Normally, athletes peak around their mid-twenties, depending on the sport, a few years earlier or later. But 30 is for most sports the age from where it all goes downhill, the body just gets too old for successful competition. At 40, in most sports, athletes have long ended their career and some of them started coaching.
This time around, the Olympic Games show several successful athletes who just turned 40 or even turned 40 some years ago and were able to win Olympic Medals. The…Continue
As some of you might know, the Winter Olympics started yesterday. Hockey events haven't started yet, so there's time to help our US members get acquainted with some of the more "special" sports (meaning all sports that no one in the US cares about).
Surely one of the most aesthetically doubtful sports known is the double luge. It is dominated by the teams from Germany and Austria - and women don't do it,…Continue
German skier Maria Höfl-Riesch won twice this week-end on the slopes of Lake Louise in Alberta, Canada.
This is a picture of her published after today's race in German news.…Continue
On Sumatra, the volcano Sinabung recently erupted. The last time it erupted was in 2010, before that it had been dormant for over 400 years.…Continue
I thought this was funny
How do you differentiate between "anybody" and "anyone" (or for that matter, "somebody" and "someone")?
As if pugs weren't ugly enough already...Continue
The list gets longer: now we know that the USA are spying on their allies.
I'd say: what a surprise! The only thing surprising is that they got caught. Not so surprising: the German Secret Service didn't know until recently, at least they say so.
A little disappointing: the US remain the same shit hole of arrogance, violence and self-serving warmongering…Continue
...in the old industrialised world (Europe, North America, Japan. Australia) tend to vote for conservative parties, that objectively work against their interests. The question is why. Are the working poor, who get fucked over by their bosses on a daily basis, not only poor but also hopelessly stupid?
No, they aren't.
They have understood very well, that compared to the rest of the world's population, they are privileged and that status is about to change, as…Continue
Anybody here doing work-out on a concept 2 indoor rowing machine by chance?
I'd like to share experience, work-out details and…Continue
Just today, the five ministers in the Italian government coming from the party "Popola della libertà" (Nation of Freedom), the latest name of ex-prime minister Silvio Berlusconi's private political party (he's the richest man in Italy, at least officially), have left the coalition with the social democratic party and have officially resigned. The reasons behind that break-up (and probably the end of the latest government under prime-minister Enrico Letta) are not insurmountable political…Continue
Dylan has been posting all kinds of statistics, describing certain traits of people classified by their race. Others have been making the kind of comments and remarks we've come to expect from them over the years regarding race and the behaviour they attribute to the respective race. And obviously, all things race are always the first choice if you want a discussion on VH to take a steep dive into all kinds of insults and nonsense.
But how do you define what makes a person be a member…Continue
The breathtaking events over the weekend on VH have overshadowed other events in the rest of the world. One that is of a certain importance for a few members here are the elections in Germany that took place on Sunday.
As some of you might know, the political landscape and campaign traditions in Germany differ greatly from the ones in the US, mainly they're a lot less spectacular and a lot more boring. One tradition that is probably hard to grasp for US citizens, is the fact that we…Continue
As Danial has stated, there is a long standing controversy in the"backroom" over moderation policy. There is also a fallout within the mod team. All that would normally not be any of my business, but I have witnessed:
a. recurring erratic behaviour from Danial, involving deletion of comments and blogs without team consent
b. inactivity on his behalf when he was due (and consented to it) to act
c. Danial using his possibilities as a mod to make a private video…Continue
The well know email encryption site lavabit has shut down due to pressure by the US government.
Of course this would not have happened under a republican government with the renowned freedom fighter George Walker Bush and the famous civil rights activist Richard Bruce Cheney.
My last post was just an amusing find during my readings on my main point of interest, the story of and stories from Edward Snowden. One of the questions around this affair is certainly whether the man should be considered a traitor or a hero. In short, I'd say he's hero - what's your opinion?
I also looked up how the story is handled in the US media and came upon this article in the Christian Post.