All of us get fear drummed into our heads every day. From the news, from the Porsches and the blanket-man at the curb, from colleagues… from the elevated paradigm of constant competition. This fear lets us shift gears in that rat race instead of slowing down and help those who have fallen. The latter group is constantly growing – so if you stop with dignity and help, it will be us, resting.

I get reminded sometimes – and I remember hearing it even from my grandparents who got through WWII – that things ‚could be worse‘. So I humbly have to accept the situation I am in, which is way better than it ‚could be‘? Well, humility is something everyone should own. Humility should not reach the sphere of resignation though. I am talking about the way of the middle. One living in a government-sponsored house might say that things are not as bad and one should be happy to have shelter, others shout out to the gods when they drop their iPhone – and cannot afford a new one.

What is the way of the middle? To live in a rental and own an Android phone? It’s not about that. Life is always suffering, to follow the words of Buddha. True that: Problems come in all forms and any intensity; yet we all struggle with them. Frankly, just fight the situation and do complain silently and start changing. Never use the term ‚it could be worse‘ unless it’s a current loss. Think ‚it needs to change‘ ( or ‚I‘). However, think about whether some things are worth changing. In other words: Get priorities straight. more

No reason to talk about Anthony Scaramucci. We all learned his name. And did we learn that he is an obnoxious dude with heaps of money too? I think so.
If one takes a man like him serious then it is only because of his wealth. After all, if we give money such power, we empowering people like him and Trump alike. It may sound impossibly strange, but we need to deny the power of money – as a logical result

NZ news are (sub)titling: The newest Air New Zealand safety video has been released with a star-studded line-up including Oscar-winning Cuba Gooding Jr and actress Katie Holmes.

Wow. Yawn. 

How is this still a thing? I am not a teenager anymore – but does TVNZ really believe, anyone cares about Hollywood? That’s decades behind reality.
PS: If somebody DOES care. https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/hollywood-stars-katie-holmes-and-cuba-gooding-jr-feature-in-alice-wonderland-inspired-air-new-zealand-safety-video 

Reich und asozial?

House Of Commons May 4; King’s Theatre, Edinburgh, July 17, „that the unearned increment in land is reaped by the land monopolist in exact proportion, not to the service, but to the disservice done. It is monopoly which is the keynote; and where monopoly prevails, the greater the injury to society, the greater the reward of the monopolist will be. See how this evil process strikes at every form of industrial activity.“ 

– said by a pretty neoliberal dude. 

Winston Churchill.

Lauter!

Facebook hat diese Funktion, wo kurze Texte mit tollen Hintergründen belegt werden. Man kann Hintergrundfarben oder Farbverläufe auswählen. Und die Smileys kommen richtig schön zur Geltung. Das hat was. Sowas wie neon-Werbung für Gedanken – welcher Art auch immer. Wichtig ist es, die Sprüche richtig kurz zu halten, um die Hintergründe zu behalten. Jetzt wird es akustisch – nicht bloß für Synästhetiker. Die Farben schreien.

Alle Browserhersteller haben die Logik so implementiert, daß Videos auf Webseiten nur dann automatisch spielen, wenn sie stumm sind. Selbst facebook kam da nicht vorbei. Aber dieser facebook-Hype meinerseits an dieser Stelle kommt daher, daß ich keine 18 mehr bin. Für die ist das Schnee von vorvorgestern.

A challenge forces the brain figuratively to leave the comfort zone and enter a terrain of uncertainty. As a result it creates a gap of information to support one’s view on an issue and leaves gaps in the brain’s structure of knowledge. This “uncertainty effect” has been scientifically evaluated in 2006 by the Boston MIT and led to disturbing conclusions: The brain replaces missing information with an inexplicable fright, an “irrational by-product of not knowing — that keeps us from focusing on the possibility of future rewards”. Frankly: People want to know what they are already inclined to believe.

There has been a paradigm shift in the way we inform ourselves. Eight of ten people in the developed world using the internet. That´s more than most elections have at the ballot. About every fourth internet user is predominantly visiting social networks to use them as an information source. And people still use search engines. While Microsoft’s Bing has an estimated user base of 200 Million searches in 24 hours, Google gets hit with about 3.5 billion search the same day. There are one billion websites available today, with another 5 new ones published each second.

What effect has that abundance of information available to us? With the rise of the internet information sits right at our fingertips — regardless of its quality. Search algorithms, the categorisation of data by program, are ultimately affecting what information we consume. For example, search engines use your location to present results close to you. Or do you think this little bakery around the corner is world-renowned? In the original documents of the Stanford University of California, two students described how to create a search engine that delivers results as “an objective measure of its citation importance that corresponds well with people’s subjective idea of importance”. Again: “people’s subjective idea of importance.” Pagerank. That is Google’s initial white-paper from 1997. The search-rank of a webpage is determined fundamentally by the back-links from other webpages; frankly by the attention a site is already getting on the internet. What seems like a catch-twenty-two for newborn website, is yet a fundamental algorithm (amongst others) that influence our perception of the world. more

Clean-green New Zealand tourism is booming. With visitor numbers rising, problems are rising too. The current forecast for visitor numbers estimates 4.5 million tourists in the year 2022. Take this view-angle: In 2022 the New Zealand population has effectively doubled.

Clean-green New Zealand tourism is booming. With visitor numbers rising, problems are rising too. The current forecast for visitor numbers estimates 4.5 million tourists in the year 2022. Take this view-angle: In 2022 the New Zealand population has effectively doubled.

While there is concern and argument about the money required to create much needed infrastructure, the issue doesn’t stop at availability of accommodation. The supply of energy, water and wastewater services has to be provided. Road use effectively doubles on main highways. And the impact on nature generally results in diminishing value for the tourism sector itself. In other words: Tourism kills itself. more

Wenn Heiko Maas von facebook verlangt, seine Daten auf Rechtsverletzungen zu filtern und auf Nutzerhinweise zu reagieren, ist das ein guter Ansatz. Die Löschung dieser Inhalte ist es jedoch nicht. Denn da wird dem Recht keine Genüge getan und den Staatsbürgern ebenfalls nicht.

“Heiko Maas droht facebook wegen Hasskommentaren” liest es sich auf Spiegel Online. Man könnte annehmen, facebook hat Hasskommentare generiert. Im Kontext geht es jedoch um die Verbreitung von Haßkommentaren, also um die Bedingung zur Möglichkeit deren Verbreitung.

Die Selbstverpflichtung der sozialen Netzwerke im Internet haben, so der Bundesjustizminister, “zu ersten Verbesserungen geführt”. Allerdings hielten sich die Betreiber nicht zur Genüge an diese Abmachung. Sie seien zu langsam. Das größte Problem ist und bleibt, so Mass, daß “die Netzwerke die Beschwerden ihrer eigenen Nutzer nicht ernst genug nehmen”.

Es ist keine staatliche Zensur, wenn verlangt wird, strafbare Inhalte zu löschen. Meinungsfreiheit hört auf, wo das Strafrecht beginnt. Man kann hier Minister Maas nur beipflichten. Er muß sich allerdings einen gewichtigen Vorwurf gefallen lassen: Er nimmt den Staat aus der Pflicht. more

The current kind of slavery

An inspiring documentary: „13th“

(http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5895028/ )

Some facts only: 97% of inmates in the US never had a trial. 2.3 million citizen are incarcerated in the US with 40% coloured people. While ever 1 out of 3 black people actually IS in prison.

Prosecution makes deals by threatening with the outlook of possible punishment. So many people accept what seems to them the better deal. If they can. Most prisoners are too poor to afford bail. So the prison building industry had some glorious years. Big concerns profiting of Prison industries are nothing but slavery:

According to the Left Business Observer, “the federal prison industry produces 100 percent of all military helmets, war supplies and other equipment. The workers supply 98 percent of the entire market for equipment assembly services; 93 percent of paints and paintbrushes; 92 percent of stove assembly; 46 percent of body armor; 36 percent of home appliances; 30 percent of headphones/microphones/speakers; and 21 percent of office furniture. Airplane parts, medical supplies and much more: prisoners are even raising seeing-eye dogs for blind people.”

http://atlantablackstar.com/2014/10/10/12-mainstream-corporations-benefiting-from-the-prison-industrial-complex/

One worker makes 90 cents to 4 dollars a day. It proves the fact that as long as anyone can be a source for profit, anyone is prone to be abused and used or even treated a slave. This concept does not distinct your skin colour, so don’t ever feel safe white boy.