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Duesseldorf, Germany
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Just brief note: I don't think there will be many updates here in the future. Facebook is where I do my online communicating now. Please follow me there if you're interested. Continue reading
Posted yesterday at German Joys
From my days as a criminal defense lawyer, I still remember the case of Robert L. Simpson, a Chicago-area defendant on trial for armed robbery and capital murder. While acting as his own lawyer during a death penalty trial in... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2017 at German Joys
Last week, I tasted quince for the first time in my life. Before I came to Europe, I had never even seen a quince, and didn't even know what the word meant, except that it sounded funny, and was apparently... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2017 at German Joys
While biking yesterday, along the Rhine frontage of the Urdenbach nature preserve, I came across this small number on the shore of the Rhine: It was about 100 meters from the eastern shore, about where the gray location pinpoint is:... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2017 at German Joys
[New Yorker cartoon by Kim Warp] UPDATE (17:45 PM): Sabine Rückert, an editor at the printed version of Die Zeit, responded to a tweet in which I pointed out the facts contained in this piece: Das ist wahr. Es handelt... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2017 at German Joys
OK, the headline may be a bit self-aggrandizing. But here are the facts: In the early afternoon, I read an interview with Thomas Wüppesahl, a German activist, about the police tactics used during the "Welcome to Hell" demonstration. Wüppesahl was... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2017 at German Joys
[An example of the Taylor Swift Hitler Quotes meme] The New York Post "reports" on a Hitler-Said-That gotcha! The principal of an Oklahoma high school apologized after its yearbook featured a quotation attributed to Adolf Hitler. Students at Bishop McGuinness... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2017 at German Joys
[Black bloc in Heiligendamm, 2007, source] A Croatian protester, Srećko Horvat, has arrived in Hamburg to protest the G20 summit and doesn't like the security precautions: Arriving in Hamburg this week feels like entering a dystopian nightmare. As the city... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2017 at German Joys
Die Hacke'sche Höfe in Berlin, 1979. Through her excellent Twitter feed (source of the above photo), which posts a picture from the former East Germany every day, I came across this 2014 interview with Paula Kirby, an Englishwoman who taught... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2017 at German Joys
Two chatty German Youtube girls who live in Texas discussing whether American niceness is fake. Ask any European who's been to America (except New York, and sometimes even then) what their impressions are, and "niceness" will be one of the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2017 at German Joys
Not another post about migrants, you're thinking. Please. Haven't you banged on about this enough? I sympathize. I don't like it any more than you do. I start thinking about something interesting and non-political to write about. Then I browse... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2017 at German Joys
Via Steve Sailer, excerpts of a Financial Times articles entitled 'Most refugees to be jobless for years, German minister warns': Up to three quarters of Germany’s refugees will still be unemployed in five years’ time, according to a government minister,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2017 at German Joys
After a ship carrying African migrants capsized in the Mediterranean in 2015, Martin Schulz, then President of the EU Parliament and now head of the German Social Democratic Party, said (g) the only way to prevent such "tragedies" was to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2017 at German Joys
The main point of my immigration posts has always been that German immigration policy is self-defeating because it's dominated by discussion of refugees and asylum-seekers. Any debate about an immigration policy geared toward skilled immigration immediately gets bogged down in... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2017 at German Joys
The British think tank Chatham House just completed phase two of an interesting study. The first phase polled 10,000 Europeans on a host of public policy issues, including immigration. The top-line result -- a whopping 56% of European oppose further... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2017 at German Joys
Sadly, the late website Stuff White People Like (dogs, roller derby, TED talks, the World Cup, black music that black people don't listen to anymore) lives on only as a kind of never-updated Internet ghost ship. If it were still... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2017 at German Joys
From the invaluable website Our World in Data, a map comparing the relative happiness of East and West Germany: Who knew that the taciturn Schleswig-Holsteinians were the happiest Germans? Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2017 at German Joys
Ahh, German women. What can you say about them? On average, they tend to be clean, orderly, practical, tallish, amply-chested, of normal weight, with shoulder-length straight hair, and less heavily-tattooed than their sisters to the North, at least for now.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2017 at German Joys
Dutch pissoirs, which reduce problems with public urination. Some of them even retract into the ground outside peak hours. There are many of these in Germany as well. This is one of the reasons Northern Europe has the most livable... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2017 at German Joys
Many thanks to Marek M., who pointed me to this chart based on a report provided by the German government to the Bundestag on 15 December 2016 (pdf, numbers from p. 245). This is it -- the one chart everyone... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2017 at German Joys
The German journalist Sascha Lobo looks (g) at all the fatal terror attacks in Europe between 2014 and 2017 using a very restrictive definition and finds that all of them were Islamist in nature. But even more telling, all 24... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2017 at German Joys
Holger Kreitling in Die Welt has an amusing article (g) on Arte, the joint French-German public television channel. Arte is conceived as highbrow television, broadcasting classical concerts, operas, political debates, and documentaries on everything from Claude Sautet to Heidegger to... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2017 at German Joys
Posted May 30, 2017 at German Joys
The U.S. is famous in Germany for its 'runaway' juries which hand down zillion-dollar lawsuits against poor defenseless companies. Yet, as I told my dumbfounded students, Germany is a far more litigious society than the USA. In fact, according to... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2017 at German Joys