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Thunberg, an attention seeking poser

Last week, Greta Thunberg tweeted out a photo of herself, saying she was aboard an overcrowded train and that she was heading home. Sitting on the presumably cold, dirty floor of the train, surrounded by large, presumably heavy bags, she’s looking to the left and up, to the right in the viewer’s perspective, symbolizing a look into the future – as the light of hope falls on her angelic face. By presumably I mean suggestively – that’s what the picture’s author tried to convey to the viewer. The trick is all about shaping people’s assumptions and perceptions.

“Travelling on overcrowded trains through Germany.” The part in bold to anyone reads as a complaint. Train company Deutsche Bahn noticed Greta’s tweet and replied in German [the following is the English translation], “Dear #Greta, thank you for supporting us railroad workers in the fight against climate change! We were pleased that you were on the ICE 74 with us on Saturday. And with 100 percent green electricity. It would have been even nicer if you had also reported how friendly and competently you were looked after by our team at your seat in first class.” [bold parts are highlighted by me, not Thunberg or Deutsche Bahn].

Evidently, many people judged the whole affair as [another] Greta Thunberg PR stunt. But the train company’s representatives now have to appear before a state data protection officer, to answer for the violation of privacy laws, because through their tweet they revealed Greta’s travel information. The hearing will take place, even though Thunberg and her legal team formulated no complaint.

I think this is bs. Where’s the privacy violation when the traveler in question publicly made known details of her trip? All Deutsche Bahn did was to defend its service in front of what they deemed as a dishonest review. They told her in a polite, euphemistic manner, Greta, you’re whining from first class. I have news for her and her fellow climate doom is nigh followers; if you ban fossil fuels [and fossil fuel-powered cars], you’re going to see even higher overcrowding in trains. The transition toward the carbon neutral economy in a decade time [as they want] will create inconveniences [if we can call human casualties in the bottom section of the population as an “inconvenience”] of a far greater order of magnitude, which they cannot or don’t want to comprehend. But at least Greta and her privileged ilk will get to be in first class when they complain about it – and state authorities will question you if you point out their hypocrisy.

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Tom Welsh
Tom Welsh
December 19, 2019

This is essentially the same issue as the persecution of Julian Assange and others who have published “state secrets”.

The privileged classes – which now include Greta Thunberg as well as everyone who works for the US government – claim the right to lie without limit or restraint, while criminalizing anyone who tries to reveal their lies.

Alexander Baron
December 19, 2019

poser is spelt poseur

Joe
Joe
Reply to  Alexander Baron
December 19, 2019

In French, poseur; in English, poser.

Once Upon a Time in Ameriganoush
Once Upon a Time in Ameriganoush
Reply to  Alexander Baron
December 19, 2019

And fait accompli in Americanish is ‘an accomplished fit’….accompanied with appropriate foot stomping and ear smoke. 😉

PS: Coup d’Etat in Americanish is ‘Molecules of Freedom’ and ‘Benevolent Borscht’

Frick & Frack
Frick & Frack
Reply to  Once Upon a Time in Ameriganoush
December 19, 2019

Freedom to pick Europe’s pocket for that windfall profit?

Alexander Baron
Reply to  Alexander Baron
December 19, 2019

Only if you want to pervert the English language like when people allude to male homosexuality as gay. A poser is something trying.

Tim Bently
Tim Bently
Reply to  Alexander Baron
December 19, 2019
oldandjaded
Reply to  Alexander Baron
December 19, 2019

And there, they’re and their, which and witch are mutually interchangeable, and apostrophes are a waste of ink. You and I are a dying breed Alexander. My daughters classmates ask her “why do you talk weird?”, and when I used the word “superfluous” in front of one of the teachers, they stopped me, asked what it meant and how to spell it, and WROTE IT DOWN! A TEACHER for crissake!!
Post-modernism at its finest, and yes, Merriam-Webster, and God forbid, even the Oxford Concise are following the same path.

Me & Her Had a Drink Together
Me & Her Had a Drink Together
Reply to  oldandjaded
December 20, 2019

Oh, shucks….I spoke of our litigious society in my dentist’s office the other day, to explain why they require initialing multiple release forms to do an implant, only to hear “liti-what? What a big word, what’s it mean?” (not from the dentist, he’s sharp…from staff).

Now, if I’d said ‘It’s to do with all that superfluous litigation”, that’d have really knocked ’em for a loop, I guess.

oldandjaded
Reply to  Me & Her Had a Drink Together
December 20, 2019

“Now, if I’d said ‘It’s to do with all that superfluous litigation”, that’d have really knocked ’em for a loop, I guess.”

Hahahahaha! funny stuff!

Olivia Kroth
Reply to  oldandjaded
December 20, 2019

Greta is a great witch, which I find extraordinarily amusing but also confusing. Look, what has come out of it: plenty of puns, jokes and good humour (AE humor). Parody and satire is alive and well on this blog. I love it.

oldandjaded
Reply to  Olivia Kroth
December 20, 2019

Realistically, no one is taking her seriously, nor should they. I wasn’t even going to respond directly to another Thunberg post, but Alexander’s post struck a chord with me. I teach my daughter that using the language well and being polite and respectful is about respecting yourself, your culture, and your society, its not about one-upmanship, snobbery or even respecting others, its about how it shapes your inner view of yourself and your place in the society you live in. it also shapes the way your teachers, and in the future, your employers will view you. The vocabulary that you… Read more »

Olivia Kroth
Reply to  oldandjaded
December 21, 2019

True! It is always an advantage to grow up knowing two or even three languages and cultures. It broadens your mind enormously.

Olivia Kroth
December 19, 2019

“Last week, Greta Thunberg tweeted out a photo of herself, saying she was aboard an overcrowded train and that she was heading home. Sitting on the presumably cold, dirty floor of the train ….”

This little girl is a narcicisst par excellence. Next we will be treated with a picture showing her in a public toilet, hopefully sitting on (presumably) warm, clean toilet seat ….

This is TIME’s choice for “Person of the Year”. What else could be expected from the tasteless USA?

TravelAbout
TravelAbout
Reply to  Olivia Kroth
December 19, 2019

Speaking of tasteless and narcissist, the Sheeple did chose the ULTIMATE narcissist Obomber as their president [TWICE at that].

Olivia Kroth
Reply to  TravelAbout
December 19, 2019

Yes, I agree. Obomber was their male choice for “Person of the Year”, and Greta Thunberg is their female choice (although some people say that Obomber is not really male, but a transvestite – who knows …)

And Greta Thunberg looks so weird that one might suppose she has Down Syndrome?

ManintheMoon
ManintheMoon
Reply to  Olivia Kroth
December 19, 2019

I think it’s fairly well established that Greta is autistic. A documentary about her climb to fame is being released where she was conveniently filmed long before it happened. This child was set up and is being used by the most sinister of forces to spearhead their agenda (which has nothing to do with protecting the environment. It is all about marketing highly lucrative (for the banksters) and spurious offset instruments, which will convince the public something is being done when they pay more for air tickets etc, while the world’s wildlife continues to be destroyed by these same Wall… Read more »

Newsweek's Next Cover
Newsweek's Next Cover
Reply to  ManintheMoon
December 20, 2019

Next thing you know, she’ll be coming out with declarations that all those chemical weapons Assad is deploying willy nilly are destroying the environment and the ozone layer and taking photo ops with White Helmets while pulling leaking cans marked ‘REAL SARIN HERE’ out of potholes with bare hands and feet, all the while trying hard not to trip over dead goats.

Olivia Kroth
Reply to  Newsweek's Next Cover
December 20, 2019

“How dare you”, the great Greta from tunaland Norway shrieked. “How dare you willy nilly parody me? I am the certified mouthpiece of big business and TIME PERSON OF THE YEAR! While you are nought and nothing, you nilly willy bit of shyt!”

jrkrideau
jrkrideau
Reply to  Olivia Kroth
December 19, 2019

And here next tweet.
Our train from Basel was taken out of traffic. So we sat on the floor on 2 different trains. After Göttingen I got a seat.This is no problem of course and I never said it was. Overcrowded trains is a great sign because it means the demand for train travel is high!

Olivia Kroth
Reply to  jrkrideau
December 20, 2019

Why did she not travel in the coal wagon? Coal wagons are a great sign because it means that Europeans can heat their ovens with coal in winter, while missing out on cheap Russian gas.

Greta
Greta
December 19, 2019

It’s not too late. STOP the Ukraine gas pipeline to Europe!
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EMG4RCsXYAA1I4i?format=png&name=small

Olivia Kroth
Reply to  Greta
December 19, 2019

He he – why not! Let them freeze! They deserve it, walloping out ever more sanctions against Russia. No gas for Europe, serves them right.

TravelAbout
TravelAbout
Reply to  Olivia Kroth
December 20, 2019

An updated version of Marie Antoinette’s infamous saying “Let them eat hydrocarbons”

Ship of Fools
Ship of Fools
Reply to  TravelAbout
December 20, 2019

I’m waiting for someone to dub a loud fart into the video of that whatsisname guy while he utters ‘molecules of freedom’.

Olivia Kroth
Reply to  TravelAbout
December 20, 2019

Yeah, cake or carbons, who cares! As long as they do not get Russian gas. Let them freeeeeeeeeeze! A long European freeeeeeeeeezing winter!

Colin Smith
Colin Smith
December 20, 2019

Very sick that this young woman is being slandered for her message and health problems. Always old white men who are down on her. Why not just listen to her message, which is shared by at least 80% of scientist and the vast majority of young people? She is right, but all the old fogeys can do is slander her style, and Asperger’s Syndrome. Surprisingly some from the left, who should know better, can’t help criticise her. Again, mostly old white men. Their envy is palpable. If she is right Forget her campaigning styles and join in. But don’t put… Read more »

Tim Bently
Tim Bently
Reply to  Colin Smith
December 20, 2019

Greta’s camp isn’t the holder of absolute truth, mate. In fact, their solution are highly political and the nature of the problem is highly politicized as well. As for the kid’s health issues, I don’t see people here joking about that. But don’t think individuals with disabilities or syndromes can’t be glory/fame chasers, that they aren’t in it for the money. Greta has almost 4 million followers on twitter. You know how much money she can make just by selling advertising alone? Greta’s style of campaigning on climate change MATTERS, precisely because how one delivers the message can persuade or… Read more »

Ellie Donald
Ellie Donald
Reply to  Colin Smith
December 20, 2019

Why don’t you manifest the same concern to her handlers, especially her parents? What they’ve put her through is child abuse. They stole her childhood so they could turn her into an activist and serve an oligarchic agenda. “UN’s woke climate change plan is an insult to science” from a climate change believer.
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/12/03/uns-woke-climate-change-propaganda-insult-science/?WT.mc_id=tmg_share_tw

oldandjaded
Reply to  Colin Smith
December 20, 2019

Olivia!! I am SHOCKED!! So, you are a virtual crossdresser???!! Whoda guessed you are actually an angry middle-aged white guy!! I would suggest that Colin go to WikiLeaks and read the leaked University of East Anglia emails in their entirety like I have, but I suspect reading is not his strong suite. Since “middle aged white guys” scare him so much (odd, considering the original driving forces behind the Climate Change agenda, Maurice Strong, Robert Muller, David Rockefeller, Prince Bernhard and Prince Charles are all old white guys. maybe its only the middle aged ones, and OLD white male oil… Read more »

oldandjaded
Reply to  oldandjaded
December 20, 2019

While I am filling out Colin’s reading list (fat chance, reading books would take too much time away from his IMPORTANT work of spamming website forums) he can also read former climate activist, Elaine Dewar’s book, “Cloak of Green”.
Of course, theres always a fly in the ointment. What will his friends say if he starts thinking empirically?

oldandjaded
Reply to  oldandjaded
December 25, 2019

Hahahahaha! Only a post-modernist climate change nutbar would actually downvote a suggestion to read a book. Man, that says more about the REAL nature of the man-made climate change lobby than I could EVER say…

T W Huning
T W Huning
December 21, 2019

Greta the Grim and her parents, green on the outside red on the inside.

Tjoe
Tjoe
December 22, 2019

My state went from 95% covered with hardwood forests to under 15%….a loss of 17,000,000 acres of deciduous forest in one mid-west state. Like removing the entire Tongass National forest (same size). Think of the tons and tons of carbon sequestering trees that are gone, but you never hear these environmental activists taking on Monsanto and their CHEMICAL FARMING row crop industry.

oldandjaded
Reply to  Tjoe
December 25, 2019

Even they know better than to bite the hand that writes their cheques.

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