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  1. Mindwalker

    German politics xth attempt

    If we're talking who could take her place in her own party, I see two options: AKK, basically a Merkel clone (neo-liberal, relatively reasonable and compromising regarding other issues, rather exercising her power behind the scenes than in public), and Spahn - young(ish), very ambitious and very right-wing. He'd invite the AfD to form a coalition in a heartbeat. As for the other parties... The SPD are turncoats par excellence, so I wouldn't put it beyond them to work with the AfD (to prevent worse, you know... for the country). The Green Party are so desperate to govern they'd sell their grandmothers, but they wouldn't if the AfD was part of the deal. The FDP, on the other hand...
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    US Politics: Sit Up Straight and Show Some Respect

    Time for any alien civilization to pack and leave the galaxy... #noteveryhuman
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    German politics xth attempt

    The Tweet: https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2018/6/18/17474600/trump-tweet-crime-germany You’ll be shocked to learn the president sometimes says untrue things.
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    German politics xth attempt

    So, if she cannot come back from the EU summit of leaders in just under a fortnight with some kind of plan or agreement, it will be open season on the German chancellor. Yeah, if by "some kind of plan" they mean something substantial in terms of common European policies and refugee quota for each country... when hell freezes over, maybe. Kramp-Karrenbauer is waiting in the wings, I guess.
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    German politics xth attempt

    For some reason, this hasn't hit inernational papers yet. Roughly 100 days into its term, the German government is in a serious crisis. The CSU is basically blackmailing the chancellor over refugee/ asylum/ border practices, the SPD play dead, and Merkel is looking very weak. ETA: H, the WaPo has something: https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/merkels-government-faces-internal-rebellion-over-immigration-in-germany/2018/06/18/69efe4e6-70bc-11e8-b4d8-eaf78d4c544c_story.html?utm_term=.6f4474203c93
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    U.S. Politics: Would You Like A Warranty With Your Magic Beans?

    Let me hazard a guess... He is trying to say that 'the natives,' and the 'Eskimos.' respectively, were rascists? ETA: Jinxed by Jeordhi.
  7. Apparently Trump has withdrawn his signature of the G-7 statement... via Twitter. A class act.
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    BIRDS (and how to look at them)

    The Celestron sounds good. Of course, in my place, these things are more expensive. I also take months to make decisions like these, so it might take a while. PS: Today there was a crow not far from my window. Beautiful creatures.
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    BIRDS (and how to look at them)

    Thank you @Seli! Will check out Singer; German would be fine. Never heard of him. I found out there will be some guided birding tours in my area in May and at the end of April, so if everything works out, I'll try one of these. Must find a book and probably binoculars...
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    BIRDS (and how to look at them)

    Thank you @Xray the Enforcer! Indeed it seems that "The Svensson" is universally recommended. (There is a German edition. You are right, otherwise the names will be confusing. For example, by "white swan" I meant "mute swan". Looks like resorting to the Latin name is less common than in, say, plant lover circles.) I'm just afraid it's a little bit overkill for me, particularly lugging it around everywhere. So unless your friends have other recommendations, I might choose another "Svensson" first. The drawings are said to be not as good, but it's available as a pocket book. The original version is called "Philip's GUide to Birds of Britain and Europe": https://www.amazon.de/s/ref=a9_sc_1?rh=i%3Aenglish-books%2Ck%3Aphilip's+guide+to+birds+of+britain+and+europe&keywords=philip's+guide+to+birds+of+britain+and+europe&ie=UTF8&qid=1523559559 Sounds good? I prefer real books anyway, I'm old-fashioned. PS: SOrry, wonky keyboard.
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    BIRDS (and how to look at them)

    I somehow got sucked into this thread. Fascinating! Although in my place (big city), I mostly just see crows (love them), pigeons (dont love'em), magpies, and on the river, ducks and six white swans (one of them giving my crazy little dog the evil eye, so we hastily retreated). Sparrows have become quite rare. Oh, and right across the river, in another city, we have a nice colony of those small green parrots named after Alexander the Great (decendants of ex-imprisoned birds-- neozoons??). I was wondering, any recommendations for birding in Central Europe, like field guides, identification websites and such?
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    German politics xth attempt

    It's already old news, but I'm still annoyed, so... https://www.tagesspiegel.de/politik/bundesregierung-deutschland-chef-von-goldman-sachs-wird-staatssekretaer/21086578.html https://www.freitag.de/autoren/sebastianpuschner/goldman-sachs-regiert http://www.taz.de/!5492529/
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    German politics xth attempt

    Meanwhile, Nahles told us what makes Hubertus Heil such a great choice: He is a terrific negotiator, and politics is all about negotiating, duh! Also, if anybody still believed the SPD was going to renew/ rejuvenate itself in substance or style... https://www.taz.de/Neue-Drehung-beim-Paragraf-219a/!5491494/
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    German politics xth attempt

    Yeah, my translation was probably bad!
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    German politics xth attempt

    Haha, yes, Bär wants "air taxis"! Never mind the sorry state of our internet connections... Speaking of Hubertus Heil, here is a commentary on him: https://www.taz.de/Kommentar-Hubertus-Heil-als-Minister/!5490598/ Wenn die SPD sich aus Angst vor einer Neuwahl schon dazu gezwungen sieht, trotz ihres desolaten Zustands in die Bundesregierung einzutreten – warum überlässt sie dann das „Kernressort für die Sozialdemokratie“ (Andrea Nahles) ausgerechnet Heil? Er steht für das „Weiter so“ einer erodierenden SPD. (...) Schröders Erbe ist bei Hubertus Heil in sicheren Händen. ETA: Three of the six SPD ministers are women; however, the three considered important all went to men... Hony soit qui mal y pense and all that...
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