Articles by Dietrich Fischer

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Picking Berries
Prof. Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 16 Oct 2017

This is a metaphor for work on peaceful conflict transformation. If you look at a conflict from only one point of view, you see a very limited set of problems and possible solutions.

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Which Direction?
Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 16 Oct 2017

After a summit meeting, Reagan, Brezhnev and Deng Xiaoping were being driven to the airport in a limousine. The driver arrived at an intersection and asked which way to go.

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Keeping Peace in Transilvania
Prof. Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 9 Oct 2017

The media tend to report about cases where mediation fails and fighting breaks out, but they almost never report about cases where fighting has been avoided, and how this was achieved. They have turned the old adage “no news is good news” into “good news is no news.” Better coverage of success stories could encourage others to help prevent war.

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Disarmament
Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 9 Oct 2017

When someone argued, “We have had nuclear weapons for 50 years and nothing has happened,” Helen Caldicott replied,

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Efficiency
Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 2 Oct 2017

During the French Revolution, a doctor, a lawyer and an engineer were sentenced to be beheaded on the guillotine.

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Common Ground
Prof. Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 Sep 2017

Unity based conflict resolution does not focus on the points of disagreement, but seeks points of unity, common interest, and gradually expands from there, to arrive at a mutually acceptable solution to problems.

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Fairness
Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 Sep 2017

Taking his seat in his chambers, the judge faced the opposing lawyers.

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True Skill
Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 18 Sep 2017

The yogi Raman was a true master of the art of archery. One morning, he invited his favorite disciple to watch a display of his skill. The disciple had seen this more than a hundred times before, but he nevertheless obeyed his teacher.

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Weather Forecasters
Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 18 Sep 2017

A tribe of American Indians on a reservation heard on their radio that there would be a cold winter. So they stacked up plenty of firewood.

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Courtroom
Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 11 Sep 2017

A man caught in embezzlement asked his lawyer, “Would it help my case if I sent the judge a box of cigars?”

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Double
Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 4 Sep 2017

The people of Minas Gerais in Brazil are said to love cheese. A man there met a fairy and she promised to grant him three wishes.

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Camp David
Prof. Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 4 Sep 2017

The key to successful negotiations is to find creative solutions that give all parties what is most important to them.

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Opportunity Creation
Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 21 Aug 2017

A friend of mine and his wife were getting divorced. They quarreled about who should get the house. Both hired expensive lawyers and were close to spending more than the value of the house.

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Drunks
Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 21 Aug 2017

Recently, a routine police patrol was parked outside a local neighborhood bar in Minnesota. Late in the evening, the officer noticed a man leaving the bar so intoxicated that he could barely walk.

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A Key to Heaven and Hell
Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 14 Aug 2017

The physicist Richard Feinman once met a Buddhist monk.

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IQ
Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 14 Aug 2017

A team of psychologists has developed a new measure of intelligence, a metric measure. The basic unit is the tary.

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Dogs
Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 7 Aug 2017

A man goes into a bar with his dog and tells the bartender,
“I have taught my dog how to talk.”

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Expertise
Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 31 Jul 2017

A foreign tourist’s car got stuck in a small village.

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Heart Attacks
Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 24 Jul 2017

A married couple enjoyed their new fishing boat together, but it was always the husband who was behind the wheel operating the boat. However, he was concerned about what might happen in an emergency.

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Prevented from Speaking
Prof. Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 24 Jul 2017

Dr. Hossain B. Danesh was invited to give a series of training sessions on peace education to a group of 100 teachers in Banja Luca in 2000. Banja Luca was the capital of the Republica Srpska during the Bosnian war.

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Holding Officials Accountable
Prof. Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 17 Jul 2017

I met Bona Malwal Madut Ring from Bahr El Ghazal in South Sudan when we were both students and lived at International House in New York. One day in 1969, he received a long phone call from London, and went there a few days later.

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Safe Trip
Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 17 Jul 2017

A man went to an airline counter to buy a plane ticket.
“How likely is it that there will be a bomb on the plane,” he asked with concern.

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Improve Yourself
Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 10 Jul 2017

In ancient times, a king walked barefoot, as it was customary at the time, to visit a neighboring town.

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Saving a Marriage
Prof. Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 3 Jul 2017

A true mediation history from Johan Galtung. An Italian husband was fitting bathrooms with tiles for a living, while his wife, who was eight years younger, stayed home and took care of the household.

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Self-Determination and Peace
Prof. Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 19 Jun 2017

Self-determination is no guarantee that people will always make the optimal decision. But if they make a mistake, it is their own mistake, and they have nobody else to blame. They will learn from their mistake and make a better choice next time. However, if a central government forces them to do something against their will, and they suffer as a consequence, they will naturally turn their anger against that government. Self-determination helps avoid such conflicts.

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Satyagraha
Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 5 Jun 2017

A British platoon blocked a road against a Satyagraha force, one of Gandhi’s nonviolent but implacable acts of mass civil disobedience.

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Viewpoint
Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 29 May 2017

During the German occupation of France, a German soldier entered Picasso’s studio and saw a small reproduction of his painting “Guernica”.

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World Law
Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 22 May 2017

Grenville Clark, the co-author with Louis B. Sohn of ‘World Peace Through World Law,’ gave a talk in a town in the U.S. Midwest around the year 1900. He noticed all men were carrying two loaded guns in their belt.

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Greedier Than Thou
Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 22 May 2017

Dan was a single guy living at home with his father and working in the family business.

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Peace Is Like an Olive Tree
Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 15 May 2017

Building peace takes time. There is no easy way. It is easier to start a war.

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A Buddhist Bookstore
Prof. Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 8 May 2017

A husband and wife grew increasingly apart. The husband, a businessman selling bicycles, brought his accounting books home and pored over red and black figures in the evening. His wife, who had become increasingly interested in her spiritual life and was fascinated with Buddhism, felt disgusted by her husband’s materialism.

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Logic
Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 8 May 2017

A young man from a rural village went to study at the university in the capital.

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Jokes to Be Taken Seriously
Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 1 May 2017

The philosophers of ancient Greece concluded that by far the wisest among them was Socrates.

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Descriptive Titles
Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 24 Apr 2017

Someone who farms is a farmer.

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Steven Spielberg
Prof. Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 17 Apr 2017

When Steven Spielberg (born 1946), the award-winning movie director, was a young boy, he was plagued at school by a big bully who regularly ridiculed him, hit him, or put his head under the water fountain.

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So Much for ‘Understanding’
Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 10 Apr 2017

The United Nations conducted a worldwide survey asking, “Would you please give your honest opinion about the solutions to the food shortage in the rest of the world?” Not surprisingly, it was a huge failure.

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Hidden Gems
Prof. Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 10 Apr 2017

A diver was exploring caves along the seashore. In one of them he found an ancient leather bag. Curious to see what treasure might be hidden inside, he quickly opened it, but was disappointed to find nothing but a bunch of hardened clay balls.

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The Gift of Insults
Prof. Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 3 Apr 2017

A great Samurai warrior, now old, had decided to teach Zen Buddhism to young people. Despite his age, the legend was that he could defeat any adversary.

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Explaining to a Blind Person
Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 3 Apr 2017

Someone asked Albert Einstein at a party: “Oh, you are Albert Einstein, could you please explain me your relativity theory in three or four sentences?”

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It Is All for the Best: A Lesson in Optimism
Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 Mar 2017

A king went hunting with his adviser but lost his thumb in an unfortunate accident. His adviser told him, “It is all for the best.” The king was furious, and as soon as they arrived at the palace he put his adviser in jail.

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Genetic Codes
Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 Mar 2017

Singer Madonna proposed to physicist Stephen Hawking:

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Demilitarizing
Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 Mar 2017

There are about 30 countries without a military in the world, most of them small, but they are doing well.

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Expressing Needs
Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 27 Feb 2017

A father and mother quarreled again, as they did frequently. He had forgotten to take out the garbage, and she whined,

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Symmetry
Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 Feb 2017

A husband and wife spent their vacation at a lake where he enjoyed fishing.

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Truthful
Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 Feb 2017

An applicant was filling out a job application.

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Quickies
Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 23 Jan 2017

George Bush came late to a cabinet meeting.

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Truthful…?
Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 16 Jan 2017

Sweden has built a new bridge to an island.

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Mistakes
Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 9 Jan 2017

A biology teacher wanted to warn his students about the harmful effects of alcohol.

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Sharing
Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 2 Jan 2017

A mother was preparing pancakes for her two sons, Kevin, 5, and Ryan, 3.

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Peace Is the Way
Prof. Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 26 Dec 2016

It is impossible to establish peace once and for all, and to expect that it will remain that way.

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So Much for ‘Understanding’
Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 26 Dec 2016

The UN. conducted a worldwide survey asking “Would you please give your honest opinion about the solutions to the food shortage in the rest of the world?” Not surprisingly, it was a huge failure.

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Tests & Exams
Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 19 Dec 2016

Some actual answers to test questions:

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Psychiatrists
Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 12 Dec 2016

A psychiatrist needed a plumber.

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Traitors
Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 5 Dec 2016

When relations between the Soviet Union and China soured in the early 1960s, Khrushchev met Zhou En Lai and told him,

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A Best Selling Author
Prof. Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 5 Dec 2016

Sylvia Nasar was a brilliant economics student at New York University and one of four assistants of Wassily Leontief, who had won the 1973 Nobel Prize in Economic Science for his invention of input-output analysis.

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Opportunism & Greed
Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 28 Nov 2016

Dan was a single guy living at home with his father and working in the family business.

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Let It Cool Down
Prof. Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 21 Nov 2016

A folktale from Uganda told by TRANSCEND member Stella Sabiiti. A king had a beautiful daughter. Many men asked to marry her, but the king gave them a difficult test.

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The Salary Theory…
Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 14 Nov 2016

Dilbert’s “Salary Theorem” states that “Engineers and scientists can never earn as much as business executives and sales people.”

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Musicians
Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 7 Nov 2016

A little boy rang the neighbor’s bell. “Does it disturb you that I practice the piano every day?”

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Clean Politicians
Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 31 Oct 2016

A cannibal was walking through the jungle and came upon a restaurant operated by a fellow cannibal.

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Drunks
Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 24 Oct 2016

Recently, a routine police patrol was parked outside a local neighborhood bar in Minnesota. Late in the evening, the officer noticed a man leaving the bar so intoxicated that he could barely walk.

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Poor Driver
Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 26 Sep 2016

After a summit meeting, Reagan, Brezhnev and Deng Xiaoping were being driven to the airport in a limousine.

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Arithmetic
Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 29 Aug 2016

Little Billy returns home from school and says he got an F in arithmetic.

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Musicians
Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 15 Aug 2016

Ben Zanders, the conductor of the Boston Philharmonic, led an audience of 1000 at a conference…

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Never Thought of That…
Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 1 Aug 2016

Gee!

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A Farmer and His Horse
Prof. Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 Jul 2016

How a Seemingly Bad Luck Can Turn Out to Be a Good Luck

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Heaven and Hell
Prof. Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 18 Jul 2016

St. Peter showed a visitor heaven and hell.

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Reconciliation in Bosnia
Prof. Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 Jun 2016

In Travnik, there were two communities (Bosniaks and Croats). For one and a half year of weekly lectures, they did not mingle at all. All the Croats, who are Catholics, sat on the left side of the room, along with a nun, separated by a walkway from all the Bosniaks, who are Muslims, who sat on the right side, along with an Imam. During breaks, they went to separate rooms to drink tea.

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Assembly Line & Automation Works
Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 Jun 2016

Two people went along a road with pick and shovel.

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Life Management
Prof. Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 Jun 2016

A professor was giving a lecture on time management.

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Managers
Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 Jun 2016

A man is flying in a hot-air balloon and realizes he is lost.

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By the Way
Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 6 Jun 2016

Having email is like…

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Drunks
Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 23 May 2016

Recently, a routine police patrol was parked outside a local neighborhood bar in Minnesota. Late in the evening, the officer noticed a man leaving the bar so intoxicated that he could barely walk.

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Dictionary Wisdom
Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 16 May 2016

Ruth and Golda were walking along Hendon High Street. Ruth says,

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Good Deeds
Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 9 May 2016

Scouts are supposed to do at least one good deed every day. A scout master asked three little scouts at camp in the evening, “What good deed did you do today?”

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Minor Mistake
Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 Apr 2016

A new monk shows up at a monastery where the monks spend their time making copies of ancient books.

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Successful Skills
Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 11 Apr 2016

The radio announcer Daniel Shorr was considering working in television early in his career and asked someone what it would take to be successful there.

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Truly Religious
Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 4 Apr 2016

A convent was being renovated. The workers worked hard all day practically without any breaks.

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Wives
Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 21 Mar 2016

“My wife is good; she made me a necktie out of an old pair of pants.”

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Keen Observation
Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 29 Feb 2016

A famous surgeon told his students,

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Church Announcements
Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 15 Feb 2016

Ladies don’t forget the rummage sale.

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Children
Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 11 Jan 2016

All parents want their children to be independent.

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Mistaken Identity
Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 21 Dec 2015

An old cowboy, dressed in a cowboy shirt, hat, jeans and boots went to a bar, sat down, and ordered a drink.

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It Figures…
Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 7 Dec 2015

Johnny and Billy, who sat next to each other at school, both had 17 mistakes in their dictation, and all in the same places.

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Conflict and Cooperation
Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 7 Dec 2015

During World War I, Muzafer Sherif from Turkey was in a group of civilians who were massacred by enemy soldiers. He was the only survivor, because he lay motionless under a pile of bodies and the soldiers thought he was dead. After that horrible experience, he decided to do everything he could to understand better the sources of hostility and ways to overcome them.

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Automatism
Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 30 Nov 2015

Two people went along a road with pick and shovel.

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Buckminster Fuller
Prof. Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 30 Nov 2015

Buckminster Fuller (1895-1983) studied aerospace engineering, and later changed to architecture. One morning he decided to figure out how a house would look like if it was built according to the principles he had learned in aerospace engineering.

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Alfred Nobel
Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 23 Nov 2015

Sometimes, mistakes, even lies, can have a serendipitous effect.

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On the Phone
Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 23 Nov 2015

A man spoke frantically into the phone.

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Call Me by My Name
Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 16 Nov 2015

French Pres. Charles De Gaulle got up in the middle of the night and went to the bathroom in the dark, wearing nothing.

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The Milgram Experiment
Prof. Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 16 Nov 2015

The “student” was led away into a cabin where he was presumably hooked to electric wires. The “teacher” was told to ask him a series of questions, and each time he gave a wrong answer, to administer to the “student” an electric shock of increasing intensity, to study if the fear of pain would improve people’s concentration and ability to think straight.

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Brain
Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 9 Nov 2015

George W. Bush went to see a specialist to examine his brain.

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The Burlington 23
Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 9 Nov 2015

During the Vietnam war, a group of citizens in Burlington, Vermont, USA, tried for a long time in vain to persuade their Congressman to hold hearings about the legality of the war.

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Smoke Signal
Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 2 Nov 2015

The only survivor of a shipwreck was washed up on a small, uninhabited island. Every day he scanned the horizon for help, but none seemed forthcoming.

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Random Inspections
Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 26 Oct 2015

If a suspected drug smuggler could tell a border guard, “You may check my trunk, but don’t open the glove compartment,” such an “inspection” would be meaningless.

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Blood Circulation
Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 19 Oct 2015

biology teacher was giving a lesson on blood circulation.

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Commuters
Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 19 Oct 2015

Alice used to come to the office with public transportation, and Bill, who lived a little farther away in the same direction, drove to the office by car. He offered to Alice to pick her up on his way to the office every morning and bring her home after work. Both were happy with this arrangement.

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The Power of Nonviolence
Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 12 Oct 2015

When Ferdinand Marcos tried to rig elections to stay in power in the Philippines in 1986, two army units defected. He sent the rest of his army to crush them, but they were surrounded and protected by half a million unarmed civilians.

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Annoying Questions
Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 12 Oct 2015

Little Johnny came home from the first day in school. His mother asked him how his teacher was.

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Effect of Germany’s Occupation on Norway
Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service, 5 Oct 2015

Joint suffering can sometimes bring former opponents together if three conditions are fulfilled…

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