Burning the bridge

It’s been over a year since I “closed” the old forum at oxle.com. They remained accessible in read-only mode during the past year, but today I’m taking the next step by actually removing the old forums, along with the database.
The oxle linkshrinker has also been decommissioned, after shrinking 2744 links in the last 10 years.
Along with it, the domain oxle.nl will be abandoned; when it expires, it will not be renewed by me.

No backups, no CTRL-Z. May the burning bridge light the path that lays ahead.

The forums, newsfeed and ‘blogs’ at Oxle were fun while they lasted, but as I explained on numerous occasions before, there no longer is any need for me to provide a generic forum.

The story still continues for my two remaining websites; the one you’re looking at and phomago, my photography portfolio.
Both are just simple WordPress websites, so I no longer have any need for a webhosting platform that provides support for MS SQL, ASP or ASP.NET.
Plain old PHP and MySQL will do just fine.

The next couple of weeks I’ll be investigating which webhosting company I should switch over to. It’s been a while since I looked into that, and I guess there has happened quite a lot in the landscape of webhosting companies. If you have any suggestions for a reliable webhosting company, please let me know in the comments.

No trust without handshakes, or why I don’t trust the WHO

For some this may seem far fetched, but what I take from this video (especially the example from the Milgram experiment) is that things will go very bad when authority and leadership decouple, by decoupling from the subject itself over which one has authority.

This is exactly what is happening with Public Health at the moment.

The WHO – the single most important Public Health organisation in the world – has chosen to decouple from the people they have pledged to protect. They are an unelected organisation, they are not transparent and are closed off to the outside world.
Fully in line with the way their organisation is set up, they refuse to speak to real people, to listen to real people and to care for real people. They do speak to (and work for) politicians, pharmaceutical companies, and psuedoscientists such as Stanton Glantz. But they simply refuse to interact with the very people they serve. They even think they can prohibit someone from using their name (WHO) anywhere without their consent.WHO is killing people?

The WHO is trying to stop the most important revolution in public health of the last 100 years – the opportunity to make smoking a thing of the past, as they try to ban the use of the biggest innovation in harm reduction the world has seen since John Snow (no, not that one…) and Ignaz Semmelweis determined that hygiene could actually save lives; the WHO is trying to ban the use and sale of electronic cigarettes, while doing virtually nothing about real cigarettes.

I myself discovered the electronic cigarette at the end of 2012, and have quit smoking ever since and I am not planning on returning to that slow-suicide behaviour ever again.

Millions and millions of vapers – people who use an electronic cigarette – have found the electronic cigarette to do just that: to liberate them from the addiction called smoking.
And thát is what the WHO is trying to end. They do not want people to stop smoking in a way they did not come up with. They rather have people die from tobacco smoke, than to allow public health to benefit outside their control.

They however are the authority. They have decoupled from the Public and they wonder why we do not trust them.

We are still trying to speak to the WHO, and we recently sent another letter to Dr. Margereth Chan. Still, no response.