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1  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Willy Brandt on: May 19, 2015, 04:02:02 pm
Obviously the best German chancellor!
2  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: 1968 General Election - Austrian Election Series on: May 16, 2015, 04:15:07 pm
What's the parties' viewpoint on the Prague Spring and its aftermath?
3  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: UK Liberal Democrat leadership election, 2015 on: May 13, 2015, 01:08:22 am
Telegraph is reporting that Tim Farron wants to change the party's name to "the Liberals".

Why not change it to "the Liberal Party", like old?

Because the old Liberal Party still exists.
But wouldn't the Registration of Political Parties Act 1998 prohibit "The Liberals" as well?
4  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: German Elections & Politics on: May 10, 2015, 09:38:50 am
It seems that turnout now has caught up with the 2011 numbers, a bit. Weather was supposed to be better in the afternoon, so many voters probably have been taking that into account scheduling their planned voting time. Looks more 52ish now.
5  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: 1949 General Election - Austrian Election Series on: April 07, 2015, 12:26:30 pm
ÖVP (normal)
Why on earth?
6  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Top 3 Least Favorite Sports Teams on: April 03, 2015, 05:54:09 am
1. "Rasenballsport" "Leipzig"
2. TSG 1899 Hoffenheim
3. Lazio Rom
7  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.
8  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. ;-)
9  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Favorite country starting with "A"? on: February 20, 2015, 11:27:32 am
Austria starts with Ö!
10  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update Season XXI: "Scientific Facts Are Not Hard And Fast Rules." on: February 20, 2015, 02:07:36 am
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? ;-)
11  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.
12  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Moldova parliamentary election - November 30, 2014 on: February 19, 2015, 02:36:54 pm
13  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.
14  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. ;-)
15  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. ;-)
16  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.
17  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".
18  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. ;-)
19  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
20  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
21  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


7. Pasok
8. KKE
10. ND
11. LAOS
12. Golden Shower
22  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.
23  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.

24  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".
25  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).
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