Category Archives: Cognition

Neusprech / Doublespeak

Harmloseres Beispiel von Neusprech (Umdeutung von Begriffen) vor unseren Augen:

@Aldi Schweiz

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“Krieg in Europa ist unwahrscheinlich”

In diesen Tagen stirbt ein weiteres Zeitgeist-Dogma welches in etwa so lautet:

“Ein Krieg in Europa ist heute total unwahrscheinlich. Bewaffnete Konflikte in Europa sind was für Paranoide, Zurückgebliebene und ‘Kalte Krieger’. Und in jedem Fall haben wir 20 Jahre Vorwahnzeit”.

Nachdem zuletzt der mittlere Osten mit Syrien-, Tunesien-, Libyen-, Ägypten-, und Libanon-Konflikt schnell näher rückte, sind die Einschläge nun in Europa eingetroffen. Der Balkan-Krieg 1999 war nicht die Ausnahme, sondern ist die Regel zu der wir zurück kehren: Imperialkriege an den Peripherien (u.a. von sog. ‘Friedensprojekten’) sind nun nicht mehr nur Informations-, Wirtschafts-, Währungs-, und Gedankenkriege, sondern plötzlich bedrohlich “heiss”:

2014-03-04_russia_Missile_test(Source: ZH)


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Applebaum’s mindbuggling NSA update: “We are under martial law”

I came across this recently held speech by Jacob Applebaum. Applebaum gives a short one hour wrap up about the powers of the NSA. It is just great after we all lost a bit the overview around the numerous leaks thanks to Snowdon. It really is clear that we live in the 1984’s world. Simply mindbuggling. All my fears and guesses, when the first articles of Snowdon came out, seem to be true, e.g. that the NSA is exchanging information with the British GCHQ (and many others).

Tons of remarks of the witful Applebaum let you guy “wow” and think in different dimensions unimagined before. E.g. the somewhat surprising question, why Hugo Chavez, whose regime was on the top 6 NSA spylist, may have gotten cancer. (Applebaum’s speculative answer I won’t recite here).

I cannot believe anybody can watch this and say “we all knew we were spied upon, nothing has changed from cold war times”.

Since we are left in a bit of a paranoid mood after Appelbaum’s speech 😉 : I couldn’t help but wonder what kind of information Twitter perceives to be “sensitive” and consequently decided not to show to me. Hint: Twitter doesn’t seem to like #ENDTHEFED 😛
twitter_censor0twitter_censor1– JAS

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Quote from the past: Decision Making at the FED

Why not bring something small from the past up and add some irony?

I just stumbled upon this hidden jewel in wikipedia as I was reading about the economist and ex-FED board member Alan Blinder. We get some insights about the decision making “process” of the most powerful institution of the world. A fool who is disconcerted by this ;-).

[Economist] Rob Johnson, who watched the Blinder ordeal, says Blinder made the mistake of behaving as if the Fed was a place where competing ideas and assumptions were debated. “Sociologically, what was happening was the Fed staff was really afraid of Blinder. At some level, as an applied empirical economist, Alan Blinder is really brilliant,” says Johnson.

In closed-door meetings, Blinder did what so few do: he challenged assumptions. “The Fed staff would come out and their ritual is: Greenspan has kind of told them what to conclude and they produce studies in which they conclude this. And Blinder treated it more like an open academic debate when he first got there and he’d come out and say, ‘Well, that’s not true. If you change this assumption and change this assumption and use this kind of assumption you get a completely different result.’ And it just created a stir inside – it was sort of like the whole pipeline of Greenspan-arriving-at-decisions was disrupted.”

This put him in conflict with Greenspan and his staff. “A lot of senior staff… were pissed off about Blinder – how should we say? – not playing by the customs that they were accustomed to,” Johnson says

(Emphasis added)

Interpretation is left to the reader. Enjoy.


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What is Fate? The Rationalization of the Human Mind!

I want to talk about fate. I’ll start with some thoughts on the most recent econtalk podcast by Russ Roberts. Russ talks with John Ralston Saul about his book “Voltaire’s bastards” and how we abuse the use of reason today. The abstract:

Saul argues that the illegitimate offspring of the champions of reason have led to serious problems in the modern world. Reason, while powerful and useful, says Saul, should not be put on a pedestal above other values including morality and common-sense. Saul argues that the worship of reason has corrupted public policy and education while empowering technocrats and the elites in dangerous and unhealthy ways.

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