Monthly Archives: January 2019

IP addresses don’t lie, or, An intriguing question

Guardian: The prosecutors said the filesharing site had confirmed to the FBI that the account which posted the material was registered from an IP address – an identifier for devices connected to the internet – in Russia. My mwehle.de domain is … Continue reading

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‘American Dying’ cooled Earth’s climate

BBC: Colonisation of the Americas at the end of the 15th Century killed so many people, it disturbed Earth’s climate. That’s the conclusion of scientists from University College London, UK. The team says the disruption that followed European settlement led … Continue reading

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The far, far left and the silent majority

Billionaire Howard Schultz: “The Democratic party is shifting far, far left. Those two extremes, far left, far right do not represent the silent majority of Americans.” Guardian: So far, the special counsel, Robert Mueller, has charged 34 people, including several close … Continue reading

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Weed is legal

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American Dictator

Washington Post: Conservative actor and economist Ben Stein compared Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) to Joseph Stalin, Adolf Hitler and Mao Zedong on Tuesday, claiming that the freshman congresswoman’s policies “invariably lead to bad things.” “It led to mass murder, it … Continue reading

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Hooters

The waitresses’ uniforms seem uncomfortable, or at least chilly, the entirely male clientele almost wholly overweight. My very pleasant server is majoring in Anthropology at my mother’s Ivy League alma mater. Next is a Ph.D. and then hopefully a job … Continue reading

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Literate discussion of Brexit

Patrick Cockburn: …words and phrases such as “deprivation” and “lack of qualifications” do not quite prepare one for the fact that this means hungry children and illiterate parents. It is a shock to find that in Canterbury, where St Augustine came to convert … Continue reading

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Britain’s hard lot

On December 5, Churchill telegraphed the British military commander in Athens, General Ronald Scobie: “Do not, however, hesitate to act as if you were in a conquered city where a local rebellion is in progress. . . . [W]e have … Continue reading

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Ist das ein Mensch?

Guardian: “The whole thing felt like Game of Thrones, but with the characters from Veep,” writes Sims, an Alabaman who joined the Trump campaign as co-host of a Facebook live program run by the campaign. This sentence gnawed at me … Continue reading

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Marie Kondo kann uns nicht helfen

taz: Doch so schön die gelösten privaten Konflikte auch sind, die allem zugrunde­liegende gesellschaftliche Katastrophe wird nicht thematisiert: das absurde Konsum­verhalten des Menschen im Spätkapitalismus. Die Reflexion dessen, welche Rolle das Kaufen spielt – für den einzelnen Menschen, aber auch … Continue reading

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