Galskab i avisspalterne: DFs aparte geografi- og historieforståelse

(note: very Danish-centric and, indeed, in Danish)

OK, jeg bliver nødt til at sætte ord på det her – og det kan godt blive langt…

DF er helt ude på glatbanen lige for tiden:

16/1 sagde Marie Krarup til Politiken:
‘ »Altså, sanktioner er et våben, som stort set ikke virker. Man vil aldrig nogensinde få Rusland og Putin til at opgive Krim igen. Så det kan man lige så godt lade være med at prøve. Det er som at stå og skyde sig selv i tæerne. Så man kan lige så godt komme videre ud over stepperne og få et fornuftigt forhold til Rusland og gavn af forholdet på andre måder«, mener Marie Krarup.’

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‘ »Der er ingen tvivl om, at vi på et tidspunkt kommer til at acceptere tingenes tilstand. Det gælder bare om at finde en grimasse, der kan passe. Det er et faktum, og det kommer ikke til at ændre sig. Der er ikke nogen vej udenom«, svarer Krarup og tilføjer:

»Selvfølgelig er det pinligt, at Vesten har svunget sig helt op i de allerhøjeste moralske tårne og så skulle falde ned og sige ‘okay, vi kan nok ikke gøre noget ved det alligevel’. Men vi kan jo ikke gøre noget ved det, med mindre vi vil starte en krig, og det vil jo være absurd at gøre det. Og sanktionerne virker ikke en dyt andet end at undergrave vores egen økonomi, fordi vi faktisk havde gavn af den samhandel, vi havde tidligere. Derfor skal vi af med de sanktioner. Det er jeg fuldstændig enig med Trump i. Og så er spørgsmålet, om det er atomnedrustning, vi skal have til gengæld. Det synes jeg lyder rigtig fornuftigt«.’

Tidligere på måneden rystede Kenneth Kristensen Bernth op med denne her:
‘ »EU har ikke fattet, hvad Ukraine er for en størrelse. De har ment, at man skulle hive Ukraine tættere på EU, uagtet at halvdelen af ukrainerne føler sig som russere. Det har EU ikke villet acceptere«, siger EU-ordfører Kenneth Kristensen Berth.’

Og på opfølgningsspørgsmålet: “Skal EU ikke reagere på, at Rusland krænker en nationalstats landegrænse?”

‘ »Ikke sådan, som det gøres nu. Ukraine er ikke en nationalstat i traditionel forstand. Det er usikkert, om Ukraine kan overleve – måske kan det ske som to dele med øget selvstyre«, siger Kenneth Kristensen Berth.’

Ikke en nationalstat i traditionel forstand?

Ukraine oplevede to perioder med selvstændighed omkring første hhv anden verdenskrig. Da Sovietunionen brød sammen efter den kolde krig, blev Ukraine selvstændigt i 1991. Polen, Canada og – ja! – Rusland anerkendte Ukraine i december 1991. Mindst 132 lande har accepteret Ukraine som selvstændigt land. Så hvordan når Kenneth Kristensen Bernth til, at Ukraine ikke er en nationalstat?

Som forklaring på, at Rusland nappede Krim, kommer Bernth med den der med “uagtet, at halvdelen af ukrainerne føler sig som russere.” Nu ved jeg ikke, hvor meget historie, Bernth har haft i skolen. Men det er jo pudsigt at bruge det argument, når historien er, at Rusland tvangsdeporterede ca 20% af Krims befolkning sidst i fyrrerne. Det er jo alletiders måde at sikre sig, at der ikke er for meget nationalfølelse tilbage. Men måske Bernth mener, at bare man venter længe nok bagefter, kan man godt slippe igennem ad den vej?

Et andet spørgsmål, der opstår, er jo, hvad Bernth mener om de baltiske lande. Her har Danmark jo traditionelt et stærkt bånd – Danmark var det første land i verden, der genoptog de diplomatiske forbindelser med Estland, Letland og Litauen. På trods af sovjetisk vrede. Hvornår var det lige, det var? Jooo – i 1991. Samme år som Ukraine blev selvstændigt. Eller ikke, hvis man skal tro Bernth. Måske mener han heller ikke, der er grund til at betragte de tre baltiske lande som “rigtige” lande, men bare overlade dem til at blive rullet flade af russerne?

Putin bruger argumentet om de russisktalende befolkningselementer flittigt. Den har vi jo set andre steder i verdenshistorien – var der ikke noget med Sudeterlandet og Østrig engang? Men det er fandeme, kære DF-koryfæer, ikke det samme som at vi bare skal lade Rusland rulle videre og nappe, hvad de har lyst til. Måske I lige skal læse op på NATO-traktaten engang – og hvis vi skal holde den og i givet fald forsvare de tre lande, som blev selvstændige i 1991 på trods af russiske mindretal (og russiske styrker i landet på det tidspunkt, faktisk), hvorfor skal vi så overlade ukrainerne til deres russiske skæbne?

Med mindre, selvfølgeligt, Krarup og Bernth hellere vil være foruden EU og NATO – som Trump og Putin åbenbart er enige om er mere i vejen end til gavn. Men hvordan skal lille bitte Danmark så hævde suverænitet?

Eller – måske deres ærinde er at foretrække Putins syn på verden? Marie Krarup har jo i hvert fald udtalt, at der ingem ideologisk forskel er på Europa og Rusland. Frihedsidealer er åbenbart ikke noget, der tæller for den dame – det eneste, der gør, er åbenbart, at Putin også er islamofob. Men det er et meget skidt argument – den der med din fjendes fjende holder ikke som god grund for et nært venskab.

DF – I er gledet helt ud i grøften med fuldt spin på all hjernehjul.

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Monday Motorway Music™, January 16 – Winter Forest Joys

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Clear, blue skies – it has turned towards a couple of days with decent weather: sunshine, not much wind if any, frost but not too much of it. Lovely.

We made the best of it yesterday and went for a good long walk in the forest – it is a luxury and joy of mine to have the forest right next door, more or less.

To really just concentrate on the joy of having a walk, all the technological stuff was left at home. And of course I acutely missed the camera at one point – there was a view over a flat wetland against the sun, bulrushes peaking up all over the place, some dead trees also adding character. And to top it all off, a very light smoke haze from a campfire over to one side gave it a stunning atmosphere.

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Snapshot of a forest map with a few campfire places marked…

(There is a handful of official campfire/BBQ places scattered across the forest – along with features like mountain bike trails, campsites with and without shelters, those are a quite common feature in Danish forests to allow a larger array of interactions with the terrain and, as a hopeful consequence, a larger audience coming to roam in nature)

She Bangs – Ricky Martin
I Saw Her Standing There – The Beatles
Rock Me Baby – Jomfru Ane Band

Photo by me, map from brochure by Danish Nature Agency
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Darkness Will Lose. Eventually.

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Clouds, pink and orange
Chasing away yesterday
Winter darkness’ fate.

Photo by me.
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Tuesday Motorway Music™, January 10 – Really Back In The Swing Of It

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Monday, yesterday, I ended up basically without any time that I could use in front of a computer to write up the weekly column…

Got back from work, went into the house by the front door and locked it behind me, went upstairs to change from work attire into something a bit more down to earth, went back down and out through the backdoor, picking my scout scarf up on the way – and locking that door behind me.

dsc_7531And got back after a – by the way very interesting and uplifting – scout leader meeting about half past ten. No column writing! Just zzz’s.

The weather is now back to plus a few degrees C and gray, dull and wet. But as the photos suggest, we had some decent cold last week – one night had us down to -13°C locally and in the morning sunlight, I caught the ice crystals featured here.

Brrrr! 😉

All That She Wants – Ace Of Base
Mig & Charly – CV Jørgensen
Elsker dig for evigt – Lars H.U.G.
Love Me Like A Man – Bonnie Raitt
Boulevard Of Broken Dreams – Diana Krall

Photos by me.
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Cobblestone Cooking Music XXXIII – After Christmas Lighter, Vegetarian Fare

img_0658We don’t do New Year Resolutions in this household. And we actually also know that the problem is not what you eat between Christmas and New Year but what you eat between New Year and Christmas…

So when we decided on going all vegetarian a day last week – it was actually mostly to use up some cream that didn’t find room in the bisque. (Note: vegetarian, not vegan!)

So, a champignon paté.

  • Melissa Etheridge, Rock and Roll Me
  • Robbie Williams (feat. Nicole Kidman), Somethin’ Stupid

img_0655Chop a metric ton of mushrooms. Well, no – not that much, of course, But a lot. Also chop onion, garlic and hazelnuts and mix the whole thing in a large bowl with some thyme.

  • Thin Lizzy, Whisky In The Jar
  • Roxette, Fading Like A Flower

Get a pan going with some oil and fry the vegetable mix in two or three part batches to ensure there is not so much on the pan as to make the temperature drop. Put it back into the bowl (or, progressively, into a new one.)

  • Robbie Wiliams, Let Me Entertain You
  • Styx, Babe

Mix with boiled rice (leftovers from the day before if you are coordinated enough for that), egg, cream, salt and pepper. Fill in a greased form – as you can see above, I use a glass one but a metal/tefal kind of thing works well, too. Bake for about an hour at 200°C. Much umami taste appears!

  • Willie Kent, Born In The Delta
  • Patti Labelle, Lady Marmalade

The side salad in this case is quickly blanched broccoli in small chunks, finely chopped red onion and pomegranate seeds. With raisins on the side because only half of us partake in eating those.

Happy cooking!

Photo by me.

 

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Monday Motorway Music™, January 2 – Taking The Time It Takes

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Sort of late morning yesterday, on the first day of the sparkling new 2017, and while slowly clearing the table for the visual remains of the previous night’s festivities I first got hold of the camera and snapped a few pictures of the table decorations in daylight and then got to think a little.

One other thing that got me to think was the cooking I did yesterday – a rather simple leftover soup that nevertheless probably took somewhere around fours hours from start to finish.

And I came to think about the countless times that I have heard people say things like –

“that would just never happen”
“how on Earth do you find time for that?”
“we have small kids in the household. You must be joking!”
“that is just too difficult!”

and the like. And you know what? To me, that raises a few comments:

1) There was probably, what, half an hour of hands-on cooking time in that. The rest of the time, the food was just taking care of itself on the stove. Honestly, total time does not equal difficulty level – and total time does not equal the time you need to spend toiling away in the kitchen.

dsc_75232) I’ve heard these things before. Previously, we sometimes bought a large portion of beef (say, 50 kg at the time) from free-range beef cattle. Very, very nice stuff (but with just two of us in the household now, it has sadly become impractical). What we heard was that most people de-selected the really wonderful, taste-loaded parts like breast, brisket, shank, … – and just had it all minced. Apparently, the ability to turn it into a fast spaghetti bolognese or burger patties was more important than variety and taste.

3) What is it that you really need to do to Use Time Optimally™? Four weekly two-hour runs in the forest (equalling eight hours spent alone and not with your family)? I could make up more artificial ideas – but I’m sure you get my drift.

*Deep breath* To me, food is important. Way too important to skimp on and buy doubtful half-ready stuff preferably online so I haven’t even seen it before it lands in my home. And a defining quality for a family for us has always been to have as many as possible of the people living in the household at the breakfast and dinner table together. That time is important. And can you use that time better than to share a meal of some good, well-prepared food – I find that hard to imagine.

Maybe I’m odd. Or old-fashioned. Or both. But then I am so proudly.

Again, a very Happy New Year and the best wishes for 2017
to all of you from all of me!

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Poor Man’s Moody Blues – Barclay James Harvest
The Power – SNAP!
You’re The First, The Last, My Everything – Barry White
Dream A Little Dream Of Me – Mama Cass

Photos by me.
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Cobblestone Cooking Music XXXII – A Big Pot of New Year’s Leftovers’ Bisque

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We were 5 couples for New Year at our house yesterday – and between us dished up with all sorts of delicious food. The starter was crayfish – of some freshwater variant that one of the guests had even caught locally in a nearby large-ish lake (when you’ve been standing looking out over Lake Michigan, no lake in Denmark is large. In fact, I worry that Denmark might fit in Lake Michigan*). The wow effect was great and the taste fantastic – served with some plain green salad, aioli, bread & a Washington State Riesling.

  • New Year's starter in all its glory!

    New Year’s starter in all its glory!

    Eurythmics, Let’s Go!

  • KC & The Sunshine Band, Boogie Shoes

But all those shells and head-end crayfish? Well, a bisque, of course!

  • Chr. Aguilera, Lil’ Kim, Mya & Pink; Lady Marmalade
  • TV-2; Line Jørgensen, Voldum

A big pot! Olive oil & butter, turn on the heat and fry the critters well. I actually had to do them in two half lots as there was a lot. Add curry, paprika, tomato concentrate, fry a bit more. In goes a splash of cognac and – whoosh! – flambéed! (do turn off the hood venting first!)

  • Fleetwood Mac, Go Your Own Way
  • Queen, Cool Cat
Simmering away to reduce...

Simmering away to reduce…

Add stock to cover – fish, preferably, of course. But as I only had 1/2 liter worth of ready-to-use cube of fish, the remainder was a mix of chicken and vegetable stock. Seems to have worked out ok.

Leave to simmer for half an hour.

Then, fish out shells and/or sieve the soup into a fresh pot – and then gently boil it for a good amount of time until it reduces in volume and intensifies in taste.

Do not add salt at this stage – wait until the end volume has been reached. Otherwise it may end up way too salty (yes, I’ve tried – in the process called learning by suffering…).

  • Bon Jovi, Livin’ On A Prayer
  • Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Cherry Bomb

At this point, you can take a break and just leave the soup sits around somewhere – cold if it’s for long. Shortly before serving, bring it up to a boil again, add cream and adjust taste with salt, pepper or paprika if needed.

  • Katie Melua, On The Road Again
  • John Lennon, Woman

Serve with fresh bread and a chilled white or sparkling white – it is the first day of the New Year, after all 🙂

Happy cooking! And, once again, a Happy New Year!!

Photo by me.

*It does. With quite some 15,000 km2 to spare…

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Tuesday Motorway Music™, December 27 – Between This And That

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This Tuesday is actually pretty much a Monday. At least in that yesterday, Monday Dec 26, was “Second Christmas Day” in Denmark and, as such, a national holiday. So the work week started this morning.

It is a very quiet work week – skeleton crews everywhere. Well, everywhere possible of course – retail’s back in force for Christmas gift returns and annual sale kickoffs today and the essential mechanics of society obviously also runs steadily and reliably as ever. Y’know – hospitals, care for the elderly, police, firemen etc. etc. – are all there and ready. For which we should always remember to be grateful!

On my own wee square of turf, spending most of the last two weeks more off than on due to a handy little selection of infections, I’ll spend two of the four days this week at work instead of, as intended, as days off. But hey – at least I get two days of enjoying morning motorways with just about no traffic whatsoever!

And the picture at the top is just about me having made the most of all that downtime and arriving at my first Civ VI win 😀

A very Happy New Year and the best wishes for 2017
to all of you from all of me!

Kissing A Fool – George Michael
Cose Della Vita/Can’t Stop Thinking Of you – Eros Ramazotti/Tina Turner
Clair de Lune, Ballerina – Styx
Tæt på – Malurt
Læg dig ind under himlen – Miss B. Haven

Screenshot by me.
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Monday (Motorway) Home Music™, December 19 – Pulled The Plug On Today

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It apparently is that time of the year – the time of sore and heavy heads, coughs and running noses. I’ve been coughing like a madman throughout the weekend and decided that nope, Monday was not going to happen. At least not in its usual form… *sigh*

Coping with the most urgent stuff on Email and phone from home – in between fits of barking.

The above is from last weekend – the Christmas lights in the Tivoli gardens in Copenhagen is, as always, a sight to behold.

Oh, and in case you hadn’t noticed (wink, wink), over there to the right of the posts (points –>) is a new sidebar addition with the latest handful or so of my photos as shown on Instagram. ‘Cause over time I show quite a few more of them there than I have time, room and energy do do here 🙂

And if you ask what happened to the post of Dec 12? I have no idea…! 😉

Dancing In The Moonlight – Toploader
Keep On Loving You – REO Speedwagon
The Closest Thing To Crazy – Katie Melua
Let’s Face The Music And Dance – Diana Krall
The Nightfly – Donald Fagen
Will You Love Me Tomorrow? – The Shirelles
Oh Yeah – Bryan Ferry & Roxy Music
Orinico Flow – Enya

Photo by me.
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Monday Motorway Music™, December 5 – Just A Regular Old Monday

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A nice decor from a relaxed evening some time last week in Madrid, Spain…

That was – I must admit, luckily – the last of my travels here and now. Three trips in 8 work days, even for me, is tightening the screw a wee bit much. All of 1½ week of peace and quiet until the next one – more on that later.

The weekend, actually, was an away thing, too. My wife kindly – and fairly – reminded me that away is away from the family point of view. But at least is was a nice “destressing” kind of away – the Scout Troop’s annual and very traditional Christmas Camp weekend.

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1:25000 map (squares are 1 km sized) of the route

About 30 scouts and the full troop leadership – six of us – with a programme that included a 12-14 km evening/night hike with both orienteering challenges and codes and other puzzles to solve as well as a “scary” post where the scouts one by one had to follow a short circular route marked with rather tiny chemical glow light markers with only a regular-sized glow light stick to provide lighting along the way instead of their regular, trusted headlamps. All in a lovely Danish December night with clear skies, lots of stars, a very thin sliver of a moon,very little wind and down to about -5°C.

All made it through, including the ones that stubbornly battled their way to the end despite being tired or, in a few cases, hurting a bit from a slightly over-used hip or ankle. (In those cases, we had cars standing by and actually lifted their backpacks off them so as to make things safe).

Bot today is 100% back to normal – in the office, busy busy, calls and Emails, meetings and what have you. Nice for a change 😉

You Shook Me All Night Long – AC/DC
TVC 15 – David Bowie
Boogie Down – Al Jarreau
Celebration – Kool & The Gang
Hold The Line – Toto
Horny ’98 – Mousse T vs Hot ‘n’ Juicy
All Around The World – Lisa Stansfield

Photo & screenshot by me.
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