Contractualizing human sexuality.

It’s strangely fascinating to see how the American puritan and contractualist cultural heritage seems to interact with well-meaning (mostly feminist) „consent activism“ and Christian/social conservatism. Here’s a great article from the NY Times outlining the extent and current legal status of prospective regulation. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/28/opinion/sunday/judith-shulevitz-regulating-sex.html Given the tendencies outlined in the NY Times article, I supppose […]

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Good Morning America.

The NY Times reports that the American Law Institute, a body made up of about 4,000 judges, lawyers and law professors and mostly dealing with creating structural legal directives to keep the different jurisdictional layers of the American legal system congruent, and also the body which created the intellectual framework for the modern capital justice […]

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Paul Krugman agrees…

in the NYTimes after the US House of Representatives voted „no“ on the Wall Street bailout plan. He’s right of course, that „flip-flopping“ on issues like this in the way it happened isn’t exactly a sign of a well functioning representative democracy. On the other hand, it’s also true that this vote is a sign […]

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Sarah Palin is simply scary.

You know, back in 2000, I said that Americans were so confident in their way of doing things that they actually believed they could afford someone like the current President to be in charge. Now, a couple of years later, they may no longer be too confident about the situation they find themselves in, militarily, […]

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When will they ever learn?

Just seen on nytimes.com while checking the latest primary results – Arizona Weighs Bill to Allow Guns on Campuses – Horrified by recent campus shootings, a state lawmaker proposes that allowing adults to carry concealed weapons might deter future incidents.

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Estrogene Overload.

The NYT’s Maureen Dowd comes up with a rather counter-intuitive explanation for Obama’s recent success in the Democratic primaries: voters aren’t tired of feminity or scared of estrogene in their commander in chief, they seem to want more. But they just don’t believe they can’t get enough of it from Hillary…

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Bill Clinton’s libido is responsible for Iraq.

Well, at least in the sense that he caused the Presidency of George W. Bush. And it’s his fault, too, if his wife won’t be nominated or elected president. Sounds farfetched? Well, not to Bob Herbert. NY Times columnist, who argues, apparently seriously, that Bill Clinton’s famous touch has always been poisenous for other Democrats […]

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Snowball fights in the Demographic Winter

I guess this should go on afoe, but I don’t have the time for a profound comment – The Nation’s Kathryn Joyce looks at the American Christian Right’s alleged concern about the impending demise of Europe due to a relative lack of „the right babies“ and a relative abundance of the wrong ones, also known […]

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Strafmaß als Indikator relativer Bekanntheit?

Spiegel Online informiert uns darüber, daß auch Nicole Richie, die vermeintlich ehemals beste Freundin und „Simple Life“ Kollegin von Paris Hilton, wegen Fahrens unter Drogeneinfluß eine Haftstrafe abbüßen muß – allerdings keine 23 Tage sondern nur 90 Stunden. Angesichts der Tatsache, daß die Haftstrafe Hiltons nach Auskunft von Rechtsexperten wohl aufgrund ihrer Bekanntheit nicht schon […]

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McCain fries Barbara Ann.

And he not only owes an apology to the Beach Boys for his musical stunt – „Bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb Iran“ (video on youtube). Did John McCain suddenly decide that American Idol is the more promising competition? Although I suppose most contenders there have understood that doing electoral math usually has a very early […]

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Something’s going on in America…

and I think we can call it „slow Europeanization“. Think about it for a moment, Rumsfeld fired, Cheney on the verge of being impeached by GQ magazine, President Bush can’t make up his mind about dropping some bombs on Iran, and now this: Reuters reports that the FCC (the organization regulating American tv) is considering […]

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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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Bush in Bild

For those of you, gentle readers, who do not engange in in-depth analysis of Germany’s tabloid newspapers, here’s a transcript of the US President George W. Bush’s interview with Kai Diekmann of BILD – here’s the edited German version published by BILD. They met in the Oval office and discussed, among other issues, the rug-choosing […]

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Why Blogs matter (especially in the US).

Mediamatters.org tells us to which extent the American so-called mainstream media has mentioned the CBS 60 minutes story I reported below – On CBS‘ 60 Minutes, former high-ranking CIA official Tyler Drumheller proved that the Bush administration dismissed clear-cut evidence undermining President Bush’s central case for war — that Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass […]

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The Daily Show with George W. Bush!

Once upon a time, Comedy Central’s Daily Show host Jon Stewart was asked whether the end of President Bush’s administration would make his life as a comedian harder. His reply was that, yes, his life as a comedian would be more difficult to the extent that the following administration was less absurd than the current […]

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I’m having a déjà vu.

reading the NYT’s report about the updated US national security strategy. An updated version of the Bush administration’s national security strategy, the first since the invasion of Iraq in 2003, includes a vigorous defense of striking pre-emptively against countries seen to threaten the United States. The document declares for the first time that diplomacy to […]

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The weirdness that rules our days.

A death row inmate’s execution is stayed because the use of a lethal injection during his execution (sic!) might constitute a cased of cruel punishment, which is banned under the US constitution. Using the drugs, not the execution itself, don’t get this wrong. But it doesn’t stop here – two doctors are called to make […]

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Why Americans should not be allowed to travel…

from tauquil.com: travel agents speak out: why americans should never be allowed to travel. One reason – A man called, furious about a Florida package we did. I asked what was wrong with the vacation in Orlando. He said he was expecting an ocean-view room. I tried to explain that is not possible, since Orlando […]

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Pride And Prejudice.

Fair enough, American politics is far more complex than many people on this side of the pond are even able to admit. Still, this week’s Economist asks a seemingly complicated question with a surprisingly simple answer – Pride and Prejudice. Sometimes both come before the fall. Just ask Jane Austen – or George W. Bush.

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