Hans Bonfigt
Montag, der 22. Mai 2017

Wut essen Seele auf…

Lieber Roland,

bin gerade auf Heimfahrt von der Uni Bremen, eine sehr schöne, rein technische Veranstaltung mit netten Austauschstudenten aus Cádiz – die Jungs hätten Ihnen gut gefallen.

Nun will ich gerade, positiv beinflußt und beschwingt, einen netten Nachruf auf einen wirklichen Universalgelehrten schreiben, von dem ich seit meinem 16. Lebensjahr eigentlich alles lese, was ich in die Hände bekomme: Prof. Dr. Joachim Kaiser. Einmal aus der Sicht eines Rezipienten.

 

Aber ich mache den Fehler und öffne den „Spiegel online“:

„Ursula von der Leyen läßt Bild von Kurt von Hammerstein-Equord an der BW-Uni abhängen“
Diese Dumpfbratze ist so peinlich, daß es weh tut.

„Niederländisches Gesetz zur Netzneutralität verstößt gegen EU-Recht“
Danke, Herr Ex-Digitalkommissar Oettinger. Und allen Schwaben die Krätze an den Hals!‎

„Alle Münchner sind in der Verantwortung, neue Moscheen zu schaffen“
Ja, spinnen denn die? Gerade in München gibt es eindeutig zu viele Gotteshäuser – die man sich hinsichtlich Brandschutz und neuen EU-Bauvorschriften einmal ganz genau angucken sollte!

„Jan Böhmermann liest Briefe von Dennis Yüksel“
Kann jemand diesen widerlichen Jammerlappen nicht in den Kofferraum stecken und zu seinem Kumpel in die Türkei bringen? Erdogan freut sich schon.‎

 

Also jetzt ‚mal im Ernst:
Jede einzelne Schlagzeile, ibs. die mit Kurt von Hammerstein, hätte gereicht, mir den Tag zu vermiesen — aber vier solche Klopper?

 

Also ehrlich, der Typ in „Falling Down“ wird mir immer sympathischer.

-hb

10 Kommentare zu “Wut essen Seele auf…”

  1. rd (Montag, der 22. Mai 2017)

    Lieber Hans,

    liebe Grüße aus Griechenland (heute auf der Insel Serifos der Kykladen), einem Land das und dessen Bürger ich immer wieder als in einer gewissen Art und Weise besonders frei empfinde.

    In der Tag geht es mir beim täglichen Zeitungslesen eigentlich immer so, dass ich – mindestens – eine Nachricht sehe, bei deren Lesen mir die nicht mehr vorhandenen Haare zu Berge stehen. Und ich am liebsten sofort einen wütenden Artikel schreiben möchte. Allerdings reagiere ich zumindest äußerlich nicht emotional und lasse es meistens sein …

    Ja – es ist grausam!

    Kurt von Hammerstein-Equord schätze ich übrigens – nach den Informationen, die mir zur Verfügung stehen. So wurde er auch in einem meiner Artikel respektvoll erwähnt. Siehe
    http://if-blog.de/rd/ergaenzung-zu-agil/

  2. Chris Wood (Mittwoch, der 24. Mai 2017)

    Sorry Hans, again too polemic!
    I too get annoyed by headlines, mostly because they try to sound interesting, but further reading is a waste of time. For instance, they suggest new Trump blunders, but it is all old news. This tactic is used by msn etc., to get people to read their advertising. Bill Gates may try now to be nice, but his empire continues its monopolistic ways. I prefer Soros, although a lot of his wealth came from speculation against the pound sterling.

    Taking your Spiegel headlines in reverse order:

    Yes, Böhmermann is boring.

    Yes, too many religious buildings.

    No, there is an interesting conflict between (apparent) neo-liberal efficiency rules of EU, and internet “fair play” for the general public. Which side does Spiegel take? Which side do you take? I suspect that you are here forced to agree with Spiegel, which is OK as you dislike EU rules.

    No, it is interesting that von der Leyen sees the picture of the (mostly) anti-nazi von Hammerstein as unsuitable for a modern Bunderswehr barracks. I see this as good and brave, particularly for CDU.
    Reading Wikipedia, I find that Hammerstein was a (too) liberal father, and was anti-Hitler for reasons that do not fit the modern Bundeswehr. (Incidentally, the English version in Wikipedia is so badly translated, that I read it in German instead). Hammerstein saw Hitler as a common soldier, who was risking a German civil war, or defeat in a two-front war. He saw the army as a constitutional force, that could legitimately intervene politically in troubled times. He was arch conservative and wanted Germany to be run by old men. He was not anti-Semitic, but that was not why he disliked Hitler. He did not object to murdering millions of Slavs. He was brave, or even fool-hardy. He was eager to expand the German army.
    Again, it is interesting to know the Spiegel opinion. I would say that he is a borderline case, regarding the current army politics, but if in doubt, move forwards.
    Hans, perhaps I dislike Focus, as much as you dislike Spiegel. I put this down to my Christian upbringing, “blessed are the humble”. But earlier, I disliked “The Guardian” for its pompous Socialism.
    Are you conditioned by being a successful entrepreneur?

    Roland, why do you like Hammerstein. The army was everything to him, and you recently wrote at length, advising against having armies.
    In the early blog days, you seemed very keen on twitter. I thought that so short opinions, out of context, were useless. Now look what they are doing to American politics. What leads you to try to publish so much of your life and views? Are you seeking immortality, or do you value your thoughts so highly?

    Regards, Chris

  3. rd (Mittwoch, der 24. Mai 2017)

    Hi Chris, Herrn Hammerstein schätze ich (mögen tu ich ihn nicht „like“, da ich ihn ja auch nicht kenne) jenseits seiner absolut militärischen Sozialisierung – wobei damals eine andere Zeit war, die manches entschuldigen mag – weil er in meiner Wahrnehmung/Interpretation schon damals viel von Management, Menschen und Agilität verstanden zu haben schien.

  4. Chris Wood (Freitag, der 26. Mai 2017)

    Dear Roland, I would be interested to learn how the management of armies a century ago relates to the management of modern German firms. Of course, people change only slowly. But the still rather rigid command structures for soldiers, do not seem to fit even my work experience 50 years ago.

  5. rd (Freitag, der 26. Mai 2017)

    Da steht es:

    http://if-blog.de/rd/ergaenzung-zu-agil/

    Das Militär hat offensichtlich weit vor der Wirtschaft verstanden, dass Agilität von Vorteil ist.

  6. Hans Bonfigt (Freitag, der 26. Mai 2017)

    Hello Chris,
    while Roland obiously is being out …
    „But the still rather rigid command structures for soldiers, do not seem to fit even my work experience 50 years ago“:
    Hammerstein was an addict of the ‚cascade‘ model, which is exactly the opposite of the new ‚apologetc model‘, oh, sorry: the new ‚agile model‘.
    But I don’t agree with you if you state that a modern enterprise could not learn from rigid military command structures.
    The opposite is true:
    Think of the britisch „OBOE“ y-ray triangulation system that allowed the RAF to place their bombs with an accuracy of less than 100 meters. The demolition of Dresden (which should be repeated on an annual basis in my opinion) would not have been possible without the great work of a military-like organized staff. Or have a look at the gerat work of Marian Rejewski and Allan Turing: They delivered the ideas and a prototype („Bomba“), but the ideas were fulfilled by hundreds of helpers in Bletchley Park.
    These great Achievements wouldn’t have been realized with an „agile“ Team.

    There is only one real sense behind „agile development“: To boldly deliver excuses for a complete breakdown.

  7. Hans Bonfigt (Freitag, der 26. Mai 2017)

    Hi Chris,
    I did not recept the ‚Spiegel‘ headlines as an intellectual being.

    Once again, the unbelievable stupid von der Leyen threw out the baby with the bath water.
    This makes this stupid person just as embarassing like the „Nazi connections“ within the german bundeswehr.

    „Are you conditioned by being a successful entrepreneur?“
    Yes, I’m somehow malformed by the whish of being a successful entrepreneur. And apparently ther is no cure.
    Kind regars, Hans

  8. Chris Wood (Montag, der 29. Mai 2017)

    Hi Hans,
    I don’t understand about Roland being „out“.
    It is kind of you to write in English, but not necessary. I have been too lazy to learn to write German during my 40 years in Bavaria, but I understand it well.
    I knew several people who worked at Bletchley Park, and they were not the sort of people who just obeyed orders.
    Why do you think von der Leyen stupid?
    The British effort in WW2 was a special case. They were all fighting for survival. The effort ruined them/us.

  9. Hans Bonfigt (Donnerstag, der 1. Juni 2017)

    Hi Chris,
    äh – ja, mir ist bekannt, daß Englisch eine der schwierigsten Sprachen ist. ‚To be out“ wähnte ich eigentlich wohldefiniert – ich bekam öfters Telephonnotizen britischer Kollegen mit der Überschrift „while You were out..“.
    Bletchley Park bestand ja nicht nur aus Mathematikern und Kryptoanalytikern, sondern auch aus einer riesigen Anzahl Funker. Das Abhören und Erfassen der Vierergruppen erforderte höchste Konzentration, es war ein übler Job.
    Auch erforderte die Geheimhaltung eine erhebliche Einschränkung persönlicher Freiheiten.
    So genial wie Rejewski und Turing auch gewesen sein mögen – ihre Arbeit hätte keinen Erfolg gehabt ohne die Heerscharen von Helfern.

    Ich kann Ihren Einwand nicht nachvollziehen, daß der britische Einsatz im 2. Weltkrieg ein Sonderfall gewesen sei, denn es sei um Leben und Tod gegangen.
    Andere Nationen haben sich überrollen lassen!

    Die Briten haben gekämpft – und ich bin dankbar, mein Leben nicht in einer Diktatur verbracht zu haben.
    Ich weiß nicht, was die Briten so von anderen Nationen unterscheidet – vielleicht liegt es daran, daß diese schon viel länger in einer Demokratie leben als wir.
    Wichtiger noch: Den Briten war ihre Demokratie so wichtig, daß sie sie mit ihrem Blut verteidigt haben. Das nötigt mir Hochachtung ab.

    Und ich würde mir wirklich wünschen, daß der ‚Brexit‘ Großbritannien wieder etwas stärker und selbstbewußter macht.
    Warum nicht wieder ein britisches Automobil oder einen britischen Computer? Nixdorf war langweilig (und seine Erfolgsmodelle kamen von Otto Müller), aber zum Beispiel ICL hat tolle Maschinen gebaut, wie Sie wissen.

  10. Chris Wood (Dienstag, der 6. Juni 2017)

    Dear Hans,
    Concerning “out”; firstly “is being out” is very strange. “Is being” is used for some experience, such as “is being fed”. But one is either out or not; no experience.
    Secondly, “out” has many meanings, for instance “out of fashion” or revealing one’s homosexuality. You used it with no context, so what should it mean, out of Germany, out of Munich, or out of his mind?
    Thirdly, “away” would be more normal, but this too makes little sense in the world of internet.
    Yes, I admit it. The Bletchley Park people I knew were chess players with some knowledge of German, in rather leading positions. I believe two of them, Alexander and Milner-Barry, signed the letter to Churchill demanding more staff. A third one, Golombek, and my father were in the England chess team, in Argentina when WW2 started. My father did not hear about Bletchley Park, presumably because he had studied chemistry, rather than maths or German. (By 1960, I played chess with these people on equal terms. Alexander tried vaguely to recruit me to GCHQ).
    Yes, the commitment to secrecy was remarkable, particularly regarding the ground-breaking work done after the war, later repeated, patented, and published in USA.
    “Fighting for their/our lives” was about the attitude during the war, not about the motives and abilities that enabled Britain to start fighting and carry on. Starting fighting was due to Parliament, and particularly Churchill, to keep a promise to Poland and France. I do not know how much our population supported this. They had been happy in 1938, to let Hitler have at least part of Czechoslovakia. (My first Czech father-in-law held this against us. He liked Americans more). There were some Fascists in England, and the Royal Family were largely of German descent. Initially, our chances were overrated, even after the fall of France. As an island with an empire, we could keep fighting, although German submarines seemed likely to beat us. Capitulation was hardly considered. Would our people have collaborated with Hitler as much as the French and the Dutch did? My memory of my father saying, “now we shall win”, when Russia was attacked, must be wrong, as I was only 18 months old. But the result only became clear when Hitler declared war on USA. Until then, some prominent Americans, (e.g. Ford and Lindbergh), supported Germany.
    I do not know what countries let themselves be rolled over. Only perhaps France had a chance for real resistance; certainly not Poland, attacked from both sides. But I am not a historian. I shall welcome corrections.

    My references to “us” relate to my Englishness then. After 40 years of Munich, I belong to both cultures. Perhaps I should now apply for German citizenship. I object to Brexit. It was England’s duty to try to improve Europe, rather than grumbling and then taking our bat and ball home. Scotland, Ireland and Gibraltar want no Brexit. Various parts of England are putting more power into (Conservative) Whitehall hands that are to blame for most of the problems, with this silly rivalry between two aging Eton schoolboys.
    I remember that 1066 was important as a schoolboy. England, then relatively recently united, with its literature starting to develop, (Chaucer), suddenly had a French speaking elite to rule it. (The Normans were descended from French women and Viking men). I played cricket against teams like Baddesley Ensor and Ashby de la Zouch, each a village or town with an English name post fixed with the French name of the imposed aristocrat. We didn’t want this to happen every 900 years! Yes, our democracy is imperfect, but was important.
    ICL machines were OK but could hardly compete with the inventors of the transistor, etc. However I believe we went downhill due to software. ICL was formed, (by a socialist government), from EE (formerly Siemens, better hardware), and ICT, (better software, more successful). After the merger, Peter Hunt, head of ICT software left because the head of ICL software was not to be a director. Software was not seen as important! In place of him, we got Colonel Dennis Blackwell, a pleasant intelligent retired army officer. Peter Hunt who interviewed me for my first job, later earned a living as an expert witness in court cases about software.
    Perhaps ICL showed the disadvantage of using military methods/structures for software development.
    After the merger, ICT programmers were busy maintaining and developing their successful software. This left the EE programmers freedom to develop software for the new range of computers. Perhaps that was bad. I left soon after.
    I think another mistake was to move the group of 100 odd programmers working on George operating systems from Putney in London to Bracknell. In Germany too, I have seen that innovative programmers need a lively living environment. British Computer Society lectures were held in London. Such motivation took me to my first job with ICT, rather than with EE in Kidsgrove. Similarly, I preferred to work for Siemens-Nixdorf in Munich, rather than in conservative Paderborn. The big English weather forecasting programs ran near Bracknell, but the bank computers were in London. I think the bosses and politicians had old fashioned ideas about where the biggest opportunities for computers were. Of course, they thought land prices were important.

    Regards, Chris

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