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German federal elections

Sun Sep 26, 2021 5:59 pm

Germany votes: Big gains for center-left parties, heavy losses for conservatives — live updates
The German election is too close to call with the center-left SPD and the center-right CDU/CSU tying, according to exit polls. Both have said they are ready to form the next coalition.

* The vote will decide who becomes Germany's next chancellor when Angela Merkel steps down
* Exit polls show an election tie between the CDU/CSU and the SPD
* The Greens are third, followed by the AfD and the FDP in equal place, then the Left party
* SPD and CDU both claim mandate to form coalition

Preliminary results show razor thin lead for SPD.


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So who will be the next chancellor? The leader of the Social Democrats, Olaf Scholz, has more than a fair shot. Regardless of whom the next chancellor will be, the votes have spoken and it will be more socialist policies for Germany and probably within the EU as well. Germany remains the largest economy of the EU and thus influences its policy.
 
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Re: German federal elections

Sun Sep 26, 2021 6:07 pm

It seems Merkel's party and the SPD have the same number of seats (or a difference of 1) so it's very close and I can't see how either can claim victory. So basically nobody won.

I'll wait for German members to tell us what can happen, it seems to me only these 2 parties together can get a majority. Unless the grunen are OK with going with CDU/CSU + FDP but that seems unlikely (for the FDP, too).

Of course the SPD said they didn't want to do that again, but the 3 left parties together don't have a majority.

I see that now the SPD is ahead by a few seats, so at least it's clear Olaf Scholz should have the first try at forming a coalition.

If that election had happened in France, I wonder how the turnout would have been, as these candidates look extremely boring.
 
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Sun Sep 26, 2021 6:15 pm

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If that election had happened in France, I wonder how the turnout would have been, as these candidates look extremely boring.


Is that really such a bad thing? I have just lived through four years of Trump. I would kill for some extremely boring politics in my country right now.
 
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Sun Sep 26, 2021 6:22 pm

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It seems Merkel's party and the SPD have the same number of seats (or a difference of 1) so it's very close and I can't see how either can claim victory. So basically nobody won.

I'll wait for German members to tell us what can happen, it seems to me only these 2 parties together can get a majority. Unless the grunen are OK with going with CDU/CSU + FDP but that seems unlikely (for the FDP, too).


More like 5 seats difference for the moment. Plus CDU/CSU losing a lot, the SPD winning a lot.
Currently 5 possible coalitions, four including the SPD, 3 including CDU/CSU, FDP and greens each.

This is probably going to take a while.

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Re: German federal elections

Sun Sep 26, 2021 6:22 pm

Newark727 wrote:
Aesma wrote:
If that election had happened in France, I wonder how the turnout would have been, as these candidates look extremely boring.


My dude, I have just lived through four years of Trump. I would kill for some extremely boring politics in my country right now.


haha, I can understand that. Me too, quite sick of my parliament, still no government after 5 months of negotiations. Politics should be boring, then it is effective :D
 
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Sun Sep 26, 2021 6:54 pm

To me it is a good sign that Germany seems to have voted for Centrist (by European standards) government, one I wish the USA had. This keeps Germany economically and politically stable which benefits the rest of the EU and the world. It will be interesting to see who replaces Merkle, I doubt her successor will have such a long term in office.
 
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Sun Sep 26, 2021 7:00 pm

If memory serves me correctly, the 2005 election that saw Merkel come to power the first time was something similar. Nobody had a clear mandate.
 
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Re: German federal elections

Mon Sep 27, 2021 12:42 am

Bit of a difficult situation. Neither Left nor Right has any majority.
This may sounds ridiculous, but Europe increasingly seem to resemble Weimar: a fumbled pandemic, surging inflation and economic chaos. angry people, protests, and a political mess. No matter what you vote, you get divisiveness.
 
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Re: German federal elections

Mon Sep 27, 2021 4:42 am

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a fumbled pandemic


how so? Vaccination rates high, hospitals empty...

surging inflation


three percent isn´t surging inflation. Especially not if most of that is just energy.

and economic chaos


yeah,the shortage of labor really sucks.

No matter what you vote, you get divisiveness.


How? The parties that governed still got about 50% and just a little less than four years ago, the left and right fringes lost almost 7% and the parties in the center got a combined 76%....

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Mon Sep 27, 2021 6:42 am

Dieuwer wrote:
This may sounds ridiculous, but Europe increasingly seem to resemble Weimar


Correct, it sounds ridiculous, because it is.
 
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Re: German federal elections

Mon Sep 27, 2021 12:45 pm

Gasoline has now exploded to Euro 2 per liter in Holland. https://www.telegraaf.nl/financieel/653 ... -per-liter
The Greens in Germany want to scrap Nordstream 2, potentially letting millions of Germans starve and freeze to death: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-germ ... SKBN2BB0ZS
With all nuclear and coal fired power plants shut already, Germany is undeniably headed for a power crunch.

MohawkWeekend wrote:
The European Energy Crisis Is About To Go Global
https://oilprice.com/Energy/Energy-Gene ... lobal.html

Crude Stocks At Cushing Have Dropped By 42% So Far This Year
https://finance.yahoo.com/news/crude-st ... 00300.html

Robust Gasoline Consumption Fuels Record-High U.S. Oil Demand
https://oilprice.com/Energy/Crude-Oil/R ... emand.html

In case you haven't been following it, European nat gas prices have skyrocketed recently and a real fear of shortages exists. In the US, nat gas prices are up and storage is down 16 percent from this time last year because the US is exporting record amounts of nat gas due to high worldwide demand.
OPEC has been remarkably united in not increasing production. BP and Shell have bowed to environmental activists and have left Alaska and Eagle Ford shale respectfully. US gasoline, diesel and jet fuel demand is up and is now around $2.20 at the rack - airlines were budgeting below $2.

Here is to hoping we have no ill placed hurricanes, pipeline hack, or a cold winter.
 
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Re: German federal elections

Mon Sep 27, 2021 12:57 pm

Nord Stream 2 isn't even operational, if people starve and freeze to death it can't be because of it !

Because Russia doesn't export as much as needed, on the other hand, is possible (and is what's happening), proving relying on Russian gas was stupid. But we already knew that, and the Grunen are partly responsible, with their opposition to nuclear power.
 
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Mon Sep 27, 2021 1:03 pm

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Nord Stream 2 isn't even operational, if people starve and freeze to death it can't be because of it !

Because Russia doesn't export as much as needed, on the other hand, is possible (and is what's happening), proving relying on Russian gas was stupid. But we already knew that, and the Grunen are partly responsible, with their opposition to nuclear power.


One way or the other, I think that political power in Europe is shifting towards France.

Experts believe France sees Merkel’s departure as an opportunity to become even more influential in Europe.


https://www.cnbc.com/2021/09/20/will-fr ... ffice.html
 
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Re: German federal elections

Mon Sep 27, 2021 2:07 pm

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and the Grunen are partly responsible, with their opposition to nuclear power.


There isn't any major party in favor of nuclear power here. Unfortunately.

Dieuwer wrote:
The Greens in Germany want to scrap Nordstream 2, potentially letting millions of Germans starve and freeze to death: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-germ ... SKBN2BB0ZS


So, a pipeline not even operational is needed to cover gas demand that is lower than 10 or 15 years ago?

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Re: German federal elections

Mon Sep 27, 2021 2:58 pm

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Nord Stream 2 isn't even operational, if people starve and freeze to death it can't be because of it !

Because Russia doesn't export as much as needed, on the other hand, is possible (and is what's happening), proving relying on Russian gas was stupid. But we already knew that, and the Grunen are partly responsible, with their opposition to nuclear power.


First: You have not understood the German democratic system...as it is "democratic"...but this is another story. and I just do not want to explain, why such an election result, why the need to form a "coalition", is just as intended by the "founders" of the Bundesrepublik Deutschland".

Second: Russia has a 100% proven trustworthiness in delivering gas to Germany for half a century. Even in the most worse Cold War times they have NEVER played with the gas/touched the gas deliveries.
Please note: Germany is the only country in the world with storage of essential goods (wheat, coal, oil for heating, fuel, paper for newsletters, e.g. for 6 month, it is called the "Strategische Reserve". And yes, this includes 6 month for gas stored in hundreds of salt caverns in northern Germany. And if someone asks why...because we are "Germans",.
And here we are already at point "Third".

And if you ask a German: "Yes, it is good, I am fine with it".
And anyone else in the world: "What, 6 month? How much does it cost...no".
Long term safety is a "German Thing" (and interestingly, it is the same for German speaking countries and parts of it as Austria, part of Swiss, northern Italy...), this is different to the rest of the world. This has perhaps to do something with hundreds of years of war, two lost WWs, the first social system in healthcare... and ends perhaps with "self reliance" in Germany/German children, "German playgrounds", Kindergarten (and do not compare the German "Kindergarten" with anything with the same name in US or other countries) and the general philosophy behind it.

Back to "second": Russia is of course not the only one, who is delivering gas to Germany, secured by decades long running contracts and in the meanwhile, it is no problem, to get cheap gas from the whole world. If there is anything, which the world has enough of at the moment, it is gas, together with the whole amount of the cheap black shit, called crude oil.

And just for your information, Nord Stream 2 is not needed in any form and Russia/Putin has sank a high amount of money into it (something around 30 billion $), which they will never see again. There are other contracts, where Russia can not get out, they will never be able to deliver the gas through this Nord Stream 2 pipeline, they will like to. As also the other gas deliveries are bound by contracts. So this is now in best case just a 30 billion $ backup pipeline for Nord Stream 1. Which is of course, best for Germany...and no one else. As German I am fully aware of it...and fully fine with it. You know, this with "third".

If Germany would have stopped/cancelled it from their site, they would have broken contracts, and would have to pay the whole 30 billon penalty,...for the wellbeing of Putiin/Russia. And the supporters of them...

Have a nice day.
 
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Mon Sep 27, 2021 3:28 pm

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Nord Stream 2 isn't even operational, if people starve and freeze to death it can't be because of it !.


I grant you, not much freezing in summer. :D
But if there is no heat this coming winter... :cold:
Besides, you missed my "potentially" in the sentence.
 
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Re: German federal elections

Mon Sep 27, 2021 3:31 pm

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Aesma wrote:
and the Grunen are partly responsible, with their opposition to nuclear power.


There isn't any major party in favor of nuclear power here. Unfortunately.


This is a terribly unfortunate state of affairs. Germany should be leading the way, showing the world how to run nuclear energy in a safe and efficient manner.
 
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Mon Sep 27, 2021 3:56 pm

I know the US has strategic oil reserves, France too. For the other stuff, I don't know, I don't think so. However gas is commonly stored, about a third of annual production is stored in France, apparently right now we're at 80% capacity, no worries for winter.

Other European countries, not so much, and the UK I heard is basically running on empty. Nice graph here : https://www.newstatesman.com/chart-of-t ... vulnerable
 
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Mon Sep 27, 2021 4:05 pm

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tommy1808 wrote:
Aesma wrote:
and the Grunen are partly responsible, with their opposition to nuclear power.


There isn't any major party in favor of nuclear power here. Unfortunately.


This is a terribly unfortunate state of affairs. Germany should be leading the way, showing the world how to run nuclear energy in a safe and efficient manner.


Please note, this is a "German Thing". A German will always fear and prepared (or tries to do so), what will regular never occur.
This includes nuclear power and the chance it will pop.

...I am a typical German...so...Sorry, no, we need not.
 
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Mon Sep 27, 2021 4:14 pm

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I know the US has strategic oil reserves, France too. For the other stuff, I don't know, I don't think so. However gas is commonly stored, about a third of annual production is stored in France, apparently right now we're at 80% capacity, no worries for winter.

Other European countries, not so much, and the UK I heard is basically running on empty. Nice graph here : https://www.newstatesman.com/chart-of-t ... vulnerable


As I know, and this is something I have read years ago, I think (but am not 100% sure, as long ago) in the German newspaper "Spiegel". So I can not provide the source itself. Strategic reserves for other countries are something around maximum 3 month, most countries are less (something around 6 weeks) and for food reserves for the own civilians it is often much less to even zero. We are talking about the strategic reserves by the government (so additional) and not the regular storage by farmers and companies e.g. And this includes as example the storage of the systems to upgrade the ovens of the bakeries from electric to oil firing as example
 
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Re: German federal elections

Mon Sep 27, 2021 4:31 pm

Aaron747 wrote:
tommy1808 wrote:
Aesma wrote:
and the Grunen are partly responsible, with their opposition to nuclear power.


There isn't any major party in favor of nuclear power here. Unfortunately.


This is a terribly unfortunate state of affairs. Germany should be leading the way, showing the world how to run nuclear energy in a safe and efficient manner.


Agreed, I know why but the accident in 2011 in Japan hardly applied unless unknown to science Germany is somehow in an Earthquake/Tsunami zone.
 
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Re: German federal elections

Tue Sep 28, 2021 12:44 am

T4thH wrote:
Aaron747 wrote:
tommy1808 wrote:

There isn't any major party in favor of nuclear power here. Unfortunately.


This is a terribly unfortunate state of affairs. Germany should be leading the way, showing the world how to run nuclear energy in a safe and efficient manner.


Please note, this is a "German Thing". A German will always fear and prepared (or tries to do so), what will regular never occur.
This includes nuclear power and the chance it will pop.

...I am a typical German...so...Sorry, no, we need not.


That is precisely the mindset that allows Germany to uniquely position itself as a nuclear power leader and teach other nations how to run a plant safely.

Fatalism is not pragmatism.
 
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Tue Sep 28, 2021 6:29 am

T4thH wrote:
Aaron747 wrote:
tommy1808 wrote:

There isn't any major party in favor of nuclear power here. Unfortunately.


This is a terribly unfortunate state of affairs. Germany should be leading the way, showing the world how to run nuclear energy in a safe and efficient manner.


Please note, this is a "German Thing". A German will always fear and prepared (or tries to do so), what will regular never occur.
This includes nuclear power and the chance it will pop.

...I am a typical German...so...Sorry, no, we need not.


Are you prepared for the consequences of climate change ? Like, you know, your village disappearing in a mud slide ?
 
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Tue Sep 28, 2021 8:12 am

Aesma wrote:
T4thH wrote:
Aaron747 wrote:

This is a terribly unfortunate state of affairs. Germany should be leading the way, showing the world how to run nuclear energy in a safe and efficient manner.


Please note, this is a "German Thing". A German will always fear and prepared (or tries to do so), what will regular never occur.
This includes nuclear power and the chance it will pop.

...I am a typical German...so...Sorry, no, we need not.


Are you prepared for the consequences of climate change ? Like, you know, your village disappearing in a mud slide ?


That would appear to be a quite general problem, preparedness. Doesn´t really matter if it is higher sprig tides, extreme rain events with the associated mud slides or rising temperatures shutting down nuclear power plants due to lack of cooling water.

At least the share of renewable energy is rising, but a concerted program to get a 4th gen Reactor able to burn the 1st-3rd gen reactors waste would be very welcome. Two problems solved in one go.

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Tue Sep 28, 2021 10:29 am

tommy1808 wrote:
Aesma wrote:
T4thH wrote:

Please note, this is a "German Thing". A German will always fear and prepared (or tries to do so), what will regular never occur.
This includes nuclear power and the chance it will pop.

...I am a typical German...so...Sorry, no, we need not.


Are you prepared for the consequences of climate change ? Like, you know, your village disappearing in a mud slide ?


That would appear to be a quite general problem, preparedness. Doesn´t really matter if it is higher sprig tides, extreme rain events with the associated mud slides or rising temperatures shutting down nuclear power plants due to lack of cooling water.

At least the share of renewable energy is rising, but a concerted program to get a 4th gen Reactor able to burn the 1st-3rd gen reactors waste would be very welcome. Two problems solved in one go.

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Is the problem that Germans don't trust the tech can be safe, or they don't trust humans to run it safely?
 
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Tue Sep 28, 2021 10:49 am

Aaron747 wrote:
tommy1808 wrote:
Aesma wrote:

Are you prepared for the consequences of climate change ? Like, you know, your village disappearing in a mud slide ?


That would appear to be a quite general problem, preparedness. Doesn´t really matter if it is higher sprig tides, extreme rain events with the associated mud slides or rising temperatures shutting down nuclear power plants due to lack of cooling water.

At least the share of renewable energy is rising, but a concerted program to get a 4th gen Reactor able to burn the 1st-3rd gen reactors waste would be very welcome. Two problems solved in one go.

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Is the problem that Germans don't trust the tech can be safe, or they don't trust humans to run it safely?


The latter. That is where the requirement came from that a new type of reactor has to proof that there is no failure path requiring any action within 30 minutes after the emergency began. We trust humans absolutely to screw up if there isn´t time to fetch a coffee, sit down and take a few deep breaths before even pressing the Scram button.

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Tue Sep 28, 2021 12:14 pm

Apparently there is huge lobbying in Germany and France (and EU countries in general), by US and Russian companies, including ad campaigns etc., to convince Europeans that nuclear = bad for the environment, and gas = good for the environment. To the point people think nuclear emits more CO2 than gas !
 
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Tue Sep 28, 2021 2:34 pm

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Apparently there is huge lobbying in Germany and France (and EU countries in general), by US and Russian companies, including ad campaigns etc., to convince Europeans that nuclear = bad for the environment, and gas = good for the environment. To the point people think nuclear emits more CO2 than gas !


Also including Troll campaigns. Same users in social Media defending everything Putin, everything gas while denying climate change, corona vaccines efficacy unless its Sputnik, decrying corona dictatorship. Surprising overlap with users defending everything China too.

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Tue Sep 28, 2021 2:51 pm

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Apparently there is huge lobbying in Germany and France (and EU countries in general), by US and Russian companies, including ad campaigns etc., to convince Europeans that nuclear = bad for the environment, and gas = good for the environment. To the point people think nuclear emits more CO2 than gas !


That's beyond crazy. Mis/disinformation campaigns are destroying thought throughout the world.
 
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Tue Sep 28, 2021 3:02 pm

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Aesma wrote:
Apparently there is huge lobbying in Germany and France (and EU countries in general), by US and Russian companies, including ad campaigns etc., to convince Europeans that nuclear = bad for the environment, and gas = good for the environment. To the point people think nuclear emits more CO2 than gas !


That's beyond crazy. Mis/disinformation campaigns are destroying thought throughout the world.


A failed education system and lack of critical thinking skills are destroying thought throughout the world.
 
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Tue Sep 28, 2021 3:04 pm

Dieuwer wrote:
Aaron747 wrote:
Aesma wrote:
Apparently there is huge lobbying in Germany and France (and EU countries in general), by US and Russian companies, including ad campaigns etc., to convince Europeans that nuclear = bad for the environment, and gas = good for the environment. To the point people think nuclear emits more CO2 than gas !


That's beyond crazy. Mis/disinformation campaigns are destroying thought throughout the world.


A failed education system and lack of critical thinking skills are destroying thought throughout the world.


One would hope even German high school washouts know steam does not produce CO2.
 
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Tue Sep 28, 2021 3:22 pm

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Mis/disinformation campaigns are destroying thought throughout the world.


Dieuwer wrote:
A failed education system and lack of critical thinking skills are destroying thought throughout the world.


I think the real problem is the ability for ignorant people to access mass communication tools and reach a large audience is the real change and issue, Prior to about 10 years ago, there were essentially "gatekeepers" to accessing a mass audience. Now there are none.

It used to be that to get your story, your information out. you had to engage with entities that could provide access to mass communication tools. Whatever persuasion, someone kind of vetted your crap before it got out. The Republican party gave platforms to those they felt made a good leader or legislator. Information on disease and other science related items weren't accepted without some type of credibility to back up what they were presenting.

But now anyone can just post anything and the world can see it and if people start to "promote it" (follow/forward/like etc.), proven or utter BS, it gets an audience that has little care of desire to actually review information themselves or critically. People just like what they like, and why not?
"This story agrees with what I think/supports what I already believe, so I will accept it and point to it for others that dare doubt me!".
And then like-minded (simpleminded) people think they have real, valuable information, because A.) so many people thinking the same thing can't be wrong. And B.) I am smart and think this too and I can't be wrong.

And obviously other people that say such things are am wrong are just self-righteous or of the wrong political persuasion or just aren't willing to understand the truth that is so obvious.

Tugg
 
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Tue Sep 28, 2021 3:55 pm

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Aaron747 wrote:
Mis/disinformation campaigns are destroying thought throughout the world.


Dieuwer wrote:
A failed education system and lack of critical thinking skills are destroying thought throughout the world.


I think the real problem is the ability for ignorant people to access mass communication tools and reach a large audience is the real change and issue.Tugg


I disagree. the REAL issue is having ignorant people in the first place.
Had schools though critical thinking and not simply ask the kids to parrot what the teacher says, we wouldn't have this problem.
 
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I'll say again but Merkel killed nuclear. She's a freaking quantum chemistry scientist !
 
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Tue Sep 28, 2021 9:27 pm

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I'll say again but Merkel killed nuclear. She's a freaking quantum chemistry scientist !


And she understands that you can't win an election supporting an engergy source, for that germany never had a safe solution to store the waste...
And I think she was 1 of least active politicians ever not per term but ever.... But she might have been right on this 1 thing....
 
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I'll say again but Merkel killed nuclear. She's a freaking quantum chemistry scientist !


And she understands that you can't win an election supporting an engergy source,


in fairness, she wasn´t the "policy to play nice to voters" type of politician. Her actions in the refugee crises where not, and putting same sex marriage to a vote right before elections with almost half of her parties voters not supporting that for example.

for that germany never had a safe solution to store the waste....


Does anyone have a safe solution to store the waste? As a scientist should should know that new reactor designs are a potential solution to the problem instead of increasing it.

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If that election had happened in France, I wonder how the turnout would have been, as these candidates look extremely boring.

Is that really such a bad thing? I have just lived through four years of Trump. I would kill for some extremely boring politics in my country right now.

It's a huge problem that we look to politics for entertainment rather than for addressing problems.

It's a huge problem that we have media corporations whose profits are tied to how much angst they can create.

Unfortunately the genie is out of the bottle, the toothpaste won't go back into the tube.
 
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Sat Oct 09, 2021 10:13 am

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This has perhaps to do something with hundreds of years of war, two lost WWs, the first social system in healthcare... and ends perhaps with "self reliance" in Germany/


"Self-reliance"? If that's really the case, why not stop using those bad, bad nuclear power plants in neighboring countries to balance out the grid, whenever those funny windmills are not available?

T4thH wrote:
And just for your information, Nord Stream 2 is not needed in any form and Russia/Putin has sank a high amount of money into it (something around 30 billion $), which they will never see again.


If it's not needed, why did Germany invest so much political capital and credibility into something that can be easily weaponized and Russia has a track record of repeatedly doing so?

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Which is of course, best for Germany...and no one else. As German I am fully aware of it...and fully fine with it. You know, this with "third".


Nuclear is a best option for other countries. I hope Germany and Austria will be kind enough to respect that choice.

Meanwhile, Merkel says Putin is not to blame for skyrocketing natural gas proces.

Outgoing German Chancellor Angela Merkel dismissed charges that Russian leader Vladimir Putin is partly to blame for the record spikes in European gas prices.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles ... ice-crisis

How do you say someone's "being played like a violin" in German? :lol:

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