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Andrew
Duesseldorf, Germany
www.germanjoys.com
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So, thousands of Kosovars are getting on buses to Germany, filing claims for political asylum, and being accommodated in German shelters. The trend started in 2014, and has skyrocketed in 2015. Tens of thousands of Kosovars have applied for political... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at German Joys
Germany just broke a record: 79,000 people arrived in Germany and filed claims for political asylum in July 2015 alone (g). This is the highest monthly total ever recorded in Germany. According to the Federal Ministry for Migration and Refugees,... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at German Joys
Happy to report that Die Zeit has now published a correction to the article from August 2014 which I identified a few weeks ago. And has inserted links to the correct statistics and a note explaining the correction (g). They... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at German Joys
Two German bloggers at the website netzpolitik.org (g) are now being investigated for treason (g) -- yes, treason -- for publishing leaked documents detailing the budget of the Federal Agency for Protection of the Constitution, the German state's domestic spy... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at German Joys
Professor Robert Plomin, a behavioral geneticist at King's College London, explains in this fascinating Guardian podcast that genes explain about 60% of differences between children in educational achievement. It applies to all areas, from math to humanities. These differences show... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at German Joys
I just got a tweet from Jochen Wegner, online editor of Die Zeit, informing me that the correction to story number one was mentioned in the comments to that article (I couldn't find it but that doesn't mean it's not... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at German Joys
The Washington Post is keeping a tally of people shot by the police in the USA this year. Their count is 558 so far. That sounds like a lot, and perhaps it is, even for a nation of 318 million... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at German Joys
I haven't been able to find any other way to contact editors and writers at Die Zeit except for Twitter, so here goes: @alphahuhn @JochenBittner @sebmoll Noch 1 Fehlr. Korrektur-Countdown beginnt! http://t.co/5RAGnInpGR Schnelle korrektur = mehr € für RWB! —... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at German Joys
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UPDATE (31 July 2105): Both errors have been corrected as of now. Let me preface this post by saying that I quite like Die Zeit, the august German weekly newspaper. I have subscribed to Die Zeit for years, and have... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at German Joys
People ask nervously: Why am I interested in European immigration policy? Because it has the potential to fundamentally shape European society for decades. As I just pointed out, the evidence shows that immigration is one of the most important factors,... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at German Joys
@alphahuhn @JochenBittner 2 Artkl über die USA haben Fehler: http://t.co/0Ph5D7wkxS; http://t.co/Wb1o9IYcuS Dass ist Ihnen nicht egal, oder? — Andrew Hammel (@AndrewHammel1) July 29, 2015 I like the work of both Bittner and Rückert, let's hope they correct the mistakes their... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at German Joys
An article just out in Die Zeit has yet another gigantic error. In a piece on police training in the USA by Frauke Steffens, she says: "663 people have been killed by police in the USA this year, the British... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at German Joys
Bernie Sanders is the U.S. Senator from Vermont, and a self-declared 'democratic socialist'. Until very recently, that label was about as successful in US politics as 'unrepentant pederast'. But now Sanders is running for the Democratic presidential nomination against Hillary... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at German Joys
In a Germany publication called Laboratory Journal (Laborjournal), Ralph Bock, Executive Director of the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Plant Biology in Golm pens a long polemic against German hypocrisy on the subject of genetic engineering. I don't have the... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at German Joys
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(source) The most fundamental distinction lawyers and philosophers learn is between 'ought' and 'is', or the similar fact/value distinction. If you go into court and argue that your client should not be sent to prison because the laws are unfair... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at German Joys
The German press is fascinated and disturbed by videos of American police using excessive force, like the one above. Why do these videos exist? Because in the United States, it is every citizens' constitutional right to film the police doing... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at German Joys
Until now, I've only seen brief mentions of the Berlin-Brandenburg Airport fiasco in the English-language press. But now, Bloomberg brings all the gory details into the Interwebs, in all their goriness: “Professor, let me understand this,” Loge said. “You are... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at German Joys
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In one of his essays from the 1976 book Emperor of the Earth: Modes of Eccentric Vision, Czeslaw Milosz reminisces about the 19th-century American novelist Thomas Mayne Reid. Reid wrote Western novels which became popular after they were translated into... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at German Joys
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Horst Seehofer wants to create detention centers on the borders of Germany to detain migrants from the Balkan states and send them back swiftly. Great idea. As I've pointed out on this blog ad nauseam, the mainstream German press is... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2015 at German Joys
Public service time! In the USA, there is a cottage industry of people spreading the word about what rights citizens have during encounters with police. One of the best videos is from 'Flex Your Rights'. It's just below. The video... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2015 at German Joys
“If an injury has to be done to a man it should be so severe that his vengeance need not be feared.” -- Machiavelli (source) Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2015 at German Joys
The Washington Post reports that 87% of American homes have air conditioning, and as every European knows, they don't just have it, they use it, baby, to create nipple-shattering indoor Arctic coldscapes (see how accurate stereotypes are?): Overall, it's safe... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2015 at German Joys
The reason I'm posting a lot about criminal justice stats recently is first because I find it interesting but also because I'm working on a piece about German (and perhaps also French) coverage of crime in the USA. Specifically, and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2015 at German Joys
Some comments I've been getting here and elsewhere show some people may be unfamiliar with demographic statistics. So here's a short post to put things in perspective: The Country of Utopia has 1 million inhabitants, split between two population groups:... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2015 at German Joys
While we're on the subject of neighborhoods you might not want to visit in the USA, here's a long and well-written post by Ms. French Mystique on TripAdvisor about places you might wish to avoid in (or more accurately around)... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2015 at German Joys