Journal 130 — Trump’s transition, Catherine de’ Medici, Alternative for Germany, a flat-earther conference, and a reported rape that went unprosecuted

Chris Christie, former Governor of New Jersey, and one time lead of the Trump transition team

This week — Trump’s chaotic transition, Catherine de’ Medici, the rise of Alternative for Germany, and a visit to a flat-earther conference.

If you only read one thing — The Washington Post on the story of a rape that was reported but went unprosecuted is worth the time.


What do we owe her now? | The Washington Post | Society

The important, powerful story of Amber Wyatt, a woman who in 2006 reported that she had been raped at a high school party, and the many ways in which she was subsequently let down by her community.

‘This guy doesn’t know anything’: the inside story of Trump’s shambolic transition team | The Guardian | Politics

Michael Lewis (Moneyball, Flash Boys, The Big Short) on Trump’s transition is exactly what you’d expect — a tragicomedy. In amongst the tales of alarming incompetence, the piece features such glorious anecdotes as Trump declaring his enjoyment of The Bangles’ “Walk Like an Egyptian” to Egypt’s President, the first head of state to congratulate him on his election victory.

Queens of Infamy: The Rise of Catherine de’ Medici | Longreads | History

The first instalment of a two part look at Catherine de’ Medici’s storied life, running from her birth into one of the most powerful families in Europe, to a precarious position as an unpopular Dauphine of France, pleading her fate with her father-in-law Francis 1st.

How the Alternative for Germany Has Transformed the Country | Der Spiegel | Politics

A look at the rise of the far-right wing party Alternative for Germany (Alternative für Deutschland) and what it means for democracy. The piece shares this insight on political upheavals — “They begin slowly, and then one morning you wake up and find yourself in another country”.

Circle Or Sphere? Inside The UK’s First ‘Flat Earth’ Conference | Esquire | Life

A look at a conference for flat earth conspiracy theorists. A speaker at one of the events kicks off with “I don’t accept logic and reason”, which is a pretty good summary, all in all.


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