Roland Dürre
Saturday July 20th, 2019

Musings at Night

 

„Thinking of Europe at night
Gives me such a sleepless fright“

 

Our new logo is at least more attractive than the black-red-gold!?

Here is a small text that might also sound strange and disappointed.
But then, things are as they are, which is why I will try to make my musings at night sound totally joyful.

And I hope that nothing will be served as hot as it is cooked
Before this, I will bow to Heinrich Heine and cite from Wikipedia:


Nachtgedanken is the twenty-fourth and last poem in Heinrich Heine‘s  cycle: Zeitgedichte of 1844. The famous first verse
„Denk ich an Deutschland in der Nacht, / Dann bin ich um den Schlaf gebracht“
has become a winged proverb  (geflügeltes Wort).


A short time ago, I had a stupid idea at night. It was about “getting old”. After all, I am not really very young any more. So I had an idea that made me thoughtful:

My age also has an advantage: the chances that I will have to fight in a war are dwindling all the time.

The idea of having to serve has always been a very uncomfortable one for me. Because this idea makes the option of war a real option. This seemed to be over for us. But is that really true? 
To me, war seems to be the worst of all scenarios. And since now women are also trained as soldiers, I hope that at least the elderly will no longer have to serve in a war. In other words, they will only be part of the collateral damage.

Let us look at the current political situation:

A short time ago, they elected the German Minister of Defense Ursula von der Leyen into the job of EU Commission President. Regardless of the fact that the EU citizens had shortly before voted for totally other candidates. Apparently, those other candidates had not been to the liking of the national European countries.

The new EU Commission President is also said to be the most important lady in Europe and the “Chancellor of Europe”. She outed herself as a “Glowing European”. In my book, she is more a „European Nationalist“. And I certainly do not like nationalists, neither European ones nor those on other continents.

As I see it, “Vive l’Europe!“ is just as bad as “Vive l’Afrique!“ – and I do not at all like inter-continental nationalism like in Europe against Asia or Africa. We need peace and have to save our planet – or else we have to look for other planets together. Mind you, I am rather sceptical about the second option – but given the choice between investing our scarce resources in spacecraft or in wars and armament in order to avoid wars, this is probably the better investment.

Von der Leyen was probably also elected by the European Nationalists. And they are said to be the enemies of Europe. At least that is what they say themselves. Isn’t it strange: you are not supposed to vote Right because they are too nationalist, but you need have no qualms about having them vote for you.

But we do not know. Perhaps the Rightists lie – after all, they are often accused of lying anyway – and they did not vote in favour of von der Leyen. The election was secret. Which is also something I do not understand. As a citizen and a democrat, I would really like to know whom the representative I elected voted for. I would like to see this somewhere in a protected environment. Please make it happen by the next European Elections.

If I were a European Congressman, I would also like to know who gave me his or her vote. Maybe some votes ended up in favour of someone I never wanted?

Secret elections have the disadvantage that they are easier to manipulate than transparent elections. Before the elections, they pointed out massively what damage Europe (the EU) stood to suffer if she is not elected! Isn’t it, then, easy to imagine that an ethically responsible person who weighed all the values against each other sacrificed himself for Europe and switched a few votes for the noble cause. Just as it was when they tried to murder the tyrant on the day the anniversary of which we are again celebrating. It can be seen as an “election modification”, as an act of special civil courage in order to save a continent – I am sure it would count as a heroic deed.

The first thing Frau von der Leyen did was to thank all those who had voted for her. She used the expression “nobody is perfect“ to trivialize the violations of human rights and contractual agreements of the EU members. It is all not so bad. And she also said she wanted to avoid punishment for those who misbehaved, at least as far as the financial sanctions are concerned. It sounded like some general amnesty on the day of inauguration. Doesn’t that sound like a fair amount of self-esteem.

I, too, believe that none of the European countries is perfect. Germany certainly is not. Just look at how we treat EU rules. And how we treat other EU countries. Or, especially painful for me: how we produce arms and distribute them all over the world. Isn’t that also some kind of violation of the laws of humanity.

And the new European Chancellor also understands our strong ally France, which is why she wants to promote the project European Army. I am a little older than Frau von der Leyen and was often in France as a young person in the 1960ies. And I understood how hard it was for the French to accept that they are the losers in colonial politics. This is how I developed some compassion for the ”Grande Nation” that had totally lost its role as former world power.

The new government wants to make France a world power again and delights in nuclear weapons and aircraft carriers. Can’t you understand that? Since it is not possible to do this alone, they are now trying to do it with their ex-arch-enemy Germany as a new ally – and to be on the safe side, they do it under the European Flag.

And neither do you have to take it very seriously that the people in France actually do no longer want to be the Grande Nation. And that the young Germans, too, are fed up with the army, is also of no consequence. A short time ago, I attended an Armed Forces event and heard that, unfortunately, the uniform is not something that is very popular, because the civil society has become “violence averse”. Well, I used to believe it was our shared social goal in this civilization to reduce violence? See the monopoly of the executive power,….

Now you could ask who the new European Army is supposed to fight. I hope it is no longer the Russians. Mind you, Barbara found Siberia quite nice when we travelled through on our train trip to Peking. Allegedly, they also have plenty of mineral resources – and perhaps AM and EM together will manage what Napoleon and Hitler alone could not do.

Perhaps Europe with its new army will also have to defend itself against the sick man on the Bosporus or the evil Islamists with their powerful army? And perhaps they have to protect us against all the future migration from Africa?

After all, you will find it hard to use an army to fight the climate catastrophe or the pollution of our climate through waste and the destruction of this planet. On the contrary: armies will exacerbate and speed these processes.

So what if I now add that, on one of these recent black days, I went to sleep in the evening thinking of nothing bad – and when I woke up in the morning I heard that we now have a new Federal Minister of Defence.

This is my personal Europe Logo. Let us put it on all the tanks and bombers.

It is Frau AKK, who, a few weeks ago, talked about not considering certain things taboo, such as a re-instalment of the only sleeping obligatory army service – perhaps this time as a fair deal for both sexes.

And then I ask my friends to understand why I have such sad moonlight ideas. And why I believe that currently the direction is far from good.

But then I know that everything will in the end turn out differently from what you imagined – and I remain totally relaxed. And I will put up a brave front.

RMD
(Translated by EG)

Roland Dürre
Wednesday May 29th, 2019

Quo vadis – Germania?

Roland Roland as the acting cook (@RolandDuerre):

Practicing freedom in Greece in our tent.

In his youtube video, Rezo (Twitter account @rezomusik) describes and clearly shows how the CDU has failed – but basically, he says that all the parties that determined politics in the FRG during the last decades have failed and how the political elite is obviously incompetent.

The person who calls himself Rezo is an entrepreneur and 27 years old – which is no longer all that young. He has a master’s degree in computer science (from the University of Dortmund) and earns his money with the production of videos. Well, youtube is one of the channels to publish videos. Which makes him a youtuber.

I, too, am offering 103 videos on my channel rolandduerre and I believe that there are some quite interesting videos among them. Just think of the videos with Rupert Lay. But that does not make me a youtuber, just as I am not Roland Dürre the blogger just because I write down some of my ideas in the IF blog. No. First and foremost, I am a human being who used to earn his living as an entrepreneur and who now enjoys the good life as a man of independent means.

So now, the CDU got upset about the famous Rezo video and they are asking if the internet should be controlled even stricter than it already is controlled. Mind you, what Rezo says is more than true. The only problem is that he does not say all. But then: how could anybody say all when you look at how endless the list of failure is?

There is not a single day when I am not confronted by the effects of what CDU & Co have done. And I am truly surprised (and find it a pity) to see how many people still voted in favour of CDU in the European elections.

The latest example is of earlier today. At 7 a.m., I listened to the News on the Second Bavarian Radio Station. And they say that currently the countries where most of the young high-potentials want to work are Australia, Sweden and Switzerland. Our SCHLAND ranks on number 12.

Here is the originalnews text:


Berlin: For highly qualified experts from abroad, Germany is not the first address (it ranges in the two-digit area). This can be seen from an OECD study that will be presented today (May, 29th) in Berlin. The authors find out that Germany is on the 12th position on a list of the most attractive places to work for experts with a master or PhD degree. The top rank is held by Australia, followed by Sweden and Switzerland. Criteria were, among others, the quality of job advancement chances, along with income and taxes.


I know other studies that show that Germany also becomes less and less attractive for craftsmen and qualified workers. As I see it, craftsmen and qualified workers are just as important as people with an academic degree, perhaps they are even more important.

Well, this is what I call a failure of the German politics. And it is a failure with dire consequences. After all, it seems a valid conclusion that the best people no longer want to come to Germany and consequently Germany will not have a very bright future.

It comes as a particular surprise to see what countries are at the top of the list.

Australia?


When I think of Australia, I think it is down under. The only thing you will find close by is New Zealand and a few South-Sea Islands. Other than that, persons who live there are totally cut off from the world. In my book that is not attractive. Whenever you want to see something new, you have to fly more than ten hours. Which is absolutely a no-go in these modern times.

Economically speaking, Australia lives almost exclusively from coal exports. Their coal is probably the highest quality coal world-wide. If this source of income were to disappear, the country would be bankrupt.

Just imagine: the world’s best coal is mined without any environmental consideration and than driven to the harbours, from where it is transported around the globe with huge ships. Then, it is re-loaded to smaller ships or long freight trains. The only purpose of this procedure is to have enough coal for burning it and producing enough electricity for the production of tin boxes. Said tin boxes will then be filled with local beer and shipped back to Australia. What nonsense …

Currently, what is needed is that we immediately stop electricity production based on coal. Naturally, they cannot do this in Australia. Because if Australia terminated the export of coal, it would immediately suffer from the worst possible economic crisis. …

So I understand that they need the best people. Just in case…

Sweden?

Many good things are said about Sweden. Some people really make a huge effort, for example with the project Vison Zero. It is about the desire to limit the number of people killed in fatal traffic accidents to ZERO.

However, I know a number of authors who describe Sweden as a corrupt country that is close to collapse. That is certainly not good advertising for the Scandinavian model country.

For me, Sweden would not even be attractive if wild horses dragged me there . Not just because of the depressing criminal stories, but more because of all those long and dark winters. What a placement disadvantage.

Switzerland?


I know Switzerland quite well, also its bourgeois side. Regardless of the fact that I do not always like this side, I still find that Switzerland is attractive. That is also because of their democratic structure.

The main disadvantage of Switzerland is that it seems to be even more expensive than my hometown Munich. I can understand that people like living and working there. Because if you work there, you can better afford to live there. It is not so easy for a gentleman of independent means. So: if I were young again, I would probably think about emigrating.

Common characteristics

Now let us look at what these three countries have in common. As I see it, they are all autonomous and, perhaps most importantly, they are small economies. And you all know that it has always been my belief that small systems are easier to control than big ones. Maybe there is some truth in this?

As far as the gross national product is concerned, they are probably all in the range of Bavaria. Perhaps this is another reason why Bavaria should at long last leave the FRG. All three countries have a strong culture of their own and an identity. For Australia, this is because they are so remote, in Sweden, it is because they are still an EU partner who keeps its distance and Switzerland has its neutrality. And all of them have their own currency. It sees that this is not so bad, after all.

One might actually come to the conclusion that it is easier for small and self-determined countries to create quality of life. To me, this, too, sounds plausible.

The negative trend that is being supported in many dimensions in Germany has not come out of the blue. It is, of course, due to political failure. Neither self-praise nor political manoeuvres in the form of offending those who criticize you will make it any better. It is about time that the ladies and gentlemen of the CDU start to accept this.

Here is an anecdote:

At one time, the InterFace AG and one of its partners had an IT daughter in India. Which meant that I occasionally flew to India. Whenever entering India, I was usually greeted by nice young gentlemen at the immigration desks of the airports in Mumbai or New-Dehli. These gentlemen were always willing to talk to me. They also asked me about my job. When I answered that my field was computer science or IT, they were quite surprised. They asked things like:

Do you really have such a thing as a computer in Germany?

Later, that was exactly our problem. The best Indians wanted to go to the USA or Canada. Or perhaps they wanted to work in those countries that were then called Asian Tigers. If you had to go to Europe, then the only halfway decent choice for an Indian was going to Britain. Germany was a very poor excuse for a destination. Only the second class experts who were not taken by anyone elsewhere went to Germany. They usually hoped to use Germany as a stepping stone towards another country.

These experiences lie a few years back. Today, the situation is even worse. Except that in the Ministry of Economy in Bavaria, they tell a totally different story. They talk AI and postulate Bavaria First. Basically, this is just ridiculous. But it is so sad.

Today, China is the leader. And Mr Trump, with his stupid activities – like now around Huawei – sees to it that the Chinese will now (because they have no other choice) get really under way. Consequently, life will become really hard for the rest of the world, at least as far as digitalization is concerned. Even for the USA. And especially for the European Nations who hinder each other with minor problems in their over-regulated EU…

After all, everything is about digitalization – at least according to Bavarian politics.

That is what I call political failure.

RMD
(Translated by EG)

Roland Dürre
Friday May 17th, 2019

Owehoweh Huawei!?

Again, the Americans are putting pressure on us. They want to punish all the countries that build up communication networks with Huawei technology.

It is basically about the backdoors the Chinese enterprise Huawei allegedly included in its technologies. These technologies are supposed to be espionage tools. This is a presumption that might be close to the truth, but it is far from proven.

Huawei currently has 180,000 employees and they really own them. Since it is a Chinese world concern, this came as a surprise to me.

Huawei offers a multitude of products in the end device sector, but also industrial products in the 5G-network technology field. They are important for our mobile communication network. It seems that several German telecommunications concerns are already business partners of Huawei.

That is exactly what annoys the USA. Now, the USA threaten their “allies” with sanctions if they use Huawei technology.

But who is the competition of Huawei, where we can buy the 5G technology that is so important for us? I am no longer quite as up-to-date as I used to be because I no longer find technology so interesting.

In Europe, we might be talking enterprises such as Ericsson and Nokia. I am not sure that you can still take them seriously when it comes to technology. Our Korean friends also have Samsung.

Besides other Chinese enterprises, Cisco is probably the most important competition for Huawei. Cisco Systems is an enterprise the software and devices of which have been criticized for their many backdoors during the past decades. But then, they are American and consequently good backdoors.

If you wish to make yourself knowledgeable about backdoors, I would recommend the FEFEBlog for information and links to articles on the topic. Or you might just want to google.

Our world has changed. Siemens used to be the global market leader in communication. Now, our American friends tell us what technology we should use. We in Germany no longer master the technology.

I am sure that Siemens, too, had backdoors in its software. Simply because you need it for maintenance work. However, I find it hard to see the then Siemens company as a data provider for secret services.
Perhaps the reason why Siemens lost the market completely is because they did not help anybody in their espionage work? Perhaps it was not the incompetence of the management? Who knows?

Well, we are monitored all the time anyway. The question is only how and by whom.

Brave new world.

RMD
(Translated by EG)

P.S.
I
wrote this article several days ago and published it today because of current events.

Roland Dürre
Thursday May 16th, 2019

Afraid of the Silk Road?

There is a general moaning heard all over Europe:
Help! The Chinese are coming!
And especially our bourgeois parties are making themselves understood extremely well in the chorus of warnings!

The network of ancient silk roads and connecting business routes.(from: Wikipedia)

What is the reason? The Chinese invest in infra structure on a world-wide scale. They buy and maintain infra structure for transport and logistics all over the world. Basically, that is all very useful for business.

So what is so bad about this?

Basically, Europe – and especially Germany – is the big winner of global business. And is there anything that is more useful for business than stable and secure transport routes?

After all, the new silk road is not a one-way road!

And I know no commander who likes to sail home with an empty freighter. The shipping companies do not like it either. Basically, we Germans would have to be more than happy about the Chinese creating all that is necessary for more export of products. One of the reasons is that the once-upon-a-time world police USA has become more and more unpredictable.

I presume we are afraid of the soon to be competition. Well, that fear is justified. Because we have the wrong products and, on average, we decrease more and more. Because we are satiated and do not understand change. And where we do understand it, we refuse to accept it. And we continue with regulations that will kill us, both in the short and long run.

RMD
(Translated by EG)

Roland Dürre
Saturday April 13th, 2019

Pitiful Politics!

It is really frustrating.

Will we actually manage???!!!

These days, politics (successfully) only deals with things that aim at preserving the power of the ruling class. The latest example is the danger to – if not the destruction of – the internet by the “copyright reform”. It is focused on preserving the property of the ruling class. As all politics in the FRG.

Would it not be more important to save the planet?

The important topics, like how to cure the planet, are left to the street. And politics ignore the problem, because the actors are trapped in the concepts of the last century. Their values are: growth and prosperity over everything – also over the world, along with: preservation of all property as a German Human Right.

Wise white children are supposed to shut up and leave the destruction of the planet to the experts.

If children are courageously marching for a new world – then the old white men top it all by telling them to shut up and “please leave the topic to the experts”. Meaning those who should have known better for more than fifty years but ignored it because of their egoistic mind-sets. It may be old and yesterday’s news, but it is also extremely sad news.
Lobby control and the attempt to have fewer representatives in parliament have failed.

However, politics also fail when it tries to mend “small” but important issues, especially if they violate traditional concepts and old structures. For instance, they sabotaged the Lobby Register and removed very necessary changes like for instance the reduction of the ever-growing number of representatives in our parliament from the agenda, because these issues are “unsolvable”. The introduction of rules how to reasonably integrate e-rollers into normal traffic is just as difficult. And they will probably extend the fee and crime catalogue by many more regulations. Because you do not want people who went by public transportation without a ticket to feel lonely in their cells, do you?

In our country, dispossession is a legitimate political instrument.

Dispossession is used all the time if it is about the interests of the big ones or perhaps the community. The motto is: jobs are always in the interest of the community. It does not matter if it is about armament, the production of airplanes or coal mining.
However, these jobs are only worthy if they bring profit. If they do not bring profit, they will quickly be transferred to Slovakia (as is now again happening in Augsburg).

Dispossessing G MAFIA? With pleasure.

If you want to dispossess concerns, then you hear consensual murmurs from the CDU representatives, provided it is about the modern enemy G MAFIA . The digital concerns of the G MAFIA are Google, Microsoft, Apple, Facebook, IBM and Amazon.

Well, quite a few consumption representatives will become hesitant when it comes to the last mentioned (Amazon). Because who is going to bring us all the parcels that we, as consumers, absolutely need to have within 24 hours? The famous international logistics enterprise DB (Deutsche Bahn) will definitely not manage it quickly and on time, regardless of its expensive slim logo.

Dispossess estate agent concerns? No way!

Yet even if “dispossessing” of estate agent concerns – whose lobbyists fraudulently took over hundreds of thousands of estates that were previously state-owned – is so much as mentioned, then there is an outcry, especially among the “Christian“ parties. Those are the parties which, even in their titles, violate copyright regulations. After all, Trump – whom the conservatives secretly idolize (Bavaria First) – also became a billionaire with estate gambling and later a hero of the population and US president. So how can you even think of dispossessing these estate gamblers. It is probably also against all rational thinking. If you dispossessed, how would you compensate the interim-owners when it comes to all the value increase the property enjoyed after having been bought cheaply from the state? Not at all? Well, that is quite impossible. And all other options are far more expensive.

“Transgender toilets“ are more important than “lobby control”.

During the last few months, the most important topics in this country have been “forced vaccinations” and “organ donation per default”. And “no advertising for abortionists”. The top of the list is “transgender toilets“. Do we have no other problems?

The MIV (motorised individual traffic) rules the world.

Cars beat people. That is how it has been for decades. To me, this concept became incomprehensible a long time ago. In my life, “individual” mobility means that I actively move (on foot or by bike). I also like going individually by train or bus. But I do not understand why my individual self should “serve” a powerful, dangerous and extremely heavy machine in a complex system “traffic” with all its chaotic side-effects, where I become an omni-potent controller and where I can nourish my seemingly now omni-potent ego.
Let us look at the necessary change in mobility.

An urban society (smart city) and the car do not go together well.

Cars smell and destroy people. They produce noise and make life miserable. Regardless, we still hear everywhere “free car rides for all citizens“ and “more space for cars“. And, as before, the speed limit remains a NOGO. Because it is against all rational thinking (which, frankly, does not feel too progressive at this point).

Two of our convenient and yet atrocious habits are voyages by plane and by ship.

Both ways of travel destroy our planet at an especially high rate. And it does not make any difference whether it happens because we enjoy it or because of the holy globalization.

Without flights and world trade, globalization and world trade are not possible.

We have to reduce both. And perhaps we also need to think less in global terms. “All business is local“ might be a start. This should also be true for politics. It would mean that we would not need armies for the world either, nor would we have to produce and export mines in order to preserve world peace. 
And it is also quite normal that, while the meat consumption decreases in this country, the export of meat explodes.

If many Boeing machines remain sitting on the ground because they are – due to profit – sub-optimal flying objects, then you will not notice this from the offer in flights. Because we have many planes sitting in the desert and awaiting permission to fly.

In terms of realistic mathematics, we should be aware of the fact that our aircraft industry cannot continue to build all these planes in the future. We need to adapt and build fewer.

Since that is not what we want, we subsidize the already tax-free Kerosene at Munich Airport. And we fly more and more, also national.

This is how the stock exchange price of Airbus increases all the time. The same is still true for automobile concerns.

Because here, too, the priority of growth is a given. Even if millions of new cars are sitting on parking spaces. And because our jobs are always a holy killer argument. Even though we learned that, here, too, change will be inevitable. How many sectors have disappeared from Germany? Innovation is and always has been creative destruction.

Our democracy has been destroyed.

It is high time that we start looking for the reasons why our democracy has been destroyed. We really need to reform it. I cannot really think of a solution to the problem. But this, too, will destroy the preservation of property and is very “politically incorrect“. Because it questions the prevailing balance of powers.

However, there is one symptom I see that destroys democracy. It is named Grindel. In my book he represents not only the current generation of CDU representatives. With CDU and ZDF, he became a member of parliament – and then later the head of the DFB. Well, you might ask the question: How could the DFB have been stupid enough to vote for a CDU parliamentarian as their head? It was quite predictable what was going to happen in such an event.
Why do all the parties I particularly dislike have three-letter abbreviations (CDU, CSU, SPD, FDP …)? Perhaps this is why I no longer like three-letter abbreviations? My suspicions about and dislike of system agents from politics and business have been growing for a long time.

I guess that the social environment in the parties corrupts the people. Especially the three-letter parties only attract a special kind of person these days. You will only become a member if you hope it will give you personal advantages. And when it comes to the fight for top positions in the party, you have to be really competent with F… methods.

The Grindelization of politicians.

Consequently, it seems to me that the meta-reason for our dilemma in politics is quite clear: 
The system of “oligarchy of parties“, along with the “dictatorship of the concerns“ is the reason why politics are only actively pursued by people who represent a negative selection of society and who, additionally, have been negatively socialized. The long road that starts with the membership of the party youth organization and ends with a top party position and in parliament will only be travelled successfully if you use strange methods that are really distasteful to me. And that is formative.

RMD
(Translated by EG)

P.S.

I wrote this article for my grandchildren. I want them to know that there were also some old white men who opposed the nonsense other old white men propagated.

Roland Dürre
Wednesday April 3rd, 2019

The Heretic’s Cynic Dance Through Society and Politics.

Currently, I am riding my bike through the Piemont with Barbara. It is pure pleasure, spring, exercise, a wonderful landscape, great food, everything is like a dream. It gives me time and leisure to think about what has made me sad recently. The following summary is the result.

Before you start reading, I would like to point out that we have freedom of thought. That is also true for mental experiments.


Let us start with a hideous saying from Nazi times. In those days, the masters of the Third Reich hung the sentence “Work Will Make You Free“ over the entrance of the Concentration Camps. Hatred was systematically promoted against persons and groups we disliked. These people were tortured and murdered from the leaders – with the agreement of the vassals. We rightly condemned what happened as crimes against humanity. Work will make you free – in those times that was sheer cynicism.

Today, we have the motto: “Money will make you free”. Since for most people their job is the source of income, you can say – and I do not mean this cynical at all – “your job will make you free”. Because only if you have a job that pays reasonably well, you will be a respected part of society. Everything depends on it.

If your job does not pay very much, this is not a problem. You simply have to have several jobs. That is quite possible. You will still remain a part of society. If you do not earn enough in your job, you will also be ostracized. Except if you have other means of income, for instance if you inherit a lot. With enough money, you will also be a respected citizen if you have no job. Since well-paid jobs will probably become scarce in the future, some sociologists demand the   BGE (basic income without any requirements). It is supposed to give people a little more freedom, but above all, it is supposed to guarantee the preservation of the consumption society.

The best-paid jobs are in the HORGs (Hierarchical ORGanisations). Especially if you are stabilized and protected by collectively agreed wages, you can consider yourself in the golden cage. If you do not wish to work in a HORG (like yours truly), you have two options: you can become either a day labourer or an entrepreneur.

Day labourers can either earn quite a lot or be rather poorly paid, depending on what they can sell. If you need a better sounding word, you will call them freelancers (although they are certainly not free). And they are often persecuted as “fake freelancers“.

Trying to become an entrepreneur is risky, you can fail (as with everything in life). Except if you fail, you might not only end up without income but also without Granny’s Little House.

The VW managing director Herbert Diess has now also realized this, regardless of the fact that he is actually not an entrepreneur but more some kind of upper class system agent. He declared very appropriately: EBIT will make you free – and then he was surprised that they criticized him for this sentence (because of the historical fact that VW, after all, had quite a few forced labourers during the Third Reich). Since he is a nice Austrian who was born in Munich, he later said he was sorry if his choice of phrase was offensive.

Mind you, he was absolutely correct, because his enterprise will be a lot better off if “his enterprise” manages a nice EBIT every year. Believe me, I know what I am talking about!

Incidentally, not only the managing directors in the automobile industry know this – those in the pharmaceutical industry have also gotten wind of it. Mind you, in the pharmaceutical industry, you do not get such products as Tamiflu – that alone guarantees the EBIT – every year. The time of the Blockbuster is also something of the past and business in the chemical health industry gets generally harder.

That is why it is nice if google and facebook, for example, ban the vaccination enemies from their website. Naturally, compulsory vaccinations are an excellent cure for the EBIT of the producers. And the government, too, is now considering to introduce a law that makes it possible to make vaccinations compulsory. Because of the measles.

Since we are talking about compulsory measures: 
Especially in the medical sector, it would make sense in society to have many more compulsory measures. The first thing that comes to mind is the HIV test. Why do they not force everybody to do such a test regularly? That would give people the information whether or not they have Aids and consequently they can act responsibly. Would not some transparency make sense in the fight against the pestilence? And such a law would also be beneficial for the EBIT of the producer of the test.

Or, just as important:
Everybody knows that our planet has a huge problem. It suffers under too many people. Should we not really do something about the over-population? What about forced contraceptives?

Here is what the rules could be:

Every woman has to do whatever it takes in order not to become pregnant (without permission). Either through a known contraceptive or by proving that she lives in a monogamous relationship with a sterilized man. If there is a possibility that she is pregnant, she has to take the pill after. If the pregnancy has been confirmed, there must be immediate abortion. This is a medically very simple and harmless procedure that, in Germany, one out of four women underwent once or several times in their lives.

There would be exceptions for “applied for and approved” children. The approval has to be valid before the actual procreation. It will only be granted if the couple (hetero or homo sexual) can prove that they are able to provide a good social perspective for the child. What a Brave New World!
Well, the Federal Government has a lot of work to do. China already did it, because China had to cope with a drastic population growth. In India, it has also been discussed. They distributed radio receivers as a reward for sterilization. However, it did not work very well.

In general, the Chinese are a step ahead.

China already awards social credits for its citizens. Both negative and positive ones. In the end, the difference is calculated. This is how they want to realize the dream of a system of “relative justice” by rewarding good behaviour and punishing bad behaviour.

Thanks to digitalization, it is quite easy.

For instance if someone goes by underground train without having bought a ticket, he/she will get negative points. The same is true if you cross the street on a red traffic light or if you park illegally or drive too fast. If your negative points add up to a certain sum, you will be ostracized from society by a differentiated system.
Isn’t this better than our system?

If you go by underground train in this country without having bought a ticket, you are committing a crime and will sooner or later end up in jail. Since parking illegally is only a violation of a minor rule, you can throw away your ticket without having to fear jail. Is that relative justice?

In China, they have many rich and super-rich – and many poor. In our country, the polarization between rich and poor is not quite as pronounced as there.
This could soon end.

Because Germany is not the only country where the first article of the constitution seems to be: the preservation of your property is the highest priority. That is what the majority of people in this country take as the maxim of their thinking and behaviour.

The protection of vested rights feels like a new human right in Germany.

Consequently, the protection of property has been improved. It happens at all levels. Naturally, because, if 50% of the world’s capital belongs to fewer than fifty people, then these people want to stabilize their situation. And power is always in the hands of those with “the funny stuff”.
The copyright protection that originated in the last centuries is also regulated for the internet. Data are declared personal property and protected by laws. It induces a huge cost that could easily have been avoided if we had simply punished violations of the law.

I never understood the ado they made about data protection. How can any person own data at all? And why do they belong to him/her personally? I used to believe that data (like knowledge) belongs to all of us. At least to all those who know them.

What kind of society is this if my date of birth is a secret? To be sure, I am less than thrilled about my age. I would certainly like to be younger. But why should nobody know how old I am? Why should my sexual and religious orientation not be public knowledge? Why does everyone want to hide something?

My dream is a transparent and tolerant society. Free of violence. We would need no DSVGO as we have it now. Neither would we need upload filters that will now also come officially (we have had them in-officially for quite some time already).

They say that intellectual property needs to be protected. This is because you can earn a lot of money with intellectual property. I feel richer if I can share my ideas with others. I will not want the copyright to my ideas, simply because my ideas have usually been inspired or triggered by other persons.

There is one exception to how the government acts in favour of manifesting property. It is not about the womb that should belong to a woman. Now the government wants to initiate a law that allows them to take the organs of a dead person by default. In other words, if a person did not declare a priori (before he died) that he expressly forbids it or unless his next of kin à posterio gives a good reason why he is against it, the organs will be taken. This weakens the ownership of your own organs. Is that because your ownership terminates with your death? What about applying this reasoning to other property?

It really sounds very humane if you hear about poor people who have been waiting a long time for a donor because they need his organ. As always, however, that is not what it is all about. It is all about business. And business is always justified with reminding people of jobs.

Organ transplants are very expensive medical business cases. And there are quite a few hospitals and people working there who could earn a lot more money if they had more donor organs. The pharmaceutical industry would also benefit. Because people who have been successfully given a donor organ need a lot of medication afterwards in order to continue living with the strange organ.

Also, you are no longer (officially) allowed to own other persons. However, slavery, too, was not abolished for humanitarian or idealistic reasons. It was mostly abolished because it was not beneficial in the sense of profit maximization.

Now I wait for a regulation that protects the right to my own emotions. After all, they, too, can be violated or injured by others. We already have some interesting beginnings, for instance if you violate religious or German-Nationalist feelings (for example if you ignore the flag). This might well become a subject to regulation in the internet. Upload filters come to mind.
I am really happy that I do not have any religious or nationalist feelings. So nobody can violate them. On the other hand: if SpVG Unterhaching lost a match and a München-1860 or Bayern-München fan makes fun of it, he is definitely violating my feelings. And I think he really should be punished for it.

That is one of the problem we have in this society:
How will violations against future regulations be sanctioned?
More and more is forbidden and regulated – it is not only about vaccinations and having children. The planet, the bees, and Europe must be saved. And all of this will not be possible without severe restrictions and solidarity. And voluntary solidarity comes at a high price and will consequently cost a lot.

Consequently, you cannot follow the politically incorrect sentiment that, for example, you are opposed to a Europe that is dominated by nationalist countries and that dreams of a powerful army of its own with aircraft carriers. Just as violations against the environment need to be sanctioned if you want to stop the climate catastrophe.

This is where we come full circle. You will really need a well-paid job or be extremely rich if you want to pay all the fees and tickets you will get.

RMD
(Translated by EG)

P.S.
I just read that the Bayerische Landesausstellung will be re-named “Stadtluft befreit“. The organizers of the event in Aichach and Friedberg in 2020 modified the original title ”Stadtluft macht frei“. Charlotte Knobloch had criticised that the title is hurtful and “poisoning people“.

The reason was that the old title violated feelings. If feelings are property that needs to be protected (because you can hurt them), then – following the current political concepts – you need a GSGVO (regulation for the protection of feelings) in the internet, too. And since we already have update filters, why not exclude everything that hurts your feelings? Such as city air will make you free. Or Haching is a shitty club.

In my opinion, “city air will make you free“ is a very important metaphor. Because the social, political, cultural and all other progress in Europe happened in the cities and through networking.

Roland Dürre
Sunday March 10th, 2019

Facebook: Enemies of Vaccination Get Less Room .

Under this caption, I read what Heise.de says:


Now, facebook, too, joins in the battle against the growing number of enemies of vaccination. The US portal announced first measures.


And then:


More and more resistance

With this step, facebook follows Pinterest and Google, who have similarly started to cut down the space for vaccination enemies on their platforms. Pinterest no longer shows any hits if you type “vaccination“ or “vaccine“, a short tima ago, Youtube announced that it will cut off the money flow for video channels of vaccination enemies. Based on information of the world health organisation and the US centres for epidemic plague control and prevention, facebook will now start measures against vaccine hoaxes.


This news is an excellent example for modern times. We also want to introduce upload filters in Europe. Facebook, Google and Pinterest profess to know what is better for the world. And they decide who can say what they think and who cannot.

It was not the candle that made me immune against polio but the oral vaccination.

When I think vaccination, I immediately think polio. In my childhood, I saw this cruel illness in many children. And, of course, for me, the oral vaccination against polio was a huge blessing. After all, I knew that this was how many people were protected against the fatal results of the illness.

Consequently, the vaccination against polio was a huge success for me – also for the pharmaceutical concerns.

The thing that was almost as bad when I was young were children suffering from the consequences of Contergan. Initially, this was also a terrible illness. At the time, we did not know that the deformations were caused by a very questionable pharmaceutical product.

This is how I developed a very early mistrust against pharmaceutical concerns and their products. After all, they had shown with Contergan that they did not look too closely when it came to business. I fear that this industry will gladly make money with vaccinations, even if said vaccinations are not exclusively beneficial. This means that, regardless of the fact that I am not a vaccination enemy, I sometimes have my doubts if all vaccinations make sense. Thinking of the flu, the first thing that comes to mind is Tamiflu, of which we know that the most important healing it caused was for the balance sheets of the Swiss pharmaceutical concern Roche.

Every autumn, I ask myself if I should register for the flu vaccination. After all, being now almost seventy, I belong to those who are particularly at risk. However, I always decide against it because I read that the immune systems of older people have a very well working immune memory.

There are vaccinations that I consider extremely necessary and reasonable (hepatitis, polio, yellow fever, …) and there are others that I consider detrimental. And since, also due to the DVSGO (data protection), we have no medical practice that is based on big data, it is rather hard for me to decide.
But I am happy to see that such topics are discussed critically – and I find it a catastrophe if the powerful think they need to act. In fact, looking at the prospect of upload filters makes me want to yell:

Nib Things in the Bud!

Something is wrong with the internet if powerful concerns want to and actually can influence the process of opinion building. And if this becomes the initiative for legislative procedures.

RMD
(Translated by EG)

It has now been almost fifty years since I was first permitted to vote. And, as far as I can remember, I also always took part in the elections. Because my super-ego always ordered me to go and vote – even if I did not feel like it.

Only a few days ago, I discovered that the voting procedures (and consequently also the rules) are quite different for federal elections, state elections and district elections.

Initially, I was outraged about my deficient political education. Then I asked friends I consider wise democrats – and it turned out that they, too, were quite ignorant. During the electoral campaigns and from the messages on quite a few election posters, I discovered that even some of the parties and their candidates, at least partly, do not know the differences between the federal, state and district electoral systems.

That was a consolation, but it also motivated me to describe two important differences:
As opposed to the federal election rules, the Bavarian State Elections are organized in such a way that the first votes, too, will be counted following the proportional representation (see: Bayerisches Landtagswahlsystem and Bundestagswahlrecht)!

When it comes to the district elections in Bavaria, the five-per-cent rule is ignored. Conversely, there is a minimum rule for the Bavarian State elections (until 1973, the Bavarian rule said ten per cent for the district level. Since 1973, we have now had the state-wide five per cent regulation as written down in Art. 14 of the Bavarian Constitution. Since the Bavarian Electoral System has no Basic Mandate Clause as we have in the Federal Electoral Regulations, this also means that persons who won their seats might actually not receive a mandate).

What does that mean?

First and foremost, the voter in Bavaria should, when giving his first vote, not apply the same reasoning as he would in Federal Elections, because he might do something he had not intended to do.

Secondly, if you give your vote in the district elections, you can also elect “small parties” without the risk that these votes will practically be cancelled and titled “others”, as would be the case in State Elections.

You remember?

Tomorrow, we have both State and District Elections. And remember: there are different rules for the two although you vote on the same day in the same election office.

Some more information:

In the 2013 district elections, the CSU did not have the absolute majority in any of the seven Bavarian districts. In the district parliaments, we do not only have the representatives of the well-known parties CSU CSU (89), SPD (38) , FDP (6), FW (21), Grüne (18), but also representatives of the Leftists (5), the BP (6), the ÖDP (6), the Franken (2) and also the Piraten (4). I took the numbers of the 2013 elections from Wikipedia.

I do not understand why the parties that know they will hardly have a chance to top the 5% in Bavaria do not tell their potential voters that there is no 5% clause for the district elections. Presumably, quite a few voters would probably elect a small party.

I would propose that we standardize the voting procedures – and we could at the same time reform it. To might make it easier for the citizens.

RMD
(Translated by EG)

Roland Dürre
Friday October 5th, 2018

Is Democracy in Danger?

Here is what I think about the Bavarian Elections in a little more than a week.

Between ruins (South Georgia – whaling).

Democracy in Danger?
I hear this question more and more often.
And my answer is:
Yes – but it has been in danger for a long time already!

The democratic idea includes that people who live in a country (and therefore are this social system) elect their representatives who then find social consensus in parliament and realize said consensus in the form of prudent legislation. But this has not worked well in a long time.

My friend Detlev Six writes:
Liberal democracy is the most sensitive creature of the world. Nurse the baby!

Well, I, too, think that democracy is a rather tiny plant that should be well tended. However, that is not what we do. Instead, said plant has been threatened and harmed by various pests for decades.

I identified the following reasons why democracy in Bavaria and many other countries has been in the decline:

  • A general weakness in education and learning.
    Schools and universities produce consumers and workers who are more and more adapted to what the system needs, instead of autonomous persons in an ethically responsible awareness of values.
  • Party oligarchy.
    The parties no longer work towards the “social consensus”. They do not want the best for the people but continuing power. For said power, you need votes, which they want at any cost.
  • Interest associations and lobbyism.
    
The citizens see that the government, the parliament and the parties are ruled by foreign powers where the individual interest has priority over the interests of the people.
  • Marketing makes elections ridiculous.
    
How electoral campaigns are organized irritates the people and de-values the elections. You can now again see it in Bavaria. What nonsense you read on the posters that have been distributed all over the streets? Neither do the manifestos of the parties convince anybody. You get the impression that the party where most money flows into marketing and where people are best manipulated will win the elections.
  • The candidate selection and the internal party sleaze.
    
Again and again, party members that have never been elected into top positions get them.
  • Feeling powerless.
    
Huge parts of the population see themselves as powerless (either because that is how they feel or because they really are).

However, the “democracy in danger” question is now asked because the populists in Europe have such success and because of the imagined – and perhaps also real – threat of rightist movements and nationalist tendencies in Germany.

However, I believe that these problems are just a consequence of the factors I listed above and other similar developments. For me, this means that we ourselves caused the entire dilemma. By democratic failure. Both actively and passively.

And, as so often, those that lament most about what is wrong are those who caused it. We will probably have to accept that it is all our own fault, if we like it or not.

So whom am I supposed to give my vote?

I do not yet know. I do not like the Green Party because they were the ones who, along with the SPD, made it possible for our armed forces to be stationed abroad. CSU and SPD do not look electable to me. As far as the CSU is concerned, this is not only because of the current protagonists. The SPD did not understand #newwork at all, although this could (should?) be their topic. The FDP covers its clientele policy by promoting an “educational push“ and is millions of miles away from a “liberal“ policy, which means I cannot give them my vote. As I see it, the Left Party has some nice and good things in their program, but they also say many adventurous things. When it comes to “work life”, they are just as bad as the SPD. The AfD is not at all my world. That leaves only the ÖDP, which looks honest to me, or the “Die Partei”, which at least does not have a manifesto that makes you laugh as much as that of the other parties. Well, and ever since they tried to write a common political manifesto (see IF-Blog five years ago), I no longer like the Pirates either.

But here comes what is most important: 
Many of us are really well off. Let us enjoy life and give a little bit of our strength and nourishment (and nursing) to the little plant “liberal democracy”! And the first step is probably to actually go and vote.

RMD
(Translated by EG)

Roland Dürre
Thursday July 5th, 2018

Fuckup! Nights! Munich!

Something new happens all the time. A few days ago, I discovered the FUCKUPNIGHTS. And I decided that I want to be part of it. ? .

We Live Life Without Filters

That is the motto of this movement, which calls itself FUCKUPNIGHTS. It started in Mexico, from where it continued its triumphal procession into large parts of the world.

It is about failure. We also discussed this in June 2016 at the Berlin PM-Camp. Because failure is simply part of life. It might sometimes even be a source of success. Because there is a lot you can learn from failure. And you can not only benefit quite a lot from what you learned from your own failures. You can also share it with others. It can help those others to avoid failure (= to be a success).

The Techdivision– Marketing brought the Fuckup Night to Munich and Rosenheim. On July, 5th, (that is today), the FuckupNight will be held in the Munich Balanstrasse. And they were still looking for a speaker. Consequently, Sacha (the boss of Techdivision at Balanstrasse) asked me:

Hi Roland, would you like to present a personal fuckup example from your life in seven minutes and with a maximum of 10 slides?

Here is all the information on FUCKUPNIGHTS in Munich. Today, the event is already overbooked, as mostly happens with Techdivision events (you will find them all at meetup).

Well, I gladly obliged. However, it also meant that I needed to prepare. Consequently, I started thinking:

  • What were my greatest errors, my worst blows below the belt?
  • When did life really make me feel small?
  • What was it like when I felt I was an absolute failure?
  • What can you relate publicly without exposing other people?

There is also a FuckUpNichts Speaker Manual:

 


Speaker Manual: What exactly are FuckUp-Nights?

“FuckUp-Nights“ sounds offensive? Well, it is not! The FuckUpNights were initiated in order to publicly speak about projects, work and ideas that failed and to share these experiences in the community. In a relaxed atmosphere, precious experiences made by successful managers, enterprises and start-ups are discussed during these evenings in order to learn from the mistakes they made.

For seven minutes, three or four people tell you, for a change and with lots of wit, humour and openness, not about their great successes, but about how everything can go wrong – which means they had so-called fuck-ups.

How to present my FuckUp in seven minutes?

  1. Please send in advance 10 slides that illustrate your failure.. 
The images should be numbered from 1 to 10 and later appear in that sequence. Please remember that each image has only about 40 seconds, because otherwise you will need more than seven minutes.
  2. A short biography, because we need to introduce you on the day of the event (1-2 paragraphs).

During your presentation, you will want to remember the following:

  • Who am I?
  • What was the original idea for the project/business?
  • What went wrong?
  • What should I have done differently? What have I learned from the experience?

And please do not forget!!!
We are talking FuckUp-Nights! People make mistakes. All is well as long as you can tell them with enthusiasm, wit and humour. So enjoy your presentation! ?


 

I rather like that. So I gladly think about my personal fuck-ups. I am always hardest hit if a disappointment is personal, especially if people are concerned. They hurt – but I would not wish to publicly speak about them on a fuckup-night, because in doing so, I might not do justice to others or even hurt others.

Consequently, I will focus on my entrepreneurial failures. One of them was the great visionary idea of magicHIT. It cost the InterFace Connection a lot of money and eventually turned into a total failure from the economic viewpoint. It might be a good presentation, I will relate it tonight. And I will write down the story here. It starts with: I was a …


i) Third Generation IT-Pioneer (Computer Science after 1969) and

no longer all that young – but, considering the times, a rather young entrepreneur.

Years of training at Siemens and Softlab.
Focus on: industrial computer science (knowledge for the sake of domination).
Unfortunately, I paid too little attention to “the toys“ produced by Commodore and Atari.
Later, it turned out that this was a huge disadvantage.

 

 

 

 

ii) late founder with instant start (1984 – I was already 34 years old)

Here is a happy entrepreneur, because things worked out.

  • The start went well – Wolf (my partner, whom I had spent a long time looking for) and yours truly were in paradise. Especially when we had our first team and were able to develop a product.
  • In a nutshell, you have four relevant business/income model types in an enterprise:
  • Service, i.e. time and material,
  • the lot,
  • full service,
  • a product

Unix is our topic! And a product is the best of all disciplines. Consequently, our goal was:

We want to develop a product for Unix (because a product will give you identity and a scalable income).

We build CLOU/HIT!

 

 

 

iii) Innovation is creative destruction

Evening event BICCnight it at media / Foyer Funkhaus Bayern /Muenchen / 22.07.2011
Foto: Stephan Goerlich
Foto: Stephan Goerlich

Also Digitalization. Which means: no more filing cabinets, typewriters and telefax machines (all of which were still relevant communication tools at the time).
Data bases instead of paper. Documents will be automatically generated, the communication is via computer networks.

We start with the destruction of the old world.

 

iv) Life is a dream

Absolutely guaranteed: far from everyday problems – a few years ago in the South Sea.

Our product CLOU-HIT sells marvellously.
If your are the leader on the market in no time, this feels wonderful. Major customers (both public offices and enterprises) use our software at a huge scale. They fill our purses with money and give us prid

 

 

 

 

v) The competition does not sleep!

CLOU/HIT is a success. But the product is no longer the newest.

We know that. Regardless, we enjoy the success of our product. And we celebrate it. Parties are an important part of every enterprise.

Yet we know that innovation continues and that we need something new. Because if you sit on your laurels, you have them at the wrong part of your body.

 

 

 

 

 

vi) We start developing MagicHIT …

This is how Christian and Daniel see me(©
Visual-Braindump) – at least it is how they saw me on the last Dornbirn PM Camp in 2016.

… the first ODA-/ODIF-EDITOR (ODA/ODIF is ISO norm) world-wide, as a “wysiwyg“ system with the extremely powerful semantics on UNIX and X11).
Every document is an object of a category, its semantics are determined by the category (examples: invoice, contracts, official orders, …).
We port MagicHIT on Windows
A special team with ten employees works in a huge old flat Im Tal near the Munich Viktualienmarkt, where they have their special work environment.
After a few years, the first version of the product is finished. There is a wonderful manual.

 

vii) Many warnings!

Wake up! The bell rings!

Famous partners from huge enterprises and offices warn us:

“You must be suffering from brain-damage. You cannot win against MS?!“

We are idealists and ignore the warnings.

After all, there is (still) enough money.

 

 

 

viii) One customer is not enough!

CAREFUL – I know them.

After huge efforts in sales, we have found only one customer for the new MagicHIT – the German Armed Forces.

They want to turn their command posts into automated commands through MagicHIT.

Things start to get messy. The costs remain, but there is no success.

 

 

 

 

 

 

ix) Game over

“My post – InterFace life ?“

All offices and huge concerns buy word and windows. It no longer makes any sense. We capitulate and give up. The development of MagicHit is terminated.

 

Maybe someone will need it many years from now.

? And I must postpone my exit …

 

 

x) Fiasco and Happy End

We have to do the calculations. For almost ten years, ten or more of our best employees worked for nothing. Depending on how you do the calculations, that is an investment of between 10 and 20 million DM/EURO. For nothing!

But:

The know-how we gained in this way is extremely helpful. We learned a lot. That helps us to survive for the next ten years. Basically, it helped right up to this day.

 

 

xi) Lessons learned

Many thanks to Jan Fischbach, agility master and my photographer this time.

David will not always win against Goliath.
Wonders will not repeat themselves.
The product that is most beneficial will not always win.
Progress is slow.
More often than not, you cannot fight against power, corruption and fraud.

But still, it was nice!

RMD

P.S.
Basically, it was a three-times fuck-up. Because around ten years later, we again implemented MagicHIT for Siemens and the Bavarian Justice System – we called it ForumStar-Text for them.

Due to the ignorance of a partner, we later lost the bidding process that had already been practically won (second fuck-up). For similar reasons, we also lost the visionary project to – in cooperation with TUM – bring ForumStar to the Bavarian Justice System and Siemens AG as an Open Source. Even Siemens, represented by (chairman of the IT provider ), had already agreed. It might have been a great hour for Germany or even Europe.

Then Siemens AG cancelled the meeting between representatives of TUM, the Bavarian Justice System and us at short notice. They did not appear. Fuckup, von Hammerstein left the SBS a short time later and became an important reformer at Kabel Deutschland. You can admire the remainder of SBS at ATOS and the InterFace AG still does its business, now with IT compliance, CLOUD and still with software development (our motto is: ”long live devop!“). … And the Justice Systems in Bavaria and

Germany  public authorities concerning judiciary are now serviced by IBM. Such is life.

P.S.1
And many thanks to the great Lydia of Techdivision for all the huge support she gave me!