Sunday Music

The week that was, simply was. I do not want to discuss it, would mean to bring back the cussing, and I want to enjoy a calm Sunday. It is a short weekend anyway, because yesterday was a normal working day – still 14 of these until the Christmas holiday starts ; it should be possible to pass off this in a civilised manner.
Fryderyk SZOPEN (1810-1849) (Ger., Eng.), best known under his Frenchified name Frédéric François CHOPIN, wrote some fine music for the piano, for example the Mazurka in C sharp minor Op. 30 No. 4.
It always astounds me how different a piece of music can be interpreted, how the Notentext can be brought to life in so very different ways.
If you like to take a shortcut, just listen to the last one.
There is Witold MALCUZYNSKI (1914-1977) (Ger., Eng.), without doubt one of the great interpreters of CHOPIN.

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Then there is what Maurizio POLLINI (b. 1942) (Ger., Eng.), also a well recognised CHOPIN specialist, does with the little Polish dance (Ger., Eng.).

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And then there is the man from Leningrad, who shows them how it is done, at least in my humble opinion.

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Grigory Lipmanovich SOKOLOV (b. 1950) (Ger., Eng.), Moscow 1990

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I hope you enjoy the music. May we all have a stress free, bearable week, and may my sick readers get well soon – hopefully without long-term effects.

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One of Those Again … sorry

Last week I read two pieces in “the news”. And what makes me write about this, is the feeling of doom they caused. It is only comparable to the moment when I realised that the little fuehrer will be the next president of the US, sometime back in September 2016.
I did not follow the hearings about January the 6th of last year closely. Simply because I had followed what happened, and the terrible aftermath. These hearings are necessary : No one can say now that he, she, or it, did not have a chance to get informed. In itself these hearings are a good sign of a living, and perhaps even healthy, democracy.
What they proved beyond any reasonably doubt is that what happened on this date was no accident. It was not simply a speech that got out of hand, a mass of people who got out of control. What we see is a planned attack on the core of democracy, that is the peaceful and legal shift of power from the outgoing administration that lost, to the incoming administration that won the legal election. The little fuehrer knew what he was doing. All was prepared, the fraudulent replacement “electors”, the henchmen for the violent part, a kind of nerve centre was established in that hotel.
You know how it played out. The little fuehrer was so close to become the big fuehrer, but the putsch that would establish him as authoritarian one man supremo of the US did not work out. And all this should and would have been known & proven back then : If the USA would not be a banana republic the little crap would already be doing time in prison for high treason. The “conservatives” Republicans caved in, and nowadays the traitor holds court in his Floridian whorehouse, and brags openly about his return.
What brings me to the first article I read (here) about a Republican apparatchik who testified in the hearings. And then says, obviously in full command of his mind, that he would support the little fuehrer if he would return. And what hit me violently is that he is not alone : This seems to be the mindset of the average Republican mandarin – they will support this “man” again !
That is what I call a “Good German”. That is what one could hear after the 8th of May 1945, like a litany : I just followed orders. I am not responsible, I am simply a small wheel in a big machine, of course I am innocent. To say in the same breath that the constitution is something “saint” is blasphemous on more than one level.
The other article I read (cnn, npr) is about the “platform” the Texan Republicans, well, formed. Says that BIDEN is not the legitimate president, guns are good for you, and more – read it for yourself, please.
As I understand this is vox populi (hence vox Dei ), that is what the ordinary Tex(i)an Republican thinks, wants ; and I believe it is representative for what those ordinary Republicans in other parts of the US South think, and want. They want to follow the little fuehrer, come rain or sunshine – what means that they embrace the lies, the racism, and the violence. And of course, they want to get rid of democracy, at least in the broad sense. “Democracy” is for Whites only. Niggers, pacos and slitty eyes may meet Mr Gerry Mander, they are all just “staff” after all, and may rot in the ghetto. Women shut up and bear children. Dykes and sissy boys better change their attitude, or else. And this is always and everywhere, the “or else” – the threat of violence. Guns for all and everybody, and guns are nothing else but violence in metal form. In the end a problem can always be solved with the help of a military grade automatic.
The terrible thing is that I have absolutely no feeling of exaggerating, of hyperbole – I think I convey the thinking behind this “platform” correctly – it is what they want. And the apparatchiks say that they’ll support the traitor when he will come back.
I think that this society as a whole, can not survive this. What manifests itself here is older than “maga” ; the little shit and his minions are catalysers, they showed up at the right place at the right moment in history. But this development is ongoing, unstoppable, and irreversible. The point of no return is behind us. I am sure that this society will violently implode in the near future.
It will be another great day when president deSantis and vice-president Greene will appear at the G-something or the UN to deliver groundbreaking, great (!), speeches. This will be not only Rock’n Roll, this will be punk. And this is what they are, all of them, punks.

No Escape

I am sorry. I can not help, I have to put in my two pennies worth. The more I watch this damn war, the more I wonder. I try to use European news outlets, and verified news, simply because there is a lot of propaganda and plain disinformation around.
Putin’s war does not go according to plan. If it is correct what I read in a German news outlet (n-tv) that the Russians already lost close to 200 tanks, then this is a frightening number. I saw pictures of Russian tanks with self made, improvised constructions over the turret. This indicates that they faced Javelin anti tank rockets, pretty modern, sophisticated, and, well, useful. (The idea of this weapon is not to hit a tank frontal, but from above, preferably into the turret, where the fortification is notably weaker.)
Then I saw (and read) about difficulties of the advancing army regarding fuel, and lousy communications.
The fact that Russia agreed to some kind of negotiations implies imho that they need time to regroup, time to pump more weapons and troops into the country. It seems to me that they simply miscalculated how fast they could advance, and – what is more important – did not care in foresight.
They either really thought this would be a kind of promenade to Kiew, or it was simply very bad planning. The Ukrainian forces (I have no idea how large this force is, what they actually have) is basically a remnant of the old Red Army. So these officers know exactly what they face. They should know their enemy very well, and I do not believe that they simply sad idle since 2014, when Vlad grabbed a part of Ukraine. And it is their land. All in all they do a formidable job, and they have a good chance to, at least, stop the invasion. To throw the invaders out is another thing.
The longer this whole stupid war lasts, the worse Vlad’s inner-Russian situation. If what is left of the Russian civil society fully understands what is going on, there may be a chance. Even Vlad can not turn the whole of Russia into a graveyard, he is no Stalin – despite the fact that this is what he craves to be.

There is a right side, and a wrong side – and in few situations in history it was so clear. And those people who cheer for Vlad, be it Serbian nationalists who demonstrated today and yelled support for their hero, be it members of the German parliament (of the fascist party, who else ?, who had the nerve to say that our chancellor would “herbeireden” a new “cold war”, goodness !), or “politicians” of the “Republican” party in the US (who blab about “Biden’s weakness enabling this war”) – those right-wing, and in part openly fascist people, are scum.
And again, I already said it here, I am glad that the former “president” of the US is not at the helm, the guy who said NATO must be abandoned, the guy who kissed Putin’s arse openly, the guy whose election was helped by Russian interference, comrade Trumpsky.
We Europeans have two years to built an European force. We must do this, because the chance is very likely that in two years either the swine returns, or a younger version of the traitor sits in the White House. It is still absolutely correct what MERKEL said – the US are no reliable partner any more. We need a European army that protects our Eastern (and Northern) border. We must make clear to an aggressive Eastern neighbour that any kind of invasion is suicide.
There is no way back, there is no escape.

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