Let’s build the Life Sciences Hub of Europe

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Lift Basel, taking place from 29-30 October 2015, the not-to-be-missed conference connecting Life Sciences and Technology, had one clear message: It is time to innovate and think differently for all stakeholders in order to address the future of health.

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Apocalypse soon

Robert McNamara in “Apocalypse Now” (in English, in German).

At the risk of appearing simplistic and provocative, I would characterize current U.S. nuclear weapons policy as immoral, illegal, militarily unnecessary, and dreadfully dangerous. The risk of an accidental or inadvertent nuclear launch is unacceptably high. Far from reducing these risks, the Bush administration has signaled that it is committed to keeping the U.S. nuclear arsenal as a mainstay of its military power—a commitment that is simultaneoufffsly eroding the international norms that have limited the spread of nuclear weapons and fissile materials for 50 years.

Very interesting read. And if you didn’t see the documentary “The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara“, go and see it, if you have the chance (it was in the theaters 2 years ago….)

(via dorftrottel)

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Swiss voted Yes to Gay “Marriage” (and Europe ;) )

It’s not totally official yet, but looks like both polls were accepted by the Swiss people. We have now something-like-marriage (it’s not totally the same, but “good enough”. No adoption rights for example) for gay couples and we will join the Schengen/Dublin treaty (good news for the EU after the devastating last 10 days…). I didn’t care
much about the Schengen stuff, as it has its Pros and Cons (from an anti-big-brother point of view), but I’m glad the right wing parties can’t claim a victory now and they lost again on a ballot they claimed to be very important.

But I’m really more happy, that the gay thing was accepted (by approx. 60% Yes), it was about time (after some cantons already introduced it). Swiss people aren’t that conservative, after all, at least not in all areas ;)

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Swiss People. Vote!

Another voting weekend for Switzerland in approx. 2 weeks for its citizens. This time about joining the Schengen/Dublin treaty and allowing a registered partnership between gay couples (and some regional things, less interesting for this blog)

Both national votes are quite important IMHO and I already casted my vote (thanks to voting-by-snail-mail). So everyone, who didn’t vote ’till yet, please do (and do the right thing, meaning just write “Ja” ;) )

Image via Hannes and from Young European Swiss. (For those who are not living in Switzerland, the right-wing party of Switzerland made a “fear campaign” against Schengen/Dublin with faces similar to the one in the picture above…)

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Become a swiss pioneer polit blogger

The “NZZ am Sonntag” ran an article about Blogs today yesterday (the usual kind, nothing really interesting, but also nothing really really bad). But the author is lamenting about the (near) non-existence of swiss polit bloggers. Now, this is your chance. If you want to become famous, start a
Swiss polit blog now. Every journalist, who has to write an article about blogs (again …) in the future will be very grateful. Instead of getting the idea, that blogging is not only about overthrowing the traditional medias or staging a regime change, (s)he can just make an interview with you (or even just looking at your start page and write
about it) ;)

Anyway, there are some “Swiss Polit Blogs” nevertheless: Kaffeehaus.ch, ignoranz.ch, ethiker.ch, frausinn.ch. More?

And if you really want to start a blog, you could just head over to freeflux.net and start one immediately for free ;) Esther from kaffeehaus.ch is also offering space for “swiss polit blogs” and there are of course dozens of other
blog providers – free and non-free ones. See Stefan Bucher’s FAQ for more info. Despite my sarcasm above, I’d welcome everyone writing more interesting posts about Swiss politics.

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Posters against WEF

After the success of “posters against war“, the successor: “Plakate gegen das WEF“.

Really good stuff and hosted by our partner netzwirt

It ain’t pretty.

Via “Back to Iraq 3.0” from TIME:

Important parts of the country, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Richard Myers said, are controlled by rebels. Principal cities and major roads west and north of the capital are ruled by Sunni insurgents. Al-Sadrís men launch uprisings at will across the wide Shiíite belt, and even parts of Baghdad are no-go zones for U.S. troops and
the frail forces of the interim Iraqi government.

I’m really wondering, if any of the US led military “invasions” since the WWII braught real liberty, democracy and freedom to any country?

Iraq? Vietnam? Cambodia? Somalia? Korea (half of it …)? Serbia (Maybe)? Afghanistan (to be decided)?

So please tell me of any succesful story of the actual use of US military power since 1945 (in the “liberty” sense mentioned above, not in the sense of military success, of course).

Ledergerber Pro Lynching

The Berner Gazette (german only) is always fun to read, but today’s article “Lynchen, das Pack” made me really laugh. It’s a quote by Elmar Ledergerber, el presidente of Zurich,
completely taken out of context from an “NZZ am Sonntag” article. The quote implies, that he’s supporting lynching people who are using the legal system to prevent large scale construction projects… Hehe, if you know him and the whole mess regarding this issue (building a new football stadium in Zurich), it really makes your day ;)