Monday, October 15, 2007

The end is near my friend...

The end for this totally forgotten blog that is. I've never been really active on it. It became more of a creative mental doodle once in a few months.

I will however start to blog a little more serious, just not here. If you can read dutch any other "creative mental doodles" can be found on the Dutch opinion Blog geencommentaar. A group blog focusing on the news, politics's and the works.

Monday, September 10, 2007

Chronicals of the downfall of the western empire (part I)

"And we will abolish democracy to save it!" said the right-wing extremist, failing to realise he was the only real tread to democracy.

Saturday, September 08, 2007

It's strange that...

A jew comes to the rabbi and starts talking: "Where did I go wrong? All my life I've been teaching my son the best Jewish manners, from the very beginning, I've been spending most of the time with him talking about thora, I've paid him the best university education, and last week he came home and told me he wants to convert to Christianity... what did I do wrong?"
The rabbi answers: "It's strange that you are asking me... I have a son, from the very beginning I've been giving him only the best of Judaism, I've been taking him to the synagoga, then paid him the best university education, which costed me the most of my wealth, and some few days ago, he came home and told me he's converting to Christianity..."
The Jew asks him: "So what did you do?"
- "I've asked God for help"
- "And...?"
- "He said - It's strange that you're asking me..."

(source unknown - but I found it subtle and funny)

Friday, August 31, 2007

To you I dedicate this song...

A song especially for you Mr. Wilders (and any other racist politicians):

Disclaimer: as I know Mr. Wilders is quite paranoid and tries to start lawsuits v.s. everybody mentioning his name, seeing threads to his life (he's a brave man), this song is not a thread. It's just the bleak future I believe people like him represent.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

From the pantheon of oneliners

Whatever doesn't kill me has a good change to cripple me for life...

Saturday, August 18, 2007

How two wrongs made one right?

Yes I realise I often ignore my blog for months, if not longer. Nobody reads it anyway so I am not to worried ha! Regardless, I thought it was time for another entry.

I doubt most non-Dutch are aware of the current situation within The Netherlands. Especially when it comes to the hate and fear of Muslims, or the general decline in morals and values (how I despise that term however). In recent years it has become quite popular to openly insult one and other, to be rude, generalise and overall show no respect for one and other. This has become the new standard in The Netherlands. If you disagree with this your anything from a freedom oppressing fascist, a left wing tree huger or "ignorant of the dangers in this world". It's penetrated every corner of society it seems. From politics to private live and of course the Dutch internet community as well.

I actually believe we became this way due to one incident a few years ago especially. The murder of movie maker Theo van Gogh. He was known for his extreme use of "freedom of speech". He for example loved to insult all immigrants by calling them "goat fuckers" publicaly on TV. Now I won't argue his freedom to say that (I do question it's wisdom). He got murdered at some point as it seemed his insults finally made some Muslim nuttjob snap. And there is no excuse for this! No body should ever be harmed, let alone killed, for his or her opinions or words.

I do think in this case we where dealing with 2 wrongs; the first is obvious. Murdering people ain't a good thing. The second is knowingly provoking people, insulting them. Bullying people to a degree that is humiliating and degrading. This is something Theo van Gogh specialised in, and now it seems most of the Dutch people have decided that because a wrong (murder) was committed due to another wrong (bullying and insulting) somehow this second wrong has become a right.

I always learned that two wrongs do not make a right.

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Ignorance is our worst enemy

"Any creative encounter with evil requires that we not distance ourselves from it by simply demonizing those who commit evil acts. In order to write about evil, a writer has to try to comprehend it, from the inside out; to understand the perpetrators and not necessarily sympathize with them. But Americans seem to have a very difficult time recocgnizing that there is a distinction between understanding and sympathizing... when it comes to coping with evil, ignorance is our worst enemy."
- Kathleen Norris

Sunday, July 30, 2006

The truth about Mac's

Old but still funny...

Monday, July 24, 2006

If everyone is right?

If everyone is right, then who is wrong? If you look at the various news agencies today, they bring you news coloured to the audience they serve or the interests they represent. Some more then others of course. Even if you look at individual conflicts or minor arguments, often you get to see multiple versions of "the truth". The question of what is truth and if these is such a thing as absolute truth I leave to those wiser then myself. And enough books have been written about it, enough studies done towards it, and the outcome? Inconclusive.

Especially the recent conflict between Israel and Lebanon (or I should say Hizbolla, with Lebanon caught in-between) has made this all to clear once again. Sometimes the propaganda of both sides is easily recognised, other times it draws you right in there. And at yet other times, you can not help but feel that the atrocities reported are shamefully not propaganda, but as close as one can get to the cold hard truth.

While I believe news reporting is one of the most important things there is, I also believe it to in a way inherently flawed. It needs to be there, people need to see and know about things. Else we would go right back into the dark-ages. But news can never fully tell the story, never fully be independent. Luckily there is a lot of information and different sides available. But sifting through all the information available is a dawning task to say the least.

Perhaps one of the most important things to realise is simple the fact that this is the way of things. Realise it before drawing conclusions to quickly, and to quickly be suckered into believing things told to you that fit your own idea's about the world best. But perhaps it is also a thought to cherish for small inter-personal communication.

"I know nothing except the fact of my ignorance."
- Socrates

Fox News; your un-ending source of propaganda

Sunday, July 23, 2006

Breeding hate in the middle-east

Since 1 picture has been used so much to breed more hate and cause a conflict already never-ending to for sure be never ending, the following link I believe is very important.

One arab person on a forum spouting hatred, lies and intolerance when I told him off asked me "what is your solution then?". Just because there is no solution, does not mean you need to become part of the problem. And perhaps just that is the solution: Stop being part of the problem.