Jeepers. What took her so long this time? I mean, what with all of this refugee-terror-soccer-match-cancellation-stress going on around here these days.
But as it turns out, she and her German compatriots don’t seem to be all that stressed out about those kind of things, believe it or not (believe it).
The latest stress survey indicates, for instance, that about one quarter of all Germans are primarily stressed out about the kind of stress that they put themselves under. These are Germans stressed out about being , well, German, I guess you could say. Damn. I wouldn’t want to live under that kind of stress, either.
Some 19 percent are stressed out about not having enough money.
Around 15 percent need more sleep and early retirement, I assume, because having to work for a living is a really big stress factor for them.
And 14 percent are stressed out by not having enough time to do what they want to do. You know, like being more stressed out about stuff?
The Germans remaining, I assume, were not able to adequately stress through verbal communication just how stressed out they really, truly are.
Wie die GfK in einer am Mittwoch veröffentlichten Umfrage herausgefunden hat, stellt der Druck, den man sich selbst macht, die hauptsächliche Stress-Ursache bei den Deutschen dar.
That means disguised. You know, like the three terrorists from Paris who presumably made their way through Europe disguised as refugees? Now it’s out that at least one of them traveled through Germany.
Take this guy here, Ahmad Almohammad, one of the three who blew themselves up in front of the Stade de France. The latest reports indicate that he was in Bavaria at the end of October.
“Zu laufenden Ermittlungsverfahren erteilen wir keine Auskünfte.”
Or the lack of them…
This guy seems to think there’s a lack of them, too. Ahmad Manour is a group manager at the Heroes Project in Berlin and a family counselor at Hayat, an advisory body for de-radicalization.
The degree of Islamist radicalization among the youth in Germany is underestimated. He chose the title “Generation Allah” for his recently published book because “I find that there is an incredible number of young people here who believe in things like conspiracy theories, harbor anti-Semitic thoughts and don’t think along democratic lines. The Islamic religion is the only thing they have that conveys identity for these young people.”
“It’s also important that in view of Islamic terror Muslims ask themselves how such a monster could come to life among us.”
Im politischen Raum sei eine “gewisse Planlosigkeit” im Umgang mit dem Problem erkennbar.
It’s Christmas season so here’s my wish. I know your first and foremost priority is to bash everything time-honored and traditional about us (as in US). I understand and respect that (actually I don’t, that was just a figure of speech). But seeing what’s going on in the world at this moment I would really appreciate it if you could possibly consider bringing back one of your own time-honored genres: The wartime drama. You know, like Casablanca? You could refer to it as a wartime propaganda film if that makes you feel better about it, of course.
I would like this Casablanca to have a Muslim hero in it, however. A Muslim Rick, so-to-speak. The reason being that one of the obvious intentions of the ISIS attacks in France (coming to Germany soon!) is to incite hatred against the Muslims living here and to hopefully, from their point of view, have this hatred lead to some form of civil war in ze Europe.
This may have seemed far-fetched a short time ago but a thoughtful look at the current atmosphere in Germany, for instance, should convince you that this is well within the realm of the possible.
The Traumfabrik (dream factory) needs to give us a positive Muslim role model here, in other words. The “normal,” moderate Muslims living here need one erst recht (all the more). This Ric, too, will need to do the right thing and combat the evil that is terrorizing us all and explain to everyone how it doesn’t take much to see that the problems of three little people don’t amount to a hill of beans in this crazy world, of course.
I know you’re busy and all these days and I really hate to bother you (another figure of speech) but I’m just thinking out loud here.
PS: Scarlett Johansson would make a great Ingrid Bergman character. No head scarves or anything, though.
Beautiful German of the week.
Because somebody has to admire them.
OK, she’s not really German. But still.
That’s an old post-World War II German movie called “The Murderers Are Among Us,” starring Hildegard Knef. It’s about Nazis in Germany after the war. You know, people with dark pasts and stuff like that?
Meanwhile, in a completely unrelated story…
Germany’s top prosecutor is investigating whether an Algerian man detained at a refugee center last week knew in advance about the Paris attacks but failed to tell the authorities, officials said on Friday.
The guy apparently even has notes describing the attacks, but he’s not talking for some reason. Nor is this news story getting much air time on the German news waves for some reason. I guess things like this simply aren’t permitted to, well, actually happen, so why report them? I mean, it’s not like this guy has a dark past or anything. And dark futures don’t count.
Im Fall des Algeriers aus Arnsberg, der die Terror-Anschläge von Paris angekündigt haben soll, gibt es neue Entwicklungen: Der 39-Jährige soll Notizen über die Attentate versteckt haben, die nun gefunden worden sind.
Like how rude is that? Even if they’re only awake for a few minutes it’s still uncalled for.
* Germans long felt insulated after opposing 2003 Iraq war
* Germany-France soccer game was one of Paris targets
* Cancelled match this week brought threat closer to home
* Vice chancellor shuns war rhetoric favoured by Hollande
After years of feeling insulated from militant Islamist threats, Germans are worrying that they too could be subject to attacks like those suffered last week in Paris.
Ain’t no big deal, though. They’ll be back to sleep in no time, folks. War? What, me worry? The answer is always…
“Die ganz klare Antwort ist nein.”
That means to unsettle or to unnerve. And that is what German interior minister Thomas de Maizière definitely did NOT want to do by refusing to explain in detail why the soccer match in Hanover had to be cancelled last night, saying “that would only unsettle the public.”
So now the public is just plain scared instead.
Although, on the other hand, there are some pretty good German tweets cashing in on that line right now: “How do I look this morning, honey?” “I’d rather not say. Part of my answer would only unsettle you.”
Er möchte die Menschen nicht verunsichern. Doch gerade das macht vielen Angst.
Eager to help its neighbor France redistribute its military forces in the wake of the terrorist attacks on Paris, and keen to stay out of harm’s way while pretending to have a real military of its own, Germany has generously volunteered to increase the number of its already sizable forces presently stationed in Mali. Some sources close to the chicly coiffed head of the German war machine herself have even suggested that she may even actually double the number to a full 18 men (that’s a 1 and an 8). Personen (persons), I mean.
Meanwhile… Earlier on Tuesday, French President Francois Hollande said the French aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle would head to the eastern Mediterranean offshore areas of Syria and Lebanon, instead of the Persian Gulf as previously announced, to support military operations against the Islamic State (IS) extremist group.
Die Bundeswehr beteiligt sich an der UN-Mission Minusma in Mali derzeit unterstützend mit neun Soldaten.
PS: When Germans say nein they mean nine, damn it.