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Sketching the origins of “Made in Germany” with ngrams

Two quick takeaways: The origins of German manufacturing prowess are in protectionist policies with import tarifs in the 1870s. Made In Germany mutated from marking lower quality German imports to Britain to marking premium quality German goods within 50 years … Continue reading

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On the mutation of the labor market – fitness

In the 1980’s we started seeing more and more neighborhood gyms. They were typically all about body building, owned by someone who was a body builder themselves and they were frequented mostly by young men. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s career was just … Continue reading

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It’s the fear of death not default that drives them

We landed at the Eleutherios Venizelos on the German Wings red eye flight from Cologne, knowing we had a whole day to kill in Peiraias until the strike is over at midnight (the  man said they take strike protocol seriously … Continue reading

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don’t tell merkel – reporting from ground zero

I spend the first half of August in Greece visiting with friends and family. With me I had my daughter and my girlfriend both of whom are “German” or at least more so than myself… We all had a great … Continue reading

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