Here are my favorite videos, a new one each month!
The new album by Charlotte Adigéry and Bolis Pupul is so much fun. Every track is a banger. The whole album with lyrics can be found here.
The world would be a better place if no politician was allowed to stay in office for more than one term. It gets to their head, and as this video shows, so much more than just that. One of the best things in Switzerland is that the president is pretty much a random and unknown minister that changes every year. Switzerland should limit the term as minister to at most 7 years.
B99, the show our whole family could agree on.
The Swiss government announced yet another lockdown. Even though Omicron is the best possible twist in the never ending Covid story. Anyway, here is a fun anagram: Delta Omicron = Media Control.
After the groundbreaking They Shall Not Grow Old, we are treated with a heart warming Beatles documentary by Peter Jackson.
"I wanna thank you for your friendship, your leadership, and most of all for your fidelity to the universal values that you embraced as a young girl in East Germany." Did Barack Obama just praise the Free German Youth (FDJ)?!
Norm Macdonald RIP. In the video, Norm teaches the next best thing to flossing.
10 years ago I linked an "oldie" by Moodymann. Here is another 15 year old track by SMD, still is as fresh as on its release day.
One of my favorite channels with a surprising credit to Runaway.
Jon Stewart brings back what has been missing on late night television!
The Swiss German language, well explained.
Jenny Hval is on an amazing roll.
Bailouts for everybody!
SOPHIE died in Athens, RIP. Here is one of my favorites from 2020.
Same video as in March 2020, because, unbelievably, the Swiss government just announced a new lockdown. Instead of organizing vaccines (in time, and enough, and from every vendor!), the government again chooses the bluntest possible instrument. But do lockdowns at least work? Not really. Scientists "fail to find an additional benefit of stay-at-home orders and business closures". Freedom, please.
When I clicked this video, Youtube gave me a "this video is potentially offensive" warning. Despite being pretty tame (and common knowledge, apart from that upcoming little Snowden reveal). Why the censoring and the warnings, Youtube? (On that subject, I recommend the recent JP Youtube censoring video.)
Excellent mini series! But why does nobody take any interest in Beth Harmon for such a long time? If Beth actually existed, she would had been a big deal after winning Kentucky. Also, check out this insightful interview with Garry Kasparov.
Explaining deep fakes, featuring Julie Andrews and others.
FOX or CNN?
Best track in 2020!?
19 time Emmy winner John Stossel. My favorite YouTube channel of 2020.
Unfortunately, there is no variant of the future where Covid-19 ends quickly. People stopped obeying the "remain indoors" slogans. This is understandable. And a good thing. More infected people means more herd immunity after all. So here's the rest of Mitchell and Webb. Let's get back to life.
The way this is going, I will be running out of Mitchell and Webb videos soon. So here is an interview with Anders Tegnell. He argues that most countries did not even have a first wave of infections. However, it turns out that also Sweden's infection rates are lower than anticipated, so Sweden is still quite far from herd immunity. In other words, we will have some more years of virus frenzy.
Apart from Sweden, the Western governments are still celebrating their Covid-19 hysteria. Recently I learned that in Switzerland the virus reproduction number R stabilized around the nonproblematic value of 1 even before any drastic measures were introduced (see the figures in this article). Closing schools and shops had pretty much no effect at all on R. Similar picture in Germany. In other news: The unfortunate 9 year old Swiss Covid-19 victim turned out to be 109. Well, that's probably what you get when you rely on handwritten communication technology. Somebody should please wake up our government.
Covid-19 time. The Swiss government is overreacting. In their defense one could argue that most governments are. The media stopped being critical and just echoes the government. Earlier this month I wrote down why I think we are going down the wrong path. Later I learned that this approach was known as "herd immunity", and actually practiced by Sweden. It's going to be interesting to see whether the Swedes were smarter than the Swiss.
Sandy Alex G is coming to Zurich, this February!
As usual, just the truth.
I started this one video each month tradition in January 2010. You will find the early years here.