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Dear Ms Chancellor, now DO something!

Dear Ms Chancellor,

Just Curio-US (Found on PInterest

Just Curio-US (Found on PInterest)

this post has sat in my outbox for months since I could anticipate your official answer:
“Thank you we will consider your opinion, but the affair has been closed.”

Dear Ms Chancellor, you and me, both we were born in the same country, the GDR.
We lived in it’s dual society and learned to tell the surface from the hidden meaning.
We got to know which rules to ignore, how to find loopholes and how to improvise in order to create some spaces of ingenuity and leeway.
Why? Because GDR’s ruling party, the SED, its border guards, and intelligence, the StaZi, operated on the same moral level: suspecting people for “counter-something” activities against the state and putting them under surveillance in order to let system prevail which only they understood.
Trust was a precious currency.

We know how that state ceased to exist. It was changed from the inside since “we were the people”.

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This time is different

What happened?
Having survived the dot.com collapse, well educated people were on the hunt for new revenues.
Astrophysicists, mathematicians, and other geeks started drawing profits from market volatility with the help of machines crunching their elaborate quant models.
Icelandic fisherman buying assets abroad with borrowed foreign money.
Irish banksters inflating their national real estate markets with destructive tax competition and borrowed money from abroad.
Greeks cheating their way into the EU in order to borrow like solvent citizens and nordic tax payers.
Investors, mainly the Landesbanks from Germany, hurled in to take the opposite side of the bet that none of these borrowers will ever default.
And the quants who produced such toxic crap ran to mom and asked her for insurance on assets they did not even own!
Glorious days, those were.

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STOP TTIP!

I want companies to create value rather than choking democracy with conspirative courts and governing my tax bill through alleged litigation claims.

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STOP TTIP!

Going Home

Three months have passed now. I am packing my stuff now and look back.
It was abnormously hot, hotter than usual during this season as my colleagues said. In August, you cannot even walk 100 metres without soaking your clothes in sweat. But thanks to lots of shopping facilities, a cooling place is just a stone throw away.

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Beauty II

Not far away from Asakusa, there’s a place inviting to rest for a while.
It drew me like a magnet and I can still not say what attracted me there.

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Beauty I

I have finally found beauty in Tokyo.

Asakusa (pronounced Asaksa).

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Godzilla’s shaking Tokyo

Shudder, Tokyo.

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