Tag: Germany

…and Just Like That, the Nord Stream Pipelines Went Kaboom!

 

Last night, the twin pipelines supplying Russian natural gas to Germany blew up.  Specifically, they were both breached below the surface of the Baltic Sea, near Danish and Swedish territorial waters.  Almost certainly sabotage, based both on the time coincidence, and a Swedish seismologist’s estimate that at least 100kg of explosive was used.

This sabotage was not a trivial exercise.  It would presumably require a ROV, large underwater drone and/or a submarine to place the charges accurately.  There’s a limited supply of such equipment and expertise. And it would likely require a large enough team that it will eventually leak, even if there’s no obvious forensic information to be gathered.

Join Jim and Greg as they have a good time speculating about what caused the “leaks” in the Nordstream and Nordstream 2 pipelines and what it means for the war in Ukraine and for Europe’s energy supply this winter. They also roll their eyes as Sen. Amy Klobuchar suggests passing the Inflation Reduction Act will stop hurricanes in the future and the media seems eager to paint Gov. Ron DeSantis as a failure no matter what happens with Hurricane Ian. Finally, they discuss White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre calling for a “conversation” about whether the Atlanta Braves ought to change their name.

The Wokeistas Come for Winnetou and Fail

 

If you have lived in Germany, or even German-speaking Europe, for any length of time in the last 100 years or so, you have probably heard of Karl May. For those of you who have not, a brief introduction is in order.

Karl Friedrich May (1842-1912) was a minor con man, then newspaper editor, then an astonishingly productive author of mostly orientalist and western-themed adventure novels that sold like warme Semmel as we say around here. He is by a good league the most-read author in German (Sorry Goethe and Schiller, love you, but Zahlen lügen nicht) and his most famous creation is without a doubt Apache Chief Winnetou, who appears with his European-frontiersman ally, Old Shatterhand. In four full-length novels, bearing the name Winnetou in the title, and as a supporting character in several short stories and other novels. The cover of one popular edition of the first Winnetou book is shown above.

The novels were filmed in the 1960s. Here’s the trailer for the first one, starring Pierre Brice as Chief Winnetou (Warnung: Deutsch):

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Theodore Dalrymple notes that inflation is more than a purely economic phenomenon…it also has profound social and psychological effects.even characterological effects: For one thing, inflation destroys the very idea of enough, because no one can have any confidence that a monetary income that at present is adequate will not be whittled down to very little […]

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In 1944, US Treasury secretary Henry Morgenthau proposed that Germany should be permanently prevented from a launching aggressive warfare…by stripping it of its industrial capacity. And in 2022, Germany is has put itself into a position where it is considering the rationing of natural gas.   Preview Open

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“The Constitution requires that the president ‘shall from time to time give to the Congress Information of the State of the Union,’ The Washington Examiner began its editorial this morning following one of the most forgettable “State of the Union” (SOTU) speeches in modern times. “From President Thomas Jefferson to President William Taft, this communication […]

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Join Jim and Greg as they cover the rapid collapse of the Russian economy in the face of sanctions from the West. Due to the severity and rapid success of these sanctions, they also wonder if elongating them may provoke animosity toward the West within the Russian people. And despite the obvious benefits of American energy independence, White House officials like Press Secretary Jen Psaki and Special Envoy for Climate John Kerry continue to peddle “green energy”.

 

Join Jim and Chad as they welcome the halting of certification for Russia’s Nord Stream 2 pipeline. They also discuss Russian President Vladimir Putin’s ability to ignore American sanctions and what it means for Ukraine. And American televisions have tuned out the 2022 Winter Olympic Games in Beijing, handing NBC terrible ratings.

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Started early this morning.  From Die Welt:  08:50 Uhr – Casualities in engagements in East Ukraine In continuing  heavy engagements in the East Ukraine, several people have been killed. On the side of the Ukrainian Army, at least 2 soldiers have been killed and another 18 in part severely injured, according to Ukrainian Army sources on […]

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Join Jim and Greg as they relish the prospects of Republican wins on masks in Virginia and New York. They criticize the empty promises of collaboration from the European Union as Russia knocks on Ukraine’s door. And they review the shocking numbers of illegals apprehended at the southern border and what it means for the upcoming midterms.

The Best of Living in der Bundesrepublik Deutschland

 

Back in 2015, my family followed a call of God to ministry in Germany. You can read details about this whole process at our blog: martinfamilyinbavaria. In the six years since we’ve been here, we’ve gathered somee extensive experience with German life in and out of the Catholo-Pentecostal-Bubble, some gleanings of which I will now share in the form of the “best of living in the Bundesrepublik Deutschland”. 

  1. We’re on a mission from God. 

Really, we are. That’s why we’re in Bavaria. Augsburg is here, and the Gebetshaus Augsburg- Augsburg House of Prayer- is a key place we were called to.

Me and Sergeant Combs

 

In 1958, I was working for Bell Telephone as an installer when I was drafted into the Army. I didn’t want to go.

I wasn’t cut out to be a soldier. I was a bowler, a pool player, a wiseacre — a civilian to the core. So it was with a heavy heart that I showed up at the appointed time at the muster station in downtown LA. Almost before I could adjust myself to my new surroundings, I and five or six other schmucks were told to drop our trousers and grab our ankles. With the bedside manner of Nurse Ratched, an Army doctor came down the row sticking his finger up our rears. He never did tell us what he was looking for.

Whatever it was, my happy civilian life had taken a sharp turn for the worse.

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Here is an interesting YouTube item from Deutsche Welle: Germans travel to Russia for Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccinations.  It’s news to me, anyway. I have no way of knowing if the U.S. hate media have already reported on it. It seems that Germans who can afford it are doing some medical tourism. They are frustrated […]

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Filing Cabinets Full of Betrayals

 

When Anna Funder visited the former East Germany in 1994–five years after the Wall came down–she found it to be a very strange place, “a place lost in time. It wouldn’t have surprised me if things had tasted different here–apples like pears, say, or wine like blood.” The German Democratic Republic, as it called itself, had been a suffocating surveillance state, dedicated to the monitoring and control of every aspect of its citizens’ lives–enforced by a huge organization known as the Ministry for State Security, Staatssicherheit, abbreviated Stasi.

Funder wrote of her experiences and observations in a 2003 book, Stasiland.

How a Country Abandoned Law and Liberty, and Became a Threat to Humanity

 

How does an advanced and civilized nation turn into a pack of hunting hounds directed against humans? Sebastian Haffner addresses the question in his memoir, titled Defying Hitler, which describes his own experiences and observations from early childhood until his departure from Germany in 1939. It is an important document–not only for the light it sheds on this particular and dreadful era in history, but also for its more general analysis of the factors leading to totalitarianism and of life under a totalitarian state. It is also a very personal and human book, with vivid portraits of Haffner’s parents, his friends, and the women he loved. Because of its importance and the fact that it is relatively little-read in the United States (I picked up my copy at the Gatwick airport), I’m reviewing it here at considerable length.

The title (probably not chosen by the author himself) is perhaps unfortunate. Haffner was not a member of an organization dedicated to overthrowing the Nazi state, along the lines of a Hans Oster or a Sophie Scholl. His defiance, rather, was on a personal level–keeping his mind free of Nazi ideology, avoiding participation in Nazi crimes, and helping victims of the regime where possible. Even this level of defiance required considerable courage–more than most people are capable of. As Haffner summarizes life under a totalitarian regime: