The worst has happened

I have been delaying this post for two weeks now, in false hope and denial, but the truth is, we have COVID-19 community transmission here in our town for the first time, a year after the pandemic began. We are okay, of course, but the poorer communities are not. It is more heartbreaking that thereContinue reading “The worst has happened”

A quick thought on our pandemic response

Here is something I’ve been wondering about since the start of this pandemic: Why aren’t we testing more? Vaccines are definitely a crucial component of overcoming the pandemic. The problem with vaccines, however, is that they are complicated.

What the future brings

Does anyone else share this feeling that humankind is closing in on a dramatic climax? On the one hand, the climate catastrophe, rising tensions between governments and within countries around the world and, of course Covid-19, seem to indicate a world that is stumbling closer to the abyss.

No normal no more

Everyone wants things to get back to normal. I get it, ‘normal’ is what we know. Even if your life didn’t seem particularly great before Covid-19 hit, you might still wish you were back in it now. But I think that the longer this whole Covid-19 thing is going on, the clearer it becomes: ‘Normal’ is gone for good.

How much climate protection can we afford?

I read a headline rather similar to this in the German newspaper FAZ today. It’s a good article that refers to this letter of “Business Europe”, one of Europe’s most important industry conglomerates, to EU-Commission vice president and person responsible for the prestigious “European Green Deal” project, Frans Timmermans. The letter basically read: Climate protectionContinue reading “How much climate protection can we afford?”

Essential my ass

I can’t help but get pissed every time people go on about the “heroism of essential workers” these days. What, after years and years of having no problem at all with nurses, farmers, grocery store workers, truck drivers and others being underpaid as hell, suddenly they’re “heroes” who valiantly choose to sacrifice themselves for theContinue reading “Essential my ass”

The end of the world! (As we know it)

Comments abound these days of people touting the end of the world because of COVID-19. But I assure you, the world is doing just fine. Better than ever even. It is just us, humankind, that faces unprecedented challenges because of the pandemic. So, I wanted to list some things that I think are going toContinue reading “The end of the world! (As we know it)”

Get off the disaster porn

“Hi everyone, my name is Markus and I am an addict.” “Hello Markus”, reply the voices in my head. I may have a problem. When I started travelling three years ago, one of the first things I did was to stop keeping up with the news. I got rid of all my news apps, deletedContinue reading “Get off the disaster porn”

The art of not wasting time

Do you know how many hours of videogames I played last week? Because I completely lost count. Every time I start gaming, I think that it’s not a big deal. We are living through an epidemic, there is nothing else to do anyway, so why the hell not? Well, because all of these statements areContinue reading “The art of not wasting time”