Ice not disappearing here up north either

Forget about the Himalayas. Global warming is still a big problem in Germany these days too. Or the lack of it, I should say (Rostock got creamed yesterday).

Everyone is still waiting to hear when the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is going to give an Entwarnung (all-clear signal) here too, I guess.

“The United Nations’ expert panel on climate change based claims about ice disappearing from the world’s mountain tops on a student’s dissertation and an article in a mountaineering magazine.”

The revelation will cause fresh embarrassment for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which had to issue a humiliating apology earlier this month over inaccurate statements about global warming.


Yogi and Ingo go home!

“Two German diplomats using the fictitious names of Yogi and Ingo were arrested” in Iran, Iran state television has announced.

No, not for using fictitious names (their real names are Yogi and Boo-Boo, I guess), for having had a hand in violent and deadly anti-government protests which broke out on a Shiite Muslim holy day December 27th last month.

Germans? Germans involved in violent and deadly anti-government protests? In Iran? Go figure. They don’t even protest violently or deadly when they have revolutions here, in Germany, much less during other folks’ anti-government protests far away im Ausland (overseas).

So like send them home immediately or something, Islamic Republic of Iran. The nerve.

“No German diplomats were arrested on December 27 last year,” German foreign ministry spokesman Andreas Peschke told a Berlin news conference.

Germany’s turn?

As everybody knows, everything that “goes wrong” in Iran is a direct result of actions carried out by outside provocateurs (the United States and Britain, in other words).

But in a refreshing new turn of events, Iranian officials are now slapping around Germany for once. Germany, of all nations.

No one knows why for sure, of course, but some speculate that “The accusations followed stronger statements against Iran’s nuclear program by German officials, including Chancellor Angela Merkel, who raised the specter of new international sanctions against Iran, and an announcement on Tuesday by the Munich-based engineering giant Siemens that it would seek no new business there.”

Damn. And that’s for just raising a specter, or maybe two. What would happen if the German government ever actually “did” anything to Iran? You know, other than sell them things, I mean.

Wir waren es nicht. Yogi und Ingo sind es gewesen.

Raus already!

You just knew there had to be a rest of the story about yesterday’s post.

Very peculiar, this German Haltung (position) about sending more troops to Afghanistan. A few weeks ago the Germans were very loud and touchy about not being pushed to commit sending additional troops before the London Conference takes place.

Now – strangely two days before the London Conference begins – Germany makes a big announcement about deciding to send an additional 850 personnel after all. Less sophisticated types like myself might think that they’re speaking with a forked tongue, you know, placing everybody else before vollendete Tatsachen (a fait accompli).

Oh yeah, and the punch line here: At the same time that they announce a troop increase they also announce that they’ll begin bringing everybody home the following year.

That way everybody’s happy, I guess. Nope, no losers here. Who says you can’t please (fool?) all of the people all of the time? Even the Taliban will be pleased to hear about this one.

Afghanistan: Mehr Soldaten – und dann raus

More German troops will be sent to Afghanistan?

To do what?

“Germany may finally be ready to increase its troop contingent in Afghanistan. A news report says that Berlin might send an additional 500 troops to the war-torn country, despite widespread public opposition to the war.”

“Germany plans to shift its focus further toward training Afghan forces.”

Train them to do what? Certainly not to fight the Taliban. It’s not the number of German troops in Afghanistan that’s the problem (they’re actually going to send an additional 850), it’s the number of things German troops are refusing (or not allowed) to do.

Merkel bereitet Deutschland auf Afghanistan vor.

The Scorpions are thinking about ending their career?

Ich nix verstehen (I don’t get it). I thought their career had already been ended for them long, long ago.

But now their latest album will be their last, they promise. Germany’s most successful hard rock band has been at it for some 40 years now (at least) and they’re feeling it or something I guess and enough is enough already. What else ya gonna do, become a Rolling Stone?

Das aktuelle Album soll das letzte sein, die weltweite Tournee soll den Metal-Veteranen als Abschiedsreise dienen.

Who says money can’t buy you love?

You knew that Germany would come out in support of this one right from the get go. Fighting the Taliban has never been an option for the Germans (no one really seems to know why they’re down there in the first place).

So now it’s like why fight the Taliban when you can finally pull out your checkbook and buy them instead?

Funny, I thought the latest German concern about Afghanistan was all the corruption going on down there, but I guess I was wrong – and I’m certainly no statesman. It looks like the only way to fight corruption is with corruption itself.

Mit Geld will Kabul Taliban dazu bewegen, die Waffen fallen zu lassen.

Metropolis II

“A full version of Fritz Lang’s 1927 silent expressionist epic was found in Argentina in 2008, and after months of painstaking work, what is possibly Germany’s best-known movie has now been restored to almost its original state.”

“It will be shown at Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate on February 12 as part of the 60th Berlin Film Festival, with simultaneous gala screenings in Berlin and Frankfurt, with an orchestra playing Gottfried Huppertz’s original score.”

Als Fritz Lang 1924 New York besuchte, war er überwältigt. „Allein der Anblick von Neuyork bei Nacht müsste genügen, um dieses Fanal der Schönheit zum Kernpunkt eines Films zu machen“, schrieb er nach seiner Rückkehr enthusiasmiert in einem Berliner Film-Magazin.