A former Prime Minister both beloved and reviled has died.
Things are looking scary in Australia:
I don’t think the governments are the only thing to fear in this area but a growing number of supposedly liberal democracies appear to be embracing things like this. There appears to be no big risk to that in the US right now but…
In a great tradition spanning centuries, the President of the United States is being sworn in today. You can watch it live here, at least as I post this.
When I watch these things, regardless of whether I voted for or even like the person who was elected, I am a little misty-eyed. I wish that someone would at some point in my life ask Lynn Ahrens to come and sing this live:
I would like to ask DW commenters to do me a favor and refrain, for today at least, on this blog, from attacking those taking part in this ceremony. Thanks in advance! The peaceful transition of power that these things represent was a thing virtually unknown in most of human history prior to the 18th century, and we should be humbled to remember that, regardless of the way our blood may sometimes boil with the ephemeral issues of our era.