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Tacitus   
20 Nov 2020
News / Coronavirus in Poland [6457]

There was no panic in any country where the governments were open about the virus. And since cautious behaviour is the main way to avoid the virus, he directly contributed to its' spread.
Tacitus   
20 Nov 2020
News / Coronavirus in Poland [6457]

Are you kidding? Trump continously downplayed the threat while Merkel told it like it was.

And it is quite clear that Germany is dealing much better with the Virus than the USA.

There is no way you can objectively defend Trump on Corona. He continued to spread misinformation and downplayed the threat when he had enough information to know better.
Tacitus   
20 Nov 2020
News / Coronavirus in Poland [6457]

Both the German president and chancellor Merkel warned the people to take the virus seriously, calling it rightfully the greatest challenge since WWII, urging the people to exercise caution, wear masks and so on. Merkel also held a brilliant speech in which she explained how reproduction numbers work to laymen.

theguardian.com/world/2020/apr/16/angela-merkel-draws-on-science-background-in-covid-19-explainer-lockdown-exit

Fauci

Fauci is one of the world's most respected scientists and the fact that Trump so often belittled and ignored his advice is just one of the many things that will be held against him by future historians.
Tacitus   
20 Nov 2020
News / Coronavirus in Poland [6457]

Here is a list about all of Trump's lies and misinformation regarding the Corona-Virus until November.

theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2020/11/trumps-lies-about-coronavirus/608647/
Tacitus   
20 Nov 2020
News / Coronavirus in Poland [6457]

Sources please

Just watch one of his many press conferences in which he either downplayed the Virus, gave potentially fatal advice and overall added confusion instead of clarity,
Tacitus   
20 Nov 2020
News / Coronavirus in Poland [6457]

all bad outcomes are Trump's fault.

Maybe it is not "all" is Trump's fault, but he will ultimately shoulder a significant part of the blame, because he contributed to the situation getting as bad as it is.
Tacitus   
20 Nov 2020
Off-Topic / Serbia etc. thread 2 [925]

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Tacitus   
20 Nov 2020
Off-Topic / Serbia etc. thread 2 [925]

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Tacitus   
20 Nov 2020
News / Coronavirus in Poland [6457]

Just one?

The Spanish flu is the best example.

Even the Bubonic plague is a mixed case. The virus apparantly mutated in Europe after it arrived from China and later found its' way in this form back in China.

sciencemag.org/news/2016/04/how-europe-exported-black-death

Lets' be perfectly clear here. It is not like the Europeans behaved until modern times in any way better or healthier than their Chinese counterparts. it is just that China's bigger populaton made it more likely that new viruses emerged from there.
Tacitus   
20 Nov 2020
News / Coronavirus in Poland [6457]

Something I only learned recently, Poland is Obi's second largest foreign market, behind Austria but before France and Italy.
Tacitus   
20 Nov 2020
News / Coronavirus in Poland [6457]

The current historical consensus is that the Spanish flu originated in the USA.
Tacitus   
20 Nov 2020
Off-Topic / Additional capacity for Nordstream II - Germany plans to buy hydrogen from Russia and use NS II for transport [201]

Delphie makes a good point though. The other V4 part have shown a clear tendency to side against Poland on issues Warsaw deems important, particulary regarding opposition to Bruessels. Even leaving aside how influential the V4 can really be under the best circumstances, that does call the validaty of it being a serious military-political alliance in question.

3 Seas looks similar but worse. I mean no offense, but it has like 3 notable members - Poland, Czech Republic and Austria, the others are either too small or suffer from domestic problems like corruption to be taken seriously. And that is just the economy, it looks even worse militarily, with only Poland having any sort of remarkeable military. So even if there were no serious political differences between the members - and there are - it is hardly a notiveable alliance.
Tacitus   
19 Nov 2020
Off-Topic / Additional capacity for Nordstream II - Germany plans to buy hydrogen from Russia and use NS II for transport [201]

which accounts for less military spending.

As if autocrats ever cared about balance sheets regarding military spending. The economic problems of the last few years have not affected Russian military spending, and if necessary, Putin will introduce welfare cuts and defend them with security needs.

Besides, what you are writing here are short- to midterm concerns. When we think about security, we need to think long-term instead. And it is pretty clear that the USA is losing interest in Europe. Russia is no longer their number one concern, and the threat of China will only grow in the future and likely demand America's full attention. Yeah, selling some gas is nice, but the USA will likely not be in this buisness for very long and even then it hardly justifies the kind of military spending it requires to deter Russia.

The thought that the USA - who are already unhappy with this situation - will be able and willing to guarantee Eastern Europe in say 20-30 years, while possibly also having to defend South Korea and Taiwan is very optimistic indeed. And things went rarely well for Poland when they relied on optismism. Just look at PiS European policies. They thought it was a good idea to rely on the UK, and now they are without any mayor allies in the EU.

Feel free to disagree and present me with your arguments, this is really one subject on which I am very relaxed about since Germany's position is very secure regardless. Though I'd feel very bad about Poland if things went wrong.
Tacitus   
18 Nov 2020
News / 15 years of Poland in the EU - assessment of pros and cons [561]

1. Its a constitution nevertheless and a pretty good one which is why we kept it after 1990. Besides Grundgesetz and Constitution have the same meaning. Yeah it was originally hoped that it would only be temporary, but its' authors knew that it could last a long time and thus made sure it was designed as a lon-term solution. Hell, the American founding fathers expected their constitution to last a generation but it is still holding up (though it is showing its' age).

2. There is no need for a popular vote since it was drafted by democratic legitimated politicians. In fact most democratic constitutions have never been submitted to a popular vote.
Tacitus   
18 Nov 2020
News / 15 years of Poland in the EU - assessment of pros and cons [561]

Spike, you are really embarrasing yourself here to anyone who has even a modicum of knowledge on the subject.

1. Germany has of course a constitution (in fact Polish lawywrs and other Eastern European countries looked into it before they wrote their own).

2. The criticism against lay judges is just an outlier and one that is not widely shared by experts. The high hurdles to become one are of course intentionsl since you don't want anybody to decide the fate of someone.

It worst it awards undue influence to local authorities with no influence on the bigger picture . Whereas the Polish justice reform is de facto a power grab by the Polish government with serious implications for the rule of law. But don't worry, the EU will help protect Poland's democracy!
Tacitus   
17 Nov 2020
News / New European Council's report: "Poland oasis of racism, xenophobia and homophobia" ... [343]

I have ever heard of only one such instance where a gay parade was physically attacked

The internet is full of articles describing such events.

I'm glad to know real Poles to set some things straight, really I am!

Sadly, they are not telling the truth here, or at least not the whole picture. Yeah, those LBGTQ-free zones are not expelling those minorities, but they are doing their best to create and maintain an hostile atmosphere against them with the hope that they leave on their own. The framing itself calling it "LBGT-ideology" instead of the simple wish for equality speaks volumes.
Tacitus   
17 Nov 2020
Off-Topic / Additional capacity for Nordstream II - Germany plans to buy hydrogen from Russia and use NS II for transport [201]

It is honestly surprising to see how shortshighted some people are in this case. I mean do you really think - despite the fact that every president starting with Obama including Biden - has stated that the USA has to divert its' attention from Europe towards Asia, that the Americans will be willing and able to guarantee Europe's security in say 10-20 years?
Tacitus   
17 Nov 2020
News / New European Council's report: "Poland oasis of racism, xenophobia and homophobia" ... [343]

You never hear of a gay,jew,muslim,black being beaten up in the streets of Poland

Whenever you have a gay pride parade in Poland, you have violent protesters trying to attack them with only the police holding them back.

if by discrimination you mean not allowing gay marriages or adopting children

That is textbook discrimination, particulary the latter one. There is no good reason why two gay people should not be able to raise a child as good as a hetero couple, or a even a single parten.

Germany for a start.

That is not "teaching gayism". It is just educating children that LBGTQ is a perfectly normal orientation and no foundation for discrimination as it should be.
Tacitus   
17 Nov 2020
Off-Topic / Additional capacity for Nordstream II - Germany plans to buy hydrogen from Russia and use NS II for transport [201]

Like abortions for ethnic German women

Don't worry, we offer abortions to thousands of Polish women too every year ;)

it is a very beneficial pact for Poland.

It is a very beneficial pact for Europe in general. But there lies the problem, how much longer will the USA be willing to pay for it?

Germany has a plan B with the treaty of Aachen which extends French nuclear deterrent on Germany. What is Poland's plan B once the USA pulls out of Europe.
Tacitus   
17 Nov 2020
Off-Topic / Additional capacity for Nordstream II - Germany plans to buy hydrogen from Russia and use NS II for transport [201]

Honestly I can very much live with the status quo. Let the Americans pay for the security in Eastern Europe while we can spend money on more important things. Just keep in mind that once the Americans lose their interest - the next isolationist in the White House is inevitable down the line - it will Poland who will be exposed to the risk, not Germany.
Tacitus   
16 Nov 2020
News / Coronavirus in Poland [6457]

It is hardly "German" to stick to the facts. Someone said that only people without vaccines would die, and I pointed out that this is not the case.

mandatory in relatively sane UK

This is no doubt part of the reason why the UK is doing so terribly.
Tacitus   
16 Nov 2020
News / Coronavirus in Poland [6457]

Except even with vaccine there is a amall chance that you can get the virus. The more people take the vaccine, the less the danger becomes. And then there are people who can not take the vaccine (e.g. those with a compromises immune system) and who depend on others taking it.