small print

Probably only few people perceive reading arithmetical formulas exciting, but writing them is somewhat exciting, in particular if one thinks about the small print, i.e. the thorough definition of the underlying and inherent items. Sure, the exiting part is then reading the work by others, using those formulas in a more or less novelist manner. Is … Continua a leggere

Austerity

Austerity policies (for some more general considerations on austerity see here)  in Belgium are not new – and a 2013 study by Oxfam about THE TRUE COST OF AUSTERITY AND INEQUALITY may provide a glimpse at the problem. And it clearly shows the tensions that are not least caused by the European Union policies. So, … Continua a leggere

Natale – alcune cose non cambiano

– A proposito, – soggiunse il burattino, – per andare alla scuola mi manca sempre qualcosa: anzi mi manca il più e il meglio. – Cioè? – Mi manca l’Abbecedario. – Hai ragione: ma come si fa per averlo? – È facilissimo: si va da un libraio e si compra. – E i quattrini? – … Continua a leggere

… What is really needed …

“I am very sorry, sir,” said Bob. “I am behind my time.” “You are?” repeated Scrooge. “Yes. I think you are. Step this way, sir, if you please.” “It’s only once a year, sir,” pleaded Bob, appearing from the Tank. “It shall not be repeated. I was making rather merry yesterday, sir.” “Now, I’ll tell … Continua a leggere

Noël – l’éloge de la religion

C’est de l’opium que tu fais prendre à ton peuple, afin qu’engourdi par ce somnifère, il ne sente pas les plaies dont tu le déchires. Sade, Donatien Alphonse François, 1801: Histoire de Juliette, ou les Prospérités du vice/Cinquième Partie

Eine andere Weihnachtsgeschichte

Unser Alltagsleben besteht aus lauter erhaltenden, immer wiederkehrenden Verrichtungen. Dieser Zirkel von Gewohnheiten ist nur Mittel zu einem Hauptmittel, unserm irdischen Daseyn überhaupt, das aus mannichfaltigen Arten zu existiren gemischt ist. Philister leben nur ein Alltagsleben. Das Hauptmittel scheint ihr einziger Zweck zu seyn. Sie thun das alles, um des irdischen Lebens willen; wie es … Continua a leggere

things in perspective

Yes, the development of Cuban-USNA-relationships is great. Still, there are some things a bit worrying, for instance if we read in a FACT SHEET: Charting a New Course on Cuba we read … it does not serve America’s interests, or the Cuban people … There are many more interesting aspects in the formulation that provokes some thoughts … – … Continua a leggere

Success

To succeed in life, you need two things: ignorance and confidence. Mark Twain  

50 Cent – the price of behaving sustainably

Returning from Milano with Trenitalia, listening to Joseph Stiglitz: Restoring Growth and Stability in a World of Crisis and Contagion Somebody passes, and puts a leaflet on every table a leaflet: itinerRe per le Frecce EasyFood – comodamente al tuo posto Tutti i menu a solo 1 € On top of it: one is encouraged to pay … Continua a leggere

The Big Formula – and a “look between the windows”  – or a Pre-Christmas Story

I walked back from the library where I had been working during the day – a few days before Christmas 2014 – elaborating a formula that makes it possible to formulate (of course, no formula can calculate) schemes of (dis-)integration of societies – I left my scooter near to the office, so I have to … Continua a leggere