Fighting For Naked Survival Was Much More Invigorating

Like their grandparents or great-grandparents in the 1940s did, say.

Berlin

I doubt anybody complained much back then about being exhausted. But times change and people become more snowflakey and spending the day online or watching TV can be a real, I dunno, Belastung (burden) or something. It just doesn’t have that punch that real survival problems have, I guess. So let’s complain a little louder and see what’s on TV.

‘People are exhausted’: Germans grow weary of endless lockdown – Berliners are impatient for vaccines and the country is poised to tighten restrictions as the third wave hits.

“I’m really tired of it. Winter is always hard but now with the lockdown we don’t have anything to do, so it’s been awful.”

 

But This Can’t Be

Everybody is wearing masks.

Masks

And we’re Germans so we have everything under control (that’s why I booked my vacation).

Germany’s COVID rate exceeds critical 100 in 100,000 rate – The seven-day incidence of new coronavirus infections has exceeded the critical benchmark of 100. The significant rise in case numbers is likely to dominate top discussions on COVID-19 restrictions scheduled for Monday.

We’re All Going To Die!

So let’s go on vacation!

Vacation

And take the locals down with us in the process. It’s called European solidarity or something.

Mallorca braces for influx of German tourists after removal from risk list – Germans warned that Covid restrictions still apply as locals express frustration at Berlin’s move.

“The desire to spend the Easter holidays on the Mediterranean is significantly bigger than expected.”

Angela Merkel Isn’t Quite Finished With Her Party Yet

Or with her country, for that matter. But it won’t be much longer.

CDU

Merkel’s Conservatives Mired in Scandal and Incompetence…

The Union has been in turmoil ever since it became known that to conservative lawmakers are thought to have enriched themselves with business deals involving medical protective equipment – at a time when workers across the country were fearful of losing their jobs, when the self-employed were facing ruin and when doctors and nurses were risking their health. Political representatives benefitting from a crisis that has gripped the entire country is not a good look…

A majority of the population, though, might be inclined to overlook such missteps if things were actually working. If people had the feeling that the government was doing its job protecting the population from the virus and ably leading the country through the pandemic. But that is not the case.

Die Union rutscht in einer Umfrage um vier Prozentpunkte ab und hat den positiven Effekt der Corona-Krise wieder verspielt. In der Kanzlerfrage läge Laschet hinter Grünen-Politiker Habeck – aber vor einem anderen direkten Konkurrenten.

Number Of German Covid Cases Growing

“Exponentially.” I know, the government says, we’ll stop using the little vaccine we still have. That ought to help.

Covid

Oddly, at this point, I have a feeling it might actually help. Just go with the herd immunity thing and get it over with, Germany.

COVID: German cases are growing ‘exponentially’ again – A leading expert has warned an easing of restrictions has led Germany to the brink of a third wave. Intensive care doctors warn that partial lockdown measures must be put back in place.

“We are exactly on the flank of the third wave. That can no longer be disputed. And, at this point, we have eased the restrictions and that is speeding up the exponential growth.”

 

Self-Sufficient?

That’s pure nationalism! And you call yourselves good Europeans. All day long.

Self

Germany seeks to be vaccine self-sufficient by next year – From 2022, Germany should be able to produce enough of its own vaccines to inoculate the whole population in the case of a pandemic, a top official said on Saturday.

Vaccination commissioner Christoph Krupp told newspapers of the Funke Media Group that, by May, a government task force would put forward a concept to achieve the goal of setting up a state-guaranteed system for vaccine production.

Europe, That’s What Went Wrong

Germany’s COVID management: World wonders what’s gone wrong – A year ago, Germany was effusively praised for its coronavirus response. Nobody would think to do that now. If anything, the international view today is a mixture of astonishment and schadenfreude.

Germany

As reported earlier“Germany is the architect of the European failure because Germany and Merkel were behind pushing for the European process that was a failure from the beginning.”

Europe “ought” to work. But it doesn’t. Then the real world bites back.

Just What Do You Mean When You Say “Ethical Standards?”

Must have got lost in translation or something.

Masks

Hello? Is there anybody in there? These are politicians, people. Violating ethical standards is what they get paid for.

German mask scandal: ‘Unforgivable violations of ethical standards’ – Andreas Nick, a prominent member of Germany’s ruling CDU party, has strongly criticized the two conservative politicians at the heart of a damaging mask procurement scandal on DW’s Conflict Zone.

“Individual cases shouldn’t be used in a demagogue fashion to discredit parliamentarians and politicians who serve the public to its best interests.”

German Of The Day: Gesichtskondom

That means face condom.

German

You know, face mask? I don’t make this up that German allows you to make this stuff up. It’s a popular national pastime.

Pandemic Inspires More Than 1,200 New German Words.

Like English, German also offers the possibility of combining of words, especially nouns. The resulting noun chains in English typically feature spaces or hyphens between the different elements, while German ones normally appear as one word. The German penchant for creating complex compound nouns has long been the stuff of comedy. Mark Twain devotes part of his essay on The Awful German Language to these “curiosities,” and many people are familiar with ones like “der Donaudampfschifffahrtsgesellschaftskapitän” (the Danube Steamship Navigation Company Captain).

 

Nice Europeans

Come in last.

Nice

Germany should have led the world at handling the pandemic. But experts slam Merkel’s vaccine response as a disaster.

“Germany is the architect of the European failure because Germany and Merkel were behind pushing for the European process that was a failure from the beginning,” Julian Reichelt, the managing editor of Germany’s largest selling tabloid newspaper Bild, told CNN.

“She wanted to make it all about Europe and her being a great European,” he says.