War in Europe, week 50

Almost a year into the war, the Tsar is not relenting in his murderous assaults on Ukraine.

We have finally agreed to transfer Leopard-2 battle tanks and, more recently, Leopard-1. Now all that’s missing is the actual shipment. As usual, the US is first and has sent their Bradleys on their way.

In an exciting turn of events, China sent spy balloons to the Americas and was not happy when the US shot one of them down.

Elon has done it again and announced that access to the Twitter API would only be available for paying customers. It’s his property, and he’s free to do what he wants, but did he have to ruin Twitter for his vision of an ‘everything’ app?

GitHub has given Mastodon its seal of approval, and it’s now available in the GitHub profile section.

(Mastodon profile with GitHub verification, 2/2/23)

War in Europe, week 49

While the Tsar is still murdering people in Ukraine, there is some good news: The West will finally deliver battle tanks!

Given the general scholziness of our government, it will take some time for Leopard-2 tanks to arrive from Germany, but other more nimble countries are now free to send them faster. We have finally started training soldiers on using the light Marten tanks.

The deal between our Greens and RWE Power is even worse than we thought: According to German TV, it’s all about paying RWE to invest in new power plants and covering for potential losses.

Maybe the climate emergency does not exist for the Greens? Whatever their real reasons were, the Greens are no longer a partner to protect our planet with.

(Lützerath support rally, 1/20/23, Cologne)

War in Europe, week 48

The Tsar is continuing his spree of premeditated murder across Ukraine.

Our government’s inaction and unwillingness to supply Ukraine with the necessary weaponry, such as Leopard-2 tanks, is beginning to get us into the realm of accessory to murder.

Not that the Greens are any better than the Social Democrats. They do support Ukraine, but at the same time, they have conveniently forgotten about the impending climate emergency. They are sending riot police to help RWE in literally burning our future.

Last Saturday’s rally in Lützerath saw a lot of violence from some riot police units against climate activists, which will need a follow-up in the state’s courts. As Peter Kalmus wrote: “Your kids and grandkids will want to know if you got arrested for the climate.”

The gap between the Greens and the climate activists is widening by the day, leaving us with no political party supporting the climate justice movement at the government level, which does not bode well for our planet’s future.

(Lützerath support rally, 1/20/23, Cologne)

War in Europe, week 47

No change to report; the Tsar is still targeting and murdering civilians in Ukraine.

Also, the latest news mentions that the Tsar plans to enlist 500.000 more soldiers this year. All these young Russians will be sent to their deaths so that he can continue his dream of being a powerful ruler.

What cruelty and waste of precious human lives!

The latest Covid-19 variant (XBB.1.5) seems to be a lot more transmissible than earlier variants and can easily bypass the immune reactions from the current set of vaccines. Why exactly are we reducing the recommendations to wear a mask?

On the climate emergency, the fight for Lützerath was the most significant issue this week.

Last year, the state of NRW and the company RWE Power struck a deal that gave RWE rights to burn more coal and make more profit; the state got nothing in return. Nevertheless, the state is using all its might in the form of riot police to drive climate activists from the lignite mine.

As if that was not bad enough, the ruling Greens, after having been duped by a powerful corporation, still defend their decisions and blame the climate activists instead. It would have been such a welcome change in the behavior of politicians had they admitted their mistakes.

(Sound truck, Lützerath, 1/14/23)

War in Europe, week 45 and 46

Orthodox Christmas: The Tsar announced a unilateral cease-fire and didn’t keep it. Not that anyone believed that he would – he simply keeps murdering people.

Covid-19 is exploding in China, causing many deaths that could have been prevented; travel advisories are being implemented.

January is way too warm in Europe, and ski tourism is suffering. Maybe that’s something that will get people to understand the climate emergency.

People who are still utterly tone-deaf regarding our climate and global heating are our Greens. They struck a pretty ugly deal with RWE to bolster RWE’s profits at the expense of our future. I’m not entirely sure what they got in return – lucrative positions in the future, maybe?

All I can say is, “Lützerath bleibt!” – the Greens will need to call in many riot police units from all over the republic to fight with climate activists and hand over their gift to RWE.

(RWE Destroyer, Lützerath, 12/31/22)

War in Europe, week 44

Christmas 2022: Ten months ago, the Tsar invaded Ukraine and, to this day, continues to slaughter the Ukrainian people and destroy their civil infrastructure.

What has begun as a “special military operation” has officially become a full-fledged war and will leave both countries utterly devastated for decades. All because of one deluded male who wants to secure his place in history.

The Tsar has few remaining allies; one is Iran supplying weapons to Russia to kill more Ukrainians while simultaneously killing their people for protesting.

And my government is still not sending tanks.

This week I learned that “Carol of the Bells” is a beautiful Ukrainian song Щедрик, sung on New Year’s evening.

Covid is ravaging China, and our hospitals are fully occupied.

Also, the Greens are still poised to help RWE burn more coal.

(1.5-degree border, Lützerath, 12/17/22)

War in Europe, week 42 and 43

The Tsar is continuing to murder Ukrainians and destroy civil infrastructure without any reason, aim or goal. In his latest move, he’s trying to drag Belarus into his war as if there wasn’t enough suffering already.

And our government is still not sending tanks.

The man-child is destroying Twitter, much like the Tsar is destroying his country. Males without conscience.

And: The Greens are partnering with RWE to burn more coal.

Wait, what?

Yes, the Greens are supporting RWE to extend and use the Garzweiler lignite mine and are preparing to use riot police against climate activists.

(Garzweiler open-pit mine, Lützerath, 12/17/22)

War in Europe, week 41

Winter is here, and the people in Ukraine are freezing. Can there be anything more cynical than the Tsar continuing to destroy the remaining civilian infrastructure? And murdering innocent people?

My last shreds of sympathy for Russia and its people are gone now – let them have their iron curtain back and leave the rest of us alone.

Two other ultra-conservative strongmen face opposition in their respective countries (Iran and China), too, and are violently quelling unrest, causing massive harm and suffering for the people.

And then there is our make-believe strongman, slowly destroying social media out of spite. The bird had already left my home screen; I also removed it from my bookmarks.

Not to forget Recep Tayyip Erdoğan (Turkey) and Viktor Mihály Orbán (Hungary).

Why is it always the males of our species causing so much harm to others for their gain?

(Wedding, Cologne, 12/3/22)

War in Europe, week 40

The Tsar is not stopping his relentless assault on civilian infrastructure in Ukraine, killing many and hurting even more.

This week he met with the mothers of fallen Russian soldiers. Soldiers he sent to conquer Ukraine and murder its people to foster his ambitions. And he expressed sympathy for their loss. That he caused. Can you be more cynical and more out of touch with reality?

Equally out of touch is the belligerent child emperor, who announced an “Amnesty” for people banned from his platform for hate speech this week. He also criticized executives from major advertising platforms for not paying him anymore.

His next big task will be to convince the alt-right to buy his EVs – if you’re a little bit open-minded, you wouldn’t want to be seen with a $70,000 MAGA hat, would you?

His actions have given federated social media networks a considerable boost, and I think our society and the Internet will unintentionally greatly benefit from it.

(Jason Weiser, Mastodon, 11/19/22)

War in Europe, week 39

After the liberation of Kherson by the Ukrainian forces, the Tsar continued its war of attrition against the people of Ukraine and bombed civilian infrastructure, murdering countless people.

The Tsar gets help from the regime in Iran. Not only do they slaughter the brave women who rise against decades of oppression, but now they have also started to help the Tsar by sharing weapons and technology to enable him to slaughter even more civilians in Ukraine.

Amid all of this, there is the soccer world cup in Qatar. In a shameful act of cowardice, our national team has reneged on the promise to display at least a small token of solidarity with the oppressed minorities in Qatar.

And there was COP27. The nations of the global North agreed in principle to set up a fund for Loss and Damage, which is progress, but no consensus was reached on phasing out fossil fuels.

(Boycott Qatar stage, Cologne, 11/20/22)