Monthly Archives: July 2018

What I’m watching: Non-threatening Germans Edition

“Why is it so addictive!” asks one youtube commenter. “What a nice guy!” writes another. “Susane looks so good and always pays a fair price! Respect.” Other comments are dedicated to endlessly repeated in-jokes. “Dr Ratzpappelzapabellapapelazeppal” “The intern is at … Continue reading

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The Currency of Politics

(nb a little rambling and describing a phenomenon does not mean I completely support it) Across many countries, the old neoliberal order is beginning to lose large swatch of electoral support with its representatives either winning elections and then promptly … Continue reading

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People Do Things For Unexplained Reasons

The strike by Ryanair cabin crews is big news in Europe but it’s a sign of the times that it’s very hard to find information on why they are striking. There are bland references to pay here and there but … Continue reading

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Fire on the Aegean

I don’t know if it’s been reported much in North America but this week has seen devastating fires in Greece that have killed 80 people (and counting). Fires have always been a thing in Greece in summer (dry, hot… do … Continue reading

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Spain’s New Normal

I just got back from a week spent on Spain’s extreeeemely touristy Costa del Sol. My last trip in Spain was about three years ago and what I remember then was state TV was constantly showing government officials who were … Continue reading

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What I’ve Been Watching: Imperial Arctic Madness Edition

Many years ago I went through an Eskimo phase and read a lot of ethnographies and some other books on them. I was wondering how I might get to travel and study in Greenland (close to an Eskimo state though … Continue reading

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Language and Center of Gravity

I’ve been listening to some videos by a Ukrainian immigrant to Poland (he has enough Polish ancestry to be recognized as Polish and his channel is Polak z Ukrainy (A Pole from Ukraine). Mostly he compares things between the two … Continue reading

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