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1  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Daylight Savings on: March 12, 2015, 07:58:54 am
Daylight savings time should be kept. Standard time should of course be abolished.

Yeah, this.
This would mean: No light for me in my part of the world in the winter before 9 am. THAT's just insane.
2  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Tits vs. Ass on: March 12, 2015, 07:54:54 am
I'm all about the ass
To be honest, the "lyrics" of this "song" still sound like "It's all about airbags" to me, so probably boobs. ;-)
3  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Favorite country starting with "A"? on: February 20, 2015, 11:27:32 am
Austria starts with Ö!
4  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update Season XXI: "Scientific Facts Are Not Hard And Fast Rules." on: February 20, 2015, 02:07:36 am
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Also, I've heard it said that Moses did write the part where he died as well.
So did Moses actually fake his death and is still alive? ;-)
5  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Do you listen to a genre of music that's difficult to explain to people? on: February 19, 2015, 05:14:24 pm
The need of distinction intrinsic to fans of hardcore punk to define a new subgenre for each and every band and its five listeners is quite insane.
6  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Moldova parliamentary election - November 30, 2014 on: February 19, 2015, 02:36:54 pm
CINOs!
7  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Ukraine Crisis on: February 19, 2015, 02:35:06 pm
I always wondered what a Sjuganow government would have looked like.
8  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update Season XXI: "Scientific Facts Are Not Hard And Fast Rules." on: February 19, 2015, 05:08:28 am
I think John was just overdramatizing the eclipse of 1999 for a good laugh and to break the americocentristic bent. ;-)

Wasn't there a reference in the Simpsons, that Halley's comet collided with the moon? I think this would count. Found the 4th trumpet. It's actually meta-allegorical. ;-)
9  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: German Elections & Politics on: February 17, 2015, 01:13:12 am
On the other hand, noone knows what Angela Merkel's CDU stands for and they are very successful at the federal level. ;-)
10  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: German Elections & Politics on: February 16, 2015, 09:36:22 am
Scholz would just happen to be Steinbrück reloaded in so many ways.

On the other hand, there seems to be some discussion, weither Scholz is "SPD's Merkel" or at least is "acting like Merkel" in a political sense, which seems to be very far fetched for me.
11  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Did Martin Luther drink better beer than your average American college student? on: February 13, 2015, 01:57:25 am
He surely drank more, at least. But the everyday beer of the 16th century was still light beer with little original wort that has probably some similarity with the German chliché of "American beer".
On the other hand, Torgisch beer (from the town of Torgau) is probably the beer Luther drank most in Wittenberg and this had a very good reputation. (It was at least that good that the students of Leipzig once started a revolt to have the import of Torgisch beer allowed so they had not to drink the beer from Leipzig that tasted like "karst".

Luther also liked wine, first of all Malvasier

On a particularly unrelated note, he once stated, that, unlike Justus Jonas, he did not use this new fenzy invention called "toilet paper".
12  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Austrian Elections & Politics on: February 10, 2015, 03:21:23 am
Oh, it was a reference to Vienna's "Pegida". It seems I accidentally jumped back in this thread and thought this had been yesterday. Sorry for that.

Of course, it can stand as a metaphor for Austrian history after WW I in general. ;-)
13  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Austrian Elections & Politics on: February 10, 2015, 03:11:52 am
Hegel bemerkt irgendwo, daß alle großen weltgeschichtlichen Thatsachen und Personen sich so zu sagen zweimal ereignen. Er hat vergessen hinzuzufügen: das eine Mal als große Tragödie, das andre Mal als lumpige Farce.

Hegel states at some point, that all great facts and characters of world history occur twice, so to speak. He forgot to add: Once as great tragedy and once as cheap farce.

Karl Marx - Der achtzehnte Brumaire des Louis Napoleon
14  Forum Community / Survivor / Re: SURVIVOR: Flags of Brazilian States - Round One on: February 03, 2015, 07:38:51 am
3 - Amazonas
2 - Espirito Santo
2 - Maranhao
1 - Pernambuco
1 - Rio de Janeiro
1 - Minas Gerais
1 - Paraiba
15  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Rank Greek political parties on: January 29, 2015, 04:32:39 am
Probably something like


1. Syriza
2. Ecologist Greens
3. Antarsya
4. Dimar
5. KDS
6. Potami

[Hades]

7. Pasok
8. KKE
9. ANEL
10. ND
11. LAOS
12. Golden Shower
16  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Which European Social Democratic party is the most pathetic? on: January 25, 2015, 06:23:32 pm
SPD. On Noske's traces since 1919.
17  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: German Elections & Politics on: January 22, 2015, 06:14:28 am
It seems, that the "Pegida" movement ("Patriotic Europeans against the isliamisation of the occident" - yes, this is not made up by the Titanic or Postillon satire outfits), that has been dominating (poisoning) the news and political discourse in Germany for the last weeks is about to lose steam.

Since December several thousand people have been marching each Monday in Dresden under this banner, driven by fears of "islamisation", "foreign criminals",asylum seekers, "those damn politicians don't listen to us" etc. We all know the racist and antidemocratic standard phrases and the claim to represent the huge majority that is constituent of European right wing populism. Parts of CDU/CSU have been actually courting them ("One has to take the Ängste of the people serious"). They even have been given a forum in the rooms of the "state central for political education".
Civic society and engagement is weak in Eastern Saxony where the CDU (which is the most right wing of whole Germany) is dominating all branches of government and society, so protests against Pegida only attracted a few thousand people.

The export of the movement has not been very successful, where they mostly comprised of well known organized Nazis and Hooligans, while the Dresden head figures had been unknown to the public, before the movement started. Of course this also influenced their resprective agenda. While in Dresden the official statements have been more diffuse, demonstrations like Kögida (Colognians against...) or Legida "Leipzigers against..." have been much more vocal about their righteous Nazi agenda. And the protests against the Pegida offspring outnumbered them by far.
On the other hand the Dresden organizers try to distance from them to some extent and their also seem to be some pending lawsuits between Dresden and some other gidas.
So their seems to be a real East Saxonian moment in this protests, that underlines the often made points that the lack of a plural and vibrant civic society is fostering right wing populism.

This week now has seen several new developments - that also once more show the pure competence of the Dresden police department. One asylum seeker from Eritrea has been killed last Monday under obscure circumstances - and the first statement the police gave was, that they could absolutely rule out unlawful killing. After 30 hours they suddenly discovered knife stiches all over his body (that had been found bleeding before) and only after that the securing of traces began.

Also on monday they banned ALL demonstrations in Dresden, because of obscure alleged islamist terror threats against the Pegida Führer ... ähm... organisator Lutz Bachmann, as if there wasn't a civil right to demonstrate (or measures of personal security). This pumped up yesterday's Legida demonstration in Leipzig as a substitution for the hard core, that attracted around 6.000-8.000 (which is a tenth of what the organisers had claimed before), but also drew a vital and heavy anti-protest. (Leipzig obviously isn't Dresden, in many respects).
While Pegida leader Bachmann had been trying to distance himself from the more right-wing and violent Leipzig movement he had been supporting them now. And then the pictures and facebook comments went in that see him who claims not to be very right wing posing as the real Führer (with moustache and all) and calling refugees vermin and other very nice things, so he had to resign yesterday (but there others from the organisation circle, that have also come more to the public so Bachmann will probably not be missed (although his persona as an ex-criminal unemployed webdesigner that once fled to South Africa to evade prison has always been very funny concerning his stance against "mooching foreign criminals"). The other funny thing is, that the AfD announced Bachmann's resignation two hours before himself, which on the one hand highlights the connections between both and on the other hand don't know how to gostwrite a PM with the right letterhead is probably  the competence moment of the day.

18  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Germany: SPD Minister-President wants to turn his Land into a theocracy on: January 16, 2015, 09:26:42 am
The typical reference in German constitutions is à la "In (acknowledging) the (our) responsibilty in front of God and the humans/people (Menschen) the people (Volk/Bevölkerung) of xy has given itself this constitution". It is also part of the Grundgesetz and the formulas  of Thuringia and Saxony-Anhalt are following this model. It isn't that surprising, either, because they had black-yellow coalitions after 1990. The more surprising thing is, that the constitution of Saxony does not have a reference of this kind.

Saxony of course has other silly references like the margraviate of Meißen, the "lower Silesian area/territory" (that is actually a traditional part of Upper Lusatia annexed by Prussia in 1815 and then merged with Silesia). And of course it is based on the "traditions of Saxonian constitutional history" and is done "minding its own guilt for its past".
19  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: German Elections & Politics on: January 15, 2015, 01:16:42 am
Probably the media attention in the last week (traditional "Dreikönigstreffen" FDP party meeting at the 6th January and the "ARD is filming Katja Suding's (the Hamburg FDP top candidate) legs).
20  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Italy 2014-2015: Brace Yourselves, the Presidential Election is Coming on: January 14, 2015, 06:57:05 am
As I am too lazy to check the Italian constitution: What will happen now? (A presidential election, I guess, but what are the rules of nomination and election?)
21  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: CSU: Immigrants should speak German at home, CDU says LOLwhat ? on: December 16, 2014, 09:12:30 am
Tender, the main thing is, that "jemanden zu etwas anhalten" which was the wording of the original proposal etwas anderes ist als "jemanden zu etwas ermutigen".
22  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: German Elections & Politics on: December 05, 2014, 01:34:51 am
The election of the Thuringian Ministerpräsident (Prime minister) will be today. Red-red-green has a majority of just one seat, so it will be interesting, if there are any defections. Expect some constitutional and procedural shenanigans, if defections occur:

There would be three rounds of voting. In the first two rounds an absolute majority of all representatives would be needed. In the third round, the Thuringian state constitution (article 70) states, that the candidate with the most votes is elected. The CDU (and especially the new Landtag president Carius (CDU)) have been presenting creative interpretations of the constituion, the last days: They state, there had to be the possibility of explicitly voting "no", if there is only one contender in the third round because the Landtag rules of procedure say so and Ramelow could not be elected, if there were more "no" than "yes" votes.

Well, the constitution tells otherwise and there is some precedent from Schleswig-Holstein in the fifties, where an election of a minority PM occured under similar rules as the Thuringian constitution has. This also has an equivalent in the Grundgesetz (constitution) of Germany, as the Bundespräsident is allowed (but not has to) to appoint a chancellor that has got the most votes in the third round of voting, but not an outright majority.
 But of course, the Landtag's rules of procedure and the CDU's whish to block the election of the Left Party politician Ramelow are more important than the constitution. ;-)


The session is supposed to begin 10 o'clock am CET. MDR will broadcast the election.
http://www.mdr.de/mediathek/livestreams/fernsehen/livestream-mdr-plus100.html
23  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: English Proficiency Index: Danes are the best non-native English-speakers on: December 01, 2014, 04:52:43 am
The most outstanding are of course those sweet guttural sounds South Germans and Austrians do, if they use diminuitives. Noone here can pronounce "-erl" properly. ;-)
An Eichhörnchen isn't a cat, obviously. And only a comet has a Schweif.

"Kann es sein, dass Weibsvolk anwesend ist?" is the only way I could imagine a proper use of womenfolk. I think, Tender will get the reference. ;-)

I like it how the topic of this thread evolved into Austrian-German language differences.
24  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: English Proficiency Index: Danes are the best non-native English-speakers on: November 27, 2014, 01:53:54 am
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(because it's the same word in German)
Well, the accurate German word is "Fahrstuhl", not to be mixed up with "driver's seat" - "Fahrersitz" ;-)
25  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Votes and elections in Switzerland on: November 25, 2014, 03:14:30 am
It is a brief analysis of the referendum results concerning "opening"/international integration of and immigration to Switzerland) classified by location ("Stadt" (urban) - orange/ "Agglomeration"  (suburban, metro area)/ - red "land" (rural) - grey). The results of each voting group are compared to the overall results (in percentage points)


The main point is that suburban voters have become more isolationist over time compared to the mean.
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