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  1. Slept well for a total of about nine hours and could actually have done with more when the nurse woke me - guess I still ran up a deficit from the first night, or it's all the pain killers. Arm is still annoyed from the new position, but got the surgery dressing changed and the stitches were pronounced good. X-ray control has been ordered, and we're looking at discharge tomorrow.
  2. Unusual open exchange on NATO's annual "Steadfast Noon" nuclear sharing exercise. https://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/news_178834.htm https://www.mid.ru/en/foreign_policy/news/-/asset_publisher/cKNonkJE02Bw/content/id/4401503#13 http://eng.mil.ru/en/news_page/country/more.htm?id=12320946@egNews Now "Resilient Guard" was a national air defense exercise unconnected to "Steadfast Noon", which didn't involve any nuclear weapons, but I guess they needed another line for the press release.
  3. I calculated this morning that with 1,121 German COVID cases currently in ICU, 8,000 beds still free and another 10,000 able to be be cleared if necessary, about 85,000 new infections per day would be the saturation point assuming a two-week delay until admittance to ICU (14 days ago the number of the day was just below 5,000). Yesterday it was 13,500 (or 14,700 if you take the RKI numbers which count from morning to morning rather than midnight to midnight).
  4. The speculated Sudan deal now seems finished, too. Of course it was sort of a cooperative target with the fall of al-Bashir. https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-54554286
  5. Nah, it was an NSA t-shirt. It's the credit card I bought it with I used to worry about, but I have fortunately since lost it and changed banks. 😁 The nerve block wore off during the night, and I really felt the surgery despite the painkillers. At about four in the morning both my roommate and I asked for something stronger. I got some liquid stuff after which I slept for another two hours, quite sufficient since I had slept through half the previous day, and woke with basically no pain again. He got oxicodon, his second that night, and was out until breakfast was served. He later got his
  6. https://ca.reuters.com/article/idUKKBN2780AM
  7. Here we go again. The first Dutch patient was airlifted to Germany today. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-netherlands-tally/stretched-dutch-hospitals-to-send-covid-patients-to-germany-within-days-idUSKBN2771SS We had 12,500 news cases yesterday ourselves, and today I expect the number to exceed double of what we had at the top of the first wave (6,900). As elsewhere, the fatality rate is far lower than before (seven-day average is currently 34 vs. 238 deaths in late April), but if cases run away unchecked, at some point the ICUs will fill up regardless.
  8. Pat Callahan's 1989 NATO OOB also includes the Swiss armed forces, though the detail is only to regimental level.
  9. Well I was first on the ward's surgery list, so right after showing up this morning, I got handed some kinky garb and one and a half pills to make all my worries go away, then got rolled off by a yellowshirt bedpusher - they have an aircraft carrier-like color code system here. Last I remember was being transferred from the bed to the table, before even the IV access laid. Next thing I know I'm in the waking room and a nurse asks how I feel, and I say okay (they seemed not so satisfied with a patient on the oppposite side whom they somewhat insistently asked to talk to them). Then I'm go
  10. It's even more fun when the anesthesist who dutifully explains to you what all could go wrong in surgery, and hands you forms with boxes to check like "are you an organ donor?" and "do you consent to an autopsy for quality control?“ looks like he's fresh out of high school ... Admittance tomorrow at 0630. Argh. I guess that's the price for the quick appointment. At least I can sleep in the OR. 😁
  11. As noted above, Europeans held slaves in Europe when they looked (and/or believed) differently enough to be objectified, but I think there were just not enough of them in view to establish common popular sentiments of racism as we know it, which always comes with an element of fear - that the inferior must be kept away, or ruled over, or else they will rule over you. Though the same individuals could experience quite different treatment throughout their life by different people. Another "court moor", Angelo Soliman (original name probably Mmadi Make, from Nigeria or Cameroon) had his trib
  12. Speaking as somebody who went to Uni Göttingen in the 1990s when it was home to the Autonome Antifa (M), that's the closest the scene ever came to being a proper organization. Mind that in German use, the black-clad militants referred to as Antifa in current American debate were generally referred to as Autonome since the late 70s to denote "action-oriented" radical groups seeing themselves in the tradition of anti-fascism, but also embracing any other leftist cause célèbre du jour. The term derives from their basic ideology of autonomous Marxism which emerged in late 60s' Italy during violent
  13. Well I thought the Hashemi interview calling for a change of the Iranian stance towards Israel (couched in lots of CYA language) interesting, though it has been pointed out it's not the first time the issue has been raised in domestic Iranian debate. Basically Tehran has two choices, doubling down on confrontation and gather the critics of rapprochement in the Arab nations around it, or out-rapproche the Arabs to throw a spanner into the process you describe. Politically speaking the latter is probably the worst they could do to Netanyahu, eliminating the threat he has played up as an ess
  14. As so often, policy was contradictory in the face of reality. Putting down the 1888 "Arab" revolt of the coastal population against the British-German treaty declaring the territory part of the German sphere was sold to the public as an intervention against Arab slave trade per the international ban in the 1884 Congo Act. OTOH, the pre-existing house slavery remained tolerated for aforementioned economic reasons; German colonists just called their retainers "bondsmen" etc., some supplied by the famous-notorious slave trader and helper of Western Africa expeditions Tippu Tip of Zanzibar. In the
  15. https://www.dw.com/en/nasa-probe-osiris-rex-grabs-sample-of-asteroid-bennu-in-historic-mission/a-55343845
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