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Vincent van den Born
Although he sees much that is threatening, Clark seems to still be positive about this, our era. Almost fifty years later, it is hard to share some of his positive ideas, whereas some of the negatives aren’t as heavy on our mind as they were before the end of the Cold War. But Clark’s idea, that “it is lack of confidence, more than anything else, that kills a civilisation,” is stronger than ever.
Dutch debating centre’s windows smashed and doors vandalised by left-wing activists ahead of hosting MP’s Thierry Baudet’s Forum for Democracy party
“Everybody that chooses to give this group a stage – whether for ideological, indifferent [sic] or commercial reason – contributes to the spread and normalisation of fascism and thereby makes himself a target.”
The post closes by announcing “appropriate action” while inviting “autonomous action.” The last words are “FCK FVD”.
According to police spokeswoman Irina Streier: “the 38-year old was beaten, physically abused and raped multiple times by the accused. The victim was operated upon and had to spend weeks in hospital.” In hospital she was treated for broken bones and wounds to the face. Amongst others, the woman’s nose, jaw and multiple ribs were broken.
The image is of the G305 star-forming complex: a stellar nursery. Cloudy and dusty places that shine brightly in infra-red light, stellar nurseries feature a number of bright, intricate gas clouds. These are heated by the infant stars in their midst, which stand out in the image as a blue tone, contrasting with the red-brownish colour of cooler regions.
Summary: Kenneth Clark’s Civilisation Part 12 – After Christianity died, what became the prime civilising force in Europe?
If Christianity is dead, and the Romantic Movement killed it, what, if anything, has replaced it as the prime civilising force in Europe? What has civilisation gained or lost in the process? Clark touches on this question in passing, when he criticises the 19th-century bourgeoisie, but then asks what the mocking Romantics could put in place of middle-class morality when “they themselves were still in search of a soul.” This is the hole left in Clark’s narrative, the hole in the French Revolution that it sought, in vain, to fill with a religion that never took root.
German politicians losing patience with immigration, even Social Democrats support camp raids to arrest illegals
State-politicians demand reforms in asylum policy, as well as in development aid. The Prime Minister of Sachen, Michael Kretschmer (CDU) wants to stop paying aid to countries that do not cooperate with expulsions. He was especially annoyed by the fact that embassies sometimes refuse their country’s nationals the papers they need to be deported.
Synergy! The Vatican applies European Space Agency technology to digitalise 80.000 scriptures from the Middle Ages
“ESA and the Vatican Apostolic Library share a long history of pioneering work in their respective fields and long-lasting collaboration aimed at the preservation and worldwide accessibility of the respective patrimonies of data and information holdings. The Joint Declaration between ESA, the Library and the EC fosters synergies between the expertise, know-how and resources available through the three institutions, and paves the way for concrete collaboration for the benefit of humankind.”
Sweden: Afghan migrants gang-rape 40 y/o woman “with remarkable ruthlessness and cruelty”. Court reaches verdict, third suspect still at large
According to 24Kalmar, the two convicted men claimed that the woman had been a willing participant in the gang rape. The court, however, found this unconvincing. Moreover, photographs made during the rape show, according to the court, “the men’s special ruthlessness and cruelty.” More details are only available from Samhällsnytt. Apparently quoting from the verdict (Kalmar District Court case B 3154-17), the article, the only one to do so, gives details about the attack.
Clark, rather cleverly, sums up Rousseau’s philosophy in the sentence “I feel therefore I am,” calling it a “curious discovery to have been made in the middle of the Age of Reason.” He connects it to David Hume’s work, before noting how Rousseau’s beliefs were extended from nature to man. Rousseau believed that natural man was virtuous, a belief that soon came to be widely accepted. Clark mentions and quotes three detractors of the idea, but it is fair to say that the belief that nature is somehow virtuous, while man is not, is still popular.
Post-Brexit EU to raise budget with €300 billion, remaining Member States expected to chip in heavily
Dutch Newspaper De Telegraaf reports that the annual €13 billion shortfall is going to be compensated by raising the seven-year budget plan from €1000 billion to €1300 billion, amounting to a raise of €300 billion, from 1% of the EU’s GDP to 1.14%. Seven years without the Red Coats amounts to a budget shortfall of €91 billion. So one wonders how they’ll spend the surplus €209 billion this new seven-year budget plan entails. According to EU sources, €30 billion will be spent on “guarding the EU’s outer borders”. How the remaining €121 billion will be spent, is not yet clear.
Curious. German Christian pensioners barred from church to accommodate “men free” day for Muslim women
When Ahting suggested they play in the cellar, because there were empty rooms there, he was told this wasn’t an option. That day, the meeting house would have to be completely “men free”.