Burning cars, rioting youths, over-challenged security forces and helpless politicians - these are pictures from the French suburbs, the banlieues, which have gained international media attention since the nation-wide riots in autumn 2005. The so-called "crise des banlieues", the crisis of the suburbs, is not a new issue in France and has been a major challenge for domestic politics in France at least since the 1980s. With the "politique de la ville", a whole set of measures has been set up focusing on difficult urban quarters, especially in the "banlieues". The parallel society is structural in France.
Why are social housing for socially weak families demolished only 20 years after they were built? The high-rise buildings "Debussy" built in the 1960s, demolished in 1986, "Renoir" demolished in 2000, "Ravel" and "Presov" demolished in 2004 and Balzac in 2011 were all victims of an overly optimistic social policy. Housing alone does not create integration and tolerance towards minorities, often with a migrant background.
These apartments, originally for socially weak families in the late phase of the social market economy, remained a retreat for people who did not feel accepted by French society. Integration was mainly an illusion. And this illusion was followed by the illusion of "security policy: With the "Balzac" apartment block, the history of the neighbourhood finally disappeared: On June 19, 2005, little Sid-Ahmed, 11 years old, died in a shooting in front of the "Balzac" apartment block.
The next day, Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy paid an unexpected visit to the child's family and made his now famous promise to "clean up the city with a ‘Kärcher'." Of course no power washer arrived, only the stairwells were bricked up because "Balzac" had become an important drug hub in the region. A drug economy that no longer even took place underground but was operated in public. The illusion of a supposed improvement in security soon became apparent when the dealers simply moved. They sold their "goods" a few houses away and again the police did not dare to crack them down, for fear that they would again be held responsible for "abusing" drug dealers. This raises the question: Will this demolition of social housing change the neighbourhood? No, it won't. Drug trafficking is as high today as it was 10 years ago, and the pusher are younger and younger.
These photos now show migrants, families from the Ivory Coast, who occupied the "Balzac" high-rise block between 2009 and 2010. They were evicted. During the winter, the prefecture then paid for their accommodation in hotels. But in April, people found themselves back on the streets. Then the state, the agglomeration municipality and the city hall blamed each other. When I took the photos, people had already been bivouacking for three months about 100 men, women and children, in tents 100 meters from the demolished high-rise "Balzac."
"Shame, shame!" shout the demonstrators. Then "racists, racists!". Of the residents of the still intact high-rises, many of whom are black or Arab, a mother whose child I photograph says, "It's not directed at them, it's directed at the authorities." Then she goes on to explain, "The problem is that people who have housing tend to forget how hard it is for those who live on the streets. So we're here to remind them that we need to be in solidarity, to fight together."
You better protect all your photos that you post on Facebook with a large watermark because the new version of “citizen “-Journalism has begun the next step of self-destruction. How stupid does someone have to be to post on a closed network like Facebook? Or are clicks the new currency?
Photo theft is now becoming a real joy for image suckers among the photo editors. For me is anyone who gives their photos away for free to Facebook & Co is either masochistic, naive or just plain stupid. Now, in a situation where it seems that for many wage-dependent journalists the world view has become important than objective reporting. You can witness this in their fear of being fired when they're reporting in a "vox populi" style. And all this because Facebook enables the publishers to tear down the last barriers to throw "free" (independent) journalists into a dumping price spiral so that in the future even reports and photos for a House & Home Postille is no longer worthwhile he effort. Plebs has opted for cheap and stinginess is cool.
”Facebook News" has been lunched in Germany in May 2021. This service, already available in the United Kingdom and the United States, distributes media articles for a fee. Yes, for a fee. And if you are lucky your photo is being used. For free. Any publisher will be able to use your photo you uploaded to Facebook because you agreed to it.
While this fits in with the change in journalism where opinion counts more than facts, it doesn't change the fact that users of social networks like Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter or Instagram must have a healthy quantum of generosity for poor “social Networks” like Facebook & Co.
The user's masochism culminates in the fact that he simultaneously grants the platforms almost unlimited rights of use - most idiotically that for the commercial exploitation of images. The publishers and publications listed below will rub their hands.
I can only mention Facebook's publishing partners in Germany here in alphabetical order. You will have to look in your own country to find out who are the publishing partners. These are all big publishing houses. Of course, they will all claim that they don't do crooked business. But who believes it will be blessed. I have already experienced that a photo editor had spent hours removing my watermark from the photo. Only, if the photo has a marker it will be found by image search software like Tineeye (https://tineye.com) even after such a processing.
Rottweilers have a reputation for being viscous attack dogs, but despite what television and movies may say, this is not their true nature. Rotties are incredibly loyal, which makes them superb watchdogs, and they will protect their family fearlessly – but to be viscous, they must be trained that way. When properly trained, socialized and exercised from puppyhood, Rotties are even tempered and dignified companions. They do not buddy up to just any newcomer, but rather take their time to decide who is worthy of their time and affection. With their families they are affectionate and playful, and most Rottweiler owners note that their dogs seem to not know how large they are, wanting to cuddle up on the couch or the bed. For experienced dog owners who have the time to commit to a large breed, the Rottweiler is a true blue friend.
Following the lockdown, Italian businesses have scrambled to adjust to the emergency measures that are affecting the national economy as a whole. Many companies are paying employees from redundancy funds or encouraging staff to use their holidays to stay at home. Now after more than a year of the most incomprehensible economic dismantling, the shipyards in Italy have finally resumed work.
Here the refit of a Super-Yacht at the CRN shipyard in Ancona. Nevertheless, the political decisions have meant the professional end for many shipbuilders and shipwrights. In the shipbuilding industry in Italy alone, over 25% of employees lost their jobs.
Rottweilers need moderate exercise to maintain health, happiness and an even temperament. They are far too large for apartment life and are much better suited for the suburbs. Rotties should be walked several times a day, and allowed to have an hour or so of running time, as well. It is important for your Rottie to burn off as much energy as possible during the day, as a bored Rottweiler will chew and can destroy your living room in no time flat. In the summer months, a Rottweiler's exercise should be limited, however, as their black coats make them prone to overheating.
Rottweilers are not the most agile dogs in the world, but they do appreciate the extra time and exercise involved in agility activities. Rottweilers were originally used to drive cattle and haul carts, and they enjoy having a “job” to do. Agility requires them to think and obey, this giving them a “job.” If you can't do agility, walking your Rottie with a backpack can help make him feel as though he is “working” and also provides a more extensive workout.
During the refugee crisis, journalists from the traditional media have had to realize that enforced integration orders are impossible to deliver. This personal shock has now prompted them to switch to opinion journalism and turn it into an educational mission for citizens....
That is why Germany is so useful to certain globalists: as a compliant nation, it ensures that supranational agendas are implemented.
This is why there are great times are ahead for German journalism. Some kind of self-righteous Nazi's are coming to light. Don't forget that back then the NAZI's official name was "National Socialists". As a shining example, the managing director of the Thuringian regional association of the German Journalists' Association (DJV), the official professional association in Germany, shows how cowardly a leg can be put up and then discreetly followed up without the police intervening. The man's name is Sebastian Scholz and he sees himself self-righteously as an "anti-fascist" He should have dared to do that here in Paris...
Think Pink: Invest while you still can. Is Tesla's a technology company? A Car Company? A Space Company! It doesn’t matter. We are talking about CARS. GM, Toyota & Ford are producing millions of cars. Tesla delivered just over 360 thousand Electric Vehicles last year. Or do you know a Ponzi when you see one?
If this carmaker collapses he’ll need his SpaceX spaceship to blast off to Mars to secure his safety. Tesla has just 0.5% of the Global Auto Market. And never a Profitable Year.
Tesla is now the most valuable car company in the world. Tesla is now worth more than Toyota, Disney, and Coke combined. Tesla’s valuation doesn’t make sense by any logical measure. 300% growth in stock price and never made a profit. Only 25 billion in revenue last year. Belief is interesting; it requires no proof, much like religion.
With Tesla surpassing the market cap of every single auto market in the world last week, including Japanese giant Toyota, which in 2019 sold 10.6 million cars compared to Tesla's 367,500.
Tesla has continued its relentless, steamrolling ascent, and with its stock rising as high as $1,400 after hours, its market cap is now well over $250BN. Having exploded from $1,000 to $1,400 in 5 short days, and five stock squeezes. Tesla Up 5% after hours and soaring to $1,500. From $375 in March to $1,500 in July.
Tesla Is Now Bigger Than Intel, Verizon, AT&T, Walt Disney, And Bank of America. Bigger than Toyota! Despite the fact that Toyota sells 25 times more cars than Tesla.
And most of all: Tesla is now the most valuable car company in the world. Tesla's current stock price values the company at more than GM, Chrysler, and Ford combined, despite those three U.S. automakers also selling far more cars than Tesla does every year. Tesla is now worth more than Toyota, Disney, and Coke combined. Tesla’s valuation doesn’t make sense by any logical measure. 300% growth in stock price and never made a profit.
But Tesla isn't consistently profitable enough to join the S&P 500. I can’t think of a bigger slap in the face to true capitalism than a seventeen-year-old company becoming the most valuable in the world before it ever makes a profit. I remember last year when everyone thought $420 was high.
Tesla has just 0.5% of the Global Auto Market. And never a Profitable Year. They'll soon run out of time plus Quota of Carbon Credits to Sell. This is not Amazon. It is just cars, a low margin business. We all know how this ends up. Much too much Capex required. Tesla is going to be a phenomenal crash. Tesla will crash 3 minutes after Musk cashes out. If Tesla goes to zero tomorrow, Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk will be caught stuffing all the corporate cash into his novelty branded short shorts and trying to flee to Mars. It will be interesting to see which comes first. Maybe that’s why Musk is pushing his profitability goal so hard.
Tesla is a barometer of how ridiculous the market is currently priced. Unless you're cruising around the high-income parts of town, you don't see a whole lot of Teslas around town. € 60.000 for the model 3 performance. Even higher for the S, any questions on affordability. I can't imagine why I would spend time in my car playing with an iPad and doing software updates. Insurance costs are also very high.
Fanboys aren't concerned with the reality of the majority of society. I know a Ponzi one when I see one, and this is even more egregious than 1999. Some will get rich; most will lose everything.
If enterprise value and capability meant anything, a corporation like Toyota would be worth $10 trillion. If someone thinks that Tesla value is right, then explain how it is bigger than: VW, BMW, Mercedes, GM, Ford, and Ferrari combined, or Toyota and VW combined, which last year sold over 20 million cars. VW Group has the following brands: VW, Audi, Lamborghini, Bentley, Porsche, Seat, and even other brands. Do you think it is right that a company that has only four cars could have a better value than companies that have more than 50 cars and trucks. Toyota and Honda make a lot more cars and better cars. Tesla is an amazing company, but the company value is out of this world. And morons are still buying this overpriced stock. They must be Robinhooder's pumping in all their allowance money. The bigger they are, the harder they fall. It will happen when the punters wake up.
I think Tesla's current price makes more sense than tulips in Holland in the 1630's but less sense than Japanese stocks in 1987. Everybody is living in a Fed-induced unicorn fantasy that profits never matter or even having a sustaining business model. The company barely makes any money. The company has questionable accounting. The company couldn't figure out how to sell cars for a profit with government subsidies. The company was building cars in tents and letting them sit in the desert sun. Belief is interesting; it requires no proof, much like religion.
This Elon guy convinced people he was in the desert sun 40 days and heard a voice tell him to make electric cars. He stole a true genius's name and made Tesla. I guess if it worked for every other religion and cult in the world, it could work for this one. Tesla is a joke, and so is the stock market. Tesla will lose 95% of its value in the coming stock market crash. Tesla is now bigger than Exxon.
BlackRock has taken over Wall Street. Amazon is bigger than the top 15 banks combined. Even unprofitable, Uber and Lyft are threatening to overtake the $1-trillion auto industry, and they’ve only scratched the surface. Now, the worldwide $2-trillion auto industry is next in line for disruption. Tesla is now bigger than Netflix and Nvidia. At this rate, Tesla will even be bigger than Apple, but who cares? FED fully endorses it.
There are those who are in the club, those who think they are in the club, and those who are definitely not in the club. That is all. Are these people like Elon Musk really worth what they claim to be? The answer is no. They are paper billionaires. But there are few who actually are, and you won’t hear from them.
From 2001 to 2021 was more than a bumpy road
When it comes to foreign policy and future perspectives of the USA, the signs aren’t wildly hopeful. President Biden just opened future relations with one of this country’s two “near-peer threats” (as the U.S. military likes to call them) by agreeing publicly that Vladimir Putin was a soul-less “killer.”
Meanwhile, his secretary of state and national security advisor had a distinctly rocky meeting in Alaska with their Chinese counterparts from that other near-peer threat, China.
And now add to this wise policy the omnipotence of the medical experts who do not get tired to explain to you for 14 months that you can only escape the risk of dying from Covid-19 if you get vaccinated.Then add the trillions of damage that the national economies must somehow cover and do this with ever new debt and money printing, - then you know what will come out in the end.
In this sense I put the saga of climate change for the time being to the files and wait for reason and insight.
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