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  • Wind turbines in Scotland produced more than 9.8 million megawatt-hours of electricity in the first half of 2019.
  • Scotland is a global leader in renewable energies, generating more than half of its electricity consumption from renewables.
  • The U.S. currently generates about 7 percent of its electricity from wind.
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No, Mr. Putin, liberalism is not dead

Когда рак на горе свистнет.

  • Russian President Vladimir Putin recently stated that liberalism has "outlived its purpose."
  • Research suggests, however, that liberal ideals — among them, democracy, individual agency, and economic freedom — are not only on the rise but improve the wellbeing of people living in countries that support them.
  • Recent challenges to liberalism are serious but have not overpowered the liberal tradition.
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How the Spanish press became corrupted

A new book from the former editor of El Mundo describes a culture of corruption in Spain's press. In exchange for favorable coverage of politicians and corporations, bribes.

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  • David Jiménez, former editor of El Mundo, recently published a book called El Director that describes the rampant corruption he saw while running the newspaper.
  • The corruption of Spanish press is symptomatic of a larger issue with corruption that is on-going in Spain.
  • Most recently, the People's Party was ousted from power after a massive corruption scandal, leading to the rise of the Spanish Socialist Worker's Party. However, whether El Mundo can escape from the culture of corruption it experienced under the previous regime remains to be seen.
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What a deer-tooth necklace says about our Ice Age ancestors

The beads are made from red-deer teeth, sourced from 63 individual deer.

Gerbil / Wikicommons, 2011

Ice Age Europe, approximately 20,000-13,500 years ago; a period known as the Magdalenian.

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Berlin freezes rent for five years

The once-famously cheap city is growing more expensive by the year, pricing out the artists that it was once known for.

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  • Rent prices in Berlin have risen 129 percent in the past decade.
  • In response to growing public pressure, the Berlin city government has enacted a plan to freeze rent prices for five years.
  • The majority of economic research on rent controls suggest that this may backfire, but only time will tell.
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