Our Messiah is an Ideological Nihilist

by Daniel Isler

“The reason I’m focusing more on political and social ideas, than the past when I was focused primarily on my own penis, is because I am growing up now. Although he still does get enough attention.”

Russell Brand NewStatesman guest edit

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Food, food everywhere!

by Alix Barré

Today I want to talk about an amazing phenomenon that you can find on the Internet more and more, food porn. Before your mind goes places, let me specify that by food porn I mean incredible, crazy recipes you never dared to think of, not actual people having sex with food. On social media such as Imgur, Reddit, Tumblr, Buzzfeed you can find many pictures of them, as well as on food blogs of course. I must warn you some of these ideas are more on the crazy side than appetising, but let me share with you a few of the amazing things I came across.

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Is the European Union kaputt?

 by Laura Vilaça

I moved to Germany – more specifically to Hamburg – little over a month ago. And you know what I realized? I haven’t been able to prove a single stereotype I got about Germany from the media in my Southern European country. And along with me, many others agreed on this. So why does the media from my country – and that of the other PIGS (acronym for Portugal, Italy, Greece and Spain, the European countries in financial trouble) – insist otherwise?

I’ve realized that people are foolishly patriotic. And more than being that, they’re patriots who choose to trust ignorance instead of facts. And the question is: why? Because they are not necessarily given the facts. The media, much like the average citizen, has proven to have little knowledge of economy and, being so, is not capable of translating the heavy economic jargon. And this interests the heads of state, because blaming someone else is always less of a hassle than having citizens mad at you. They vote, they choose who gets what (or at least they are led to believe so) – and this misinterpretation of the political play helps supporting floating promises and inflamed speeches about Europe. The European political scene is a circus – and everyone juggles it the best they can.

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The roomie challenge

By Camy Roch

There we go again: New start, new city, new flat… followed by the cortege of new roomies that comes along. Cohabitation has its ups and downs. It can be a drag or result in damn good laughs. You just have to make the best of it…

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What society tries to make you think ‘cohabitation’ is…

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Put Your Pencils Down

By Daniel Isler

A little girl sits down in her class to draw a drawing. The teacher approaches her, and asks her: “what is it that you’re drawing, love?”

The girl answers: “I am drawing a picture of God.”

The teacher, confused, answers: “But nobody knows what God looks like!”

“They will in a minute” answers the little girl.

In 2006 (this was seven years ago. Time flies by), Sir Ken Robinson, an expert on education of the arts gave a mesmerizing 20 minutes lecture on TED. This was when TED was still an innovative way to communicate new and groundbreaking knowledge in a fun and direct manner – just a tiny bit before it was adopted by stoned click-the-link-intellectuals, and became a hub for any kind of short lecture, regardless of its significance for human knowledge. This transformation in TED’s status might be yet another example for the message Sir Robinson is trying to deliver in this lecture and in his books. Schools of public education, he argues, had become a mere long process of university admissions. The capabilities and educational desires of individual students are being redesigned in order for them to comply with “market demands”, “academic standards” and so forth. Robinson says that this is not a viable way of educating children in the 21st century. Schools kill the creativity each and every one of us is born with, and standardize us in ways that “delete” some talents that might have been way more important than mathematics or proper writing. Continue reading