Feeding the dog that bites the hand that feeds it

Now that the Taliban are running the show, things are going… predictably: Afghanistan’s economy is in free fall after the Taliban: ”we need food and money”Lasse Berg Sørensen, DR.dk, Oct 20 The article opens with a word portrait of Omid, an Afghan who is selling old pots and pans, clothes, carpets, linens, a vacuum hose,…

Sex Sells (And Sells Out)

One of the top stories on DR’s homepage this morning was the one I wrote about Monday: Bretman Rock’s appearance on the cover of Playboy. DR’s headline proclaimed, ” ‘Huge’ with a homosexual man on the cover of Playboy.” The image accompanying the headline featured a heavily made-up and mostly bare-chested Rock against a wall…

Bad News is No News

There hasn’t been much news about America in the Danish media this week, which reflects the Danish media’s conviction that when Democrats are in power, bad news is no news. Joe Biden’s job approval is down to 40% in the Quinnipiac poll (53% disapproval), 43% in Rasmussen (55% disapproval), and 44% in Economist/YouGov (49% disapproval). …

Let the Taliban be the Taliban

The western world invaded Afghanistan 20 years ago largely to eliminate the Taliban, a primitive and barbaric political movement that had taken control of most of that country and was believed to be harboring Osama Bin Laden, the man responsible for the September 11 attacks on America. In the vacuum of our recent departure, the…

Minding Manners

There’s an interesting article in DR today: Are you sill in doubt whether to use “Hi” or “Dear?” Why it’s hard to begin a polite mailLucca Elisa Møller Pedersen & Julie Würtz, DR.dk, Sep 26 The question is simple enough: should one begin an email or SMS to a stranger with “Hi” or “Dear?” (Hej…

Grampa Joe at Turtle Bay

DR had an article up this morning in anticipation of Joe Biden’s address to the UN: President Biden’s ‘America is back’ will be met with skepticism and sour faces at the UN General AssemblyLillian Gjerulf Kretz, DR, 21 September Lillian Kretz is DR’s USA correspondent, and the wife of Ace Correspondent Steffen Kretz.  Half of…

DR Strikes Again

It’s been a mantra of the pro-choice movement for as long as I can remember: “My body, my choice.” It’s a good illustration of how our different perceptions of reality make communication so difficult. Someone who believes every fetus is just a “clump of cells,” for example, will of course believe that the person in…

A Good Day for Big Brother

Friends of Big Brother rejoice! First: good news! According to DR, Twitter is partnering with AP and Reuters to improve their ability to enforce the narrative in real time: According to Twitter, the two news bureaus will contribute to trustworthy information about central topics and events being accessible while they happen. This will be especially…

Forgiveness & Responsibility

NOTE: AmerikanskeTilstande will be on vacation for the rest of July. Posts will be published, but on a much more sporadic basis. I always said there’d be time enough for countin’ when the dealin’s done. Actually that was Kenny Rogers. What I said (and wrote) repeatedly was that whenever we reached the end of the…

A Tale of Two Silences

NOTE: This post was written before Biden and Putin met in Switzerland this afternoon, but not posted until after the meeting. Also: there will be no post tomorrow, Thursday: we’ll be back on Friday. I’d like to compare some apples and oranges. Yesterday I made what some people might consider too big a deal of…