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  • Welcome back, Donald!

    Now that Elon Musk decided to reinstate the previously banned account from Donald Trump by setting up a poll on Twitter (which was mostly driven by bots instead of people - but that's a different story) I've decided to give Donald a brief update on what he has missed after his account was suspended on January 8th in 2021 following the attack by his supporters on the US Capitol. Dear Donald, so it's been 681 days without you. Given an average of 8 Tweets per day we were cheated of roughly 5448 of your rants on Twitter. Yes, we've missed you. Twitter quietly returned to images of cats and occasional posts by your successor President Joe Biden. Oh yes, and there is a war going on - initiated by your friend Putin and your other even closer friend Kim is toying around with a potential war, too - but you've of course heard of this already. But things changed dramatically this year on October 26th when another friend of yours - Elon Musk - was forced into actually buying Twitter. They've probably forgot to tell him about the perfectly fine restrooms at the Twitter HQ in San Francisco because he has brought his own sink on his first day at the office. He probably wasn't too happy about this and fired the whole board along with CEO Parag Agrawal, Chief Financial Officer Ned Segal, head of legal and policy Vijaya Gadde and General Counsel Sean Edgett, among others in executive leadership. Ouch, that hurt! Most of the sissy brands supported by your friends over at the Democratic party pulled the plug and distanced from Twitter after he addressed them in a tweet - can you imagine? However, that put your friend Elon in a pretty uncomfortable position with interest expenses of up to $1.3 billion per year. So he does what he had learned from recently watching all episodes of "The Apprentice" and fired half of the team over at Twitter. Most of them were at home anyway so Elon didn't even had to talk to them in person. Unfortunately he also laid off some of the few he would need for some really cool ideas, so he was trying to re-hire some of the previously fired engineers for something really brilliant. He then forced head of sales Robin Wheeler, head of trust and safety Yoel Roth, the few of his remaining high-level executives, to host a Q&A with him in a Twitter Space (Wheeler and Roth quit the next day). That's where he introduced his vision on how to perform a "bot-cleansing" for Twitter: Verification for everyone! Can you believe that? It was hilarious. We've even seen your old pal George Bush who tweeted that he misses killing Iraqis. Poor George. Yes, you've really missed out on a lot of fun on Twitter recently. Nintendo went super-crazy and had Super Mario giving everyone the finger. LOL. Many celebrities thought it's funny, too - but don't worry, Musk banned them all. However, the few remaining advertisers were not too amused about all this, so Musk killed that feature. All this wasn't his fault of course - it was all about the lazy leftist-staff who really needed a wake-up-call. Oh boy and Elon gave 'em that call - by mail - and demanded staff to be "extremely hardcore". Staffers who would not click a link in that mail were considered as laid off with 3-months of severance. Hundreds happily did not click that link. Morons. Musk, being mostly all by himself in 1355 Market St #900, SF, decided to go full "Home Alone" and close the office for the weekend, locking out the remaining few not being fired or having quit. And guess what? Your favorite website was said to blow up which attracted millions of people to crawl out of their holes, waiting for the servers to break-down. Twitter since then turned into a huge end of the world party (#RIPTwitter has been trending most of the time). You would have loved this, it felt a little like your fans last year on January 6th inside the Capitol. What a mess! It didn't take too long before almost everyone and their brother started talking about Mastodon. It's the place everyone kept running to before your account had been reinstated. You are probably pretty familiar with this open source platform as your team from Truth Social borrowed most of its code. At one point Musk said he would form a "moderation council" and everyone was super-scared that you would never return to Twitter that way. However, luckily Elon usually does not stick to his words and so that council for "major content decisions and account reinstatements" was never installed. Instead he put up that awesome vote you've probably heard of. A few people and more than 15 million bots voted - at the end you've did it! This time damn Dems could not rig the poll. Welcome back! Update: Trump had appeared less than keen earlier in the day to return to Twitter. “I don’t see any reason for it,” the former president said via video when asked about it by a panel at the Republican Jewish Coalition’s annual leadership meeting.

  • What is the point in responding to a tweet by Trump?

    What would Twitter be without Trump raging about political enemies, bragging about his success or tweeting random comments while watching Fox & Friends? We all would be back to re-tweeting cat pictures. We all are going crazy when it comes to the latest Trump tweet. Some even set Twitter alerts and use pre-written responses to be among the first to reply. But where is the point in responding to his tweets? I think there are at least two groups of people replying. The first group consists of those naively thinking the president would actually dig through the flood of mentions. And we are talking about a hell of a lot of mentions! Even if there is no recent tweet from @realdonaldtrump this account receives about 60-100 replies. Per minute and around the clock! And this number easily triples the moment he dropped a tweet. Supporters, "Best President Ever"-bots (have you ever noticed that these tweets mostly come from users in foreign countries?), haters, comedians, democrats, activists, journalists - the whole internet jumps into a huge and messy discussion about impeachment, indiction and the 2020 election. His mentions have turned into an ongoing noisy chatroom with thousands of people quarreling at the same time. Assuming Donald Trump sleeps for an average of 8 hours he has around 28.800 to 48.000 mentions waiting in his Twitter account by the time he wakes up! Even if he would just fly over all of them it would roughly take him ten hours per day. I hate to break it to you, but Donald Trump will very likely never read any of your replies. And since a federal judge declared Trump's favorite strategy of blocking his critics as unconstitutional you won't even get the fame for being blocked by the President of the United States any longer (even though Stephen King still seems to remain blocked). Anyway, you will get a lot of attention of others following Trump - especially if you are among the very first people to reply to his tweet! Prepare yourself for a lot hatred from impeachment-activists or #MAGA fanatics (depending on your reply). But you will get a lot of interactions, that is for sure! And that is exactly the motivation of group number two: Getting their share of the Twitter-fame! Replying to Trump within the first few seconds gains the most attention of his followers (58 Million!) and is one of the most effective platforms for self-promotion! As The Atlantic notes, it is prime media real estate. Many people even set their Twitter App's mobile notification solely for Trump's tweets to be among the first to reply, because surfing the Trump Tweet Wave is the golden opportunity to raise your tweet's impressions and engagements to tens of thousands within the first minute! However the real intentions of those who frequently race for the first reply are highly questionable. Do they really want to argue with Trump (unlikely) or (more likely) simply take advantage of the attention? This phenomenon fuels a parasitic economy in which people compete to ride Trumps digital coattails. They obsessively re-tweet, analyze, comment and attack. This helps Trump tremendously by focusing massive attention on his agenda while this also makes him seem larger than life. This again produces a cognitive effect called the "focusing illusion" and it helps explain how Trump ascended from political clown to the presidency. It's a double-edged sword and we all should question ourselves whether we really want to change the fate of this country or put us in a spotlight out of vanity.

  • Never been a fan, fascinated nonetheless: Whisky.

    The WhiskyAdvovate recently released the Top 20 Whiskies of 2018. I must admit even though the idea of enjoying a glass of Scotch while smoking one of my precious cigars always fascinated me. Too bad I don't like Whisky at all. It tastes shitty - worse than medicine. Don't get me wrong, I do enjoy most sorts of alcoholic beverages (don't tell my mum, please) and would always favour a gin and tonic, craft beer or wine over a boring glas of water. I am also convinced that drinking whisky would perfectly suit me. Like my Buddy Holly glasses, my wanna-be hipster attitude, the Harrington jacket I keep wearing even though I'll never be James Dean and so on. Still, whisky and I won't fall in love for some reason. Many people tried to persuade me, talk me into the whisky thing. I have tried all sorts and brands, on the rocks, with water and plain. No cigar. However, sometimes I feel like having a whisky anyway. At least holding the glas, nipping every now and then, hiding my nausea while looking totally handsome. The previously mentioned ranking got me interested again and I really want to try one of those anytime soon. Why not start with the best? The top ranked whisky 2018? Nikka from the Barrel - it's a Japanese blend, but I like how the bottle looks. And it's also the #1! For Nikka From the Barrel, it’s been a long road to Whisky of the Year. This Japanese blend made its U.S. debut in 2018, but its inception dates back more than 30 years. In 1985, Nikka Whisky Distilling Company’s blending team, led by Shigeo Sato, designed this whisky using both malt and grain whiskies produced at Nikka’s Yoichi and Miyagikyo Distilleries. When taking into account the full array of casks—bourbon barrels, sherry butts, refill hogsheads, and more—over 100 different constituent whiskies are enlisted. “From the Barrel” suggests barrel proof, but that’s not the case. The blenders made a conscious decision to bottle at 51.4% (derived from 90 British Proof) to deliver maximum flavor impact. They succeeded. Notably balanced and elegant, the colorful palette of whiskies combines for tremendous depth of flavor. Soft, sweet butterscotch and orange peel meet poached pears and stone fruits. Earthiness appears as dried autumn leaves, coffee, old oak, and tobacco. Among the tangle of spices, tasters identified chili pepper, allspice, cloves, and universally adored its ginger note. Finally, wisps of smoke and sea salt. Overall, it feels generously malty, with the grain whisky lending broad sweetness and supple mouthfeel across the long finish. Maybe a whopping $65 feels a little pricey given the likelihood of me emptying the bottle into the sink because I'm once more disappointed about myself not liking whisky even though I am convinced I should! But there's way more expensive bottles on that list - higher priced but lower ranked (makes sense). Does Glendalough 13 year old Mizunara Cask sound yummy? It's an Irish whisky and could be yours for nothing less than $120. Precious few distillers outside of Japan are resourceful and determined enough to lay their hands on virgin mizunara oak to cooper their own finishing puncheons, let alone allow you to experience its flavors at such a reasonable price. Stone fruit, Quaker oats, comb honey, and sandalwood aromas are followed by ripe melon and tropical fruit flavors trailed by cocoa. Fragrant spices contribute to a sublime balance, with spicy chocolate, coffee grounds, and menthol to finish. This is a rare gem among Irish whiskeys. For me it's maybe rather the lowest priced whisky here: 1792 Bottled in Bond, a bourbon, for just $36 (for this price I could still have it sitting in it's bottle for decorative purposes for the rest of my life). While this offers no age statement, it revels in the renewed respect for bottled in bond whiskey which assures us it is at least 4 years old, 100 proof, from one distillery, and one distilling season. This new appreciation is for good reason. Toasted oak, chocolate-covered banana, vanilla, and apple meet hints of coffee and cinnamon on the nose. The high-rye recipe delivers the requisite cracked pepper and baking spices on the caramel-laden palate laced with licorice. This widely available bourbon seems to dwell in the age sweet spot, is nicely balanced with oak, and comes at a price that leaves little cause for hesitation. Which blend would you recommend to a miserable beginner?

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  • | about

    1978 Being an executive producer, writer and showrunner, Dan has always been a design-savvy beau of visual arts and storytelling. In 1998 he jumped head over heels into the show business and never really left. He has about 25 years experience in producing and directing television shows, documentaries and long form productions. He also is a confessed Mac head, cigar aficionado and curator of all things pop-culture. He has been an award-winning television host, climbed Mount Kilimanjaro twice, worked with NGOs in 16 African countries and once quit his job at a production company to become a photojournalist and spent three years covering conflicts and war zones worldwide with publications in all major outlets and exhibitions in Berlin, Zurich, Iraq and at the Biennale in Venice. He eventually grew up, got married and just recently became a loving dad. In 2008 Dan celebrated his 30th birthday on Mount Kilimanjaro, the world's highest free-standing mountain. 1999 - 2006 TV Host In 1999 Dan joined the On-Air team at GIGA, a daily 5-hour live show on NBC Europe covering all things entertainment. In 2001 his show was awarded with the Grimme Online Award. He was soon promoted to editor in chief and led - although he was only 26 years old - the studio production in Berlin. Projects (selection) Anonymous (Season | Show | Director) Follow Your Love (Season | Reality | Director) I Know Who's Good For You (Season | Show | Director) Kitchen Nightmares (Season | Reality | Producer) Real Life, San Francisco (Season | Reality | Producer) I'm A Celebrity Get Me Outta Here! (Season | Show | Producer) Let's Dance (Season | Show | Director) The Real Cool Runnings (Season | Reality | Producer) Cocaine (Season | Documentary | Director & Producer ) Farmer Wants a Wife (Season | Reality | Producer) Director / Producer Dan left NBC GIGA in 2006 and switched sides, starting to work as a director and producer with assignments in Africa, Asia and the US. Responsibilities have included script writing, talent casting, budgeting and the supervision of production and post-production personnel. 2006-2013 Executive Producer / Showrunner Back at television Dan worked as a Showrunner and Executive Producer for south&browse/all3media and ITV Studios. Projects (selection) Chap vs. Bloke (Season | Show) 15 Things (Season | Show) Comedy Court (Pilot | Show) Home of Records (Season | Show) Mix Up Arts (Season | Show) Miss Wildcard (Season | Show) Beat Bus (Season | Show) Love Island (Season | Show) 2016-2020 2013-2016 War Photographer 2013 marked the beginning of one of his most important stages in life. Dan quit his job as a show producer and started to cover conflicts, humanitarian crises and war as a photojournalist. ​ He covered the street riots in Turkey (June 2013), the turmoil in Egypt (August 2013), the unrest in Ukraine and Crimea (2014), the conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo / DRC (March 2014), the war on Cocaine in Colombia (June 2014) and the war in Gaza (July 2014), the outbreak of Ebola in West-Africa (2014), illegal child labor in India (2015) and kidnapping gangs in Venezuela (2016). He has been published in international magazines, newspapers, news sites and books including TIME Magazine (US), Newsweek (US), stern (Germany), The Guardian (UK), The Irish Times (Ireland), NBC (US), Sueddeutsche Zeitung (Germany), Focus (Germany), ZEIT (Germany), Geo (Germany), Science (US), BILD (Germany), New York Times (US) and others. His work has been showcased in Rome, Berlin and Iraq and also at the 2014 Biennale . Dan has been awarded with the Focus Project People’s Choice Award and has been shortlisted multiple times for the annual LifeFramer award. 2016 Dan quit his career in favor for his family. 2017 Dan's last assignment in Venezuela was filmed and aired on DMAX/Discovery Channel. Managing Editor at BILD In 2020 Dan was hired to guide the go-live of BILD.TV , the television news network of BILD, Europes biggest newspaper and news website and part of the Axel Springer group.. 2020-2022 News Producer at entertainment group In late 2022 Dan had spent countless hours on trains commuting between Berlin and Munich and it was time for a change. He changed jobs and joined , a a national cable network as a news producer in charge of the daily news program on SAT.1 , ProSieben and Kabel1. 2022-today God put me on this earth to accomplish a certain number of things. Right now I am so far behind that I will never die. BILL WATTERSON

  • | travel photography

    FIGHTING EBOLA The Ebola outbreak of 2014-2015 exacted a terrible toll on major countries of West Africa. Latest estimates from the World Health Organization indicate that over 11,000 lives were lost to the deadly virus since the first documented case was officially recorded. ​ These images cover the first months of the outbreak in Liberia and Sierra Leone. View More NINJA MINERS Many people lost their jobs after the fall of the People's Republic of Mongolia and became traditional herders. In 2001 and 2002 Mongolia faced two harsh winters (known as dzuds), and a third of the country's livestock was lost. Thousands of families took up so called ninja mining, searching for quartz or gold on properties large mining companies deemed unmineable. The self-dug mines go up to 20 meters deep and are often very unstable and in danger of collapse. View More CRIME IN CARACAS Crime in Venezuela is widespread, with violent crimes such as murder and kidnapping increasing annually. The country has the second highest murder rate in the world. ​ This collection covers kidnapping gangs, street violence and overcrowded prisons. View More AFRICA DIARIES This collections contains images taken on various NGO assignments in countries across Africa since 2004. ​ The assignments covered child trafficking, drug abuse, sexual assault and poverty in general. View More TRASH KIDS Ghazipur is one of the largest landfills in India. It was opened in 1984 and reached its capacity in 2002 when it should have been closed. But the city’s detritus has kept on arriving each day in hundreds of trucks. Hundreds of people live right on this landfill searching through faeces and garbage for something worth selling to junkyards . View More

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