14 thoughts on “Photo Caption Contest Part IV

  1. Teehee, those are typical German battery chicken farms. Except these particular ones seem to from that pre-war period were a previous incarnation of German culture still had 10% of a brain left to attach little gimmicks to the facades (and proabably also to allow for high ceilings on the inside), so while still guilty of stacking people 6 levels high with very little breathing space in between I’ll grant the builders/owners/residents 2.5 merit points.

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  2. @martin:

    What part of “Caption Contest” didn’t you understand?

    Regarding your comment: I’m sorry you had a bad time in Germany. Apparently you couldn’t care less about understanding the culture and circumstances that make this country, thereby nicely feeding the stereotypical image of the arrogant ignorant American. Well…

    Ever been to NYC? Funny coincidence that they have the same chicken farms (although the apartments in there cost five times as much and are WAY uglier). I don’t know what rural/suburban area you’re from that these are such a big deal for you, but envision the adjustments necessary to accomodate the entire US population in nothing more than Texas. Get the picture?

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  3. >envision the adjustments necessary to accomodate the entire US population in nothing more than Texas. Get the picture?We’d get a country with 450 inhabitants per square kilometer. The other day I visited a place with a population density of 1000 people per square kilometer, and the picture that I got was this: Mostly green fields with the occasional city that has residential buildings about 2 levels high.So I guess you’ll have to resort back to the cost of dubbing movies in Sweden or some other werido excuse like that.

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  4. We’d get a country with 450 inhabitants per square kilometer. The other day I visited a place with a population density of 1000 people per square kilometer, and the picture that I got was this: Mostly green fields with the occasional city that has residential buildings about 2 levels high.

    You do not get 1000 people per square km in the “mostly green fields with the occasional city that has residential buildings about 2 levels high” environment you describe. I guess your travels to Java didn’t take you here.

    By the way, if you dislike where you live so much, why don’t you get out? Your blog isn’t insightful, illuminating, or useful. Or entertaining… It’s just the bitter rants of someone trapped in a situation with no way out.

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  5. If you look closely at the background, you can clearly see a MOSQUE. Why have MUSLIMS not yet been brought up? Is Marek sleeping?

    @martin:

    The other day I visited a place with a population density of 1000 people per square kilometer, and the picture that I got was this: Mostly green fields with the occasional city that has residential buildings about 2 levels high.

    That’s so great, if not really true. Though, what bearing does that have on what exact discussion anyway? martin doesn’t like houses with more than two storeys? Who gives a fuck?

    Proposed caption: “The First of May march of German left-wing party ‘Kommunistische Arbeiter-Union Friedrichshain / Hochschulgruppe Anarchosyndikalismus und Sozialismus’ (KAUFHAUS) pauses for a rest in Berlin’s Halbmondberg district.”

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  6. > If you look closely at the background, you can clearly see a MOSQUE. Why have MUSLIMS not yet been brought up? Is Marek sleeping?

    The two persons sitting on the street all alone symbolize Freedom/Democracy and the Fundamental Christian Values.

    Not in the picture: anti-american, leftist, surrenderist European politicans. And *that* is *hardly* a surprise.

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  7. > If you look closely at the background, you can clearly see a MOSQUE.

    We already knew Basti to be smart and ingenious, didn’t we? Anyway, if you look even closer, you can clearly see a synagogue.

    > Why have MUSLIMS not yet been brought up? Is Marek sleeping?

    By public demand – lest the populace gang up on me:

    Berlin 2057: the mufti had the pubs closed – natives get by

    PS: greetz fly to elitist clubber Martin, too. Ah, nothing beats Dialog auf gleicher Augenhöhe – hooray for the occasional chit-chat among the peers.

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  8. @basti>That’s so great, if not really true.Thank God you found some pitures of high rise office buildings along some city’s main artery, otherwise readers on this blog might end up believing what I said about Java. Or get out and get an informed and impartial point of view from someone they know that has been to Java.>Who gives a fuck?Well, at the very least I had you scrambling to Wikipedia to cherry pick one or two pictures that seem to contradict my point. Not an easy task. Seems like someone gives a fuck here. 🙂

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  9. @SvenEven if you had the audacity to cherry pick Manhattan (Manhatten isn’t even the same thing as NYC), you at least were honest enough to show some residential buildings. So 0.5 merit points for you.

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  10. @martin:
    Thank you so much – I can hardly express how honored I feel by your gratitude.

    If you look closely, however, you will see I didn’t cherry-pick anything. I just googled for images of “NYC apartment building”… and yes, these also exist outside “Manhatten”… as well as in Chicago and pretty much every other major metropolitan area I’ve been to.

    As for your Java comparison: If you took a picture of any German small town or village, you’d also have cows and fields in the picture. But since that would involve the risk of discovering positive aspects of Germany, I have little hope you’d have any interest in that. Again, I’m sorry that Germany makes you so bitter.

    On another note, there are actually people (myself included) who prefer urban environments over suburbia or rural life. The city may not have the “American Beauty” front yards and generic prettiness that your suburb of choice has to offer, but they have something else: life and action and cultural activities besides several church groups and the mini league.

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  11. @martin:

    Well, at the very least I had you scrambling to Wikipedia to cherry pick one or two pictures that seem to contradict my point. Not an easy task. Seems like someone gives a fuck here. 🙂

    Well, yes. It did help that a picture of the only high-rise buildings on all of Java happened to be on the very same page that you linked.

    @Marek:

    Anyway, if you look even closer, you can clearly see a synagogue.

    Oh, haha. What an embarrassing mistake to make … still it looks like it was airlifted straight from Baghdad or something. But I will leave the architecture criticism to martin, who’s clearly the expert on that subject in our little circle.

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  12. @ Sebastian:

    The building in the background (of which you only see the dome here) is the “New Synagogue” on Oranienburger Straße, Berlin-Mitte. It’s not a mosque.

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