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Review: Der Neue Tugendterror

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on April 21, 2014 in Articles and Reviews |

If you ask the average German on the street who Thilo Sarrazin is, you will get one of two answers: either a blank stare with a shrug of the shoulders, or a long and detailed account of what they know about him. The first answer is understandable: the name doesn’t say much to many because […]

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Ending The Republic

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on April 15, 2014 in Personal |

It took me longer than a book – or two in this case – normally requires to work my way through but, this evening, I managed to finish Plato’s Republic. Not that it was difficult to read, it is really a monologue from Socrates with occasional breaks as others agree with him or set harder […]

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End Of The Official Selfie?

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on April 7, 2014 in Immoral Conversations |

It takes just a few people and a whole range of related things can fall into disrepute. In this case photography is being assaulted, abused by the few for commercial ends, taking advantage of others, ruining our ideals, making a profit through lies, alterations, misrepresentation. Not just the taking of a photograph, a selfie, of […]

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There’s Something Foul

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on March 29, 2014 in News & Opinion |

Shakespeare wrote: Something is rotten in the state of Denmark. The same can be said of the town of Linburg an der Lahn or, to be more accurate, in the Bishopric. Massive renovations for unheard of sums of money have been carried out, and all on the order of the Bishop, Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst. Nothing […]

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The Internet: Let Your Thoughts Flow Freely!

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on March 23, 2014 in Internet |

A friend of mine decided, a few weeks ago to get back into blogging, something he hasn’t done for about five years. The question he asked was: where should he blog? Should he use an independent site, fix himself up with a ready-made one such as wordpress.com or blogger, or go the whole hog and […]

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Which War?

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on February 25, 2014 in News & Opinion |

Sometimes it is hard to differentiate between one war and another. Haven’t we seen so many in the last few decades, since the (two) war(s) to end all wars? So much so that it is easy to get confused about what is being discussed. Take this small excerpt from a CNN video report by Bill […]

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Borderline Child Pornography

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on February 18, 2014 in News & Opinion |

The German press is full of the latest scandal to hit political circles: a well thought of politician has been accused of purchasing child pornography from a Canadian company and accusations are flying in all directions. There are three main threads to this story. In the first we have the politician himself: accused of purchasing […]

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A Massive Discriminatory Step Back

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on February 17, 2014 in News & Opinion |

The Land of the Free. I wonder how old that all-encompassing claim is, and whether the USA will ever be able to live up to it. This Land of the Free which begs: Bring me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to be free. Fine, this inscription is on the Statue of Liberty […]

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What’s Good For One….

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on February 12, 2014 in News & Opinion |

In a brief statement the new(ish) government of Germany called demands for a pay rise of 3.5% for some public servants far too much. At the same time it was announced that politicians in the country’s service have awarded themselves a two-tiered pay rise, bringing their monthly income to about € 9000. What is good […]

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It’s Democracy, Jim…

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on February 9, 2014 in News & Opinion |

Not everything goes the way some people desire, especially in a democratic society, or one which follows democratic principles. The vote today in Switzerland is one clear example: a small majority voted in favor of limiting the number of immigrants from the European Union who will be allowed to settle in the country. This, according […]

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