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Poetry Interlude: The Solution, by Bertolt Brecht

15.4.1967 East Berlin’s Karl-Marx-Allee (previously Stalinallee, and Große Frankfurter Straße before)


 
After the uprising of the 17th of June
The Secretary of the Writers’ Union
Had leaflets distributed in the Stalinallee
Stating that the people
Had forfeited the confidence of the government
And could win it back only
By redoubled efforts. Would it not be easier
In that case for the government
To dissolve the people
And elect another?

 
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Posted by on May 16, 2017 in poetry

 

Germany Confiscating Homes to Use for Migrants

Germany Confiscating Homes to Use for Migrants

In an unprecedented move, Hamburg authorities recently confiscated six residential units in the Hamm district near the city center. The units, which are owned by a private landlord, are in need of repair and have been vacant since 2012. A trustee appointed by the city is now renovating the properties and will rent them — against the will of the owner — to tenants chosen by the city. District spokeswoman Sorina Weiland said that all renovation costs will be billed to the owner of the properties.

The expropriation is authorized by the Hamburg Housing Protection Act (Hamburger Wohnraumschutzgesetz), a 1982 law that was updated by the city’s Socialist government in May 2013 to enable the city to seize any residential property unit that has been vacant for more than four months.

The forced lease, the first of its kind in Germany, is said to be aimed at pressuring the owners of other vacant residences in the city to make them available for rent. Of the 700,000 rental units in Hamburg, somewhere between 1,000 and 5,000 (less than one percent) are believed to be vacant, according an estimate by the Hamburg Senate.

Socialists and Greens in Hamburg recently established a “hotline” where local residents can report vacant properties. Activists have also created a website — Leerstandsmelder (Vacancy Reporter) — to identify unoccupied real estate in Hamburg and other German cities.

It remains unclear why the landlord in Hamm left his apartments vacant for more than five years. Some have posited that, given the location of the properties, the renovation costs may have been too high and probably would not have been offset by the rental income.

 

This Just About Sums Up Our Present Predicament

Ugh.

The Orthosphere

The search strings by which surfers of the web arrive at the Orthosphere sometimes pique my interest. Most are just what one would expect, involving such words as “Trinity,” “Atheism,” “Reaction,” “GNON,” or “Vatican.” But now and then we get a really odd one. This morning’s list featured a string that almost had me spitting out my coffee:

How to change tradition minded boyfriend.

I hope that boyfriend keeps reading on the traditionalist web …

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Posted by on May 14, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

If You Aren’t Jesus, Trying to Walk on Water May Turn out Badly

Reblogged from Zwinglius Redivivus:

Indeed, you may be eaten.

Crazy pentebabbleists.

 

The wages of radical egalitarianism, continued

(Hat tip.) As with Swedish policewomen, similarly with Floridian ones, here, finding themselves very much out of their depth.

Oops! Thankfully for them, a chivalrous white knight stepped in to help fix the problem created by dogmatic radical egalitarian ideology giving rise to such a situation.

IOW, it took a man to fix it.

He shouldn’t have bothered. I wouldn’t have. But then, I’m Red-Pilled; I’ve broken my chivalrous programming.

 

Cultural Hallmarxism

I was in some greeting card stores recently, shopping for a Mother’s Day card, as one does.

This of course was not a new practice for me; I do so every year.

But, for whatever reason, something leapt out at me, over and over, that struck me as new, something I hadn’t previously noticed.

Among the plethora of cards invoking simple sentiments along the lines of “Thanks, Mom, for everything; I love you; Happy Mother’s Day!”, and the like – many much more maudlin and sentimental versions of the same, which I dislike, since that’s not me – there were of course other kinds. Humourous ones, mostly, for those who don’t do sentimental, or who want to keep it light.

What I noticed, looking at some of the more humour-oriented Mother’s Day cards, was something that I may have noticed occasionally before, but this time, it was so prevalent, across the different kinds of Mother’s Day cards (some for kids to give; others for husbands to give wives, etc.), that I couldn’t help but notice.

And that was, a jokey-tone but no doubt serious promotion of the idea that the wife and mother is the head of the household; not the husband and father.

Seriously: I didn’t try to count them, but over and over, in two different stores, different card companies, this concept.

For instance, I saw a card, meant to be from a son, that had on the front cover, a mock-up of the seal of the U.S. president, but this one declared mom as ‘Head of the Household’.

I saw another, meant for a husband to give his wife, that ‘boasted’ that the best perk of their common enterprise was that ‘I get to sleep with the boss’ (as if that would happen often for any guy who put his wife up on such a pedestal). I remember a woman at a church I used to attend in another city I lived in who worked in her husband’s business as a secretary and book-keeper making that joke, and I found it amusing; I have heard other wives who work for their husbands’ businesses make the same joke. But I fail to find the prospect of a husband saying it in a greeting card (talking not about an actual business but rather the business of a family) funny. Perhaps I’ve lost my sense of humour. Or perhaps I’ve heard one two many husbands say, at the end of a ‘boys night out’ or the like, “Well, gotta go; the Boss is waiting”, which also rubs me the wrong way…

Anyway, those were just two examples, but I saw several. Over and over. It was enough to notice this time, if it hadn’t been that bad before, and I don’t think it had been, in previous years.

But it is now. To anyone who has eyes to see, and a mind to accept and not rationalize it away as ‘just a joke’.

It isn’t.

Anyway, to all patriarchal mothers out there who look up to and respect their husbands, the fathers of their children, and do not look down on them in any way, and who recognize paterfamilias as God’s Biblically-ordained order for the human race, I do sincerely wish you a Happy and blessed Mother’s Day tomorrow.

May you get to enjoy all of the perks of your highest calling as a woman, that of a wife and mother, including of course sleeping with your boss regularly and as often as he desires. 😉

 

Crash Test Blobbies

Goodbye, America (in a photo)

Story (prepare to cry and laugh simultaneously).

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Posted by on May 12, 2017 in Uncategorized