Wenn ich aber in einem kleinen Nest wohne, dessen Bibliothek ausgelöscht und dessen Schwimmbad geschlossen ist, bin ich dankbar für jeden, der ein Volksfest organisiert oder das Schwimmbad öffnet. Ob das der Bernd von der AfD oder Ulf von der NPD sind – das interessiert mich genauso wenig wie das abstrakte Konzept von der freiheitlichen demokratischen Grundordnung

Wenn ich nach Deutschland reise, ist es schön zu wissen, daß ich in ein Land komme, wo mir das Recht schwarz auf weiß garantiert ist, mich frei zu entfalten. Wo ein Staat, mittels Grundrechten gezähmt, nicht in meine grundlegenden Freiheiten als Mensch eingreift.

Mit der AfD zieht eine Partei in den Bundestag, die jene verfassungsrechtliche Freiheit als die Freiheit des Völkischen definiert. Das Völkische kann mir gestohlen bleiben. Ich will keinen Staat, für den ich ein Rädchen bin, der „das Volk“ stark macht. Das ist die Ochlokratie des Sokrates und die Sklavenmoral von Nietzsche aus der nichts Gutes wächst. Volksherrschaft in diesem Sinne meint, daß jeder Einzelne nur Wert als beitragender Teil der Gemeinschaft hat. Darin steckt zwar Wahrheit: Jeder trägt soziale Verantwortung, doch Volksherrschaften zwingen diese dem Individuum auf und mißbrauchen dies; bis hin zum unbedingten Kriegseinsatz. Die Russen haben das im zweiten Weltkrieg gemacht: die eigenen Zivilisten mit der Waffe im Rücken an die Front gejagt. Die Deutschen haben Kinder zum Kanonenfutter gemacht. more

Breitbart nomenclature

Now #StephenBannon is set free again to rule his little empire of Breitbart News. This may give him the time to focus on splitting the nation deeper. Over the past months we should have learned that #racism was never eradicated. It’s been with us all the time, covered under the veil of welfare through consumption. This phase is over. Racism is deeper entrenched within us than we admitted ourselved to believe. The marketing of the taliban an ISIS has contributed to turning fear to hate. The oil gets pumped into the gap of existential fear that an anti-social neoliberalism created. We can condemn people for hating „fags“, „muslims“, „jews“ or „niggers“ – and we should. However, dialog should never stop or we will see something explode from within. The fuel that fear and keeps anger growing is condemnation and misinformation.

The proof of dangerous forces arising is the thin layer of congruency in world views: from political left to right, all through the centre. It is the fear of losing social security and wealth on one side and the anger over recent wars that were fought for resources.

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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.

 

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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