Dachau and the question I had never been able to ask my father.

Yesterday was the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Dachau near Munich. I remember visiting the concentration camp during a May Seminar through my alma mater in Minnesota in 1999 and took away two points: 1. Dachau is one of many concentration camps that many Germans would love to forget but they have to stress the importance of history of this horrible period of time so that it doesn’t happen again. 2. The gas chambers and the bunk beds at close quarters, where hundreds of thousands of prisoners were meshed together. Once you see them even on exhibit, they will be forever ingrained in your memories. They will reshape the way we think of humanity and how we should make sure that all are treated equal, regardless of background and preference. Read this column, which includes a story by the late Tony Hays, and let it sink in. Think about what we can do to help the other one and learn from the other one. We can only grow from this.

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Today, April 29th, is the anniversary of the liberation of Dachau, 75 years on.

Today, if it is brought up at all, some of us might respond with a vacant stare. More might shrug and turn away. I suppose that is to be expected. But you know me. I just think that as a nation, sometimes we allow things to slip from memory at our peril.

It was real, and it happened. And it was American GIs who overran this camp and many others in the closing days of World War II.

The men of the 42nd and 45th Infantry Division arrived independently of each other, here, in southern Germany, at Dachau, on this day. A concentration camp, they were told. Their noses gave them a hint of what they were about to uncover, miles before the camp appeared in sight.

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In early March 1945, German forces in France and the Low Countries were flooding back across the Rhine with American forces in close pursuit. Hitler intended to use the swift, deep, and wide Rhine River as a moat to stop the Allies while he concentrated on defeating the Russians in the East. He ordered all […]

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The event happened 75 years ago and a memorial dedicated to the battle of Remagen can be found today. It features the remaining bridge heads and a museum, which opened in 1980 and is dedicated to this historic event.  A celebration commemorating the event is scheduled to take place July 31- August 2 at the bridge site. A link to the website of the bridge and the events that follow can be found here.  

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IS CHINA AN EASY SCAPEGOAT AMIDST COVID-19 CRISIS?

This guest column is in connection with the recent events where China has been blamed for spreading Co-Vid 19 and bringing society to a standstill. One of the main blamers in this case is the US. In this article, the writer provides this advice to those who still hold China responsible for the Corona debacle: don’t. Take care of your mess first before pointing fingers for your wrong-doing.

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Introduction

The spread of COVID-19 across the globe has affected lives of almost everyone in one way or another. Many have lost their loved ones; some are still battling for their lives and majority of humanity is caged within their own walls. The only question which looms in everyone’s mind is who is responsible for this tragedy? Could it have been averted?

Is the spread a deliberate attempt by Chinese govt. to take control of the word economy or all the governments have collectively failed in anticipating the disaster and China is just a scapegoat to clean their hands and hide the ineffectiveness of ministers, bureaucrats, researchers, scientists. Let’s sway through some ground breaking facts which will help us decide the real culprit.

Chronology of Events – Corona Virus

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A 100-year-old war vet and his long-deceased twin brother have become “pandemic bookends” after both of them died in deadly outbreaks more than a century apart, according to his family. Philip Kahn, of Long Island, N.Y., died after contracting COVID-19, his grandson Warren Zysman shared on Facebook, after his passing. Zysman wrote that he finally […]

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Quarantine in Milan: here’s what it’s like in a coronavirus red zone.

Quarantine in Milan: here’s what it’s like in a coronavirus red zone.

Beginning May 4th, the Italian government will begin to lift some of the lockdown restrictions that have been in place. Since the middle of March, President Conte enforced what was considered one of the toughest CoVid lockdowns in the world where no one was to leave their homes unless they have to work or do the most essentials (food shopping or going to the pharmacy). All businesses were shut down, all public events were cancelled. This guest column looks at the city of Milan at the time of the lockdown. Have a look at the essay and photos. What does the lockdown look like from your home? Feel free to comment.

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First Easter and Easter Monday. Then, Italy’s Liberation Day on April 25, a national Italian holiday commemorating the end of Nazi occupation during World War II and the victory of the Resistance in Italy, and May 1, international workers’ day.
In any case, the “quarantine” in Milan and not only, facing the Coronavirus emergency, continues.
The emergency has imposed restrictions all over Italy and, as a result, the cities have completely emptied.
These are the squares and streets of Milan on a day in the midst of Covid-19 pandemic. Deserted streets, very few cars and people around.
And the restrictive measures, given the situation, are destined to remain in force, even when all this will be over.

Here’s what it’s like in a coronavirus red zone.
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Spoonful of Clorox by Randy Rainbow

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After having a chance to watch one parody and getting ourselves motivated into throwing Donald Trump out of office, our next parody will surely give Anne Hathaway grey hairs and Julie Andrews a heart attack. After all, they both played an important household character that we, as children, enjoyed watching growing up. This piece, performed by comedian Randy Rainbow is a response to a series of absurd comments made by President Donald Trump on experimenting with treatments that has caused an uproar among everyone and their dogs, literally.

And while sugar is not healthy when taken in excess, these products should absolutely NOT be taken at home and kept out of reach of children. And the lady in the black dress and umbrella approves of this message. Enjoy the irony and the laughs, but keep the warning labels on the jugs and needles.

 

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Randy Rainbow (known officially as Randy Stewart Rainbow) is an American actor, comedian and satirist, whose specialty is creating parodies of personalities and other events. He is credited for pieces, like “Randy Rainbow Calls Lindsay Lohan”, “Randy Rainbow Calls Dr. Laura”, “The Morning After Chelsea’s Wedding” and „Hey Gurl, It’s Christmas.“ Since the start of Donald Trump’s Presidency in 2017, Randy has created aslew of parodies that are long enough to list that a person can get writer’s cramps from even listing them. 😉 A Spoonful of Clorox, using the household cleaning products as a target of the parody, is the latest in the Trump series. He resides in New York and has been really active in the show business. He has a blog you can access here. You’ll find his satirical songs and the like on his YouTube page here.

What is the Corona/ Covid-19 Virus Really Teaching us? – Bill Gates

After watching the videos on the Corona Virus by Bill Gates (click here), this one looks at the lessons we can learn from the virus so that we can better prepare for the future. These are points we should all take into consideration.

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William Henry Gates III (born October 28, 1955) is an American business magnate, software developer, investor, and philanthropist. He is best known as the co-founder of Microsoft Corporation. During his career at Microsoft, Gates held the positions of chairman, chief executive officer (CEO), president and chief software architect, while also being the largest individual shareholder until May 2014. He is one of the best-known entrepreneurs and pioneers of the microcomputer revolution of the 1970s and 1980s.

I’m a strong believer that there is a spiritual purpose behind everything that happens, whether that is what we perceive as being good or being bad. As I meditate upon this, I want to share with you what I feel the Corona/ Covid-19 virus is really doing to us:

1) It is reminding us that we are all equal, regardless of our culture, religion, occupation, financial situation or how famous we are. This disease…

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Corona Virus: The Response, The Solution. An Interview and Speech with Bill Gates

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For each pandemic, there is also a silverlining. Be it the development of medicine. Be it the measures that are in place to protect people from being infected. Be it the people who are helping the infected- doctors, nurses, researchers and others in the field of medicine.  Be it the people who have done a lot of work in this field but have for the large part been ignored.

People like Bill and Melinda Gates.

Together with Paul Allen, Bill Gates founded Microsoft in 1975. Ten years later, Gates introduced a Windows program for personal computers. Both of which were in connection with Mr. Gates’ experience with developing software in the 1970s which would eventually define how we use personal computers today.  Gates is one of the richest people in the world.  Together with Melinda, they established the Gates Foundation, which focuses on public policy and public health. They have been known as one of the most generous philanthropists of all time.

Over the past decade, Gates has provided information and warnings about the potential of a new virus forming that will be equal to the Spanish Flu of over a century ago. From 1918 to 1921 the flu infected as many as 500 million globally and killed a tenth of that population.  The causes of the flu stemmed from World War I.  With the Corona Virus, that is being followed more closely as there are talks of the virus coming in waves, the second one being the deadlier form than the first. Yet the causes of the virus has been wide spread. Some have pointed to a mishap in one of the labs. Others (even the majority) have claimed that the environmental degradation caused by development of cities and agriculture, combined with climate change, may have triggered the first of several deadly virus that could kill off the global population en masse.  In either case, governments have not paid attention to the dangers……

until now.

To better understand the missing warning signs and how we can respond now to Co-Vid 19 and even to other viruses that will succeed Corona, I’ve presented a pair of TED Talks on this topic, as addressed by Bill Gates.  The first one talks about the virus we were not even close of being prepared. It was a TED Talk done in March 2015:

 

The second one is a 50+ minute interview on the possible responses to the current virus, including how The Gates Foundation is responding to the virus.  One needs to keep in mind that Corona is the first of many viruses that will affect global society in many ways- one even more drammatic than the other.

A separate article that follows (you can click here to read) looks at the lessons we can learn from the Corona Virus from his point of view. Please takes all of these points by heart for we are now living in the new norm, where instead of nuclear weapons and guns, the health of our state- both involving the human body (physio and psycho) as well as the environment will become our top concern, and for generations to come.

 

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Economies won’t be able to recover after shutdowns

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As the lockdowns are getting lifted and life is slowly but surely returning to normal, analysts are debating what will come next, as far as the business and the economy is concerned. Some factors that will influence how the global economy will recover include the potential for a second wave of the virus, which many scientists and doctors are predicting will happen in the next months. Furthermore, we have the issue of how the economy will recover- whether it will be a V-shape, U-shape or hockey stick-shape, the third being the most likely scenario. And then there’s the consumer and how he/she will have to adapt to the new norm of social distancing and avoiding large-scale places in the long term. In this guest column, this economist is predicting that the global economy as a whole will have to adapt to these changes, which includes above all, veering away from the pre-Corona normalcy of big gains and progress. Looking at the graphs and the facts, it is a foregone conclusion that we will enter uncharted territory and live with the new norm as we saw with the Great Depression and the post World War II times.

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Citizens seem to be clamoring for shutdowns to prevent the spread of COVID-19. There is one major difficulty, however. Once an economy has been shut down, it is extremely difficult for the economy to recover back to the level it had reached previously. In fact, the longer the shutdown lasts, the more critical the problem is likely to be. China can shut down its economy for two weeks over the Chinese New Year, each year, without much damage. But, if the outage is longer and more widespread, damaging effects are likely.

A major reason why economies around the world will have difficulty restarting is because the world economy was in very poor shape before COVID-19 hit; shutting down major parts of the economy for a time leads to even more people with low wages or without any job. It will be very difficult and time-consuming to replace the failed businesses…

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BHC Newsflyer: 24 April 2020

If this year’s Oktoberfest in Munich has been called off, no festival in Germany is safe- not even a Brückenfest- a weekend festival at a famous bridge in a German community. Here’s a list of cancellations for you to keep in mind as you plan to travel over the summer.

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Corona Special: The Cancellation of Bridge Festivals

In both the USA as well as Germany and other European countries, communities in the summer time host bridge festivals (in German: Brückenfest), where markets and festivities take place at their beloved historic bridge. This usually takes place on a weekend and attracts thousands of visitors from all corners of the world. Because of the pandemic CoVid-19, these events are either cancelled or are about to be cancelled or postponed because of the high risk of spreading the virus. And if the Oktoberfest in Munich gets cancelled for the first time since 1949, no bridge festival is safe. Hence the information in this week’s podcast, including links.

This week’s podcast: https://anchor.fm/jason-smith-bhc19/episodes/BHC-Newsflyer-Corona-Special-24-April-2020-ed6gkf

And the headlines:

Krämerbrücke Festival in Erfurt Cancelled/ Erfurt mourns loss of longest tenant on the bridge:

Links: https://www.thueringer-allgemeine.de/regionen/erfurt/wuerdevoller-abschied-id228913845.html

https://www.otz.de/service/live-blog-coronavirus-fruehere-ladenoeffnung-in-thueringen-elf-zalando-mitarbeiter-in-erfurt-infiziert-id228803581.html

https://www.thueringer-allgemeine.de/regionen/erfurt/wuerdevoller-abschied-id228913845.html

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