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#2061 Harold Jones

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Posted 13 November 2019 - 1900 PM

Probably should be a because art museum thread but it's a German museum so I'm plonking it here.  Links to Nefertiti 3d scan in the quoted story.

 

SPK confirmed it had earned less than 5,000 euro, total, from marketing the Nefertiti scan, or any other scan for that matter. SPK also admitted it did not direct even that small revenue towards digitization, explaining that it was not obliged to do so. In the nearly 10 years since it had created the Nefertiti scan, SPK had completely failed to commercially exploit the valuable data idling on its hard drives.

All SPK's reasons for not giving me the Nefertiti data fell apart. The gift shop defense had been smoke.

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Posted 16 November 2019 - 0347 AM

You know it had to happen sooner or later.

 

Date 13.11.2019

 

Author Cristina Burack

 

German grammar in 'OK boomer' tweet gets Twitter account banned

 

When does "the" mean "die"? A German-speaking Twitter user's response of "the boomers" reaped a 12-hour account lockout after it was interpreted as an English-language threat.

 

Over the past weeks, the phrase "OK, boomer" has surged through social media platforms — a millennial and Z-generation's digital stab at the older baby boomer generation's alleged close-mindedness and condescension.

 

But on November 12, the catchphrase's collision with German grammar led to an unexpected consequence: A user reportedly being blocked from Twitter for 12 hours for hate speech over the word "die," German for "the."

 

On November 9, the user @digiom, located in Vienna, Austria, responded to a tweet by user @guenterhack with the words "die boomer," which in German means "the boomers." She then tweeted on Tuesday that her account had been locked for 12 hours and provided a screenshot of the Twitter message saying she had violated its hate speech guidelines:

 

"Because the German article "die" is read as [the verb] "die" by an English-trained algorithm, it can happen that twitter will block someone if they write 'die Boomer,'" @digiom explained in her tweet. In other words, Twitter had interpreted the phrase as a verbal threat to user @guenterhack's life.

 

Identified incorrectly as English

 

Social Media analyst Luca Hammer pointed out in response that the original tweet was written in dialect, which would not have been understandable without German knowledge. He said in a thread that Twitter would have identified @digiom's response "die boomer" tweet as English, in which case it would have been presented to an English-speaking moderator for review.

 

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https://www.dw.com/e...nned/a-51225631


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Posted 16 November 2019 - 0352 AM

Noone who speaks German could be evil.

 


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Posted 16 November 2019 - 0636 AM

Well it gets complicated, when languages are being mixed.


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#2065 Harold Jones

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Posted 16 November 2019 - 0821 AM

In Berlin Jami made a joke about not wanting to go up in a balloon named Die World when she saw the Die Welt captive balloon.  It was even funnier when people rushed to correct her.


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Posted 20 November 2019 - 0426 AM

Dr. Fritz von Weizsäcker, son of late former president Richard von Weizsäcker, was stabbed to death last night during a public medical lecture he was holding at the Berlin hospital where he was head of the gastro-enterological departement. An off-duty police officer in the audience tried to intervene, but was severely wounded himself. Others among the about 20 listeners eventually subdued the 57-year-old perpetrator.

No motive is known so far, though the fact that the lecture was held at a building of the hospital's psychiatric departement makes you wonder. It wouldn't be the first time that somebody with a high-profile name gets attacked by a deranged person at a public event. In 1990, SPD chancellor candidates Oskar Lafontaine was stabbed in the neck by a woman during a campaign event, but survived. Later the same year then-interior minister Wolfgang Schäuble got put in his wheelchair in a shooting at another such event of the CDU.
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Posted 21 November 2019 - 0541 AM

Unsurprisingly, the Weizsäcker Killer has been admitted to a psychiatric institution, though he wasn't a patient at his victim's hospital; he is from Rhineland-Palatinate, never met Weizsäcker before, and has no previous police record. Per media reports, he had gotten himself into the idea of taking revenge on the family for late President Weizsäcker having been CEO of chemical Corporation Boehringer Ingelheim in the 60s when it delivered precursors for Agent Orange to the US. Apparently he considers himself a friend of the Vietnamese people whom the substance made suffer, made several trips to South East Asia (though mostly Thailand), etc. He found Weizsäcker's lecture on the internet, bought a knife and put himself on a train to Berlin.
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Posted 21 November 2019 - 0608 AM

And that's why I don't pay much attention to such acts.

It's often a case of 'random shit happens' without real meaning.

 

Meanwhile, on that day 35 to us anonymous people got an early grave as a consequence of air pollution by traffic in Germany.

https://www.tagesspi...e/24046760.html

Same as the day before, the day before that, the day before that...that's not random, it's systemic, and worse by more than an order of magitude every day.

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Posted 21 November 2019 - 0732 AM

I find the metric of absolute headcount not very useful in cases like medical hazards or environmental pollution, if they tend to weed out fragile people. The more useful metric would be "life expectancy minus time of death" summed up over all victims, but of course it's much harder to calculate. And yes, of course, in the individual case three more days to live for a 90 year-old may be very important depending on the circumstances. I find it not very useful however as the factual basis to formulate a general policy.

 

Air pollution statistics in general are also a bit of a mixed bag. NOx for example is easy to measure but largely irrelevant in its toxicity; usually it only serves as the proxy for other contaminants which are infinitely more harmful, but they don't always go hand in hand. Case in point, microparticles. Traffic generates microparticles, yes. So it's often wielded as a club against Diesel engines when gasoline powered engines emit more particles, and all that pales in comparison to the particles created by rubber-asphalt interaction, and, well, brakes. Plus, the one traffic carrier with the by far highest concentration of harmful particles is the subway. So if someone were serious about curbing air pollution, the most effective measure would be to close all subways. Needless to say, that would have all kinds of negative effects elsewhere. Likewise, brakes are, well, a safety relevant feature. Like tires. Not sure if we want to touch these issues. Oh, and of course: Wood pellet ovens - the darling of uninformed environmentalists ... really bad polluters when it comes to particle emissions.


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Posted 21 November 2019 - 1000 AM

Brakes become a non-issue regarding pollution togetehr with internal combustion engines.

Hybrids (other than mild hybrids) and EVs mostly brake by magnetic force, so the mechanical brakes are hardly ever used and thus release very few particles.

 

Home heating by oil, pellets, wood or coal is a substantial fine particle source particularly in poor and economic crisis countries where this is used to save money.

Athens is said to have much deteriorated air quality post-2008 because of this.

https://phys.org/new...lls-athens.html

 

Anyway, a single rnadom death is just shit happens, not really worthy of attention if the person is unknown to you by 1st, 2nd and 3rd order of relationships.

There are many, many anonymous and systemic deaths that should motivate policy changes and people keep ignoring those.

 

related

https://twitter.com/...0670849?lang=en


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#2071 Panzermann

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Posted 21 November 2019 - 1114 AM

Being member of the von Wizsäcker family made this case not necessarily random and it could have been political. Well it looks that it kinda was. At least to the twisted mind of the suspect.


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Posted 21 November 2019 - 1429 PM

And that's why I don't pay much attention to such acts.

It's often a case of 'random shit happens' without real meaning.

 

Meanwhile, on that day 35 to us anonymous people got an early grave as a consequence of air pollution by traffic in Germany.

https://www.tagesspi...e/24046760.html

Same as the day before, the day before that, the day before that...that's not random, it's systemic, and worse by more than an order of magitude every day.

Don't get me started on tobacco.

 

I wonder what makes people believe that blindly.


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Posted 26 November 2019 - 0644 AM

Opinions on German-American relations improve on both sides, but remain more positive among Americans than Germans.

NOVEMBER 25, 2019

Despite some improvements, Americans and Germans remain far apart in views of bilateral relations

BY JACOB POUSHTER AND CHRISTINE HUANG


Nearly three years into the Trump administration and less than two years until Angela Merkel has said she would step down as chancellor of Germany, Americans and Germans continue to have notably different perspectives on the relationship between their countries, according to the latest in a series of surveys conducted in both nations by Pew Research Center and Körber-Stiftung.

Americans are optimistic about the bilateral relationship and want to cooperate more with Germany in the future. They also see the U.S. military presence in Germany as very important to American national security. Germans, for their part, see the two countries relationship as strained and place less importance on the American troop presence for their own countrys national security.

Here are eight charts that summarize the findings of the surveys, conducted in September 2019:

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https://www.pewresea...al-relations-2/

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#2074 Stuart Galbraith

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Posted 26 November 2019 - 0740 AM

I was listening to a BBC podcast on the Berlin wall, and it brought up something intriguing on East German potty training. Which brought me to the following which I have to share. :D

https://www.independ...on-1108462.html

 

Kind of one step up from Phrenology I reckon. Its hard for me to conceive the AFD can be traced back to enforced potty training, but then im no academic.


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Posted 26 November 2019 - 0753 AM

Oh God, that issue again. It has been debated among psychologists as a possible cause of differences between Ossies and Wessies on and off for years. :D
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Posted 26 November 2019 - 0800 AM

I must admit Id never read of this one before. I honestly struggle to understand why the Easteners thought this was a good idea, or even necessary. :D

 

I was just thinking of the gulf the wall left between east and west Germany. How much more immense must the gulf be between the PRC and Hong Kong.


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Posted 26 November 2019 - 0910 AM

Meanwhile, another major museum heist as thieves raid the famous Green Vault of Dresden. Two years ago, a giant 100-kilo Maple Leaf gold coin on loan from Canada was stolen from Berlin's Bode Museum; several members of a local Arab clan are currently on trial for that, and a museum guard is suspected to have been an inside man. The coin has not been found and probably long since molten down. In Dresden, the historical significance of the stolen items is a lot bigger.

Thieves strike priceless treasure trove in Dresden museum heist

25.11.2019

Thieves have broken into Dresden's Grünes Gewölbe, one of the world's oldest museums, and made off with three priceless' sets of 18th century jewelry. The museum houses one of Europe's largest collection of treasures.

Thieves broke into Dresden's Grünes Gewölbe early Monday morning and stole priceless treasures, police said.

The eastern German museum, known in English as the Green Vault, houses one of Europe's largest collection of treasures.

Two thieves were seen on camera entering through a window and later escaping in a vehicle. Police said there may be more people involved.

Police said the thieves targeted the historic section of the museum, which is divided into two sections the historic treasure chamber of Augustus II the Strong dating to 1733, and the new section, which displays individual treasures.

The thieves stole at least three priceless 18th-century jewelry sets, according to General Director of Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden Marion Ackermann. She said the material value was low, but the worth from its historic and cultural value was impossible to gauge.

"We are shocked by the brutality of the burglary," Ackermann said.

Possible fire connection

The museum's power supply was possibly sabotaged by a fire before the break-in. The responsible energy supplier confirmed the incident and said it was investigating if the two events were linked. Police said power failure plunged the entire area into darkness, making video analysis difficult.

Ackermann told German broadcaster ZDF later Monday that multiple alarms were triggered by the burglary itself and through motion detectors in the room. Police were notified with the first alarm.

She also said the perpetrators "couldn't take everything with them because all the objects were also individually secured and were sewn with stitches into the ground."

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https://www.dw.com/e...eist/a-51396783
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Posted 26 November 2019 - 1213 PM

Oh God, that issue again. It has been debated among psychologists as a possible cause of differences between Ossies and Wessies on and off for years. :D

 

Living for four decades in quite different states and societies has of course nothing to do with it. Some psychologists have never left their anal phase...


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Posted 26 November 2019 - 1734 PM

 

And that's why I don't pay much attention to such acts.

It's often a case of 'random shit happens' without real meaning.

 

Meanwhile, on that day 35 to us anonymous people got an early grave as a consequence of air pollution by traffic in Germany.

https://www.tagesspi...e/24046760.html

Same as the day before, the day before that, the day before that...that's not random, it's systemic, and worse by more than an order of magitude every day.

Don't get me started on tobacco.

 

I wonder what makes people believe that blindly.

 

 

It's credible because

#1 Government agencies in many developed countries report about the same, despite governments mostly cuddling with big business.

#2 scientific method <- still the best method for coming to conclusions known to mankind

#3 drops in illnesses as air quality becomes better

#4 increase in illnesses as air quality worsens (examples Beijing, Delhi)

 

And your "blindly" is a weak sauce strawman.


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Posted 03 January 2020 - 0557 AM

This kind of home invasion is unusual im Germany, particularly if involving a couple middle-aged guys. I'll be curious to hear the full story.

 

https://abcnews.go.c...ermany-61019476

 

Just came back to this incident. The three surviving perpetrators have now been sentenced. A 62-year-old got the book thrown at him two weeks ago with not just five years prison time, but subsequent rehab and security detention which can theoretically be indefinite; mostly because he had already been given two years eleven months for robbing the Kaiserslautern public college in 2016, and committed the new act soon after getting out on probation. The facts that he confessed, has a heart condition, asthma, diabetes, and a drug habit don't seem to have had a mitigating impact.

 

His 52-year-old brother and a 33-year-old French accomplice had been given four and four-and-a-half years earlier already. Seems the trio along with the third brother (43) who deceased after being stabbed by the homeowner were after a safe, which they had heard contained money and gold. They brought a rusty blank-firing revolver and zip ties for the occasion. The stabbing was previously found to have been in self-defense, in part because DNA of the homeowner's wife on the dead perpetrator's glove matched his story that he stabbed the latter in the back while he was smothering her.

 

Witnesses: Movers’ talk of valuables at Landstuhl home might have prompted fatal burglary attempt

 

By KARIN ZEITVOGEL | STARS AND STRIPES

 

Published: September 3, 2019

 

ZWEIBRUECKEN, Germany — A moving company worker posted on Facebook and told colleagues that an American family had a safe filled with gold coins and gold-plated roses, witnesses said Tuesday at a trial for two men charged in the violent burglary of the Americans’ residence.

 

The moving company worker, S.S., who, under German law, may be referred to only by his initials, told the court he helped move a safe that “must have weighed [880 pounds] and needed six or seven men to carry it into the house.”

 

“The American man counted every single gold-plated rose to make sure they were all there,” said the witness, who no longer works at the moving company.

 

The American family’s home was the scene of a violent burglary in February in which one burglar was stabbed fatally by the father, who is a Defense Department civilian and former Air Force major.

 

Asked by the judge how someone not involved in the move — including the four men who attempted to burglarize the residence on a Sunday evening in February — might have learned of the Americans’ high-value collection, S.S. said he talked about it with colleagues during a cigarette break at the moving company.

 

Another witness who worked for the same company said S.S. had posted about the collection on Facebook.

 

Describing how information about the safe might have spread, that worker said he was in a relationship with a woman who often received visits from H.M., the burglar killed by the American father during the break-in.

 

“My girlfriend’s mother used to be in a relationship with H.M. and he came over often, looking for his ex,” the witness said. “H.M. may have heard me talking with my girlfriend about a big job I was working on.”

 

The last time H.M. visited was two days before the home invasion, he said.

 

The head of the police team that investigated the crime said news of the safe spread quickly among moving company workers.

 

The police immediately suspected that a moving company employee might have tipped off the burglars about the family’s gold collection, but their investigation only produced useful leads when a worker came forward and was granted immunity in exchange for information.

 

The movers’ involvement in the break-in has prompted Americans to post their concerns in local social media groups.

 

About 50,000 Defense Department personnel and their families live in the Kaiserslautern area, which includes Ramstein Air Base, and most of them use military-contracted, locally based movers.

 

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https://www.stripes....ttempt-1.597092

 

Suspects in violent invasion of American family’s Landstuhl home had loaded gun, court is told

 

By MARCUS KLOECKNER | STARS AND STRIPES

 

Published: October 1, 2019

 

ZWEIBRUECKEN, Germany — A judge on Monday brought more serious charges against one of the men accused of violently attempting to burglarize the Landstuhl home of an American family in February after learning that he and his suspected accomplices had a loaded gun and zip ties with them.

 

The suspect, a 61-year-old man with a long criminal record, told a psychiatrist who conducted a mental health assessment of him that he had left the gun in the vehicle the four men drove to the Americans’ home on an evening in February because he knew that taking the weapon inside the house would mean they would face more serious charges if they were caught, the court was told.

 

What he didn’t know was that possessing zip ties at a crime scene also is considered by German courts to indicate intent to commit a felony with violence.

 

One suspect was killed by the American father, who stabbed him during the attempted burglary. A German court has ruled that the American, a former Air Force major who moved to Germany with his family to work as a Defense Department civilian, acted in self-defense and threw out a lawsuit brought against him by two of the other suspects, both brothers of the deceased.

 

The judge elevated the charges against the suspect who testified Monday, who, under German law, can be referred to in news articles only by his initials, A.M., from attempted burglary to aggravated robbery. She is expected to do the same for the two other suspects, who are due to appear in court on Wednesday.

 

If convicted of the more serious charge, the three could face a minimum of three years and up to 15 years in prison.

 

Because of his long criminal record, A.M. also is expected to be placed under preventive detention if convicted, which means he could spend the rest of his life in prison. Preventive detention allows a convicted criminal’s prison sentence to be extended indefinitely.

 

A.M. is being tried separately from the other two surviving suspects — his brother J.M., 52, and a 33-year-old French national who grew up in Germany, J.R. They testified earlier that they did not expect to find anyone at home when they went to the Americans’ house with intent to “take things.”

 

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https://www.stripes....s-told-1.601265

 

Serial criminal who tried to burglarize Americans’ Landstuhl home sent to prison

 

By KARIN ZEITVOGEL | STARS AND STRIPES

 

Published: December 19, 2019

 

ZWEIBRUECKEN, Germany — The last of four men who tried to force their way into an American family’s home in Landstuhl to rob them was sentenced Thursday under a strict German law that could see him spend the rest of his life in prison.

 

“What you did put the (American) family in grave danger,” Judge Susanna Thomas said after sentencing August Mettbach, 62, to five years in prison with concurrent drug and alcohol rehabilitation programs. At the end of his prison term, Mettbach will be placed under preventive detention, or “Sicherungsverwahrung,” a strict regimen that requires convicted criminals to be regularly assessed to determine if they are still a menace to society.

 

“You spent so many years in jail but always returned to crime after being released,” the judge said. “Everyone can decide to change the path they’re on in life but you always chose to return to crime. “

 

Mettbach, who has spent half his life in prison, presented “a high risk for committing more violent crime in the future,” Dr. Sergiy Davydenko, head of the forensic psychiatry and psychotherapy department at the University Medical Center Mainz, told the court days earlier.

 

Because of his long criminal record, Mettbach had been tried separately from two other men, who earlier this month were sent to prison for 4 1/2 and five years in connection with the violent attempted burglary.

 

Preventive detention lasts on average 25 years, said Johannes Berg, lead counsel to the American family.

 

Given Mettbach’s poor state of health — he has a heart condition, asthma, a lung disorder and hepatitis C, the court was told — he is likely to spend the rest of his life in detention, Berg said.

 

Along with two of his brothers and a fourth man, Mettbach went to the Americans’ house in Landstuhl on an evening in February with duct tape, zip ties and a loaded air gun, after hearing from moving company workers that the family had high-value objects in a safe, the court heard in earlier hearings.

 

The American father fought back when the men tried to force their way into the home and stopped three of them. But one of Mettbach’s brothers forced his way through the door and ran upstairs, where he assaulted the American mother.

 

After slamming the door on Mettbach and the two others, the father, a former Air Force major now working as a civilian for the military, grabbed a kitchen knife and ran upstairs, where Heinz Mettbach was holding his hand over the mouth of the American mother to try to silence her.

 

The marks around the mother’s mouth indicated that the force the suspect was applying could have led to her suffocating, medical experts told the court.

 

Two of the family’s young children watched everything from a hiding place, the court was told in an earlier hearing.

 

The father scuffled with Heinz before chasing him down the stairs and out of the house. During the scuffle, the home invader was stabbed. He died shortly afterward of his wounds.

 

August Mettbach complained during one of his sessions with Davydenko that he wasn’t able to sleep “because ‘when I close my eyes, I still have the image in my head of my brother bleeding to death in the car,’” the psychiatrist said.

 

A German court ruled in May that the American father acted in self-defense and did not charge him.

 

https://www.stripes....prison-1.611762


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