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Posted On November 1, 2022By Thomas AdcockIn Crimemag, CrimeMag November 2022

Thomas Adcock: Dazed Man Walking

By Thomas AdcockCopyright © 2022 – Thomas Adcock NEW YORK CITY, near America On the Friday afternoon of October 21, three bombs were dropped on Mar-a-Lago, the Florida golf resort where Donald J. Trump sleeps with a stash of highly classified government documents, if not his wife. Loyalists of the élite criminal caste, were rattled, fearing an unprecedented loss of their untouchable status. Their king was himself dazed, though still walking, if not talking—for once. Then things quickly went south in Trumpworld. Eight days later, again on a Friday inRead More

Posted On Oktober 3, 2022By Thomas AdcockIn Crimemag, CrimeMag Oktober 2022

Thomas Adcock: Death of The Donald

Death of The Donald Wither Orange Jesus? The buoyancy of hope vs. the fatigue of despair By Thomas Adcock Copyright © 2022 – Thomas Adcock NEW YORK CITY, near America Six days after his furious speech before a rally of his flag-waving flock—the afterglow to a courtroom triumph that would shortly boomerang—the plodding big-bellied man with an obvious diabetic condition and a sanctimonious worldview sat down for what was, to him, a routine midnight supper: two roast chickens soaked in gravy accompanied by sweet potatoes and rice, carrot and turnipRead More
by Thomas Adcock Copyright © 2022 – Thomas Adcock NEW YORK CITY, near America The verdict is in, so to speak. Heavyweights of the American juridical universe are confident that Donald Trump will be held formally accountable in multiple courts for the disgrace, dishonor, and delinquency of his twice-impeached, one-term presidency. Mr. Trump’s comeuppance could arrive as early as this month of September. But swift justice is only a first phase in the moral, legal, and political reckoning to follow. We shall be put to The Test, with its profoundRead More

Posted On September 1, 2022By Johannes GroschupfIn Crimemag, CrimeMag September 2022, News

Johannes Groschupf: New York 2022

Walking and Talking Crime in New York City Nach zwei Jahren Corona und Travel Ban: längst fällige Besuche bei Krimiautoren und Streifzüge durch kriminelle Viertel in Manhattan und Brooklyn  – Von Johannes Groschupf. Hell’s Kitchen “Da drüben war das Hauptquartier der Westies”, sagt Thomas Adcock auf dem Balkon seiner Wohnung im 43. Stock in Midtown Manhattan. Das Viertel wurde früher Hell’s Kitchen genannt, heute sagen die Stadtentwickler lieber Clinton, um die anrüchige Vergangenheit der Gegend vergessen zu machen. Die Westies waren eine irische Gang des organisierten Verbrechens, ihre Blütezeit hatteRead More

Posted On Juli 1, 2022By Thomas AdcockIn Crimemag, CrimeMag Juli 2022

Thomas Adcock: The Gathering Storm

by Thomas Adcock Copyright © 2022 – Thomas Adcock NEW YORK CITY, near America On the fourth day of this month of July, the United States will mark the 246th anniversary of our revolutionary break from the monarchy of Great Britain—the signing of the Declaration of Independence, among the world’s most eloquent documents of political courage. This holiday, my personal favorite, will be celebrated with the usual backyard barbecues and picnics in the parks and softball games and razzle-dazzle fireworks and streets full of joyful parades with marching bands andRead More

Posted On Juni 1, 2022By Thomas AdcockIn Crimemag, CrimeMag Juni 2022

Thomas Adcock: Abort the Court

NORTH CHATHAM, New York—U.S.A. A powerful clique of black-robed jurists given lifetime appointments to the United States Supreme Court—that august institution reputed by fools to be an impartial branch of the federal government—has brought America to the cusp of adopting a principal tenet in the misogynist creed of Taliban-ruled Afghanistan: Abortion is an abomination to God and therefore must be outlawed. …But wait, there’s more! The same clique looks beyond attacking the feminine half of the country to giving the greenlight to all Americans old enough for booze and seriousRead More

Posted On Mai 1, 2022By Thomas AdcockIn Crimemag, CrimeMag Mai 2022

Thomas Adcock: Trump is Toast

NEW YORK CITY, near America An unholy gaggle of my journalistic confrères in corporate media sing daily from the hymnal of conventional wisdom of how the wily Donald J. Trump is bound to survive the perils facing him at this moment, of how his devoted flock remains a mighty rock of support, of how he shall rise yet again from the ashes of self-destruction. I beg to disagree. My fellow Americans are a forgiving lot of suckers for devilish entertainments such as The Donald provides. Among his anti-heroic charms, Mr.Read More

Posted On April 1, 2022By Thomas AdcockIn Crimemag, CrimeMag April 2022

Thomas Adcock: Atrocity Foretold

by Thomas Adcock Copyright © 2022 – Thomas Adcock NEW YORK CITY, near America As we absorb media accounts of Moscow’s ongoing crimes against humanity, targeted on neighboring Ukraine, this much has grown clear: Truth is the first casualty of war, the Russian military slaughters children, the ruble is rubble, and Vladimir Putin is a dead man walking. Once more the shortest of all war stories: He lied, they died. They are the usual victims: ordinary people, Ukrainians fleeing for their lives as Russia’s hypersonic missiles slam into their homes,Read More
NORTH CHATHAM, New York Most nights in America nowadays—more properly nowadaze—the so-called political analysts employed by television news networks lament the self-immolation of a formerly presentable Republican Party. Founded in 1854 as a vehicle for abolishing the evil of slavery, the party evolved over the next two centuries as a coalition of family farmers, dutiful church folk, Main Street bourgeoisie, and Wall Street conservatives. One could disagree with Republicans philosophically, but respect that they came to their views based on honest reasoning and lived experience. In recent years, however, theRead More

Posted On Februar 1, 2022By Thomas AdcockIn Crimemag, CrimeMag Februar 2022

Thomas Adcock: America Gone Mad

America Gone Mad The Crime of Defeating Truth Amusing ourselves to death by Thomas AdcockCopyright © 2022 – Thomas Adcock NEW YORK CITY, near America Here in New York—and in Moscow, among KGB and GRU operatives collecting gossip about foreign visitors that could be useful in the cause of kompromat—everyone knew what he was, years before the rest of the world caught on to the con man: Fake tycoon, unapologetic deadbeat, credibly accused rapist, tabloid buffoon, eleven-time supplicant in U.S. Bankruptcy Court, pathological liar, adjudicated fraudster, white supremacist, badly tailoredRead More

Posted On Dezember 31, 2021By Thomas AdcockIn Highlights, Highlights 2021

Thomas Adcock: Schoolhouse Slaughter

NEW YORK CITY, near America FOREWARD: I am aware of numerous horrors haunting the headlines here. Among these: destructive weather patterns courtesy of the climate crisis, year three of the The Plague, cruelty shown to immigrants and refugees, fascism creeping ever closer, the aftermath of last January’s treasonous insurrection in Washington, the extant specter of Donald Trump. But the stuff of my bedtime terrors of late is America’s reverence for guns, and our seeming toleration of schoolhouse massacre after massacre after massacre, ad infinitum. Thus shall I write of nightmares.Read More

Posted On Dezember 31, 2021By Die RedaktionIn Highlights, Highlights 2021

Friedrich Ani, Vladimir Alexeev, Thomas Adcock

Friedrich Ani Flux Am Montag gab ich dem Donnerstag jede MengeZeit zum Aufbruch.Am Dienstag gab ich dem Donnerstag doppeltZeit zum Aufbruch.Am Mittwoch gab ich dem DonnerstagZeit zum Aufbruch.Heute wollte ich den Donnerstagzur Rede stellen.Ich habe mich vertan, heuteist schon Sonntag. Übermorgen werde ich gestern dem Donnerstag jede Menge Zeit zum Aufbruch gegeben haben.Jede Menge.Jede Menge. Das Biest nebenan (für Herbert Achternbusch) Vor elend langer Zeit im Gasthausgleich beim Rathaussaß ein Künstler vor der Wand, trankund hörte den Getränken zu, wie sie raunten, er möge voller Nachsicht sein und nicht bloß voll, er hörte weg, drei, vier StricheRead More

Posted On Dezember 1, 2021By Thomas AdcockIn Crimemag, CrimeMag Dezember 2021

Thomas Adcock: Normal Nazis

EAST GREENWICH, Rhode Island—U.S.A. The statistics are dryly listed, the prose cautiously academic. Nevertheless, a study of worldwide trends in despotism released last month is as alarming as a house afire—for Americans who read the report, or care about its findings. Which explains a dearth of concern among Washington’s ruling class over the study’s bottom-line conclusion: For the very first time, the United States of America joins a list of “backsliding democracies” compiled annually by the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance. According to the Stockholm-based institute, the U.S.Read More
Crackpots, Cretins & Crooks The New American Élite ‘Principiis obsta’ … ‘Finem respice’ by Thomas AdcockCopyright © 2021 – Thomas Adcock NEW YORK CITY, near America Mine is not the only country where huge chunks of the population are irreversibly obtuse. But in the bleakest hours of life in the United States, on days when the proudly witless say and do things more witless than usual, it seems that way, causing me to ask: How on Earth must the rest of the world regard America as anything more than aRead More
Bang!….Whimper….sigh American Rage Machine Kaput Build Back Brighter? by Thomas AdcockCopyright © 2021 – Thomas Adcock NEW YORK CITY, near America Dare I disagree with the esteemed Robert Kagan, Ph.D.—alumnus of Harvard and Yale universities, senior fellow with the Project on International Order and Strategy at the lofty Brookings Institution, co-founder of the neoconservative Project for the New American Century? Whoa! An Ivy League think tanker versus little old me? Credentialed pessimism versus my own fitful pursuit of the positive? In a September 23 essay for the Washington Post, Mr.Read More

Posted On September 1, 2021By Thomas AdcockIn Crimemag, CrimeMag September 2021

Thomas Adcock: Malignant Normality

NEW YORK CITY, near America Nine months ago, Donald J. Trump incited a fascist insurrection at the Capitol building in Washington, citadel of the world’s oldest continuing democracy. Over these months, we began the awful process of absorbing what has happened to us: the physical, psychic, and political horrors launched against the United States by Mr. Trump and his mob. Mr. Trump is a free man, for the moment, and will be for some time to go before that blessed day when history books not yet written release us fromRead More

Posted On August 1, 2021By Thomas AdcockIn Crimemag, CrimeMag August 2021

Thomas Adcock: Earth One, Earth Two

By Thomas AdcockCopyright © 2021 – Thomas Adcock NORTH CHATHAM, New York—U.S.A. Meet Michael James Lindell of Mankato, Minnesota—pillow factory magnate, blustery messenger of anti-vaccine lunacy, and mustachioed mouthpiece for the entire menu of Republican Party screwball theory. His qualifications for this work include years of experience as a crack addict and Las Vegas card sharp who will tell you, at the drop of a hat, how he trod the road to Damascus and found salvation in Jesus Christ and Donald Trump. Born again, so it is said by theRead More

Posted On Juni 1, 2021By Thomas AdcockIn Crimemag, CrimeMag Juni 2021, News

Thomas Adcock: Trump’s Terrorists

NEW YORK CITY, near America On a recent evening news broadcast, television journalist Joy Reid opened her program with unsettling questions about contemporary life in these dis-United States of America—where gun massacres occur almost daily; where partisan debate has devolved to obstructive tribalism, with half the political duopoly shirking responsibility for governance; where lunatics and unembarrassed racists occupy high public office and prominent media platforms; where falsehoods are considered facts by millions, and bloody violence as patriotism. Where the coda to Donald Trump’s unnerving Republican Party regime of scandal, ineptitude,Read More
Ann Anders –Friedrich Ani –Bruno Arich-Gerz –Vladimir Alexeev –Thomas Adcock (in English) – Ann Anders: Malta – drei Jahre nach dem Mord Als ich vor drei Jahren schrieb, dass die Bombe, die Daphne Caruana Galizia am 16.Oktober 2017 zerfetzte, die Republik Malta verändert zurücklassen würde, war diese Behauptung ungeprüft. Hatte ich recht?Nein und ja. Nein, denn die Korruption auf Malta geht weiter. Von den kleinen „Iced Buns“ der Vetternwirtschaft, die Geldwäsche die Korruption der Regierungskreise – all das geht weiter. (Siehe auch meine Rückblicke 2018 und 2019.) So bekam derRead More

Posted On September 1, 2020By Thomas AdcockIn Crimemag, CrimeMag September 2020

Thomas Adcock: Idiocracy

NEW YORK CITY, near America A decade ago, the opening fusillades of bigotry were fired at Barack Obama, first African American president of the United States, prompting a professor at Northwestern University in Illinois to issue prescient warning of the worst to come. In an essay for a Manhattan weekly newspaper, under the headline WHITE AMERICA HAS LOST ITS MIND, Steven Thrasher wrote in the now defunct Village Voice— “About 12:01 on the afternoon of January 20, 2009, the white American mind began to unravel. It had been a prettyRead More

Posted On Juli 1, 2020By Thomas AdcockIn Crimemag, CrimeMag Februar 2020

Thomas Adcock: Woke

Woke America Screams ‘Enough!’  Police savagery, racism, poverty, environmental destruction, fascism by Thomas Adcock Copyright © 2020 — Thomas Adcock NEW YORK CITY, near America Thirty days that shook the world began on the first day of June when hundreds of thousands of outraged Americans—of all colors, creeds, and ages—overwhelmed the streets in cities and towns throughout the United States, all of us pumping the air with fists demanding justice for a dead African American man named George Floyd. We Americans touched off allied demonstrations of support in countries asRead More

Posted On Juni 1, 2020By Thomas AdcockIn Crimemag, CrimeMag Juni 2020

Thomas Adcock: LOCK. HIM. UP.

by Thomas Adcock Copyright © 2020 — Thomas Adcock NORTH CHATHAM, New York – U.S.A. In January of next year, the world will surely breathe a collective sigh of relief as Donald J. Trump exits the White House, voluntarily or else frog-marched out of the Oval Office under military escort upon refusing to accept his landslide defeat in November’s election. (In the interest of high drama, my preference would be for the latter.) Mr. Trump will then spend the rest of his time on Earth toiling at the sole occupationRead More
North Chatham, New York — U.S.A. Should you ask of us here in the hills of rural New York State, a region of apple orchards and dairy farms and green mountains and our hamlet of five hundred and three souls, my wife Kim and I are faring well enough since fleeing the big city three weeks ago. More than two hundred kilometers to the south lies New York City, population nine million—epicenter of the coronavirus global pandemic, and hometown of a dangerous buffoon in down in Washington whose name IRead More
North Chatham, New York — U.S.A. Last time in this space, we dealt with the theme of stupidity as complement to incompetence—both forces kill—and how the world’s leading example of this deadly synthesis comes in the person of Donald J. Trump, dedicated to ignoring science and empowered by a supine Republican Party and backstage oligarchs. Ever since, Mr. Trump’s ineptitude and ignorance, seeds of his anger and amorality, has metastasized in ways too numerous to mention—preventing any rational or coherent national strategy for dealing with America’s greatest medical crisis sinceRead More
NEW YORK CITY, near America Lawrence Peter Berra—sportsman and grand master of spoonerisms—warned us of epochal times like these: “It’s déjà vu all over again.” The late Mr. Berra (1925-2015) is affectionately known by generations of New York Yankees fans as “Yogi.” When he can bear to look down from where he resides in Baseball Heaven, I believe he is distressed by what he sees: an unholy number of us Americans’ failure to grasp the caution implied in his most famous lapsus linguae, beguiled as we habitually are by allRead More

Posted On Februar 2, 2020By Thomas AdcockIn Crimemag, CrimeMag Februar 2020

Thomas Adcock: Exit Orange

By Thomas Adcock Copyright 2020-Thomas Adcock  NEW YORK CITY, near America As I write on this final day of January, it appears that Donald Trump will be found not guilty in his so-called impeachment trial in the upper chamber of the United States Congress. Despite the dishonest verdict—orchestrated by a once grand old American political party, now destined to live in infamy—I encourage a cheerful view: Donald Trump is toast. In this bleak moment, my outlook may be considered Pollyannaish. But as surely as the calendar moves forward to ElectionRead More