Thinking equals having ideas.
Channel Umbra is the most popular and most watched television channel in the NEU. It has a reach of more than 1 billion households. Current president is a man named Stanley Marten who got the job after the former president died of an heart attack. Stanley is well known for his super serious attitude that earned him the monicer ‘Serious Stan’.
It has no 24/7 cycle like other television channels people knew before the world had been united. It airs for 12 hourse during the day and reruns the next 12 hours. The channe calls its program ‘Slottery’. Which comes from the business term ‘slot’ for the actual program and ‘lottery’ for its daily presentation of the several global lotteries. Most people presume that’s where their most viewers come from. But that is not true.
Most vievers are gained by the six o’clock news hosted by Lea Swan. (Nominated for ‘World’s Sexiest Woman Alive’ for four times.) You may assume they report crimes and tragedies. That is not the case. The six o’clock news have a tedency to report progressivenes. Things like science and social developments. People watch it to get positive input and and because ‘people demand progress.’
All goods things aside, Channel Umbra had some issues and even a scandal. One issue was the case of a constant technicle issues because, as the president stated: “The technicicans were damn lazy.” These issues resulted in blackouts, data loss and constant nagging from employees. They fired the supervisor and had to buy an entirely new equipement.
An entire scandal was the leak of corrupt board members who took donated money, which came in via a marathon, and spending it on a frivole trip to an Asian country where one board member had sex, got a STD, and then had sex with an intern. It was an outrage that resulted in a loss of several thousands of viewers each month.
Main attraction next to Lea Swan is a man names Seamus Shean. His show To Reach, To Preach, To Teach is a mixture of preaching things like progress and thinking, to reach out to youngsters to reject drugs and to teach things like manners and techniques. It basically a Sesame Street for grown ups. Seamus takes great pride in his role and is known for arrogance and narcissism. He may appear as a nice uncle, though, he just plays a role.
Miles Miller travelled the Route 99. By foot.
There is an old investigator in town. An urban legend known as ‘Urban L’ made its round as the first investigator in New Berlin. He was called this way because he only commanded detective through a computer in reminiscence to L from the Japanese manga ‘Death Note’. There was once a picture on the web dubbed ‘Kira’ which showed a man in a blue overall kneeling above a corpse. It turned out it was only a fake.
His reputation exceeded. And for every one who loves you; one begins to hate you. Many people like the idea of an unknown and highly intelligent individual spreading justice. Yet, many were annoyed by his tendency to be overly commanding and being overly dramtic. He was no saint. His – indeed – way of doing things made him an ambigous and even more popular person.
His first case was called the ‘Rocky Port Incident’. Rocky Port is the name of the harbor in New Berlin. The first victim was an illegal immigrant being shipped within a container. It turned out he was the son of a rich family who tried to escape its shackles. Only due to Urban L its investigations, the details came out. Although many branded him an idiot for being so careless with official investigatory information.
Many believe him to be an old person since he stopped investigating after a few years. He only left a letter he sent to a newspaper in town. He excused his actions and kind of acting and tried to be a good person. Even though many thought it was only a bit publicity. (No one actually believed him to be a good person.) His last case was a dead gardener and he had to bribe an officer for more information. But that was kept secret.
His fate is unknown. Many believe him to be dead. Other believed he left the country. Many conspiracy theories spread like wildfire. Him being a physically handicapped person or a mentally ill person. No one has ever heard for him ever again. His life was a mystrery. And so, was his departure.
The past few months I only reposted old content with a few new texts. From now on there will be only new and original content.
What is N.E.T.? It stands for Nicely Elaborated Tid-Bits and add extra information on characters, locations and institution within the NEU. Enjoy wise knowledge or funny trivia.
There are four categories.
The first is ‘Article’ which is, well, an article
The second is ‘Character Profile’, which is, well, a character profile.
The third is ‘Did you know?’, which is, well, trivia.
The fourth is ‘Creator’s Notes’, which is, well, the N. Burg’s personal notes regarding his works.
You were supposed to grow, rise and reach new horizons.
Not to stare at the sun.
Run with me.
Man muss sich folgendes vor Augen halten. Es beobachten und verinnerlichen. Es gab in Deutschland diverse Amokläufe an Schulen. Und was war die Konsequenz: Videospiele werden strikter verkauft. Ich kann nicht genug kotzen. Ich kann nicht verstehen, wie bei einer so schwierigen und komplexen Debatte um Schule, die Jugend und persönliche Biographien, die einzige Konsequenz das verschärfen des Jugendschutzes gewesen ist. Es geht nicht in meinen Kopf.
Denn um diese Punkt sollte es gehen. Wir haben nie über die Amokläufer diskutiert. Nie ihre Lebensbiographie angeguckt, sich nie um ihre schulischen und persönliche Umstände gekümmert. Dafür ist es jetzt auch zu spät. Wie dem auch sei. Worum haben wir uns denn gekümmert? Wir haben zwei Wochen über Computerspiele diskutiert und dann ist das ganze ergebnislos versandet. Es gab dann den berühmten Kampfbegriff der „Killerspiele“.
Und wo wir schon davon sprachen. Niemand schien eine Ahnung davon zu haben. „Mit Videospielen trainiert man Waffengebrauch“ hat es geheißen. Oder, das „Videospiele aggressiv machen“. Nichts von beidem hat je gestimmt. Man kann mit Mausklicks nicht den Waffengebrauch trainieren. Kein einziger Spieler kann mit einer Waffe umgehen. Und es konnte auch nie bewiesen werden, dass Ego-Shooter aggressiv machen. Es war eine Scheindebatte um Argumente, von Leuten, die von nichts eine Ahnung hatten.
Aus dem Jahr 2019 betrachtet heraus machte es mich immer noch wütend. Politiker im Aktionismus und eine Bevölkerung, die die Spieler in Sippenhaft genommen hatten. Zum Glück gab es keine Amokläufer an Schulen mehr seit vielen Jahren. Es kann jedoch jederzeit wieder passieren. Gott bewahre es passiert nie wieder. Dennoch. Falls ja, dann gucken wir nach Hintergründen und Motiven und schlagen verächtlich auf harmlose Spieler ein, die einfach nur Stress abbauen und Spaß an Taktik, Geschick und Geschwindigkeit haben. Danke.
Cross will be challenged. (By love.)
If you’re an educated person who reads and spreads his wings to reach out for new horizons, or you just happened to watch Last Week Tonight (doesn’t matter), you are aware of the new social score system in China. And if you don’t do: Educate yourself. It is very important to know about such developments. Not only because it is China, (and it’s always good to know about other countries development), but because its regime did implement a system that may end up in our Western countries too. Which would be an absolute disasters. But I don’t want to overexertion.
Short summary. The social score system dictates your life in China. The better you are, the better the chances for a credit for example. Or, the better you are, the better your apartment can be. On the other hand: The worse you are worse your life will be. You will be publicly known as a bad person. Just a small example. What does this mean? This is basically nothing but regime-induced paranoia and fear or loss of their social status. And the implications are endless.
What if you don’t get a good job anymore? Or your neighbors know about your social score? What if you don’t find a partner because the other person judges you by your score? We all know that China is not a free country. It is a regime and autocracy. (And for my part a dictatorship.) It can do whatever it wants with its people. But that doesn’t matter right now. What does matter is the outcome of this: A totally superficial, paranoid, angst-driven and ridden country. I may overexertion here, but I want to make my point. Also but, I must admit that Chinese citizens do not have a problem with such a system. Which may be mainly due to their live in China itself or the propaganda.
Such a system could be implemented in Western countries too. People already judge others by their status and followers. Only a tiny fraction of a system like in China, but due to the data in America’s concerns; it could be easily implemented. Even thought it will probably not. The question though is not the score system; but the surveillance in incorporates. Here are coming two parts together: One one hand the already existing surveillance across all Western countries. And on the other hand: A system that judges us by it. Because it doesn’t matter if it is a public system. A hidden one would be one. And that would be worse than the one in China.
Okay, okay. My point here is greatly overexerted. But that doesn’t matter. We should be vigilant observers and must always think of how and when a system can be implemented in our countries. Our democracies are not bullet proof. (See U.S.A., Italy, Austria or Hungary.) More and more autocratic forces gather and try to destroy what is left of our democracies. And now think on China. Exactly.
To make one thing clear from the start: I do not like the people’s republic of China. Why you may ask? Because it is not a democracy. Because it is a dictatorship. Because it censors its press and internet. Because it executes innocent people. (The actual number of executions is unknown. NGO’s assume it’s a few thousands each year.) Because it wants to rule the world. Okay, I exaggerate. To make the point differently: Because it’s buying the world. Because democracies do trade with China with being fully aware of its lack of any human rights.
China is a difficult case. How do we deal with China properly? Should we invade China? Should we try a regime change? Should we force them to become a democracy? It is so difficult because China will never become a democracy. Every communist regime that has been overpowered never returned to power. And China knows this. It will never let go. And doing business with China is deeply immoral. (The first world wouldn’t trade with African dictators either.)
And China is already on the verge to rule the world. It buys companies and corporations all over the world. It secures resources in Africa and creates jobs in the process too. And China is smart. It’s not as stupid as America which only knows coups as a valid method to rule the world. (i.e. seeking influence.) China is careful, patient and very progressive. And that makes China is so scary and dangerous.
China’s way is one way only: To the top. And we – the free people of the first world – must try to stress changes. We may not evoke a Chinese democracy, but may be some democratic rights like freedom of speech. Which may sound unrealistic, but is necessary. Maybe we can link trade with conditions like my idea I aforementioned. It is no democracy and does not want to spread and “export” democracy like other nations. Because China is not being nice.