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  1. Trump / US politics thread 🚽

    In Berlin they are working on a project that is called "House of One". Constructing will start around 2019. It is a church/synagogue/mosque. From my point of view, peace will only come to the area if they do something similar with Jerusalem. All parties involved need to give up their entitlement to Jerusalem that is the very reason for two thousand years of wars. It is no ones capital or everyones capital. Period. From my perspective, Jerusalem should be a place free of state politics for once and all, let it be the holy place it is for Jews, Muslims, Christans that come to this place peacefully. Let it be the symbol that it was meant to be in the very first place but was destroyed over and over and over again by peoples own interests and entitlements. A capital has nothing to do with religion. Especially in 2017. A captial has to do with administrating and organizing a country. It is as easy as that. Maybe this is the sacrifice and ultimate conclusion. Israel should move its governing bodies to Tel Aviv and Palestine should have its government in Ramallah or Bethlehem.
  2. Trump / US politics thread 🚽

    But this move is going to bring peace to the region. ... He is such an idiot.
  3. Madonna in new Grammys promo spot: LONG LIVE MUSIC

    Who are they kidding? Are the Grammys trying to rewrite their own history? "THEY said"? Really? The correct statement should be "WE said". All of those people shown (except the ones that should not be in it in the first place like Gaga, Mars and Hudson) were basically ignored, rejected for the very reasons mentioned in this ad by the Grammys themselves. And now the Grammys try to portray themselves as supportive and forward thinking because at some point they honored these legends. Did the Academy attend a course at the Kellyanne Conway School of manipulation? Subject: Alternative Facts?
  4. Twenty-two steps behind me. Lady Gaga thread.

    She is a dumb cow. Always her pretentious talk about the arts as if she had a PhD in the arts or something but always fails to connect the dots. When I see the picture above I always have to think about the moment she landed in Athens and was playing dress up as Venus. Well, honoring the Geek heritage by coming out as a Roman goddess? Just another honest mistake. In the same way she was wearing a Panda make up when she was in Japan.
  5. BREXIT / British Politics thread - cont

    And here you hit the nail on the head. It is also the sole reason why Trump stopped TTIP, claiming it was bad for the U.S.. An explanation that probably left everyone in Europe stunned considering the EU people were much more critical of the agreement in the first place, out of fear that the stricter European rules and laws meant to protect the people were undermined by the U.S. side. It appears the negative results of the agreement, that would have only worked in favor of the U.S. and its corporations, were still not favorable enough to go on with the negotiations. I'm also convinced we will hardly ever get to know the true scale of this agreement. There was a reason why those negotiations were done so secretly that even members of the National Parliaments were unable to attain information about the content. Remember that the papers were leaked and made public when the secrecy became highly suspicious and resistance in Europe grew how this was handled. And people want to know who has an interest? Follow the money!!!! But here the problem starts. My impression is that most governments are not really interested in solving issues as it may reveal how much outside influence on politics really exist and how vulnerable democracy is. Did someone ever find out who made a lot of money a few years ago when Moody's out of the blue downgraded Frances rating? Those rating companies are doing some shady business. There are supposed to control things but who actually controls them?
  6. I really don't think they can't stand each other or that there is a feud. To me it is more like a cockfight if you will. Both are alpha females with huge power and influence. With unprecedented access to fashion designers, photographers and the media. I guess what bothers Anna is the fact that fashion is not even Madonnas core business and that she is somehow raining on her parade. That said, Anna knows when a collaboration is good for both parties. Remember giving Madonna the Vogue lettering for the Superbowl and the MDNA tour? I think at this point they are indifferent in the worst case or on friendly terms in the best.
  7. 28 years ago the Berlin Wall was no more...

    As a Berliner I hardly feel that there is any division left. It's all very mixed by now. At least in all the city centre districts of Berlin. Also you have so much influx nationally and internationally. A little bit politically, the West is a little bit more conservative whereas the East is a little more socialist. Overall Berlin is and has always been a proletarian city with the social democrats running the city (one of the reasons Hitler hated Berlin). Anyway. Are there places you hardly go? Sure. But this has more to do with the fact that Berlin is such a huge city and it is sometimes quite time consuming to get from A to B despite the fact that Berlin has a great public transport system. You create your life around the place where you live and as in any other metropolis you don't really need to leave this area/district/borough except for work maybe. Let's compare that to NYC. How often do people living in the Bronx go to Queens or Brooklyn?
  8. 28 years ago the Berlin Wall was no more...

    While everyone will agree that this was a very exciting and emotional moment in history and I still get goosebumps watching what happened back in the day because I can personally relate to the events. I'm old enough to remember what happened in the weeks before the Fall of the Wall and in the months until the German re-unification. Let me just say that a lot of re-writing history has taken place ever since. Well, much of it already started right after the peaceful revolution. There are a lot of false assumptions that are historically incorrect. Especially when history is told by foreigners. I remember watching a documentary when Ronald Reagan died and historians spoke about his legacy. There were quite a few that claimed it was Reagans speech at Brandenburg Gate where he said "Mr Gorbachev, ... tear down this wall" that was responsible for the fall of the wall. This is just as wrong as claiming it was David Hasselhoff singing "looking for freedom" (okay, he was drunk when he made that claim). First of all, the former USSR had nothing to do with the Berlin Wall, the wall was not build by the Soviets and it was not secured by the Soviet army. Believe me, many people in the former GDR found those words highly disrespectful and despite the fact that many people were critical of the political situation there was some kind of patriotism as well and if there comes an American president that basically considers your country a Soviet colony, that didn't go over well. Another thing a lot of people do not remember is that the peaceful revolution happened because people wanted to rebuild the political system of the former GDR. This is what those Monday demonstrations in Leipzig and later all over the country were about. It all culminated in that huge demonstration on the 4th of November 1989 at Berlin Alexanderplatz with approx. 1 million people. No one was there to talk about a German re-unification. Then the unthinkable happened on the 09th when Schabowsky made that "mistake" declaring that the new travel regulations would go into effect immediately. The thing is, those regulations were put together so quickly, he had no real idea what he was talking about considering those regulations were meant to deal with the expected emigration of hundreds of thousands of GDR citizens. It was the staff member who wrote that legislation who put a paragraph about normal travels into that thing. It is highly questionable that those in power wanted to address that particular issue at that point of time. Everyone was really excited for a few weeks, all the political changes and everyone really seemed to be interested and involved in the process. It really was a feeling that people can achieve change. And while there were different political ideas about how the GDR should be reformed, it was done in a very respectful way. And then it happened what always happens. Money talks. And the whole movement was basically hi-jacked by the FRG parties, first and foremost the CDU under Helmut Kohl. They went to Dresden, the only place in the GDR, people were not able receive any western television channels because of its geographical location. It was called "valley of the clueless" for that very reason. People in Berlin or in other places knew from those TV channels that not everything in the West is golden. That there are social problems, unemployment, poverty. People in Dresden got the same information from the proganda news in the East. Although it was the truth, people in Dresden considered it a lie. Does all of that sound familiar and very recent? Now add the financial situation of the GDR, which was basically broke. Of course, the re-unification was the easiest way to go. The term "re-unification" is kinda questionable because it was basically an annexion or to be correct in legal terms the GDR "declared accession to the FRG". While there were negotiations, those were never really negotiations between equal partners. This is basically the reason why many East Germans back then felt highly disrespected. Still feel. Many felt that their achievements were declared null and void and their life was worthless. Very unfair considering the economical situation in the Soviet occupied sector after the war. West Germany had the Marshall plan. East Germany had to deal with the fact that almost everything was destroyed and everything that was not destroyed was send to the USSR. Factories, rail roads etc. Everything had to be rebuild out of nothing. You can add a certain lack of interest from the West Germans for their brothers and sisters in the East. They are statistics that show that even today, much more East Germans have visited the former Western part of Germany than West Germans have visited the former Eastern part. Furthermore, there were quite a few things the GDR was arguably more progressive than the FRG. Especially when it comes to social issues and education. Of course those were ignored completely. It was very much a winner mentality from the western side. The thing is, for many East Germans the personal living conditions after the re-unification became worse. Many lost their jobs because the companies they worked at had to close because they were not competitive enough (or too competitive, yes that happened too, there were some innovative companies and they were pushed out of the market by their west german competition, huge companies). This whole chapter how the assets of the GDR were liquidated by the Treuhand is the true scandal. Panama Papers? Paradise Papers? You find it scandalous what was revealed? You wont believe the things that went down at the Treuhand. Assets worth billions, especially in the banking and real estate sector were sold ridiculously low amounts. And all of this legally. There was even a law or something that granted the staff members an exemption from liability. Legalized corruption if you will. The Treuhand actually had two jobs. They were supposed to sell the assets and they were supposed to create possibilities for Western companies to settle down in the former GDR, built factories, produce stuff. In return they would receive a lot of subsidies. Of course, many companies were more interested in those subsidies than anything else. And other companies were not interested at all. For them the former GDR was just another market where they could get rid of their over-production. So many things went wrong back then, many ugly things happened. Don't look at me wrong, for those people who had a job after the re-unification, it was certainly better than before because you were able to enjoy all the possibilities. Consuming and most of all travelling around the world. But those who were left behind, without a job, unable to travel etc, they were the losers and see many things differently. What are all those freedoms worth if you can't afford them?
  9. Does M have money off-shore?

    We are living in pretty ignorant times. It is truly frustrating. People are jumping to conclusions and go on social media to trash people for their alleged wrongdoing. Many of them by using an Apple product. A product by a company that is on the forefront of tax avoidance at any cost. Not to talk about the working conditions that come with manufacturing their products. And I am not talking about the high paid jobs in Cupertino, CA. But I guess, since manufacturing is done by subcontractors you can't blame Apple. And don't get me even started on the situation of rare earths in Africa. Of course, this is not limited to Apple but it illustrates a situation that people like to turn a blind eye and it doesn't support their argument. Just don't look at the broader picture. There is only one way to solve this issue: profits must be taxed in the country the profits were made. And stop the whole licensing business that allows companies to transfer license fees to a post box on the Cayman Islands or a any of the channel isles with the only purpose to lower the profits to basically zero to avoid taxes.
  10. What does the general public know about Madonna?

    Madonna is the last Hollywood superstar by its original definition. Everybody knows your name and people believe they know everything about you. But when you really think about it, you hardly know anything about this person. The GP may know about her work but they don't really know about her private life because this part was basically shielded from the public. Hence why there were never any home stories and such. Overall people only know what they (the star and the publicist) want you to know. The same goes for her businesses. The GP does not know and her fans do only know the tip of the iceberg in this regard. Already back in the late 80s she made that very clear she does not want to see anyone the business part. The artist yes, the business woman no. She is very protectionist about it and she is right. I do believe it is one of the reasons she is still healthy and sane despite the destructive nature of show business.
  11. Madonna photographed on a commercial airplane flight - Oct. 31, 2017

    Well, she may not pay for first class but she will be the first to be upgraded in case of availability. Just as she is never booking the presidential suite at a hotel. She will be upgraded. This is common practice at all hotels. Important people get an upgrade no matter if they booked the tiniest room. In case of stars, hotels understand this as free publicity and usually the presidential suites tend to be vacant anyway because they are ridiculously expensive and no one really needs this amount of space. Usually there are "smaller" suites that very much do the job. Back to the flights, as long as this is within a country or within central Europe I don't see an issue anyway. That is a flight of a maximum of 2 hours. That said, if I had the money, I would most likely book business or first class for long distance flights.
  12. Open. The Door. Now.

    OMG, you have never seen that interview? It's infamous. Often used to prove how much a bitch Madonna is. "There is no air in here. I'm suffocating". BTW, the interviewer later wrote a book called "moist areas" which was a huge bestseller and was turned into a movie. It's hilarious and disgusting at the same time. And very sad, I think to remember that her fiancee, her brother and her mother were all killed in car accident on the way to the wedding.
  13. Trump / US politics thread 🚽

    OMG. This is the most amazing thing ever. And yes please, lock Kellyanne Conway up. I bet there is incriminating evidence taped from microwave somewhere.
  14. Spain...destroying themselves from the inside

    Well, I guess Germany is already ruling Europe. The German economy is roughly three times the size of the Spanish one and represents roughly 30% of the Eurozones GDP. Why would Germany want to destroy a country it does lot of trade with? Destroying would also mean to lose billions of Euros Spanish companies and institutions are in debt with German companies. Putin will definitely enjoy this. It is no secret that he wants Europe to fall apart to gain back power. Just as it is no secret that the Kremlin in supporting a lot of right wing parties and organizations in France, Germany, Austria etc.. Parties that are very anti Europe. Let's face it, Russia may have nuclear weapons. But this is basically the only reason they are considered powerful. Politically and economically Russia is not really a powerhouse.
  15. Alleged Madonna letter surfaces. Auction lot drama

    Revenge at an old foe? This Lutz woman should be happy she is walking free. After all Madonna let her go only after she became aware that this woman withhold the money from a sale of a painting. Allegedly 250.000 dollar. She should be happy Madonna did not call the cops. I call it theft. Maybe prison would be a more appropriate place for Darlene Lutz? And who cares what this lawyer says. It's pretty clear that this Judd Grossmann (Judd? What kind of name is that? And Grossmann? Nomen est omen?) is using this case for his own publicity. I don't think it's doing his client any favors. The judge wont like it. Also, Madonna can appeal the verdict up to the highest courts considering her financial resources. Usually a tactic used by big corporations until the plaintiff is dead.