50 Shades of Cinderella

It is always the same stories we are fascinated about (at least some of us). They constantly reappear in various shades, and so does Cinderella. Not so much the fact of regurgitation is amazing, but its variation. The most popular versions of any time mirror social conditions better than anything else. They reveal the people’s social psychology, their values, and their believe systems. Stories are re-told with variations and people choose those variations that comfort them most. Those versions of the story are propagated and dominate for a while. Sounds similar to biological evolution by natural selection, doesn’t it. This article is not about such similarities which belong to the realm of fauceir evolution, a more abstract theory of evolution. This article rather focuses on social conclusions that can be deduced from variations of Cinderella stories across centuries.

Cinderella is mostly a female story. At least that was my impression recently when I watched the Cinderella Disney Musical in a Berlin concert hall. Most of the audience was female and the few males were accompanied by at least one female. (So much about gender differences.)

The major building block of the Cinderella story is that a girl rises from an underdog social position to the top of a hierarchy by just becoming affiliated to a high status man. In the German version collected by the Grimm Brothers, the girl is industrious and humble, and she felt suppressed by a female hierarchy that was formed by her step mother and two step sisters. She is released from her oppressed social position by a man who transfers her to a man’s hierarchy. The man is the real hero in this story because he doesn’t allow himself to be dazzled by female intrigues. He finds his partner by his own criteria, so in the end Cinderella’s industriousness and humbleness gets rewarded.

One can imagine that this type of story, which evolved in Medieval Germany had a great impact on social evolution. Over the centuries, millions of women were encouraged to work hard and humble even if they didn’t have the tiniest chance to marry a prince sometimes. Still many of them achieved a rise on the social ladder, sometime minute sometimes greater. And at the same time men were encouraged to choose women not by their social status but by their qualities to perform a successful work. That psychological inclination helped enormously to accumulate wealth and to build a successful and rich society.

The last century witnessed a significant mutation of the story, the Disney version. Cinderella’s industriousness and humbleness are no longer her major qualities. Her doing chores is no longer a virtue but portrayed as a tool to make her suffer more. Her dominating talent is networking. She feeds and fondles the even more oppressed, the animals, and cajoles them into a conspiracy to overthrow the existing hierarchy of her despised relatives and to help her to step up.

Also in the Disney version man’s role is substantially altered. He is no longer the smart boy, capable to appreciate a woman’s really important values. He is reduced to a mere provider of resources.

It is not difficult to find prominent examples in our society that mirror that Disney type of Cinderella. Think of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Social Justice Worriers that are typically female. The last century was characterized by Western (or Disney influenced) societies being increasingly dominated by female type of hierarchies. These hierarchies are not well studied sociologically, so there are no studies to relate to, but what we can conclude from Cinderellas original story is that those hierarchies are quite unfair and mostly rely on status, shaming, intimidation, and coalition forming. (Sounds like present day politics doesn’t it?)

The present century further degraded the original story by the now utmost popular version called the 50 Shades of Gray. The women is not industrious and humble any more, and she is not unjustly suppressed by any hierarchy either. Her only virtue is good looks and extraordinary f***ing capabilities. The man is not portrayed as the smart guy who is able to find a pearl in the ash. On the opposite, he is stupid enough to fall for the first female sexual offer. Although he offers a lot of resources a women can indulge in (a muscular body and of course lots and lots of money), he is not a hero who deserves all that. He is rather of the brutal variety who achieved his success by more fiercely fending off attacks of other men like him.

One may speculate where this kind of Cinderella story will lead us now. At least I have no good feelings about it. I’m rather old fashioned. I’d rather stick to the old Cinderella story of the preantepenultimate century.

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10 Ways to Spot a Psychopath on Facebook

While there are lots of publications written and recorded on youtube to describe what a psychopath is and how it can be detected and defended, this publication exclusively focuses on hints that can be obtained from facebook, and yes—I’m so sorry admitting—on female psychopaths. I’m straight male and therefore mostly communicate with females. Some of the rules, however, are applicable for men too, for instance the first criterion.

1. Night owl

Psychopaths are more likely active at night while early birds less likely show psychopathic behavior. Several theories exist to explain this phenomenon. The most plausible ascribe psychopathic behavior to descendants of criminals that did their jobs at night. I’m not sure about that I would rather prefer my own theory according to which psychopaths share some brain defects. These defects consist in uncoupling hypothalamic and fore-brain neurons and by the same token sensing of the circadian rhythm is uncoupled.

You can easily spot a night owl on facebook just trace the time when most of its activity takes place. Of course you have to take into account time zones and travel schedules.

You would be surprised how many … But please be careful in interpreting these results. (1) Yes many facebook users are narcissistic. That’s why they are here in the first place. But. No (2) not all of them are psychopaths sometimes it is just a question of planning the work round the clock, so you definitely need more criteria.

2. Impudicity

As psychopaths lack the ability to feel the slowly growing mutual affection in a developing love affair they press for rapid progress in a developing relationship. You will get surprised by rude symbolism and unveiled allusions. Don’t make the mistake to take this for passionate love. On the contrary such rude advancements rather signal frigidity.

Women psychopaths prefer in this case to post videos that expose barely clad women and make equivocal comments. Often it is referred to the holy grail of female psychopaths “Fifty Shades of Grey”.

3. Volatility

If living with a psychopath volatility is ubiquitous. You get so used to it you wouldn’t notice it any more. On facebook it is rather difficult to uncover. You can get some hints though from their wasteful spending of money. Those women will lure you into dubious financing schemes, ask you for financial support for some ostensibly seriously ill children or maltreated animals, or—when bold enough—picture themselves in front of a gambling machine.

4. Empathy

It is well known that psychopaths lack empathy. Also psychopaths know that, so you would rarely find a picture or comment that expresses lack of empathy. On the contrary, as psychopaths try to hide their deficiency they would show picture that demonstrate the opposite, for instance feeding animals or caring for elderly and sick people.

At least the careful observer will find occasions when a psychopath so much concerned with herself simply forgets to offer condolences when a close friend suffers a loss.

5. Self-worth

For psychopath difficult to hide is their inflated opinion of themselves. This has nothing to do with posting many photos of herself. Almost all women do that. It is a woman’s role to show her beauty to attract men. Nothing wrong about that. As a matter of fact I enjoy it and probably most men do the same. Moreover if you are in some artistic professions it is your job to show your talent in order to find better contracts.

If not the pictures themselves, the comments are often quite revealing. A good picture speaks for itself. It doesn’t need a comment like “The particular gorgeous me” or even some derogatory comments like “You will never match that elegance.”

6. Taste

Did you know that psychopaths have a different taste? They actually are bad at discriminating different flavors. Moreover they prefer food that has a bitter taste. If you meet a psychopath personally you may probably smell her distinct perfume, but this seems  impossible on facebook. If you invite her for dinner and she praises your cooking although you added much of a bitter substance, that could be a clue to her psychopathy. But be carefully in interpreting such an experiment. If she praises your food she simply may be polite, or even worse if she doesn’t smell the bitter substance, she could sincerely be in love with you as people in love like psychopaths exhibit impaired taste and smell.

If all this is impossible on facebook, how would you use this criterion on facebook anyway. Simply trace her food pictures. Many facebook users notoriously post pictures of their food. Most likely those who immensely enjoy food are not psychopathic. If you know the local dishes you may even check her preferences in taste. Is it bitter? Admittedly this is rather a daunting task.

7. Promiscuity

Promiscuity goes hand in hand with lack of empathy and impudicity. It is typical of psychopathy, but don’t be a fool, you rarely will find a women so stupid to expose her sexual history on facebook. As it is in our cultures unfavorable to have too many sexual partners that will be rather obscured and you have to rely on indirect hints.

Such hints include male friends who were close friends sometimes, commenting on every post, but all of a sudden became abandoned. If all this is accompanied by a change from euphoria to drama on his facebook page, you can be almost sure this sex affair ended with  dumping him. All you have to do now is connecting the dots and counting the number and you have quite reliable data on promiscuity.

D’entre nous, the facebook spying algorithm works the same way.

8. Language patterns

We enter the section of more complex criteria now. Although complex and demanding they are no less reliable. Language patterns are difficult to detect during a casual conversation. Actually you have to record the conversation and to analyze the transcript. It is much easier with facebook, though. Simply count the quotes.

If she prefers quotes that emphasize love and deep feelings and reacts rather moved to such a quote by you, she is less likely a psychopath. If however her quotes are shallow and arrogant, she is more likely a psychopath. But please be careful, with this criterion as well. Shy and intimidated people may show the same reactions, but only for a limited time. Therefore if you can changer her behavior while providing confidence she is a good person.

9. Reproach

Due to her inflated self confidence, she feels entitled to criticize you. Even if she barely knows you, her critique can become so bold and intimidating that it is hard to swallow. Here is good news for all victims, you don’t have to bear it. Block her.

10. Feeling of guilt

The most hideous character trait of psychopaths that unfortunately you can even experience on facebook is when she tries to induce the feeling of guilt. This is so hideous because you are not aware of any wrongdoing and every attempt to clarify the situation will make it worse. Be assured a normal person wouldn’t accuse you of some misbehavior in the first place. A normal person like you would double check if the impression of a misbehavior is just a misunderstanding, and a normal person would welcome any attempt to clarify a possible misunderstanding.

Accusations may sound absolutely absurd. For instance, after only a short exchange of messages a girl accused me of stalking her because I made a reference to one of her published pictures. Wait what? It is not unusual that psychopaths publish pictures to accuse others for looking and commenting, but she was merely an inexperienced amateur. In an other case, she accused me of being obtrusive, after I made clear that I won’t make any obtrusive remarks. Unfortunately that is rather typical. Psychopaths scan your messages for just one thing, they look for a vulnerable spot to make you feel guilty, so if you declare that you intentionally avoid something, then that would be exactly the point where she would assume your vulnerability.

Thus again there is only one solution to the problem. Immediately block her.

Finally, I’d like to mention that there are some more criteria to spot a psychopath which are difficult to employ on facebook. For instance it is difficult to verify a pathological lair if you don’t know her whereabouts. Also it is difficult to observe a resistance to contagious yawning. Still I hope this post was of some use.

One time, I would appreciate a facebook tool to tag all the psychopaths, but as I said in my introduction there would have been so many, probably.

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The Perks and Perils of Intercultural Love and Relationship, Respectively


The whole essay is coming soon. At least so I hope. I started with that animation. I’m going to relate some experiences as soon as will gather some more.

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Zika Virus for Brain Cancer Therapy—I have my doubts

A recent publication in the Journal of Experimental Medicine claims to treat brain cancer by a Zika virus infection. Why such a finding has do be mistrusted?

It sounds like a weird idea to treat a disease by an other one. It is not impossible though, but quite unlikely. For instance diabetes, at least insulin dependency, can be ameliorated by an other disease, by chronic kidney failure. As the kidney destroys native insulin, a shrunken kidney would not, so in diabetics with a residual insulin secretion, it can become sufficient with the development of chronic kidney disease. But cases like this are a rare exceptions in medicine, more common it works the other way around. Usually, a supervening disease make matters much worse.

What about a Zika infection of a brain that has a tumor? Despite tumor research for many decades now it is not known a single case of a virus infection curing a cancer. On the contrary virus infection have been described as cause in many tumors. This is not surprising though. A tumor cell is a just body cell that went out of control. They escape control because of a whole range of somatic mutations. Tumor cells show some common patterns of mutation, for instance often tumor suppressor genes are mutated, but also great variability even among cells from the same tumor. Therefore it is easily imaginable that a virus infection can tip a cell off the balance and make it a tumor cell, but not the other way around.

However, what about just killing the tumor cells specifically, as the research paper claims? Sounds reasonable, in particular because viruses always have some target cells they can infect. These target cells bear specific receptors, so if a tumor cell bears a such a specificity, it can be infected specifically. But the mechanism isn’t such simple.

  1. The expression of receptors on tumor cells is quite variable.
  2. The mechanisms by which a virus kills a cell are cell specific as well.

Usually the viruses high-jacks the cell’s specific mechanisms to amplify themselves and to kill the host by apoptosis eventually. These mechanisms might be deranged to a variable degree in tumor cells as well. For instance apoptosis most often is switched off, which is why an individuals own cellular defense system cannot kill these tumor cells themselves,  so it seems rather unlikely that a virus can restore a deranged apoptosis, and even if it can succeed in some cells, it is unlikely that it can in all of them. However, if only a small amount of tumor cells survives the tumor attack, these cells will be selected to propagate as in a typical evolutionary process. We already know this phenomenon by the name chemotherapy resistance.

Now, if such a therapy seems to be rather a dubious approach, why is it published in a top-tier journal? The answer is simple if you know just two things.

  1. The Zika virus is patented by the Rockefeller Foundation (http://www.globalresearch.ca/who-owns-the-zika-virus/5505323).
  2. The Journal of Experimental Medicine is owned by the Rockefeller foundation as well.

The Rockefeller Foundation would earn a lot by such a therapy, but even if it turns out after some extended research that this therapy doesn’t work at all (as I supposed in the first place), the foundation would earn with every research project. As research projects are mostly publicly funded, many public money would flow into the pockets of lawyers of that foundation, and this in my opinion is the core purpose of this article. The wastage of desperately needed research money.

Again it is not unusual that a foundation sponsors research with an object they have patented, but it make alarmed to scrutinize for any fraud.

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Indoor/Outdoor Sports

The difference between indoor and outdoor sports can be felt.


Three cranes.


Outdoor you almost always can enjoy fresh air and new impressions above and under water.


Insight a gym.

Indoor, by contrast, you don’t get cold in a rain, and the probability to see interesting people is stronger.

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The Posture: Hands on Waist with Elbows up And Pointed out.

Spaniard with Tambourine (1909) Henri Matisse

Spaniard with Tambourine (1909) Henri Matisse

It may be attributable to my latent prosopagnosia, but because I cannot read too much from facial expressions, I’m quite good at deciphering body language. When I recently came across a picture of a friend I was fascinated by the mere posture, so I decided to do some research on the matter.

Where does this affection for women in that posture came from? I remembered I had seen this posture many times on paintings because obviously painters —like me—have been always impressed by women in that posture. When I actually browsed my archive, though, I found only few examples, but what amazed me most was some regularity.


Any body language dictionary says this posture signals readiness and sometimes even aggression. I cannot agree with aggression, but would rather call it decisiveness or a resolute stance. This—I imagine—would be the perfect welcome posture of a wife for her boozy husband. The gesture has something of authority, self-confidence, and dignity.

This posture obviously is understood in all parts of the world, so we find it in sculptures from India as well as from Pre-Columbian America.

Seven seasons of a women (1544) Hans Baldung Grien

Seven seasons of a women (1544) Hans Baldung Grien

It probably also has something to do with age. In this picture from a German painter that illustrates the seasons of a female, only women in her fecund ages show this posture. Maybe this is the genuine meaning of readiness which also conveys attractiveness and sex-appeal.

Young Lady - La Bella (1536) Tizian

Young Lady – La Bella (1536) Tizian

However there is more about paintings of women in that posture than just luring men’s attentions. It is remarkable that in Europe those paintings appear not before the 18th century. Italy is an exception which was more advanced that time as are some parts of Germany, in particular those that border to the Netherlands. Still we have to admit that in Tizian’s painting as in Baldung’s before the posture is rather hidden.

A typical painter of that posture was Goya. From Feuchtwanger’s book, we know his affection for strong women. With all his Maja portraits he just indulged in his love affair with the Duchess of Alba one of the most preeminent women of her time.

Portrait of a voluntary officer (1812) unknown Russian artist

Portrait of a voluntary officer (1812) unknown Russian artist

In Russia this development was a bit delayed, so the earliest painting I could found was a feeble attempt. The painting shows a portrait of a young person with a delicate face and clear complexion typical of a women wearing a uniform typical of a man. The title of the picture Portrait of A Voluntary Officer reminds of Jean d’Arc.

Detail of A Family Portrait Polowzew and Tatistschew (about 1840) unknown Russian artist

Detail of A Family Portrait Polowzew and Tatistschew (about 1840) unknown Russian artist

Next it were but aristocrats painted in that posture which seems reasonable as Russian society was still dominated by aristocrats at that time.

Interestingly, though, in Russian art is the early appearance of women members of the working class in that posture.

Mariana (1870) Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Mariana (1870) Dante Gabriel Rossetti

At the beginning of the 20th century those pictures with women in that posture disappeared. As we witness is Rossetti’s picture painted at the end of the 19th century, he already felt a uncomfortable with that posture. Matisse’s Spaniard with Tambourine is the last one that I found of that kind, with only one single exception.

After World War 2, in East Germany, and for a very short period of time, female representation in such a posture was seen in some paintings. Interestingly, these women appear only in groups that they seem to dominate. Ever since those portraits disappeared, so it is refreshing finding them in personal profiles sometimes.

A German poet once said that artists act like thermometers sensitive to social tensions, and they subconsciously express these tensions in their work. They don’t rationalize social movements but they are able to feel and express these feelings with their specific techniques.


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What they don’t tell you about garage startups

There is more about successful garage startups than just the founder’s ingenuity and hard working. Most articles perpetually regurgitated by monopolistic media and various blog posts try to convince you that exactly only hard working and ingenuity is necessary to create a multibillion international company. I purposely refrain from listing examples, but they are so abundant that they can easily be googled. Even a facebook meme circulates probably repeatedly refreshed by Zuckerman’s robots.

Why however most of these garage startups are located in North America though ingenious and hard working people can be found everywhere in the world? A quick and shallow answer is white supremacy, but more subtle analysis quickly reveals that this cannot be the answer. There are thousands maybe even millions of startups worldwide but only a dozen became multinationals. In Europe those startups are easily out-competed or swallowed by existing monopolies. In Asia almost all of these companies stay at the garage level for ever while in Africa and South America most of of ingenious entrepreneurs encounter difficulties even to create or maintain a garage business.

Some of the reasons have been thoroughly analyzed in blog post by Ivan Raszl that I’m happy to link here. He points out the importance of a social environment that provides wealth, education and security.

It is the affluence that enabled a few geniuses to excel. Millions of people use their garage exclusively to park their car and their spare time to travel. Only a few motivated geniuses abuse their garage for experimenting in their spare time. I think the lack of proper space and time is the most prominent hurdle for successful startups in Africa and South America.

The next hurdle is crime or the lack of protection from it. While it is simple rubbery of typical criminals in Africa and South America, it works less openly in Europe and Asia though rubbery it is. It is rubbery taken to a new dimension which may be called organized crime. What I mean by that is not only the Mafia type found in Southern Italy, but also the various governmental organizations whose bureaucracy is stealing much of the success. And of course these governmental parasites effectively cooperate with existing monopolies that not only fear competition by want to receive their share by a non-friendly takeover. The existence of this rubber schemes in Europe and Asia is why startups are endorsed there but rarely reach international momentous.

As we learned so far in North America only, optimal conditions for startups to thrive seem to exist. Still this begs the question why did only so few recent startups in the United States make it to the wold’s top. Again there are a simple answer and a more thorough one. The simple answer is at the top there is space enough only for a small number of companies. That’s true but if we assume a fair competition in which only these few were the ultimate winners, we would still expect a lot more not so prominent winners. In fact we would expect a pyramid of winners with gentle slopes easy to climb up for newcomers, but what we see is exactly the opposite. The slopes are so steep that it is absolutely impossible for someone new in the field to compete with Microsoft, Amazon, Facebook, or Google.

This leads to the logical conclusion that the remarkable success of these companies was not accidental and cannot ascribed to an outstanding ingenuity, and the second answer is that the unique success of these companies was rather a strategic decision meticulously planned and executed.

For instance, Google’s supremacy is the results of a dot-com bubble burst. Before that Gooogle had many competitors, and it was a vibrant market every bright idea made it to a new search engine, algorithm were quickly copied improved and implimented, all in all a market far from being monopolized. Then bankers entered the scene. They began to hype dot-com stocks. Not only did they encouraged investors to buy such overpriced stocks but also they encouraged founders to create new Internet businesses and sometimes those businesses became rich literally overnight for almost nothing but a shady business plan. Then they let the bubble burst and the marked was purged as only Google mysteriously survived.

Great losses were also seen with Google and the question why they still survived is at least partially answered by Edward Snowden when he revealed the NSA connection of many such big dot-com companies that survived the crash.

Now that we logically proved that the garage startup is just a myth, the question remains why this myth is so resistant and so strenuously perpetuated? The answer is that in fact those statups produce a great share of our wealth and even more important is their share in achieving progress. They are desperately needed even by the parasites who feed on them, and the purpose of my post was not to discourage, but rather to encourage to keep the eyes open to the best conditions for those enterprises worldwide and to fight poverty and parasites that still are the greatest threat to human progress.

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Aggressive Always the Others Are

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