Roland Dürre
Sunday November 3rd, 2019

(Deutsch) Datengipfel.

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Roland Dürre
Saturday November 2nd, 2019

(Deutsch) POLITIK.

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Roland Dürre
Wednesday October 23rd, 2019

(Deutsch) Wasser predigen, Wein trinken.

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Und wieder schwappt eine gewaltige Welle des gefühlten Antisemitismus über das Land.

Roland Dürre
Saturday August 17th, 2019

Growth.

Chess is not the only area where, once in a while, you should use your brains.

To me, it seems clear that humanity, that is we all, must produce LESS. That means

– fewer cars,

– fewer planes,

– fewer tanks,

– fewer machines,

– fewer streets,

– fewer electronic devices,

– fewer buildings,

– less concrete and tar,

– fewer wars,

– less plastic,

– less waste,

– less meat,

– less CO2 …

– and so on.

It goes without saying that we also have to use up, or, better said, “destroy”, less oil, coal and gas, as well as soil and nature. Perhaps we should also stop making more and more water reservoirs, because in the long run, it is rather doubtful if they are very beneficial, whereas the damage they do is quite obvious. In general, we should completely stop with how we affect nature.

I see a lot of GROWTH potential for this list that tells us all the things we should do LESS of. To put it broadly: we should do fewer stupid things!

In other words, it is clear that growth as a general healer is a thing of the past. Thus, whenever you hear news about the economy growing, this is bad news. And if you hear about “negative growth“, then this is good news.

As always, the huge political and economic goal of our times is GROWTH! And what do the institutions we humans installed, such as governments and central banks, do? With their money market policy, they try to support, even force, growth world-wide. Even such strange tools as “negative interest rates“ are applied. Just to give the great fire of the economy some fuel at all costs.

The BREXIT is a good example. Whenever I hear people who criticize the Brexit, the main argument I hear is that the BREXIT will not only minimize the prosperity and economic growth of the Brits, but also that of all of us. But wouldn’t that be good news for the world? One might conclude that we need many many BREXITs and a totally new and different form of globalization.

For the sake of growth, we have negative interest rates. However, they do not bring us “social justice”. On the contrary, they create an even stronger polarization between the poor and the rich. I never understood them.

Whenever I let someone else have money, there is always a real risk that I will not get it back. So why would I let someone have my money if I know in advance that, in addition to the risk of losing it, I also get back less than I gave?

The evolution forces our society both individually and collectively to struggle against growth. By now, we even have laws that require LESS. And since politics do not want to act, they now appeal morally to the individual person. Fly less, eat less meat, and similar calls are heard all over the place. Since politics are incapable of doing their job, the problem is now handed back to the citizen.

Thus, we get a schizophrenic system. To me, our perverted economic system looks like a steam engine. The banks and politics put in more and more, thus increasing the pressure. The people try to impede the machines that are processed by the steam engine in order to minimize the mania.

Normally, what you get is a big bang. Which is the consequence of very ordinary system failure.

However, it is more than doubtful if, in a capitalist system, it is possible at all to break free from the growth-oriented environmental destruction and from the fossil exploitation in favour of a sustainable and circular economy without questioning the basic principles of capitalism.

But why is LESS so hard? My personal experience with LESS is very positive. Consequently, I tell myself: how nice would it be to have a voluntary, creative and collective LESS policy.

Less noise, less waste, less destruction. That would really be a huge transformation with lots of change, including the governing capitalist metrics. If we had such an innovative process, a lot would be destroyed. Because innovation is creative destruction.

However, there must be someone who controls the transformation process and tries to assuage the consequences. Who could that someone be?

Politics? They currently discuss the soli. It might be a good idea to re-organize it, instead of abolishing it. Let us forget about re-unification. And let us use the soli in order to alleviate the downward spiral for those who, predictably, will suffer from the transformation that is necessary in order to save the planet. After all, the consequences of said transformation will probably be more dramatic than those we had after the re-unification.

The transformation will come no matter what. And unless we get under way instead of procrastinating, it will come by itself. And it will probably be rather disruptive and hit us even harder.

Our politicians are definitely procrastinators (Prokrastination).

RMD
(Translated by EG)

Roland Dürre
Friday July 26th, 2019

Sheepshead, School and Digitalization,

 

Card Playing Stories.

 

Laub(?)-Solo on Position 3 with 4 Ober, beaten in the Bock Round with Contra. />

Once in a while, I leave the competitive Sheepshaed rounds and play with elderly gentlemen. This hand of cards is totally fictional. Similarities with real hands are purely accidental.

The “elderly gentlemen“ are no older than I. I gave the circle this secret title because it is a very contemplative sheepshead round. The stakes are low, there is no knocking and there is plenty of gossiping.

The “elderly gentlemen“ are mostly retirees or financially independent persons. In general, they built a family and can look back upon a successful professional career. Their lives were full, they always knew right from wrong and achieved a lot as upright citizens. They live in a world that is free of sorrows and peaceful, but they have many irrational fears. Today, they play the roles of good grandfathers and support their children in a particularly model-like way when it comes to caring for the grandchildren.

The hand of the enemy on position 4, who killed my solo.

They also invest a lot of time for this goal of theirs. As helping angels, they constantly travel for other people. And they always know better how to improve matters.

I think that people need to solve their own problems and prefer to support people in finding their own way to deal with their problems. And I also believe that everybody should live his or her life in self-responsibility.

I tried to kiss moral and other dogmas good-bye for good. I also kissed my bad conscience good-bye. If I had not done this, I would think of myself as a totally bad family father and human being when surrounded by these people.

So here is the story. It is about school. Incidentally, one of my daughters is a teacher. She also often tells me stories that surprise me. It is really quite sad how school and education in Germany deteriorate.

The following story is from the world of state schools. However it is not a story my daughter told me. It is from a sheepshead friend of mine, one of the “elderly gentlemen”.

As the end of the school year comes, all teachers have more work than at other times. That is not only due to the fact that they have to write all the reports. Consequently, the grandfathers must have a watchful eye on their “grandchildren whose parents are teachers” in order to give said teaching parents room and time they need for this important end-of-the-year work.

One of the important and time-consuming tasks it taking back the books. They are all free. So the teachers who have (had) to be responsible for all those books now need to get active. And since this takes a lot of time, grandpa has to babysit.

As with all regulars‘ tables, the sheepshead stories are also always value-oriented. Consequently, the story about how school books are returned also gets morally judged. This is also an example that nicely illustrates what Socrates found out: the young generation gets worse and worse. And the wise heads go left and write as they signal how they cannot understand how society deteriorates, as you can clearly see from the condition of the books. What a nuisance it also is to check what papers are hidden in the books. Sometimes even with secret data. You can also lament about the loss of power and authority in modern times and school.

I, too, move my wise head right and left. Because I cannot understand why we need school books at all. Don’t we live in the 21st century, i.e. in the digital era? But that is not what I say. Because I know that every one of the men assembled around this cards table will consider a school life without normed school books for all the subjects the end of our occidental German culture.

My ruminations stray to a series of emotional pitches at the Business Competition BayStartup, where young start-up teams pleaded for a digital school. And they also showed what little technology you need if you wish to realize it. And what huge advantages on several levels this would have. However, I also remember how these – admittedly very young – teams were given patronizing smiles by the majority of jurors (and given poor grades). This was a few years ago – and I had hoped that something might have changed by now.

But we live in Germany. My colleagues in the jury – mostly old white men like myself – were not really enthusiastic about such revolutionary ideas. Because even the protagonists of change do not yet understand that innovation is creative destruction. And that school books are a means towards a standardized education.

And even technologically simple things are the opposite of politically easy to realize. Especially not if they are about change. And I probably better do not say what I think about this.

After all, in my sheephead circle, I want to play cards and not discuss digitalization. In the past, my experience was too often that digital life, along with the internet as a fair participation system, is not really understood among the powers that be in this country.

And unfortunately, I must agree with Sascha when he writes:
”The greatest German competence is the competence to remain. It is administered by habit.“

(Sascha Lobo in an article about micro mobility)

And all I can do is warn the old white men (and also the evil female wise-guy ladies):

If you continue in this way, then there will soon be an end to prosperity and the life you love so much in this country. That serves you right! And it is well!

RMD

P.S.
But at least there is good news from Bavaria: They now offer sheepshead as a school subject. It is perhaps the only subject that makes any sense.

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)

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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)