Fifty shades of fake By Mikael Hertig, Nuuk. Greenland. Liar or just delusional? After the inauguration of Donald Trump as President Of the United States of America focus has been directed at “fake news”. Namely we have been confronted with simple lies. Lies about the weather or the amount of people before the White House at Inauguration day.…
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Nuuk: Daylength 9 hours. Weather from noon: Unpleasant Day’s facts Sunrise (solopgang) 8.12 Sunset (solnedgang) 17.11 Daylength 9 hours 0 minutes ( dagslængde) Daylength growth since winter solstice 4 hours 54 minutes (dagens længde er øget med) Daylength increment 6 minutes 35 seconds Temperature from – 4 C -> + 2 C -> 0 C Wind:…
After four sunny days this friday will be overcast. Nuuk will rest in shades of grey. Maybe not that bad for a weekend. We have had sunny days. As the winds moves the new snow, the texture left looks like sand structures on a beach. This to tell us that waves are structures not just water movements. …
February 16 Nuuk day data & weather forecast It seems we are going to a have another bright and pleasant sunny day. Friday should be overcast. The day’s data Sunrise (solopgang) 8.18 Sunset (solnedgang) 17,05 Daylength (dagens længde) 8 hours 47 minutes Daylength growth since winter solstice (Dagen er blevet længere med efter vintersolhverv) 4 hours and…
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We have had many overcast days and much of snow until now. It looks as if we are going to have some days with sun and stable weather. Pictures will show the weather some days before the actual data day. I think that the rate of Loader Tractors (“Gummiged” in Danish) per citizen must be one of the highest…
Nuuk Day February 13 Sunrise 8.28 Sunset 16.55 Daylength 8 hours 27 minutes. Since winter solstice daylength has grown with 4 hours 21 minutes. Daylength increment 6 minutes 34 seconds. Nuuk weather February 13 Temperature – 10 C -> – 12 C Snow until morning Wind: first SE 5-1 Msec. Then E turning to N 1-10 Msec.…
Day and Weather Nuuk Day February 12 – 4 hours and 16 minutes longer Sunrise 8.32 and Sunset 16.52. Day length 8 hours and 20 minutes. The day is 4 hours and 16 minutes longer than at winter solstice. The day is 6 minutes and 33 seconds longer than yesterday. Nuuk weather Sunday February 12. Overcast.…
The day is Saturday February 11 2017 Sunrise 8.35 sunset 16.49. Day length 8 hours 14 minutes. Day growth since winter solstice 4 hours and 8 minutes. Increment from today until tomorrow 6 minutes and 33 seconds. Weather Temperature: -6 C -> -4 C -> -6 C. Wind 4 m sec -> 0 m sec -> 8…
Sunrise 8.41 Sunset 16.42 Daylength 8.01 Daylength growth since winter solstice 3 hours 55 minutes. Daylength increment per day 6 min 32 sec. Weather forecast: Stormy/ heavy wind max 23 sec/m middlewind 15 sec/m culminating at noon. Snow from noon 12.00 -> 18. Temperature morning – 2 C -> – 6 C at noon -> – 3 C…
Sunrise 8.41 and sunset 16.42. Daylength 8 hours and 1 minute. Daylength has grown 3 hours and 55 minutes since winter solstice. Daylength increment 6 minutes and 32 seconds Weather forecast: Overcast. Temperature – 5 c -> – 10 c. Wind: 7 m sec – > 3 m sec. No snow
A proposal from Danish People’s Party
The right wing political party “Danish People’s Party” has made a proposition: Moving some of the public tax money from two museums for modern art, Museum of Lousiana and Museum Arken to old national tresórs as “Fregatten Jylland”. According to the size of the budget costs, exhibition plans for 2017 must be dropped. One of those is an international Picasso exhibition at Museum Lousiana.
When it comes to priorities for Art in Denmark, direct political intervention as this is normally banned because the norm is to follow a principle of “arms length”.
In Denmark, Art is publicly supported with ½ bn DKK each year . (= 80 million $ or 13 $ per Dane)
af Mikael Hertig, Nuuk
“Weird “or “degenrate ” art?
Alex Ahrendtsen rejects modern art: “weird”, “ununderstandable”
MP Alex Ahrendsen, spokesman for the proposition called Modern Art “weird”.
“Why”, did he ask during a TV-interview, “should we spent public money on “weird art” that people do not understand?”
In Germany the government banned “Entartete Kunst” (Degenerate Art) from 1933 to 1945. Of course, a substantial reduction in public support is not just the same as excluding some sorts of art. Nevertheless, in a small country as Denmark with only 6 mn people public support is a necessity.
The actual amount of support for Modern Art Museums is 0,8 DKK per inhabitant each year. Mr Ahrendtsen proposes to reduce these 80 cents per year to 60.
One might look at this proposition with a shrug. The amount money at stake is a minimum.
However, Danish People Party has had great success with ideas as this one. While more responsible political representatives are focusing at finance the populist approach just uses this as a means to produce changes in practice.
Feeling secure: Back in uterus?
The Populist core consists of automatically rejection of anything you do not immidiately understand, “weird”. This can be called ‘reductionism’ in a new sense of the word. To a narrow minded person very many daily impressions can be rejected as ‘weird’ because it may seem difficult to understand them.
Mr. Ahrendtsen has a M. of Art in Danish and Religion Service. He knows exactly what he is doing. An article of Danish People Party’s media strategy (in Danish) can be read here.
To educated people as Mr. Arendtsen, the world is complicated and difficult to understand. However, when writing and speaking to the public, it is a necessity of populism to reduce complexity to something simple.
Reducing the worldview to a secure uterus or at least a romantic picture of a world of harmony in the past is the whole idea. One could put it this way:
Are Picasso paintings needed in Paradise? And if not, why don’t we ban them here already?
Gallery of Degenerate Art
I will present you some paintings representing degenerate art asking if ‘weird art’ are represented by these pictures. We all know that accepting avantgarde art takes some years. These pictures and painters could not stop working. But people were prohibited in seeing them.
I have to emphasize that the proposition of Mr. Ahrendtsen has nothing to do directly with censorship. But he is deliberately attacking the the searching and wondering approach to life in order to sell an illusion of security in a fragile world.
I think it is a good idea to present for some of the pictures banned by the German government 1933-45. Have a look. If you find any paintings worth seeing send a positive thought to western democaracy and not those trying to make a new enclosure.
You can read about Paul Klee here. Look at his pictures beneath
By Mikael Hertig Master of Political Science Both in Europe and America we have experienced a growth in manipulative behavior. It is often described of a ‘postfactual’ period indicating that truth too often is ignored (whatever truth means). Manipulation has always been embedded in politics. The term ‘Saliency’ was introduced to me at an early stage. [Robert E…
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