And Here I Was Getting All Geared Up…

For that traditional German Christmas Market feeling.

And then the next stupid Covid wave comes along and ruins everything! I’ll just have to drink my Glühwein at home alone, I guess.

Munich’s iconic Christmas market has been canceled for the second year in a row due to a significant rise in Covid-19 cases in Germany.

The “bitter news” was announced by the city’s mayor Dieter Reiter, who said he’d been left with no choice but to call off the popular event, which usually attracts around three million people annually, as the country grapples with record breaking infection rates.

German Of The Day: Aussetzen

That means suspend.

Certification of controversial Russian gas pipeline suspended by Germany – The United States and Ukraine oppose Nord Stream 2, which was completed earlier this year but is not yet in operation.

Germany’s network regulator said Tuesday that it has suspended its procedure to certify the operator of a new pipeline that would bring Russian gas to the country under the Baltic Sea because of an issue with the company’s status under German law.

Die Bundesnetzagentur setzt ihr Verfahren zur Freigabe des Gastransports durch die Gaspipeline Nord Stream 2 vorläufig aus.

They’re Not Wearing Masks

But some of them are wearing those red cardboard noses. Do they count?

The carnivals are being held despite the fact Germany is undergoing a fourth wave of COVID-19 infections, setting a record Wednesday for the number of daily infections.

And while the vaccine requirement was strictly enforced, the streets of Cologne were filled with people, side by side, without masks.

Thursday’s celebrations began with a somewhat ominous sign – designated so-called prince for the Cologne carnival, Sven Oleff, had tested positive for COVID-19 the previous day, a breakthrough case since he is fully vaccinated. The festival committee said he showed no symptoms and was feeling well.

Why Is Germany So Ill-Prepared?

The same reason every other country out there is ill-prepared – with the possible exception of China.

Nobody knows what they’re doing. The Germans just don’t know what they’re doing particularly well.

Why can’t Germany deal with the new COVID crisis?

Germany is deep into its fourth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, but yet again its authorities and politicians seem ill-prepared. Has no one learned from the mistakes?

It goes like this, if you haven’t noticed:

Laurel: Get vaccinated to protect others.
Hardy: OK. Got vaccinated.
Laurel: And keep wearing a mask to protect others.
Hardy: But I got vaccinated.
Laurel: The vaccinated are just as contagious as the unvaccinated.
Hardy: Then why did I get vaccinated?
Laurel: To protect others.

We Don’t Want Your Kind Here

The German “2G” rule means allowing only those vaccinated or recovered from COVID-19 to enter indoor areas.

This means that Germany has become a place where the vaccinated must be protected from the unvaccinated. It all makes sense these days somehow. And that’s the scary part.

Germany’s capital Berlin will from Monday tighten the screws on unvaccinated people by denying them access to indoor dining, bars, gyms and hairdressers in an effort to contain a coronavirus resurgence.

Under new rules in the city-state, only fully vaccinated people and those who can show proof of recovery from Covid-19 can enter leisure facilities and a list of other selected venues — a system known as “2G” in Germany.

How Did This Land In Der Spiegel?

But I guess even a blind squirrel finds a nut once in a while.*

The Dirty Truth About Clean Technologies – The poor South is being exploited so that the rich North can transition to environmental sustainability. Entire swaths of land are being destroyed to secure the resources needed to produce wind turbines and solar cells. Are there alternatives?

Yes, there are. One of them is called “nuclear energy.”

*The Germans say “even a blind chicken finds a kernel of corn once in a while.”

German Of The Day: Murmeltier

That means groundhog.

And when it comes to COVID19, every day feels like Groundhog Day in Germany.

Germany caught in COVID ‘Groundhog Day’ – In the classic film, a man trapped in a time loop is condemned to relive the same awful day. DW’s Sabine Kinkartz knows how he feels as Germany enters its second pandemic autumn.

For Being Such A Smart Guy It’s Odd That He Still Hasn’t Figured It Out

I guess you have to live here for a while to get it.

If German bureaucracy gets all up in your face when trying to get some commonplace document, as it does, then it’s certainly going to ruin your day (year? life?) when you try to build a gigafactory.

Tesla’s Elon Musk bemoans German red tape, again – Tesla Inc Chief Executive Elon Musk took to Twitter to bemoan a consultation process launched on Tuesday for local citizens to express objections to a huge factory he is building near Berlin.

The process, being repeated over concerns the first time around did not comply with regulations, is a snag in Tesla’s plans to start production of electric cars this month.

“Sigh.”

Maybe Maybe

Maybe this latest climate conference will finally “save the planet” for once already. Maybe. Try 26 and counting.

Or maybe fewer and fewer doomed planet dwellers are interested in taking part in this mass psychosis* anymore. Maybe. Nah. There’s certainly no maybe about that.

How the Worst Can (Maybe) Still Be Averted – The Glasgow climate summit could be the key to limiting the damage of climate change, but its success will depend on the host country’s ability to bring guest nations together – and on the willingness of China and the U.S. to overcome their deepening rivalry.

*A mass psychosis is an epidemic of madness and it occurs when a large portion of a society loses touch with reality and descends into delusions.