German Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière and his mixed messages -- an excerpt from an interview by Jörg Schindler and Wolf Wiedmann-Schmidt in Der Spiegel:

"SPIEGEL: Mr. Minister, after Nice and Würzburg, is Germany going to become like Israel, with bollards, security checks and a police presence on every street corner?

De Maizière: No, but we will have to get used to more intensive security precautions at major public events like Carnival parades, football matches, church congresses or Oktoberfest. That, unfortunately, is true.

SPIEGEL: What will that look like?

De Maizière: That will have to be decided locally. It could be stricter entrance controls or large-scale barriers. It will also mean in some cases that there are longer lines at major events. But the measures have to be appropriate for the situation and proportionate. I am opposed to making any fundamental changes to our freedom, particularly when it comes to cheerful occasions.

SPIEGEL: The perpetrator in Würzburg had not been identified by anyone as radical prior to the attack. Is there anything security agencies can do to prevent an incident like this?

De Maizière: No constitutional state in the world is in a position to prevent every crime, every massacre or every terrorist act with absolute certainty. But our duty is to do everything possible. And that's what we are doing. It is essential that our security agencies gather information about people who represent a potential threat or about dangerous developments early on and put it to use."

Read the article here.

So Germany won't become like Israel but perhaps a bit more like the GDR?

Gathering information is essential and these days we don't need as much informers as in the times of the GDR.





Yesterday my godson celebrated his birthday, we ate chicken at his grandparents, he played soccer and he got some deodorant from a fairly young woman. His first deodorant, also a milestone.


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Back in the nineties I went to Berlin because my boss had said: "Go east, young man."
I worked for a publishing house that published phone books. My main tasks were: making photo copies, answering phone calls, serving the boss an espresso four times a day, and picking up sandwiches around lunch time.
I went to Berlin because I wanted to be an actor. The fact that both my parents were born in Berlin may have added something to the ambition.
For one reason or another I went to Café Einstein in the Kurfürstenstrasse. I said to myself: "This is the future, this is where I'll fall in love."
It didn't happen but I kept coming back to Café Einstein, because nothing changed there. The same garden, the same Apfelstrudel, the same chairs, the same more or less pleasant snobbery.


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Adam Phillips in "Unforbidden Pleasures":

"The aim of development may be to become as dependent as possible, not as transgressive as possible."

Yes, autonomous individuals are a threat to society.

We are raised to become dependent.