Tag: Kotz

… Maybe …

Long & unfunny nonsense ahead, sorry.

Over the last few days I read not only texts about, but also by the chief advisor of the orange actor-in-chief (for example here, follow the links in the article to the original sources). Boy – it is much worse than I thought.
I will not, by any means, discuss contents, the man’s worldview or ideology. This is absolutely futile. I am interested in the actual situation and what follows, especially for Europe. The White House is now a court, go and read your Macchiavelli : It is all about “simulatio” and “dissimulatio”. Nothing else.
I think the advisor faces two problem areas, one is the “instrument”, the other is time.

The advisor said that the actual actor-in-chief is just an instrument, a tool he uses. But he is not fully and exclusively in control of this tool, there is the chance that the tool’s son-in-law also plays a role and has a word in. GOd, how must the advisor hate this orthodox Hebrew, with every cell of his bloated body.
I think here will step in “the leaks” – I read in some articles that professional observers & journalists are baffled by the leaks through which not too friendly stories about the tool drizzle out. I am sure these leaks will be jammed close with some heads in the near future. And I am also sure that after the purge the advisor will still be standing behind the throne, smirking. I am not so sure about the son-in-law.
The other problem with the tool is the possibility that it breaks.
I believe that the tool has a mental problem, be it diagnosed or not. And as far as I can see there is still no public medical record of this person : For every simple job one nowadays needs a fitness assessment, but not for running the USofA into the ground.
I now believe that there is a real danger of a very public meltdown of the tool – perhaps he slaps someone at one of the conferences next summer. If he hits our chancellor I only hope that Vlad punches the shit outta him …

This leads to the second problem area : If, for some reason, the tool is found unfit for office, the advisor’s days are counted too. If all & everything goes “smooth” and the tool works for four years, the problem will arise too : I think it is not imaginable that the orange one will be re-elected in four years – granted, everything is possible in Amerga, but let’s assume the world is still turning then … if the tool is out, the advisor is out.
But the man has so much to give to the world, and what about the crusade & stuff ?
The advisor needs time to get things going. His bad temper, his lack of patience, and utter disrespect for anything outside his narrow-minded world-view hinders him most, but he can not realise this – thankfully. He must cement his position.
I see three possibilities. Either the kingmaker makes another king if need be, what is entirely possible, but this would not necessarily buy time. Or the advisor does away all this democratic nonsense, what would mean an open putsch – but the advisor is not cut out to be dictator (and time is not ripe yet). Also there is a strong possibility that the military would not accept something like this. Best option will be to secure his position by eliminating all possibilities to rightfully remove him from it. The advisor must stay close to the centre of power under all circumstances, and work the system from the inside. Tools may come and go, advisors stay.
I think the advisor will start a nice little war in the near future. And make the best out of it.
Against inner resistances, an outer aggression always works best : It is so unifying.
There is the possibility to orchestrate another war in the Mid East. But this could easily get out of hand and even become contra-productive. Alternatively one could let this heap of conflicts simmer on, vent it a bit, meanwhile allowing these Islamic devil adorers to kill themselves. A nice side effect would be that more refuguees will emigrate to Europe. They will take the Northern route through areas of the former SU and come to the East of Europe, thus nicely helping to destabilise the EU, allowing Vlad to play tag with the Baltic States, perfecting “ukrainification” and non-linear, asymmetric warfare. Additional economic warfare from the homeland – what are tariffs for ? – will teach those wonky Europeans a lesson.
It would help to open a “second front” to appease the military, let them win something, they need it. And it would help to distract from anything ugly in the Mid East.
But where is the bogeyman ?
The bogeyman sits in the Far East and is called Kim.
Next to “the” “Islam” the advisor hates nothing as badly as the “arrogant” Chinese.
It would be unwise to start a direct attack, now, at least. One would need another “incident”, but the tool just has pissed off all the professionals who can stage an “incident”. To start a fight with the oh-so-close ally of the Chinks, this crazy Korean, this would be viable – or at least, this could be the advisor’s lines of thought : A small war, just to get in the mood, to see how things are done and work, an exercise for major things to come. And, if done and played well, bolstering the personal position in diverse administrational panels & councils, gaining personal reputation, allowing the nation a period of irrational Besoffenheit, jaggedness, allowing the tool to feel great too. Harbours a lot of ideas. Would show the Chinks & all these slitty eyes that it’s serious and they better not mess with The White Man. Even nukes are possible. Economically positive too. Good domestically possibilities.
Let’s see – the tool is meeting all these European loosers in summer, Vlad too, so what about autumn ’17 or spring ’18 ? Until then the professionals will be accessible again too …

Yes, I think similar things are actually thought, perhaps even planned, at the Washington court. It all depends on limits. There are lines that can not be overstepped unharmed. The tool and his gang need to be contained. But in anonymous polls his scores go up. As sad as it is, America has nobody else to blame than herself for this, it is a disaster mit Ansage.

Safety First

Pointless, boring story ahead.

The first man came in the late morning and marked the positions. The second one carried a box with devices and a laptop. He sat on the floor and busily scanned codes in, marked the devices, sorted them and left, remarking that they’d be “scharf” now, loaded. The third hauled a large power drill and fixed the devices, all three in less than seven minutes. He left with a grin and gave me a xerocopied instructional paper.
You may already guessed it, venerated reader, I am talking about smoke detectors that were installed in my rooms. All for safety.
What I do not understand is that these things must be so terribly ugly.

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They successfully searched for the ugliest smoke detector available in Europe.
They successfully searched for the ugliest smoke detector available in Europe.

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They look like anti-personal-mines.
I chatted with my neighbour who is living in a pretty large appartement. They had six of these things bolted to the ceiling. Also another neighbour some floors up found six of these design disasters decorating her flat. So I wondered when in a friend’s flat of the same design only five abominations were installed. I met laptop man in the lift when he carried a new box of devices and said something along the line that they surely fitted some hundreds in this large appartement house. He was a little upset and complained that he had been told to bring more than 300 of the things, but he only had 200 mounted, at the utmost. If it would have been better organised they’d be at home already.

Yesterday I walked past the janitor’s office, found the door open and him sitting at his desk. I looked, he waved me in, kicked a chair in front of the desk and asked “What’s up ?”
I expressed my astonishment about the not mounted safety device and the lack of coordination. He rolled his eyes and explained that laptop man & friends were clearly instructed to nail a smoke detector at the ceiling of every room that is possibly a sleeping room, and in the exits or hallways (“Fluchtwege”). Of course not in bathrooms and kitchens, obviously. Laptop man decided to install the things only in rooms that right now are used as sleeping rooms. The large room in my friend’s flat is actually used as a bureau – no bed, no smoke detector.
And while they were at it, they ignored the basement level completely (six appartements) and were busily searching for the “Dachgeschoss”, the attic, that is miraculously not built.
There will be another date to fix the mess. It is not clear whether laptop man & friends will do this.
While I sat there I asked him what would happen if I heard such an alarm ? “I mean : Thursday morning, 09:30, I’m back from my morning drive, ready to sleep an hour. All my neighbours are at work or at the university, usually I am alone on the floor. I hear an alarm two doors down. I knock at the door, no reaction. My janitor is not reachable, he has to take care for other objects too, some miles away. Even if you’d be here, you are not allowed to open the door.” “That would be burglary”, he chipped in.
“I call the firefighters. They go in, false alert. Do I pay the operation ?” “Nice question”, he said, “especially because it was not asked before.” “So what does my landlord say ?”
He thought for a minute and told me that if he would ask this in the centre office they’d kick him and tell him to mind his own business. Very nice shop morale.
As he knows his company, they would pass the question to the firefighters.
He pulled out a file card and called the village firefighters, 70something.
No one reachable, even after several tries.
He called the village administration and asked for the number of the force – 70something. And, after complaining that it is useless, he got the number of a portable.
Which is not working. We tried two times : Number not taken, not connected to a customer.
“Better not burn here” he said. “Commander’s out for lunch”, I agreed.
So he called the emergency number.
“Yes, relax, no alarm” – and he told his story and asked the question. Their answer was clear : They are the professional force. If someone calls them they need to know where the emergency is, then they alarm the local force. The local force deals with it and decides whether they need professional help. The cost is not their business, that is between the local force and the local administration. For this village, they call 70something.
“Thank you.”
Two middle-aged blokes with too much time to spare and a telephone.
All in the name of safety, of course.

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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