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“It’s strange how you can get booze on credit but not bread.”This quote is from Pandora’s Box(1929), which sums up Germany’s Weimar Republic.

Can we not sum up the spirit of consumerism in the US? “You have to be 21 years of age if you want to purchase booze. But you can buy and own a gun if you are 19”. (USA, 2018)

That is economics of death. Those who subscribe to consumerism as an indicator of nation’s Happiness would not want to know the economics of life. Life is cheap indeed if you can press lethal gun its hand give blank check to kill as much  with impunity. It is money in the bank for every empty cartridge. The same politicians who pillory  woman caught in economic mire for undergoing abortion turn a blind eye on gun control. These are the ones who make ‘Right to own a gun as a badge of ‘courage’.What is Dutch courage and what we see now: a man feels ‘naked’ without a gun? Where integrity of man has gone to I wonder. It is the ‘bone spur’ of our times  and shake it before the Army so you may excuse from serving the nation when it needs you most.

Would the 19 year school shooter have had the guns had President Trump let safety controls in place?

Tailspin: Decree revoking gun sales to those with severe mental problems was Trump’s own doing. He signed the bill rolling back 2013 Obama era strict back ground checks into law without a photo op or fanfare. The president welcomed cameras into the oval office Tuesday for the signing of other executive orders and bills. The NRA“applauded” Trump’s action (ack: NBC news).

Benny

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This day the Mother of all Wars was born. Britain declared war on Germany which wanted a war, not out of any solid reasons than spite. Sheer spite. This War was an unwanted baby that would show how wars in future shall be fought. Not for glory as in the times of Alexander of Macedon but for the sheer perverseness of peoples coalescing into the hands of a few. The Military Class in Germany and the Kaiser’s wilfulness closed ranks to make a war necessary. The English nobs that called the shots wanted to cut the Hohenzollern to size.

‘On July 24 1914 the British cabinet met to discuss the diplomatic situation in Europe, which had deteriorated rapidly since the assassination of the Austrian archduke, Franz Ferdinand, a month before. An Austrian invasion of Serbia now appeared imminent, threatening to spark a regional military crisis that might easily escalate into a general war between the Great Powers.
The sense of foreboding in London was captured in a letter sent by the prime minister, Herbert Asquith, to his confidante Venetia Stanley. The situation was “about as bad as it can possibly be”, he wrote, and Europe now stood on the brink of “a real Armageddon”. Nevertheless, Asquith felt able to reassure Stanley. “Happily there seems to be no reason why we should be anything more than spectators.”
Eleven days later, on August 4, Britain declared war on Germany.
In retrospect, Asquith’s words seem strangely complacent. At the time, however, his assumption that Britain might stand aside from the looming European conflagration reflected the hopes and beliefs of a majority of his political colleagues and supporters. This, after all, was a Liberal government which had won a landslide general election victory in 1906 under the slogan of: “Peace, Retrenchment and Reform” ‘.
By the same light we can see the sanctimonious approach to International politics by statesmen especially President Wilson who expressed the wish after the war was won that it was ‘a war to end all wars’.
(quoted from Mathew Johnson article /the Conversation/Aug.4,2014)
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KRUPP, Alfred, celebrated gun manufacturer, born in Essen, Germany, April 26, 1812; died July 14, 1887. His father, Friedrich Krupp, discovered the art of making cast-steel. Alfred was fourteen years of age his father died. A small forge and shop was left for the support of his family At the time Alfred took charge of it, in 1848, he employed two workmen.
Soon after he discovered a method of casting steel in large masses, and erected the first forging hammer employed in Germany. Shortly after the manufactory became one of the most important in Europe and produced engines, rails, car wheels tires, and steel guns. The guns manufactured there were used in the Franco-Prussian War, giving the German army a decided advantage, especially at the siege of Paris. By 1875 the principal powers of Europe and of other grand divisions began to adopt the Krupp steel guns, and at present they are used more extensively than any others. In 1890 the factory cast a gun for the Russian government weighing 135 tons, and in 1893 exhibited one at the Chicago Columbian Exposition weighing 124 tons. Besides the extensive manufactory, Krupp acquired large mines and collieries, and at present 22,000 workmen are employed, while the manufactory covers an area of over 1,000 acres. The coal mines are in Essen and Bochum, while iron mines belonging to the institution are situated in Germany and Spain. The entire concern is by far the greatest of its kind in the world, and is only entered by workmen, all others and foreign governments being denied permission to inspect the premises. Alfred Krupp, son of the founder, succeeded to the general management after the death of his father. In 1864 letters of nobility were tendered Krupp by the king of Prussia, which he declined. He was one of the wealthiest men of Germany , philanthropic, and at his death 60,000 people gathered at Essen to pay their last respects. The son died Nov. 22, 1902.
Early Krupps
The recorded history of the Krupps starts in 1587 with the entry of one Arndt Krupp (Krupe) in the guild archives of Essen. A prominent burgher, he ran a flourishing business in the wine and grocery trade, real estate, and moneylending and married his children into Essen’s wealthiest families. The marriage of the eldest son, Anton, to the daughter of a well-established gunsmith first involved a Krupp in the manufacture of guns – in this case, during the Thirty Years War. After the conclusion of that war, however, and during the century that followed, the scions of the family retreated to public office as town clerks of Essen, while other members of the family continued as small traders and shopkeepers.
Not until the mid-18th century did the Krupp’s business fortunes rise again. In 1751 Friedrich Jodokus Krupp (1706-1757), a great-great-grandson of Arndt who had become a wealthy merchant by a first marriage, married Helene Amalie, who similarly claimed direct descent from the first Essen Krupp. Following Jodokus’s death, Helene Amalie promptly renamed the family business “Widow Krupp” and in 1800 acquired a foundry near Essen named “Good Hope.” A shrewd widow she sold “Good Hope” at a considerable profit 8 years later,to her grandson and successor, Friedrich (1787-1826). He built his steel-casting factory at a time when the exclusion of British steel by Napoleon’s continental system made the production of steel an unusually promising prospect. He founded in 1811 the firm of Fried. Krupp – the name the firm still bears today. Friedrich died on Oct. 8, 1826.

The Teachers’ and Pupils’ Cyclopædia, Vol. III (Kansas City: Bufton Book Co., 1909) 963.
(ack: Dromo’s Den, and Answers.com-early Krupps)

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It is ridiculous to compare Bismarck with Hitler. Only frame of reference for both names is that they were Chancellors. Their approach and their vision were as different as a surgeon’s scalpel and a machete. Bismarck who for his calculated containment of belligerent France or Russia through diplomacy would have abhorred the arrant gambler’s approach of Hitler. For posterity Bismarck was made into a myth by striking out his true statesmanship by those who wanted a war. Hitler is for posterity a question mark as how collective madness of an otherwise sober nation could create such a mediocrity for their leader?
To quote Kissinger, ‘Hitler’s was the absence of measure and rejection of restraint. The idea of conquering Europe would never have come to Bismarck; it was always part of Hitler’s vision. Hitler could never have pronounced Bismarck’s famous dictum that statesmanship consisted of listening carefully to the footsteps of God through history and walking with him a few steps of the way. Hitler left a vacuum. Bismarck left a state strong enough to overcome two catastrophic defeats..’
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