Picture of the day
The sea and stars
A time lapse picture shows a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying satellites for the US-German "Grace Fo" mission launching from Vandenburg airbase in California on Tuesday. The geoscience project, a collaboration between NASA and the German GFZ Center, will use microwaves to measure the movement of the oceans caused by the melting of polar ice caps. Source:
Quote of the day
The Nazi who won't go away
Officialdom confirms what many had long suspected: There are no criminal grounds for Germany to accept SS concentration camp guard Jakiw Palij, who was supposed to be deported from the US years ago. Berlin also argues he is a Pole by birth. The fact that the 93-year-old is still living in New York has caused protests and friction between Berlin and Washington, which has long wanted to send him back.
Person of the day
After Tuesday's widely-panned “grilling” of Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg by European parliamentarians, fingers are being pointed at its chief organizer. Critics said EU Parliament President Antonio Tajani allowed his MEPs to grandstand for more than an hour of the 90 minute question and answer session, letting Mr. Zuckerberg off the hook. Then when time was up, Mr. Tajani announced the Facebook CEO couldn’t stay any longer because of “a flight.” Not exactly the Italian’s finest hour. Source:
Graphic of the day
Ich bin ein German
Why has there been such an increase in Britons wanting to become Germans in the past couple of years? Could it be the carefree national sense of humor, the delightful largely pork-and-cabbage-based cuisine or the long and glorious history of gnome making perhaps? Or could it be that the Brexit vote took place in June 2016? You decide.