Tag Archives: Germany

States as coordination problems

Economist David Friedman’s theory about the size and shape of nations leads him to postulate that the increased importance of labour income–a result of the Industrial Revolution: one of the ironies of history is that greatly increased propensity to produce capital increases both the scale (through increased demand) and then the average income (through increased relative scarcity) […]


Germany has found that it has 1.5 million fewer people than was generally assumed, following the first census since reunification in 1990. The new data revealed a population of 80.2 million, the federal statistics office Destatis said. The census in the EU’s most populous country was carried out on 9 May, 2011. Until now, the […]

Check your expectations (1) right-wing wimps and left-wing weaponistas

There is a joke in modern American politics–the Republicans want a big defence force they don’t want to use anywhere and the Democrats want a small defence force they want to use everywhere. Implicit in the joke is that the Republicans like military spending and the Democrats don’t. Because the right is “strong” on defence […]

Hell’s Bells

A German student “mooned” a group of Hell’s Angels and hurled a puppy at them before escaping on a stolen bulldozer, police have said. The man drove up to a Hell’s Angels clubhouse near Munich, wearing only a pair of shorts and carrying a puppy. He dropped his shorts and threw the dog, escaping on […]

Thelwell Redux

A 15-year-old girl denied a horse from her parents has turned to a cow to fulfill her riding dreams. Hours of training, cajoling and tons of treats have resulted in Luna the cow able to jump over makeshift hurdles of beer crates and painted logs. “She thinks she’s a horse,” said Regina Mayer, from Laufen, […]

Double Jeopardy

John Demjanjuk, accused of helping to murder nearly 28,000 Jews at a Nazi death camp, has gone on trial in the German city of Munich. Mr Demjanjuk, who is 89 and was deported from the US in May, entered the courtroom in a wheelchair. His eyes were closed but he seemed conscious. He denies being […]

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