Abolish the Nobel Prize … and use the money to advance science!

The model of scientific progress represented by the Nobel Prize which awards individuals for long-past achievements is outdated and does harm to scientific collaboration, which often requires dozens and hundreds (e.g. CERN) of highly-talented (young) researchers to work together as peers to make new discoveries.  I propose to promote science by using the money of…

A review of the electric cargo bike Douze G4e

Introduction I am reviewing the “DOUZE G4e” two-wheeled electric cargo bike (“long-john”) which I have been sharing with other family members between February 2021 and December 2023, but do not own anymore. I am writing this review to drive forward the development of the DOUZE G4e model in particular and electric cargo bikes, which I…

Using IRC for massive civil resistance:
A simple, scalable social network

Source: https://xkcd.com/1782/ 1. Introduction To mobilize a growing number of activists an open-source, self-hosted team communication & collaboration platform could be used, which is implemented in the InspIRCd software (Internet Relay Chat technology, IRC). IRC technology has ultra-low requirements on bandwidth and is recommended in world regions where IT hardware has low performance or internet…

The Drama of International Train Travel

The eco hero I am aspiring to be, I have tried to book a train trip from Uppsala to London (and back) to visit a conference. These are the barriers I had to overcome: 1. Travel My company portal: My company travel team was hesitant to support train journeys (“Are you really sure?”). My company…

Die Klimakrise ist demokratisch nicht lösbar

Die Klimakrise ist nicht demokratisch lösbar, weil die Leidtragenden, dh zukünftige Generationen und der Globale Süden, nicht demokratisch repräsentiert sind. Die Verursacher und Nutzniesser der Klimakatastrophe, insbesondere die Reichen im Globalen Norden, wählen politische Entscheidungsträger und interpretieren (und ignorieren) dagegen Grundgesetze, welche politische Entscheidungen unabhängig von der aktuellen populären Meinung machen und die Lebensgrundlagen schützen…

Zum Gebrauch und Missbrauch des Begriffs “Freiheit”

“Da der Griff der Axt aus Holz war, stimmte der Wald für die Axt.” Sprichwort “Freiheit” kann sowohl “Marktfreiheit” (dh Deregulierung) als auch “Bürgerfreiheit” (welche durch Regulierung und Gesetze geschützt werden muss) bedeuten. Neoliberale Kräfte verwenden die Doppeldeutigkeit dieses Begriffs, um Deregulierung als “Bürgerfreiheit” zu framen und politisch durchzusetzen. Deregulierung bedeutet jedoch, dass in Abwesenheit…

On hope

Although any political discussion should not only analyze a problem, but also try to find solutions, I think discussions around climate “hope” (aka “hopium”) are dangerous. First, it frames the climate crisis as something beyond one’s agency. For example, I do not “hope” that I will go for a jog tomorrow morning, because it is…

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