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Andrew
Duesseldorf, Germany
www.germanjoys.com
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Trigger Warning: This post contains discussions of racial stereotypes and East German hairstyles. After the Charlie Hebdo attack, there were cultural misunderstandings galore about whether the French satire magazine was an obnoxious racist rag. Some of the Charlie's satirical cartoons... Continue reading
Posted 10 hours ago at German Joys
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In this (unembeddable) video commentary (g) watched by millions on the nightly news, German journalist Georg Restle blames Germany for all the problems in the countries from which migrants are coming. Let's look at his arguments. First, instead of Germany... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at German Joys
There are millions of Germans who favor open borders, among them some of the most powerful people in the country. Case in point: Katrin Göring-Eckhardt is one of the leading members of the German Green Party. It wins between 10-15%... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at German Joys
I've been reading (well, listening to) Martin Gregor-Dellin's magnificent biography of Richard Wagner and came across a word which may well have been invented by Wagner himself. During his early years of pretty much unrelieved poverty, Wagner wrote feuilletons and... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at German Joys
Calvert Jones, a professor of political science, tested American students who went to study abroad and compared them to similar students who hadn't. The results were interesting: First, I tested the core liberal hypothesis that cross-border contact promotes a sense... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at German Joys
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There are thousands of Islamic militants in Europe, but as the New York Times reports, no European country has the resources to monitor them: The sheer number of militant suspects combined with a widening field of potential targets have presented... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at German Joys
According to what I like to call the Magic Pixie Dust™ theory of mass immigration, Germany's booming economy is generating so many jobs that companies are searching desperately for qualified workers.* Therefore we should allow in large numbers of foreign... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at German Joys
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Yesterday I biked down to the Urdenbach Marshes south of Düsseldorf. It's a large nature reserve which used to be on the path of the Rhein until the river made a curve. City planners are now diverting brooks in the... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at German Joys
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If there is one fundamental constant of human society, it's this: if a large number of diverse people migrates from one country to another, that group of people will bring its own customs and attitudes with it. This includes ethnic,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2015 at German Joys
In February (g), the German government estimated 300,000 people would seek asylum in Germany in 2015. Just six or so weeks ago, the German Federal Ministry for Migration upped the number to 450,000. A few weeks ago it climbed again... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2015 at German Joys
A couple of days ago, I identified an error in an article on the front page of the most recent edition of Die Zeit, which was delivered to my home as a subscriber. The article has not yet appeared on... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2015 at German Joys
It's the golden age of podcasts, everybody, and I've just discovered a fine one: Criminal. Each episode is 20 minutes long and has something to do with some sort of crime. The first episode profiled a man convicted of killing... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2015 at German Joys
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Some commenters here have accused me of setting up straw-men. Nobody except cray-cray black-bloc nutcases really advocates open borders. You're simply making up this silly argument to taint advocates of more liberal migration with the extremist brush. The problem is... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2015 at German Joys
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Düsseldorf has public bookshelves (g) dotted around the city. These are hardly, well-designed glass-walled boxes the size of a telephone booth (designed by architect Hans-Jürgen Greve) in which you can leave and pick up books for free. Most of the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2015 at German Joys
I have already pointed out that Elisabeth Raether's front-page article in this week's Die Zeit contains a factual error. But what about the rest of her argument? Let me sumarize it. Raether points out that the Federal Migration Ministry has... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2015 at German Joys
The front page of this week's paper Die Zeit features an article called 'Please re-think' ('Bitte Umdenken'), which advocates for loosening asylum qualifications for Albanian women. I can't find a link to it just yet. The author, Elisabeth Raether, states:... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2015 at German Joys
Steven Pinker on the moral imperative of funding gene research and therapy: Physical suffering and early death have long been considered an ineluctable part of the human condition. But human ingenuity is changing that apparent fate. The past two decades... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2015 at German Joys
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From Interpol's most recent flyer showing the most-sought-after works of stolen art, I see that a sculpture by Düsseldorf-based artist Ewald Mataré is on the list: One of the interesting things about these posters is how little information there is... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2015 at German Joys
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The Dutch broadsheet Handelsblad ran a review of three recent books on the state of race relations in America. Here are the graphics and the headline accompanying the review. You will notice the headline needs no translation: The Washington Post... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2015 at German Joys
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When I visited the most recent documenta, there were dozens of dull didactic installations meant to indoctrinate visitors into the proper attitudes toward everything from organic farming to the Western Sahara. Fortunately, there were also intriguing works of art. Yet... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2015 at German Joys
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The Washington Post reports on a study finding that having a child decimates the happiness of German couples: In reality, it turns out that having a child can have a pretty strong negative impact on a person's happiness, according to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2015 at German Joys
A story very loosely based on my many interactions with activists over the years. There was once a sensible, compassionate progressive (SCP). Let's call him Corey. Corey is a gender-fluid freelance graphic designer who lives in Seattle. Over a period... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2015 at German Joys