Sta Hungry Stay Foolish

Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.

A blog by Leon Oudejans


From “are you being served?” to “will you be served?”

A random Dutch radio news message: police retirement will outpace police recruitment in the forthcoming years, which will result in police shortages. You can hear/read similar messages about nurses, plumbers, teachers etc. The (predicted) impact of a graying population is - finally - becoming noticeable. My blog's title is a reference to the 1972-1985 British comedy...

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Vaccine mandates vs labour shortages

CNN, 31 October: "American Airlines canceled another 634 flights on Sunday, more than 12% of its total operations for the day, the company said Sunday. The airline has now canceled more than 1,500 flights since Friday, as it deals with weather issues and staffing shortages that started last week." Some media claim that vaccine mandates are causing those staffing...

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Collateral damage

Recently, the Dutch Financial Times referred to an August 2021 key statistic of the Asian Development Bank: "COVID-19 Has Plunged around 75-80 million Asians into Extreme Poverty" (see diagram on page 30). Add the African continent and we are probably talking about 200 million of people, who are facing extreme poverty due to our handling of Covid-19. WHO (sic!)...

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Paradise: Love & Hate

 Mid December 2012, I flew to Mombasa, Kenya, for a vacation. While in the plane, a woman next to me asked for the reason of my trip. I told her but was curious why she was wanted to know. She asked me if I had seen our fellow passengers. To my surprise, I noticed that they were nearly all senior white males. She told me that Mombasa is a top destination...

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Divide and conquer (Reuters BreakingViews)

Reuters BreakingViews title: Divide and conquer  By: Pete Sweeney Date: 29 June 2020 "Beijing may overtake the White House in the race to annoy the most trading partners at once. China has added fresh spats with India and Japan to its lengthening list of bilateral brawls. The People’s Republic may believe opponents remain too divided to push back. It’s a...

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Debt forgiveness is, unfortunately, a bad idea (Reuters)

Reuters BreakingViews title: Debt forgiveness is, unfortunately, a bad idea Author: Anna Szymanski Date: 14 May 2020 “Forgiving poor countries’ debt during a pandemic sounds like the right thing to do. That’s the belief of over 300 global lawmakers, including U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders, who sent a letter to the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank on...

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