A Pox on Their English

With all the monkeypox headlines banging around in the news lately, I took a moment yesterday to go to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website and see what they had to say about it. What I found was so bizarre that I took a screencap of the page because I certainly hope it will…

The most interesting man in the world

The richest person in the world is always going to be the person in whom the most people are interested, but that doesn’t necessarily mean the richest person in the world is always going to be the most interesting person in the world. But Elon Musk certainly is. Flamboyant, eccentric, iconoclastic, mischievous, and a master…

Debating the Debate on Debate

An opinion piece in Berlingske asks an interesting question: Should there be room for “well-coiffed hatred and cheeky fascism” at the Popular Assembly?Esben Vest Billingsøe (Opinion), Berlingske.dk, May 20 What I’m translating as the “Popular Assembly” could also be translated as the “People’s Meeting.” It’s an annual summer event (held in the 24th week of…

“Take That, Putin”

Ukraine won the Eurovision Song Contest on Saturday Night. To nobody’s surprise, they racked up the most points of any country in the history of the competition. To my own surprise, however, the Danish media have been very transparent about the fact that the Ukrainian song wasn’t very good and that this was obviously a…

Awakening to Wokeness

Tom Jensen is the editor in chief of Berlingske Tidende, and after years of coddling the American left he seems to be waking up to the fact that something is rotten in America: I’m not “cisgendered.” I’m a man.Tom Jensen, Berlingske.dk, May 1 Jensen is apparently trying to bring his newspaper’s Danish readers up to…

The Dangerous, Violent, and Barbaric Lunatics of the Thoughtful Left

Mikkel Danielsen has another big story about Trump out today, but that’s about as noteworthy as a rainy day in Denmark. He’s billed as Berlingske’s USA Correspondent, but for all practicaly purposes Danielsen is now their Trump correspondent. It gets tedious. There’s an actual American president out there right now who’s even less popular than…

It’s not a language problem

This was the top story on Berlingske.dk this afternoon: Everything going on in the world, and on Easter weekend, that’s Berlinge’s big splashy headline. The headline says, “Rei is a nonbinary transsexual and has a question everyone could “benefit” by asking themselves.” I won’t bother with a spoiler alert, I’ll give you Rei’s question straight…

We Are Not Amused

“I am large,” Walt Whitman wrote in a celebrated passage of Song of Myself, “I contain multitudes.” He was obviously writing figuratively, in a way that most people could (and still do) grasp. After all, the narrator of the poem is I and not We. And the poem ain’t called Song of Myselves, or Song…

Purify the Arts! Purify All the Things!

Remember Peter Madsen? He’s the Danish guy who took a Swedish journalist out for a tour on his home-made submarine, raped, killed, and dismembered her (although not necessarily in that order), then sank her weighted body parts down into the depths of the Sound before scuttling his submarine to eliminate the crime scene. He’s in…

Rejectivism and Done-With-It-ism

From Ace of Spades, Sunday: I find some of the vaccine takes and Putin takes to go too far, as some of you might know (and as some of you might find annoying). What all of this has in common, of course, is that people have been lied to too often, too many times, about…