Status Quo 2017

Status Quo 2017

What it comes down to. We should stop trying to fight single legislature changes we dislike. Fighting over the ban of glyphosate is good, but it is too much effort on one issue. We need to get cracking at the source problem:
All democratic processes have to become transparent, politicians should not be appointed by other politicians, but elected. Lobbying should be made transparent and accountable also, (if not completely abolished. Non natural persons, corporations etc. are not citizens, they have no legal right to vote, so they should not be allowed to influence the electorate with financial power.) Political bodies and institutions need to be made accountable. All other efforts will eventually be futile.

Some of you think politics are boring, voting makes no difference. What if everybody feels like that. Well that's how we get Nazis, dictators and totalitarian regimes. Not being at least interested and not voting is ignorant and lame, not cool at all. Caring, informing yourself and voting is cool.

Any parent's first priority, or how we pay food corporations big money for making us sick

Any parent's first priority, or how we pay food corporations big money for making us sick

Did you ever eat raw Cheerios, or raw Oreo cookies? Did you feel a film on your tongue and teeth afterwards? That was sugar. Whenever you eat finger food, if your fingers are sticky after you lick them clean, that's sugar. Did you ever spill a Sprite, or a Coca Cola? The sticky mess after, that's sugar.
If you home cook a 'minestrone', a famous, delicious Italian vegetable soup, or a French bouillabaisse, a fish soup, they don't make your fingers sticky. Interestingly enough, the health care systems in those countries have much less obese people to deal with, and much less cardiovascular problems in their population than they have in the US. The two dished are only examples.

This article is dedicated to helping you find your way through all the misinformation you don't have time to filter out. I took the time to do all the tedious research and fact checking, so you don't have to. Of course, since you don't know me, I took the liberty of posting my most important, relatively easy to read sources, at the end of this article, so you can check where the information I give you comes from, me being a former construction manager, after all.

5 facts that prove Humanity can abolish Violence

5 facts that prove Humanity can abolish Violence

The Eagle has talons and a beak to fight and kill
The Snake is fast and has poison to fight and kill
The Spider has fangs to fight and kill
The Lion has sharp claws and teeth to fight and kill
You will not see the Chameleon
Nor the Tawny Frogmouth Owl
Man has... well, a 'superior brain
So he wouldn't have to fight and kill
What went wrong, too much incest?

Realistic reasons why I believe humanity will make it into the next millennium

Realistic reasons why I believe humanity will make it into the next millennium

Whether you are a Norwegian fisherman, an Austrian dairy farmer, a US postman, a German engineer, a Swiss banker, a Chinese software engineer, a native Australian shaman, or the mother of two children in Cape Town, it matters not. You all essentially want the same. You want to live in peace and you want for your loved ones to prosper and live a life in peace. We all want to live in conditions in which we can thrive and pursue our own idea of happiness.

Those who know me, know that I am an outspoken fan of science fiction and science in general, it used to be a problem when choosing a film to watch on a rainy evening with my ex. The idea of travelling to other worlds and exploring outer space, the chance to encounter (arguably) most likely intelligent, non violent extraterrestrial life forms, fills me with euphoria, hope and a sense of adventure.
That being said, I try to implement rational thinking and logic in all of my every day and long term decision making. So here is how I consider this issue, thinking rationally...

Ignorance may not be bliss after all.

Ignorance may not be bliss after all.

Ignorance is such an interesting issue, it is also a behavioural pattern that affects our own wellbeing and that of our immediate and broader environment directly. Ignorance is our way to 'deal' or not deal with problems we are faced with. The more complex the problem, the more we are prone to ignore it.
I chose ignorance to write about today because, I believe if we can learn to be less ignorant in general, we will live better lives and we will have a better, more positive impact on our surroundings and fellow humans.

Decide To Make It A Good Day, Everyday

Decide To Make It A Good Day, Everyday

Personally, it always makes me feel good when I talk with children, and I can see the interest in their eyes when I tell them about nature, about living healthy, being positive and creative, and about using your brain, using reason, forming an opinion based on things we learn to be true. Children love to exercise their young brains, don't feed them the mind numbing advertising on television, or video games, get them planting vegetables on the balcony or in the kitchen. Watch them smile when the first little green leaf peaks out from the soil. You think that's fun, watch them eat their first homegrown strawberry, or tomato, or cucumber, or lettuce. Some kids might be more interested in building structures, have them build a hydroponic gardening shelve. Others again may be artistic, they may want to learn how to write a story, or how to sculpt their own head, or, or, or.

The good news on Monday

The good news on Monday

There are so many good people walking the planet, trying to do right by humanity. They are people who are proud to be human, they remember what it means to be human, what it means to be the ruling species on a planet. To be a ruler comes with responsibilities. Let's remember this fact and never forget it.

We are what we set out to be, and what we are willing to learn to become, putting in the effort to change ourself and become the best at BEING ourself.

We've known for a long time.

the loss of the internet, or the rediscovery of penmanship

Someone asked me once, what will we do, when they censure the internet, or we lose it altogether? At first I felt a little old. Has it been that long since I had written a Love Letter, or any letter? Damn, it had been a good decade.
A Hand Written Love Letter used to be the key to a woman's heart, if honest emotion and the care within could be felt by the receiver.
Oh, I remember the days when I used to go to the mail box in the morning, to get the morning paper and the mail, and I would discover a letter with my address written on it, in this oh so beautiful penmanship that was so dear to me, it would make my heart light up like the sun, when it just begins to rise over the horizon on a morning in late spring. Then I would notice the scent escaping the envelop as I opened it, Her bouquet. Like mountain air that had picked up a whiff of pine forest and whet barley fields after a warm rain in summer...

Yes, a letter can carry all that, and so much more.
A love letter could make your day, your week even. I enjoyed writing them too. They helped me become clear about what I felt for someone. Letters to your parents, siblings, or friends, can be love letters too.

Sending a love letter after a fight, to apologise, or to ask for forgiveness, or to offer it, was so much more than a text message. A handwritten Letter is much more thoughtful. You can't make corrections, and you write slow enough so that your inner voice can keep up and formulate what you really want to say. I take what I write in a letter more seriously, and, I guess I mean it more seriously too. There is also that matter of aesthetics, My Father used to have the most beautiful penmanship I had ever seen, with high curves and long stems and tails. It was like a wild creek running through the pages. Your hand writing could tell a lot about you, and, if you could muster the eye to see it, my dad's showed you who he was; an honest, deeply caring, strong character who wanted to become better at being himself throughout his life, and who expected no less from his loved ones.

My own handwriting, when I was younger, was a result of having been raised by such a man, I need to rediscover it.

I guess, we should write more 'Love Letters'.

Das Migrations Problem das keines ist (Deutsch)

Also mal Klartext. 
Mauern, Armeen und Verbote helfen nicht. Ihr wollt das zwar nicht hören, aber WIR, Bürger und Konsumenten, WIR müssen uns ändern, und die Ausbeutung von Dritte Wellt Ländern durch Großkonzerne verhindern indem wir bewusst konsumieren. Auf die Politik können wir lange warten. Als Konsumenten, müssen wir aufhören Produkte zu konsumieren deren Herstellung brutalste Kinderarbeit, Sklavenhandel, die Zerstörung der ökologischen Systeme ganzer Erdteile, und die Ausbeutung der Ressourcen von Dritt Welt Ländern beinhaltet.
Wir müssen die Politiker und Firmen Bosse durch unser Verhalten als Konsumenten und Bürger dazu zwingen, den Waffenhandel in Konfliktstaaten zu beenden, Ja, das wird am Anfang Arbeitsplätze kosten, aber man bedenke die Alternative.
WIR müssen uns ändern, so oder so.
Eine der grössten Ängste der Europäischen Bürger ist, auch wenn sie angesichts der drohenden Klimakriese sicher nicht die grösste Bedrohung ist, die Migrations-Flut aus Krisengebieten die WIR 'geschaffen' haben. Die Integration solcher Massen von Menschen aus anderen Kulturen, mit anderen Werten, ist schlicht unmöglich, so was braucht Generationen, Zeit die wir nicht haben.
Laut UNICEF, sitzen über eine Million auswegloser, junger Afrikanischer Menschen auf gepackten Koffern. Hunderttausend Migranten pro Jahr in Europa, OK, aber 100'000 pro Monat in Deutschland alleine, man bedenke bitte, wo führt denn das hin? Probleme für Europa (logistische, soziale, kulturelle (leider), ökologische und ökonomische) und keine Lösungen in den Ursprungsländern. Das wird so lange so weitergehen bis wir: 
A. den internationalen Waffenhandel an 'Dritt- und Konfliktstaaten beenden und unterbinden, auch Munition, und somit den kriegsführenden Parteien der 'Saft' ausgeht.
B. Die Ausbeutung von Drittwelt- und Konfliktstaaten beenden (Arbeitskräfte, Öl, Metalle, Edelmetalle, seltene Erden, Kakau, Kaffee, exotische Früchte und und und) Wir lassen denen ja keine andere Möglichkeit. Diese Menschen werden 'von uns' sprichwörtlich in die Enge getrieben. Die wollen doch nicht grundlos alles aufgeben und neu anfangen. Die Internationalen Konzerne müssen in dieser Sache dringend mehr zur Verantwortung gezogen werden, sofort! Nebst den unabsehbaren menschlichen Tragödien, kosten diese Kriege ja auch ein Vermögen das man besser in humanitäre Entwicklung investieren sollte.
Es kommt noch hinzu, dass die Menschen die von den Krisengebieten wegziehen, nach Friedensschluss (welcher ja das Ziel sein muss) beim Wiederaufbau der jeweiligen Länder fehlen. Man überlege sich einfach die Folgen der gegenwärtigen, völlig ziellosen Vorgehensweisen. Natürlich will niemand Verantwortung übernehmen, auch wir Verbraucher nicht, das ist halt unbequem. Wer fährt denn alles noch mit einem Benziner, oder heizt sein Haus mit Öl? Ein Mitgrund für die Kriege. Da bin ich auch noch schuldig, aber ich ändere meine Gewohnheiten Schritt für Schritt, und es macht Spaß, ich fühle mich immer besser.
Zu guter Letzt müssen wir weltweit die Bildung der Massen verbessern, das reduziert die Armut, die Ignoranz und den religiösen Fanatismus.
Eine Öl unabhängige Energiegewinnung wäre auch nicht schlecht, da ist ja Deutschland schon mal Vorreiter mit der Energiewende.
Also, so unmöglich und unbequem meine Vorschläge auch scheinen mögen, Ich sehe langfristig keine andere rationale Lösung, Brauchen wir auch nicht. Eine Veränderung kommt sowieso, also lasst es uns diesmal richtig machen.

Democracy and Pro Trade Legislation

We have pro trade legislation, instead of pro citizen, pro consumer legislation.
We can keep signing petitions to keep plastic straws out of the oceans, to keep neonics away from agriculture, to make advertising and marketing fair and truthful and keep it from targeting children, to make corporations take responsibility for their products impact on environment and consumer, and many more issues.
We can fight for each of these issues separately, or we can start to place some pressure on our MPs and governments and make them begin writing legislation that's pro citizen, not pro trade and profit, in general and globally.
How do you make pressure? Well, therein lies the challenge, we have to change the way we consume, we have to get better informed before electing politicians, and last but not least, we need to apply more common sense and reason when we are being citizens and or consumers and try to put aside our EGOs. If we do nothing, if we decide to ignore what is going on by choice, then we give politicians and corporate leaders the legal and moral license to control all aspects of our lives.
Now, do you have a child? Children? Do you love them? Consider the world we leave behind for them to 'exist' in, all because we were to comfortable to change. With business as usual, eventually, the common citizen, today's children, will have but one purpose, be a wheel in the machine and make a buck.

Do you disagree with me? Please, argue with me, show me I'm wrong. I implore you to give it all your wit. Oh how I would love to be wrong.

Obviously, to change the rules in a well oiled economy is a tricky endeavour. Corporations want to and should make a profit, and there is nothing wrong with making a healthy, deserved profit, employment rests on that also. However, the incentive to invest in a company should not foremost be profits, it should be consumer well-being and satisfaction, and sustainability; economic, ecologic, social and financial. Profits can still be made after these conditions have been fulfilled, great profits. The way I see it, a sustainable, thriving humanity would be a form of collective additional profit, or bonus on top.
Imagine how much fun, how satisfying it would be, to develop new products that are great for everyone and which create a good (financial) profit, without worrying about class action suits, a global decline of general health, a collapsing climate and ecosystem, worldwide unrest, mass migration...

The banking system has been out of control for centuries, but now it has become a double turbo compressor to trade and profits of those in power, with bad, undemocratic legislation acting as a lever for their profit risk ratio, with the risk on our backs but the profits going to their accounts. Look around, you know this is true.
Bank Bailouts should never be allowed to occur again, or we should not allow them to become necessary in the first place, NO MORE 'TO BIG TO FAIL'.
One good change would be to make corporations executives directly accountable for their actions, like all citizens have to consider the consequences of their actions also. Is this a democracy, yes or no? OK, so the majority rules. Politicians are the employees of their electorates, not the other way around. let's show them.

And when we get down to the basics, how did we ever get to things like hedge funds, Rating Agencies that get paid for false ratings, special-purpose entity (SPE) credit default swap (CDS), asset-backed security (ABS) and other risky financial products, which, I am certain, the common people or, the majority would never allow to be made legal if they were first educated about them and subsequently asked for their opinion. Well, why weren't they? I ask again, are we living in democracies or not? Shouldn't we start to behave like it? Some of us have family members fight in wars, supposedly for democracy. The least we all should do, is get qualified, quality information, use reason and rationale when filtering the information, and vote, use our voice, as citizens and as consumers, or we fail at being human.

Now act on how you feel, no more business as usual.