Weekly Roundup: Driverless Tractors and Topless Beaches

By Stephen Fuchs on Email @StephenWFuchs


In this week’s Weekly Roundup we have a variety of topics that cover some new efficiencies in German farming, controversial lyrics by German rapper Bushido, and a cultural exploration of the clothing preferences at German and American beaches.  There are quite a few topics going through the media about the developing news on Germany’s involvement with US spying, but we’re going to keep this week’s roundup spy free for you.

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“Driverless tractors till German high-tech farm” – The Local

“As the harvest nears, the employees of German farmer Klaus Münchhoff are busy making the final checks on imposing tractors ready to roll into the golden fields.  But these tractors are steel monsters with a difference – driverless and satellite-guided, they can operate on the fields with an accuracy of a few centimetres…”


“Americans keep covered up at the beach, Germans most likely to go naked” – NY Daily News

“Expedia.com’s annual Flip Flop Report finds that Europeans are more comfortable sunbathing topless than Americans, and that the biggest concern of U.S. beachgoers is theft, not sharks. Also worth noting: 65% of respondents from around the world said Speedos were acceptable beachwear…”


“German-style pub plans November opening in Waldo” – The Kansas City Star

“Steve Holle studied both business and German in college, and now those degrees are coming together in a new Waldo brewery. Holle’s Kansas City Bier Co. is taking a 10,000-square-foot spot at 310 W. 79th St. A November opening is scheduled. He grew up in south Kansas City but moved to Texas in 1992. He recently retired as regional director of the real estate investment office for Northwestern Mutual in Plano, Texas, before moving to his hometown to start the brewery.”


“German rapper causes storm with provocative lyrics” – Reuters

“Berlin’s mayor has filed a legal complaint against German rapper Bushido who released a provocative video containing anti-gay lyrics and which critics say contains fantasies about murder and incites violence.  Bushido, 34, is no stranger to controversy but his latest tirade targets individual politicians and the video shows images of what appears to be a man igniting a car with a body stuffed in the boot…”


“German TV maker Loewe files for insolvency protection” – Deutsche Welle

“German TV set manufacturer Loewe is seeking protection from its creditors as it is aiming to restructure its business. The top-of-the-range brand has been struggling for months and is looking for a strategic investor. Loewe’s executive board had decided to file for creditor protection as it was attempting to implement a restructuring program and a new corporate strategy more quickly, the German luxury TV maker announced Tuesday…”


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Stephen Fuchs
Stephen founded German Pulse and LGBT Germany out of a passion to introduce Americans to a Germany that goes beyond beer and polka (although with enough beer he has been known to polka it up a bit). He's a coffee addict, lover of wine and good times, a hit in the kitchen and editor of TV commercials. You can follow him on Twitter (@StephenWFuchs) to find out a lot more.
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