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I saw Verafake ten minutes after it was uploaded and wanted to write this diary ever since, but only found the time now. I have two more non-rail diaries in store, hopefully to be posted soon...

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Sun May 29th, 2016 at 07:48:31 AM EST
Curiously, Böhmermann is from Bremen, so I know people who went to school with him, or at least were aware of his earlier history. I find him preposterously entertaining, and insightful... though I only watch selected videos, and none recently.

I thought (because mein Deutsch in not perfect?) that Böhmermanns team actually did create the fake finger, in the original song.

A sad commentary that Merkel chose to side with the Turkish Dictator-n-Waiting.

Böhmermann sure knows how to press German buttons. In the Varoufakis song, where he pokes a finger in the eye of German culture, he claims a predilection for incest, though only in Saarland. When i first saw the original, I split my sides. It was so well done.

Ich Hab Polizei is equally brilliant.

I thought it was goats (Ziegen) in the Erdo poem.

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Ana´s Nin

by Crazy Horse on Sun May 29th, 2016 at 12:47:08 PM EST
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Thinking it was goats, my joke was to be incensed that Böhmermann had insulted such a noble species.

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Ana´s Nin
by Crazy Horse on Sun May 29th, 2016 at 12:50:22 PM EST
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sheep->goats corrected...

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Sun May 29th, 2016 at 03:32:24 PM EST
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Another great one that probably doesn't translate well is this parody on a Til Schweiger film:



*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Sun May 29th, 2016 at 04:14:23 PM EST
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His demeanor is a bit too juvenile and eager for me. It's not at a Harald Schmidt level of slickness yet (but that guy is a total cynic who gives zero fucks). It's a difficult balance to strike in that part of the business. Do you still care when you make fun of everybody and everything?

His meta trolling is appreciated, though a little exhausting when it goes circular.

The police track ("Isch hab Polizei") caused a stir in the German hip hop world because the bourgeois son of a police officer was seen as making fun of the 'heartfealt' hip hop about the experience of the social margins. Quite the analogy to the US. Hip hop is still mostly a black business there. And a sizeable part of it is Turkish/Arab here.

Schengen is toast!

by epochepoque on Sun May 29th, 2016 at 04:21:33 PM EST
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I find hip-hop artist Fler even claimed that Ich hab Polizei was Böhmermann's reaction to his verbal threats of violence, which in turn were inspired by Böhmermann's unwillingness to invite him into his show to react to earlier spoofs of his art. Overall, it's a weird impression when a rapper whines like a pussy and then issues macho threats :-) Another rapper saw it similarly.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Mon May 30th, 2016 at 04:20:05 AM EST
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Great diary and media analysis. I've recommended and front paged it because we need more of this sort of stuff and because we need to have a new front page story every day, if possible, to develop a wider readership and participation base.

Index of Frank's Diaries
by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Sun May 29th, 2016 at 02:58:43 PM EST
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Anything in the pipeline about the new Gotthard?

Schengen is toast!
by epochepoque on Sun May 29th, 2016 at 03:33:03 PM EST
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Switzerland to rework relations with EU at Gotthard tunnel opening - FT.com

Switzerland will lobby top European leaders attending this week's opening of the world's longest rail tunnel for faster progress on reworking the country's relations with the EU.

Renegotiation has been held up by Britain's referendum on membership in the bloc. The Gotthard Base Tunnel ceremony on Wednesday would be a "good opportunity" to discuss the challenges facing Swiss-EU relations, Didier Burkhalter, the Swiss foreign minister, told the Financial Times.

Those expected to attend include German chancellor Angela Merkel, French president François Hollande and Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi.

The 57km Gotthard Base rail tunnel, which cost SFr12bn ($12bn) to build, will cut travelling times across the Swiss Alps and is part of one of Europe's most heavily used transport corridors, connecting the ports of Rotterdam in northern Europe and Genoa in the south.

by Bernard on Sun May 29th, 2016 at 03:45:03 PM EST
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I didn't plan anything, but here are some comments on related news in the past few months:

  • Swiss Federal Railways SBB had the sense to activate the new train control system ETCS L2 on the approaches before the base tunnel opens. Turns out there were still teething problems to sort out, primarily compatibility issues. Which is rather sad, considering that ETCS L2 has been in operation for years elsewhere in Switzerland.

  • The new base tunnel won't realise its full potential for years: in long-distance passenger traffic, the new trains are still in the making; and for freight traffic, it won't be until 2020 that tunnels and overbridges along the approaches will be modified for 4 m corner height.

  • At least a solution to the other capacity problem of scheduling fast passenger and slow freight traffic, both more frequent than originally envisaged, has progressed with tests of 1,500 m long freight trains. (In practice, this means that two freight trains that arrived separately can be coupled for passing the Gotthard in a single time slot.)

  • Over the past three decades, Swiss citizens consistently supported rail projects and didn't support major road projects in referenda. But now a plan to double the Gotthard Road Tunnel has been approved. This will surly mean a safety improvement, but also a capacity increase and thus more trucks in trans-Alpine transit traffic... (I have been in the Gotthard area and the current level of traffic is bad enough for the valleys.)


*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Mon May 30th, 2016 at 04:38:35 AM EST
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