“Wir müssen aufhören, alles schön zu reden.”

“We must stop talking everything beautiful,” just one of the moving statements made by Filipino negotiator Naderev Saño at the World Climate Change Conference in Warsaw, on 11 Nov 2013, after the biggest typhoon devastated many islands of the Philippines.

Mr. Saño said he will not eat during the global warming summit, “in solidarity with my countrymen who are struggling to find food back home and with my brother who has not had food for the last three days.”

The goal of this year’s global warming summit is to work out an agreement that will be passed in 2015 in Paris and come into effect in 2020, replacing the Kyoto Protocol. 194 countries are participating. Many people say the 2015 agreement as it currently stands will be too little too late to save low-lying areas, such as the beautiful city of Miami, an oceanside city only six feet above sea level.

Meanwhile, another typhoon devastated coastal regions of Somalia.

(Vir   MISS en   OW! f her en   all ess   SHIN   tsoo   RAY den.)

Alle Bürger sind in ihrer Würde gleich vor dem Gesetz, ohne Unterscheidung von Geschlecht, Rasse, Sprache, Religion oder politische Meinung

Fundamental rights defined in the current version of the Italian constitution read by a protester into a bullhorn before the Italian supreme court on the day that court upheld Silvio Berlusconi’s criminal conviction.

This might be from Art. 3, “Tutti i cittadini hanno pari dignità sociale e sono eguali davanti alla legge, senza distinzione di sesso, di razza, di lingua, di religione, di opinioni politiche, di condizioni personali e sociali.”

All citizens are in their dignity equal before the law, without differentiation of sex, race, language, religion or political opinion [or personal and social conditions].

(OLL ah   burgher   zint   in   ear ah   VOORD eh   gly chh   fore   dame   geh ZETS.)


“People-counting judgment,” the census decision made by the German constitutional court in the 1980’s. An online article I found on the history of Germany’s strongest interest in Datenschutz und Datensicherheit (data protection and data security) explained that country’s aversion to census-taking from a historical perspective. The Nazis took an infamous census of “greater German” territories in the 1930’s that collected data used to kill people later, supposedly with the aid of early computing machines. Later generations of Germans, especially the authority-questioning “1968 generation,” were early adopters of fears about the way a fact that is harmless in one context may become dangerous in another, meaning there is no longer such a thing as a harmless datum. It was and is the combination of mandatory registration with the local government of your residence and contact data, which all German residents still have to do, and a proposed resumption of census taking that set off the large protests against a census in Germany. Eventually the German constitutional court issued its decision reaffirming the first sentence of the German Civil Code, the right to human dignity, and saying control and protection of one’s information was protected by that right.

My source said the logic and humanity of the court’s granting of this protection, and seeing that the state obeyed the court’s decision and canceled the census, calmed the fears of the 1968 generation of antifaschist protesters and did a great deal to integrate them into civil society, which they now control.

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Die Würde des Menschen ist unantastbar.

“Human dignity is inviolable.” The fundamental principle of the German constitution.

(Dee   VÜRRR deh   dess   MENSCH en   isst   oon on TOSSED bar.)

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