Quadriga

Latin word for four horses yoked to a chariot, such as the stone statues above Brandenburg Gate that got to watch festivities for the Berlin-Besuch, President Obama’s visit to Berlin this week.

(KVOD ree ga.)

Tag der deutschen Einheit

“German unity day.” Celebrated on June 17 for years in West Germany to remember the popular uprising against the East German government 60 years ago this week.

The German unity holiday was changed to October 3 when East and West Germany signed the agreement to reunify on Oct. 3, 1990.

Bundespräsident Joachim Gauck, a regime-critical East German pastor who after the Wall fell led the so-called Gauck-Behörde, the agency created to figure out what to do with the Stasi files left behind by the secret police, said,

“Today it remains essential, everywhere around the world, to stand by / provide backup for those people who, though discriminated against and marginalized, courageously take a stand for freedom, democracy and justice.”

“Es gilt auch heute, überall auf der Welt, jenen beizustehen, die sich obwohl diskriminiert und ausgegrenzt mutig für Freiheit, Demokratie und Recht einsetzen.”

(TOG   dare   DEUTSCH en   EYE n h eye t.)

unverhältnismässig

“Not proportional.” Improper. Like how a tiny number of Bundestag delegates amended a bill during the recent Italy vs. Germany match to permit their gubmint to sell the contact information—the names, addresses, phone numbers, &c.—people must provide when they mandatorily register their residence in Germany. The new law is required because in future residents are going to have to register their contact information with the federal government instead of the state ones. The “Italy” amendment flipped the default from “burghers must give permission before their data can be sold” to “burghers must forbid the selling of their data or their data will be sold.” The “score” of delegates added an excemption to even that: when people state that they do not want Angela Merkel’s government, and all governments after hers, to sell their personal data to address dealers and marketing firms, the government will still release this data to entities seeking to correct errors in their databases.

Update on 21 Sept. 2012: The Bundesrat stopped this law. It’s been sent back for rewriting.

(Oon fer HAIL t niss mace ick.)

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