Giving Thanks in Warsaw

Today for Thanksgiving, I went to the cafe near Parliament where the politicians and literati go. I saw 2 politicians, one writer and the whole contingent of Women Against Fascism movement who were protesting inside Parliament. They were the women who showed great courage last week by blocking the fascist parade and were beaten up by the police and the fascists, often the same people. I gave them my card because that will be part of my retirement plan. So a good day, all in all.

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The 12 women who stood up to thousands of nationalists

On 11 November, marches marking the anniversary of Poland regaining its independence were held across the country. The biggest of them was in Warsaw, where, according to official figures, some 60,000 people marched. Most of them were associated with Poland’s nationalist organizations, the All-Poland Youth and the National Radical Camp. Across from them stood 12 brave women with a sign which read: “Stop Fascism”. They were beaten, spat on and abused.

The women were led by Ewa Błaszczyk of the anti-government Citizens of the Polish Republic group which has long opposed illegal and unconstitutional activities in Poland. 11 other women followed her lead. Among them were: an anesthesiologist, a psychologist, an English language translator, a lawyer — who had had enough of nationalist marches through Polish cities. They decided to act alone, without the help of any men, because they feared the aggressive crowd would see the men defending themselves and their peaceful protest would turn into a brutal battle. So they met in secret, made their “Stop Fascism” banner and blended into the crowd. And when they rolled out their banner during the march, the physical and verbal assaults began. 1 of the 12 had to be driven to the hospital.

The women say it was not their intention to single-handedly stop the “All Poland” march. Rather, they wanted to reveal the true nature of the so-called patriots, people who claim to love the fatherland but also fuel radical hatred toward anyone who is in any way different from them.

“Defending your country is beautiful, but being loving for the good of your country is even more beautiful.”

They also point to the role of women in raising the next generation, because, as they say, “nationalism and fascist tendencies are not something that pops up suddenly”.

 

https://newsmavens.com/news/women-to-watch/835/the-12-women-who-stood-up-to-thousands-of-nationalists

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Independence Day

Polish TV is pissed because the western media portrayed yesterday’s march as the largest gathering of fascists in Europe. Well, what do you expect with signs like “Death to the Enemies of the Fatherland!”?

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You can bet they won’t be seen next year as Poland hates to be embarrassed on the world stage, not because of a change of policy.

On the other hand, someone on Twitter posted the photo on the right of the occupation of Warsaw in 1939 and said, “This is what a real fascist march looks like.”

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Two days later, Poland is still pissed, oops I mean embarrassed as the story is still ongoing today. TV continues to show the shocking headlines in many languages from all over the world. It’s OK to be a fascist in your own country but don’t let the world know. Well, the world needs to know wherever it happens so, as a public service, here are some more White Europe signs…

 

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Europe will be white or uninhabited.

 

 

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White Europe, Brotherhood of Nations

 

 

And the Final Solution……

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Poznań, Poland.

Celebrating Endless War

The original intent, established in the wake of World War I, was to celebrate world peace. Then the wars never ended, so Veterans Day changed.

There is nothing in the lives of human beings more brutal and terrifying than war, and nothing more important than for those of us who have experienced it to share its awful truth.    Ron Kovic

 

Annual 11 November anti fascist march to counter the actual fascist march a few kilometers away.

 

 

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Remembering the man who set himself on fire and died in protest against the government in front of the Palace of Culture downtown Warsaw a couple of weeks ago. Not in the news.
“I, an ordinary man, love freedom above all.”

 

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The things they carry…..

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The Day Before….

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Family Without Candy Sits Huddled in Darkened House Like Londoners During the Blitz

https://local.theonion.com/family-without-candy-sits-huddled-in-darkened-house-lik-1820021523

You may laugh but Poland is trying to ram this holiday down their throats so it too can have another day based on spending lots of money on things you don’t need. I protest because the next day, 1 November is All Saints Day, a holiday (yay!) and a sober day to remember the dead. Somehow the thought of spending the day before, stuffing your face with candy and drinking and then going to the cemetery with a hangover (both sugar and alcohol) puts me right off. Therefore, I choose not to participate. We have a few kids, mostly teenagers who come around for free candy. Nobody in my Polish neighborhood participates (there are no people from the US or UK who live here) and I hope that eventually they will give up and never come back. Remember how when we used to go out as kids, we knew where all the good candy was and we all went there? Well, that’s never going to be my house. However, I still have to put up with them ringing the bell (it is the only thing my deaf dog hears and she barks) until I figured out how to disable the bell. Me and my dog spent last night, huddled in my house without candy watching the latest episode of American Horror Story, Cult in blessed silence. Except for the screams by the people being dismembered on TV. Man, those people are sick!! Life imitates art.

 

 

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The Day After…..

I don’t know. Is it me or watching CNN interview people on the street dressed in costume in NYC and a scary clown is saying, “We can’t let the terrorists win.” and then take a selfie with a cop seem odd to you? And then being called DEFIANT because they dared to come out.45E3F42200000578-5037145-Costume_clad_revelers_stood_side_by_side_with_police_officers_wh-a-29_1509506420661

 

 

 

 

I’m surprised they weren’t called heroes.

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Is this in good taste considering?

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Love the beheading reference.

 

Of course. You change your costume/plans and the terrorists win!

 

 

“Hours after a terror attack, I keep interviewing New Yorkers dressed as chickens who say they are not afraid………”The police took care of the attack,” said Marc Cruz, 28, who is dressed as a chicken, saying he feels “pretty safe…and a call for direct action: “the best answer to terror was more concerts, more events, more wine on outdoor terraces.”

https://www.theguardian.com/…/defiant-new-yorkers…

 

 

Walls

 

Mexican (prototypes)

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Rosary Wall, Poland

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Roma Wall, Slovakia

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Separation Wall, Jerusalem

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Immigration Wall, Hungary

Measures on Bulgaria - Turkey border

Immigration Wall, Greece

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Berlin Wall

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Peace Wall, Belfast

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Gated community wall, Florida

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Is Communism Worse Than Nazism?

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http://forward.com/opinion/world/384097/is-communism-worse-than-nazism/

Not only does she not answer the question, (I think, as she goes on and on without saying anything), I find myself allergic to political analysis that begins with statements like “having grown up in the Soviet Union”, as if that automatically endows some kind of special power to make sweeping statements without necessarily having to know a damn thing about global politics to an audience who also knows nothing. Living in a two-room flat in some gray city and waiting in line for chocolate makes you, not only an expert on Communism but capitalism as well and by decree all political systems. An education through hardship that even Harvard could never match. This kind of logic should make us applaud Trump voters who growing up in the US, and therefore knowing all about US politics, for their brilliant choice for President.