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Notes from the Berlin Wall 50th Anniversary Ceremony - 2011

Berlin Wall 50th Anniversary. Photo: Jennifer Martin

August 13, 2011.  Berlin -- The gravity of Berlin's tragic history belies the creative pulse of the modern culture factory new place. It's possible to visit Berlin and completely immerse oneself in galleries, cabarets, and discos and miss the scars completely. It's possible to live here and ignore the sacrifices and triumphs of your neighbors.

Object Attachment: Rösle Original Weißwurstheber (White Sausage Lifter)

Rösle Original Weißwurstheber White Sausage Lifter Photo Credit Jennifer Martin

The satisfaction of having a German, precision-made, single-use tool for cooking is a unique pleasure.  The sleek design, high-grade materials, and master craftsmanship give the cook authority over ingredients and technique.  The Rösle Original Weißwurstheber is such a tool.  Born of tireless research and flawless workmanship, there simply is no better way to lift a Bavarian white sausage (weißwurst) onto a plate.

Guest Blogging at Sustainable Cities Collective: Deutsche Bahn and Siemens partner for world’s most advanced train network

Deutsche Bahn Siemens Train Photo Credit Matt Buck

Sorry I've been out for a while folks.  Been laid up with some minor surgery.  I just happened to get an invite to guest blog from the fine peope at the Sustainable Cities Collective on the day I'm back to writing.

On Monday, Germany’s state-owned rail operator Deutsche Bahn and Siemens AG confirmed an order for 300 of the most advanced high-speed trains in the world.  In what amounts to a Hail Mary pass, the beleaguered Deutsche Bahn is pouring EUR 6 billion into 250km/h ICx train service through 2030.  Read the rest at the Sustainable Cities Collective.

Disagreement over Costs and Capacity Distract from Germany's Nuclear Phase-Out

Anti Nuclear Power Protest Flag Atomkraft Memkaos

Wildly conflicting reports over the potential effects of Germany's nuclear phase-out are in the limelight, but the government and energy companies are missing the point.  Arguing cost and capacity is irrelevant in a country that decided more than a decade ago to leave nuclear behind.

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