Space Cowboy

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  1. Collecting the Economic Impact Payment - 2020 CARES Act USA

    I got that letter a couple of weeks ago.  It went straight into the shredder.  What a waste of taxpayer money to send that.
  2. Police brutality in the USA

      Over the weekend some asshole tagged a building in my neighborhood with "ACAB (All Cops Are Bastards)".  I live right next to the local Polizeiinspektion, and know some of the cops.  They are very friendly to everyone.    And now they have to drive past the tag until someone cleans it off.
  3. Lufthansa Strike

      This is why you’re not in charge of anything important.
  4. Police brutality in the USA

    THIS is the America that I love:
  5. Police brutality in the USA

    Back on topic - everything that is going on in the US right now is proof to me that the death of yet another black man at the hands of police who saw him as less than human is just a small matter.  The next election won’t fix anything, no matter which way it goes.  The situation in my beloved homeland is going to get much, much worse before it starts to get better,   I never thought I’d say this, but right now aim glad I am here.  I am very concerned for my friends and relatives, especially my friends who are POC.
  6. Police brutality in the USA

      I think you are definitely on to something.  As the Umbrella Man leaves, you can hear him say to the black people videoing him, “Have fun when the cops show up,”   There are absolutely opportunistic looters and rioters in the black communities where the protests are taking place, but it is clear that some of the protests have been hijacked by people with a different agenda.
  7. Police brutality in the USA

    If you haven’t seen the “Umbrella Man” video, search for it. 
  8. Police brutality in the USA

        It is at this point unclear to me; however, as is typical in the US, the political partisans are claiming that it’s “the other side.”  The Trump administration and their supporters are saying it is Left-wing extremists, and some Democratic leaders are saying it’s Right-wing extremists.   If I had to guess, I would guess it’s a mix of all three groups (but not necessarily all three in the same places).   Some friends of mine were at a peaceful protest in front of the Justice Center in Portland, Oregon.  They said that as they were leaving, a group of these dudes in full “Black Bloc” regalia showed up, seeming to be well-organized.  Shortly after dark, the Justice Center was torched.    
  9. Police brutality in the USA

      I don’t know yet what to believe either, but there are a disturbingly large number of images and videos showing similar things across the US:  young, white males wearing all black clothing without slogans or logos, with black masks clearly designed for concealment rather than health, and backpacks.  No protest signs, no clear indication of protesting.  Instead, they are throwing projectiles at police, breaking stuff, setting things on fire, and then slipping away.
  10. Police brutality in the USA

    So...last night a Louisville, KY police officer deliberately targeted and shot a local TV news crew with riot control munitions.
  11. Police brutality in the USA

    For perspective on this, I highly recommend Radley Balko’s incredibly well-researched and well-written book, Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America's Police Forces.
  12. Australians wanting to move, travel and work in Europe.

      I don’t know where you heard that about Germany, but it simply isn’t true.  Many Germans learned English in school, but in the east of the country most people never learned any English until after the Reunification.   There are corporations in Germany where English is the working language, but they are the exception rather than the rule.  I work for a large multi-national firm headquartered in the US, but most of my daily conversations with colleagues and customers are in German.   Any kind of skilled work is going to require a minimum of B1 competency.  Administrative/technical will require a minimum of B2 language competency.  I spent over a year in daily classes to learn enough German to become employable.   And - all contracts and government rules you will deal with - lodging, utilities, phone, work, permits, etc. will be in German.
  13. Coronachat - vents, whines, flummoxes & miscellaneous

    @dessa_dangerous  The line between the two threads definitely has blurred, but there is still a line.  The other thread seems to have become mostly memes.  This thread has ventured into conspiracy theory and hyperbole on a number of occasions, but it is still a bit more informative than silly.   I would prefer to keep the threads separate.   (edit)  Sorry, I seem to have got mixed up about the threads - THIS thread is the silly meme thread, the OTHER thread is a bit more informative.
  14. Coronavirus

      I would disagree.  The primary definition of Racism is, "a belief that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race."  (Merriam-Webster)   It can also be used to describe the act of discrimination based on the above belief.   Xenophobia is, "fear and hatred of strangers or foreigners or of anything that is strange or foreign" (M-W)   Xenophobia is unreasoned fear/hatred (that is why it is classed as a phobia), but it's not the act of discrimination.  One can be racist/bigoted/prejudiced without being fearful, and one can discriminate without being fearful.   So, racists can also be xenophobes, but xenophobes aren't always racist.  Therefore, it seems to me that one cannot say that racism is a type of xenophobia.
  15. Moving from Germany to US (Need Advice)

    yeah, we had total loss insurance through our regular insurance company.  Damage to individual items falls under the „pennies per pound“ rules though.  So - I think there is no financial  advantage to having „professional“ movers pack your stuff.   I was fortunate to have an insurance firm that covered total loss.  Not every one does so for international moves.