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“Look what you made me do.”

The New Yorker: The Language of the Trump Administration Is the Language of Domestic Violence. By Jessica Winter, June 11, 2018.

Look what you made me do has emerged as the dominant ethos of the current White House. During the 2016 Presidential race, many observers drew parallels between the language of abusers and that of Trump on the campaign trail. Since his election, members of the Trump Administration have learned that language, too, and nowhere is this more vivid than in the rhetoric they use to discuss the Administration’s policies toward the Central American immigrants crossing the U.S. border. Informally since last summer, and officially since April 6th, the Department of Homeland Security has been separating parents from their children at the border, taking the parents into criminal custody and handing the children over to the Department of Health and Human Services to be placed in shelters and foster families, sometimes thousands of miles away from their parents. The process is compounded in its brutality by its perhaps intentional disorder, as a Boston Globe piece detailed on Sunday: parents in custody often have no idea where their children are, how to get them back, or if or when they will see them again.


There has always been a sickening intimacy to Trump’s insults and cruelties, whether he was sexualizing his daughter or sexually humiliating and physically dominating Hillary Clinton during the second Presidential debate. For many observers, especially women, that debate—coming days after the release of the “Access Hollywood” tape—triggered a fight-or-flight response, unleashing their own memories of harassment and abuse. And, for many observers, especially parents, the news coverage of the atrocities being committed at the border in the name of American prosperity and security triggers a similar physiological response—except that this time the trigger is instantiated by sadistic, totalitarian force. (I cannot be the only mother of small children who slept on the floor of her kids’ room the night that “All In with Chris Hayes” reported on a baby seized from his parents, one week past his first birthday.) A slow, quiet terror continues to spread through the American populace. We are all being made into complicit bystanders in Trump’s violence. We are all members of Trump’s toxic, traumatizing family now.”

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“Es läuft ganz gut bei uns”

Deutsche Welle: Migration in den Städten: Es geht auch anders. “”Wir fühlen uns mit dem Thema allein gelassen”, klagen Kommunalpolitiker, wenn es um die Aufnahme von Ausländern geht. Die Bertelsmann Stiftung beschreibt nun, wie Offenheit für Einwanderer gefördert werden kann.”

“Waren Sie schon einmal in Germersheim? Das ist ganz hübsch da, fahren Sie ruhig einmal hin! Die ehemalige Garnisonsstadt, knapp 50 Kilometer südlich von Mannheim gelegen, wird geprägt von ihrer historischen Festung. Das Rathaus, blau und weiß gestrichen, signalisiert dem Besucher: Hier in der Pfalz ist die Welt noch in Ordnung. Was niemand ahnt: Germersheim ist… überfremdet!

“Jaja, das sagt diese Partei mit den hellblauen Plakaten auch. Ich bin da natürlich ganz anderer Ansicht”, lacht Bürgermeister Marcus Schaile (CDU). Der Kommunalpolitiker hat viel Erfahrung damit, Unterschiedlichkeit auf einen Nenner zu bringen. In Zahlen: Rund 22.000 Einwohner leben in Germersheim. Davon hatten laut Zensus 2011 rund 54 Prozent einen Migrationshintergrund. Inzwischen liegt man nach Schätzungen des Bürgermeisters bei etwa 40 Prozent. “Wir haben hier 108 Nationen.”

Germersheim und überfremdet? Auch die Bertelsmann Stiftung sieht die Situation in dem Städtchen anders und lobt die Kommune als “Gestalter”, wenn es um Integration, Offenheit für Zuwanderer und kulturelle Vielfalt geht. “Gestalter” bedeutet: Hier werden die Dinge angepackt, aktiv bewältigt, nichts wird unter den Teppich gekehrt. Für einen Kommunalpolitiker wie den Bürgermeister kann man sich kaum ein schöneres Zeugnis vorstellen. “Es läuft ganz gut bei uns”, sagt Schaile.”

“They asked me to be a guinea pig, and I’ve been donating ever since”

The Washington Post: For six decades, ‘the man with the golden arm’ donated blood — and saved 2.4 million babies.

““He said that I had 13 units of blood and my life had been saved by unknown people,” Harrison told CNN’s Sanjay Gupta decades later.

At the time, Australia’s laws required blood donors to be at least 18 years old. It would be four years before Harrison was eligible, but he vowed then that he too would become a blood donor when he was old enough.

After turning 18, Harrison made good on his word, donating whole blood regularly with the Australian Red Cross Blood Service.
Harrison continued donating for more than 60 years, and his plasma has been used to make millions of Anti-D injections, according to the Red Cross. Because about 17 percent of pregnant women in Australia require the Anti-D injections, the blood service estimates Harrison has helped 2.4 million babies in the country.

“Every ampul of Anti-D ever made in Australia has James in it,” Barlow told the Sydney Morning Herald. “He has saved millions of babies. I cry just thinking about it.””

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Farewell dangerousmeta!

The Long Goodbye.. “Friday, April 13, 2018: As of today, dangerousmeta! is no longer being actively updated.”

I’ve been a reader of Garret’s blog since the beginning, back when his blog was called In those first few years the community on felt like a neighborhood in a small town, where everyone knows everyone else. Many of those bloggers have stopped blogging years ago, but Garret’s was one of the most prolific and long-lived weblogs.

Garret organized the Behind the Curtain project in September of 2000, in which over a hundred webloggeres documented their day-to-day lives with photos during a time in which affordable digital cameras were still a novelty. I was able to help him a little, and we became friends. About two years later André and I got to meet him and his lovely wife for the first time when we got married (shout-out to all participants of the weblogger wedding!), and we’ve visited them several times since.

Garret, your voice on the web will be missed, especially during these times of political upheaval. Even though I understand your reasons, I’m sad that I won’t find daily dangerousmeta updates in my RSS reader any longer. Thank you for sharing your unique point of view for the past almost 20 years, and keep in touch!

“Gobsmackingly uninformed.”

Washington Post: ‘Mr. Santorum, CPR doesn’t work if all the blood is on the ground.’.

““How about kids, instead of looking to someone else to solve their problem, do something about maybe taking CPR classes or trying to deal with situations where there is a violent shooter and you can actually respond to that?” Santorum said. […]
The comments drew ridicule from physicians, among others, who assured Santorum that learning CPR wouldn’t save victims of a mass shooting. […]

Heather Sher, a Florida-based radiologist who examined the gunshot wounds of at least one Parkland, Fla., shooting victim on the day of the shooting, called Santorum’s comments “gobsmackingly uninformed.”

“CPR is not effective with catastrophic bleeding,” she said on Twitter. “Speechless! Learn CPR! Everyone should for cardiopulmonary arrest. But for gunshot wounds, a) attend stop the bleeding course by trauma surgeons or b) pass #gunreform (helpful hint: option b is the better option.)””

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