On the Importance of Managed Expectations

We had guests over for lunch Saturday afternoon. Unlike many Danish households, we hadn’t planned our day around the evening’s European Cup match between Denmark and Finland, but we weren’t deliberately avoiding it, either. By the time 18:00 rolled around, our little gathering was winding down so we turned on the game. We didn’t watch…

Kretz on Biden in Europe

Joe Biden is now in Europe—if the Brits will forgive our encompassing their scepter’d isle within our continent—and DR’s ace U.S. correspondent Steffen Kretz is ready to help us understand what it’s all about. Analysis: Is America back, as Joe Biden claims?Steffen Kretz, DR.dk, June 9 First, a joke. (Bear with me.) A couple has…

Feel the Noise

My spirits were lifted this morning by a local feature posted on TV2 last night: Total ban on loud music: harbor will seize SoundboksesTV2.dk, June 8 A “Soundboks,” if you’ve been fortunate enough not to have learned from experience, is an industrial-strength speaker that can generate massive sound from a relatively small cabinet. Designed by…

Government by Goodfellas

I couldn’t resist the metaphorical implications of Salvatore Garau’s invisible statue yesterday, but over the weekend a much more practical story had broken and I’d intended to write about it before Io Sono didn’t catch my eye. So here we are, a day late and a dollar short: Will stop “the race to the bottom”:…

Days of Air and Spirit

The Italian artist Salvatore Garau sold a sculpture entitle Io Sono (“I Am”) for $18,000. That’s not so remarkable. The interesting thing about the sculpture, and even more interesting thing about the sale, is that the sculpture is invisible. “Invisible” is, like beauty and astigmatism, in the eye of the beholder. Or not in the…

The Restoration Will Be Unsourced

More and more damning information is coming about Dr. Fauci, the Wuhan lab leak theory, and the mechanics of statecraft applied to the suppression of scientific inquiry, even from some piously leftwing outlets. The border crisis continues unabated. Mere weeks after Eastern European hackers shut down a major gas pipeline and caused gas shortages across…

Hot Stuff

Note: There was no AmerikanskeTilstande post yesterday due to an unforeseen opportunity to dine with Herself, unaccompanied by our spawn, at an actual restaurant, for the first time since 2019. The opportunity was seized. Science and math are magnificent fields worthy of our deepest respect, as well as our gratitude for all they’ve given us,…

On the Sins of the Fathers

An article published on Berlingske.dk this afternoon doesn’t have much “news value” at first glance, but I’m glad to see it because I so desperately want Denmark not to follow America down the road to hell. The headline is “American elite university drops Latin and Greek to fight racism,” and that’s a straightforward summary of…

Spies without Masters

The big story today is DR’s revelation that Denmark’s foreign intelligence service (the FE, analogous to America’s CIA) cooperated with America’s NSA to monitor the digital communications of Germany’s top leadership: German Chancellor Angela Merkel, her Foreign Minister, and the opposition leader, among other political leaders from northern European nations. The big DR story is…

Racism II: Hygge Boogaloo

A mere eight days ago I published a post in which I said that “the concept of racism is getting such a workout these days that it’s beginning to lose all meaning out there in the wild, wild world of public discourse.” So I should have seen this coming: Hygge is not just warm blankets,…