It’s the Religion, Stupid

Many thanks to Hellequin GB for translating this German-language post from Twitter:

Thought experiment shows: Climate narrative has long since become an ideology

Let’s assume for a moment that science finds out that temperatures on earth are falling, that CO2 is not the main driver of the climate, or that climate change has a positive impact on crop yields and prosperity will impact worldwide. In other words, the climate panic would be canceled for one of the reasons listed.

What would sound like good news would have massive consequences for the course chosen. The agreements between states to reduce emissions would be invalid, and the restructuring of industry and energy supply that has taken place so far would be meaningless in the new context. Capital flows amounting to thousands of billions of dollars would suddenly be called into question. Party programs would have to be rewritten.

In the thought experiment we can now test how realistic it is to assume that these new scientific findings would actually become widespread. Would the truth be stronger than all party-political, industrial and ideological interests? No, of course not. This assumption would be naïve. No one in power would simply agree to change the climate narrative and put their own interests aside. There is far too much at stake for that.

If this is not the case today, what year was the “point of no return”? When did the climate course become set in stone? The course was set at the latest with the Paris climate agreement in 2015. Presumably already with the establishment of the IPCC in 1988, which had the task of proving man-made climate change.

When viewed from a meta-level, the matter is clear: the climate narrative is an ideology. Science is no longer open-ended. Since probably 1988, at least since 2015. Everything else is wishful thinking. The harsh treatment of critics, the censorship we experience, the massive propaganda in the media underline this result of the thought experiment.

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Which Will It Be, Boiling or Freezing?

Climate change is going to get us. We all know that’s true, because we haven’t yet eaten enough bugs or paid enough taxes.

The big question is: What form will climate change take? Will it mean higher sea levels and palm trees growing in the Faroes? Or glaciers covering Biarritz and ice skating on Lake Okeechobee?

A recent study indicates it will be the latter: a new ice age.

Many thanks to Hellequin GB for translating this article from Apollo News:

New climate study now warns of ice age instead of heat in Europe

Just in time for the world climate summit, another climate report was published that warns of a climate catastrophe for Europe. This time, however, not from heat, but from an ice age.

Icy cold instead of heat? A new climate report, just in time for the International Climate Summit in Dubai, warns of the beginning of a Europe-wide ice age. The Tipping Point report, prepared by an international team of 200 researchers and funded by the Bezos Earth Fund, is the latest in a series of warnings about the “most extreme impacts of climate change.”

Tim Lenton, professor of climate change at the University of Exeter in the UK and author of the study, warns that the Earth is about to pass dangerous “tipping points” that could lead not to global warming, as climate ideologists always describe, but to an ice age in Europe.

Ice age instead of heat? — Disagreement about panic

A new climate report warns that the Earth could soon pass dangerous “tipping points”. But this time, unlike previous reports, the content of the warning is not just a warning about a warming earth; no, Europe should be much more worried about a coming ice age. So is it time to panic about excessive heat and cold?

According to the study’s author, Tim Lenton, professor of climate change at the University of Exeter, probably yes. In his study, he speaks of a possible change in the subpolar vortex in the North Atlantic, which could have severe consequences for Europe. The last time we had something like this, “it led to a small ice age in Europe,” explains the climate researcher. According to Lenton, a vortex change could bring colder, snowy winters and hot summers, shorten the growing season of crops and endanger Europe’s water supply. Our society is not prepared for such a development, says Lenton.

Five tipping points to the end of the world

In the study, Lenton speaks of five so-called tipping points that the Earth is facing and that could endanger humanity in the future. In the cryosphere (everything that has to do with ice and snow), the study says, there is evidence of large-scale tipping points in the ice sheets of Greenland and Antarctica, as well as local tipping points in glaciers and permafrost.

In the biosphere, there are tipping points in a variety of ecosystems, including forest dieback in the Amazon, the destruction of savannahs and drylands, the eutrophication of lakes, the death of coral reefs and mangroves, and the collapse of some fisheries, it said.

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Fire and Ice

The climate alarmists have been warning us about “global boiling”, but Central Europe is currently experiencing a cold snap with record amounts of snow. Nevertheless, it’s still “climate change” — whenever the weather shifts into a new pattern, it’s evidence of “climate change”, all because of that pernicious CO2. In order to fix it we just need to eat the bugs and pay higher taxes.

Many thanks to Hellequin GB for translating this article from eXXpress:

Green says at -5° and half a meter of snow: “The earth is burning!”

Record cold temperatures, masses of fresh snow — just right winter: That doesn’t stop Katharina Schulze (38), Bavaria’s Green Party leader, from currently warning about global warming. She says on Instagram: “Even if it doesn’t look like it: the earth is burning.”

“Even if it doesn’t look like it: We are ruled by madmen,” comments a user on X (Twitter) on the recent video clip of the Bavarian Green Party leader. And another social media user says: “Almost all of Germany is covered by a centimeter-thick blanket of snow, and the green homunculus says: ‘Even if it doesn’t look like it, the earth is burning.’ The only thing burning brightly at the moment is the fuse in the green skull.”

And in many other comments, the irritating video appearance of Katharina Schulze (38) is mostly judged negatively — the politician, standing at the window of her winter garden, said that “the earth is burning”, even “if it didn’t look like that now”, because the (burning?) nature outside lies under a massive blanket of snow.

Because “the earth is currently burning” (Schulze quote), it is so important to jet to the World Climate Conference in Dubai, says the Green politician. Another user has Katharina Schulze add: “Basically, we are having a hot trans summer right now, which just feels like winter. Who are we to judge?”

Austria’s Greens are already a bit smarter: they currently don’t write anything about climate change or global warming on their social media channels.

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Lula: We Must Brainwash the Children About the Climate!

Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, better known simply as “Lula”, is the president of Brazil. In the following video Mr. Lula answers softball media questions about the climate crisis and its effect on the Amazon basin. He places particular emphasis on the importance of indoctrinating schoolchildren with the urgency of the looming climate catastrophe.

Many thanks to José Atento for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes and RAIR Foundation for the subtitling:

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Great Was the Fall of It

From time to time I’ve posted photos of the two huge oaks in the back yard of Schloss Bodissey. The photo above shows the northernmost of them. It was taken almost twenty years ago, in October of 2003, when the last rays of sunset were touching the top of the tree.

Below is the same tree early this morning:

It was difficult to get a view of the full length of the fallen oak. I had to set up a stepladder in the midst of the dogwood tree’s foliage to take the shot.

Here’s a view from ground level:

And from a window up here in the Eyrie:

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Indian Giver

Many thanks to Hellequin GB for translating this article from Boris Reitschuster’s website. The translator’s comments are in square brackets:

Just empty promises? State demands the return of Corona aid

The government assesses the legal situation completely differently than in 2021

At the beginning of the Corona crisis, the federal government under then-Chancellor Angela Merkel promised generous and unbureaucratic help to medium-sized companies, small businesses and the self-employed. They were hopeful signals at a time that was characterized by measures to contain the virus that were at times just as arbitrary as they were completely exaggerated.

The application for the bridging aid was tedious and it took some patience until the money flowed. But for some, the emergency aid became a dangerous boomerang early on. At the end of 2021, more than 30,000 small businesses and the self-employed were required to repay a total of €288 million in emergency Corona aid that they had received in the spring of 2020, shortly after the outbreak of the crisis.

All those whose liquidity bottleneck was less than previously forecast were asked to pay. However, all additional costs incurred by entrepreneurs and the self-employed were not taken into account. In addition, the applicants could not claim wages for themselves. The dubious support was a complete mockery because Olaf Scholz, still Minister of Finance in spring 2020, proudly announced that it was not a subsidy: “So nothing has to be repaid.”

More than half a million companies have applied for Bridging Aid III alone

But that’s not all: many companies and self-employed people are still receiving repayment notices these days. “All bridging aid will be reclaimed — a total of millions. Payable within one month, otherwise there is a risk of enforcement measures and high interest rates.” This is the email from a tax consultant to a dismayed entrepreneur, quoted by the FAZ [Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung].

The author of the guest article, Dennis Hillemann, assumes that “many thousands more” of such repayment requests will follow. According to the specialist lawyer for administrative law and partner at the Fieldfisher law firm in Hamburg, those who were supposedly so generously funded at the time are affected by a special legal aspect: All state bridging aid during the Corona crisis was granted subject to full review and reclaim.

Now the entrepreneurs and solo self-employed have to submit final accounts. All of the data will then be examined again. To do this, the licensing authorities use legions of consultants from large auditing firms. A lot is at stake: more than half a million companies have applied for the so-called Bridging Aid III alone, and more than €33 billion has been paid out.

The Federal Ministry of Economics takes a different view without any reason

With the government takeover by the traffic light coalition*, the legal situation was “suddenly very often and differently assessed than in 2021,” writes Hillemann. “What used to appear to be harmless has now become a problem.” Likewise, applications were rejected and claims for reimbursement issued with the open reference that, after consultation with the Federal Ministry of Economics, a different view would now be taken.

For example, automotive suppliers or machine builders are suddenly accused that their slump in sales in 2021 was not “Corona-related” after all, but that is a prerequisite for the subsidy. Even with hairdressers it is said “with governmental coldness”: “People use their services less, perhaps due to inflation.”

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The Deindustrialization of Germany?

Many thanks to Hellequin GB for translating this article from Die Welt:

“Before the people there freeze, we would have to throttle our industry or even shut it down”

Gas transit contracts between Russia and Ukraine will expire next year — it remains uncertain whether countries like Austria or Hungary will continue to be supplied from Russia. Economics Minister Robert Habeck is now making it clear that Germany would cut back its industry if necessary in order to help its neighbors.

According to Economics Minister Robert Habeck (Greens), Germany could be forced to reduce or even shut down industrial capacities if the gas transit agreement between Russia and Ukraine is not extended. “In my opinion, we’re not out of the woods yet,” Habeck said on Monday at the East German Economic Forum in Bad Saarow.

The currently good situation should not distract from what is actually threatening. “I just want to point out that the transit agreements that Russia has signed with Ukraine will expire in 2024,” the minister said.

“And the war is raging. There is no certain scenario as to how things will continue,” he said. “If the Russian gas doesn’t keep coming to Eastern Europe to the same extent that is still flowing through Ukraine now, what was agreed in Europe would apply: before the people there freeze, we would have to throttle our industry or even shut it down.”

Despite February’s Russian invasion, Ukraine still makes money from the transit fees it charges for sending Russian gas to countries like Austria, Slovakia, Italy and Hungary.

Even if some deliveries continue beyond 2024, this is unlikely to happen on comparable terms. There is a lack of political support for this, according to a report by the Center on Global Energy Policy last week.

“Direct negotiations between Ukraine and Russia on the extension of the transit agreement seem highly unlikely in the current environment,” say the report’s authors, Anne-Sophie Corbeau and Tatiana Mitrova.

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Illegal Immigrant Canadian Smoke

This is what it looks like here in Central Virginia today:

(article here)

The Canadian smoke is really thick right now. I noticed the smell of it for the first time today, acrid and unpleasant. The sunlight is quite muted and orange, and I can’t see the mountains.

We had a lot of rain last night, and I thought that might wash some of it out, but it doesn’t seem to have had an effect.

My original plan was to mow the lawn today, but I think any sustained exercise outside is probably a bad idea.

This is a useful website: It has a map that shows the air quality zones, and the locations of all the wildfires. You can zoom out, and it even includes Canada and Central America.

As of right now my AQI is 216, down a bit from the highest reading I saw, which was 229. I checked out a bunch of locations on the East Coast, and the Charlottesville area had the highest reading of any of them, higher than New York, DC, or Richmond. We drew the short straw this time.

There’s an area up by the Hudson Bay that has the worst quality of all. Fortunately, almost nobody lives up there.

From the Nation Weather Service air quality alert:

Due to Canadian wildfires, smoke is prevalent in the Mid-Atlantic region, including the greater Baltimore and Washington metropolitan areas. Under northerly winds, smoke will continue to be pushed south over our area. Thicker smoke will continue to overspread portions of the area, resulting in poor air quality and visibility potentially less than 1 mile. Some improvement is likely through the day, but the smoke likely will continue to affect the area at times until a front on Friday potentially brings some reprieve to fine particle concentrations.

I’m going to stay in the house with the central air on, and be glad I don’t have to work outside in this.

Alessandra Mussolini: The EU Should Be Rescuing the Migrants

Alessandra Mussolini is the granddaughter of Benito Mussolini. She is currently a member of the European Parliament for Forza Italia, Silvio Berlusconi’s party.

The context for the following video is a debate in the European Parliament about a recent shipwreck off the coast of Calabria, in which a number of migrants were drowned. Ms. Mussolini is proposing that the EU station vessels outside of Italy’s “search and rescue area” and take responsibility for rescuing migrants in the Mediterranean, instead of letting Italy carry the burden alone.

Many thanks to HeHa for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes and RAIR Foundation for the subtitling:

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The Next Scam: Climate Refugees

Many thanks to Hellequin GB for translating this article from Junge Freiheit. The translator’s comments are in square brackets:

Residents of island countries

Now Germany is supposed to take in “Climate Refugees”

Does Germany bear responsibility for the inhabitants of island states who have to leave their homes because of global warming? Experts propose a “climate passport” that entitles people to permanent residence in the Federal Republic. [Can anyone show me one island, besides Atlantis and those that the mainstream media have peddled for years as “sinking”, that has sunk into the Ocean in the last two thousand years? And by that I don’t mean through the stupidity of man because of coral reef mining and land-erosion along the coastline or volcanic or other seismic events.]


The German Advisory Council on Integration and Migration (SVR) has called on the federal government to prepare for the acceptance of “climate refugees”. “If it is not possible to curb climate change, climate migration will continue to increase on the one hand,” warned SVR Deputy Chairwoman Birgit Leyendecker, as reported by Spiegel.

Germany must take in those people whose homeland is no longer habitable due to climatic change. This particularly affects the people of island states because the sea level is rising there.

Permanent residence thanks to the “climate pass”

Specifically, the body that advises the federal government proposes introducing a “climate passport”. According to the experts, anyone who can show one should be able to enjoy permanent residence in Germany. [Now that will be another thriving business for the Soros Crime Family.]

Anyone who is only significantly, but not entirely, affected by climate change should receive a “climate card” that entitles them to a limited stay. When the most serious consequences have been eliminated, the migrants can return to their homeland. Adaptive measures would also have to be taken in such a case. What that could look like in concrete terms is still unclear.

Claudia Roth wants to give “climate refugees” German passports

A “climate work visa” is also planned. This is aimed at people without special qualifications, but who could show an employment contract. As for the “climate card”, the number must be capped.

The Greens member of the Bundestag Claudia Roth had previously spoken in 2019 about the prospects for “climate refugees” to stay. At the time, she demanded that they be given German citizenship. “The climate crisis is the cause of migration and flight — especially in the global south, which has contributed the least to global warming. Climate protection is therefore a question of global justice,” emphasized Roth. [Lots of cultural Marxist buzzwords, but not one shred of real evidence. Business as usual in the genocide game.]

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The Unthinkable Has Already Been Thought

Many thanks to Hellequin GB for translating this essay from The translator’s comments are in square brackets:

Nuclear War? Only the southern hemisphere will survive

by Peter Haisenko

The effects of atomic bombing are mostly misjudged. Hiroshima and Nagasaki are not nuclear deserts. They quickly became thriving cities again. But what will be the effects if hundreds, even thousands, of atomic bombs are used?

Atomic bombs are detonated about 300 meters above the target. In this way, the explosive power has a greater range. The pressure and heat wave can have an effect over many kilometers. If the ignition took place on the ground, it would quickly be shielded by buildings or natural elevations. The radius of action would be severely limited, but the nuclear contamination would be many times greater in the center. If it were ignited at a height of 300 meters, hardly any of the dangerous radioactive particles would reach the ground. Why is that?

The pictures of “atomic mushrooms” show it: The development of enormous heat creates a very small but enormously powerful low-pressure area. The air, which is forced to move upwards with all the radioactive particles, rises to heights of ten to sixty kilometers and thus sucks all the particles off the ground. The sixty kilometers were observed in the detonation of the Soviet “Tsar Bomba”, the most powerful hydrogen bomb ever detonated. It was so terrible that Moscow decided never to build another bomb like this. The pilot who dropped and witnessed this ultimate weapon said it changed his life and never flew a bomber again.

This bomb would have leveled the whole of Paris, including all the suburbs, in one fell swoop. The pressure wave from the explosion measurably circled the globe three times. What is interesting, however, is that even the island in the Arctic Sea, Novaya Zemlya, where the ignition took place in 1961, was hardly affected by radioactive fallout. Also noteworthy is that the explosive power of this infernal machine was intentionally reduced to about half of what was possible. You can find out more about this here.

The difference between atomic bombs and nuclear power plants

So the point is that when an atomic bomb is used, the destruction below the point of detonation, i.e. at the so-called “ground zero”, is catastrophic, but the radioactive contamination is minor. This is because the radioactive particles are sucked off the ground by the enormous updraft generated by the explosion and transported into the upper atmosphere. There they are blown over the whole earth by the high winds and come down widely distributed everywhere. But wait, all over the world? Exactly not. Fallout is limited to one hemisphere. Why else do you think the US and France conducted their surface nuclear tests in the South Pacific? A total of 688 above-ground atomic bombs were detonated by the end of the 1960s, when it was agreed that these should only be carried out underground. The aim was to stop producing radioactive fallout during these tests.

In this sense, I will briefly address Chernobyl, the accident which is said to have contaminated Europe. This is sheer nonsense. This accident released only a fraction of what each surface explosion threw into the atmosphere. But the point is, before Chernobyl, no one thought of testing fungi or wild animals for radioactive contamination. These results were attributed to the Chernobyl accident and this is incorrect.

Almost all of the radioactive particles that have contaminated the ground came from above-ground atomic bomb tests. But of course you don’t want to admit that, because then you would have to take responsibility for it. Chernobyl would have to be reassessed and the discussions about nuclear power would also have to be conducted on a new basis. However, a meltdown in a nuclear power plant is different from a bomb explosion. The radioactive particles are not ejected into the upper atmosphere, but in the absence of extraction, they fall in an explosion in the immediate vicinity of the accident. At Chernobyl within a radius of about 30 kilometers.

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Fear Itself

** UPDATE **

To clear up any misperceptions about what I wrote below: I mean no criticism of Western Rifle Shooters Association. Far from it. The site is a news aggregator, one of the best around. It doesn’t peddle fear porn, but it links to some people who do. As do I. We both think it’s important to link to all kinds of information, both alarming and reassuring.

My major beef is with sites that predict the occurrence of dire events within a specific time frame, then turn out to be wrong, and never have to account for their failure. Some sites that predicted hyperinflation no later than 2010 are still predicting it. It’s always going to happen within the next six months. When it eventually does happen, it won’t prove that they were right. You can wake up every morning and predict a major asteroid will strike the Earth tomorrow. Eventually there will come a day when a major asteroid does strike the Earth. But that won’t mean you were right.

And no, it’s not like a weather forecast. Weather forecasting is well understood to be an inexact science, subject to stochastic indeterminacy. Both the forecaster and the audience know that. But the doom-mongers who make specific predictions about dire events that will occur within a specific time frame make those predictions from a position of assumed inerrancy. And then, when they turn out to be wrong, they just move on to the next one, never revisiting their error or attempting to explain it.

On the other hand, I have no quarrel with writers who simply state what they think is most likely to occur. “I think X will probably occur, and here’s my reasoning. But it’s also possible that Y will happen; I just think it’s less likely, for these reasons.” And, if they’re wrong, they acknowledge it, and try to figure out where their logic went astray.

That’s the honest way to deal with the inherent stochastic nature of future events. But it doesn’t tend to generate as much eye-bulging fear in its audience, which makes it less profitable.

WRSA’s response is here.

A few weeks ago Vera, who is a long-time and regular commenter at Gates of Vienna, left this comment on the news feed:

I don’t know where to post this, WRSA now mostly posts stuff without discussions underneath, so I’ll post it here. They have been an amazing resource all these many months of madness. But lately, I am having a hard time following. They seem to have bought into the mainstream narrative of scaring the crap out of everybody, all the time. If there has been a day of late when some mushroom cloud did not feature, I haven’t noticed. And NC Renegade is the same. Endless stories of bloggers and others who have made a career out of screaming doom at all and sundry.

THIS is alternative media?!? If it bleeds, it leads? If it scares you, we’ll hit you over the head with it until kingdom come? I am revolted. MSM works hard to keep the panic going. Why are “our people” jumping on that bandwagon, have you asked yourselves?

“Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster. And if you gaze long enough into an abyss, the abyss will gaze back into you.”

I replied to her with this:

Yes, scaring people 24/7 seems to have become a major tactic used by the Empire. For that reason, I think it’s not a good idea to join in with all the hype about whatever the current doom might be.

Doom may indeed descend upon us. Who knows? But major alternative media sites have been predicting imminent doom since at least 2008, when hyperinflation and financial collapse were said to be imminent. They were all wrong back then by at least fifteen years. Why should we believe them now?

My advice: “Be patient and watch calmly.” Plus: “Keep Occam’s Razor close at hand.”

Since then I’ve thought a lot more about the issue.

For many years it’s been obvious that the populace is being professionally scared. By that I mean that the government, major corporations, and the media deliberately contrive to frighten the general public. Agents of the state act in collusion with private interests to gin up fear among the citizenry in order to serve their own purposes. It’s a well-established principle of authoritarian and totalitarian governance that frightened citizens are easier to control and manipulate.

In recent years we’ve been subjected to a barrage of fear porn on various topics, beginning with the “pandemic” in early 2020. The scary stuff is delivered serially, with each new frightening topic emerging in the media just as the previous panic begins to wane. First COVID, then when that started to fade, monkeypox. Then came the danger of nuclear war. And through it all was woven the perennial favorite, “climate change”, the fear of which is supposed to make us give up the internal combustion engine, live in “smart cities”, and eat the bugs.

The Powers That Be seem to be keeping their options open on various other scare stories, such as UFOs or new, improved pandemics. There’s obviously a need to hold a frightening new crisis in reserve, ready to be trotted out when needed.

There’s no denying that the legacy media are deliberately pounding their audience with fear porn, day after day. But Vera is right that the alternative media are doing the same thing, albeit with a different set of preferred scary topics. Hyperinflation, mandatory vaxing and/or chipping, transhumanism, and the abolition of cash are among the most popular frighteners. And the alt-media occasionally overlap the MSM on some fear-inducers, such as the possibility of nuclear war.

The media agents of fright, whether mainstream or alternative, rely on the short memories of their audience. I remember when the climate fright first got going, back in the early to mid 1970s. But before we were told to be scared about “global warming”, the fearmongers wanted us to lie awake nights worrying about a “new ice age”. They’re hoping we’ve forgotten all that, but the archival records are available for anyone who cares to look them up.

The PTB are also hoping we’ll forget the terrifying predictions which laughably failed to come true. The coming eco-dystopia in the 1980s, for instance — John Brunner was one of its most notable proponents in The Sheep Look Up — never materialized. Pollution didn’t kill all marine life in the 1990s. The world’s oil reserves weren’t exhausted before the year 2000. Lower Manhattan still isn’t underwater, thirty or forty years after the first alarming predictions were issued.

We’re not supposed to remember any of that stuff. And I’m pretty sure most people don’t remember it. But I do.

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The Lebanon of Central Europe

Lebanese clans in Germany

Gunnar Beck is a German lawyer and a member of the European Parliament for AfD (Alternative für Deutschland, Alternative for Germany). In the following video from the floor of the EP, Mr. Beck discusses the financial crisis, the Corona crisis, the “climate crisis”, and the migration crisis, which have combined to destroy the prosperity and culture of Germany.

Many thanks to Brunhilde for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:

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Culture-Enriching Looters in North Rhine-Westphalia

Back in the summer of 2021 I reported on the catastrophic floods that hit large areas of Germany. When they appealed for help for the puir wee bairns who were victims of the floods, the authorities ostentatiously featured culture-enrichers in their iconography to tug on the heart-strings of donors — as if ordinary blond blue-eyed Germans were unworthy of sympathy.

Well, that was then. Now it turns out that the criminals who exploited the opportunity of the floods for some well-timed looting were predominantly “persons with a migration background”. How shocking! Who would have guessed??

Many thanks to Hellequin GB for translating this article from Junge Freiheit. The translator’s comments are in square brackets:

Flood on the Ahr

Flood looters: Almost no suspects had German passports

Over 180 people lost their lives in the Ahr flood in Rhineland-Palatinate and North Rhine-Westphalia. Entire regions were devastated. Thereafter, muggings and burglaries occurred throughout the region. Now it turns out that the majority of the suspects were foreigners. [What a surprise… NOT.]


The majority of the suspects arrested after the Ahr flood in 2021 for looting and robbery did not have a German passport. “The damage in relation to the flood disaster amounts to €1.8 million,” emphasized North Rhine-Westphalia’s Minister of Justice Benjamin Limbach (Greens) in his answer to a catalog of questions from the AfD, from which Focus quoted on Friday.

Of the 275 alleged perpetrators, 196 were foreigners — including 92 Romanians, 13 Turks, 12 Bulgarians and 8 Syrians. Two of those identified were also members of a Lebanese clan. In around 630 of the 1,057 cases, the perpetrators “exploited the emergency situation of the population”. In addition to private apartments, construction sites, banks and hotels were also cleared out. The thieves mostly targeted valuable jewelry and cars. [And the rest had German passports? But how many of those were ethnic Germans? I guess that question will never be answered. It’s already labeled TOP SECRET.]

Flood record: 800 cases dropped in addition to 48 judgments

670 residents were injured as a result of the burglaries and raids. However, only about half of the cases could be cleared. According to the state government of North Rhine-Westphalia, the 48 judgments that have been passed so far are offset by 800 cases that have been closed. In 45 cases, the deportation of the offenders was examined and then abandoned due to legal hurdles. The leader of the CDU parliamentary group in the Düsseldorf state parliament, Gregor Golland, was outraged by the numbers. “Anyone who acts like this should be severely punished and forfeit their right to hospitality.”

In the summer of 2021, floods in North Rhine-Westphalia and Rhineland-Palatinate inundated dozens of places after heavy rainfall and caused property damage in the billions. 186 people fell victim to the floods. Shortly after the flood disaster, Junge Freiheit reported on cases of burglary and looting in the crisis area.

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