Recently, someone said to me - jokingly - that I am an example why we have labour shortages. Indeed, one could argue that I could work and that I do not work. However, my (post 2013 burnout) situation is already lasting for nearly 10 years. The post-Covid-19 situation is only since 2022. Where did all workers go? Clearly, the 2020-2022 Covid-19 fatalities do not...
14 Jan, 2022
For some months, I've been struggling in my mind how to connect four (4) seemingly different concepts: common sense, ignorance, stupidity, and wisdom. Recently, a conversation and discussion with a new friend offered some relief. She is still digesting the results of our conversation. In my view, stupidity is a partial blind spot in our brain (eg, my 2021 blog,...
11 Nov, 2021
In his 1742/1768 poem, Thomas Gray wrote two famous last lines: “[..] where ignorance is bliss, ‘tis folly to be wise”. The old English word "folly" means foolish; bliss is "a state of complete happiness or joy". My blog’s title is a paraphrase of those two lines. Small human problems often arise from misunderstandings and/or wrong assumptions. Both can be solved...
3 Nov, 2021
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...
22 Sep, 2021
Both governments and their opposition - of whatever kind - use fear to bolster support in contentious issues (eg, covid-19). Governments force us to choose sides by threatening us with expulsion from society (eg, fines, imprisonment, passports). The opposition stirs our fears by labelling government policies as a conspiracy and as a brutal attack on our rights (eg,...
4 Sep, 2021
The Wall Street Journal title: How Often Should You Shower? Celebrities Ignite a Ferocious DebateWSJ subtitle: Hollywood types including Jake Gyllenhaal, Mila Kunis, Ashton Kutcher and Dax Shepard take a lax approach to hygiene, stoking a contentious uproar on how often one should bathe. It mirrors a similar discord in the medical community, and among everyday...
- Loyalty, fidelity and principles
- The reverse currency wars have begun (Axios Macro)
- Fact check: did universal health care prevent corona deaths?
- Why do we have labour shortages?
- Identity vs Power: dialects
- Art vs Science
- Truth or dare?
- Collective vs individual behaviour
- Is Turkey more trouble to NATO than it is worth? (Economist)