shocking new study (by UK-US-tobacco industry): youth would like to live in the “good old past”

When wars were far away…

When marlboro man could ride smoking through TV and cinema landscapes (a Cinema was a place where people came together to PAY for a movie and watch it together with others. Corona killed ’em)… sure… “glorious” days.

Behind this “world view” MIGHT be a very important feature of the nature of the human brain itself: to forget, what is bad, to cherish what was good.

If it would be the other way around… everyone would die of depression within months.

To forget all the bad that happened (e.g. Vietnam war happened in the “good old” days of the 1960s with “good old” (massively corrupt) US presidents as Kennedy (1961, killed, because not corrupt enough), Johnson (1963), Nixon (1969), Reagan (1981), Bush Senior (1989)…

“When asked why they preferred to live in the past, 42 percent of respondents across all age groups said that cohesion had been greater in the past.”

ok take this with a pinch of salt… because it was financed by UK-US tobacco industry aka “Luky Strike” (British American Tobacco (BAT))… how reliable is that info eh? X-D

“In the past” it was (probably) not better, but different, because in dire situations, without working together, nobody would have survived in the past.

Going back to the stone age: When someone was expelled from the group… it meant (almost) sure death.

Now is a different story, with laws by democracies ensure capitalism maximum freedoms (in principal good but often recklessly abused for profit as in the case of Amazon paying ZERO taxes), but at the same time, the system “forgets” about fostering solidarity, that this does not happen by itself,  allowing and even rewarding individuals to be maximal egoistic (bad) and thus resulting in whole nations living maximal alone.

The world is not that complicated: the earth circulates around the sun, the rich get richer, the poor poorer because they pay higher taxes than Jeff Bezos… as simple as that…

Manfred Spitzer: Loneliness – the unrecognized disease: painful, contagious, deadly (German Edition)

#wtf, no translation of this book yet?

2021: Amazon in Europe: turnover € 51 Billion, taxes €0

#wtf? how can it be?

This is not just massively unfair towards ANYONE paying taxes in Europe (self employed are asked to pay 40% taxes on income, employed income tax depends on “tax class”), it is also damaging democracy, because it shows how injustice happens in front of EVERYONE’s eyes and democracies are UNABLE to do anything about it? (I look at you Ireland, Luxembourg and Switzerland).

“In the past” it was (probably) not better, but different… “When asked why they preferred to live in the past, 42 percent of respondents across all age groups said that cohesion(group solidarity) had been greater in the past.” Yes, because you can’t survive in a crisis/hardship without cohesion. The world is not that complicated: the earth circulates around the sun, the rich get richer, the poor poorer because they pay high taxes Amazon does not pay taxes…

Also, the current system is not made for people, but by money (the top 1%) for money (the top 1%)

otherwise we would now have the 1 day week, if you do not believe me, check out Prof Dr Christian Kreiß

Note of the warning: yes, Prof Dr Kreiß has already spoken at some dubious Corona events (probably out of panic that the economy is collapsing completely due to lockdown… Corona was actually more devastating for economic growth (!) than the 2008 financial (banking lending too much housing bubble speculation) crisis) he has to be careful, otherwise he discredits himself.

economic inequality dividing nations

By the way, also a very interesting observation in the East/GDR: due to the reunification, the Ossis have become more unequal (some now drive fat BMWs instead of Trabbi and others just drive…. nothing…) CURIOUSLY, this now ensures that former neighbors who got along well back then… now don’t talk a word to each other… Also bad for the better off BMW driver, who is very sad about this fact.

crisis as opportunity for change: time does not run backwards, only one way: forward in creative ways

Trump & Putin, both try to dial back time to the glorious 1960s.

Where black people were not allowed to rent buildings and the Soviet Union could enslave large parts of Europe.

One of THE BIGGEST responsibilities of the older generations (those born before 2000) is, to ensure, that all young people born after 2000

  • ARE EDUCATED for a broad world view & sustainable survival on this pale blue dot Earth
    • the mindset of the youth should be: IF YOU DON’T DO IT, NO ONE WILL
  • SEE THE WORLD: give them cheap travel tickets around the world, so they can see the world from multiple angles… (one sided views are very dangerous traps)
    • this can mean for the elderly to give up powers, privileges and possessions BEFORE DEATH at the age of 100


everything lives off a balance:

if things get out of balance – it’s always bad – buildings collapse, nations collapse, ecosystems collapse, the human body collapses if blood is accumulating to massively at one spot or maybe going into areas where there should be no blood at all (brain stroke) leading to death or paralysis.

everything depends on balance

Bernard Lietar once said, our monetary system is prone to failure because it is not an ecosystem of many systems and currencies – but rather for the sake of efficiency (as if efficiency would solve all problems) it becomes highly instable. (no bio diversity)

the whole picture

there are many micro cosmos on this planet – and if you not have never seen and lived at least a hand full of them (you need to at least spend one month in a country/in a micro cosmos to actually understand and “feel” what is it like to live like this) – then you only see a small glimpse of what this world is like – you do not have the full picture – just a section – if you want to understand the world (and hopefully change it to the better) – this section is not enough – otherwise you live in (worst case unsustainable) bubble.

why is sustainability important?

Because unsustainable means: it is going to end.

Even the life of your children.


The rich lock themselves away – they are too afraid to share the streets with the poor (and in the worst case rush from one appointment to the next).

At the same time they dream about freedom.

What kind of freedom did they expect to find in this bubble?

consciousness is the compass

It is absolutely paradox and even worse: In the worst case their consciousness is not well trained, hence they are lost without a compass.

They do not even know what makes them truly happy.

There is a meditation (and any true guru will teach this for free) that is about breathing it is called: vipassana and it is exactly for this: to enhance your awareness.

In my humble opinion every human being shall do this for 10min a day one month straight.

Everyone can spare 10min a day. No excuses.

It is rather a question of: are you willing to.

nothing to trade:

the “problem” of the poor is that they have nothing to trade with “the market”.

It could be that they do not know what the market needs or even that the market currently does not need a lot of humans to operate. (machines/robots/software replace human labor)

Someone even said, maybe it is good to have some unemployment because this is free time people can use for something else… well… it’s not so funny if you have to spend this time under a bridge in the winter because you have nothing to trade with the market and the market does not want to give you a home for free.

no child is born and says: “i want to be stupid, poor and dependent on subsidies”

every child wants to develop it’s full potential.

nobody is born and says “i want to become a waiter”

everyone wants to develop one’s full potential and become a rockstar. (of course)


In a world where people do not understand or care about the problems of others – is a reckless – ignorant – and (worst of all) unsustainable world – unsustainable means: it is going to end.

that will inevitably lead to violence, uprisings, revolutions and even war.

Fun fact: even the rich – do not want their factories, banks, cars, properties to be leveled.

So let’s come to a solution!

Any government that is not working towards a solution for all – shall step aside.

Do you expect the market will fix this by itself?

I don’t think so – the market is partly an autonomous program that only cares about it’s numbers (profit) at worst it’s a stupid unsustainable game without meaning played by “big boys” that only care about – if they can get their own private jet yacht golf course etc.

Only people that have seen and lived many micro cosmos can understand the problems of mankind and work together with others to fix it before it becomes a catastrophe for all.

The rich are so afraid to sit down at the table with the poor or even walk the streets and in poor shoes for one month.

the rich: I challenge you:

live one year poor. And you will see the world with a different view.

You will understand mankind better.

With rich i mean:

  • people that can not remember when they cleaned their own bathroom the last time (because they pay others to do it)
  • and/or managed to generate (legitimate or illegitimate) claims to charge a someone or some company or institution (state) a certain amount of money per month/year.
    • after all the monetary system is a law system, hence lawyers know how what they can claim and how to generate the claims out of the system.

legitimate grievances and race discrimination:

Actually all the whole race discrimination thing (that leads to hate and violence) – is about unsustainable concepts for survival.

If the Africans could survive sustainable in their country – they will never leave it – because they love their home country just as (usually anyone else) does.

But there is resource discrimination – the wealth from trade of oil of Nigeria is not well distributed – the soil in many countries is so expensive – even if the unemployed would like to “back to farming” they can not – because they can not afford the land – making them completely dependent on insecure jobs and unstable monetary systems.

  • usage of non-renewable resources plays an important role as well:
    • this planet has nice spots and places – fruitful hectares of land (good to grow food) and barren deserts (good for solar power)
    • but not everyone is entitled to use them, you will need land-rights, the right to build a house on the land – everyone needs a house so how can you not allow people to build one?
    • even worse: some of those resources will never come back (oil, gas) they are not renewable – which will create violence and conflict if nations demand on them for survival (to go to work, to generate income).
    • poverty is still the #1 factor for refugees to flee a country and they do in masses to knock down  the doors of western nations where they get into conflict with the poor (mostly white) people already living there (i have witnessed this first hand)
    • a key factor is to enable people to live sustainable lives – not block the development – because of short term financial gains (the worst way to do business really… imho this should be investigated by the secret agencies and people should get seriously jailed for it, it’s a crime against all of mankind)
    • to replace finite resources (like fire wood) with renewable resources (like solar power) e.g. for cooking – how to proliferate the technology to the poor so they will stop chopping down all trees on this planet to cook their meals? (like they have done for centuries… but if they do not change, they risk of getting even poorer by worsening their micro climate (trees produce shade which let’s rain soaked soil stay wet longer, allowing more plants to grow) and degrading the soil by erosion leading to more refugees and human misery.

live long and prosper! Everybody!

… and please, walk in each other’s shoes for one month otherwise the poor will not understand the rich – and the rich will not understand the poor and things escalate very violently.

it does not have to be this way – again and again.

If all sides are dedicated to constructive behavior – we can sit down – talk – solve the problems peaceful instead of being stupid and jumping at each other’s throats.

Not even the rich will want that – because they also do not want their palaces to be leveled by war and burned down by violence or their friends murdered by a mob.

So i urge you: please homo sapiens be sapient (wise) and come up with better solutions – better for everybody – better for the planet – better for mankind.

Don’t stay stupid out of fear!

Business News – a Storm is coming – CFOs want to invest less – KKR (Blackrock) wants to buy Axel Springer (major German propaganda outlet Bildzeitung, Die Welt, N24) – interest rate collapse: and now what, dear bankers?

Wie Banker Voss gesagt hat: Es braucht sich ein Sturm zusammen und man sollte die Segel raffen

As Banker Voss said: take down your sails and stay home a storm is coming

(scroll down to fat text for english)

KKR (Blackrock) möchte Axel Springer kaufen (Bildzeitung, Die Welt, N24)

KKR gibt ein Übernahmeangebot für das Medienhaus Axel Springer ab. Beide wollen „strategische Partner“ werden – just in einem Moment, in dem sich der Himmel über Springer verdunkelt.

Forbes Liste:

491. Friede Springer

Net Worth: $3.4 Milliarden

Source of wealth: publishing

CFOs wollen weniger investieren

Viele Finanzchefs haben ihren Optimismus für die zweite Jahreshälfte verloren. Die Folge: Sie kürzen die Investitionen.

Rund um die Welt verlieren Finanzverantwortliche ihren Optimismus: Nur noch jeder dritte CFO rechnet für die zweite Jahreshälfte mit einem erheblichen Wirtschaftswachstum, im vergangenen Jahr zuvor waren es noch fast 90 Prozent. Diese Einschätzung beruht auf dem „Global Business & Spending Outlook“, für den American Express weltweit 900 Finanzentscheider befragt hat.

Unter den Befragten sind auch 30 deutsche CFOs, und auch bei ihnen herrscht schlechte Stimmung: Nur noch rund die Hälfte rechnet immerhin noch mit einem moderaten Wirtschaftswachstum, 23 Prozent befürchten sogar einen Abschwung.

M&A-Budgets bleiben unangetastet

Als Konsequenz treten die deutschen Finanzchefs auf die Investitionsbremse: 80 Prozent der CFOs wollen nur noch „moderat“ investieren – vor einem Jahr umfasste diese Gruppe der Vorsichtigen noch 60 Prozent. Die Gruppe derer, die planen, ihre Investitionen im zweiten Halbjahr 2019 deutlich auszuweiten, umfasst nur noch 13 Prozent.

Hinzu kommt, dass CFOs hierzulande wie auch international nicht nur maßvoller, sondern auch gezielter investieren wollen: Zwei Drittel der Befragten, sowohl weltweit als auch national, setzen in diesem Jahr darauf, mehr Geld in die Produktentwicklung und in die Fertigungskapazitäten zu stecken. Im Gegenzug kürzen sie vor allem bei den Marketing-Budgets.

Bemerkenswert: Trotz der Wirtschaftsabkühlung ist der Appetit auf Übernahmen nicht zurückgegangen: Knapp 90 Prozent der deutschen Befragten lassen ihre M&A-Planungen unverändert. International fahren knapp 60 Prozent dieselbe M&A-Strategie wie im Vorjahr.

„Die Ergebnisse decken sich eindeutig mit unserer Wahrnehmung“, findet Amex-Deutschlandchefin Sonja Scott. „Die Finanzverantwortlichen investieren nicht nur moderater, sondern zudem weniger in Neues: Anstatt in Akquisitionen zu investieren, verbessern sie lieber ihr bestehendes Produktportfolio.“

Aus Zinskrise wird Zins-GAU: Und nun, Ihr lieben Banken?

12. Juni 2019

Erinnern Sie sich noch an unsere Ausgabe vom 2. April? Unsere Aufmacher-Geschichte hieß damals: „Der Zinsschock – oder: Warum fusionieren Deutsche Bank und Commerzbank wirklich. Und die These lautete: Im Grunde gibt es nur ein Motiv, warum die beiden Frankfurter Großinstitute über einen Zusammenschluss nachdenken – weil sie sich angesichts des  Zinstiefs nämlich nicht mehr anders zu helfen wissen.

Und heute? Sind wir zehn Wochen weiter, und in den zehn Wochen ist eine ganze Menge passiert. Zum Beispiel: 1.) Deutsche und Commerzbank haben nicht fusioniert. 2.) Die Aktien  beider Institute befinden sich im freien Fall. 3.) ING, Unicredit und Co. haben beschlossen, bei der Coba das „Nur gucken, nicht anfassen“-Spiel zu spielen. Und warum das alles? Na: Weil die Zinsen nicht nur nicht steigen wollen. Sondern weil sie heute sogar noch einmal dramatisch tiefer sind, als sie das vor zehn Wochen ohnehin schon waren (während zugleich die Konjunktur einzuknicken droht).

Gestern auktionierte der Bund seine Anleihen zu einem neuen Rekordtief. Und die für die EZB-Geldpolitik wichtigen Inflations-Erwartungen sackten auf den niedrigsten Stand aller Zeiten von unter 1,2%. Klingt technisch – sollte Sie aber brennend interessieren, liebe Leser*innen. Denn die „Bazooka“ in Form von massiven Anleihenaufkäufen (um die Zinsen zu drücken) hatte EZB Chef Mario Draghi zuletzt bei Inflationserwartungen von 1,8% geladen – und dann bei 1,5% abgefeuert. Und nun, bei 1,2%?


KKR (Blackrock) wants to buy Axel Springer (Bildzeitung, Die Welt, N24)
By Dominik Ploner

KKR submits a takeover offer for the media house Axel Springer. Both want to become a” strategic Partner ” – just in a Moment when the sky over Springer darkens.

Forbes List:

491. Friede Springer

Net Worth: $ 3.4 Billion

Source of wealth: publishing

CFOs want to invest less
By Olivia Harder

Many financial leaders have lost their optimism for the second half of the year. As a result, they reduce investments.

Around the world, financial leaders are losing their optimism: only one in three CFO expects substantial economic growth in the second half of the year, almost 90 percent in the previous year. This assessment is based on the “Global Business & Spending Outlook” for which American Express has surveyed 900 financial leaders worldwide.

Among the respondents are 30 German CFOs, and they are also in a bad mood: only around half still expect moderate economic growth, while 23 percent even fear a downturn.

M & A Budgets remain unaffected

As a result, the German financial leaders are acting on the investment brake: 80 percent of CFOs only want to invest” moderately ” – a year ago this group of cautious still comprised 60 percent. The group of those who plan to significantly expand their investments in the second half of 2019 is only 13 percent.

In addition, CFOs not only want to invest more in this country but also more specifically at international level: this year, two thirds of respondents, both worldwide and nationally, are investing more money in product development and manufacturing capacities. In return, they cut down mainly on Marketing Budgets.

Remarkable: despite the economic slowdown, the appetite for takeovers has not declined: almost 90 percent of German respondents leave their M&A plans unchanged. The same M&A strategy as in the previous year drives almost 60 percent internationally.

“The results are clearly consistent with our perception,” says Amex-head of Germany Sonja Scott. “The financial managers not only invest more moderately, but also less in new things: instead of investing in acquisitions, they prefer to improve their existing product portfolio.“

Out of interest crisis becomes interest GAU: and now, dear banks?
by Christian Kirchner

12. June 2019

Remember our edition of the 2nd edition. April? Our lead story was called “The interest rate shock – or: Why merge Deutsche Bank and Commerzbank, really”. And the Thesis was: basically, there is only one motive why the two Frankfurt institutions think about a merger because you don’t know more to help, given the prevailing low interest rates differently.

What about today? We’re ten weeks away, and a lot of things happened in the ten weeks. For Example: 1.) German and Commerzbank have not merged. 2.) The shares of both institutions are in free fall. 3.) ING, Unicredit and Co.have decided to play the “just look, do not touch”game at Coba. And why all this? Well, because interest rates don’t just want to rise. But because they are even more dramatically lower today than they were ten weeks ago anyway (while at the same time the economy is threatening to collapse).

Yesterday, the federal government auctioned its bonds to a new record low. And inflation expectations, which are important for the ECB’s monetary policy, fell to the lowest level of below 1.2%. Sounds technical-but should you be interested burning, dear readers inside. Because the “Bazooka” in the Form of massive bond purchases (to push interest rates) had ECB chief Mario Draghi’s loaded last in inflation expectations of 1.8% and then 1.5% fired. And now, at 1.2%?

Aus Zinskrise wird Zins-GAU: Und nun, Ihr lieben Banken?