Remarks by LTG HR McMaster at the Munich Security Conference - Whitehouse.gov Thursday, March 15, 2018
German people—have now been down longer than they stood. I was here, in Germany, when the wall fell. Our cavalry regiment was patrolling the border near Coburg when East German travel restrictions lifted. That day, we experienced an invasion of an unanticipated kind, as joyous East Germans brought us flowers and wine to celebrate reunions with friends and family—and their newfound freedom. Those moments remain among my fondest memories—when Freedom triumphed over oppression.Our shared history reminds us of our common principles, our democratic values, and our enduring commitment to peace. Ewald von Kleist founded this conference in 1963, following two horrific world wars, in the hopes of preventing future conflict.To realize his noble vision, we must all share responsibility. International peace and prosperity depends on all nations.For this reason, President Trump has called for stronger alliances and partnerships based on shared values, shared interests, shared responsibilities, and shared burdens.Today, I would like to highlight three priority areas that demand our collective efforts: first, ensuring the non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and deterring their use; second, defeating jihadist terrorist organizations; and third, strengthening the international foundations for peace and prosperity.Over the past four years, we have commemorated various 100-year anniversaries of World War I—a war that witnessed the routine use of chemical weapons, causing immense human suffering. In the wake of that war, nations came together and agreed not to use these horrifying weapons on the battlefield.In April of 2017, when the Assad regime again used these heinous weapons against innocents, the United States responded. We acted to deter future chemical attacks and to ensure that the use of these weapons never again became routine. Public accounts and photos clearly show that Assad’s chemical weapons use is continuing. It is time for all nations to hold the Syrian regime and its sponsors accountable for their actions and support the efforts of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.The non-proliferation regime is under tremendous pressure—not only from the use of chemical weapons, but also from the development and proliferation of nuclear weapons. It needs our unequivocal support.Last year, nations gathered here initiated an international campaign to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula. We must pressure the Kim regime—using all available tools—to ensure that this cruel dictatorship cannot threaten the world with the most destructive weapons on earth.Many of us can be proud of the successes we have had in uniting behind United Nations Security Council resolutions. Today, let us resolve not only to enforce existing sanctions, but also to commit to downgrading diplomatic relations, cutting off all trade, military, and commercial ties, and expelling so-called guest workers.Nations that evade full enforcement and fail to take these steps are acting irresponsibly. Now is the time to do more—a nuclear North Korea poses a direct threat to all of us and seriously undermines the non proliferation regime.We know that Syria and North Korea are not the only rogue states developing and spreading dangerous weapons.Now is also the time to address serious flaws in the Iran deal and counter Iran’s destabilizing activities, including its development and proliferation of missi...
Jewel History: Her Majesty's State Ball (1855)Thursday, May 4, 2017
Maids of Honour and the Grooms and Equerries in Waiting. His Royal Highness the Duke of Cambridge  was attended by the Hon. James Macdonald and Colonel Tyrwhitt.His Royal Highness the Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha  was attended by le Conseiller Samwer and Baron de Treskow. His Highness the Maharajah Duleep Singh  was also present. Her Majesty and His Royal Highness Prince Albert  left the White Drawing Room shortly before ten o'clock, accompanied by Their Royal Highnesses the Duchess of Cambridge, the Princess Mary, the Duke of Cambridge, and the Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha; Their Serene Highnesses the Princess of Hohenlohe-Langenburg  and the Princess Adelaide  and Prince Victor of Hohenlohe .The Queen wore a dress of pink tulle over pink silk, trimmed with five flounces of white blonde, and ornamented with bouquets of pink roses and white jessamine and diamonds. Her Majesty's headdress was composed of diamonds and pink roses.The Duchess of Cambridge wore a dress of grey glace silk, covered with beautiful white Brussels lace to within a short distance of the bottom, which was trimmed with a triple border of white and gray marabout feathers looped up with rosettes of silver crepe. The body was trimmed with Brussels lace to correspond. The stomacher was covered with sapphires and diamonds; the necklace and the tiara were en suite . Her Royal Highness, in addition to the tiara, wore white and gray marabouts in her hair.The Princess Mary of Cambridge wore a dress of blue tulle over a rich silk glace petticoat, trimmed with bunches of pink roses and tulle. The body was also trimmed with roses. The stomacher was ornamented with diamonds. The necklace, pearls and diamonds. The Princess wore round her head a wreath of pink roses having diamond stars intermixed.Princess Feodora of Hohenlohe-Langenburg, ca. 1855
The Princess of Hohenlohe-Langenburg wore a dress of white satin, trimmed with riband. The necklace, diamonds. Her Serene Highness's headdress was formed of a garland of flowers and diamond ornaments. The Princess Adelaide of Hohenlohe wore a pink satin dress, trimmed with pink tulle and flowers. Her Serene Highness wore a garland of flowers to correspond with the dress.The Marquis of Breadalbane, K.T., Lord Chamberlain; Earl Spencer, K.G., Lord Steward; Lord Ernest Bruce, Vice-Chamberlain; and the Earl of Mulgrave, Treasurer of the Household, conducted Her Majesty and the Prince to the ballroom, the Ladies and Gentlemen in Waiting, and afterwards the general company, following the roy...http://www.bing.com/news/apiclick.aspx?ref=FexRss&aid=&tid=58DDC1ED027E4768B0DD62EE2D223516&url=http%3a%2f%2fwww.thecourtjeweller.com%2f2017%2f05%2fjewel-history-her-majestys-state-ball.html&c=13016463915308532999&mkt=en-us
Germany plans gold coin for Martin Luther anniversary | Coin World - Coin WorldWednesday, October 26, 2016
Martin Luther’s theology.”
The rose seal was designed for Martin Luther at the behest of John Frederick of Saxony in 1530, while Luther was staying at the Coburg Fortress during the Diet of Augsburg.
Four elements compose the seal: a cross, a heart, the flower and a ring.
The coin’s obverse shows the federal eagle, the nation’s name, denomination of the coin, the Mint mark for the respective mint strking the coin, the year 2017 and the 12 stars of Europe.
Five German mints are scheduled to strike examples of the coin, each providing its own Mint mark.
The Uncirculated .9999 fine gold coin is scheduled to weigh 7.778 grams and measure 20 millimeters in diameter. The mintage limit and price will be announced in 2017.
A German village goes it alone on climate protection - DW (English)Tuesday, April 23, 2019
The local grocery store in Grafenaschau looks like most other buildings in the tiny Bavarian village. It has a large pitched roof with broad eaves and is half timber, half stone. The style is as typical as lederhosen, wheat beer and white sausage in this particular part of Germany. "It's Alpine but not 'yodel style.' We didn't want it to be really over-the-top Bavarian," jokes Hubert Mangold, as he heartily greets people on his way into the store. He's diplomatically referring to kitschier houses with brightly painted shutters, where everything's just a bit too much. But it's not just the style of the building that reflects the strong sense of custom and regional identity in the southern German state of Bavaria. Most of the products on offer are from nearby and are produced organically using traditional methods. Dressed casually in denim shorts and a plaid shirt, Mangold, who is the local mayor, points out locally sourced "hay-milk," schnapps and liquor from a nearby distillery, regional, in-season fruit and vegetables, and "in demand" traditionally milled f...https://www.dw.com/en/a-german-village-goes-it-alone-on-climate-protection/a-48030126
How Can Nazis Be on the March in Germany? - TruthoutTuesday, April 23, 2019
We will come to power and then we will do what is necessary so that we can live a free life in the future. We tell the Bosporus that the three big Ms — Mohammed, Muezzin and Minerett — are over.” In Bavaria, the AfD is campaigning for “Islam-free schools.”
But Islamophobia isn’t isolated to the AfD. The CSU’s Horst Seehöfer stated in February that “Islam does not belong in Germany.” Meanwhile, Thilo Sarrazin, a well-known leader of the Social Democratic Party (SPD), is on a book tour for his Hostile Takeover: How Islam Impairs Progress and Threatens Society.
Other Islamophobic initiatives range from Chancellor Merkel’s support for banning the burka to local court battles over religious symbols in schools. A Berlin court upheld the decision to remove a public school teacher for wearing her hijab to school. Now, “feminist” groups want to a href="https://www.welt.de/politik/...https://truthout.org/articles/how-can-nazis-be-on-the-march-in-germany/
The Dandelion Windfall - Canada Free PressTuesday, April 23, 2019
Guess what: it could turn into a real windfall for you!Dandelion ButterAs you may not know yet, I grew up in the “Land of Happy Cows” (LOHCs), i.e. the western part of southern Bavaria. In spring, the meadows there are a solid yellow with flowering dandelion plants. They are so abundant that the butter and cheese produced from the cows grazing in those fields develop a decidedly yellow color, caused by the chemical known as “beta-carotene.” It’s related to the orange color-producing substance in carrots, hence its name.Believe me, after a long winter of having to live on hay from last year’s harvests, when the season turns to spring and the dandelions are blooming, the cows are really happy then. They take to the solidly dandelion-yellow meadows in force and produce plenty of milk that is the source of the then (once again) yellow butter.For decades, the European Union countries, collectively produced a “butter mountain,” meaning a large excess that could not be consumed there. But this could change soon, when butter turns to rubber (don’t take it literally).But first to Traditional RubberAs you may know, upon injury of the leaves or bark, a variety of plants exude a viscous milky white liquid that tends to polymerize on contact with air into a rubbery blob. Of course, that’s the way much of the world’s natural rubber came into existence and is still an important agricultural product to this day. The plant that has been the source of much of the world’s “latex” that, upon exposure to air, turns into raw rubber, known as kautchuk, or caoutchouc, or India rubber, is the “rubber tree” (Hevea brasiliensis, Euphorbiaceae).Native to South America, the rubber tree was introduced to South and South-East Asia well over one-hundred years ago and that region now produces much of the world’s raw rubber.Now, to Synthetic RubberIn WWII, when the demand for rubber products increased sharply and (Germany’s) access to the natural product became limited, chemists developed the synthetic rubber, then known as Buna rubber. Its basic constituent is the small molecule isoprene that can be polymerized into rubber of excellent properties. In fact, much of today’s car tires and many other rubber products rely on that synthetic material, both for c...https://canadafreepress.com/article/the-dandelion-windfall
2 dead, more than a dozen injured after trains collide in Germany - New York Post Sunday, March 3, 2019
He said the driver of the cargo train was uninjured. Authorities are investigating the cause of the crash.
In a separate incident in Bavaria, two people were killed Monday when a train hit their car at a crossing near Lake Starnberg.
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