I Don't Speak German, Episode 16 and 17 - Holocaust Denial

Sorry, I forgot to post last week, so here's info about both this new episode of I Don't Speak German and the last episode.  It's fitting because they're two parts of one topic. 

Episode 16 is on the Errol Morris documentary film Mr Death: The Rise and Fall of Fred A Leuchter Jnr.  It's about the Holocaust Denier Leuchter and his connections with other deniers such as Richard Irving.

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And Episode 17 is on Holocaust Denial Today, back on our normal beat.

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Content Warnings Apply for the Episodes and for the Notes Below


Show Notes for Ep 16:

A Militia Group Detained Hundreds of Migrants At Gunpoint At The Border

United Constitutional Patriots on Facebook



"Republican discussed violent attacks and surveillance with rightwingers"


Republican Representative Matt Shea Planned Violent Attacks On ‘Communist’ Leftists, Leaked Chat Messages Show

Matt Shea connection to Christian Identity in 2018 (Ad-heavy but with good detail)

"Biblical Basis For War"


Mr. Death: The Rise and Fall of Fred A. Leuchter, Jr (YouTube)

Mr. Death ...

A Picture? I've Seen That Somewhere Before (Smile)

🤣😠🥵 don't 🤬 🛠 that way

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📅 April 22nd, 2017. 🎵🔝 Ed Sheeran’s “🔺 of You,” while ⤵️ in the charts are Julia Michaels, Kendrick Lamar, Clean Bandit, and Harry Styles. 🗞 Theresa May calls a snap 🗳 to try to secure a clear parliamentary majority for Brexit, which is going to go a bit 😬 for her, but that’s another entry. Mike Pence visits 🇰🇷 and goes to the border with 🇰🇵 and glare at it in a 🤔 attempt at ⚛️🚀 disarmament. And Bill O’Reilly is fired from 🦊 News due to his persistent tendency to engage in 🍆 assault.

📺, 😁. Frank Cottrel Boyce’s previous effort, In the 🌳🌳 of the 🌃 (or 🐅 for short), was a curiously mixed affair, combining 😍 ambition with deeply 🥴 execution. With 😁, however, he dials both back, going for a classic 🛸 setup instead of the quasi-🧙🏻‍♂️ approach of 🐅 and then playing it more or less straight. 😁 has essentially 2️⃣ purposes: giving 👩🏾‍🦱 her ...

In the Warm Room

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In the Warm Room
Tour of Life

For all that Lionheart is positioned in the shadow of The Kick Inside, it diverges from its predecessor in significant ways. The Kick Inside is more or less an art rock album — a much quirkier art rock album than something like The Wall or Low, but nonetheless in a tradition that houses Pink Floyd, Roxy Music, and Genesis. There are certainly strands of art rock in Lionheart (which are most prominent in “Wow,” “Hammer Horror,” and “Symphony in Blue,” all the singles), but it’s frayed at the edges and beginning to pull away from its obvious tradition. There’s an edge of darkness to Lionheart, which wasn’t as prominent in Bush’s debut. It’s almost a Gothic album with a healthy dose of the pastoral thrown in. There’s also a folk touch to it, with its increased use of acoustic instruments (down to the influence of Paddy Bush). Lionheart is lonely, and its singer is left in France to ruminate on cultural fragments of England.

One of the quietest songs on the album is “In the Warm Room,” also ...

Before Your Ancestors Had Turned the First Wheel (The Pilot)

And she feeds you tea and oranges that come all the way from China

Just a quick update on our Patreon fundraiser, we're just $28 a week from our final "help El actually be able to build savings instead of constantly bleeding out her Kickstarter money" goal of $700 a week. Thank you all so much for making this possible. I'm unbelievably excited to be going back to being a full-time writer. That said, this final threshold is important, so of you can help put us over this final line, please stop by the Patreon. Your support is extremely welcome. (Also, I've got Game of Thrones reviews for $2 patrons...)

It’s April 15th, 2017. Harry Styles is at number one with “Sign of the Times.” Lower in the charts, the remnants of the Sheeraning continue, along with Clean Bandit, Drake, and Martin Jensen. Since Sherlock, meanwhile… well, let’s start with UK news. It’s simpler. The UK triggered Article 50 and began the actual Brexit process, starting what was at the time a two year clock to departing the European Union. The new pound coin was released. And that’s basically it for major news. In the US, meanwhile… ...

Oh England My Lionheart

Oh England My Lionheart
Tour of Life

This essay was brought to you by 17 backers on Patreon. Many thanks to the lovely people who give me some money to read my stuff every month. El's not the only person who needs a bit of help here. If you’d like to help a low-income queer writer trying to get herself on the ground, please consider backing me. I’m planning Q&A livestreams and essays which will be available exclusively on Patreon. In fact I’m doing a Q&A livestream tomorrow at 2 PM EST, so if you back me now you can tune in and ask me some questions. I’m in a difficult place financially, so any support would mean the world to me. You can find my Patreon here.

It's difficult to imagine Kate Bush heralding from any place except England. It’s certainly easy to understand why she’s popular in countries outside the U.K., but Bush is a uniquely English phenomenon. She came from pastoral England and often sings about British culture. Her work, especially on Lionheart, is full of allusions to English and Irish folklore, and she’s predominantly influenced by British music (glam rock was also a ...

I Don't Speak German, Episode 15 - Stefan Molyneux

This week, after many requests, Daniel and Jack take a look at cult-leader, ancap, blowhard, bullshit-artist, white-nationalist, misogynist, narcissist, and phoney-philosopher Stefan Molyneux.

As always, warning apply.

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Show Notes:

Cantwell News!

Chris Cantwell takes a break

...but not for long enough


Martin Sellner background (ironically most of these links are in German):






Stefan Molyneux, cult leader:

Guardian article on Free Domain Radio, 'deFOOing', SM as cult-leader

On SM as cult leader, FDR 'deFOOing', etc

FDR Liberated - blog and forum for people who have escaped SM's influence; collates lots of info on SM

FDR Liberated on Joe Rogan interviewing SM

Stefan's wife, therapist Christina Papadopoulos, reprimanded by Ontario College of Psychiatrists for "professional misconduct" after encouraging SM's fans to sever connections with their families (i.e. 'deFOO').  SM later lied about this to Joe Rogan.

Video from former Stefan fan detailing their disillusion


Stefan Molyneux, racist:

The 100 Year March: A Philosopher in Poland

Why I Was Wrong About Nationalism

"An Honest Conversation ...

Fundraising Update

The Patreon hit $600 this morning. Which means that I’m posting this after informing my boss that I’ll be stepping down at the end of the semester and not, as previously discussed, applying for a promotion. I’ve got four weeks to serve out because obviously I’m not going to be a complete asshole about this, but in less than a month I am going to be a full-time writer again.

Which… holy shit guys. When I set up that $200 a week goal, I thought it was a longshot. Not something we were going to blow through in thirty-six hours. I’m stunned and, uncharacteristically, at a loss for words. There are a lot of things I love about this job, but the feeling of support that you all give me is by far the thing that most often stuns me into a humbled and grateful silence.

That said, I noted in comments on my last post that I was not in any sort of immediate financial insecurity. This fact just changed. The Patreon is currently at $601, just a dollar a week above the threshold at which this adventure is affordable. Patreons go down over time. So while we’ve made ...

Pop Between Realities, Home in Time For Tea: Broadchurch

I want to start with an update to yesterday's appeal. When I made the appeal for boosting the Patreon by $200, I kind of doubted it could be done. Actually, not even kind of. It felt like the longest of long shots—a desperate appeal to avoid having to give up writing despite the fact that it obviously made the most sense for my financial security. Instead, we've blown past 2/3 of the goal in a single day. As I queue this up before dinner, we only have $61 to go, and what felt like an impossible dream is looking like it very well might happen. I am humbled and stunned and above all grateful to be so widely and deeply supported, and so, so thrilled that I really might get to continue on this mad ride. But we're not there yet, and if you clicked away yesterday because it felt like a pipe dream, well... it's not. But I still need your help. The Patreon link is right here. And with that said, let's get on to dragging Chris Chibnall.

Act I: The Woman Who Fell to Earth

The most impressive thing about Broadchurch is ...

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