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(source) There are around 600 so-called "dangerous persons" (g) (Gefährder) living in Germany. These are people on an official government watch list because they're considered at high risk of committing terrorist attacks or other acts of violence. Most of them... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at German Joys
David Goodhart, author of The Road to Somewhere, on the new political divide that explains a lot more than the old ones: As with most ideas that are controversial but correct, I predict this one will go through a three-step... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at German Joys
“Doing nothing is better than being busy doing nothing.” Lao Tzu, allegedly. Anyone know if this is authentic? Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at German Joys
If you want to understand what's wrong with European immigration policy, Christopher Caldwell's 2009 book Reflections on the Revolution in Europe is the best start: In his provocative and unflinching book Reflections on the Revolution in Europe, he reveals the... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at German Joys
Interview by Aquarium Drunkard: AD The band name, my friend was saying, means mathematical patterns. Kikagaku Moyo: Geometric. AD Geometric patterns. Which is funny, because you think of these bands that can play math rock and that’s not what y’all... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at German Joys
UK Prime Minister Teresa May just called a snap election for June. As a British satire site put it: NEWS! Theresa May announces snap annihilation of the Labour party — NewsThump (@newsthump) April 18, 2017 Everywhere in Europe,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2017 at German Joys
"Doth any man doubt, that if there were taken out of men’s minds vain opinions, flattering hopes, false valuations, imaginations as one would, and the like, but it would leave the minds of a number of men poor shrunken things,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2017 at German Joys
Wherever it's allowed to happen, the reckless policy of mass immigration hollows out the political center and feeds the extremes. It's happening in France, and will be happening in Germany soon, as well. The most dangerous threat to European social... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2017 at German Joys
Fascism in the ranks of adults who dress up like animals. Is nothing sacred? The war began when a fascist party and its armband-clad leader led a putsch. Antifascists mobilized in response. Threats of violence ensued. Then the Rocky Mountain... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2017 at German Joys
After every new terror attack in Europe, there are a flurry of articles congratulating the residents of Paris, or Stockholm, or Dortmund, or Berlin. They're congratulated on their sensible, low-key reaction to the attack, and their commitment to resuming their... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2017 at German Joys
Berlin police confiscated (g) this cane with a concealed pistol from some guy and were so proud they wrote a press release about it. What is this, 1887? Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2017 at German Joys
The IMF just published a short paper which a development specialist characterized by this tweet: It's a long, dry econ paper. But the key point is truly terrifying: Africa's future may be huge population, few jobs, demographic nightmare —... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2017 at German Joys
Watched this classic again last night. Lino Ventura plays a detective who subjects a wealthy local lawyer -- suspect in the rape and murder of two young girls -- to an hours-long interrogation in police headquarters. Lino Ventura intensely watchable... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2017 at German Joys
From the Washington Post article about the Swedish truck massacre: "The police did not give any details about the man. But the Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet reported that he is a 39-year-old from Uzbekistan, and is a supporter of the Islamic... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2017 at German Joys
Der Spiegel interviews (g) the Israeli-American-German journalist Tuvia Tenenbom, who's been called the Jewish Hunter S. Thompson. He's a rubicund old Jewish kibitzer who travels the world and reports what he sees in blunt, unvarnished, politically-incorrect language that you'll either... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2017 at German Joys
Here's a screenshot of the Google entry for the Düsseldorf-South tax headquarters: The tax bureaucrats get only 2.3 stars? Sounds like a certain ungrateful city on the Rhine could use a lot more tax audits to boost morale. But what's... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2017 at German Joys
Once again, it's time to play guess the real story. The papers today are full of praise for the police for hindering a planned riot (g) at the Leverkusen bus station. Around 200 people had planned to travel there to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2017 at German Joys
The German newspaper Die Welt reports (g) on the case of a 14-year-old Jewish student from in the Friedenau suburb of Berlin who was harassed and attacked by his fellow students after he revealed he was Jewish. According to him,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2017 at German Joys
Not that readers of this blog need it, but Vanity Fair's great piece on Uwe Boll gives us a bit of background: Boll made his name, such as it is, mostly by dragging the already abhorred genre of the “video-game... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2017 at German Joys
Mystery of the Missing Million from Phil Rees on Vimeo. Germans love Japan. I live in Düsseldorf, home to one of the largest Japanese expat communities in Europe, and it shows. There's an annual Japan Day, a cultural institute (the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2017 at German Joys
“It’s not what people say to convince you that reveals them, so much as what they assume there’s no need to say.” Raymond Durgnat Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2017 at German Joys
Living in Germany as an English-speaking expat is probably easier than living in France. France may be more charmante, but in Germany, stuff works. Having stuff work is a type of charm in itself. The kind that's important when you... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2017 at German Joys
That huge black cloud you saw yesterday was yet another migrant shelter burning down (g). This one was a collection of renovated containers on the Carl-Diem Straße in Mönchengladbach, Germany: By the time the firemen got there, there was no... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2017 at German Joys