Erdogan tries to turn the page on controversial German visit, but can he succeed?Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Germany. The Turkish president was received with military honours at Berlin airport and whisked through a city under security lockdown as protestors gathered at the airport and his hotel near the Brandenburg Gate. " data-reactid="27" There were the usual displays of rapprochement on Thursday, when Erdogan arrived in Berlin for his first formal state visit as president to Germany. The Turkish president was received with military honours at Berlin airport and whisked through a city under security lockdown as protestors gathered at the airport and his hotel near the Brandenburg Gate. Erdogan's visit, a few months after his overwhelming victory in the [June 24] Turkish presidential election, can also mean: 'I am an undisputed leader in my country, and I want to be recognised as such on the international stage,’” noted Turkish analyst Jana J. Jabbour in an interview with FRANCE 24 (in French). Following his razor-thin win in last year’s controversial constitutional referendum and international criticism of his post-coup attempt “purges”, Erdogan has been “thirsting for recognition, and that has not changed today, Jabbour added." data-reactid="28" "Erdogan's visit, a few months after his overwhelming victory in the [June 24] Turkish presidential election, can also mean: 'I am an undisputed leader in my country, and I want to be recognised as such on the international stage, noted Turkish analyst Jana J. Jabbour in an interview with FRANCE 24 (in French). Following his razor-thi...https://uk.news.yahoo.com/erdogan-tries-turn-page-controversial-045544747.html
How the Alternative for Germany Has Transformed the CountryWednesday, October 17, 2018
There are only four people, a table and an umbrella from which a blue T-shirt hangs. It's emblazoned with the party's logo and the words, "Nobody's perfect, but Brandenburgers come pretty damn close." Here, at the weekly farmers market in Woltersdorf, a 40-minute drive by car from Berlin, Kathi Muxel, the district chair of the Alternative for Germany (AfD) party for the Oder-Spree region, says: "We're the only ones who come here, even if there's no upcoming election. People appreciate that."
Several times a week, AfD adherents plant their umbrella somewhere in the area. Some take the day off from work, while others are self-employed and can set their own schedule. They wait for the people to show up -- and they always do -- and then they talk. They bring up their annoyance with expensive street lights in the town of Neuzelle, or the planned move of the recycling center in the Berlin suburb Erkner, or the "federal government's dishonesty" when it spoke of a mob attack in Chemnitz. After all, they say, there were reports that no mob attacks actually took place at all.
Being ever-present, talking -- and not to mention listening -- was also part of the AfD strategy during federal elections last September. And it worked. The party scored 22.1 percent of the vote here in the eastern German state of Brandenburg, putting it only slightly behind Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU). It's possible that Alexander Gauland, the candidate for the Oder-Spree electoral district, was responsible for some of tha...http://www.spiegel.de/international/germany/how-the-alternative-for-germany-has-transformed-the-country-a-1227360.html
Hildegarde M. 'Gardie' SeegerWednesday, October 17, 2018
Gardie was a Green Bay Packers season ticket holder and was a Packers fan. She enjoyed traveling and spending time at their home in Florida.
Survivors include her daughters, Marilyn (Roger) Brandenburg of Merrill, Ann (Rev. Phil) Ritter of Stanton, Iowa and Kay (Steve) Maluegge of Merrill; sons, Steven (Bobbie Franklin) Seeger of Gallup, New Mexico, Stanley (Debra) Seeger of Merrill and Stuart (Janet) Seeger of Parkville, Missouri; 14 grandchildren, Greg (Denise) Brandenburg, Lisa (Paul) Piikkila, Jodi (John) Juhlke, Scott (Jena) Brandenburg, Jonathon Ritter, Ross Seeger, Kevin Seeger, Kelsey Seeger, Tim Seeger, Brian (Kaitlyn) Seeger, Jill (Joel) Schmidt, Luke (Kimberley) Maluegge, Ben (Amanda) Seeger and Nicholas Seeger; 19 great-grandchildren; 6 great-great-grandchildren; brother, Raymond (Geri) Hass of Florida; and sister-in-law, Lorene Hass of Merrill. Hildegard was preceded in death by her husband, Frederick Seeger; parents, Henry and Anna Hass; great-granddaughter, Madison Lyn Seeger; sister, Irene McDonald; and brothers, Harold, Art, Arnie, Norman and Edward Hass.
The funeral service for Hildegarde will be held at 11:00 A.M. Thursday, October 11, 2018 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Merrill. Rev. Scott Gustafson will officiate. Burial will take place at St. Pauls Cemetery, Town of Scott. Visitation will begin at 9:00 A.M. Thursday at the church. Taylor-Stine Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Merrill, is assisting the family with arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggest memorials be directed to Trinity Lutheran Church, Merrill.
Online condolences may be made at www.taylorstinefuneralhome.com
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Ethereum's Walled Garden: Flowertokens and Terra0Thursday, September 13, 2018
FZI, an informatics research group, to explore the idea, Terra0 were eventually let down by the firm when it came time to deliver a prototype. Up to that point, a piece of land in Brandenburg was offered to perform the experiments, but the two founders explained that the vision was too broad to execute.
Eventually, they were approached by a spokesperson at a16z to develop a smaller model of what Terra0 could offer the world. And herein lies the birthplace of the groups most recent development: Flowertokens.
Flowertokens Are not Banancoins
The convenience of Flowertokens is that it allowed all the mistakes and kinks to be exposed without putting anything (except maybe 100 dahlias) in danger. As the startup is more of an art project than a business, there was also less pressure to get it right the first time. In the financially-crazed world of emerging digital assets, this is indeed refreshing.
The concept launched on July 23, 2018, and is as follows: Tokenize 100 real dahlias as ERC721 tokens (NFTs) and allow individuals to buy, sell, and trade these Flowertokens for a market-determined price.
To monitor the status of th...https://btcmanager.com/ethereums-walled-garden-flower-tokens-and-terra0/