Weißer Schwarzwald

January 7th, 2017

We had a friend from the UK staying with us this week and went on a day trip to the Black Forest with her on Thursday. We had a little bit of snow at home (very low, very near to the Rhine river), but there was more than enough in the Black Forest! We stopped at the Mummelsee (elevation 1028m) and climbed the highest mountain in the Northern Black Forest, the Hornisgrinde (elevation 1163m). We experienced a few short snow showers, but mostly the weather looked like this:

(Click photos to enlarge.)

US Election hacked?

January 6th, 2017

Deutsche Welle: US intelligence report: Putin ‘ordered’ targeted involvement in US election. “A new US intel report has found that Putin “ordered” a hacking campaign aimed at harming Hillary Clinton’s electability. The report also found the Russian government showed a “clear preference” for Donald Trump.”

Deutsche Welle: Trump tells US newspaper Russia hacking investigation is a ‘political witch hunt’. “US President-elect Donald Trump told “The New York Times” the investigation into potential Russian interference with the election was unfair. After a briefing by intelligence officials, he pledged action on cyberattacks.”

New York Times: After Security Meeting, Trump Admits Possibility of Russian Hacking. “President-elect Donald J. Trump acknowledged the possibility on Friday that Russia had hacked a variety of American targets, including the Democratic National Committee, after an almost two-hour meeting with the nation’s top intelligence officials. Mr. Trump asserted that the hacking had no effect on the outcome of the election.”

New Year’s Eve in Cologne, Germany

January 5th, 2017

Deutsche Welle:

Germany: Cologne police’s New Year’s Eve security tactics spark political debate in Germany. “A year since the Cologne sex assaults, a debate has broken out after the city’s police allegedly “racially profiled” hundreds of North Africans. Authorities have also been criticized for referring to the men as ‘Nafris.'”

World: Is racial profiling illegal? Depends on where you live. “Cologne police have been accused of racial profiling after targeting men of North African appearance on New Year’s Eve. In the US racial profiling is illegal, but in Germany and the UK the law isn’t that clear.”

Silvestereinsatz: Kölner Polizei-Einsatz: rechtens oder rassistisch? “Hat die Polizei am Kölner Hauptbahnhof Menschen nach ethnischer Zugehörigkeit sortiert und kontrolliert? Es wäre illegal, aber ein Tweet lässt genau dies vermuten. Wieder stößt die Kölner Silvesternacht eine Debatte an.”

Verkehrsopferhilfe

January 4th, 2017

Deutsche Welle: Worries surround compensation for Berlin terror victims. “Those injured and the families of those killed in the December 19 Christmas market attack are entitled to support. But some worry that the long-term money available isn’t enough, and the path to aid is rather unusual.”

Bayerische Auswanderer in den USA

January 3rd, 2017

Auf Bayern 3 lief über die Weihnachtstage eine dreiteilige Serie von “Gernstl unterwegs”, in der er in drei Metropolen der USA bayerische Auswanderer besucht hat. Man kann sie in der Mediathek anschauen:

Gernstl unterwegs in Los Angeles. 25.12.2016, 18:45 Uhr, BR Fernsehen, 43 Min.

Gernstl unterwegs in San Francisco. 26.12.2016, 18:45 Uhr, BR Fernsehen, 44 Min.

Gernstl unterwegs in New York. 27.12.2016, 18:45 Uhr, BR Fernsehen, 43 Min.