Do electors want to be deceived?

British political scientist Glen Newey claims: lies are the price of a healthy democracy

If it were up to Glen Newey of the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, there would be a parliamentary committee on the subject "Election fraud" as superfluous as a goiter. After all, the mouthy citizens do not expect their elected representatives to actually tell the truth before or after the ballot. After all, they secretly know that the high moral standards with which they have imposed on their politicians virtually force them to do so, "to deal with the truth economically".

Newey owes this baffling theory to intensive work with "key american political events", the Watergate affair, the Iran-Contra disaster and the turmoil surrounding the impeachment of former President Bill Clinton. In all these cases, the desire for openness and the amption of political responsibility created an unhealthy climate of mistrust and limited the politicians’ room for maneuver to such an extent that they had practically no choice but to lie through their teeth to the public:


“We must not panic now”

SPD deputy leader Ralf Stegner talks in Telepolis interview about Angela Merkel’s crisis policy, hopeless asylum procedures and looming distribution battles in Germany

Mr. Stegner, which three adjectives would you use to describe the refugee debate of the past few days??

Ralf Stegner: Shrill, populist, fear-mongering. What exactly causes fear?

Ralf Stegner: Any colleague who participates in the debate with regulars’ phrases, as the CSU does, is acting negligently. In tackling this difficult challenge, we must be careful neither to deny problems nor to engage in fear campaigns and prejudice. Rose-colored glasses won’t get us anywhere, but neither will alarmism. In short: Don’t tinder, but clarify and tackle the problem. So far, the federal government officially ames 800.000 to one million refugees for this year from. Recently, the authorities had already corrected the number upwards internally…

Ralf Stegner: I do not want to participate in speculations. There is no doubt that Germany can cope with a high number of refugees. We must not panic now. But?

Ralf Stegner: When we consider how quickly thousands of people crossed the border, it must be clear to everyone that this cannot go on forever. Police and administration as well as the many volunteers have reached their limits in some places. Enormous numbers of people help, but their powers are also limited. What follows from this?

Ralf Stegner: It is not enough just to describe all this. We now need a triad of measures to combat the causes of flight, European solutions and a sensible approach to the refugees who are already in the country and who are still coming to us. According to the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (Bamf), the German authorities do not know the identity of more than a quarter of a million refugees in the country. In view of these figures, do you understand Horst Seehofer’s demand that the Chancellor declare that Germany’s absorption capacity has been exhausted??

Ralf Stegner: I advise prudence. There is just as little need for all-around slogans and doom and gloom as there is for appeasement. The individual right to seek asylum is in the Basic Law – and will remain so. It is neither adapted nor circumvented or hollowed out. Ralf Stegner is deputy federal chairman of the SPD, chairman of the SPD state parliamentary group and state chairman of the Schleswig-Holstein SPD. Yesterday he also gave a Twitter interview under #fragRalf. Image: SPD state association Schleswig-Holstein/Olaf Bathke

"The SPD stands by the basic right to asylum, nothing will be changed"

Does it bother you that similar voices can also be heard from your party?? Your party colleague Thomas Oppermann, for example, demands more from the Chancellor "Fuhrungskraft". She should acknowledge that Germany’s capabilities are "almost exhausted" are.

Ralf Stegner: The SPD stands by the basic right to asylum, nothing will be changed in this respect. It is nonsense to say that the SPD is moving closer to the CSU. We are not taking our cue from the right-wing populist Orban in Hungary. Mr. Seehofer, on the other hand, seems determined to follow his example. Where do you currently see the most urgent need for action?

Ralf Stegner: Asylum procedures take far too long. And one person is responsible for this: Thomas de Maizière. Take a look at our neighboring countries: the Netherlands, for example, process asylum applications within a few weeks – and we? In our country, such procedures take about five months on average, that can’t be right. I would remind you that we Social Democrats called for more staff at the BAMF a year ago. Unfortunately, little has happened so far. More than 275.000 unprocessed asylum applications have piled up in the Federal Office for Migration in the meantime. They will be examined by 550 decision-makers, whose number is to be doubled. Is that enough?

Ralf Stegner: I cannot judge that. One thing is clear: Mr. de Maizière must take more care – and not constantly make new proposals that we already know are either not in conformity with the treaty or not practicable. Were you surprised that Angela Merkel is now entrusting the overall coordination of the matter to Peter Altmaier, head of the Chancellor’s Office??

Ralf Stegner: At least this is not a commendation for the Minister of the Interior. I think it is right. If the fight against the causes of flight and the effort to develop a common humanitarian refugee policy in Europe were finally accompanied by a functioning nationwide coordination in Germany, that would be the right approach. In this historic situation, take up the challenge, combine all forces, provide practical help to countries and municipalities, significantly accelerate test procedures in a way that complies with the treaty, and tackle the problems in a concrete way. That is what is at stake now. If we speed up the procedures, we are also able to solve a large number of problems. What problems do you mean? On the one hand, the applicants found out immediately whether they were allowed to stay in Germany – they were thus able to gain a foothold in our country more quickly. On the other hand, the distribution of the people to the federal states was less complicated, the municipalities were relieved. Overall, we were able to provide better care for the refugees, some difficulties in housing were eliminated, and this also reduces conflicts that arise there. We were – finally – able to devote adequate attention to the important ie of integration. Because that is still to come for our society.


Schmuckeremites – the living garden gnomes

jewelry emites - the living garden gnomes

John Bigg: "An Eccentric Hermit", 1787. Image: Wellcome Library/CC BY 4.0

In the Georgian era, the English upper class paid people to live in their park

To call the English nobleman Charles Hamilton (1704-1786) eccentric was an understatement. Hamilton was responsible for the design of the 80-acre rough "Painshill Park", one of the first English landscape gardens, which quickly became a model for many gardens in Europe. Although the park – which had a grotto, a Gothic abbey, a pantheon, all sorts of serpentine paths and Chinese pavilions – received much praise and approval, it had one shortcoming from Hamilton’s point of view: it lacked a person to permanently inhabit the park – after all, the parks of the time were considered to be "walkable landscape paintings".


Schoolchildren on an electronic leash

A Japanese city wants to play a pioneering role

Total Information Awareness was a program for which Darpa, the Pentagon’s research agency, wanted to develop various projects. However, the program went too far for Congress, and it cut off funding for many of the planned projects (Congress cancels funding for Pentagon surveillance project). The title of the program, however, still seems to be important for the development and implementation of the monitoring technology (The Monitored City). A Japanese municipality now wants to pioneer the world by locating all school children with GPS.

It is not necessarily the Big Brother who is gradually eroding the boundaries between private and public, towards a panoptic presence and a disappearance of the private sphere "dark", unobserved spaces. Already the flood of surveillance cameras in public spaces showed that many people are willing to pay for security with a reduction of privacy (Like a plague). Classrooms have also been equipped with surveillance cameras (The Panoptic School). Meanwhile, in the media, people practice living under the permanent eye of surveillance or controlling events as a watchdog.


Love pit from siberia

Love pit from siberia

Icebreaker LNG tanker CHRISTOPHE DE MARGERIE, Yamalmax class. The tanker is named after the former general director of Total, who died in a plane crash in Moscow in October 2014. Image: Kremlin, CC BY-SA 4.0

First Russian river natural gas arrives in the U.S

The LNG tanker GASELYS arrived at the Port of Boston during the last weekend of January 2018. It brought liquefied natural gas (LNG) from a U.S.-sanctioned project in the Russian Arctic. It comes mainly from the Yuzhno-Tambeiskoye natural gas field, located in the north of the West Siberian lowlands.


Us soldiers to paint border fence for sparing

US soldiers are to paint border fence for sparing

A still brown border fence . Image:

Trump successfully blackmailed Mexico with sanctions threats to block its brewing border with militar from migrants. According to the Pentagon, the color for the border fence should also make it more difficult to climb

At 30. In May, the U.S. Border Patrol (CBP) reported that it had apprehended the largest group of migrants to date near El Paso. There were 1045 people from Honduras, Guatemala and San Salvador. Most of them were families, only a few unaccompanied minors and single adults. By 31. In May, almost 600.000 immigrants detained, twice as many as in all of 2017 and 200.000 more than in 2018. In addition, there were nearly 190.000 who attempted to enter at the border but did not have an entry permit or applied for asylum. According to CBP, this is proof of the serious threat to border security and the humanitarian crisis. However, more than 1.5 million were detained in 2000.


Nsu murder series unclear: bohnhardt and mouthless were explained to the altars

NSU murder series unclear: Bohnhardt and mouthless were explained to the altars

Graphic: TP

Inquiry Committee of the Bundestag questions the investigations of the BKA

A tendency determination determined the investigations after starting the NSU trio in November 2011. Until then, none of the 27 actions, which were dubbed between 1998 and 2011, had been clarified underneath the ten murders. But as on the 4. November 2011 Uwe Bohnhardt and Uwe Fermos died, the supreme investigative keeps decided very fast:


Libya: game-changer russia?

Libya: game-changer russia?

Admiral Kuznetsov. Photo: Gaz Armes, British Ministry of Defense. Open Government Licence

The Russian government reveals that it is cooperating with General Haftar

On the long journey home from the Syrian coast to Severomorsk, Russian aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov laid down a few days ago, on 11.January, made a remarkable stop off Libya’s coast (beyond territorial waters) to host a remarkable guest: Gen. Haftar, the strongman in eastern Libya, commander of the Libyan National Army-and possibly soon head of state?


480 Atomic bombs still store in european states

In Germany, according to a report of an American organization, there are still 150 atomic bombs, which represents a violation of the nuclear weapons closure contract

If the nuclear detachment contract is negotiated in May in New York, then roughly and wide surgical clearances of North Korea and Iran will be reported. But even in Germany and other European countries, the over the "Nuclear participation" constantly against the "Non-distribution contract of nuclear weapons" (NVV) violate. A study of the independent US organization Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) confirmed, whereupon nuclear arms opponents for years. He also confirms the amptions that more US atomic bombs are stored in Europe than previously amed.

480 atomic bombs still store in European states

US nuclear weapons in Europe. Image: nrdc