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Comment: Re:Dammit (Score 1) 192

I feel the same way. RDFa is the only standard and is the one seeing measurable adoption, with big names as Best Buy and the IPTC (Reuters, AP, AFP, etc.) recently announcing their adoption. Heck, even Google and Yahoo were already supporting RDFa for ecommerce through GoodRelations. This decision does seem more driven by politics then technical reasons. If it would be a truly innovative step, I'm more sympathetic to following actors instead/until a standard has been written, but in this case I seems a somewhat conscious effort to avoid a perfectly good W3C-standard...

Comment: Lack of background, nuance (Score 5, Informative) 1229

by mhermans (#36287046) Attached to: Activists Destroy Scientific GMO Experiment
The comment "It's a sad day for the freedom of scientific research", misses the complexity of the debate surrounding the inherently political balance between technological advances driven by private interest and the opinion and interest of the larger populace. A colleague a has published extensively and recently on this very subject, the debate and issue of GGO's in Belgium, these two publications, available from his homepage are highly recommended:
  • Maeseele, P. (2011) On News Media and Democratic Debate: Framing Agricultural Biotechnology in Northern Belgium. International Communication Gazette 73 (1-2): 83-105.
  • Maeseele, P. (2010) Science journalism and social debate on modernization risks. Interview by Filippo Bonaventura. Journal of Science Communication 9 (4): C02.

Comment: Re:tax burden myths (Score 1) 293

by mhermans (#22910736) Attached to: Swiss Bank Secrecy Under Renewed Attack
I find it also interesting to look at the link between taxation and welfare systems. To simplify: in liberal welfare regimes (US, UK) there is relatively litte taxation of the middle and (especialy) higher income groups, and little redistribution to the lower groups. In continental welfare regimes (Belgium, Germany, ...) the middle group get taxed more heavily, and there is more distribution to the lower, but the highest income group gets left alone (still more taxation then in the US&UK). In the Scandinavian model, there is the largest amount of redistribution, but the brunt is carried by the highest income groups, while the taxation of the middle group is relatively low--not a bad setup, seem from an egalitarian & economic perspective...

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