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Alt-Right Almanac, February 2, 2018

Bill Murray as weatherman Phil Connors in Groundhog Day (1993)

Here is the Alt-Right Almanac for Friday, February 2, 2018.

It’s Groundhog Day, or Grundsaudaag, one of the names by which it was referred in the Pennsylvania German communities that first celebrated it. The people there had carried the notion of the badger as a weather-predicting animal over from their European homeland.

On this day in 880 the Norse Great Heathen Army defeated an army led by Louis III of France at Lüneburg Heath in what is now Lower Saxony. After its defeat at the hands of Alfred the Great in England two years prior, the Heathen Army had traveled to continental Europe in search of territory to conquer. This immediate period of Viking incursions into Northern Europe wound down with the Viking defeat at the Battle of Leuven in 891, but Viking raids continued until the 12th century.

Lüneburg Heath

It’s the birthday in 1882 of James Augustine Aloysius Joyce in Dublin, Ireland, as well as the anniversary of the publication of his best-known work, Ulysses, in 1922. Ulysses had been published in serialized form in an American literary journal beginning in 1918, but its release in Paris by Sylvia Beach was the first time it was printed in its entirety. Once described as “a Jesuit in reverse,” Joyce sustained a transgressive opposition to his Catholic school upbringing throughout his work; this, and his use of interior monologues and streams of consciousness, alienated bourgeois minds. Ulysses was repeatedly banned and censored by the United States and United Kingdom in the 1920s and 30s; authorities found the masturbation scene in the “Nausicaa” story particularly upsetting.

Portrait of James Joyce by Wyndham Lewis, 1921

And on this day in 1989 the last of the occupying Soviet armored units in Kabul, Afghanistan left as the USSR completed its withdrawal from the country. The Soviets campaigned in Afghanistan for over nine years. Their failure there is generally regarded as an illustration of the inherent peril to foreign nations seeking to occupy Afghanistan, and as one of the events that brought about the fall of the Soviet Union.

Mujahideen fighters in Afghanistan

We’ll put a bookmark there in your Alt-Right Almanac for Friday, February 2, 2018.

Evan McLaren
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Evan McLaren is the Executive Director of the National Policy Institute and Deputy Editor at AltRight.com. He can be found on Twitter at @evanmclaren.

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billy
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Their failure there is generally regarded as an illustration of the inherent peril to foreign nations seeking to occupy Afghanistan”
i think this is an common overstatement. just as now, it was a proxy war that america was involved with. its not like russia was beaten. their people probably didnt want to be involved just like we dont so it wasnt really even a war. they collapsed from the inside

From Oldenburg
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Lüneburg Heath is a unique place. Occupation forces plowed up heathland with tanks and disturbed wildlife with gunfire for 70 years.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bergen-Hohne_Training_Area

From Oldenburg
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From Oldenburg
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The Vikings still rave about the Hanseatic League.

From Oldenburg
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“The 90-year-old Norwegian Randi Danielsen lives in central Oslo. Since 2000, she’s been robbed five times in the street. Danielsen can still remember the German occupation in the 1940s. She thinks that it was safer for her to go out on the street then than it is now and she had less fear then.”

https://www.vg.no/nyheter/innenriks/ran/randi-90-robbet-paa-aapen-gate-i-oslo/a/10137047/

From Oldenburg
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No wonder: A German soldier who committed rape or heist was immediately put on the wall.

German-American
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I had a Pennsylvania “Dutch” great-great-something grandfather who founded a militia which fought on the side of George Washington in the Revolutionary War. Back in the good old days when Germans fighting the British Empire was the American Nationalist thing to do. Also back in the time when Americans had slogans like “Give me liberty or give me death!” and were not so concerned with corporate HR departments catching wind of politically incorrect social media posts.