Archive for Mai 2012


Bear

Mai 30th, 2012 — 11:31pm

(i)

To seize the opportunity
I chose not
Not when I’m about to leave the next morning.

Bear with me

Ursus montis crucis berolinensis

(ii)

Why rush along
Afar away
If you are leaving ___ for tomorrow?

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1846 / 2012

Mai 21st, 2012 — 12:07am

Ett mynt af lika valörer, eller dock det sammas sättande på en och samma myntfot, hör ock kanske till omöjligheterna. Att det emellertid skulle verka mycken beqvämlighet i handel och vandel, till och med för resande, nekas icke.

[Eine Münze gleichen Nennwerts, oder welche zumindest auf einem gemeinsamen Münzstandard fußt, ist vielleicht ebenso unmöglich. Daß dies aber eine große Vereinfachung für gemeinsamen Handel und Austausch bewirkte, nicht zuletzt für Reisende, ist nicht zu leugnen.]

(Carl Jonas Love Almqvist: Om skandinavismens utförbarhet, København 1846 (1878), S. 384)

Wenn ein Land unter der Disziplin der gemeinsamen Währung nicht leben kann oder will, so soll es jederzeit frei sein, zu seiner nationalen Währung zurückzukehren.

(Thilo Sarrazin: Europa braucht den Euro nicht, DVA: München 2012)

So stehen einander also gegenüber der von Optimismus getriebene proskandinavistische Esprit Almquists und dessen am 4. Februar 1846 in Kopenhagen gehaltener Vortrag vor der Skandinaviska Sällskapet – und das populistische und ach so quälerisch im Vortrag verschwurbelte Agitieren eines Sarrazins als agent provocateur (der Linken?) samt zugehörigem Rauschen der Blätter und hysterisch-aufgeregtem Geflatter unserer derzeitigen Klasse politischer Sachwalter.

Beides setzt den Dingen die Krone auf! O tempora! O mores!

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Mai 12th, 2012 — 9:57pm

Who comes up in your mind first when you read the following statements?

“He’s not a prankster. He’s a borderline sociopath. And he totally creeps me out.”
“With [him], something is not right. His movements are stilted, his speech is forced and artificial, and he exudes insincerity.”
“[His] chuckling callousness is suspect as is his willingness to adopt seemingly any position on any issue if it will help him gain a temporary advantage.”
“Since he has appeared on the scene I have wondered how anyone could remain so stuck in the year 1961. He seems like a time capsule of everything which was wrong with those times.”
“[H]e is a very strange guy, like a very good but not quite perfected synthetic human being. His face doesn’t match what he is saying. Weird things make him laugh.”

Be honest with yourself!

(Assorted reader comments taken from online op-eds by columnists Gail Collins and Charles M. Blow, New York Times, 12 May 2012)

Nota bene: I stand by my view that Stepford Mitt as Leader of the Free World will at least look very photogenic… On those documentary DVDs detailing the Rise of the East over the West.

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Mai 11th, 2012 — 5:49pm

Wahnwitziges Zeitalter der Beschleunigung – as proven by an item I fetched just from today’s news:

“Investing is a binary activity, and its practitioners are speed junkies. A New Jersey company, Hibernia Atlantic, is spending $300 million to run a new cable across the Atlantic Ocean so that information can travel 5.2 milliseconds faster between New York and London.”

(Joe Weisenthal vs. the 24-Hour News Cycle, New York Times, 10 May 2012, p. 3)

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Anatarctic spelling

Mai 9th, 2012 — 9:53pm

Oh, the irony! In an article on the prospect of rising sea levels as a consequence of global warming, by way of the accelerated meltdown of another Antarctic ice shelf, The Christian Science Monitor drowns its spelling in a tell-tale of our age’s increasing negligence of good publishing practices. Which seem to have fallen out of fashion, mostly and vastly.

This mishap is probably due to the lack of a thorough editing process; and it is a symptom painfully characteristic of the online media’s fast-paced publishing of content in the digital age. Or should I rather call out the industry on its lazy proofreading? Which not only has spread to book publishing, sadly, but also, given the media’s function as communication multipliers, results in one finding after another of deteriorating spelling habits, limited text comprehension and reduced literacy among young readers and digital natives – and ultimately a break with written tradition in Western societies.

CS Monitor misspells

CS Monitor misspells

As if the deluge of misspellings (tantamount to the sea levels rising an additional 4.4 meters by the year 2100 due to the Weddell Sea alone in worst-case scenarios) and the wrecking of both grammar and the world’s unfortified coastlines weren’t enough, though, the article links to a quiz which allows the readers of the Monitor to check their scientific literacy. Hence, even if you should prove as illiterate as an increasing number of media outlets with view to spelling and grammar, you may still make up for it. There is, after all, still some hope willy-nilly amidst all the irony by which this article is fashioned.

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Drei Bekenntnisse

Mai 5th, 2012 — 6:07pm

In meinem Regal ein Stapel Bücher;
zuunterst Richard L. Epsteins Predicate Logic: The Semantic Foundations of Logic
als Fundament;
darüber ein Koran in deutscher Sprache, die Handreichung salafistischer Provenienz ist reich verziert;
gülden ornamentiert die Kommentare
einer wahren Lehre;
zuoberst ein Gotteslob, Gesang, Gebet: Gabe und Mitgift des heiligen Sakraments der Kommunion;
Zeugnis und Herkunft –
aus allen Sprachen, Stämmen und Völkern
versöhnen sich so in weisem Bund, dem Zufall geschuldet,
drei einige Weltsichten.

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