Re #27: Do you not have access to news or a search engine?
A man ... shot and wounded three people at an Islamic centre in Zurich ...http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-38377878
As much as we all think immediately of people we know in cities where bad things happen in the news, it isn't really very logical to worry about them, is it, unless something like a natural disaster affects numbers of people in the tens or hundreds of thousands rather than a few dozen?
The chances are surely very small that any of the few people any of us know, out of a population of millions or hundreds of thousands (Berlin, 3.5 million, Zurich, 400,000) in a city spread out over many square miles, would be in exactly the wrong place at the wrong time to be affected by a tragedy that itself is relatively unlikely.
That said, apparently there were specific warnings, if not very well publicized here, about outdoor markets in Europe. I do think of one LEO acquaintance in particular who works every year in a Christmas market, or used to. Being there all day every day certainly would increase the statistical risk. Some of the workers may indeed have been among the victims.
The flip side of our irrational personalization of the news is that when we read good things in the news, we also think of the individuals we've met, not of some faceless population. When I think of individual LEOnids who are tutoring refugees, practicing cultural exchange, and working on the side of inclusion and tolerance, I feel a little better about the outlook for Europe, just as I hope some of you sometimes feel a little better about the US if you can think of some of us as individuals.