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2016-10-09

United We Stand, Divided We Fall
Some fifteen years ago, I discussed the European Union with a friend. He looked at me, utterly astonished and perhaps a bit hurt by my open rejection of this wonderful project. How could I oppose a s…

2016-09-16

Cui Bono? or The Bearers of Ultimate Truth
When I open the paper, listen to people in the streets, surf the Internet, or watch pseudoscientific shows on TV these days, I cannot help but think that the number of individuals who are desperate t…

2016-08-18

Weird Brothers
Sometimes, I cannot help but think that politics used to be more predictable when only professional actors shared the stage that makes the world go round. Those poorly trained monkeys roaming politic…

2016-08-02

Don’t Feed the Trolls or The Right to Remain Silent
I am a passionate believer in all kinds of human liberties; the freedom to have — and publicly express, if need be — one’s own opinion, generally protected under the label “freedom of expression”, be…

2016-07-17

Next Exit: Banana Republic or When Absurdity Becomes the Norm
Every time I open the front door to leave my house, I prepare myself to cross the border to a banana republic. It is an absurd realm I’m about to enter, full of political and social imponderabilities…

2016-05-22

Open Elections
Today, Austrians eligible to vote were called to the National bowling polling centres to execute their citizen right and elect the next federal president. That the station in my constituency is locat…

2016-02-16

How Many Bitcoins Is a Bit of Politician’s Brain?
When I listen to some proposals made by those supposed to govern hundreds, thousands, even millions of people in this world, I wonder whether everyone of us is living in the same universe, or age. I…

2015-11-29

Keep Calm!
One of the most important lessons I have learned in life is the importance of staying calm. You may or may not know those funny — if somewhat inflationary — “motivationals” spread across the web, rea…

2015-11-23

Cassandra’s Curse or Good Fences Make Good Neighbours
Let me be clear about this: Every refugee of war or oppression has a right to be protected from harm by a third party capable of providing shelter. It is a disgrace that this has to be mentioned even…

2015-09-08

Dear Publisher
You may, of course, utterly disregard the unsolicited advice of an independent writer and publisher. To be honest with you, I don’t care whether or not you do. Publishers come and go; and if false pr…

2015-09-05

Review: Invasion of Privacy by Ian Sutherland
Hacker meets copper. Mysterious man meets desperate, gullible women. The dark realm of bits and bytes meets the equally dark world of rape and bloodshed. Deception seems to be commonplace and deliver…

2015-07-18

Review: Social Engineer by Ian Sutherland
On the outside, Brody Taylor is the fellow you passed in the hallway, held the door for, or gladly did a random favour yesterday; the one, you cannot remember today. On the inside, he is struggling w…

2012-08-03

I Don’t Mind Rejection Letters
I guess a lot of writers dread the thought of receiving rejection letters. I don’t. It’s only natural that we (and our works) don’t meet with universal appreciation. Respect (or rather, common courte…