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Ageing Germany mulls bill to silence 'noisy' kids
The Times of India ^ | Jan 15, 2011, 07.27am IST | AFP

Posted on 01/16/2011 2:59:06 AM PST by Cronos

The German government on Friday said it was working on a bill aimed at battling a growing tide of complaints against noisy children in what is a rapidly ageing society.

Regulations on noise fall under Germany's emissions laws, and a bill tweaking these is due to go before Chancellor Angela Merkel's cabinet in February, a spokesman for the environment ministry said. "Noise made by childcare centres, playgrounds and places where ball games are played do not generally constitute a harmful environmental effect," the Passauer Neue Presse daily cited the bill as saying.

The government is also working on an amendment to building regulations that would make it easier for childcare centres to open in purely residential areas. "Children making noise does not constitute something... that citizens need to be protected from by law, but are an expression of liveliness," Peter Ramsauer, construction minister' said in Berlin.

Germany, where just 14% of the population is less than 14 years old, compared to 45% in Malawi, for example' has seen a spate of complaints against children being children in recent years. Some of these have resulted in kindergartens being refused planning permission or childcare centres having to build noise-protection walls so as not to disturb locals.



TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Germany
KEYWORDS: age; aging; babyboomers; germany
The Germans are nuts
1 posted on 01/16/2011 2:59:10 AM PST by Cronos
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To: Cronos

It’s like the movie “Grumpy Old Men” meets the 0 administration.


2 posted on 01/16/2011 3:12:32 AM PST by Quiller (When you're fighting to survive, there is no "try" -- there is only do, or do not.)
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To: Cronos

Geten sie offen mein lawn!!


3 posted on 01/16/2011 3:14:59 AM PST by Cincinatus (Omnia relinquit servare Rempublicam)
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To: Cronos

A law against laughing kids ... incredible.


4 posted on 01/16/2011 3:24:45 AM PST by DontTreadOnMe2009 (So stop treading on me already!)
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To: Cronos
Some parents just don't know how to discipline their kids. They are more self-absorbed in having a good time themselves and could care less about others in a public space.

There are times when I would like to call the Kinderkarting Kops to have the parents arrested.

And yes, I am of German descent.

5 posted on 01/16/2011 3:25:38 AM PST by not2worry (WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND)
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To: Cronos

I watched a documentary on the SS once where a guy was talking about a ceremony where SS officers were being honoured.

A bunch of boys got bored and wandered off, and one of them threw a rock at a nearby cat. One of the SS officers noticed and walked up to scold them, telling them that treating animals like that was cruel and wrong, and not worthy of their Aryan heritage.

The NAZI regime never found it necessary to pass a law telling kids to behave. I guess the solution is somewhere in the middle.


6 posted on 01/16/2011 3:39:44 AM PST by B.Lyle
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To: not2worry
Some parents just don't know how to discipline their kids. They are more self-absorbed in having a good time themselves and could care less about others in a public space.

Your comments are not, in themselves, objectionable, but seem strange in the context of this article, which is not about children with behavioral problems throwing tantrums or otherwise creating disturbances in airliners, at shopping centers, etc. while their parents stand by and shrug their shoulders sheepishly.

I hope that, by "public space," you don't also mean playgrounds, soccer fields, and child-care facilities.

Regards,

7 posted on 01/16/2011 3:43:14 AM PST by alexander_busek
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To: Cronos

Somehow this world forgot what the sound of LIFE is, I’ll take a dozen noisy kids over one truck using jake brakes or the squeal of a lefty newscaster.


8 posted on 01/16/2011 3:49:08 AM PST by this_ol_patriot (Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner)
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To: not2worry

Children laughing and being kids at a playground = beautiful music.

Children being PITA in an adult setting (i.e. restaurant) = uber-annoying.

But it’s the PARENTS who need a whack or three from a Kindergarten Kop riding crop!

Ich auch bin aus Deutschland.


9 posted on 01/16/2011 4:00:50 AM PST by Nervous Tick (Trust in God, but row away from the rocks!)
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To: Cronos

A law like this makes more sense than Cap & Trade...or at least we can prove that kids make noise.


10 posted on 01/16/2011 4:05:14 AM PST by Dixie Yooper (Ephesians 6:11)
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To: Cronos

11 posted on 01/16/2011 4:27:45 AM PST by The Free Engineer
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To: Cronos
Germany, where just 14% of the population is less than 14 years old, compared to 45% in Malawi...

From CIA Factbook:

Age structure:

0-14 years: 45.4% (male 3,419,711/female 3,404,726)
15-64 years: 51.9% (male 3,889,065/female 3,915,309)
65 years and over: 2.7% (male 172,679/female 227,267) (2010 est.)

Life expectancy at birth:
total population: 50.92 years
country comparison to the world: 212
male: 50.22 years
female: 51.64 years (2010 est.)

In Malawi, nobody is old enough to complain!

12 posted on 01/16/2011 4:38:44 AM PST by Ezekiel (The Obama-nation began with the Inauguration of Desolation.)
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To: Cronos

Those old geezers should accept the need for daycare centers.

Both parents (of pre-school children) are having to work to pay taxes for their government pensions and healthcare.

They better pray that couples have more children to keep up with the aging trend and tax burden. (The kids will stop laughing soon enough).


13 posted on 01/16/2011 4:46:17 AM PST by sodpoodle (Despair; man's surrender. Laughter; God 's redemption.)
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To: Cronos
I work with a number of German women that travel regularly to the US office. All are married. None has kids. At lunch once I asked a group of three of them why none of them seemed to have children. The response I got was along the lines of the thought never once entered their minds.

Germany, like all of Europe, is dying due to the people's unwillingness to reproduce.

14 posted on 01/16/2011 6:16:02 AM PST by Minn
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To: Cronos

I think the sound of children playing is a normal, wonderful thing, but I would love to pass a noise ordinance against loud mufflers and loud sound systems in cars.


15 posted on 01/16/2011 6:21:39 AM PST by webstersII
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To: DontTreadOnMe2009

ya, a law against laughing kids seems a bit crazy to me, how about they focus their energies on real issues, like the islamification of Germany and the rest of Europe?


16 posted on 01/16/2011 6:22:41 AM PST by Bulwyf
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To: not2worry

How about a law calling for the public whipping of parents who let their kids scream in malls, stores and restaurants?


17 posted on 01/16/2011 6:51:29 AM PST by Jerrybob
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To: Cronos
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18 posted on 01/16/2011 7:05:20 AM PST by RegulatorCountry
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To: Jerrybob

Amen some parents act like the kids are dogs and take them out for a walk without a leash.


19 posted on 01/16/2011 7:26:16 AM PST by Vaduz
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To: Cronos
"Germans are nuts"

Nah, just all kids named Hans and Fritz.

20 posted on 01/16/2011 8:10:07 AM PST by driftless2 (For long-term happiness, learn how to play the accordion.)
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To: Cronos

Sounds like a bunch of zero population lefties to me.


21 posted on 01/16/2011 10:15:53 AM PST by Gumdrop (proud to be an American citizen)
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To: Minn

This is the reason they have to import Islamic workers to help pay the taxes to support the old German’s handouts. Give it a few decades and they will have plenty of German kids, except their names will be Mohamed and Achmed.


22 posted on 01/16/2011 11:10:34 AM PST by gusty
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To: not2worry

True, enough, but that’s society that can make the parents improve


23 posted on 01/16/2011 12:44:06 PM PST by Cronos (Bobby Jindal 2012)
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