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The day I go

On the day I go - whenever that might be - I want to look back and claim that I have not wasted too many chances, not hurt too many people, not discouraged anyone from becoming who they want to become.

I’d like to know that I have given this journey my all. In love, passion, effort and vision for a life worth living for anyone who touched my soul and was touched by my being.

Everybody have their very individual set of circumstances, experiences and motives. From a sub-optimal start on the wrong end of history to an incredibly fulfilling, successful, inspirational life that I am able to gratefully live today: It’s been quite a trip!

My values and goals have been shaped through the decades past, decisions I have taken and were taken that impacted me as well.

As a former political prisoner in a communist country I had my share of those impacting circumstances. One significant impact throughout those prison years came from my parents, namely my mom’s motivating dealing with the matter that was undoubtedly equally - if not more so - life changing to them as it was to me.

Her recent death motivates me to reflect ever so deeply on what has become of me and how I carried the values that may parents offered throughout my life.

Throughout the next months I will add on to this post in what I believe will be a collection of accomplishments and failures, a life’s reflection on how to develop a vision and follow ones own dreams, deal with set backs and keep pushing for a life worth living…

An incredibly loving family and home where togetherness and encouragement were celebrated on the daily, literature was ever present. As my mom, a bookseller by trade and literature nerd by passion, instilled the love to the written word within us.

After I tested my emotional maturity and poetic skills with love letters to my 4th grade classmates, poetry became my favored way of impression to deal with a growing frustration with the country I grew up in.

Trying to escape the “German Democratic Republic” ages 15, getting caught in the act, I was refused a higher education and proper career path for I didn’t want to sell my young soul to that regime.

Desperation to lead a life in freedom, liberty and dignity turned me agains the state and its institutions both in writing and political activism. My first book pf poetry “Kopfgeburt” resulted aged 20, that I wrote in hiding and was only able to publish after an ordeal through the secret service repression and prison machinery.

When the West Germany government bailed me out and I was given a second chance in live I promised to make it count.

Without a proper education, equipped with just a shirt, a pair of jeans and sneakers I set out on this endeavor, aged 21.

El Paso - take 200/2019

Why Swiss and Canadians stop caring - and don’t (or do) ask New Zealanders

The 200th mass shooting in the U.S. in 2019 (we are mid way through the year mind you) with at least 20 fatalities will produce the same old response domestically. However, folks in Switzerland, Canada and New Zealand just don’t care any longer.

El Paso Walmart mass shooting August 2019

El Paso Walmart mass shooting August 2019

Gun density is a one-sided view point when it comes to correlations of gun ownership and its uses.

Switzerland has one of the highest gun ownership rates in the world but one of the lowest gun related crime rates at the same time. Canadians know this, New Zealanders actually re-learn it after the Christ Church massacre in March 2019.

But the gun-ownership-homicide ratio seems to hold true in the U.S. Why is that?


While data can help us to make sense of the dynamics and impact, numbers don’t explain the correlation on a global scale.

To me it all boils down to culture.

Neither Swiss, nor Canadians, nor New Zealanders ever developed a romantic attitude towards violence as a large part of the U.S. population seems to have inherited through history, pathos and the mastery of cultural delivery through modern art forms, namely film.

Add stark inequality, the lack of social solidarity at large, elites that largely don’t run on social justice and minority support tickets and the corruptions through armies of lobbyists in D.C. and you get a lethal culture adopted by weak minded, crime oriented and psychologically unstable people that are not stopped in their tracks to become the next mass shooter.

The spooning vice president

The spooning vice president

And while the NRA keeps feeding the false narrative of “guns don’t kill” and other bogus claims and Pence keeps spooning (a blowjob on public stage would even offend the Trump groupies I guess) the POTUS during a heart-felt PR once again, the next would-be Adam Lanza is being left unattended and unsupported in his (why women mass shooters are rare) ill-guided gun violence adoring cultural environment.

The catalyst however and with that: the loudest engine (for anyone who wants to hear it) that tears the American civil society fabric apart is this:

Weapons Manufacturers Donations to the NRA

Weapons Manufacturers Donations to the NRA

UPDATE, minutes after blogging:

This is the fastest update I ever made to a blogpost.

While we are all still busy reading through all the “heartfelt thoughts and prayers”, media outlets showcase the latest responses from lawmakers and state representatives. Including this Fox8 report about Ohio state officials hours after the shooting:


Little is known at this point in time that all this is being prepared and spoken simultaneously to the next mass shooing in that very same state, Ohio (Dayton).

POTUS tweeted hours before: “....Melania and I send our heartfelt thoughts and prayers to the great people of Texas.”

Now, copy/paste away Mr. President as if there won’t be a tomorrow! Don’t forget to replace the one great state with the other in your presidential tweet.

In fact, there will not be a tomorrow for 30 people left dead to gun violence inside 12 hours.

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Will Team Trump Find the Gödel Loophole?

Gödel’s loophole: the amendment procedures set forth in Article V of the U.S. Constitution apply to the constitutional statements in Article V themselves.
In addition, not only may Article V itself be amended, but also it may be amended in an upward or downward direction.
Lastly, the Gödelian problem of self-amendment or anti-entrenchment is unsolvable - which is, to say it mildly: scary a.f.

The United States of America as a Dictatorship - Enabled by the Gödel Loophole?

The president's total power as Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces under Article II, Section 2 of the U.S. constitution might very well have prevented a dictatorship during war times and some people argue that this power might as well be abused by a narcissist egomaniac beyond bloodshed periods.

However, there might just be enough deeply constitutional republicans in both state legislatures and the congress to be aghast at that prospect.

The danger of the United States of America to be stripped of democratic foundations like the separation of power and ultimately to be morphed into a dictatorship, might come from a seemingly unlikely place: the Constitution, more precisely Article V, itself!

The Congress, whenever two thirds of both Houses shall deem it necessary, shall propose Amendments to this Constitution, or, on the Application of the Legislatures of two thirds of the several States, shall call a Convention for proposing Amendments, which, in either Case, shall be valid to all Intents and Purposes, as Part of this Constitution, when ratified by the Legislatures of three fourths of the several States, or by Conventions in three fourths thereof, as the one or the other Mode of Ratification may be proposed by the Congress; Provided that no Amendment which may be made prior to the Year One thousand eight hundred and eightshall in any Manner affect the first and fourth Clauses in the Ninth Section of the first Article; and that no State, without its Consent, shall be deprived of its equal Suffrage in the Senate.

One thing the article lacks is a clause exempting itself from being amended, meaning the Constitution could be entirely rewritten if someone managed to amend Article V. Currently, it takes a two-thirds majority of votes both in Congress and among the states to change anything about the document, but if one party could ever get those numbers for even a second, they could vote to change about anything (Gödel’s loophole).

And even if lawmakers carried their concerns to the supreme court - with recent SC appointments and the 85th United States Attorney General as the president’s puppy dog - the outcome could result in either or both: an unresolvable constitutional crisis or flat out civil conflict.

Question being now: is team Trump strategically looking to find and exploit Gödel’s loophole and is the U.S. civil society prepared and willing to intervene?