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Ibi fas, ubi proxima merces.

Skimming through CVs and cover letters isn't always a piece of cake, is it? The hitlist of my personal jargon phrases is actually fed by:

  • Best of breed
  • Go-getter
  • Think outside the box
  •  Synergy
  • Go-to person
  • Thought leadership
  • Value add
  • Results-driven
  • Team player
  • Bottom-line
  • Hard worker
  • Strategic thinker
  • Dynamic
  • Self-motivated
  • Detail-oriented
  • Proactively
  • Track record

The Guardian published the following article about the co-operation among US and European intelligence services on Sunday, June 30. Shortly after the article has been released it disappeared quickly from the Guardian website again.

Revealed: secret European deals to hand over private data to America

Germany ‘among countries offering intelligence’ according to new claims by former US defence analyst

At least six European Union countries in addition to Britain have been colluding with the US over the mass harvesting of personal communications data, according to a former contractor to ... » On the edge of your seat? Read on!

Given the assumption you’re in Moody’s shoes. Uncle Warren is sitting in your neck. Please make your choice:

HK’s rating has to drop because

a) Its banking system outlook revised to negative (not really sophisticated but simple and plain)
b) There are some concerns on persistent neg real interest rates (a bit more funny but still ok)
c) A potential property bubbles (this is a good one)
d) HK banks’ growing exposures to mainland China (and this is hilarious ... Moody’s just figured out Hong Kong has exposure to China ... wow ... how did they get this?)

Of course, HK’s downgrade of US ... » On the edge of your seat? Read on!

How to initiate a bank run? Nothing could be easier: Just make sure your banking system will spit out wrong account balances. That’s at least the way ING Netherlands has played the game. Money quote:

Een ‘hack’ van buitenaf wordt niet uitgesloten.

BTW: Talking ‘bout Netherlands there is another interesting fact: Consumer debt amounts to about 250 percent of available income. By comparison, in 2011 even the Spaniards only reached a debt ratio of 125 percent.

Finally we’re back home in Germany. First impression: Nothing really changed ...

  • It’s always f*cking winter season here,
  • You still hit the end of the speedometer only minutes after entering the “Autobahn” (... and this is for Ian who really loves German cars),
  • TheyWe’re still saying “beforeyesterday” and “overtomorrow” instead of “the day before yesterday” and “the day after tomorrow”,
  • You still have to go upstairs to reach the first floor, and
  • You still have to consult the newest Duden for the latest way to spell a word.

Well - “nothing changed” isn’t entirely trrue ... there are some bits ... » On the edge of your seat? Read on!

In den letzten Tagen war in den noch nicht völlig gleichgeschalteten Holz- und Onlinemedien der Entwurf des 4. Armuts- und Reichtumsberichts der Bundesregierung im Gespräch. Kernpunkt der Diskussion war der Fakt, dass die Bundesregierung im Rahmen des iterativen Abstimmungsverfahrens innerhalb der Fachministerien und Ausschüsse maßgebliche Passagen der Fassung vom 21.11.2012 sprachlich als auch inhaltlich geschönt haben soll. Nun mag sich die Erschütterung angesichts des schon des öfteren zu Schau getragenen politischen Überlebenswillens aller machtinnehabenden Volksparteien und der ... » On the edge of your seat? Read on!

“Don’t blame Generation Y for applications on the network” is the title of a study released by Easynet end of October 2012.

Unsurprisingly, the highlights of the pan-European research include:

  • 32% advised that video apps are brought into the workplace by C suite executives
  • Graduates surprisingly only account for slightly less (28%) than C suite executives (41%) for the introduction of VoIP tools
  • Graduates (35%) are marginally behind C suite executives (47%) in the introduction of collaboration tools in the workplace
  • 42% of UK respondents said management are responsible for introduction of ... » On the edge of your seat? Read on!

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