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Best Selling Performance Car in Germany? … Ford Mustang 350 Shelby!

Beating out the locally built Porsche 911!

Ford Mustang – Germany’s favorite sports car

In Germany, the land of the Autobahn, where speed is regarded as a national right, the best-selling sports car last month wasn’t the locally-built Porsche 911. It was the Ford Mustang.

The Mustang, built in Flat Rock, Mich., is still a novelty in Europe, where it went on sale for the first time last summer. During the Mustang’s most recent redesign for the 2015 model year, Ford executives decided they wanted to make it a global product. Before, it had been sold mainly in the United States. Even so, thanks to the popularity of American television shows and movies overseas, the car is well known in other countries. European customers just hadn’t been able to easily buy one before.

The Mustang is relatively expensive in Germany compared to the United States. Prices for a four-cylinder turbocharged model there start at about €38,000, or roughly $43,000. Prices for that model in the U.S. start at less than $26,000. Prices for the powerful, V8 Ford GT start at the equivalent of almost $50,000, while the car costs about $32,000 in the U.S. (Car prices in Germany are quoted with taxes and fees included, which is not the case in the U.S.)

Despite the higher price, the GT is, by far, the most popular version of the car in Germany, according to Ford (F).

 
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Posted by on April 9, 2016 in News

 

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German Soccer Team Dons Blackface to Fight Racism

Different country, different rules. An act which undoubtedly would be considered abhorrent in America, sends quite a different message in Germany.

German Soccer Team Posts Blackface Photo To Fight Racism

“We just wanted to show solidarity.”

A German soccer club took a stand against an apparently racist attack on two of its black players by going blackface in a team picture.

Deinster SV, an amateur team, posted the digitally altered photo on its Facebook page, along with a description of what happened to two Sudanese refugee teammates during an Easter celebration.

The coach said the attack took place last week in the team’s hometown of Deinster in northern Germany. He said one player, Emad Babiker, was physically assaulted and the other, Amar Alnoor, was verbally assaulted.

“Emad was thrown to the ground. They struck and kicked him. When I saw him on Sunday, he had a big swelling under his eye,” coach Sönke Kreibich told Jezt.de. Police were reportedly investigating the incident.

“Violence against refugees is pathetic,” the Facebook post reads. “Emad and Amar, you are one of us.”

The team’s starkly visual stand has been largely well-received and shared thousands of times. “This has nothing to do with racism. We just wanted to show solidarity,” team spokesman Frank Sandmann told NBC News.

The positive response might seem surprising, as blackface has long been used toperpetuate damaging stereotypes and make racist mockery of people of African descent. White people donning makeup to appear black is widely seen as offensive in the United States.

Germans, however, do not have the same view on blackface, generally speaking. It remains a popular part of the Karneval celebration, which has a tradition of costumes and mockery.

European soccer, too, has long been dogged by acts of racism, but the continent’s problem doesn’t end there. Amid fears of terrorism, the refugee crisis and rising right-wing nationalist movements, acts of racism have been on the rise in Europe, drawing international concern.

 
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Posted by on April 1, 2016 in BlackLivesMatter, General

 

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Leaving America

If you have a chance to travel to Europe, check out the local TV. The Ads, particularly on British TV are 10 cuts above most of what you will see in America. This is the new British Stansbury Christmas Ad which is making waves felt in the US already – If you are a cat owner, you probably will recognize a little of Mog in your own cat.

Department Store John Lewis is known for some of the best ads annually. This certainly beats the hell out of the jingle driven drivel presented on US TV –

This one from the Lottery company in Spain. It engages the watcher by telling a story in one minute –

And this from German Grocer LIDL and it’s “Christmas Class”

Apparently, the concept of grabbing the audience with quality over quantity sailed over our advertiser’s heads. As advertisers on cable now chew up 20 minutes of an hour program – maybe these clowns could learn something about why folks are increasingly buying ad blockers and watch commercial free on the Internet. Familiarity, in terms of ceaselessly being bombarded with the same poorly constructed information indeed breeds contempt.

 
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Posted by on November 18, 2015 in The Post-Racial Life, Uncategorized

 

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Pinot Bandits Strike German Vineyard

Seems that someone in Germany is stealing the grapes right off the vine at premiere German Vineyards. The Pinot Bandits are so brazen they even bring their own grape picking machines as they strip top quality grapes in the middle of the night…

Now that’s cold!

Bare vines were all that was left of the Von Winning vineyard's grapes on Tuesday.

Thieves Bag Premium Wine Grapes Overnight

They were supposed to be turned into a premium red wine, but grapes at a southwestern German vineyard disappeared overnight just ahead of the scheduled harvest. Thieves are believed to have plucked some 2,500 kilograms (5,500 pounds) of the high-quality fruit from the vine under the cover of night, Deidesheim winegrower Stephen Attmann said Tuesday.

“We are suffering spiritually, not just financially, over this loss,” Attmann told news agency DPA.

The grape grabbers were so bold they even brought in a harvest machine to the Von Winning vineyard to remove the Spätburgunder variety, also known as Pinot Noir, estimated to be worth some €100,000 ($137,000).

Bottles of the award-winning wine cost some €32 ($44). In May, German President Christian Wulff and 180 diplomats visited the celebrated vineyard for a tasting.

Professionals At Work

The theft was likely an act of desperation, said Ernst Büscher, spokesperson for The German Wine Institute (DWF). “There were professionals at work, probably a winegrower whose grapes were destroyed by frost or hail,” he said.

Wine theft has become increasingly common, though perpetrators are rarely caught, he added. But in this case there is cause for hope. Though no one was likely alarmed by the sight of the machines rattling through the night — often an optimal time for harvest — they left tracks behind.

While police continue to investigate the incident, winemaker Attmann said he would wait until “somewhere a super wine is produced by a winemaker who is otherwise not known for such high quality.”

 
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Posted by on September 21, 2011 in Nawwwwww!, News

 

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The “Snatch Man” Cometh… For a 737!

In Cable TV’s never-ending search for content, there are “Reality shows” about dozens of occupations…

Including several about “Snatch Men” – the guys who repossess cars, vehicles, and even homes on the behalf of creditors who haven’t been paid.

Being a “Crown Prince” in some countries is a pretty good gig. You are guaranteed income to be supported the rest of your life in high style…

For no other reason than coming out of the right womb.

So you can imagine the frustration of this Crown Prince, flying in on his private 737 jet to Germany, possibly for a few brews and Frauleins…

To have to take the proverbial “Greyhound Bus” home.

Prince Vajiralongkorn's plane at Munich airport, July 2011

So...How do you get this bad boy up on the truck?

Thais refuse German deal on Prince Vajiralongkorn’s jet

Thailand has ruled out paying Germany a bank bond of 20m euros ($28m; £17m) to secure the release of a plane seized from Thai Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn.

The Boeing 737 was impounded at Munich airport last week in a bid to force payment of a 30m-euro debt owed by the Thai government to a German firm.

Thai officials say the jet belongs to the crown prince, not the government.

But judges ruled that documentation was inconclusive, and said the jet would be released only when a payment was made.

 
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Posted by on July 22, 2011 in Nawwwwww!

 

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Attack of the Radioactive Swine! German Hogzilla!

Fans of the 50’s and 60’s American and Japanese Horror movies will remember the radioactive monsters such as Godzilla and Mothra wreaking havoc across the movie screen.

Mothra vs. Godzilla

Well…. It seems that Germany has been invaded…

By radioactive pigs.

That’s right… Radioactive Pigs.

HOGZILLA!

Radioactive Boar on the Rise in Germany

It’s no secret that Germany has a wild boar problem. Stories of marauding pigs hit the headlines with startling regularity: Ten days ago, a wild boar attacked a wheelchair-bound man in a park in Berlin; in early July, a pack of almost two dozen of the animals repeatedly marched into the eastern German town of Eisenach, frightening residents and keeping police busy; and on Friday morning, a German highway was closed for hours after 10 wild boar broke through a fence and waltzed onto the road.
Even worse, though, almost a quarter century after the Chernobyl nuclear meltdown in Ukraine, a good chunk of Germany’s wild boar population remains slightly radioactive — and the phenomenon has been costing the German government an increasing amount of money in recent years. Read the rest of this entry »
 
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Posted by on August 2, 2010 in Nawwwwww!

 

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A Little Dab Will Do Ya’!

Sometimes the thinking if little bit is good, more is better doesn’t quite work out as this group of would be Bank Robbers found out the hard way!

German Robbers Blew Up the Bank... And Left the Cash Machine Intact

German bank ‘blown up by robbers in botched raid’

Suspected robbers in Germany appear to have miscalculated the quantity of explosives needed to blow their way into a rural bank.

The building housing the bank in the northern village of Malliss was largely destroyed by an overnight explosion.

The bank’s cash machine survived intact and the suspected thieves are not thought to have made away with any money, Germany’s Welt Online reported.

No-one was injured, though the blast damaged nearby cars and buildings.

Investigators were working on the assumption that robbers had placed their explosives, possibly made from petrol or acetylene, at the entrance to the bank, German broadcaster NDR said.

The presence of a delivery van near the site of the explosion indicated that the suspected thieves may have intended to drive off with the cash dispenser, local media reported.

Whoops!

 
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Posted by on May 26, 2010 in Nawwwwww!

 

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