«If you have to be persuaded, reminded, pressured, lied to, incentivized, coerced, bullied, socially shamed, guilt-tripped, threatened, punished and criminalized … If all of this is considered necessary to gain your compliance — you can be absolutely certain that what is being promoted is not in your best interest.»Ian Watson
It is fortunate that Germany now has a foreign minister with a background in international law. She knows her stuff and can spout such clunkers as:
Putin is trampling on international law.Source: Annalena Baerbock
It might have been even better if they had had someone older who still remembers the Kosovo referendum. And that Putin said at that time: Don’t do this, or someone will take this as a precedent and use it against you.
Funnily enough, that was under the last Green foreign minister in Germany, Joschka Fischer. One would think that Baerbock would at least have known the landmines that her party comrades left her.
President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday ordered Russia’s first mobilisation since World War Two and backed a plan to annex swathes of Ukraine, warning the West he was not bluffing when he said he’d be ready to use nuclear weapons to defend Russia.
In the biggest escalation of the Ukraine war since Moscow’s Feb. 24 invasion, Putin explicitly raised the spectre of a nuclear conflict, approved a plan to annex a chunk of Ukraine the size of Hungary, and called up 300,000 reservists.
“If the territorial integrity of our country is threatened, we will without doubt use all available means to protect Russia and our people – this is not a bluff,” Putin said in a televised address to the nation.Source: Reuters
It is only a small step from a special operation to a tangible war.
At the end of February 2020, the global village began to shake on its foundations. The world was presented with a foreboding crisis, the consequences of which were incalculable. In a matter of weeks, everyone was gripped by the story of a virus—a story that was undoubtedly based on facts. But on which ones? We caught a first glimpse of “the facts” via footage from China. A virus forced the Chinese government to take the most draconian measures. Entire cities were quarantined, new hospitals were built hastily, and individuals in white suits disinfected public spaces. Here and there, rumors emerged that the totalitarian Chinese government was overreacting and that the new virus was no worse than the flu. Opposite opinions were also floating around: that it must be much worse than it looked, because otherwise no government would take such radical measures. At that point, everything still felt far removed from our shores and we assumed that the story did not allow us to gauge the full extent of the facts.Source: Mattias Desmet
It’s a pity that the intelligent ones, who take responsibility for themselves and their actions, are unfortunately outnumbered. Or to put it in simple language: There are too many idiots and smug assholes!
Until now, the 1950s were considered the bourgeois era par excellence in the history of the Federal Republic of Germany. This image must now be corrected. Since the turn of the millennium, this country has turned out to be a haven of stupidity and intolerance par excellence. Freedom of expression lies trampled on the ground, the moralizers of the mainstream, in cooperation with so-called fact-checkers, mercilessly brush aside anything that does not suit the gender apologists. The culture of discussion is nothing more than a jarring relic of times long past. The linguistic confusion of good and evil, as Niet Che (little joke) called it, has long been nesting in the heads of our politicians, eagerly transported by the airheads in the editorial offices of our “quality media” and from there into the brains of the silent and denouncing majority of the population, who submits to the crazy Corona measures as uncomplainingly as to the anti-Russian propaganda roller with which the “war fatigue” of the Germans (Foreign Minister Baerbock) is to be counteracted.
At Ballermann on Majorca, the epicenter of petty-bourgeois pleasure-seeking, where the level of popular amusement corresponds to the height of a beach sandal, the straw drinkers from Germany are currently bawling their summer hit 2022: LAYLA. Lyrics excerpt pleasing? Here you go:
Neulich in der Stadt stand da ein Mann
Er schaute mich sehr glücklich an
„Hey, komm mal her“, sagte er zu mir
Ich hab’ ‘nen Puff und meine Puffmama heißt Layla
Sie ist schöner, jünger, geiler
Dann war es auch um mich geschehen
Das wollte ich aus der Nähe sehen
Ich ging in den Laden und schon stand sie da
Geile Figur, blondes Haar
Er hat ‘nen Puff und seine Puffmama heißt Layla
Sie ist schöner, jünger, geiler
In the meantime, LAYLA has become the focus of our guardians of morals. SEXISM! is being shouted everywhere, so loudly that even Kalle Lauterbach can hardly make himself heard with his tirades of fear. And that’s saying something in view of the subjects who tend to be compliant. The threatening gas shortages, galloping inflation, the chancellor’s cum ex-affair, the warmongering of our unspeakable government and all the other threatening scenarios facing us – all this has made LAYLA (more beautiful, younger, hornier) fade loosely into the background of the people’s consciousness. Could actually suit the Scholzens, Habecks and Lindners. Especially since the voluntary self-control (censorship) of our moral guardians, does everything to cover the attention to the self-inflicted problems of a ridiculously stubborn traffic light coalition. At least until the winter, in which a large part of the population has to pay for their disastrous policies literally freezing and cold. The playing of LAYLA has meanwhile been banned at several folk festivals (in Düsseldorf and Würzburg, among others), the ZDF television garden refuses to play this song, as do numerous other stations, which gives the popularity of this song another big boost.
Let’s look back to the stuffy 1950s, when Herbert Wehner (SPD) and Franz Josef Strauß (CDU) fought their speech battles in the Bundestag, when there were still respectable heads in all parties who were not afraid to defend their different positions passionately and intelligently in public against the die-hards. Kurt Schumacher and Carlo Schmidt (SPD) should be mentioned, Karl-Hermann Flach, Thomas Dehler and Hildegard Hamm-Brücher (FDP), Willy Brandt and Helmut Schmidt (Schmidt-Schnauze, both SPD), of course, and Eugen Gerstenmeier (CDU). I’m sure I’ve forgotten a few who also deserve to be mentioned. They all contributed to this country’s successive emergence from the shadow of National Socialism by the end of the 1960s in order to breathe life into parliamentary democracy. The high point of this development was Willy Brandt’s promise in his government declaration of October 28, 1969, when he announced domestic reforms and a new Ostpolitik. The core message of his speech, however, was “WE WANT TO DARE MORE DEMOCRACY!” What is left of it is currently being demonstrated by the Russian-phobic Scholz-SPD in cooperation with the Oliv Greens under Habeck and Baerbock and Lindner’s wedding FDP.
But that’s another topic. I actually wanted to talk about a hit that also revolved around Laila (this time with an “I” instead of a “Y”). It came out when Konrad Adenauer’s party stuck up posters during the election campaign on which the caricature of a scowling Red Army soldier stared over the horizon. Underneath was the line: “All roads of Marxism lead to Moscow! That’s why CDU.” The song, performed by Bruno Majcherek & the Regento Stars, was played up and down the radio stations of the young Federal Republic at the time without being censored. Here is an excerpt from the lyrics of this “sexist” ballad, which was easily put up with in the stale Germany of bygone days:
In the magical bright tropical night
in front of the women’s shelter in Algiers
a dark eye has smiled at
the poor pale legionnaire
And the eye made him great
in front of the women’s shelter in Algiers
and it sounds a hot love song
dying, tired and soft
Laila, tonight I must see you again.
Laila, see your slender limbs again.
just this one night choose me
kiss me and torture me
for I love only you
You can do it! One would like to call out to the gender apologists of our day. It is possible. At any rate, you don’t have to avert this damage from the German people, you political worms in Berlin, not this one. But others do.
It was clear from the beginning that NATO could not win the war in Ukraine against the Russian army. How also? NATO has lost e.g. in Afghanistan against an opponent WITHOUT army! So how should it be possible to defeat a country WITH an army? NATO cannot even do its core business. War. It is a troop of duds, which is so incapable to assess a situation militarily correctly, that one must ask oneself, for what does this armament club spend billions for weapons since decades? That is money wasted. NATO “wins” only in the movies. In real life, this military alliance is a troop of morons who are too stupid to recognize when an opponent is vastly superior to them.
I am curious to see how long it will take for Julian Assange to suddenly and unexpectedly pass away in one of the US prisons.
In October 2014, then-US Vice President Joseph Biden boasted in a lecture at the Harvard Kennedy School in Cambridge, Massachusetts: “We gave Putin a simple choice: ‘Respect the sovereignty of Ukraine or you will grow Face the consequences.” By that time, the coup in Kiev that the US had been preparing for a long time – in defiance of Ukraine’s sovereignty – had already taken place, the civil war in eastern Ukraine had begun, and US President Barack Obama was pressuring leading European politicians against Russia with tough impose sanctions.Read more …
The US agricultural machinery company AGCO has been the victim of an attack. The group also includes the Fendt subsidiary in the Allgäu region. Thousands of employees are affected by the outage.
At the tractor manufacturer Fendt, the assembly lines are currently at a standstill in Marktoberdorf and other factories in Germany. The majority of the 4000 employees of the manufacturer in the Bavarian town can not work, reported the Allgäuer Zeitung on Monday. Production and assembly at the industrial plant are affected, it said. There are neither parts out nor in, also the administration is partially paralyzed. The cause is a hacker attack on the U.S. parent company AGCO, which was discovered on Thursday and has an impact on production facilities worldwide.Source: Heise
Ransomware is not an attack. It’s the failure of the management to hire highly qualified IT experts, get out of their way, and let them do their job.
One of the paradoxical lessons of the nuclear age is that at the moment when we are acquiring an unparalleled command over nature, we are forced to realize as never before that the problems of survival will have to be solved above all in the minds of men. In this task the fate of the mammoth and the dinosaur may serve as a warning that brute strength does not always supply the mechanism in the struggle for survival.Henry Kissinger