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Sat Nov 9, 2019, 12:10 AM

Berliners are trolling Trump by shipping him a 2.7-ton piece of the Berlin Wall

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US president Donald Trump will be receiving a special gift from Berlin residents on the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall—a 2.7-ton section of the wall itself.

The stunt is squarely directed at Trump’s vow to build a wall along the US-Mexico border, a part of his “zero tolerance” immigration policy.

“We would like to give you one of the last pieces of the failed Berlin Wall to commemorate the United States’ dedication to building a world without walls,” says a message painted on the concrete slab, which is signed by “Citizens of Berlin.”

“Germany is united again and in Berlin only a few scattered pieces remind us that no wall lasts forever.”

The project’s orchestrators, Berlin-based pro-democracy nonprofit Die Offene Gesellschaft, said they informed the White House about the project earlier this week, but have yet to hear whether the gift will be accepted. They plan to hand over the section on the evening of Nov. 9, marking exactly 30 years since the wall fell.

More at https://qz.com/1745087/berliners-troll-trump-sending-him-a-2-7-ton-piece-of-berlin-wall/

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Reply Berliners are trolling Trump by shipping him a 2.7-ton piece of the Berlin Wall (Original post)
Tom Yossarian Joad Saturday OP
TheBlackAdder Saturday #1
Leghorn21 Saturday #2
Tom Yossarian Joad Saturday #11
Hekate Saturday #3
Quackers Saturday #4
Liberal In Texas Saturday #5
RainCaster Saturday #6
klook Saturday #7
crazytown Saturday #9
klook Saturday #10
crazytown Saturday #8
pintobean Saturday #12
moondust Saturday #13

Response to Tom Yossarian Joad (Original post)

Sat Nov 9, 2019, 12:34 AM

1. If Trump doesn't want it, I'll take it.

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Response to Tom Yossarian Joad (Original post)

Sat Nov 9, 2019, 12:37 AM

2. It's lovely



and sad

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Response to Leghorn21 (Reply #2)

Sat Nov 9, 2019, 09:01 AM

11. Too nice for Trump

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Response to Tom Yossarian Joad (Original post)

Sat Nov 9, 2019, 12:50 AM

3. Magnificent gesture. It may be wasted on Trump, but I hope most of the rest of us will get it...

I was 13 when I watched on tv as it went up, in the company of a family friend who fled the Anschluss when she was 14.

I thought it was forever -- but all walls fall.

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Response to Hekate (Reply #3)

Sat Nov 9, 2019, 12:57 AM

4. I've gotten to visit a few sections of the wall that is scattered throughout the US

The first one I ever seen was in Ft Leonardwood, Mo. It’s truly amazing to see.

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Response to Quackers (Reply #4)

Sat Nov 9, 2019, 01:21 AM

5. I own a small piece of the wall. It sits in a lawyers bookcase.

Brought back by a crew member from the TV station I was working for when we sent a small crew to Berlin when the thing happened.

I remember the video. It was amazing.


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Response to Tom Yossarian Joad (Original post)

Sat Nov 9, 2019, 01:37 AM

6. I remember two other pieces of that wall

One is a decorative addition to a lunchroom on the Microsoft campus in Redmond WA.

The other became a wall inside the men's room of a casino in Vegas. It has lucite urinals attached to that wall.

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Response to Tom Yossarian Joad (Original post)

Sat Nov 9, 2019, 02:13 AM

7. This should be in the U.S. Capitol building

or nearby, as a reminder of our national values -- at least the values we supposedly still uphold.

Beautiful. Thanks for posting.

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Response to klook (Reply #7)

Sat Nov 9, 2019, 02:23 AM

9. The Smithsonian

Is there a better international historical artifact of trump's presidency?

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Response to crazytown (Reply #9)

Sat Nov 9, 2019, 02:24 AM

10. Great idea. (nt)

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Response to Tom Yossarian Joad (Original post)

Sat Nov 9, 2019, 02:22 AM

8. Man, that thing is valuable.

An authenticated piece of the wall is $10 for a cubic inch. (By authenticated - with a certificate - it's a local racket in Berlin)

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Response to Tom Yossarian Joad (Original post)

Sat Nov 9, 2019, 12:18 PM

12. There's a huge difference in the two walls

I'm sure you know what it is.

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Response to Tom Yossarian Joad (Original post)

Sat Nov 9, 2019, 01:42 PM

13. And today in Berlin

at 30-year commemoration of Wall coming down, German President Steinmeier urged U.S. to reject "national egoism" in a veiled swipe at Trump.

http://news.yahoo.com/angela-merkel-urges-europe-defend-165229968.html

ETA: Suggesting Europeans understand that in today's interconnected world the rise of a "national egoist" in the U.S. may be helping fuel the rise of troublesome nationalists in their own countries.

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