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…

A Whole New World

Like many other bloggers, I don’t always have something useful, funny, or interesting to say. Unlike many other bloggers, however, when I find myself with nothing useful, funny, or interesting to say, I remain silent. It’s a healthy practice, and one that I wish more bloggers observed, but it’s not very helpful for a little…

Insurrectionist

I sincerely hope the story will soon be updated and retitled, but as of 11:00 this morning of Saturday, April 3, DR.dk is running with this: Betjent død efter angreb foran Kongressen i USA: Gerningsmand skudt af politiet, Oliver Batchelor, DR.dk, April 2 I normally translate Danish headlines into English directly, but wanted to keep…

More Than Just an Old Sweet Song

“Imagine,” Louise Brodthagen Jensen asks, “standing in line for many hours to vote. You’d obviously put a pretty high premium on volunteers coming with food and drink so that you can last until you get your fingers on a ballot.” Imagine! “But in the U.S. state of Georgia, handing out free food and drinks to…

A Sad Case

While the U.S. correspondents for most of the establishment European media have been covering the crisis on America’s southern border, to the extent that many of them run the risk of committing actual journalism, DR’s own ace correspondent Steffen Kretz has bigger fish to fry: BigTech headed for a reckoning: A couple of “likes” drew…

Bridges for Chasms

My favorite bar in Copenhagen is Toga Vinstue. That’s not a paid product placement. (No one in their right mind would pay me to promote their product or service on this blog, nor would anyone in their right mind call me an “influencer.” More’s the pity.) No, I mention Toga Vinstue because it was the…

According to Kretz

As sure as spring follows winter, so is any public statement by Trump followed by a spastic word salad from DR’s ace U.S. correspondent Steffen Kretz. ANALYSIS: Trump is preparing for civil war in his party, Steffen Kretz, DR.dk, March 1 President Joe Biden has, in his five or six weeks as president, bombed Syria,…

Rufus and Carla

The U.S. ambassador to Denmark during the second term of the Obama Administration was a wildly popular fellow named Rufus Gifford. Gifford began his career in show biz, where he worked as an assistant producer on several films and appeared as Dog Owner #1 in Garfield: the Movie. Having thus conquered Hollywood, he made the…

The Failed Journalism of DR

(“With a title like that, you’re gonna need a bigger blog.“) The top foreign news item on DR’s website Friday afternoon, situated “above the fold” as one of three main news items visible when first loading the site, is entirely unsurprising: Texas Senator Gets Massive Backlash for Fleeing to Warmth amid Weather Chaos, Sofie Dyjak,…

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…