Last week, there was a row in my country due to a remark in a talk show. An old guy thought he was funny and made a rude joke. Other people felt offended. I ignore all these talk shows as any publicity is good publicity for them. The Dutch Justice Department wants to investigate if something happened 50 years ago. This Dutch row reminds me that several actors and/or...
20 Apr, 2022
Several articles (eg, EurActiv, Guardian, Politico) have already pointed out that the former anti-(Covid)-vax movement is now protesting pro-Russia, following the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine. What do these people have in common? And why? The media refer to conspiracy groups (eg, Politico). That might be true but it's an oversimplification - in my view. These...
25 Dec, 2021
Desiderata "GO PLACIDLY amid the noise and the haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even to the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story. Avoid loud and aggressive persons; they are vexatious to the...
30 Oct, 2021
National Review title: Is Europe Wrong? Or Are We?NR subtitle: European countries aren’t vaccinating their five-year-olds, and they’re taking off the masks.By: Michael Brendan DoughertyDate: 22 October 2021 "The United States is weeks away from rolling out a COVID-19 vaccine to children as young as five. And yet, even after it is rolled...
30 Oct, 2021
Telegraaf, 27 oktober 2021 Telegraaf: "Veel ongevaccineerden met migratie-achtergrond op ic: ’Angst om te discrimineren staat preventie in de weg’ " "Het aantal ziekenhuisopnames van coronapatiënten loopt snel op. Mensen die nu op de verpleegafdeling of ic liggen zijn vaak ongevaccineerden van niet-westerse origine. Waarom zijn die zo moeilijk te bereiken? „We zijn...
25 Sep, 2021
Introductory note LO: This AP article contains a misleading half-truth because the US population was only some 100 million in 1915 and 330 million in 2020. Hence, the relative mortality would show a very different picture: 675,000 fatalities represents 0,675% in 1915 and 0,2% in 2020. The second line in the AP article acknowledges this misleading half-truth. A March...
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