Friday, July 21, 2017

Is Trump a fascist?

Is president Donald Trump a dictator? Is his regime a fascist regime?

Fact is his administration just published private details on numerous of oppononts of his policies.
http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_slatest/2017/07/15/white_house_publishes_names_emails_phone_numbers_home_addresses_of_critics.html
Giving Trump-supporters every means to 'deal' with people who claim Trump supporters are mostly white angry agressive stupid people.

But the US president surely doesn't encourage violence? Oh, yes, he does: https://www.nytimes.com/video/us/100000004269364/trump-and-violence.html

Here are 14 traits of fascism, compiled by Umberto Eco. http://www.openculture.com/2016/11/umberto-eco-makes-a-list-of-the-14-common-features-of-fascism.html You can check for yourself which of these apply to the Trump regime.



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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Can we travel in time?

Can we travel in time?

There are people who claim there's evidence of timetravel but 'they' don't want us to know. Complications aside (going back in time and killing your own grandfather before he meets your grandmother so you won't be born and thus can't travel back in time to kill you own grandfather): do you think it will ever be possible to travel back in time?



The story about the ancient watch has been (sadly) debunked: http://metro.co.uk/2015/02/18/8-times-photoshop-has-fooled-the-world-be-honest-did-these-get-you-5068756/ In other words: do a bit of investigating (it took me less than a minute to perform the Google search!) before you reach a conclusion on anything.

We already know we can travel into the future.
My son already knew when he was just five years old:
'We all travel into the future at a speed of one second per second.'



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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

I don't believe in conspiracy theories

Personally I don't believe in most conspiracy theories. However I dó believe there are conspiracies. And lots of them too. Where ever there are groups of people, people bond to form a block agains other (groups of) people. It's simply the nature of things.

Here's one I made up that could explain a lot:
What if big oil companies and people in high places in governments conspire to pollute the air and water we live from? If everything is polluted, the only way to get our hands on clean air and water is to pay for it. With labor, sex, money.

And what if real estate people, builders and people in high places in governments conspire to rage wars? Destructive wars. So whole cities need to be rebuild? Guess who will get the contracts?

Too far fetched? Remember Larry Silverstein? He made plans for a totally new WTC-7, just about a year before the building (which he owned) collapsed. Coincidence? Why would anyone design a rebuild when the 'old' building is still standing and in perfect condition? And why did mr. Silverstein have his terror insurance pay out DOUBLED just weeks before the World Trade Center Towers (which he had purchased just months before) collapsed on 9/11. And isn't it an amazing coincidence Mr. Silverstein (click) had just gotten the rights to build new towers on the spot of the old ones 'in case they would come down due to a terrorist attack'?

It's what he actually said: 'Let's pull the building.' In other words:
the building (WTC-7) was brought down on purpose (that's what 'to pull' means). So it did NOT collapse because it caught fire after it got hit by a piece of flying debris. Did you ever see a skyscraper come down because it got hit by a burning piece of debris? You never could have because that's physically impossible.

Mr. Silverstein got 'a bit of profit' out of the 9/11 terror attack: $4.55 Billion. That really is a lot of money. You would think he would have given some of that money to the families of those who died in the attack. But has he?

On the other hand: here are people doing their utmost to debunk above claims. And they really are doing a great job! Judge for yourselves (click)!

And isn't it a coincidence that mayor Guilliani was warned to go away further from the towers 'because they will come down soon' but he and the unknown inidividual who warned him 'forgot' to tell the civilians and firefighters who were still in the building? And isn't it a coincidence both Mr. Silverstein and Mr. Guiliani are close friends with the current President of the United States? Who - coincidentally of course - happens to be 'into construction and ownership of large buildings in New York'?

Yes, of course you can call all of the above 'a coincidence' but I think most things happen for a reason. What do you think?

Let me know in the comments.

Perhaps there's a conspiracy going on, making us believe in conspiracy-theories in stead of conspiracies.

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Friday, July 07, 2017

Is Climate Change a hoax?

Donald Trump says he is convinced that Climate Change is a hoax, invented by 'the Chinese' in an effort to hit the American economy. But what's the real reason Donald Trump wants America to pull out the Paris Climate Agreement? Could it have to do with the 22 senators who urged their president to withdraw? And who just happen to make a lot of money in the fossil fuel business? Coincidence. Of Course.

http://reverbpress.com/politics/look-donated-22-gop-senators-urged-trump-dump-paris-treaty/

But isn't there anything we could do to get rid of our addiction to fossil fuels? Accept for jailing
the ones responsible for hurting our planet in excange for money? Yes, there is:
http://inhabitat.com/infographic-could-we-end-our-fossil-fuel-addiction-by-2050/

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Tuesday, July 04, 2017

The human equation

Every year around 98,000 people die of medical mistakes that could be easily prevented. In America alone!

So forget terrorists. When it comes down to killing civilians doctors and nurses do a much better job. Thing is - although some find it hard to believe - doctors and nurses are people. People get tired, cranky, distracted. In short: people make mistakes. And imagine yourself being a surgeon and they bring in your nasty ex who's really hurt you a lot? Would you stay professional and offer the best help you can give? Would your hands not shake?

Wouldn't it be great if people could be taken out of the equation when it concerns other people's lives? Good news! Remember Watson, the IBM computer that won Jeopardy? A similar computer program (click) can be used for medical diagnostics, reducing the chance for medical errors almost to zero. So what are we waiting for? Two things: people to stop being afraid of computers and people to stop being afraid of losing their jobs.

I wrote a piece on the subject and published it on LinkedIn (click if interested)

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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

If Obama had said what Trump says

What if then president Obama had told the CIA they are just a bunch of Nazi's? And when literally confronted with the highest ranking people in the intelligence agency a few days later simply state: 'When I said that, I meant the complete opposite. Of course!' I think Donald Trump would have said some harsh words directed at Barack Obama.

What do you think?

Do you - like Trump's son Eric - that Michelle Obama had access to a timemachine when she copied her speech from Melania Trump?


Mr. Trumps very first official statement to the press as president was his claim that the turnout at his inauguration was the largest in American History. 'The field was filled with people right up to the very back of the Mall.'
Well, reporter Raj Mathai stood there and shot a short video with his mobile phone while Donald Trump spoke to the crowd

(Click the link to see the video) 

Of course, politicians are known to lie. But shouldn't we worry when a president's primary concern is not the people's wellbeing but his own hurt ego?

He promised we would give 'many jobs' to 'a lot of Americans' and to put an end to immigrants taking over American jobs. So his followers must have been extremely surprised when the very second Donald Trump became President the very first actual job he created was for an immigrant.

And speaking of Melania: what was she thinking in this moment?

And I posted this question on Twitter:

The new president is known for his cheating on his wifes and his lack of respect for women. So, because pictures often say more than words, here you can see the differences between the former and the current president in how they treat their First Lady:
I know, this is 'just a moment' so to be totally cool here are a few more shots from the same batch. Just to show you the...er...full picture:


Here the two couples are enjoying dinner:


Here is another picture as an example from how the two men - earlier in their careers - treat their ladies:
If you could be married to either one, which man would you prefer to be your husband?

Mr. Trump often complained that President Obama used to play golf when on vacation. 'I will never do that!' he shouted at rallys when running for president himself. 'A president is too busy to play golf!' A promise he broke by playing golf at his own weekend resort. Every single weekend of his presidency. In the first month alone of his presidency The Donald cost the American taxpayer 10% of what the Obama presidency cost them in eight years (Click). It's true.

What's NOT true is that 'all those immigrants are criminals!' But the Department of Homeland Security simply lies (click) to the American people.

And about his ties with Russia (not alleged. It's proven): I think it's more than a coincidence seven Russian diplomats suddenly died (click) in a course of several weeks when investigation started surrounding Trump's ties to Vladimir Putin. And how come Mr. Putin is the only world leader who hasn't been insulted by The Donald?

Of course mr. Trump will never ever reveal his tax returns. Simply because the truth about his businesses would come out. He will resign the presidency rather than release his taxes.  (click)

Until a few months ago people could get in direct touch with the Whitehouse to complain, talk to personnel, react to news, congratulate a president with his wife's birthday or whatever. Now, when they call, they are told the Whitehouse only communicates with 'the common people' through Facebook Messenger. Alas, the message does not provide a contact number, accountname or address. So the Trump Administration made it impossible for citizens to directly address an issue with Whitehouse staff. I wonder why...(no, I don't).

What I personally find extremely hypocrite is that the American people and their leaders (Republicans and Democrats alike) were outraged at the thought of a foreign nation interfering with their elections. If there's one country that has often interfered with other countries elections, it's the United States of America!


The things the new President Of The United States (POTUS) says appeal to a lot of people. Basically because he 'speaks their language'. Meaning he chooses his words like a twelve year old who's learning the language. Inventing words like 'bigly'. It may be the reason he does not like regular people to get a proper education. That's why he chose Dolores Umbridge Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education. Who does not know the basic rules of English grammar. As shown in this tweet.
Hir first thing on the agenda: taking money away from public schools to give that money away to private schools.

The fact her family donated 200 million dollars to the Republican Party of course had nothing to do with her nomination.

The new 'leader of the free world' wants more jobs for more Americans. I'm afraid it's merely a matter of time before he says: 'Wars create jobs. Let's have more wars! It's great for the weapons industry and when lots of people are killed that creates even more jobs! A great way to kill lots of people is using nukes. We have so many of them! And so many people worked on making them! And they were so expensive! So it would be a shame not to use them! Hey, there are Muslim terrorists in Paris so let's bomb Germany!'

The Donald thinks healthcare is like buying expensive furniture: if you want it, you should pay for it.

He does not want people to receive free or 'cheap' healthinsurance so his first act as president was to repeal The Affordable Care Act, commonly known as 'Obamacare'. Yes, they're one and the same plan.

So I guess he took away the free healthcare plan from all those Republicans in his army cabinet who always voted against Obamacare. But what a surprise: he didn't!


Here's a clip that could explain a lot about the new president:

Looking forward to reading your thoughts on this. While you can still freely share your thoughts that is. And - since I wrote this earlier - if Donald Trump is still President of the United States of America.



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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Can only Muslims be terrorists?

When a Muslim conducts a terrorist act that is proof all Muslims are basically terrorists! Right? No. Wrong. Very wrong. When a man killed five people at an Orlando airport a lot of people simply assumed it was a Muslim terrorist attack. When it became clear the killer was not a Muslim he suddenly turned into 'a troubled young man'. Same thing in Melbourne when a man drove his car deliberately into a crowd, killing five people including a baby, a lot of people simply assumed it was a Muslim terrorist attack. When it became clear the killer was not a Muslim he suddenly turned into 'a troubled young man'.

Why is that? Did someone state that only Muslims can be terrorists? Was every Irish person a terrorist in the years the Irish Republican Army (IRA) was very active in killing people with guns and explosions? Was every Christian a terrorist when the Crusaders set out to kill everyone who refused to be converted to Christianity?

When there was a muslim terrorist attack that killed over 30 people, why did no one ad the colours of that country to their Facebook profile picture out of sympathy with the victims? Is it simply because the victims had a dark skincolour because the attack happened in Somalia? If you do want to show your support with those poor people: this is what the flag of Somalia looks like:

When the 45th president of the United States of America stated there was a terrorist attack in Sweden, the night before he held his first rally for the elections of 2020, the Swedes were surprised (click). Yes, there had been an awful attack. But months earlier. And it was a bunch of white supremacists that cowardly attacked asylum seekers.  The terrorists were not Muslim refugees but 'decent white local Christians'. Yes, we have a president who clearly lies for no other reason than to make sure Muslims are hated. And he's not being impeached.

If God exists, I'm sure he would punish Trump for pretending to be a Christian. But alas:


You could read my words (and I do have more. Believe me) but perhaps it's easier if I just showed you a picture and a quote from a little girl who got killed because 'the land of the free' turned down her visa application: Anne Frank

Now, replace the word 'Jew' with 'Muslim' and try not to feel embarrased.
Good luck!

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Why do we kill people?

Rules should apply to everyone and always! Yes? Apparently not. Most people can't get away with stealing 100 dollars. Yet others easily get away with stealing millions. It's illegal to kill an other person. Let alone if that person is unarmed and severely wounded. Unless the one pulling the trigger is an Israeli soldier (click) and the victim is a Palestinian who minutes before stabbed an Israeli soldier. Right?

But if we kill other people to show other people that killing people is wrong, what values are we defending?

It clearly was not a case of self defense. The shooter consciously took the decision to aim and fire, planting a bullet in the head of an already taken down enemy. Most judges would judge that to be cold blooded murder. Here's a link to the filmed incident (please do not watch if you can't stand people getting killed):
http://news.sky.com/story/israeli-soldier-convicted-of-killing-wounded-palestinian-10717632




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Saturday, June 10, 2017

Amazing news

With all the negativity going around it's sometimes hard to see there's a lot of great people out there, doing their utmost to make other people's lives less hard. The invention of Loopwheels is just one example but for those who are willing to see it there's a lot more good news out there.



Do you know of something worth the mention? Let me know in the comments section!


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Wednesday, June 07, 2017

What's you definition of freedom?

It's hard to make people understand what I mean by 'Is it okay to take away freedom in order to preserve freedom?' and 'If we're serious about having freedom, why do we take it for granted our freedom is being taken away from us and we applaud the people who do that?'

So I've come up with these (click to enlarge) so called 'Lolcats':







So what do you think? Are you truly free? Should we take other people's freedom so we can have it? What's you definition of 'freedom'?

And what's the difference between being free and only believing you are free?


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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Do you make these mistakes?

I'm sorry to bring this to you but not all you belief is actually true. No, I'm not writing about the stuff Donald Trump and his supporters want you to belief all this made up stuff about Democrats, Communists, Witches, Muslims, Aliens and Foreigners. No, this is about the stuff you think you learned at school.

So, who REALLy made the first American flag?
(And more truths)


Please educate yourself. Especially when your parents and your teachers made a few mistakes.

Oh, and make sure you don't make these mistakes on Social Media:

https://www.entrepreneur.com/slideshow/272286

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Can we end world hunger? Short answer: yes.

People are starving. And that's a bad thing. There's more than enough food to feed every single person on this planet. And that's a good thing. People can't afford to buy food and therefore starve to death. And that's a bad thing. The good thing is that something can be done about that. The bad thing is that apparently ALL governments prefer to spend money on weapons in stead of on people. As The Donald would say: sad.

In my humble opinion the biggest problem here is greed.


Here are some figures: http://www.worldhunger.org/2015-world-hunger-and-poverty-facts-and-statistics/


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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Why is it so funny to make fun of another person's handicap?

Why is it so funny to make fun of another person's handicap?

It is usually done by bullies. Like Donald Trump. Remember this?


Now, Donald Trump is known for making fun of people. Like people who think he is serving their best interests. A close friend of his is former UKIP frontman Nigel Farage. Here they are standing in front of golden doors. Just before stating they want to tax millionairs more. Yes, they are lying. Again.


But why is it considered a handicap when you're not like most others? Well, most others get very uncomfortable thinking of being different. That's why they laugh. It's really - originally - not because they find it amusing but a show of strength: 'Look how big and sharp my teeth are. I eat raw meat with those, you know. So you should be no problem, should you wish to fight.'

Back in ye'ole days you had to be strong - or at least to be able to pretend to be strong - because that was the only way to survive. These days we have guns. And supermarkets. On top of that we developed another skill to make us live another day: cleverness. But soms still find it enough to (pretend to) be strong.

Basically: people who make fun of other people because of their different appearance are simply scared sh*itless.

So no, having OCD is NOT funny. It really isn't. And no, you don't have OCD but are simply annoyed at things being not the way you want them to be. Listen to this guy:





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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Robots are stealing our jobs

Every year around 98,000 people die of medical mistakes that could be easily prevented. In America alone! So forget terrorists. When it comes down to killing civilians doctors and nurses do a much better job. Thing is - although some find it hard to believe - doctors and nurses are people. People get tired, cranky, distracted. In short: people make mistakes.

Wouldn't it be great if people could be taken out of the equation when it concerns other people's lives? Good news! Remember Watson, the IBM computer that won Jeopardy? A similar computer program can be used for medical diagnostics, reducing the chance for medical errors almost to zero. So what are we waiting for? Two things: people to stop being afraid of computers and people to stop being afraid of losing their jobs. Of course it is up to us what we do with our newly acquired spare time. We may claim we would like more free time. But do we really?

What is often not considered is that people who don't make money working in a job, don't spend money so replacing people by computers and algorithms is not really that good for the economy. A possible solution: a basic income for everyone! As a bonus: out of two working parents, now one can stay at home to actually raise the kids and  leave a job opening for someone else to take.

Here's a glimpse of our possible future:


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Monday, May 08, 2017

'Mr. Trump: are you against or in favor?' -'Yes.'

'NATO is obsolete!'
'NATO is NOT obsolete!'
'Let's keep Assad!'
'Let's oust Assad!'
'Russia is our ally!'
'Russia is our biggest threat!'
'We should invade Syria!'
'We should NOT invade Syria!'

It's really hard to understand what president Trump wants or means.
Mainly because he keeps twisting and turning his opinions. Sometimes there are less than a few days between one opinion and the complete opposite.

But perhaps it's part of his tactics: making people dizzy to avert their attention from other data. Like his business ties.

His staff is confused too. Take Press Secretary Sean Spicer, trying to state Assad is worse than Hitler because the latter 'did not use gas to kill people'. I for one hope his history teacher did not hear him say that.



http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/sean-spicer-assad-hitler-holocaust-offence-gas-his-own-people-donald-trump-doesnt-know-his-history-a7679641.html

Mr. Spicer did try to correct himself. But failed in doing so.


By the way: where is Melania?

(Click to enlarge)


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Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Embrace technology or die

New technology puts people out of work. That's not something new. When people started driving cars it put carriage manufacturers out of business. Some went into the business of building car parts. Others simply moved on to new jobs. Or stayed unemployed for the rest of their lives. Even newer technology will put even more people out of a job. That can not be stopped but is simply a reality. New technologies replace old ones.

Even today there are not enough jobs in every field to provide a living for everyone capable of working. Perhaps we should abandon the idea that only people who get paid to work are useful to society. Maybe economists, sociologists and politicians should look into new ways of living in a society. Or combine efforts to turn back all the advantages of technology and return to the dark ages. When there were less people to feed, was more work to be done and everyone who did not work or had people working for them, simply died. So, do you embrace technology or would you rather die from starvation or easily preventable diseases?

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Monday, May 01, 2017

A positive world

There are times when it does not look or feel that way but there really is a lot of positive stuff going around in the world!

Yes, we're all people. No, we're not all the same. Some people show this concept in a perfect way:


And what happens when people give the good example? Others follow!




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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

News: How to tell fact from fiction?

You know something is a fact because you just know it's true, right? On top of that: you read it on Facebook ánd it was on Fox. So, if the media confirm your believes they just have to be true!
If a thousand people say something, but science proves otherwise, some believe it's science that must be wrong.

But point is: there is no such thing as 'the media'. I'm sure you love your friends and relatives but can you rely on their sources? Turns out: not always. Here's what to do if you REALLY want to know what's going on:

https://dose.com/how-to-read-news-when-trump-is-president-32223dabe1c4#.wtpp2h1xv

An example of how fake news is created is in this story:
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/20/business/media/how-fake-news-spreads.html
A young man saw a couple of buses, just assumed they carried anti-Trump protesters to a rally in Austin, posted the message (including pictures he made) on Twitter and later claimed he was 'too busy' to factcheck every bit of news he makes up. So, if he really is that busy, where does he get the time from to make up news, take pictures and post all that on Twitter? Not to mention the time he needs for all those interviews afterwards.

In the meantime some more fear and false facts were spread.

The world is on fire and we should vote for politicians who's sole purpose in life is to bring the rest of us back to  'the good old days'! Never did our future look so grim!' Right? Wrong!


Perhaps these facts did not convince you. Why is that? Would you rather believe someone who says we're doomed unless we vote for him or her to lead us to a better place, a better economy, a better life? By the way: it's not your 'gut feeling' telling you it's all going down the drain. No, it's a populist.

Here are some more facts (click) to tell you all's not that bad.

Donald Trump became president because his followers believe every single thing he says. His proven best way to trick his people is to repeat his lies over and over again. It's just a pychological trick: when you hear something often you automatically start believing it to be true. Even if it is the complete opposite of what that same person has told you before. Here's an example (click).

What I also don't get: why did the FBI spend so much time and money om investigating accusations made against Hillary Clinton but waited until after Donald Trump was elected president before they started investigating (click) his ties with US' arch enemy Russia?

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Monday, April 24, 2017

Why do people hurt other people?

While Picasso was living in Nazi-occupied Paris during World War II, one German officer allegedly asked him, upon seeing a photo of Guernica in his apartment, "Did you do that?" Picasso responded, "No, you did."

Which brings me to the point: why do people hurt other people? Especially since they know nobody wants to get hurt.

A lot of people (especially men) are afraid to show their emotions. They think it's a sign of weakness to show others you can be hurt. I think it's a sign of strength to show you're human because humans make formidable opponents.

It's emotions that drive us. So yes, I cried when Trevor Bolder died, bass player in my favourite band, Uriah Heep. He also was an original member of the late David Bowie's 'Spiders from Mars'.

So yes, you may express yourself when you're hurt and yes, you may ask others the reason for them to hurt you.

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Friday, April 21, 2017

A lot of good going on!

With all turmoil going on in the world and in our personal lives, it's a relief to see there's still a lot of good going on.

Take Puddles for instance, with his sad kind of humour. I love it!



And a whole lot of people are apparently so very bored that they don't only have time to read this blogpost but also stories like: 'Is this photo proof of a soul rising up from a dead body? (click) Is it just smoke or maybe just a clever use of Photoshop?' I don't think it's sad that people share and comment these stories but I think it's a great accomplishment from humanity as a whole that we've transcended from a species who's main concern is survival to individuals who's main concern is 'What's for dinner?'

How do you see this trend of boredom being a natural state of being? Let me know in the comments section of this blog!



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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

#1Label4All (We're all human so forget about racism)

There are women in the world. There are muslims in the world. Handicapped, jews, buddhists, beliebers, petrolheads, idiots, musiclovers, skinheads, democrats, scientists...all labels. And often confusing: that female handicapped black senator, do we call her a women, a negro, handicapped, politician?


If I may suggest - and if you agree - how about making it easier for all of us ánd end racism while we're at it? How? Simple, from now on we all call eachother 'human'. There will only be #1Label4All

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Monday, April 17, 2017

#Brexit

It seriously looks like the so called 'Brexit' will turn out to be a disaster. Thousands of Brits will loose there jobs and prices of every day products will rise. 95% Of British farmers see other EU countries as their main source of income. Import tarrifs will rise and food (and cars, et cetera) produced in the UK will be subject to more checks before they are allowed to enter the common European market.

UKIP's Nigel Farage (click) is generally seen as the one who started the 'movement' but refuses to take responsibility. As a matter of fact: he boldly stated that should England leave the EU and the economy will suffer a severe blow he will simply become an economic refugee (you know, of the kind he says he hates so much) and move to America. Or maybe he will simply stay in France where he has a home. Obviously buying French, not British products. So...England first? No, Nigel first. Everyone else can suck it. 'Not my problem that people actually bought any of the male cow excrements I said.' Now that is clear, how will the British cope?



I wish them the best of luck!

And much wisdom to the people of France, Germany and The Netherlands. Only people who actually THINK can prevent a Frexit, Gexit or Nexit.

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Saturday, April 15, 2017

Caresses (a #ShortStory)

It was late. Too late to catch a tram. And too cold really to be waiting at some stop for the night bus. But considering his failing motor skills due to excessive alcohol use he decided not to walk.

At the next stop she got on, a few years after he last saw her. She noticed him right after showing the driver her bus card and walked towards him as fast as was ladylike.

Before she properly sat her hand had found his. She looked deeply into his expectant eyes and said: 'I am glad to have found the man of my dreams again.'

He suggested that they get off together at his stop but she told him she couldn't for reasons that do not matter here.

That is why he informed her of the existence of a literary magazine in which a haiku dedicated to her could be found:

Breathe quietly love
hear how the touch of my breath 
your breath caresses



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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

14 Signs humour isn't dead yet

In the light of more or less recent events it's nice to see people haven't lost their sense of humour. And can still see things in perspective: we've never had so few violent conflicts in the entire history of the planet as we've had in het past few decades. It just seems a lot because news nowedays travels at the speed of a fast modem. Especially when trouble is far away most people can't do a thing about it. And consider this if you're in a situation you can't escape from:




So here are a few of the people I'm referring to:

http://www.thepoke.co.uk/2016/11/15/14-funny-protest-signs/

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Monday, April 10, 2017

Good news!

The Europarliament is a democratic body so as a member of European Parliament (MEP) you can say what you like, when you like, to whom you like. Simply because you have freedom of speech. Right? Wrong! In a civilised society you should behave accordingly. Especially as a representitive of the people. That's why 'the EU' sanctioned Polish MEP Janusz Korwin-Mikke. He crossed the line of decency. More than once. And now he pays the price. And rightfully so, if I may ad.





More good news is that everyday more and more people are convinced helping other people is a good idea. For less than $100 a child can see again and has a change to be independent. That's a whole lot cheaper than providing for her for the rest of her life. With just a small investment it's possible a society as a whole can save a lot of money ánd ad some extra pair of hands to the working force!

http://video.nationalgeographic.com/video/short-film-showcase/two-blind-sisters-see-for-the-first-time


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Friday, April 07, 2017

Syria attack: Trump's response

Civilians - including women and children - , living in the provence of Idlib, Syria were recently killed with poisoned gass. According to president Assad and his friend Putin of Russia, the attack was executed by rebels pretending to be soldiers from Assad's army and they bombed their own hideouts to make Assad look bad in the eyes of the world. Somehow I find that hard to believe.

It's easier to believe that 'president' Donald Trump would blame Barack Obama for the massacre in stead of taking up action against Assad, Putin and the likes. So, guess what Donald Trump did?

He claims Obama was weak for not wanting to intervene in the war in Syria.

But this is how Trump thought about intervening in Syria in 2013:
So, the question is: why did Trump intervene in the Syria conflict by firing 60 Tomahawk cruise missiles and starting a war with president Assad from Syria, angrying Assad's close friend and ally, president Putin from Russia?

Either way: who still does not know Donald Trump is a hypocrite and a liar must be extremely stupid. There are no excuses.


The Donald also liked to complain about Obama's golf trips:



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Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Are you an immigrant? Why (not)?

'Trump is right! Immigrants are to blame!'
-'What's the definition of 'immigrant'?'
'An immigrant is someone who is of foreign descent.'
-'So you are an immigrant?'
'No.'
-'But you are from foreign descent?'
'Yes.'
-'So according to your own definition you are an immigrant.'



'Maybe so, but my ancestors and me worked really hard so we are true Americans.'
-'So foreigners who work hard are not called immigrants who steal American jobs but 'Americans'. Correct?'
'Yes, that's right.'
-'So what do you think of Slovenian women who come to America, don't work but simply marry a rich American man in stead of working for a living?'
'They are basically prostitutes who should be send back to where they come from!'
-'So you are convinced Donald Trump will divorce from Melania and have her deported.'
-'Well er...'

You've heard an American president say some harsh words on immigration and crimerates. Here are the actual figures (click). Just in case you're more interested in facts than in tweets.

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Monday, April 03, 2017

A world without immigrants

In the past eight years we saw the rise of Obama and the smartphone.
Which of the two had a bigger impact on your life today? Yes, the smartphone.

Who gave rise to the immense popularity of the smartphone?
Steve Jobs (click). A man who was the son of a Middle Eastern Muslim immigrant from Homs, Syria.

That's right: without immigrants you would not be able to complain about immigrants via your smartphone.

Workout for your brain: think of the people around you. At work, in the streets, in politics, in sports, entertainment and in your family. Now think how your world would look like without immigration.


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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

What do you believe?

'How do you know?' -'Well, I read it in a book by this scientist called Dan Brown.' -'Dan Brown is an author of fiction who happens to have some scientific knowledge.' 'Yes, I know. But I still know it's true because i read it myself!'

We believe what we want to believe. That's normal. Human beings find it almost impossible to believe something they never believed before. For example: once people are convinced the pyramids were build by aliens, it's really hard to present them evidence of the opposite.

Politicians and other marketeers have had this knowledge for a long, long time. And yes, even scientists and journalists are humans. So they develop a theory and then search for evidence to support their claims. If you look hard enough 'evidence' is not hard to find. Too bad people 'don't have the time' (what they mean is 'it does not have priority) to have others check their evidence. Nor do they have the time (what they really mean is: 'I don't want to.') to look for evidence of the opposite. And that's a real shame. It would mean the public would get actual facts. But it would also mean their research would not longer be funded by parties who don't want civilians to be knowledgeable



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Monday, March 27, 2017

We are all special

'Everyone is special but some are more special than others', to paraphrase George Orwell's 'Animal Farm'. So there's a special day for women, called 'International Woman's Day'. And there's Mothers Day and Father's Day and apparently black people are even more important because recently a whole month was dedicated to Black History Month.

I think it's great that even companies do their best to respect everyone's wishes. For example: by designing sportswear, especially for strict religious Muslim women as shown here:


But I don't get it. Sure, people deserve respect. For one: why is there not attention for why people don't respect others and only talk of consequenses and not reasons?

And two: why not an 'International Clown Day' to show our respect for people who have to wear make up, wigs and weird clothes, just to let other people make fun of them, even though they themselves may have a terrible day?

In other words: why not simply respect ALL people, EVERY day?



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Saturday, March 25, 2017

The best way to combat #ISIS?

The United States and the rest of the coalition is working very hard to defeat ISIS in the Middle East: Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan are warzones. Only arms dealers get a smile on their faces when they look at the images.

The forces fighting ISIS have found a method to prevent ISIS from killing innocent civilians. Since the start of the conflict more civilians have been killed by their liberators than by their opressors, so maybe the coalition should reconsider it's tactics?

 ISIS is known for beheading people.
And that's barbaric.
But so does ally Saudi Arabia.
But that's 'an internal affair'.

 What if army helicopters
were called Kurd, Syrian or Iraqi?
It's about time. Really.

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

A world without money

Money does nothing, people do everything.

If you remove money, will everyone suddenly stop doing anything?

If you can find the time (and you can if you don't watch television for one single night), listen to this guy. Not everything he says may make sense to you but he does hold a few valid points.




(If you're the CEO of a large corporation, an influencial politician, a lobbyist or a banker, you may not like what you hear. Sorry 'bout that.)

It's called The Ubuntu Society

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Monday, March 20, 2017

Deportation is not a new thing

Most people seem to act as if Donald Trump's plan to deport hundreds of thousands of people, simply based on their heritage, is a new thing. Well, it's not. No, I'm not referring to Hitler deporting Jews 'to make Germany great again!'. No, I'm referring to J. Edgar Hoover (click) who - in a futile attempt to 'save American jobs!' deported Mexican families, just prior to The Great Depression. Did it work? Of course not! We know that now. Did we learn from it? Of course not. If there's one thing we learned from history, it's that we never learn from history.

Just imagine you're five years old. Angry men in similar boots knock at your door and forcefully take you away from your save world, your friends and your thoughts about 'being free'. The next day you wake up at a place you don't know, surrounded by people you don't know, speaking a language you're not familiar with.

Sounds unthinkable? Yet, that's exactly what the president of the Land of the Free wants.

You may think it all will not be that bad. Just consider this: many believed Hitler would not excecute his plan to eradicate Jews from the planet. Now take a speech from your 'favourite' populist and replace 'Mexicans' or 'Muslims' with 'Jews'. Now, does the speech sound familiar?

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Should drugs be forbidden?

'Big Pharma' is responsible for tens of thousands of deaths a year. In America alone. Yes, that's right: legal drugs kill more people than illegal drugs. And Donald Trump will NOT take action to get that number down. Nor will Hillary Clinton, nor did the Bush' family and nor did Barack Obama.

And I've always wondered: if the US government is so adamant about removing drugs from society and hates drug abusers so much they spend billions of dollars on the 'war on drugs', why has there never ever been a raid of the house of Charlie Sheen? Why is the DEA not active in Hollywood? Or on Wallstreet?

So, what do you think: should all drugs be forbidden or just the ones that cost thousands of people to die?



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