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Andrew
Duesseldorf, Germany
www.germanjoys.com
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Source: Milwaukee's German Newspapers [http://milwaukeesgermannewspapers.blogspot.de/] In my free time I've been dipping into the Netflix documentary 'Making a Murderer', which is about the trial of Steven Avery, a Wisconsin junkyard owner, for the murder of a young woman. It's pretty... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at German Joys
Donald Trump seemed to suggest that some terrorist incident happened in Sweden a few days ago. For this he was justly mocked. Then it turned out he was merely commenting on a news report he had seen on Fox about... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at German Joys
Danisch definitely has a bee in his bonnet about feminism, genderism, etc. His posts about Susanne Baer are truly pathological, nothing but collections of enraged insults. He is lucky not to have been sued by her, because a lot of what he writes about her could arguably be defamation. But as the old saying goes, even a blind dog finds a bone now and then, and Danisch's response to the MDR is pretty interesting, I find.
Oh, come on, live a little! I have always had a soft spot for cranks, and Danisch is Olympian in his obsessiveness. And you have to admit, he's got a point about the MDR letter to him.
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Moritz Stefaner, at truth and beauty, put together a list of the geographical frequency of place names in Germany. The whole map can be seen here. A few selections: I get that -ow and -itz are going to be mostly... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at German Joys
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MDR (right) has the full power of broadcasting behind it (see tower). Danisch, on the left, is armed only with time, a fast Internet connection, and a ZFG attitude. One of the most amusing and distinctive voices on the German... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at German Joys
American writer Rebecca Schuman on her book about Germany, Schadenfreude, A Love Story: Kafka is the muse of the book. Does his work encapsulate the German character—even though, as you are reminded again and again in the book, he wasn’t... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2017 at German Joys
The English historian Richard Evans is one of the foremost experts on Germany history writing in English. In fact, he wrote by far the most thorough and important book on the death penalty in Germany. In English. It had to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2017 at German Joys
Thanks, I'd forgotten that. Since your comment is first, I'll let it stand as a correction.
You wouldn't know it from watching Tagesschau or reading the German mainstream press, but there's at least one thing Europeans and Trump agree on: A majority of Europeans want a ban on immigration from Muslim-majority countries, a poll has revealed.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2017 at German Joys
While we’re on the subject of contrasting grateful, peace-loving refugees who are mostly women and children with the motley crew of young males Germany imported, let’s look at conditions in one Düsseldorf migrant shelter. Well, a former migrant shelter --... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2017 at German Joys
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The Washington Post has a charming story of how Trump supporters in a highly conservative part of Nebraska are warming to refugees after meeting some in person: John Dutcher, a 61-year-old house cleaner, lives in a complex of low-rise apartments... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2017 at German Joys
In just the past week, Germany has conducted huge raids in several different cities, and detained or arrested dozens of people on charges of aiding or joining Islamic extremist groups. The actions smacked of desperation. New York Times wonders whether... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2017 at German Joys
The Canadian government has decided it will accept only whole families, lone women or children in its mass resettlement of Syrian refugees while unaccompanied men – considered a security risk – will be turned away.... Quebec premier Philippe Couillard seemed... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2017 at German Joys
In light of the chaos and protests at American airports, people ask me whether, as a mass-immigration skeptic, I support Trump's immigration ban. The answer is a loud, emphatic 'no.' Let me make this short. I oppose Merkel's immigration policy... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2017 at German Joys
It's not often you stumble across some professor who says he's going to explain the world, and then watch him actually do it. I stumbled across Mark Blyth via MetaFilter. Mark Blyth is political science professor at Brown University --... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2017 at German Joys
People find it hard to believe when I tell them Germany let hundreds of thousands of people into the country without any background checks. Germany is supposed to be one of the world's most efficient and bureaucratic countries, and in... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2017 at German Joys
Funny, all my Slavic friends agreed with this post. I take it you're probably German. So here's a PROTIP: whenever I point out a well-known cultural trait associated with a particular group of humans, I am not secretly saying they are all Untermenschen who must be mercilessly exterminated from the face of the earth for all time. Germans tend to make that bizarre leap, which is one of the well-known cultural traits associated with them. What I am doing is simply pointing out a well-known cultural trait associated with a particular group of humans. Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar!
Toggle Commented Jan 26, 2017 on Melania Wasn't "Sad", She was Slavic at German Joys
I'll just leave this here. Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2017 at German Joys
A few weeks ago I was contacted by a journalist from the Israeli business daily TheMarker, who wanted to know my views about German immigration policy. I thought that might be a reasonable way to sum up my thoughts all... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2017 at German Joys
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During Donald Trump's inauguration, his Slovene wife Melania looked sober and serious most of the time. This has led Americans to believe she was sad, depressed, horrified, anguished, perhaps even trapped in an abusive relationship. Melania always gets angry and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2017 at German Joys
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I rather suspect -- rahhtheir! -- that both in England and the USA, you would get a reputation as a bit of a fusty old pedant if you actually said pronounced "wrongly" or feeling "poorly". I'm usually fairly prescriptivist, but sometimes you just gotta go with the flow.
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A Düsseldorfer on Facebook recently found this underneath her windshield: It reads: "You're parked illegally! Ticket! Joke we're just kids playing we're sorry" I found this pretty adorable. Almost makes me want to reproduce. There are a few errors on... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2017 at German Joys
Alexander Stern has an essay on the feuilleton which is as readable as it is erudite, no mean feat: “In the beginning was the press, and then the world appeared.” So begins a satirical 1922 poem by Karl Kraus. A... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2017 at German Joys