Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Communicating with a woman

'Darling, I'm cold.'

'Would you like me to turn up the thermostat?'

'No.'

'Would you like me to make you a pot of tea?'

'No.'

'Would you like me to close the upper window?'

'No.'

'Would you like me to get your sweater or a blanket?'

'No.'

'Wrap my arms around you because you had a rough day at work?'

'No.'

'What do you want me to do for you?'

'If you can't sense what I mean, I certainly won't tell you!


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Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Stop violence!

Stop violence against women! Stop violence against innocent civilians! Stop violence against people of colour! Stop violence against LGBTQ-people! Stop violence against children! Stop violence against Jews! Stop violence against the police! Stop violence against students! Stop violence against Palestinians! Stop violence against doctors! Stop violence against animals! Stop violence against road workers!

Now, here's a weird thought: what if we all put some effort into stopping violence all together?


'If violence really was the best way to end violence,
there would be no more violence.'

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Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Not so serious

With all the stuff going on in today's world (note: before the internet we were much worse of but these days we actually notice what's going on) it's time for a laugh:

Check out these newspaper headlines (click) for instance.  Providing food for thought as well as a smile.

It feels good to make people smile. Small talk can help. Want to up your small talk game? Check out these (click) acts you thought you knew but probably didn't.

A good converstation starter is a good question. Like this one:



'Did you ever ask a man
how he balances work and family?


You can find more of my 'lolcats' here:


Enjoy!

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Wednesday, March 04, 2020

About Last Frida

A resume of a special night of Open Mic:

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Gentle music eased the tension
and a soft voice
turned a piece of barb wire

into a foot massage from a lover
who's watching some old western.

Being late for the first time
a foreign tongue continued
and touched six strings
that could make people float.

The rhythm picked up

and eyes started to glimmer
and hands to clap
to suddenly stop
when the assassin arrived
to make them laugh aloud
before yesterday was gone

and a saint turned into a poet

from shakespearean days
towards the feelings
of a lonely sun in pain.

No soul should be a stranger
and stories need to be told.
Even when they wear a mask
and get stoned in Amsterdam,
producing a numb grin
that gets lit at 3AM,
telling stories in line with the clock.

Strong stuff!

That's fragile
like cotton candy in the rain,
comprised of the tears of men,
not afraid to show emotions
and drop a tissue on the floor,

trying to feel its pain,
trying not to edit
the words that come to you,
telling you about Golden Angels
dropping the bomb:
'Jesus wasn't happy!'

Surprisingly enough
everybody laughs
and mentally gets a cookie
- unblessed -
with all our loved ones
in our hearts
even if they didn't love us.
Which is okay
because there's many fish in the sea
and you can't even tell their gender!

It's okay to be angry
and to make it last.

It feels good to be in love
with love.

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Wednesday, February 26, 2020

What will the robots do if humans keep working?

Free basic income without having to work?

Will robots allow us to prevent them from taking over our jobs?

https://twitter.com/i/status/910556945710485504

Firstly: what's the definition of 'work'? Is work everything that's done in exchange for money? If that's the case, pensioners, children, refugees and a lot of disabled people shouldn't be getting any money. So, moving on.

Is 'work', everything that's done but not falls into the category 'spare time'? Than cut benefits from single stay at home mothers. No?

Perhaps Wikipedia can help us out:


Perhaps homework should count as work and thus be financially rewarded? No?

Riddle me this: people who used to work but don't anymore, should they get money 'for doing nothing?' But people who will never work (aka pensioners) do get benefits. Why should an exception be made for students who finished college but haven't found a job yet, people who are blind and therefore have a hard time finding a job, people who've fled from disaster, lost everything and everone and are recuperating in a new homeland, people who got fired and have become unemployed?

And what will you do after robots and/or algorithmes have come to take your job? Would you be fine with dying from hunger 'because people who don't work shouldn't get money for free'?

But your are indispensible, right? Thing again.



'Yeah, but for every disappearing job, a new kind of job will surface! Right?

Maybe, maybe not. But perhaps we should prepare for a future of unemployment. For people.


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Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Communicating with a woman

'It would be easier for me to adequately respond to your text messages if they would make some sense. Could you please at least try to make an effort to type a message in such a way that you yourself would know what it means when someone sends it to you?'

'What do you mean?'

'For one: your spelling is often so bad that it's even hard to figure out if a word you typed is a word in Dutch or in English. Or whatever other language. Second: before you reply it would be practical if you first answered the question I asked you, following your own previous message before you asked me a new question and when I answer it by saying you didn't ask me a question but simply made a statement. Third: please, when you mean one thing, don't say that you mean something else. You would do the world a great favour if you would make it a habbit of reading your own message before you click send. Could you at least try? Please!?'

'I don't know what you're talking about. Show me an example.'

'Okay, here's an old message I received from you. In your own words: what does it say?'

'Let's see...well...er...auto correct probably messed up. I think that third word is French but I missspelled because my phone's keyboard settings are set to English so autocorrect should have corrected it. And here, where I say 'Electric' I meant 'Gas' but it's your fault you didn't know because you should have asked. I don't remember what I meant with the rest of the message because I wrote it so long ago.'

'This message is from 16 minutes ago.'



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Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Gunsense and school shootings

A few months ago there was another school shooting in the land of the 'free'. In Santa Clarita a 15 years old boy tried to kill his classmates. Luckily he 'only' managed to kill one of them.

A man by the name of Andrew Pollack (click) responded to the tragedy with this tweet:

In case the tweet got deleted, here's a screenprint with my replies next to it:


I really don't understand how anyone can blame someone for 'politicicing' a gruesome act but has no apparent difficulties with monetizing (click) the death of his own daughter who was killed in a school shooting. Can anyone explain? To me it seems mr. Pollack tells people it's not okay to gain political benefit from the death of a high shool student but it's a good thing to personally gain from it financially.

Mr. Pollack is adamant in defending his daughter's killer right to carry guns ánd wants schools and politicians to do more to prevent gun homicides. If it was up to him every school in the world would have bullet proof windows, metal detectors, armed teachers and students wearing kevlar school uniforms. He forgets what sane people know: if you want to fight a disease, aim your attention at the cause, not at the symptoms, let alone the consequenses.

Fellow gun nuts claim drugscontrol is the only way to stop people from getting drugs! And guncontrol doesn't work because criminals will get their hands on guns anyway!


What do you think: is control a good or a bad thing?

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Wednesday, February 05, 2020

Terror and media

'A list of 78 terrorist attacks has not been reported by the media!', Mister Trump said. 'My boss meant those attacks have been underreported.', a spokesperson clarified.  Have they? First question: if 'the media' are not reporting on terror attacks, how come you and I know about them?



If you think Trevor Noah is 'left and thus wrong and when you laugh about something it's not real or serieous', here's a more serious piece of reporting on the Trump administration terror attacks are not - or under-- reported by the media:



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Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Are we manipulated into thinking pollution is a terrible problem?

'By the year 2000 20% of the earth population will be dead from pollution'.

'They lied to me in school, back in 1971! It's entirely untrue that 20% of the world's population is dead!', a lot of people claim.

They are right. As a matter of fact: of all people living on the planet today exactly zero percent is dead. Yes, that's right: of all people alive today in the world not a single one has died from pollution!

Were the teachers, scientists and all other 'lefties' in the seventies just scaring us in order to control us because scared people are more easily controlled? Not really. Pollution is a real problem. And living people are not dead. But the internet proves it's very easy to confuse dumb right leaning stupid gullible people with fake numbers and dito statistics.

Unfortunately a lot of people go for false arguments, manipulitave wording and convincing looking statistics. A few examples:

False arguments:

'Most people with autism have been vaccinated. That proves vaccination leads to autism.'
Nonsense of course. Just look: 'Most people who voted Trump drank milk as a child. That proves drinking milk improves the odds of one day buying a MAGA-hat significantly.' and 'By far most alcoholics today used to wear diapers as a kid. That must mean the Secret World Order puts a secret substance in our babies' diapers to make them dependent on alcohol, turning them into sick poor bastards.'

Manipulative wording:

'Scientific DNA-tests performed on inmates on Death Row show only 2% may not have commited the crime the sick bastard was accused of. Proving DNA-testing is a valid method of stating a whopping 98 percent is righfully executed!'

'DNA-tests show 1 in 50 inmates on Death Row is innocent!'

Different figures? No. The figures are from the exact same dataset. It's just a lot of people don't realize '1 in 50' is the exact same number as '2 percent'

Statistics

Lea Gaslowitz teaches us how to spot a misleading graph. Showing us 'undeniable data!' is a method favored by not only politicians but also big companies. Both luring us into buying election rhetoric and cars. For example.



A few more (sometimes disturbing!) examples by Mark Liddell:



But moving on to pollution:

Which countries are the world's worst polluters?



According the the World Health Organisation (click) 3 million people a year worldwide die from outdoor pollution. Compared to the 26,000 who died from terrorism in 2017 (0,05% of all 56 million people who died that year) significantly more. Since everyone with a working brain can understand '3 million' is a whole lot more than '26,000', how come so many people are not afraid of pollution but are afraid of terrorism?

'Yeah, all fine. But a professor said that when someone in 1970 stated 'in the near future' over a 100,000 people a year will die from pollution. He was spectacularly wrong!' Yes, professor Mark J. Perry did that in this piece (click). Next to claiming the predictions in 1970 were way off the mark (the predicted 100,000 death a year from pollution is far less than the 3 million deaths from pollution that became reality. So he really is right. Just not in the way he wants us to believe.) Mark Perry tries to tell people we shouldn't worry 'because pollution is really not that bad. 'They' just want you to think that.'

Interestingly mr. Perry (or a ghostwriter who wrote the piece on his behalf. Hard to tell.) not only makes numerous false statements but works for the American Enterprise Institute (click), funded by the Koch Brothers, the right wing billionaires who use their money to manipulate civilians and politicians alike. Other big financial contributors to this 'think thank' that likes to spread easily debunked false claims, are tobacco producer Philip Morris and oil giant ExxonMobil. If you dig just a little further you will find out one of the foundations paying Professor Perry, Ayaan Hirsi Ali and dozens of other people on the political right (just a coincidence of course that every single one of the member of the American Enterprise Institute  could act as an 'expert' on the Fox Entertainment Channel!) is based on the fortunes of the Vick Vaporub family.

Makes you think, right?

So please, before you believe a claim (and share it), try to make sure you are not manipulated. I know thinking and investigating takes time and effort and watching an episode of a soap or sports is less strenious but the effort is worth it. Unless you prefer to live in a fake world.

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Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Communicating with a woman

'I'm so bored!'
'Well, maybe you can finally sort your holiday pictures, help your elderly neighbour with her groceries, paint the hallway, clean out the cat's litterbox, write a piece on what to do against being bored,...'
'Where would I find the time!? Do you think I'm bored!?'
'Yes, Because you stated 'I'm so bored!' Remember?'
'When was that? I never am and would never say that!'



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Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Save the planet! Go nuclear!

Greta Thunberg traveled across the ocean in a zero-emission ship. But even if she had taken to flight to spread her message ('Stop polluting our planet! Save the environment!'), would it be worth less spreading? The young lady from Sweden does not receive money to talk about her convictions. In fact she refused to accept an Environmental award (click) with a big sum of money attached to it. So the narrative: 'She is doing all this for personal financial gain' is debunked.

But what if she díd get paid? What's so terrible about getting paid to follow your heart?

Why do people shout at a little girl for wanting to save the planet and speak of shameful behaviour when a known liar is boo'ed?

'Greta Thunberg is a lobbyist for climate activists!' Actual lobbyists get paid. Lobbyists who push the agenda that nuclear power is the way of the future. Because it's cheap energy. When it's harvested in a safe way. Which it isn't. Yet. The toxic waste alone could cause an unprecedented disaster and end life as we know it. But don't let such a tiny detail ruin your day. Or the life of everybody and every plant and animal on the planet. Here's an article (click) pushing 'nuclear' as an environmentally friendly way to produce energy. It is written by lobbyist Michael Shellenberger. His lobbygroup 'Environmental Progress' has some interesting ties (click) with the regime of North Korea and claims 'nobody got sick at Fukushima and the evacuation was totally unnecessary because the meltdown was absolutely safe.'

In an article on Forbes (click) Shellenberger quotes an unidentified expert: “While I am an advocate for renewable energy, my motivation is driven by economics, not by warm and fuzzy feelings,” a renewable industry leader emailed me recently to say.' Who this 'renewable industry leader' is, remains a mistery. At least until Mr. Shellenberger has answered me:
In said article Shellenberger links to an article (click) in which the author agrees with Shellenberger. Perhaps Shellenberger hopes not everyone notices the author of the article that 'proves' Shellenberger's point is...Shellenberger.

'Saying Climate Change is caused by humans is just an opinion!' If that's true, so is: 'It really hurts when someone hits you really hard on the nose!' The presented evidence is similar to this example: 'See, I've hit this guy on the nose really hard and he didn't even flinch!' -'That's probably because he's dead.' 'But you said it always hurts when you hit someone on the nose! I just proved you lied!' Ha! -'I meant a living person.' 'Because I proved you wrong, you're now changing your narritive! That proves you knew you were lying and means I'm right. Ha ha, I won! Nah, nah nah nah nah!'

Mr. Shellenberger has been found to 'accidentally get his facts wrong' (Fox-speak for 'lying') on other climate issues (click) as well. But that's probably coincidental. Just that an influential politician happily endorsing Michael Shellenberger, Justin Clark (click) just happens to be in charge of the team of lobbyists 'selling' the 'President Trump is the greatest! (click)' brand to interest groups. An interest group that's very populair with politicians who suppert Trump is 'Environmental Progress (click)'. From Michael Shellenberger.



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Thursday, January 09, 2020

Since when was Qassem Soleimani an imminent threat?

'People who pose an imminent threat to American lives may be executed (click) without any kind of trial.' That was the message president Trump send the world early in this year when he ordered the execution of Qassem Soleimani, an Iranian general who was responsible for attacks in which people were killed.

According to this belief it is okay for any foreign country to execute Donald Trump. Since he is responsible for attacks in which people were killed. Like the five unnamed people killed in the bombing of Soleimani. And many other strikes. In hospitals, schools, et cetera.

The government of The Netherlands has officially stated it doesn't care at all that the USA simply ignored internatiol law, treaties, human rights and all that other stuff that takes the fun out of blowing things and people up. But has asked for 'an explanation'. In the future America will think twice before they 'forget' to contact their allies before they violently dismember a terrorist! Because who would want Dutch Defence Secretary Bijleveld to nicely ask you for an explanation for your extremely violent behaviour?

Just months ago the Secretary had 'accidentally told alternative facts and witheld information' (click) concerning the 'accidental' (again) killing of some 70 Iraqi civilians in an attack on ISIS. 'Yeah, well, things happen. People shouldn't make a big fuss about it.'

Interestingly enough the Iranian leader, who has been known to head the Quds forces since 1998, killing thousands of civilians, was only 'an imminent threat' since a few hours after (...) his early demise. Coaincidentally a few weeks after president Trump becoming the third American president ever to get impeached.



It raises the question: if  'The Greatest Military Force in the World' knew Soleimani was a villain back in 1998, why did they wait so long to elimante him? Perhaps because it's common knowledge that a killed general will not stop his army?

Until recently Soleimani was an important US ally (click) in the battle against the Taliban, al Qaida and ISIS. According to some sources (click) the general was on his way on a diplomatic mission. Send by the Iraqi government on a Trump-Pompeo missive.

In my opinion judges should be the ones who decide if someone is innocent or not. Presidents should behave presidential and not act as judge, jury and executioner. 

But it seems the USA and its allies have decided the world no longer needs the UN, international treaties, consultation with allies, a list with human rights, an international court of justice or even judges for that matter. So what to do with all the money that will be saved if we just cancel silly things like 'rights', 'rules' and 'law'? Buy more bombs and drones? Buy more influence? Buy more politicians?

In the meantime stockmarket prices have gone down and oil prices have gone up while weapons manufacturers (click) went to sleep smiling after right the moment word of the murder got out. 'Well, things happen. And if they strike back, they will.', to quote an American President.

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