Results and Prospects of State Elections in Germany

August 31, 2009


Just a month before national elections, Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU) suffered losses in two out of three state elections yesterday, while the left-wing Left party (Linke) and the liberal Free Democrats (FDP) gained ground. The Social Democrats (SPD) now have the aura of a winner which could, perhaps, mean a turning point in the election campaign.

Merkel’s preferred coalition partner, the pro-market FDP, made quite some gains, e.g., in Saxony they acquired over 10 percent of the vote. Thus, Saxon premier Stanislaw Tillich is likely to form a CDU-FDP coalition. However, such an attempt was blocked in the other two states holding polls yesterday. (Comprehensive report at Deutsche Welle)

haplif – Frank Kalder (Global Haplifnet)


Ted Kennedy’s enduring image: “a man on a boat”

August 29, 2009


US President Barack Obama’s Eulogy


Through his own suffering, Ted Kennedy became more alive to the plight and suffering of others – the sick child who could not see a doctor; the young soldier sent to battle without armor; the citizen denied her rights because of what she looks like or who she loves or where she comes from. The landmark laws that he championed — the Civil Rights Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, immigration reform, children’s health care, the Family and Medical Leave Act –all have a running thread. Ted Kennedy’s life’s work was not to champion those with wealth or power or special connections. It was to give a voice to those who were not heard; to add a rung to the ladder of opportunity; to make real the dream of our founding. He was given the gift of time that his brothers were not, and he used that gift to touch as many lives and right as many wrongs as the years would allow… Read it in full length 

haplif – Frank Kalder (Global Haplifnet)

Potential der globalen TWITTER-Nutzung bis 2013

August 26, 2009


Auszug / Excerpt

Twitter-Handbuch für Business-Nutzer

Twitter selbst sieht sich erst am Anfang: Nach Aussagen des Gründers Biz Stone habe man erst ein Prozent der Ziele erreicht. Außerdem rechnet das Unternehmen im Jahr 2013 mit einer Milliarde Nutzern – das wäre dann die Hälfte aller von Marktforschern für das Jahr prognostizierten Internetnutzer… Mehr dazu (Jason Hiner, Peter Marwan, ZDnet; via Enni Sander on Twitter)

Potential of global Twitter usage till 2013

Twitter Manual for business users

Twitter is still at the beginning: Biz Stone, the founder, states that only one percent (1%) of the goals has been reached. The company expects one (1) billion users in 2013. This would then be, according to the prognosis by market researches, half the global Internet users.

Supplementary: Becoming globally successful on Twitter 

haplif – Frank Kalder (Global Haplifnet)

Obama’s Leadership Style & Healthcare Reform

August 25, 2009


To drop the currently prevailing delusional notion appears to be a presidential need taking into account that there is practically no ‘perfect plan’ to make everybody happy – neither the insurance companies and PhRMA nor the rather confused US citizens.*

Two Excerpts

Lessons in Leadership: Why Obama Needs to Brush Up on His FDR

(1) Of course, even if Obama were to summon his formidable grassroots army, as he attempted to do last week, exactly what is it they would be rallying around when knocking on doors or holding house parties? We’ve heard the mantra that the president wants “choice and competition.” But how does he intend to do that? Specifically. He’s been way too fuzzy — and foxy — on the fundamentals, with his administration delivering mixed messages from the very beginning.

Instead of laying out his vision for reform in unequivocal strokes — drawing clear lines in the sand on what he will and won’t accept in a bill — Obama’s plan is apparently whatever Charles Grassley and Max Baucus and Kent Conrad will accept. The president “guaranteed” he’ll get reform done. But we’re not worried that there will be no bill to which Obama affixes his signature. We’re worried that the bill will be the equivalent of a Social Security bill containing Clark’s poison pill amendment. And we are even more worried that the president will sign it, declare victory, and move on. […]

(2) During the campaign, Obama frequently said that this wasn’t about him, but about all of us. That’s true, but we’re now at a juncture where it actually is about him.

The president has the leadership skills to reclaim this debate and take it directly to the American people, sidestepping — or running over, if need be — those who have decided to stand in the way of real change. Read more (Arianna Huffington, Huffington Post) 

* Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA)

Supplementary: Global Haplifnet Compilations 

Amendment, Sep 4:

 – My HuffPost comment to “Disease Mongering: Good For Big Pharma, Bad For You” by Dr. Andrew Weil  

 – US Healthcare and Education Issues


haplif – Frank Kalder (HuffPost profile/comments)

Arianna’s Interactive Technology Progress at Huffington Post

August 22, 2009


Killer Apps and Cool Gadgets: Take HuffPost With You Wherever You Go


Our goal is to make it possible for you to take HuffPost with you wherever you go — whether it’s via our amazing iPhone app, our new BlackBerry/mobile site, the app we are developing for Android, or the iGoogle gadget — which, thanks to a host of new features Google just launched, has become a lot more interactive and social.

Earlier this week, I talked about how social news is going to be the next step in the evolution of news — and how much more engaged we are when we share the news experience with friends. That’s why we launched HuffPost Social News, our digital water cooler — making it easy to connect with your friends over the news, and to dig deeper into the stories you like best.

For those of you who spend a lot of time on iGoogle, the updated HuffPost gadget offers some of the same social experiences. You can now share stories with your friends and keep up with what your friends are up to online… Read more (by Arianna Huffington, Huffington Post) 

Great communication facilities (interactive technology; link management; etc)! 🙂 Pertinently, this blog post may be of interest.

While I’ve signed up at HuffPost Social News already, I’m not (yet) using iGoogle, though.

 Supplementary: Global Haplifnet Compilations 

haplif – Frank Kalder (HuffPost profile/comments)

Russia’s New Czars – German TV Documentary

August 21, 2009


A tv documentary by Gero von Boehm 

Kremlin, Caviar, and Billions

has impressively illustrated the dynamic and wealth of Russian as well as Kazakhstan tycoons in spite of the global financial crisis.

One of the Kazakhstan billionaires, residing at Italian Lake Como, feels the European entrepreneurs – mostly elderly men – won’t reach the risk and success loving status of (formerly American style) international wheeling and dealing, nowadays practiced in the Asian and Russian businesses with their great potentials, increasingly expanding into the Western markets (EU, etc).



haplif – Frank Kalder (Global Haplifnet)