Wednesday, April 18, 2018

A positive world

What if the characters from Star Wars had Facebook accounts?



And...is this the future of farming and will it help save the planet?


Just two examples of positivity in the world. And there's lots and lots more of it.

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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Gun control

'If we ban guns, criminals will find a way to get their hands on them anyway!' Sounds plausible? Then why not decriminilize drugs? You know, because if you ban them, criminals will get their hands on them anyway. And while we're at it: why not decriminalize rape and murder? Because if you ban it, crimininals will find ways to rape and murder anyway. Right? Wrong! Here are a few things that were banned because they are supposedly dangerous. Guns are not on the list. (Click to enlarge)

Here's a guy who's an active supporter of the Second Amendment. He has something to say to you:


Several schools throughout the USA have decided to ban backpacks to make school 'safer'. But why not take the meassures and take it a step further? Let's ban students in schools! In that way the precious Second Amendment Rights of people who love to empty their AR-15's in school buildings won't be violated and no child will ever be harmed at a school schooting again!

Here's a scenario. Answer this simple question: who in this video is the legendary 'good guy with a gun'?


'The right' has an other argument too:




So, if you don't understand what you are talking about, how could you even discuss the subject, let alone state your opinion?

Well, 'the left' has an anser to that question:


And let's leave all this 'left' or 'right' nonsense behind us, shall we? People are either ignorant or they are not. Simple as that.

And really, does anyone honestly think that if a trained armed guard - as at the Florida Parkland shooting - freezes, an untrained armed teacher could take out a shooter? Or a rushing swat team can instantly tell the difference between an armed student aiming his gun to kill and an armed student aiming his gun to protect? If you don't know the answer, just watch this clip and try answering the same question again:


Say, in the most extreme case, that every child in school is surrounded by a few highly trained and well armed guards: will that prevent them from getting shot? It didn't help then President Ronald Reagan, so how would having an armed detail prevent a child from getting shot?

And why are Republicans so lenient towards guns and so harsh on marihuana?
And if guns are really save to be in the hands of teachers and janitors in schools, why didn't the NRA allow guns to be in the hands of law abiding citizens at the last NRA congres?


The USA is not the only country where citizens can get their hands on guns, yet the number of mass shootings in other countries is close to zero. How can that be? Here are a few reasons: https://www.businessinsider.nl/how-other-countries-avoid-mass-shootings-2018-2/?international=true&r=US

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Wednesday, April 04, 2018

Consider the consequenses of deportation

A lot of people don't seem to consider the consquences of their actions. Take the people who voted for Donald Trump to become their president. They based their vote on their desire to have all illegal immigrants deported.
For one thing: crops are starting to rot because suddenly there's a shortage of farmworkers. http://fortune.com/2017/08/08/immigration-worker-shortage-rotting-crops/

But never tought it would mean their children would have to say goodbye to their ever so nice school janitor. Or they would be cleaning their own pool after ICE deported their Mexican poolboy. Or those great kids from next door would be forced to go 'back' to a country they they don't call home.



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Wednesday, March 28, 2018

What if it was you?

They love, own smartphones, have jobs, neighbours and pets. They celebrate holy days, watch silly TV-shows and argue with their spouses what's the best time to take a shower: in the morning, before you get dirty at work? Or at night, after getting dirty at work? In other words: they are people like you and me.

With one difference: suddenly their nice cosy lives were - in the most literal sense - shot to pieces. So they took what they still had and fled. What would you do? How would you feel?

A hypnotharapist made people feel what's it really like to be an actual refugee:



So, if you were a refugee, how would you like people from other countries to see you? And would you prefer to stay in the country you fled too or rather go back to the place you call home?



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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Why do you think what you think?

Why do you think what you think? Is it because somebody told you to think what you think? Is it because you gathered information and based your thoughts on that information? Why do you trust one source over an other? Is it perhaps because one source confirms what you already thought and the other source does not?

You may think that all white policemen are racists. You may think everyone who is obese is fat. You may think everyone born outside the borders of your country is a thief. You may be right. But what makes you think you are?



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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

We can fix the planet!

We are ruining the planet. But we can also fix it. Here's proof that the hole in the ozon layer is shrinking due to human intervention:

https://tecake.in/stunning-nasa-video-shows-ozone-layer-healing-due-human-efforts

What we stole from nature we can also restore!



So you see? Not all is lost!

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Wednesday, March 07, 2018

What to do if you are treated unfairly?

It can be hard to to be let down. Sometimes life or people really, really get to you and you feel a strong urge to just give up. But would that make you feel any better? An other option is to become grumpy, shout and swear a lot and start most of your sentences with 'Yes, but if it wasn't for...' But that's not very productive. Just forget about it then and pretend it didn't happen, that terrible wrong that's been done to you? That's an option. But does it work? In the short run maybe but in the end it will eat you up from the inside.

So what DO you do when you are treated unfairly?

Here are two examples of inspirational stories:





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Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Let's learn from the past

If we wanted to we could learn a lot from our ancestors: how to build pyramids, how to live without money, how to produce bronze mirrors (click) and how to spent time with our family...Thanks to the work of archeologists every day we learn about the past. The next step is to learn from it. One thing for example is something we are finally understanding is: our ancestors were not stupid!



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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Good news

Sometimes from something bad comes something good. The energy crisis in Puerto Rico made people look for alternative energy sources. So the interest in solar energy was renewed: http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/puerto-rico-blackout-sparks-interest-in-solar-power-for-islands-electric-grid/article/2644601

The crisis in Puerto Rico is a direct result of weather conditions. And no, 'weather' is not to be confused with 'climate'. Here's an anology (click) to explain the difference.

And here's an actual scientist explaining the difference



But please feel free to believe your favourite news anchor or politician.

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

What is real?

What is real and why do we let others decide what's real for us?

When reading a novel or watching a movie our brain tells us the information we receive is real. But Gandalf never existed. Or did he? J.R.R. Tolkien made up the character of Gandalf. Or the character of Gandalf decided to choose J.R.R. Tolkien to be his creator. Either way: Gandalf is just a real as the notion that 'all foreigners are evil' or 'everyone who is unemployed is just too lazy to work. Except for me.'

Others may try but only you can decide for yourself what's real or not. A television network, your parents and your teacher can provide you with information. But it's up to you to decide what you do with it.

Did you ever let someone tell you true love does not exist? Perhaps that's what that person believes. But why should you believe it?

You create your own reality!



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Wednesday, February 07, 2018

More fun

There are some amazing people out there! People who invent stuff to make life for others a bit more pleasurable as well as helping the planet a bit. Imagine what the world would be like if we all just did a little bit to help others and or the planet? Here some news on a new kind of solar panel:


And here just a guy who finds pleasure in his work and wants to share his feelings with others. He is known as 'The Tarmac Dancer':



A few days a week I help with the paperwork at a brewery and try to make the day more pleasurable for our clients and my co-workers. I also work part-time as an entertainer in nightclubs, festivals, company parties...

That's how I do my bit in making life on Earth a bit more enjoyable for others. And for myself.

What do you do to make this world more fun?

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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Making dreams come true

Here's an inspiring TedTalk on following a dream. The lesson is: 'Don't just dream but act upon your dream.'




Here's another example of making a dream come true. It doesn't have to be yours!



Have you ever made a dream come true?



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Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Unconditional love

When people tell you you should always show your true emotions they mean to add:
'Except when I experience them to be negative.' Point is: people don't like it when others show negative emotions.

When you are in a really close and loving relationship you can show ALL your emotions in the presence of your partner. If you can't, there's obviously no question of unconditional love. You see: you can't put conditions on unconditional love. Like: 'I don't want you to be negative, I don't want you to play your favourite music, I don't want you to watch your favourite TV-series when I'm around, et cetera.'


So what's your take on this? Do you think it's possible to be in a loving relationship with someone who doesn't want you to fully express yourself?

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Distribution of wealth

'There's not enough money or food in the world to provide for everyone!'

Yes there is. It's just a matter of distribution. Most western people throw away 30 percent of all food they buy. Before that 30 percent gets destroyed before it reaches the supermarket. Just because the apple has spots or the cucumber is not straight enough or the orange is not completely orange...

Just 62 (no, not 62,000. Just 62) people have more money (click) than half the world's population. Of course these 62 have worked very hard to accumulate their wealth but that's not the point. Point is it is simply not true that the harder you work, the more money you make. Some kid picking garbage for 16 hours a day for seven days a week would be richer than Jeff Bezos.


Above graph tells us it's a simple fact the rich are getting richter. Soon just one person will have half of all the money in the world. And then what?

'One person is working really hard just to get by. The other is a millionaire.'

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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Words can heal

Words can heal and words can hurt. Ask anyone who's ever been bullied. Ask anyone who's ever been told 'I love you'. Actions speak louder than words? I don't agree. 

Here's the amazing story of poet Misuzu Kaneko (click).



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Wednesday, January 03, 2018

Good news

Yes, there is room for improvement but there's also a lot of good in the world. For example: the story of baby elephant Ndotto.



And there are still people who think about the elderly. Like the people who came up with the Doro Smartphone:



A lot of produced food goes to waste and on the other hand people are starving. Perhaps this could be part of a solution: Using food waste as construction material (click)


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