Insight No. 113: “See Glaciers Melt Before Your Eyes” – by the scientists of EIS (extreme ice survey program)

Film, Insights, Nature, Oddities, Reisen, Technology, Travel

SEEING IS BELIEVING – Real-world evidence of the ongoing climate change…vanishing glaciers.

The EIS program monitors the vanishing ice in different world regions. The scientists and supporters are convinced that it is necessary to visualize the change in order to rise awareness and to persuade the people to take and demand action. Thus, the scientists have placed permanent cameras to videotape the changes.
Why do glaciers matter?
http://extremeicesurvey.org/why-do-glaciers-matter/

Earth Vision Institute, founded by James Balog

http://www.extremeicesurvey.org

Iceland / Svinafellsjökull Glacier

Shared No. 128: “The Alchemy of Writing – Need Help? Hire me!” — by Jonathan P. Thompson

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Jonathan is currently taking on editing and writing projects on a freelance basis.

Need a writing coach who can help you find your voice? Need someone to take a disorganized pile of words and make it shine with clarity and zing? Need someone who can fact-check and polish a wonky article? Want that translation to make sense in English?
Then hire Jonathan!

Do not waste your time, just click here…

Insight No. 102: “The 20 Traits of Psychopaths +++ The Psychopaths Amongst Us” (BBC documentary)

Creatures, Film, Insights, Movie, Oddities, Psychologie, psychology, Tipps
The 20 traits Psychopathy Checklist was used for recruiting in the finance /banking industry.
If you don`t know who is missing, check the 20 traits list below…

DEFINITION – The Hare Psychopathy Checklist-Revised (PCL-R) is a diagnostic tool used to rate a person’s psychopathic or antisocial tendencies.
People who are psychopathic prey ruthlessly on others using charm, deceit, violence or other methods that allow them to get with they want. (Narcissist and psychopaths are NOT interchangeable. There are important differences.)

The antisocial core ( low compatibility) is made of machiavellianism ( manipulative abuses), narcissism (grandios self) and psychopathy (lack of empathy)

SYMPTOMS – The symptoms of psychopathy include: lack of a conscience or sense of guilt, lack of empathy, egocentricity, pathological lying, repeated violations of social norms, disregard for the law, shallow emotions, and a history of victimizing others.

PURPOSE – Originally designed to assess people accused or convicted of crimes, the PCL-R consists of a 20-item symptom rating scale that allows qualified examiners to compare a subject’s degree of psychopathy with that of a prototypical psychopath. It is accepted by many in the field as the best method for determining the presence and extent of psychopathy in a person.

METHOD – The Hare PCL-R contains two parts, a semi-structured interview and a review of the subject’s file records and history. During the evaluation, the clinician scores 20 items that measure central elements of the psychopathic character.
The items cover the nature of the subject’s interpersonal relationships;
his or her affective or emotional involvement; responses to other people and to situations; evidence of social deviance; and lifestyle.

The material thus covers two key aspects that help define the psychopath: selfish and unfeeling victimization of other people, and an unstable and antisocial lifestyle.

THE 20 TRAITS assessed by the PCL-R score are:

  1. glib and superficial charm
  2. grandiose (exaggeratedly high) estimation of self
  3. need for stimulation (like risks)
  4. pathological lying
  5. cunning and manipulativeness
  6. lack of remorse or guilt
  7. shallow affect (superficial emotional responsiveness)
  8. callousness and lack of empathy
  9. parasitic lifestyle
  10. poor behavioral controls
  11. sexual promiscuity
  12. early behavior problems
  13. lack of realistic long-term goals
  14. impulsivity
  15. irresponsibility
  16. failure to accept responsibility for own actions
  17. many short-term marital relationships
  18. juvenile delinquency
  19. revocation of conditional release
  20. criminal versatility

According to a survey conducted by psychologist Kevin Dutton—called the Great British Psychopath Survey—here are the top 10 professions with the most psychopaths:

  1. CEO
  2. Banker
  3. Politician
  4. Lawyer
  5. Media (TV/Radio)
  6. Salesperson
  7. Surgeon
  8. Journalist
  9. Police Officer
  10. Chef

“Beware The Psychopaths Are Amongst Us” – BBC Documentary (English language)

Insight No. 101: “The Coup d`État of the Corporations and Trump” – by arte

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Benito Mussolini, Italian Fascist Leader and allied of Adolf Hitler in WWII.
Corporatism does NOT mean that countries shall be governed with corporate management methods. It means that corporations take control over nations in order to replace the legitimized government and therefore the nation itself.
Just an example of 2011. Today, it is worse, of course.

With Trump and the Brexit, Mussolini – who invented the idea of corporatism (the political leadership of global corporations that replace nations) – finally won the WWII.

  • tax cuts, in particular in favor of the wallstreet, real estate owners / developers
  • privatisation of public assets (like social housing in Germany) and services (like the major sponsor of Nigel Farage – Aaron Banks – is planning for the NHS)
  • deregulation with a special emphasis on the financial sector and the reduction of workers rights, environmental protection, consumer protection etc.
  • control of the media landscape that is owned by a small group of HNWIs anyway to gain information dominance
  • undermining of the jurisdiction and the independence of the courts
  • government orders for a small group of stakeholders
  • reduction of social services & welfare
  • Promotion of separatism to prevent the establishment of competitive stakeholder groups like unions, peoples parties etc.

…these are the essentials of Mussolini`s corporatism. Do you experience a Déjà-vu? Good.

2017

What are corporations doing with tax cuts? They are buying back their own stock with the result of rising share prices and therefore increasing boni in favor of the top management. They are “harvesting themselves” instead of creating jobs, as promised by Trump.

Cisco bought back stock in an amount of USD 25 bn beginning of 2018
Apples Buy-backs: USD 100 bn (beginning of 2018)

Politics is abused to manipulate people to vote their own interests, to not vote or to incapacitate people (e.g. people in jail).

Thanks to lobbyism (= institutionalized corruption), campaign financing, placing lobbyists in critical infrastructures (public admin, media, schools & universities, church etc.) and blackmailing governments by threatening to relocate jobs abroad or by forecasting another financial crisis (cit: banks “too big to fail”), society and democracy erodes.

To get and keep people under control, education, health care and job safety is reduced. Senseless consumption is promoted and cheap credits are sold that lead to debts, the people are struggling to pay back.

Solidarity is killed by creating scapegoats (like migrants), fueling discrimination among minorities and war on labor unions. People are lied about liberal ideas like socialism by telling fake stories. No socialism doesn`t equal communism or dictatorship but free health care, education, workers rights, welfare and equal opportunities. It is the essence of the American Dream, you can live only in Western Europe nowadays.

Thanks to the decreasing tax income, the people cannot be supported by the government anymore. In fact, the corporation harvest the society without paying their fair tax share.

People disparately are looking for a strong leader who provides them with hope for a change to a better life. Authoritarian populists are on the rise.

Only Lobbyism?

Tipp No. 99: “Perfect Darkness & Haunting Landscapes” – Cinematic Photography by Henri Prestes (Portugal)

arts, Film, Kunst

I was fascinated from HENRI PRESTES`impressive but also expressive cinematic photography from the very first second, I came across it incidentally.

His photos don`t convey only atmosphere, but invite the viewer to create an entire narrative using his individual imagination.
Maybe, this effect is exactly the reason why Henri` s photography is so alarming. It is your very own phantasy based on your personal emotions, assumptions and experiences that will finally create the story, you will see in these mystical scenes.

CAPTURING THE TURNING POINT OF FATE

What did happen and what will happen any moment? This uncertainty and the imposed role as a witness – without having any option to intervene – is disturbing in my view. In his photography, Henri seem to capture the turning point of somebodies fate. The motifs are perfect cliffhangers in my opinion.

Being especially vulnerable, women are supposingly able to dive even deeper into Henri`s haunting scenarios due to their sensitive instincts for dangerous situations.

I guess, all ladies know the feeling “it`s not okay – not really” and the inner alert when e.g. entering an empty parking house with flickering neo lights during night… Well, I think, we should embrace our fears. In any case, they are a helpful early warning system.

ONLY ONE IMAGE TELLS AN ENTIRE THRILLER

However, please enjoy the selection of Henri`s (sur)realistic thrillers below…

ABOUT HENRI PRESTES

Henri Prestes is a photographer and cinematographer from Portugal. His portfolio is full of stunning cinematic pictures are taken in the small, isolated villages in Portugal. Henri takes pictures when the weather is suitable for the kind of mood or atmosphere, usually at night or early morning. His work aims to capture “the melancholy mood of dark eeriness that is often present in isolated places”. Prestes has spent many long nights over the last 2 years creating the work near isolated villages in the most secluded parts of his home country that are often surrounded by dense fog and heavy rain. He only produces the work when the conditions are right as “even the most boring place can look haunting and mysterious with the right weather and light”.

“I seek to create these cinematic moments that are mostly grounded in reality except some detail that doesn’t look quite right, like when you’re having a bad dream, and that hopefully makes the viewer uncomfortable and feeling like something is about to happen.”

Henri Prestes

For further details, please feel free to visit his website: https://henriprestesp.com/

Enquiries: henriprestesp@gmail.com

Exhibitions

2018 Narrative Photography Exhibition, at Downtown Arts Collective Gallery – Orlando, FL /US

2018 Solo Exhibition ‘Perfect Darkness’ at The Printspace gallery – London /UK

2017    Lenz International Photography Festival – Manchester /UK 

Selected features & publications

Featured by Adobe Lightroom

Featured by COLOSSAL

Featured by Lenscratch Fine Art Magazine

Featured by PLAIN Magazine

Featured by Aesthetica Magazine

Featured by Paard Verzameld

Portbox Editorials Interview

Blackbox Magazine Interview (Turkish)

Featured by Ímpresión Revista Magazine

Photogrist

Open Doors

Take Magazine

Feature Shoot

Tipp No. 104: “Below The Surface” – Spectacular Underwater Photography by Tobias Friedrich (Germany)

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When I was a child, I dreamt of becoming a crew member of spaceship “Enter-prise” in order to discover new worlds, unknown life forms and different cultures. Actually, I`ve lived this dream by chosing jobs that allowed myself to travel a lot, to visit exotic places and which is even more important to meet interesting people of in many aspects different cultures.

Scuba diving has been on my bucket list since childhood because I was aware of the fact that the oceans are still “terra icognita” although about 71% of the earth`s surface (2/3) is covered with water of which 97,4% is salt-water.
From the very beginning, I had the idea that scuba diving could be the unique opportunity to experience a kind of “space traveling” without the need to meet NASA qualification requirements.

Of course, I was also inspired by the reports about Jaques-Yves Cousteau and his adventureous expeditions when I finally took action and passed my scuba diving PADI open water exam in the Red Sea / Egypt many years ago.
It turned out that my phantasy of “space traveling” underwater was not completely absurd. As a scuba diver rookie, who is dependent on his equipment and the goodwill of the sea dweller, I felt actually very vulnerable. There was no doubt, it was me who was the intruder… the alien in this outlandish – almost surreal – water world!

The spectacular underwater photography of Tobias Friedrichs brought precious memories back…
Back on board after a beautiful dive, I was completely overwhelmed by all the impressions and my emotions…Secretly and unnoticed a few tears dropped into the Red Sea.
I didn`t recognize myself anymore because I was convinced to be quite top-heavy and introverted. 
All this fragile beauty underwater was simply breaking my heart.
I learnt that beauty can be painful. In particular, if it is endangered by pollution, mass tourism (I was a part of too) and climate change.   
Maybe, it was also a dash of desperation why I experienced this sudden “crisis of joy”. 

Tobias Friedrich`s touching underwater photography allows us to sneak a peak  cit.: “Below The Surface”. This motto might be ambiguous in
my case.

However, I` d like to share my fascination with you and invite you to descent into The 50 Shades of Deep Blue….Enjoy the weightlessness, the flow, hushed sound level and not to forget the encounters with still quite unknown creatures who are often as curious as the human visitor!

Friendly encounter with a brown fur seal (South Africa)
Humpback Whale (Oman)
2 purple eye dwarf gobies, sitting on top of a hard coral near Marsa Alam (Egypt, Red Sea).
Face to face with a shark

ABOUT THE ARTIST

“From birth, man carries the weight of gravity on his shoulders.
He is bolted to earth.
But man has only to sink beneath the surface and he is free.”
Jacques-Yves Cousteau (1910 – 1997)

In his childhood Tobias Friedrich loved to watch the adventures of the Calypso with Jacques-Yves Cousteau as its captain and the beauty of the world that is below the ocean’s surface. It’s still an overwhelming feeling for him when he has the chance to dive. He loves the elegancy and calmness of the world under water standing in contrast to the hectic atmosphere above.

Tobias Friedrich lives in Germany and started taking pictures with a DSLR underwater in the year 2007. Since then his images have been published in prestigious scuba diving magazines and newspapers around the world.

Several underwater photographic competitions, have honoured his work, resulting in over 50 awards with nearly 30 1st places.

Lately, he has been named “Underwater Photographer of the Year 2018” in the prestigious UPY London competition.


The UPY 2018 awarded photo: A panoramic view of the cargo deck inside the SS Thistlegorm with the motorcycles in the middle and light to lighten the trucks on the side of the cargo deck, near Sharm el Sheikh, Northern Red Sea, Egypt.

All waters, from zero to 30° Celsius, are attractive for him, at least there is something to photograph.

Tobias`fine arts photography is not staged. His photography is rather a result of stamina, patience and opportunity. He is not working with photomontages. The panorama view – combining a view above and under the ocean surface – is achieved by utilizing a dome camera.
He is SEACAM equipment for his Canon EOS 1DX Mark II and 5D Mark II DSLR.

He is leading expeditions and workshops around the world, where everybody can join.

Please, feel free to visit his website that shows further amazing underwater photo galleries, panorama views, beautiful aerial views (highly recommended!) and a few offerings like:

  • Underwater photography BOOKS in German and English language,
  • His calendar “BELOW SURFACE 2019″
  • A collection of high-quality POSTCARDS with unique motifs
  • His schedule of awesome PHOTOWORKSHOPS 2019 (Destinations: Egypt, Bali, Philippines, Brother Islands) – simply click on “JOIN”.

web: http://www.below-surface.com

The Calendar 2019 by Tobias Friedrichs

Tipp No. 129: Powerful Documentary: “EMBRACE – You Are Beautiful!” by Taryn Brumfitt

Film, Insights, Musik, Oddities, Psychologie, psychology, Tipps, Uncategorized, Zen
I watched the touching movie together with friends…
And all of us had a lump in our throats…actually, a few tears appeared too.

What are we doing to ourselves?!

“91% of women
hate their bodies.”

For centuries, women have been told that they need to be beautiful…as if that`s the most important thing they can be.

Instead of investing in their life quality, meaningful projects and development of their skills, women spend their time & money on fitness classes, fashion, diets, cosmetics, hair dressers, nail design shops etc. ….and sadly never ever feel being “enough”.

Join Taryn Brumfitt on their journey to free herself – also in order to become a role model for her little daughter who shall enjoy life and spend her valuable resources on more important things than on bullshit like beauty standards that are created to transform women into cash cows.

Do not try to please others…Be your own loving best friend….

“EMBRACE YOURSELF
AND everyBODY!”

Be smart and do not waste your time with excessive and insane beauty maintenance while you are capable to change and rule the world.

Before – After Photo of Taryn

Poem No. 97: “A Dream Within a Dream” by Edgar Allan Poe (1809 – 1849)

Film, Gedichte, Movie, poems, Psychologie, psychology
Is it all just a dream?
(Reality Check à la “INCEPTION”)

Take this kiss upon the brow!
And, in parting from you now,
Thus much let me avow:
You are not wrong who deem
That my days have been a dream;

Yet if hope has flown away
In a night, or in a day,
In a vision, or in none,
Is it therefore the less gone?
All that we see or seem
Is but a dream within a dream.

I stand amid the roar
Of a surf-tormented shore,
And I hold within my hand
Grains of the golden sand–
How few! yet how they creep
Through my fingers to the deep,
While I weep–while I weep!

O God! can I not grasp
Them with a tighter clasp?
O God! can I not save One from the pitiless wave?
Is all that we see or seem But a dream within a dream?

My recommendation – an exciting, multilayered movie about “dreams within dreams” with a powerful visual language: “INCEPTION” (2010)

Sound of Music No. 1: “Der Hölle Rache” (Hell`s Revenge) by Florence Foster Jenkins

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Queen of The Night by Florence Foster Jenkins – known as the Worst Singer in The World Ever.

True passion and devotion doesn´t need to strike the right note.

The Artist

florence-ff1
Florence played by Meryl Streep

Florence Foster Jenkins (born Narcissa Florence Foster; July 19, 1868 – November 26, 1944) was an American socialite and amateur soprano who was known and mocked for her flamboyant performance costumes and notably poor singing ability. The historian Stephen Pile ranked her “the world’s worst opera singer … No one, before or since, has succeeded in liberating themselves quite so completely from the shackles of musical notation.”

Her TOP Hit…

A Recommenation:

The sweet-bitter movie about Mrs Florence – with some very good laughs and an excellent performance of Meryl Streep, singing the aria in person!!!

Amazing to be able to intentionally miss the notes – just by less than an inch.

In my opinion Hugh Grant is the perfect match for the role of Mrs Florences husband – great!

“Without dreaming big, drive, courage & loyalty, there is nothing.” 

Queen of the Night by Meryl Streep alias Madame Florence

The touching movie based on a true story….a lesson on courage.