In Berlin on a Hot Day

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On our trip to Berlin in June last year,  we had the opportunity to vote for the federal election at the Australian Embassy in the centre of Berlin.

In Berlin, you can find statues of the Berlin emblem, the Berlin Bear, everywhere in all different disguises. We even found one inside the embassy.

IMG_1546 The Berlin Bear greets little Aussie Lucas at the Australian embassy.

But there was a kangaroo too. It looked a bit on the “dry” side in a Berlin court yard.

IMG_1550 “Skippy” the Bush-Kangaroo hiding in a backyard in Berlin on a diplomatic mission

In the next picture, you see indeed some Aussies marking the ballot papers. The children thought we went there for a scribble session and Lucas wanted to have a pencil and a piece of paper too.  This is election Australian style. The voting papers are not marked in secret nor are there any cabins where you can hide what you…

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A Day with Martin in Berlin in June 2016

A Building in Rubensstrasse in Berlin where we stayed in an apartment
Rathaus Schöneberg Underground Station is underneath

“Rathaus Schöneberg is a station on the U4 line of the Berlin underground train network. Designed by architect Johann Emil Schaudt, who also built the Bismarck Monument in Hamburg, the station was first opened in 1910 as Stadtpark. From 1940 to 1951 it was closed due to damage sustained during the Second World War.”Wikipedia

The Underground Station looks unto the Duck Pond. (Rathaus in the Backgrond!)

The ‘Pusteblume’ Cafe is a bit further on in the Stadtpark. We had some nice lunch there.




We continued by underground train to Märkisches Museum.

“Märkisches Museum is a Berlin U-Bahn station located on the U2 in the Mitte district. Since 1935 it has been named after the nearby Märkisches Museum, the municipal museum of the history of Berlin and the Mark Brandenburg.”Wikipedia



The Australian Embassy is near the U-Bahn.

We went along Inselstrasse to this part of the Spree river:

We went to Cafe Re:

I had coffee and Peter and Martin had beer and we all had Mampe Halb und Halb!

The Coming Fall Of The Super-Rich

Reblogged this on The Most Revolutionary Act and commented:
“Capitalism is now in a crisis that dwarfs all the past destabilizing events that have threatened to end it, including the Great Depression. One sign of this crisis is the fact that capitalism has become more destructive to the livelihoods of most people than it’s been in decades, and has in the process become very unstable. In America alone, half the people are either in or near poverty, 80% of workers live paycheck to paycheck, and 80% overall are in debt.”

This is what Dr. Bramhall wrote on her reblog. I said to reblog it, yes that is what I want to do!

O Society

by Rainer Shea  Revolution Dispatch Feb 5, 2019

Today’s super-rich are the most privileged and powerful group of people in history. If you’re a billionaire, you can usually decide an election by funneling a little bit of your money into the race. You can sway public opinion by buying up media outlets, and by using think tanks to influence schools and news sources. You can mobilize America’s law enforcement agencies towards targeting your enemies, like when the big banks coordinated with the FBI to crack down against Occupy Wall Street protesters. You can decide legislation through the politicians you’ve donated to, loot the treasury, and get the government to carry out wars and coup operations when these things benefit your business interests. The police, the court system, and the structure of capitalism are all oriented towards enforcing your influence.

You can have multiple mansions, drive expensive cars or…

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Factbox: U.S. sanctions on Venezuela’s oil industry–finance.html

This is what is said under “Specific Sanctions”:

“The U.S. Treasury Department’s sanctions do not entirely cut off purchases of Venezuelan oil by U.S. refineries. However, they stipulate that refiners cannot make payments directly to PDVSA, but into escrow accounts that PDVSA will not get access to until the company is controlled by a new government.”

When it comes to business, all the so called ‘democratic’ countries go along with Ameicas’s ideas of wanting to control another country’s government. How is this democratic?