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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.

We don't want problems

Only 42 out of over 5,300 people who have applied for refugee status in Poland since the beginning of 2016 have been granted that status. Russian nationals who are Chechen in origin, Tajiks and Ukrainians comprised the largest groups of applicants.

In 2015, over 12,000 foreigners applied for international protection in Poland, but only 348 of them were granted refugee status.

A high commission of the UN says Poland was in no way affected by last year’s mass inflow of refugees from North Africa and the Middle East into Europe.

"Poland for Poles - Poles for Poland" 


A majority of Poles are opposed to their country taking in any refugees and Jarosław Kaczyński, the head of Poland’s ruling, conservative Law and Justice (PiS) party said that the country would not accept refugees because they posed a threat to security.

So far there have been no terrorist attacks in Poland or spread of diseases that have been eradicated in the country - unlike what is happening in the United States and European Union.

Poland is a highly homogeneous society of Christians with a very small percentage of minority groups in the population. Historically, Poland has been very receptive of allowing those groups who had been ostracized and persecuted to establish settlements in Poland including Jews expelled from Western European countries or Tartar Muslims who assimilated into the Polish culture. Today, a small but growing number of Vietnamese have migrated to Poland. Each aforementioned minority group has not unsettle the domestic tranquillity of the Polish state.

If Poland stays their course on letting few refuges in compared to other EU countries - It will be an interesting statistical comparison on which countries have social strife versus Poland's relative tranquillity.

Still nobody is posing the question, "Why aren't Muslim refugees taking land routes to other Muslim countries for refuge"? There would certainly be significantly less culture shock.



Saturday, June 04, 2016

Beefing up defenses


Although a militia has already been established by NGOs [Non Government Organizations], Defense Minister Antoni Macierewicz said, "Poland will shortly start enrolling the first volunteers in a 35,000-member paramilitary force aimed at parrying a perceived threat from Russia".

The force's command structure and senior appointments were decided in April and enrollment of the first members of the territorial defense force will start this coming September.




A look at the Polish militia movement

Unlike the paramilitary militia the territorial defense forces will comprise of civilians who have had military training and like the militia is intended to deter Russia from its expansionist aggression


"The territorial defense force is our response to the threat associated with hybrid warfare," said Grzegorz Kwasniak, in charge with setting up the force, referring to the stealth tactic of infiltration used by Russia in Crimea and eastern Ukraine.



Each of Poland's 16 provinces are expected to have a brigade-level force, and Mazovia - the biggest and most populous region in the centre of the country - will have two. Priority in deployment will be given to eastern provinces - Podlachia, Lublin and Podkarpachie - deemed to be the most exposed to Russian pressure.



Signs of Exit?

Very soon the citizens of the United Kingdom go to the polls to determine if they stay in the EU. Many predict if the Brexit succeeds, it will engender a domino effect all across Europe, as many more countries will begin voting on whether to stay in the EU, or leave. The dynamics at play are reminiscent of Solidarność when the defiant actions of Poles influenced people in other Eastern Block countries to follow their lead in throwing off the shackles of communism.

Second thoughts about membership


If the Brits leave, Poland is the next likely candidate to consider extracting itself from the Union that is a failed,  corrupt, ill conceived, and badly managed mendacious / unaccountable disaster.

Here's the hint of a Polxit: When Poland’s new Prime Minister Beata Szydlo member of Eurosceptic PiS [Law & Justice Party] swept to an election victory last year, one of the first things was removal of the blue European Union flag from the backdrop of her news conferences, leaving only the red and white Polish flag. Moreover, burning of EU flags has become more common at demonstrations in Poland and anti-EU sentiments are stoked by memories of historic foreign intervention by its neighbors.


Now, the mandate proposed by German Chancellor Angela Merkel for EU members, including Poland, to accept Muslim migrants has galvanized support for Szydlo’s Law and Justice Party’s pledge to defy the quotas.

Friendly and grateful refugees


George Byczynski, head of the British Poles Initiative, a Polish civic group in London said, "At the beginning, there were a lot of voices in Poland in favor of taking refugees from the Middle East”.  But the threat of financial penalties for not doing so changed those attitudes and Poles
suddenly started feeling this is again an authoritarian approach in detrimental to national sovereignty and self determination.

Andriy Korniychuk, an analyst at the Institute of Public Affairs, a research organization in Warsaw, says anti-migrant sentiments helped bring Szydlo to power, and he says the anti-EU wave is showing no signs of slowing.

The Eurosceptic movement is growing according to recent polls, but has not yet reached the level the Brexit campaign has in Britain. The arguments in Poland to leave the EU are more symbolic in regard to the protection of sovereignty than anything else. Pragmatic Poles know Poland is a poster child of European integration due to its being the largest beneficiary of EU aid. The economic benefits may be the main reason the movement has not led to any concrete, significant action for a Polish exit.

But, another variable is at play. The EU has been extremely critical of changes made by the PiS government affecting state run media and the Constitutional Court. The EU made an  unprecedented warning on June 2 to the country’s right-wing government to respect the rule of law, or face punitive measures. The EU  formally warned Poland that it should find a solution to roll back Warsaw’s overhaul of the top Polish court, which critics say endangers its independence. Brussels’ warning is part of a drawn-out procedure which could eventually see Warsaw have its voting rights suspended in the European Council of Ministers, the EU’s most important decision-making body.


Sanctions imposed against Poland could have a pronounced affect that would accelerate Poles to consider getting out from under the thumb of Brussels as it did Moscow 27 years earlier. However, this time there is the cost of ending billions in financial aid.

Hell’s Angels meet in Poland

Many international organizations hold confabs around the world. For instance during the second week in July NATO will hold its 2016 summit at the National Stadium in Warszawa where heads of state and military personnel will gather.

Another group drawing its members from around the world are also meeting in Poland - this weekend.

Hell's Angels meet in Poland July 2016

Poland’s deputy police chief, Inspector Andrzej Szymczyk, reported that thousands of police officers have been assigned to keep tabs on a incredibly large number of Hell's Angels expected to flock to Rynia, Poland [near Warszawa] for an annual international meeting.

Polish authorities have warned they will closely monitor the situation amid fears of a surge of crime and violence during the Hell’s Angels World Run.

The Hell’s Angels Motorcycle Club is considered an organized crime syndicate by the American Department of Justice.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Pole-arization


Political strife and social polarization is running rampant here, there and everywhere.

As political discourse in America becomes intolerable,  so is the situation in Poland especially following PiS (Law & Justice Party) candidates winning the first clear majority (meaning they have enough seats in parliament - not needing to form a coalition) in the Sejm since the fall of communism along with winning the presidential office.

Most citizens in the north and west of Poland are liberal progressives who are organizing large protest demonstrations against a duly elected government installed under constitutional law.  Most of the citizens in the east and south favor a more traditional conservatism.


Progressive indoctrinated pseudo intellectual protestors
(Government controlled media is not "Free Media") 
The Media Problem

In Poland there still is state run media with a significant reach unlike PBS in America that garners only a small fraction of audience. Both TVP in Poland and PBS in America over time have developed biases toward the left side of the social-political spectrum. In the political scheme of things it is customary for the ruling Party to make adjustments in the management of state owned media by installing new managers aligned in political philosophy. That is probably the strongest argument against any involvement or ownership by government in any media.

Now, that PiS has replaced the heads of state operated media with like-minded individuals as is customary after winning elections, millions of Poles across the country have their panties in a bunch. If the media were strictly in the hands of private owners as it should be in a free, open, capitalistic, free-market society there would be no coercion from elected officials to set an agenda in the editorial content provided by such outlets because they would not exist, thus be under control by politicos.

I'm not saying state ownership of several very powerful media outlets is as damaging to Poland and its citizens as Librium-veto turned out to be in the late 18th century causing the 123 years of partitions. But, I am saying it is pretty damn stupid. You can't be for democracy if you don't fully embrace the free marketplace of ideas, and that means a free marketplace without having a ruling political either left, center or right Party injecting their partisan message into the stream of news, information and editorial thought.

The sign held by the lady above actually should read "Private Ownership of Media = Free People". If these protestors really believed in democracy - the first thing they would do is insure that government had no involvement in the distribution of news, information or propaganda like the communists did for more than 4 decades. 

While they cry democracy is being stamped out - The laws Poland has structured and accepted in forming their Republic have not been violated by PiS at least in the control of state run media.  No law was broken by changing top management at state run media. If the opposite was the case, I'd suggest they get off the streets and into the courtroom to sue for justice.





The Constitutional Court Problem

Now, this problem is truly a sticky wicket.

Today's Polish Constitution (Not the celebrated 3 Maja)


The constitutional crisis was triggered after PiS annulled five appointments to the country’s powerful constitutional tribunal of 15 judges made by parliament led by the previous government controlled by the Civic Platform (PO) Party and coalition partners. While I agree that something is rotten in Denmark regarding the situation, little is heard about the fact that two of the appointments were probably illegal.


The five new judges were barred from taking their posts because President Andrzej Duda also PiS did not accept their oaths of office. Widespread criticism was quick to come from the opposition and legal establishment, who accused the PiS lead government of violating judicial independence.

The constitutional court's critics, however, see the panel as a highly politicized body that struck down  previous Law and Justice-led government’s legislative program when they last held power 8 years ago. They placed the blame for the crisis squarely on the outgoing government, led by PO which, they argued, tried to appoint five judges illegally just before the October parliamentary election to pack the tribunal with opponents of Law and Justice.

Then the tribunal itself ruled the appointment of the two judges replacing those whose terms of office expired in December was unconstitutional, but the other three were appointed legally.

Andrzej Rzepliński
PiS took the position that the tribunal did not have the right to make judgments about the constitutionality of parliamentary appointments and President Duda swore in five judges nominated by the new parliament instead. Tribunal president Andrzej Rzepliński responded by declaring that the five would not participate in its work, although he subsequently allowed two of them to assume their duties.

PiS tried to break this impasse in December.  Parliament amended the constitutional tribunal law to increase the number of judges required to make rulings in the most important cases from nine to thirteen; thereby hoping to oblige Chief Justice Rzepliński to accept the five judges appointed by the new Sejm.

The so-called "repair law" increased the threshold for tribunal rulings to a two-thirds majority, making the votes of these new appointees more significant, and stipulated that cases would be considered in the order they were received rather than at the tribunal’s discretion. The new law would take effect immediately which, the government hoped, would prevent the tribunal from declaring it unconstitutional.

Opponents of PiS strongly voiced these changes would paralyze the constitutional court  making it close to impossible to challenge the PiS initiated legislation. Besides the court crisis  over the tribunal’s membership and competencies, opponents piled on with additional complaints – notably new laws which they claim politicize the civil service and public broadcasting, the expansion of state surveillance, and bringing the public prosecutor’s office back under the control of the justice ministry. The broad base of accusations amounts to an indictment stating PiS is undermining the fundamentals of Polish democracy and the rule of law. As a consequence, thousands of Poles participated in demonstrations organized by the Committee for the Defense of Democracy (KOD), a new anti-government civic movement.
 
KOD demonstrators








Poland has come under strong international criticism over changes to the Constitutional Tribunal and management changes at public broadcasting networks. Critics say both moves undermine the tenets of Western democracy.

If Poland fails to reverse these changes Brussels could move towards the maximum sanction of stripping Warsaw of its voting rights in the European Council, but this is seen as unlikely.

Some EU countries, already annoyed with Poland over its refusal to show greater solidarity in tackling Europe's migration crisis, have threatened to use a looming review of the EU's joint budget to siphon some funds away from Poland.

Others, however, say Brussels should avoid a spat with Poland at a time when the migration crisis is testing EU unity and fueling Euro-skepticism across the continent.

The Euro-skeptic government in Warsaw has so far offered few concessions to Brussels, saying it has a strong electoral mandate to carry out changes it deems necessary. It also says the top court had been too closely influenced by the former centrist, pro-EU government.



The Abortion Problem

When Civic Platform coalition was in power then PM Donald Tusk said, "doctors’ opposition to abortion does not give them the right to refuse to kill a child in the womb, even under Poland's strictest in the EU abortion rules.   ...regardless of what his conscience is telling him, [a doctor] must carry out the law".

While many Poles today are crying that PiS is infringing on democracy and citizens' rights, nobody is mentioning that the former abortion policy violated freedom of religion and conscience of doctors apposed to abortion - forcing them to be murderers.

See previous post on the subject [Click Here]







Friday, May 06, 2016

Great expectations in Poland

Men and women have been surveyed recently to ascertain whether penis size does matter and what the ideal 'length' is but the results may surprise you.

The length and shape of man's member and whether it makes sex better for a woman is an age-old question, but now a new study has found the answer. A recent worldwide survey asked both men and women what they thought the average size of a penis was and what their ideal length would be.

The results were broken down by country and then by gender. Women were also asked how important size was to them.


Poland on top

The study, which was conducted by Dr. Ed, surveyed 1,148 men and 973 women. Everyone who completed the questionnaire was asked to answer questions about sexual health, what they believed to be the average penis size and what they thought was the ideal length.

The UK had much lower expectations compared to other countries around the world. Of the 2,121 respondents Britons were at the bottom of both graphs as they believed the average length of a member to be 4.88 inches, while their ideal length was 5.5 inches.

The people of Poland on the other hand topped the chart as they had the highest expectation for both average and ideal size, answering 6.1 inches and 6.8 inches respectively.

The results of both genders varied quite significantly, with women believing both average and ideal size to be smaller than men.

Gender made a difference to the results of both average size and ideal length, as women expected less for both sections. On average, women thought the average penis length was 5.4 inches, with their ideal size measuring 6.2 inches. But for men, the average size penis was believed to be 5.5 inches and the ideal length came to 6.5 inches.


“When considering notions of an ideal length, it becomes clear that expectations don’t always match up with reality,” the report concluded.

BTW, Poles have the most frequent sex. As reported earlier.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Poland protecting its interests

Prime Minister Beata Szydło visiting in the U.S. this past week at Doylestown, Pennsylvania (known as the American Częstochowa) in the US told about 2,000 members of the Polish diaspora that :  the only reason behind a recent wave of criticism against her ruling Party is that Poland is 'finally beginning to protect its interests.'

Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydło

The comments from the PM who belongs to the Euro-skeptic PiS Party come ten days after the European Parliament passed a resolution warning that the rule of law, democracy and human rights were endangered in Poland.

The main reason for the trip to the US was to sign the Paris Climate Change Agreement on Friday in New York. In her comments Szydło said her cabinet would continue to protect national interests with determination, stressing that “the Polish nation and state have the right to be treated in the same way as other nations and to put forward their own conditions on a par with others”.

She also spoke about her government’s commitment to foster closer bonds with Polish communities abroad and about her cabinet’s efforts to support Polish families.

The prime minister was given an enthusiastic welcome, with chants of Beata” and ”Polonia kocha polski rząd” (the Polish diaspora loves the Polish government) and bidding farewell with the traditional Polish song ”Sto lat” (May she live 100 years).


The Main Church in Doylestown was dedicated on 16 October 1966 as a votive offering for the millennium of Christianity in Poland, with US President Lyndon Johnson among those attending the ceremony. In 1984 the sanctuary was visited by President Ronald Reagan. Archbishop Karol Wojtyła, future Pope John Paul II, visited the place in 1969 and 1976.

On Saturday Prime Minster Beata Szydło also placed flowers at the Katyń Memorial in Jersey City which is dedicated to Polish officers killed by Stalin’s NKVD police at Katyń Forest in 1940. It is a bronze statue of a Polish soldier, impaled in the back by a Soviet bayoneted rifle.