Category Archives: Around the World

FRA die zweite

Für diejenigen, denen die ersten sechs Folgen noch nicht genug waren, gibt es jetzt sechs weitere Folgen, nämlich Folge 7 bis Folge 12:

hr Fernsehen: Mittendrin – Flughafen Frankfurt – Serie mit 12 Folgen à 45 Minuten (YouTube, Link zur siebten Folge in der Playlist).

“Rund 80.000 Menschen arbeiten am Frankfurter Flughafen. 65 Millionen Passagiere kommen jährlich in die zwei Terminals. Wer von Frankfurt aus fliegen möchte, hat 107 Länder zur Auswahl. 1.400 Flugzeuge starten und landen täglich am viertgrößten Airport Europas. Ein Flughafen mit weltweiten Rekorden: die größte Werkfeuerwehr, die größte Flughafenklinik, die größte KFZ-Werkstatt, die größten Flugzeugschlepper. Vier Videojournalisten des Hessischen Rundfunks durften exklusiv 50 Tage auf dem Airport drehen. Dabei haben die Reporter 22 Menschen mit der Kamera begleitet, hautnah in Bereichen und Situationen, die so bisher noch nicht im Fernsehen zu sehen waren. Spannende, emotionale Geschichten rund um Hessens größten Arbeitgeber. “Mit spektakulären Kameraeinstellungen und aufwändigen 3-D-Animationen wollen wir den Zuschauern diese komplexe Welt näher bringen und eintauchen lassen in das Abenteuer Flughafen”, sagt Redakteur und Videojournalist Andreas Graf. Daraus sind zwölf spannende Filme entstanden, jeweils 45 Minuten lang.”

Das Ende des Textes stimmt aber offenbar nicht, es soll ab dem 30. Oktober weitere sechs Folgen geben.

“Steven got on a plane like most people get on a bus”

The Man with the Golden Airline Ticket
“My dad was one of the only people with a good-for-life, go-anywhere American Airlines pass. Then they took it away. This is the true story of having—and losing—a superpower.” By Caroline Rothstein.

“In the early 1980s, American rolled out AAirpass, a prepaid membership program that let very frequent flyers purchase discounted tickets by locking in a certain number of annual miles they presumed they might fly in advance. My 30-something-year-old father, having been a frequent flyer for his entire life, purchased one. Then, a few years later, American introduced something straight out an avid traveler’s fantasy: an unlimited ticket.

In 1987, amidst a lucrative year as a Bear Stearns stockbroker, my father became one of only a few dozen people on earth to purchase an unlimited, lifetime AAirpass. A quarter of a million dollars gave him access to fly first class anywhere in the world on American for the rest of his life. He flew so much it paid for itself.”

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“Though 72 hours is the longest a minor can be legally confined in such a facility, some had been there almost a month”

The Atlantic: What a Pediatrician Saw Inside a Border Patrol Warehouse. “Dolly Lucio Sevier evaluated dozens of sick children at a facility in South Texas. She found evidence of infection, malnutrition, and psychological trauma.”

“But when Sevier asked the 38 children she examined that day about sanitation, they all said they weren’t allowed to wash their hands or brush their teeth. This was “tantamount to intentionally causing the spread of disease,” she later wrote in a medical declaration about the visit, the document that the lawyers filed in federal court and also shared with me. (Asked for comment on this story, a Customs and Border Protection official wrote in an email that the agency aims to “provide the best care possible to those in our custody, especially children.” The agency’s “short-term holding facilities were not designed to hold vulnerable populations,” the official added, “and we urgently need additional humanitarian funding to manage this crisis.”)

As agents brought in the children she requested, Sevier said, the smell of sweat and soiled clothing filled the room. They had not been allowed to bathe or change since crossing the Rio Grande and turning themselves over to officials. Sevier found that about two-thirds of the kids she examined had symptoms of respiratory infection. The guards wore surgical masks, but the detainees breathed the air unfiltered. As the children filed in, Sevier said she found evidence of sleep deprivation, dehydration, and malnutrition too.”

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“Trump is not simply a serial liar; he is attempting to murder the very idea of truth”

The Atlantic: Trump’s Sinister Assault on Truth. “The president appears committed to destroying the very idea of facts.” By Peter Wehner, contributing editor at The Atlantic and senior fellow at EPPC.

“Trump is not simply a serial liar; he is attempting to murder the very idea of truth, which is even worse. “The point of modern propaganda isn’t only to misinform or push an agenda,” according to the Russian dissident and former world chess champion Garry Kasparov. “It is to exhaust your critical thinking, to annihilate truth.”
Destroy the foundation of factual truth, and lies will be normalized. This is what the Czech dissident (and later president) Václav Havel described in the late 1970s when he wrote about his fellow citizens making their own inner peace with a regime built on hypocrisy and falsehoods. They were “living within the lie.” In such a situation life becomes farcical, demoralizing, a theater of the absurd. It is soul-destroying.

The United States is still quite a long way from the situation Havel found himself in. But to keep it that way—to keep civic vandalism from spreading—we all have a role to play, including calling out lies, including the lies of Trump, in every way we can.

The most obvious thing Americans can do is to vote for men and women who prize integrity and are, in the main, truth-tellers. It doesn’t seem too much to ask that we not vote for those who are chronically dishonest and corrupt. Americans can also end their financial support for parties that are aiding and abetting compulsive liars.

(Emphasis mine.)

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