Leider schafft es Justus Benders in der FAZ erschienene Artikel zum Thema Männerbild der AfD nicht, zu den fundamentalen Fragen vorzustoßen, die sich in der Thematik verbergen. Vor einigen Jahren schrieb der Rechtsintellektuelle Götz Kubitschek einen kurzen Text namens „Provokation“, in dem er auch auf das Thema des hier verlinkten FAZ-Artikels Bezug nahm, die Frage von […]

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Marcel Reich-Ranicki is pretty cool, indeed.

There was a time, when one of Germany’s most interesting tv shows was one about books. The show was called “The Literary Quartet” (“Das literarische Quartett”) and its impressario was Marcel Reich-Ranicki, allegedly the most important contemporary critic of German literature (wikipedia entry in English).

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Patches of War.

I don’t know how many black sheep there are in the US army in Iraq today. But I suppose there are a lot who never imagined their fur would even feature a single black patch, because, probably, given normal circumstances, they’d likely have remained white all their lives.

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Pornopixel absurd.

Angesichts der Ubiquität von Nacktheit in westlichen Gesellschaften finde ich es überaus erstaunlich, welche Kontroversen Pornographie immer noch hervorrufen kann, und wie sehr man sie immer noch zur politischen und sonstigen Provokation heranziehen kann.

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Handy-Kunde

Zu meiner Zeit, zu meiner Zeit Bestand noch Recht und Billigkeit. Da wurden auch aus Kindern Leute, Aus tugendhaften Mädchen Bräute; Doch alles mit Bescheidenheit. O gute Zeit, o gute Zeit! Es ward kein Jüngling zum Verräter, Und unsre Jungfern freiten später, Sie reizten nicht der Mütter Neid. O gute, Zeit, o gute Zeit! Da […]

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Die mangelnde Einbindung meines Blogs in der deutschen (trotz der so vielversprechenden Domain…) und – viel wichtiger – regionalen Blogosphäre wurde mir am letzten Freitag mal wieder dramatisch vor Augen geführt.

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Israel, the AIPAC, and US foreign policy

In today’s IHT, Daniel Levy, who was an advisor to former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak, discusses a recent paper entitled “The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy” by John J. Mearsheimer (University of Chicago) and Stephen M. Walt (John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University).

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Deutsche Journalisten und das Internet…

Bei Fabian Mohr (Notebook | Online Journalismus) findet sich eine überaus interessante Diskussion über das Verhältnis von – sich selbst offenbar als angehende Elitejournalisten wahrnehmenden – Studenten der Deutschen Journalistenschule zu Onlinemedien im allgemeinen und zu Blogs im speziellen.

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Dick Cheney is probably a much cooler guy than you thought he is. After a hard day’s work of conspiring with his freshly indicted former Chief of Staff Lewis “Scooter” Libby, the man still has time and energy for a jam session with the legendary surf music band “The Surfaris”.

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Alice S.

Well, I suppose it had to happen one day. And when it happened, it was not quite like you imagined it would be – sound familiar? Well, I am of course talking about meeting Alice Schwarzer.

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Applications Welcome.

Gentle female readers, here’s something for you. I know you must have spent countless sleepless nights, tossing and turning, thinking what, just what exactly would this German guy with the stunningly well designed blog be looking for in a woman. Well, despair no more, the answer is about to be published right here.

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Blogs are really different.

To those who haven’t yet had the opportunity to read about Loic LeMeur’s efforts in bringing together the loose ends of the Germanic blogosphere, I say – do so. When I went to meet him and some other bloggers I had never seen or even heard of before, I was not too sure what to […]

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He won’t give quite the Horst.

Sich zum Horst machen – loosely translated „to give the Horst“ – is a rather old fashioned, 1970s way to express that someone has seriously embarrassed himself. The German idiom had sudden hopes for a revival last week when CDU, CSU and FDP announced that Horst Köhler, then still managing director at the IMF, would […]

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The Psychology Of WMDs

Salon.com’s Louise Witt is wondering why America is in collective denial that [someone in] the Bush administration knowingly “sexed up” the WMD charges against Saddam Hussein, as the administration is now admitting itself.

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Maybe Silvio Berlusconi had an overdose of the 1960s American tv series “Hogan’s Heroes“, in which a stereotypically imbecile Tscherman POW camp guard named Hans Schultz (played by John Banner) is the prime target of allied humour.

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Strange Happenings…

Now at least the universe loves us ;-). From sixsixfive via Le Sofa Blogger… Entirely unrelated – the desk-cleaning action did take longer than expected, so I won’t be able to comment in lenght on this weekend’s exciting developments in German politics. The proposed accelrated tax break is quite remarkable in itself, as is the […]

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My Good Old Desk.

I don’t know if you have heard about the commercial that won this year’s Cannes advertising festival’s grand price. In this spot, developed for Ikea by the Miami based advertising agency Crispin Porter we are encouraged to take pity on an old lamp that’s being tossed on the street as garbage. Then, from the perspective […]

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A Common Sense Of Inevitability.

What made the Good Friday Agreement of 1998, the agreement that started the power-sharing government in Northern Ireland, possible? I believe, above all, it was shared expectations about the demographic future. True, there are still more problems than solutions to most practical, especially procedural questions of a truly open-ended devolution in Northern Ireland. But despite […]

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