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2013-05-24 10:09:40 AM
Or Denmark, or Norway, or Russia, or Greece, or Hungary, or Belgium, or Luxembourg, or the former Yugoslavic states, or Malta, or the Netherlands....but still.
 
2013-05-24 10:43:43 AM
But it's still cool with the US, right? Right?
 
2013-05-24 10:43:52 AM
I admire Germany and wish I were German.
 
2013-05-24 10:45:29 AM
They say that the Germans always make good stuff, but that's because they have never seen German pornography.
 
2013-05-24 10:46:49 AM
how about israel?  did they vote for the jurmans??
 
2013-05-24 10:46:57 AM
At least until WWIII. Kidding!
 
2013-05-24 10:48:17 AM

Suede head: I admire Germany and wish I were German.


Well start eating tons of bland food (limited to only white asparagas when it is in season), go to Majorca every single vacation, and start sporting some Jack Wolfskin and you will be halfway there.
 
2013-05-24 10:49:02 AM
Upper Volta was voted "class clown"but wasn't around to claim her prize.

Transylvania was vote "most spirited" but the Irish are demanding a recount.

South Carolina was voted most likely to secede.
 
2013-05-24 10:49:04 AM

Suede head: I admire Germany and wish I were German.


Don't give up hope.  Third time's a charm.
 
2013-05-24 10:49:10 AM
I've always wonderd what attitudes towards France were like in the 19th century. After successive wars started by France througout that entire century, I kind of wonder if people said the same thing about them and continued to blame them even after all the people who started the conflicts were long dead. Smitty, WW2 ended 70 years ago. It's a different country, different people, different attitudes. Don't you get a little tired of reading how you must be directly responsible for slavery? Give it a rest already.
 
2013-05-24 10:49:32 AM
Somebody's always gonna suck up to the rich kid, just like people do with the U.S. I think it's hilarious that Germany finally conquered Europe with diplomacy. Could've saved so much time and pain, guys.
 
2013-05-24 10:51:26 AM

Suede head: I admire Germany and wish I were German.


I can actually claim German citizenship. (And Lithuanian. And possibly Polish.)
 
2013-05-24 10:52:23 AM
i concur

i was stationed at ramstein 98 - 02, then went back for 3 months (rhein-main) in 04.

germany was my #1 choice (as well as 2 other choices...ramstein #1, rhein-main and spangdhalem also on the list) on my "dream sheet" coming out of basic/tech school, but when my classmates, who got to the assignment lists before i did due to my being the class leader and having to command the marching, came up to me saying "you're going to germany!", i thought they were messing with me. NO ONE gets their #1 choice! but to my surprise, off to germany i went!

funny thing is, aside from having to learn some of the language to really enjoy the experience, i did NOT have culture shock going over there...but going back home to hope, arkansas, on leave, i had MAJOR culture shock and could not wait to get back "home" to germany!

and now i can't wait for the day i have enough money saved up to take the family on a german vacation
 
2013-05-24 10:52:24 AM

Lyonid: Suede head: I admire Germany and wish I were German.

Don't give up hope.  Third time's a charm.


I see what you did there.
 
2013-05-24 10:53:45 AM

thisiszombocom: how about israel?  did they vote for the jurmans??


Isreal beats out north korean...

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-22624104
 
2013-05-24 10:55:09 AM
Popular != good.

You know who else was popular?
 
2013-05-24 10:57:21 AM

bungle_jr: funny thing is, aside from having to learn some of the language to really enjoy the experience, i did NOT have culture shock going over there...but going back home to hope, arkansas, on leave, i had MAJOR culture shock and could not wait to get back "home" to germany!


Try living up north far away from the Americans - It'll come.

/also had reverse culture shock
//had i moved somewhere other than Brooklyn where I actually had to drive, it probably would have been worse.
 
2013-05-24 10:57:54 AM

bungle_jr: i concur

i was stationed at ramstein 98 - 02, then went back for 3 months (rhein-main) in 04.

germany was my #1 choice (as well as 2 other choices...ramstein #1, rhein-main and spangdhalem also on the list) on my "dream sheet" coming out of basic/tech school, but when my classmates, who got to the assignment lists before i did due to my being the class leader and having to command the marching, came up to me saying "you're going to germany!", i thought they were messing with me. NO ONE gets their #1 choice! but to my surprise, off to germany i went!

funny thing is, aside from having to learn some of the language to really enjoy the experience, i did NOT have culture shock going over there...but going back home to hope, arkansas, on leave, i had MAJOR culture shock and could not wait to get back "home" to germany!

and now i can't wait for the day i have enough money saved up to take the family on a german vacation


When I went to Naples for a chem/bio response exercise, the woman at the on-base Subway (which is horrid - never eat on-base at Capodichino) said she had been deployed there for three years and didn't speak a word of Italian. She almost never left base. I can't imagine being deployed to a foreign country for three years and not trying to learn the language and spending time experiencing life elsewhere.
 
2013-05-24 10:58:28 AM

Rapmaster2000: They say that the Germans always make good stuff, but that's because they have never seen German pornography.


I find it efficient.
 
2013-05-24 10:59:08 AM

miss diminutive: Or Denmark, or Norway, or Russia, or Greece, or Hungary, or Belgium, or Luxembourg, or the former Yugoslavic states, or Malta, or the Netherlands....but still.


Let's sing along!

The Germans invaded the French,The Germans invaded the CzechsThe Germans invaded the Netherlands,And they invaded North Africa nextThe Germans invaded the Balkans,And they almost invaded in Spain,Along with the Soviet regions, the Poles and Norwegians, The Belgians, the Brits and the Danes!
 
2013-05-24 10:59:22 AM
I am excited that German software company SAP has started hiring autistic people. They found out that when they hired them their productivity goes through the roof. Great news for my daughter, I hope I hope.
 
2013-05-24 10:59:24 AM

lilplatinum: bungle_jr: funny thing is, aside from having to learn some of the language to really enjoy the experience, i did NOT have culture shock going over there...but going back home to hope, arkansas, on leave, i had MAJOR culture shock and could not wait to get back "home" to germany!

Try living up north far away from the Americans - It'll come.

/also had reverse culture shock
//had i moved somewhere other than Brooklyn where I actually had to drive, it probably would have been worse.


Admit it - you guys are secret socialists.
 
2013-05-24 11:01:40 AM

Lyonid: miss diminutive: Or Denmark, or Norway, or Russia, or Greece, or Hungary, or Belgium, or Luxembourg, or the former Yugoslavic states, or Malta, or the Netherlands....but still.

Let's sing along!

The Germans invaded the French,The Germans invaded the CzechsThe Germans invaded the Netherlands,And they invaded North Africa nextThe Germans invaded the Balkans,And they almost invaded in Spain,Along with the Soviet regions, the Poles and Norwegians, The Belgians, the Brits and the Danes!


Bah... no preview = no cookie for me.

The Germans invaded the French,

The Germans invaded the Czechs

The Germans invaded the Netherlands,

And they invaded North Africa next

The Germans invaded the Balkans,

And they almost invaded in Spain,

Along with the Soviet regions, the Poles and Norwegians,

The Belgians, the Brits and the Danes!
 
2013-05-24 11:02:29 AM

lilplatinum: Suede head: I admire Germany and wish I were German.

Well start eating tons of bland food (limited to only white asparagas when it is in season), go to Majorca every single vacation, and start sporting some Jack Wolfskin and you will be halfway there.


I've started growing an unironic mullet if that helps.
 
2013-05-24 11:04:45 AM
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2013-05-24 11:05:09 AM

lilplatinum: bungle_jr: funny thing is, aside from having to learn some of the language to really enjoy the experience, i did NOT have culture shock going over there...but going back home to hope, arkansas, on leave, i had MAJOR culture shock and could not wait to get back "home" to germany!

Try living up north far away from the Americans - It'll come.

/also had reverse culture shock
//had i moved somewhere other than Brooklyn where I actually had to drive, it probably would have been worse.


the worst part of living around kaiserslautern was all the americans

but, because of the huge k-town american population, i didn't have to learn the whole language to get by...however, because of the huge k-town american population, i was not motivated enough to learn the whole language.

good and bad on that part. it was easy to communicate most places. but i really should have learned the language anyway. i did try...i can read certain fairly simple things (menu/food labels, simple instructions, etc) in german. and the news that would come on the top of every hour on the radio stations, i could pick up on key points since they spoke clearly and simply, and newsreaders reading headlines often do in any language.

i was always really pissed off at the americans who EXPECTED the locals to speak english, and they had not interest in picking up on any german words/phrases...even had a dumbarse friend who got mad at the lack of english speaking in certain places.

one time i was ordering at mcdonalds (yes, i know...but since i lived there, eating some american fast food wasn't a big deal...and it tasted a little different than stateside mcd) in german...the guy spoke back to me in english. i said "i'm trying to practice my german"...he said "i'm trying to practice my english". touche!
 
2013-05-24 11:05:19 AM

Suede head: lilplatinum: Suede head: I admire Germany and wish I were German.

Well start eating tons of bland food (limited to only white asparagas when it is in season), go to Majorca every single vacation, and start sporting some Jack Wolfskin and you will be halfway there.

I've started growing an unironic mullet if that helps.


Well done, now go uncomfortably stare at some strangers.
 
2013-05-24 11:07:08 AM

lousyskater: [25.media.tumblr.com image 850x817]


Funny, like German humor.
 
2013-05-24 11:07:31 AM

bungle_jr: the worst part of living around kaiserslautern was all the americans

but, because of the huge k-town american population, i didn't have to learn the whole language to get by...however, because of the huge k-town american population, i was not motivated enough to learn the whole language.


Even without Americans, you can pretty much get around in normal cities with English.  I was in Hamburg for 5 years, but at first I thought I was only there a year.  I made minimal effort to learn the language and got around just fine with English (except, amusingly, in the immigration office where they refuse to speak it to you).  I did eventually learn, but that was mostly because I was dating a German and she would switch to German when we argued so that she could win.
 
2013-05-24 11:08:13 AM

AverageAmericanGuy: Popular != good.

You know who else was popular?


One Direction.
 
2013-05-24 11:09:47 AM
vygramul: When I went to Naples for a chem/bio response exercise, the woman at the on-base Subway (which is horrid - never eat on-base at Capodichino) said she had been deployed there for three years and didn't speak a word of Italian. She almost never left base. I can't imagine being deployed to a foreign country for three years and not trying to learn the language and spending time experiencing life elsewhere.

I spent most of my time growing up in Hawaii (USMC dependent).  We'd always lived off base and participated in the non-military community.  SO many of my peers were the opposite: wouldn't leave base except to go to the mall.

Boggled my mind.  Spend years living in a place where people will spend thousands for a few days, and you're not even going to go to the beach?  Hike some waterfalls?  WTF?
 
2013-05-24 11:10:24 AM
They shut off their nuclear plants after fukushima and make great cars (although Tesla is giving them a run for their money in the "best cars" category).  They also make great synthesizers (Waldorf). 

Germany has come a long way and every country should admire their ability to be self-reflective and make changes for the better. 

U.S.A. is acting like 1990s Wal-Mart.  "we're the best, so we're gonna milk this "best" status for as long as we can keep these suckers buying into thinking that the idea of "made in the usa" still exists when it doesn't"
 
2013-05-24 11:11:02 AM

I_C_Weener: AverageAmericanGuy: Popular != good.

You know who else was popular?

One Direction.



3.bp.blogspot.com
Oooh. Sorry. We were going for "Who is Hitler?"

"Who is Hitler?.." You still have control, please make a selection.

 
2013-05-24 11:11:12 AM

vygramul: bungle_jr: i concur

i was stationed at ramstein 98 - 02, then went back for 3 months (rhein-main) in 04.

germany was my #1 choice (as well as 2 other choices...ramstein #1, rhein-main and spangdhalem also on the list) on my "dream sheet" coming out of basic/tech school, but when my classmates, who got to the assignment lists before i did due to my being the class leader and having to command the marching, came up to me saying "you're going to germany!", i thought they were messing with me. NO ONE gets their #1 choice! but to my surprise, off to germany i went!

funny thing is, aside from having to learn some of the language to really enjoy the experience, i did NOT have culture shock going over there...but going back home to hope, arkansas, on leave, i had MAJOR culture shock and could not wait to get back "home" to germany!

and now i can't wait for the day i have enough money saved up to take the family on a german vacation

When I went to Naples for a chem/bio response exercise, the woman at the on-base Subway (which is horrid - never eat on-base at Capodichino) said she had been deployed there for three years and didn't speak a word of Italian. She almost never left base. I can't imagine being deployed to a foreign country for three years and not trying to learn the language and spending time experiencing life elsewhere.


uuugggghhhh, one of THOSE people! i assume she was the spouse of a military man? she should've just stayed with her folks for the 2 to 4 years her husband was overseas.

i had a coworker and his wife who were sort of this way. very nice outgoing folks, would always be at the gatherings we had, very social, etc, but they rarely experienced german culture.

they did have 1 german restaurant they frequented, but it was the laughing stock of german restaurants. neither the germans nor the americans we worked with went to this particular restaurant. going there and saying you like german food was like going to el chico and saying you like mexican food.
 
2013-05-24 11:12:16 AM

Fark U: They shut off their nuclear plants after fukushima and make great cars (although Tesla is giving them a run for their money in the "best cars" category).  They also make great synthesizers (Waldorf).
Germany has come a long way and every country should admire their ability to be self-reflective and make changes for the better.
U.S.A. is acting like 1990s Wal-Mart.  "we're the best, so we're gonna milk this "best" status for as long as we can keep these suckers buying into thinking that the idea of "made in the usa" still exists when it doesn't"


I can't admire their shutting down their nuclear reactors so long as they keep buying power from French nuclear reactors.
 
2013-05-24 11:13:24 AM

bungle_jr: they did have 1 german restaurant they frequented, but it was the laughing stock of german restaurants. neither the germans nor the americans we worked with went to this particular restaurant. going there and saying you like german food was like going to el chico and saying you like mexican food.


Speaking of which, did you ever try Mexican food in germany?   I once ordered a plate of fajitas which included steamed broccoli. 

I later discerned that the word Mexicanische before a food simply meant they had dumped some canned corn on an entre.
 
2013-05-24 11:16:27 AM
vygramul:

I can't admire their shutting down their nuclear reactors so long as they keep buying power from French nuclear reactors.

Yeah, you won't be so arrogant in a few more years.  Mr. "short term thinker"
 
2013-05-24 11:16:31 AM

bungle_jr: uuugggghhhh, one of THOSE people! i assume she was the spouse of a military man? she should've just stayed with her folks for the 2 to 4 years her husband was overseas.

i had a coworker and his wife who were sort of this way. very nice outgoing folks, would always be at the gatherings we had, very social, etc, but they rarely experienced german culture.

they did have 1 german restaurant they frequented, but it was the laughing stock of german restaurants. neither the germans nor the americans we worked with went to this particular restaurant. going there and saying you like german food was like going to el chico and saying you like mexican food.


I didn't converse with her long, but she was a civilian, so probably a spouse.

It's always funny when you see American tourists eating at a KFC or McDonald's. It's like, really? You're not going to try a Pizza Margherita while you're in Naples? Not going to go to the cafe for pastries and gelato? You're going to eat THERE?
 
2013-05-24 11:19:08 AM

lilplatinum: bungle_jr: the worst part of living around kaiserslautern was all the americans

but, because of the huge k-town american population, i didn't have to learn the whole language to get by...however, because of the huge k-town american population, i was not motivated enough to learn the whole language.

Even without Americans, you can pretty much get around in normal cities with English.


some of my funnest memories were the 2 or 3 times where english really didn't get us by.

once, we were camping out in a field for Bizarre Fest (near cologne). one of my buddies and i needed to go drop a deuce, so rather than using the outdoors or walking to the super crowded fest, we wandered about 1/2 mile into this nearby town. we walked into a corner pub this fine early afternoon, to find 3 guys...the bartender, and an older guy and a younger guy who were manning the barstools. the younger guy spoke a little bit of english, the old guy and the bartender spoke essentially none.

so, with our broken german and the younger guy translating the best he could, we learned the older guy was a newly retired cop, the younger guy was a cop on his force treating him to retirement drinks, and my buddy and i got thoroughly plastered thanks to their extreme generosity.

when we stumbled back to our campsite, our slightly worried friends got the full story. we were gone a couple hours, but after we explained they understood happily why it took us so long.

/csb
 
2013-05-24 11:19:20 AM

Fark U: vygramul:

I can't admire their shutting down their nuclear reactors so long as they keep buying power from French nuclear reactors.

Yeah, you won't be so arrogant in a few more years.  Mr. "short term thinker"


The fall-out from a French melt-down is just going to Germany to begin with. I admire their building solar - they even have an entire town run by solar. But handing off the nuclear safety to another country and hoping for the best is not my idea of a good move. So long as I'm in danger of fall-out, I'd rather keep MY hands on making sure the place is safe than someone else.

/Japan has had a horrid safety record, as far as I can tell
 
2013-05-24 11:19:40 AM

Fark U: vygramul:

I can't admire their shutting down their nuclear reactors so long as they keep buying power from French nuclear reactors.

Yeah, you won't be so arrogant in a few more years.  Mr. "short term thinker"


Yes, immediate reactionary political moves are the much better way.   Who cares if there is no realistic substitution for the energy generated by those plants, we will just power the country by Pixie Dust and Unicorn Farts.

/Atomkraft?  Ja, bitte.
 
2013-05-24 11:19:55 AM

Some parts of Germany are quite lovely.


i.imgur.com
i.imgur.com
 
2013-05-24 11:20:04 AM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solar_power_in_Germany 


Germany is the world's top  (PV) installer, with a solar PV capacity as of December 2012 of more than 32.3  (GW).  The German new solar PV installations increased by about 7.6 GW in 2012, and solar PV provided 18 TWh (billion ) of electricity in 2011, about 3% of total electricity. Some market analysts expect this could reach 25 percent by 2050. Germany has a goal of producing 35% of electricity from renewable sources by 2020 and 100% by 2050.

Accommodating high percentages of wind and solar
Germany had not installed adequate storage to accommodate high percentages of wind and solar power and in 2012 is exporting peak generation to neighboring countries.
Approximately 9 GW of photovoltaic plants in Germany are being retrofitted to shut down if the frequency increases to 50.2 Hz, indicating an excess of electricity on the grid. The frequency of the grid is available on the Internet, and is unlikely to reach 50.2 Hz during normal operation, but can if Germany is exporting power to countries that suddenly experience a power failure, as happened in 2003 and 2006


/current technology is current, just wait on the next big "breakthrough" smarty pants guy
//moore's law
///dinosaur thinkers go extinct, as they should.
 
2013-05-24 11:21:26 AM

lilplatinum: bungle_jr: they did have 1 german restaurant they frequented, but it was the laughing stock of german restaurants. neither the germans nor the americans we worked with went to this particular restaurant. going there and saying you like german food was like going to el chico and saying you like mexican food.

Speaking of which, did you ever try Mexican food in germany?   I once ordered a plate of fajitas which included steamed broccoli. 

I later discerned that the word Mexicanische before a food simply meant they had dumped some canned corn on an entre.


the 2 mexican restaurants i went to while there were true americanized tex-mex places that were in business solely because of the american population, so no, not really the experience you had
 
2013-05-24 11:22:21 AM
cl.jroo.me
 
2013-05-24 11:23:46 AM
The 9/11 terrorists had a great time in Hamburg.

/we need a Godwin thing for 9/11... or is that a Giuliani?
 
2013-05-24 11:24:21 AM

vygramul: bungle_jr: uuugggghhhh, one of THOSE people! i assume she was the spouse of a military man? she should've just stayed with her folks for the 2 to 4 years her husband was overseas.

i had a coworker and his wife who were sort of this way. very nice outgoing folks, would always be at the gatherings we had, very social, etc, but they rarely experienced german culture.

they did have 1 german restaurant they frequented, but it was the laughing stock of german restaurants. neither the germans nor the americans we worked with went to this particular restaurant. going there and saying you like german food was like going to el chico and saying you like mexican food.

I didn't converse with her long, but she was a civilian, so probably a spouse.

It's always funny when you see American tourists eating at a KFC or McDonald's. It's like, really? You're not going to try a Pizza Margherita while you're in Naples? Not going to go to the cafe for pastries and gelato? You're going to eat THERE?


my 2nd of 2 trips to venice, during a 4+month stay at aviano, was with a friend and a couple other guys i barely knew who happened to get deployed with us. these 2 guys insisted on eating at MC-FRIGGIN-DONALDS on their 1 and only venetian adventure, and then they went to a store and bought a bottle of DISARONO to drink from while walking around town. my friend and i ragged on them the entire time, and wished we hadn't agreed to tag along with them.
 
2013-05-24 11:25:04 AM
They will come around. The Germans have ways of making people change their minds.
 
2013-05-24 11:25:59 AM

Fark U: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solar_power_in_Germany
Germany is the world's top  (PV) installer, with a solar PV capacity as of December 2012 of more than 32.3  (GW).  The German new solar PV installations increased by about 7.6 GW in 2012, and solar PV provided 18 TWh (billion ) of electricity in 2011, about 3% of total electricity. Some market analysts expect this could reach 25 percent by 2050. Germany has a goal of producing 35% of electricity from renewable sources by 2020 and 100% by 2050.

Accommodating high percentages of wind and solar
Germany had not installed adequate storage to accommodate high percentages of wind and solar power and in 2012 is exporting peak generation to neighboring countries.
Approximately 9 GW of photovoltaic plants in Germany are being retrofitted to shut down if the frequency increases to 50.2 Hz, indicating an excess of electricity on the grid. The frequency of the grid is available on the Internet, and is unlikely to reach 50.2 Hz during normal operation, but can if Germany is exporting power to countries that suddenly experience a power failure, as happened in 2003 and 2006


/current technology is current, just wait on the next big "breakthrough" smarty pants guy
//moore's law
///dinosaur thinkers go extinct, as they should.


Didn't I SAY that I ADMIRED their solar? Stop trying to attack a straw man.

/Moore's law is over-stated
//Don't complain about gas prices - you're buying exploding liquid dinosaurs
 
2013-05-24 11:27:19 AM
"The Germans have always been a comforting people....."
the-big-bang-theory.com
 
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