Stupid Luck and Happenstance, Thread III

Part 132, Chapter 2263
Chapter Two Thousand Two Hundred Sixty-Three



24th November 1973

Wilhelmshaven

The Freighter was steaming for the neck of the Jade Bight and from long experience, Louis Ferdinand Junior expertly steered the craft he was piloting on an opposing parallel course. The open whaleboat bobbed like a cork over the bow wave of the much larger ship. As the hull of the Freighter raced past, it loomed over the whaleboat though they were still a safe distance away.

“The first command I held was one of these boats” Louis said as he gunned the throttle of outboard engine. At 8.2 meters length by 1.8 meters beam, the wooden boats were a common sight wherever the fleet was. The addition of a small outboard engine and ditching of the sailing rig in the 20’s had only increased the capabilities of the design. Louis had earned a Coxswain’s patch learning to pilot one of them and he valued it far more than the medals and orders he had received in the years since. “I still like to take one of them out whenever I get the chance.”

The two crewmen from the Grindwal who had come with Louis on this errand were nonchalant about the whole thing. Margareta and her two bodyguards were clearly not expecting this and were fearfully looking at the wall of steel passing by at several meters per second. Louis had agreed to spend time with the Romanian Princess, but he was going to do it on his terms, and it was going to be a warts and all. Louis figured that ought to be enough to send the Margareta packing like few other things. A cold a trip across the Jade Bight on a cold drizzly afternoon with a low overcast and the rain was expected to turn to snow at any time seemed perfect for that. A tour of the Grindwal with most of the crew on liberty with the sight, and smells, of the caretaker crew aboard would seal the deal.

They entered the choppy water in the wake of the Freighter and Louis steered the whaleboat back to the course that they had been on before. After several minutes, the line on ships anchored out in the Bight came into view. Most of them were light units of the North Atlantic Squadron with some units from the Baltic. That included SMS K24 Grindwal and a pair of her sisters. Louis saw that in addition to her pennant number someone had taken it upon themselves to paint her name to the bow and presumably the stern. There was talk of painting a likeness of the ship’s namesake, the Long-Finned Pilot Whale on the side of the superstructure, but nothing had come of it yet.

Steering the whaleboat to the floating dock, Louis could see that Borchardt was waiting. The crewmen expertly tied off the boat as Louis killed the engine.

“Welcome aboard Ma’am” Borchardt said as he helped Margareta off the whaleboat. “The Captain told us that you were coming, hope it wasn’t too rough a passage from the pier.”

“This is Oberdeckoffizer Borchardt” Louis said hastily, “One of the Ship’s Officers.”

“Came up through the hawse hole Ma’am, though only partway” Borchardt replied, “Though I have a warrant rank rather than commission.”

The entire thing was a bit complicated, Borchardt was effectively the third in command of the ship. However, he still enjoyed a close relationship with the crew of the sort that Louis could never have. Louis had several questions, not the least of which involved the presence of Borchardt himself who was headed into Wilhelmshaven the last Louis had heard.

“What are you doing here?” Louis hissed at Borchardt.

Borchardt gave him a wink before they escorted Margareta up the ladder to the deck of the Grindwal. It was then that Louis heard them pipe Margareta aboard with a Bosun’s whistle that had very rarely seen the light of day while Louis had been in Command. She was all smiles as she saw the crew lined up in their dress uniforms as if an Admiral were coming aboard. It was also clear that though Louis had only been in Wilhelmshaven for a couple hours, the crew had cleaned the entire ship to within an inch of its life in his absence. Something that he had made happen only with great difficulty in the past.

“You didn’t need to do all of this for me” Margareta said.

“The men wanted you to feel welcome” Louis replied.

As Margareta walked into the wardroom, Louis finally had a chance to have a word with Borchardt.

“What the Hell is going on here?” Louis asked.

“We aren’t letting you mess this up Sir” Borchardt replied, “The scuttlebutt going around is that she is a proper Lady and the Grand Admiral himself ordered us to see to it that you don’t.”



Plänterwald

Listening to Nella and Nan gossiping about their classmates when they were supposed to be studying was welcome from what Kiki had been learning about over the last couple weeks. Ben had been amused by her questions. Had it not occurred to her that the ivory tower she was on cost a considerable amount of money? The day-to-day running of the University Hospital was done with appropriations by the Reichstag and the respective Landtags of Berlin and Brandenburg in addition to the funds that came from Social Insurance like any other hospital. However, research, state-of-the-art equipment, and many of the building additions of the Hospital were often paid for by interested third parties. It was something that she had known about all along, the lengths that the University would go to keep those third parties happy was something that she had not thought much about. That was until she found herself neck deep in it.

Kiki was aware that her education and training had cost the State a considerable amount of money. The return on investment was having her saving lives with what she had learned, but that wasn’t all of it. When she had met Generaloberstabsarzt Biermann, it had been because a few days earlier she had made a splash with her efforts as a surgeon. A portion of the University Hospital’s funding came from the Medical Service and Kiki had once again found herself in the spotlight as the poster girl for both the Medical Service and the University. It had been Biermann who had suggested that Kiki would be an excellent Instructor for the next class of Medical students, and a quiet word from him was like a lion’s roar.
 
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Small point of order - as the whaleboat was a double ended design, it's most likely that it had an inboard engine vice an outboard, and by 1973, it was most likely diesel powered vice gasoline.
 

ferdi254

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Yeah but this is not what Louis wants. In the end that totally insane group of ladies got what they want.
 
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ferdi254

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And for the financing of hospitals. Trying carefully to avoid any political discussions (which is hard as this is topic discussion in the USA).

Germany and most of Europe do have a system where everybody employed gets full health insurance paid 50/50 by employer and employee. Plus Germany has an insurance for work related accidents paid by the employer alone.

Those two make up for 60% of the income of hospitals. Changing from this working system ( basically unchanged since 1890) to the far inferior US system… not one politician would have survived such an extremely stupid idea for more than a week
 
And for the financing of hospitals. Trying carefully to avoid any political discussions (which is hard as this is topic discussion in the USA).

Germany and most of Europe do have a system where everybody employed gets full health insurance paid 50/50 by employer and employee. Plus Germany has an insurance for work related accidents paid by the employer alone.

Those two make up for 60% of the income of hospitals. Changing from this working system ( basically unchanged since 1890) to the far inferior US system… not one politician would have survived such an extremely stupid idea for more than a week
doesnt really matter much for the story, in the end its public money going to the works of a public hospital.
 
And for the financing of hospitals. Trying carefully to avoid any political discussions (which is hard as this is topic discussion in the USA).

Germany and most of Europe do have a system where everybody employed gets full health insurance paid 50/50 by employer and employee. Plus Germany has an insurance for work related accidents paid by the employer alone.

Those two make up for 60% of the income of hospitals. Changing from this working system ( basically unchanged since 1890) to the far inferior US system… not one politician would have survived such an extremely stupid idea for more than a week
True. That said:

doesnt really matter much for the story, in the end its public money going to the works of a public hospital.
Yeah. Even in Europe, philanthropists will still donate money to state institutions AFAIK.
 
"Those who can do, those who can't do, teach, those who can't do or teach, teach PE", - W Allen.
The question of what kind of teacher that Kiki is going to fascinate me because there are so many directions it can take.
I remember a story about Ted Williams one of the best pure hitters in Baseball when he was the manager for the Washington Senators, and he was giving instruction in hitting to his players and they were showing very little improvement and he didn't understand why because he was teaching them all the things he learned over the years when someone told him that he was Ted Williams, and his players where not Ted Williams.
What Kiki should do when meeting her students on the first day is to wear her uniform with every medal and ribbon on to show them while she is not that much older than them, she does have years more experience and knowledge and anyone trying to challenge her is going to have to back it up or pack it up.
University Hospital should be ITTL be on the cutting edge of medical advancements with probably the first Birthing Units replacing the traditional Maternity Wards, the first Trauma Units going beyond the usual emergency rooms, the first NICUs, and now the most advanced State of the Art technology in Radiology.
And all of that cost money that is not fully budgeted for.
 
"Those who can do, those who can't do, teach, those who can't do or teach, teach PE", - W Allen.
The question of what kind of teacher that Kiki is going to fascinate me because there are so many directions it can take.
I remember a story about Ted Williams one of the best pure hitters in Baseball when he was the manager for the Washington Senators, and he was giving instruction in hitting to his players and they were showing very little improvement and he didn't understand why because he was teaching them all the things he learned over the years when someone told him that he was Ted Williams, and his players where not Ted Williams.
What Kiki should do when meeting her students on the first day is to wear her uniform with every medal and ribbon on to show them while she is not that much older than them, she does have years more experience and knowledge and anyone trying to challenge her is going to have to back it up or pack it up.
University Hospital should be ITTL be on the cutting edge of medical advancements with probably the first Birthing Units replacing the traditional Maternity Wards, the first Trauma Units going beyond the usual emergency rooms, the first NICUs, and now the most advanced State of the Art technology in Radiology.
And all of that cost money that is not fully budgeted for.
Depends on the funding basis in the country.
For example Addenbrooks in Cambridge is top of the class as a teaching hospital, and often gets the first of any bit of kit in the world (partly because it is next to cambridge university, and in the middle of a cutting edge tech development area).
As far as I know it is almost 100% funded by the NHS.
(National Health Service for non-UK people).
 
And for the financing of hospitals. Trying carefully to avoid any political discussions (which is hard as this is topic discussion in the USA).

Germany and most of Europe do have a system where everybody employed gets full health insurance paid 50/50 by employer and employee. Plus Germany has an insurance for work related accidents paid by the employer alone.

Those two make up for 60% of the income of hospitals. Changing from this working system ( basically unchanged since 1890) to the far inferior US system… not one politician would have survived such an extremely stupid idea for more than a week
Even if you have 100% of your standard budget secured by public funding there is always something that can be added on top with a donation - even if it is just measures aimed at "quality of life" improvement for the patients or personnel. Public funding typically suffers from very tight controlling, there is very little discretionary spending possibility there.
 

ferdi254

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The main problem with such financing isa different one. Instead of paying taxes the rich give donations which are tax detuctible. See Hoeness for a very clear example of that behavior. A Germany reigned by the SPD of the Erfurter Program would take a very dim view on that.And even Godesberg. Also for the USA. With tax brackets up to 60% that kind of IMHO destroying society tax rules will noz have taken place.
 
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The main problem with such financing isa different one. Instead of paying taxes the rich give donations which are tax detuctible. See Hoeness for a very clear example of that behavior. A Germany reigned by the SPD of the Erfurter Program would take a very dim view on that.
Look at it the other way around. If you have a reasonably narrow understanding of which institutions are actually eligible to issue tax deductible donation receipts, it is also easily politically justified - instead of increasing the overall bureaucratic effort by a detour via tax office, the money finds its way straight to the institutions that have already been determined as worthy.
Besides, ITTL over 40 years passed since Langist revolution, changes of this sort may easily happen.
What certainly won't happen is a total reliance on private philanthropists one can see in USA - and certainly not the tradition of naming buildings or structures after donors.
 

ferdi254

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I am sorry such changes did not appear until 2005. And the SPD has been the ruling party until now. There is not the slightest reasoning they would have changed those laws. Read up Erfurt and Godesberg.
Even though the CDU was bribable to the core and still is the SPD is not. Germany is not, in the slightest going to go a road that has proven to be nothing of rich people saving taxes just to brag about their philanthropist spendings.

Pure US things since the TeaParty.
 
I am sorry such changes did not appear until 2005. And the SPD has been the ruling party until now. There is not the slightest reasoning they would have changed those laws. Read up Erfurt and Godesberg.
Even though the CDU was bribable to the core and still is the SPD is not. Germany is not, in the slightest going to go a road that has proven to be nothing of rich people saving taxes just to brag about their philanthropist spendings.

Pure US things since the TeaParty.

The concept of tax deductions for charitable donations was introduced into the US tax code in 1917, some time before the Tea Party. And major philanthropists like Andrew Carnegie were donating large sums prior to this.
 
In a non cannon explanation one of the major collation partners of the SPD is the Democratic Ecology Party and a major party founder is Manfred von Richthofen.
One of the major planks in the DEP platform is in order for large rural landowners to donate their estates to either the state or land conservation groups in return for tax deductions.
The tax deductions are very limited and they can not be used as a shelter for high income earners but allow for cash strapped rich people to lower their tax bills without selling everything that has been passed down through the years, decades, and in some cases centuries.
Just my zwei pfennigs.
 

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I am sorry such changes did not appear until 2005. And the SPD has been the ruling party until now. There is not the slightest reasoning they would have changed those laws. Read up Erfurt and Godesberg.
Even though the CDU was bribable to the core and still is the SPD is not. Germany is not, in the slightest going to go a road that has proven to be nothing of rich people saving taxes just to brag about their philanthropist spendings.

Pure US things since the TeaParty.
Let's confine current political commentary to Chat, 'kay?
 
Part 132, Chapter 2264
Chapter Two Thousand Two Hundred Sixty-Four



2nd December 1973

Plänterwald

Nina was awestruck by the snow that was falling past the picture window that looked out on the River Spree. Large flakes were spiraling down softening the landscape as everything was being buried under a blanket of white. That was in direct contrast to Rauchbier who was curled up on his bed next to the fireplace under a blanket with only his nose sticking out. The whippet had never liked cold winter days and he was not shy about letting everyone know that. It was even enough for Rauchbier to forgo his usual place with Nina or Kiki.

Nina’s reaction to the falling snow was a reminder to Ben that everything she saw was with fresh eyes. It was also good that she had found something to interest her besides Kiki’s eyeglasses, which she had taken a keen interest on over the last few weeks and had grabbed ahold of every chance she got. Ben’s father said that he should treasure every moment he had with Nina when she was this age. It was before he knew it, she would be older, having opinions and things. Which would not nearly be as fun. As it was, Nina could already be a little pill at times. Kiki had read a book about childhood development, because there were books about everything it seemed, and it had said that this was normal. Nina was at an age where her personality was starting to gel, and she was learning to negotiate her place in the world.

Apparently, that was a frustrating process.

Seeing Nina looking out the window in wonder at a swirling snow was a welcome change. Ben scooped her up and was a bit annoyed at how big she was getting, he wanted her to stay a little girl forever. She was going to be turning three in a couple months and he could already tell that Nina was probably going to be tall like the rest of her mother’s family. That was a reminder of how Kiki had been in a bit of a panic lately after she had the head of the Medical Service recommend that she act as an Instructor. That was the sort of thing that took her out of her element and played on her insecurities. Ben had told her that if she held a Doctorate in something other than Medicine then it was very likely that she would have already spent a considerable amount of time at the front of the lecture hall. He certainly had. He also told her that she had done well with Markus, he had learned a great deal when Kat had shown him some basic medical procedures. She had muttered something about the boy being a guineapig in reply. He had suspected that she had used Markus, his blood anyway, to test out the diagnostic equipment she had aboard the Epione but had been certain until she had said that. It was not like if Markus had been an unwilling test subject and it had not been particularly invasive. She had also told him that it was far easier to explain things to one student as opposed to a dozen or more like what was going to be happening next month.

“Your mother underestimates herself” Ben said to Nina who looked at him for a few seconds with a quizzical look on her face before turning her attention back to the falling snow.



Mitte, Berlin

Tilo had returned to Berlin and had new letter from Nhất Hạnh had arrived since the last time he had been home. Nancy had once asked about the letters that arrived from Vietnam a couple times a year and Tilo had told her the truth, that they were from a Buddhist Monk in Hue who he had maintained correspondence with for the last twenty odd years. She had given him a look that suggested that she wondered if he was pulling her leg.

He had considered giving her a flip answer, something like the letters were from the family he had started when he had been in Vietnam during the war. However, Tilo knew that Nancy wouldn’t find that the least bit funny, so he had told her that she was welcome to read the letter herself. Mostly, it was comprised of Nhất Hạnh wishing him good health and happiness in the year ahead, he also addressed many of the questions that Tilo himself had regarding his profession and the intensive meetings that had been occurring as the High Command tried to digest the lessons from the Patagonian War. Tilo’s feelings about the conflict and his role in it had been the thrust of the letter he had mailed off months earlier. Where he had been a Marine fighting to save his own skin in years past, he had been the Theater Commander in South America, the one who loaded the guns as it were.

To his credit, Nhất Hạnh didn’t attempt to moralize though Tilo knew that the Vietnamese Monk disliked war and saw Tilo’s role as being someone who carried out what was a sometimes-necessary duty. Tilo suspected that the reason why Nhất Hạnh still wrote back was due to Tilo’s questioning the necessity of his role as a General. Tilo had never included it in his letter, but if he had found himself carrying out a mission that was complete bullshit, would he have the courage to tell the High Command that. He had no idea.
 
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