Annual Letter 2012

2012-12-24

Dear friends,

trivial to wonder about the fact that the year again is over already. Even more trivial, almost stupid to be stated, that the earth still revolves around the sun, today on 21/12/2012. How much stupid and useless things were again poured out on us, that made us kinda busy, has stolen our time. I’m sure: Many things again leaved undone for many of us…

But that’s not the point. What is pending are a few days, where we can come to our senses. We are socialized this way. Christmas, we simply feel it, although in different ways, sure. On La Palma, the sun shines, a little torn cloud high up in the sky, somewhat cloudy, but sun and birdsong. Only the Advent wreath, that Lis took from the cypress, the only suitable conifer around, this year has again wrested evidence of the fact that there are holidays at the door.

Gifts are given in Spain not before January, 6 when the Kings move in – if at all. We still have enough from our memories from the past month.

On 1st of June we started our trip. After Aachen, through the rainy Netherlands to Leer, where we were able to inspect the new FREYDIS III of our friends just before they started end of June to cross the Atlantic Ocean for the Caribic Islands; in the moment the yacht is currently »mothballed« in Panama.

The Danish North Sea island of Romø took us in, from the northern tip of Denmark we shipped over to Norway. After a long trip through Norway and Sweden, along the Gulf of Bothnia, we drove farther and farther to the north.

North of the Arctic Circle, we marveled at Norwegian prices, nature and of course – that was the goal – the midsummer days when the sun did not disappear. It was just light, around the clock. The shadows moved, although enormously in length, walked with the sun simply riding on the horizon from west to east to get there, then raise again – it was a great and memorable experience. As the whole landscape – forests of Sweden, Norway’s northern fjords, forests and lakes of Finland when gliding through Karelia, along the border with Russia – everything can be read in the weblog.

Our weeks in the Baltic countries, the islands, Riga, Vilnius, the friends. New friends then in eastern Poland, reunion with Victor and Svitlana in Ukraine, with Horst in Maramures in Romania…

And the refusal of our Senfle now to drive to west through Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic to Germany. What plans are worth it! We have given in and let it roll to the south: Romania, Bulgaria, Greece. Lefkada, the paradise on Meganisi and ultimately Naxos of course.

It is an indescribable feeling, all over this total 20,000 km and over again to meet friends and new people who are waiting for you, who are looking forward to meeting you: Aachen, Leer, Horneburg Tespe, Gross Senkenberg, Tornio, Kiuruvesi, Tallinn, Saaremaa, Riga, Vilnius, Losice, Khmelnitskyi, Viseu de Sus, Methoni, Meganisi, Naxos, Etoliko, Micici, Munich, and other acquaintances who will remain unnamed here.

We thank all who have been open for us, were happy with us. We enjoyed it. There were experiences and thoughts, gifts enough for us.

We wish you all a lot of joy for the coming days, happy encounters and hours for the New Year and all the things that we always want and which usually never will come. But we will not give up hope.

Hugs and kind regards,
Lis and Reinard.

Links:

(Remark: The translation was done with the help of Google Translate; I apologize for the not so perfect English; time pushed me…)

Günter Grass. What must be said

2012-04-12

The Guardian: The poem in English

and

another one here.

75 Years Ago Today, the First Occupy…

2011-12-30

– a note from Michael Moore

Friday, December 30th, 2011

Friends,

On this day, December 30th, in 1936 — 75 years ago today — hundreds of workers at the General Motors factories in Flint, Michigan, took over the facilities and occupied them for 44 days. My uncle was one of them.

The workers couldn’t take the abuse from the corporation any longer. Their working conditions, the slave wages, no vacation, no health care, no overtime — it was do as you’re told or get tossed onto the curb.

So on the day before New Year’s Eve, emboldened by the recent re-election of Franklin Roosevelt, they sat down on the job and refused to leave.

They began their Occupation in the dead of winter. GM cut off the heat and water to the buildings. The police tried to raid the factories several times, to no avail. Even the National Guard was called in.

But the workers held their ground, and after 44 days, the corporation gave in and recognized the UAW as the representative of the workers. It was a monumental historical moment as no other major company had ever been brought to its knees by their employees. Workers were given a raise to a dollar an hour — and successful strikes and occupations spread like wildfire across the country. Finally, the working class would be able to do things like own their own homes, send their children to college, have time off and see a doctor without having to worry about paying. In Flint, Michigan, on this day in 1936, the middle class was born.

But 75 years later, the owners and elites have regained all power and control. I can think of no better way for us to honor the original Occupiers than by all of us participating in the Occupy Wall Street movement in whatever form that takes in each of our towns. We need direct action all winter long if we are to prevail. You can start your own Occupy group in your neighborhood or school or with just your friends. Speak out against economic injustice at every chance you get. Stop the bank from evicting the family down the block. Move your checking and credit card to a community bank or credit union. Place a sign in your yard — and get your neighbors to do it also — that says, “WE ARE THE 99%.” (You can download signs here and here.)

Do something, anything, but don’t remain silent. Not now. This is the moment. It won’t come again.

75 years ago today, in Flint, Michigan, the people said they’d had enough and occupied the factories until they won. What is stopping us now? The rich have one plan: bleed everyone dry. Can anyone, in good conscience, be a bystander to this?

My uncle wasn’t, and because of what he and others did, I got to grow up without having to worry about a roof over my heads or medical bills or a decent life. And all that was provided by my dad who built spark plugs on a GM assembly line.

Let’s each of us double our efforts to raise a ruckus, Occupy Everywhere, and get creative as we throw a major nonviolent wrench into this system of Greed. Let’s make the politicians running for office in 2012 quake in their boots if they refuse to tax the rich, regulate Wall Street and do whatever we the people tell them to do.

Happy 75th!

Yours,

Michael Moore
MMFlint@MichaelMoore.com
@MMFlint
MichaelMoore.com

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* Almost like Christmas

2011-12-23

 

 

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Annual Letter 2011

2011-12-23

Dear friends,

things could be so easy if life would not play its own game with us.

This year there will be no Annual Letter from Lis as in former years. And if, only a lot later. She needs her time and energy for other things.

We are now in an age where we worry more and more about the people next to us: Parents die, that is irretrievable. But also friends and partners are overtaken by death, often unexpected, but sometimes predictably and after a long period of illness. That this is so, that it is natural – we know that, but displace it often in a varying manner.

What remains is the grief no one is spared of for those remaining back. Or maybe you are facing a time to a foreseeable end, the days and weeks of ups and downs, the uncertainty, the questions: What should be, has to be, could be done to relieve the suffering or at least make it otherwise bearable. The time of our own weakness.

Now this is just our Christmas this year. Lis is in Germany with her mother and her siblings. And she needs her strength there, just waiting…

So I try to gather the essentials of this year that is gone, as always, and always before we could settle in it; I’ll try to hand it out later.

From the sunny and still (almost) rainless island of La Palma I wish all of you contemplative and peaceful Christmas and a prosperous and peaceful New Year, which can at least be recognized as to be more peaceful. Remain or become healthy and happy life to you.

Everything in life is temporary. So if things a going good, enjoy it because it won’t last forever. And if things are going bad, don’t worry. It can’t last forever either.

Hugs and kisses,
Lis und Reinard

Happy and sunny Easterweekend…

2011-04-21

…for you all out there.

We ourselves got a very heavy cold from spring or from whom ever. So we try not to infect you…

 

you may click on the photos to enlarge them…

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America Is NOT Broke …

2011-03-07

…the Madison speech by Michael Moore

Delivered in Madison, Wisconsin on Saturday, March 5th, 2011. Video available here.

America is not broke.

Contrary to what those in power would like you to believe so that you’ll give up your pension, cut your wages, and settle for the life your great-grandparents had, America is not broke. Not by a long shot. The country is awash in wealth and cash. It’s just that it’s not in your hands. It has been transferred, in the greatest heist in history, from the workers and consumers to the banks and the portfolios of the uber-rich.

Today just 400 Americans have the same wealth as half of all Americans combined.

Let me say that again. 400 obscenely rich people, most of whom benefited in some way from the multi-trillion dollar taxpayer “bailout” of 2008, now have as much loot, stock and property as the assets of 155 million Americans combined. If you can’t bring yourself to call that a financial coup d’état, then you are simply not being honest about what you know in your heart to be true.

And I can see why. For us to admit that we have let a small group of men abscond with and hoard the bulk of the wealth that runs our economy, would mean that we’d have to accept the humiliating acknowledgment that we have indeed surrendered our precious Democracy to the moneyed elite. Wall Street, the banks and the Fortune 500 now run this Republic — and, until this past month, the rest of us have felt completely helpless, unable to find a way to do anything about it.

I have nothing more than a high school degree. But back when I was in school, every student had to take one semester of economics in order to graduate. And here’s what I learned: Money doesn’t grow on trees. It grows when we make things. It grows when we have good jobs with good wages that we use to buy the things we need and thus create more jobs. It grows when we provide an outstanding educational system that then grows a new generation of inventors, entrepreneurs, artists, scientists and thinkers who come up with the next great idea for the planet. And that new idea creates new jobs and that creates revenue for the state. But if those who have the most money don’t pay their fair share of taxes, the state can’t function. The schools can’t produce the best and the brightest who will go on to create those jobs. If the wealthy get to keep most of their money, we have seen what they will do with it: recklessly gamble it on crazy Wall Street schemes and crash our economy. The crash they created cost us millions of jobs. That too caused a reduction in tax revenue. Everyone ended up suffering because of what the rich did.

The nation is not broke, my friends. Wisconsin is not broke. Saying that the country is broke is repeating a Big Lie. It’s one of the three biggest lies of the decade: 1) America is broke, 2) Iraq has WMD, and 3) The Packers can’t win the Super Bowl without Brett Favre.

The truth is, there’s lots of money to go around. LOTS. It’s just that those in charge have diverted that wealth into a deep well that sits on their well-guarded estates. They know they have committed crimes to make this happen and they know that someday you may want to see some of that money that used to be yours. So they have bought and paid for hundreds of politicians across the country to do their bidding for them. But just in case that doesn’t work, they’ve got their gated communities, and the luxury jet is always fully fueled, the engines running, waiting for that day they hope never comes. To help prevent that day when the people demand their country back, the wealthy have done two very smart things:

1. They control the message. By owning most of the media they have expertly convinced many Americans of few means to buy their version of the American Dream and to vote for their politicians. Their version of the Dream says that you, too, might be rich some day — this is America, where anything can happen if you just apply yourself! They have conveniently provided you with believable examples to show you how a poor boy can become a rich man, how the child of a single mother in Hawaii can become president, how a guy with a high school education can become a successful filmmaker. They will play these stories for you over and over again all day long so that the last thing you will want to do is upset the apple cart — because you — yes, you, too! — might be rich/president/an Oscar-winner some day! The message is clear: keep you head down, your nose to the grindstone, don’t rock the boat and be sure to vote for the party that protects the rich man that you might be some day.

2. They have created a poison pill that they know you will never want to take. It is their version of mutually assured destruction. And when they threatened to release this weapon of mass economic annihilation in September of 2008, we blinked. As the economy and the stock market went into a tailspin, and the banks were caught conducting a worldwide Ponzi scheme, Wall Street issued this threat: Either hand over trillions of dollars from the American taxpayers or we will crash this economy straight into the ground. Fork it over or it’s Goodbye savings accounts. Goodbye pensions. Goodbye United States Treasury. Goodbye jobs and homes and future. It was friggin’ awesome and it scared the shit out of everyone. “Here! Take our money! We don’t care. We’ll even print more for you! Just take it! But, please, leave our lives alone, PLEASE!”

The executives in the board rooms and hedge funds could not contain their laughter, their glee, and within three months they were writing each other huge bonus checks and marveling at how perfectly they had played a nation full of suckers. Millions lost their jobs anyway, and millions lost their homes. But there was no revolt (see #1).

Until now. On Wisconsin! Never has a Michigander been more happy to share a big, great lake with you! You have aroused the sleeping giant known as the working people of the United States of America. Right now the earth is shaking and the ground is shifting under the feet of those who are in charge. Your message has inspired people in all 50 states and that message is: WE HAVE HAD IT! We reject anyone who tells us America is broke and broken. It’s just the opposite! We are rich with talent and ideas and hard work and, yes, love. Love and compassion toward those who have, through no fault of their own, ended up as the least among us. But they still crave what we all crave: Our country back! Our democracy back! Our good name back! The United States of America. NOT the Corporate States of America. The United States of America!

So how do we make this happen? Well, we do it with a little bit of Egypt here, a little bit of Madison there. And let us pause for a moment and remember that it was a poor man with a fruit stand in Tunisia who gave his life so that the world might focus its attention on how a government run by billionaires for billionaires is an affront to freedom and morality and humanity.

Thank you, Wisconsin. You have made people realize this was our last best chance to grab the final thread of what was left of who we are as Americans. For three weeks you have stood in the cold, slept on the floor, skipped out of town to Illinois — whatever it took, you have done it, and one thing is for certain: Madison is only the beginning. The smug rich have overplayed their hand. They couldn’t have just been content with the money they raided from the treasury. They couldn’t be satiated by simply removing millions of jobs and shipping them overseas to exploit the poor elsewhere. No, they had to have more — something more than all the riches in the world. They had to have our soul. They had to strip us of our dignity. They had to shut us up and shut us down so that we could not even sit at a table with them and bargain about simple things like classroom size or bulletproof vests for everyone on the police force or letting a pilot just get a few extra hours sleep so he or she can do their job — their $19,000 a year job. That’s how much some rookie pilots on commuter airlines make, maybe even the rookie pilot who flew me here to Madison today. He told me he’s stopped hoping for a pay increase. All he’s asking for now is enough down time so that he doesn’t have to sleep in his car between shifts at O’Hare airport. That’s how despicably low we have sunk! The wealthy couldn’t be content with just paying this man $19,000 a year. They had to take away his sleep. They had to demean him and dehumanize him and rub his face in it. After all, he’s just another slob, isn’t he?

And that, my friends, is Corporate America’s fatal mistake. But trying to destroy us they have given birth to a movement — a movement that is becoming a massive, nonviolent revolt across the country. We all knew there had to be a breaking point some day, and that point is upon us. Many people in the media don’t understand this. They say they were caught off guard about Egypt, never saw it coming. Now they act surprised and flummoxed about why so many hundreds of thousands have come to Madison over the last three weeks during brutal winter weather. “Why are they all standing out there in the cold?” I mean, there was that election in November and that was supposed to be that!

“There’s something happening here, and you don’t know what it is, do you …?”

America ain’t broke! The only thing that’s broke is the moral compass of the rulers. And we aim to fix that compass and steer the ship ourselves from now on. Never forget, as long as that Constitution of ours still stands, it’s one person, one vote, and it’s the thing the rich hate most about America — because even though they seem to hold all the money and all the cards, they begrudgingly know this one unshakeable basic fact: There are more of us than there are of them!

Madison, do not retreat. We are with you. We will win together.

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Digital Christmas

2010-12-21

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Wikileaks Mirrorlist

2010-12-06

Wikileaks Spiegelserver

Wikileaks (http://wikileaks.ch/mirrors.html) is currently under heavy attack.

In order to make it impossible to ever fully remove Wikileaks from the Internet, you will find below a list of mirrors of Wikileaks website and CableGate pages.

Mirror List

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* »Europa2010« – Der Plan

2010-06-08

Ich will jetzt gar nicht erst Brecht zitieren; ich weiss, dass es so nicht gehen wird – es ist zu viel. Aber nachdenkewn und träumen wird man ja noch dürfen.

Wer mit schauen will…

hier sind die Ziele. Es ändert sich derzeit noch einiges, die Feinarbeit ist in vollem Gange. Hinweise sind willkommen.


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