Has anything happened in the world lately? I am asking because it is not conducive to my peace of mind to listen to any German news lately.

It appears there have been some suicide attacks in Russia, and who knows what else: for two days the number one news item in German radio and television is the skiing accident of Formula One driver Michael Schumacher. No joke: one third of Monday’s and half of Tuesday’s sending time of the most serious TV news slot were devoted to the non-news (condition still critical, medical personal cannot give more information) of the state of health of Mr. Schumacher.

While I would not wish his accident on anyone, not even for skiing off-piste: can it be someone sort of lost sense of priorities somewhat?