Beautiful German of the week.
Because somebody has to admire them.
That means a test. As in a litmus test. As in the proving ground. As in testing times.
Yeah, that’s it. Testing times. And that, according to Chancellor Merkel herself, is what Germany is going through at the moment.
But it ain’t no big deal because, well, no. There still is no Plan B. And yes, “wir schaffen das” (we can do it). “We” meaning “you” in this case, of course. But still.
“Das ist eine Bewährungsprobe. Ich bin überzeugt, dass wir das schaffen.”
Yesterday we discussed the German Willkomenskultur (welcome culture). Today the very latest big thing is a new German word called Abschiedskultur (farewell or send-off culture).
There are over 200,000 asylum seekers who have been denied asylum here in Germany but are still here. After the latest terror attacks – committed by two of them – a CDU politician (from Angela Merkel’s welcome culture party itself) has now had the audacity to say that it’s high time for the German government to see to it that those denied asylum actually go.
Boy oh boy did this guy ever take a dive into some hot water.
Wer abgelehnt wird, muss gehen.
PS: Sorry, I just double-checked. Only one of those two asylum seekers was denied asylum. The other one was “well-integrated.”
Who would have thought that? According to the GfK Verein market research company in Nuremberg, 83 percent of Germans asked suddenly consider immigration to be Germany’s biggest challenge, a percentage twice as high as the survey indicated just one year ago. This is also a higher number than in any of the other 23 countries surveyed.
And this is a survey that took place back in February and March, mind you.
What could ever be the cause? And whatever happened to good old-fashioned German Willkommenskultur (welcome culture), anyway?
83 Prozent aller Deutschen bereiten Zuwanderung und Integration Kopfzerbrechen – so vielen wie in keinem anderen der 23 Teilnehmer-Länder der Studie. Im Vergleich zum Vorjahr hat sich der Wert mehr als verdoppelt; damals lag er bei 35 Prozent.
Again, I mean.
There will be no jumping to conclusions here, dear German readers. It is verboten or something. But we do have to consider the remote possibility that maybe, just perhaps, this latest attack in Ansbach was also an act of Islamic terror (itself). It is too early to tell, however, like I said. And we certainly would not want to hurt anybody’s feelings by doing so.
What is going on in Germany?, the BBC journalist above asks. Well just don’t ask any German journalists if you want to know.
Es „fühlte sich wie Terror an“, muss aber keiner gewesen sein.
Without them, this nutcase might have carried out a mass shooting or something.
To own a semi-automatic 9mm Glock pistol like the kind used in the Munich shootings, a citizen would have had to have been over 18, waited a year for his licence and undergone a psychological evaluation.
He owned it illegally, however. So, like, he’s in BIG trouble with the law now.
Der Deutsch-Iraner nutzte für seine Tat eine 9mm Glock-Pistole. Diese habe der 18-Jährige offenbar illegal besessen, da die Seriennummer der Waffe ausgefeilt war, sagte der Präsident des bayerischen Landeskriminalamts, Robert Heimberger. Eine Erlaubnis für die Waffe besaß der Täter nicht.
PS: We all know what the reaction would have been if this had taken place in Kansas City, folks: Stricter gun control laws would have prevented it. It’s all quite irrational, really.
Neanderthals once populated the entire European continent. Around 45,000 years ago, Homo neanderthalensis was the predominant human species in Europe. They reached their population peak right before their population rapidly declined and they eventually became extinct.
Or so it was thought until recently.
Precisely why this species will finally die out for good is still unclear. Perhaps it will be due to low genetic diversity, perhaps to the rise of Homo sapiens like the rest of us with real brains. This question will continue to occupy amateur scientists like myself for some time to come.
That means “negro kiss” and is a somewhat antiquated name for a popular chocolate covered marshmallow here.
And using this name can get you fired in this highly sensitive, politically correct day and age we are forced to live in, too. A manager who works at the tour operator Thomas Cook just found that out.
It didn’t matter that no offense was intended when he ordered one of these things at the company cafeteria – from a black employee to boot – the company acted as it was expected to act and fired this otherwise irreproachable employee of ten years without notice.
Den Thomas-Cook-Mitarbeiter jedenfalls hat die drastische Reaktion des Unternehmens auf den Eklat in der Kantine erschüttert. Er zog vors Frankfurter Arbeitsgericht – und bekam dort Recht. Da der unbescholtene Mann aus dem mittleren Management mehr als zehn Jahre ohne Beanstandungen gearbeitet habe, sei ohne vorherige Abmahnung weder eine außerordentliche fristlose noch eine ordentliche Kündigung gerechtfertigt, befand das Arbeitsgericht.
Like the guy at my Imbissbude (snack stand) always tries to do, I mean?
BratWurst Bot was built using a set of common parts run by a flexible, adaptive software package that can interact with members of the public. It’s based on a Universal Robots UR-10 arm equipped with Schunk PG-70 standard parallel gripper hand and a very standard pair of grill tongs. The bratwursts were conveyed from an ordinary tray to a regular gas grill before being plated and served.