Ökolöwen Leipzig

Ecological Lions of Leipzig, an East German environmentalist organization.

There’s an 1990 interview with them in a documentary film called “MITGIFT mit Gift” which shows before and after pictures of the terrible environmental damage East Germany inflicted on itself while attempting to meet its planning goals “in the clash of the systems,” as ZDF heute journal moderator Claus Kleber said.

The large hole in the ground at the beginning of this clip is not a giant coal pit but an open uranium mine, in Thuringia.

(Ə co LƏ ven   LIPED sig.)

Ist es besser etwas zu wissen oder etwas nicht zu wissen?

“Is it better to know something or not to know something, Mr. Loest?” Question in a ZDF interview with the 87-year-old Leipzig writer Erich Loest, two weeks before he died recently.

Q: What condition is better, Mr. Loest? Knowing something or not knowing something?

Erich Loest: Knowing is always better. Because sometimes some other people know, and then things can get unpleasant. So knowing is always good.

Mr. Loest wrote over 50 books, including Nikolaikirche and the 1977 autobiography Es geht seinen Gang, which was censored by the East German S.E.D. regime. He asked that at his funeral celebration [Trauerfeier] there be no speeches and no lies, just champagne.

(Isst   ess   bess ah   ett voss   tsoo   VISS en   oh dear   ett voss   NICHH t   tsoo   viss en.)


“Power-heat connection.” Some German cities are using waste heat from the cities’ relatively low-pollution gas-powered electricity generators to heat private residences.

(Croft VAIR meh cup loong.)


“Beer chain.” A bucket-brigade delivery system to convey refreshing bottles of beer into this crowded apartment room where students performed a delightful Bach party in Leipzig.

(BEER kett eh.)

Beschleunigtes Vergabeverfahren

“Accelerated distribution process.” A paperwork system at least one physician, working at Göttingen and Regensburg university hospitals, was caught manipulating to artificially improve some statuses in lists of patients awaiting organ transplants. It turns out a suspiciously high percentage of hearts and livers has been allocated using the alternate, accelerated procedure in Germany. Records are now being re-examined and the organ allocation system will be overhauled. More transparency has been promised, to restore public confidence. This will be accomplished via “more intensive inspections” (unannounced and “end-to-end”), publication of inspection reports and implementing an “extra eyeballs” principle ensuring more than one person will be checking steps executed in the process.

The responsible medical administrators do not want government involvement additional to these agreed changes to be superimposed on these ethical decisions. Patient rights organizations do, however, and have asked for a central authority to be created to oversee related medical ethics considerations. Both sides agree that the penalties for such manipulation should be made tougher.

Update on 03 Jan 2013: Munich was also caught doing this. Now Leipzig University Hospital physicians have been implicated in a similar scandal. The Leipzig problem was discovered by the Göttingen, Regensburg and Munich reforms, which included a review or audit commission (Prüfkommission), “extra eyeballs” principle and increased risks and penalties for tricksing.

Update on 04 Sep 2013: The investigation has found that Münster was also doing this. There is a discussion about the incentives to doctors and hospitals for performing organ transplants in Germany. It’s more subtle than just money, examining ego but also structures that encourage competition among medical departments. Meanwhile, burghers have shown they have less incentive to opt in as organ donors until these issues are clarified.

(Beh SHLOY nick tess   fer GOB eh fer FAR en.)

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