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My January ‘24 in Review

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Translations: Mein Januar ‘24 im Rückblick
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AI generated summary: I spent January '24 on vacation, enjoying a Harry Potter concert and navigating train strikes. I'm skeptical about diesel subsidies for farmers and concerned about the rise of far-right politics. Finally, I archived some old camcorder tapes. Looking forward to more daylight in February! 😄

And now January of 2024 is over. Time to take a quick look back.

During the first week, I was still on vacation, and my girlfriend and I spent some time in our hometown. For Christmas, we got tickets to a Harry Potter concert (with music from the movies), which we enjoyed.

Then there were one or two train strikes. With all the strikes happening, it’s hard to keep count. But luckily, despite the strikes, a few trains were still running, so we could travel to one of my girlfriend’s family birthdays. I can understand the train drivers, though. I wouldn’t want to work shifts either. At least the pay and working conditions should be right.

I’m not sure about the farmers’ protests, though. Sure, farming needs to be profitable, but is a diesel subsidy the right solution? And hanging traffic lights on gallows and threatening politicians? That’s not a nice way to protest. And blocking roads with tractors is okay, but not sticking to the streets for more climate protection?

Politically, there was a bit of a shake-up in January. Correctiv uncovered a secret meeting of neo-Nazis (sort of like a Wannsee Conference 2.0), which received a lot of coverage. As a result, there were demonstrations across Germany against the far-right. The demonstrations are a good sign that many people don’t agree with the shift to the right! But in my opinion, the CDU lacks self-reflection; they don’t realize that populism isn’t the solution and they probably have a big part in the shift to the right.

At the end of the month, I took care of archiving camcorder tapes to preserve recordings, most likely from the 2000-2005 period.

Well, let’s see what February brings. Hopefully, more daylight finally. 😄

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