A Smile of the Beyond

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Is this what British guitarist John McLaughlin had in mind on his 1974 album Apocalypse with a reorganized and, then and now, largely disappointing Mahavishnu Orchestra? God as a smiley?

What happens inside the black hole? Well, it’s safe to say: nothing. As there is no time or space or spacetime anymore. Unthinkable.

Studying black holes is like studying hurricanes with an important difference. Black holes won’t harm any of us, hurricanes will.

11 April 2019 @ 6:52 am.

Last modified April 11, 2019.

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“Why do wealthy politicians build walls, fences and gates around their homes?”

Well, that’s a good question. Donald Trump answer doesn’t satisfy, though. They do that because they have lost contact to their subjects, not because they love those inside the wall. It’s a sign of lacking democracy or frank dictatorship.

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Walls are erected for keeping other people out. For starving them. For separating them. They are ugly.

Apart from terrible flaws, hubris and self-enhancement, and despite strongly submitting to law and order, Americans have usually been a welcoming nation. A multicultural melting pot.

In that sense, Trump’s childish insistence of his “wall” is racist and utterly un-American.

10 January 2019 @ 6:59 am.

Last modified January 10, 2019.

 

 

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Peace in the Qur’an

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In his latest book on Muhammad, Juan Cole, Professor of History at Michigan University in Ann Arbor, has suggested interesting theories about the overall peaceful intent of the Qur’an. In times of intensified Islamophobia not only in the US his revision of certain key surahs in the context of geopolitical events in the 7th century are most welcome.

I had to think of the utter ignorance and cluelessness of former Catholic Pope Benedict XVI when he spurred one of his first scandals addressing an auditorium in his alma mater, University of Regensburg, on 12 September 2006. The topic of his lecture was about faith and reason, and Benedict wanted to make a point here: the novelty that Christianity has brought to mankind was reason. After couple of minutes Benedict attacks,

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We Want Him Back

Our daily chuckle, Donald Trump home alone in the White House, together with his wife, FLOTUS, was topped today by Kevin Spacey’s Frank Underwood. The true villain at the controls acted indeed far better than the present crybaby (“I want my wall!”)

It’s a relief to see that Spacey has the guts and balls to appear just before being arrained on January 7 for alleged indecent assault and battery two years ago.

25 December 2018 @ 11:02 am.

Last modified December 25, 2018.

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Harry Lime – Robert Courtney – Peter Stadtmann

On Friday, a District Court in Germany has sentenced Peter Stadtmann to 12 years in jail for tampering and adulterating life-saving and -prolonging cancer preparations in more than 14,000 cases.

Accessory prosecution attorney Andreas Schulz from Berlin has rightly put Stadtmann’s crimes in line with those of two previous evildoers, a fictional and a real one. Schulz pointed out in his final speech of the prosecution in particular startling analogies of the two real cases, Robert Courtney and Peter Stadtmann. Courtney, a pharmacist from Kansas City, had been sentenced in 2002 to 30 years in federal prison without parole after he had pleaded guilty and apologized to his thousands of victims.

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