Germany

The dilemma of the XR movement – the free market

How funny that the Extinction Rebellion (XR) Deutscheland should publish this question which only proves that the majority of people are driven by the free market and not wistful dreaming.

The author of the article in Tagesschau is demanding that the plane be made more expensive so it can’t compete with rail. How about making rail cheaper?

If only XRD realized that air travel in total produces 2% of global man made emissions meaning the CO2 output of commercial flight is 0.000024% of the total.

When you know time is meaningless

Who knew? Prince Charles has told Commonwealth leaders we have 18 months to do something about the planet.

Which is it? If one were to time an egg by the alarmists we’d end up with a bunch of mush. Yet Greta Thunberg and the Extinction Rebellion (XR) were quick to capitalize on the Prince’s prophecy. 18 months. CM thought 2025 was the XR timeline? IPCC 2030? Please, can we just have some consistency? It’s all too confusing.

Don’t forget CM pointed out XR’s complete own goal citing a 2018 paper that spoke of 2022. So blinded by their excitement to confirm their own bias they overlooked the very content that ratcheted up the hysteria by recording 2025 instead. Sloppy! And they expect us to submit to their demands because supposedly they know best.

So quick to grab any alarmist hope, any date will do it seems. CM is sure if 2018 was cited as the deadline, XR would be all over it.

Unfortunately HRH should speak to his father who has toyed with bringing back a new version of HMY Britannia. Think of all the energy intensity that will go into making that monster.

When will these people finally work to putting forward a coherent strategy rather than espouse anything that might support a cause.

The bigger laugh was that XR Germany has posted that climate change could claim its first victim in the UK by 2045. XR started in England.

So deranged are the country-by-country XR movements that they seem to be trying to outdo each other in the same echo chamber.

Nivea CEO – “we don’t do gay”

LGBTQ Nation has reported that Nivea CEO rejected a campaign from its ad agency – FCB Global – which involved two men holding hands with the words, “we don’t do gay at Nivea.” This has led to a social media backlash showing offended users binning their products in protest. The laugh is that the advertising agency wants to dictate to the client how it runs its business. Nivea just doesn’t wish to promote “woke.” A choice that it should be entitled to make, just as Nike or Gillette are.

Nobody asked in what context “we don’t do gay” were said? Was it in reaction to the disastrous Gillette (note P&G reports Q4 results on July 30th) campaign on toxic masculinity? Did Nivea merely not want to reference specific minorities where it didn’t feel sufficient market gaps or opportunities would be found or was it a venom filled homophobic tirade? CM is willing to bet it was the former. Some corporations don’t wish to mix politics with product.

Nivea got in hot water in 2017 when it promoted a skin lightening cream in Africa. After much success with such products in Asia (where lighter skin is deemed more beautiful and brands make a fortune selling cosmetics based on this) it tested the African market. Unfortunately it got into hot water despite demand. The skin whitening industry was $10bn in 2009 and expected to grow to over $23bn by 2020.

Should Nivea be bashed for supplying products to a market demand that clearly exists? If Africans wish to lighten their skin, shouldn’t that just be a question for that individual? No one is forcing Africans to use their products. Nicole Amartefio is rightly proud of her skin hue so she can choose, like many others, not to buy into the ‘insecurity.’ If Nivea sales tank, they can blame the marketing department for inadequate due diligence.

Maybe CM should protest the sunscreen market for heightening insecurities over skin cancer because whites have less melanin? Do people realise that sunglasses lower the risk of tanning because the eyes regulate melanin production based off the glare the eyes receive? Why doesn’t Nivea promote the use of sunglasses instead of selling expensive sunscreen?

However this is where the Nivea story gets stupid.

FCB Global has been Nivea’s as agency for over 100 years yet its CEO Carter Murray said it intends to end the relationship with Nivea at the end of the contract.

FCB is within its rights to bin a century of business development but if the client wants to follow a mainstream campaign rather than get woke, surely isn’t it Nivea’s prerogative to do so? Does it require Nivea to meticulously follow the social diktat of its service providers? Who does FCB Global think it is? Why does it seek to throw its client under the bus? So much for respecting a century old client relationship.

LGBTQ Nation argues that one of the agency staff who proposed the campaign was indeed gay himself. Presumably he was offended.

Sadly Nivea felt the need to make an irrelevant statement to defend something completely unnecessary,

We are an international company with more than 20,000 employees with very different genders, ethnicities, orientations, backgrounds and personalities worldwide…Through our products, we touch millions of consumers around the globe every day. We know and cherish  that individuality and diversity in all regards brings inspiration and creativity to our society and to us as a company.”

Do consumers honestly ask themselves how “woke” every brand they buy? It is not dissimilar to ANZ preaching about Maria Folau. Is that in the forefront of the 5 million customers it serves? That is not even taking into account the hypocrisy of a bank which was admonished by the Hayne Royal Commission for unethical behaviour.

If Nivea believe that advertising to the LGBT community is a winner, let it decide because it has far better information than FCB Global about markets, products and segmentation. It shouldn’t feel guilty. Subaru America ran a campaign that targeted the lesbian community. Clearly the brand felt its market position had to differentiate away from the monsters of Toyota and Honda.

Talk about FCB Global cutting off its nose to spite its face. Expect its business to be affected more than Nivea. #GetWokeGoBroke . Interested to see how Gillette’s Q4 trend has been since the disastrous Q3 when P&G reports.

The moral of the story is to let the free market weigh Nivea’s decisions. It hasn’t called for anything other than defending how it serves its client base. Nivea parent company, Beiersdorf AG, has not experienced a share price backlash.

New Greta Thunberg bumper stickers on sale

Seems even the peacenik Germans have had enough of Greta Thunberg. Amazon is selling bumper stickers to those motorists sick of being lectured to by a 16yo.

Although await the backlash be the activists getting Amazon to remove the page. It won’t much matter as people will just go direct to source.

€3.99 per sticker. Sold here

800 Jewish grandparents shaking their heads

If these self-entitled brats had the first idea what their grandparents may have endured during the Holocaust, they would never seek to do this. Being Jewish doesn’t make one an expert on American border policy. Have they considered that these captives ran into harm’s way, rather than from it?

Do these kids know what the “sonderkommando” did inside real concentration camps during the 1940s? What about the “kapos”? Thought not.

Do these kids think ICE are subjecting kids to forced labour? Are they being led into gas chambers? Their bodies cremated in incinerators? Is their hair being shaved off to make clothes? Are their guardians gold teeth being pulled to fund the ICE/CBP effort ?

CM went to Auschwitz-Birkenau in 2003. There is a room in the middle of a 3km x2km perimeter where photos of the Polish Jews who were murdered are posted in a collage.

One picture floored CM. It was – picture of this young girl, named Renia Kohn. She was 5yo when she was gassed. Tears still stream when I look at this photo. It puts one’s own life into perspective. She was systematically murdered. For what? For being a Jew.

Or maybe it is pictures like Abraham Feiler that shocked CM. The look of fear in that poor man’s eyes. It is sheer terror an one only knows what must have been going through his mind before he was killed in 1942.

CM was so taken back by the strength of character Bronislawa Bachleda had. She was murdered in April 1943 but her face is full of defiance. How could she hold up like that in the face of such tyranny?

Or when CM visited Majdanek. The camp is in tact much as it was in the 1940s. It is set at the bottom of a valley in Lublin, Poland. The wind whistles through the gaps in the wood of the crematorium. It is the most awful blood curdling whistle. It is creepy beyond all belief. Goose bumps are a given.

In one of the huts lie over 100,000 pairs of shoes. One cannot unsee the number of children’s shoes collected in the museum. Crows still squawk from the guard towers as if the evil spell has yet to be lifted.

Or Sachsenhausen in Germany where prisoners were hung by their arms tied behind their backs to a pole. The weight of their bodies would dislocate the arms from their sockets. Such inhumane torture.

Maybe these kids might learn about Berisz Dov Lemel who was the subject of medical experiments on his liver and stomach which continued until April 1945. He is still alive today with 7 grand children.

Border camps have become a necessary evil to be able to contain the tide of illegal immigrants. These kids would be better off paying attention to history than drawing a false equivalence to ICE behaving like the Waffen SS.

It is insane beyond belief to think that kids are being systematically murdered at the hands of US border officials. For if that were true activity would slow to such a trickle that US border patrols would only have to watch the grass grow in Mexico. As it stands many still prepared to take risks to move to the dictatorship which offers so much opportunity.

These kids should be forced to visit Yad Vashem and see what genocide truly looks like instead of running around with placards while sipping on Starbucks chai lattes as if they know what they’re talking about.

Greens leader blames Merkel’s trembling on climate change

It is amazing that the leader of the Greens, Annalena Baerbock, can link Angela Merkel’s trembling health issues to climate change. She eventually retracted the false nature of the claim and apologized.

Let’s hope that Frau Merkel finds a cure to her health issue and makes a speedy recovery without any climate emergency nonsense to be drawn.

Perhaps Baerbock might link CM’s itchy scalp to climate change too? Or is that just from the chlorine in the public swimming pool (which CM might add was pretty warm because it was so cold outside)? Maybe that hangover from CM’s 30th high school reunion two weekends ago was due to the weather? Or did CM just fatally mix the house red with pale ale?

Merkel trembles uncontrollably

German Chancellor Angela Merkel puts her shaking fit in Ukraine down to dehydration. Not sure if such a medical diagnosis would be made. Three cups of water with very strong medication would seem the more likely scenario. CM hopes she is alright. Undoubtedly under a lot of stress.