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Präsidentschaftswahlen in den USA: Vorbereitung, Info-Quellen, Stimmungen, Ergebnisse

Update, 11.11.2012: Obama gewinnt nun auch offiziell Florida.

Heute finden die Präsidentschaftswahlen in den USA statt. Ein Event, den ich – seit ich 1993 den ersten Clinton-Wahlkampf vor Ort erlebte und bei Jaris Hanson – der damaligen Kommunikations-Beraterin Hillary Clintons – Communications studierte, alle 4 Jahre ausgiebig zelebriere – was immer eine lange Nacht bedeutet. Offiziell beginnt der Wahltag um fünf Uhr morgens Ortszeit (11 Uhr MEZ) mit der Öffnung der Wahllokale im Bundesstaat Vermont. Die Bürger von Hawaii und Alaska sind die letzten Wähler. In Alaska sind die Wahllokale bis 6 Uhr MEZ am Mittwoch geöffnet. Die ersten Hochrechnungen sind ab 3.00 Uhr zu erwarten.

Buttons von (US-Produktion) Obama und Romney (Chinesische-Produktion)

Obama gegen Romney

1. Vorbereitung

2. Info-Quellen

3. Stimm(ung)en und Ergebnisse


Überblick: Was passiert wann in der Wahlnacht?

Infografik: Wann schließen wo die Wahllokale?



3. Stimm(ung)en und Ergebnisse


Update (8.11.2012): Zusammenfassung und Fazit


06:10 Uhr: Für alles weitere siehe die allgemeinen Nachrichtenportale. Ich bin jetzt: Over & out.


06:08 Uhr: Jetzt hat auch die NY Times den Sieg Obames erklährt, dennoch gibt es kein Eingeständnis der Niederlage durch Romney.


05:54 Uhr: Virginia, Florida und Alaska fehlen noch, aber sie werden wohl keine Rolle mehr spielen.


05:54 Uhr: Schon seit Stunden nichts mehr von Mitt Romney über Twitter.

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Bach in the Metro – a true story

Quelle: Facebook

A man stood at a metro station in Washington DC and started to play the violin; it was a cold January morning. He played six Bach pieces for about 45 minutes. During that time, since it was rush hour, it was calculated that thousands of people went through the station, most of them on their way to work.

Three minutes went by and a middle aged man noticed there was a musician playing. He slowed his pace and stopped for a few seconds and then hurried up to meet his schedule.

A minute later, the violinist received his first dollar tip: a woman threw the money in the till and without stopping continued to walk.

A few minutes later, someone leaned against the wall to listen to him, but the man looked at his watch and started to walk again. Clearly he was late for work.

The one who paid the most attention was a 3 year old boy. His mother tagged him along, hurried but the kid stopped to look at the violinist.

Finally the mother pushed hard and the child continued to walk turning his head all the time. This action was repeated by several other children. All the parents, without exception, forced them to move on.

In the 45 minutes the musician played, only 6 people stopped and stayed for a while. About 20 gave him money but continued to walk their normal pace. He collected $32. When he finished playing and silence took over, no one noticed it. No one applauded, nor was there any recognition.

No one noticed this but the violinist was Joshua Bell. He is one of the top musicians in the world. He played one of the most intricate pieces ever written, with a violin worth 3.5 million dollars.

Two days before his playing in the subway, Joshua Bell sold out at a theater in Boston and the seats average was $100.

This is a real story. Joshua Bell playing incognito in the metro station. This was organized by the Washington Post as part of a social experiment about perception, taste and priorities of people. The outlines were: in a commonplace environment at an inappropriate hour: Do we perceive beauty?

Do we stop to appreciate it? Do we recognize the talent in an unexpected context?

One of the possible conclusions from this experience could be: If we do not have a moment to stop and listen to one of the best musicians in the world playing the best music ever written, how many other things are we missing?

An other one could be:

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