21.09.2020 | Culture Digital – Everybody loves Ruth
‘Mom, I want to go to law school and be a pop star’." Before Ruth Bader Ginsberg no one would have believed this. Therefore today with it: farewell to RBG, trouble with Merz and weird wheels.
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Farewell to RBG
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died Friday at age 87 from complications of cancer.
The grief over her death was particularly present on social media. Not only in the USA, also here in Germany. The judge had repeatedly championed the rights of women and homosexuals.
The nickname "Notorious RBG" got Ruth Bader Ginsburg 2013. A law student had created a blog in honor of the judge with this title. The name is a reference to the rapper Notorious BIG, who, like RBG, hails from the Brooklyn borough of New York City.
That also fits. Ruth Bader Ginsberg loved music. More classical, though. Mostly opera. This text from 2012 collects her favorite music recordings.
For example, she liked Franz Schubert’s song "An mein Herz" (To my heart), sung by baritone Matthias Goerne.
And she was a big fan of the Des Moines Metro Opera in Iowa state. She also wrote numerous letters to this opera house.
Once Ruth Bader Ginsburg even stood on the opera stage herself: as the Countess of Krakenthrop in Donizetti’s "The Regimental Daughter" in a 2016 Washington National Opera production.
Most of the mourning was related primarily to Ruth Bader Ginsberg’s advocacy for women’s rights.
The president of the German Women Lawyers Association, Maria Wersig, wrote:
"In my first semester of law school in Berlin, I was shocked to be taught only by male professors. As a law professor and president of the German Women Lawyers Association, Ruth Bader Ginsburg still inspires me."
Because U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell had announced, contrary to earlier agreements, that he would vote on a successor for Ruth Bader Ginsburg even before the presidential election.
If Republicans succeed in appointing another conservative justice to the U.S. Supreme Court, it could impact women’s and gay rights for decades to come.
Especially when it comes to the right of women to have abortions.
If you want to learn more about the life of Ruth Bader Ginsberg, check out this great ZDF documentary:
"RBG – A life for justice" Is still in the media library until Saturday.
Talking about poverty
The CDU politician Friedrich Merz has once again provoked a bit.
In an interview with BILD he not only brought homosexuality in connection with pedophilia. He also warned that too many people would not work right now. "There are just many people getting used to live a life without work," said Friedrich Merz.
As if the people who can’t work precisely because of Corona have chosen not to work.
What Friedrich Merz says there sounds like the well-known prejudices about poor people and people without work: It’s their own fault if they don’t have a job. If you want to work, you will find something. Actually, they only want to be on the state’s pocket. And so on.
Such cliches are widespread. You can also tell by the many jokes about people named Kevin or terms like "going hard". And such prejudices are also used politically: Those who are afraid of being poor are less choosy about working conditions.
What it’s like to grow up in poverty and what consequences it has for our society, that’s what the book is about "The wretched" by Anna Mayr. Published in August by Hanser Verlag. Here is a short video about it.
Gangsters and vegetables
The vegetable trade in Chicago is in crisis. The gangster boss Arturo Ui wants to bring the vegetable trade under his control and offers his help. But the greengrocers refuse his help.
So Arturo Ui tricks, lies and threatens until the greengrocers have no choice at all. This is how Bertholt Brecht explains Hitler’s seizure of power in his play "Der aufhaltsame Aufstieg des Arturo Ui".
At the Berliner Ensemble this week there’s Arturo Ui on video. The recording of a production that was created in the GDR in 1974.
The piece ends with these lines, the last of which has already become proverbial:
But you learn how to see instead of stare
And acts, instead of talking still and still.
So what once almost ruled the world!
The peoples became his master, however
That no one triumphs us too soon there
The womb is still fertile from which this crawled!
Ever tried to draw a bicycle?
Jaja. Easy peasy. Nothing simpler than that. But my ass.
That’s what Italian product designer Gianluca Gimini thought a few years ago and had friends and strangers draw bicycles from memory.
Many could have done it quite well. But most would have had no idea how a bicycle works, he writes on his website. The weirdest drawings visualized by Gianluca Gimini. And well. I would not drive with it.
He goes on to write: "I had no idea that psychologists also use these kinds of tests to show how our brains sometimes trick us into thinking we understand something when we really have no idea."
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