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Over a year ago I put on the blog post titled, "Is this my last blog post?". This post took very seriously. The situation in Poland was very bad. Football fans were arrested for banners that criticized the government. Some fans stayed several years in prison for his political views. Police arrested bloggers who wrote the truth about the Polish government or the president. The head of Polish government Donald Tusk was then, now President of the European Council. The police eavesdrop citizens, particularly independent journalists and their families.The last presidential and parliamentary elections led to big changes. Today I'm not afraid that I would be arrested for expressing my political views. Today, I'm not afraid to have a post on my blog may be the cause of my arrest or other legal sanctions.My friends, the changes that are taking place in Poland is a good change. Someone who says that Poland is going wrong, is the enemy Polish. Unfortunately, they are also enemies of the Polish Polish elites that have exercised power in Poland.
What is really happening in Poland?
In 2015, a democratic general election took place in Poland, resulting in a change of power.
Mr Andrzej Duda won the office of President of Poland and the united
right under the leadership of its largest party, namely the Law and
Justice Party (PiS), won an absolute majority in Parliament.
The centre-liberal coalition of the Civic Platform (PO) and the
Polish People’s Party (PSL), which had been in power for 8 years, went
into opposition. Left wing parties failed to obtain the required minimum
percentage threshold of the vote, so they are not represented in
The results of the elections have shown that the Polish people have
critically judged the policy of the previous government, including its
deficit of guarantees for the freedom of speech.
Under the rule of that government there were cases of penal
repression against persons expressing criticism of the government of the
time on the internet, at sports events or during anti-government
Surveillance and even the repression of journalists gave cause for
serious concern. Yet, these facts did not attract the attention of or
give rise to any reaction from European Institutions at the time.
Just before the elections the outgoing incumbent coalition introduced
changes in the Constitutional Court leading to the nomination of its
own candidates to all but one of the existing positions of judges at
that Court. This was done in violation of the Constitution, as
subsequently reaffirmed by the Constitutional Court itself.
The newly elected parliament was therefore obliged to take the
necessary remedial action. The controversy concerning the Constitutional
Court, which was a consequence of the unconstitutional actions of the
previous government, is practically over.
The composition of the Constitutional Court is now complete with the
majority of its judges – 9 out of 15 – having been recommended to their
positions by the present opposition.
The Law and Justice (PiS) government formed following the elections
has undertaken important reforms expected by the Polish people,
concerning the taxation system, family support benefits, education,
health care, and the judiciary.
These reforms are in line with the principles and rules of the Polish Constitution, fully respecting European values.
Poland has now a stable majority government. The opposition is
represented in the Parliament’s governing bodies, with the leader of the
opposition presiding over the Foreign Affairs Committee.
Poland is a decentralised state, with extensively developed regional
and local self-governing bodies. In 15 out of 16 regions and in most of
the major Polish cities, local self government is controlled by the
Civic Platform (PO), which is in opposition only in Parliament.
Freedom of expression
Freedom of expression is respected. Anti-government demonstrations
take place in Poland without any impediment or repression. There is
complete freedom of the press, a major part of which is owned by foreign
and especially German media corporations.
There is also complete freedom of communication on the internet.
There is no censorship whatsoever. Any blocking of information about
important events, such as those that took place recently in Germany with
regards to the events in Cologne and other German cities, is
inconceivable in Poland.
Poland today is a safe country. There are no acts of collective
assault on sexual, racial or any other grounds. New year festivities and
other popular events taking place in Poland are enjoyed in peace,
without hindrance, disturbance or acts of aggression.
The situation is clearly much better in this regard than in many
other European Union countries, where unfortunately acts of terror,
collective aggression or even racist and sexual assaults do take place.
Poland is not the scene of any such events.
In Poland the rights of women are respected, so they are not exposed
to the threat of being assaulted in the streets. No one confronts them
with degrading demands not to provoke potential aggressors by their
clothing or behaviour.
The authorities do not give women humiliating advice not to venture
away from home alone and to stay in groups when moving around in public,
as has been suggested to women by the authorities in Germany.
Poland is a stable, democratic member state of the European Union,
respecting European values, while shaping its internal legal order in a
sovereign manner, in accordance with the democratically expressed will
of its people.
Poland, as one of the largest countries in the European Union,
contributes its significant part to the development and security of
To the good people of the West,
Contrary to the alarmist media reports we, the free citizens of Poland,
want to reassure you that in Poland today there are no threats to
democracy. The mainstream media in the West, taking cues from the Polish
mainstream press and those connected to the last government (recently
ejected from office for corruption) continue to criticise the current
freshly, democratically elected government and deliver incomplete
accounts of the actions on the ground. This active “spin” is meant to
obfuscate the truth about the last 8 years as well as to “poison the
well” for those elected with the largest democratic mandate in modern
Polish history. (This is the first government elected with a unilateral
mandate to govern without coalition partners.) This propagandist
treatment is occurring at an unceasing and even increasing pace from
those who cannot claim objectivity as they have been personally,
professionally, and financially connected to those who have just been
ejected from government for many years. No one in Poland denies that a
free people are endowed with a right to public protest. This is
self-evident in a modern democracy. But western press accounts strongly
suggest that this is the case in Poland today.
It is important to set the record straight that during the last eight
years in Poland this was NOT the case and these democratic ideals were
not always upheld. It was during the ruling years of the Civic Platform
and the Polish People’s Party (PO-PSL) coalition that these standards,
generally accepted by contemporary democracies, were frequently and
brazenly violated. For the record, here are some examples of what
transpired in clear breach of democratic norms under the PO-PSL ruling
- Independent journalists were repeatedly harassed by the security
agencies. The staff of, among others, Gazeta Polska Codzienne (GPC) had
their homes searched. In May 2011, at 6:00 AM the agents of the Internal
Security Agency entered the private residential apartment of an
Internet user who operated a satirical website lampooning then
President, Bronisław Komorowski.
- Independent journalists were dismissed from their posts when they
pushed for a transparent investigation into the Smolensk crash. Tomasz
Sakiewicz and Anita Gargas, among others, lost their jobs in the public
media. Cezary Gmyz was dismissed from the editorial staff of
"Rzeczpospolita" (a daily paper partly owned by the state) for
publishing information indicating that there were traces of TNT found on
the wreck of the plane that crashed in Smolensk in April 2010. This
information was later confirmed by the prosecutors leading the
- In June 2014, agents of the Internal Security Agency raided the
headquarters of the news weekly "Wprost" after the magazine published
the transcripts of recorded conversations held by some of the highest
level PO politicians in Warsaw’s most expensive restaurants. During this
raid the agents attempted to confiscate computers and data storage
devices belonging to the journalists. The so called “tape scandal”
(“afera taśmowa”) that had erupted upon publication of the content of
these tapes, provided evidence of many scandalous and criminal
behaviours, including the revelation that state-owned companies actively
subsidized those media platforms that were writing in favour of the
ruling government. It was only the large scale mainstream media outlets,
sympathetic to the ruling coalition government and by design NOT
covering the government’s corruption scandals, who were the recipients
of lucrative advertising contracts from Poland’s largest companies
(which are in-part state-owned enterprises with large discretionary
budgets). For this reason the independent media, regardless of
readership or audience, were deprived of paid-for commercial advertising
opportunities by government fiat.
- In December 2014, two journalists (Tomasz Gzela of the Polish Press
Agency and Jan Pawlicki of Telewizja Republika) were arrested. They were
covering the protest held at the headquarters of the National Electoral
Commission after the local elections. For a week after the election the
Commission would not certify the results of the elections which
agitated many Poles with a material contingent deciding to protest by
occupying the premises of the Commission in a demand for electoral
transparency and oversight. The journalists were arrested even though
they possessed press passes and were doing their job. They also had to
face a lawsuit. All this was going on against the backdrop of the
highest level PO politicians such as the then-President (Komorowski) and
the Mayor of Warsaw (Waltz) giving public comments that it was an act
of treason to question electoral processes and opacity. Likewise, the
head of the Constitutional Tribunal, Andrzej Rzeplinski, despite having
no legal right to do so, publically stated that there were no grounds to
question the results of the election. To this very day the results of
these last local elections remain highly questionable. The shining
example of this pertains to PSL having received well more votes than
expected (by a factor of 10) in a region (Gdynia) where they have had
little historical support yet enough votes to give them the ability to
preserve PO’s ruling coalition. In addition, there still remain two
thousand protest notes lodged in local courts.
- During the last 8 years the previous government kept journalists and
citizens under surveillance as a routine practice. In 2014, the secret
service applied to access 2,177,000 telephone bills. This is a
Europe-leading level of prying into ordinary citizens’ every-day lives.
The District Public Prosecutor's Office in Warsaw is currently leading
an investigation into the wiretapping of independent journalists. In all
likelihood, the secret service had no court warrant to do so.
- In May 2015, after the Presidential election was lost by President
Bronisław Komorowski, the PO-PSL coalition violated the constitution and
appointed new members of the Constitutional Tribunal before the
justices’ terms were up. The politicians of the departing coalition
wanted to appropriate the Tribunal by limiting the right of the new
ruling party to elect judges of their choice. Today, after the reforms
implemented by the democratically elected Law and Justice Party (PiS),
the judges elected by the Civic Platform still constitute the majority.
They occupy 9 of 15 seats in the Constitutional Tribunal.
These are just a few glaring examples of the way in which the last
government subverted democracy to its will to engage in an attempted
looting of the country (and in many ways having succeeded). Similar
violations of civil liberties became the norm but they went unreported
by a pliant media that was directly and indirectly on the previous
government’s payroll. The number of corruption scandals that occurred
under this PO-PSL coalition government was staggering. These encompassed
every sort of corrupt behaviour from bribes (to one minster in the form
of expensive watches), to patronage, to bogus un-bid contracts, to
self-dealing of bonuses and pensions, to preferential tax treatment for
allies and supporters, and even the nationalization of the private
sector managed segment of the pension system. Under their nose a pyramid
scheme ("Amber Gold") flourished and many thousands of Poles were
cheated out of their savings while the politically connected head of the
National Bank said nothing despite having been fully aware of the
scheme (also revealed in the “tapes scandal”). And all of this occurring
with a media complex that could not be bothered to report on this
institutionalized lawlessness. On October 25th this year the public said
enough is enough and in a democratic election, with not a single
allegation of any irregularities, rebuked and removed the PO-PSL
coalition from power.
Democracy in Poland is the healthiest it has been in 25 years and
certainly as compared to the eight years under the previous government.
The people have finally purged, through democratic elections, the
post-communist machine that was never held to account or reformed after
1989 and its accompanying corruption. The reform begins now and Poles
are optimistic….despite what has been printed in the New York Times and
the Washington Post.
The last ofa series of photostaken withthe truckCoca-Cola. In the picturesshows thetruck.Visibleis also aChristmas tree-thuya..There is alsoan ice rink.Tonight,on the squarein front ofthe town hallwill bewelcomingthe New Year.One of the attractionswill be funon the ice. I do not thinkhe got there,becauseI do not likecrowdsandevents.
To allwho visitmy blogI hope thatall the days ofthe New Year2016were dayshappy.I wish everyonegood healthand alot of free timeso they canspendit onblogging.
During the visitthe truckCoca-Colacase Ialsofestivedecor's main square. I have noticed thatmore and moreChristmas treedoes not looklike aconifertreesbutlikethuja. The treevisible on the rightside of itis the Christmas tree,which can be seenin its entiretyonthe secondpicture.
ForKonarskiStreet,next to the school,there is an interestingbuilding. WheneverI seesuchbuildingsregretthat todaysuchis not edified. Contemporary architecture, butalsointeresting,there is no suchcharmlikethis building. The photos were takenin the summerof this year.
Oneof the most beautifulbuildings inthe NS. It is now themiddle school. The patronof this school isthe most prominentPolishpoetAdamMickiewicz. The photos were takenon2 July 2015. (I hadthebreakinblogging, but thecamerawas takingsometimes).
On the left Konarskiego street, on the right Długosza street.
Looking throughthe archivesI foundanother, completelydifferent viewof this building.
A few weeksago,was openedin Nowy Saczpumptrack. It is the largestpumptrackin Poland.It is also oneof the mostpumptrackówin Europe.Some saythatit is the largestpumptrackin Europe. Belowthe first pictures. For surethere will be more.
W sumie można to nazwać zabawą lub wzajemnym poznawaniem się
"braci blogerskiej" i promowaniem blogów. Polega na tym, że osoba
nominowana odpowiada na 11 pytań ułożonych przez osobę nominującą, a
następnie nominuje od 5 do 11 następnych blogerów i układa dla nich
serię 11 pytań.
Jedyny warunek jest taki, że nie wolno nominować bloga, od którego otrzymaliśmy nominację.
Pytania, jakie zadał mi Tomek:
1. Na ile ważny w Twoim życiu jest blog?
Traktuje go jako zabawę.
2. Dlaczego blogowanie, a nie siedzenie przed TV, lub na FB?
Nie mam telewizora. FB służy mi zasadniczo tylko do komunikowania się z.
3. Jesteś na emeryturze i co dalej?
4. Kasa nie jest dla Ciebie problemem, co robisz?
Nie myślę o niej.
5. Czy rodzina denerwuje się, że znów blogujesz?
6. Relaks w moim przypadku, to ...?
Ruch i świeże powietrze, najchętniej gdzieś poza.
7. Humor tak, ale ...
Nie ma "ale". No może z wyjątkiem pogrzebu... chociaż...
8. Jak myślisz, dokąd pędzi światy?
9. Czy blogując masz jakiś cel?
Pokazuję moje miasto, które uważam, że jest urocze (oszukuję, nie zawsze świeci słońce).
Zdarzają się sytuacje, które nadają sens temu blogowi. Niedawno np. otrzymałem miły mail z Florydy. Rodzina tej osoby pochodzi z Nowego Sącza. Część rodziny wyjechała przed wojną, reszta zginęła w Nowym Sączu w czasie wojny. Pomagam odszukać pewne miejsca, informacje, przesyłam zdjęcia.
10. Czy spotkałeś/spotkałaś w realu innego blogera?
11. Czy trzeba w coś/kogoś wierzyć w życiu?
1. Co zainspirowało Cie do prowadzenia bloga?
2. Blogowanie dla Ciebie ma jakiś cel?
3. Prowadząc bloga coś zyskałaś/zyskałeś?
4. Czy w jakiś sposób promujesz swojego bloga?
5. Jakie blogi preferujesz?
6. Jak dużo czasu spędzasz wędrując po innych blogach?
7. Ile czasu poświęcasz swojemu blogowi?
8. Blog to...
9. Blogowanie jest jak...
10. Fotografia to...
11. Gdy znudzi Ci się blogowanie...
The pictures showa fragmentAvenuePilsudski.This streeton the blogappears frequently.Manymuralsthat appearin the NSare formedon the walls ofgarages thatareleft. In thedistance you can seethe mountains surroundingthe town.
The photo showsa fragment ofSzwedzka street (Swedishstreet). In the seventeenthcentury,SwedesinvadedPoland. Nowy Saczwas the firstPolishtown thatwas liberatedfromthe Swedes. The street namecomes fromthe Swedishthe chapel, which is nearby.
Residential complex,whichshowhereisextensive.Hereonly a fragment.These buildingswere builtat the end ofthe last century. These photosmadeduringthe Easter holidays, soit seemsquietneighborhood.In real life, however,ismore mobile.
I try to show it, which usually do not pay attention to what passes quickly, disappears, which too quickly sinking into oblivion ... of course in Nowy Sacz.
I would like to get the image of my city to the greatest number of people. That's why I started recently lead him in English (slowly Polish texts already published'll replace texts in English). Because my knowledge of English is not strong, probably there will be errors. I hope that the text will be understood. And any comments and linguistic corrections will accept with gratitude.