Merry Christmas

December 25, 2010

Winter 2010/2011 in the Ore Mountains.

3 Comment(s):

Bruce Church said...

Baby Gap: Germany's Birth Rate Hits Historic Low
By Tristana Moore / Berlin Sunday, May. 23, 2010

http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,1991216,00.html

excerpt: Many German women decide not to have children because of poor state-run child-care facilities. Most schools in Germany finish earlier than in other parts of Europe — some as early as 1 p.m. — leaving parents struggling to find and afford sufficient day care. And often women who take up part-time jobs to try to juggle work and family life end up paying a high financial price. "Many German women have to stop work and end their careers if they want to have kids," says Kröhnert. It doesn't help that German mothers are still often branded Rabenmütter — "raven mothers" — a pejorative label that accuses them of being bad mothers if they decide to put their children in nurseries and continue working.

Call Me Mom said...

My goodness, that's quite a bit of snow you've got there. It's a lovely photo though. Thanks for sharing. I hope you and yours had a wonderful Christmas.
I was visiting Terry's blog and saw your link, so I thought I'd drop in and say "howdy".

Bruce Church said...

Germany is again hastening the day of the United States' Greek-style bankruptcy by not participating in Libya, even though Germany's govt says the dictator has to go--as though sanctions would do that. Westerwelle says Germany has 7,000 troops deployed on foreign soil, and doesn't want to commit more than this minuscule number.

If Germans thought Americans were uneducated and unhealthy before, you ain't seen nothin' yet! Get a load of this:

How Public School Budget Cuts Herald the End of Equality in the United States

http://www.laprogressive.com/education-reform/public-school-budget-cuts/

excerpt: Throughout the United States, the nation’s public school system is being savaged by budget cuts that will make a mockery of federal legislation designed to reduce the achievement gap between children in low-income and high-income districts.
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Here FM Westerville explains why once again how rich Germany is going to force chronic debtor Americans to pay the price to keep Germany safe and sound:
http://www.spiegel.de/international/germany/0,1518,752164,00.html