Roland Dürre
Tuesday May 31st, 2011

How Would You Cope With the Euro Crisis?

I started a new survey. You can find it right next to this post, on the left column.

There are five possible answers; you can/may select one of them:

  • Keep supporting the Euro – no matter what!
    If you think we should continue in the same way as we started, this is where you want to give your vote. Perhaps your reasoning is as follows:    
Well, it still works, doesn’t it. Nobody can say how long it will continue to function, but it might well be some time before the end – and there has always been some end in history.
  • Re-establish the old currencies in all countries!
    This might be what people doing a lot of IT applications will be in favour of. After all, every IT program has an “undo” button.
  • Instal new currencies on a regional and economic, success-oriented basis!
    Cyberniticists and system analysts will probably tend towards this option. Why not come up with a few artificial currencies for the unified Europe. Let us call them €1, €2, €3, €4 and €5 , along with one „average Euro“ as a converter. You can assign these Euros to countries according to their economic strength and then let it float towards the “average Euro”. Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg would probably get €1, Greece and Berlin €5. And then we can start with the free playing of market powers. This concept would help to equalize the economic and structural differences of Europe’s regions.
  • Deregulate all currencies – the market will find its way out!
    Probably the right choice for people who favour both OpenSource and “free market economy”. From country, region, principality, bank, enterprise to individual person, everyone can create his or her or their own currency. It might be the PayPal dollar, or the Ebay penny, or the Allgäu-Guilder.
  • The BRD and EU politics are the only ones that make sense and they will eventually be a success.
    Of course, this is the answer for all those who believe that the people working on our diverse administrative levels do their job well and control the currency as it should be controlled.

But basically, the only reason I write this article is that I believe you should definitely make yourself an active part of the survey. And I apoligize for having made it a little ironic, polemic and one-sided.
Well, why don’t you move your mouse to the right and click on one of the options. Thanks a lot!

(Translated by EG)

Roland Dürre
Monday May 30th, 2011

ERGO and the Prostitutes

It is another of those hypocricy instances in our country. Allegedly, Ergo granted a little sex to their best salespersons. And everybody is outraged. Why? Because it is so terribly amoral? Because a social taboo has been violated?

Is it better if they go riding a GoKart or a bobsled? Or if they fly in a helicopter? Just because it costs more? Or is it better to issue nice invitations to a three-star restaurant? Go bowling together? Or attend a medical congress on Mallorca? Formel-1 or ice racing in Norway? Or the NY Incentive (USA) just for a briefing on the newest sales activities? Or rafting for creating a team spirit? Or whatever they offer?

Let me give you a businessman’s point of view.
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Roland Dürre
Sunday May 29th, 2011

brand eins in June

The latest „brand eins“ edition has been sitting on the desk of this owner of a medium-sized enterprize from Wednesday through Friday. Not yet read, still packed in cellophane, it has been waiting all the time. And each morning, the title smiles (or laughs) at me:

There is intelligent life in a concern.

Well, it leaves me enough time to think and ponder. What is it “brand eins” means with this title? I would not object to the statement written in red ink. But there is an additional question:

Why does a  huge enterprise survive?

In my opinion, this is a very good question, indeed. As I see it, the answer should be:

Huge enterprises have enormous power. Consequently, they can influence, control and probably even change the market, probably even the entire world.

And since systems are notoriously inert and social change usually happens rather slowly, those who are not so fast have enough time to adapt. The only thing that might get dangerous for the huge companies is if change comes too fast.
To be sure, occasionally I also witnessed subversive intelligence, that is intelligence with a positive influence. Mostly, it happened when people used common sense and direct collaboration with other authorities, ignoring rules and regulations, to solve problems that otherwise would have spun out of control.
Now was this a long and complicated sentence, or what?
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Roland Dürre
Saturday May 28th, 2011

Werner Schlierf – “Gravel Pit Gnome”


Stories from an evil time

I once saw a wonderful theatre play by Werner Schlierf: “Chewing Gum & Chesterfield“. In the late 1980ies, it was played with such passion in the gymnasium of MTV Munich in the Isarvorstadt by an amateur group that I went to see it several times.
When Christmas came, we actually invited all our employees and customers of then still InterFace Connection to come to the gymnasium and see the special performance given for us. It turned out to be one of our best Christmas parties.
Werner Schlierf also wrote books. His “Gravel Pit Gnome” is about the time directly after WW-II and the subsequent years. I discovered it in the „Sunday Extra“ by Michael Skasa, who tackles a special topic each Sunday on the radio program of Bavaria-2 at 10 a.m. by reading a text and using suitable music. The program is always repeated at 5 p.m. on the same day. It is a program I warmly recommend to all of you.
On Sunday three weeks ago, the program was about the sixty-sixth anniversary of the German capitulation. There was also a story from the book by Werner Schlierf. I found it very impressive.
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Roland Dürre
Friday May 27th, 2011

The New Fundamental Rights …

The Prime Minister of Hesse, Volker Bouffer, is said to have called the first fundamental right of a citizen that of not being blown into the air. I heard it this morning on “Bayern2”. I presume he deduces from this statement the “fundamental right” to suffer more restrictions of liberty for fear of terrorism.

Well, if you ask me, I would say that we in Germany are better protected against being blown into the air than against the abolishment of liberty. Again, I quote Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790):

» Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety. «
(According to wikiquote, Benjamin Franklin actually said this).

If I were to take such “rhetorics” telling me about the fundamental right not to be blown into the air seriously, another fundamental right of all citizens – one that is just as important  -comes to mind: not being killed in a traffic accident, no matter if you were the person who caused the accident or not.

Now consider that probably very few Germans have ever been blown into the air – most of them probably not by terrorists, but while doing their job. On the other hand, the number of fatal traffic accidents is still listed in the thousands (not to mention the injured and seriously injured). So why do we dogmatically celebrate terrorism as the ultimate danger for life and limb, while our politicians are not even capable of installing a speed limit?

So, please, refrain from such stupid “rhetorics”! Especially if you claim to be a responsible politician.

(Translated by EG)

Roland Dürre
Thursday May 26th, 2011

Final Deposit – NO, THANKS!

In reply to the change of opinion among the Bavarian CSU, the Federal SPD now demands that Bavaria also be again considered as everybody tries to find a proper “final deposit location” for nuclear waste.

Incidentally, I heard people with scientific background tell me it makes no sense at all to „finally deposit“ nuclear waste.

Instead, we should concentrate on locations where you can make a good guess or guarantee that they will be safe for the next 50 to 100 years, maybe, if things go well, for 200 years. And, above all, we should deposit the waste in such a way that it can be taken back.
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Here are my tweets of last week on
Blogging and Twitter, Wisdoms and Rules:

110616 Everyone likes his own way best, that is why the country if full of jesters – is that also true for twittering and blogging? #Twitter #Blogging #Wisdom

110617 Every jester likes his own duncecap – also when twittering and blogging? #Twitter #Blogging #Wisdom

110618 Let everyone look behind his own door – good advice for quite a few bloggers. #Twitter #Blogging #Wisdom

110619 Everyone thinks his own straw is hay and other people’s hay is straw – also true for twittering and blogging? #Twitter #Blogging #Wisdom

110620 We all love doing things our own way – also true for twitterers and bloggers. #Twitter #Blogging#Wisdom

110621 Man forges his own destiny – also true for twittering and blogging. #Twitter #Blogging#Wisdom

110622 Whatever we decide to do, we can do – also true for twittering and blogging. #Twitter #Blogging #Wisdom

There is a new tweet each day. See Twitter and “follow” RolandDuerre!

(Translated by EG)

I took the proverbs from Alle deutsche Sprichwörter.

Wednesday May 25th, 2011

From a strictly mathematical viewpoint it goes like this …

What Makes 100%? What does it mean to give MORE than 100%? Ever wonder about those people who say they are giving more than 100%? We have all been to those meetings where someone wants you to give over 100%. How about achieving 103%? What makes up 100% in life?

Here’s a little mathematical formula that might help you answer these questions:

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Roland Dürre
Tuesday May 24th, 2011

Congratulations on Your Wedding – Regina and Martin!

Traukirche in BockhornOn Saturday, May, 21st, 2011, Martin Holzner, director and shareholder of IF-Tech AG, tied the knot with his Regina.

The church ceremony was held in Bockhorn (near Kirchasch) in the morning.

After church, the huge number of wedding guests – around 200 – celebrated at the Landhaus Hinterberg near Dorfen (in the rural district of Erding in Upper Bavaria).

And I feel truly privileged for having been invited. Many thanks!

It really was a Dream Wedding!

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