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Die überflüssige Schweiz

In der WOZ vom 2. Oktober findet sich ein gekürzter Vorabdruck des ersten Kapitels von Die überflüssige Schweiz. Eine Denknetz-Streitschrift. Das Buch argumentiert inwiefern sich die Schweiz dank neoliberalem Ausverkauf an die Konzerneliten und Finanzinstitute sowie asozialem, fremdenfeindlichem Diskurs selber abschafft, eben, sich überflüssig macht. Aus dieser Sackgasse zeigt Denknetz Auswege, um die Schweiz neu zu erfinden.

Daraus wiederum muss ich folgende Zeilen hervorheben, weil sie an Prägnanz und Treffsicherheit kaum zu überbieten sind.

Hier kommt die SVP ins Spiel. Mit einem Amalgam aus Jodeln, Mundart, Schwingerschweiss, direkter Demokratie, Landluft, Schlitzohrigkeit und Emmental kreiert sie die Vorstellung eines “Volkes”, das sich gegen die Zerstörung von aussen wappnen muss. Sie schafft es, die Geschichte einer binnenorientierten, “ländlich-agrarischen Schweiz” mit einer grenzenlosen, transnationalen, alle Bereiche des Lebens durchdringenden Wirtschaftsordnung zu verbinden – wie wenn es zwischen diesen Weltbildern keine offentlichtlichen Widersprüche gäbe. …

In scheinbar paradoxer Weise wirken beide Strömungen darauf hin, die Schweiz überflüssig zu machen. Die Businesseliten sind der Hammer, der Amboss ist die SVP, und die Bevölkerung ist dazwischen – jedenfalls solange sie sich nicht aus dieser Lage zu befreien vermag.

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Schreiner gesucht…

Aus dem St. Galler Tagblatt.

Rückmeldungen bitte an unten stehende Adresse.

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Wenn der Schuh passt…

Zum Thema Statistik zwei Sachen. Erstens ein Zitat eines meiner Dozenten zum Unterschied zwischen einem statistischen Beweis und einer Korrelation, also einer statistischen Häufung von zwei Faktoren, von dem einer aber noch nicht direkt der Grund für den anderen sein muss.

Es gibt einen statistischen Zusammenhang zwischen der
Lesefähigkeit von Menschen und deren Schuhgrösse.

Und zweitens noch ein Zitat zum Thema. Titel einer Medienmeldung lautet:

Durchschnittseuropäer feiern den Weltstatistiktag

Den muss man sich auf der Zunge zergehen lassen.

(Ausserdem hab ich daraus gelernt, dass ich mehr mit der Durchschnittseuropäerin gemein habe als mit deren statistischem Gegenstück. Irgendwer muss ja über die Kluft vermitteln, oder?)

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Aufgepasst…

In wie vielen Schul- und Freistunden der Verfasser unten stehender Zeilen damit beschäftigt war, das Kreuzworträtsel der Gala zu lösen, kann ich nicht sagen. Aber es schmerzt, sowas lesen zu müssen…

Der Begriff Oxymoron enthält ja nicht umsonst das Wort moron

Demokraten sind offenbar nicht völkisch genug. Demos ist ja auch ein Fremdwort an und für sich. Hoffen wir, dass sie dafür doitsch schreiben können.

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BP swaps Tony Hayward for Robert Dudley

In the latest Daily Show, Jon takes another well-placed and hullarious stab into the heart of the filthy beast they call BP.

Reporter’s voice: “Outgoing CEO Tony Hayward is set to receive a year’s salary and then a healthy pension worth millions. BP claims it is not a golden parachute.”

Jon Stewart: “No, of course, not a golden parachute… –  It’s just golden. Only cos BP has decided parachutes are a costly and unnecessary safety apparatus…”

And on the fact that the utterly failing Tony Hayward is being transferred to his new job for BP in Russia, while Bob Dudley leaves his post in Russia to take over American operations for BP:

Jon Stewart: “What is BP, it’s like a game of musical chairs where the music never stops, and even if it did, there’s always two really nice chairs.”

Watch the segment here.

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“Britain’s best days still lie ahead,”…

… says David Cameron.

John Oliver begs to differ in the Daily Show’s last installment of “Clustershag to 10 Downing”.  (click for video)

“Do you really think that Cameron thinks Britain’s best days still lie ahead?? He was being sarcastic, John. This is the same Britain which once ruled two thirds of the globe! We used to import Indian footmen to polish the cobblestones, so our beggars wouldn’t get their knees dirty…”

Awesome bit.

Ah, hell, you best watch the whole show, cos right after this bit, Lewis Black is coming for Glenn Beck, in a bad way…

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“Say hello to my little friend…”

You know you’ve made a classic film if your movie lines are quoted among movie geeks and on every other website, but you know you’ve truly reached legendary status when your kid gets to play your character in the school play!

Tony Montana aka Scarface. Classic Pacino…

Awesome.

For those who need a reminder, here’s a short snippet of the movie’s ending (spoiler alert).

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Gil Scott-Heron is back with the devil

Gil Scott-Heron ist back. For those who don’t know him, he was one of the most outspoken black poets and social critics of the 70ties. He is widely considered to be a frontrunner for modern hiphop. His most famous poem is “The revolution will not be televised”.

The Guardian has an interview up now:

“People keep saying I disappeared,” the singer tells me, laughing heartily, when I speak to him. “Well, that’s a gift I didn’t know I had. You ever see someone disappear? That makes me a superhero, right?”

The humour, though, conceals a great deal of heartbreak and an epic struggle with addiction, both of which are referred to obliquely on his raggedly brilliant version of Robert Johnson’s “Me and the Devil” on the new album. “Early this mornin’, when you knocked upon my door”, he sings, “And I said, “Hello, Satan, I believe it’s time to go.”

Though Gil Scott-Heron insists he did not disappear, that he kept playing club gigs in America and did the occasional tour, that he was writing, if not recording, the news that kept on filtering back from his long winter in America was always bleak. It seemed at times as if the most astute musical social commentator of the 70s and 80s had metamorphosed into a character from one of his own sad songs of suffering and struggle. On the sombre and still-startling “Home Is Where The Hatred Is”, recorded in 1971, he described a junkie trapped in a blighted inner-city ghetto who lived inside “white powder dreams”. Thirty-odd years later, he seemed to be living those lyrics.

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The end of gaiety in New Jersey

New Jersey state senators dumped the bill asking for gay marriage to be allowed in the Garden of Eden State. What’s striking, and Wyatt Cenac nails this in his report for the Daily Show, is the complete lack of a historical perspective on the debate. Black people, hasidic Jews and more minorities were up in arms about the prospect of people having the freedom to marry who they want.

Here’s where my quote of the week comes in. (Click picture to watch.)

“It was just as our forefathers had envisioned. That one day, people who had been discriminated against for their religion or their color of their skin could come together to discriminate against people for their sexual orientation — without the slightest sense of irony.” (Wyatt Cenac)

Anyway, what’s with every reactionary ignoramus always trying to piggyback the founding fathers? At the time, they were amongst the most modern and visionary of their time, actually putting into law the ideals of the French Revolution which, even in France, was quickly compromised. (Okay, let’s leave slavery and the slaughtering of Indians out of this for half a second…)

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Liebling I shrunk the editorial staff…

Between 1945 and 1963, A.J. Liebling wrote for “The Wayward Press” column in the weekly New Yorker Magazine. And much of what his pointed criticism of journalistic entrepreneurism attacked is still valid today, or valid again…

“The function of the press in society is to inform, but its role is to make money. The monopoly publisher’s reaction on being told that he ought to spend money on reporting distant events is therefore exactly that of the proprietor of a large, fat cow, who is told that he ought to enter her in a horse race.”

Peter Osnos wonders what Liebling would have to say about the current press crisis in the Atlantic.

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