Erich Kreppenhofer

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Erich Kreppenhofer
Posted over 3 years ago
Leslie Dodson: Don't misrepresent Africa
Africa and fifty seven countries, yes, but very little difference exists in its management and political structure. True it is people that commit atroicities, genocide, war and mayhem, but remember it is the society that promotes it. NOG's and fundraiser use the reports to create the soft hearts of the donors. Unesco, W CF, SOS Children village, Education for the under privileged all will use the starving child, the Aids infested woman and their offspring to raise money. Those of us that have been in the hell holes of some of these countries also know of the corruption, the pilferage and the black market that lives of these valiant efforts of the western based charities. The fact is journalism is a profession, within a new economy. DONATIONS for the poor. Very seldom will you read a report condemning the Government of the DRC for allowing the mutilation of its witch children, but we are asked to feed them. Somalia is an example of starvation, yes it needs to be addressed, but how? By giving half the donation to Al Shabaab, so it can be sold in the market in Mogadishu ? We dont hear of the US being asked for military intervention in Ugands to hunt down Josef Kony, are we? Every documentary I have ever seen, many I assure you, deals with the problem as we in the west see it. Not how the country needs to deal with it in order to receive our help.15,000 rapes in the North and south Kivu every year. Tanzania still has Cannibals feeding on African Albinos. In Orientale the Pygmy population is still being decinated by Gov, troops. In Guatemala the Indios are still being killed. Documentaries are good but Journalists must dig deeper not sit in the Orchid Safari Hotel in Bukavu and repeat someones testimony. The censorship starts with the news story, the money comes from the charities and the truth is left somewhere in the middle. Charity must come with conditions not with a free hand to do as they want.
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Erich Kreppenhofer
Posted over 3 years ago
How do you feel about the responsibility of the government towards the young people (18-25) regarding the economic and financial crisis?
Is this tpic imtemded to imply the right, birthright of happiness? Or is it a discussion about the elements of Education? Some here must misunderstand the question, he parphrases the " constitutional quoted right for the pursuit of happyness"! The american constitution grrants you the right of pursuit...it does not demand Government has to give it to you without paying for it. Does it also apply to the committment of crimes because the gains make you happy? We put a large burden on goverments, items that are way out of norm, individual interest groups get attention by becomming the squeaky wheek. Does God, Allah, Jehova or Ulah Khane, any god you will quote stand in the way of your pursuit? Education is a marketable item, we can aquire it and reap benefits for the rest of our lives. The government therefore has to make it available, the same way as a drivers licence or a passport. WE trade taxes for wisdom, but reading many of these comments I can see the ineqities of education. Where all of us have a god or something to believe in, we cannot go to the village priest and demand he make us smarter than we are, or can we? A god given right, a nice phrase for the demanding crowd, but even rights have to be earned by the ones in need. Many of us are happy working the fields, many are happy with just one good meal a day, ask the children in the jungles of the Congo. Here we are discussing education, not the merit of the constitution and all its amendments. Yes you have the right to pursue happiness, on one condition, do not interfere with mine or anyone elses rights. We give free education at a huge expense to the early grades to highschools levels, and still twenty percent drop out, money is more important to a young person so he quits and now he protests because things are broken. Education is the first step to earning a decent living, still we cannot take too much from the ones that retired or the ones that are not borne yet. It is all our spending that caused it.
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Erich Kreppenhofer
Posted over 3 years ago
How do you feel about the responsibility of the government towards the young people (18-25) regarding the economic and financial crisis?
Education....is it a privilage or a right? A government, any government has to balance its books. We can have or ask for it, the difference will always be what we can afford. Take Greece, a government in dire sytaights, indebted to the world and to its people! Why? It was unable to balance socialistic ideas with affordability. Education is a right to a specific term, lets say to the basic intelligence of the individual, end of high school, From then on only the intelligent, the best of the best should be able to use public funds to go to institutions of higher learmning. All og these offer subsidies for the qualified. The ones that cannot cut the grade should not be a burden or an expense to the rest of the social network we all incorporate in our lives. It means the old, t5he invalid, the extremely poor or handicapped. Huge strikes in sveral countries, a sort of excessive demand has reduced such cost to the extreme. You hear cut this, cut some more and on the other side you hear more demands frrom unions for higher wages and benefit. Education needs corporate sponsordgip at higher levels of Education, so lets not mistake it is money that goes into the coffers of these institutions. Education should also be based on present and future job demands, Teachers in abaundance are digging ditches, Mater of Arts are driving buses. I have to think they were misplaced in their educational programs. No we cannot allow education to become a aspect of affordability, but we can make it a demand for ability and need. It is all of us citizen paying for it, parents and grandparents and homeowners and even the welfare recipients pay for it by being cut in the small allowance that is given out. We need better tests to screen applicants and better selection in the pre university entrance exams. Student loans should be based on the quality of the student and the demand in his selection of courses. Otherwise a free education cost more than the student will ever benefit!
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Erich Kreppenhofer
Posted over 3 years ago
Hasan Elahi: FBI, here I am!
This rant is obviously directed at the allowed Patriot act perimeters. He is very sucessful in muddiing the waters, this effort alone makes him suspect. The USA has many nut cases, is he part of that select group? Also his behaviour is a red flag in the eyes of HS. Dyed hair to make himself more caucasion, I he is not above suspicion. sometimes this kind of talk is directed at yjr authorities. Just because he is at a University he not above suspicion. Many of the leftwing have been created in the halls of education, from Yale to Harvard to Berkeley. So dont expect everyone to be amused or sorry for him. As the talk goes, I have heard better from many and worse from a few.
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Erich Kreppenhofer
Posted over 3 years ago
What is your vision for a (nearly) perfect society.
First we all have to agree on a society being a group, wether small, like the venus project or large like the raman catholic church. We have to agree on the society being part of an overall civilisation, not a all encompassing world population. The ideal society in this case has to be self sustaining, with laws that are based on moral restriction, laws that ignore the prevalent existing of prisons and laws that will allow happyness for each individuals own existence. In other words, you must allow small groups within a society to follow their own religion, allow them to be represented by a forum of his own. New cities are just to inhibitive to personal growth, a kibbutz in Israel will go through many volunteersand many will move on. Like minded people would exhibit a strong resentment for being excluded for reasons that must exist in a structured society. In the arctic, a small village by the name of Kugluktuk, was by appearance very content, not to say happy, a society formed a few hundred years ago. Today with the influx of strangers, like us, since the days of Peary, this small society has chanhed. Hunters still hunt with retsriction, laws imposed by anoother society, us. I Have the strong belief only a small society with the hedgehog defense will be able to exist. The bristly spikes will not allow others to get inside, so the small society can exist. The Venus project is an idealistic approach to a utopian, not future, wishful thinking. Again as the last negative impact I see a certain isolationist idea. Where do you have room for the men that love the out doors, sitting on the porch and look out over their domain. You build new cities you abandom the history we all have, the graves of our ancestors and the monument in our hearts. Where do we go to visit the monuments of Trafalgar, Lord Nelson or George Washington? Where can our children go when new cities are crowde and become another project?
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Posted over 3 years ago
Change Through Imagination and Fiction: we need to communicate our ideas & visions to make them real.
Science definitely has a trickle down effect, yes we built the A-Bomb first and now we have nuclear medicine and power generation. Germany built the first Jet engine in its 'Messerschnmitt' fighterplanes, still today Scvience has advanced to Passenger jets. In revrse we have learned to desalinate water and today we have drinking water from the sea, Saudi Arabia has grown because of it. It is not science that is disadvantaging the poorer nations, it is the love with power their dictators find more important. I look at science as the forefront of medicin, we beat Ebola, the Influenca, most deseases with our ability to advance the science of today to the future, we also will beat Aids. Science is saving the lives of millions in AFRICA, but it cannot overcome the brutality of the land.Science may be technical, Physics or mechanical, medicinal, nuiclear orecological, science is what has served us well if we used it without malice, it also can destroy us if we dont. Oppenheimer once said,"we have created a monster with science, now we have to use shackles to control it!" of course he talked of the Atomic bomb. Still I rather advance science and conrol the men using it, rather then remain stagnant! We learned about 'Fission' now it is time to learn about 'Fusion' . Lets just keep the good things from it.
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Posted over 3 years ago
Should we legalize marijauna to save our inner cities?
I live in Canada where the Marijuana issue has bounced around for twenty years. Many of the subculture preid themselfs of growing the best hydro in the world. Legalise it, collect taxes, everything has been discussed. Here are the facts. !.? addictive or not? Not addictive in the medical sense, but it creates dependency in large groups of young people. it is psychological addiction! 2./ It is a non violent herb? Non violent by the one that smokes it, but to the gang structure around north America it is the main source of income, Hells Angels and a multitude of biker gangs, Mexican gangs in the sou6th of the states still use it for the great source of illegal cash it is. The violence comes from the high profit margin, one pound of weed cost in British Columbia app.2800 U$, resold in the city of LA it sells for 4400 U$. loads of as nuch as fivehundred pounds show a sticker price of 2,000 000.-- with a net profit of more than half a million. This kind of money brings violence, beatings, killings and even decapitation to the forefront of the gang wars. Amsterdam was used as a example of a free Marijuana culture, one week ago the Dutch Gov. has elevated the drug to the same level as Cocaine and Heroin. In the last twenty years the people that smoked cannabis showed an increasing lethatgy, lack of concentration , the young ones in the class room, the older ones on the job, (many in Holland call it the pothead decline). The risk of work accidents and driving accidents including death has increased by twenty percent. Now lets look st the criminal scope. During the prohibition the Mobster grew their business with booze. Take the prohiobition away and ywe gave the Gangsters motivation to look for other enterprises to maintain their hold on income. Legalise Marijuana and all the sales efforts will go to a replacement drug, Crack, Christal Meth, Apeed and whatever is cheap and will increase the cash flow. With this in mind, do not legalise it, educate against its use.
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Erich Kreppenhofer
Posted over 3 years ago
Change Through Imagination and Fiction: we need to communicate our ideas & visions to make them real.
Fiction is a thought of the possible, of what may be or can be or should be. Fifty years ago it was fiction tralking of colonies on the moon, this morning Nasa anounced the possibility of Titanium mining on our satellit. If we have vision of fictional possibilities we would still be in the stone age. The wheel was at one time fiction. The motorised car was fiction as little as hundred and fifty years ago. So I belief fiction is used to advance our lives, new idea are constantly being tested and advanced. Nano technology is being researched and has made huge advances in the last ten years. On a recent trip to a European University, the use of Telepathy was discusse. The brain give off low density electrons, it is now a drive to read these emission and transport them from brain to brain and thought to action by others. Will we see it in the future? Probably if not for sure, but twenty years ago who believed in 'Cloning', in Stemcell treatment? We have now robotics built into the bodies of accident survivors. Long time ago it was the six million dollar man, maybe he was an inspiration to Science. I for one look forward to the realisation of science fiction, or todays fiction to become reality.
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Erich Kreppenhofer
Posted over 3 years ago
Danielle de Niese: A flirtatious aria
Those who think Opera has no part of TED or Art or being German is out of place I have to ask you. Was Mozart not an Artist, or maybe Wagner was only sript writer, Verdi those who heard of him wrote Italian Operas, these artists are still today selling their music, probably more than Elvis. It is an artform that is put on stage and in reality is musical theater, Shakespear with music, maybe that misunderstanding of art left many musicals dead in the water, Oklahoma would be a opera. The three Tenors, Andrea Botticelli and others of their ilk are truly artist. Those who go to a opera also have a program which will them clue in to the story. So lets not confuse art and the people listening to it. I had a great evening watching Argentina, maybe other will agree others wont, but not every one is a painter or writer but we need all the artist that are and have been, it forms our civilisation.
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Erich Kreppenhofer
Posted over 3 years ago
Your Future: Cities - Maker or Solution of Crisis?
Yes it is true, familiarity breeds contempt. While change is constant it is not always welcome. Cultural differences go against the comfort we constantly seek, our familiarity and traditions are changed by new and different ideas. In the concept of cities we have to look at neighbourhoods. I remember, was witness to the changing of the fiber of industrial cities in Germany. "Die Fremd Arbeiter" of the sevnties became the outcast of the eighties, the influx of east Germans again created controversial sentiments and divided a nation with one language. In Paris, new laws preventing Muslims from prayin in the streets, the Buqua and Niquab are banned in a very controversial law. Europe has at this time more than 20 million Muslim, a tremendous cultural block. And we force the changes. Nations and their individuals loose identity, the Turkish Ghettos were condemned, now in Paris west end, in London Northend, minorities have gathered in enclaves they control. In London, in Naples, in many cities in the west trouble is started by minorities, claiming discrimination. While we try to educate the different faction, strong religious beliefs rule a large number of these enclaves. Religion has always been a factor in society, the thirty years war, Protestants against Catholics, the Crusades and in the last four decades Northern Ireland. If we allow such segregation of neighbourhoods, we will never learn to live togee.ther. I have seen civil wars, ethnic fighting, ethnic genocide, Serbs against Bosniacs, Croats against Serbs, Kosovians against both. Can we survive any such enmity? It took a Tito, a Saddam, even a Mubarak to keep the lid on a potential disaster. Democracy has very little to do with it, the question is are the Germans willing to be dominated by other ideas? Are the French willing to forego their independence in favour of Islamic culture, are the Americans willing to incorporate Mexican culture? Many of the cities already have more foreigns language signs than nativ