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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Life's Seductions And The Church

While many churchmen cannot leave their hands off children, this shepherd with the name Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst went on a spending spree by remodeling his residence in Limburg for 30 million Euros and flying first-class to India. When he lied about it his earthly boss was not amused and called him in to pull his ears and for telling him to leave Limburg, though i suppose he wasn'nt stripped off his monthly 8500 Euro salary. And here is, where it gets crazy : Because Napoleon Bonaparte evicted the Evangelic and Catholic churches from their properties 200 years ago Germany pays them 460 million Euros state subsidies every year until today for compensation. So not only the churches receive imposed taxes from their members, but a lot of money from people, who have nothing to do with religion ( like myself) or belong to a different Confessing as well - unbelievable ! The current status of Germany is as follows - Big corporations as Apple, Amazon or Starbucks make many millions of profits, but hardly pay any taxes / The church receives a big load of money for nothing / The upper class rakes in more and more wealth / A growing number of kids grow up in poverty and an increasing number of elderly people become shoplifters, because of insufficient pensions. Don't expect chancellora Merkel to do something about it.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Lynyrd Skynyrd ...

... was my starting point, when i got interested in music and also a great inspiration to play the guitar. Some 36 years ago on the 20th of Octobre 1977 their chartered airplane crashed in a swamp near Gillsburg, Mississippi and killed six passengers with lead singer Ronnie Van Zant among them. Despite further tragedies and feuds between the survivors the band exists until today with one remaining original member, guitarist Gary Rossington, and Ronnie's brother Johnny doing the vocal work. Kudos to You Tube for providing the platform and to everyone, who uploaded all these videos - watching them is a tremendous joy and something i never thought would be possible.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Evo and the Bolivian way ...

Here is what happened in Bolivia in the year 2000 : The Bolivians solicited a credit from the International Money Foundation and received one under the prerequisite, that they would privatize their drinking water. U.S. construction giant Bechtel 's bid was accepted and they wasted no time to triplicate prices much to the disgust of the Bolivians, who forced Bechtel to pack up and leave after a fierce battle. Under Evo Morales the same fate overtook McDonalds and Coca Cola, when they received marching orders as well last December. This shows the Bolivians have cojones while we Europeans hand over our souls to big corporations, bankster and politicians, less trustworthy than sleazy used car dealers. In this context i want to mention, that here in Germany the CDU just obtained a big cheque from the automobile industry and  that meanwhile 1691 companies are exempted now from participating in the energy transformation, what means a steep rise for the electicity bill of us citizens - some are literally sitting in the dark already, because they cannot cope with it. If we want to know, what Europe is up to a view over the great pond could give some clues as they seem to be one step ahead. Many Americans are enslaved by banks due to huge debts acquired with low rate loans or by income taxes. In the U.S income taxes are against the constitution, but the government imposes them to get funds for feeding the " Creature from Jekyll Island ", how G. Edward Griffin aptly named the Federal Reserve Bank, with interest. These days the Americans once again reached the fiscal cliff, though by now the finance acrobats can still hold the whole thing together with their Monopoly money, however a hike of the interest rate with the shortage of liquidity could mean game over. There are many videos predicting an imminent collapse of the financial system perhaps accompanied with a monetary reform where the Dollar is replaced with the Amero. What fuels these fears are rumors, that the Department Of Homeland Security ordered 1.6 billion rounds of ammunition and that allegedly 15000 Russian troops were hired to restore order in case of riots. Whether all this is unjustified fearmongering or not is open for debate. What i know is, that it has nothing to do with common sense.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

6.10.13 PRIX DE L´ARC DE TRIOMPHE (Group 1) in Longchamp

I know, nothing can make a man more look like a fool than women and racehorses, however NOVELLIST is entered in this race and he means business. After his scintillating performance in the King George & Queen Elizabeth Stakes he won a recent prep run in Baden-Baden a bit workmanlike, but i am convinced trainer Andreas Wöhler will have him back at his best for this contest, where he takes on strong opposition from France and Japan. Crack Irishman Johnny Murtagh is back on board and i can't wait to watch the race and cheer him home. Novellist to win @ 5.5.***Non runner Racing is full with hard luck stories. This video shows Japanese aficionados in agony, when their hot fav Ofevre was beaten on the line in this race last year.