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Wealth and income inequality has reached, as it did then (1920s), a Dimension in which the power of the rich and the blackmail of democratically elected politicians become so great that democracy threatens to become a Farce.

Inequality, the feeling of being systematically left behind, is also a decisive driving force of nationalism, which is experiencing a Renaissance around the globe.

The promise of a globalized economy that gives everyone a fair Chance has not been fulfilled.

In Chile, for example, where neoliberalism was finally implemented for the first time by a brutal dictatorship forty years ago, there is now a Rebellion against injustice that will spread far beyond Latin America.

In an increasingly irrational world with increasingly irrational political leaders, “Old Europe” is secretly celebrating itself as the stronghold of reason.

But this is a grandiose Illusion.

Brussels is without any intellectual leadership at the beginning of the twenties.

Practically all personnel decisions of the past year, the effects of which partly extend to the end of the twenties, were wrong decisions.

Ursula von der Leyen, to name just the most prominent example, is with her standard mechanical communication exactly the opposite of what Europe would need.”

Everyone wants to succeed – everyone wants to be proud on one’s country of birth

…but here comes the ruthless reckoning with Germany.

If you believe me or not: not all Germans are EVIL.

No mercy for Mercedes though.

The old saying goes: “arrogance comes before the fall”.

And Tesla will destroy Mercedes and VW altogether (with their Chinese partners).

This is not the fault of Tesla – but Mercedes and VW – just like Kodak – CEOs too big too stupid too arrogant to change (despite some glimpses of hope? who is to blame? not even Germans know).

The finest engineers can not build electric cars if their CEOs do not want it – at Kodak – some people even SECRETLY started to work on digital cameras – although the CEOs did not want it.

Gasoline cars now last shorter and consume more than ever.

Mercedes, VW and Porsche should invest into electric startups, the big companies just lack innovation so it seems.

All those CEOs that prevented change (Mercedes was pretty ahead with hydrogen cars) should be investigated by secret service and go to prison for:

  • destruction of jobs and destabilizing Germany
  • destruction of the “Green Germany” image
  • destruction of the Climate
  • fueling of wars in the Middle East and elsewhere (all the oil rich countries, Saudi Arabia and Iran and Venezuela)
  • being ruthless asholes

Now even more RUTHLESS SELF CRITICS

Back to Flassbeck: “And Germany, the self-proclaimed leading nation, wanders through the Times and firmly believes that it can be a role model for others, because for a few years with its mercantilist policy it has exploited the European Monetary Union at the expense of its neighbours and therefore performed relatively well.”

Hey Flassmen: As i said, not all Germans are evil.

How rapid a transition to renewable energy can take place: Give all people that want to produce their own (solar, wind) energy a 0% loan – and i gurantee you – after only 30 years – 100% of the electricity of USA and Germany will be renewable.

This is exactly what the EEG (Renewable Energy Law) was about.

http://resourceirena.irena.org/gateway/dashboard/?topic=4&subTopic=18
http://resourceirena.irena.org/gateway/dashboard/?topic=4&subTopic=18

It would be as easy as this, but once more: Lobbyists and “buy-able” politicians (and other dark and evil forces) torpedoing the project.

Germany is now at 50% renewable electricity.

Stuck in the process half way – thanks to lobby and politicians for sale. (just as Flassbeck describes)

Democracy: works only in small countries?

But Germany and the US might have a similar problem, that Switzerland and Iceland don’t have: too big for democracy to work?

After 2008 USA rescued all banks but one (Lehman), Germany rescued ALL BANKS (idiots), Iceland rescued NONE and still survived.

What i am saying is: the smaller the democratic country – the shorter the distance between government and people – the more likely it is the people actually call the shots – which is what democracy is all about.

Education: it is known since ancient Greece, that Democracy only works with educated people.

Without educated people – Democracy is FUCKED

Why do USA AND Germany then CONSTANTLY CUT THEIR EDUCATION BUDGETS? (thus working on the destruction of Democracy)

Because capitalism LOVES DICTATORSHIPS, SLAVE LABOR and rewards reckless people.

back to Flassbeck:

“The basic principles of a truly new way of thinking are easy to understand.

They are largely based on an image of the economy that is fundamentally different from the kindergarten model of the neoliberals and that of Ludwig Erhard.

It is not the market that is in the leading role in the market economy, but the state.

Only the state can take over the control of the system if the private sector, for whatever reasons, no longer spontaneously does so.

The currently observed private investment weakness with simultaneously high profits of the companies is the classic example of this.

Even internationally, new thinking can only mean understanding that competition between nations is a completely wrong approach.

Germany must say goodbye to its ancient mercantilism, which is expressed in high current account surpluses.

This is the most out of time economic model ever.

For Europe, this means formally overriding the rules of the stability and Growth Pact enforced by Germany and replacing them with a modern, well – thought-out macroeconomic concept.

The Federal Chancellor is right that new thinking is also required in the context of the climate crisis.

But again, it goes against a static picture of the economy, where existing companies are in charge with the help of conservative and Liberal parties.”

original Text in German:

“Die Ungleichheit bei Vermögen und Einkommen hat heute wie damals eine Dimension erreicht, bei der die Macht der Reichen und die Erpressbarkeit demokratisch gewählter Politiker so groß werden, dass die Demokratie zur Farce zu werden droht.

Die Ungleichheit, das Gefühl, systematisch abgehängt zu werden, ist auch eine entscheidende Triebfeder des Nationalismus, der rund um den Erdball eine Renaissance erlebt. Die Verheißung einer globalisierten Wirtschaft, die allen eine faire Chance gibt, hat sich nicht erfüllt.

In Chile zum Beispiel, wo der Neoliberalismus von einer brutalen Diktatur vor vierzig Jahren zum ersten Mal in letzter Konsequenz umgesetzt wurde, beginnt jetzt eine Rebellion gegen die Ungerechtigkeit, die weit über Lateinamerika hinaus Kreise ziehen wird.

In einer zunehmend irrationalen Welt mit zunehmend irrationalen politischen Führern feiert sich das „alte Europa“ klammheimlich als Hort der Vernunft.

Doch das ist eine grandiose Illusion.

Brüssel ist zu Beginn der zwanziger Jahre ohne jede intellektuelle Führung.

Praktisch alle Personalentscheidungen des vergangenen Jahres, deren Auswirkungen teilweise bis zum Ende der zwanziger Jahre reichen, waren Fehlentscheidungen.

Ursula von der Leyen, um nur das prominenteste Bespiel zu nennen, ist mit ihrer mechanischen Standardkommunikation genau das Gegenteil dessen, was Europa bräuchte.

Die Grundprinzipien eines wirklich neuen Denkens sind leicht zu verstehen.

Sie orientieren sich weitgehend an einem Bild der Wirtschaft, das sich von dem Kindergartenmodell der Neoliberalen und dem eines Ludwig Erhard fundamental unterscheidet.

Nicht der Markt ist in der Marktwirtschaft in der Führungsrolle, sondern der Staat.

Nur der Staat kann die Steuerung des Systems übernehmen, wenn die Privatwirtschaft das, aus welchen Gründen auch immer, nicht mehr spontan tut.

Die derzeit zu beobachtende private Investitionsschwäche bei gleichzeitig hohen Gewinnen der Unternehmen ist das klassische Beispiel dafür.

Auch international kann neues Denken nur heißen, zu verstehen, dass Wettkampf der Nationen ein völlig verfehlter Ansatz ist.

Deutschland muss Abschied nehmen von seinem Uraltmerkantilismus, der in hohen Leistungsbilanzüberschüssen zum Ausdruck kommt.

Das ist das am meisten aus der Zeit gefallene Wirtschaftsmodell überhaupt.

Für Europa bedeutet das, die von Deutschland durchgesetzten Regeln des Stabilitäts- und Wachstumspaktes auch formal außer Kraft zu setzen und durch eine moderne, gesamtwirtschaftlich durchdachte Konzeption zu ersetzen.

Auch in Sachen Klimakrise, da hat die Bundeskanzlerin Recht, ist neues Denken angesagt.

Aber wiederum geht es dabei gegen ein statisches Bild von Wirtschaft, wo die bestehenden Unternehmen mit Hilfe konservativer und liberaler Parteien das Sagen haben.”

http://www.flassbeck-economics.com/die-zwanziger-jahre-und-das-neue-denken/

Wir fordern: kostenloser Nah/Regionalverkehr mit Bus und Bahn und Flexi-Bussen auf H2 Basis!

new years vow:

turn off FOX NEWS and watch the daily show of: https://www.democracynow.org

Amy is truly a Good(wo)man! 🙂

About Mr Flassbeck:

Heiner Flassbeck is a German economist.

He was state secretary at the Federal Ministry of Finance from 1998 to 1999 and chief economist (Chief of Macroeconomics and Development) at the UNO for World Trade and Development (UNCTAD) in Geneva from January 2003 to the end of 2012.

https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heiner_Flassbeck

Why?

source: https://news.yahoo.com/daily-digit-women-waiting-longer-start-kids-theyre-162108027.html

The answer is: career and in capitalism

or in other words:

insecurity / anxiety not to survive without sufficient support from the (already mentally ill) money-community

Everybody knows the older the woman/men the worse the genetic material gets, the risk for a disabled child increase, the higher the risk of mankind to die out.

So shiny Coca Cola capitalism without limits: it is a poison for families and: IT’S A TRAP!

(for the WHOLE species)

But who can flee and declare independence from the monetary system?

Almost nobody – small steps are possible – grow your own food – your own water well – your own solar system – your own waste water treatment… well here the problems start… because of pro corporations lobby made laws. (gov corruption in short)

You will need money to buy land to free yourself from money (without governmental support a slow and agonizing process that goes over decades).

The worst: Why are there so many singles?

Unrestricted unlimited everyone will be happy “make believe” capitalism poisons the habitat with chemicals affecting the brains plus systematically breeds  selfishness (this is scientifically proven) and psychopaths and destroys social skills – guess how this affects relationships (in the worst way possible… )

Apple: Social Freezing

the term itself makes me chill.

“With more and more women choosing to have children later in life, many are opting to freeze their eggs.”

https://news.yahoo.com/egg-freezing-fertility-ivf-120423781.html

it may sound sad but:

In the 14th century, the cause of death for a lot of people was violence, so a lot has improved since then on the “obvious” violence front.

But the “systemic violence” front on a global scale is invisible to the naked eye… except for a few journalists that get shot because of writing the truth, the “systemic violence” of the system goes undetected – against the poorest of the poor but also against children of the West.

https://www.govexec.com/media/gbc/docs/pdfs_edit/establishment_of_the_awcft_project_maven.pdf

Workers at Google resigned.

Why all the “waves” about who is designing and building 5G hardware for an even faster mobile phone network?

Why all the fuzz about AI?

the military wants it!

faster, deadlier autonomous weapons…  missiles, drones, robots

“5G’s true potential will be in its impact on the battle network of the future,” reads a recent report from the US Defense Innovation Board. “That network will increasingly include a large number of cheaper, more connected, and more resilient systems to function in a rapidly evolving battlefield.”

“an important, but mostly ignored part of the 5G specification is a low frequency, long wavelength connection.”

“It doesn’t carry anything like the amount of data being talked-up for 5G, but eventually this sub-6Ghz technology will become an integral way of communicating across huge areas. Offering far less bandwidth, but working across much larger areas, sub-6 frequencies are already used extensively by the military.”

5G, drones and artificial intelligence

Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) – AKA drones – are already used by the military. However, they don’t transmit and share real-time 4K video and other data across command-and-control centers, and units in the battlefield.

With 5G comes 4K video, object recognition, faster data processing and artificial intelligence (a good example is Project Maven), which will help reconnaissance missions and giving army units information on what they’re about to come up against. 5G could also help in more accurately and intelligently targeting weapons.

https://www.techradar.com/news/how-the-5g-network-could-benefit-the-military

WASHINGTON, DC (DARPA) – Missions in remote, forward operating locations often suffer from a lack of connectivity to tactical operation centers and access to valuable intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) data. The assets needed for long-range, high-bandwidth communications capabilities are often unavailable to lower echelons due to theater-wide mission priorities. DARPA’s Mobile Hotspots program aims to help overcome this challenge by developing a reliable, on-demand capability for establishing long-range, high-capacity reachback that is organic to tactical units. The program is building and demonstrating a scalable, mobile millimeter-wave communications backhaul network mounted on small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and providing a 1 Gb/s capacity. DARPA performers recently completed the first of three phases in which they developed and tested key technologies to be integrated into a complete system and flight tested in subsequent phases.

“We’re pleased with the technical achievements we’ve seen so far in steerable millimeter-wave antennas and millimeter-wave amplifier technology,” said Dick Ridgway, DARPA program manager. “These successes—and the novel networking approaches needed to maintain these high-capacity links—are key to providing forward deployed units with the same high-capacity connectivity we all enjoy over our 4G cell-phone networks.”

Phase 1 accomplishments include:

Smaller, steerable millimeter-wave antennas: During field testing, the program successfully demonstrated steerable, compact millimeter-wave antennas that rapidly acquire, track, and establish a communications link between moving platforms. Steerable millimeter-wave antennas will enable the formation of a high-capacity backhaul network between aerial and ground platforms.

Low-noise amplifiers: Performers also demonstrated an advanced low-noise amplifier (LNA), which boosts the desired communications signal while minimizing unwanted noise. The prototype achieved the record for the world’s lowest noise millimeter-wave LNA at about half the noise figure of a typical LNA.

More efficient and capable power amplifiers: Efficient millimeter-wave amplification is required to achieve the long ranges (> 50 km) desired in the Mobile Hotspots program.  During Phase 1, performers demonstrated output power exceeding 1 watt and 20% power added efficiency (PAE) from a single gallium nitride (GaN) chip operating at E-Band frequencies (71 GHz to 86 GHz). Output powers exceeding 20 watts and approaching 20% PAE were also achieved using power-combining techniques.

New approaches for robust airborne networking: Mobile ad-hoc networking approaches were developed to maintain the high-capacity backhaul network among mobile air and ground platforms. Phase 1 performers developed unique solutions to overcome connectivity and network topology challenges associated with mobility and signal blockages due to terrain and platform shadowing.
Low-Size, Weight, and Power (SWAP) pod design to carry it all: Performers created engineering designs for small, lightweight pods to be mounted on an RQ-7 Shadow UAV.

The pods, with all of the Mobile Hotspots components inside, are designed to meet the challenging program goals of widths no more than 8 inches, weight less than 20 pounds, and power consumption less than 150 watts.

Phase 2 of the program began March 2014. Two performers, L-3 Communications and FIRST RF, were chosen to lead teams comprising several Phase 1 performers.

Phase 2 goals include the integration of the selected Phase 1 technologies into Shadow-compatible aerial pods and ground vehicles.

Phase 2 will conclude with a ground demonstration of at least four Shadow-compatible pods, two ground vehicles and a fixed ground node.

A planned third phase will encompass field testing of the Mobile Hotspot systems on networks of multiple SRQ-7 Shadow UAVs and mobile ground vehicles.

SOF Closer to Having High-Speed Wireless Networks Mounted on UAVs

AI: algorithmic warfare arms race:  project maven: automated hacking

A stand-alone exhibit titled, “Innovations in Defense: Artificial Intelligence and the Challenge of Cybersecurity,” features Pittsburgh-based team ForAllSecure’s Mayhem Cyber Reasoning System. The system took first place at the August 2016 Cyber Grand Challenge finals, beating out six other computers. The Mayhem CRS is now on display at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. The exhibit was produced by the Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation. The exhibit will run through Sept. 17, 2017. DoD photo
A stand-alone exhibit titled, “Innovations in Defense: Artificial Intelligence and the Challenge of Cybersecurity,” features Pittsburgh-based team ForAllSecure’s Mayhem Cyber Reasoning System. The system took first place at the August 2016 Cyber Grand Challenge finals, beating out six other computers. The Mayhem CRS is now on display at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. The exhibit was produced by the Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation. The exhibit will run through Sept. 17, 2017. DoD photo

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_Maven

The winning systems of the Cyber Grand Challenge (CGC) Final Event were:

  1. “Mayhem”[13] – developed by ForAllSecure, of Pittsburgh, Pa. – $2 million
  2. “Xandra” – developed by TECHx, GrammaTech Inc., Ithaca, N.Y., and Charlottesville, Va. – $1 million
  3. “Mechanical Phish” – developed by Shellphish, UC Santa Barbara, Ca. – $750,000

The other competing systems were

  • Rubeus[13] – developed by Michael Stevenson, Raytheon, Deep Red of Arlington, Va.
  • Galactica – developed by CodeJitsu of Berkeley, Ca., Syracuse, N.Y., and Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Jima – developed by CSDS of Moscow, Id.
  • Crspy – system developed by disekt of Athens, Ga.

The CGC Final Event (CFE) was held on August 4, 2016 and lasted for 11 hours.[3] During the final event, finalists saw their machines face against each other in a fully automatic capture-the-flag competition.[4] Each of the seven qualifying teams competed for the top three positions that would share almost $4 million in prize money.[4]

Over 100 teams registered internationally and 28 reached the Qualification Event.[10]

During the event, teams were given 131 different programs and were challenged with finding vulnerabilities as well as fixing them automatically while maintaining performance and functionality. Collectively, all teams managed to identify vulnerabilities in 99 out of the 131 provided programs.[11] After collecting all submissions from competitors, DARPA ranked all teams based on their patching and vulnerability-finding ability.

The top seven teams and finalists in alphabetical order were:[12]

  • CodeJitsu, a team of researchers from the University of California at Berkeley, Cyberhaven, and Syracuse (funded track).
  • CSDS, a team of researchers from the University of Idaho (open track).
  • Deep Red, a team of specialized engineers from Raytheon (open track).
  • disekt, a computer security team that participates in various Capture the Flag security competitions hosted by other teams, universities and organizations (open track).
  • ForAllSecure, a security startup composed of researchers and security experts (funded track).
  • Shellphish, a hacking team from the University of California, Santa Barbara (open track).
  • TECHx, a team of software analysis experts from GrammaTech, Inc. and the University of Virginia (funded track).