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SOMEONE ELSE’S BABY

From it’s enviable position as being the greatest publicly-accessible repository of all of human history and knowledge, the Internet, like anything else devised by man, is open not only to manipulation, but is one of the most successful tools ever devised to spread disinformation and propaganda on an unprecedented scale.

A single composite image (MEME), or any number of completely fictitious claims or accusations, can circumnavigate the planet within a matter of seconds and before very much time has passed, can become embedded in the human psyché to the point where not only ‘official’ historical records become redundant – but many years of painstaking and genuine research can, and will be dismissed by millions of people who will not investigate beyond whatever appears daily in their social media timelines.

What many people see in front of them every day on social media, or any number of ‘conspiracy’ websites, becomes accepted ‘truth’ to them, which is unfortunately, not only extremely lazy, but will not allow the natural human thirst for knowledge to progress beyond whatever is spoon-fed to them by anyone who has a desire, or an agenda to distort and twist the truth.

One of many such beliefs on the www, is one that has been doing the rounds on a number of ‘Conspiracy’ and ‘Truther’ forums and websites for a few years now, and one that besides being completely ridiculous to anybody who can perform even the most basic Internet search, is one of many that the Outlaw will attempt to show are nothing more than a complete pile of excrement.

Digitally-manipulated and cleverly worded maybe, but excrement nonetheless.

I am referring in this instance to an image, and one of many that have done the rounds over the years, that claims that Angela Dorothea Merkel (Nee Kasner), is in fact the daughter (or a close blood relative) of none other than Adolf Hitler, due to some vague facial resemblance.

Image taken from Facebook

The image claims to have been taken in 1937, and shows a seated Hitler with his arm around an unnamed child, and contains a superimposed image of Merkel with the caption ‘Now it’s making sense’, which leaves the viewer in no doubt as to what the image is attempting to imply.

The child in the image looks to be around 5-8 years of age, which would put her year of birth around 1929-32, which although is only a ‘guesstimate’ on my part, would certainly not date that image to a different decade for the claim to have even been possible, as Frau Merkel was actually born seventeen years after that photograph was taken.

I can say this with some confidence, because Angela Dorothea Merkel was born in Hamburg, Germany on July 17, 1954.

Wikipedia

While on the subject of past and present German Chancellors, there is something else which for some reason I cannot understand, and has become the subject of heated debates among the conspiracists and truthers – which is the ‘Merkel-Raute‘, a hand gesture favoured by Merkel and has since been adopted by many politicians and statesmen, including the ex-Labour Prime Minister Gordon Brown.

The ‘Merkel-Raute’

A number of people have interpreted this gesture as being a ‘Sign of the Illuminati, so therefore anyone using it must be a member of this alleged secretive, notoriously evasive and all-powerful group of elitists that run the planet from behind the scenes – which is not something that I want this article to get bogged down with, as I have almost zero evidence of it even existing in the true sense of what is being disseminated on the Internet.

What is known, however, is that Merkel, along with 120-150 other members of the European and North American political elite, is certainly a member of the secretive BILDERBERG group, which meet annually at various locations to allegedly ‘foster dialogue between Europe and North America’ – which again, is something that most people know very little about, but will be looked at in length on this site at some point.

“The Merkel-Raute, or the Merkel Diamond, or the Triangle of Power is a hand gesture made by resting one’s hands in front of the stomach so that the fingertips meet, with the thumbs and the index fingers forming a rough quadrangular shape. It has been described as ‘one of the most recognisable hand gestures in the world’.  Asked about how the Merkel-Raute was introduced as her trademark, Angela Merkel stated that ‘there was always the question, what to do with your arms, and that’s how it came about. She chose the gesture without being assisted by a counsellor because ‘it concerns a certain symmetry.'”

 

GERMANY’S HIDDEN POOR

Frank Jordans

@wirereporter
MONTREAL GAZETTE

At first glance Christel Paweski’s small plot of land, with its garden gnome and flower beds, appears to be the epitome of comfortable German retirement. Tucked away among the flowers are rows of potatoes, peppers and cabbage that the former nurse carefully tends.

But her gardening isn’t a hobby – it’s survival. On her meagre pension, Paweski simply can’t afford to buy groceries at the store.

Paweski’s plight and that of millions of other Germans living below or close to the poverty line burst onto the campaign for the September 22nd national election after she tearfully confronted Chancellor Angela Merkel on national television, asking whether the country’s leader had forgotten the growing numbers of retirees and working poor who have missed out on Germany’s economic success.

“I didn’t want to cry in front of her,” Paweski told The Associated Press in the poorly heated, rickety wooden shack where she spent the last four brutal Berlin winters, before recently finding an apartment she could afford. “But then I remembered how I used to go to bed with three pullovers and three pairs of socks in winter because I didn’t have a proper heating.”

Paweski, who worked in a hospital and a nursing home before retiring six years ago, barely gets by on her monthly state pension and housing benefit of 723 euros ($952) from which she pays 310 euros for rent and electricity.

The account of the divorced mother of one of relying on food handouts and homegrown vegetables – and still sometimes going hungry in order to buy clothes – doesn’t chime with the expectation most Germans have of being able to retire in relative comfort after decades of work. It also jars with the image of wealthy Germany as an oasis of prosperity amid Europe’s economic turmoil.

To be sure, with a booming export surplus, full tax coffers and an unemployment rate of 6.8 per cent, Germany is the envy of many of its European neighbours, who are enduring sky-high levels of joblessness and public debt. Berlin has encouraged Greece, Spain, Italy and others to emulate a series of economic reforms it began a decade ago that helped drive down the cost of labour and boost Germany’s competitiveness.

But many economists say the reforms – begun by Merkel’s centre-left predecessor – have also pushed down real wages and put hundreds of thousands precariously close to the poverty line.

Germany is also one of the few European nations that don’t have a minimum wage – putting further pressure on the lowest earners.

Since Merkel came to power in 2005, the number of people considered in poverty or on its borderline has grown by about 400,000 to 12 million, according to the Federal Statistics Office. In Germany, a single person is “at risk” of poverty if he or she earns less than 60 per cent of the monthly median income – or less than 869 euros after taxes each month. There has also been a dramatic increase in people who rely on food handouts, with the number more than doubling to about 1.5 million since 2007, according to Jochen Bruehl, chairman of a national association of food pantries – charities that hand out groceries for poor people to cook at home.

Then there are the estimated three to five million of Germany’s 80 million people who live in “hidden” poverty, refusing often out of pride to ask for state benefits they would be entitled to because of their low income, according to the Institute for Employment Research.

Marcel Fratzscher, president of the Berlin-based German Institute for Economic Research, called the drop in unemployment from 12 per cent in 2005 to 6.8 per cent today “certainly a big success.”

“But there’s a significant number of Germans whose real income is lower today than it was a decade ago,” he said.

That’s largely because inflation, especially the cost of food, electricity and rent, has outpaced salaries in recent years, leaving workers with less money at the end of the month.

According to Labor Ministry figures released last month, one in 10 Germans in full-time employment now have a second or even third job to help them get by, an indication of how wages have failed to keep pace with costs.

These are often ‘mini-jobs’ that allow people to earn up to 450 euros tax free each month. Critics say these jobs – which come with fewer benefits and less job security – have even begun to replace permanent full-time contracts in some sectors, such as the restaurant and retail industries.

Increasing numbers of retirees, too, are taking on mini-jobs to make ends meet. Meanwhile, elderly men peering into trash cans to find glass bottles they can return at a store in exchange for a few cents have become a common sight in many German cities.

Bruehl says the number of Germans going to food pantries would be even higher if the social stigma attached to them wasn’t so strong.

“At the start it was mainly jobless or homeless people. But there are also people who suddenly realize they can’t make up a shortfall,” Bruehl said. “People don’t have that many areas in which they can save money.”

Merkel’s main challenger, Peer Steinbrueck of the centre-left Social Democratic Party, has seized on the issue and promised to introduce a national minimum wage of 8.50 euros that he says would benefit some 7 million workers.

Steinbrueck has also proposed increasing taxes for the wealthiest five per cent, a plan that finds favour with voters like Paweski.

“The millionaires should tighten their belts for once,” said Paweski, who said she last voted for Merkel in 2005.

Merkel – who has fervently preached austerity abroad – said she took Paweski’s case seriously, perhaps mindful that most polls put the combined share of votes for left or centre-left parties on a par with that of her centre-right coalition.

“I haven’t forgotten her,” she said after Paweski’s emotional appeal.

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