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18 October 2016 @ 09:40 pm
Gallup carried out interesting survey  in varous countries of the world: if they were US citizens they would vote for Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump. Its not a big surprise but in nearly all countries people would vote for Hillary Clinton:

E. g. in Finland 86% would vote for Clinton, in Sweden 82%.  Similar survey carried out in Lithuania last summer showed 52% people favouring Clinton, 48% difficult to say and only 4% favouring Trump.
And there is single exception, single country in the world were people prefers Trump over Clinton. And this is Russia ...

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11 October 2016 @ 11:16 am
Yesterday driving on one street I saw the next view:

This is not something special. But this is the start of the costruction of one of the new office centers:  it seems that in next one or two years there will be built more office centers than during previous 15 -20 years :)

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10 October 2016 @ 04:08 pm
His name is Gabrielius. His surname is Landsbergis.  This 34 year old politician was able to revive and to lead Conservative party to best electional results for them in 16 years. That was a surprise to me. It does not mean that they will lead the government (definitely the coalition will be necessary and the single party governments are unimaginable thing in this country :) ).

(Photo from 15min.lt)

The interesting fact is his surname: this not a coincidence but Gabrielius is the grandson of Vytautas Landsbergis (in photo Gabrielius is together with his famous grandpa).
Older Landsbergis had very bad for politician characteristic - arogance (I got the impression that even Vytautas Landsbergis father had a lot of conflicts because of arogant character). While Gabrielius probably is the first in Landsbergis family who don't has arogance.  If so he may have even more successful political carrier than his grandpa.  What about the rest - it seems that both grandson and grandfather has very similar political views and attitudes :)
01 October 2016 @ 12:33 pm
It happened so that in recent weeks I paid a lot of attention to the "Science island" international competition. I thought that evaluation of the projects will take more time but yesterday an the special ceremony commission announced the winners. They are the Spanish architects from "SMAR Architecture Studio" which worked together with Australian architects. It was emphasized that commission voted unanimously in favor of Spanish project.

Thats the winners project from above (photos from official Kaunas municipality site):

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30 September 2016 @ 01:30 pm
I saw this in one periferial distruct here. Record says: "More weapons - fewer enemies" :

What to say ? Some logic exists :)
26 September 2016 @ 04:57 pm
Several weeks ago here came new monument. Sometimes this monument is caled the biggest monument in Europe. Biggest because parts of the monument are situated in 18 countries of Europe (and this number probably  will grow in the future).

Being called the biggest monument in fact it is very small:

This is the initiative of German artist Guenther Demnig. The monument is called "The Stones of memory" and they are aimed to commemorate people who perished during Holocaust.

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23 September 2016 @ 02:00 pm
Probably the cheapest good for sale. Once it was necessary thing in everey household. Now their era came to an end. I found this in one shop: they have a lots of classical incandescent bulbs probably brought here from shops in Sweden. Price per one bulb is 1 cent (0,01 EUR). Even safety matches are more expensive :)

It never is the same as it was before ...
22 September 2016 @ 01:49 pm
About a week ago I wrote about the international competition to design the new National science and innovation center "Science island" in Kaunas. The big surprise was that organizers received 146 projects. But there are real doubts that quantity somehow relates with quality :) Now the projects are presented for public in "Zalgiris" arena.  I still don't visited this exposition but photos of the vizualisations were presented at the facebook page of Kaunas municipality.

We see that there are many useless projects like this "airport" :)

What the purpose is for those "landing strips" ? Why science and innovation center needs them ? :)

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21 September 2016 @ 02:25 pm
Migration is one of the most urgent questions in modern European (and American) politics. One of the strongest arguments of the proponents of the more open doors is the fact that migrants are  "profitable" (despite the fact that  this word isn't acceptable here). Is this true ? I very like the next table whch shows that migrants are very different and the "profitability" depends very much from the country:

The data isn't very new but I have the suspicion that trends are the same. This table shows the saldo between the taxes paid by and social benefits received by  migrants and native residents of the country. The red column on the left shows the average saldo of native families, gray in the middle shows the saldo for mixed families while dark red on the right shows saldo of purely migrant families. What we see ? First of all it shows that situation in different countries is very different. E.g. in Switzerland all categories has definitely positive saldo and there are no big difference between migrants and native people. Similar situation is in USA, Norway, UK. In Spain despite saldo is positive both for migrants and local families but migrants provides significantly better saldo than native families. Thats completely different comparing with situation in Denmark and Sweden: despite that saldo is positive too but native people generates much better saldo than migrants (especially true for Sweden). At the other corner is the other group of countries. First of them is Estonia where we see that migrants has negative saldo (it means they are receiving more from Estonian state than giving to it). Even worse is the situation  in France, Germany and Poland. If in Poland there are still very few migrants Germany is the country now having significant migrant population. And we see that on average German family gives 5875 EUR per year more to the state than gets from the state while average migrant family gets 5633 EUR more from German state than giving to the German state... The single country where native people are getting more from that country than giving to it (it means that in fact this country lives from migrants) is Luxembourg.
The conclusion: the migrants are different and the migration politics are not equaly successful.
16 September 2016 @ 12:06 pm
The most important fact that occured during repair of Kaunas streets this year  is the detail shown in photo. I never noticed that earlier such elements were used. I was unable to notice them in summer and only now when days becoming shorter and shorter I noticed them:

Pedestrian crossings at newly asphalted streets are illuminated ! And this is amazing thing during dark time.

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