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2001-09-01 11:45:05 AM  
2001-09-01 12:53:11 PM  
This image sort of symbolizes the state of affairs in eastern Germany, after - what the Germans call - Die Wende (the turning point), and what we call reunification.

It was taken in a field, not far from Dessau, Zerbst (my father's birthplace), Dresden and Leipzig (my birthplace).

The ex-DDR (Deutsche Demokratische Republic) had high hopes when the Wall came down and the two Germany's reunited.

But in the years that followed, neither half could fully adjust to the other. The West went in and raped the child-like, socialistic people who had been living under Communism for about 40 years. They anointed them with McDonalds hamburgers, porn shops and returning burghers who had gone over to the West, and now wanted their old Red-confiscated property back (as they said) just like the Jews who had their property and lives taken away by the Nazis, five and a half decades earlier.

As usual, the Americanized West Germans saw themselves as victims ... albeit superior victims.

After reunification, the east German economy went into a coma, unemployment went sky-high. The elderly grumbled about the welfare safety nets that had been pulled out from under them. The young turned to skin-heading or left home for the opportunities of Munich, Hamburg and Berlin. The Asians - North Koreans and North Vietnamese - who'd been attending the excellent East German universities - were given money and tickets to go home, which many did ... rather than get beaten up and/or killed by swastika-tattooed skinheads.

Now, there's a glimmer of hope for the ex-DDR areas, hope for investment, new industries, silicon valleys ... but just that, a glimmer ... because the German economy is in trouble, just like ours.

Oh, as for that picture at the top - damned if I know how that Interflug (East Germany's airline) prop plane got there ... into a field far removed from the nearest airport.

Maybe the horse knows. (I talked to the horse briefly, and she snorted a denial: she had never been a Communist ... and her grandparents had never joined the Nazi party ... but, then, all the German horses say that.)
2001-09-01 01:43:17 PM  
WTF are you going on about? it is a farking cardboard cutout in a comic shop.........

and your book will be published???????
2001-09-01 02:55:26 PM  
Looks like fark has a new retard.
2001-09-01 03:25:17 PM  
Not to change the thread or anything, but is this article really "Satire"? As a true story it would be mildly interesting (maybe), but as satire it's... well, not. I can't imagine even a third rate Onion rip-off would bother to make up something *that* bad.
2001-09-01 05:41:09 PM  
Neko, tell me about it.

Later Bains was quoted as saying, "Worst article ever!"
2001-09-01 08:15:41 PM  
Number one... I have to take a Number Two
2001-09-01 09:22:19 PM  
Wolfanoz: What's this? No 'tossing salad' .gif?
2001-09-02 02:37:31 PM  
Neko - That's exactly what I was thinking.
2001-09-02 07:58:44 PM  
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