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Living In Two Worlds

by Oui Fri Nov 26th, 2021 at 12:08:16 PM EST

How best to illustrate inequality and failure to find means to comfort the less fortunate. Western world often use austerity measures to cut costs of healthcare and timely care for mental illness. Modern society and especially the Corona pandemic illustrates how poorly prepared governments are and their focus is on more economic growth at whatever cost for the great majority.

Moving from one crisis to the next, having difficulty to unite a country which extends on the international level to set common goals. Sustainability and transition to Green Energy is a stop gap policy when there is no other option. Decision making comes too late and does not take into account a long term vision. Perhaps democracy fails to meet the challenges of today.

Did Happiness Survive the COVID-19 Pandemic? | Gallup worldwide survey |

The Netherlands named fifth happiest country in the world

1. Finland. 2. Denmark. 3. Iceland. 4. Switzerland. 5. The Netherlands. 6. Sweden. 7. Germany. 8. Norway. 9. New Zealand. 10. Austria.

Is this a European festival of happiness?

Dutch politicians and the caretaker cabinet of Mark Rutte a dissonant in the satisfaction of the amount of freedom within society, education opportunities and an economy that's boosted every year. On energy transition the Dutch are lacking and occupy the lowest spots inside Europe. Effort and accomplishments rather than words makes the difference.

Nearly 11 thousand more deaths than expected during second wave | CBS - July 16, 2021 |

Mark Rutte has learned as a leader it's not wise to count all the deaths in a pandemic ...

1,250 more deaths than expected in October | CBS - November. 9, 2021 |

Quite a difference with happiness during the Summer months and loose Covid rules for everyone to go on a vacation in Portugal or Spain.

Heavily mutated coronavirus variant puts scientists on alert | Nature |

    Researchers in South Africa are racing to track the concerning rise of a new variant of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. The variant harbours a large number of mutations found in other variants, including Delta, and it seems to be spreading quickly across South Africa.

Dr Susan Hopkins said the R value, or effective reproduction number, of the B.1.1.529 variant in Gauteng in South Africa, where it was first found, is now 2. For an R of anything above 1, an epidemic will grow exponentially.

See my other diaries of gross failures in The Netherlands ...

Leadership failure leads to a more divided society!


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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Nov 26th, 2021 at 01:45:50 PM EST

Code Black: Choice Between Life and Death

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Nov 26th, 2021 at 01:46:41 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Nov 26th, 2021 at 03:09:11 PM EST
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After two years SARS CoV-2 pandemic, Dutch government finally learning? The "intelligent" lockdown was a dud ...

'Intelligent' lockdown, intelligent effects? Results from a survey on gender (in)equality in paid work, the division of childcare and household work, and quality of life among parents in the Netherlands during the Covid-19 lockdown

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Nov 26th, 2021 at 03:11:27 PM EST
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What divides America on such an memorable day in US history.

On a visit to Paris earlier this month, Harris reportedly spent more than $500 on cookware at E Dehillerin, a shop near the Louvre museum.

Don Moynihan, a professor of public policy at Georgetown, wrote: "Just to put this in perspective: What Harris spent her own money on for cookware wouldn't cover what Trump was charging taxpayers per room for Secret Service agents."

Republicans also criticised Joe Biden for spending the Thanksgiving holiday on Nantucket, an island off Massachussetts, at a house owned by David Rubenstein.

The private equity billionaire is an alumnus of the Carter White House and a philanthropist who has spent millions on preserving historic documents and buildings. Nonetheless, Biden's decision to stay at his $30m house attracted fire from the left as well as the right.

David Sirota, a former adviser to Bernie Sanders and a Guardian contributor, said: "It's already very Let Them Eat Cake for a president to hang at a billionaire's Nantucket pad - but it's some real Gilded Age shit when the billionaire's private equity firm has all sorts of interests before the government right now."

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Nov 27th, 2021 at 10:43:52 PM EST
RethugliKKKons belong in a pan.  Frying pan, bed pan....
by rifek on Mon Nov 29th, 2021 at 04:20:26 AM EST
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The American Family ... United until death do us part.

How deeply troubled society has sunk ... thx NRA lobby and US Congress.

Rowdy comboys, Tombstone and gun laws - 1880s

Ever since the Reagan years the American values and Democracy are sliding down a steep hill ... no light at the end of the blinded tunnel. How one totalitarian state of capitalism replaced another void of any human value.

Ronald Reagan and the Federal Deinstitutionalization of Mentally Ill Patients

Ronald Reagan's shameful legacy: Violence, the homeless, mental illness

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Dec 5th, 2021 at 07:32:02 AM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Dec 7th, 2021 at 05:42:34 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Dec 14th, 2021 at 06:30:32 PM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Dec 14th, 2021 at 06:31:58 PM EST

Dutch Central Bank slashed 2022 economic forecast; Long-term vision for pandemic needed

The central bank predicted the country will achieve growth of 2.2 percent next year, down from the 3.6 percent it previously projected. In a hastily produced calculation, Olaf Sleijpen, the DNB director of monetary affairs and financial stability, said the organization is assuming the lockdown will last throughout the entire first quarter of the new year.

In 2023, the economy will further recover with economic growth of 2.1 percent. In the original estimate that DNB had prepared, that expected to be a contraction of about 1.7 percent. The economy has grown by 4.5 percent this year, the central bank believes.

The DNB is also assuming that inflation will peak at the end of this year. On average, currency depreciation this year is 2.7 percent, while inflation will remain on the high side in the coming years. Inflation could hit 3 percent in coming years.

The central bank has further appealed to the government to come up with a longer-term strategy for dealing with coronavirus. The extra financial support being offered now is perfectly understandable, Sleijpen said. "But in the long run, the generic way in which it is now distributed will have an economically disruptive effect."

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Dec 20th, 2021 at 06:54:58 PM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Dec 22nd, 2021 at 07:30:04 PM EST
Seems to me there are two relevant points here.

First, the various environmental and social problems associated with lithium battery production are certainly problems, but that does not necessarily mean they are climate change problems. One thing "the left" is going to have to struggle with in coming decades is the relative values of things like social justice and economic parity within the context of overwhelming climate change considerations.

Second, the lithium battery approach for cars is simply an attempt to replace the current ICE car model with something that doesn't use carbon-based fuels. Considering that the automobile model is only in the neighborhood of 50-75 years old, it could certainly be replaced by a model based on mass transportation, or no transportation.

Third, the use of lithium batteries in the electrical power grid is a pretty important component of a wind- and solar-powered system. Again, the electric light is only around 150 years old; there's no reason people can't go to bed at 7:00 PM like they did in the good old days. Although that idea would not fly...

by asdf on Thu Dec 23rd, 2021 at 02:22:49 AM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Dec 24th, 2021 at 09:10:07 AM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Dec 24th, 2021 at 09:12:05 AM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Dec 24th, 2021 at 05:25:21 PM EST
Fast Ontario Home Buyer

'Bad things happening' in Ontario real estate market as homebuyer complaints surge

'Priced out': Analysts weigh in on first-time home buyer problem

Amid a hot housing market in major Canadian cities that has pushed ownership further out of reach for young first-time prospective home buyers, there are increasing calls for the government to address the issue - starting with the tone from the top.

John Pasalis, founder and president at Realosophy Realty, a Toronto-based brokerage firm, often hears from parents concerned about whether or not their children will be able to afford a home one day. It's a mounting anxiety he felt isn't properly addressed or acknowledged by governmental bodies.

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Dec 24th, 2021 at 09:24:07 PM EST

The Netherlands asked about the National Framework for Tackling Racial Discrimination, Racial Profiling by Police Forces, and the Colonial Legacy of the Slave Trade

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jan 5th, 2022 at 03:15:34 PM EST
by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jan 5th, 2022 at 03:23:47 PM EST
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