Couldn’t They Just Cancel It Altogether?

Please? For health reasons? And then there’s COVID too.

Berlin Shortens Film Festival, Requires Vaccination and Testing – The 2022 Berlinale hopes new COVID-19 restrictions will allow it to have in-person screenings and events in February.

The Berlin International Film Festival has cut three days off its official screening schedule for 2022 and introduced new coronavirus measures, requiring attendees to be both fully vaccinated or recently recovered from a COVID-19 infection, plus show a recent negative COVID test.

Berlin 2022 will now run Feb. 10-16, with the festival’s Gold and Silver Bear honors handed out on Wednesday, Feb. 16. The final four days of the festival, Feb. 17-20, will feature repeat screenings of festival titles in cinemas around the German capital. Traditionally, Berlin sets aside one day for these “public screenings.”

German Omicron Fun Facts

Although scrambling now to change the numbers…

Germany’s Robert Koch Institute issued statistics on December 30 indicating that 96% of the latest Omicron patients were fully vaccinated, with only 4% unvaccinated.

Thank goodness the tweaking has really paid off for them. Sort of. Now they say: “It would seem the percentage of omicron cases among unvaccinated people accounted for 21%, not 4%.”

Now only 79% of the latest omicron patients were fully vaccinated. What a relief.

How Come The Banana Republik of Amerika Didn’t Make The List?

You can catch that Omicron cold there lickety-split there these days.

Germany has added to the list of high-risk areas the highest number of countries in over a year at once, including several European Union Member States, amid the increase of Coronavirus cases throughout the world, and in particular, the spread of the Omicron variant.

Updating the list of countries highly affected by the virus on Friday, January 7, 2022, the Robert Koch Institute, which is the German government research institute responsible for disease control and prevention, has expanded the same list by adding the following:

Angola
Argentina
Australia
The Bahamas
Bahrain
Belize
Bolivia
Cape Verde
The Democratic Republic of the Congo
Ivory Coast
Estonia
Fiji
France – the French overseas departments of French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Mayotte, St. Martin and St. Barthélemy

Gabon
Ghana
Grenada
Guinea
Island
Israel
Jamaica
Qatar
Kenya
Comoros
Kuwait
Luxembourg
Mali
Mauritania

The Netherlands – the overseas parts of the Kingdom of the Netherlands of Aruba and Curaçao
Nigeria
Panama
Rwanda
Zambia
Sweden
Sierra Leone
South Sudan
Togo
Uganda
Uruguay
The United Arab Emirates

German Of The Day: Impfpflicht

That means mandatory vaccination. And those signs down there read “for free vaccination decisions” and “no to mandatory vaccination.”

Tens of thousands of people are protesting against the latest restrictive COVID measures in German cities all over the country. And it’s fun to watch the state media squirm. They’re clearly finding it more and more difficult labelling these people wackos.

In Hamburg, some 13,700 people attended a demonstration against the restrictions, police said.

Under the banner, “Stop the corona dictatorship,” 4,000 protested in Düsseldorf.

Around 5,000 people rallied in Frankfurt, according to the police.

“Tin Foil-Hat Wearing Yokels” Also Spotted In Germany

In Bulgaria, actually. But still.

And more power to them.

A Community of German Anti-Vaxxers on the Black Sea Coast – A number of Germans have sought refuge on Bulgaria’s Black Sea coast from what they view as dictatorial anti-coronavirus measures back home. It has developed into a kind of alternative reality for conspiracy theorists.

They came here to stay. Their cars with license plate numbers from the North Sea coast, Berlin and Bavaria are parked out in front of the Château Aheloy on the Black Sea coast in Bulgaria. The apartment complex in the town of Aheloy is considered a stronghold of German-speaking corona truthers and so­-called “Querdenker,” that hodgepodge of anti-government conspiracy theorists who have waged an ongoing campaign against all measures aimed at combatting the pandemic.

“For you, we’re all just tin foil-hat wearing yokel. You just want to shove us into a corner and stand us up against the wall.”

Hopefully He Had His Shots

I mean, vaccinations. But I would go ahead and get tested if I were that cop.

COVID protester bites German police officer as marches spark violence – Police in Germany has reported sporadic violence at demonstrations against the country’s COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, with one protester in the eastern town of Lichtenstein biting an officer and another attempting to steal a service weapon.

German Of The Day: Spaziergängen

That means walks.

Over 35,000 German “walkers” protested against the government’s anti-Covid measures in German cities last night. This appears to be embarrassing for Germany’s state news channels because they are doing their damndest to ignore this.

Mehr als 35 000 Menschen sind am Montag in zahlreichen deutschen Städten gegen die staatlichen Corona-Maßnahmen auf die Straße gegangen – oft bei nicht genehmigten “Spaziergängen”.

In a related story: “Sheep are such likeable animals — maybe they can get the message over better.”

German Of The Day: Sachbeschädigung

That means property damage.

German health minister’s office vandalized – People angry over COVID curbs have been held responsible for damaging the offices of two German lawmakers on New Year’s Eve — including the constituency office of Health Minister Karl Lauterbach.

Violence has no place in the democratic debate.”

What debate? I must have missed that part.

Germans Invading Poland Again

They had not choice. Firework sales have been prohibited in Germany.

Thanks a million, COVID.

Germans flock to Poland to buy fireworks in defiance of ban – Firework sales prohibited in Germany for second year in a row owing to Covid, resulting in growing stockpile.

Have a Happy New Year!

German Of The Day: Strafanzeigen

That means criminal charges. You know, like the charges made against those demonstrating against the government’s anti-Covid measures in Munich last night?

There were some 5,000 there alone. Word is, the German police have just about had it and don’t have the personnel to handle all the demonstrations in the German cities that are now taking place.

New Year’s Eve might get a little crazy this year.

Polizei stoppt 5000 Demonstranten in München – Zwei Dutzend Strafanzeigen.