German Collusion

I mean, Russian collusion. YouTube collusion? I dunno. There must be some kind of collusion in there somewhere, right?

Russia threatens to block YouTube after suspension of German RT channels – Moscow warns of retaliation against video-sharing platform after RT channels blocked over Covid disinformation…

YouTube on Tuesday told German media that it had issued a warning to RT for violating its coronavirus disinformation guidelines and then shuttered two channels for breaching user terms.

On Wednesday, Russia’s foreign ministry accused YouTube of an “unprecedented act of media aggression” which it said was likely aided by German authorities – a claim Berlin denied.

The Russian ministry said the adoption of retaliatory measures against German media “seems not only appropriate but also necessary.”

Why Does “Going According To Plan” Sound So Sinister Here?

Or is it just me?

I know it isn’t just me. Asking for a friend.

“Things Are Looking Good and Going According to Plan” – In an interview, BioNTech founders Ugur Sahin and Özlem Türeci explain why booster shots are needed to combat the Delta variant of the coronavirus, and they say that a vaccine for five- to 11-year-old children is on its way…

The number of vaccine doses is no longer a limiting factor. There will be enough vaccine for every person in the world by 2022 at the latest.

Germany’s National Cloud Sovereignty Will Now Be Achieved

By hiring Google. You know. To make Germany more sovereign and not so dependent on companies like Google?

Germany has, along with France, been a driving force behind Europe’s quest for cloud “sovereignty.” When the countries announced plans for a European cloud network called Gaia-X a couple of years back, the idea was for European enterprises not to have to rely on foreign providers for the foundations of their online services and internal data-wrangling.

Now Germany is getting a “sovereign cloud” that will target sectors such as automotive and health care, along with the public sector, when it launches next year. It will be run by T-Systems, the Deutsche Telekom–owned systems integrator that is one of Gaia-X’s founding members, in partnership with the distinctly non-European cloud giant that is Google.

Why Sell Cars?

When you can get subsidies from the German government instead.

It’s not like they’re letting you build the cars anyway.

The German government is finalizing a subsidy package that could give Tesla (TSLA) over $1 billion in government funding for its new battery factory at Gigafactory Berlin.

After announcing plans to build a large electric vehicle factory in Berlin, Tesla confirmed that the project will also include a large battery cell factory.

German Of The Day: Wer ist Schuld?

That means who is guilty, who is responsible?

Vaccines

It started out with not enough Covid vaccines being ordered (Germany left that up to Brussels – big mistake). Now, after proclaiming the efficacy of Covid quick tests to make up for this lack of vaccines, not enough of these were ordered either.

Who is to blame? That’s easy. It’s never Angela Merkel, ever. See the guy up there on the right? That’s her health minister.

Corona-Pandemie – Schnelltest-Chaos spitzt sich zu – Wer ist schuld?

Unpopular?

No need to wonder why. German and EU politicians went out of their way to make the AstraZenica vaccine unpopular.

Astra

You know, Brexit and all that? It had to be made unpopular because it came from post-Brexit Britain and demonstrated, once again, how incompetent EU bureaucrats are in matters like this. They have  done everything wrong they could possibly do wrong when it comes to COVID vaccines yet still gladly point a schoolmasterly finger at a country that is clearly getting the problem under control.

COVID: AstraZeneca vaccine remains unpopular in Germany – In Germany, everyone who wants a coronavirus vaccine should receive one by September. But this plan will only work if millions of people accept the vaccine produced by AstraZeneca.

Think about it: You are willing to endanger the lives of your own citizens in order to make your “ex” look bad.

 

It’s Not A Threat

Tesla already has disrupted everything.

Tesla

Tesla’s Factory Threatens To Disrupt German Auto Industry. The Germans are playing catch-up now. Scheiße happens. The innovator always leads.

This is a lucrative business for Tesla. The company made $3.3 billion in the past five years from 11 states in the U.S. that, like the EU, force automakers that can’t meet emissions reduction goals to buy credits from companies like Tesla. But this revenue stream promises to run dry in the coming years as EU automakers ramp up their electric vehicle fleets. But because Tesla’s entire fleet is electric, Birgit Dietze of IG Metall, Germany’s auto workers union, says the company is already ahead of its German competitors.

 

After Blowing It With AstraZeneca

By ordering too little too late of the vaccine – maybe we can blow it now with the Chinese and Russian COVID vaccines too.

Vaccines

Go EU.

Coronavirus: Germany open to Chinese and Russian vaccines amid delays – Health Minister Jens Spahn says there is no obstacle to the use of the Sputnik V and Sinopharm vaccines if they receive EU approval. Chancellor Angela Merkel is due to hold a summit Monday to overcome a vaccine shortage.

Spahn’s remarks about Chinese and Russian vaccines come days after he admitted that Germany faces at least a shortfall of vaccines that could continue until April.

Spahn took to social media to warn that the German government will struggle to procure enough shots for the next months.

“We will still have at least 10 tough weeks with a shortage of vaccine,” he tweeted on Thursday.