EU / Europe / Europa

shocking new study (by UK-US-tobacco industry): youth would like to live in the “good old past”

https://allthatsinteresting.com/vietnam-war-photos#6
https://allthatsinteresting.com/vietnam-war-photos#6

When wars were far away…

When marlboro man could ride smoking through TV and cinema landscapes (a Cinema was a place where people came together to PAY for a movie and watch it together with others. Corona killed ’em)… sure… “glorious” days.

Behind this “world view” MIGHT be a very important feature of the nature of the human brain itself: to forget, what is bad, to cherish what was good.

If it would be the other way around… everyone would die of depression within months.

To forget all the bad that happened (e.g. Vietnam war happened in the “good old” days of the 1960s with “good old” (massively corrupt) US presidents as Kennedy (1961, killed, because not corrupt enough), Johnson (1963), Nixon (1969), Reagan (1981), Bush Senior (1989)…

“When asked why they preferred to live in the past, 42 percent of respondents across all age groups said that cohesion had been greater in the past.”

https://www.wz.de/panorama/juengere-generation-wuerde-lieber-in-der-vergangenheit-leben_aid-68409987

ok take this with a pinch of salt… because it was financed by UK-US tobacco industry aka “Luky Strike” (British American Tobacco (BAT))… how reliable is that info eh? X-D

“In the past” it was (probably) not better, but different, because in dire situations, without working together, nobody would have survived in the past.

Going back to the stone age: When someone was expelled from the group… it meant (almost) sure death.

Now is a different story, with laws by democracies ensure capitalism maximum freedoms (in principal good but often recklessly abused for profit as in the case of Amazon paying ZERO taxes), but at the same time, the system “forgets” about fostering solidarity, that this does not happen by itself,  allowing and even rewarding individuals to be maximal egoistic (bad) and thus resulting in whole nations living maximal alone.

The world is not that complicated: the earth circulates around the sun, the rich get richer, the poor poorer because they pay higher taxes than Jeff Bezos… as simple as that…

Manfred Spitzer: Loneliness – the unrecognized disease: painful, contagious, deadly (German Edition)

https://www.amazon.com/Einsamkeit-unerkannte-Krankheit-schmerzhaft-ansteckend-ebook/dp/B079YRWP6T/
https://www.amazon.com/Einsamkeit-unerkannte-Krankheit-schmerzhaft-ansteckend-ebook/dp/B079YRWP6T/

#wtf, no translation of this book yet?

https://www.naturalscience.org/news/2019/11/congress-2019-review/

2021: Amazon in Europe: turnover € 51 Billion, taxes €0

#wtf? how can it be? https://www.golem.de/news/steuervermeidung-amazon-hat-2021-keine-steuern-in-europa-gezahlt-2204-164731.html

This is not just massively unfair towards ANYONE paying taxes in Europe (self employed are asked to pay 40% taxes on income, employed income tax depends on “tax class”), it is also damaging democracy, because it shows how injustice happens in front of EVERYONE’s eyes and democracies are UNABLE to do anything about it? (I look at you Ireland, Luxembourg and Switzerland).

“In the past” it was (probably) not better, but different… “When asked why they preferred to live in the past, 42 percent of respondents across all age groups said that cohesion(group solidarity) had been greater in the past.” Yes, because you can’t survive in a crisis/hardship without cohesion. The world is not that complicated: the earth circulates around the sun, the rich get richer, the poor poorer because they pay high taxes Amazon does not pay taxes…

Also, the current system is not made for people, but by money (the top 1%) for money (the top 1%)

otherwise we would now have the 1 day week, if you do not believe me, check out Prof Dr Christian Kreiß

Note of the warning: yes, Prof Dr Kreiß has already spoken at some dubious Corona events (probably out of panic that the economy is collapsing completely due to lockdown… Corona was actually more devastating for economic growth (!) than the 2008 financial (banking lending too much housing bubble speculation) crisis) he has to be careful, otherwise he discredits himself. https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christian_Krei%C3%9F

economic inequality dividing nations

By the way, also a very interesting observation in the East/GDR: due to the reunification, the Ossis have become more unequal (some now drive fat BMWs instead of Trabbi and others just drive…. nothing…) CURIOUSLY, this now ensures that former neighbors who got along well back then… now don’t talk a word to each other… Also bad for the better off BMW driver, who is very sad about this fact.

crisis as opportunity for change: time does not run backwards, only one way: forward in creative ways

Trump & Putin, both try to dial back time to the glorious 1960s.

Where black people were not allowed to rent buildings and the Soviet Union could enslave large parts of Europe.

One of THE BIGGEST responsibilities of the older generations (those born before 2000) is, to ensure, that all young people born after 2000

  • ARE EDUCATED for a broad world view & sustainable survival on this pale blue dot Earth
    • the mindset of the youth should be: IF YOU DON’T DO IT, NO ONE WILL
  • SEE THE WORLD: give them cheap travel tickets around the world, so they can see the world from multiple angles… (one sided views are very dangerous traps)
  • EDUCATE, ENABLE & SHOW (FIRST HAND) THE YOUTH  THEIR OPPORTUNITIES TO CHANGE THE WORLD FOR THEMSELVES BUT ALSO FOR THE BETTER OF ALL CONSCIOUS LIFE
    • this can mean for the elderly to give up powers, privileges and possessions BEFORE DEATH at the age of 100
  • SWITCH OFF THAT VIOLENCE ON TV, IT WILL INHIBIT THE BRAIN TO THINK CLEARLY! (but goes into flight or fight mode)
  • MAY GOOD CONSTRUCTIVE SPIRITS BE WITH YOU!

 

Ukraine crisis for Russia – there is a opportunity / possibility for positive development in every crisis

and don’t mean this in the way a finance speculator would gamble on rising oil and food prices (hope they fail).

It is understandable that the collapse of the Soviet Union was a catastrophe to those that had state guaranteed jobs and income there and lost them overnight.

A lot of people could not adapt to the new capitalistic system, where you had to organize almost EVERYTHING yourself and “everything” is suddenly “a product” with a price set by supply and demand  (previously the state had organized EVERYTHING and the price for rent was set by the state very low, $75 per month kind of low).

Capitalism has started as a good idea then perverted over time.

(not the first time that happened look up the keywords Greece Democracy Oligarchy)

Communism/Socialism started as a good idea, but it was perverted.

Vladimir Putin + his military advisors clearly have underestimated the will power of the Ukrainian people to resist a Russia, that just as the Soviet Union under Stalin wants to rule, not by the promise of a better future, but simply by violence and fear.

The “Blitzkrieg” has failed, with hefty losses also for the Russians of at least 10,000 soldiers, and many more will die on both sides, needlessly, senselessly, if Putin does not end this. But ending it he must. Ending it he can.

"An error doesnt become a mistake until you refuse to correct it" John F. Kennedy OC
“An error doesnt become a mistake until you refuse to correct it” John F. Kennedy OC

Putin himself has children.

Who wants such a “fate” or such a world for one’s children?

Nobody.

Let’s assume Putin wants to be the Zar of Russia, just as Trump wants to be King of America and Boris Johnson Queen of UK.

History did not go well for the Zar family in Russia.

The Zars actually planned to step down from power and create a republic after British example, where the King and Queen gave up most of it’s political power to an elected parliament, but kept some of their privileges (any oil found around New Zealand, belongs to the British Crown).

The Queen lived well with that model and is even deeply respected by most Britons.

if he is serious about it, the Kazakhstan president is going in exactly that direction: “proposes reforms to limit his powers”

But the Bolshevik revolution was faster with their reforms and killed the Zar family.

So if Putin does not want to end like this, he should stop the war in Ukraine immediately and start reforming Russia into a social democracy IMMEDIATELY.

(there is corruption now in Russia as there will be in democracy, so no difference there)

Social democracy being the best of both worlds, the government that needs to take cares about it’s people, and has gov owned banks and companies and the market mechanisms that create efficiency and innovation.

Sounds good to me. (the Wiki article on “social democracy” is over complicated, it is rather simple: a state, that does not give citizens to a brutally free market for exploitation, but a state that plays by the rules of a free market, while making rules and regulations that the free privately owned companies may not overstep without a fine, protecting and caring about it’s citizens and nature, because that is the DUTY of EVERY state).

PS: I know that Putin considers Gorbachev to be weak.

But do not mistake kindness with weakness.

Correct me if wrong, but the reason the Soviet Union collapsed, was not because it did not drop enough bombs on other countries, but because it’s economic system was dysfunctional/highly inefficient/wasteful, because nobody cared if it was productive or not.

Because nobody owned anything and thus did not care if it breaks, did not care to repair and maintain it.

May there be peace soon, as this world does not need more hatred.

if you need to conquer something, conquer the stars.

the Chinese year of “the tiger” what might it mean?

it could mean, that China, thinks, because 2022 is the (Chinese zodiac) “year of the tiger” it’s time to succeed the US-Empire in global domination has come.

https://www.aljazeera.com/economy/2022/3/18/russian-oil-sale-to-india-complicates-bidens-efforts “An Indian government official said on Friday that the country will increase its imports of Russian oil, allowing it to boost energy supplies at a discount”

big brother (Russia) agains small brother (Ukraine)

What is Biden’s strategy?

Biden’s strategy is to get re-elected.

We just hope and pray he will not go full Bush-Walker-style and kill 3000 of his own people in an pearl-harbor artificially for him created “incident”, to get re-elected.

Also US (of course) wants to stay the supreme global petro-Dollar-power, and does not like rivals (China) and even disliked nuclear power (in the beginning) because it could weaken the petro-Dollar.

So it is likely that with an invasion of Ukraine a full-scale (very expensive for both sides) trade war between West (US-EU) and East (Russia-China) might emerge – hurting EVERYONE, “great” isn’t it?

What is Putin’s strategy?

Putin of course wants NATO to stay away from his border and thus wants a clear NO to eastward expansion of NATO (as promised MANY TIMES but never put on paper and signed by US-NATO, first in 1990).

Another theory: Putin COULD feel threatened by an Ukraine economy that “does well” on Western subventions (basically the money of all the other countries of the EU-NATO is used to build up the economy of Ukraine, so it looks good and Russians want the same = revolt in Russia)

So what is next to expect?

Military expert, director of the World Arms Trade Analysis Center Igor Korotchenko: “Russia should place its military contingent on the territory of the DPR and LPR.”

“He described what events would follow the recognition of the independence of the Donbass republics.”

“The expert is convinced that the military contingent of the Russian Federation is able to protect people from attack by the Armed Forces of Ukraine.”

“Now the common security space of Russia – the DPR – LPR will appear. In case of continued aggression by the Armed Forces – the force neutralization of the Ukrainian invasion group, ”Korotchenko explained.

auto translated from source: https://sm.news/voennyj-ekspert-korotchenko-raspisal-dalnejshie-dejstviya-rossii-v-donbasse-68511/

the picture of this article suggests (soldier holding hand in front of his eyes)

a lot of Russians (except for the hardcore “patriots” “right-wing” “nationalists” as Korotchenko) seem to dislike more Russian military adventures with unlikely outcomes.

Another critical tweet auto translated:

Putin rises the stakes in this US-NATO vs Russia-China proxy poker game.

Will the Ukrainians – now that the Russian army is OFFICIALLY in DPR and LPR regions – really stop firing shells?

I hope so, but this is absolutely uncertain.

Will Russia REALLY start the invasion, as soon as the first Russian solider was OFFICIALLY killed by Ukrainian soldiers?

Putin is right: OF COURSE US-NATO wanted to build Ukraine up as a proxy-stronghold against Russia as they did with all other countries with subsidies (Germany (Marshall Plan), Poland, many East European countries).

Also – of course – US and Russia do not want to get into conflict DIRECTLY, because Russian bombs falling on US soil would something completely unwanted by the US.

Russian bombs on Europe’s soil is okay for the US. (would of course prefer as expensive as possible US bombs).

The sad story about NATO: not very democratic

NATO IS DEFACTO UNDER US CONTROL and they will NEVER give that up, NATO members would have to say “will quit”.

IMHO that COULD MEAN NOBODY (?) (ESPECIALLY NOT THE US COMMANDERS IN CHIEF) have learned the history lesson of WORLD WAR 1.

It is VERY VERY DANGEROUS to constantly enlarge alliances + piling up on weapons (with the argument the other side does it too).

1913 US President: Woodrow Wilson knew: more weapons do not make the world a safer place

Woodrow Wilson was elected USA president – because he promised his people to keep them out of the war – 5 months later the USA joined the war against the central powers – German Empire, Austria-Hungary, Ottoman Empire, Bulgaria.”

He said German philosophy was essentially selfish and lacking in spirituality. (Trump’s “America First” means: egoism/selfishness)

When I spoke of the Kaiser building up the German machine as a means of maintaining peace, he said,

“What a foolish thing it was to create a powder magazine and risk someone’s dropping a spark into it!”

https://military.wikia.org/wiki/Diplomatic_history_of_World_War_I

that constantly increases the risk of WORLD WAR! (either US is stupid or deliberate)

Even worse: Shit is getting worse in Bosnia-Herzegovina AGAIN, with Serbian (Russian allies) elections coming up End of 2022 and nationalists wanting to break away from the construct (let em have their freedom X-D)

More or less “fun” fact:

The “minor” incident that triggered world war 1 was:  Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria and his wife got shot by an Bosnian Serb student (rebels against the Austrian empire) in Sarajevo (capital of Bosnia-Herzegovina).

to sum it up: why could World War 1 happen?

“to increase security”: the “requirements” (and thus real reasons that made world war 1 possible) was the MASSIVE (for no reason) military stockpiling of weapons and the buildup of big alliance (today US-NATO), that when one nation get’s “attacked”, the other nation would have to help.

As Mr Woodrow Wilson righteously pointed out, this does not increase security, quiet the opposite: who would build up a lot of powder kegs and then risk someone dropping a matchstick.

As Russia righteously points out: You can not increase the security of one nation, by increasing the cost (the risk) for another nation.

Who to trust?

“The first casualty of War is Truth” (unkown source)

A great as independent as possible news outlet covering the story from the outside is: https://www.aljazeera.com/

(run a video search https://ytpak.net/search?q=aljazeera+ukraine)

https://twitter.com/hashtag/ukraine?f=live

#Ukraina: https://twitter.com/hashtag/Украина?f=live