Minneapolis 2020

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If there is a city that serves as a defining moment for 2020, it would be one in my original home state of Minnesota- Minneapolis. The largest city in the state with over 400,000 inhabitants, the city with a history dating back more than 170 years, the city that is the hub for sports and culture. Minneapolis was the point of ground zero, when on My 25th of this year, a black man named George Floyd was arrested by police, but died at the hospital after one of the officers placed his knee on the neck, cutting off air to his lungs and causing him to collapse. Protests and looting erupted afterwards and spread throughout the nation, bringing it to the brink of a civil war. Even President Trump threatened to use military force to quell the demonstrators, which would have been the spark that triggered our first inner-country war since the last one ended in 1865.

When we think of Minneapolis, we will remember the name George Floyd. When we think of Minneapolis, we will think of the movement known as Black Lives Matter and the strive for equality. When we think of Minneapolis, we will think of it being the posterboy of a city that is typical for America in 2020: beset by violence, inequality, divisions between Republicans and Democrats, divisions based on sexual preferences, socio-economic backgrounds, religion and nationalities, just to name a few. And when we think of Minneapolis now, we think of a city that is totally silent, not just because of these events, or even the Corona Virus, but because of the time and need to reflect on this and think about what to do going forward, as this year finally draws to a close……

……but not before we hear these cries that I hope Donald Trump will hear as he exits the White House on January 20th, 2021:

Remember Minneapolis!

And therefore, this music piece by Yam Haus entitled The Gift of Life, accompanied by drone footage of our beloved city by Jay Byrd Christensen and produced by Sky Candy Studios. This piece needs no introduction:

Happy New Year and stay safe, folks. ❤

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The planet was preparing Thursday to turn the page of the year 2020 marked by the coronavirus pandemic which forces billions of people to celebrate in privacy and at home the passage to the New Year. Broken to months of restrictions or even confinement due to Covid-19, which has killed at least 1.7 million people…

Now is not the time to celebrate a New Year under the sign of the coronavirus — Archyde
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The Flensburg Files and sister column the Bridgehunter Chronicles would like to wish you and yours a Happy New Year. Stay safe, get the shots but think big and long term. 2021 will bring better times, but changes that are of utmost importance…..

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The 21 Most Anticipated Books of 2021 — TIME

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https://www.dw.com/en/opinion-good-times-ahead-for-german-post-virus-economy/a-56051424

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Ludwig van Beethoven: 250 Years – Sonata “Pathetique”

17 December 2020 marks 250 years since the birth of Ludwig van Beethoven (he was baptised on 17 December 1770, but his real date of birth was probably 16 December 1770). Considered by many to be the greatest composer who has ever lived, Beethoven composed some of the world-famous classical music compositions, from Piano Sonata […]

Ludwig van Beethoven: 250 Years – Sonata “Pathetique”