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Dortmund attack: man arrested on suspicion of share-dealing plot
Police believe 28-year-old German-Russian national attacked bus in hope of profiting from consequent fall in club’s stock
By Philip Oltermann

In short: Last Tuesday three bombs exploded next to the team bus of German football club Borussia Dortmund, when they were on their way to a Champions League game. A player and a police officer got severly injured. The police found a letter that said that ISIS was responsible, but they doubted the origin of it from the beginning. They said so openly as did the German media. (The English-language ones and social media were keen to say it was ISIS and disregarded the suspicion of the German police.) Turns out it was a German-Russian national, who was speculating that by killing players the market value of Borussia Dortmund at the stock exchange would fall and he could make some money.

I don’t have words for this. It is more disgusting than anything I thought. For this guy human lives are just things that matter in his stock value plot. He dehumanised the players, he then blamed it on a terror group, which leads to marginalised groups like refugees and muslims getting attacked in hate crimes. This asshole is the lowest of low, because he obviously lacks every bit of humanity but selfishness and greed. 

Please, spread the word that the attack in Dortmund wasn’t ISIS. As vile and disgusting they are, they are used as a device to attack muslims and refugees and spread hate and nationalism. This hate is a bigger threat to Europe than ISIS.

Volkswagen Bus to be revived as an electric vehicle - cancelled in 2013, the classic Volkswagen Camper may find a new lease on life as an eco-friendly EV. The iconic “hippie wagon” may soon see a very apropos resurrection from the dead. Speaking at the New York Auto Show, Volkswagen board member Dr Heinz-Jakob Neusser announced that the German auto company was working on a brand new camper concept - one that would run on batteries, rather than petrol, powering an electric motor driving the front wheels. Dr Neusser said that the new car would maintain 3 iconic design principles of the original Type 2 microbus, first introduced in Germany in 1950. “First the wide, solid, D-Pillar, second the boxy design of the center section; and, third, the front end must have a very short overhang.” In 2011, the company took a stab at an electric concept it called the Bulli, clearly inspired by the Type 2, but closer to a small van, with 4 hinged doors and 1 bench seat in the front and another in the rear that could be folded flat to make a sort of bed. The Camper, in comparison, contains a small mobile home with optional kitchen equipment and detachable canvas tents and awnings; seats that could be folded out into beds; a folding table, and a small refrigeration unit. Production on all VW Type 2 units, incl. the Camper, ceased in 2013. Production had been outsourced to Brazil after safety regulations introduced in the 70s in Germany meant that it could no longer be made there. In 2012, Brazil introduced legislation that went into effect on Jan 1, 2014, dictating that all cars made in the country must have ABS and airbags on both driver and passenger sides. VW decided that, rather than make a completely new vehicle, it was more cost effective to simply say goodbye to the Type 2 after 63 years of production. However, Dr Neusser now said that if the cost of production on the new electric Camper was feasible, the car could make it to market. The VW team continues to work on the concept.

I want to post something that isn’t about the Chili Peppers or about my story (note: next chapter will be published tomorrow I guess).

But I was writing the new chapter when I heard on the news what happened in Dortmund on Tuesday. There was a bomb attack on the team bus of German football team Borussia Dortmund on their way to the stadium for their Champions League match against AS Monaco. BVB’s defender Marc Bartra got injured and needed surgery but he’s okay now. Also a policeman who escorted the bus on his motorcycle got injured.

It’s not sure whether it’s a terror attack by Islamist groups or not. I think the police and the prosecution need time to analyse the incident to get more information.

The game was postponed by the UEFA for yesterday’s evening. Borussia Dortmund lost the match 2-3.

I don’t know if it was the right decision that the match should be played only one day after. Coach Thomas Tuchel told the media that the team wasn’t asked if they are able to play or not. He wished they could’ve had more time to come to terms with what happened. But they got the message by the UEFA that the game will be one day later.
I think it’s luck that nothing worse happened. People could have died - and only 24 hours later they should play a football match again? I don’t know if this was the right decision. But seems like the schedule of the Champions League and the contracts with the sponsors are more important to the UEFA than how the players feel about it. I think they’re still suffering from this shock. Even if everyone says ‘they’re professionals, they can deal with it’. Sure they’re professional football players but they’re also human beings! We mustn’t forget this.

Some of the players told the media after the match that they couldn’t think about football the whole day and I can totally understand it. I think only the UEFA thought about football (and money!!!!) the whole time….

It’s shocking to see that something like that happened in my hometown to my favorite football club. I was so often at the stadium and never felt unsafe. It’s terrible how much shit is happening in the world in these “strange, obnoxious and uncontrollable times” (quoting Josh here).

But there was one aspect that came along with the incident that showed that people can stick together: fans of Borussia Dortmund offered fans of AS Monaco a stay or a bed for the night in Dortmund so they could’ve attended the match on the next day. The hashtag #bedforawayfans was trending very fast on Twitter so that the fans could offer their homes to Monaco fans. I think it’s a great gesture and it shows the helpfulness in these weird times.

#EchteLiebe (true love is the slogan of Borussia Dortmund) still exists!

You can watch BVB player Nuri Sahin giving an emotional interview after the match where he states ‘We’re only human beings’.

Zuckerrohr Feld in Queensland
Fotografiert aus dem Greyhound Bus auf dem Weg von Cairns nach Townsville.

Field of sugar cane in Queensland
Photographed from the Greyhound bus on the way from Cairns to Townsville.

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