For all of you wondering why I was posting random decreasing numbers over the last few days on Facebook, here’s an answer – I was counting down the number of views for Justin Bieber’s “Baby” Youtube video to achieve *the remarkable*. The video has became the first video ever to hit a staggering HALF A BILLION views. Although not my favorite singer I will let Justin also invade my website – you can watch the video below. You might also be interested in this – an all-time Youtube videos chart (be sure to change your location to “Worldwide”, otherwise it might show the most popular videos in your country).
Justin Bieber’s video was quoted for a long time as the number one watched Youtube video of all times, but it was also notable for a different statistic – the number of dislikes. Although it has been the most disliked video at Youtube, it seems that Rebecca Black’s “Friday”, which went viral only about a week ago, will quickly top “Baby’s” number of dislikes. Now, having your art or work disliked is ok, not everyone has to like it. But cyber-bullying and hatred shown to Rebecca over the last week was horrible… The comments, directed at this 13 year old, are often awful, cruel and show the dark side of the Internet. In one of the interviews Rebecca said that she actually cried after reading those, however got used to them fairly quickly – good for her, she’s only 13! She also mentioned that she would love to do a duet with Justin Bieber… I guess that would be a solid candidate for the first billion views on Youtube.
Now, although I wasn’t enticed by “Friday’s” lyrics (even though the melody was stuck in my head for all of Saturday morning) as a tribute to the quickest one million dislikes on Youtube, you can watch the video below.
The Central and Eastern European region of the world was perceived as one of the most pro-American in the world in the beginning of the 90′s. Fall of the Berlin wall, iron curtain shuttered into pieces, democracy movements and the implementation of a new free market economy all contributed to a rapid economic development combined with the creation of new, more civilized, political standards.
Yet, the region also experienced the wave of anti-americanism in the last few years and was not immune to it. With the new administration and a new approach towards foreign policy (hitting the “reset” button in relations with Russia) the former leaders of the CEE countries wrote an open letter to the Obama Administration. The letter by itself is very interesting and I encourage anyone interested in geopolitics to read it. I believe this might be a document reprinted in history books in the years to come, as it is a perfect example of how geopolitics shifts. Here are the points, which I found most important in the letter:
Russia remains a concern for the CEE region and is (quote) “pursuing a 19th century agenda by using 21st century technology”.
The relations between CEE and America are generally positive, but the region is not a top priority for the US anymore.
The role of NATO and its strength is being questioned – should its mission be redefined?
A more systemic and deeper relation between the US and EU is needed…
…and it would be beneficial for the EU if it started speaking in one voice.
I’ve been thinking about writing this one for quite some time, but I guess the fact that I’m writing it right now was sparked yesterday when I was watching President Obama’s speech on peace in the Middle East.
Before I discuss the speech let me draw your attention to a very interesting, demographic fact. The Muslim community, especially in Europe, is growing stronger and this has nothing to do in politics although it affects politics and policy dramatically. Their rising influence is thanks to nothing else, but perfectly natural causes… Birth rate. While the amount of children per family in the developed world in steadily declining or standing at a level guaranteeing nothing else, but the extinction of a culture the Muslims are having a very steady growth. Now, these are only words, therefore I would like to draw your attention to the following video on YouTube, which presents an overview of world demographics with focus on the Muslims: Read more… »
“The Economist” has great covers, but the latest edition made my heart start beating a little faster and made me sweat a little. Change in geopolitics is coming and it will be dramatic. By the way – the article itself is very insightful. (Click on the image to enlarge it).
This is a piece I wrote about a month ago with the aid of a good friend of mine. It was meant as an essay, but ended up being an interesting thought experiment. It’s about the “Dark Side” of globalization and how the global world affects terrorist operations. In a way intuitive, then again – meant as a thought experiment. Enjoy!
In 2008 87.5% of France’s power was produced through a huge network of nuclear power plants around the country. 59 nuclear power plants produce energy not only for France, but also supply Italy, Germany, the Netherlands and Great Britain. All this happens at a very low cost and with huge efficiency.
The year is 1961. A huge fireball can be seen in the northern part of Siberia, on the Novaya Zemlya archipelago. Soviet scientists have just succeeded in testing what is by far the world’s most powerful bomb. The “Tsar Bomba” with its power of 50 megatonnes (4000 times stronger than the Hiroshima bomb) leaves a crater deep for two kilometers and creates a fireball nine kilometers wide in diameter.
Technology, development, and globalization – all of these create a positive mental image in our heads. Yet, one needs to realize that to every positive aspect of these phenomenon there is a downside. Globalization is a double-edged sword Read more… »