German Politician Herbert Reul. By Foto-AG Melle - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0 de, link

Green Energy Nightmare: German Politician Labels Poor People “Enemies of the State”

Essay by Eric Worrall

h/t Dr. Willie Soon; Germany’s Interior Minister of North Rhine-Westphalia, Herbert Reul, is worried agitators and conspiracy theorists might be taking advantage of people’s distress over energy bills and the cost of living crisis.

“New enemies of the state are establishing themselves”

08/18/2022, 10:05 am (updated)

Rising prices and energy shortages in winter: The Interior Minister of North Rhine-Westphalia, Herbert Reul, fears that bad things are brewing. The protest potential in Germany is no longer concerned with Corona, but is fueling fears in the population with new topics.

The Interior Minister of North Rhine-Westphalia, Herbert Reul, is concerned that the mood in the country will deteriorate and that issues such as the Russian war against Ukraine, the energy crisis and rising prices will give the conspiracy believers new fuel. “It’s no longer about protesters, it’s almost about something like new enemies of the state that are establishing themselves,” said the CDU politician on ntv’s “Frühstart”.

The protest potential has not increased, but the occasions have become more intense. “I’m worried that if things get really tangible – energy crisis, prices, cold living rooms, fuel is getting more and more expensive – that the ground for such narratives, for such conspiracy theories, will increase,” says Reul.

Reul believes that setting up a general crisis management team for a possible energy crisis is premature. However, the police must remain able to work. “We have additional tanks, 40 tanks with a capacity of 40,000 liters, which we are now distributing to the police across the country so that we can be deployed anywhere if there is an emergency,” said the interior minister. You are also prepared for the event of a blackout. More than 100 satellite phones have been ordered for the police to be able to communicate in the event of a power failure.

Read more: https://www.n-tv.de/politik/NRW-Innenminister-Herbert-Reul-im-ntv-Interview-Neue-Themen-schueren-Angste-in-der-Bevoelkerung-article23525896.html

Ordinary Germans might be hungry and cold this winter, but Reul looks like he hasn’t missed a meal in a long time.

If only Germany had built more nuclear reactors, instead of undermining nuclear power, and betting everything on failed green policies and dependency on Russian gas. President Trump did try to warn German politicians were making a grave error, but they just laughed at him. Now we have proof Trump was right. Ordinary German people are suffering, because Germany’s leaders are fools who ignore good advice.

I don’t know what kind of politicians Herbert Reul is, perhaps I am mistaken about him – perhaps some of our German readers can fill in some background. But providing police with fuel while everyone else runs short, and talking about ordinary people like they are enemies, in my opinion verges on a provocation.

Perhaps if politicians like Reul showed their faces, displayed a little contrition, devoted their time to alleviating the many problems Germany’s horror show green policies have caused, by ensuring poor people this winter always have somewhere they can be warm, there would be less opportunity for rabble rousers to mobilise people’s anger.

Instead, Reul appears to be focusing his efforts on preparing the German police to go to war against their own people. But what else would you expect, from politicians who have already demonstrated their incompetence and lack of empathy by creating this mess in the first place?

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Doonman
August 19, 2022 10:17 pm

There is only one conspiracy theory. That is that burning fossil fuel will cause catastrophic runaway global warming.

AndyHce
Reply to  Doonman
August 19, 2022 11:39 pm

What is the mission of the CIA?

Derg
Reply to  AndyHce
August 20, 2022 5:04 am

This ^

Walter Sobchak
Reply to  AndyHce
August 20, 2022 5:24 am

To destroy opposition to the Democrat Party in the United States:

Edward Luce, U.S. national editor and columnist for the (U.K.) Financial Times, wrote on Twitter: “I’ve covered extremism and violent ideologies around the world over my career. Have never come across a political force more nihilistic, dangerous & contemptible than today’s Republicans. Nothing close.”

Michael Hayden, a retired four-star Air Force general who served as director of the National Security Agency and later the CIA under former Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama, quoted Luce and added:

“I agree. And I was the CIA Director.”

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Walter Sobchak
August 20, 2022 10:40 am

The lies and distortions of Mr. Luce and Mr. Hayden are more nihilistic, dangerous & contemptible than today’s Republicans.

The radical Democrats and their minions like Luce and Hayden are the real existential threat to freedom.

Slowroll
Reply to  Walter Sobchak
August 20, 2022 11:22 am

I have not seen Republicans burn cities, murder people for political differences, claim that men can be women by just declaring to be so, advocate millions of illegal aliens, wreck the economy over climate change fraud, or send the FBI after political opponents. Those are the definition of nihilists.

griff
Reply to  Doonman
August 20, 2022 2:18 am

something proved by science – by scientific observation, that is.

If you want a conspiracy, just look for any comment on the WEF, NWO, Agenda 2021/30 etc.

Zig Zag Wanderer
Reply to  griff
August 20, 2022 3:22 am

Ha ha!

Unlike the utterly failed Catastrophic Anthropogenic Global Warming fantasy, the goals, and indeed the methods, of WEF, NWO, Agenda 2021/30 are very clearly and definitely documented. Not by any theorists, but by themselves, on their own websites.

It’s fascinating how the gullible don’t read it, and laughably paint anyone who quotes these agencies as conspiracy theorists. I can only imagine that such people are truly brainwashed and indoctrinated. There is no other rational explanation.

You will own nothing, griff, and you will undoubtedly imagine yourself to be happy.

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Dennis
Reply to  griff
August 20, 2022 3:49 am

Like the stones in European drought created exposed river beds with carved warnings about previous droughts many centuries ago?

Walter Sobchak
Reply to  Dennis
August 20, 2022 5:25 am

After they closed their coal fired generating plants, conditions improved.

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Fraizer
Reply to  griff
August 20, 2022 3:55 am

“…If you want a conspiracy, just look for any comment on the WEF, NWO, Agenda 2021/30 etc…”

I prefer to think of them as spoilers.

Climate believer
Reply to  griff
August 20, 2022 4:39 am

I don’t want these totalitarian control freaks anywhere near me or the society that I live in, who the hell do they think they are? by what right are they deciding the future of millions of people?

They say it, “capitalism is dead”!! they are trying to bring back communism 2.0, if you’re such a useful idiot that you are blind to that fact, I pity you.

rho
Reply to  Climate believer
August 20, 2022 8:00 am

One universal priority is feeding oneself and family. Another is not freezing to death in winter. A third is being able to have a job and GO to it. WEF and the “Great” Reset are antithetical to those common goals.

Reply to  rho
August 21, 2022 11:06 am

Excerpt – more at:
https://wattsupwiththat.com/2022/08/21/german-electricity-prices-spiraling-out-of-controltripling-since-2000-blackouts-unrest-loom/#comment-3582806

British Government: Shiver in the Dark, to Save Britain’s Broken Green Electricity Grid

THE BIG CULL OF THE ELDERLY OF EUROPE WILL HAPPEN THIS WINTER
We predicted it in 2002 and 2013 – it was all terribly costly – in dollars and lives – and all entirely avoidable.
A willful squandering of the lives of innocents.
Crimes against humanity.
 
Wow – Who could have seen this coming? We did – in 2002, and in more detail in 2013 (below).
Ref. https://correctpredictions.ca/

AN OPEN LETTER TO BARONESS VERMA
British Undersecretary for Energy and Climate Change, 31Oct2013
By Allan MacRae, B.A.Sc.(Eng.), M.Eng.

Reply to  Allan MacRae
August 22, 2022 4:12 am

The Nino34 Index is a good predictor of global average temperature ~4 months in the future and it is dropping sharply.
comment image
 
We can expect a very cold winter. In 2002 we predicted natural solar-driven global cooling started about now. Increasing atmospheric CO2 is NOT a major driver of global warming – that’s the 50-year-old climate scam – wolves stampeding the sheep for political and financial gain. Now the sheep will pay the price.

Told you so 20 years ago. https://correctpredictions.ca/
 
20 to 1 World
COLD WEATHER KILLS 20 TIMES AS MANY PEOPLE AS HOT WEATHER
By Joseph D’Aleo and Allan MacRae September 4, 2015
 
80 to 1 England and Wales
SMALL-AREA ASSESSMENT OF TEMPERATURE-RELATED MORTALITY RISKS IN ENGLAND AND WALES: A CASE TIME SERIES ANALYSIS
A new Lancet study by Gasparrini et al (July 2022) ominously reports that from 2000 to 2019 in England and Wales there were an average of 791 heat-related excess deaths and 60,753 cold-related excess deaths each year. That’s an excess death ratio of about 80 to 1 for cold temperatures. 
 

Tekov Yahoser
Reply to  Climate believer
August 21, 2022 3:57 pm

It’s World Economic Fascism. These toads are the descendants of Mussolini and that other guy.
Government control of capital and labor.

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2hotel9
Reply to  griff
August 20, 2022 5:35 am

Ahh, look! The lying liar who spews lies has toddled in to spew more lies.

MarkW
Reply to  griff
August 20, 2022 7:06 am

Models are not science.
The observations show that there nothing unusual going on in regards to weather.

n.n
Reply to  MarkW
August 20, 2022 7:56 am

Well, there are the naturally recurring phase shifts, impulse events, and anthropogenic consensus that are sometimes spectacular, sometimes catastrophic, and are frequently a justification to spread social contagion.

MarkW
Reply to  n.n
August 20, 2022 3:14 pm

However none of the events are unusual, all of them have happened before, usually caused by those same phase shifts.

Mark BLR
Reply to  griff
August 20, 2022 8:00 am

something proved by science …

“If you thought that science was certain … well, that is just an error on your part.” — Richard Feynman

I yield to “the expert / professional scientist” on this particular point.

PS : “I would rather have questions that cannot be answered than answers which cannot be questioned.”

Robert B
Reply to  griff
August 20, 2022 2:54 pm

Nothing was proved. A lot of drivel was labelled science but the actual scientific method is still in the cupboard dozing.

John in Oz
Reply to  griff
August 20, 2022 6:53 pm

If you want a conspiracy, just look for any comment on from the WEF, NWO, Agenda 2021/30 etc.

Fixed it for you

Michael in Dublin
Reply to  Doonman
August 20, 2022 3:28 am

What about the conspiracy theory that poverty, food and fuel shortages will cause a new “French Revolution” in Germany? Which theory is more likely?

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observa
August 19, 2022 10:19 pm

“I’m worried that if things get really tangible – energy crisis, prices, cold living rooms, fuel is getting more and more expensive – that the ground for such narratives, for such conspiracy theories, will increase,” 

The sublime irony is it’s a commie Putin that’s upset the climate changers applecart and soon is the winter of their deplorables discontent. Just crank up the windmills and solar panels for them eh Minister?

EppingBlogger
Reply to  observa
August 20, 2022 2:00 am

Russia’s actions have been the imm ediate trigger for the current problems but the cause is home made. By running down our own domestic energy production and reducing the range of fuels to be used, our politicians have used the past 2-3 ndecades to put us in a very dangerous situation, economically, strategically and in terms of public well being.

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meiggs
Reply to  EppingBlogger
August 20, 2022 7:47 am

They had and continue to have a plan and are working to the plan…RIP USA

michael hart
Reply to  observa
August 20, 2022 7:54 am

I guess the homeless won’t have to worry about cold living rooms in his conspiracy theories.
“Now is the discount of our winter tents”.

Ktarpley
Reply to  observa
August 20, 2022 5:41 pm

Anyone that thinks Putin is communist is living in the past. Russia has more respect with property rights than the West. It is not Russia that just stole the assessts of a G 20 nations central bank. The West has also stolen the assets of Afghanistans central bank and other nations that don’t go along with the Wests “Rules Based order”. This is why many Nations are losing faith in the US Dollar. China is now starting to dump US Debt they have been holding and the printing of money is now starting to heat up inflation. The days of the Dollar as the world reserve currency are numbered and so is kicking the can down the road. As a matter of fact we can now see the barriers set up on the cliff.

Philip CM
August 19, 2022 10:44 pm

 However, the police must remain able to work. “We have additional tanks, 40 tanks with a capacity of 40,000 liters, which we are now distributing to the police across the country so that we can be deployed anywhere if there is an emergency,” said the interior minister. You are also prepared for the event of a blackout. More than 100 satellite phones have been ordered for the police to be able to communicate in the event of a power failure.

When you know you were wrong, are wrong, and want to make sure the police can come down hard on the people’s legitimate fury at bureaucrats wasting their hard-earned tax dollars and completely disregarding their future welfare due to elitist hubris, greed and ill-conceived ideological advancement.

H.R.
Reply to  Philip CM
August 19, 2022 11:17 pm

The latest must have, must wear bold fashion statement in footwear for 2022….

Jackboots!

rho
Reply to  H.R.
August 20, 2022 8:03 am

Yeah, that response does sort of reverberate with echoes of the Brown Shirts does it not?

Rod Evans
Reply to  Philip CM
August 20, 2022 1:22 am

I wonder if the German politician recognised the scale of his hypocrisy, offering fossil fuel tankers to the German Police in order to quell upcoming demo’s by the citizens who are demanding more access to fossil fuel????

Oldseadog
Reply to  Philip CM
August 20, 2022 4:05 am

At first I wondered how they are going to charge the satellite phones if there is a power failure, but then realised they will charge them in the cars that will be fuelled from the 40,000 litre fuel tanks.

meiggs
Reply to  Oldseadog
August 20, 2022 7:48 am

Good CO2 quells rebellions…

John Gentzel
Reply to  Oldseadog
August 20, 2022 9:40 am

The Tanks he is talking about are used for crowd control, they use water cannons and have 1000 liters of water per tank.

Terry
August 19, 2022 11:26 pm

Just watched Jordan Peterson’s latest, this time on Deloitte and this showed up from WUWT. Hard to imagine somebody more insensitive than this guy – well ok how ’bout John Kerry. Peterson should be watched. He’s very angry about the elite takeover under the guise of global warming.



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H B
Reply to  Terry
August 20, 2022 3:28 am

spot on 100%

Michael in Dublin
Reply to  Terry
August 20, 2022 3:34 am

Insensitive? Kerry, yes but Peterson?
Explain your reasoning.

R Taylor
Reply to  Michael in Dublin
August 20, 2022 4:21 am

Terry’s comment makes sense if “this guy” is Herbert Reul.

M Courtney
August 19, 2022 11:48 pm

Labelling the workers as the “Enemy Within” and gathering police forces from around the country to crush them…
Sounds like the woman who started this Global Warming scare.

Archer
Reply to  M Courtney
August 20, 2022 4:12 am

James Hansen is a lot of things, but unless I’ve missed some big news, he’s not a woman.

H.R.
Reply to  Archer
August 20, 2022 6:49 am

I believe the reference was to Mrs. Thatcher, Archer.

MarkW
Reply to  M Courtney
August 20, 2022 7:18 am

I see you are still pissed that Thatcher broke the communist run labor unions.

BTW, Thatcher’s war was against the unions, not the workers. Unions have never benefited workers.

M Courtney
Reply to  MarkW
August 20, 2022 5:24 pm

Seeing as average pay of unionised workers is far higher than that of non-unionised workers your comment is disputable.
And seeing as all jobs are vulnerable, your comment is largely refuted.

MarkW
Reply to  M Courtney
August 20, 2022 7:38 pm

The base pay may be a little bit higher, however once you subtract union dues and time lost due to strikes, union workers end up making less.

I agree that all jobs are vulnerable, however if the last 50 years has taught us anything, it’s that union jobs are the most vulnerable of all.

How many companies have been driven to bankruptcy due to union greed?
How many companies have closed plants due to union greed?

Unions are the best thing that has ever happened to communists, and the worst thing that has ever happened to workers.

MarkW
Reply to  M Courtney
August 20, 2022 8:09 pm

Beyond that, just like the minimum wage, whenever you push a workers wage above the what his labor is worth to the employer, then they end result is either the worker becoming unemployed, or the company becoming bankrupt.

As long as the government permits competition, competition for workers will always cause the workers wages to approach marginal utility.

meiggs
Reply to  M Courtney
August 20, 2022 8:03 am

Workers are the numerical minority and are forced to feed the leisure class rich and the leisure class poor/non-working. Worker = taxpayer = slave. Those that benefit, rich or poor are not stupid, they know they depend on the work of others in order to survive/lead a life of leisure and they know deep down inside that they are committing injustice against others that they would not want imposed upon themselves. The classic rationalization of most humans in such a moral dilemma is to vilify the very people who are the victims of injustice…worker = enemy who must be crushed into slave-like submission…the MSM serves this goal well.

M Courtney
Reply to  meiggs
August 20, 2022 5:26 pm

Thank you do the reply.
I hope it stimulates debate amongst those smarter than me, because your insights are beyond my understanding.

David A
Reply to  meiggs
August 21, 2022 1:17 am

“Worker = taxpayer = slave”

Only in a system dominated by group power, be it government or corporate, OVER others.

I am retired now. I was a worker. I paid tax. I was not a slave. I chose my work. I chose where I lived. I chose how I lived and saved. I chose my hobbies. I chose my religion.

Many corporations treated workers brutally for some time. Workers uniting was natural and sometimes beneficial. Just as corporations can become evil and corrupt, so to can and did many unions become corrupt.

Just as the world became ever smaller, and corporations and governments ever larger, so corruption has likewise grown in scale and global organization.

The world is facing a time where globalist have achieved a degree of global corruption, a dark merge of would be one world government and international corporations. ( Currently, IMV, the Western nations globalists have achieved a remarkable “March Through the Institutions”)

Yet in achieving power over millions, they have demonstrated evil incompetence, and a far greater capacity to destroy then rule.
The chaos of their engineered breakdown will not fall controllably or as they expect.

Already China is moving to be the real “ rule the world Blackbeards”.
Russia will not play their Globalist game. India, other nations of the Orient, some Eastern European nations, are not willing to give up national sovereignty for their One World government game.

In breaking the old institutions, the amoral left has thrown the baby out with the bathwater. Morality is not taught or lived, individual liberty is not guaranteed or structural ( The US foundation ideals ignored and overwritten) The ideal of having a personal relationship with God is ridiculed.

Dangerous times…

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Redge
August 19, 2022 11:52 pm

“It’s no longer about protesters, it’s almost about something like new enemies of the state that are establishing themselves,” said the CDU politician on ntv’s “Frühstart”

That’s what the Greens have been doing since the 60s, try looking in the mirror, Herbert

Dennis
Reply to  Redge
August 20, 2022 3:51 am

Warrmelons – green outside, red on the inside.

MarkW
Reply to  Dennis
August 20, 2022 7:39 pm

Release the melons of war.

alexei
August 19, 2022 11:52 pm

“I’m worried that if things get really tangible – energy crisis, prices, cold living rooms, fuel is getting more and more expensive – that the ground for such narratives, for such conspiracy theories, will increase,”

But, but … if things are “tangible”, they’re no longer theories or conspiracies.

Looks to me as if some German politicians too easily forget the past, or in other words, never learn.

Moderately Cross of East Anglia
Reply to  alexei
August 20, 2022 12:48 am

Please remind yourself that Germany has always had autocrats who believe in this green tripe; the Nazis were the greenest government Europe has not enjoyed before the current twit Head Gardner.

Seventy years of failure and they still think going back to medieval squalor and misery, for the little people, is good. Sad.

HotScot
Reply to  Moderately Cross of East Anglia
August 20, 2022 1:46 am

I don’t understand why people haven’t recognise Germany’s global ambitions over the last 40 years. The UK pretty well wrecked their gradual take over of Europe with Brexit and their insane green policies have just about put the tin lid on everything.

I’ll be surprised if the EU survives for much longer.

another ian
Reply to  HotScot
August 20, 2022 2:45 am
Reply to  another ian
August 20, 2022 3:25 am

Isn’t it also an US target ?

MarkW
Reply to  Krishna Gans
August 20, 2022 7:34 am

Why would it be a US target?

rho
Reply to  MarkW
August 20, 2022 8:09 am

A unified EU with weak military is dependent on the US both for security as well as massive cash influx that allows them to wasted their own tax monies on various socialist virtue signaling initiatives.No The US uniparty leadership does NOT want the EU to fall apart. One navel to push is more efficient than having to control 10 or 15 independent nations.

HotScot
Reply to  MarkW
August 20, 2022 8:58 am

Land mass, population of around 500m, geographical proximity to Russia, the open desire for a European Army, technology, financial reach.

Were it properly run it could have presented a considerable commercial and armed rival to America. Had it actually made friends with Russia it would instantly have a nuclear ally as large as America.

But the whole thing was always built on petty nationalism trying to sabotage each other pretending they had bigger global ambitions than each other.

Reply to  MarkW
August 20, 2022 2:31 pm

A strong EU isn’t the US interest.
Just now, the last days, the € lost it’s higher value over the US $

MarkW
Reply to  Krishna Gans
August 20, 2022 3:18 pm

If a strong EU is not in the US’s interest, why has the US spent most of the last 50 years exhorting the EU to strengthen itself?

meiggs
Reply to  Krishna Gans
August 20, 2022 8:10 am

Did you miss the last US presidential election????

HotScot
Reply to  another ian
August 20, 2022 8:50 am

Good article.

One of his other articles agrees with my opinion almost word for word, with more detail about tactics than I could furnish. He discusses Russian weaponry in precisely the same terms as me.

https://thepointman.wordpress.com/2022/04/15/the-ukraine-war-the-military-realities/

meiggs
Reply to  HotScot
August 20, 2022 8:09 am

I was on a project in Holland 11 years ago where we actually had a contingency plan for break-up of the EU with the life of the project which would have been less than 5 years. The EU has continued and will since it is too big to fail and an arm of the globalist. If breakup is to occur it will only happen once food becomes scarce and by that time the EU will have completed it mission anyway, elimination of the masses.

HotScot
Reply to  meiggs
August 20, 2022 8:26 am

Predicting the political life of anything is like predicting the climate. Of all the models ever created only one will ever be correct, and it’s always the least expected.

Richard Page
Reply to  meiggs
August 20, 2022 12:32 pm

If it survives this next winter it may be ok for a few more years but Germany is definitely losing its grip on the rest of the EU.

meiggs
Reply to  Moderately Cross of East Anglia
August 20, 2022 8:05 am

Socialists are socialists be they nazi or green

MarkW
Reply to  alexei
August 20, 2022 7:31 am

It’s not that they have forgotten the past, it’s more like they are trying to resurrect it.

Matt Kiro
August 20, 2022 12:01 am

Aren’t we happy the rest of the western world is following down this path too? Pretty soon we will be hearing about how renewable energy is just like socialism, ‘they’ just didn’t do it right!!

Dennis
Reply to  Matt Kiro
August 20, 2022 3:53 am

It will eventually deliver in Australia, just needs more funding to add to the “firming” back up equipment and storage, now a new transmission line grid because the existing grid is not as efficient for wind and solar energy transmission.

Just keep throwing money at the problems and one day it will work.

/sarc.

meiggs
Reply to  Matt Kiro
August 20, 2022 8:11 am

You are naive if you believe that but hope you’re right

Climate believer
August 20, 2022 12:03 am

Contempt of the proles is nothing new, we are all “deplorables” if you are an EU bureaucrat.

According to Politico Reul once said:

“I have my doubts whether mankind actually contributes as much to climate change as is commonly assumed.” 

and:

“nuclear energy is indispensable if basic energy needs are to be met in Europe in the medium term”.

… I guess nobody was listening.

GeroXC
August 20, 2022 12:10 am

Reul is a so-called conservative – CDU, but – they are in a coalition in Nortrhine-Westfalia with the Greens, and even though the CDU ist the absolut dominant part, they duck and follow heir small ‘partner’….

decnine
August 20, 2022 12:45 am

Herr Reul is right. Because the people are waking up to realise that the State is the Enemy of the People.

fretslider
Reply to  decnine
August 20, 2022 2:02 am

The Solution

After the uprising of the 17th of June
The Secretary of the Writers Union
Had leaflets distributed in the Stalinallee
Stating that the people
Had forfeited the confidence of the government
And could win it back only
By redoubled efforts. Would it not be easier
In that case for the government
To dissolve the people
And elect another?

Bertolt Brecht

rho
Reply to  fretslider
August 20, 2022 8:12 am

Hence the EU’s insistence that flooding Europe with immigrants – mostly uneducated and from different cultural backgrounds and different cultural norms – should not be impeded.

Damon
August 20, 2022 12:53 am

Politicians always expect to be able to go home to a comfortable environment, a loving wife, and obedient children. Doesn’t always work.

fretslider
August 20, 2022 1:58 am

My guess is the German police are better equipped than the Bundeswehr – with their broomsticks…

“Germany ‘Can’t Explain’ Use of Broomsticks Instead of Guns in NATO Exercise”

https://www.newsweek.com/germany-cant-explain-use-broomstick-instead-guns-nato-exercise-307902

Can you guess who was in charge? Ursula von der Leyen, now leader of the EU

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griff
Reply to  fretslider
August 20, 2022 2:19 am

In Dusseldorf I once saw a woman commuting to work dressed as a witch, with a broomstick attached to her bicycle…

fretslider
Reply to  griff
August 20, 2022 2:23 am

What were you imbibing at the time?

another ian
Reply to  fretslider
August 20, 2022 2:48 am

Griffade?

Reply to  griff
August 20, 2022 3:29 am

Around May 1st ?
😀
Or around Caneval ?
😀

paul
Reply to  griff
August 20, 2022 9:35 am

was that Merkel by any chance ?

Frank from NoVA
Reply to  griff
August 20, 2022 4:05 pm

That’s nothing. In 2016 we came close to electing a real witch to be President of the US.

MarkW
Reply to  fretslider
August 20, 2022 7:39 am

Sounds a lot like the US during the years leading up to WWII.
This failure to adequately fund the military was one of the reasons why the Japanese assumed that the US would fold rather than fight, after Pearl Harbor was destroyed.

rho
Reply to  MarkW
August 20, 2022 8:14 am

Not really. Europe knows that it can depend on Uncle Sam to provide the military might and military funding they need. Why should they bother?

fretslider
Reply to  rho
August 20, 2022 8:37 am

The might in numbers and guns isn’t always enough…

EppingBlogger
August 20, 2022 1:58 am

Those labelled by the establishment or the modern political class as “enemies of the state” have been treated as non-people and harried by the security services over the years. Few would complain about that in time of war when the opponents were seeking to undermine the stability of the nation or to hamper widely supported war efforts. Few thought the close monitoring of CPGB during the cold war was excessively restrictive and left wing or communist views were hardly scarce in the UK press and good old BBC could be relied on to give them a hearing or even a job.

However, the evidence is that the current political class is all to keen to cancel anyone with views they don’t want the public to hear and the MSM is so closely aligned they are keen to assist. One thinks of anyone who challenges the green agenda on MMGW, anyone who challenges lockdowns and Covid handling generally, anyone who suggests the structure of the NHS is not optimal, the list is really quite long.

Opposition to the EU used to be one of the forbidden issues and it would not surprise me at all to find, in the future, that security staff went beyond any legitimate role of monitoring campaigners, as they should all political grous and parties, to ensure there was no undemocratic action hidden within.

griff
August 20, 2022 2:17 am

Germany gets about 49% of its electricity from renewables… it also exports huge amounts of power, mostly from its coal plant.

In 2011 when it cut off half its nuclear overnight, it experienced no network or supply issues.

It isn’t going to have an electricity problem.

There may be an issue in gas using industry… but again, that’s down to politics, not green issues.

fretslider
Reply to  griff
August 20, 2022 2:39 am

You should channel that imagination of yours. Write a novel, it’s bound to be dystopian

Andrew Wilkins
Reply to  griff
August 20, 2022 2:53 am

Everyone, please ignore Griff

Dennis
Reply to  griff
August 20, 2022 3:58 am

Did you write these words?

Regarding planned offshore wind turbine installations in Australia;

“Bird experts are concerned about the scale of the ACEN proposal, which would AT TIMES produce as much power as used by the whole of Tasmania.”

Intermittent unreliable energy but delivers “at times”.

Climate believer
Reply to  griff
August 20, 2022 5:05 am

49%? that’s everyday, all year round is it?

Averaging unreliable energy sources like that allows idiots to believe in unicorns.

Stop lying, stop being a sneaky Grifter, you know that’s just not the case.

Yesterday in Germany…

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It doesn't add up...
Reply to  griff
August 20, 2022 5:24 am

Why was Germany paying €563/MWh (highest in Europe) to be able to import power from its neighbours on Friday? What will they have to pay in winter?

MarkW
Reply to  griff
August 20, 2022 7:41 am

I see griff is still trying to pretend that the highest 5 minutes of renewable production is what they did for the entire year.
Add to that the fact he is including hydro in the renewable column.

HotScot
Reply to  griff
August 20, 2022 9:09 am

Muppet.

Dennis
August 20, 2022 3:47 am

Not being difficult, but what really is “green energy”, I have for example read advertisements offering it but is it coloured green so that consumers can identify it when they pay for it?

observa
Reply to  Dennis
August 20, 2022 4:51 am

Green energy equals Greenouts which is why deplorables require smart meters for elite power control.

Richard Page
Reply to  Dennis
August 20, 2022 8:24 am

Green energy is energy produced by mainly hydrocarbons and a (very) small amount of renewables and nuclear that energy companies greenwash to fool the gullible and, frankly, very stupid consumers into buying from them rather than anyone else. It should come as no surprise to anyone that has seen adverts promising 100% green energy for every household when renewables produce around 5% of the total, on average.

fretslider
Reply to  Dennis
August 20, 2022 8:40 am

“what really is “green energy”

Take 1 green chilli cut in half rub on fingertip and then stick that finger up a nostril

Can you remain at rest?

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John Hultquist
Reply to  Dennis
August 20, 2022 8:48 pm

Close observation will show that an electron from a wind turbine casts only green spectral lines while an electron from a coal facility gives only black lines. If you observe too closely the black ones will sear your eyebrows.

Fraizer
August 20, 2022 3:53 am

When the state is the enemy of the people, everyone is the enemy of the state.

Luigi
August 20, 2022 4:53 am

It’s ordinary German that should eventually wake up. Sorry fro being so negatively critics, but after 22 years living and working in Germany I have made my opinion about Germans: a population that can be convinced of anything the government wants, that loves ideologic wars and loves to hurt itself. With these premises you understand why Germans haven to yet started a revolution but are instead ready to afford a winter without heating, despite paying taxes and therefore having right to have those services that the government shall provide its citizens. For the same reasons Germans were convinced to get the jab “to help the country and grandma Hannelore”, another distorsion of reality and truth: you get the jab for you, not for helping the government or the country. A mass of zombies who do not dare criticising authority because authority = truth. So you can steer them to kill Jews or to discriminate unvaccinated neighbours. Nothing learned from recent history. In the best case they voted FDP to express their dissent. FDP, which is a notorious aligned party that promises white and choses black one second after being elected, has of course betrayed its own word. But the average Hans Mustermann cannot vote differently because “honest people do not chose some parties”. Thanks to God in every country there is a small percentage of people who use their brain and these very bad people, incarnation of the evil, cannot be convinced and protest. So they will not agree to freeze while paying the taxes. Will Hans Mustermann realize that he’s being cheated again by his politicians? I seriously doubt it. recently talking to an acquaintance about the problem with electricity and gas he expressed a completely aligned opinion: we shall freeze in winter not to harm environment. So this is self extinction in the best from as Darwin had postulated: extinction of the dumbest…

Frank from NoVA
Reply to  Luigi
August 20, 2022 4:45 pm

I’m not crazy about the German philosophical tradition, but it’s a fact that some Germans paid the ultimate price to oppose tyranny. Certainly they were a small minority, but they far exceed the number (zero?) of deep state employees willing to risk only a comparative pittance to blow the whistle on tyranny in the US.

Walter Sobchak
August 20, 2022 5:21 am

The great German Playwright and Poet Bertolt Brecht described the the thinking of politicians like Herr Reul perfectly:

Die Lösung
Bertolt Brecht

Nach dem Aufstand des 17, Juni
Ließ der Sekretär des Schriftstellerverbands
In der Stalinallee Flugblätter verteilen
Auf denen zu lesen war, daß das Volk
Das Vertrauen der Regierung verscherzt habe
Und es nur durch verdoppelte Arbeit
Zurückerobern könne. Wäre es da
Nicht doch einfacher, die Regierung
Löste das Volk auf und
Wählte ein anderes?

The Solution
Bertolt Brecht

After the uprising of the 17th June
The Secretary of the Writer’s Union
Had leaflets distributed in the Stalinallee
Stating that the people
Had forfeited the confidence of the government
And could win it back only
By redoubled efforts.  
Would it not be easier
In that case for the government
To dissolve the people
And elect another?

6CA7
Reply to  Walter Sobchak
August 20, 2022 8:59 am

What is going on at the US southern border may be exactly an attempt at that.

tgasloli
August 20, 2022 6:01 am

“…new enemies of the state are establishing themselves…”

It takes an stunning lack of self awareness for a German politician to say that. A trip to a Holocaust museum is required here.

August 20, 2022 6:56 am

A short 80 years ago, other than the US, the UK, and Australia, the entire world was ruled by dictators. The UK and Australia were lost as soon as Covid hit. The US unitary has sold out as well. Troubled by,”….new enemies of the state that are establishing themselves…”? Think about 80,000 new armed IRS agents! We are now the enemies of the state!

John Hultquist
Reply to  Dennis Topczewski
August 20, 2022 9:00 pm

The IRS is not even close to being up-to-date technology wise. Their primary tools are pencil, paper, abacus, and rotary phones. They will be armed with .303 Enfield Rifles with iron sights but converted to .22 calibre training rifles.

AndyHce
Reply to  John Hultquist
August 23, 2022 6:23 pm

Accounting tools may be old fashioned and inefficient. Their weapons will definitely not be so.

GeronL
August 20, 2022 7:05 am

Remember when dissent was patriotic? Now it’s treason or something.

observa
August 20, 2022 7:06 am

The dopey climate changers ooh and aah over this stuff all the time-
Solar briefly overtakes coal in Australia as number one source of power nationally – ABC News

“This is the first time in business-as-usual that we’ve ever seen coal be dethroned as [the] number-one fuel source in the market,” he said.
“Coal has been at times up to 80 or 90 per cent of the amount of energy coming into the market.
“Which means that this is a big event.”…….

The kicker-
Coal still dominates the grid during the evening peak, when solar sources are no longer available.

Yes morons because then they have to charge a motzah as insurer of last resort to cover their return on capital and running costs when solar dumping cut their lunch. Like buying a frabjous new nano paint solar powered car but then you need to also pay for an ICE cab when it clouds over or the sun goes down. Duh!

Olen
August 20, 2022 7:40 am

What else: Perhaps the politician who sets himself apart from the people has other interests like personal currency and furthering his career on the backs of the people he seems to despise.

Evidently the Federal police force is not local so they do not necessarily live near their duty in a crisis and so do not have to answer to the people they police, how convenient.

AZeeman
August 20, 2022 7:42 am

Angela Merkel was a very charismatic leader and led the Germans into the current energy mess. This is very unusual as Germans are not prone to following charismatic leaders into disaster.

Walter Sobchak
Reply to  AZeeman
August 20, 2022 11:20 am

Angela Merkle charismatic? She seemed as charismatic as a bowl of oatmeal to me. But, I am not German. PTL

SMC
August 20, 2022 7:44 am

It’s not incompetence on the Left. It is deliberate action that is causing the crisis in energy.

Ilma
August 20, 2022 7:48 am

So no sense then of “how can we govern to make peoples’ lives easy and comfortable”??

rho
Reply to  Ilma
August 20, 2022 8:20 am

That has never been the goal or concern for those who would be tyrants.

n.n
August 20, 2022 7:52 am

Enemies of the State is one step removed from “burdens” of the State, which are resolved in the modern model through direct or delegated choice.

4E Douglas
August 20, 2022 8:06 am

Ah, now the poor are”useless eaters. ” Again.

6CA7
August 20, 2022 8:55 am

Apparently, someone told Herr Reul about what happed in Sri Lanka.

It doesn't add up...
August 20, 2022 10:40 am

Interestingly depending on the area of Germany the name Reul is pronounced either rile or roil. Both seem apposite.

Shoki Kaneda
August 20, 2022 10:40 am

Those damn Germans. Put them under a little stress and they revert to form. Parisians should start learning German.

Richard Page
Reply to  Shoki Kaneda
August 20, 2022 12:42 pm

They’ve allowed the trees on both sides of the Champs-Elyssees to grow up a bit so there’s plenty of shade and the gilets-jaunes have tested it’s suitability for marching recently so all would appear to be ready and welcoming.

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August 20, 2022 4:14 pm

Maybe the elite hope that Sith Lord Klaus Schwab has a clone army waiting in the wings to control the streets and round up all the “enemies of the people” ?

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Viti
August 21, 2022 1:30 pm

Once again President Trump was right, you may not like his style but the man got things done. Now add the weight of the uniparty trying to shackle his ankles for 5 years and you start to see that this is the MAN!

Tekov Yahoser
August 21, 2022 3:55 pm

Ooh, should Gaia choose to make this winter a winter of discontent in Europe. Record cold, cloud cover galore and Putin giving the Trump-mockers a tasty dose of efyu.

Quilter52
August 21, 2022 8:04 pm

What a very grubby human being is this man.

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