Follow up: Tourism kills itself.

As I wrote here, a while ago, Spain is becoming an example of what happens if you leave tourism to the rules of the market. 13 Million tourists on Mallorca.   <iframe allowfullscreen frameborder="0" width="698" height="573" scrolling="no" id="molvideoplayer" title="MailOnline Embed Player" src=""></iframe>   [[]]   [[]]

How is Hollywood still a thing?

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. 

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.


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.

The omniscience bias: Why the internet spreads superstition

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.