My Car Is Spying On Me

No, that’s not from a Philip K. Dick novel.

It’s bitter reality. In German minds, anyway.

Tesla cars have been banned by police in the German capital Berlin over spying fears sparked by the vehicles’ high-tech cameras.

The ban comes just a day after China banned all Teslas from a resort town where the country’s secretive leadership group is holding a conference.

After A Slow Start…

Comes an electrifying development.

Tesla achieves production of 1,000 cars in a week at Gigafactory Berlin – Tesla announced that it has achieved production of 1,000 Model Y vehicles in a week at Gigafactory Berlin. This is an important milestone – though the automaker originally planned to achieve it in April.

Tesla is currently in the middle of ramping up production at two major new factories, Gigafactory Berlin and Gigafactory Texas, and all of that amid a major global supply chain crisis.

Russia Attacks German Space Telescope

By trying to turn it back on again.

And thus threatening to observe far-off galaxies and supermassive black holes without Germany’s expressed written permission. This clearly goes beyond the scope of the telescope’s mission. Somebody make them stop or something.

Russia Trying to Hijack German Telescope – After being banned from involvement in a cooperative X-ray telescope project with Germany in the wake of the invasion of Ukraine, Russia is now seeking to operate the telescope without Germany’s input.

“Despite Germany’s demand to shut down one of the two telescopes at Spektr-RG, Russian specialists insist on continuing its work.”

Wow

Or something.

First of all, the new high-speed direct connection train thingy between Paris and Berlin won’t open when they say it will. Nothing opens as scheduled here.

Secondly, the time saved doesn’t justify a headline (nice foto, though). Instead of the 7 hours hours and 30 minutes it takes now the new connection will only take, hold on to your seats, seven.

But at least it will somehow reduce carbon emissions and that’s the main thing, I guess.

German Of The Day: Panzerhaubitzen

That means self-propelled howitzer.

Germany to send seven howitzers to Ukraine in further policy reversal – Germany will deliver seven self-propelled howitzers to Ukraine, Defence Minister Christine Lambrecht said on Friday, in a further reversal of a longtime policy not to send heavy weapons to war zones due to the country’s Nazi past.

The howitzer delivery, on top of five such artillery systems the Netherlands had already pledged, was another sign of Berlin heeding pressure at home and abroad for it to help Ukraine fend off a Russian invasion.

German Of The Day: Gepard

That means cheetah. Leopards can’t change their spots, of course, but maybe German cheetahs can.

Anti-aircraft tank Gepard of the German Armed Forces during a demonstration. The anti-aircraft tank Gepard, short Flak Panzer Gepard, is armed with two 35mm cannons. The main task is the fight against aircraft. Through the radar on the turret, the Flak Panzer Gepard can independently locate aircraft.

Support for Ukraine.

Germany wants to supply Gepard tanks – The German government now wants to allow the supply of tanks from industry stocks to Ukraine.

German Of The Day: Ziel

That means goal.

Like Tesla’s goal of producing 1,000 Model Ys per week at its brand new German Gigafactory near Berlin.

Production is currently at around 350 Model Ys per week. By the end of the month, it is to be increased to 1,000 per week. For the whole of 2022, a total of around 30,000 Model Ys are planned. Real volume production will not take place there until 2023.

Elvis Has Left The Building

I mean Elon. And what I actually meant was that he entered the Gigafactory.

Tesla’s Musk appears to have landed in Berlin – Tesla Chief executive Officer Elon Musk appears to have landed in Berlin, The Twitter user @ElonJet, who tracks the movements of Musk’s private jet, posted on Monday.

It’s the eve of Tesla Gigafactory Berlin’s first Model Y delivery event, and preparations are well underway in the company’s expansive Grunheide site. As images of recent activities at the Giga Berlin complex are shared online.

Germany

Beautiful German weapons sale of the week.

Because somebody has to admire them.

Thanks, Russia! Germany will now be selling tons of weapons to Germany for once.

Sensing a feeding frenzy, German arms makers jockey for position – Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s Feb. 27 proposal to ramp up defense expenditures by tens of billions of euros, spurred by Russia’s war on Ukraine, has defense officials in Berlin scrambling to identify spending opportunities that promise fast results, according to several company officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations.

Is It A Pangolin?

Is it a Piebald Squirrel? Maybe it’s a Kermode Bear?

Nope. But it is most definitely an extremely rare sighting in Germany. And in Berlin of all places. It is a so-called “pro-nuclear activist,” practically extinct, a highly endangered species indeed. They’re never seen in these parts. Not for very long. Poachers hunt them for their meat, hide, bones and hair.

German pro-nuclear activists make rare appearance in Berlin – With Germany set to shut down its last six reactors in 2022, a group of pro-nuclear activists made a rare appearance in Berlin over the weekend in the hope of reversing the decision. Operators, for their part, are wary of another abrupt policy change.