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Hello dear fellow thinkers,

You might have heard – the far-right is also marking progress in Germany and almost became head of state in an Eastern German former GDR state.

The situation is this: if the people of former GDR / East-Germany stands in a queue – this time not for bread but for a handful of poorly paid Jobs with refugees from Africa and Syria, then it is (almost) clear who they will elect (the far right because – obviously US-capitalism has done anything for them but US / CIA fueled wars brought a lot of refugees that now compete in a capitalistic East-Germany without jobs.

This cannot be ignored – the same way a nuclear reactor that is about to blow – can not be ignored.

At the same time, East-Germany (still) hopes that they will not be completely left alone in this chaotic capitalistic mess without orientation by ex-Mother Russia (but those hopes are naive).

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/nazi-emergency-dresden-germany-far-right-extremism-a9182691.html
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/nazi-emergency-dresden-germany-far-right-extremism-a9182691.html

Kohl and his western allies have done nothing for the East but extraction and exploitation including the destruction of a lot of East-German companies, factories and jobs.

Which the East-Germans “thanked” him by throwing raw eggs during his 1991 visit to Halle. (a East-German city where the decay can be seen until today)

The reunion was a Prestige-project of Chancellor Kohl (yes the fat and corrupt one) – unfortunately  done in a hasty and without concept way. (the head of the trust that destroyed East-German companies was not shot for no reason but this did not change anything… because changing the system takes more than killing a single person)

It would have been better to set up a special economic zone and then slowly align it (same with Hong Kong and North Korea)

30 years later… the landscapes in the East blooms only if jobless East-Germans can afford to paint with state subsidies (they can but not much more, also some problems can not be solved with money alone).

Yes, in the Soviet Union not everything was better, but everyone had a job – a purpose – even if it was mining with old equipment, but the people were proud on their jobs.

Everyone wants to be important part of society – and money-gifts can give no self-worth.

The Lobby-controlled Berlin has – still – no sustainable concept for the East and 30 years later it becomes clear, a 1: 1 copy of the transfer of the concept-west, i.e., exploitational capitalism / the US-model of economics simply does not work for the GDR.

it just doesn’t work.

No wonder that the former GDR people feel systematically left behind, disadvantaged and fooled.

There are legitimate grievances what humans need, that can not be ignored.

Also voters in the US feel that they do not have a voice, this is largely because of lobby corrupted Washington.

That was the idea behind voting Trump: this guy is so rich – he does not need to exploit the poor… well think again how he got rich?

By exploiting the poor! (by constantly raising real estate rents)

Said it before and say it again: If capitalism is more about extraction than about creating/adding value to the life of people – then capitalism is doomed to self destruction.

And yes: mankind will survive the end of capitalism.

And nature will survive mankind.

If politics has no solutions but only postpones mountains of problem: the politics is dead.

It would be dangerously arrogant to assume that the Western version of democracy is “perfect” (without a flaw) the non-plus ultra-version of democracy that does not need further development.

(there were little experiments with direct democracy and especially Switzerland has a long tradition… maybe democracy works better in small countries?)

This means that truly innovative regional democracy experiments and even experiments with different forms of finance and economics – a constant objective reasearch and development – of existing systems need to take place.

Mankind desperately needs innovative sustainable ways of survival and not a budget cut to schools and universities!

A digital dictatorship in 1984 style cannot be the “solution” but will create just more suffering.

But since the essence of capitalism “money” largely revolves around itself in a very egoistic manner – “the mother of Germany” Mrs Merkel and her party unfortunately massively lacks this awareness of transformation.

The problem mountain will just grow and grow – until it is no longer possible to ignore it, because the protests and the pressure to act becomes too great.

The nature of the powerful seams to be: ignorance is bliss nobody believes that new Hitlers could come to power all across EU and even in Germany – until it happens.

Like Fukushima: “Oh come on, a Tzunami of strength 10 hardly ever happens… Oooooops apparently, well, just 2 of 5 reactors exploded… let’s keep the other 3 running… forever and ever… and ever… and ever…”

What? No!

Change!

Build wind turbines + hydrogen storage gas stations and hydrogen cars!

The Japanese are actually ahead in this field, but nobody has heard of the world’s first mass-produced hydrogen vehicle called Mirai.

The term “Mirai” comes from Japanese and means “future”.

But why are there no gas stations for hydrogen?

Because US Rockefeller-Koch-Big-Fracking-Oil, Trump and their loyal car manufacturers BWM, Mercedes and VW lobbyists in Berlin prefer to “keep it up”.

The Kodak CEOs also thought they could ignore change and stay analog instead of going digital with cameras.

It didn’t take long, today (almost) nobody speaks of Kodak anymore.

Mercedes in Crisis Mode: too big to change?

https://www.handelsblatt.com/unternehmen/industrie/autobauer-daimler-schlittert-tiefer-in-die-krise/25336440.html

If people are paid too little “working poor” – if work does not pay off anymore – the whole capitalistic free market system is about to fail.

If it is the same income if people stay at home or  or go to work – something fundamental is wrong and it is not the state well fare.

It is a evil combination of big companies and super rich 1% dogging their collective responsibility for society and avoid taxes and paying their workers too little (poverty line is 1000€ after taxes in Germany, minimum wage is 9.35€ before tax per hour.

or in other words:

if extraction / stealing money (also in digital form) in secrecy (cum-ex scandal: banks are fined to pay 400 Million € (aprox. 80 Billion € in taxes are fleeing EU countries EVERY YEAR! (with the help of banks))) pays off  better paid than actually CREATING VALUE (which should be all the free market is about about) – capitalism is a cancer to itself and programmed for self destruction.

The US and the EU should team up (maybe at the UN?) and place trade embargoes on countries that become rich with tax dumping and avoidance – if Trump and and the next president does not take this topic serious – they don’t take justice serious.

It is rather a very unsustainable way of finance and economics that will drive voters towards more radical parties (extreme right wing minister could only be prevented in economically weak east Germany (former DDR) by intervention from Merkel).

Taz: Macron now wants to “flexibilize” wages in France by eliminating collective agreements for entire industries, but only agreements for individual companies.

Flassbeck: “This is exactly the wrong policy and a blind copy of the German guidelines.

France would have to reduce its wages by about -20% in order to catch up with Germany.

But this is not possible because domestic demand in France would collapse and unemployment would rise dramatically.

Instead, German wages would have to rise by about +5% annually, over many years. Only then will there be a Chance to save Europe.

https://taz.de/Heiner-Flassbeck-ueber-Macrons-Politik/!5416608/

If people are paid NUTHIN’ they can’t buy NUTHIN’ and the whole fucked up system collapses.

Just look at Greece and it’s devastated economy.

Why is this so hard to understand? X-D

the problem: signal effect

Whatever the US – the “beacon of modern democracy” – does – will be copied by others.

If Trump quits the climate treaty – others will too.

The same could happen with “low-yield nuclear weapons” – if the US is okay with threatening other countries with “mini nukes” – other countries might say – “okay – it’s juts fair if we do that too” – further increasing tensions.

If one thing is for sure: more weapons NEVER made the world a safer place – exactly the opposite.

US-President Wilson (1913 – 1921) already knew:

“When I spoke of the Kaiser building up the German (war) machine as a means of maintaining peace, he said, “What a foolish thing it was to create a powder magazine (build and buy a lot of weapons) and risk someone’s dropping a spark into it!”

But this is exactly what a lot of countries like the US do and it can not be criticized enough.

 

 

Russia Has Restarted Low-Yield Nuclear Tests, U.S. Believes

“The world is more dangerous without the #INF Treaty. But it will not be safer if we reheat the threats from the Cold War. Intermediate-range nuclear missiles must not become a bargaining chip. Must negotiate how we can bring arms control into the 21st century. save.”

(Heiko Maas German Minister of Foreign Affairs on Twitter)

Accroding to the DemocracyNow! interview Russia already has low-yield nuclear weapons while Iran is currently free to develop nuclear weapons – in secret – just as Israel did in the past. (the US did not want Israel to have nuclear weapons – but they just developed them in secrecy and now it seems to be an accepted fact).

“The Federation of American Scientists revealed in late January that the U.S. Navy had deployed for the first time a submarine armed with a low-yield Trident nuclear warhead.

The USS Tennessee (SSBN-734)  deployed from Kings Bay Submarine Base in Georgia in late 2019.

The nuclear-powered strategic missile submarine USS TENNESSEE (SSBN 734), a mooring party on deck and its bridge crew atop the sail, approaches its new home port, Naval Submarine Base, King’s Bay, Georgia, for the first time.

The W76-2 warhead, which is facing criticism at home and abroad, is estimated to have about a third of the explosive power of the atomic bomb the U.S. dropped on Hiroshima.

The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) called the news “an alarming development that heightens the risk of nuclear war.”

(especially if Mad Dog Trump gets re-ellected)

We’re joined by William Arkin, longtime reporter focused on military and nuclear policy, author of numerous books, including “Top Secret America: The Rise of the New American Security State.”

He broke the story about the deployment of the new low-yield nuclear weapon in an article he co-wrote for Federation of American Scientists.

He also recently wrote a cover piece for Newsweek titled

“With a New Weapon in Donald Trump’s Hands, the Iran Crisis Risks Going Nuclear.”

source: https://www.democracynow.org/2020/2/7/us_new_low_yield_nuclear_weapons

what to do: spread the word – nuclear weapons are no good investments

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US Stands By the Chemical Weapons Convention

While the Trump Administration has retreated from negotiated arms control agreements in many areas ranging from nuclear weapons to anti-personnel landmines, the US is still committed to the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), which generally prohibits the production and use of chemical weapons.

https://fas.org/blogs/secrecy/2020/02/cwc-ag-cert/