Saturday, January 28, 2017

Food for Thought (a #ShortStory)

Food for thought

Yes, he was drunk. How else did he get here?

If he had been sober he would never have knocked on the door of her hotel room.

Without alcohol in his system he would never have dared beg her for a night kiss.

When he stood in front of her she had just taken off her clothes. The blue-grey ensemble looked really good on her. He liked what he saw very much.

And yet he woke up in the room next to hers. The room of her best friend. As it turned out he was sharing (and apparently had shared) two single beds pushed together with two other young ladies and an other young man.

None of them were prepared to tell him what had happened that night but the twinkle in their eyes gave him food for thought.

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Thursday, January 26, 2017

The Founding Fathers were immigrants. Or traitors.

The Founding Fathers were American patriots who made the United States of America possible! Right? Not exactly. They were not born on American soil so in reality they were immigrants. And since they betrayed The British Empire by turning a colony into a new nation, they were also traitors. So Trump (he himself being a descendant from immigrants called Drumpf and son of an immigrant mother (from Scotland) and married to several immigrants from Eastern Euro, making his children second generation immigrants) supporters who shout: 'It's all the immigrants' fault!' are simply right.


And I seriously had to laugh when people were outraged when they found out it was possible a foreign nation had meddled in American affairs. As if America never has...
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But I'm still confused because according to president Trump the Democrats rigged the presidential election. So how come he became president?

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

What I do (a #personal #blog piece)

What happens to me at work:

'Can you work for me next Friday?'
-'To answer that question I need more information: Where is it? What are the working hours? What do I have to do? How much does it pay? Does the pay include travel expenses? Should I bring a costume? Do I go by public transport or will you arrange for a ride? Will there be food and drinks or do I bring my own? Is there a dressing room? Is it a private party or a business venue or just a night out? A birthday or a bar mitswa? Just give me some basic information and I'll give you my answer.'
-'Why do you want to know?'
'I like to know what I'm getting myself into.'
-'Why won't you tell me right now if you'll do it?'
'I want a bit more information than just a date so I can see if it fits my schedule and if it's worth it for me. Why do you want to keep that data a secret?'
-'I'm not keeping it a secret. I just don't want to let you know.'
'That's the definition of 'secret'. Do you understand I need the info?'
-'Yes, I do.'
'So why are you reluctant in giving it to me?'
-'I'm not.'

It appears some people just don't get it...

(More of this (and pictures!) on my Facebook page (click)

On my LinkedIn page (click) I post things about productivity and writing. Mostly. It's also where you can find my resumé.
Google+ (click)I use mostly to share my love for movies and news for nerds. (Still trying to get the hang of working with Google+.. I welcome any serious tips. Even not so serious ones)
On Pinterest (click) you can find most of my selfmade 'lolcats',
My Tumblr (click) page simply reflects my Instagram posts.
On Twitter (click) I share all of the above...

Feel free to follow me and post a link to your own spots on social media in the comments below.

As some of you may know I'm an entertainer. As such I get to see many different people, go to many different places and sometimes do things I started to consider normal but others would love to put on their bucketlist.

I also work at a beer brewery (click): incoming and outgoing invoices and social media.

For a couple of years I worked with children: afterschool and summercamp. I have even been a councilmember (for the Dutch Socialist Party). Yes, I once was a politician!

Next to that I worked as a volunteer for half a dozen foundations and groups. These days I scaled that down to one: the neighboorhood commity. I have three kids (that I know of): my daughters (15 and 16 now) live with their mother. My son - who's 21 now - moved out just a couple of months ago to live near the university where he studies to become an engineer. My girfriend had a business in bamboo homedeco products. Check it out at Rataplan Design (click)!

I also love to write: blogs, columns, working on a novel and a lot of short stories.

Want to read my short stories? My author page: Terrence Weijnschenk at Amazon (click)

Here's me:
















So, now you know a bit more about me.
Questions?

Sunday, January 22, 2017

On President Donald J. Trump

'Those before me did not help the people but only took office to enrich themselves.' It appeared Donald Trump is speaking of himself in the third person. As he is assustomed to doing on Twitter.

Two days ago he was sworn in as the USA's 45th president. And we seem to be still alive so everything is fine (NOT). He started with sacking all 80 ambassadors to the US, without having people to replace them. So now America is not officially represented in dozens of countries.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/donald-trump-fires-us-ambassadors-no-replacements-a7538256.html

He says he won the elections 'fair and square' although Hillary Clinton won the popular vote. When Barack Obama lost the popular vote in 2012 but still - because of how the system works - renewed his presidential contract, how did the new president react? In a very sane and mature manner, right? Not really:

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His first day he also broke 34 promises. No, that's not a typo that should say 3 or 4 but it's a fact: https://thinkprogress.org/on-his-first-day-in-office-trump-broke-34-promises-683c957286dc#.uvz7rinf8

Then he signed an Act to repeal 'Obamacare', the Affordable Care Act. So now over 20 million Americans have lost their insurance. When asked he said he will replace Obamacare 'with something much better!' but leaves us in the dark about what that 'something' might be. Or when and how it will be implemented.

Funny in that regard is the man who expressed his joy over the end of Obamacare but admitted he received his healthcare through The Affordable Care Act, unknowing of the fact the two are one and the same thing...Poor guy! And now even poorer since his healthinsurance no longer pays for the medical care he needs. Should he get hospitalized he will most likely die because he won't even be able to afford a bed for a night.



He still has not shown his tax reports, he still refuses to step down as the head of his companies, his cabinet is filled with the same millionaires and even billionaires he told the people he will be coming down at. He told people he hates Goldman Sachs for enriching themselves at the cost of the regular people with bank accounts at that large bank. Now a former head of Goldman Sachs is in his cabinet.

A topman at EXXON (remember the oil spill they claimed was not happening and if it was, it wasn't their fault?) who just happens to be a close personal friend and business partner of Vladimir Putin is appointed Secretary of State: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/donald-trump-secretary-of-state_us_584c483de4b04c8e2bb02586

He also appointed four former hardcore generals in his cabinet, making the claim he strongly opposes violence somewhat laughable. Understriped by his quote: 'We have so many nuclear warheads. It's a shame not to use them!'

It looks like he does not know what he's up to but at least people who voted for him won't be able to say 'wir haben es nicht gewusst.'

And did he really write his own inaugurational speech? Than I think I know where he got his inspiration from...



One of his first actions was halting a mortgage premium rate cut, costing the regular working American some 500 dollars a year: http://www.bankrate.com/financing/mortgages/trump-halts-fha-fee-cut/

Here are a few pictures to reflect my feelings on the new president:



More 'inspiration' (most people would call it stealing) for his speech:
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The number of people attending the Trump inauguration
was 1/7th of that of Obama's. 
It was NOT due to the cold as some media stated.
At Trump's inauguration day it was 50 degrees.
At Obama's it was 20 F.
Still Obama had a better turn out.
And better artists performing.
At Trump's party even a Bruce Springsteen tribute band 
refused to come and play.
I'm guessing here but I think Mr. Trump did not like the fact a really world famous superstar singer performed for the protesters the next day. For free. It was Madonna.

The day after the new president's inauguration more people were present at a march in Washington against everything the well known millionaire stands for than at the day of the inauguration itself. That must account for something.

His Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, does not know how to spell and could not answer the question: 'If your family had not given 200 million dollars in donations to the Republican Party, would you still have been given this post?'

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2017/1/20/1622904/-Trump-s-education-secretary-pick-just-failed-6th-grade-on-Twitter-and-is-getting-trolled-pretty-hard

Protesting against Trump's administration comes in many ways:
Worldwide millions of people marched for equality for all under the banner of #WomensMarch,
Shia LaBeouf launched a website, collection short speeches from people on the street http://www.hewillnotdivide.us/ , Michelle and Barack Obama launched a website with the intention of collecting ideas to make this world a better place and then excecuting the most viable plans. https://www.obama.org/

Look at Donald Trump's picks for his cabinet: http://www.politico.com/blogs/donald-trump-administration/2017/01/trumps-cabinet-hearings-schedule-233213, Google their names to find out why so many people do not want these people to be in power. You don't have to believe me, just google their names and form your own judgement.

He literally shows no respect for the climate or LGBT rights and has removed the pages on those subjects from the White House webpage: http://thenextweb.com/world/2017/01/20/white-houses-climate-change-lgbt-rights-pages-disappeared/

Trump let his press secretary Sean Spicer lie in front of the world press. Making him state that the crowd attendance at the Trump inauguration was 'much larger than the media claimed it was'.
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jan/22/trump-inauguration-crowd-sean-spicers-claims-versus-the-evidence


If you're still not convinced: here's video footage


Making it clear what The Donald's main focus will remain throughout his presidency: it's not 'being there for the working class Americans' and not even 'supporting my friends in the oil industry'. Not even 'my friend Putin - who I never met except that I did - is being wrongfully accused of being a dictator'. No, the new president's main focus is - as it always had been and always will be - Donald Trump's ego.

James O'Keefe (an opportunist paid by the Trump Foundation) got caught trying to pay liberals to disrupt Trump's inauguration. Again, you don't have to believe me. Just read this article and watch the clip:
http://m.dailykos.com/story/2017/1/16/1621252/-O-Keefe-Caught-Trying-to-Bribe-Protestors-to-Riot-at-Inauguration and http://www.salon.com/2016/10/21/donald-trump-foundation-paid-james-okeefe-10000-in-2015-report/



I know, it's scary. But it's also 'normal'. But is it?

Share your thoughts in the comments!
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Saturday, January 21, 2017

Rhythm of the Ride (a #ShortStory)

The rhythm of the ride

It was a gallery opening like many others. A well-known Dutchman held a speech, the host cracked some inappropriate jokes that got a laugh from just a handful of the guests and the lukewarm champagne was of an expensive but tasteless brand.

He didn't stay long but on his way to the cloakroom he saw her. She stood out thanks to her guts. You need guts to come to a black-tie party dressed in blue shiny hotpants. The amazing thing was that she looked good in them.

Her conversation partner could apparently not amuse her or else she would not have noticed him. The half-smile she gave him made him decide to approach her.

'I prefer a name to go with my fantasies',  he told her without even introducing himself. Completely ignoring the self-absorbed man in front of her she said she felt flattered and gave him her name.

She spoke. If the light of a half-moon in November had a sound, it would sound like that.

Her name fitted a lady of whom you suspect that she makes some extra cash by acting in so-called 'adult movies'. That's why he gave her another name in his fantasies.

At times he would forget it but every now and again the memory of her and her hotpants would float to the surface of his mind and he would smile. His travel companions would look at him quizzically but he would never answer. This was his personal joke.

Rather than answer he watched the landscape go by through the train window and silently he laughed harder at the thought of what she and he might do to the rhythm of the ride.

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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Where and when you were born decides what you belief

Perhaps you believe in God.
Perhaps you believe in Allah.
Perhaps you believe in Buddha.
Perhaps you believe in Krishna.
Perhaps you believe in Wotan, Horus or Zeus?

Impossible!
Well, not if you were born in - respectively -
the land of the Vikings, ancient Egypt or in the days of the ancient Greeks.

Point is: where and when you were born greatly decides what you belief.
Mostly because your parents and other leaders tell you what to belief.

If you would leave out what your parents, teachers, media and government told you: what would you truly believe?

To refrase that for christians: if no one had ever told you about the Bible and the Gospel, would you still put your faith in Jesus Christ? (Same question for other religions)

Looking forward to reading your thoughts in the comments!



Tuesday, January 17, 2017

On racism

Racism is something from the old days! Right? Not really. It's still an everyday reality that people are treated different from others, just because they look different. Silly, really, because the colour of one's skin or the size of a nose says nothing about a person, just about his or her looks. So discriminating on those qualities is just plain stupid. Just like wishing people 'to go back where they come from!' If that wish'd come true, Africa would get very crowded:






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(In Facebook you can't see all the pictures and moving clips. So I suggest you click the original link: htttp://terrebelius.blogspot.com)

By the way:  With Trump as president, will we have nude women appear in Playboy again? Asking for a friend.

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Saturday, January 14, 2017

About God (a #ShortStory)

Proudly her mother and grandmother watched as she undressed. He had given them a seat with a good view so that they may admire their progeny.

She was passionately doing what she had waited for years to be able to do. Now that she had finally turned 18 her dream came true: she could strip!

When he saw her again it was at another party and she looked stunning. A white fur draped around her fragile shoulders and a hairdo with matching make-up that reminded one of Marilyn Monroe in her best days. Without the mole.

In passing he sniffed her scent and nearly became intoxicated. His thoughts drifted away on the music in his head which was different from what the DJ was playing.

This evening she danced for pleasure and not on stage. From his seat near the window he had a good view of her movements. They were hazy and in slow motion.

Time stopped for him and for a second he imagined himself in a time 80 years past. Times were full of hope and expectation back then. The music played on but never quite reached him for his attention was on the game he was playing.

She felt his stare and answered it with a non-fake smile. Then she returned her attention to her conversation partner.

Later that night he talked with her boyfriend about God.

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Thursday, January 12, 2017

US Cops lack target practice. But not bullets.

Police officers are always nice people who think before they shoot and their main objective is to help civilians and catch crooks, preferably without using violence. So, why are so many civilians being shot to death by cops?



'The man did not react to my orders, so I shot him.'
-'The man was deaf. And unarmed.'
'So?'

A man - according to police officers - held a shotgun and possibly refused to let it go. He was shot by over half a dozen cops. 200 Times. Dozens of bullets were fired after the subject was dead. It remains to be seen if the man was guilty of anything.

http://wncn.com/2016/05/30/armed-man-killed-by-officers-in-clinton-is-identified-8-officers-put-on-leave/

So, let me guess. Police departments spend so much money on guns and bullets they have nothing more left to pay teachers to teach cops how to disarm a subject or - in the event brute force is required - to aim before they shoot so one single shot is sufficient to disable someone without killing that person.

What's your theory?

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

They claim this is a peaceful religion!?

A holy man's daughter who loses her honor by committing fornication and thereby dishonors her father also, shall be burned to death.

This quote is about honor killing, so it must be from the Quran! Right?

No, it's straight from The Bible (Leviticus 21:9), you know, that collection of books being used as a manual by people who claim Christianity is a peaceful religion.



There's a lot of talk of violence in The Bible. But also in the Quran and the Torah.

http://www.alternet.org/30-most-violent-exhortations-bible-torah-and-quran

Does this mean everyone who leads a life, based on either of these scriptures is a violent person? No, of course not.

So, if media and stupid people could please stop stating every Muslim is a terrorist please stop doing that? Thank you.

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Saturday, January 07, 2017

Her Ex (a #ShortStory)

He read but as the words glided past they didn't stick with him. Mechanically he turned a page every now and then. It was the manuscript of a customer and he had promised to help her find a publisher because her story deserved to be told.

Although he knew the importance his thoughts were far away...

He had had a delicious meal on her houseboat and the wine had been so good that he had drunk more than he should have without noticing. The last tram had already departed but he didn't care.

In stead he said goodbye and paid his hostess yet another compliment.

'I think you have made me at least 20,000 compliments', she said smiling. -'What!? So little!? A woman like you deserves so many more than that!', he answered back.

She smiled, gave him a heartfelt kiss and went back to her ex.

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Thursday, January 05, 2017

Should women be told what and what not to wear?

Women who are oppressed should be forced not to follow the rules of their religion and therefore women who refuse to show bare parts of themselves at the beach should be forced to act as if they are free from religious oppression. Right?

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3754395/Wealthy-Algerian-promises-pay-penalty-Muslim-woman-fined-France-wearing-burkini.html

This is in France.

But all over the world women are told (by men!) what or what not to wear. Yes, even in the good ol' US of A!

https://www.buzzfeed.com/rossalynwarren/items-of-clothing-women-have-been-told-they-shouldnt-wear?utm_term=.tcb2A6QrE#.oew5w8qvX

From the website:

 There’s a distinct irony in the suggestion that women who are allegedly forced to wear a face covering should be forced not to wear it.

In a lot of churches women MUST cover their heads, according to Christian believes: http://www.suscipedomine.com/forum/index.php?topic=317.0 If you don't believe me, here are some pictures: http://www.therecord.com/living-story/5576747-a-church-apart-we-call-it-the-true-mass-/

An American christian tells women not to show cleavage: http://christian-answers.tumblr.com/post/131813497188/showing-too-much-skin-at-church According to French law he is opressing women by telling them his religion tells them to cover themselves. So he should be arrested. Unless people are okay with double standards.

In Israel religion tells women they have to cover themselves. But they are Jewish so that's okay. Apparently.


http://news.inisrael.com/?p=36



So, what are your thoughts on the subject? Should men go on telling women what or what not to wear or is it time EVERY nation in the world enters the age of enlightment and allow women to finally decide for themselves?

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

The Office of Congressional Ethics

The Office of Congressional Ethics (click) is now no more than a name. The Republican majority has voted to remove all power from this important office. It was put in place to make sure politicians would act according to mutually degreed upon moral guidelines: no more lying, no more cheating, no more witholding information, being transparant, working in the interest of the voters, not themselves, friends or their own companies. No more self-enrichment and no more cutting deals with large companies.

Now the path is paved for people like these to behave as they please, without the risk of being punished for fraude, lies and other despicable behaviour.

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Congratulations America and good luck, the coming four years.

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