The dismissal of Prof. Kekulé was carried out in a brutal fashion. The university president Christian Tietje initiated an investigation into trivial workplace contract violations, two colleagues sent a letter to 50 directors of the university’s hospital complex, a letter that was quiet on the charges, but loud in its support of the action taken against their colleague, and thus the professional relationship was ended. The ‘preliminary dismissal’ is particularly aggressive as it does not only remove the suspect of a disciplinary enquiry from his duties with immediate effect, but signals that the authorities are confident to strip him off of his pension scheme and his protected legal status (Beamter) that is attached to the professorship.
Alexander Kekulé suspects that his dismissal is politically motivated, yet only connected to his requests for a better funding of his field. Chances are that some of his public positions may also have played a role. In general his positions are very much in line with the WHO (and I don’t share many of his positions at all), but there are also some inconvenient views. The aggressive nature of his removal indicates that he follows the likes of Tim Hunt, Alessandro Strumia and (shirtgate) Matt Taylor as another victim of academic cleansing.
My little addenda: The booster shot risks are not represented with an iid random variable and we should not treat the risk of continuous vaccine shots as if they were binomially distributed. We need an open discussion and debates are stymied when academic witch hunts take place. I don’t need to agree with Prof. Kekulé to defend him as a scientist.
It was announced today that an anti-corona policy protest, which was to take place the coming Saturday, was banned. The happening was scheduled to draw a crowed of around 20,000 demonstrators. But worse than the ban itself is the overall contempt of our elites that is echoed in the cheering of ZEIT columnist Christian Bangel. He celebrates the ban with an article titled ‘New Toughness’ (German: Neue Haerte).
In my video on Yom Kippur I cautioned the viewers that information is rolling in slowly and that the picture may change entirely. That, indeed, did happen. Of the semi-professional attack conducted by a group of terrorist, only a lone-wolve attack remains. But we know something about the shooter and his motivation. So I discuss the info and the overall political and economic situation in which the shooting happened. While many try to exploit the massacre, some of us still sincerely wish that this will stop.
The events in the city of Halle are still unfolding. Information is rolling in slowly. Everybody, including mainstream newspapers, are already speculating. We know that multiple murderers were involved, at least two grenades were thrown (one landed at the Jewish cemetery, another in a kebab shop), a woman and a man lost their lives and a couple of people got injured.
Last Saturday Generation Identity was stopped from protesting. A car was burned, a smoke grenade thrown and the police is investigating at least one case of bodily harm. Outside of that the counter-protesters also achieved that the group of about 200 could not walk the streets. They did not even come together. One of the attendants who was stranded at the trainstation was Martin Sellner, the husband of Brittany Pettibone. Sit-ins, strategically placed bikes and human chains blocked the streets. This is not a rare occurence. As far as I can remember we have been normalized to counter-protests stopping the original protests from speaking.