose teacher wanted to explain the rise of the Nazi party to his students.

Some of you have seen the more recent German film in history class, which incorporates several more conflicts.  Here are the first 8 minutes of that version, with Turkish subtitles:

Deutsch lernen mit Deutsche Welle: Einshoch6: Bandtagebuch

KiKa : Kids TV Channel, featuring Bernd, das Brot

Yup -- this character is... Bread.  A loaf?  A slice?  You decide.  Bernd has a daily

First Bernd tries to get you to watch a different channel.
Then, he is welcomed into the KiKa Fan Lounge for Nerds.
He dislikes magicians, but becomes Harry Potter.
He becomes an intergalactic Obertrekkie and learns (with narration help) how Scotti can beam him back, or not. 
His fans plan and reenact a dragon capturing scene, and wind up reciting the top phrases from Star Trek.
Then comes proof that Bernd is really a nerd.
Time for a Nerd party!

This episode has Bernd, das Brot escorting us through German history:
  • from the Neanderthals to the Roman occupation, 
  • to the Middle Ages, 
  • to Gutenberg's press, 
  • to Martin Luther's reformation and Protestantism
  • 1618 Prague (specifically an event in which a well-placed heap of refuse saved the lives of three people who had been thrown out of a tall tower window) which led to the
  • 30 years' War, between religion, but mostly took place in Germany
  • to Prussia's glory days with Friedrich Wilhelm v. Brandenburg (der Große Kurfürst-Fritz).
  • Napoleon's war (!) and Waterloo
  • Versaille
  • WWI
  • to the glorious 1920's, and then,  
  • yes, he becomes the man with the mustache (ach, dem Mann mit dem Schnurbart).  [FYI: As Hitler Bernd speaking a mish-mash, NOT German!]
  • Bernd has then "kein Bock mehr" -  he wants to give up.
  • At the Berliner Mauer  "Wer bin ich?  Ich bin ein Brot!"  (Nicht ein Berliner!)
  • If you don't learn from history, you are destined to repeat it.... Ach nein!
How many of the scenes do you recognize?

Crazy! It takes a full 2+ minutes to start the flashbacks, while Bernd tries to convince his audience of the harms of watching too much TV, etc.  (vor der Glotze = in front of the screen abschalten = turn off!  Fernsehen macht total doof.  = TV makes you ridiculousder Ofper = the sacrifice.   tragisch = tragic.  Einschalten = watch.)

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Friday, April 18, 2014

Stefan Raab will auch seine BMX Tricks zeigen

Kevin Nikulski, der jüngste BMX-Flatland-Profi in Deutschland, zeigt Stefan, was man mit einem BMX alles machen kann!

(Wer hat die Tatowierung bei Kevin gern?)

Cello Musik und Theater -- Thunderstruck

Mehr Vivaldi!  (Here -- must be filmed in Vienna -- 2 Cellos also feature Vivaldi, at least at the beginning.)

From Vivaldi to Mozart to ,,Mackie Messer" -- Not your usual quartet from Hamburg

 (Mack the Knife)

Salut Salon "Wettstreit zu viert" 


Music and performance:
1.  Vom Anfang bis  1:42 VIVALDI (4 Jahreszeiten/Seasons: Sommer--am Ende) 
       ---------------->  1:34 bis 1:38  Mission Impossible, von LALO SCHIFRIN
2.  1:42 bis 2:21: MOZART: KLAVIER-Sonate Nr. 16
3.  2:22-zum Ende: MACKIE MESSER (Drei-Groschen OPERA --3 Penny Opera -- v. KURT WEIL) 

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

TomsFilms über Erdbeermarmeladebrot mit Honig

Hier finde ich im Internet ein paar Lieder aus den Zeichentrickfilmen
Texte kann man gleich unter den Filmen finden.

1. Ich werfe sie durch die Luft .... Kartenspielen  (Das arme, kleine Mädchen hilft sehr.  Sie ist geduldig.)

2.  Ode an das Erdbeermarmeladebrot mit Honig

3. Luisa die Kuh -- Das Milchlied

4.  Das Glühwürmchenlied -- Warum singen wir nicht gemeinsam (=zusammen) ?

5.  Das Traumlied 

6.  Tom geht unter Wasser mit dem Regenlied

7.  Hier ist ein kürzer Film, worin Tom irgendwie doch sein Erdbeermarmeladebrot mit Honig bekommt.  Wie das?  Schau nur:

European Space Agency ESP

Wissenschaft = Science          Physik :  Newton 1 - 2 - 3

Schüler in Barcelona, Dublin, Erlangen haben geholfen.
Die onboard-Astronauten sind Pietro und Alexander.

Sehr viel kann man hier verstehen. Nicht wahr?  (Lots can be understood, isn't that so?)

Hier ist noch einen coolen Film, der teilweise in dem Weltraum verfilmt wurde:

Schüler aus Dänemark, aus Belgien, Amsterdam und Paris, und Astronauten aus der Niederländen und aus Rußland helfen. 

Monday, April 14, 2014

101 Jahre alte Nachricht Älteste Flaschenpost der Welt

ONLINE FOCUS  Donnerstag, 06.03.2014, 15:22

....... bei Kiel gefunden

Ein spektakulärer Fund  (A spectacular find) in der Kieler Förde: Seit 1913 trieb eine Flaschenpost durch die Ostsee, nun ist sie einem Berufsfischer ins Netz gegangen.

Ein Berliner hatte sie einst aus Dänemark losgeschickt. Offenbar ist es die älteste Flaschenpost der Welt.
Die bislang älteste bekannte Flaschenpost ist einem Fischer in der Kieler Förde ins Netz gegangen. Am Dienstag habe er ein Netz an Bord seines Kutters „Maria I“ gezogen und darin als Beifang eine Bierflasche mit einer fast 101 Jahre alten Postkarte gefunden, bestätigte der Fischer Konrad Fischer aus Heikendorf in Schleswig-Holstein am Donnerstag einen Bericht der „Kieler Nachrichten“. Die Karte hat das Datum 17. Mai 1913.

Wie er der Zeitung erzählte, wollte Fischer die mit Seepocken überwachsene Flasche eigentlich gleich wieder ins Meer werfen, doch der Kollege des 65-Jährigen habe den Inhalt entdeckt. Mit einem Blumendraht sei es den Berufsfischern gelungen, die Postkarte aus der Flasche zu ziehen. Ein Mann namens Richard Platz aus Berlin hatte sie an sich selbst adressiert und Briefmarken beigelegt. Den Finder bat er, die Postkarte weiterzuschicken.

Postkarte aus Dänemark, Flasche aus Kiel

Während die Postkarte offenbar aus Dänemark stammt, hatte der Berliner sie nach Angaben der „Kieler Nachrichten“ in einer braunen Flasche mit der Prägung „Kiel“ verstaut. Danach trieb die internationale Botschaft 100 Jahre in der Ostsee. Nun wolle Fischer den Fund einem Experten zeigen, um die Echtheit zu überprüfen. „Wenn die Flaschenpost wirklich so alt ist, freut sich vielleicht ein Museum darüber“, sagte er der Zeitung.
Ostsee, Dänemark, Kiel, Flaschenpost
dpa Eine Postkarte aus Dänemark in einer Flasche aus Kiel

Sunday, April 13, 2014

ZRD: Sophie Scholl und ,,Die weiße Rose"


The above link connects to a very approachable one-hour TV special which focuses on Sophie Scholl and her brother, Hans, who dared to articulate their resistance to the atrocities of the Nazis. 

It's superior, and there are German subtitles.

Why U.S. Retailers Are Still Vulnerable to Card Fraud

Bloomberg Business Week Technology Data Security

A chip-based EMV smart card
Photograph by Kristoffer Tripplaar/Sipa via AP Photo
A chip-based EMV smart card

After last year’s massive security breaches at Target (TGT) and Neiman Marcus, data security pros urged U.S. retailers to upgrade their credit and debit card technology to reduce fraud. Companies have been slow to embrace the more secure payment systems that have been widely used in Europe and Asia for years, mostly because of the expense and a lack of synchronization among retailers, credit card providers, and banks.

Many companies are behind schedule in updating their systems to comply with a chip-based smart card standard known as EMV (for Europay-MasterCard (MA)-Visa (V), the companies that first backed the technology). Credit card networks have set an October 2015 deadline for most U.S. merchants to upgrade their payment systems.

EMV is considered more secure because it’s harder to copy account numbers and security codes from chips than from the magnetic strips on most cards used in the U.S.  EMV cards create a unique code for each transaction, making them more difficult to hack or counterfeit than striped cards.

Merchant Warehouse, which processes credit and debit card transactions for 80,000 U.S. merchants, projects that only about 60 percent of its clients’ locations will be ready to accept chip-based cards by the deadline. Richard Crone, chief executive officer of payments advisory firm Crone Consulting, says more than half of U.S. merchants will miss the cutoff.

One reason for the delay is the upgrade’s high cost—$500 to $1,000 per payment terminal, according to researcher Javelin Strategy & Research, a division of Greenwich Associates. Retailers are also concerned that the switch will slow checkout times and that it remains unclear how the EMV software will work with debit cards. “It is not a question of just turning it on,” says Margaret Chabris, a spokeswoman for 7-Eleven (3382:JP). “EMV specifications are still being finalized.”

For terminals to provide added security, customers must have chip-enabled cards. “Part of the reason we haven’t pushed faster is there’re just no cards out there for acceptance,” Cook says. Today, with about 1 billion cards in use in the U.S., just 20 million chip cards have been issued, according to Smart Card Alliance. Only 20 percent to 30 percent of U.S. card holders will have the new cards by the deadline, says Nick Holland, an analyst at Javelin.

The new cards can cost up to $2 each, compared with pennies for the magnetic-stripe models. “We’ve got 10 million cards in inventory out in the field,” says Mark Putman, a senior vice president for First Data (KKR), which offers prepaid card services. “At $2, we are probably looking at a $20 million investment, which I am going to defer for as long as possible.”

Retailers are willing to do their part to improve security, the National Retail Federation says, but banks and card companies also have a responsibility to update their systems. That includes making and issuing chip-enabled cards.

The price for not complying could be high. Credit card companies have said most retailers and banks will be liable for some fraudulent in-store transactions if they don’t have the new system. Even so, “merchants aren’t crazy about this migration to EMV, and many of them are fighting it tooth and nail,” says Julie Conroy, an analyst at Aite Group.