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Friday, February 09, 2018

Wrocław voted best destination

In 2016 Wrocław was awarded European Capital of Culture. This year it has the distinct and high honor of being voted European Best Destination of 2018 in an online poll conducted by

European Best Destinations a Brussels-based tourism organization promoting culture and tourism in Europe. Out of 320,000 votes Wrocław received more than 41,000.

 20 trendy destinations competed for the prestigious title and Wrocław came ahead of cities and places located in France, Italy, the Netherlands and Spain including Milan and Amsterdam.

This beautiful city, called the "Polish Venice" is surrounded with canals and is dotted with more than 120 bridges that link 12 wonderful islands (among which Cathedral Island).
The mayor of Wrocław, Rafał Dutkiewicz, said: “Victory in such a prestigious competition is proof that Wrocław has earned a place among Europe’s most attractive tourist destinations.”

Wroclaw is dotted with 350 emblematic bronze dwarves and more are added each year.

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Friday, January 26, 2018

Undeniable Truth of Life #55

Do ya think the same is true in Poland?

If you answered yes... give yourself a pat on the back... or more appropriately, a nice cold Luksusowa.

Another Right-of-Center Chick

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Can you play a polka?

The U.K. Telegraph reports that the accordion is very popular in North Korea, well so are ICBMs and nuclear bombs.

No belly shaking?

In her book Nothing to Envy:Real Lives in North Korea Barb Demick says all teachers were once required to play the accordion.

It was often called the people's instrument, according to the author, since it was portable enough to carry along on a day of voluntary hard labor in the fields. In the classroom teachers sang, "We Have Nothing to Envy in the World, which had a sing songy tune as familiar to North Korean children as Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star.

In 2012 a North Korean accordion band even became a YouTube hit for their version of A-ha's Take On Me.

If we could convince the NoKo nation to start playing polkas, maybe they would become friendlier towards the west.  After all, polkas are the happiest tunes in the world. And, learn how to belly shake those bellows. It's fun!

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Sunday, October 08, 2017

Hungarian baby killer

George Soros is funding massive pro-abortion rallies in Poland 

Poland loves her babies, but foreigners want to kill them. The black-clad, pro-abortion protests that swept through Poland last October were neither “spontaneous” nor part of a “grassroots movement” but funded from abroad.  

Released on October 3, Poland’s Ordo Iuris Institute presented its evidence that the country’s marginal feminist movement has received “enormous funding from abroad.” It traced most of the money to organizations funded directly or indirectly by Hungarian-American financier George Soros. Poland’s pro-abortion groups received about one million Polish zloty to block the Polish government’s 2016 attempt to completely ban abortion.

Soros & friend (past tense)
Ordo Iuris says Poland’s public universities, which were supposed to be neutral, were also actively involved in the pro-abortion protests.

The Global Fund for Women (GFW) is a partner and legatee of George Soros’ Open Society Foundations. The organization, which promotes access to abortion worldwide, boasts on its official website that it funded Poland’s so-called “black protests”

Soros funded Black Protest


Police raid offices of feminist activists after abortion protests

The day after thousands of activists marched against Poland’s restrictive abortion law, police raids at their offices seized documents and computers.

Offices of The Women’s Rights Center and Baba, which helps domestic violence victims,  in the cities of Warsaw, Lodz, Gdansk, and Zielona Gora were targeted by police.

Well Armed Polish Police conducting Raid
Both organizations took part in anti-government protests marking the anniversary of the historic “Black Protest”. The aforementioned demonstration took place a year ago and saw people dressed in black come together to stop a plan in parliament for an almost total ban on abortion.

The activists have accused Polish authorities of attempting to intimidate them and said losing the files will obstruct the work they do.

According to Krystyna Kacpura, the Executive Director at Poland Fed for Women & Family Planning, “They want us to be afraid of possible repression from the government's side. It started with women's NGOs working on violence against women and funded by the government in previous years.”

Krystyna Kacpura

According to the Independent: The organizations claim police informed them prosecutors were hunting for evidence in an investigation into suspected wrongdoing in the Justice Ministry which took place under the former government. The ministry was feeding funding to the women’s groups at the time.

“They reassured us that the investigation concerned Ministry of Justice officers. We don't believe in this information because the raids occurred one day after women protested across Poland,” Kacpura said. 

“We were shocked about the raids. Women's NGOs have nothing to hide but this operation stopped their work. They are not able to continue everyday important work for violated women and children.”

She said women marched in front of the office of the Center for Women's Rights to show that other NGOs are standing in solidarity with them.

Marta Lempart
Marta Lempart, the head of the Polish Women’s Strike, which organized the protests, echoed the views of Kacpura. She told Associated Press: “This is an abuse of power because, even if there is any suspicion of wrongdoing, an inquiry could be done in a way that doesn’t affect the organizations’ work”.
Kate Allen, Director of Amnesty International UK, said: “These heavy-handed police tactics amount to harassment of women’s rights organizations. Coming a day after the protests against restrictive abortions laws, they risk silencing the discussion on abortion rights in Poland."

Prosecutors hit back at the accusations levied against them, claiming the fact the raids took place a day after the protests was merely coincidental.

The ruling Law and Justice party is founded on a socially conservative, Catholic ideology and has pursued a restrictive agenda with regards to female reproductive rights. 

For instance, the morning after pill is no longer prescription-free because the minister of health, Konstanty Radziwiłł, raised concerns teenage girls would use it on a daily basis. The same minister also claimed that as a doctor he would not even prescribe the pill to a woman who had been raped, citing the conscience clause in defense.

In Poland abortion is illegal except in cases of rape or when a female’s life is at risk or if the fetus is irreparably damaged. As such, women’s rights activists took to the street to express their frustration at the fact abortion was still illegal in most cases and demand a radical overhaul of the country’s laws.

In October 2016, legislation was proposed to completely outlaw abortion overall. The plans prompted around 30,000 people to assemble in Warsaw’s Castle Square, chanting “We want doctors, not missionaries!”. 

The far-reaching protests were successful and triggered lawmakers to vote against the restrictive new law just three days afterwards. The eastern European country is one of the few countries in the world to outlaw abortion following decades of total legalization.

Now, on the other hand Poland is no longer suffering from one of the EU's lowest birth rates.  

Law and Justice introduced the so called “500+” program. For every second and next child under eighteen years of age a family receives 500 PLN per month. That's about $125 per month. While the Ukrainian migrants totaling around a million helped fill jobs and continued Poland's stellar economic expansion, it was a short stop gap measure. To continue on the path of increasing prosperity for the nation - Poland's fertility rate needs to rise significantly. 

Killing babies in the womb except for the exceptions noted above isn't a particular help to the continued growth of living standards. We don't want Poland to end up like Japan.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Because Poles saved Britain

"Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few."*

When the RAF Museum decided to launch a public vote deciding the greatest Spitfire Mark V pilot in history, they might have presumed the winner would be found somewhere close to home. After all the expected target of the poll hosted on the Telegraph newspaper's website, was the British public, whom the RAF have protected for 99 years.

But after being hijacked by a massive groundswell of public support from the Polish community, Franciszek Kornicki, the last surviving Polish World War Two squadron commander, is leading the poll by a landslide - more than 250,000 votes and counting. 

Kornicki Now & Then

Polish weekly news magazine Newsweek Polska and national newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza have both supported the campaign to have Kornicki voted number one in the poll, which was set up to celebrate 100 years of the RAF in 2018. 

The Eastern Europe campaign has also been waged in the UK, with the Polish Embassy and ˜Polish Radio London" urging the UK's 813,000-strong Polish population to back Kornicki, who turned 100 last year.

Quite possibly the Battle of Britain in 1940 would have been lost without the heroic efforts of Polish pilots flying in the RAF. The planned German invasion was thwarted.

Battle of Britain 303 Squadron - "Repeat please!" 

Dywizjon 303 "Ci cholerni cudzoziemcy" 

 * Winston Churchill

Population Explosion

Over the last couple of decades Poland had one of the lowest birth rates in Europe where only Czech, Lithuanian and Romanian women had a lower fertility rate. With an aging population prospects of continuing growth looked dim especially in the workforce being large enough to fulfill the demands of employers. 

Polish couples got to work making more babies partially due to a government program giving 500 zloty per month to families with children. Nearly PLN 19 billion ($5 billion) has been paid out for nearly four million children under the government's flagship 500+ family benefit program, according to the Polish family minister.  
Under the scheme, the government gives parents PLN 500 a month for each child in low-income families, and for second and subsequent children in all other families. About 4 million children under the age of 18 have benefited from the government program since it was implemented last April

Poland had an 11% year to year hike in number of births in July.  Dziennik Gazeta Prawna (DGP) reports 35,000 new born babies citing the latest data by stats office GUS.

January-July year to year births increased 9% to 235,000. By the end of the year births are expected to exceed 400,000 if the trend is maintained .

Factors that seem to improved the birthrate include a better economic situation, shrinking unemployment, rising wages, a high number of women aged 29-34 and the positive impact of the government's family support scheme 500+.

Per-capita disposable income of Polish households rose at a moderate pace in the case of 500+ beneficiaries and wealth gap narrowing. 

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Sunday, September 17, 2017

Polish beautiful women

I often hear from people in the "know" that the most beautiful women in the world are Polish. It seems like some YouTubers decided to supply proof. So, here are some Polish beauties for your enlightenment. .

And, here's a tribute to the most beautiful female military personnel in the world.

Another person posts this: Sexy and beautiful Women in polish army

Just as beautiful is Poland's new PL-01. Sorry, no video posts of female tank commanders... yet!

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Wednesday, September 06, 2017

Right, right - Left, wrong

When conservative PiS was elected to the first majority since free elections in 1989, most folks on the left side of the political spectrum forecast a sputtering economic climate for Poland. However, quite the opposite is the case.

The rating agency Moody's has recently adjusted upwards the economic forecast for Poland as domestic demand and overall fiscal performance outpace most other EU countries.

The Polish economy grew at 3.9 per cent in the second quarter, which outperformed previous expectations. Now, there is a good chance full year growth may post a 4.3% increase making Poland the envy of other countries around the world.
Mo' money, Mo' money, Mo' money

Predictions of economic growth seem to be continually readjusted upward by significant gains even though many economists warned that the right-wing Law and Justice party’s 2015 election victory would damage Poland’s economy.

Unlike debt redden America, Poland is on pace to limit their deficit to 2.5% of GDP down from an earlier forecast of 2.7%.

Poland continues to attract foreign companies to relocate there and there is no signs of a slowdown. 

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Monday, September 04, 2017

Old man and the sea - Doba

"Old Man and the Sea" is likely to bring Ernest Hemingway to mind.  But, in the non-fiction section it might be an old Polish man.

The old Pole,  Aleksander Doba, who is 70 years old paddled his way across the Atlantic Ocean in a kayak from New Jersey and came ashore in Le Conquet, Brittany, which is on the coast of north-west France. The 100 day journey was his third trans-Atlantic kayak adventure.

Doba in his kayak
He was the first person to paddle across the Atlantic in a kayak on muscle-power alone in 2010 from Senegal to Brazil.

In 2013 he repeated this feat when he kayaked from Lisbon to Florida at 67 years old.

Old man and the sea Doba
Aleksander Doba's voyages were the longest open-water kayak voyages ever made. He was born: September 9, 1946 in Swarzędz, Poland a small town situated in the Poznań metropolitan area. Now Doba lives in Police near Szczecin, Poland. He was named 2014 Adventurer of the Year by National Geographic.
Doba has also jumped 14 times with a parachute, piloted gliders and practiced cycling. He also holds a marine yacht steersman license.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Topple the statues?

 Since the fall of communism, Poland's economic and social fortunes have skyrocketed.   Life was miserable under the boot heels of Soviet socialism.

As in America, Poland wants to totally erase history presented in the form of statuary.

Rush to erase bad memories of Soviet domination

An amendment to a bill on prohibition of propagation of communism has been approved unanimously by the Senate. 79 senators voted in its favor and one abstained from voting. The bill regulates issues regarding demolition of unusable construction structures, including statues glorifying communism. Also, it will be prohibited to name institutions, such as schools, in ways that promote totalitarianism.

The 2016 version of the bill was not precise about demolishing unusable construction works, but this situation will change with the amendment, as soon as it is signed by the President.

The amendment does not include statues such as those in cemeteries.

Regional governors will be authorized to order the demolition of such statues upon receiving a consent from the Institute of National Remembrance.

Wonder if this Lenin statue is on the list to come down

You have to remember history in order not to repeat it.

Patriotic Students to help defend Poland

With Russian territorial aggression on the rise Poland’s Ministry of Defense is starting a new program to give university students military training as part of a volunteer-based “Academic Legion,” which upon completion will see the students enlisted into the country’s reserve forces. 
It is not a new idea.  The Academic Legion (German: Akademische Legion) was a military organization formed by university students in Vienna during the Revolutions of 1848.
The new Polish initiative, which begins this Fall, is a joint venture between the Ministry of Defense and the Ministry of Science and Higher Education. 

Patriotic Students in Poland

There will be 10,000 openings for the training of privates and non-commissioned officers. Starting in November universities will start classroom training . During the holidays students will undergo practical field training.

The students will be given 30 hours of lectures and theoretical studies followed by a 22-day boot camp. The volunteers will then be sworn into the Polish military reserve.

Females training in Poland

A recent survey conducted of university students showed 45 percent would enlist “without needing to be persuaded.” The most eager to enlist were students from eastern and central Poland, according to the MoD’s survey.

Under communist rule, each university in Poland gave its students mandatory week-long military training. Then the Polish People's Republic was an ally of the Soviet Union, the current Polish government sees Russia as a threat.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Nat Gas Coming liquified

The first liquefied natural gas shipment from the United States arrived at Poland's newly constructed LNG terminal in Świnoujście. Prior to this, a delivery was made from Qatar. The shipments of natural gas are a landmark of sorts in Europe’s continuing drive to diversify the sources of its energy imports.

Poland's first LNG Terminal at Świnoujście

For Poland, imports from the U.S. and Middle East countries are fruit of new energy infrastructure that allows it to reduce near total dependence on Russian imports.

“It’s very important, it’s a milestone,” one Polish diplomat told Foreign Policy. The diplomat said energy diversification is a top priority for eastern Europe countries in Russia’s shadow, a safety net if Moscow ever decides to cut supplies in geopolitical ploys against its neighbors — something it has repeatedly done in the past.
Eastern European countries like Poland and the Baltic states have already suffered past episodes of Russian energy bullying. Now, they are increasingly unnerved by Russia’s tense showdown with NATO over Ukraine, Syria, and a slew of other geopolitical minefields. But they also remain heavily reliant on Russian energy. 

Russia, for its part, is just as reliant on cash from its energy exports to Europe to shore up its anemic economy. (Europe is by far the biggest market for Gazprom, the big natural gas firm, grandiose plans to expand to China notwithstanding.) As Europe diversifies its gas supplies — from the United States, Norway, and other gas exporters like Qatar, Russia will face a choice between losing its big share of the market — and the political clout that comes with it — or lowering prices to stay competitive.

Poland took 1 million Uke refugees already

President Andrzej Duda might call for a vote on whether the country should adhere to the European Union’s decision to shelter Muslim refugees The EU recently chastised neighboring Czech Republic for not adhering to its quotas for relocating troublesome migrants.

Great PR for Muslim Refugees
 The vote could coincide with 2019 general elections and could help prevent a future Polish administration from reversing the current government’s policy of rejecting the EU’s quota system. Prime Minister Beata Szydlo’s cabinet, led by the ruling Law & Justice Party, has said it won’t accept any of the refugees who have come to Europe from the Middle East and Africa in the continent’s worst migrant crisis since World War II.

Poland has accepted over 1 million from war torn Ukraine.

There have been no terror attacks in Poland. Over 40,000 Tatar Muslims have been living in peace and contributing to Polish society for nearly 500 years. They assimilate and do not advocate Sharia Law.  

Trump to Poland

President Donald J. Trump accepted the invitation of the President of the Republic of Poland, Andrzej Duda, to visit Poland in advance of the G20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany.
Trump to Poland July 6, 2017
The visit will reaffirm America’s steadfast commitment to one of our closest European allies and emphasize the Administration’s priority of strengthening NATO’s collective defense. The leaders will discuss a range of bilateral and regional issues, deepening an alliance based on shared values and common interests. While in Poland, President Trump will deliver a major speech, and he will attend the Three Seas Initiative Summit to demonstrate our strong ties to Central Europe.

Above from White House dispatch

Let's see how many protests there will be!

Legal, but disrespectful

91 people charged for obstructing a memorial observance for the late President Lech Kaczynski, who died in a plane crash in Russia seven years ago. 

Wladyslaw Frasyniuk leading disrespectful protest
The crash occurred April 10, 2010, and on the 10th of every month Kaczynski's surviving twin brother Jaroslaw Kaczynski, chairman of the conservative ruling party, leads a memorial observance in Warsaw in honor of his brother and the 95 others who died with him.

Protesters tried to block the observance Saturday evening, with some chaining themselves together on a street, and were removed by police.

Warsaw police said they were charging Wladyslaw Frasyniuk, a prominent member of Solidarity in the 1980s, with battery against a police officer, a crime that carries a sentence of up to three years. 

"Wladyslaw Frasyniuk used his physical strength against a policeman and blocked a legal gathering," the Interior Ministry said. "He was responsible for the violation of the integrity of an officer on the job. In Poland, everyone is equal before the law."

Frasyniuk disputed the ministry's claim, saying he never attacked an officer and only tried to defend himself.

Barbora Cernusakova, one of about a dozen Amnesty International monitors present Saturday evening, told The Associated Press that she witnessed police issuing a warning before removing the protesters and holding dozens of them for about an hour on two sites near the assembly of protestors saying the police didn't use excessive force.

Protest all you want but not at a memorial. Have some respect for the dead you Westboro Baptist like freaks.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

More agree with Poland

According to government spokesman Rafał Bochenek, the European Union is increasingly adopting Poland's wary stance on refugees.

In a press conference, Bochenek said that the governing Law and Justice (PiS) party “will never agree to the European Commission imposing any quotas" on member states obliging them to accept refugees.

He added: “Finally, the EU has taken Poland’s stance. Our position is becoming an EU position”.

Why not flee to other Muslim counties? Language and customs would be similar.

Bochenek was speaking after the leader of the opposition Civic Platform (PO) party, Grzegorz Schetyna, said – announcing an apparent shift in policy – that his party is “against accepting illegal immigrants to Poland.”

When the PO party led the governing coalition up to the 2015 general elections, then-party leader and PM Ewa Kopacz said Poland could take several thousand refugees as part of an EU program. But so far Poland has not taken in a single asylum seeker from Italy and Greece as part of the plan.

Various members of the PiS government, including Prime Minister Beata Szydło, have said that Poland will not accept refugee quotas imposed by the EU.

“Prime Minister Beata Szydło was one of the first EU prime ministers to raise the matter [of resolving the migration crisis outside the EU] on the European stage,” Bochenek said.

Bochenek said, “From week to week, from month to month, the arguments of Prime Minister Beata Szydło have been accepted by more and more EU member states, which is reflected in numerous conclusions adopted in European Councils.”

In April the UK’s The Times daily reported that Poland could face political and financial consequences because of its government’s decision not to accept refugees.

But Polish Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski said at the time: “I do not see how it will be possible to punish Poland for anything because the migration problem … is not connected to structural funds.”

Meanwhile, Poland is supporting Hungary and Slovakia in a case against the EU refugee quotas scheme in the EU’s top court.

At a hearing which started last week, the two countries are disputing the EU’s decision to distribute migrants across the bloc.

A lawyer representing Poland told European Court of Justice judges that the EU quota framework lacks instruments to protect host countries against terrorist attacks.

Power switch

Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia have agreed to link their power systems to other EU member member nations through Poland as they look to reduce their dependence on Russia.

The power grids in Baltic countries were formerly part of the Soviet Union and are still integrated with those in Belarus and Russia.

The three tiny countries say dependence on Russia is a threat, because of a lack of transparency on upkeep of the network in Russia, which they say makes it hard to rely on its stability.

"We would want to desynchronize the Baltic States from Russia. And first priority is desyncronization which will be done through Poland," Estonia's Prime Minister Juri Ratas told reporters in Tallinn after meeting his counterparts from Poland, Lithuania and Latvia.

"All four of us agreed that we will try to get clarity on division of [duties] between all four countries by the end of the year," Ratas said.

Russia has never cut power flows to the Baltic states or threatened to do so, but Lithuania lists its power system's synchronization with Russia as one of the top national security risks.

The countries will still need to find a way to accommodate Russia, whose Kaliningrad enclave power network is currently synchronized with mainland Russia through the Baltic states.

Controversial monument

Lviv regional authorities have appealed to the Polish government to rebuild a controversial monument to the former Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA) in the southeast of Poland. 
 The appeal, by the Lviv Oblast Council is addressed to Poland’s central government as well as the authorities of Podkarpackie province in which the monument resided.

There was a monument in the Polish village of Hruszowice which honored members of the UPA who fought Poles during and in the aftermath of World War II and who were killed during clashes with Polish soldiers in 1946.

Without the consent of Polish authorities the monument was illegally erected in 1994 and was dismantled at the end of April this year by members of Polish right-wing organizations with the consent of the local authorities.

The illegally built monument in Hruszwice

Councilors in the Lviv region have termed the dismantling of the monument an anti-Ukrainian provocation. They have adopted a resolution in which they suggest that Poland should rebuild the Hruszowice monument just as the Ukrainians have rebuilt a monument honoring Polish victims of Ukrainian soldiers that was destroyed by unknown perpetrators earlier this year in the no-longer-existing village of Huta Pieniacka in what was once eastern Poland and is now western Ukraine.

The councilors express their support for the Ukrainian Institute of National Remembrance, which, after the dismantling of the Hruszowice monument, declared that it would halt the legalization of Polish memorial sites in Ukraine.
According to the Ukrainian Institute of National Remembrance, there are more than 100 such sites in Ukraine.

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

Finger lickin' good

Poland was the EU’s leading poultry meat  exporter in 2016, and its lead over its closest competitors is ever increasing. More than 800,000 tons of poultry meat was exported posting  a 17 % increase year-over-year.

However, the average price of broiler chickens dropped by 5% y/y. Caused mainly by an increase in production in Poland, the EU and worldwide.

As far as export destinations, 40% of exports went to the UK and Germany. It is expected production of poultry meat in Poland will continue to grow, but more slowly than during the past five years.

 Poland is also the largest exporter of apples.

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Monday, December 12, 2016

Drone On

Poland is planning a massive force of drones (about 1,000) to combat a potential Russian attack as part of a huge $10 billion military spending splurge. The huge weapons procurement program aims to refit the military with the latest  war fighting equipment.

Combat drones will fire air to ground missiles

 New air defense systems will also be purchased along with 14 multi-purpose helicopters, three coastal defense vessels and two destroyers. Letting contracts for submarines are in the pipeline as well.

Moscow is furious that the eastern European countries have allowed America to base its anti-missile forces in their countries because anti-missile missiles can shoot down Russian nukes. Romania has already switched on part of the shield and Poland is set to follow suit.

Russia, meanwhile, has moved Iskander ballistic missiles into Kaliningrad the small Russian enclave surrounded by Poland, Lithuania and the Baltic Sea. The rockets can easily reach virtually the whole of Poland. Currently, they have conventional warheads but can also be tipped with nukes.

You Betcha

Deputy Prime Minister Jarosław Gowin announced the Polish government is working on a new gambling bill, which will liberalize sports betting and online poker. 

On-line Gambling coming to Poland

Gowin said that “Poland suffered enormous, multi-billion losses” as a result of a bill introduced by the previous Polish government referring to the Gambling Act, introduced in 2009 by then prime minister Donald Tusk, which banned gambling outside casinos and online.

“That is why a few months ago we decided to change the law so that money flowed back into the national budget,” Gowin told Radio Polskie. He added that Poland has consulted with the European Commission, which gave its green light to move ahead.

According to the latest draft, slot machines would be nationalized, operating under the national lottery services. However, Govin said, bookmakers would still operate in the fringe economy. “Over the next several months gambling will remain in [a shady area of the economy], and Poles will continue to lose PLN 100-300 million a month,” Gowin said.

The new law would “liberalize” the system in such a way that it would be “safe to use bookmaker services, and play poker online”.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Tougher than TRUMP

If you think Trump talks tough... Recently, Beata Mateusiak-Pielucha one of the MPs of PiS (the Law and Justice party), expressed her wish to have all Atheists, Orthodox Christians, and Muslims swear and adhere to the Polish constitution and Polish beliefs. Those who do not fulfill this requirement, she said, should be deported.

Beata Mateusizk - cracking a smile?
Similar deportation techniques have already been used by the Polish government before: when in 1968, after conflict within the PZPR (Polish United Workers’ Party), purging of the party took place. The basis of this purging was the Jewish decent of certain party members. Thousands of people, and families, were sent away with a one-way ticket. It is not surprising that many noticed correlations to Mateusiak-Pielucha’s statement, which once again shows who is a “true Pole” and who isn’t.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Polish Subterranean Winner

The Dialogue Centre Upheavals is part of the National Museum in Szczecin and this unique subterranean building won the title "World Building of the Year 2016" at the World Architecture Festival in Berlin. It was designed by Polish architect Robert Konieczny, principal at KWK studio.

While the vast exhibit area is buried underground, its roof serves as a huge public space much like a village square. 

Roof of the Museum

Inside the Subterranean Museum
The structure is built entirely of pre-cast concrete and its radical sunken form was an intentional response to the nearby Philharmonic Hall, an already-iconic building designed by Barozzi Veiga, that just last year won the Mies van der Rohe Award – the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture.

The museum addresses a fifty-year time span that is the most tumultuous period of Poland's history. The starting point is the beginning of World War II when Poland lost its independence to the invading German Army. The exhibit continues through concentration camps, Stalinism, protests in the shipyards and concludes with the fall of the Iron Curtain and the breakup of the former Soviet Union.

This is a piece of topography as well as a museum... a design which addresses the past in an optimistic, poetic and imaginative way.

Tuesday, November 01, 2016

Fork You France

"Forkgate" is the latest in a series of controversies the PiS Party has become embroiled in since taking power last year.

Poland "taught the French how to use a fork", said Polish deputy minister Kownacki, amid a continuing row over a cancelled defense contract.

Frenchman learning to fork?

The Deputy Defense Minister accused the French of lacking "class" after losing a multi-billion dollar contract to build 50 Airbus helicopters for Poland's military. Poland is now leaning towards American built Blackhawks.

Speaking on TV, Mr. Kownacki accused France of responding by withdrawing the offer of free accommodation and a car for the Polish delegation at a defense fair in Paris next week.

"They are a people who learned to eat with a fork from us a few centuries ago. So maybe this is why they are behaving in this way now," he said.

Saturday, October 29, 2016

The death of free speech

Trump's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame has been vandalized, desecrated and bashed to smithereens by the raucous progressives and intolerant leftists associated with the cadre of radical Democrats - some whom have been paid to do dirty work by Bob Creamer husband of Democrat U.S. Representative Jan Schakowsky 9th District Illinois according to high Democrat officials' e-mails published by Wikileaks.

Recently a homeless Black woman has taken up the post of sentinel to protect the star from further damage where Los Angeles police have failed. She was maligned and attacked on Hollywood Blvd. by an  intolerant group of people who have no respect for citizens' rights to hold an opposing view. Consistent with the behavior demonstrated by throngs of thugs opposed to Donald Trump during the election season. 

“I wholly disapprove of what you say and will defend to the death your right to say it”, is Voltaire's foundation leading to the adoption of our 1st Amendment to the Constitution. As long as we have "hate crimes" on the book this would be a perfect time to prosecute those individuals who violated this woman's rights as an American to speak her mind and defend a public property.

Mogą iść do piekła! 

In 2005, Schakowsky's husband pleaded guilty to failure to collect withholding tax and bank fraud for writing checks with insufficient funds and also paid his own $100,000 salary with fraudulently obtained funds. While Schakowsky served on the organization's board during the time the crimes occurred, and she signed the IRS filings along with her husband, she was not accused of any wrongdoing. Creamer served five months in prison.

On October 19, 2016, Schakowsky's husband who had visited the White House more than 300 times during the Obama administration, he stepped away from the Clinton campaign after a video was released implicating him paying people to incite violence at the Trump rallies.

Saturday, October 08, 2016

Climate Jokester or Dumb Scientist

We've heard a million Pollack jokes. I've never been really offended by them. I have enough truthful knowledge about Polish heritage, culture and tradition including tremendous intellectual contributions affecting the world to know in a broad way the jokes are not based in truth. Moreover, there is a difference between Pollack and Polak. And, I don't think I've ever heard a Polak (official word used to define a Pole w języku polskim)  joke.

Some of the put-downs come from hostility, some from stupidity, some from jealousy and a smidgen from reality. But, that would be expected from any nationality or race.

However, there is one particular Polak I think deserves to be called dumb just as I would describe many climate scientists coming from many different ethnic backgrounds. 

Jokester Wiesław Maslowski

Global Warming alarmists such as Professor Peter Wadhams, of Cambridge University  and Professor Wiesław Maslowski of the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, have regularly forecast the loss of Arctic ice by 2016, which has been widely reported by the mainstream media across the planet.

Recognized by his peers and environmental wackos as a leading expert on Arctic sea ice loss, Wadhams not too long ago authored the book A Farewell To Ice saying the Arctic would be free of ice in the middle of this decade.

Even earlier this year he was still predicting an ice-free Arctic September.

I hate to disappoint Wadhams and Maslowski but  when figures were released for the yearly minimum in September, 2016, they showed that there was still 1.6 million square miles of sea ice), which was 21% more than the lowest recorded point in 2012.

I could make a Northwest Passage joke here - but I doubt half the readers would actually be familiar with NW Passage lore. I think the sad joke is your tax money going to the Navy to employee Wiesław.

Pollack jokes - some comes from hostility, some from stupidity, some from jealousy and in this specific case from reality.

Thursday, September 01, 2016

Brexit Good for Poland?

Britain leaving the EU has Poland aiming to lure banking and financial services jobs from London because banks will look to ensure unfettered access to the European Union’s single market after Brexit is complete.

Mateusz Morawiecki
Deputy Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki is traveled to London this week meeting “dozens” of banks, hedge funds and investment managers to present Poland as an attractive place to set up middle-office, back-office and IT operations.

“It will be certainly a difficult task but we want to show how attractive Warsaw and Poland are,” Morawiecki told Poland's news channel TVN24.

Europe’s established financial hubs like Paris, Dublin and Frankfurt are already eyeing the spoils of the U.K.’s referendum result. Poland isn’t bidding to attract the most lucrative front-line jobs because it’s outside the euro area. Instead, Morawiecki is pushing the benefits of Poland as a location for support staff.

The country has a “fantastic pool of skilled labor,” he said.

The Polish government must still alleviate concerns corporations and some EU members have regarding changes to its constitutional court. The escalating dispute over government interference with the judiciary threatens to impair investment spending and economic development according to Moody’s Investors Service.  Review of the sovereign rating for the eastern European nation will be published by Moody in the near future.

“Investors are currently less concerned about the conflict than they were three or six months ago,” Morawiecki said. “I hope that the analysts will consider our stable financial standing and the improving quality of Poland’s growth.”

Friday, July 08, 2016

Russia is hungry like the bear. It has a voracious appetite that can gobble up provinces and still have enough room in its belly to devour thousands of military defenders without even having to breathe between bites. Obama at the bi-annual meeting of NATO nations held in Warszawa this week indicated that the U.S. would send a measly battalion of around 1,000 troops to Poland as a show of force and to act as a deterrent to the beast of the east.

The announcement follows previous plans NATO established allocating just four new battalions for northeastern Europe, one of which will go to each of the Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, and one to Poland. The Article 5 commitment to the region is like putting a tiny little Chihuahua on duty to guard the house when a Doberman would be more appropriate.

All this threat and a vast majority of EU nations still do not meet their obligations to spend at least 2% of their GDP on military preparedness.

Remember the good ol' days after the break-up of the Soviet Union and Boris Yeltsin a shit faced harmless fuzz ball that posed no threat to the world?

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Poland becoming the EU Transportation Hub

Like the ancient "Silk Road" trade route used to bring Chinese silk, pottery and tea to Poland, and Polish amber to China. centuries later, an express freight railway is connecting the two countries. Poland is in a very good geographic position to be the distribution center for Chinese goods bound for European markets.

 See previous post on this subject

Shipping containers in China will soon leave for Europe, covering a distance of six thousand miles until they arrive in Łódź in which has been chosen as the western terminal for the trans-continental trains.

China to Łódź

Chinese President Xi Jinping recently visited Poland and agreed to strengthen ties by tangible achievements of sustainable practical cooperation, including China-Europe freight train service, including joint construction of the "Belt and Road" track project providing a direct connection between the two countries.

Poland is located in the heartland of Europe, with nearly all of the regular China-Europe freight trains going through the country. With its unique location, Poland can play an important role in realizing the Belt and Road Initiative.