Age bias and the case of the sausage slice

Picture credit: Wurstblog.de The age bias Hopefully, you will not feel let down by this article … I struggled to find an appropriate title. I considered calling it “old but cool” but I neither wanted to attract the “wrong” crowd nor put a label on myself and others. We all know that a sure sign of a person who is not cool is that they call themselves “cool”. No, I am not shooting at all the “influencers”, “ninjas”, people who wear sunglasses on their social media profile pictures and disruptors out there. I am shooting at butchers, doctors, club owners and many others. Age discrimination happened the first time to… Read More

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Why tomatoes have no taste anymore

It felt just right. Delicious looking is the warm red skin and the scent of tomato tickles my nose. I rest my finger and press it gently. Yes, it feels just right. Not too hard, not too mushy. When I was young, I used to bite a whole in the tomato and then suck the liquid and pulp out. I might still do but you will never know for I would not admit it. So I took the initial bite. Dug the whole that shall lead me to the source. To the sweet, sour, tomatoey insides that smelled and felt just right. I tasted nothing. I felt that I was… Read More

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Facebook – Woman Facing Jail Time For Ceviche

Hate speech and trolls on Facebook Facebook is for many, including myself, a synonym for negativity. Mark Zuckerberg and other top managers have just been sued by Germany for their refusal to delete illegal content. Even if users or victims report hate speech several times, Facebook refuses to remove the content from its site. Therefore, it is even more surprising that recently a Swedish cancer awareness video has been pulled off the site for portraying an offensive image that you see below. Click on the link to read the full article in the New York Times. Really? Calling for the murder of a politician = ok. Comic-style boob picture =… Read More

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Women In Trees – A Mystery?

Tickling your phantasy I came across a photo series today, published in the German magazine “Stern”. Of women in trees (in Germany). Yes, women in trees. Picture: Jochen Raiß The pictures below are part of a photo book by Jochen Raiß with over 100 pictures (Publisher: Hatje Cantz Verlag). As the Stern article explains: When Jochen Raiß found the first woman in a tree he thought it was merely a coincidence. A random shot. He loved going to flea markets and to his surprise he found more pictures of women in trees. After 25 years he had collected over 100. They date from 1920 – 1950. Now, can you imagine how many… Read More

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The Terrifying Trip of a Chinese Tourist

Odyssey of an accidental refugee It´s one of these stories, you know, that are funny to read but not so funny to live. The German news magazine “Der Spiegel” reported this story today. It reminded me a little bit on Franz Kafka’s “The Trial”, hence the picture. It is about a Chinese tourist in Germany that gets trapped in the mills of bureaucracy. He just wanted to report a stolen wallet A Chinese tourist spent two weeks in a refugee home because he accidently filled out an asylum application. He just wanted to report his wallet stolen. Travelling can be a real adventure. Danger and misunderstandings are waiting everywhere. Not… Read More

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