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A Dozen Snapshots

By ranfuchs, published on Feb 2, 2010

My six years old brother, who makes money returning glass bottles to the shop, brings home a donkey he’s bought for a fiver. He wants to keep it, but mother says that the third floor in the middle of town is not a good place for a donkey. My brother takes the donkey round to see if his friend would buy it off him.At dinner my father tells me not put my elbows on the table. I ask him why, and he brings to the table a book called ‘Table Manners’. I promise to read it if he washes the dishes in my stead..I hear my mother screaming: “Either the snakes go or I go,” when she finds the snake boxes... (more)

Tags: memories

What Do You See?

By ranfuchs, published on Jan 31, 2010

When you look at the sky what do you see?

Birds in the wind,

Or clouds floating by?

Can you still see the sun

When it’s dark all around?

When you look at the clouds what do you see?

A rabbit or an angel,

A horse or a devil?

Can you still see the blue

Through the clouds above you?

When you look at the stars what do you see?

Diamonds flickering,

Or hydrogen burning

In the vastness of space of time –

The origin of all life.

When you look at yourself what do you see?

Spec of dust or... (more)

Tags: mind, poetry

Effortless Himalayas

By ranfuchs, published on Jan 29, 2010

When my friend asked me if I’d join him on a three-week climbing expedition in the Himalayas, thrill and anxiety were the emotions I experienced, especially when I learned that the climb was graded 'extremely strenuous’.

As an untrained middle-aged man who couldn’t run a mile, I was under no illusion about my physical ability to endure such a feat. I also knew that I wouldn’t be able to change this condition in the couple of weeks leading up to the departure. So rather than working on my physical fitness, which I hoped would take care of itself during the adventure – albeit the hard... (more)

Tags: mind, climbing, lifestyle

A Unified Humanity

By ranfuchs, published on Jan 26, 2010

Jogging, the unmistakable bluish aura glowing from every house I am panting by makes me feel safe, as I know that my neighbors, my town, the country, and probably most of humanity are connected by the same unprejudiced umbilical cord of information. I can clearly feel the common in all these otherwise-diverse and unrelated people and groups. They are all glued to the pipeline of bread and circuses, which runs by those with a single goal in mind, to make us – men and women of every ethnicity color or race – think the same; if possible, not think at all. This will make them rich and powerful... (more)

Tags: society, information technology

First Encounters with the Opposite of ArtificiaI Intelligence

By ranfuchs, published on Jan 25, 2010

AI, or Artificial Intelligence, is the study of intelligent machines: an important field of computer sciences. But what should be the term for the opposite study? As tempting as it may be, Natural Stupidity is not the right term; Mechanical Humanity (MH) describes it much better.

MH is the very first thing you need to learn, before dealing with the hoards of officials who will accompany you throughout the entire process of moving to the US.

Each official seems to be familiar with some rigid actions that cannot be changed under any circumstances. And just like double jeopardy,... (more)

Tags: society, us, immigration

The Supreme Court Decision (Part 2): Can We Trust Them?

By ranfuchs, published on Jan 25, 2010

About three years ago, well before the financial crisis, I wrote an article and gave a speech about the predatory deceptive practices of banks and other financial institutions and why regulators should step in to regulate transparency of financial products sold to the public. The credit crisis was mostly the result of banks telling regulators what the banking regulation should be.It is incomprehensible that the new Supreme Court ruling is taking place during the aftermath of the credit crisis. I find it fascinating that many still feel strongly that we should put our personal and political... (more)

Tags: democracy, supreme court

The Supreme Court’s Decision -- Risk to Democracy

By ranfuchs, published on Jan 24, 2010

This week’s Supreme Court's interpretation of the First Amendment that will allow corporates spend as much as they want on funding politicians is most sinister. It will, no doubt, make politicians hostage to the big corporations, and will accelerate the erosion of democracy.There are many examples where corporate power is already limiting freedom. For example, ex-executives from the food industry are directing the food administration, ensuring that policies protect the industry rather than consumers. This has led to the erosion of the quality of food, the obesity epidemic and many of the food-related... (more)

Tags: democracy, first amendment, supreme court case on corporate contributions

A day like any other

By ranfuchs, published on Oct 22, 2017

The day life ended was a day like any other.

People walked down the street, airplanes flew overhead,

and robbers broke into the local bank.

The day life ended, the sky was blue, the sun was shining,

and a few white clouds drifted westwards with the wind.

A dog was running down the street, chased by his owner.

No one knew it was only hours before the wind would stop blowing, the sun would freeze in its orbit,

and no mind would remain to observe.

If a tree falls in the forest and nobody hears,

what is the sound of the one hand clapping?

... (more)

Tags: poetry

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