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Andrew
Duesseldorf, Germany
www.germanjoys.com
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More Denglish overcommazation, this time courtesy of the Munich police: We found a man, who killed him himself. We assume, that he was the only shooter. #gunfire #munich — Polizei München (@PolizeiMuenchen) July 22, 2016 Not that I want to... Continue reading
Posted 15 hours ago at German Joys
...or perhaps not. Pro-Erdogan demos which recently took place around Austria features participation by the Turkish ultra-nationalist group the "Grey Wolves" and attacks on Kurdish shops and restaurants. The violence, and the high profile of politicized Islam in the demonstrations,... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at German Joys
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I noticed in the comments to my post about Denglish a few instances of what I call the "close is good enough" school of communication. Commenters took me to task for pointing out the error in the sentence, stating that... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at German Joys
Your points are well-taken, but as I have to constantly explain to students and some clients: A sentence with no mistakes in it, whose meaning is unambiguous from the outset, is always superior to a sentence which you have to read over a few times and re-parse in order to discover the (likely) correct meaning. Especially in legal texts.
50,000 newly-unemployed civil servants in Turkey: In the days since the coup was foiled, authorities have suspended or detained tens of thousands of bureaucrats for alleged links to the plot. Mass dismissals have also hollowed out the army, police, schools,... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at German Joys
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As many of you know, Germany's music royalties organization, GEMA, has been locked in conflict with YouTube for years now: According to a German court in Hamburg, Google's subsidiary YouTube could be held liable for damages when it hosts copyrighted... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at German Joys
There are about as many speakers of these languages in Germany as there are speakers of German in those countries. Until Germany decided to change all that, that is.
You'd be surprised how few comments I have to erase here. Most of my commenters are quite reasonable, if opinionated. Some of them are incredibly articulate and a pleasure to debate. As long as you're making some kind of argument,... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at German Joys
Yesterday, a 17-year-old Afghan migrant hacked four tourists from Hong Kong nearly to death before being shot by police. Early reports indicate he was shouting 'Allahu Akbar' during the deed, and that a handmade IS flag was found where he... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at German Joys
About one year ago, open-borders types in Germany were assuring us that Germany just had to open its borders because the world was in a uniquely dangerous, unprecedented phase of instability. War in Syria! Instability in Kosovo! Repression in Russia!... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at German Joys
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...isn't the Wikipedia entry for Splunge, "an unincorporated community in Monroe County, Mississippi" which is "located at 33°58′08″N 88°16′07″W east of Hatley and north of Greenwood Springs." No, the strangest page on the Internet is the Wikipedia entry for Splunge... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at German Joys
Via Udo Vetter's excellent lawblog, this police report (g) from Bamberg, Germany: Early Saturday morning, a person on the Schönleinplatz was halted by police for a check. The 29-year-old student refuse to tell police his personal information and began filming... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at German Joys
The reactions to the recent attempted coup in Turkey are basically the predictable moralizing -- Erdogan will now finally become a dictator! This is just like the Reichstag Fire! (which, contrary to popular opinion, actually was started by a Dutch... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at German Joys
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Courtesy of the DDR (East German) Museum Pirna, a plaque with guidance for teachers: Golden Rules for Teachers' Work Make an Effort to Maintain Ideological Clarity! Take Up a Firm Fundamental Position! Be Optimistic! Be Humble! Be Balanced! Guard Against... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at German Joys
One day, Germany will have to erect a memorial to all the people unjustly imprisoned for selling beautiful, fresh, delicious marijuana. It should go right in the middle of Berlin: an eternal flame lighting an inextinguishable joint. Under it, a... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at German Joys
On September 2, 2015, German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said (g): "Now we are going to get hundreds of thousands of Muslims from Arab cultures, and that is, according to everything my French colleague said to me, a significant... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2016 at German Joys
In mid-2015, every single mainstream national media outlet in Germany formed themselves voluntarily into a phalanx of pro-Merkel propaganda organs. They ran huge headlines announcing 'Refugees Welcome!', uncritically relayed propaganda claims that migrants were well-educated and would rescue Germany's economy,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2016 at German Joys
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Oh, believe me, they swallowed it. I know because for years, I quizzed many of my law school students on areas in which German news reporting about the US is particularly biased. On dozens of questions such as 'What % of black Americans live in poverty?' 'How many Americans say they own a gun?' 'What is the murder rate in the US?' 'Is crime in the US increasing or decreasing?' 'What are the legal consequences of intentional racial discrimination in the US for store owners?' etc. etc. the vast majority got it wrong, and always in such a way as to cast an unflattering light on the USA. The only students who usually got things closer to right were ones who'd spent an exchange year in the USA. Note that these were law students, among the best-informed 19-year-olds in Germany. I also gave them a chance to respond 'I don't know' -- but very few did. They *thought* they knew the right answers to these questions, because they saw so much reporting on the US on exactly these issues. What they didn't know was that it was all hopelessly one-sided. And of course when I asked them where they got their mistaken impressions, they named The Usual Suspects: Tagesschau Journal, SPON, mainstream newspapers, etc.
Toggle Commented Jul 11, 2016 on 30 Million Germans Can Be Wrong at German Joys
I'm aware of the Steffensmeier work and have cited it before: http://andrewhammel.typepad.com/german_joys/2015/07/yet-more-context-for-black-prison-population.html The number for NYC is unusually high, probably because NYC is so polarized: the white population is uniformly quite rich, much richer than most other mixed communities. But in their favor, the NYC authorities dis-aggregate on the basis of Hispanic ancestry, which makes their numbers more reliable. After all, the entire Steffensmeier paper is devoted only to doing this retrospectively with data that doesn't make the white/hispanic distinction.
Toggle Commented Jul 11, 2016 on 30 Million Germans Can Be Wrong at German Joys
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While writing the last post, I was about to insert a sentence about the Tagesthemen news broadcast aired last Thursday between the first and secocnd half of the Germany-France soccer match. However, I couldn't find it in time. But now... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2016 at German Joys
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Every time there's a controversial police killing in the US, Angstlust and Schadenfreude combine into a moist throbbing supernova in the bowels of German journalists, and the only release is to ejaculate yet another think-piece onto the pages of some... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2016 at German Joys
Learning German is the key to successful integration, goes the platitude. Unlike many platitudes, this one is probably accurate and relevant. But what peddlers of magic pixie dust don't mention, often because they don't know it themselves, is that learning... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2016 at German Joys
A Canadian friend sends me this op-ed from the Globe and Mail with a hearty endorsement: Fortunately our policy makers ... know that support for immigration is highly conditional, and that the social contract with the public can easily be... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2016 at German Joys