‘Holocaust’: How a US TV series changed Germany

It was big-budget, American TV starring Meryl Streep. And in 1979 the mini-series Holocaust transformed how Germans saw their own history. 

It brought the horrors of Nazi crimes into people’s living rooms and turned the word “Holocaust” into a commonly-used term in the German language. 

This month the drama has been shown again on German TV – and it is as relevant as ever.

Pence must also be impeached: Constitutional law expert

Two of the impeachable offenses of which President Donald Trump has been accused — colluding with Russian political interference and working with Michael Cohen to violate campaign finance laws — would directly imply that he was elected as a result of fraud. And according to law professor Michael Glennon of Tufts University, this means that if Trump does get impeached for these alleged high crimes, Vice President Mike Pence must go down as well.

May, 2017: ‘It’s pretty much inevitable’ that Trump will try to stage a coup and overthrow democracy: Yale historian Tim Snyder

EXCERPT:

In your book you discuss the idea that Donald Trump will have his own version of Hitler’s Reichstag fire to expand his power and take full control of the government by declaring a state of emergency. How do you think that would play out?

Let me make just two points. The first is that I think it’s pretty much inevitable that they will try. The reason I think that is that the conventional ways of being popular are not working out for them.

Fox News viewers literally have no idea how bad things are under Trump: historian

Nothing new in this analysis, but people need to be reminded (or informed for the first time) of the 20+ years of fascist right-wing brainwashing from Fox “News” and it’s allies. Especially, if they’re stuck trying to argue with these brainwashed wing-nuts.

I stopped dealing with these White Status-Quo people ages ago. I don’t have the skin-color luxury (or self-loathing-need) to play the self-serving and delusional game of, “Well as long as we don’t talk politics, religion, etc, aren’t we just the same?”

That’s just White Privilege talking, whether you’re right, left, or center status-quo.

French Resistance hero who saved hundreds of Jewish children dies aged 108

Georges Loinger used all his skill and cunning – and a large dash of chutzpah – to rescue Jewish children from deportation and near-certain death during the second world war.

The French Resistance hero, who has died at the age of 108, would set up ball games for children along the Swiss border in France. Having trained the children to run like the wind, he would throw the ball over the border and tell them to chase after it and then keep running.

US agency plans crackdown on FOIA requests

Trump administration officials took steps on Friday to crack down on transparency at one of the largest US federal agencies, proposing a slew of changes that could make it harder for the public and media to obtain records of agency dealings.