Posts Tagged ‘Switzerland’

Making Gruyère in the Swiss Alps

February 5, 2021

Gruyère d’alpage, a hard-textured cheese with no holes, is only made from May through October, when cows are allowed to graze freely in the Swiss mountains. Alexandre Murith’s family has been making it for five generations. A video from Great Big Story.

More:

“A Season With Swiss Cheesemakers,” Alan Taylor, The Atlantic

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DC Shut Down? The GOP Does Davos.

January 15, 2019

DC Shut Down? The GOP Does Davos.

The president has shut down the U.S. government by refusing to authorize federal spending, but presidential aides and cabinet officials are spending $3-4 million and change to go to the World Economic Forum at Davos, kind of a Coachella for billionaires and financial heavies at a resort in the Swiss Alps.  Administration figures scheduled to attend include: Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Small Business Administrator Linda McMahon, DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner.

U.S. officials at Davos will have a significant weight lifted from their shoulders at this year’s WEF. Unlike last year, President Donald Trump will not attend. Swiss protesters must be crestfallen.

More:

“Trump’s team is still running up bills for Davos during the government shutdown,” Justin Rohrlich and Heather Timmons, Quartz

“Davos, other Swiss ski resorts warned of high avalanche danger,” Xinhua

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Swiss Mountain Cleaners

April 1, 2018

This video documents the work of the intrepid Association of Swiss Mountain Cleaners (Felsenputzeri), who keep the Alps looking pristine. First broadcast on April 1, 2009.

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Swiss Cops Eyeball FIFA’s Sepp Blatter

September 27, 2015

Swiss Cops Eyeball FIFA's Sepp Blatter

Zurich’s Joseph “Sepp” Blatter, recently reelected President of the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), will be leaving that position in a few months — if he is not arrested first. On Thursday, investigators from the Swiss Office of the Attorney General (OAG) quietly initiated criminal proceedings against Herr Blatter on suspicion of criminal mismanagement under Articles 158 and 138 of the Swiss Criminal Code. On Friday they surprised him at FIFA HQ, interrogating him and other top soccer execs, looking into the specifics of the 2005 TV rights deal Herr Blatter cut with Caribbean football chief Jack Warner and his $2 million payoff to underling Michel Platini in 2011.

Herr Blatter has ruled the international sports empire since 1998 and has helped FIFA bring the lucrative World Cup matches to places like Russia and the North Pole Qatar. His resignation followed news that Herr Blatter’s top assistant, Jérôme Valcke, was involved in a questionable $10 million money transfer.

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River Deep, Matterhorn High

November 14, 2013

River Deep, Matterhorn High

Rhythm & Blues great Tina Turner has renounced relinquished her U.S. citizenship. Earlier this year she successfully petitioned for Swiss citizenship. Born in Nutbush, Tennessee 73 years ago as Anna Mae Bullock, she has lived in Kuesnacht, on Lake Zurich, since 1995 with German music producer Erwin Bach, whom she recently married.

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River Deep, Matterhorn High

January 27, 2013

River Deep, Matterhorn High

Rhythm & Blues great Tina Turner has successfully petitioned local authorities for Swiss citizenship. Born in Nutbush, Tennessee 73 years ago as Anna Mae Bullock, she has lived in Kuesnacht, on Lake Zurich, since 1995. If Swiss federal and state authorities approve the application as expected, Frau Turner will surrender her U.S. Passport.

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Michele Bachmann, Swiss Miss

May 10, 2012

Michele Bachmann, Swiss Miss

Tea Party Sweetheart and Hyper-American Rep. Michele Bachmann (R, MN-6) is a citizen of Kenya Mars Switzerland. She claimed Swiss citizenship after endorsing the Swiss bank account presidential candidate, Mitt Romney. Coincidence?

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Will the Swiss Ban PowerPoint?

July 10, 2011

Will the Swiss Ban PowerPoint?

PowerPoint. It’s ubiquitous. It’s also evil and makes us stupid. PowerPoint has even played a role in our disastrous military policy. The constraints of its format have shackled our minds, blinkered our perceptions and misdirected our actions.

A new political party in Switzerland seeks a ban on the use of Powerpoint and similar slideware. International response has been so great that this has become a worldwide movement.

Sign up today.  The meeting you save may be your own.

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