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  1. Well, I did read once that the UK's negotiation style regarding Brexit is like that of a bank robber threatening to shoot himself if he doesn't get what he wants... Maybe Boris does think that crazy threats will make the EU want to appease him.
  2. How about a fresh shade of stone-grey.. ? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FdC9fOwY7tU
  3. Incidentally, those right-wing neo-nazi protesters who tried to storm the Reichstag in Berlin yesterday waved Reichskriegsflaggen (Imperial War Flags) and American Flags. I guess they see a kindred ideology represented by the current US administration... https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/aug/29/berlin-braces-for-anti-coronavirus-protest-against-covid-19-restrictions
  4. Maybe you could try to get adopted by an elder
  5. Not having a functioning public transport system will become simply not sustainable any more once the climate crisis effects fully hit. People can't keep wasting energy and producing CO2 in the west by living somewhere where you need a car for getting to work or even buying something to eat. We're lucky in Europe that cities evolved in times where you had to be able to walk everywhere. Plus, we didn't have that much land to waste for suburbs that are ridiculously spread out. Well, of course the car lobby was really strong here, too, especially in the 1960s, so the politicians heavily favoured cars over public transport. But there seems to be at least some insight now that this needs to change. Keeping a car in cities where you don't really need it is made increasingly expensive and difficult for example. It gets harder and harder to find a parking spot free of charge, for example, and that's intentional. And Corona led to far more peope using a bike. I know several people who got rid of their car and now commute to work by e-bike instead. The destruction of public transport in the US seems to have been intentional, and started by the car and oil industry, too, btw.: eta: So, to answer the thread's question: no, I don't think people will leave the cities. They will rather move to cities or at least add city centres to suburbs that can be reached on foot/by bike / by public transport. In the big cities, they will have to create opportunities for urban gardening, though. Living in a brick desert wouldn't be healthy. eta2: Frankly, I'm surprised that houses in remote suburbs still find buyers in the US. In Germany, I know of several people who weren't able to sell their houses in tiny dying villages with no shops and no public transportation. Nobody wants to move somewhere where you will be stuck when you are old and can't drive a car on your own any more. And the children all move away once they finished school. Old people in such villages depend on helpful neighbours or on travelling mini-supermarkets.
  6. I do believe they manage to weed out more unsuitable applicants in Germany, so that they don't enter the police force in the first place. There are very extensive tests here, also psych evaluations. And there is a three year training with a focus on de-escalation as opposed to a 17-weeks course in the US with the focus on learning to shoot. During the three years of training, they can detect and dismiss unsuitable persons, too. Or not employ them after the training. This kind of job is always attractive for lots of trigger-happy little bullies who would like to exert power over others without retaliation. But if you make an effort, you can reduce the number that gets through. Of course, there are also racist police officers in Germany, as the right wing organisations are very keen on infiltrating the state. E.g. there were even so-called "Reichsb├╝rger" found among them. People who reject the state and its values. Some people are good at hiding their true beliefs. There were also islamists detected who were supposed to infiltrate the police force. But my impression is that the police is overwhelmingly perceived to be trustworthy here, even by people with a migration background.
  7. Peaceful protests can be successful, but often only if the government you protest against doesn't want to use violence because they want to stick to their noble principles/ rule of law, or if they are afraid of public opinion worldwide turning against them and that this would cause economic harm. They are only afraid of public opinion of course if there is a functioning press or many people who successfully manage to post videos they took with their smartphones. In the case of the successful peaceful revolution in East Germany for example, people were incredibly lucky that Gorbachev was in power in the USSR and decided not to crush the revolution with tanks. The Czechs were not so lucky in the 1960s.
  8. I just came across this clip where they said that the "12th amendment" could be used by Trump to get elected in November. Basically by saying that the states 'can't ensure the legitimacy of the electoral college vote' (hence the allegations that vote by mail would mean voter fraud) and then they would have an 'election' where each state has only one vote to elect the president. Which would mean that the 34 Republican states would vote Trump into office. Could that really work??
  9. Very good suggestions. 1) Getting rid of the two-party-system is essential. The key is to get away from the exclusive winner-takes-it-all system that is also prevalent in the UK. In Germany, there is a rather clever 2-votes-system to achieve that goal. With your first vote, you elect the person that is supposed to represent your district. This person will get into parliament no matter what. Even if it's an independent candidate. So, yes, that does mean that mainly candidates from big parties get in directly. But the second (more important) vote is given to a party, and for them there is a so-called 5 % hurdle. I.e. any party that manages to get at least 5 % will be represented in parliament proportionally and they can send in their candidates from a list, to fill their seats. If a party has more direct seats than would have been assigned to them according to the second vote, the number of people in parliament is increased. That is not so ideal, as the number of MPs sometimes increases substantially in Germany. The good thing is that people can see that new parties can and do pop up. And the established big parties have to form coalitions with them, or at least deal with their opposition viewpoints, as they can't be sure to keep their majority in the next election. 2) Definitely. People didn't get that old in the 18th century, so the terms were limited by that factor. But today, you need to limit the terms, and also set a retirement age for SC judges. 3) The electoral college. What a humbug in modern times. If you really want to keep the notion of people riding to Washington on your behalf, at least make sure that they represent an equal number of voters, and that they have to vote according to the proportion of votes. 4) Oh yes. It's really really dangerous that you need that much money to finance campaigns in the US. That way rich people can and will buy politicians who only do what the donors want, not what their voters want.
  10. It's at 8:15 pm MET (middle European time). The livestream is on www.eurovision.de or www.ardmediathek.de (click on "live tv"), and they will also broadcast the "Europe Shine a Light" show from the Netherlands there afterwards. But they will only have performances by former Eurovision contestants/winners (which should be good, too), whereas at 8:15 you can see 10 of the actual contestants that would have competed today. See you soon.
  11. I've found no indication on the website www.eurovision.de that their livestream is only available in Germany. It will also be streamed on the ARD Mediathek (ARD is the German public broadcasting channel, comparable to the BBC in Britain). I only found a trailer on their mediathek, maybe you could test if you can access that from abroad? https://www.ardmediathek.de/ard/player/Y3JpZDovL2Rhc2Vyc3RlLm5kci5kZS8xNDQwL2EyZGRhMTU4LTRlMzAtNDE1OC04ODgwLTFkNTA3NjY0YjQxZA/vorschau-eurovision-song-contest-2020 eta: Or you could click "live TV" on www.ardmediathek.de to check if you can see what they are broadcasting at the moment. But even if ARD doesn't work, www.eurovision.de should. I hope.
  12. I guess it's a question of role models and peer pressure. If smoking is widely seen as a) a grown-up thing b) something glamorous c) something that rebels/the cool kids do, teenagers will start smoking at a higher percentage. And if you start as a teenager, it's really hard to stop. In Germany, there are still many smokers, but many teenagers seem to have migrated to smoking shisha. Especially the kids of Turkish descent who like to hang out with their friends in shisha bars. No idea if smoking shisha really makes people more likely to also smoke tobacco, but I've heard about that theory, too. I'm so, sooo glad that smoking isn't allowed in restaurants and cafes any more. I really hated how horrible clothes/hair stank after visiting a restaurant, even if you're a non-smoker. Maybe giving less opportunities to smoke also made smoking less popular.
  13. There will be a German Eurovision livestream show tomorrow at 8:15 pm MET with live performances of 10 of the actual Eurovision contestants of this year! From the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg. https://www.eurovision.de/news/Sendetermine-im-TV-und-Livestreams-zum-ESC,fernsehtermine112.html Time to make use of the board's new chat function.
  14. There will be a German livestream show with live performances of 10 actual contestants! Tomorrow 8:15 p.m. MET at https://www.eurovision.de/news/Sendetermine-im-TV-und-Livestreams-zum-ESC,fernsehtermine112.html Eurovision Chatters assemble!
  15. Interesting, that seems to be what is done in Germany now that R was below 1. Restrictions are reduced, but with the failsafe that regions have to go into lockdown again if there are more than 50 new covid19 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. That was reached immediately in a rural area where more than 100 workers in a meat processing plant were infected. So they didn't get out of lockdown at all in that area.
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