Roland Dürre
Wednesday February 29th, 2012

Georg Schramm & Celibacy

Yesterday, I saw him again: Georg Schramm. He was at the Lustspielhaus “Schlachthof”. Georg Schramm is my own generation, more than a year older than yours truly. Perhaps that is why I understand him so well.

He favoured us with a great and elaborate program. Very rigorous. With total dedication. A call for social resistance. With harsh comments against the financial world. In RAF times, they would have incarcerated him because of his call for murder.

And at the end of his show, he even explained to the people what a “flashmob” is. Not everybody likes that. I can understand that this is the kind of program you can no longer broadcast on TV at prime time.

There were also some interesting theories. Among other things, he talked about celibacy (Zölibat). A few people left the room …

Here is a short version of what he said:

In his cabaret, Georg Schramm assumes that the church representatives around the 12th century had a particularly strong sex drive. “And they took advantage of everything that could hot climb the trees fast enough”. Naturally, the consequence was that they had many children, who then were a threat to the prosperity of the church. And that is why the management of the Catholic Church introduced celibacy. Well, it does not sound illogical, does it?

In my opinion, however, there were probably some more (good) reasons for this management decision at the time.
In those days, the church was quite powerful and rich. They owned (I almost wrote occupied) most of the property and built impressive edifices. But in order to remain rich and become even richer, a system must take good care of its system agents.

Yet times were hard in medieval Europe. Hunger and misery were the normal state of affairs for a huge part of the population. Bishops and priests, however, probably did not belong to the majority of those who suffered.

Well, is it not human and totally normal that the “females” of our species preferred the “males” who “had enough to eat and live in luxury” – as Bert Brecht would perhaps have said it?

Is it not just as normal that the “males” –like today – were and are just weak creatures?

And will an organization not look non-credible if they preach water (chastity and monogamy) while its operative members – perhaps because such were the circumstances – live exactly the opposite? In the long run, this kind of thing will be detrimental for any organization.

If that was so, celibacy can be seen as a management order that is very easy to understand. It was necessary in order to preserve an image which was especially relevant for an enterprise that does business with values.

If you see it under this light, you must admit that the introduction of celibacy was a stroke of genius by the enterprise leaders, wasn’t it? And as a side effect, the costs were lowered, too!

As I said – this is pure speculation. But no matter in what dimension you want to see it, celibacy is certainly an anachronism.


The right to the picture of Georg Schramm is with Hossa at de.wikipedia.

Werner Lorbeer
Tuesday February 28th, 2012

Desert Tec #014: Too Much Energy!

In 1992, when I first stood in front of the four Spannbüllhof windmills, I never stopped being amazed. It was a windy summer, the daughter had come down with whooping cough and I experienced the coast with its healing and windy powers.

Being a physicist, I automatically analyzed the function and energy output of the mills and my surprise knew no end when I realized what a business potential these four windmills, each producing 0.5 Megawatt, had. In a single year, they earned 60% of what they had cost.

If you want to do the calculations, here are the facts:    
Per installed megawatt, the energy output is around 2 to 2.5 gigahertz each year. (This is an important number for many Bavarian investors who currently want to make places with little wind happy through their investment capital. Keep in mind: there will be a time when you no longer get subsidies and then the cost will count. With grumpy greetings from the depleted objects in Eastern Germany to the nationally enthusiastic investor).

On the second day, my question, of course, was about the network and the energy storage – and even in 1992, two things were obvious:

  1. The conversion technology was not able to cope with the sudden “going-off-the-wind” of the windmill chains if there was too much wind;
  2. In Schleswig-Holstein, there is no water storage for taking up extra energy;
  3. And neither the windmill farmers nor any of the subsidy politicians could have cared less, because with subsidies, you never know why you get them, anyway.

Now, what a shock, in 2012, the energy is to be used – neither the subsidy granters nor the windmill park investors ever believed such a thing might happen!

After all, life was a lot easier when you got the premium even if the windmills were turned off because of too much energy flowing through the networks if there was too much wind.

Yes, it is true: they got a premium for switching off if the network got strained. We really learned a lot from the GDR. Today (Feb., 27th, 2012) our parliament rescues the “Euro” and tomorrow “the entire world”. At the same time, the production of carbon fibre composite for the BMW e-Mini is transferred to Lake Moses, USA, because the energy costs too much in this country.

Is there a way out of the dilemma.

Yes, there is!

It will be a plea for “power to gas

(Translated by EG)

I will now (as an exception from the rule) advertise my own activities.

On July, 22nd, 2011, I gave a presentation at BICCnight organized by BICCnet in Munich. The location was the Bayerischer Rundfunk building. It was a review of the history of IuK (information and communication technologies) and media, along with the many connections between the two.

For me, this presentation was very important. I tried to outline the important role the media and IuK played in the development of our society. Ever since man existed. And, above all, how important it is to have a free internet in a democratic and humane future.

Now several people told me that I actually managed to convey the message quite well. My presentation, however, had been titled

What’s new, pussycat?

Mind you, in my personal opinion, this title is a stroke of genius. If, however, you want to find my presentation in the “cyberspace” search machines, it turns out to be totally useless. Consequently, I take advantage of this opportunity to give another link to my “pussycats”.

The video recording is by Friedrich.

And here is another favour I would like to ask you. If you open an IF Blog article, you always find the note

Be Sociable, Share!

at its bottom. There are many buttons pointing towards all sorts of “social networks”. If you like an article, why don’t you just click on one of those buttons?

🙂 Then my article will also be visible in your network and I will get even more clicks. I would be truly delighted about that.

(Translated by EG)

Roland Dürre
Monday February 27th, 2012

My Heroes – Monsieur le Président ♫ ♫

With his “Kulturzwiebel”, Eberhard – Dr. Eberhard Huber, you can find more about him in projekt-(B)LOG – motivated me to look for my personal hero. I already wrote about it in an IF blog article.

This morning, as I listened to the radio (Sonntagsbeilage, Bayern2), I once more heard the anti-war song “Le déserteur – Mr. Le Président …”. And then I remembered one of the big heroes from the days of my youth.

Boris Vian.
Again not a German (see also Kulturzwiebel).

I instantly started looking for him in “Cyberspace”. First I wanted to find the original of the “Déserteur”. Of course at Youtube. Well, it wasn’t there. All you get is the much-loved “GEMA window“.

But then I found it after all. First I found Johan Galtung singing Le déserteur by the great Boris Vian.

Years later we had a German singer: Wolf Biermann: Monsieur le Presidente.

If you want to find out more about the song, you will have to consult the French Wikipedia version. For Boris Vian, there is also a very interesting article  in German. Here is where you can find the texts: German und French.

For what it is worth, I will write a comment on the Gema and its Youtube locks. Sony, too, already complained.
🙂 Because it reduces the Sony turnover and thus is detrimental for business. Incidentally, the same is true for the business at Gema.
You see what this is: stubbornness and stupidity with a detrimental effect backfiring against the very institution that uses it.

But, cynically spoken, if you lock Boris Vian with Le déserteur, you might almost be considered in favour of war.
Woe to Germany and the German Gema.

Once again, I would like to bow before the civil courage displayed by Boris Vian!

(Translated by EG)

The song is from the year 1954!

Roland Dürre
Sunday February 26th, 2012

Getting Rid Of Plastic Waste!

Günther Bonin and OneEarth-OneOcean – against plastic waste

I met him last Thursday on the F.R.E.E at Munich Fairground. My old friend Günther Bonin, with whom I have played soccer for easily 30 years now. He was on the fair with a booth, advertising “his” OneEarth-OneOcean.

Günter is also past fifty. And he decided that he wanted to do something that really gives purpose to his life. Consequently, he founded this non-profit club.

Together with friends, he wants to free the soil – and being a passionate sailor, in particular the oceans of this planet – from plastic waste and its terrible aftermath. He and his team developed ingenious ideas and designed great projects.

There is plenty of support. For instance, OneEarth-OneOcean already received a generous donation by a leading telecommunications firm. And the number of comrades in arms increases all the time.

I, too, support Günther and OneEarth-OneOcean.

As I see it, every one of us can – and must! – do something. Because we have to make nature free of all that plastic.

But just as important:

We should avoid for plastic waste to be created. Because we really do not need it. And as we all know: prevention is better than healing.

Consequently, there is something that no longer exists in my life:

Yoghurt that comes in plastic containers, drinks that come in plastic bottles and “over-packed” food. And other plastic nonsense.
And instead of shampoos, shaving foam, deodorants and men’s cosmetics, I only use soap from my soap dish. It produces just as much foam and smells just as nice. See also my articles Plastikmüll (plastic waste) and Ausgeschleckt (No More Schleck)!

(Translated by EG)

As I was looking for OneEarth-OneOcean, I also found OneWorld-OneOcean. That does not sound bad, either.

Roland Dürre
Saturday February 25th, 2012

Privacy of Correspondence 2.0

This morning, I heard the following news, which, afterwards, I also read about in the MDR:

The German secret service agencies monitor more and more emails. As “Bild” reports, the Parliamentary Control Panel of the Deutscher Bundestag admitted to having controlled more than 37 million data connections in 2010. According to this information, the number of controls was more than five times as much as during the preceding year.

In BILD it sounds like this:

According to them, they controlled 37,292,862 emails and data connections in 2010, because certain catch phrases (for instance bomb, atom, missile, etc) were part of the email. Consequently, the number was more than five times as much as during the previous year. In 2009, they had controlled 6.8 millions internet communications.

Let me clarify the dimension of what happened:

There was a time when emails did not yet exist. And not everybody had a telephone, either. In those days, people actually sent each other letters.

Now imagine an army of state functionaries or robots opening each individual letter with special care (using vapour) and looking for words such as bomb, atom, missile, etc.  If one of these terms is found, they photocopy the letter and hand it on for “control”. Afterwards, the letter is carefully re-sealed, so the recipient will never imagine it might have been read.

When I was young, we had something called privacy of correspondence. And the aforementioned procedure would have been a violation of our constitution.

Many people living in the FRG believed that the official agents of the republic actually abided by the law and did not violate the privacy of correspondence. My father was one of them. But my father always suspected that those “on the other side”, in the “eastern zone” or “Soviet Zone” – to make them angry, we provocatively called them “GDR” – were not abiding by that law.

Consequently, he secretly marked the letters he sent to his aunts in Brandenburg. Like this, they would be able to determine whether the letters had been opened by the “Stasi” (or by whomever else). And, of course, he used camouflage expressions for certain terms. I remember code words for the political situation, but also for coffee and books – whatever you sent from here to there. Yes, that is how it was in those days.…

Back to email control. Perhaps the action per se is nonsense. What terrorist or criminal will be stupid enough to put these dangerous words into an email? But they have to find a way to spend all our tax money and all the money they borrow from the financial market, don’t they?

There is one piece of information I sadly miss in the media: has there ever been even a single criminal act that was prevented by this method? And how many guiltless persons have been compromised or put under suspicion?

(Translated by EG)

Now there are several things you could do:
If you want to prevent your emails from being read, never use any of the critical words. After all, you do not really need them, do you? However, this will only work until it dawns on the secret services that it is particularly those emails not containing one of the critical words that are the most dangerous.
If you want to see the secret services really having a lot to read, then why don’t you construct some phrases that contain all the critical words and put those in all your emails? That would be a sort of civil resistance. But perhaps this is also already a “dangerous word”.
Well, I will continue as before! I will simply write what I think. Because I could not care less about who reads my emails.



The words bomb, atom, missile, etc., will be found in this post.
No. Not Damn!
After all, this is a chance to increase the number of readers! And there is no such thing as an “unauthorized reader” of this blog. Everyone is welcome!

And here is another P.S.: if they continue in that way, I may soon be happy that BILD exists. In former times, I would never have believed such a thing possible.

More and more often, medium-sized enterprises, such as InterFace AG, use the legal status of a Small Stock Company  (Aktiengesellschaft AG).

A huge advantage is that, using this legal status, you can organize a large number of stock holders better than in a private limited liability company (GmbH). This is important if, for example, former or active employees hold some of the stock and thus the number of stockholders is bigger.

The disadvantage of a small stock company is that you have more work. For instance, you must follow the extended rules of stock-holder legislation and need a supervisory board. The number of supervisory board members must be three or a multiple unit of three (three, six, nine…).

What are the tasks of a supervisory board in a small stock company?

As I see it, they have three important tasks.

  • They should combine the interests of the stock holders with those of the enterprise. In order to make it a success, it is necessary for them to build a “firewall” between the stock holders and the enterprise. Among other things, the supervisory board has to see to it that the stock holders will not do damage to the enterprise by demanding excess dividends and that the board of directors takes the stockholder’s interest into consideration when acting.
  • Moreover, the supervisory board has to keep the enterprise on the right course. It would be ideal if they were actively involved as early as when the course is decided upon.
  • The supervisory board should be first consulted by the board of directors in all affairs pertaining to the company. They must agree on the contracts with which the directors tie themselves to the enterprise. Naturally, a consequence of this is also that they have to see to it that new persons get a chance to become directors.

It is a good thing for a medium-sized enterprise to have a supervisory board if they are a small stock company. Ideally, said board consists of people who have the competence, the time and the will to work towards the well-being of the enterprise.

(Translated by EG)

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Klaus Hnilica
Thursday February 23rd, 2012

Othello – and the Lust to Strangle Someone

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Here are my tweets of last week on

Blogging and Twitter, Wisdoms and Rules:

120308 The early bird catches the worm – not often true for twitterers and bloggers. #Twitter #Blogging #Wisdom

120309 Labour and working twice will melt the ice – but not when twittering and blogging. #Twitter #Blogging #Wisdom

120310 There is an entire world between mouth and heart – hopefully not when twittering and blogging. #Twitter #Blogging #Wisdom

120311 Mush is not soup – something twitterers and bloggers should remember? #Twitter #Blogging #Wisdom

120312 Do you really have to know all and sundry? – not to forget when twittering and blogging! #Twitter #Blogging #Wisdom

120313 Lazy people have strange ideas – sometimes also to be found among twitterers and bloggers! #Twitter #Blogging #Wisdom

120314 Idleness breeds evil – also when twittering and blogging? #Twitter #Blogging #Wisdom

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

(Translated by EG)

Roland Dürre
Wednesday February 22nd, 2012

How to Become A Super Success. ♫

It is not even pure game theory. ‘Yet, it is quite realistic. Here is a story a friend told me:

This is a lecture. A professor plays games with his students in the lecture hall.

Game No 1:
The professor asks his students to toss a coin. If they toss a head, they can stay; if they toss a number, they are out. The game will continue until one (or none) is left. If one survives, he/she is the winner. The winner takes it all!

Game No 2: 

The professor takes his coin. The students in the lecture hall have no coins. They have to decide if it will be head or number before he tosses. Then the professor throws the coin. Those students that failed to expect the right side are out. The game will continue until all are out or exactly one student is left. The winner takes it all!

Game No 3:
The professor has a real coin. So do the students in the lecture hall. Both the professor and the students toss their coins. Those of the students that got the same result as the professor are permitted to continue. The others are out. The game will continue until all are out or exactly one student is left. The winner takes it all!

Game No 4:
The game is without a coin. The students in the lecture hall have pieces of paper. Secretly, they have to write down head or number. The majority will win. So when the majority of students had decided on head, all those who wrote down number will be out. And vice versa. If there is an equal number, the game is repeated. The game will continue until all are out or exactly one student is left. The winner takes it all!

No matter how the rules are or how complicated the game is, basically, it is always the same. As in real life.
There might be many good things and many criteria to be met if you want to be a success, but eventually it will be luck that plays the important role. You need it in order to become great. As in real life.

(Translated by EG)