Friday, 20 January 2017

Adenoid Hynkel says...

I'm sorry, but I don't want to be an emperor. That's not my business. I don't want to rule or conquer anyone. I should like to help everyone, if possible, Jew, gentile, black man, white. We all want to help one another. Human beings are like that. We want to live by each other's happiness — not by each other's misery. We don't want to hate and despise one another.

In this world there is room for everyone. And the good earth is rich and can provide for everyone. The way of life can be free and beautiful, but we have lost the way. Greed has poisoned men's souls, has barricaded the world with hate, has goose-stepped us into misery and bloodshed. We have developed speed, but we have shut ourselves in. Machinery that gives abundance has left us in want. Our knowledge has made us cynical. Our cleverness, hard and unkind. We think too much and feel too little. More than machinery we need humanity. More than cleverness we need kindness and gentleness. Without these qualities, life will be violent and all will be lost.

The aeroplane and the radio have brought us closer together. The very nature of these inventions cries out for the goodness in men, cries out for universal brotherhood, for the unity of us all. Even now my voice is reaching millions throughout the world — millions of despairing men, women and little children — victims of a system that makes men torture and imprison innocent people. To those who can hear me, I say — do not despair. The misery that is now upon us is but the passing of greed — the bitterness of men who fear the way of human progress. The hate of men will pass, and dictators die, and the power they took from the people will return to the people and so long as men die, liberty will never perish.

Soldiers! Don't give yourselves to brutes — men who despise you — enslave you — who regiment your lives — tell you what to do — what to think or what to feel! Who drill you, diet you, treat you like cattle, use you as cannon fodder. Don't give yourselves to these unnatural men — machine men with machine minds and machine hearts! You are not machines! You are not cattle! You are men! You have the love of humanity in your hearts. You don't hate! Only the unloved hate — the unloved and the unnatural!

Soldiers! Don't fight for slavery! Fight for liberty! In the 17th Chapter of St. Luke it is written: "the Kingdom of God is within man" — not one man nor a group of men, but in all men! In you! You, the people have the power — the power to create machines. The power to create happiness! You, the people, have the power to make this life free and beautiful, to make this life a wonderful adventure.

Then, in the name of democracy, let us use that power! Let us all unite! Let us fight for a new world, a decent world that will give men a chance to work, that will give youth the future and old age a security. By the promise of these things, brutes have risen to power, but they lie! They do not fulfill their promise; they never will. Dictators free themselves, but they enslave the people! Now, let us fight to fulfill that promise! Let us fight to free the world, to do away with national barriers, to do away with greed, with hate and intolerance. Let us fight for a world of reason, a world where science and progress will lead to all men's happiness. Soldiers! In the name of democracy, let us all unite!

Hannah, can you hear me? Wherever you are, look up, Hannah. The clouds are lifting. The sun is breaking through. We are coming out of the darkness into the light. We are coming into a new world, a kindlier world, where men will rise above their hate, their greed and brutality. Look up, Hannah. The soul of man has been given wings, and at last he is beginning to fly. He is flying into the rainbow — into the light of hope, into the future, the glorious future that belongs to you, to me and to all of us. Look up, Hannah. Look up.


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Thursday, 19 January 2017

Hallelujah Money

Gorillaz return and release "Hallelujah Money" on the eve of the inauguration of the 45th president of the United States.

Here is our tree
That primitively grows
And when you go to bed
Scarecrows from the far east
Come to eat
Its tender fruits
And I thought the best way to perfect our tree
Is by building walls
Walls like unicorns
In full glory
And galore
And even stronger
Than the walls of Jericho
But glad then my friend
Out in the field we shall reap a better day
What we have always dreamt of having
Are now for the starving
It is love, that is the root of all evil
But not our tree
And thank you my friend
For trusting me

Hallelujah money
(Past the chemtrails)
Hallelujah money
(Hallelujah money)
Hallelujah money
(Hallelujah money)
Hallelujah money
Hallelujah money (Oooh)

How will we know?
When the morning comes
We are still human
How will we know?
How will we dream?
How will we love?
How will we know?

Don't worry, my friend
If this be the end, then so shall it be
Until we say so, nothing will move
Ah, don't worry
It's not against our morals
It's legal tender
Touch, my friend
While the whole world
And whole beasts of nations desire

When the morning comes
We are still human
How will we know?
How will we dream?
How will we love?
How will we know?

(Hallelujah money)
Hallelujah money
(Past the chemtrails)
Hallelujah money
(Hallelujah money)
Hallelujah money
(Hallelujah money)
Hallelujah money
Hallelujah money
Hallelujah money
Hallelujah money!

Lyrics via

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

The Mini-Me Syndrome

The mini-me syndrome refers to the phenomenon that - for instance - human resources managers and executives often tend to choose employees and successors who are perceived as similar to themselves. (The mini-me syndrome is also discussed in parent-child relationships.) This similarity can be defined in terms of age, gender, ethnicity, career path or life style. The resulting discrimination is based on a bias people making HR decisions are often not aware of (via). There is no professional recruitment process without bias awareness.

Photograph of Buster Keaton (1895-1966) via

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Park like a girl

“The more I was treated as a woman, the more woman I became. If I was assumed to be incompetent at reversing cars, oddly incompetent I found myself becoming.” (via)

The stereotype is that women are bad at parking - a stereotype that women partly seem to have internalised. According to a survey, only 18% of women think that they are better parkers than men and 28% believe they are better parkers than their partners (Wilson, 2014). New studies also show that while men are faster when it comes to parking, women, in fact, are more accurate. And no, it is not because they are more likely to use cars with park assist systems (Kortus-Schultes). In the U.K., researchers observed 2.500 drivers across 700 parking lots and found that a) women were better at finding spaces (because men drove too quickly) and that b) women were in more accurate positions before starting maneuvers, hence c) more likely to reverse into the spaces. "Based on scores for seven components, women averaged 13.4 points out of 20, compared to the men's score of 12.3." (via). The stereotype, however, will surely continue to exist.

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- Wilson, F. M. (2014) Organizational Behaviour & Work. A Critical Introduction. Oxford: Oxford University Press
- photograph taken in San Francisco by Fred Lyon via

Monday, 16 January 2017

Quoting Virginia Woolf

"For most of history, Anonymous was a woman."
Virginia Woolf

"If we help an educated man's daughter to go to Cambridge are we not forcing her to think not about education but about war? - not how she can learn, but how she can fight in order that she might win the same advantages as her brothers?"
Virginia Woolf

"The history of men's opposition to women's emancipation is more interesting perhaps than the story of that emancipation itself."
Virginia Woolf

"These are the soul's changes. I don't believe in ageing. I believe in forever altering one's aspect to the sun. Hence my optimism."
Virginia Woolf

"One of the signs of passing youth is the birth of a sense of fellowship with other human beings as we take our place among them."
Virginia Woolf

"I was in a queer mood, thinking myself very old: but now I am a woman again - as I always am when I write." 
Virginia Woolf

"Women have served all these centuries as looking glasses possessing the power of reflecting the figure of man at twice its natural size."
Virginia Woolf

"As a woman I have no country. As a woman my country is the whole world."
Virginia Woolf

"It is fatal to be a man or woman pure and simple: one must be a woman manly, or a man womanly." 
Virginia Woolf

"A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction."
Virginia Woolf

Photographs of Adeline Virginia Woolf (1882-1941) by Man Ray via and via

Sunday, 15 January 2017

Gordon W. Allport: The Nature of Prejudice (1954)

"Gordon Allport's landmark book, The nature of prejudice, defined the field of intergroup relations for social psychologists as the study of prejudice and its effects on group interactions. He organized existing knowledge about societal, group and personality determinants of prejudice acquisition and persistence in a way that suggested new directions for research. Moreover, he brought the subject of ethnic stereotyping into the mainstream of behavioral science by treating this phenomenon as a special case of ordinary cognitive functioning. (...) Allport was impressed by the apparent nonreversability of ethnic stereotypes; his pessimism about the prospects for immediate prejudice reduction in the United States remains a prevalent point of view among investigators."
Irwin Katz, 1991


The proverb familiarity breeds contempt contains considerably less than a half-truth. While we sometimes do become bored with our daily routine of living and with some of our customary companions, yet the very values that sustain our lives depend for their force upon their familiarity. What is more, what is familiar tends to become a value. We come to like the style of cooking, the customs, the people, we have grown up with.
Psychologically, the crux of the matter is that the familiar provides the indispensable basis of our existence. Since existence is good, its accompanying groundwork seems good and desirable. A child's parents, neighborhood, region, nation are given to him - so too his religion, race, and social traditions. To him all these affiliations are taken for granted. Since he is part of them, and they are part of him, they are good.

The in-group of sex makes an interesting case study. A child of two normally makes no distinction in his companionships: a little girl or a little boy is all the same to him. Even in the first grade the awareness of sex-groups is relatively slight. Asked whom they would choose to play with, first-grade children on the average choose opposite-sexed children at least a quarter of the time. By the time the fourth grade is reached these cross-sexed choices virtually disappear: only two percent of the children want to play with someone of the opposite sex. (...)
For some people - misogynists among them - the sex-grouping remains important throughout their lives. Women are viewed as a wholly different species from men, usually an inferior species.

If a person is capable of rectifying his erroneous judgments in the light of new evidence he is not prejudiced. Prejudgments become prejudices only if they are reversible when exposed to new knowledge. A prejudice, unlike a simple misconception, is actively resistant to all evidence that would unseat it. We tend to grow emotional when a prejudice is threatened with contradiction. Thus the difference between ordinary prejudgments and prejudice is that one can discuss and rectify a prejudgment without emotional resistance.

"We ar e now in a position to understand and appreciate a major theory of prejudice. It holds that all groups develop a way of living with characteristic codes and beliefs, standards and "enemies" to suit their own adaptive needs."
Gordon W. Allport

"Dogmatism makes for scientific anemia."
Gordon W. Allport

"Many studies have discovered a close link between prejudice and "patriotism" ... Extreme bigots are almost always super-patriots."
Gordon W. Allport

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- Allport, G. W. (1954) The Nature of Prejudice. Unabridged. 25th anniversary edition. Reading et al.: Addison-Wesley Publishing Company
- Katz, I. (1991) Gordon Allport's The Nature of Prejudice. Political Psychology, 12(1), 125-157
- photographs of Gordon Willard Allport (1897-1967) via and via

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

No one should have no one

Christmas is over and almost a million of people in the UK aged over 60 felt lonelier at Christmas time (via). Feeling lonely continues: About half a million people over the age of 60 usually spend every day alone.

"Most of us have felt very lonely and alone at some point in our lives. It’s a profoundly personal and painful experience and people can feel completely hopeless. Luckily for many, life moves on and these feelings pass.

But for some of us loneliness can become chronic, making us miserable and often causing us to lose self-confidence. It can become increasingly difficult to build new and meaningful relationships that could restore our sense of self and self-worth. The fact that loneliness carries a stigma can make it hard to admit to it and seek help. And often people don’t know where to go for support.

Chronic loneliness is affecting a growing number of older people, in line with the increase in the older population. Age UK estimates that over a million older people are lonely. (...)

Being miserable is bad enough, but there is evidence that chronic loneliness increases the risk of serious health conditions, such as diabetes, heart conditions and strokes, depression and dementia, as well as making it much harder for an individual to help themselves and manage their conditions through exercise and good diet. (...)

A survey of 1,000 GP practices found that nearly 90 per cent felt that some patients were coming because they were lonely, and 14 per cent estimated they were seeing six or more patients a day for this reason."

::: Download: Age UK ( December 2016) No one should have no one. Working to end loneliness amongst older people. 16 pages

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photograph of Margaret Morse Nice (1883-1974) via

Saturday, 7 January 2017

Narrative images: At Bishop's Restaurant

"The group has voted to stay here and sing and pray until they are allowed to eat.
The manager will not allow the children to use the bathroom."

"Children holding up handwritten note telling reporters of their group's intent to continue a sit-in at Bishop's Restaurant despite the manager's refusal to serve them or allow them to use the bathroom."
Unknown photographer, Oklahoma City, OK, 1963

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- Speltz, M. (2016). North of Dixie. Civil Rights Photography Beyond The South. Los Angeles: Getty Publications
- photograph via

Saturday, 31 December 2016

Happy New Year!

I wish you a most wonderful 2017, a happy year, a year of wise and intelligent decisions, a year in which populism has no impact on society (or a least less than in 2016), a year of progress in awareness concerning racism, ageism, sexism, ableism, homophobia, islamophobia, and other -isms and phobias, a year in which we can clean up our 2016 footprints. I wish you a year of diversity and inclusion.

Here the original advertisement from 1968:

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Tuesday, 27 December 2016

Bacon & God's Wrath

Sol Friedman's beautiful, wonderful, fantastic documentary "Bacon & God's Wrath" is about Razie Brownstone, an impressive Jewish woman who is about to turn ninety, who had a strict religious upbringing, who became an atheist (she prefers the term non-believer) after discovering the internet two years ago and who is going to eat bacon for the very first time. Award-winning animator and filmmaker Friedman has blended live-action and animation techniques in his short documentary (via and via).

"Faith. In some ways it is like believing in ghosts or Santa or the tooth fairy." Razie
And when did you come to learn that?
"Well, I wished that my story was a bit more interesting. Like if I had questioned God about suffering a tragic loss or wrestled after accepting my son being gay. But my adult life hasn't been that interesting. It was simple and nice (...). And then two years ago I started using the internet." Razie
So, Razie, how was it (eating bacon)?
"Seemed perfectly OK. I was not stricken down by a heavy arm of the Lord. I seem to have survived fine. And I didn't throw up." Razie
Here the 8-minute documentary:

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