Richard David Precht – Quotes

20 May

Richard David Precht

Richard David Precht is a German Publicist who has become especially well-known as an author of successful popular science books about philosophical issues.


  • Learning and enjoyment are the secret to a fulfilled life. Learning without enjoyment wears you down, enjoyment without learning dulls you.
    • Quote translated from his German book: Wer bin ich – und wenn ja, wie viele? Eine philosophische Reise, Goldmann, München 2007, ISBN 3-442-31143-8
  • Love is not a feeling but rather a conscious state.
    • Quote translated from ZDF-Nachtstudio

Is It Time to Bring Down Civilization?

17 May

Dr Bramhall’s review I find fascinating reading. Thank you, Stuart, for publishing it. I want very much to reblog it and study it a bit more.

The Most Revolutionary Act

Endgame: The Problem of Civilization

by Derrick Jensen

Seven Stories Press (2006)

Book Review

Although the writing style is quite informal, the basic structure of environmental activist Derrick Jensen’s two volume opus is that of a philosophical treatise. In Endgame, Jensen makes two highly controversial arguments:

1. The planet and the human species can only be saved by bringing down civilization.

2. This can only be accomplished by violent means.

Like a philosopher, Jensen builds his case on 20 basic premises listed at the beginning of both volumes (see below). By definition, a premise is mutually agreed assumption (as opposed to a statement of fact) that is used to rationally derive a set of conclusions. In other words, if someone rejects your premises, they will also disagree with conclusions based on these premises.

I myself agree with all but premise 9 and 12. Ten years ago, it was believed…

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Uta’s Diary, 16th May 2017

16 May

14th/16th May 2017

15 May

Sunday, the 14th was Mothers’ Day, and tomorrow, the 16th is Peter’s Birthday. We had quite a few visitors yesterday and received congratulations and gifts. Peter’s cakes were praised a lot. In the evening Caroline’s future mother-in-law came to visit, and we had a very pleasant evening with her as well as Caroline and Matthew.


We are waiting for the guests to arrive for coffee and cake.

This time I took no pictures of any of our guests. However I took lots of pictures earlier on that Sunday morning.


We are going to have a “Sekt Frühstück” for Mothers’ Day. Caroline is already pre-warming our coffee cups with hot water.


The coffee cups are filled, Caroline served some fried eggs and Peter has poured the “Bubbly”. We also had a lovely Vietnamese bread-roll each (warmed up in the oven) and of course some butter.

During the morning Caroline cooked some chicken soup for her Papa to enjoy during the week. She was concerned that Peter would not find the time to cook the soup for himself as he usually does. She knows that I am not so keen on cooking this soup since I do not like the smell or taste of such soup. This is very odd, I guess, that I am very sensitive to the smell of chicken. While this soup was cooking, I went for a little walk and took some pictures. I always find my walks more enjoyable when I can frequently pause to take pictures!

When I returned home later on I did some cooking for lunch: Potatoes, Sauerkohl, heated up red cabbage and Bacon Pork Chops. For desert we had vanilla ice-cream and cherries. And for drinks we had beer and/or wine.








Peter overtook me in Lakelands Park on his a bit more fast walk/run.

I had already left home while Peter was getting ready for his outing. I was surprised when he passed me and could not resist to take this picture of him!



I liked it that I had time to stroll on a bit further. I ended up in a street where I had not been for a while. The above street sign is now nearly totally engulfed by this well growing palm tree.

I went along that lane walkway that is to be seen in the other picture. Next to the lane on the left side is this huge tree. I wonder, has it grown any further since I saw it last. Some time ago the man who lives on the right side of the lane talked to me about this tree. He was very concerned that one day in a storm it might fall over on his house!

Today now, I took some pictures of the presents that Peter and me received yesterday. The bottle of Greek Brandy Peter and I bought together for we do not want to give to each other any other gifts. As can be seen, we shared about half the bottle with our guests the previous night.




Here the camera went off by itself. Well, I think it is worth keeping this picture!

Mothers’ Day Preperations

13 May

Peter baked an almond cake yesterday. This morning he filled it with a creamy custard and apricot jam. The cake is resting at the moment in our fridge. Later on Peter is going to add some almond flakes to the outside of the cake.


This is an earlier photo of the cake in the fridge.



Here is the cake with a bit more of the creamy custard added to it. Soon it is going to be covered with almond flakes!


While Peter was decorating the cake this morning, he also found time to do a yeast cake with buttery crumbles on top!


We have finished our lunch and also done the dishes already. We had red cabbage, braised pumpkin pieces. potatoes and thick cut bacon chops with mustard. Delicious! Sorry, I did not take any pictures of our lunch.

We just found out that daughter Caroline is about to get ready to go on the train to come and visit us. So she as well as some other visitors are going to be here tomorrow for Mothers’ Day. In three more days is going to be Peter’s birthday. Of course we’ll be celebrating the birthday already tomorrow together with Mother’s Day. Peter’s sister Ilse, who lives in Berlin, is one year older than Peter. Her birthday is today. We hope we can congratulate her later on by doing some skyping with her. Ilse always points out that she is one year and three days older than Peter!

Uta’s May 2017 Diary continued

12 May



I took these pictures on Wednesday, the 10th of May. Peter was having his second cancer care treatment. After Peter had settled in for his treatment, I left the hospital for some refreshments. On the way our I passed the chapel.

I found a nice cafe a bit further down the road and had a pot of tea. I took my time enjoying this tea. Going back to the hospital I entered the hospital from a different site, taking pictures as I walked along.


I went back to where Peter was in his treatment room. He was by then at the stage of the roll over period, where he had  to turn into different positions. This took two hours. After that all the liquid stuff had to be drained from his bladder.

Late in the afternoon Peter was happy when he finally was allowed to have some drink and a few sandwiches . I think he had had not anything to drink for more than ten hours.

A copied Article on the Explosion in “Ice” Use

12 May


Drug report finds WA exceeding averages in ‘explosion’ in methylamphetamine use

Updated 26 Mar 2017, 5:22pm

Methylamphetamine is the most consumed illicit drug in the country and Western Australians and South Australians are the biggest culprits, according to researchers who studied wastewater from 51 sites across Australia.

Key points:

  • City and regional sites in WA found to far exceed national ice use averages, SA also recorded above average use
  • High levels also found in regional sites in Queensland, Victoria and Tasmania
  • New South Wales recorded the highest cocaine use

The Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC) contracted university researchers to test the wastewater for ice and 12 other illicit and licit substances including cocaine, MDMA, alcohol, tobacco and several prescription medications.

City and regional sites in WA were found to far exceed national ice use averages, with South Australia also recording above average use both in city and country areas.

High levels were also found in regional sites in Queensland, Victoria and Tasmania, while New South Wales recorded the highest cocaine use.

The National Wastewater Drug Monitoring Program Report also revealed a high use of the prescription medications oxycodone and fentanyl across all jurisdictions, particularly in regional Queensland.

Victorian sites also showed higher than average oxycodone levels.

The report covers about 58 per cent of Australia’s population, or approximately 14 million people.

Federal Justice Minister Michael Keenan said the report was the first of its kind and provided the greatest ever insight into what drugs were being consumed and where.

He said the report confirmed there had been “an explosion” in the use of ice in Australia in recent years.

“Sadly it confirms what we already knew anecdotally and that is, in Australia we have an enormous problem with illicit drugs,” Mr Keenan said.

He said previously authorities had to rely on surveys, which were relatively unreliable, and said the testing program would be ongoing.

“So we can get a sense over the next few years about how successful our law enforcement and other policies are about dealing with drug usage in Australia,” he said.

WA Police Commissioner Karl O’Callaghan also said the report confirmed what was known already — that Western Australia had a significant drug problem, particularly with methylamphetamine.

“We know we have a large number of people using it [but] the report also tells us where that usage occurs, so that’s interesting for us,” he said.

He said police had been conducting their own wastewater sampling over the past 18 months, and that the most recent results, in February, showed a slight drop in usage — although he conceded that did not necessarily indicate a longer term trend.

Not just a ‘law and order’ issue

ACIC’s chief executive officer Chris Dawson said the report provided much needed precision.

“It’s not an estimation, there’s a much more precise scientific baseline here … and over the next three years it will provide us with a far more accurate picture of the illicit and licit drugs that are being abused by Australians,” he said.

Mr Dawson said the study found the level of ecstasy use was not as high as previously estimated, but the abuse of the opiate-based prescription drugs such as oxycodone and fentanyl was cause for concern.

“Certainly in the USA [those drugs] have been subjected to widespread abuse and resulted in people migrating across to street heroin,” he said.

Mr Dawson said it was important to see the problem as more than a law and order issue.

“We must continue to drive down demand in order to interrupt the supply market,” he said.

“There is also obviously work about the drug rehabilitation programs and this sort of analysis provides much better prioritisation as to where the problems are greatest, where the trends are increasing and therefore where you can best put the right resources to deal with this.”

The report is the first of nine planned under the program.


Topics: drugs-and-substance-abuse, government-and-politics, wa, australia

First posted 26 Mar 2017, 2:34pm