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Duesseldorf, Germany
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Möhling, why are you always such an asshole to everyone, including people who you generally agree with?
The right-wing Alternative for Germany party is now polling at a righteous 15% (g) making it the third-largest party in Germany. And a recent polls shows why: even though most Germans don't think the AfD has any real answers to... Continue reading
Posted 17 hours ago at German Joys
It's good to be smart, for a lot of reasons. One of them is that higher intelligence is associated with a lower lifetime risk of being the victim of a crime: The abstract: Intelligence has been linked to antisocial, violent,... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at German Joys
Listen to the entire goddamn thing. You'll be glad you did. Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at German Joys
So, the Alternative for Germany party convention (g) rejected a platform plank that would have declared that Germany is "not a country of immigrants" and instead approved the following: "Immigrants who have relevant qualifications for the labor market and who... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at German Joys
This song, 'Happiness at the Trade Fair', sings the praises of the Düsseldorf Conference Center. The reference is to a meeting in Hall B3 in which Herr Sakamoto whips out his 'finest software', if you know what I mean. Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at German Joys
A brief slice of an educational English-learning TV show from the former East Germany. Unfortunately, it cuts off just before the good part, in which Muttonchop drops some Sweet Slabs of Socialist Science™ on the English reporter: Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at German Joys
Soeren Kern at the Gatestone Institute quotes the rantings of some obscure crank on his so-called 'weblog': In an insightful essay, German analyst Andrew Hammel writes: "Let's do the math. There are currently 16 million Turkish citizens of Kurdish descent... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2016 at German Joys
A quick note to Germans: Stop calling every policy you disagree with a 'human-rights violation'. There's a solid consensus on what human rights are. They only cover the big things, not every aspect of government policy. The requirement to send... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2016 at German Joys
"All people of broad, strong sense have an instinctive repugnance to the men of maxims; because such people early discern that the mysterious complexity of our life is not be embraced by maxims, and that to lace ourselves up in... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2016 at German Joys
Die Welt headlines an article about Thilo Sarrazin's new book: 'Sarrazin's Fear of Masses of Uneducated Migrants (g)'. The first thing to note is now that Germany's signed a deal kicking them out of Europe, they're suddenly migrants, not refugees.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2016 at German Joys
There's only one way in which I care about the Erdogan thingy -- as a pretty interesting legal puzzle. As for all the self-righteous German bloviation about Freedom of Speech, The Whims of a Despot, etc. -- that's all a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2016 at German Joys
Here's the problem: 1. Anyone who's paying attention can see that 95% of the migrants who came to Germany in 2015 are going to integrate into the German social welfare system, and probably 50% will never leave it. 2. This... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2016 at German Joys
I also think Böhmi has his moments, especially the videos. My point is not about the substance of the foreign leaders' policies, my point is rather about the narrowly self-righteous and self-glorifying tone of the German condemnations. Each attack on the foreign leader is accompanied by either an implicit or explicit pat on the back for Germany, where sane, sensible, thoughtful politicians do the right thing. Almost no German journalists are able to entertain the idea that a policy which might not be appropriate for Germany might be appropriate for another country. They are too parochial and insular to put themselves in anyone else's place. The first time they encounter an attitude that would be inconsistent with a Green-party-voting urbanite -- and there are lots of those around the world -- the shutter of moral indignation clangs down, and any attempt to understand the issue from the other culture's perspective ends. They're too blind to try to understand why an American might enjoy owning a gun, or why a Pole might want to feel proud of his country and its history, or why a Hungarian might favor capital punishment for people who rape and murder children. Because these attitudes are considered unacceptable inside the tiny bubble in which the German reporter lives, they must be unacceptable anywhere. Or as Shaw put it: "Pardon him ... he is a barbarian, and thinks that the customs of his tribe and island are the laws of nature."
The German mainstream media is now up in arms about Turkey's Prime Minister Erdogan. This despicable Ottocrat wants to throttle free speech in Germany by using the devious trick of...invoking German law. The nerve! But Erdogan is just the latest... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2016 at German Joys
A Syrian refugee in Bingen, Germany set fire to the migrant shelter where he lived, and spray-painted a few swastikas to mislead the police: You call that a swastika? Pathetic. Take it from me: The secret to spray-painting swastikas is... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2016 at German Joys
German words for parts of the body are much more colorful and descriptive than their prettified Latin counterparts in English. Fuck nostril, German gives you 'nose-hole' (Nasenloch). Suck it, placenta, in German you're 'mother-cake' (Mutterkuchen). Don't think about that last... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2016 at German Joys
Hey look, it's a new post on this blog! As most of you now know, Facebook is now the center of my online world. But it turns out that for longer formats with more citations, a blog can still be... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2016 at German Joys
For those of you already on Facebook, please visit my Facebook page here and sign up. From now on, I will be posting exclusively to Facebook. There are a couple of reasons for this: Trying to keep up discussions on... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2016 at German Joys
A manful response with some convincing points, others not so. But it doesn't change the basic calculus demonstrated by Marek in his caustic way. Rhetorical dog-whistles and the like are mere words. The source of serious threats and actual violence to Jews in Western Europe -- base insults, Hitler greetings, assaults, up to and including targeted murder (Nemmouche, Coulibaly), is Arab/Muslim immigrants, not native European right-wing parties. It's telling how the German and French mainstream press hyperventilate at 25-year-old pronouncements from native European right-wingers, while dismissing actual assaults and murders by immigrants. Remember how the anti-Semitic attack and robbery of a Jewish businessman in Pottgarden made headlines all over Germany? No, you don't, because immigrants did it. If a German neo-Nazi had done it, we would still probably be anguishing about it.
Whoops, underestimated FN support among French Jews: 13.5%
A political party's 'track record' is irrelevant. The German FDP used to be a nest of Nazis, the Greens used to favor free love with kids, etc. etc. Nobody thinks it's legitimate to oppose them now for positions they held 30 or 70 years ago and have since clearly repudiated. The same goes for the Front National. Marine le Pen kicked her own father out of the party and praises Israel every chance she gets. The European populist right has long since switched over to a solidly pro-Israel line. The 'Politically Incorrect' website features a Star of David flag and pledges its support to Israel. (This is also why the report is foolish to conflate the FN with Golden Dawn). Not to mention the fact that many of the leading immigration skeptical French pop-philosophers such as Finkielkraut and Zeman are themselves Jewish. As are something like 10% of the FN's supporters!!! You can argue that the FN is still anti-Semitic party using triple-bankshot conspiracy reasoning, but nobody's buying this tired old critique and the FN's opponents should find better ways of making their point.
10 years ago, a Belgian Muslim journalist named Hind Fraihi went undercover (f) in Molenbeek and wrote a book reporting on the influence of radical Islam there: Hind Fraihi, a Muslim and journalist who posed as a sociology graduate student,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2016 at German Joys