Recent exploits and opinions 20190211

It feels like this post needs a little preamble. I started writing this post in the very early days of 2019, but for a number of reasons and a series of interruptions it took me quite a while to finish. This is going quite a bit against my intentions concerning this blog and these Recent Exploits posts, and the challenge will be to learn ways to be more productive and write more effortless. I hope this will be an exciting undertaking and result in content people will enjoy to read. Events that have transpired in the meanwhile will feature in the next post which, hopefully, will be coming about a bit more swiftly. 

We’re well into the new year, without me having indulged into any New Years post… The following deals with last year, actually, but I am not about to embark on a a full recount of the bygone year – you can get a decent overview of my 2018 hijinks by reading through previous posts, unsystematic as that may be – but merely at the most recent items of noteworthyness… and only those, that took place since the last post in early November. Believe me, it wasn’t supposed to take that long….

But…

           …well…

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Et tu Austria? A right wing government, the role of media and many questions

Later today I will be flying to Austria to visit family for Christmas and meet friends. But yesterday’s events cast a somewhat dark shadow over things. Of course, nothing about my visit will have fundamentally changed. I will not suddenly find myself in some Man in the High Castle style state. But I am about to travel into a country – my home-country – that has a right wing government.

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Facepalm – credit: APA.

So, Austria has a right wing government – not just a right wing party in government, but a full blown right wing government. Because, as far as I’m able to judge, I think Sebastian Kurz’s conservative party is far from being a center-right party these days.

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