Alberta Politics: From the Twitter account of the former Deputy Leader of Free Alberta: Angela Merkel’s the leader of the free world

PHOTOS: The leader of the free world, listening to Neil Young on sound cancelling headphones. Click here for the soundtrack to this post. The confused looking elderly man with a comb-over to her left is thinking: “Who is that person?” Probably not in those exact words, though. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons.) Below: Angela Merkel and Vladimir ...

Things Are Good: Berlin, Sponge City

Germany’s capital is becoming a sponge to stop flooding. It might seem counterintuitive to want to gather more water in order to stay dry, but that’s exactly the plan. Currently the city of Houston is suffering some of the worst flooding that its ever seen thanks largely to poor planning around water (like using highways ...

Things Are Good: You Can Now Eat Climate Data

Ice cream is delicious and now you can eat a brand new flavour of it made of climate data. Well, it’s more like existing flavours put together to symbolize data about our climate and how it’s changing. Jonathon Keats is the brain behind the project and he’s mixing the ice cream together to raise awareness ...

Things Are Good: Berlin’s New Rent Laws Helping People Faster than Predicted

In cities all over the world housing people is an issue and some cities have it worse than others. In Berlin, where things weren’t awful they decided they waned to stop a downward trend that cropped up in the rental market. Renters were confronted with a market that was inhumane and the city took action. ...

Parchment in the Fire: The strikes sweeping Germany are here to stay | Wolfgang Streeck | Comment is free | The Guardian

The strikes sweeping Germany are here to stay | Wolfgang Streeck | Comment is free | The Guardian. German strikes once seemed like German jokes: a contradiction in terms. But no more: this year, Europe’s largest economy is on course to set a new record for industrial action, with everyone from train drivers, kindergarten and ...

Melissa Fong: Why you should choose weekday parties- 2013 BLOGCEMBER 18/31

I usually prefer going out on weekdays. In a big city- parties are offered on weekdays and they are often a lot better than the weekend parties. …

Melissa Fong: BLOGCEMBER 2013: Electronic music month- THEME 1/31

    I have become inspired to write about my experiences with house/techno music this month. I’m going to take a departure from my usual politicized rants and start a […]

The Disaffected Lib: As Remembrance Day Looms in Canada, Germans Prepare to Commemorate the 75th Anniversary of Kristallnacht.

In Berlin this weekend, about a hundred businesses will be affixing decals to their storefront windows.   The decals simulate broken glass, memorializing the shattered windows of Jewish stores attacked 75-years ago on Kristallnacht. On Nov. 9, 1938 — 75 years ago this weekend — one of the most notorious events in the history of the ...

bastard.logic: Concert of the Day (After Dark)

Miles Davis Quintet (Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter, Tony Williams), Berlin, West Germany, November 4, 1967: Filed under: Jazz, music, video Tagged: 1967, Berlin, Herbie Hancock, Jazz, live, Miles Davis, Miles Davis Quintet, Ron Carter, Tony Williams, video, Wayne Shorter