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back from holland. It was a nice trip, did a few good drawings and a little watercolor sketch.
I have reached the point where im just tired of discussing the political situation ( and economic situation therefrom) that exists in the US. its a waste of time. right now there are no real left wing progessive leaders there, and the entire policy debate is between the right wing ( the democrats) and the extreme right wing. America is clearly in a serious downward spiral, and no one, NO ONE wants to deal with the facts. there are far too many vested interests in perserving the system for as long as possible for their own profit, regardless of large effects on the country. when you have a system that is based solely on individualism you do not have a society, you have the law of the jungle. and you will have the outcomes you would expect from that. at this point i really feel america crossed the point of no return years, perhaps decades ago. it isnt coming back. maybe in a generation or 2 things will change, after the system fully collapses. until then expect more neo conservativism, the destruction of what little social compact exists with the populace, more ignorance spread by religous morons, and eventual economic collapse. so be it.
interesting developments. as always. we will see what happens next.
looking to make a few changes. better balance... and working on an english textbook.
well the week got better as things went along. it took a few days to get that horrid image out of my head. and its going to be a long time before i eat red meat again. i managed to do some drawing and reading. felt good. very tired tonite. long week. too much stress. at least the weather is getting better, finally..
people who have depression should seek professional help. suicide is no answer.
Ive pretty much given up reading about american politics. its too disheartening. they keep digging deeper holes for themselves, and no one seems to want to apply any logic or reason to the situation. no one wants to admit that supply side economics isnt working for the vast majority of people. until that changes very little else will.
I saw someone run over by a train today. it was horrible. please people be careful around huge fast moving objects... really..no one and i mean no one should have to die like that.
whats happening in the midde east is going to have a massive impact on the world as a whole. the rebellions there are just the beginning: I think this is going to be a very long term process, and at the end of it you are going to see a very very different middle east. and no it wont be a democracy like anything in europe or america. but it will be some kind of system that is more fair to the average citizen living in those countries. its also going to be a long bloody process. its sad that in this day and age, this is still necessasary. its also highly dissapointing that america has done little or nothing to pressure the dictators these people are rebelling against. america made pacts with the devil in the short term interest of american foriegn policy. all i can say is what a mess.
its still cold here. but spring will be here soon. i wonder what changes the new year will bring. on many levels.
I think people are far to excited about what happened in Egypt. It remains to be seen what kind of real change will happen in Egyptian society over the next months and years. I do not think the military will easily let go of its control of power there, and I also believe that external powers, many of which have great influence over the situation there, would prefer a dictatorship remain in place. I hope for the best, but I am not going to believe it until i see it.
The biggest effect that may occur is that we will see demonstrations and protests much like this all over the world, not only in the middle east, but also perhaps, in the western world. People are getting tired of governments run for the benefit of the rich. at some point, there is always a push back. we live in interesting times. lets hope they dont become overwhelmingly interesting.
Its true there is a lot going on in the world. unfortunately i dont see anything happening that will effect any kind of changes that the world really needs. I wish i could be more optimistic but im not buying it. the social contract with the middle and working classes is being eroded over most of the developed world. in the long term it will lead to instability and conflict, as it always has in history.
trying to focus on getting things together here, more work, and maybe eventually relocating to berlin or lepzig. or someplace else.
Im getting a little bored in Hannover and it was never a long term plan to live here. also with the economy picking up, i think there are more options developing.
well I am getting really busy again. no time to write or do anything else. lots to write about, just no time to do it. working on the new story, lots of thoughts on many subjects. maybe sometime this week ill put something up...
the first thing to understand about america is that america was founded on the basis that energy ( and all natural resources) were unlimited and cheap. really cheap. at first it was wood that was used to produce energy. when that ran out, after the old growth forests were cut down, it was coal. in the late 1860s oil became the new cheap energy resourse. cheap energy, and i mean really cheap energy, as for example the first tank of gas i bought when i learned to drive which was about 8 cents a liter, meant that land was alo cheap, since you could travel long distances at a reasonable cost. therefore cheap energy led to cheap land, and cheap recovery of other resources since transportation costs were abnormally low. this created a pass thru effect in the american economy that meant everyting else was cheaper than in the old world ( where in most places the resources had been exploited for more than 50,000 years)
today there is no more cheap energy. as soon as gas creeps over 1$ a liter in the US the economy will go into immediate recession, because the infrastructure isnt designed to handle energy costs higher than that. the entire infrastructure of the US, the whole suburban concept, the ability to live alone on vast tracts of open land etc, everything is based on the concept of cheap energy. without that the system breaks down, comepletely.
ergo first american problem that people have to accept and deal with is that the old system is hopelessly outdated and must be totally redesigned and rebuilt in order to make forward progress.
no news and lots of news. that seems to be the way of the world. the economy continues to improve in northern europe while it remains stagnant, at best in america. clearly the economic system there is spliting into two groups the haves and the have nots. it will not end well, of this i am sure. america refuses to see realitiy for what it is and therefore will continue to have massive problems in the future. there wont be any changing it.
the rest of the world however does seem to be making forward progress. the PIGS , the countries in southern europe are also in trouble and just like america,until they fix their respective economic systems they wont see improvement. however given the nature of euro politics at some point, sooner rather than later this will change. either they will have to take steps to fix their systems or they will leave the euro and the exchange rate change will fix it for them. america doesnt really have similar options becuase of its status as reserve currency and because when that collapses, which at some point in the next 10 years or so it will, the fall out will take a generation or more to heal. america COULD fix its problems, it just doesnt want to. read krugmann. the guy is spot on.
painting, priming canvases. looking for more and better work. enjoying life in europe. that is how one lives...
sorry, ive been off line for a while. computer issues. also really busy at work. So now I am back. more updates to come shortly.
America has gone insane. now you have an actual political candidate running for office, Glen Urquhart, who says that liberalism and Nazism is the same thing. The ignorance of this guy is beyond astounding. what is even more astounding is that the republican party is actually running candidates like this for public office. this man has NO grasp of history, no understanding of liberalism, social democracy, socialism, communism or Nazism. yet, one of the major political parties is actually gong to run this guy for congress. you also this nut case, O Donnell who wants to ban masturbation, amongst other serious problems. true these are all tea baggers, this insane, off the wall right wing political movement in America, but what is frightening is that these people are actually no taking over the republican party. Many people on the political left are thrilled at the idea, thinking that this means the left wont lose as many seats in the midterm elections. personally I find it deeply disturbing, that American politics is sinking to the level of a tragical farce, right at the time when America needs serious solutions to very serious systemic, long term problems.
I saw a statistic a while back that 44% of Americans believe the world is less than 10000 years old, and that the universe was created in 6 24 hour periods, as per a literal interpretation of genesis. 44% of Americans believe this kind of nonsense? and we wonder why America is falling apart, and generally the laughing stock of the world at this point in time.
Then you have idiots like Mike Huckabee telling people its impossible to cover pre existing conditions for insurance purposes. gee funny thing that. Living in Europe, everyone has insurance and everyone is basically covered for everything. what is wrong with these idiots?
Then you got idiots like Gary Bauer, former candidate for president comparing democrats to the 911 hijackers.
isolated cases? hardly. this came from the values voter summit( a teabagger political get together. follow the link for the full report, but this you just have to see:
This is pretty typical of what these people actually say and think. its racist, homophobic, misogynistic, bigoted..... I think you get the point. these people are ugly. really ugly. and Sarah Palin is bucking for the leadership of this group, and the republican presidential nomination in 2012. It worries me when I hear so many Germans who say she is a laugh, a joke and find her funny. she isn't. none of these people are. they are a serious threat not only to American liberty but to the world at large. America isn't going to recover from this anytime soon. Ill say it again, the country is doomed, and its going to collapse. at some point you are going to get a 30 years style civil war there. I just don't want to be anywhere near it when it happens. the hate of the people on the right is going to lead to extreme bloodshed.
I have a to say about what's going on in the us, but no time tonight so ill make it quick. the US is finished. its about to slide of a financial and societal cliff. ill try to write up my thoughts and supporting evidence later this week...
nice evening at die lange Nacht der Kneipen, out with dirk and the GISMA crowd. this class is really nice, a lot of v open minded, worldly people. probably the best class I've seen since I came here. nice.
lots of interesting news from the states from these people. things are still clearly in difficulty over there, and it appears there isn't much of a solution on the horizon. it deeply saddens me that American politicians both left and right are so beholden to corporate interests that the good of the average American is being thrown under the bus. this isn't the way to rebuild America, or produce good jobs etc, that will get that country back on its feet. corporate donations to politicians need to be ended asap...
had a great night with the new GISMA students last night, this class is really different, more worldly, better language skills. also its clear the depression is changing peoples attitudes in the states. I suppose every cloud has a silver lining.
Claire please contact me, I think we will both feel better. we both made mistakes. life is short, and regrets, mistakes and harsh words can be forgiven..
I had an idea for an essay, called the road back to reality. basically it will be about the path the world has taken in the last 65 years, and how we as people wandered off track, away from reality and into a world of materialism and selfishness that is now starting to crumble. the world has gone off course for about 60 years. its time to return to a more realistic way of life... the problem is so many people refuse to accept that..
not much new. made some new friends in the uni quarter, I like hanging out up there. good places good people.
im making great progress on die wanderhure... really a great read. it appears its only available in German tho...
maschseefest is in full swing, and has another week to go. reminds me of fete de geneve.
I just finished the wind in the willows last night in German. it was a great read, most complex book I have plowed thru yet. not sure what is next but I need to keep it up, its really really good for my German.
lots of idiocy in the US lately. I am not reading that much from over there any more, its simply too depressing. there was an excellent article on FT London last week about how America is in serious long term financial trouble, and how there is no way out given the dynamics of the politics over there right now. look around on Google for it.
Fährmansfest is this weekend, Ill probably go check out some bands there, good price, lots of fun.
I have been hanging out around the Uni here in Hannover, very happy with some new cafes and bistros I have found. also I have met some really nice people, and they speak better German than the people I know down around Kröpcke. its more educated, more sophisticated, and better grammar. Dirk says I need to work on that part of the language some more and also my idioms. Im also going to start working on some more french.
The summer is finally nice, the heat wave has passed and its really pleasant out now. looking forward to the rest of it and to fall.
lance is in big trouble. he just hired a lawyer to defend himself against doping charges that the federal government is investigating. I think he is finally in trouble.
I am continually amazed at the way Americans scream sound bites at each other on the comment threads of American news services. its as if logic, and building a logical case for a position are dead. I just continue to wonder how low does America have to sink before it takes its collective head out of its ass and starts dealing with the very serious, systemic problems that are destroying that country. as Winston Churchill said, you can always trust the Americans to do the right thing after they have tried everything else. no truer words were ever spoken...
The middle ages festival in Bückeberg was very cool, loads of fun. I saw a great new band there, they are called Faun, check em out at www.faune.de
not much else new. the insanity of American politics never ceases to amaze me...
if you are curious how this all came about and why it worked this time and not the last, why don't you just ask me... that's the only way you are ever really going to figure it out...
heading to Bückeberg this weekend... Mittelalterfest... much fun and great music....
slow day today. but beautiful out. im going to try and take my sketchbook out and go draw for a while. its a really lovely day here, the weather is just perfect. still planning for the weekend...
maybe I can catch a bit of the tour de France today... ;-)
not much new to report. Im thinking about going to the mittelalterfest in Bückeberg next weekend. I went last year and it was a blast, great weekend of music and fun. hopefully it will come off.
im feeling a little down today. some days are like that. last week was really tough, and I think its sort of the after work letdown.
It seems to me the unemployment numbers coming out of the US are being cooked, pretty massively. Supposedly we added jobs, and the U3 rate dropped to 9.5% but if you read the small print the labor dept claims 650k people dropped out of the work force. It looks to me like this is all hocus pocus and that really the numbers are continuing to climb. if you want a reasonable comparison to European numbers you need to use the U6 unemployment rate, which is 16.5% realistically I think the real rate is probably over 20%. I expect things there to get worse, as the stimulus runs out and as problems in the various states kick in. realistically I don't see any real improvement in the economy anywhere on the foreseeable horizon. America simply does not produce enough, too much has been outsourced, too many factories closed, and the American business model is simply too focused on short term profits, which leads to poor prospects for a long term recovery. if there is a war in Iran I would kiss the prospects of any recovery goodbye for at least 5 years. I really wish I could be more optimistic, but I just don't see it, and talking to people I know over there, I don't see any evidence that things are improving. America has a huge laundry list of problems, none of which are actually being addressed by anyone. It is a country in a deep state of denial about where it really is in the world, and what its prospects are for the next hundred years. given the state of politics over there, and the bitter divisions between republicans and everyone else, I don't see any real hope there.
Rooting for Germany today. Its going to be really hot out... close to 100.
a rather boring news day. I have to say, reading the stuff coming out of America, I simply cannot believe the thoughtlessness of right wingers in America. These people do not live in a factually based world, and have no sympathy for people who don't follow their party line. Ug.... when will this change?
didn't feel good today. don't know why. felt kind of down, as im still processing the info I got from my uncle about my family and also thinking of the past.
ok no one is getting a wink of sleep in the German fatherland tonight...
watched two v good shows at Dirks. Shameless and Weeds. very interesting series. I finally had some contact with a family member, after many years. Many of my questions have been answered. I feel more at peace than in ages. I wish that You would call me KB, I meant what I said that august morning in 2006.
There is hope. I have new information that changes most everything...including your situation. it isn't what that guy told you it was. there is a solution, that wont alter what you like the most about yourself....
and yes im pretty sure you are visiting from time to time, that's fine, I wish you would just call tho.....
I don't know why people are surprised about Joe Barton's comments. he just admitted that the republicans are sellouts to big corporations. that was obvious 10 years ago...
Sumer time in Germany. I love it here.
I wonder who visited from Grenoble France? if you visit my site drop me a note, thanks.
I saw the saddest thing yesterday, a video tape of a pelican dying from being covered in oil in the gulf. BP has done an absolutely terrible thing by sacrificing safety for profit. They are killing millions of animals, and destroying the lives of millions of people on the Gulf Coast. and they killed 11 employees. this corporation should be shut down and its charter revoked. hopefully some of the big wigs will spend some time in jail somewhere.... tragic, really tragic..
June 14, am
I always have so many questions about so much.. I think that is what makes life interesting. Kathrine you should call me, I have a better understanding of you know. ...
Cool I am making progress on the paintings, I need to find a camera and take some new fotos...
interesting weekend. summer is here. I love summer in Germany it just rocks...I probably spend too much time figuring stuff out. I should just go with the flow more...
why are so many people in denial that their situation in life is, in a large part, due to their own actions. especially when it comes to people and relationships. we may not be able to choose the economy we live in, but we can choose how we treat others, and accept responsibility for our own actions. especially when it comes to others....
because seeing beautiful songs in new languages that im learning is just one of the most beautiful things I know...
Take on me , islandic:
Við erum að tala burt
Ég veit ekki hvað
Ég er að segja að ég segi það samt
annan dag í dag til að finna þig
Ég ætla að koma fyrir ást þína, allt í lagi?
Taka á mig, taka mig á
Ég skal vera farin
Í dag eða tvo
Svo Óþarfur að segja
Ég er líkur og endar
En það er ég hrasa í burtu
> Hægt að læra að lífið er í lagi.
Segja eftir mér
Það er engin betri til að vera öruggur en hryggur
Taka á mig, taka mig á
Ég skal vera farin
Í dag eða tvo
Ó það sem þú segir
Er það líf eða
Bara spila áhyggjur mínar burt
Þú ert allt það sem ég hef til
Þú ert shying burt
Ég ætla að fara koma fyrir þig engu að síður
Taka á mig, taka mig á
Ég skal vera farin
Í dag eða tvo
Kate bush: Lamour looks something like you...
(btw there is a smashing good kate bush coverband in the netherlands... rockin baby....)
Je kwam uit de
btw, i love speaking dutch, most beautiful language in the world... nothing else sounds so much like pirates talking...;-)
einer dunklen Wüste Autobahn, kühlen Wind in meinem Haar
How to be invisible kate bush german
Ich habe ein Buch darüber, wie unsichtbar zu sein
you figure out this one:
Nun, falls du denken, du nicht weiterhin gehen kann,
Ride a bike you'll feel better...
Good reasons to ride a bike:
1. You'll be healthier
2. Save gas money
3. Save wear and tear on the car
4. Less traffic on the roads
5. Costs less to maintain a bike a car
6. Gives you an excuse to buy a wicked cool bicycle