I Believe in Father Christmas

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Deutschlands erste Außenministerin: Grünenchefin Annalena Baerbock

Die Zeit:


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26.11.1971


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What happened to this?

What are this party’s roots? What are its current positions? What is its future?

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SF Gate:

In an email to SFGATE, Raj defended the video, writing that the person who played Lincoln is David Thompson, a “gay parent rightly upset that the school board prioritized renaming over reopening and found a symbolic way to communicate his disapproval.” Raj also said he is bisexual.

I watched some of this with a feeling of a sort of puzzlement – awe or wonder would be too strong. I couldn’t figure out what was going on, really, even after reading and re-reading the SF Gate article. It’s apparent an organization is using irony to discredit another organization or group of individuals, but absent any knowledge of the referents the signs used here carry no valence. It was a strange feeling: I felt that at one time I would have known who some of these people are, and understood what issue was being wrestled with, but now I just don’t. I don’t even know the minimal amount necessary to ground an effective show of ignorance. It’s just a blank.

The whole “wrong side of history” conceit is a strange one. To claim a “wrong side” presupposes a “right side”. What do these terms mean? I can confidently state that I’m definitely on history’s side, however. I’ve always been a big fan of history.

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Was jetzt gilt, ist nicht ausreichend

Die Zeit:

Spiegel:

»Wir haben eine hochdramatische Situation«, sagte Angela Merkel laut Teilnehmern im CDU-Bundesvorstand. Was bisher gilt, sei ihrer Einschätzung nach nicht ausreichend.

This is very much what Merkel was saying one year ago, when I was noting that Söder and friends were authoritatively assuring the country the lockdown would definitely, absolutely only be for the month, well maybe six weeks, but in no way would it extend through Weihnachten, well o.k., unfortunately it looks like this will extend through Weihnachten but definitely not beyond … let me assure you of that. Merkel was seen as too cautious, dour, and then a few weeks later all the media were carrying wry stories about how right Merkel had been. As with US media I am coming to find that what is interesting is not so much the content, but the fact that it is this content the media is publishing. The society’s stories about itself are as/more revealing than the substance, or perhaps better put they are a significant part of the substance.

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Poland: Europe’s first line of defense against The Evil



 

 

FAZ:

Der britische Verteidigungsminister Ben Wallace kündigte an, „in den kommenden Tagen oder Wochen“ etwa 150 Soldaten an die polnische Grenze zu entsenden.

Die britische Regierung befürchtet, dass sich ein Teil der Migranten nach Frankreich durchschlägt, um von dort nach England überzusetzen. Die Zahl der über den Kanal kommenden Mi­granten hat sich zuletzt stark erhöht. Wallace besuchte auch britische Soldaten, die im Rahmen der NATO-Mission „Enhanced Forward Presence“ in Polen stationiert sind. London teilt im Wesentlichen den polnischen Blick auf die Bedrohungen aus dem Osten.

NATO partner Poland: protecting Britain from the Iraqi threat.

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Marine Corps boot camp graduation, November 2017


Found myself musing about this today. Reading German, trying to learn a bit of Czech and Polish. There is a world where this man’s t-shirt makes sense. I am very far from there, and glad of this. Passed a Polish co-worker a link to the Polish Wikipedia page on Jürgen Habermas, and would like to be able to read it myself.

Going onto the base we were searched because, you know, terrorists. An undifferentiated threat, but in a context where there was no need for further qualification, where in fact raising the question would easily mark one as a terrorist sympathizer.

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