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Der Chef von RTL-West:

03.03.2021 tags [ wisdom | anger | confusion ]

SWR-Intendant Kai Gniffke erklärte ganz offen, dass massive Kritiker der offiziellen Politik bei ihm keinen Platz haben. Eine ebenso bemerkenswerte wie ungeheuerliche Offenheit. Doch ein Mann hält dagegen: Der Chef von RTL-West.... »»

„Es reicht. Es ist höchste Zeit für Vernunft. Für Augenmaß, für Verhältnismäßigkeit. Kurz: für gesunden Menschenverstand. Stattdessen: Masken auf der Promenade, Stehenbleiben verboten, Freunde treffen unerwünscht, auch zu Hause.

Überwachung per Hubschrauber und Park-Patrouille und Jagd auf Jugendliche, die sich umarmen.

Wie weit sind wir nur gekommen? Warum haben sich Politik und Verwaltung so verirrt? Verirrt ins Dunkle.

Der Weg ist falsch.

Freiheit oder Sicherheit heißt es, aber: stimmt das?

„Wer grundlegende Freiheiten aufgibt, um sich ein wenig vorübergehende Sicherheit zu kaufen, verdient weder Freiheit noch Sicherheit.“ Das ist nicht von mir, das ist von Benjamin Franklin, einer der Gründerväter Amerikas. Einer, der für Freiheit eintrat und für Zusammenhalt. Einer, der an das Gute im Menschen glaubte.

Auch ich glaube an das Gute im Menschen.

Ich glaube, dass Politik und Verwaltung uns schützen wollen. Sie meinen es gut, aber machen es schlecht.

Die Nerven liegen blank. Zeit, umzudenken. 100 Prozent Schutz wird es nicht geben – niemals.

Ja, Leben ist das höchste Gut. Aber es reicht nicht einfach nur zu überleben. Man muss auch wissen, wofür man lebt.

Lasst uns lernen, mit dem Virus zu leben, gemeinsam, miteinander, in Freiheit, Gelassenheit und Würde.

Es ist höchste Zeit.“

The Great Barrington Declaration

16.10.2020 tags [ wisdom | anger | confusion ]

a petition already signed by 7.500 scientists, 17.500 medical doctors and practitioners as well as 270.000 concerned citizens... »»

The Great Barrington Declaration – As infectious disease epidemiologists and public health scientists we have grave concerns about the damaging physical and mental health impacts of the prevailing COVID-19 policies, and recommend an approach we call Focused Protection. 

Coming from both the left and right, and around the world, we have devoted our careers to protecting people. Current lockdown policies are producing devastating effects on short and long-term public health. The results (to name a few) include lower childhood vaccination rates, worsening cardiovascular disease outcomes, fewer cancer screenings and deteriorating mental health – leading to greater excess mortality in years to come, with the working class and younger members of society carrying the heaviest burden. Keeping students out of school is a grave injustice. 

Keeping these measures in place until a vaccine is available will cause irreparable damage, with the underprivileged disproportionately harmed.

Fortunately, our understanding of the virus is growing. We know that vulnerability to death from COVID-19 is more than a thousand-fold higher in the old and infirm than the young. Indeed, for children, COVID-19 is less dangerous than many other harms, including influenza. 

As immunity builds in the population, the risk of infection to all – including the vulnerable – falls. We know that all populations will eventually reach herd immunity – i.e.  the point at which the rate of new infections is stable – and that this can be assisted by (but is not dependent upon) a vaccine. Our goal should therefore be to minimize mortality and social harm until we reach herd immunity. 

The most compassionate approach that balances the risks and benefits of reaching herd immunity, is to allow those who are at minimal risk of death to live their lives normally to build up immunity to the virus through natural infection, while better protecting those who are at highest risk. We call this Focused Protection. 

Adopting measures to protect the vulnerable should be the central aim of public health responses to COVID-19. By way of example, nursing homes should use staff with acquired immunity and perform frequent PCR testing of other staff and all visitors. Staff rotation should be minimized. Retired people living at home should have groceries and other essentials delivered to their home. When possible, they should meet family members outside rather than inside. A comprehensive and detailed list of measures, including approaches to multi-generational households, can be implemented, and is well within the scope and capability of public health professionals. 

Those who are not vulnerable should immediately be allowed to resume life as normal. Simple hygiene measures, such as hand washing and staying home when sick should be practiced by everyone to reduce the herd immunity threshold. Schools and universities should be open for in-person teaching. Extracurricular activities, such as sports, should be resumed. Young low-risk adults should work normally, rather than from home. Restaurants and other businesses should open. Arts, music, sport and other cultural activities should resume. People who are more at risk may participate if they wish, while society as a whole enjoys the protection conferred upon the vulnerable by those who have built up herd immunity.

On October 4, 2020, this declaration was authored and signed in Great Barrington, United States.

some philosophy

28.10.2010 tags [ wisdom | love | change ]

a few words of wisdom... »»

1. Life isn't fair, but it's still good.

2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.

3. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.

4. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and parents will. Stay in touch.

5. Pay off your credit cards every month.

6. You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.

7. Cry with someone. It's more healing than crying alone.

8. It's OK to get angry with God. He can take it.

9. Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.

10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.

11. Make peace with your past so it won't screw up the present.

12. It's OK to let your children see you cry.

13. Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.

14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn't be in it.

15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye. But don't worry; God never blinks.

16. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.

17. Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful.

18. Whatever doesn't kill you really does make you stronger.

19. It's never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is up to you and no one else.

20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don't take no for an answer.

21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don't save it for a special occasion. Today is special.

22. Over prepare, then go with the flow.

23. Be eccentric now. Don't wait for old age to wear purple.

24. The most important sex organ is the brain.

25. No one is in charge of your happiness but you.

26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words "In five years, will this matter?"

27. Always choose life.

28. Forgive everyone everything.

29. What other people think of you is none of your business...

30. Time heals almost everything. Give time, time.

31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.

32. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.

33. Believe in miracles.

34. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn't do.

35. Don't audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.

36. Growing old beats the alternative -- dying young.

37. Your children get only one childhood.

38. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.

39. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.

40. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else's, we'd grab ours back.

41. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.

42. The best is yet to come.

43. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.

44. Yield.

45. Life isn't tied with a bow, but it's still a gift.

stock market

12.03.2008 tags [ knowledge | wisdom ]

To have a better understanding of how the stock market works... »»

Once upon a time in a village, a man appeared and announced to the villagers that he would buy monkeys for $10 each. The villagers seeing that there were many monkeys around, went out to the forest, and started catching them. The man bought thousands at $10 and as supply started to diminish, the villagers stopped their effort. He further announced that he would now buy at $20. This renewed the efforts of the villagers and they started catching monkeys again.

Soon the supply diminished even further and people started going back to their farms. The offer increased to $25 each and the supply of monkeys became so little that it was an effort to even see a monkey, let alone catch it!

The man now announced that he would buy monkeys at $50! However, since he had to go to the city on some business, his assistant would now buy on behalf of him.

In the absence of the man, the assistant told the villagers. "Look at all
these monkeys in the big cage that the man has collected. I will sell them to you at $35 and when the man returns from the city, you can sell them to him for $50 each."

The villagers rounded up with all their savings and bought all the monkeys.

Then they never saw the man nor his assistant, only monkeys everywhere!

Now you have a better understanding of how the stock market works.

down, down, down

02.10.2019 tags [ wisdom | press-mess ]

The List about press freedom issued by reporters without borders... »»

The List about press freedom issued by reporters without borders (or actally reporters sans frontiers) has placed Thailand another 15 positions lower than in 2005.

In the 2005-ranking Thailand was put at position 107, between India and Lybia. India and Lybia inherit the same position for 2006, whilst Thailand is now at position 122 (BTW the lowest you can drop (North Korea) is position 168). Indonesia (103) or Kambodia (108) have a better ranking by now.

But it's not just Thailand. Germany dropped 5 points from pos.18 to 23 and the world police USA is now placed at pos. 53 (down from 44 in 2005) - just at the same level as Botsuana, Kroatia and Tonga.

Finland, Ireland, Island and The Netherlands occupy the prime positions.

Straight from the heart

29.09.2006 tags [ love | wisdom ]

The Venerable Acariya Mun taught that all hearts have the same language... »»

The Venerable Acariya Mun taught that all hearts have the same language. No matter what one's language or nationality, the heart has nothing but simple awareness, which is why he said that all hearts have the same language.

When a thought arises, we understand it, but when we put it into words, it has to become this or that language, so that we don't really understand one another. The feelings within the heart, though, are the same for everyone. This is why the Dhamma fits the heart perfectly, because the Dhamma isn't any particular language. The Dhamma is the language of the heart. The Dhamma resides with the heart.

Pleasure and pain reside with the heart. The acts that create pleasure and pain are thought up by the heart. The heart is what knows the results that appear as pleasure and pain; and the heart is burdened with the outcome of its own thoughts.

This is why the heart and the Dhamma fit perfectly. No matter what our language or nationality, we can all understand the Dhamma because the heart and the Dhamma are a natural pair.