Category Archives: Around the World

“Trump has evinced little respect for the rule of law”

The Atlantic: Impeach Donald Trump. “Starting the process will rein in a president who is undermining American ideals—and bring the debate about his fitness for office into Congress, where it belongs.” By Yoni Appelbaum.

“On January 20, 2017, Donald Trump stood on the steps of the Capitol, raised his right hand, and solemnly swore to faithfully execute the office of president of the United States and, to the best of his ability, to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States. He has not kept that promise.

Instead, he has mounted a concerted challenge to the separation of powers, to the rule of law, and to the civil liberties enshrined in our founding documents. He has purposefully inflamed America’s divisions. He has set himself against the American idea, the principle that all of us—of every race, gender, and creed—are created equal.

This is not a partisan judgment. Many of the president’s fiercest critics have emerged from within his own party. Even officials and observers who support his policies are appalled by his pronouncements, and those who have the most firsthand experience of governance are also the most alarmed by how Trump is governing.”

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C-SPAN: Rep. Ocasio-Cortez Explains Our Broken System. (Video, 5:06min)

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“North is on the move”

NPR Science: As Magnetic North Pole Zooms Toward Siberia, Scientists Update World Magnetic Model.

“North is on the move, and that’s a problem for your smartphone’s maps.

Earth’s geographic north pole is fixed. But the planet’s magnetic north pole — the north that your compass points toward — wanders in the direction of Siberia at a rate of more than 34 miles per year.

That movement may seem slow, but it has forced scientists to update their model of Earth’s magnetic field a year earlier than expected so that navigational services, including map-based phone apps, continue to work accurately.”

NPR: The North Magnetic Pole Is Shifting East, Fast. “NPR’s Ari Shapiro speaks with Nature reporter Alex Witze about a rapid shift in the Earth’s magnetic poles.”

Cold War 2.0 / Kalter Krieg 2.0?

Deutsche Welle: US announces withdrawal from INF missile treaty. “The US has begun its withdrawal from the INF treaty with Russia. German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Berlin would continue talking with Moscow about its alleged violations until the withdrawal process was finished.”

Deutsche Welle: Pompeo verkündet Ausstieg der USA aus Abrüstungsvertrag INF. “Außenminister Mike Pompeo hat verkündet, was alle erwarten. Die USA steigen aus dem INF-Vertrag mit Russland zum Verzicht auf landgestützte atomare Mittelstreckenwaffen aus. Grund sind neue russische Marschflugkörper.”

“Legitimate companies don’t work this way for a reason.”

Vanity Fair: This Podcast Can’t Legally Tell You Amway Is a Pyramid Scheme. “Get an exclusive early listen to The Dream, hosted by Jane Marie, which digs into the under-explored world of multi-level marketing schemes.” By Katey Rich, September 21, 2018.

“But The Dream’s real concern is far from the key-party-and-polyester image conjured by the airplane game. Marie and her producer had, like many people, noticed her Facebook feed filling up with friends from high school selling leggings, or makeup, or handbags, asking their friends to buy them and sign up as salesmen themselves. They’re all participating in multi-level marketing (MLM) schemes, which anyone involved will tell you are not a pyramid scheme, because pyramid schemes are illegal.

“That doesn’t mean it’s not one,” Marie, a veteran of This American Life, said in a recent phone call. “That means it hasn’t been prosecuted.””

Find the podcast here: The Dream. I listened to all the episodes in the past few days. Recommended!

“Das Spiel mit dem Leben anderer Menschen”

Deutsche Welle: Kommentar: Die USA dürfen Trumps sinnlose Grausamkeit nicht vergessen. “Ein richtiger “Deal” war das nicht. Trump beendet zwar die bisher längste Haushaltssperre in der Geschichte der USA, aber diese richtet weiterhin so viel Schaden an, dass es keine Gewinner gibt, meint Michael Knigge.”

“Und hoffentlich – wenn es denn überhaupt so etwas wie eine positive Langzeitwirkung des “Shutdowns” gibt – werden die Amerikaner, insbesondere die, die nun direkt betroffen waren, nicht vergessen, wer gesagt hat, er wäre stolz die Regierung lahm zu legen.

Hoffentlich werden alle Amerikaner sich an diesen gefühllosen, grausamen Präsidenten erinnern, der kein Problem damit hat, andere Menschen und ihren Lebensunterhalt aufs Spiel zu setzen für eine sinnlose Grenzmauer, die er am Ende noch nicht mal bekommen hat. Gibt es bessere Beweise für Charakterlosigkeit?”