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Warsaw, a Place on a Map

I just spent a couple of days in Warsaw for the first time in a few years (not counting some less than full days I’ve spent going to or coming from somewhere else). I’ll have a few more posts on … Continue reading

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Baghdad in Brussels

First, I need to state clearly, I strongly support a lot of ideas of the EU and strongly admire it as an institution until about 10 years ago. I once attended a lecture by a distinguished sociologist (more interdisciplinary than … Continue reading

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The Epstein Spider Hole

Even though I’ve loved conspiracy theories for as long as I can remember I’ve mostly not really taken them very seriously. I loved them as stories and admired the odd creativity and mental agility that went into making them (or … Continue reading

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What I’m Watching: Minting Metaphors Edition

I’ve started watching La casa de papel (lit: The house of paper, much better than the dumb official English title) a Spanish netflix series.  I’m about a third of the way through the first season. Let’s adopt the Euro.. what … Continue reading

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Belief Means Never Having to Say you’re Sorry

There’s an interesting interview (English translation / original German) with Carola Rackete, a captain with Sea-Watch an NGO that facilitates the business of human trafficking from Africa across the Mediterranean and into the EU. It’s really very illuminating, not about … Continue reading

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More Merkel Murkiness

Well Angela Merkel was seen shaking uncontrollably in pubic for the third time in just more than three weeks… and spokesmen are still reassuring everybody that there is no cause for alarm. I’m alarmed. There is clearly something going on … Continue reading

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Barbarism on the Bay

Back in March of 2001, the Taliban blew up two giant statues of Buddha. There was an international outcry and almost no support for what was seen as theocratic and/or barbaric destruction of monuments that held incalculable cultural and historical … Continue reading

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