Audience de la Merkel

 

Angela Merkel is hardly ever seen in speaking roles. After her holidays she deigned to speak to a selected audience of people.

The presenter says, “No questions were prepared, no questioners selected.” He must have missed that all media, state media and private media, have already spilled the beans: The people were selected.

One citizen asks, “Why does the EU not market itself and its achievements better? I’m convinced that if we knew more about the EU, we had an easier time to identify with it.” He identifies as an “EU citizen” and complains that the media is only reporting about bad things.

La Merkel: “The first thing is, ‘Do we even have to know what politics does?'” [sorry for “politics does”]

I shit you not.

Next guy wants a “master plan for integration” because he thinks that discussions about borders were just a make-shift remedy and not the way to a “Europe how I can imagine it.”

Before I give the floor to her Highness, I express my discomfort about the repetitive use of the word “integration.” All I hear is “jobs” and “language.” What about not getting the head chopped off for an Islam joke? What about democratic principles?

La Merkel: “Every country in Europe does it differently.” She says that she were talking to Macron and other European politicians. So?!?

Next question: “[Orban has throttled immigration] Is that how we want to go about things in Europe?”

La Merkel: “It is important that those who have come to us, had come legally.” She then talks about UNHCR and registration. In between she drops the lie that we have the obligation to “rescue” people from emergencies on high sea and “to bring them here.” She already throws her net to Africa and Asia. Of course, it isn’t about Iraq and Syria. It never was. Oh, and tomorrow (today) the Nigerian president visits her and, oops, we have a “migration deal” with him. The media did not speak about a Nigeria migration deal so far. And, of course, we must save Africa and all the planet so that people don’t come.

Next. Some guy wants “specialists for the medical sector.”

I don’t know how but she is right back on the EU and that single nations must not make trade deals. At this point I think that she is stupid. Anyway, her answer is *drumroll* socialism.

La Merkel: “The EU ministers for health can come together and decide how many hours are spent on a patient.” Because some countries have better work conditions and payments the governments must “do more.”

The mic is given back to the guy. He notes that the doctors already don’t speak German.

La Merkel: She just fills in anecdotally that in her constituency the doctors are Polish.

A second questioner says that the language barrier is too difficult and that after coaching and bureaucracy the doctors move to the cities.

La Merkel: Along the lines of “many people in the countryside flee.”

Yes, it is the reason why the country goes downhill! The whole country bleeds out!

Okay, enough already. Bullocks.

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WELT online and my Experience on their Comment Section

Germans are hardly on social media. I wrote a piece about in-group out-group communication that talks briefly about the platforms available in Germany. The most obvious ones are the comment sections under the newspapers. In the mentioned article I recalled my experience with ZEIT online. It took me only a weekend to get blocked from the place. I also registered with Tagesspiegel. I spent little time and got also blocked there after a few weeks. The next step was WELT.

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What is WELT? WELT is the second most popular political news outlet after Spiegel and enjoys 69.8 million visits per month. It belongs to the publisher Springer, which also owns the tabloid BILD (and a myriad other papers and book publishers). BILD is technically the news outlet with the largest reach, but is usually not considered political. Springer used to be a conservative publisher and became a target of a bombing by the communist terror organisation Red Army Faction RAF in 1972.

Under Merkel the media aligned and Springer is now on the political left. However, WELT is still less screechy than the Washington Post. The sound is comparable to the Wall Street Journal.

I did not read WELT for a while because it had a monthly budget per IP for some time and their views did not clearly enough represent the views of those who actually run the show in media, culture and politics. The power elites are best represented by my usual paper ZEIT. WELT is considered a quality paper and their job is to speak to ordinary citizens. They do so with lacing the cover page with mildly conservative viewpoints.

Yes, they do call Trump a sociopath and compare him with mass murderers, but there is the occasional article that is overall pro-Israel and just makes a nasty self-righteous turn towards the end. Sometimes the White House gets praise, but purely on economic grounds. Left-wingers also want their taxes cut, but not other people’s. Sometimes even an immigrant crime story makes its way to the front page.

Because I did not read it for a while, I also did not pay attention to the comment section. A superficial look at it surprises. It seems to contradict my usual allegations that conservative voices are hardly heard anywhere because of the absurd level of censorship. People say that they want less immigration, that they like Israel, want their taxes cut, prefer less regulation, less nannying, and even favor openly the conservative party AfD.

So I felt that I could finally wrap up by blog. No, of course, not. I became suspicious and registered as a user.

The first thing that meets the eye is that there are no messages to indicate what should and shouldn’t be said. ZEIT online controls their forum with an iron fist because media types know that comment sections do more to persuade people than articles.  Tagesspiegel like WELT did not offer any guidelines. So I grew used to that during my ongoing experiment.

Both Tagesspiegel and WELT check each comment before it goes up. An obvious difference is the size of both platforms. While Tagesspiegel is quick to run through a comment, WELT will have to deal with a flood of texts and each takes its time. A discussion is not possible for the time that an article remains on the front page. The big advantage of WELT is that the likes on your profile page indicate how much what is read once a comment of yours goes through.

Did I write “once a comment goes through”? Yes, it is only a tiny, tiny minority of your comments that will see the light. And this is what intrigues me. What is the selection based on?

Given the very small number of comments that go through, I believe that the censors make a positive selection. They don’t read everything and therefore will also never block a user. They just skim through the messages and pick what they like.

But how does the comment section then look like a conservative outpost? I see safe selects. The comments don’t contain material that is rare knowledge. What is out there is the kind of general sentiment that you cannot help spreading over the kitchen tables. People say that they vote conservative party AfD or that they want less immigration. Important is that it does not get too specific and that no individual member of the elite is called upon to do this or that. There is the occasional oddball that makes conservatives look stupid. Jokes are completely absent because the messaging of jokes cannot be controlled and people are more likely to be convinced with jokes than with long-winding texts.

This is what Noam Chomsky famously called the “controlled opposition.” You give the impression that some criticism is heard, but you don’t show the full range of options or new information. Criticism looks repetitive and dull. The German left repeats over and over again that the right “would not have answers.” Of course, Clinton did the same, but Trump was putting out his policy papers online and could leapfrog the media. In Germany information is so tight that people who are not actively seeking will come to the conclusion that there are no ideas but the “throw tax money at it” solution for every problem. I understand that some Americans are also caught in that CNN bubble which makes them believe there was no Trumpian policy. They simultaneously believe that he is enforcing fascism and also that he does nothing but eat fast food and watch TV. Imagine almost an entire country in such a CNN-like bubble.

What is ironic about this is that for the lack of policy discussions German media almost exclusively talks about foreign countries, much like the media in totalitarian regimes. When it does talk about German politicians – which is different from policies – they talk a lot about their calendars: who meets whom where. This is why you see so many international summits that all have no results but vague “declarations” of their intentions. They come with smiles and photos. And the media outside the English-speaking world is reporting things like when the plane lands, what is discussed on the lavish dinner table, the general “topic”, the location of the conference etc. As if they worked. In summer the parliament goes on holiday and outside the Putinesque Merkel-holiday reports the media openly admits that it turns to other yellow press rubbish. This is called “Sommerloch”, German for “summer hole.” I’m not kidding.

The bottom line is that commenting on WELT is not worth the time. Even the most innocuous posts don’t get through because of the random selection of comments that are chosen for publication.

Germany Sets 9/11 Plotter Free

This is the kind of person we are finally getting out. Murderers and mass murderers are sent to their home countries if they guarantee to not apply the death penalty. I guess that he could also have been brought to the US, but they wouldn’t have guaranteed that he would live happily ever after. The obsession of Germans with their anti-death-penalty position is unjust and cruel for the victims and loved ones who were left behind.

“He was found guilty of 246 counts of accessory to murder — one for each of the passengers who died on all the four hijacked flights that day,” Debra Burlingame said. “It’s shocking he only got 15 years and this sends the message the cost of human life is cheap in Germany.”

Burlingame’s brother Charles “Chic” Burlingame III was the pilot of American Airlines Flight 77 that was hijacked out of Washington Dulles International Airport in Dulles, Va., and flown into the Pentagon.

She was invited to attend the 2003 trial in Germany of el-Motassadeq’s alleged accomplice, who wasn’t convicted. The news of the release, the New York native added, has her worried people are forgetting the lessons of Sept. 11.

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Daily Mail Discovered that Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn Attended Event to Honor Munich Olympic Jihad Terrorists

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Pamela Geller wrote a commentary.

Britain’s Jews are terrified of the prospect of Corbyn being Britain’s next Prime Minister, which has become more likely since Prime Minister Theresa May’s incompetence has reached new levels. Recently the country’s three major Jewish publications ran a joint front page editorial about Corbyn. The three publications called Corbyn an “existential threat” to Britain’s Jewish community and indicated that anti-Semitism in the Labour Party has “flourished” since Corbyn became leader in 2015. The publications also rightfully indicated that Corbyn has “contempt for Jews and Israel.”

Her full op-ed on the Geller Report.

I bet that German media will remain silent.

Nanette, Owen Benjamin and How the Death of Comedy Sucks

When Hannah Gadsby announced that she quit comedy, all the media world-wide fawned. How wonderful. She was about to go around with a trite program, “Nanette,” and expected to play it a handful of times before frying chips at a McDonald’s for the rest of her life. What she could not expect was the wave of support and the international interest in her retirement. She got a Netflix special, well-paid gigs and finally she had to admit that the revived interest makes it impossible for her to follow through. The money is more important than accusations of hypocrisy.

What happened? It used to be a joke that people would make street music with the sign that says, “I stop singing for a dime.” But this joke is real and big. A comedian quits and people are so happy about it that she becomes a star over it.

Who wants comedians to quit? Comedy harms the powerful first and foremost. There is a level of irreverence and uncontrollable honesty that ships with the art. So the celebration of an end of comedy is natural for the news media. I read not only one, but TWO articles about her in my German newspaper ZEIT. But there are also certain personalities who have an interest in taking down comedy.

Totalitarianism is the revenge of the stupid.

Imagine you have spent all your life nervously trying to figure out when others start laughing so that you don’t do it at the wrong time. It must be very stressful. Many people claim that it is impossible to detect satire on the internet. We see a flood of emoticons because some people really, really cannot figure out if you are serious or not. Better be safe than sorry. But why is it that some people understand jokes and others don’t.

A joke reveals something, gives cues, relies on the listener to figure out something on his own and always contains a small riddle. Imagine you happen to overlook contradictions regularly. Imagine you could be told sentences like “the private individuals must abide to the constitution” and would not notice the obvious contradiction between “abide to constitution” and a person who does not represent any part of the state. How easy would your life be if we would no longer laugh? How much less embarrassing would it be if people would never hint, but had always to spell out unambiguously what they have in mind? If it’s not hostile and they are well-behaved, there should be no reason for jokes, should there?

One of the articles about Hannah Gadsby in my newspaper was written by Hannah Passmann. ZEIT is trying to build her up as a kind of house star like Milo when he was with Breitbart. They also made a podcast with her and without listening much into it, I can quickly tell that she is not funny. Even Michelle Wolf, Sarah Silverman and Amy Schumer are funnier than her. Passman called Gadsby the best comedian of all times. We are hitting the bottom.

Some cartoon shows are still on the air, but for how long? After the destruction of the  high-rating sitcom Roseanne, it is reasonable to assume that the anti-humor juggernaut will soon roll over all the fun that is left. By the way, I want to apologize to apes if they feel compared to Valerie Jarret. I am racist enough to consider apes lower than humans, but not lower than Jarret and the mob that went after Roseanne in her name. It takes the lowest spirit to see a mob in one’s name and not to stop it. That message also goes to German soccer player Jérôme Boateng.

Still there is something that the entertainment industry still calls comedy. They are shows and events where laughs from the audience are still common. They are not heard because some insight was had, but because the authority of a blinking ‘applause’ sign sets them into a frenzy.

And Owen Benjamin? We wouldn’t even hear about him if it were not for the death of humor. He has turned his profession into activism against the humorlessness. The problem is that he is not funny. Comedians who are and who have an audience to lose when they speak up fear the end of their professional lives as the mobs keep roaming around.

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Why I’m Suddenly Against the Draft

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The discussion on the draft is back. German men were asked to serve in the military until about a decade ago. And it was already corrupted then.

The reason was that the army was too inefficient and was never used to support any other force. There were the exceptions of the Afghanistan war and the Balkan war, but people who got involved were actual professionals. What is more is that there is a ridiculous section in the constitution that forbids military members to do anything inside the country.

The constitution was overruled and as it is too long for most Germans to read, the elites have an easy time to work around it. A flood was branded a crisis so that soldiers could help place sand bags on riversides. Soldiers also took finger prints from immigrants in 2015. Our elites habitually break the constitution, but because the left pretends to be pacifist rarely good use was made of the German military.

The biggest problem, however, was that there was a loophole for draft dodgers. If you had a problem with your conscience, you could serve in some sort of voluntary job. That sent a lot of cheap slave labor into the social industries like care-taking or church activities. Most of the slave work benefitted the churches and eroded the wages of professional workers.

Now, the draft is to be reintroduced. But, of course, you can tell from the onset that it isn’t for the military, but for the churches and the social industry again. Although only men can be drafted according to the constitution, now women are also asked.

So this is about slave labour, and slave labour only. You can tell the nefarious nature of any policy by the amount of glib that is served with it. The slavery will create “social cohesion.” But don’t we have enough low-skilled workers thanks to mass immigration anyway? Whatever helps to further bring down the wages is done. Slave labour and more poverty immigration will go hand in hand.

And I’m also annoyed that women are supposed to be drafted. Germany is not at the edge of emergency like Israel. It is very unlikely to use the military to the extend that reservists would be asked to join in any time soon. Germany could have a draft for MEN that makes them think about life and death, defence, sacrifice and loyalty. Something that reinforces masculinity. It makes no sense to ask women. And there is another component: While I support women in the military (they are great people!), I think that it should be clear that this is an exception to the rule. It makes me very uncomfortable to even think of women getting hurt. As harsh as it sounds, but men are more expandable in any community. Deep down we know that. Women who volunteer have all our support, but we shouldn’t fool your average female into a path that is dangerous and makes everybody feel queasy.