mago, Persons

Dumbness at Work

Political blah ahead, just skip it if you like.

In his predictable ignorance the little fuehrer announced to “pull out of the deal”.
At first I was angry, but only for a short time ; in the end it was all too expectable. This idiot is seriously working on making the world a dangerous place.
I said it before, I just mention it again : This is no effing “deal” ! A “deal” is what you do down at the corner with Nick the Greek. We are talking about a multi-national treaty. Signed by “Europe” (France, UK, Germany), Russia and China.
What this move of the little fuehrer shows & illustrates is exactly what the German Chancellor remarked some months ago : The US are no reliable partner anymore. It makes no difference, if an American president signs or spits on a contract, it is always just “as is” and “for the time being”. A basic line, an axiom of law, is “pacta sunt servanda”, what means nothing else but you fulfill a treaty. Of course, if the basics of the treaty change, the presuppositions, things can (and should) be changed – but this is not the case here : For absolutely frivolous & indecent reasons this lousy prick kills anything that is still left of international American reliability & credibility : “Die USA sind kein verläßlicher Partner mehr.”
This puts the Iranian leadership under much more internal strain as already available, it is a gift to the falcons. It helps the warmongering of Israel’s PM, who is all too ready to send out some bombers. The risk of another war in the region called the “Middle East” is significantly increased. Only that this time it may be a big one to come that possibly may not be contained. And it is en passant an absolutely avoidable affront against all those involved, the EU, Russia, and China. Makes Amerga great again, really.
I can not get this picture out of my head from some months ago, I think it was taken in Istanbul. It showed the Iranian, of course the Turkish leader, and Mr Putin, shaking hands and enjoying each other’s company. I think they announced some economical treaty or something. There you have the regional powers, under the smiling benevolent guidance of Moscow. The US are out, and rightly so. The next we’ll see is the announcement of a Saudi-Arabian “good bomb”.
De-escalation, a policy of peace, or something similar silly humanist, looks different to me. And what caps it all : Of course the little fuehrer has nothing to offer, what would “make” a “better” “deal” : Does this brain dead worm really think someone will sit down now and negotiate a new treaty ?
Is btw anyone with two brain cells to rub against each other left in charge of USAmerican foreign politics right now ?
I doubt.
Anyway, I find consolation in the fact that finally people are investigating the little fuehrer‘s business actions from ten years ago, when he bought stuff by cash, tons of cash. It all comes down to what Bannon (does anyone remember Bannon ?!) said : “It is all about money laundering.” The little fuehrer took all that cash from the big laundering machine called Bank of Cyprus (run then and today by Deutsche Bank, headed now by this cool guy Ackermann), a relais station between those criminal (and Putin connected) families in the East where Manafort was involved and different addresses in the West : On one side you pour in worthless rubles, on the other side you have squeaky clean dollares, and the engineer makes his cut, preferably in cash, siphoning – Meyer Lansky would be proud.
Btw, it just pops up in my head : Who actually pays the little fuehrer’s lawyers ? I mean, oh so brilliant heads like the former major of NewYork do cost a little bit. Are Rudy and friends’ pockets stuffed with tax dollares ? It surely is insignificant & unimportant, it makes absolutely no difference who pays these guys. Because under the little fuehrer the state is nothing else but a self-service-outlet, and who does not cash in, is understood to be dumb : Sod on values, valuables is right ; morals is for the weak.
It is nothing else but apres nous le déluge, just without style.

Okay, this was it. Sorry for the inconvenience.

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Persons, Places

Should I …

… say something about the latest action of the fuehrer*, the firing of the foreign secretary, that is ?
I don’t think so. After all the question was not “if”, but only “when ?”
The form ? As shabby as possible, true to the fuehrer’s core. And do not disregard how proud the fuehrer is, he has to mention that it is his own decision.
The only thing I find interesting is the timetable. According to the fuehrer’s headquarter the now ex-secretary was informed / got a strong hint – or something – on last Friday.
A under-secretary of the administration for foreign affairs refuted this and said that the now ex-secretary learned about his kick-out today, like everybody else. Promptly the under-secretary was fired too.
So what was the last statement of the now ex-secretary ? He condemned the attempted murder of a Russian ex-spy on British soil and encouraged the British PM in her stance against Russia. Someone must have a list of the Russian ex-spies who had accidents of whatever nature over the last few years in Britain. GOd, it is simply what the Tcheka does to traitors, isn’t it ?
The fuehrer will say nothing about it, and will surely not join any program of sanctions or whatever. And if you want to stay on the fuehrer’s payment list (the state’s that is), you do not utter even the smallest critique against Russia. Or else.
(You can read about this “timeline” in the WPost, NYTimes, CNN, The Atlantic, Slate, Salon, with dates and all ; I do not have to repeat all this here.)
Do not forget that the seemingly most important thing for the fuehrer (besides his prick and dollars) is “loyalty”. I think it could also be called servile submissiveness – I’m not sure how to translate the German phrase hündische Unterwürfigkeit correctly : Whatever Vlad did for the fuehrer ten or fifteen years ago, it must have been – like great !
I can’t help : I think someone somewhere in a department for subversion read an old Asterix, volume 15, titled La Zizanie, Streit um Asterix or The Roman Agent, and then went to work.
If so, the result is impressive.

 * I will not call him “The American Leader” anymore. For me he is the fuehrer, with small “f”.

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Persons, Sunday Music

Sunday Music

It feels a bit odd, familiar and un-familiar at the same time, to sit at this desk again and put together another “Sunday Music” (number 360 by title, but there are some precursors that went by another name ; one day I’ll add them up, perhaps when the number inches towards five hundred, still some way to go).
I spent the afternoon trying to recollect my bookmarks, but the latest list is definitely gone ; so I had to search for older backups, and gladly I found one that is pretty close to what I had used until the machine crashed. Of course a lot is missing, and will be found (or not) while I use the new apparatus. But I think I have the blogs, news and other sites for daily use back again.
Only when I was without internet I realised how much time it consumes – I think I’ll try to watch this and to cut back a little. Especially the consumption of “news” is useless and annoying, at least on a daily basis. I think it is enough to have a look every two or three days.
A disturbing observation is (on German sites) the sinking level of language proficiency on the “free” parts of news sites that comes hand in hand with lousy orthography – sometimes one is let to believe that a drunk intern wrote captions under photographs, or that people in training cobbled together an “article”. So it is advisable to have a look at Reuters or another news agency before visiting these annoying outlets. Of course there are exemptions, the NYT for example. Perhaps it is better to buy a printed weekly (like Die ZEIT) together with the weekend-edition of a trusted daily (Süddeutsche), and skip the unhealthy daily habit of staring at badly written text garnished with ugly pictures of ugly people glowing orange.
This is a real surprise that “The American Leader” seemingly wants to meet “The North Korean Leader”. I am not sure how this idea came into the world, and how it was expressed when, where, by whom. As it seems “The American Leader” all of a sudden said to an NorthKorean official something like “”Heck yeah, let’s meet in my club and get this right !” I still doubt that it will happen.
BTW these two “Leaders” have a lot in common I think. They seriously despise something called truth, and have absolutely no qualms of telling their own versions of it – id est they lie ruthlessly. They despise healthily those idiots they should serve (da peop’l, der Pöbel) – of course both “Leaders” have absolutely no idea how the majority of “their” “people” really live ; both had pampered lives from the start, and stink from arrogance.
Both are not responsible towards “da peop’l” for what they do as “Leaders”, but to groups who finally “made” them & enable their regimen – the guys with the big wallets in the US, the family and very opaque elite around the North Korean “Leader”. He is better off than his American colleague, because he can (and does !) use AA-guns to rule out any opposition, not yet practical in the US. And both need something to show, to present, the American more than the Northern Korean.
I think deep in his rotten core “The American Leader” knows that he is a fake and that his days are numbered. It is the Russian money that will break his neck. But Donnieboy wants his place in history not as the worst & most inept “President” ever, so he desperately grasps at something that would allow him to be seen as “great”. And ending the conflict with Northern Korea and stuff – hell yeah, why not. Definitely more easy than that situation in the Middle East or somethin’
And Mr Kim ? By hook or crook (mostly by crook, methinks) he made his country a nuclear power. He showed to any only slightly thinkable opposition that he can kick arse (sorry, but topic & actors rub off on the language) even without AA-guns, he demonstrated to the world that he is to be taken serious. And other than his American counterpart he can read & write, an unfair advantage, and process what he read. I am not sure if it was his father or someone else who wrote the blueprint for all this years ago – it has a name I forgot (not “Juhe”), I found it mentioned & explained in an article some weeks back in a more “outlying” magazine, I’ll try to locate it again.
It all looks more and more like an old Marx-Brothers-film, Duck Soup (Ger., Eng.) perhaps (“‘Cause all God’s chillun got guns !”), but without the liberating force of laughter. I fear that just the chilling & hurtful ridiculousness of tiny men, who take themselves all too serious, will remain.
On the other hand – why not have a truly bizarre orgy that helps to establish world peace ? Sadly Hunter S. THMOPSON can’t write the review any more, so Raoul DUKE needs to be resurrected – it’s only Rock’n Roll.

I want to be surrounded by beauty, I want to see beautiful things, I want to hear beauty in music. Last week I listened to a version of Mr SKRIABINs (Ger., Eng.) Etude in As Dur, opus 8, num.8 performed by the young pianist Andrei KOROBEINIKOV in the radio. (Bayern4 (livestream, programm) that is, they have interesting niece departments for jazz, worldmusic, and strange stuff.) This version was not to be found on yt, but two very different versions of said piece, one by HOROWITZ (Ger., Eng.), the other by ESTRIN (Eng.). ESTRIN was the first to record all etudes of opus 8, so he should know a bit about this music. The more notable is what Mr HOROWITZ does with this piece, especially at the end. (ESTRINs version here.)
I hope you like the music. Let’s have a peaceful & relaxed week.

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mago, Persons

Unterirdisch

Just when one thought that things would settle in a new chaotic “normal”, when one thought that the upper end of the scale of (emphatic) embarrassment is reached, when one thought that the bottom of “niveau” (a French word American politicos do not know) is finally hit, on comes a new “Director of Communications”.
Don’t get me wrong, this person is the perfect pick. This “embodiment of a double-parked BMW” fits perfectly, it is the “spirit” of this administration personified. May he stay with us for a long time !
As you may remember, venerated reader, I am more interested in the foreign politics of the USA, which is represented actually by a man called TILLERSON (Ger., Eng.) – you know the one who sports this nice Russian medal President PUTIN pinned to his jacket in 2013. I had some doubts about him, but I think Mr TILLERSON is a good example for what is called “learning on the job”. And perhaps it was right from him to exclude journalists from his travels, perhaps he just needs time and a certain amount of non-disturbance to get into the matter – and the foreign politics of the USA surely is something that requires concentration.
Of course, if at least one thing works …
I read this piece via Reuters, and I want to cite what I find is important :

He [TILLERSON] was upset, however, by fierce internal criticism from Trump, as well as his chief strategist, Steve Bannon, and White House aide Sebastian Gorka, over the decision [to keep to the “deal” with Iran], said another U.S. official who spoke on condition of anonymity.

“The secretary does not feel that White House staff members should be in a position to conduct hostile cross-(examinations) of Cabinet officials,” the official said.

BANNON & GORKA “conduct hostile cross-examinations” of the Secretary of State ?
If this is true, it is a reason for serious concern & apprehension.
One may wonder when the inevitable cabinet “reshuffle” will take place.
Perhaps the “Director of Communications” can better himself ?

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