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…

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…

Welcome Back My Friends to the Show That Never Ends

“Imagine a mask strapped to a human face. Forever.” Berlingske reports today that Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen was asked at a party leader debate on Tuesday if she really couldn’t guarantee that all restrictions would be lifted once all Danes had been vaccinated: No one can. Because we don’t know what kind of world we’re…

Submission

I was walking Dog down by the lake yesterday when I crossed paths with a couple of teenaged boys. They’d been walking towards me but had stopped at a sign that had been up so long I’d stopped seeing it. They were looking it over and talking about it as Dog and I strolled by…

Waitin’ for Some Splainin’

Denmark’s Health Minister Magnus Heunicke has some splainin’ to do… but I’m not holding my breath for his ‘splanation. As I mentioned in a post last week, the Minister pushed the Folketing’s Epidemic Committee to approve his call for mandatory virus testing of the residents of Vollsmose, an immigrant-majority community beleaguered by a spike in…

One Year Down

A year ago today, Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen got on television and shut Denmark down. After a long and wearying preamble expressing all the dangers represented by the Wuhan virus, and the importance of all of working together to protect ourselves and each other, she said: It is therefore the authorities’ recommendation that we close…

Coercion

I was happy to see Health Minister Magnus Heunicke’s wild overreach was rejected yesterday: Heunicke Voted Down: Majority Blocks Mandatory Testing in Vollsmose, Mathilde Bugge & Nicolas S. Nielsen, DR.dk, March 8 For those of you not in Denmark: there’s been a dramatic increase in Wuhan virus cases in Vollsmose, an immigrant-majority community in Odense…

Fidelity

Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen will be traveling with Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz to Israel on Thursday, for a meeting with Benjamin Netanyahu. According to Frederiksen’s own office, the purpose of the trip is for her and Kurz to speak with Netanyahu about the potential for “closer cooperation on COVID-19 and vaccines.” You can read more…

Questionable Authorities

The good news is that Danish schoolchildren up to and including fourth grade can go back to school beginning Monday, and that Denmark is now conducting about 100,000 “quick tests” per day. The bad news is that there isn’t any such thing as good news any more. Here are two articles that were on or…

Variations

Everyone called it the Wuhan virus because that’s where we saw it start. Saying “Wuhan virus” was just shorthand for saying, “that virus that’s spreading like crazy in that city called Wuhan.” That’s what we thought. It’s what we told ourselves. We didn’t know any better. Fortunately there were people who did. People with eyes…