Orwell on war

  • 24 April 2017
  • mischka

"The essential act of war is desctruction, not necessarily of human lives but of human labour. War is a way of shattering to pieces (..) materials which might otherwise be used to make the masses too comfortable and hence, in the long run, too intelligent."
George Orwell, 1984

Mischka - the story

When my mother was pregnant with me, she read a story titled "He sends a hand-kiss", by Austrian writer Marie von Ebner-ESchenbach.The main character of this story inspired her to name her son. Years later, I decided to translate this story into English to make it available to a wider audience.

Income inequality

  • 19 January 2017
  • mischka

To other day I read in the news that the richest 8 men have the same amount of money as the poorest 50% namely $426.000.000.000 and, furthermore, that his is "grotesque".
Well, a simple calculation shows me that dividing the $426bn between those poor 3.6bn souls would result in each one of them receiving a one-off payment of $118 which, even in a "poor" country, lasts a couple of days, maybe a month. And then what? As the old saying goes: give a man a fish and has food for a day, teach a man to fish and he has food for life.

Erdogan and the comedian

  • 16 April 2016
  • mischka

Today it was revealed that Merkel agreed to prosecute a poet who publicly offended turkish President Erdogan, suggesting among other things that "he has fellatio with a thousand sheep before he goes to sleep". The German natives are enraged, fearing a limitation of the freedom of speech. But then, listening to Merkels announcement (in German) I realised she is actually smarter than most give her credit for. Let me explain.