Category Archives: Confessions of a Bad German

Crappy, CRAPPY Canada Day.

Yes, I know. This is a bit belated. But better now than never, eh? So. I don’t know about you, but I didn’t celebrate this year. Partly because of COVID, partly the shitty weather in my neck of the boonies. … Continue reading

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Music for a Sunday: Say what?

Oh hey! Here’s Falco as a disgruntled newscaster. What’s he “reporting”? Well, here’s my (singable!) translation of the lyrics: On the Run Say what? Whatchoo say? West Berlin, 1967 First impression: paddywagon A roadblock against the madmen Are you cruisin’ … Continue reading

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A Christmas message from Germany

From the mouth of German president Frank-Walter Steinmeier, season’s greetings: Be sure to turn on the English subtitles, if they don’t appear on this screen. I’m sure you’ll find it more than timely, given the circumstances.

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COVID-19: Parallels from the past, and hopes for the future

Back in the 1940s and ’50s, a spectre was haunting young people the world over. Its formal name was poliomyelitis, but it was informally known as “infantile paralysis”, because of its propensity to afflict the very young. For many, it … Continue reading

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US citizens protest against re-opening too soon

The Grim Reaper is a really nice touch: Reminds me of that part in Mother Night (by Kurt Vonnegut, a must-read) in which a character chants, almost melodiously, the German phrase: “Leichenträger zur Wache!” (“Corpse-carriers to the guardhouse!”) He’s remembering … Continue reading

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Music for a Sunday: A hymn for troubled times

A little German song that my parents used to sing for us as kids. It’s more relevant than ever now: The lyrics are as follows: The moon has risen, The golden stars are sparkling Bright and clear in the sky. … Continue reading

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COVID-19: An opportunity for the Shock Doctrine — or its opponents?

Naomi Klein expands, briefly, on ideas from a book she wrote several years ago: I especially love how she takes a quote from far-right economist Milton Friedman (the author of the original Shock Doctrine, which Klein critically examined in her … Continue reading

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Yeah, hi.

Sorry I’ve been incommunicada again, I just didn’t feel like talking much. Got snowed in, metaphorically (not literally, since there’s been hardly any of the white stuff out my way). So many events and so little to say on any … Continue reading

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Compare and Contrast: Evo vs. Angela

“Evo runs for a 4th term: hyperpresidentialism, authoritarianism, populism. Merkel runs for a 4th term: experience, capability, rustproof statecraft. Do you see how they manipulate [you]?” I guess, for the lovely crapagandarati of the mainstream media, running for a fourth … Continue reading

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Just your daily reminder of who it’s okay to punch, and why

Also with all the trigger warnings for the language you’re about to hear: And yes, that’s uncensored. I don’t believe in bleeping or blanking the bad words; I believe in quoting them all verbatim. The language is raw and ugly, … Continue reading

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