“Russian people are warm, they are clever. It’s a beautiful country. Their government is the problem not the people.”
Merkel is Queen Europe: “She is, whether you like it or not, the leader of Europe and as a really senior statesman, she can set new norms of behavior.”
“if the only place an American whistleblower can be safe is in Russia?”
“Make a whistleblower protection law, based on public interest – and stand in for this”
“Now, if a Russian whistleblower, someone from Putin’s administration, shows up on Merkel’s doorstep tomorrow, she’s going to adopt him, it’s her nephew, you know? But if an American whistleblower shows up on Merkel’s doorstep? That question has not been answered.”
“We certainly know what the public position she’s taken in the last 5 years has been, and I think that’s a disappointment. Not just to whistleblowers, hopefully not just to journalists, not just to Germans, but to the world.”
“Right, but then there is also your John Doe, the Panama Papers whistleblower, whose identity is still unknown. Fabulous, right? And this is proof that it is possible.”
“tip your finger on the scale and take us to a freer and better future”
Trump’s Twitter-Phone probably already hacked: “Nobody can tell him what to do. The phone is going to get attacked, and it has likely already been compromised, and will be compromised again.”
“Wikileaks is not my model, but they are a model, and their model has not actually proven to be irresponsible or harmful.”
Snowden on Assange:
“I’m a reformist, he’s a revolutionary. I don’t want to burn the system down, if I believe it can still be saved.”
“If you had one wish, is there any specific topic you would most wish a whistleblower to come forward with?”
“There are many, honestly.”
“But the one I think is still the most important to history, that we haven’t seen, is the torture report.
“The unredacted form of the Senate’s report on the United States torture program.”
“The current director of the Central Intelligence Agency is an admitted war criminal.”
“She was a key figure in a torture program that involved beating a pregnant woman on her stomach, anally raping men who tried to refuse meals with those meals, and freezing a man to death who was chained and shackled in a cell.”
“And these are only a few of the abuses.”
“Many of the others we will never hear about, because the records have been destroyed.”
I did not realize until today, how much articles of Sueddeutsche Zeitung (SZ) are in English and English only. (Germany currently #10 in EU English proficiency (src: ef.com))
They keep the good old propaganda mechanisms of yellow-journalism alive, hitting, the reader without time to read the whole thing, with an almost wartime propaganda headline: Russia is evil
… while at the same time SZ is shutting down important Snowden related articles such as this one:
“A joint investigation” (soon to vanish off the net by strange unlogic laws that nobody understands and only few question) “by NDR, WDR, Süddeutsche Zeitung and Channel 4 based on documents leaked by whistleblower Edward Snowden, reveals that Cable & Wireless” (owned by Vodafone) “actively shaped and provided the most data to GCHQ mass surveillance programs, and received millions of pounds in compensation”
Democratic principles have become a problem for the secret monetary Empire
United States of Evil?
A massive downfall of a beacon of modernism and enlightenment – the US has maneuvered itself in a massive trust-mess – so much so – that people generally distrust Washington, hate the EU and even hate the word democracy and want to go back to kings and queens – to at least know who is to blame – if things go wrong.
It becomes harder and harder for hobby-journalists and activists to see through all the dirt that “they” try to sell us as “freedom” “democracy” “liberation” “information” – that the hidden tyrants of the dictatorship empires US or EU dishes out.
Empires build on lies
Devil is the great deceiver – they seem to get paid for being devils – welcome to self made hell.
‘You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father.
He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies.’
Back to the middle ages?
Soon “the system” will present you a new queen or king that you can project all your hate on – puppets with no actual power.
This serpent has masters who’s names you do not know, that hide in the shadows.
‘The serpent said to the woman, “You surely will not die! “For God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.’
… journalists should help people distinguish between good and evil, if they fail on this, they not only betray truth, they betray all of mankind – including their families and themselves.
The Ex-Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald says “The Intercept” does not have the money to be Guardians of the Snowden Documents any more? (src: medium.com)
“We should be hopeful because this is an opportunity for change. This is a mandate being handed to leaders like Merkel, who have the credibility. They have the opportunity to change things in a truly historic way, to make Europe more open, more free, and more independent. And it’s easier for a new Europe to stand up to Trump than it would have been standing up against Obama, because Obama was respected.”
I am happy to hear high hopes from Mr Snowden concerning Germany, Europe and Merkel.
For the German people – Merkel is just another US obedient puppet as Kohl was, otherwise She would and could have stopped the Drone killing going on in Afghanistan and coordinated from Ramstein.
What i always wonder – Merkel grew up in former East-Germany – but does she care about East-Germany? It does not look like it – East-Germany is still in economic ruins.
Politicians seem to cause more problems than solutions.
Merkel continues to blame Russia for breach of international law – but fails to see the same case repeatedly done by US bombings and torture programs.
This is a double standard – and anyone not completely blind to propaganda – sees it.
Mr Kohl pushed the EU “through” like a dictator. (src: euobserver.com)
We can not start a community of states on dictatorship.
Yes i guess the US hates the EU and the Euro as being a competition on the world stage – so they and Goldman Sachs sabotage it in every possible way – but because the concept-men in Brussels are so stupid – they do not even have to try hard to shatter the construct – Facebook and Google Lobbyists “give it the rest”, by “selling” the public laws that are costing companies billions.
UK feels bullied by the EU and wants to leave and it is their right to leave.
In my opinion – Empires and Weapons and Robbery – should be a thing of the past.
If mankind ought to call itself civilized – look what is there – share fair.
What do we gain by fighting each other over finite resources?
Rather than setting up conflicts and pitching nations against each other war after war after war… why not send half a billion Chinese and African Refugees to Mars and Moon?
There are no buildings yet on those planets – loads of work to do – sounds harsh – but conquer the stars is also dangerous and way better than war 🙂
Mr Musk sums it up nicely: if something is unsustainable – it is going to end.
Self driving vehicles will kill -3.5 mio truck driver and -1 mio bus and taxi driver jobs
No matter how positive you might think about these details. For society they are BAD, BAD, BAD. More unemployment means more crime, although those drivers could focus on the “skills of tomorrow” and do what machines can not do: develop their creativity and empathy. While i would like to see more truck drivers with empathy, You must be f****ing kidding me?
A lot of companies not only Tesla, Uber and Mercedes are working heavily on autopilots for cars and trucks.
They spend an awful lot of developing them and a few deadly accidents later, let’s say in 2030 – trucks and taxis could be without human driver.
What if those 2.5Mio truck drivers hate self-driving trucks and hit the breaks on robots and block highways – this is what i call disruption – i would understand them, after all, they lose it all and gain nothing – because they do not possess the robots that will replace them.
Not okay: “Joe we will replace you with a robot by 2030”
Somewhat okay, but unrealistic, would need gov intervention: “Joe we will replace you with a robot by 2030, but keep paying you half the salary”
China gov subsidies robot research and development, “255 robots that can work around the clock”
they are used to sort parcels to districts and already replaced 60 human workers
“Simple manual jobs” vanish and new jobs are created in robotics.
… well do you spot a problem here? People hat handle parcels might not be capable of programing robots (who is?).
And once a robot is programed even the programmer himself/herself becomes “obsolete”.
This clearly leads to a way of life that creates unemployment on a massive scale and in-debts private households, because if humans labor (manual or sophisticated) is not needed anymore – what else can they trade with the rest of “free markets”?
Nothing. They have nothing to trade.
Economy 4.0 needs Society 4.0 and LifeStyle 4.0 which would need redistribution of rights and privileges 4.0 or face ever growing disaster
From a mankind perspective – this is economically unsustainable – in the current system – in any universe – unless the robots are owned by all people.
or: the people do not need to work because the robots produce fresh vegetables for them FOR FREE in their own garden (THEY OWN THE GARDEN not Amazon!) and produce their own fresh water (not Nestle!) and produce their own electricity (not another company).
2016: Company China buys German manufacturing robots company Kuka
Automation is a technological solution that – at first sight – solve a problem – while under the current rule set of the system increases inequality and creates even bigger problems that were there in the first place (crime) – but were smaller.
While human level robots that would automate tasks such as elderly care taking, are still a thing of the future, but companies are never the less working on it and in 2050 – grandmum will be dealing with robots and robots only.
That would be a very sad future.
2016: “FRANKFURT (Reuters) – China’s Midea (000333.SZ) said it will complete its takeover of German robotics maker Kuka (KU2G.DE) in the first half of January after the United States authorities gave the deal a green light.
Midea, which launched a 4.5 billion euro ($5 billion) offer for Kuka in May, said Germany’s markets regulator had approved the settlement of the transaction, allowing it to control a 94.55 percent voting stake in Kuka from January onwards.” (src: reuters.com)
manufacturers and logistic companies, hope to save even more jobs and money with AI.
creativity and empathy are the “skills” of tomorrow
now who in the future 4.0 will pay me the unemployed 4.0 for empathy and creativity?
(i don’t know, maybe an government 4.0)
…when you live in the “unemployment per default” future… or maybe unemployment needs to be redefined? But then also private properties and barb wires will have to go… unlikely to happen under the current mindset… i wonder when Mr Bezos (Amazon, richest man) will buy the world and all it’s resources (especially water) and rent it to us SLAVES… what he already does? That was fast.
“we will make life easier for our workers and our customers”
… the only reasonable use of robots i can see right now: CLEAN UP THIS PLANET! START WITH FUKUSHIMA NUCLEAR WASTE! DAMN IT!