By John Helmer, Moscow
A German walks into a bar and orders a beer. The bartender tells him:
“That’ll be 100 euros.”
The German is in shock.
“What do you mean, 100 euros? Yesterday it was only 10!”
“Well today it’s 100.”
“But why 100, dammit?!”
“I’ll explain it to you now”, the bartender says. “10 euros is for the beer. 10 more – to help Ukraine. 20 – assistance to the European countries which have imposed sanctions and are not members of the EU. Another 10 – to help the UK for the successful implementation of its sanctions against Russia. Another 10 go to the Balkan countries to help them to buy heating coal. And the remaining 40 euros – they’re for the gas subsidy to the EU and the fund to help maintain sanctions.”
The German silently took out a hundred-euro bill and handed it to the bartender. The bartender took the money, put it into his cash register, and then took out a 10-euro note and gave it back.
The German is confused.
“Wait, you said 100 – I gave you 100. Why are you giving me back 10 euros?”
“There’s no beer.”
When you’re done laughing, read this by Michael Hudson on how the US war against Russia has become the US war against Germany.
NOTE: The lead image in its original form was invented and published in Puck on July 7, 1909. Puck was the first commercially successful magazine of political humour in the US. It began in 1871 when it was established as a German language publication by Joseph Keppler, a cartoonist who had emigrated to St. Louis, Missouri, from Vienna, taking his sense of humour with him. One hundred euros will no longer get you an original Keppler cartoon because the currency has been devaluing fast since the military operation and the sanctions war escalated from February 24. This month the euro has dropped to between $1.04 and $1.07 – the all-time lows were recorded between October 2000 (85 cents) and January 2002 (86 cents).
DOWNWARD TRAJECTORY OF EURO AGAINST US DOLLAR SINCE MARCH 1, 2022