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  • Spammer leben gefährlich

    In Russland macht man mit Spammern kurzen Prozess. Wer zu viel zu lange spammt, bekommt den Schädel eingeschlagen.

  • 1.August Tag der deutschen Redefreiheit

    Nix Redefreiheit.

    Redefreiheit

    Das ist kein offizieller Tag wie der Welt-Frauentag sondern eine Kampgne für einen Privatkunden. So jedenfalls Dr. Gerd Jungbluth von der ingame-Advertising Agentur Adgame-Wonderland. Mehr darf er aber nicht sagen.
    Ich bin mal gespannt, was sie mit meiner Emailadresse machen, die ich hier eingegeben habe.

    Die Gerüchteküche brodelt aber immerhin. Interessante PR.

  • Europe, thy name is cowardice

    My buddy Brix from the US just forwarded me this:

    Matthias Dapfner, Chief Executive of the huge German publishing house
    Axel Springer AG, has written a blistering attack in DIE WELT (The
    World), Germany's largest daily newspaper, against the timid reaction of
    Europe in the face of the Islamic threat.

    EUROPE - THY NAME IS COWARDICE

    Commentary by Mathias Dapfner CEO, Axel Springer, AG)

    A few days ago Henry Broder wrote in WELT AM SONNTAG (Sunday World):
    "Europe - your family name is appeasement." It's a phrase you can't get
    out of your head because it's so terribly true. Appeasement cost
    millions of Jews and non-Jews their lives as England and France, allies
    at the time, negotiated and hesitated too long before they noticed that
    Hitler had to be fought, not bound to toothless agreements.

    Appeasement legitimized and stabilized Communism in the Soviet Union,
    then East Germany, then all the rest of Eastern Europe where for
    decades, inhuman, suppressive, murderous governments were glorified as
    the ideologically correct alternative to all other possibilities.

    Appeasement crippled Europe when genocide ran rampant in Kosovo, and
    even though we had absolute proof of ongoing mass-murder, we Europeans
    debated and debated and debated, and were still debating when finally
    the Americans had to come from halfway around the world, into Europe yet
    again, and do our work for us.

    Rather than protecting democracy in the Middle East, European
    appeasement, camouflaged behind the fuzzy word "equidistance," now
    countenances suicide bombings in Israel by fundamentalist Palestinians.

    Appeasement generates a mentality that allows Europe to ignore nearly
    500,000 victims of Saddam's torture and murder machinery and, motivated
    >by the self-righteousness of the peace-movement, has the gall to issue
    bad grades to George Bush... Even as it is uncovered that the loudest
    critics of the American action in Iraq made illicit billions, no, TENS
    of billions, in the corrupt UN. Oil-for-Food program. And now we are
    faced with a particularly grotesque form of appeasement... How is
    Germany reacting to the escalating violence by Islamic fundamentalists
    in Holland and elsewhere? By suggesting that we really should have a
    "Muslim Holiday" in Germany.

    I wish I were joking, but I am not. A substantial fraction of our
    (German) Government, and if the polls are to be believed, the German
    people, actually believe that creating an Official State "Muslim
    Holiday" will somehow spare us from the wrath of the fanatical
    Islamists. One cannot help but recall Britain's Neville Chamberlain
    waving the laughable treaty signed by Adolf Hitler, and declaring
    European "Peace in our time".

    What else has to happen before the European public and its political
    leadership get it? There is a sort of crusade underway, an especially
    perfidious crusade consisting of systematic attacks by fanatic Muslims,
    focused on civilians, directed against our free, open Western societies,
    and intent upon Western Civilization's utter destruction.

    It is a conflict that will most likely last longer than any of the great
    military conflicts of the last century - a conflict conducted by an
    enemy that cannot be tamed by "tolerance" and "accommodation" but is
    actually spurred on by such gestures, which have proven to be, and will
    always be taken by the Islamists for signs of weakness.

    Only two recent American Presidents had the courage needed for
    anti-appeasement: Reagan and Bush. His American critics may quibble
    over the details, but we Europeans know the truth. We saw it first hand:
    Ronald Reagan ended the Cold War, freeing half of the German people from
    nearly 50 years of terror and virtual slavery. And Bush, supported only
    by the Social Democrat Blair, acting on moral conviction, recognized the
    danger in the Islamic War against democracy. His place in history will
    have to be evaluated after a number of years have passed.

    In the meantime, Europe sits back with charismatic self-confidence in
    the multicultural corner, instead of defending liberal society's values
    and being an attractive center of power on the same playing field as the
    true great powers, America and China.

    On the contrary - we Europeans present ourselves, in contrast to those
    "arrogant Americans", as the World Champions of "tolerance", which even
    (Germany's Interior Minister) Otto Schily justifiably criticizes. Why?
    Because we're so moral? I fear it's more because we're so
    materialistic, so devoid of a moral compass.

    For his policies, Bush risks the fall of the dollar, huge amounts of
    additional national debt, and a massive and persistent burden on the
    American economy - because unlike almost all of Europe, Bush realizes
    what is at stake - literally everything.

    While we criticize the "capitalistic robber barons" of America because
    they seem too sure of their priorities, we timidly defend our Social
    Welfare systems. Stay out of it! It could get expensive! We'd rather
    discuss reducing our 35-hour workweek or our dental coverage, or our 4
    weeks of paid vacation... Or listen to TV pastors preach about the need
    to "reach out to terrorists. To understand and forgive".

    These days, Europe reminds me of an old woman who, with shaking hands,
    frantically hides her last pieces of jewelry when she notices a robber
    breaking into a neighbor's house.

    Appeasement? Europe, thy name is Cowardice.

    I am starting to build respect for this guy. Finally somebody who puts his mouth where his heart is. Strong Europe ? Yes please.

    Comments welcome.

  • So sieht´s aus

    Dieses Blog sagt, wie sich viele fühlen.

    Nein, Deutschland ist soweit unten dass es sich, falls es sich noch weiter krümmt, selbst einen blasen kann.

    Wer kennt nicht ein paar Leute, die am eigenen Leib fühlen, wie sie am oberflächlichen, austauschbaren Stumpfsinn selbst verflachen, obwohl sie weitaus mehr Energie und Kompetenz haben. Und das Fernsehen stirbt langsam, weil immer weniger Menschen Bock auf die platte Berieselungdose haben, die im Niveau nicht viel weiter sinken kann.

    Hoffentlich schafft es unsere Gesellschaft, wieder Dampf in die Geschichte hier zu bringen. Das kann doch so echt nicht weitergehen.

    Blogs sind hoffentlich auch eine kleines, positives Element dabei. Sie geben jedem Menschen eine Stimme. Das kann nur gut sein. Und bald gibt´s von den blog.de-Jungs und Mädels eine neue, hoffentlich dicke Überraschung. Hoffentlich unterstützt ihr uns dabei. Wir brauchen euch dafür.

    Und vielleicht machen die Kreativen ja mal spontan einen coolen Logo-Vorschlag für das blog.de-Netzwerk, wie sieht´s aus ?

    In Deutschland brodelt´s. Let´s rock the house. Jeder so wie er kann, Hauptsache wir kommen an.

  • SPIEGEL covers London bloggers

    Here.

  • Blogs respond to London bombing

    The BBC covers it. Via Loic.

  • London Terroist Attack

    The City is pretty fast with printing warning signs.

    London Tube

    Picture via Adam Tinworth. Story via Mario Sixtus.

  • Sly rocks and blogs

    Sly,

    a brandnew band that you are likely to come across soon have set up their own blog.

    It´s the first band in Germany that I know of that has a bandblog. Anyone else know some other bandblogs ?

    sly

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