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Horrible wasteful bureaucracy

Comment on the article EU launches legal challenge against UK over ‘unlawful’ Gibraltar state aid by Catherine Neilan in The Telegraph, 19 March 2021.


Lech S Borkowski comment in The Telegraph 19 March 2021
Lech S Borkowski comment in The Telegraph 19 March 2021
Lech Borkowski 

EU is such a horrible wasteful bureaucracy. In 2017, several of us were driven from London to Truro in Cornwall to distribute some job training/job scheme leaflets paid for by the EU. I worked for a leaflet distribution company at the time. However, this money had to be sent to Brussels by the UK government first and later was sent back to sponsor this bizarre action. Letting some guys in a foreign country decide what is good for Britain, or any other country, and what job training schemes to support means loss of sovereignty.

And what was the carbon footprint of our round trip?

Several years earlier I witnessed a total waste of money provided by the EU to Poland. They sponsored theatrical workshop in a local theatre my daughter’s class was to participate in. The workshop was a fiction and was cut short. Waste of time and waste of money. I am sure the subsequent fictional report looked good on paper.

Another day I came to pick up my daughter from school in Poland and was surprised to find that she was compulsorily subjected to a medical superficial examination she did not need and we parents have not agreed to. When individuals and families are stripped of their fundamental rights and their dignity, that’s totalitarianism. We have not agreed to our daughter being undressed in front of some strange people. This was sponsored by the EU.

@LechSBorkowski

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Fałszywy konflikt polityczny

Komentarz do artykuu Polish media stage blackout over advertising tax they say will harm press freedom, Polskie media publikują czarne strony po nałożeniu podatków na reklamy, Maria Wilczek, The Times, 10 lutego 2021. Wersja angielska: Fake political conflict.


Lech S Borkowski comment in The Times 10 February 2021
Lech S Borkowski, komentarz w The Times 10 lutego 2021

To jest fałszywy, inscenizowany konflikt. Zarówno media, jak i rząd należą do tej samej klasy rządzącej, która jest komunistyczną klasą rządzącą. W Polsce nie załamał się też komunizm, ani nie nastąpił powrót do autentyczności w życiu publicznym.

Ludzie Zachodu nie mogą pojąć koncepcji fałszywego konfliktu politycznego rozgrywanego publicznie w celu kontrolowania narracji. Jest to rzecz podobna do ustawionego meczu w sporcie. Konkurencja może być fałszywa również w biznesie.

Słowo kluczowe: prowokacja.

@LechSBorkowski

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Kafkaesque hurdles

Comment on the article ‘Plunder,’ a Gripping Reflection on What the Nazis Took and What It Would Mean to Take It Back, review of Menachem Kaiser’s book.

Dwight Garner in The New York Times, March 8, 2021.


Lech S Borkowski comment in New York Times 9 March 2021
Lech S Borkowski comment in New York Times 9 March 2021

I hope Kaiser recovers his family property. I am very familiar with ‘Kafkaesque hurdles’ in Poland. You need to understand the presence of the red elephant in the room. My wife and I extensively dealt in recent years with state administration, law, legal issues, prosecution office, and through correspondence, with top state officials. The Kafkaesque process is symptomatic of fundamental, deeper issues. This is not anomaly. This is actually modus operandi of the state that does not want to follow its own laws.

In other words, the legal processes and enforcement of the law have been taken outside the law. The law functions only as a theoretical concept. There is theory and there is experiment. Experimental data do not agree with theory.

We have spoken to many lawyers. I would not describe any of them as a ‘normal lawyer’. Kaiser’s difficulties are neither weird nor accidental. They are systemic.

In many ways, WWII hasn’t ended in 1945. I am currently paying mortgage on an apartment in Zielona Góra (German Gruenberg). My presence there is an indirect consequence of WWII. My parents lived in eastern Poland before WWII. They were both prisoners of Communist concentration camps in northern Russia after WWII. Their family properties are located within current Belarussian borders. Their farms were seized by the Soviet authorities during their post-1945 occupation of the area.

Whichever way you look, WWII does not want to go away.

@LechSBorkowski

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EU Parliament ignores victims of Communist methods

Comment on the editorial The Times view on Russia sanctions: Punishing Putin, 23 February 2021.


Lech S Borlowski comment The Times 23 February 2021
Lech S Borlowski comment in The Times 23 February 2021

Polish authorities used the service of occupational medicine service against my wife in 2015. They manufactured fake medical statement to expel her from the job of pianist and piano teacher at the State School of Music in Zielona Góra. This was done with the approval of the government. We have detailed evidence, including sound recordings, which are now available on Youtube. My wife was accused by a psychologist of having unspecified delusions. She was forced to visit a psychologist twice as part of a routine occupational medicine checkup under threat of losing her job.

Earlier, we wrote many letters to state officials pointing out violations of law and human rights during an intense campaign against our family which went on for years. We have notified the members of the European Parliament several times. They ignored us. We have also contacted human rights organisations who have remained silent.

Europe likes declarations about human rights but hates to engage with the victims and actually do anything.

My family members, including my parents, all Polish citizens, were prisoners of Communist concentration camps in northern Russia after WWII. There is space at the European Parliament for members of Communist totalitarian organisations but there is no space for victims of Communist methods in a European Union country.

@LechSBorkowski

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Fake political conflict

Comment on the article Polish media stage blackout over advertising tax they say will harm press freedom by Maria Wilczek in The Times, 10 February 2021. Polish version: Fałszywy konflikt polityczny.


Lech S Borkowski comment in The Times 10 February 2021
Lech S Borkowski comment in The Times 10 February 2021

This is a fake, staged conflict. Both the media and the government are the same ruling class and both recruit from the same Communist ruling class. Neither has Communism collapsed in Poland nor has there been a return to authenticity in public life.

The westerners can’t wrap their heads around the concept of a fake political conflict played out in public with the aim to control the narrative. It is like a fixed match in sports. Competition can also be fake in business.

Keyword: provocation.

@LechSBorkowski

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Where is Andrzej Werblan’s PhD thesis?

Comment on the article Austrian minister quits over PhD plagiarism allegations by Oliver Moody in The Times, 12 January 2021.


Lech S Borkowski comment The Times 12 January 2021
Lech S Borkowski, comment in The Times 12 January 2021

Few years ago I tried to find the doctoral thesis of a well-known Polish Communist ideologue(1) and a prominent high-ranking Party official, presented in media as having a PhD.

[In 2015] I asked in the main library of the university(2) which was listed as the institution of his doctoral studies to locate the thesis. They said they had no information about it.

Newspapers provided no date when the PhD was obtained.

It was also a bit odd that the guy worked in places far from the university his degree was from. How did he do the PhD, while simultaneously holding high-level important jobs in the Party and state administration? We are talking 1950s or early 1960s here. He was later promoted to the full professor.

So, I repeat my question, where is his thesis?

I am also puzzled by the fact that I have never seen anyone ever question his academic credentials. This must be a taboo.

@LechSBorkowski

(1) Andrzej Werblan
(2) Adam Mickiewicz University

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Polish Wikipedia and Communist intelligence

Comment on the article Wikipedia has transformed knowledge – so why is it still looked down on? by Simon Ings in The Telegraph, 10 January 2021. English version: Polska Wikipedia i wywiad komunistyczny.


Lech S Borkowski comment The Telegraph 10 January 2021
Lech S Borkowski, comment in The Telegraph 10 January 2021

Lech Borkowski
10 Jan 2021 7:01PM

The article’s author represents an enthusiastic approach to Wikipedia.

Quote from the article:

Dariusz Jemielniak (author of the first ethnography of Wikipedia, Common Knowledge?, in 2014) stresses the playfulness of the whole enterprise. Why else, he asks, would academics avoid it? “When you are a soldier, you do not necessarily spend your free time playing paintball with friends.”

On his webpage, Jemielniak proudly quotes words of praise he received from Zygmunt Bauman, the late sociologist, former political officer (politruk) in the Communist army and member of the Polish Communist party and Communist military intelligence. Bauman himself used Wikipedia texts without providing attribution, see “Problematic elements…” by PW Walsh and D Lehmann (2015). In this context, the comparison of academics to soldiers does not seem out of place.

One day in 2015, someone I didn’t know sent me an email with information that a Wikipedia page in Polish with my name was just created. I replied with an objection. The page was created despite my disapproval. It was 28 October 2015. I was a faculty member at the Department of Physics of the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poland. The next day, I received letter terminating my employment.

As it turned out, Wikipedia pages of all the faculty in the Department of Physics were created at the same time. This was most unusual for at least couple of reasons. The information on those pages was of the most trivial type and mostly reproduced information bits usually appearing on academic departmental pages. It was also clear that some of the sentences used in personal descriptions were selected not as a way of describing each person but rather as a way as emphasizing the person as ‘one of many’.

I verified that other University departments and physics departments of other universities in Poland have not received this kind of treatment. So, something significant happened that day in the Polish Wikipedia. When I let someone from the Wikipedia board know about it in 2019, he shrugged it off.

My person and the fact that I was being fired from the faculty of the Department of Physics of the Adam Mickiewicz University were the only reasons for creating the nearly hundred personal Wikipedia pages.

Shortly afterwards, my pianist wife was fired from her job of a piano teacher in the State School of Music in Zielona Góra in Poland, on the basis of a fake document fabricated by the state service of occupational medicine. The authorities have been carrying out an intense bullying and harassment campaign against our family for years. Now they decided to eliminate us from our jobs.

One needs to keep in mind that Wikipedia pages come near the top of Internet searches. If someone somewhere was looking for Lech Borkowski the physicist, it would certainly be picked up by the snippets of code serving the search engines. And indeed, some time later, I could observe how the viewing numbers of the Wikipedia containing my name page rose, whenever I was more active in contacting other people. Wikipedia simply serves as a giant listening device. The information it collects enables identification of people and places looking for certain keywords.

The Polish Wikipedia has nothing to do with its English language counterpart, despite sharing the name. It is used for purposes contrary to those officially proclaimed. It is a social medium and a perfect tool for the exercise of power. Control of information and story telling (in general sense) are among the most basic instruments of power. The individuals controlling Polish Wikipedia are well organised. There is a great degree of similarity with actions of Communist intelligence, both inside and outside the country.

It is no accident that the military Communist political and intelligence officer Bauman praised Jemielniak’s enthusiastic book on Wikipedia. It is also no accident that (1) I was fired from the University (2) Wikipedia page was created to control my narrative. After WWII, my parents were in Communist concentration camps, where they were sent by the likes of Bauman.

And let me emphasize once again that I strongly oppose having a Wikipedia page with my name on it.

@LechSBorkowski

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Myths and fantasies in The Times

Comment on the article Regimes have learnt not to fear street protests, by Roger Boyes in The Times, 27 October 2020. Polish version: Mity i fantazje w The Times.


Lech S Borkowski The Times 28 October 2020
Lech S Borkowski, comment in The Times, 28 October 2020

“The democratic uprising that I accompanied most closely, the rise, fall and rise again of Solidarity in the Poland of the 1980s and 1990s, still has some useful pointers for today’s revolutionaries.”

Mr Boyes must have been reporting from Po La Land, not Poland. Solidarity was created and controlled by Communist political strategists. Millions of people joined once they had the impression this would be tolerated by the authorities. My father, a worker in a clothes making factory joined as well.

As a first-year student of chemistry, I took part in a two-week student strike and sit-in at the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń. However, both workers and student strikes have been engineered by the Communists themselves.

He surely must have known, that one of key ‘opposition’ figures was Adam Michnik, son of a Soviet agent working diligently in the 1930s on increasing support for the future Soviet control of eastern Poland. Michnik’s mother had a PhD in history and was a devout Communist as well. His half-brother Stefan was a Communist military judge and is responsible for murdering many Polish officers who fought against Nazi Germany and resisted the Communists post-WWII.

The Communist authorities manufactured a fake fall from power. Adam Michnik became the editor in chief of the main newspaper in Poland.

My pianist wife was fired from her teaching job in the State School of Music in Zielona Góra, Poland. She was the best piano teacher of the school. Her grandfather fought against Nazi Germany in 1939, was imprisoned by the Soviet Union in 1940-1941, then fought with the Polish forces on the western front. When he returned to Poland in 1947, he was immediately arrested and imprisoned.

I was fired from my job at the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań also in 2015, where I was an associate professor of physics. I have a PhD from a well-known American university. My parents and many members of my mother’s family were prisoners of Communist concentration camps after WWII.

The Times is publishing myths and fantasies about Poland.

@LechSBorkowski

P.S. The Times held my comment for about 5 hours before releasing it eventually. The newspaper arrested information which should be common knowledge. Interesting parallel to imprisonments pointed out in my comment.
@LechSBorkowski

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Evolved Communist dictatorship

My comment on the article We’ll tear up EU treaties, say Hungary and Poland by Jack Parrock in The Times, 27 November 2020.


Lech S Borkowski comment The Times 28 November 2020
Lech S Borkowski, comment in The Times, 28 November 2020

Poland is an evolved Communist dictatorship. Its day-to-day operations are run in pretty much the same mode as before 1990. The so-called ‘transition to democracy’ of 1989-90 was a transition to a fake, simulated democracy.

The current ‘nationalist’ turn is fake as well. From 2008 to 2010, I was a member of the currently ruling PiS party. I could see from inside, how fake, dull, and controlled it was. Its meetings were scripted. There was no real activity.

This is virtual politics. Polit-soap opera.

I also observed how scripted, fake, and controlled was the life of the university, where I worked until 2015. Regardless of the type of government in power, it operated as under Communism 1.0. Now this was a newer, slightly more colourful version. Communism 2.0. Personnel decisions were seemingly illogical. As I gradually learned, decisions were logical, but following an unofficial, hidden logic. Explanations put forward were fake. Nobody was bothered with daily breaking of rules, law, or common sense.

@LechSBorkowski

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Ersatz stories from Poland

My comment on the article Court delivers Christmas miracle for Poland’s carp by Maria Wilczek in The Times, 7 December 2020 (digital edition), 8 December 2020 (print).


Lech S Borkowski comment in The Times 7 December 2020
Lech S Borkowski, comment in The Times, 7 December 2020

The article mentions 1947. In 1947, my wife’s grandfather was imprisoned by the Communist authorities after returning from Great Britain. He fought with the Polish forces on the western front of WWII.

In 1947, some members of my mother’s family were imprisoned in Communist concentration camps in the Soviet Union. My father was in the camp since 1945. My mother would be sent to the camp in 1949.

More recently, the authorities carried out an extremely vicious, brutal campaign against our family. No one stood up in our defense.

The article is a typical ersatz story.

@LechSBorkowski

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