Extremes

I’ll happily allow myself to be called a free speech extremist, an individual liberty extremist, a national sovereignty extremist, and many other kinds of extremist besides. But I would never call myself, or consent to being called, a “right wing extremist” or “far right extremist,” because that would be inaccurate. Nor would I identify myself…

Liz Cheney’s White Whale

The view of America from Danish media is almost invariably wrong. Coverage isn’t just unintentionally inaccurate or incomplete—notice I said just—but also often wildly misleading. Whether that’s because they source so much of their American material from partisan sources or because Danish journalists and editors are themselves all wildly partisan is irrelevant: the end product…

The Central Scrutinizers

The big jury story making the rounds right now is the saga of juror #52 in the Derek Chauvin trial for the murder of George Floyd. I’m more interested in a very different jury. It’s called “The Oversight Board” and its decisions are final: there is no appeal. It’s Facebook’s Star Chamber, and DR makes…

The Nutty Professor

If you still don’t understand why so many of us consider “wokeness” to be a toxic blend of stupidity and racism, invest 139 seconds of your time in watching this video. It was recorded on April 23 but was released on Twitter yesterday and has already been viewed several million times. The Daily Mail has…

Hope Springs Up

A couple of news stories and a single personal anecdote, taken together, suggest to me that something like actual life may be returning to Denmark. It may take our politicians a while to catch up, but they’re always a lagging indicator. First, from Berlingske: Lundgren withdraws from the media: The crisis is overBerlingske.dk, May 2…

Great Prayer Day Weekend

The blog is going to go dark for the next few days, as the Danish Store Bededag (“Great Prayer Day”) holiday weekend dovetails perfectly with my need for a little extra time to attend to private matters, not least among those some time away from the news. It’s a well-timed break, and by jumping into…

Yawn?

Today in Berlingske, American correspondent Michael Bjerre offers his take on Biden’s first 100 days: Analysis: Trump was noisy and stood as a promise-breaker after 100 days. Biden is boring – but has created change, Michael Bjerre, Berlingske.dk, April 28 Bjerre says that, in contrast to the noisy predecessor, American now has a “boring” president…

The Fat Question

Have you been listening to the American CDC or the Danish Sundhedsstyrelsen? Do you trust them? Do you consider them credible? I can’t answer those questions for you, but here’s something the American CDC is saying: Obesity is a common, serious, and costly chronic disease. Having obesity puts people at risk for many other serious…

Awards and Dewards

Nothing excites the Danish press more than international recognition, so the headlines this Monday morning were overflowing with coverage of the “Best International Film” Oscar awarded to Druk (the English title of which is apparently “Another Round”) at Sunday’s Academy Awards ceremony: Druk receives an Oscar for Best International FilmBerlingske.dk, April 26 Thoms Vinterberg wins…

Everybody Knifes

I was a teenager for seven years in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Most of my friends at the time were also teenagers. My experience of teenagers was mostly limited to my peers in our suburban Massachusetts hometown and the surrounding communities. My horizons broadened when I went away to college in Pittsburgh and…