Recently, I noticed that the tram I was taking from work to the train station, had more than 10 ceiling cams installed. That's one camera every 2 meters. Oh, did my feeling of security grow instantly.
Meanwhile, the UK recognizes that installing "Closed Circuit TV" cameras is just a waste of money. As the Guardian titles, "CCTV boom has failed to slash crime, say police".
Meanwhile, my commuting costs will increase because german transportation companies think playing "1984" was a better use for my money than improving my traveling experience.
The article "Krieg heißt jetzt Friedenserzwingung" on Telepolis facilitates a view into the minds of two of Germany's leading (and ruling) political parties CDU (Christian Democratic Union) and CSU (Christian Social Union), as explained in their paper "Security Strategy for Germany".
'The state's foremost reponsibility is security', said Andreas Schockenhoff, deputy chairman of the CDU/CSU parliamentary party, in his speech before the security congress. Nobody disagreed. That says a lot about the CDU's understanding of state and democracy. The Grundgesetz [i.e. the German constitution] obviously takes another angle: 'Human dignity is not infringeable. To respect and protect it is every state power's obligation.' Nothing to be seen about 'security', much more about 'freedom', though.
As neo-imperialistic as the CDU portrays their approach to internal and foreign affairs, as much creativity they show in their choice of words. Their strategic paper doesn't talk of war, oh no.
Instead, it talks of "enforced peace".
Recruiters are used to briefings where the head of HR hands them a carefully crafted job profile, explains the benfits and pension plans and finishes by pointing out the salary perspective.
But sometimes, the briefing gets a different angle when you exchange the head of HR with leaders that know what's really necessary to get the job done.
This obviously happens very rarely, judging from df5jt's excited blog entry (article in german).
Let's see if my teams will benefit from that very briefing.
You'd think that an internet company and ISP has "innovation" written all over the business. But boy, do those two clips remind me of some meetings! :-)