Now They Gas Monkeys

The real shocking news about Volkswagen’s ongoing scandal about exhaust fumes is that the Germans are now gassing monkeys. (Humans were only tested for adverse effects nitrogen oxide.) The news broke more or less on Germany’s Holocaust Memorial Day, 27 January, the day when in 1945 the Auschwitz extermination camp was liberated by the Red Army.

When Reinhard Heydrich informed senior NAZI government officials on 20 January 1942 at a villa in Wannsee about the planned “final solution of the Jewish question”, attendees of the infamous conference discussed, in rather private talks, disadvantages of then common mass shootings and experiments with gassing disabled and later Jews in vans with exhaust fumes. The latter’s disadvantages were 1) it took too long, and 2) it wasn’t quiet.

Results of these experiments led directly to Auschwitz.

30 January 2018 @ 6:11 am.

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So, Are You Going to Be Investing in the US?

CEOs

Trump speaks with leaders from Adidas, Nokia and Volvo at Davos from CNBC.

The above took place yesterday in Davos, Switzerland, on the verge of the World Economic Forum annual meeting. President Trump meets apparently his colleagues. His inquisitorial attitude clearly indicates who’s the boss.

One has to realize that these extremely submissive People, who were asked whether they properly do invest in the US, each lead companies with thousands if not hundreds of thousands of employees.

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Ahmadinejad, Trump

A few days after then Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had made what was widely regarded anti-Semitic rants at the UN General Assembly in September 2008, he met, still in New York, with ultra-orthodox Jews. This is remarkable only on first sight, as the respective rabbis are utterly anti-Zionists.

I remembered that meeting back in 2008 when listening to wannabe statesman Donald Trump when he declared 15 January this year’s Martin Luther King Jr Day. After he had allegedly insulted all Africans and Central Americans by calling their homelands shitholes: “Take them out!” (Haitians, out of the US).

Ahmadinejad, who was respected by the low classes in Iran who therefore elected him twice, had damaged Iran’s global interests considerably during his 8-yr tenure as his daring and inflammatory speeches about Israel, nuclear enrichment and ballistic missiles was relentlessly sanctioned by the international community. Ultimately, it was Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s irresponsible politics which brought Iran to its knees in 2015, accepting the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action negotiated with world powers, P5+1.

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Aaron Maté’s Martyrdom

Aaron Maté has been a brave journalist. He had worked for DemocracyNow! and is now  host at TheRealNews (TRN). He was born in Canada to Jewish parents but is a supporter of the Palestinian cause. So, he might be the right person to interview Norman Finkelstein on his promoting tour for his new book Gaza – An Inquest into Its Martyrdom.

Finkelstein had been interviewed by TRN before by its founder and CEO Paul Jay. I had reported on the series of televised parts here. While Jay let him describe his biography almost unchallenged (it becomes instantly clear that Finkelstein is an awfully difficult guest), the new promotion interview with Maté is worse, quite scandalous.

At least in its third part, Maté seems to lose his patience when Finkelstein, who claims to choose his words  pretty carefully, compares Hamas’ rockets with “enhanced” firework and an “SOS call”.

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Chief Whip of European People’s Party Evokes Wannsee Conference

When chief whip of the accumulation of conservative and right-wing populist European People’s Party (EPP) in the European Parliament, Manfred Weber, uttered his expectations for 2018 on the occasion of his national party CSU’s New Year’s reception in Seeon, Bavaria, he said that, in 2018, “the central European subject-matter is the final solution to the refugee question.”

On 20 January 1941, a clandestine conference was held in a villa outside Berlin located at the idyllic Wannsee. SS-Obergruppenführer Reinhard Heydrich had invited Nazi administrative leaders of various government departments to discuss just one subject-matter, the final solution to the Jewish question. The world got to know about the conference as one copy of the protocol had survived and discovered in 1947. Adolf Eichmann, who was ordered by Heydrich to write the minutes of the conference, gave a detailed account, when having been interrogated while awaiting his trial in Jerusalem in 1961.

Manfred Weber meanwhile dismissed, on Twitter, any “intentional misinterpretation”.

European right-wing populists are not very credible when using Nazi jargon for explaining their humanitarian intentions.

6 January 2018 @ 8:32 am.

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