Thursday, April 07, 2011

Mostly for our German readers: Die geplante Moselhochbrücke virtuell nach Berlin an die Siegessäule versetzt: Zwei mögliche Alternativstrecken (Ku'damm oder Kanzleramt), wobei die Moselbrücke 158 Meter hoch ist und die Siegessäule nur 67 Meter

How high is the planned Mosel Bridge? It is more than twice as high as the Berlin Victory Column (Berliner Siegessäule).


We show in this posting that the Mosel Bridge could be built in Berlin, and suggest two alternative locations. See the map below, where we have put two alternative locations onto a clip from Google Maps.

Wir haben eben virtuell mit Hilfe von Google Maps die geplante 1.7 km lange und 158 Meter hohe Moselhochbrücke nach Berlin versetzt.

Dabei gibt es zwei großartige Alternativstrecken wo diese sonst monströse und "überflüssige" Brücke in Berlin strategisch und als Arbeitsbeschaffungsmaßnahme gebaut werden könnte, quasi als Nationaldenkmal:

1) vom Ku’damm (Café Kranzler) bis zur Siegessäule


2) von der Siegessäule bis zum Kanzleramt

Dabei gibt es ein mögliches Problem. Die Gesamthöhe der Berliner Siegessäule einschließlich der Statue beträgt lediglich 66,89 Meter, laut Wikipedia.

Die Moselbrücke wäre noch stattliche 90 Meter höher als die Siegessäule in Berlin. Doppelt so hoch. Plus 25 Meter.

Aber was die landgeprägten Menschen im Moseltal verkraften sollen, können sicherlich die stadtgeprüften Berliner auch.

Das Ganze sieht im etwa so aus:

Does Los Angeles Suffer from Incompetent Officialdom? 75-foot Valley Village Alley Mural Forced by Officials to Be Painted Over: But What About the Potholes?

Everywhere in the world you look, governments are spending their time being concerned with everything other than what they should really be paying attention to.

In this case, officials, rather than fixing the roads, have forced a piece of alley art work to be painted over -- for no other reason, it appears, than that THEY say so.

See Valley Village mural: 75-foot Valley Village mural is painted over.

As one astute observer remarked in that report by Bob Pool at the Los Angeles Times :
"'Instead of this, the city ought to be fixing potholes ... 'Let the art survive.'

In German for our German readers: Mosel: Brücke: Moselhochbrücke: Moselhochübergang: Wenn schon, dann lieber ÜBER Brauneberg bauen

In German for our German readers:

Bauarbeiten trotz Baustopp für Hochmoselübergang -
"Dafür hat der Landtagsabgeordnete Alexander Licht (CDU) aus Brauneberg (Kreis Bernkastel-Wittlich) kein Verständnis: Er nennt den Stopp eine Farce. 70 Millionen Euro seien für den Brückenbau ausgegeben, weitere 180 Millionen vertraglich gebunden: Entscheidend sei, wie der Ministerpräsident und die SPD zu dem einstimmigen Landtagsbeschluss für den Lückenschluss der B50 und damit für den Bau des Hochmoselübergangs stehen."
Wir schlagen vor, Herr Licht, die Brücke lieber ÜBER Brauneberg zu bauen.

Dann haben SIE die geliebte Brücke buchstäblich "vor Ort", sicherlich zur Freude Ihrer Brauneberger-Wähler und "Brauneberger Juffer" Winzer und Liebhaber. Oder?

How to Break Into the Criminal Justice Field, a guest posting by Chris Jacobson


How to Break Into the Criminal Justice Field

Being a part of the criminal justice team does have its lure – with the many television series and movies playing up the glamour quotient and making it seem like an extremely interesting career choice, it’s no wonder that there is much demand for a job in the field of criminal justice. There’s a wide variety of choices to pick from - you could choose to work in the field of security, loss prevention, law, corrections, homeland security, and forensics. Some careers require more education than others, while some may require additional training. In general, if you’re hoping to break into the criminal justice field and be a cop or a criminal lawyer or a district attorney or a corrections officer or a forensics expert, here’s how you can go about it:
  • Go to college and earn a bachelor’s degree, preferably in criminal justice or in a related field. Not all jobs require a degree, but in today’s competitive world, it’s best to have a college degree so that you have many more options at your disposal.

  • If you have a choice of career (if you know for sure that you want to become a cop or a forensics expert), then talk to your career counselor in college and find out what additional requirements you need in order to find a job in the field of your choice.
  • Once you’re out of college, you have the choice of finding a job in one of the following sectors - loss prevention, corrections, security, forensics, and homeland security. Know where your interests lie, and then get in touch with the concerned departments to see if they have openings and how you can qualify to apply.
If you want to become a lawyer:
  • You have to earn a bachelor’s degree and then go on to law school. So prepare for the LSAT (Law School Admission Test) soon after college. It also helps if you find a pre-law internship which could tell you how ready you are for law school.
  • Once in law school, focus on criminal justice courses and also try and find an internship with a criminal law firm or at the district attorney’s office. Clerking for judges at the courthouse should also give you exposure to the criminal justice system. Internships help you gain experience and also provide you with a glimpse into the real world of criminal justice, which you will see is far removed from the cases you study in your textbooks and the stories that are played out on television.
  • You could choose to become a criminal defense attorney or work for the state in the prosecutor’s office; both jobs are competitive and challenging, but if you are enterprising and wish to make a mark on your own, you could learn the ins and outs of criminal law by working under an experienced criminal attorney and taking on pro bono cases and building your experience and learning on the job. It’s not something that pays well, but it sure beats slogging away at large law firms in terms of excitement and enterprise.
Remember however, that all the glitz and glamour of criminal justice shown on TV is just the icing on the cake; we hardly realize that behind the scenes is the drudgery of the job and the mental and physical toll it takes on its players and participants. The pay’s not that great either, especially if you’re working for the government as part of a state or federal agency, but the prestige and perks that go with the job make criminal justice an alluring and much-sought-after career choice.


This guest post is contributed by Chris Jacobson who writes on the topic of Criminal Justice Degree. Chris can be reached at his email id: chris.jacobson7-AT-gmail-Dot-com

Building of Monstrous Mosel Bridge Paused for Coalition Negotiations Between the Social Democratic Party and the Environmentalist Green Party

On March 3, 2011, prior to elections in the German Rhineland-Palatinate (Rheinland-Pfalz) we posted at LawPundit about the highly controversial 158-meter high and over 1-mile long bridge planned to be built over the Moselle (Mosel) River right through the center of one of the world's leading wine-producing regions -- see Winemakers Unite to Oppose the Building of an Ugly and Unnecessary Bridge over the Moselle River in Germany's Famed Mosel Wine Region. But is it TOO LATE?

We are glad to report that the fantastic result of that election is that the building of the monstrous planned Moselle bridge has been paused for post-election coalition negotiations, for the reason that a major aspect of the political platform of the Alliance '90/The Greens, who emerged from the elections as the political party of the hour, was strong opposition to the bridge.

To get some idea of the gigantic size of this bridge, 158 meters is the same height as the Telecommunications Tower, Torre de las Telecomunicacione viz. Torre Antel (Antel Tower) in Montevideo, Uruguay, the tallest building in the country!

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Torre de las Telecomunicaciones, Montevideo, Uruguay.
Foto realizada y subida por Federico Corral (aka Shant)

For the planned Mosel Bridge, just extend that height one mile horizonally and add 25,000 tons of steel over one of the most picturesque rural wine-producing areas in the world and you know that some misguided planners' delusions of grandeur have reached their limit.

Here, for comparison, from the German Wikipedia website (Hochmoselübergang) are "before" and "after" images of what the countryside looks like now and what it will look like if this monstrous bridge is built as planned. These gigantic pillars for the Mosel are essentially equivalent to putting a dozen skyscrapers in the middle of French Bordeaux. Would France ever even think of doing such a crazy thing?

The elections are now over and the German environmental party, Alliance '90/The Greens, surely in part also because of the tragic tsunami wave in Japan and the subsequent nuclear catastrophe which has followed, made huge gains in Baden-Wuerttemberg, ousting Chancellor Merkel's CDU party.

Merkel's ruling party was absolutely destroyed there by stupidly supporting the planned demolition in Stuttgart of the Hauptbahnhof, the main train station, a highly regarded cultural and architectural monument, in order to make way for a planned underground station. Police used water cannons to try to remove protestors, inciting even more opposition, and the ruling CDU party did not get the message that they were on the wrong side of the issue. They got what they deserved in the election -- they were ousted. As now written at Deutsche Welle:
"German rail operator Deutsche Bahn (DB) has announced a work freeze on a contentious rail project centered on the southwestern city of Stuttgart following recent state elections."
Baden-Wuerttemberg with its capital Stuttgart is the 3rd largest State in Germany, and corporate headquarters for inter alia Daimler [Mercedes-Benz], Porsche, Robert Bosch, Carl Zeiss, and SAP -- the largest software firm in Europe. Faced with the spectre of the CDU getting thrown out of government in that corporate-oriented State for being -- clearly -- on the wrong side of an important environmental issue, warning signs have gone up for politicians all over Germany.

In the Rhineland-Palatinate, the Alliance '90/The Greens picked up substantial environmental votes, enough votes to go from being completely out of the government previously, to now having to be included in coalition negotiations with the Social Democratic Party (SPD). That SPD, just as the minority Christian Democratic Union (CDU) in the Palatinate, has up-to-now supported the bridge for economic reasons. What economic reasons? The bridge is being financed 80% by federal financing and those Euros for the Palatinate constitute the blood money for the otherwise unnecessary bridge.

Thankfully, the German voters are paying attention. In the March 27, 2011 Rhineland-Palatinate elections, this time it was the SPD that lost its ruling majority in the State, gaining 10% fewer votes than in 2006 in the Palatinate. It is a strong political message when Germany's two largest political parties are getting beaten badly because of environmental issues.

By contrast, the Alliance '90/The Greens surged from 4.6% in 2006 in the Palatinate-- not even reaching the 5% government-participation threshold -- to achieving a triumphal 15.4% in 2011, putting them solidly in the government and reaching a voting level they are unlikely to lose anywhere in the near future.

The environmental ramifications of the Fukushima nuclear accidents will be with us for years. MORE environmental protection, rather than less, will be the hallmark of successful politicians.

For Palatinate Minister-President Kurt Beck and the SPD to stay in power and to continue to govern, something has to give in the coalition negotiations, and it is going to be the building of the totally unnecessary monstrous bridge over the Moselle River. That will have to go.

Representatives from the CDU have been quoted post-election as saying that the bridge will be built anyway because of ca. €330 million contracts that have been granted viz. planned for construction of the project.

We are not sure about that.

Those contracts are no hindrance to stopping the bridge.

There is of course no reason to cost people their jobs just because you end an unnecessary construction project. Those same construction firms can be put to work for the same money repairing the roads, bridges and highways that ALREADY EXIST and in part are in a dilapidated state of repair. There is plenty of work to be done.

Or, in a worst case scenario, one could maintain the road-building as planned, but replace the monstrous bridge with a normal "human-size" bridge as already found on the Mosel elsewhere and as suited to a wine-growing and tourist area.

Most people on the Mosel could probably live with that.

Roads and bridges over rivers are necessary in moderation -- but not the monstrous bridge planned for the Mosel. That is NOT necessary.

If the politicians in Berlin still want this monstrous bridge built as a job generator (Arbeitsbeschaffungsmaßnahme), we suggest they try to put it in the middle of Berlin on the Ku'damm (Kurfürstendamm) and see what happens. That would be no different than putting that same bridge here on the Mosel.

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