Jens Oliver Meiert

Jens the Human and Citizen

Why I’m Suspending Interviews with U.S. Companies

Over the last few quarters I was in conversations to move back to the United States. Over the last few weeks I noticed that that would feel like endorsing U.S. policy, and contradict my principles and values.

Post from June 13, 2017, reflecting Jens the .

The Simple Answer to All Our Terrorism Problems

How about we stop invading countries and murdering people. How about we allow those who are too afraid to live in freedom to live in supermax prisons (for free). And how about we finally remove from office who ever propose to violate a human right.

Post from June 9, 2017, reflecting Jens the , or perhaps .

Highlights from Lippmann’s Public Opinion

“Who actually saw, heard, felt, counted, named the thing, about which you have an opinion? Was it the man who told you, or the man who told him, or someone still further removed? And how much was he permitted to see?”

Post from April 5, 2017, reflecting Jens the , or perhaps .

Highlights from Wattles’s The Science of Getting Rich

“Man is a thinking center, and can originate thought. All the forms that man fashions with his hands must first exist in his thought; he cannot shape a thing until he has thought that thing.”

Post from April 4, 2017, reflecting Jens the , or perhaps .

My Top 10 Android Apps

Years ago, in 2009, I wrote an enthusiastic post about my then-favorite apps for Android. More for fun than anything I decided to write a follow-up.

Post from March 29, 2017, reflecting Jens the .

Foreigners Are Heroes

Foreigners—expats, migrants, refugees—are heroes. Foreigners, people like you and I, add to our lives and our cultures. Foreigners deserve our respect and our support.

Post from March 21, 2017, reflecting Jens the .

On the Creation and Toleration of Human Gods

How do you call someone who can do whatever they want, when they want, and must not fear any consequences? How do you call who own half of the world, or more? How do you call people who are effectively immune to prosecution…

Post from March 2, 2017, reflecting Jens the .

A Digital Charta

When we think about it, although we live in a time of massive rights violations we don’t lack good intent, nor good law. That leads us to a particular initiative, the Digital Charta.

Post from February 6, 2017, reflecting Jens the .

The Great Neglect

What is most important for us to learn in our lives? Are we learning it? Teaching it? On “one of the greatest motive powers in the world,” and “the noblest of possessions.”

Post from February 1, 2017, reflecting Jens the , or perhaps .

The Fairy Tale of the Competitive Human

The problem appears to be structural.

Post from January 30, 2017, reflecting Jens the , or perhaps .

Highlights from Smiles’s Character

“The very sight of a great and good man is often an inspiration to the young, who cannot help admiring and loving the gentle, the brave, the truthful, the magnanimous.”

Post from January 22, 2017, reflecting Jens the , or perhaps .

Security, Obscurity: Randomizing New Tabs

You want to leave a less predictable online trail? I wrote a little browser extension for Chrome that accomplishes that: the New Tab Traffic Randomizer. The extension requests a random URL every time a new tab is opened…

Post from November 10, 2016, reflecting Jens the , or perhaps .

A Note on meiert.com Feeds

There are a number of ways to follow what I write on this website, from a very low volume newsletter for German publications to an enriched account on Google+. The most reliable and focused option, however, is to subscribe to one of this site’s RSS feeds.

Post from July 11, 2016, reflecting Jens the , or perhaps .

On Rationality, and Love

Philosophy can be heart-breaking, or is it the other way around.

Post from July 2, 2016, reflecting Jens the , or perhaps .

Interlude

Minding the gap.

Post from April 13, 2016, reflecting Jens the .

Can We Prevent Terrorism?

Thoughts on violence, leadership, and civil rights.

Post from April 12, 2016, reflecting Jens the .

198 Methods of Nonviolent Protest and Action

Just when one wonders how many options there are exactly.

Post from April 6, 2016, reflecting Jens the .

Conditional Boycott

There are countries and corporations that violate even the most basic human rights, that neglect and sometimes sabotage even the most basic principles behind all human togetherness and solidarity. In an increasingly connected world…

Post from March 29, 2016, reflecting Jens the .

The Reminder Trick

This tool is so powerful and at the same time so trivial to make a routine that I ask everyone who regularly employs it to transcend their disappointment—I’m mentioning it for the people I meet who don’t.

Post from March 1, 2016, reflecting Jens the .

Violence

No violence.

Post from January 22, 2016, reflecting Jens the .

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“What you need is not a bigger hammer but a bigger heart.”