Posts from May 29, 2004

Busting out with pride

Busting out with pride

: Living in Europe (third post in a row) reports that Danish breasts are growing.

Yawn or vote

Yawn or vote

: The Party of European Socialists starts a European Parliamentary election blog “to counter voter apathy.” Oh, yup, with headlines like these, they’ll rush to the polls:

: “SAVING THE PLANET THE EUROPEAN WAY”

: THE SPIRIT OF SOCIAL JUSTICE GAINS GROUND

: THE WORLD NEEDS PRE-EMPTIVE POLICIES AND NOT PRE-EMPTIVE WARS

: FAIR DEAL FOR INTERNATIONAL WORK-SHARING

: MAKING EUROPE GOOD FOR YOU

: MAKING EUROPE AN EXCITING DEMOCRATIC ARENA

: RUMSFELD IS WRONG ON “OLD” AND “NEW” EUROPE

They need to read Wonkette. If they want to stir up excitement about politics, a little sex always helps.

Backlash

Backlash

: Living in Europe celebrates a German mea culpa for anti-Americanism:

Well, now, what have we got here? Why, it’s Andreas Rinke writing in today’s issue of Germany’s leading financial newspaper, Handelsblatt, and regretting the repulsive anti-Americanism that’s become the leitmotif of German discourse this past while.

His op-ed is entitled “Der gute Deutsche” (“The good German”), and in it Rinke takes his fellow citizens to task for their arrogance and their ignorance….

“It is with astonishing nonchalance that the ordinary German judges the moral deficits of the superpower,” Rinke writes. “Responsible for this, is a mixture of schadenfreude, political rejection and cultural arrogance.” The key graf:

“And that, by the way, is why it is so presumptuous to boast about the apparently better ability of the Germans at “nation building”. Here the torturing US soldier, there the school-building German army

Worldwide yellow alerts

Worldwide yellow alerts

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The ground truth

The ground truth

: Thomas P.M. Barnett, author of The Pentagon’s New Map and a professor at the U.S. Naval War College, has a weblog [via Die Zeit] filled with lots of blunt and interesting commentary, including this, which leads to a compliment for Iraqi blogs:

I understand the deal with the devil in Najaf, and I know that temporizing situations can work in our strategic favor. But such deals only work if we spend the meantime creating the connectivity that generates strategic despair on their side, not ours.

Strategic despair is when your side surveys the environment and says to itself: