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Advertising, what do they really say

By ranfuchs, published on Mar 5, 2010

Being continuously attacked by aggressive advertising is quite overwhelming when you first arrive in the US. What’s even more amazing is the fact that spinning reality does seem to work. There are dozens of such examples. Here I bring a few:The first is a true copy of a note I saw in one of the government offices in Connecticut. I just wonder what crossed the mind of the person who ordered this notice:

Fraudulent activity is illegal.

I saw the second ad on the train. It was euphemistic, so like the new version of the bible, I allowed myself to rewrite the ad in everyday words,... (more)

Tags: freedom, lifestyle, brainwashing

Failure

By ranfuchs, published on Mar 3, 2010

It was my project on display. I won the award. Everybody saw it. A great future awaits you, the teacher said. Her words still echo in my mind. The future was mine, so it was hard to believe that at the final test when the bell rang I was still sitting in front of a blank sheet There was no second chance. I can still remember the big match. I was standing in front of the empty goal. Everybody cheered, and I missed. I never played again. Yet, at work I was given a chance. But when I turned the switch on It went dark. My settings were wrong. It was an expensive mistake. So after so many years... (more)

Tags: life

License to Kill

By ranfuchs, published on Feb 28, 2010

Did Jesus own his t-shirtwas of a consequencethat lead for heads to roll offand hell to live on earth.It was no minor question,unlike the one aboutthe angels pushing needlesto those who couldn’t count.Oh, such crucial questions,for which so many soulswere massacred for answersin search of higher goals.And yet today nobodycares or thinks aboutthose most important questionsman couldn’t live without.But even now we’re holdinga very strong beliefthat we possess some knowledgewithout which we can’t live.Oh, such crucial matters,Essential, higher goalshas lead us, like our fathersto sacrifice more... (more)

Tags: humanity, society, morality

The commuter

By ranfuchs, published on Feb 26, 2010

Unable to disobey the tyranny of the alarm clock, she wakes up. She unreasonably believes that her long working hours will be noticed. Naïve she is, and doesn’t realize that the promotion has already been given to another. Devotion had nothing to do with it.

It’s dark outside, and miserably cold. She runs to catch the train. In the station, she buys her usual cup of coffee. It’s lukewarm and tasteless. She tries to follow her latest self-improvement advice: it’s all in your mind. She tries to imagine the drink to be somewhat like a real coffee: hot, aromatic, full of flavour. It still... (more)

Tags: loneliness, society, lifestyle

Once was a Woman

By ranfuchs, published on Feb 25, 2010

Once was a woman, wife of doctor,who was known to be most proper.She always wore the latest fashion,and was the best at conversation.Her words were kind with no aggression,even when she felt depression.She never gave the wrong impression,not even at the heights of passion.Did she feel it? No one knew,this wasn't issue to review.Unlike the charity donation,it's not her type of conversation.She didn’t think nor did she dareto ask herself if she did care,or what her partner thought of it,not having seen her naked bit.Respect she got, was often flattered,but not from those who really mattered.She... (more)

Tags: freedom, lifestyle, choice

The Financial System and the Hudson River Landing

By ranfuchs, published on Feb 24, 2010

It’s been a year since the amazing emergency landing of the Airbus A320 on the Hudson River after the aircraft had struck a flock of geese. This landing was a demonstration of risk management at its best.

This was the very first time that landing on water had been attempted successfully. Yet, simulators were built, procedures put in place, and pilots trained to handle such an unlikely circumstance. None of these were based on historical events, but rather on foresight. It was this foresight that made the difference and saved the lives of the 155 people aboard the plane.

This should... (more)

Tags: economy, risk, banks

American Tomato

By ranfuchs, published on Feb 22, 2010

Do you know what a cucumber or a tomato tastes like? This may sound like a silly question, but with the way our diet evolves, and the contemporary food industry manufactures food, many Americans have no idea what a vegetable tastes like.

Many Americans, as well as their counterparts in the developed world, have never tasted a real tomato, a cucumber or a strawberry. For many, the only encounters with vegetables have been through an industrial mock-up food, which advertising presents as the real thing.

As kids, a tomato with a slice of bread would have been a wonderful part of... (more)

Tags: health, society, food, diet

The Ultimate Solution to the Spiraling National Debt

By ranfuchs, published on Feb 21, 2010

The solution to the spiraling American national debt crisis is quite simple. Instead of the government printing money they don’t have, they should allow us, citizens, to print money directly. This ingenious policy has three advantages over our current, post-financial-crisis, system:

First, if individuals are only allowed to print physical money, they can’t print it faster than the government, so the overall increase of national debt will cool down.

Second, as the money will be in our hands, we will consume more, which will help refuel the struggling economy (after all, how many... (more)

Tags: economy, debt, credit crisis

Once upon a city

By ranfuchs, published on Feb 21, 2010

A city Once so grand Glorified past Decay. Just another city Like any other.

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Tags: time

A picture from my childhood

By ranfuchs, published on Feb 21, 2010

A stormy Friday winter night. Soft yellow light illuminates the green walls. The room is warm. Two cups of hot chocolate and a plate of cookies on the table.

It’s my grandparents’ place. Shelves full of books. A big drawing on the wall in black and yellow. A man collecting seaweeds in the storm His horse and cart are waiting.

My grandmother is sitting in her couch Watching family drama on TV My grandfather is in the kitchen Delicious smells of cooking hang in the air.

I’m lying on the sofa bed Reading old magazines bound together to keep history alive. Dozens of volumes.... (more)

Tags: memories

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