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This is really a fundamental write up on what the current fight for backdoors in encryption technology is all about and what motives there are to make sure the cryptography community can uphold its integrity and the security of our communication.

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Twenty-four hours after an attack by Da'esh (the organization formerly known as ISIS [1]) on Paris left 129 dead and 352 wounded, the Internet and the airwaves alike have been filled with profound waves of self-serving nonsense and stupidity from left and right alike. Everyone seems to have found a way in which this situation justifies their position – protect the refugees! Exile the refugees! Bomb someone! Stop all bombing of anyone! – and magically, it seems that one of the most complex political situations of our time can be reduced to simple slogans.

Well, I've run out of patience with this, so let me seriously discuss what just happened here, and what it tells us. I'm going to talk about three things which have combined to lead to yesterday's massacre: the refugee crisis, Europe's Muslim population, and Da'esh. I'll then talk about a few things which I think have little or nothing to do with what we're seeing – most importantly, religion and oil – and a few things which do – such as food and water. And finally, we'll talk about what it's going to take to fix this, both in the short term and the long term.

Being entirely out of patience right now, forgive me for being particularly blunt. I suspect that, by the end of this, you will be thoroughly offended by my opinions, whether you are American, European, or Middle Eastern, left or right: nobody has behaved well in the lead-up to this.


The first thing to realize about the refugees streaming into Europe from Syria and its environs is that not only are they not, by and large, terrorists – they're people fleeing these exact terrorists. France was just hit by Da'esh, with over five hundred casualties; in Syria, people are surrounded by Da'esh on one side, and a bloodthirsty army on the other side, and have been seeing death on the scale of yesterday's attack every single day for the past four and a half years. [2] If you were living there, you would very likely be fleeing, too.

But the second thing to realize about the refugees is that there are, in fact, Da'esh members among them. It's clear that at least one of the attackers came in from Syria as part of October's refugee flood, and there's no reason at all not to believe that quite a few more are among them, working both at short- and long-term goals. (More on which in a moment)

Everyone seems to have simplistic solutions, here: kick out all the Muslims (as America's Ann Coulter and Donald Trump suggest), settle the refugees more permanently, build giant prison camps. These solutions tend to miss a few very basic points:

(1) When you have hundreds of thousands of people who are quite literally willing to risk not only their deaths, but the deaths of their families, in order to escape, your odds of being able to keep them out aren't actually great, unless your plan is to mobilize a giant army and start attacking inward until they're fleeing in the opposite direction.

(2) You do not have enough prison camp capacity to handle this many people, nor could you build it. Nor do you have enough housing and residential infrastructure capacity to easily settle this many people, because the flux you're seeing out of Syria is very far from the end of it. 

This is why large regional disasters quickly tend to spread into adjacent regions. This is why it's important not to let regional disasters get out of hand, no matter how politically appealing isolationism may appear.


The second thing to be aware of is that this didn't happen in a vacuum: Europe has a very large Muslim population, and it seems that most of the attackers were French or Belgian citizens. This started out with Europe's colonial ambitions, back in the day: France, for example, ruled over Algeria with a mind-bogglingly bloodthirsty approach [3] for decades, but now has a large population of people with a right to French residence who have been moving in to the country in search of a better economic situation. (Hardly surprising, when you leave behind a colony wracked by a horrifying civil war for decades) And France is far from alone in this.

Europe's Muslim population is both profoundly European and profoundly not European. They are European in that they have been living there, often for more than a generation; they work there, they pay taxes, they have become as assimilated as they can. They are not European in that Europe has been profoundly unwilling to allow them to assimilate. This is far from a historical anomaly: Europe has historically defined itself in terms of villages or cities and their local populations, which one can't really join very easily. Groups marked as outsiders – be they Jews, Romany, or Muslims – have been considered only marginally European. At times, there has been a high degree of apparent assimilation: for example, Jews were thoroughly integrated into European culture in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, intermarrying, forming friendships and professional associations across the board. As you may notice, "thorough integration" can be an awfully chancy business. 

Muslims in today's Europe, on the other hand, don't have anything close to this superficial level of integration; France has been routinely passing laws banning Muslims from dressing the way they did in their home countries in the past few years, which should tell you a great deal about local opinions of that population.

So you have a large population who finds it systematically hard to find work, impossible to be accepted, the regular target of police, and told every day that they should probably be kicked out of the country. I'm sure you will find it shocking that, if you do this to a few tens of millions of people for a few decades at a stretch, you will end up with a disillusioned and disenfranchised youth, some of which will combine this with the general hot-headedness and stupidity of being a young adult to become easy fodder for people who have shown up to recruit.

Lots of people seem to have half-assed solutions here, and they tend to be even more foolish than the solutions to the refugee crisis. "Send them back," the European right frequently cries: back to where? Most of the Muslim population is no longer fresh immigrants; they are second and third generation Europeans. They don't have homes anywhere else. The European left, on the other hand, preaches a mealymouthed combination of urging assimilation and unmistakeable racism. 

For some context, go back to the Charlie Hebdo attacks several months ago. There was a large outcry, saying that what the magazine (a notable left-wing satirical organ) had been doing was entirely in the bounds of proper satire, that the satire of religion was a hallowed European tradition. What this explanation glosses over is that nobody on the receiving end of the satire saw it as satire of religion, for the simple reason that religious affiliation, in Europe as in the Middle East, has little to do with what you believe and much to do with who you are. Charlie Hebdo's targets weren't simply religious extremists preaching from Saudi mosques; they were a portrayal of the French Muslim population as violent extremists, the dangerous other. And that's precisely the European left-wing line: Muslims are fine, so long as they become completely European, to the extent that we can forget that they were ever from someone else. Which, realistically, might mean they have to intermarry for a few generations and acquire blue eyes and blond hair, but that's OK, we welcome them!

The honest fact is this: neither the European left nor the right have ever made the large Muslim community into a full part of society. One side has covered it in nice words, while the other side has blared its xenophobia from the rooftops, but nobody on the receiving end of either of these has been fooled.

You sow the wind, you reap the whirlwind. What did you expect was going to happen?


And then we come over to our friends in the Middle East, the psychotically bloodthirsty bastards of Da'esh itself. It's a bit off to even refer to them as Islamist extremists in the mold of al-Qaeda; they've gone so far off the rails of Islam that the only clear ideology that often seems left is power and murder. Exhortations from theologians of any stripe aren't really going to have an effect on them.

But they seem to have realized that they are on an upswing of power, nobody having the resources or will to stop them, and have come up with the idea of spreading this worldwide, with attacks spreading to places like Russia and France – and, as soon as they can, everywhere else. Because as far as anyone can tell, they want to take over the world.

(Yes, this is a kind of screwy plan, and they barely even control chunks of land in the ass end of Syria and Iraq. But they've had enough luck with killing people that they seem to have convinced themselves that if they engage in even more killing people, it'll continue to work just as well. [4])

They seem to have one fairly simple strategic objective with these new attacks: drive a hard wedge between Muslim and infidel populations around the world, so that the Muslims will have no choice but to join them and become their army, overthrowing the local governments and establishing a world-wide Caliphate.

Unfortunately, political stupidity seems likely to help them. If the response to these attacks is to further isolate Muslim populations – both settled and refugee – then they will certainly have a far easier time recruiting among them. It's not actually going to lead to them taking over the world, but it will lead to bloodshed.

This recruitment tends to take a few forms. One is to recruit fighters to come and help in the bloodshed in existing battlefields; the second is to recruit suicide bombers and the like in other countries. These are somewhat disjoint processes, since the process of recruiting someone to commit suicide is rather different and targets different sorts of people, but there is also overlap: one strategy which al-Qaeda long favored was to recruit people to come to places like Iraq, Afghanistan, or Chechnya to fight, and later export trained fighters elsewhere.

One important thing about these tactics is that they seem to be realizing that surprisingly little training and planning is required. Yesterday's attack required some coordination among teams, but nothing spectacular; it did require practice in gunplay. But even this was fairly complex compared to the bare minimum required; consider the amount of chaos caused by the D.C. Sniper back in 2002.


Da'esh poses a particular danger because they seem to have latched onto the idea of exporting their violence to the rest of the world, but they're hardly the first or the last group to do this. If they were to be wiped out, I wouldn't bet any money that someone else wouldn't get the same idea soon after, much like al-Qaeda did before them. It's not even a particularly regional idea; the notion that if we kill enough people we can restructure the world to be perfectly {Aryan, Muslim, Democratic, Christian, Communist, etc.}, or to be the economic vassal states of the {X} empire, is frankly a cliché by now on pretty much every square kilometer of the planet.


So let's review where we are, for a moment. There's a large European Muslim population which is disillusioned, disenfranchised, underemployed, and generally treated as outsiders and fair political punching bags by the society as a whole. There's a giant stream of refugees pouring in to Europe, combining huge numbers of people running for their lives from bloodthirsty maniacs with small numbers of bloodthirsty maniacs looking to recruit. There's a factory of particularly bloodthirsty maniacs with a vision of taking over the world through (a) killing people and (b) convincing the rest of the world to treat Muslims even more like outsiders, who are actively trying to both create refugee streams and send out recruiters, to this end.


At this point, I expect to hear a chorus of voices blaming two things for this: religion (specifically, Islam), and oil (specifically, the West's insatiable need for it). To which my main response to both is "hogwash."

The reason I reject Islam as an explanation for this is that there's nothing particularly Muslim about any of it. The European Muslims which are being treated as second-class citizens aren't being treated that way because they pray on rugs facing Mecca, rather than in pews facing an altar; they're being treated this way because they're "dirty foreigners." (I'll spare you the actual terms used to describe them) Da'esh's plan to take over the world isn't rooted in a theological destiny of Muslims; it's rooted in an explicitly political vision of conquest. And quite frankly, the people being shot at the most are Muslims, too; remember who the refugees were running from?

More profoundly, people in the Middle East aren't systematically any more religious than people are in America. You have the same spectrum from the wholly secular to the crazed fundamentalist, with the former predominating in cities and the latter in the countryside. There's a tendency to assume (for example) that any woman wearing a headscarf must be extremely devout, or subject to domination and terror by some devout man; you have to back away and look at it in its local context, where sometimes it's a sign of devotion or a political statement, but it's also just what people wear; for many people, walking around with one's hair exposed is not done in much the same way people don't walk around in most of the US or Europe with their asses hanging out.

Oil is generally used as a proxy for "if only the Americans|Europeans never intervened in the Middle East, it would be peaceful there!" This bespeaks a rather curious innocence as to the history of the Middle East, combined with a reversed vision of (generally American) exceptionalism, that somehow our surpassing evil can corrupt otherwise noble savages. It's certainly true that without oil, most of the Middle East would be desperately poor – but as it happens, most of it is desperately poor anyway. Oil is not uniformly distributed, and Syria doesn't have that much of it to begin with.

There is one sense in which this is true, which is that the 2003 invasion of Iraq created a spectacular disaster. George W. Bush's belief that if we just created enough of a power vacuum, democracy would magically rush in to fill the void – the precise belief which his father didn't have, mind you, which is why GHWB made the explicit and deliberate decision to leave Saddam Hussein in power – proved to be exactly as unwise as it sounds when written so plainly. The result was a giant area of anarchy and civil war smack in the center of the Middle East, into which would-be fighters from all over the region (as well as other regions) swarmed: veterans of Chechnya and Bosnia found new employment in Iraq, as Sunnis and Shi'ites alike slaughtered one another. This anarchy, never resolved, has been the perfect factory of chaos which quite easily spilled over elsewhere.


But there's one profound factor which has driven the violence in the Middle East far more than oil ever could: water.

The entire Middle East has been in a water, and thus food, crisis for decades. In Egypt, for example, the Nile Valley has been drying out ever since the Aswan Dam was completed in 1970; as this once-fertile soil turned to desert, people have streamed into Cairo, doubling and tripling its population by forming tremendous shantytowns. Unemployment was extreme, as it's not like the cities suddenly had tens of millions of new jobs in them; the government kept order as well as it could by importing grain in tremendous quantities (the government's by-far largest annual expense) and selling bread cheaply. Unfortunately, a drought in Russia and Ukraine, Egypt's primary suppliers, caused those countries to cut off wheat exports in 2011 – and the government collapsed soon after.

Syria is a similar story: the lead-in to the collapse of Bashar al-Assad's dictatorship was steady droughts in the Syrian countryside driving people into the cities by the hundreds of thousands, leading to mass unemployment and unrest. People's livelihoods had simply disappeared. Stories like this repeat across the entire Middle East.


When we talk about the ultimate causes of the situation, this is the fact we tend to ignore: at the root of it, there isn't enough water, and there isn't enough food, and droughts have been hitting the area harder and harder for a decade. When there isn't enough food, people move from the countryside to the cities; and now you have giant groups of people who still don't have jobs or food, and that's a recipe for the collapse of governments as surely today as it was in Europe in the 1840's.

If you've ever wondered why I have often said that we need to be very actively worried about climate change, this is it. Changing climate breaks agriculture in various areas; the people who were farming there don't magically turn into factory workers or teleport to places which are (slowly) becoming more fertile; they become desperate former farmers, generally flooding into cities. 


So given all of this, what can we actually conclude? I think the most important thing is that you can't bury your head in the sand, and assume that problems in some other part of the world aren't your own. A drought or a civil war somewhere else can easily start to spill over in unexpected ways.

If you want to avoid terrible consequences, what you have to do is plan, and in particular never let kindling build up. For example:

(1) If you have a large, disenfranchised, population, this is trouble waiting to start. The only way to fix this problem is to enfranchise them: give them a full stake in your society. Yes, that means treating people who are very different from you like full equals. Yes, it also means that your society – that is, the set of people that you're responsible for – now includes a bunch of people who are a lot poorer than you are, and this is going to be expensive to fix. You're not going to like it. But you're going to like the alternative a whole lot less.

(2) If there's political instability, or worst of all, food supply instability somewhere else in the world, it doesn't matter how far away it seems: you need to get together with everyone else and have a serious plan to deal with it. Once masses of hundreds of thousands of people start streaming across the countryside, chaos will follow in their wake. 

(3) Climate change isn't an abstract fear for the future; it's a major political problem right now. You can't punt it away and talk about what to do about carbon emissions or its effect on the economy; you have to sit down and come up with serious strategic plans for what to do when agricultural productivity in critical breadbaskets drops sharply, or watersheds dry up. Contingency planning for any government needs to include anything from hurricanes to long-term droughts, and not just as one-offs, but what to do if these start happening a lot. The reason you need to plan for this is that it's not a goddamned hypothetical, you idiot.


What do we do in the short term? This is harder, because right now Da'esh has been sending agents across the planet to cause as much trouble as they can. One obvious prong of the solution is ordinary police work; that's proven far more effective than complex intelligence solutions at catching terrorists. Another prong is stopping their support system at the root. Because Da'esh's plans are so focused on actual conquest, a collapse of their regime back home is likely to have more of an effect on their satellite agents than the collapse of a more ideologically-oriented organization like al-Qaeda.

A third prong is to stabilize the situation in Syria: here the key isn't so much blowing anyone up as giving people a way to stop fighting. There are three key obstacles to this. One is Da'esh, which seems to be pretty committed to fighting for its own sake; this is unlikely fixable by any means short of straightforward military defeat. One is the underlying lack of food availability. The third is that quite a lot of people have reason to believe that they will be killed either if al-Assad regains power, or if he loses power. They need a serious guarantee of personal safety in any peace.

What this probably means is that a peace agreement will require very heavy international support: aid to rebuild the country, neutral military forces to guarantee cease-fires, and some way to deal with the underlying economic issues. That's going to require heavy international coordination of the profoundly unsexy sort: not deploying giant militaries to bomb targets and wave banners, or propping up regimes and helping them "suppress insurgencies," but working on the long-term realities of helping locals build a government that they're invested in – even when said government is unlikely to be either similar to Western norms, or friendly to Western aims. Military force to crush Da'esh is almost certainly needed as a precondition to this, but it's by far the smaller part of the game.


The short version is: if you want to fix problems, you're going to have to deal with some very serious, expensive, and unsexy solutions. Because life isn't simple, and you can't just bomb your way out of trouble.

[1] See this recent editorial for the argument for switching to the term Da'esh more broadly: https://www.freewordcentre.com/blog/2015/02/daesh-isis-media-alice-guthrie/ [Thanks to +Lisa Straanger for finding this more in-depth discussion than the Boston Globe op-ed which I had earlier cited]

[2] cf, for example, this infographic: http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2015/09/14/world/middleeast/syria-war-deaths.html

[3] cf, for example, this obituary of a proud French torturer: https://plus.google.com/+YonatanZunger/posts/1PQQQ3XfnYA

[4] cf https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2B3slX6-_20

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The European Refugee Crisis and Syria Explained

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Wie viele der syrischen Flüchtlinge kommen nach Europa? +Hans Rosling​ von der +Gapminder Foundation erklärt es im Video. ​

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Wenn man eine IT-Spezialistin mit Signalverarbeitungs-Spezialisierung die Arbeit von Medizinern tun lässt, oder wie man einen Tinnitus debuggt.

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The Kickstarter for the Spock documentary needs more help.
Please give if you can...

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http://www.spiegel.de/wirtschaft/soziales/stromtrasse-ilse-aigner-will-hessen-statt-bayern-belasten-a-1034080.html

Was, außer NIMBY [1], ist eigentlich das Problem mit Hochspannungsleitungen?

Wir reden hier von einer Gleichspannungsleitung, elektromagnetische Felder sind also ausgeschlossen, die einzige bekannte Wirkung ist der Nocebo-Effekt [2]?

Ein anderes Argument das mir mal zu Ohren gekommen ist; "Wenn die den Mast auf mein Feld stellen wird das niemals Baugrund werden". Da kann ich nur sagen "Eigentum verpflichtet. Sein Gebrauch soll zugleich dem Wohle der Allgemeinheit dienen.", siehe auch [3].

Wer kennt ein sachliches Argument gegen eine Hochspannungsleitung?

[1] http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nimby
[2] http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nocebo-Effekt
[3] http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sozialpflichtigkeit_des_Eigentums

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Die aktuelle Sympathieinitiative der GEMA wendet sich inzwischen nicht mehr nur an Kindergärten, sondern greift auch nach anderen Singkreisen - die systematische Auswertung von Pressemeldungen sorgt dabei, soziale Gerechtigkeit durchzusetzen und daß die Künstlerinnen und Künstlern, die von der GEMA vertreten werden, ihren wohlverdienten Anteil auch von dementen 80jährigen am Existenzminimum erhalten.

Oh, https://www.c3s.cc/ übrigens.

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Streikerfahrungen eines Lokführers

Gestern habe ich das erste Mal in meinem Leben gestreikt. Bis Ende des letzten Jahres war ich Mitglied bei der nicht streikenden Arbeitgebergewerkschaft EVG, und beim ersten Streik dieses Jahres hatte ich kurz vor Streikbeginn Feierabend und kurz nach Streikende erst wieder Dienstbeginn.

Worum geht es überhaupt bei diesem Streik?
Ich habe hier auf G+ ja schon öfter was zu dieser Thematik geschrieben. Es ist ein relativ kompliziertes Thema, aber man kann es so zusammenfassen: Es geht nicht ums Geld (entgegen den Behauptungen von DB und Presse) sondern darum, ein Leben zu haben, in welchem man dieses auch ausgeben kann. Ich als Tf in der Bereitstellung hatte bspw. letzten Monat über 90% Nachtschichtanteil. Dass das nicht gerade hilfreich ist beim Führen einer Beziehung, dürfte wohl einleuchten.
Außerdem geht es auch darum, Ungeichbehandlungen abzubauen. Zugbegleiter mit ein und den selben Aufgaben werden auf mehrere verschiedene Arten eingruppiert und unterschiedlich bezahlt. Sogenannte "Lokrangierführer", ein künstlicher Beruf, die genau das selbe tun wie andere Lokführer auch, nämlich Züge fahren, rangieren, dazu aber auch noch deutlich mehr Zugbildungsaufgaben wie Kuppeln etc. machen, also bei gleicher Verantwortung sogar noch mehr körperlich belastet werden bei Wind und Wetter, werden ohne sachlichen Grund deutlich schlechter entlohnt als wir "normalen" Lokführer. Beispielsweise sind meine Bereitstellerkollegen in Köln, die 1:1 das gleiche tun wie ich in Frankfurt, ohne nachvollziehbaren sachlichen Grund als Lrf eingruppiert und damit finanziell mir gegenüber deutlich schlechter gestellt.

Immer wieder liest man von Pöbeleien, die Existenz zweier Gewerkschaften spalte die Belegschaft. Stimmt das?
Nun, Idioten gibt es überall. Natürlich wird garantiert irgendwo irgendjemand einen Einzelfall hervorkramen können. Mit der alltäglich erlebten Realität hat das aber nichts zu tun. Natürlich teilt nicht jeder Kollege die gleiche Meinung - sonst wären wir ja auch nicht in zwei Gewerkschaften. Aber inhaltliche Differenzen werden sachlich, ruhig und in einem ausgesprochen familiären Klima diskutiert, und die Gegenmeinung absolut respektiert. Viele EVG-organisierte Kollegen, auch aus anderen Berufsgruppen wie bspw. ein Kollege von DB Sicherheit, mit dem ich am Vortag des Streiks in der abendlichen S-Bahn sprach, oder der Handwerker aus dem ICE-Werk hier in Frankfurt den ich heute getroffen hab, haben allerdings entgegen ihrer Gewerkschaftsleitung sehr viel Verständnis für unsere Ziele und Forderungen, und auch für die Art wie wir für diese kämpfen.
Und auch diejenigen Kollegen, die finden, dass wir uns die falschen Ziele gesteckt haben, wünschen uns trotzdem meist viel Erfolg dabei, diese Ziele für uns zu erreichen.

Öfter liest man, die Vertretung der GDL-organisierten Zugbegleiter durch die GDL sei Claus Weselskys privater Machtwille und den meisten GDL-Mitgliedern egal. Doch das stimmt so nicht. Erstens - nicht die GDL hat sich entschieden, Zugbegleiter zu vertreten, sondern viele Zugbegleiter haben sich entschieden, von der GDL vertreten werden zu wollen. Sie traten von sich ein, und erst Jahre nach der ersten großen Eintrittswelle nahm man sich bei einer Mitgliederversammlung überhaupt der Frage an, ob man für die Zugbegleiter kämpfen kann und will. Da war Weselsky noch ein kleines Licht, irgendwo im Schatten des alles überragenden Manfred Schell. 2007/2008 versuchte man erstmals ernsthaft auch diesen Vertretungsanspruch in die Praxis umzusetzen. Das gelang leider damals nicht, aber allein dass man es versucht hatte, überzeugte viele weitere Zugbegleiter davon, dass sie bei der GDL mehr Chancen haben, jemals irgendwas für sich zu erreichen, als bei der EVG, die sie seit Jahren tarifierte.
Zweitens - in Gesprächen mit Lokführerkollegen ist eine deutliche Mehrheit, unter den GDL-organisierten Kollegen die ganz große Mehrheit (so viel zum Thema GDLer seien unsolidarisch) davon überzeugt, dass die Zugbegleiter dringend Verbesserungen ihrer Arbeitsbedingungen nötig haben und dass wir diejenigen sind, die sich dafür einsetzen sollten. Die Mehrheit steht hinter diesem Arbeitskampf, hinter dem Ziel, unser verfassungsrechtlich garantiertes Recht wahrzunehmen.
Ja, natürlich, es gibt einzelne Lokführer, die sich für was besseres halten und nicht für die Zub kämpfen wollen, bzw. sie dafür verantwortlich machen, was die EVG falsch getan hat. Aber das ist eine kleine Minderheit und oft genug sind das die Kollegen, die auch sonst nicht durch hohe Sympathieausstrahlung und Kollegialität glänzen...

Die GDL wird manchmal als One-Man-Show bezeichnet. Tatsächlich aber hat Weselsky nicht mal die Macht, irgendwas allein zu entscheiden, alle relevanten Entscheidungen fallen in den entsprechenden Gremien. Außerdem, das muss man ganz deutlich betonen: Nicht wir sind Weselskys Leute, sondern Weselsky ist unser Mann. Die GDL-Mitglieder haben ihn gewählt, weil er seinen Job gut tut, und nicht weil seine Nase gefällt.

In der Presse findet man allenthalben die Behauptung, das Verständnis der Bevölkerung sei null. In der Tat kriegt man ein nicht sehr anderes Bild, wenn man sich in den sozialen Medien oberflächlich anguckt. Schaut man jedoch genauer hin, findet man auch online viele positive Stimmen. Doch entscheidend ist nochmal was anderes - nämlich nicht, was Leute am heimischen Rechner schreiben und vielleicht in den letzten 10 Jahren nicht ein einziges Mal im Leben einen Zug von innen gesehen haben, sondern was die Fahrgäste sagen, die draußen in den Bahnhöfen stehen und vom Streik direkt betroffen sind. Wie beispielsweise die Geschäftsfrau, die drei Stunden verspätet aus Hamburg ankam und aus dem Bahnhofsgebäude eilend an uns draußen stehenden Streikenden kurz halten blieb, um uns von diesem Ärgernis zu sagen - und davon, dass sie es trotzdem gut findet, dass wir uns nicht kleinkriegen lassen sodern kämpfen. Oder auch der Mann, der mit wutverzerrtem Gesicht an uns vorbeistürmte mit den Worten "Ihr habt alle ein Rad ab! Alle! Allesamt!" (interessanterweise nicht auf dem Weg vom sondern zum Bahnhof). Und wie sieht da die öffentliche Meinung aus, wenn man den Leuten, wie wir es taten, zuhört? Ganz anders als die "veröffentlichte Meinung", also die von der Presse dargestellte angebliche öffentliche Meinung. Die Quote stand 3:1 - auf eine negative Rückmeldung kamen drei positive. Das ist für eine Arbeitskampfmaßnahme, die die Leute leider dermaßen direkt und schmerzhaft trifft, eine verdammt gute Quote. Und ein schwerer Schlag für die Arbeitgeberseite und die Politik.

Oft wird vorgeworfen, die GDLer würden sich faul verkrümeln. Das kann ich nach viereinhalb Stunden Stehen vorm Bahnhofsgebäude, mit Flaggen, offenen Ohren und vielen interessanten Gesprächen mit Fahrgästen, nicht bestätigen. Wir standen übrigens drei Stunden (ca. halb zehn bis halb eins) am Vormittag auf dem Bahnhofsvorplatz und beschlossen nachmittags, am Abend um fünf demonstrativerweise wieder Präsenz zu zeigen für rund anderthalb Stunden (bzw. manche Kollegen vmtl. noch länger, aber ich ging heim, nachdem ich schon seit 9 Uhr vor Ort gewesen war), weil im Laufe des Tages massive Gewaltandrohungen von so "intelligenten" Gruppierungen wie "Hooligans gegen GDL" über digitale Kanäle eingetrudelt waren.

Heute war die große GDL-Kundgebung in Frankfurt, zu der ich leider doch nicht gehen konnte - der heutige Tag war in meinem Dienstplan eh frei und schon langfristig verplant für die Umzugshilfe von Freunden. Aber morgen abend bin ich wieder am Streikposten beim Frankfurter Hauptbahnhof und werde sicherlich, falls wir gerade draußen stehen sollten, mich wieder den Fahrgästen stellen.

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Liebste +ZEIT ONLINE, lieber +SPIEGEL ONLINE, liebste Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung,

Ihr habt es geschafft -- ich gratuliere Euch, Ihr habt Euch gerade selbsttätig aus meinem Blogroll, der auch klassische Medienhäuser enthält, entfernt.

Zum Procedere: Bookmarks "BlogRoll" öffnen, lesen, wie Ihr die Lage so seht und was Ihr für wichtig haltet. Darüber nachdenken. Vielleicht eine eigene Beurteilung der Lage finden. Ihr helft mir sonst dabei. Aktuell helft Ihr mir nicht. Ich macht mich wahnsinnig.

Es ist nicht auszuhalten, was Ihr für wichtig haltet. Aktuell haltet Ihr für wichtig:

1. Minütliche Updates von einer Untersuchung zu bringen, die Ruhe braucht.
2. Die Familie des mutmaßlichen Verursachers dem Pressemob und der Öffentlichkeit zum Fraß vorzuwerfen (aber nicht mehr vornehmlich
die Familien, die Kinder verloren haben, in die Öffentlichkeit zu ziehen. Danke dafür.)
3. Ohne gesicherte Diagnose des Piloten mal lustig alle Piloten auf
 Grund von Überlastung zu potenziellen Massenmördern zu machen.
4. Menschen mit Depressionen zu stigmatisieren (passiert eigentlich dasselbe anschließend mit anderen psychisch Erkrankten mit Neurosen oder Psychosen, wenn sich herausstellt, dass Eure Diagnose falsch ist?)
5. nicht über das allgemeine Weltgeschehen zu berichten -- die Maut für PKWs wurde verabschiedet, oder? Was ist eigentlich gerade in der
Ukraine los? Und was genau in Polen? In Polen werden Reservisten eingezogen. Könnte mir das jemand mal einorden? Oder stimmt das nicht?!

Und, dass eine Antiterrormaßnahme gerade ein anderes Risiko offengelegt hat, darüber sprecht Ihr nicht. 

Ich finde Euch widerlich. Und Ihr werdet es schlimmer machen. Und ich sehe Euch schon auf der Trauerfeier hängen. Das hat keinen Nachrichtenwert. Das nimmt trauernden Menschen die Würde.  

Nein, und ich teile nicht Eure Meinung, Ihr dürftet den ganzen Namen vom Co-Piloten und seinen Wohnort veröffentlichen. Stellt Euch mal vor, Euer Bruder oder Eure Schwester würde -- warum auch immer -- so gehandelt haben. Würdet Ihr dann Euch in 50facher Ausfertigung gegenüber stehen wollen? Da sind Menschen, die verzweifelt sind. Die brauchen nicht Eure heischenden Fragen -- die brauchen Unterstützung. 

Ihr vergesst Eure Menschlichkeit. 

Ich möchte darüber nachdenken, ob sich aus dieser Tragödie ein Auftrag für uns alle ergibt. Und für mich persönlich.
Oder für +Germanwings, meinetwegen auch für die +Lufthansa.

Ich habe übrigens Hoffnung, dass +Germanwings und +Lufthansa das schaffen. So weit ich das auf deren Websites lesen kann und auch zumindest einer PK entnehmen konnte, die ich ungeschnitten gesehen habe, beteiligen sich diese nicht an Mutmaßungen. Sondern versuchen, fair zu bleiben -- und sinnvolle Schlüsse für die Organisation zu ziehen. 

Für solche Überlegungen braucht man Ruhe. Die habt Ihr nicht (was reitet Euch eigentlich?) 

Ich würde gerne wieder nachdenken können -- und womöglich meinen Teil dazu beitragen, dass wir so einen Fall nicht wieder erleben. 

Und deswegen seid Ihr aus meiner Blogroll raus.

Judith
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