Tag: Europe

Sunday Music

What a few very nice days. I did nearly nothing, and found it really relaxing. Ready towards the end of the vacation rain & storm is back, but without cold ‘n freeze, all’ n right with me.
What is not all right is the gibberish of the orange Actor-in-Chief. I am fed up with this imbecile, why can’t we just ignore this vile windbag for a week or so, with a little luck he’ll implode. The nonsense about his predecessor wiretapping his phones is really “a new low”. And that a leading German newspaper writes that the predecessor’s statement would not be enough, shows how poisoned it all has become. Now there seem to be first altercations between pros & cons, while Jewish cemeteries get ravaged, Indians and Sikhs get shot – of course of course all isolated cases, shame upon who thinks evil upon. These are not daily incidents, just weekly.
And while Amerga slowly but steadily descends into paranoia, Germany develops a nice problem with Turkey and its süper-macho-over-ruler, who brags that he can do anything here as he likes, as if Germany would be his farm or other property. Of course Germany uses “Nazi Methods” against him and members of his gouvernement. Says a man who consequently kills democracy in his own state and leads the society of his country back into the middle ages, while the jails flow over from “dissenting elements”.
I am not a nationalist, I believe in a united Europe based on a canon of basic values, and it is disgusting to watch how some members of the union do betray these values. We have no real instrumentarium for this, simply because those who laid the foundations for “Europe” did not believe that there could arise a problem, that something like a gouvernement killing the independence of its own judicature would actually happen, like e.g. in Poland. But all this is kindergarten compared to Turkey. And the there dictator-in-chief and his cool gang want to bring their electoral campaigning here, so that the expats get in line. They still need this charade. We should make it impossible, to hell with consequences.
Some countries of the world seem to be led by brainless dickheads who think they can do what they want. Sadly Russia, and now Amerga, belong in this group, some European countries too.
Anyway, we do not solve the problems of the world here, it would be nice and good enough when we, each & everyone, would solve his or her own problems.
To ease this task one could listen to a little bit feel-good-music by Herr TELEMANN (Ger., Eng.), Das Frauenzimmer verstimmt sich immer (TWV 25:37) in a version performed by Georg GRUNTZ on harpsichord (Ger., Eng.), Peter TRUNK (Ger.) (bass), Klaus WEISS (Ger.) (drums), Emil MANGELSDORFF (Ger., Eng.) (flute, Albert’s older brother), and Klaus DOLDINGER (Ger., Eng.) (clarinet & sax), recorded (West-)Berlin 1964 – it does not get more “old BRD” than this.
I hope you like the music. May the coming week be good to all of us.

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Here We Go

Good Morning America. I’ve saied it before, I willingly repeat it : All will be better under President Trump. My sarcasm was sadly not delivered to you, or you did not understand it ; you took it a tad too serious, my dear.
I can say nothing about North-American domestic politics, I do not live there. I only look at the foreign politics, and what President Trump announced through the crusade was not very nice. Like that treaties are not always binding, so-called allies should “pay” “more”, notably Japan and Germany. And if we do refuse to pay for your “protection” ? Will “slits” and “krauts” join the rest in the camps ?
I read on a news site the names of possible candidates for President Trump‘s cabinet, and as foreign minister a person called Newt Gingrich was listed. I only hope that this is a very sad joke. If not, Hunter S. Thompson is approved as so often, when he assessed : The scum is always rising.
I had to remember Thompson now and then over the last weeks, and think it is possible that he would have liked this outcome. President Trump is more rock’n roll than Billy Boy honking his sax ever was and could be. Maybe after some bottles of whiskey and a pound of mind altering substances it even makes sense, and could give a real kick, like flirting with disaster always does. One can only hope that America’s flirt with President Trump will not hurt the rest of the world, at least too much.
Speaking about the rest of the world, I think I hear the machinegun-like sound of corks popping out of champagne bottles from the East and a Homeric laughter, maybe there’s party in the Kremlin ?
Now the man is legally elected, as were other important Fuehrers too, good luck with the one and only President Trump.

We life in magical times.

Ich Will Silvaner

I had to look into the diary to be sure that it was only one week ago when we gathered in the Lorenzkirche (Ger., Eng.) in Nuremberg to say farewell to our friend M.B. The pastor said she had expected perhaps 25 souls to turn up, in the end there were more than sixty people in the church and at the following get-together – that of course took place at her favourite spot, the Kaffehaus in the local library (Ger.), her second living-room. I came home late, a bit tipsy.
On Monday the festivities for the Tag der deutschen Einheit, or German Unity Day (Ger., Eng.) took place in Dresden. And of course the “concerned citizens” showed up in all their brutal stupidity, this time top brass could not ignore them. Only one reporter described that the “concerned citizens” not only yelled and hollered at the main political figures of Germany, chancellor, federal president and head of parliament, but also made very tasteful “Affengeräusche”, imitations of ape-sounds (“Ugh ugh ugh !”) when people of colour went over the red carpet towards the main events – GOd, who cares about them nigger ambassadors ?
Nevertheless the Ministerpräsident of Saxony, the host of this event and head honcho of the uncivilised masses over there, later described  the whole ceremony as “well done” & “gelungen”, successful. Maybe he’s glad that Merkel was not hit with a bottle.
One has to accept that racism and neo-nazism has reached a certain part of the German society. I think around 20 percent of the population is more or less openly racist and fascist – that is the average : There are areas in the East of Germany that are nowadays totally brown. Notably in Mecklenburg and Saxony.
This is depressing – I never thought that it would come back. But I am a product of the old Western Germany, a state and a society that do not exist anymore, I was socialised and educated there. Those who yell, march and bomb are young, mostly of East-German origin and today stand in a tradition : They continue what their parents started 25 years ago when they burned houses of refugees, of course with the “niggers” and “Fidschis” still inside.
Today it is the “Arabic” migrant – it is absolutely pointless to start to argument and explain that these humans are not necessarily of Arabic origin or of Muslim faith – for them it’s all the same : Simple explanations rule ! The people of Turkish origin I know do look a bit concerned. It is only a question of time until the first mosque is burned down.
All this nonsense is depressing : the brutality ; the stupidity ; the sheer impertinence of those liars & manipulators who gain political capital from the idiocy of stupid people ; the Verbrechervisagen who all of a sudden show up in German parliaments, from local to the federal level. Of course we see a new nationalism in the whole of Europe, a very dangerous development. BTW those states of the “Vishegrad Group” (Poland, Slovakia, Czech Republic & notorious Hungary, Ger., Eng.) came up with a new word for cherry picking – they now speak of “flexible Solidarität”, flexible solidarity, what means nothing else but that they take what they like (mostly cash) and refute what they dislike, for example refugees. Because they have “principles” you know, like “holy” “nation” “first” or such crap.
But it cost you only three hundred thousand Euro to become a Hungarian citizen, of the “holy” “nation” : If you invest in this shithole of a country they throw their lousy passport at you. So much for “principles” …
This is not very uplifting, all in all.
I drove my kids around, at least some useful activity, and it pays the rent. Other things happened over the last ten days, mostly nice and positive. But I could not drag meself together and come up with a Sunday Music – the first time since … don’t know when I started this, and I am sorry for this breach or disruption of a long run. I like continuity.
Right now I should do some household chores, but frankly can’t be arsed to do this, Monday’s another day, eh ?!
I find it consoling or comforting to see beauty in the wounderful autumn lights early in the morning, when I drive into the rising sun, and in the late afternoon, when I drive West. All the human stupidity, all the brutality will one day be gone, done away with, there is a chance for development towards the ideal, the enlightened humane human being. And all the beauty I see reminds me of the limitedness of my own existence, the mortality of everything that is. It is autumn, and everything has a blue edge.
Rory GALLAGHER, I’m Not Awake Yet, just so.

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The Ugly

Politics. I had to say something, sorry.
It is not right to assume that Mr Hitler came back fighting from the shores of the Baltic Sea last weekend.
This is what one could be tempted to think when reading the news about the last election held in Meck-Pomm, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern – a vast empty region in the North-East of the German federation with borders to Poland.
Fact is that the imho far-right-out, nationalistic & genuine racist “party” called AfD scored 20% of the votes – more than the (in a “great” coalition on federal level) ruling CDU (what translates into christian & democratic union, chancellor Merkel is the head of this party, Ger., Eng.), but less than the SPD (social democrats, the minor partner on federal level, but giving the MP in Meck-Pomm ; Ger., Eng.).
Loosers are the Greens, the “Linke” (the left-wing party, a strange thing of Eastern origin), and of course the old-fashioned neo-nazis of the NPD (nationalist party of Germany – no wonder, those followers voted for the Afd).

The Afd started as an anti-Euro movement among scholars some years back. The founder, a man called Lucke (Ger., Eng., macroeconomics – what can you expect ?), was ousted, and today the joint is run by other figures I will not mention here, and do not link.
When the original AfD was more or less running out of steam, the so-called “refugee-crisis” came along, and in the East (where else, eh ?), oh so angry and fearful citizens started to march & protest, carefully orchestrated by old NPD-cadres, calling themselves “Pegida” – also something I will not touch with a long iron prod.
They are more or less (depends on yourself & what you hear) openly not only islamophobic, but nationalistic & racist, and they are it to this day. The AfD saw a lot of infight, but in the end it became something like the bourgeoise, parliament-ready arm of this “movement”, the new “leaders” had absolutely no qualms about rubbing shoulders with the “concerned citizens”. And all what hangs there.
And here we go.
The old nazi party, riddled with scandals about money, unfit personal, confidential informants etc. simply is going to vanish.
The AfD is the new pool for all & everything right of the middle. This gives the Bavarian CSU (a local-only sister-party of the CDU) some headaches because they always bragged that there would be nothing else right of them – a concept they successfully executed over the last sixty (!) years. If you look closely right from the start in the late forties – ahem ! – but this is only a minor theatre of war. Let me say it clear : They always sucked up the Nazis. But this time …
What the last election showed, and very possibly the next one in Berlin will confirm, is the simple fact that roughly 20% of the voters are more or less open racist. The AfD is not known for nuances : All people of islamic faith / Muslim – whatever may be the “correct” name for those non-Christian deity-killers – oh excuse me, scratch that, those were the Jews ! –  heck, all of those fuzzy-bearded camel-shaggers who came here for blond women & free cash, are terrorists and need to be concentrated in camps.
We need walls, and a fortified border – not a European one, but a national one. Because “Europe” is of course the kickoff of all evil, and Merkel is Satan’s grandmother. And if you do not like this, fuck off to What-Ever-Stan, and leave us true Germans alone – throw in the curse word of your choice here.

BTW – all this, just a little  overdone by me, is a kick in the groin for all those people of Turkish background, who live in this country since the sixties or so. Who helped to build this economic, who had a hard time here, who finally found their own ways to what is called “integration” – a blank futile fraud, a terrible word stuffed with ideology – anyway : All those humans of Turkish origin, who after years had the possibility to build their own churches – yeah, they call it mosque, what is the difference, eh !?-, who after years finally found a way of peaceful coexistence / communal life and all, who live their life next to other peaceful “German” citizens – and all of a sudden they come up with the faith !?
Shall them wear a green half-moon on their clothes ?!

Please excuse me, venerated reader, that I ex-aggerate this – but it is really hard to listen to those people. And I confess that I gave up. I had enough of this over the last months with my co-driver, I listened to this whining for a long time.
Starting from my co-driver, it boils down to something like “We do get nothing – they get all !” via the gender-thing (“They just want to fuck and treat German women like dirt !”) to finally “All terrorists – they want to rule here!”.
So it is substantive envy (“they” do get all – “we” get nothing) ; it is fear of sexual aggression and rape ; it is something that was actually canalised by the “Pegida”-movement, in German “Fremdbestimmung”, heteronomy, the loss of liberties, freedoms (practised or not), new values imposed / forced upon them good law-abiding-oh-so-Christian-citizens.
Of course, it is clear that there are no answers when one asks who “they” are ; where one law-abiding-Christian-citizen gets less than others and is in fact cut from things (money, benefits, whatever) because of refugees ; where & when the mullah forced them the last time to the Frayday prayers.
There is nothing.
Just a big ol’ Kuddelmuddel. Just fear and not one single spark of self-thinking. If you are friendly, call it something like “overextension” ; if you are less friendly – and a bit more realistic -, call it the limit of their intellectual possibilities.

Anyway. They are not going away. Sadly the social-democrats, under their current “leader”, a man who is interested in his own fat belly only and who just wants to be “Kalif anstelle des Khalifen, (Ger., Eng.), are just a “Schuss in den Ofen”, what my dictionary gives as “lead balloon”. That is a nice & friendly translation. In German I use more colourful words.
From 1977 onwards, the terrible year of terrorism in Europe (especially Germany), when my political consciousness started to come into existence & became a part of me, for nearly forty years, I voted either for the “red” party (SPD that was) or for the “green” party, never ever for the conservatives. (Think Kohl.)
I may have written this on my blog before – or may have mentioned it elsewhere, I forget – but the best thing Germany now has, is chancellor Merkel, GOd may bless her.
I really hope she will take it one more time – it is what these heartless, inhuman, anti-humanistic, greedy little suckers deserve – a healthy kick in the teeth, by a woman who grew over limits other people never knew existed.

I am not concerned for Germany, I really believe that the German democracy is strong enough to outweigh these idiots. (Otherwise I had to become a refugee & emigrate.) And Meck-Pomm is only a part. But see & understand that the new right is in other federal parliaments also, especially the East (where else ?!). And next is Berlin, which carries some symbolic value to it.
On a European level I am very concerned. The AfD makes contact to the Polish nationalists, the simply crazed out Slovakian idiots, the Hungarians under that tinpot-Fuehrer Orban, the strong Front National in France, those well-established guys in The Netherlands (and all there !), and the idiots around Mr Brexit Farouge, or whatever his name may be.
They all come together in the European Parliament, an institution they oh-so-terribly despise, but use and suck out like a lemon – like vegans running a McDonald’s for pleasure & profit.
It sucks.
Enough of this nonsense. I am tired. I want a glass of white and a fag.
If you followed me up to here, venerated reader, let’s hear some music now, hope you enjoy it : Let’s tango !

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(Sorry, published a bit too early, still needed correction. But now it stands, hach !)