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Duesseldorf, Germany
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Yup, that stereotype's as hoary as crappy beer. See, e.g.:
Pew research looks at the level of support for free speech across the globe and finds that it's highest (according to their measure) in the U.S.: Enshrined in the Bill of Rights, free expression is a bedrock American principle, and... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at German Joys
Stak, I'm calling you Morbo from now on.
Toggle Commented yesterday on After Hillary Wins at German Joys
It's a little thing called "quoting": the indentations are a dead giveaway.
Toggle Commented 2 days ago on After Hillary Wins at German Joys
For those of you interested in the current election, Kevin Drum maps out what will happen after Clinton wins in November, which is now all but a certainty: The Republican Party will completely disown and repudiate Donald Trump.... With few... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at German Joys
A Republican Party office in Orange County, North Carolina, was firebombed, and the attackers sprayed graffiti calling on 'Nazi Republicans' to leave. This was considered so unusual and ominous in the USA that it made national headlines. And it comes... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at German Joys
In the New Haven Independent, the outreach director of a refugee resettlement charity in the United States takes issue with Donald Trump: When asked in the most recent presidential debate about the Syrian refugee crisis, Donald Trump Jr. said his... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at German Joys
From the December 1992 edition of the American satirical monthy Spy Magazine: Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at German Joys
Interesting theories. As for me, I just can't imagine city workers throwing locks into the river. They're fucking Germans, for God's sake. If they're cutting locks away, they're going to have a plan for doing something with them. Also, they live in Düsseldorf, too, so why would they needlessly foul their own nest? And commit crimes in front of their co-workers and supervisors? If you cut the bike frame, that only solves the bike-frame issue. The lock would remain locked to the bridge element you locked it to. Also, cutting a bike frame has to drastically reduce the take from the theft. I'm pretty sure the locks were picked, and then re-locked and thrown away. That's what I would do, on the off chance you were pulled over. You, an 80-IQ 19-year-old Georgian petty criminal, might be able to convince the cops that you owned that € 1500 Bulls cross-bike which you were casually riding across the city at 2 AM. But what if you couldn't open the lock you had with you because you don't have the key or don't know the combination? That might arouse the suspicions of even the laziest copper.
Toggle Commented 6 days ago on Operation Glasshole™ Concluded at German Joys
What the hell are you people talking about?
Toggle Commented 7 days ago on Operation Glasshole™ Concluded at German Joys
The point can't be made often enough: Germany's immigration policy is extreme and irresponsible. Letting hundreds of thousands of able-bodied young males from the world's most violent and unstable areas into your country is extreme and irresponsible. Not subjecting them... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2016 at German Joys
Yesterday, I donned protective gloves and wading boots, and finally finished cleaning up one short stretch of the Düssel river. Here's the video: As you can see, another 100 or so bottles, to add to the 100 or so I... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2016 at German Joys
Yesterday I took advantage of the nice weather and went fishing for garbage in the local stream that runs through my neighborhood, the Düssel. The main find was bottles. At least 100 of them. Everything from small schnapps bottles to... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2016 at German Joys
From a presentation on expanding the market share for moist toilet paper presented at the European Tissue Symposium: Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2016 at German Joys
Those emails are pretty interesting. I doubt they're from Bruce Bawer, first because I imagine he would have signed his name. Also, the language is more intemperate and sarcastic than what he typically uses. What's most interesting about them is the level of work that went into them, and the tone which seemingly suggests they were submitted for publication somewhere. But their overall tone is just too cranky. These emails are typical of unsolicited emails law professors get every week: detailed lists of obscure grievances against some administrative decision (i.e. someone wants free legal help), or rants on subjects thought to be within that professor's specialty (i.e. YOU MUST WARN YOUR STUDENTS ABOUT THIS BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE FOR US ALL!!!!). I can testify from personal experience that 99% of them are briefly scanned then deleted without a second thought.
I'm not sure -- the one I saw was no longer than 3-4 cm and light-gray in color. That is, it was small enough to get in and out of a normal beer bottle. The two invasive species are much larger. Although perhaps this was a juvenile. I'll try to get a photo during Phase II.
Both here and on Facebook, where I post much more interesting stuff much more frequently, the question has been raised: what happened to the bottles I removed? The answer is I dumped them all in a nearby recycling box. Germans,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2016 at German Joys
Oberamtmann du opfa, Since the bottles are covered in thick black slime and the labels on the bottles rotted away long ago, you can't get any deposit for them. And before some German know-it-all comes in and says well technically you can under paragraph 5.6(a) -- shut up. That is, unless you are willing to (1) powerhose the slime off the bottles one by one, and (2) embark on the noble quest to find anyplace which will actually give you a fucking deposit refund for bottle without a label. I guarantee you, this will be a fucking lifelong quest. Poor Germans -- they always think that just because a law exist saying something's possible, that means it is! Sincerely, your momma
"As to these statistics. I am not doubting them, but they lack a lot of information that I do find necessary." Of course the information is partial. But you're overlooking the necessary follow-up questions: Who has the remainder of the information, and why are they withholding it from the public? "I can say all that while still agreeing that letting in masses of potentially unstable young men without any checks was a bad idea. Congratulations to all of you who think they could have handled that situation better. Check: hindsight bias" Me! Me! I could have handled the situation better! So could millions of people who criticized German policy long before September 2015. Hindsight has nothing to do with it, people were pointing out what was going to go wrong long before it happened. On this blog, among many other places. In fact, I even created an entire tongue-in-cheek tag called "my mystical powers" because I was able to predict the next disaster and fuck-up using the awesome power of...common sense.
A little over a month ago, I noted that the small creek which runs through my neighborhood, the Düssel (after which Düsseldorf is named) was full of bottles, since glassholes have been throwing bottles into it over the years. So... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2016 at German Joys
Much debate in Germany revolves around the question of whether foreigners commit more crimes than Germans. Whenever this subject comes in mainstream German television talk shows, the responses fall into four predictable categories: Those on the center-left (and everyone to... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2016 at German Joys
As often happens here, we're talking at cross-purposes. My points have nothing to do with whether a cultural practice may be 'harmful'. Which, of course, depends on your definition of harm. But even conceding that a cultural practice does more harm than good does not entail that it should be stamped out by force, or subject to fulminating moral condemnation. People in cultures where child marriage is tolerated would immediately be able to come up with many arguments that it does much more harm than good within their cultures. The child bride is given a source of economic security and income, a recognized place within society, protection from sexual harassment from random males, etc. For that matter, shouldn't we be all up in arms about alcoholism in Finland? Millions of people are drinking themselves to death in that country and inflicting enormous suffering on others. The reason is that Finns like to drink hard alcohol, lots of it, and there's a taboo against scolding people for that weakness. Finnish attitudes toward alcoholism surely do more harm than good. The numbers don't lie. Yet there is no outcry in other countries against Finnish cultural attitudes, or programs to stop imports of alcohol to Finland, etc. Why? Because in this case, people accept that this is *the Finns' business*. In their country, within their national borders, they should be free to live out their culture. Now if a Finn emigrates to Italy and drinks vodka on the job, then he'll be fired, and rightly so. Because Italy *is a different country*. The difference we're having is that you're arguing as if national borders and cultural differences don't, or shouldn't, matter. I am arguing as if they do and should.
As for child brides in other countries, I definitely believe that is none of Europe's business. Period. The number of human-rights principles which can genuinely be said to be completely universal and mandatory in all cultures is very, very small. That is, the number of principles which you can make a valid, universally-binding argument for is small. The rest are negotiable. The age at which marriage is permitted is definitely negotiable. That is, country X can say 14, and country Y can say 18. ALSO, and this is vitally important -- country Y can say no under-18 marriage will be recognized. Europe has no business trying to dictate to other countries IN other countries what the proper age for marriage is. Nor does it have any business dictating the proper attitude toward homosexuality IN OTHER COUNTRIES. Westerners can and should make arguments for tolerance, and hope that they will one day prevail. That's it. Cultures advance at their own pace and on their own terms, and that's a feature, not a bug. In any case, although I sympathize in general with Stakhanov, you don't have to pull up the drawbridge. Thinks like hatred of homosexuals and child marriage are signs of ignorance and backwardness. Every society has low-IQ, ignorant, prejudiced people who are slaves to backward customs and attitudes. They're not hard to spot, either. Europe's problem is that, bizarrely enough, it's been letting a lot of these people in. Limit immigration permits to the most talented and educated, and the problem will largely take care of itself.
Another problem Europe imported: Should a 14-year-old married girl who migrates to Europe be viewed as a child - or a spouse? The issue has put European governments in a spin: forcing a policy U-turn in Denmark, new legislation in... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2016 at German Joys