"Power is evil in itself, whoever wields it.
It is not a stable state but a craving,
and for that very reason impossible to satisfy,
hence inherently unhappy, and must make others unhappy."
Jacob Burckhardt, Weltgeschichtliche Betrachtungen, 1905
Diary of a Derelict
Translated from the German by Paul Noske
June 20, 2017
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June 19, 2017
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June 18, 2017
Father's Day in the USA. Trump's son Eric gets a "Make America Great Again" golf club bag from his wife (because he didn't have one yet, of course), posts a picture of the freshly encased clubs on Twitter with a link to the shop on the Donald Trump website, where you can buy the thing for 55 dollars. It is a sock with a hat. Luckily a black sock, not a red one. But even so... It’s America. It’s the Trumpire. It’s business as usual.
June 17, 2017
And so it goes in the curiosity cabinet of career ladders: Lynne Patton, Trump's son Eric's wedding planner, has been named head of the New York and New Jersey region by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development. She has no experience in the field. But hey, at least "wedding" and "building"" end with the same four letters. This can be built on...
June 16, 2017
June 15, 2017
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June 14, 2017
... and their response to today's shooting will be weapons, even more weapons, and the spiral will continue to turn, will rise up to heaven like their prayers asking for recuperation and rifles...
June 13, 2017
On June 13, 1966, the Supreme Court of the United States declares the legitimacy of the right to remain silent. It grants defendants the right not to speak about their actions.
On June 13, 1977, the "New York Times" publishes the Pentagon Papers. The secret papers inform the public about the warmongering role of the US in Vietnam.
On June 13, 2017, two prosecutors accuse Donald Trump of illegal hotel business. The media reports about it in detail. Shortly afterwards, Trump tweets: "The Fake News Media has never been so wrong or so dirty."
And me? I remember once again that the story does not progress. It just revolves around itself.
June 12, 2017
The dialectic of the decibels: The louder the man in the foreground roars, the quieter his people can work in the background. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos quietly and secretly sews up the mouths of schools. So that they remain silent and learn to pray. Because folded hands do not form a fist. They form schools. Schools how Betsy DeVos likes them. Ultra conservative, reactionary, Christian private schools. Money printing machines in the name of the Lord, even if he is a woman in this case. But don't worry, Betsy DeVos will donate a portion of her private billions. For example, to organizations that offer workshops entitled "Pray away the gay". Time to turn the damned dialectic around and say it loud and clear: THESE HOMOPHOBIC CREATIONISTS ARE OUT OF THEIR TINY, NARROW MINDS!
June 11, 2017
I don't know if this diary is an expression of helplessness or one of protest. On the other hand... perhaps these are just two physical states of the same thing, perhaps protest means nothing but renouncing a helplessness which can no longer bear itself.
June 10, 2017
Donald Trump is playing golf again today. Dan Scavino, his former caddy, has become Director of Social Media in the White House. He has thus increased his possibilities tenfold. In golf, only 14 clubs are permitted, while on Twitter, 140 characters are. And yet, although the caddy has become a twit, he has retained his original role, because Dan Scavino is still one thing: a henchman, Donald Trump’s beater.
June 09, 2017
The year is 2017 A.D. Washington is entirely occupied by crazy Republicans. Well, not entirely... One indomitable Republican still holds out against the others.... His name is Walter Jones. He is the U.S. Representative for North Carolina's 3rd congressional district, and today was the only one on the Republican side to vote against the deregulation of Wall Street. He also voted against the abolition of Obamacare. And recently he explained to the people that the US military spent six million dollars to settle nine rare blonde Italian goats in Afghanistan, hoping to revive the cashmere industry there. Mind you, according to Jones, no one knows where the animals are now and what has become of them. I hope that Walter Jones finds the goats.
June 08, 2017
Strange day today: Trump hasn’t posted anything on Twitter. But don’t worry, he hasn’t given up on tweeting, he’s just been visiting a few evangelical Christians who are close to the Tea Party. And they are totally cuckoo.
June 07, 2017
It is not an irony of history, but rather the cynicism of the present that the whistleblower, who published information about Russian hacker attacks during the presidential elections in the US and who has therefore been arrested, bears the name Reality Winner.
June 06, 2017
Happily upside-down world: I am not writing this diary to reveal something about myself, but to reveal something about another person.
June 05, 2017
Berylliosis is not a poetic word. It describes an insidious poisoning of the organism, a lung disease caused by the processing of a metal called beryllium, which is used in aircraft and shipbuilding, in the medical industry and in the manufacture of computers.
Since 1975 the equally unpoetic sounding Occupational Safety and Health Administration worked on stricter guidelines regarding beryllium in order to protect workers better from it. After over forty years and countless battles against lobby groups in the industry, the new rules were finalized in early 2017, shortly before the end of Obama’s presidency. Now, as they were to be applied under Trump's government, they were immediately suspended. The calculation behind the non-application of the stricter rules is simple: health and safety costs money. Berylliosis, on the other hand, only human lives. But human lives are a good cost, because they make the way clear for the only thing that counts under Trump: jobs. New jobs. New jobs full of old, insidious poisoning...
June 04, 2017
Terror in the UK - and Trump rages against London's mayor on Twitter. The quotation he uses is ripped out of context, his accusation is completely false. Calls for an apology are loud, but there will not be one. In the more than 31,000 tweets from Trump's Twitter archive, there is not a single regret. The only time Trump actually used the word "regret", he wrote: "My only regret is, that there isn't 3 Donald Trump's."
June 03, 2017
Scott proved it again! Scott Pruitt, the head of the US Environmental Protection Agency, has once again proved to be more than the ideal cast and in Washington, with some loyalists, celebrated the withdrawal from the Paris climate protection agreement. And not just anywhere and anyhow, but with a dinner in a swanky French restaurant, which bears the name "Le Diplomate". I hope the snails shitted in his salad.
June 02, 2017
June 01, 2017
Great insanity makes average lunacy look like small folly, and even if it isn't immediately obvious, Trump’s vacuous politics contribute to Merkel being re-elected in autumn. In the shadow of the one who acts as if he is out of his senses, she slips into the role of the prudent. The hand makes a cross, and under it millions drift to the right. Would be senseless to think they're not.
May 31, 2017
Saudi Arabia wants to invest twenty billion dollars in the US. Partner on site is Blackstone. How fitting: Black Stone in Mecca, Black Stone in New York. And the chairman of the Blackstone Group is - of course - Schwarzman ("schwarz" is German for "black"). If that's not enough dark powers for you, that is, if you still aren't looking at the black side, simply read the Wikipedia entry on Mohammed bin Salman, who has teamed up, for the Saudis’ part, with Donald Trump's personal bosom friend and consultant Schwarzman. Good night.
May 30, 2017
For this diary, the end of which I am incessantly awaiting.
May 29, 2017
A quick extras statistic: To date, Donald Trump has met some 1,300 people in his role as president. Among them were more businessmen (273) than republican politicians (258). 79% of his dates were with men, who in turn were 80% white. For golf balls the rate was actually 100%.
May 28, 2017
"Back home again. Damn Europeans! I'm glad the Atlantic's between me and them. Anyway, I have a new idea for Mexico. I'll abandon the Wall Plan and extend the Gulf of Mexico. Breakthrough to new shores, breakthrough to the Pacific. Those Europeans will soon see what islandsolationism is."
May 27, 2017
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May 26, 2017
In the special election for the House of Representatives in Montana, a man without hair won against one with a hat. Hairstyle questions were not important this time. Less was more - just not of good things, unfortunately...
May 25, 2017
Just a thought... A writer lives in fictive worlds and makes them into realities using words. Donald Trump lives in reality, and with his words, creates fiction from it.
May 24, 2017
Trump visiting the Pope, God visiting the therapist. And Melania, what’s she doing? Doesn’t take Donnie’s hand that he reaches out to her as they step off Air Force One. A scandal? What! A
Christian commandment, a reference to John 20:17 (how appropriate) in the year 2017, in Rome, for all eyes to see - her very own noli me tangere.
May 23, 2017
Trump snaps up SNAP, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
May 22, 2017
Trumple in Israel.
Trouble is real.
May 21, 2017
So, it’s Sunday in America, and there’s no Donald in the country, and everybody is catching a breath, in, out, and sighing. It’s the first day in months that gives them an idea of how it used to be back then when laughing about the clown was still part of the performance (and he didn’t show it back down their throats). It gives them an idea of how it once was and will be again at some point... when everything is totally different and the breathing in the unknown characteristics of the day disappear, when it merges into the day like a dough full of yeast that someone (a magician maybe?) put into a bowl in front of everybody and caused to disappear under his cloth.
May 20, 2017
Breakthrough in foreign aid! Donald Trump and the Saudi-Arabian government have granted over 100 billion dollars for Yemen. The news struck like a bomb in the land marked by hunger and poverty. The money, it is said, will fall from heaven.
May 19, 2017
Trump’s first trip abroad. Today he is in Saudi Arabia, tomorrow in Israel - rather complicated interests, tricky matters, largely mined countries, not at all his thing. Then he’s off to see the Pope in the Vatican, where there’s certainly also just nagging. But then, finally, it’s time to go to Belgium - and he knows all about Belgium - he said something about Belgium last year during his campaign. “So, Belgium”, he said, “Belgium is a beautiful city.”
May 18, 2017
Chelsea Manning is free. Finally! But let’s not forget all of the others who are still in jail for similar "offences": Jeremy Hammond, who made public Stratfor’s criminal doings, Ryan Johnson, who resisted against deployment in Iraq, or Jeffrey Sterling, who shared classified information revealing political scandals.
A proverb goes: Honesty is the best policy. But in these cases it should be: Honesty is the best police tool. While it won’t keep you in politics for long, it will in American jails.
May 17, 2017
One might regard Donald Trump as a comical figure because of what he says and does; as a wacky mascot of American democracy. But that’s not what he is. On the contrary, he is its most authentic image, its purest product - the one who has arrived on the soil of Washington, the son of the Founding Fathers.
May 16, 2017
Well, I said, then explain to me what their goals are, what’s going on politically between them.
"Mordant purge", my A.G. said with regards to Erdogan, "an all-biting cleansing action."
And Trump, I said, what’s he doing at the moment?
"Dormant purge", read the answer, "a silent purge".
I see, I said, and how will they achieve all this?
"Tamper ground", said my Eeh-Tschie regarding Erdogan, "falsifying the foundation".
"Argument drop", was his answer, "do not allow any argument".
Sounds plausible, I said, but do you also know what they spoke about today?
However, my Eeh-Tschie said they had not spoken.
But what did they do then - I wanted to know - what went on between them today in the White House?
"A grunted romp", he said.
May 15, 2017
Wisdom tooth operation, the lights go out shortly. I'm searching quickly in my head for a stupid thought and hence the day is already over, even before it has really started.
What is the difference between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin?
Easy: one bites more than he can chew, the other bites and chews whatever he can get.
May 14, 2017
Flash mob on one of Trump’s golf courses near Los Angeles. 200 people lie down on the short-cut lawn and form the word "RESIST!". The operators of the facility call the police, who arrive within minutes, position themselves like man vs. mouse on the clubhouse balcony - and don’t intervene. Nobody is arrested, and after an hour they all go home again. A sign of hope? Maybe. Perhaps it’s also an expression of self-assuredness from a system that allows criticism on the surface (of the lawn), to have time to go deeply into itself. And that means: to assimilate them and make them profoundly usable, in order to learn, so that "the system" will be strengthened and become more resistant, even more ultimate, even more inescapable, in short: so that it can become IRRESISTIBLE.
May 13, 2017
May 12, 2017
"He who screws things up may also blow his own trumpet."
From: Donald Trump: Apologetic Aphorisms, Washington D.C. 2017.
May 11, 2017
May 10, 2017
Comeytlike crash today.
May 09, 2017
Ajit Pai, lawyer by trade, republican, and chairman of the United States Federal Communications Commission, wants to abandon net neutrality, he says, to make the Internet more free. But for him, freedom means deregulation. However, deregulation has always been a basis for class societies - and that means: for unequal treatment. They are the very essence and the true result of this form of freedom. And this should also be the case, because the equal treatment of communication channels - which ultimately means the equal distribution of data in the network - sounds like digital communism to Ajit Pais’ ears. He, on the other hand, is a man of capital. One who measures the speed of a development by the speed with which the digital dollars dash through the data cables. Ajit Pai's real name is Ajit Pay.
May 08, 2017
On the 12th of March 1989, the American writer Thomas Pynchon, who turned 80 years old today, thanked the author Salman Rushdie, who has received death threats including a fatwa calling for his assassination. Pynchon wrote in the pages of the "New York Times Book Review" that Rushdie, through his book "The Satanic Verses", has reminded all those who write that their duty is that of a heretic and that the sworn enemies of writers are power and that unreason, which is completely baseless and gives rise to a lack of alternatives.
Nothing about this duty - twenty-eight years and an endless series of power hungry rulers later - has changed.
May 07, 2017
Trump has achieved everything. And yet, if one follows his words, it's as if America is a synonym for everything that has not yet come true. A space of possibilities, which history denied fulfillment. But now HE has come. HE, who denies nothing himself, will fulfill America’s destiny. Because he feels certain: the destiny of his country is his own. If America follows him, it will be great, it will win, it will become a k-I-ngdom.
May 06, 2017
The White House has published a photo which shows Trump celebrating the victory over Obamacare with Republicans from Congress. In the photo you can see 49 men and 1.3 women. One of the women is almost completely blocked by the vice president, the other hidden behind an obese bald guy. They all laugh from their completely shaven faces. Light blue ties dominate. The suits have the color of the ink with which Trump signs his decrees. Nobody is wearing green.
May 05, 2017
The Republicans in Congress have agreed - Obamacare will be abolished in parts. However, disagreement prevails when it comes to the question of whether the Obama or the Care part should be scrapped.
May 04, 2017
May 03, 2017
After more than a hundred diary entries I’ve finally succeeded in providing a definitive definition of the USA. So, the USA is a country where the governors are very rich and somehow always do what they want. They are Republicrats and Demoblicans, look as if they come from a Simpsons episode, own dozens of companies, have done a lot of sport, enjoy the smell of sweat now as a basketball coach, like to eat mayonnaise sandwiches and give their children names like Jay and Jill because they secretly love alliterations and call themselves Jim Justice, even though the people in their state are dying from violence and drugs more than anywhere else in the country, but hey, that’s life, that’s America, I told you...
May 02, 2017
Trump wants to talk to Putin on the phone today. How is that possible? Aren't telephone calls between two egomaniacs more like soliloquies?
May 01, 2017
The US Democrats rely on the power of grassroots movements in terms of resistance to Trump and the renewal of their own party. In the meantime, sales figures for lawn mowers are growing rapidly all over the country - and an end to this development is not in sight. According to the study "Power Lawn & Garden Equipment Market in the U.S." the number of lawn mowers will "significantly grow" by 2021, the beginning of the next presidency.
April 30, 2017
In the US, the Environmental Protection Agency has taken its own analyses of climate change from the web. They are, so they say, revised. Outside, in front of the agency’s giant neoclassical building, far from the well-cooled rooms, where the freshly emptied servers are, climate change is revising reality. Tomorrow, 28 degrees are expected in Washington D.C.
April 29, 2017
"Everybody's talking about my 100 first days and how chaotic, crazy and upsetting they were. But nobody writes about my last 100 nights and how I’ve spent them in sorrowful loneliness. Everywhere just fake news, no fuck news any more. Unfair!"
(From: Donald Trump: Libidonnie, Washington, D.C., 2017)
April 28, 2017
The German reformers are called Luther and Melanchthon, the American Mnuchin and Cohn. Their church is the financial industry, their catechism the tax law. For their theses, however, they need only one sheet of paper. The Trinity doctrine of the two simple people is 35 - 25 - 10. The Saxon goldmen love the figures. Their Wittenberg is called Washington, their faith is spelled 'greed'.
April 27, 2017
USA vs. North Korea, Trump against Kim Jong-un, hairstyle 1 against hairstyle 2. The day of decision is approaching. Whoever's defeated, their hair will be treated. The other takes the Hairway to Heaven.
April 26, 2017
There is no development in this diary. It's a coming of page story that starts anew each day.
April 25, 2017
It's hard to say whether a country that spends $611 billion a year on its military is a particularly rich or a particularly poor country. Maybe it's just both. And a third thing as well. A schizoid, scaredzoid, shootzoid country.
April 24, 2017
April 23, 2017
"Melania is becoming colder and colder to me. I freeze day and night. So much for rising temperatures. It's getting icy! Even my little twitter bird has turned all blue."
(From: Donald Trump: Dear climate, you have changed, Washington D.C. 2017)
April 22, 2017
World Earth Day, and everywhere people are protesting against increasing environmental destruction. Also in the USA, the country that has the once endangered American bald eagle in its coat of arms. It was one of the first animals to be included in the list for the Endangered Species Act. Now, however, the act itself is being threatened. A few Republican bald heads in Congress want to cut its wings. Those are strange birds, I think, and pick up my copy of "The Writings of Benjamin Franklin". Franklin writes: "For my own part I wish the Bald Eagle had not been chosen the Representative of our Country. He is a Bird of bad moral Character." He would have chosen the turkey, stating "he is, though a little vain and silly, it is true, but not the worse emblem for that."
April 21, 2017
Melania shrouds herself in Hervé Pierre and Christian Louboutin.
I no longer shroud myself in silence about it.
For in the files of my diary
Are piles of facts about
April 20, 2017
At the Mexican-American border, nearly 17,000 people were arrested in March. In December it was 60,000. In terms of parents with children, the number dropped from 16,000 to 1,100. A seventeen-year low. In the foothills south of the great line of fate, there are still countless people waiting for their chance. Meanwhile, others are turning around and heading back into the hinterland of some hinterland, which not only knows no fulfillment, but also no more faith.
April 19, 2017
Negative dialectics: The more people are committed against Trump, the more Trump is committed against the people.
April 18, 2017
In the US, Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke has announced that the staff of his department will soon be allowed to bring their dogs into the office, as a test, in order to improve internal cooperation and increase workplace morale. More cooperation and morale will also be urgently needed, as President Trump plans to reduce the budget of the Department of the Interior by 12%. In other words, the Secretary of the Interior has gone to the dogs because his department has gone to the dogs.
April 17, 2017
Marx wanted permanent revolution, Trump however wants permanent re-election. His campaign committee has already collected 13 million dollars so that he can be elected as president again in 2021. However, half a million dollars in donations went more or less directly to Trump, since the campaigneros in his properties rented offices and pay big bucks for them. And they will continue to do so, because the only things that count for Trump are re-election and return. Or to use Trump’s own words: "It's very possible that I could be the first presidential candidate to run and make money on it."
April 16, 2017
Bini has succeeded to do what Donnie couldn’t: she has united a torn America. All Bini Adamczak had to do for this was publish a book. 100 pages were enough to lead the country to unity, because nothing unites more than a common enemy. A quick look at the magazines, blog posts and online forums between Seattle and Miami makes it clear. For days, millions of Americans have been standing side by side, ready to move from the text into the battlefield, to lead off the fight with what threatens them: a German author and her book with the title "Communism for Kids".
April 15, 2017
April 14, 2017
In Trump's psychology, all paths lead directly to him. HE is his own to-Donald list.
April 13, 2017
Trump reacts to the politicization of the public with the privatization of politics.
April 12, 2017
Donald Trump's son Eric claims that the bombing of a Syrian military airbase by the Americans shows that there is no connection between his father and Russia. As if the booming conflict with the destruction of public material and human beings hadn’t always been the basis for the quiet cooperation of big businessmen.
April 11, 2017
Job's news for conservatives. The Republican Governor of Alabama has stepped down because of a sex affair. Is he a sinner? No way, he's a winner! In the American federal elected politicians' competition for the most sex affairs, the Republicans are now in the lead at 39:25. I counted them by hand - it's right. And as it says in Job 39:25: "When the trumpet sounds, he says 'Aha'!"
April 10, 2017
If Trump's Presidency has anything good, it is the fact that those who, often out of pure despair, trust in the effect of words, have sharpened their analytical skills, and are beginning to draw up the endless series of curtains and describe the backstages on which those run around with the mask of pragmatism of overgrown power seekers who, whether Russians or Americans, Arabs or Jews, fear exposure to light and to the public.
April 09, 2017
North Korea, we're coming. Our ships will open the country like our sailors in the harbors open women's thighs. We are practiced in these things, because we have already done this. Back then, in 1853, in Japan, when our Black Ships came and liberated the country from the politics of isolationism. Now we're coming back. We are the thrust of freedom, we are the door opener to our world.
April 08, 2017
Oh, all you hobos and railroad tramps, your freedom is on track to be terminated. Rural America is being decoupled and deprived of the railways on which you move. Mile upon mile rusted to sedentariness. Who would have thought? The art of moving and being driven ends in the budget plan of a Department of Transportation, in a handful of offices, where the only travel itineraries are the service instructions for office Sitters.
April 07, 2017
No more isolation, let’s hear it for free trade! Starting today, the supply of arms is on track to Syria.
April 06, 2017
In the National Aerospace Museum, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has highlighted the importance of science, technology, engineering and mathematics education, and discussed how more young women can study related subjects. Meanwhile, Donnie Darko's budget plan intends to eliminate all funding from NASA's education and support programs. A contradiction? Not at all! Zero is the basis for high-altitude flights. And he’s got his head in the clouds; according to his own statements he doesn't actually read books, but he's already written seventeen.
April 05, 2017
In the National Aerospace Museum, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has highlighted the importance of science, technology, engineering and mathematics education, and discussed how more young women can study related subjects. Meanwhile, Donnie Darko's budget plan intends to eliminate all funding from NASA's education and support programs.
A contradiction? Not at all! Zero is the basis for high-altitude flights. And he’s got his head in the clouds; according to his own statements he doesn't actually read books, but he's already written seventeen.
April 04, 2017
Trump calls for "jobs! jobs! jobs!", but not in the State Department. There are still 30 vacancies out of the 106 positions for senior officials. And in fact, 7 out of the 9 secretaries of state are missing. Their boss, Rex Tillerson, is a king without a staff, for it was broken over him. So he plays Outside Minister and, every day, takes his private elevator up to the 7th floor to his palatial office, while Trump's in-house son-in-law flies through destroyed world history.
April 03, 2017
My little diary is basically nothing more than the ongoing retelling of an alternate world history which has dissolved into reality.
April 02, 2017
Since Donald Trump has been president, fewer and fewer weapons are being sold in the US. The only ones who have been arming themselves since inauguration day are blacks and homosexuals. When Obama was President, it was exactly the other way around. The black guy in office caused more and more white, heterosexual men to pack heat. These are discharges of fear. It’s the American version of the proof that all men are created equal.
April 01, 2017
An April Fools' joke is a nice thing. But not when it goes on and on, thanks to a reality TV show, and plays Groundhog Day with disbelief for four years. Apart from that, in this case we still have to bear the astonishment. What’s really bad though, is that everyone, including myself, now accepts the fact that Donald Trump is actually the president of the United States of America.
March 31, 2017
Trump University didn't offer any Latin courses. An act of self-protection. Otherwise one of the students would have noticed that a Trump university is an a priori contradictio in adiecto.
March 30, 2017
Greater and greater his land should have become,
But it only got warmer and warmer,
And the seas rose and rose,
And square miles for square miles
In diluted figures
And soaked papers.
March 29, 2017
Trump's facial expression after the signing of a decree is the fleshy symbol of the meaninglessness of power, which is alone in its surety of itself, and is exhausted in that absoluteness, of which it is its own source.
March 28, 2017
March 27, 2017
I'm sitting in the sun, reading about Somali refugees who have applied for asylum in the US and have been assigned a place in Alaska by the State Department. Meanwhile, there are so many that a Somali community has established itself there. It's life and reading. It's the imagined warmth of a community of Africans in cold Alaska, while I sit alone in the sun, in the spring in Leipzig, and the skin on my face slowly burns.
March 26, 2017
I’m looking for inspiration for today’s diary entry but all I’ve found is an article in the Huffington Post. Title: "11 practical ways to live fully in the present moment." Point 9 says: "Keep a diary".
These guys don’t know what they’re talking about! My present moment has already lasted six and a half hours, and I still have no idea what I should write. I’m a helpless guy who has to fill in the diary of a derelict. In point 9 it says: "There will always be days when we find it hard to stay present." Wrong! There are days when we find it hard to get rid of the damn present!
March 25, 2017
In California, Trump followers are hitting opponents on the street.
In Florida, Melania is hitting it off with guests at a fundraising dinner.
In Virginia, Donald Trump is hitting golf balls for hours.
America has been hit.
March 24, 2017
The difference between fake and fact is small. In my case, it’s no more than 8.4 x 3.9cm.
March 23, 2017
Today, 178 years ago, the much-loved word "OK" came into the world, shining black in the Boston Morning Post on the second page, in the second column, in the form of two italicized lower case letters, which in turn referred to two words, which existed in two variants, the second of which was not printed, but was definitely the relevant one: all correct = oll korrect = o.k.
The author of this text was a certain Charles Gordon Greene from the Anti-Bell Ringing Society, an association that was reported to have repressed general knock knock ginger pranksters and propagated the misspelling of well-known words as a recreational activity instead of this, with the intention of bringing these completely wrong abbreviations into the newspaper. In the end, Greene and his New Speller wanted that "the formally occult newcomers strike a spark between the black letters, set the readers' heads in flames and ignite their mouths."
March 22, 2017
An impeachment for the aging peach face? It seems as if one is aiming for the core, but in actual fact it's the pulp. The haute couture of modern politics: the flaying of the skin in the age of the show. Pyrrhus meets Potus, Potemkin calls Putin. Where one once gutted entire houses, today only the scenery is shifted.
March 21, 2017
I pessimistically see black where I should see orange. And I see orange when I see black. This is confusing, but the result is clear and easy to formulate: the idea that Donald Trump is the head of Puerto Rico simply won't go into my head, not even as fiction.
March 20, 2017
On August 26, 1941, the writer Thomas Mann visited a large evening club in L.A. There are sophisticated cocktails and lively conversations. After a while, some guy calls out "America first!" and "We are the hope of the world!" Towards the end of the party, Erich Maria Remarque shows up. 27,600 days later and I remark how all's still quiet under the American sun.
March 19, 2017
They come from big business.
They go into big politics.
They form their own politics business.
They are gluttonous.
They are stubbornness.
And they govern us.
March 18, 2017
Baden-Baden has welcomed Steven Mnuchin. The city gives the best it has - a thick layer of old European patina for the gambler from the New World. It will help to make a statesman from the gold Boy.
March 17, 2017
In the USA, the Secretary of Homeland Security, Kelly, is considering separating families who cross the border illegally.
In Germany, the Kelly Family has reunited and are planning to embark on a big tour through several countries.
Everything always seems to be the wrong way round...
March 16, 2017
Today in Nashville, Trump is at a campaign-style meet-up. For the local wildlife, it’s a camp pain-style meat-up. Just recently, a guy from the area shot a 47-point buck. World record! The antlers will soon be shown in the Baptist church. For the visitors, there's expert information and a meat dinner with elk, deer, duck, wild boar, turkey and squirrel. Then the LifeWay priest will say a few words.
March 15, 2017
America and its president - nobody knows more.
America and its president - nobody knows any more.
March 14, 2017
It is the language that speaks. It is the world of words that creates the world of things - or silently leaves them to the discretion of the forgotten...
Yesterday, The White House invited nine "victims of Obamacare" to report to the President. At the same time, two miles away, the independent Congressional Budget Office presented an analysis according to which 14 million Americans will lose their health insurance when the Republican concept is implemented.
For Trump, no problem. For him there is only the individual, for him there is no such thing as society. He used the word neither in his inaugural speech nor in his speech before congress, not even once.
March 13, 2017
Scott proved it again! Scott Pruitt, head of the United States Environmental Protection Agency, has stated that CO2 emissions are not critical to global warming. The result: Thousands of angry citizens are calling the agency and bringing it to a standstill with their calls. Even the interns are being assigned to telephone service. And Pruitt? He's pleased. The green idiots are all on the phone and therefore have no time to read the latest report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, according to which the carbon dioxide content in the air is increasing at record speeds.
March 12, 2017
Millions of people
millions of things
about Donald Trump’s
one and only
But so far nobody has noticed,
the greatest possible contrast
March 11, 2017
Deep inside Jared Kushner's youthful face, one can already see the disappointment about his imminent fate which will keep leading him further towards the top and will end in that cynical serenity, which sought the love of others but found his own betrayal...
March 10, 2017
...and it's Friday afternoon and John Brody comes home from work, and Mary has baked a cake and made coffee, and so they sit there, eating and drinking and talking, while one floor above them their son has given up his existence to a game console and in the next room his sister lies on her bed, flicking through a magazine with wide eyes, and for a moment all's well in America and the world outside the walls exists only in memories and upcoming fictions...
March 09, 2017
Hawaii takes legal action against Trump's revised travel ban. The island wants to seem open-minded. In 2016, it raised the number of admitted refugees by 350% compared to 2015. From two to seven.
March 08, 2017
International Vainmen's Women's Day
March 07, 2017
In ten days it's that time of the year: St. Patrick's Day. The official Trump shop has already started selling "Make America Great Again" caps in Irish green, 50 dollars a piece.
Too expensive? Nonsense! After all, the back of the cap is emblazoned with the shamrock, the small clover, the Irish national symbol. Actually, it has three leaves - expression of the heavenly trinity. On the trump cap, however, it has four. For the Irish, this is a big mistake, but for the 50 dollar donor it's a symbol of forthcoming luck.
And St. Donald? He doesn't care at all. For him, it's just another sign that HE has reached the top. The very top.
March 06, 2017
The "Gays for Trump" took to the streets for the president on the weekend. Not a word about discrimination. It’s all love, unity, homeland, and of course Breitbart News are there. The Breitbart reporter writes about Andre Soriano, a homosexual designer who won 7th place on a reality show hosted by Rihanna in 2013. According to the reporter, Soriano "was so overwhelmed with positive emotion at the sight of so much support for President Donald Trump that he started crying."
March 05, 2017
At times like this, where it is obvious that far too much power is in the hands of far too few, one realizes that another policy cannot simply be to choose another party or president, chancellor or head of government, but to follow a totally different approach - anarchism.
March 04, 2017
The first brew is tapped! Now also in Manhattan. Obamayor tapped it. The blond head of all things is foaming with rage.
March 03, 2017
US stock market: appreciation of 724 billion dollars in 24 hours. That makes 100 dollars per inhabitant of the Earth. Profit distribution. Basic income. World and its population saved.
(Source: "Diary of the Delighted")
March 02, 2017
To approach the world by writing is to get out of its way.
March 01, 2017
The State Department is pleased to announce that the Keystone Pipeline XL will create 42,000 new jobs. Well, 38,100 of them are in supply and service, most of which will only get smaller orders. And sure, only 3,900 men will have anything to do with the construction of the pipeline directly. And of course, they’ll only have one year of work too. But hey, once things are up and running, there’ll still be 35 permanent jobs left over. Okay, a few of those are in Canada, but nevertheless: 20 remain in the US. Twenty new jobs for America. That's great!
The question is, which idiot from the State Department wrote in the report: "the employment and earnings impacts in the United States stemming from operations of the proposed project would be negligible"?
What's that supposed to mean, negligible? Negligible means nothing. But twenty isn’t nothing. Twenty is infinitely many times more than nothing! Apparently has no idea of math, this scribbler. And nor of economy. No wonder, the report also originates from Obama’s time. Surely already been fired, this guy. Lucky him. Best time to get the sack. Now he can join the American employment miracle. There are millions of new jobs. 42,000 of them at the Keystone Pipeline alone!
February 28, 2017
BOOM! BOOM! BOOM! BOOM! BOOM!
February 27, 2017
Five years ago today, Wikileaks published millions of emails from the US-American global intelligence company Stratfor. In 2013, the activist Jeremy Hammond was sentenced to ten years’ imprisonment by a federal court for the hack which revealed Stratfor’s criminal activities. Hammond is almost completely forgotten today.
This is my pitiful reminder. This is my petty protest. These are my lines, where hope builds castles in the air between them.
February 26, 2017
If a politician turns Politico into a political issue, he’s obviously at his wit’s ends.
February 25, 2017
Chicago: The Windy City is blowing it rough, with more and more shootings and a rising murder rate. This does not please the President. He wants to dispatch federal policemen, but instead just posts Twitter rants. But why not - by doing this he doesn't just set one example against violence, but sets a hundred and forty.
In the case of criminal statistics, the data is meanwhile splattering like blood. The solve rate for homicide is 5% in Chicago. The share of white people in the victims is just as high.
February 24, 2017
... and the USA... und Mexico... and Columbia... and El Salvador... and Brazil... and Burundi... and Nigeria... and Mali... and Lybia... and Yemen...und the Central African Republic ... and the Democratic Republic of Kongo... and Sudan... and South Sudan... and Egypt... and Syria... and Israel... and Palestine... and Turkey ... and Pakistan... and India.... and the Philippines... and Myanmar... and Afghanistan... and the Ukraine... and Russia... und never does it stop...
February 23, 2017
The US military is in deep water. The rising sea level is threatening to engulf 128 of its bases over the next decades. But the president doesn't believe in climate change and is cutting funds to the environmental agency.
The pacifists in the Pacific are already rejoicing. The perfect disarmament program: water up, weapons down. And with a bit of luck, the Russians and Chinese will also drown on the other side.
February 22, 2017
If the opposite of everything that is true is also true, then a lie is impossible and the number 132 is a joke about the size of 133.
February 21, 2017
Autocratic politics is concrete. It just starts somewhere, breaks the first one out of the row of opponents, then the next, the next... Some people get hit twice, some not at all. The holes are
not linked, they are simply two impacts next to each other. Unforeseeable, who gets busted next. The shots seem to come indiscriminately, yet they all have a goal and a system too. They create
their own order in the impact. They are the memory of the one who fires.
February 20, 2017
Flowchart of a Democracy
1. Maintain composure
2. Uphold constitution
3. Feel consternation
4. Experience constitutional collapse
(5. Maintain composure)
February 19, 2017
Hell is other people, but getting used to it, that’s us.
February 18, 2017
Scott proved it
First I fought the environmental agency,
Now I rule it from above,
Because what, about them, agitated me,
Was that dirty air, they did not love.
Our climate will not change,
And if it does, God wanted it so,
His plan we shall not rearrange,
For eternity he would resent us, you know.
So I’ll keep supporting the guys
From the coal and oil industry,
The green idiots can start to exercise,
Their understanding of climatology.
February 17, 2017
Linda McMahon, Administrator of the Small Business Administration. Perfect choice. Only needs 20x20 feet to do business. Donated a lot. And the best thing: she has thirty years of experience in producing and selling fake realities. Wonderfully Worthy Entrepreneur!
February 16, 2017
...and there are people like Stephen Miller, and when I see him, I want to laugh (but this isn’t possible because the situation is too serious) and drown him out (but I can’t, because he’s on every channel) and put the TV in black and white (because that matches the era he comes from). He, Stephen Miller, who recently declared: "If anybody said anything really, really heinous about me, it’s not true."
He really meant this. He can say this. He is Trump’s primary speech writer.
February 15, 2017
The American Action Forum is hosting its annual regulation rodeo. Whoever bucks off the most regulations in the shortest possible time will be elected as the superbull.
Bully boy Donald takes the paperwork by the horns. According to the AAF, he has already saved over 24 million hours of paperwork. In just 27 days! Super American!
February 14, 2017
Trudeau met Trump - the beauty visited the beast. If it were only that simple... Both want the oil in order to rinse the sand from the gears of the Keystone Pipeline. The lubricants diplomacy has only just begun.
February 13, 2017
So it goes: First the French bestow the Statue of Liberty on the Americans so the world can see the freedom that exists in both countries. Then the Americans build a wall from the Pacific Ocean to the Golf of Mexico to keep their freedom. The French then erect a wall, around the Eiffel Tower, so that freedom will be protected there as well. And finally, freedom gives the rest of the world statues of French people and Americans so everyone can see that it is freedom for which monuments, in the form of walls, are being built in both countries.
February 12, 2017
Golf courses are the Arcadia of the powers that be.
February 11, 2017
Me lanija (Slovenian) means: "I keep slient".
February 10, 2017
One doesn’t speak about the global gag rule. Go buy Ivanka’s stuff! Try out her bags too. You’ll find millions of unwanted babies in them. Dirt cheap. African prices. Babies with HIV are even cheaper! If you can’t afford them, just buy Ivanka’s shoes. They walk by themselves. Blood red down the legs. Doesn’t matter. Maternal death from illegal abortions is a gag anyway. However, it’s not nice that the women croak. Every year there’ll be 50,000 less whose pussies you can grab.
February 09, 2017
The military-industrial complex has reached the status of a trinity. The school system is now affiliated with it. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and her family - the monetized ecumenism.
February 08, 2017
Trump! Trump! Trump! And no words about love ...
February 07, 2017
Maybe America was just a dream, a place in our heads, and now that it’s emerging like a primeval creature out of a swamp, like a churning lump of meat from a boiling broth, we can’t believe it, and we hope it’s the flesh of the creature, what we see there, and we wish for it to be slaughtered, and that the image of this monster, crawling out of its swamp, only exists in our heads.
February 06, 2017
People with mental disorders can now buy weapons again, following a
decision by the US House of Representatives. The National Rifle Association is rejoicing - and the mentally ill too. For those who can show they have a multiple personality disorder, it's buy one assault rifle get one free.
February 05, 2017
Diaries are the annals of the average Joe.
February 04, 2017
Slowly decomposing bodies beneath custom-made suits. Overbred brains that want to let off steam. Wall Street. New freedom. Instead of prosecution, the anti-wailing wall. The prayer notes all read like decrees from the White House.
February 03, 2017
The US is taking in boat people from the Australian camps. According to Trump, the Department of Homeland Security will examine each individual closely. But there's one thing they won't find in any of them - human dignity. The Australians have already taken it from them.
February 02, 2017
I cannot imagine how the world will look in four years, after the end of Trump’s presidency. But even more unimaginable, for me, is how the entries in this diary will look then. It seems as though the portrayal of a time requires more imagination than the time itself.
Well, why not? All historiography is a self-distancing. The writer keeps pace only with himself. The imaginary is the most powerful force in history.
February 01, 2017
Donald Trump - an anagrammar of action
Darn Mud Plot!
Damp Lord Nut!
Punt Mad Lord!
January 31, 2017
A fine word does nothing against rough decrees. If it wants to achieve something, tactfulness must become flesh.
January 30, 2017
Sonny Perdue, Secretary of Agriculture. The good-natured grandfather face conceals the grotesque face of the ruthless agricultural industry. Organic farming, support for small farms, animal welfare, workers' rights, measures to combat climate change - it's all over and done with now. C'est perdue.
January 29, 2017
The German minister of war orders six CARE packages made of metal, and the American armorer gives them to her. He is the Super Hercules. A tall, strong man who built himself a transatlantic
see-saw, and who sits on one side, so that the thin woman on the other side can fly.
January 28, 2017
εἰρωνεία / eironeia (a factogram)
Irony means to hide. Its absence, in Trump’s case, is a twofold obviousness.
January 27, 2017
Trump is the savior of television. He gets his news from TV and responds to it via Twitter. He has reversed the reporting chain. But that basically changes nothing. HE is the event - and whatever way you hold a chain doesn’t matter anyhow. The important thing is that you hold it in your hand.
January 26, 2017
The New Furor speaks: "The beginning of my words is the end of your world."
January 25, 2017
In the White House, white men with white hair meet each other in order to erase Obamacare as quickly as possible. Meanwhile, in the coal mines of Kentucky, white men with black lungs are regretting their vote. If Obamacare is abolished, their health insurance will burst like lung cavities under high pressure. Gray days for them.
My words change nothing. They sit beside reality, watching it come true. It’s as if they were watching TV. That’s nice, and it makes me happy. Just like the declining influence of literature. At the zero degree, a new freedom exists.
January 23, 2017
Washington D.C., 8 degrees, rain and a storm warning from the National
Weather Service. That needs to change! Paper and ink will fix it. Storm
warnings in future to be drafted by the Oval Office. Everything home and dry. Superpowermonday.
January 22, 2017
Donald complains that the press is encouraging the dissension. He recognizes this by his hair. The splits have increased. Melania has gone to buy hair care products. With these he’ll unify the nation.
January 21, 2017
On the back side of the protests against the newly inaugurated, familiarization patiently awaits its turn. It will come, just as he has. Normality is feasibility plus time.
January 20, 2017
Inauguration: The bird takes off and interprets its own flight. Only on the seared skin of its face, tanned from within, will its actions bear the character of a victim.