Insight No. 117: Media Freedom and Investigative Journalism Under Attack – Information War Next Level

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Don`t shoot the messenger!

Julian Assange is facing 175 years imprisonment or death penalty. UK will decide about his extradiction in Feb. 2020. His supporters and former friends – also located in Berlin – are threatened with indictments or imprisoned as well to give a deterrent example.

Investigative Journalism Is
No Espionage.

If the receipt and publication of secret
news with value for the public is forbidden,
what kind of topics are left to be reported as news?!

Nowadays …just naive wishful thinking???

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)

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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?

Insight No. 100: “Your Opinion – Your Vote.” +++ European Elections 23rd – 26th May 2019 +++ Europe Matters!

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Left vs Right ….is there any centre left?

I am sure, all of you have got an opinion.

Thus, please participate in the European elections 2019.

These EU elections (23rd – 26th May 2019; in Germany: 26th May 2019) will set the course for the future of European nations and the European Union.

Basic decisions will be made in the following 5 years…
Considering the dispute about the future scope of cooperation within the EU covering topics like: trade & customs union, freedom of movement, inclusion in terms of common social standards & workers rights, joint foreign policy, harmonized asylum / migration policy, EU armed forces, tax law, joint R&D and digital transformation, climate change issues, further EU East expansion etc., everybody should participate. Europe matters.

Of course, the EU needs to be reformed asap. Do you really want stakeholders to do it, you cannot support?

Even in the event that you want an EU exit, you have to vote. Fastest way to destroy the EU is to foster a Dexit, by the way. Maybe, a complete liquidation of the EU will provide the opportunity to create a better EU version, who knows? Okay, I do not want to become polemic and speculative. Whatever you prefer, vote!

Facing growing extremism, nationalism and emotional tensions between EU-hostile right-wing and left-wing parties like a “tug of war” across Europe, everybody has to show his/her colors in my view.
Otherwise, non-voters should be silent and should not complain anymore.

Sorry, I couldn`t resist….
A good sense of humor is the superior stress management tool….let`s love & hate each other passionately.

Tipp No. 100: “Anthropocene” – Amazing Landscape and Industrial Photography by Edward Burtynsky (Canada)

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It was a tough decision to select examples of EDWARD BURTYNSKY`s brilliant series of landscape and industrial photography.

Well, I would like to introduce the ANTHROPOCENE PROJECT that includes a collection of remarkable photographic insights to you…

“[We] come from nature.…There is an importance to [having] a certain reverence for what nature is because we are connected to it… If we destroy nature, we destroy ourselves.”
– Edward Burtynsky

Phosphor Tailings Point #4
Near Lakeland, Florida / USA 2012
Saw Mills #1,
Lagos / Nigeria 2016
Imperial Valley #4
California, USA 2009
Lithium Mines #1
Salt Flats, Atacama Desert, Chile 2017
Clearcut #2
Palm Oil Plantation, Borneo / Malaysia 2016

THE AESTHETIC OF DESTRUCTION

To talk about “Terraforming” of the Earth by mining, urbanization, indus-trialization, industrialized agriculture, deforestation, etc. that is resulting in a reduction of biodiversity, climate changes, equalized biogeographies etc. is a minimization in my view. Let`s face the truth…it is bare destruction.

EDWARD BURTYNSKY is able to capture moments of heart-breaking beauty even within all this destruction. Sometimes it takes a second till you realize the entire scenario. I think, this smart twist contributes to the feeling of disturbance, his work is leaving.

FINE ARTS TO MAKE THE UNSEEN VISIBLE AND TO RISE AWARENESS

Watching his outstanding landscape photography involuntary leaves you with the impression that our planet is eaten alive — by us.

Deadly injured, covered with open wounds and scars, the Earth still provides us with all resopurces we need to further expand, dominate the creation and grow our population without any rhyme or reason.

Desparation, feeling helpless, and guilty… Let`s begin with changing ourself. I am sure that each one of us knows best where and how he is able to reduce his personal ecological footprint….Right?

BY THE WAY, WHAT IS THE “ANTHROPOCENE”?

Admittedly, I had to look it up….

The Anthropocene is a proposed epoch dating from the commencement of significant human impact on the Earth’s geology and ecosystems, including, but not limited to, anthropogenic climate change. Various different start dates for the Anthropocene have been proposed, ranging from the beginning of the Agricultural Revolution 12,000–15,000 years ago, to as recent as the Trinity test in 1945.
The most recent period of the Anthropocene has been referred to by several authors as the Great Acceleration during which the socioeconomic and earth system trends are increasing dramatically, especially after the Second World War. (wikipedia)

Ähnliches Foto
Anthropocene – The Sinkhole in Guatemala City (image of the ETH Zurich)

ABOUT THE ANTHROPOCENE PROJECT

Another collaboration from Nicholas de Pencier, Edward Burtynsky, and Jennifer Baichwal, The Anthropocene Project is a multimedia exploration of the complex and indelible human signature on the Earth.

Originally conceived as a photographic essay and the third in a trilogy of films including Manufactured Landscapes (2006) and Watermark (2013), the project quickly evolved to include film installations, large-scale Burtynsky High-Resolution Murals enhanced by film extensions, 360° VR short films, and augmented reality installations.

Embracing and developing innovative techniques, the trio embarked on an epic journey around the world (to every continent save Antarctica) to capture the most spectacular evidence of human influence, while taking time to reflect on the deeper meaning of what these profound transformations signify. The result is a collection of experiences that will immerse viewers in the new world of the Anthropocene epoch, delivering a sense of scale, gravity, and impact that both encompasses and moves beyond the scope of conventional screens and prints.

The project includes:

  • a major travelling museum exhibition at the Art Gallery of Ontario and National Gallery of Canada before it will travel to Manifattura di Arti, Sperimentazione e Tecnologia (MAST) in Bologna in Spring 2019;
  • a new release of Edward Burtynsky photographs;
  • a feature documentary film;
  • immersive interactive experiences in augmented and virtual reality;
  • an art book published by Steidl;
  • and a comprehensive educational program.

theanthropocene.org

IN THE NEWS (09th Jan. 2019): ANTHROPOCENE won $100K Rogers Best Canadian Film Award – Congratulations!

ABOUT EDWARD BURTYNSKY

Edward Burtynsky (born February 22, 1955) is Canadian photographer and artist known for his large format photographs of industrial landscapes. His work is housed in more than 60 museums including the Guggenheim Museum, the National Gallery of Canada, the Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid, the Tate Modern in London, the Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris and others.

Burtynsky received his BAA in Photography/ Media Studies from Ryerson University in 1982, and in 1985 founded Toronto Image Works, a darkroom rental facility, custom photo laboratory, digital imaging and new media computer-training centre catering to all levels of Toronto’s art community.

Early exposure to the sites and images of the General Motors plant (the workplace of his father) in his hometown helped to formulate the development of his photographic work. His imagery explores the collective impact we as a species are having on the surface of the planet; an inspection of the human systems we’ve imposed onto natural landscapes. 

Edward Burtynsky won several well-known prices & awards (e.g. Officer of The Order of Canada in 2006) and received several honorary doctorates.

Furthermore, he is an active lecturer on photographic art, who is welcome in various notable galleries, universities and libraries.

His images appear in numerous periodicals each year including Canadian Art, Art in America, The Smithsonian Magazine, Harper’s Magazine, Flash Art, Blind Spot, Art Forum, Saturday Night, National Geographic and the New York Times.

For further details, please feel free to visit his website that contains more galleries of awesome photos, an overview of his publications and EDWARD BURTYNSKY`s event calendar:

https://www.edwardburtynsky.com/

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

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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.