Haiku No. 52: Wide World (Weite Welt)

Gedichte, poems, Reisen, Travel
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Bettina Hoebenreich (German Globetrotter)
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Isabelle Eberhardt

WIDE WORLD

World is vast and wide.
So much out there to explore.
Right now, let’s have lunch.

WEITE WELT

Die Welt ist gewaltig und weit.
So viel da draußen zu entdecken.
Fürs Erste, lass uns zu Mittag essen.

About Isabelle Eberhardt – Famous Explorer & Adventurer

Born and dubbed ‘illigetimate’ to her Aristocratic mother in Switzerland, Eberhardt’s life was short but certainly well-lived. Due to a family affair, Isabelle’s paternity remained a secret, and from the off, her life was steeped in secrecy and financial struggle. What’s a girl to do when she’s not wanted? Become one of the most famous explorers of all time.

The path was not going to be easy however, and Eberhardt found her female status in the 1800s slightly exacerbating in terms of traversing the world. As such, she dressed as a man, learnt several languages, and severed ties with her shattered family, and left for Africa.

Before long, Eberhardt’s experiences left her on a spirtual journey as well as a literal one, and adopted the pseudonym Si Mahmoud Essad on her quest for a more ‘free life’. She converted to Islam in order to be truly accepted in Arab society. She died at 27 in a flash-flood. Although tragically young, she died doing what she loved best – going somewhere.

Tipp No. 65: “AquaViva Series” – Fine Arts Photography by Pierre Carreau

arts, Kunst, Nature

MacroWaves, WaterPower and LiquidExtasy…Pierre Carreau`s art pieces capture moments of breath-taking beauty and deep emotions depended on the state of mind, perspective and individual background of the viewer.

His work showcases the dual nature of water: life-giving and yet dangerous, inviting and yet fearsome, primordial and yet ever-changing and always renewed. 

Carreau observes that the photographic images of AquaViva may sometimes be perceived as objects rather than as two-dimensional representations. The play of light off the multitude of facets and curves on the water’s surface gives the image a sculptural quality that enhances the sense of stillness and power.

This sculptural effect of dynamism in static suspension is at once conscious and haphazard, a function of the rapid genesis of these images and the evident fact that the artist cannot possibly see the final work at the very moment of its birth.

ABOUT PIERRE CARREAU

Born in 1972 near Paris, Pierre Carreau grew up surrounded by artistic influences in a family that included a photographer, sculptors and painters. Perhaps in reaction to this subtle pressure, he chose initially to pursue a different path and graduated from university with a degree in business. Yet the soul of the artist would not be repressed, and after a number of years working in the IT industry, Carreau returned to his roots and became a professional photographer.

A long-held love of the ocean and water-sports led him to work photographing action shots for surf and kite-surf magazines, but the water itself eventually captured his artistic imagination and became the genesis of AquaViva.

In 2004 Pierre moved with his wife and children to the Caribbean island of St. Barthélemy. This small paradise has become Carreau’s open-air studio, where the subtle variations of light from the tropical sun and the endlessly changing soul of the sea become the subjects of his vision.

Quotes No. 1: “WARREN BUFFET” (3rd richest High Net Wealth Individual in the World) – TOP 1% will hold 2/3 of global wealth by 2030

Insights

Warren Buffett (*1930)

US-amerikanischer Unternehmer – US American Entrepreneur (3rd wealthiest Business Man in the World)

Zitate – Quotations

  • „Wenn in Amerika ein Klassenkampf tobt, ist meine Klasse dabei, ihn zu gewinnen.“ – Zitiert bei Mika Hoffmann, Ferdinand Bertram und Oliver Janich. Warren Buffett – Milliarden-Macher. Focus-Money online 25.03.2004
  • (Original engl.: “If class warfare is being waged in America, my class is clearly winning.” – Jahresbrief an die Investoren seines Fonds “Berkshire Hathaway”, 2003, S. 7 berkshirehathaway.com)
  • „Es herrscht Klassenkampf, meine Klasse gewinnt, aber das sollte sie nicht“ – Zitiert bei Rosemarie Schwaiger. Warren Buffett: Das nette Gesicht des Kapitalismus. Die Presse 28. 08.2010
  • (Original engl.: „It’s class warfare, my class is winning, but they shouldn’t be.” – Interview mit Lou Dobbs, CNN, 19. Juni 2005, cnn.com)
  • „Es herrscht Klassenkrieg, richtig, aber es ist meine Klasse, die Klasse der Reichen, die Krieg führt, und wir gewinnen” – zitiert bei Jutta Ditfurth. Zeit des Zorns. nrhz.de/flyer 29. Juli 2011
  • (Original engl.: ”There’s class warfare, all right, but it’s my class, the rich class, that’s making war, and we’re winning.” – im Interview mit Ben Stein in New York Times, 26. November 2006)
  • „Meine Freunde und ich sind lange genug von einem milliardärfreundlichen Kongress verhätschelt worden. Es ist Zeit, dass unsere Regierung Ernst damit macht, allen gemeinsame Opfer abzuverlangen.” – DER SPIEGEL 34/2011 22. August 2011]
  • (Original engl.: “My friends and I have been coddled long enough by a billionaire-friendly Congress. It’s time for our government to get serious about shared sacrifice.” – Stop Coddling the Super-Rich, by Warren E. Buffett, New York Times 14. August 2011)

Warren Buffet refers to the following background information about the rapidly increasing inequality of wealth distribution within national societies, regionally and globally….

Richest 1% on target to own two-thirds of all wealth by 2030

An alarming projection produced by the House of Commons library and studies of Credit Suisse in 2018 suggests that if trends seen since the 2008 financial crash were to continue, then the top 1% will hold 64% of the world’s wealth by 2030 
(equating to $305tn (£216.5tn) – up from $140tn today). Even taking the financial crash into account, and measuring their assets over a longer period, they would still hold more than half of all wealth.

The 2% richest people own more than half of the global wealth (2017)
300 Superrich Individuals own the same amount of wealth like 3 billion poor people – which means that these 300 persons own wealth equaling the entire wealth of the USA, India, China and Brazil combined!
UHNW = Ultra High Net Wealth
UHNW Report 2018

New polling by Opinium suggests that voters perceive a major problem with the influence exerted by the very wealthy. Asked to select a group that would have the most power in 2030, most (34%) said the super-rich, while 28% opted for national governments. In a sign of falling levels of trust, those surveyed said they feared the consequences of wealth inequality would be rising levels of corruption (41%) or the “super-rich enjoying even more unfair influence on government policy” (43%), undermining our already seriously damaged liberal democracies, our freedoms, civil and human rights.

NEW DELHI: CORRUPTION. PTI GRAPHICS(PTI2_22_2018_000112B)

The chart shows just the perceived corruption. In my view, it would be also important to define corruption. Should we really exclude e.g. poltical party financing, lobbyism etc.? Just because we (Western developed countries) are more discreet and sophisticated, we are no better than others.

Call for Fundamental Changes of our System

Not surprisingly experts call for change including measures like…

  • an increase of productivity to enable a rise of wages,
  • the regulation of industry sectors and in particular the strict regulation and tight control of the finance sector.
  • Nationalization of critical supplies and utilities (like drinking water, energy, healthcare, education, elderly care, social housing, basic public transportation) to ensure that the people`s basic needs are satisfied – irrespective of their income and social classes.
  • Tax reforms for simplification and to secure and increase the contribution of wealthy people and in particular global corporations (regardless of the location of their headquarters & assets; buzzword: transaction taxes) to ensure a fairer distribution of wealth, social cost coverage and therefore social peace.
  • Internationalisation and later on globalisation of unions, civil rights groups and other independent groups of civil stakeholders.
  • Politcally independent control boards with veto rights to monitor government bodies and to timely report issues to the public
  • Reform of the financing systems of parties to reduce institutionalized corruption: lobbyism.
  • Rework our systems of check & balances
  • Strengthen the division of powers

Are we just productive cattle, consumption idiots and believers?

If you look at this list of interesting recommendations of various scientists, you will notice that the majority of autocrats (fake presidents), politicians (= enablers), parties (= supporters) and stakeholders worldwide definetely don`t follow this agenda in the interest of the regular people.

In fact, they are doing their very best to foster the wealth growth of the Top 1-5% by cutting taxes in favor of the Money, by privatization, by selling know-how /IPR to foreign powers, by wagging war, by destabilzation of countries to gain control, by silently abolishing labor law, rental control and other rights, by fostering the influx of cheap labor, by reducing social care / welfare / public services, by increasing investments in internal security (for sure not due to the ridiculous minor islamic terrorism but to be prepared that the own people become “unconfortable” some day) and so on.

Interestingly, the IWF recommended in his Migration Report 2016, which forecasted an increase of tax burdens to manage the migration cost without any tangible ROI in favor of the host countries, the governments shall “educate” their people to increase solidarity and tolerance because social peace will be at risk.

Already decades ago, the elites and corporations, who still take benefit of a countries infrastructure, loose legislation, tax income (e.g. to rescue rotten banks) and resources at most, have already terminated the so called “Solidarity Pact”, our liberal, social market economies and societies in Western Europe have been based on.

Are we willing to continue accepting risk sharing without any profit sharing?

In the course of the globalisation and the strive for maximizing shareholder profits, there was obviously no room left for location bounds, tax honesty, loyalty and solidarity. Nevertheless, the Money forces the tax payers and employees (who have to deal with global labor market competition nowadays) to provide them with gifts and to share their intentionally high risks without being willing to share profits anymore.

Growing corruption is killing our liberal democracies

Originally, the government was in charge of ensuring a balance of forces by distributing wealth to at least a limited extent, by regulation, monitoring and reporting… Today, corruption silently kills our democracies.

Is the bad condition of political systems simply reflecting the state of our mind & societies?

Did you ever wonder how strong are your narcissitic personality shares? Are our societies vain, self-absorbed, selfish and ego-centric? Are we suffering from a lack of empathy and therefore missing solidarity? How well-informed /-educated are we if we just are seeking continued confirmation of our world view? Are we open-minded towards criticism or are we silenced by Nazi-/racist-/ bitch-/ non-patriot accusations? Are we informed decision-makers or child-like naive and lazy believers who give ideology instead of changing realities and facts priority? Do we really value high-quality content or are we easily dazzled by attractive packaging & marketing tricks?…etc. Why shall our representatives be better people than we are?

WHAT IF…THEY LITERALLY “REPRESENT” US?!

Frankly speaking, I think we are facing this phenomena worldwide – and not only with reference to political systems, societies but also to the increasing number of corporations with insane corporate cultures.

Maybe, we simply got what we`ve deserved. In my view, the uncomfortable truth is that the people make up an organisation and system.

However, for further interesting wealth statistics from 2017 and as impressive as entertaining data visualization, click here….

“Happy Eastern!” to all of You – “Frohe Ostern!”

Cartoons, humor, arts, Kunst, Food
Cartoon by Marunde

Rabbit with college block: “Is that all, you have worked on for the last 4 weeks, Schröder?”

Rabbit Artist: “To develop a grey, that point beyond itself (is transcendent), is a time-consuming process, Boss.”

“I wish you all an awesome Easter Brunch!”

Best wishes from Weiss-Nix

Shared No. 109: “Spinach Pancake Torte – Gâteau de crêpes aux épinards – Spinat und Pfannkuchen Torte” — by Caroline (Blog: Aux Delices de Caroline)

Food, Tipps

A recipe that my grandmother always used to make for me and that I still love to prepare for my family is the Spinach Pancake Torte. Extremely easy to prepare and a stunning centerpiece for your table! 300 g of mature cheese – I used Gruyère but a mature cheddar is delicious as well! Pancakes […]

Spinach Pancake Torte – Gâteau de crêpes aux épinards – Spinat und Pfannkuchen Torte — Aux Delices de Caroline

Poem No. 155: “Poem of The Third Person” – by Ali Cengiz (Turkey)

Gedichte, poems
Bildergebnis für man observes woman

When your eyes reached mine,
This was my tragedy, I wept.
I knew that you didn’t love me.
I heard that you had a lover:
A spindly boy, very thin
And unfaithful in my view.
Whenever I saw him in front of me,
I was afraid that I would kill him. 
This was my tragedy, I wept. 
Whenever I passed through Maçka,
There were always ships in the port.
Trees laughed like birds.
You lighted a cigarette quietly.
You burned my fingertips.  
You curved your eyelashes and looked.
I felt cold and trembled.
This was my tragedy, I wept. 
Evenings ended like a novel.
Jezabel lay down in blood.
A ship left the port.
You got up and went to him.
You went with your waxen face.
You stayed with him until the morning. 
He was just an unfaithful boy in my view. 
Whenever he laughed, he looked like a corpse. 
Especially when he took you in his arms,
This was my tragedy, I wept.

Shared No. 108: “Greek Chicken Zoodles” — by Champagne for Breakfast

Food, Tipps

I’ve been wanting to get better at meal-prepping so that dinner on busy weeknights is less of a hassle. This recipe jumped out at me because it’s so easy to prepare in advance – just spend an hour or so on the weekend spiralizing some zucchinis, chopping some green onions and parsley, and cooking the […]

Greek Chicken Zoodles — Champagne for Breakfast

Tipp No. 136: “Wellness & Boredom Busters for Urban Chickens” – a few ideas for your coop.

Creatures, Food, humor, Insights, Nature, Oddities, Tipps

CHICKEN POOLS & BATH TUBS

DUST BATHING

FOOD ENTERTAINMENT & VARIETY

HEY HIDEAWAYS

CHICKEN PLAYGROUND

SNUGGLES & CUDDLES

CHICKEN WALKING

INVITE A PREDATOR

INVITE A SEXY ROOSTER

TIME FOR FAMILY & FRIENDS

HAVE A CHAT WITH YOUR CHICKENS

…maybe, they will share further ideas with you how to upgrade their coop and enjoy life…together with you.

But they shouldn`t talk to strangers…

Keep the gate closed.
Regardless what the chickens say!

Tipp No. 138: “Bee Happy!” – Wake Up Call by Awesome Bee Graffitis

arts, Cartoons, Creatures, Food, Insights, Kunst, Tipps, Uncategorized

FOR 1 POUND HONEY A BEE FLIES 3 TIMES AROUND THE GLOBE

It is pretty certain that bees are not dying from GMOs, cellphones, ultraviolet lights, electromagnetic radiation, or aliens, all of which have been blamed at one point or another. There is no single cause, according to most scientists who have studied the problem, but rather a combination of factors that include parasites, pathogens, pesticides, poor nutrition, and habitat loss. One of the greatest threats to honeybees is industrial agriculture’s widespread use of pesticides.

Ecosia

For further details, feel free to visit:
https://bip2.beeinformed.org/
https://earthjustice.org/features/infographic-bees-toxic-problem

PLEASE, DON`T FORGET….

Protect their habitats, do not use pesticides, support insect friendly gardening, buy organic honey only …