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…

Systemic

A drug-addled thug on the brink of (or in the throes of) an overdose died while in the custody of law enforcement. Was it murder? An accident? The family blamed the police; the officers involved claimed they’d done everything by the book. The victim’s name was Alex Billmeyer. He was a white man from Dubuque,…

The Mob Warms Up

There’s a giddy anticipation in the air: the trial of Derek Chauvin, accused of manslaughter in the death of George Floyd, is now up to the jury. Which is really exciting, because it could result in riots, and riots are big news, and big news is big business! (It’s a big business that crushes small…

Not So Sweet Emotion

Berlingske.dk put out another piece of American leftwing agitprop today. It gets off to a rough start with a confusing headline: Blacks raging over charge against officer: “He was brutally murdered.” The brutally murdered “he” was of course Daunte Wright; the charged officer was Kim Potter, the officer who shot and killed him. The headline…

Sauron’s Lazy Eye

Two big stories out of America got a lot of coverage in Danish media today: the “police-involved shooting” of Daunte Wright in a Minneapolis suburb (and its inevitable aftermath), and news that 46% of Americans would support Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson as a presidential candidate. Both are American tragedies. Wright’s death is in itself a…

Woke Up Time in Europe

There’s an awful lot of “woke” in the news these days. So much that it’s hard to keep up. For example, I learned while browsing the Danish news Saturday morning that established European translators had been blocked from translating Amanda Gorman’s poem “The Hill We Climb,” which she read at Joe Biden’s inauguration. Shakespeare translator…

Have a Coke and Some Bile

A story that got a lot of play in non-establishment American media this week was big enough that the establishment media had to willfully ignore it. It therefore hasn’t yet appeared in the Danish media. Danish media are still dedicating most of their American coverage to Trump and Trump-related issues these days anyway, so there’s…

“Camouflaged Objectivity”

The “borgerlig” Berlingske Tidende has at last come around to the observation that the New York Times is printing opinion as fact. That’s a positive development, as far as I’m concerned, even if it’s just in an opinion piece. At least, it would be a positive development if I didn’t know its only value would…

Reaping What They Sue

An interesting article from DR today: Teens Sue Sweden for Betraying Climate: How It’s Gone in Three Similar Cases, Simon Andersen Nielsen, DR.dk, February 13 It begins with events in Sweden and looks at three similar cases, in Ireland, Holland, and Norway, and explores what it all could mean for Denmark. A group of young…

See Candace Run?

Candace Owens has found her way into the slipstream of the Danish news cycle only a couple of times in the past: when Kanye West told the world “I like the way she thinks,” when she and Kanye West had a falling out, and when she reacted to Harry Styles wearing a dress on the…