Europe


18
Aug 08

Your Monday reading


22
May 07

Recommended reading for Tuesday

  • Londonistan Calling – Hitchens goes back to London. Choice quote:

    He was a conspicuous figure because, having lost the use of an eye and both hands in an exchange of views in Afghanistan, he sported an opaque eye plus a hook to theatrical effect. Not as nice as he looked..

  • The Crime Against Kansas – Why isn’t this sort of thing in more history classes? You might hear about John Brown’s raid, but never about any clashes

5
Apr 07

European vs American Talents

From Marginal Revolution

Because European government works better, Europeans demand more of it and get more of it. American liberals look at Europe and see (sometimes) better results per dollar spent. They then conclude that America should be more like Europe, whereas in reality America would end up spending more to get more bad American government.

It’s a very nice argument against moving towards European style nationalized health care, to wit, we would not get the same results as they do. Instead we would probably just magnify existing problems.


3
Apr 07

Tuesday round up


31
Mar 07

Friday night round up


23
Mar 07

Those crazy Germans

I read this fawning article on the future of China in der Spiegel. The go on and on about the benefits of state owned industry, and a central strategy for all of China’s economic activity. And not once do they use the term “National Socialism”!


20
Mar 07

The Germans are German

From a quick read of Der Spiegel

  • They actually have a guide to “Scoring a German
  • German Brothel Offers 50-Percent Discount to Senior Citizens

    The brothel “Pascha” in Cologne is now offering senior citizens a 50 percent discount on sex services — but only between the hours of 12 and 5 p.m., and only upon proof of age. The offer, which many would argue beats free coffee at McDonalds, is valid for clients aged 66 and over.

    Only “many”? Not all? Also from the same article

    A brothel in Dresden in economically hard-hit eastern Germany made headlines in 2005 when it introduced a 20-percent discount for the long-term unemployed.

    I can’t think of a worse incentive…


15
Feb 07

Back up

I’m back from being without the internet all day, oh how I missed it. To celebrate, check out the Frank Zappa statue in Vilnius Lithuania. (via Coming Anarchy)


1
Jan 07

The funniest thing I’ve read all year

French marchers say ‘non’ to 2007

Parodying the French readiness to say “non”, the demonstrators in the western city of Nantes waved banners reading: “No to 2007” and “Now is better!”

The marchers called on governments and the UN to stop time’s “mad race” and declare a moratorium on the future.


15
Jul 06

The headbutt seen round the world

Here is how it was seen in different nations.