Category Archives: Politics

We are at war with Libya

We’ve always been at war with Libya. I wonder what the French dwarf is trying to compensate. Napoleon at least had the decency to accompany his troops.

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Ich möchte, dass ihr mich Loretta nennt, arrr!

Die Piraten haben auf ihrem Bundesparteitag Folgendes beschlossen: Der Zwang zum geschlechtseindeutigen Vornamen ist abzuschaffen. (nebst viel weiterem Irrsinn). Ich kann dabei nur an eines denken: Ich möchte, dass ihr … dass ihr mich von jetzt an Loretta nennt. Es … Continue reading

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Global warming watch, winter 2010/11 edition

Just for the record, first snowfall in Cologne on the morning of 2010-11-26.

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Wohin sind bloß all die Arbeitslosen verschwunden?

Note to non-German speaking readers: this is about the dropping number of people of working age, i. e., a rising number of old people, which is disguised as a dropping number of jobless persons. This is especially helpful for our politicians, … Continue reading

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Meine Stimme hat nichts bewirkt

A note to non-German-speaking readers: this post is concerned with the last election in Northrhine-Westphalia, but the general point holds for all elections in representative democracies. A single vote in itself has no impact – no matter how it is cast … Continue reading

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Stadtarchiv anniversary

Exactly one year ago, the Kölner Stadtarchiv crashed. Until now, nobody has been punished for this; there is talk about sacking some officials, sending them into retirement with generous pensions – not my idea of punishment. I have something more frightening … Continue reading

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A Fistful of Afghani

Westerwelle: My government is prepared to offer you 50 million dollars to leave the Taliban. Omar: I’m afraid you underestimate me, Mr. Westerwelle. Your people and mine have a different set of values. Westerwelle: Mr. Omar, you must understand the … Continue reading

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Wie wir von unserer politischen Klasse abgezockt werden

Politiker zocken uns ständig ab, ganz egal, welcher Partei sie nun angehören; wichtig ist nur, dass sie die Gelegenheit dazu bekommen. Das Schlimmste aber ist, dass sie uns vorheucheln, dies zu unserem Wohl zu tun. Schlechtes Gewissen kommt bei ihnen … Continue reading

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Norman Ernest Borlaug, a great man

The 20th century had its fair share of mass murderers: Hitler, Stalin, Mao, each can count 20 million dead on their accounts, easily. And one of their favorite tools for murder was starvation. Luckily, there was a man who would … Continue reading

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In praise of the incandescent light bulb

Today is the first day of Stage 1 of the Commission Regulation (EC) 244/2009†, implementing Directive 2005/32/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council with regard to ecodesign requirements for non-directional household lamps – or in plain English, the … Continue reading

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