Thursday, December 4, 2008

Pepsi cola advertising: Dare for More


'The Surfer'


'The Climber'

'The Boarder'
The motifs of these ads are inspired by the famous Pepsi-Logo in red, white and blue and show adventurous pictures. They´ve just won the Grand Prix at the Epica Awards.
Agency: BBDO Germany.

Is it finally over? European court on headscarf ban

On 10 November 2005 the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (‘Court’) decided the long-running headscarf battle between Muslim students and Turkish universities in the Sahin judgment. On appeal, it held that the prohibition against wearing headscarves on university premises did not violate Article 9 of the European Convention on Human Rights (‘Convention’) on freedom of thought, conscience and religion. It thereby confirmed the decision of the Fourth Section of the Court of 29 June 2004.


Today, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled that the expulsion of two female students from a French school for refusing to remove their headscarves does not violate their basic rights. The Court cited its rulings in the Leyla Sahin vs Turkey and the Welfare Party vs Turkey cases.

Two Turkish girls were expelled from school in France after refusing to remove their headscarves to participate in their gym lesson.
The girls had responded to the expulsion decision by applying to a Strasbourg-based court claiming their rights have been violated.

In the Sahin case, the court handed down a similar decision saying the headscarf ban at universities did not violate basic human rights, while in the Welfare Party case ruling, it said states could take measures, including political party closures, to protect democracy and secularism

"The court also reiterates that the state may limit the freedom to manifest a religion, for example by wearing an Islamic headscarf, if the exercise of that freedom clashes with the aim of protecting the rights and freedoms of others, public order and public safety," the ECHR said in its ruling in the case of Dogru vs France.

The applicant, Belgin Dogru, a Muslim aged eleven at the time of the incident, wore a headscarf to school. On several occasions, Dogru attended her physical education and sports classes wearing a headscarf and refused repeated requests by her teacher to teacher to remove it because it was said to be incompatible with the physical education lesson.
Dogru was expelled from school for breaching the duty of assiduity by failing to participate actively in physical education and sports classes.
She later applied to the ECHR alleging the expulsion violated her right to religious freedom as well as her right to an education as guaranteed by Article 9 of the Convention and Article 2 of Protocol No. 1.

Some interesting facts about Iran (1)


The Jews have a profound love for Mr. Ahmadinejaad


“I'm not a fucking Arab like your cousins you Jew”
~ Iranians in general

“Is it too late to blame the Jews?”
~ Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on any problem in Iran

“Is it ever too late to blame the Jews?”

~ Common historical opinion / second part of above phrase, usually shouted by the masses.

“HOMOSEXUALS? We don't need no stinkin' homosexuals!”
~ Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Homosexuals

Iran is the superset of the superpowers in the world, or so claims their president. Everyone else would like to know where to get crack as good as the shit Mr. Ahmanineenaenajaadd[sic] got. If the United States of America runs out of people to blow up, Iran is next on the list.

Education

There are much signs of education in Iran, however, most of the Supreme Leaders are illiterate.
There are very few subjects taught at school, therefore the few that are taught are learned by the students to new extremes. Subjects taught can be categorized in the following fields: atomic energy, nuclear physics, projectiles and particle dynamics, warfare and Israel-bashing . All other subjects are related one way or another to those mentioned in the specified categories.
Iranian women currently are occupying more than 60% seats of the universities. But that is due to 'attached dildo policy' of regime particularly after revolution.

Twentieth Century History

In 1905 Reza Shah Pahlavi (aka. Khoda Beyamorzi) was forced by a broad coalition of clerics, bazaar merchants, and students to introduce broad reforms. Eventually, he buckled, and a new constitution was drafted. For some reason, it was modeled after the constitution of Belgium. This all changed, however, when in 1951 Prime Minister Mohammad Mossadegh led a democratic coup against the shah. After taking power, Mossadegh led a campaign of nationalistic reforms which culminating in the nationalization of the Anglo Iranian oil company. Great Britain, which naturally had more claim to Iranian oil than Iran, convinced the US government that Mossadegh was a communist and therefore needed to be replaced with a more suitable nationalist.

The Ayatollah after his 1979 resurrection by the Devil.

Meanwhile, after being resurrected by the Devil himself, The Ayatollah, formerly known as Saruman the lord of Isengard, was given his new title (the Ayatollah) by the Devil, and was instructed to lead an evil revolution in Iran which resulted in millions fleeing the country. After a decade or so of evil doings in Iran, the Ayatollah was called back to the depths of hell by the Devil once again as he was creating too much competition for the Devil; He was quite frankly making the Devil look bad (less evil actually) by comparison.

In 1980, Iran went to war with Iraq, insisting that disgruntled employee Saddam 'Da Man' Hussein had changed the region's name from Iran to Iraq in order to steal some sand by pretending it was a whole other country. Eight years later, several million teenagers were dead, and no one had conquered the sand. The UN declared the sand the winner. This event was recently repeated by US and British forces attempting to steal the same expanse of sand, but the granulated earth has proved too resolute in the face of conflict.

end of part 1

Day Opening - December 4


Alaska

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

The Turkish-Dutch banking cooperation

The European Commissioner Neelie Kroes (for competition) gave her approval that French BNP Paribas can take over the Belgium and Luxembourg part of Fortis where Turkish Fortis is part of.
Some re branding has to be done since Fortis got an unreliable name after buying Dutch banking giant ABN AMRO bank last year which leads to the bail out of both banks by the Dutch, Belgium and Luxembourg governments.
Fortis the Netherlands and ABN AMRO bank will merge under the supervision of the former Dutch minister of Finance, G. Zalm. ABN AMRO bank is already active on the Turkish market. A new merger will strengten their position in Turkey.

Dutch ING, one of the largest financial institutions worldwide, which acquires Turkish OYAK bank late last year, is aiming to open 19 new branches in Turkey by the end of this year reports the Dutch Financial Daily today.
This will bring the total of ING banking offices in the country to 381.
ING announced in July that it plans to open 150 new branches in total in the coming three years, says the paper.

Dutch Rabobank, the only bank worldwide which has triple A star, will be active on the Turkish market despiter their failure to buy Turkish Sekerbank.
Turkey's Sekerbank initiated partnership discussions with foreign investors during 2005 and 2006. In June 2006 the Bank's two pension funds signed an agreement with TuranAlem Securities ("TAS") of Kazakhstan, a fully owned subsidiary of BTA Bank for the sale of 33,98% of the Bank’s shares. This partnership was successfully concluded in March 2007. BTA is financial supported by the Dutch Investment bank.

Note: Neelie Kroes is a Dutch Commissioner of the EU.

Note: The Netherlands invested between 2006 and 2007 appr 8 billion Euros in Turkey and 525 Dutch companies entered the Turkish market.

update


It was Monday Vassili, co blogger here, his birthday. By this: Happy Belated Birthday Vassili!

Sandra expected her first child 21 November, due date. Didn't hear from here so I expect that she is doing fine!

Have added 2 more sites to this blog; one is from a Dutch student International Communications now temporarily studying in Istanbul. Check out Bas in Istanbul.
Another site is that of Ebru in Mugla. Her site is in Finnish, good for those who want to practice their Finnish..) And the music is wonderful on her site.

Last week I had my first operation, which means clinic in and out. Today my second one. Which will knock me down for sure. But as usual I pre-post some postings.
In the meanwhile, since 7 weeks I am the 'boss' of a puppie. See the pictures below. Took her from a animals asylum. About the latter a separate post! Btw, her name is Sarah P...)) Just got her some days before the USA elections.)




Real Madrid become Dutch


Spanish club Real Madrid bought yesterday the Ajax striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, nicknamed The Hunter, with the hope to boost its national and international fortunes.

Huntelaar, who will probably make his debut at Real Madrid's Santiago Bernabeu's stadium on January 4, 2009, will be the sixth Dutch player at Real Madrid. Since July 2006, the club has bought Ruud van Nistelrooy (15 million euros), Wesley Sneijder (27 million euros), Rafael van der Vaart (15 million euros), Arjen Robben (36 million euros) and Royston Drenthe (14 million euros).

The Ajax striker will leave the Amsterdam football club under a €27m transfer deal agreed on Tuesday evening. Total amound of money paid for the 6 Dutch players is 134 million Euros.
Huntelaar's football talent is coupled with intelligence. He completed his secondary school studies with ease but dropped out of the pre-university stream because he did not have enough time. For a while at Heerenveen, he studied Spanish (which he will not need with 5 Dutch players around him)and is also interested in art.
In April, Real Madrid's coach Bernd Schuster called Huntelaar a clone of his own coach – the former star striker Marco van Basten who is now in charge at Ajax.

Turkey rules the world...


Do I have to take the following serious or aux serious?
I rather would say: 'take route 66', in good Dutch: 'don't take yourself too serious, you Turkish prosecutors and judges'.


Ankara's public prosecutor initiated an investigation Monday into derogatory remarks purportedly made about the founder of modern Turkey, Ataturk by the academic Dr. Ronald Münch from the University of Bremen for insulting Mustafa Kemal Atatürk during a speech at the European Parliament in Brussels on Nov. 13. Read more here.

As scores of Web sites, including YouTube, remain blocked in Turkey, the New York Times has revealed the behind the scenes story of the YouTube ban within Google that owns the Web site.
After a video was taken down which insulted Ataturk, Turkish prosecutors objected to dozens of other YouTube videos they claimed insulted either Atatürk or Turkishness. After having many of the videos translated into English, Nicole Wong, the deputy general counsel of Google and her colleagues set out to determine which ones were, in fact, illegal in Turkey and which would be a violation of YouTube's terms of service that prohibit speeches of hatred but allow political speech; and which constituted expression Google and YouTube would try to protect.
After a fierce internal debate Wong, had to play mediator, decided that Google, by using a technique called IP blocking, would prevent access to videos that clearly violated Turkish law, but only in Turkey. For a time, this solution seemed to work for the Turkish judges, who reopened access to YouTube. But last June a Turkish prosecutor made a demand that Google block access to the offending videos all over the world, to protect the rights and sensitivities of Turks living outside the country. Google refused, arguing that one nation's government should not be able to set limits of speech for Internet users worldwide. As a result Youtube has remained blocked in Turkey. Read more here.

Day Opening - December 3


THE NETHERLANDS, Middelburg
Johannes LOOFF engraver
active 1627-51Salver 1618silver,
parcel-gilt 30.8 cm diameter
Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

This gilded silver salver was known as an Achtpuntschotel (octagonal plate), because of the characteristic eight-sided border. Originally only the border was decorated with representations derived from sixteenth-century prints. In 1631 the Middelburg silversmith Johannes Looff (d. 1651) engraved the centre of the salver in a contemporary style, with a scene from a particular biblical story that was often chosen to decorate objects presented to celebrate the birth of a child.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Turkey and its Internet bans.

While the Turkish Education Ministry will take legal action to shut down Web sites that are providing "ready homework" to students (maybe Wikipedia will be included..) two Turkish authors, Kerem Altıparmak and Yaman Akdeniz, wrote a book "Restricted Access," which assesses Internet content regulation and censorship in Turkey by providing an overview of the current legislation from a critical perspective.
According them Internet restrictions are against European Union norms and Turkey could face charges at the European Courts of Human Rights for violating the freedom of expression. I don't know if the Turkish government will take this serious or will say that 'Europe' is not allowed in domestic affairs...

Altıparmak, an assistant professor responsible for a number of projects carried out by Ankara University's Human Rights Center, claims Law No. 5651, which regulates publications on the Internet, is worse than the infamous Article 301 of the Turkish Penal Code (TCK).
The other co-author, Akdeniz, is a senior lecturer at the School of Law at the University of Leeds and founder of the UK-based Cyber-Rights.org.

Akdeniz and Altıparmak argue that Law No. 5651 was rushed through Parliament just before the Parliament was dissolved for the 2007 general elections and that it had not received broad public support before or after its enactment. Universities and experts, including bar associations, were not consulted about the bill, either.
The authors point out that Web sites can only be blocked if they commit crimes listed under Article 8 of Law No. 5651: encouraging suicide, sexual exploitation of minors, encouraging drug use, supplying harmful substances, obscenity, providing a forum for gambling and prostitution. Web sites may also be banned under other laws, such as the Law on Intellectual and Artistic Works. After examining the many instances of Web site bans over the past year, Altıparmak and Akdeniz suggest that many of the blocking orders that have been issued are actually against the law.
“It is unlawful for the courts, judges and public prosecutors to issue blocking orders and precautionary injunctions outside the scope of these two provisions. Based on this view, blocking orders issued outside the scope of these provisions should be lifted by the courts that issued the orders in the first place,” they claim.

And there is morreeee

Dutch Muslim organisation want halt to Islamic schools

Muslims want halt to Islamic schools

The umbrella organisation for Islamic schools in the Netherlands, ISBO, says no more schools should be opened until those that do exist are operating properly, according Yusuf Altuntas the head of the organisation.
Last month it emerged that many of the country's Islamic schools do not have their finances in order, are corrupt, and offer below standard teaching. Also, most of the managers of Islamitic schools are not capable and lack the education to run a school properly. "Lets first improve the standards of the current schools before we establish new ones' says Yusuf Altutas.

Day Opening - December 2


Jan de BRAY 1627-1697
The Governors of the Guild of St Luke, Haarlem 1675
oil on canvas 130.0 x 184.0 cm
Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
Young artists learned from their masters how to pre-treat canvases and panels, prepare paint, and practise copying the work of their teachers. When a pupil was finally ready to set himself up as an independent painter, he had to become a member of the local guild in order to actually carry out his profession. The painter of this rare portrait of a group of artists, Jan de Bray, was himself a governor of the Haarlem painters' guild. He is the second figure on the left, holding a panel. The professional organization for painters in each Dutch city was the Guild of St. Luke, named after the New Testament saint who is said to have painted a picture of the Virgin Mary. An image of St. Luke appears here on the plaque which the guild's deacon, Gerrit Mulraet, (seated in front of the table) is showing to the viewer.

Monday, December 1, 2008

'Cyprus Wounds Must Finally be Healed'

Ferdi Sabit Soyer, 56, is the prime minister of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, which is only recognized as an independent country by Turkey. He spoke with SPIEGEL about negotiations with his Greek neighbors to the south.

SPIEGEL: The presidents of northern and southern Cyprus have met 10 times recently to discuss the future of the divided island. Has there been progress?

Soyer: Our goal was to vote in the June 2009 European Parliamentary elections as a united Cyprus. But everything's moving too slowly. I'm afraid we're not going to meet our goals -- we're seeing more problems than progress right now.

SPIEGEL: Last week's talks apparently ended in some pretty serious quarreling.

Soyer: We in the north are interested in a country made up of two states with equal rights, and are supporting a federal model similar to Germany's. but the Greeks in the south don't want to give Turks equal rights.


SPIEGEL: The Greeks say their right to return to the north isn't being taken seriously.

Soyer: That's not true. We have agreed to resettle 55,000 Turkish Cypriots -- a fifth of our population. We're willing to trade land for equal rights. But he other side must sacrifice as well.

SPIEGEL: How long do you envision this process taking?

Soyer: We're still working to find a solution in the next year. We Northern Cypriots appeal to all Europeans to end our isolation. Cyprus's wounds must finally be healed.

Interview conducted by Dietmar Bednarz

European languages


As you can see, they have split Turkey already here..))
Click on the picture to enlarge!

Some interesting facts about Cyprus (3)

Cults

Cyprus is the only country to have true Goths® who serve the goth community in the right way. This cult group has its base mainly in Nicosia and it spreads to Limassol. It hasn't arrived in Paphos yet cause of their border control. Those people dress in black , following the steps of their ancestors , are pierced so they can show off and they hang out at 'Picadilly' listening to the greatest goth singers of all times Evridiki and Korgialas with their gothic song 'comme ci comme ca'. Reports mention that a group of goths committed suicide while listening to the dark and powerful lyrics of the song. Another cult is the 'show-offs'. They sit at the expensive cafes with their shiny clothes and new hairstyles seeking for people's "simasia"(something mentioned above). When that doesn't happen they lose their reason to live. So they just try harder.
Another important cult is the drunken underage kiddos. They can be found mainly in every night club especially on Saturday nights. They are the ones who are still sucking their mum's tits but still have to go get wasted on every possible occasion. It is a very vital part of Cypriot society as a whole because it throws the de-virginisation levels down to 12 years old , something that each parent is proud of..
Last but not least, the Pilotta Cult, a cult devoted in yelling wherever it stands, with its members throwing cards and hitting tables getting everyone (even house who aren't there)nervous.

Lifestyle

Days in Cyprus consist of either sitting down the beach in the day, or shopping on the amazing Anaxastacia Street, with its tremendous range of shops. Nights will be spent going into every night club in that area, or going to Starbucks, even if you dont like coffee.
The most important pass times of the island are smoking cigarettes, smoking cigarillos, smoking cigars, smoking nargileh/shisha/hookah, smoking pipe, smoking turks and just generally smoking. Oh, and komboloi. In recent years (and under the pressure of the EU) legislation has been modified to allow non-smokers to live on the island, unfortunately many non-smokers, despite these new laws, are still fugitives and have to live in dark corners of restaurants and cafes desperately trying to dodge the 2nd (or even 3rd, 4th, 5th,... ...nth) hand smoke.
In the recent past non-smokers were not allowed in to the country and Cypriot non-smokers were deported to the UK in order for them to become Charlies (Char Li Es), since they had no use working for the government in Cyprus. The aforementioned set of laws has also brought the mandatory smoking age up to 10 (from it's previous value of 6 years of age) for boys and 8 for girls (because boys have to do 2 years in the army). If you do visit Cyprus make sure you smoke at all times, you never know who is watching.
There has been a lot of debate lately as to why Cypriots smoke so much, the two leading (and competing) theories are: 1. Monty Python and other really cool (kewl/1337) shows make it look cool, 2. Cypriots aspire, through Darwinian evolution (as opposed to Nintendo evolution, see pokemon) to make everybody immune to lung cancer. That is an advantage over the Turks. By the year 2020 most Cypriots will be immune and (obviously the ones who developed lung cancer will be showing symptoms of acute death) and then, gamo to (F#@K it), the island can be reunited.

Important Note: Recent studies have proved that Cypriots don't smoke because of Monty Python , because simply the majority of them never watched it.

Court upholds 'magic' mushroom ban

A ban on the cultivation and sale of fresh hallucinogenic mushrooms, known as paddos, can go into effect on December 1 as planned, a court in The Hague ruled last Friday.

VLOS, an organisation representing 51 so-called smart shops where mushrooms and other herbal highs are sold, went to court in a last-ditch attempt to have the ban overturned. The sale of dried mushrooms is already illegal.
The shop owners argued that health minister Ab Klink could not show that using mushrooms causes damage to health or society. They also said the government had not taken into account that ban will result in a 50 percent cut in their income.
Klink said last year he planned to include hallucinogenic mushrooms in the opium law, which means they are considered a hard drug. Pressure mounted on the government to take action after a number of incidents involving foreign tourists.
But the role of mushrooms in some cases, such as the death of a 17-year-old French girl last year, has never been proved.
The court ruled in Klink's favour but did not issue a statement. VLOS said it would wait for more information before deciding whether to appeal.

Day Opening - December 1



Rembrandt van Rijn's The Abduction of Europa, 1632.

Oil on panel.

The work is considered to be "...a shining example of the 'golden age' of baroque painting

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Some interesting facts about Cyprus (2)

Since 2000BCE Cypriots did business online always with a frappe-coffee at hand.

Economy

The Cypriot economy is based mainly on ethnically sensitive products such as Non-Specified (formerly Turkish) Delight, a gelatinous substance extracted from the Mediterranean sea-bed; International Harmony (formerly Turkish) coffee, a thick petroleum replacement invented by Cypriot scientists in the 1920s; and Cyprus potatoes, along with a variety of broccoli originating from South America.

The Cyprus economy depends also on British lads, that visit Cyprus holiday resorts for cheap beer and cigarettes. They tend to become stupendously drunk and lose their virginity to something that resembles a woman. This mainly occurs during summer in Ayia Napa (aka "The hooker of the mediteranean"). Ayia Napa, greek for Saint Napa, is the patron saint of munging and the Land Shark. Ayia Napa comes second worldwide only to Mykonos in number of gays, lesbians, drunks, devirginized women and heroin-users wandering the streets after 5:00 am. Welsh visitors seem to have a preference for the moufflon - the wild sheep particular to Cyprus. What the lads do not know is that the normal prices of cigarettes and alcohol in Cyprus are even cheaper than they think. Cypriot merchants take full advantage of theit self-created 500% tourist tax (also known as pushto ingleso tax)

Language

Cypriot language mainly consists of grunts, tutting and superfluous hand gestures with a splash of a few Turkish phrases. Any foreigners trying to assimilate will only have crap English with a shit Cypriot accent talked to them because they suck. Kalamarades, who are mainly these wankers from Greece, really suck at understanding what Cypriots are saying.

End of part 2

Yes, this is for you, you motherf.ckers!!!


I hope those Turkish 'entrepreneurs' can read English, but I've my doubts..))

14 defining characteristics about Fascism and what about Turkey

Dr. Lawrence Britt has examined the fascist regimes of Hitler (Germany), Mussolini (Italy), Franco (Spain), Suharto (Indonesia) and several Latin American regimes. Britt found 14 defining characteristics common to each:

1. Powerful and Continuing Nationalism - Fascist regimes tend to make constant use of patriotic mottos, slogans, symbols, songs, and other paraphernalia. Flags are seen everywhere, as are flag symbols on clothing and in public displays.

2. Disdain for the Recognition of Human Rights - Because of fear of enemies and the need for security, the people in fascist regimes are persuaded that human rights can be ignored in certain cases because of "need." The people tend to look the other way or even approve of torture, summary executions, assassinations, long incarcerations of prisoners, etc.

3. Identification of Enemies/Scapegoats as a Unifying Cause - The people are rallied into a unifying patriotic frenzy over the need to eliminate a perceived common threat or foe: racial , ethnic or religious minorities; liberals; communists; socialists, terrorists, etc.

4. Supremacy of the Military - Even when there are widespread
domestic problems, the military is given a disproportionate amount of government funding, and the domestic agenda is neglected. Soldiers and military service are glamorized.

5. Rampant Sexism - The governments of fascist nations tend to be almost exclusively male-dominated. Under fascist regimes, traditional gender roles are made more rigid. Divorce, abortion and homosexuality are suppressed and the state is represented as the ultimate guardian of the family institution.

6. Controlled Mass Media - Sometimes to media is directly controlled by the government, but in other cases, the media is indirectly controlled by government regulation, or sympathetic media spokespeople and executives. Censorship, especially in war time, is very common.

7. Obsession with National Security - Fear is used as a motivational tool by the government over the masses.

8. Religion and Government are Intertwined - Governments in fascist nations tend to use the most common religion in the nation as a tool to manipulate public opinion. Religious rhetoric and terminology is common from government leaders, even when the major tenets of the religion are diametrically opposed to the government's policies or actions.

9. Corporate Power is Protected - The industrial and business aristocracy of a fascist nation often are the ones who put the government leaders into power, creating a mutually beneficial business/government relationship and power elite.

10. Labor Power is Suppressed - Because the organizing power of labor is the only real threat to a fascist government, labor unions are either eliminated entirely, or are severely suppressed.

11. Disdain for Intellectuals and the Arts - Fascist nations tend to promote and tolerate open hostility to higher education, and academia. It is not uncommon for professors and other academics to be censored or even arrested. Free expression in the arts and letters is openly attacked.

12. Obsession with Crime and Punishment - Under fascist regimes, the police are given almost limitless power to enforce laws. The people are often willing to overlook police abuses and even forego civil liberties in the name of patriotism. There is often a national police force with virtually unlimited power in fascist nations.

13. Rampant Cronyism and Corruption - Fascist regimes almost always are governed by groups of friends and associates who appoint each other to government positions and use governmental power and authority to protect their friends from accountability. It is not uncommon in fascist regimes for national resources and even treasures to be appropriated or even outright stolen by government leaders.

14. Fraudulent Elections - Sometimes elections in fascist nations are a complete sham. Other times elections are manipulated by smear campaigns against or even assassination of opposition candidates, use of legislation to control voting numbers or political district boundaries, and manipulation of the media. Fascist nations also typically use their judiciaries to manipulate or control elections.

And where do you think Turkey stands for these days?

Day opening - November 30


Johannes VERMEER 1632-1675
The love letter 1669-72
oil on canvas
44.0 x 38.5 cm
Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

Johannes Vermeer is among the most prominent painters of the Delft school in the second half of the seventeenth century. Only thirty-six paintings are today accepted as his work, mainly interior scenes like this one. This painting is known as The love letter, which immediately indicates that there is more to be seen here than one might think at first glance. The key to the interpretation lies in the combination of two motifs: a woman with a letter in her hand and a painting depicting a ship at sea. In Vermeer's paintings, there is often a suggestion the viewer interrupts the main characters during some activity or other, in this case the handing over of a letter. The scene is a kind of snapshot in time – the lady is looking at her servant girl expectantly, perhaps wondering what is in the letter. Possibly the answer lies in the marine painting in the background, for in the seventeenth-century language of imagery the sea often stood for love, and ships for lovers, who come and go. The calm waters we see in this painting, and the maid's gentle smile, seem designed to reassure the viewer that the course of this lady's love will be smooth.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

After Mumbai: A post to make me see sense


Ever since 26 night, as the whole drama unfolded, I have become numb by slow but sure degrees. The hostages who came out, most of them amazingly clam, poised and appreciative of the hotel staff and the commandos, surprised me with their impeccable hold on themselves.
We had been joking about a 'strike' for sometime now, and a few days ago, I had imagined the place if there were an attack. I actually saw bodies lying scattered for a second, and that open-eyed nightmare / simulation sent a shrill down my spine. Now, as the hours passed into another set of bloody, helpless hours, precisely the same imagination of horror was taking place somewhere else...

Taj, Trident, Oberoi , CST... more...

In the past 2-3 days, some of my very beliefs, my way of thinking has come under a tremendous thump. For the first time in my short short life, have I questioned myself about the persistence to be liberal minded, secular, shun generalisations and be open- to all. I called up Baba in face of the turmoil I was facing and I could not possibly let grow. His words, simple and straightforward as they always are, have reigned in my stream of confusions significantly.

Terror is not the face of any religion, I still cajole myself to believe. I know, I know. 'Still cajole myself to' should be eliminated to sound correct, to represent a secular, broadminded chunk of mindset through this blog. But this space is free of any adages-personal or professional. And so I feel, it is my duty to my conscience to be honest here. For the first time, first unfortunate time, I am faltering from the beliefs I held so firmly. How could someone manage to do such a ghastly thing motivated by a war of faith? If faith, any faith it may be, can produce such brainwashed young men, I may well be on my way to become either an atheist or conversely, take deep deep refuge in the teachings and consequently, a deeper understanding of religion.
The other day Void had written this post, and I had replied there, my optimistic self, that hate is a counter-productive emotion. The problem is, counter-productive though it may be, incidents like these can very easily give vent to hate. Perhaps that’s what they exactly wanted. That's what Baba said. If you doubt your stance now, they will win. They wanted to spread a lot of hate. If you unwittingly fall prey, they will win. He said I am too small, too young and so I am likely to jump and take a anti-this or for-that stand. Even at 24, for him I will still be in the cradle. But at 59, you start seeing life very differently, don't you? A few years ago, in my college days with late evenings and long phone calls, my parents had this anxiety which they so elegantly controlled so that their concern might not come in the way of my discovering life for myself. Then, they said you just won't understand what we are scared of. Six years down the line, I now know what they meant. I must listen to him now.

I was toying with the idea of removing the Dhoop Kinare videos. I was angry hearing about the very evident Pak connection and my anger suddenly took a collective, desperate form. Till I called my father. I know he is right. Everything begins and ends with the moral fabric of an individual, he said. A trivial connection when cited with respect to such a massive, such a horrific attack. But brood over it and there’s so much truth in it. Hate is such an expensive, fatal emotion to invest in. It produces nothing but regret.

So however confused, however shaken that I may be, I am going to stick to my original line of thought. Terror is not the face of any one religion. People, as a whole, are good. I am going to repeat this to myself a hundred times over till I can say it one breath, with as much conviction I said this before the 26th. If I can't, as Baba said, they will win. We can't afford one more person added to the vicious cycle of hate. Writing this post really helped me frame my random mind. What have you been thinking since the 26th? Are you still the same?

Posted by Gauri Gharpure of Life Rules

Some interesting facts about Cyprus (1)




The island of Cyprus (Greek: Κύπρος, Kýpros, 'Ours'; Turkish: Kıbrıs, 'Ours') is an extremely large and important island in the eastern Mediterranean Sea, conveniently located close to its friendliest neighbours, Turkey, and the while also around 1.2 km west of a few other harmonious countries (Syria, Palestine, Pittsburgh, and Lebanon). Along with the USA, are the only superpowers to actually have WMDs.
In Cyprus, one can find the third-smallest Independent state in the world, after Monaco and Vatican City, The Principality of Paphos. The Great Tunnel of Cyprus, one of the largest in the World links Paphos to civilisation. In order to pass this Great Tunnel who might need passport, identity or even they can check you luggages!Helllloooo I am Lindsay Lohan:)
Politics

Cyprus is the centre of international peace and harmony. Apart from some minor political squabbles and ethnic pillow fights in the 1930s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s and 1990s, the island has remained afloat and entirely in one piece since its establishment a long, long time ago.
The current president of Cyprus is Demitris Christofias, who is a bit of a communist.
Cyprus is divided by a line, which Cypriots usually like to call the green line, due to the invasion of Turkey in 1974, when they claimed to protect animal rights in Turkish Cyprus. Greek Cypriots protest this invasion to this date, stating they only wanted to see how many Turks they could fit in a hole. The occupied part of Cyprus depends on which side of the green line you're standing. The United Nations of the World and the Union of Europeans recognizes the Greek part of Cyprus as the Legal State, making Turks and Greenpeace really sad. The Turkish-Cypriot side, which is debatable if there are any Turkish-Cypriots left, as they have been outnumbered by actual Turks, Turkish troops, Turkish belly dancers and Turkish baths, is considered to be nasty; claiming a state, the so called Northern Republic of Cyprus, recognized only by the Turkey, the Seagull, the Eagles, and other Members of the Animal Kingdom, along with a terrorizing group, which especially frightens Greek kids - known as the Grey Wolves, an inbreed of Turkish transvestite belly dancers.

Opium overdose seems the only escape for some Afghan women

A girl in Tarin Kowt hospital who was brought in after taking an overdose of opium. Photo Hanneke Chin-A-Fo.

Some women in the Afghan province of Uruzgan are so unhappy with their arranged marriages that the only way out is to take an overdose of opium.

Bibi’s husband was too old and weak to work the land, but he would not allow her to get a job as a cleaner so that they could feed their seven children. He would beat her with a stick every time she tried to leave the house. Often, he would beat her unconscious. Bibi tells her story from a hospital in Tarin Kowt, one of the few places in Uruzgan where an Afghan woman can speak safely to a foreigner.

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Hüseyin Üzmez - Paedophile - Wanted

Üzmez, 76, a columnist at Turkey’s Islamist Vakit newspaper, is pleading not guilty to charges of sexually abusing a minor. His defence; "A girl who’s reached puberty, who’s having periods, is of age, according to our beliefs," Üzmez told Turkey's national television.
"As long as you have people in Turkey who say this is okay and who use Islam to justify it, it remains a big problem," says Amanda Akçakoca, an analyst at the European Policy Center in Brussels.

It was already obvious for me that Turkey can not protect its minorities: Armenians, Greeks, Alevi's, Kurds, but if you even can not defend 'your children of the Republic' what will be the end? It seems for me that in Islam ruled countries, Paedophilia is accepted while those pious people blame the West for hedonisme. If you're an Islamist you need two agenda's, one for your religious daily life and one for the world you're really living in.

Day opening - November 29


An Oriental 1635 oil on wood panel
72.0 x 54.5 cm
Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
In the early 1630s, shortly after settling in Amsterdam, Rembrandt painted a large number of portraits, most of them apparently intended for the open market. The models in these works are anonymous and are invariably clothed in fanciful costumes worked out in elaborate detail. This is a good example of such portraits, which were known as tronies. Rembrandt’s model here has been decked out to look like an oriental prince, and laden with costly jewels to emphasize his wealth and standing. In the sparkling highlights of the gold chain, the clasp and the necklace, Rembrandt displays his matchless technique.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Who were you in your last Life

This is fun:

Here a link to find out who you were in your Last Life.

Mine?:

I don't know how you feel about it, but you were male in your last earthly incarnation.You were born somewhere in the territory of modern Turkey around the year 1550. Your profession was that of a farmer, weaver or tailor.
Your brief psychological profile in your past life:You always liked to travel and to investigate. You could have been a detective or a spy.
The lesson that your last past life brought to your present incarnation: Your lesson is the development and expansion of your mental consciousness. Find a good teacher and spend a good part of your time and energy on learning from his wisdom.

Thirsty?


“İki Dil Bir Bavul” (“On the Way to School”) a documentary

If Istanbul wants to be the Cultural Capital of Europe in 2010, a lot has to be changed.
The fact that the Ankara-based, fresh-faced directing duo Özgür Doğan and Orhan Eskiköy, had to find funds from abroad (EU, USA and the Netherlands) for their “İki Dil Bir Bavul” documentary because their financing plan were rejected by the fund of the Culture and Tourism Ministry, shows explicit that Turkey is not ready to host a multi ethnic cultural event. I personal witnessed that during the exhibition The Sultan's and The Ottoman Empire in Amsterdam 2006-2007 the Minister of Culture and Tourism wanted to scrap every sentence about Armenians and Greeks in the booklet which was given to the invitees of the opening of this exhibition. Otherwise Topkapi Palace would not help them out. Pure black mail and censorship.

Here the article of the documentary.

Some interesting facts about Arabic language (2)

The Arabic alphabet spread to nations as diverse as Sudan and Qan-al-da.

During the 8th Century, many people throughout the Mediterranean and Middle Eastern parts of the world also got tired of thinking too hard for their religion.
The prophet Oscar Wilde developed a new religion, that bore suspicious similarities to the basic broken gibberishness of Arabic.
Said Wilde, "How the hell can God be his own kid? That's just too much for me, dude."
The new religion spread rapidly, mostly by force, along the world's trade routes. The new religion, called Islamism also carried the Arabic language along with it.
By the end of the 13th Century, Arabic had become the preferred gibberish language of all brown people in the Old World.

Modern Arabic

Modern Arabic emerged during the 1920s, from a mixture of jazz music and scat poetry. Infused with a sense of minimalism, modern Arabic has been reduced in whole to one phrase, "Kus emmek"
This phrase can be widly used throughout the gibberish speaking world, and will correctly convey the need for everything from a backrub to rubbard pie.
It also strikes fear into the hearts of non-gibberish speaking peoples, who generally assume that since it has that harsh K sound in it, that it is probably a swear word.
Modern Arabic today is split into several separate languages, including Egyptianese, Sudanese, Saudi, Iraqi, Moroccan, Tunisian, Syrian, Liverpool folk, Derka-Derkastanian, and Palestinian. These 9 dialects can greatly differ resulting in totally separate languages, however, the students of all 9 dialects learn to speak and read Classical Arabic, the language written in the Qur'an.
One notable dialect of Arabic is depicted in the documentary Team America: World Police. This dialect is essentially the Brainfuck of natural languages, as it consists of combinations of only a handful of words, including 'jihad', 'derka', 'Muhammed', and 'Allah'. Though it may seem simple, the atomic nature of the language means that it takes many years to master. Because of the complexity of the combinations of words, the dialect is usually quite context-dependent.

Famous Arabic Speakers
Omar Sharif
King Columbine II of France

Day opening - November 28


Thursday, November 27, 2008

Some interesting facts about Arabic language (1)

“Look at that goofy scribbling! If that's a language then I'm fucking straight.”
~ Oscar Wilde on Arabic


Arabic is a language that falls within the Quote-Language group of languages. Commonly spoken by Jabba the Hutt and other assorted Arabs, these languages are noted by their unqiue lettering and pronunciation using squiggles and gibberish normally found only in Star Wars movies, leading many observers to exclaim, "Arabic, that's a quote 'language', ya say?" The main words that make up this language are durka durka, Muhammad, and jihad.


Origins of Arabic script

During the late 1980's, it became apparent to many scholars that traditional lettering and glyphic forms retained from early language such as Egyptesque and Romanese were insufficient to communicate the moonshine of Arabic.
The modern linguist known as Jimmy Carter after returning from a trip to The Museum of Daad told several of friends, "Look at this beautiful postcard. What, you can't read it? Well I assure you it's not the language of Iran! What ecnomical curls peace be upon us, it just might illustrate how pointless your existence is!"
Please note that : there are no vowels fil arabiya. These in fact were the ancient precursors to Marzipan, whereby words were eaten and shared by the noises of the gut. For example, gurgles. In an interesting aside, the inventors of Arabic, Noon and Bob Incorporated, went on to become leather tanners, dreaming of hot Dates!

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[edit] Dirka Dirka
A dialect of Arabic. Rumour has it that Arabs often speak this.

Life rules: Mumbai attacks- A consolidated link list

Life rules: Mumbai attacks- A consolidated link list

Burqa ban extended to universities in the Netherlands

Two Afghan women wearing burqas.

Face-covering Islamic robes known as burqas and niqabs are to be banned from Holland's colleges and universities, education minister Ronald Plasterk said on Wednesday.

In September, Plasterk (Labour) said the ban will only apply to primary and secondary schools. Higher educational institutions would be able to take their own decisions because they work with adults, he said at the time.

But now the minister has agreed to parliament's wishes to extend the ban to higher education.
‘You must guarantee open communication… and be able to look one another in the eye. That also applies to higher education,’ Labour MP Margot Kraneveldt is reported as saying.

'Absurd'

Only one or two female students are thought to actually cover their faces while attending classes. An estimated 100 women in the Netherlands wear the all-encompassing Islamic garment.
'The burqa and niqab are absurd, women-unfriendly and get in the way of integration,' Plasterk is quoted on Wednesday.
Announcing plans to ban burqas in schools in September, the minister said that teachers, parents and all visitors to schools, including suppliers making deliveries, will fall under the ban. Private Islamic schools will also have to comply. (often the most corrupt schools in the Netherlands; private schools receive the same amount of money through incentives, subsidies as public schools)

In February the cabinet said it would not bring in a general ban on burkas but did announce plans to forbid government civil servants from wearing them. At the time it said it expected local authorities to follow suit and extend the ban to council buildings and public transport.

Health minister Ab Klink is also looking at extending the ban to cover hospitals and health care staff. The new legislation is expected to be ready by mid-2009, which is a first step to halt the Orthodox Islamists in West Europe.

A women in Yemen wearing the niqab

Biking wit! 2

It was me in the previous story. My friend and I bought the bike in the store and refused the stolen one.

The picture above the article is made in 2006 on a sunny day in wintertime. If you have a look at it, you'll see two bicycles. One in the middle and one left. And the one on the left is the one we bought in the store. Sure -you think- there must be many of that kind in Holland. But that's the thing, it's a promotional bicycle for a brand so it's quite unlikely there are many of them around here...

I had no clue when placing the picture with the article, I only remembered having one with a bike and the canal in Utrecht. After a second look, I saw the second one and realised I photographed my own bike two years earlier... so I'm surprised!

(Sorry for all the I's, it's pure enthusiasm)

Day opening - November 27


Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Biking wit!


Bike parked at the Oude Gracht, the main canal in Utrecht. Picture from own collection

In Holland there is a flourishing circulation system in bikes. One gets stolen; another is bought for a few euros from a shabby looking guy.

You can try to avoid this system and bolt your bike with at least two locks. But when you take the risk, it's likely you're pulled into this system sooner then you want to. On forehand you already think: “I should lock this bike better, but I’ll take the risk.” A few hours later you find yourself cursing and blaming for not listening to that tiny voice in the back of your head. The bike is gone without a trace and no one has seen a thing.

For a few days or maybe even weeks you keep an eye on every bike there is. But it’s not worth it. There are so many bikes scattered around the city that it’s a waste of time and energy. That bike is gone. Reporting the theft is no use because often it’s a bicycle alike so many. And honestly: it was one bought cheap, found somewhere, never returned or patched up so not really worth the effort anyway.

Now it’s time for a good one, to make a fresh start. One with lights that work, with decent breaks and a saddle that’s comfortable; but second hand since life is expensive enough already. After some nose about you’ve found a nice bike for a reasonable price. “Can I come back tomorrow to pick it up?” You ask the shopkeeper. "No problem," he replies.

With money in the pocket you walk up to the shop, excited to buy a new vehicle that gets you on the roll again since bikes are indispensable here. Only two metres before the entrance of the shop a chap comes up to you. “Do you want to buy a bicycle? Ten euros!” One second you hesitate. It's tempting since this is probably what happened to your previous bike and way less money than you're going to buy. But also knowing how someone else is feeling soon. With a last glance at the stolen bike you step into the shop, saying no to the crook and knowing that this is the Dutch bike circulation system.

A big blow for Bulgaria when it loses €520m EU funds

Bulgaria has lost €520m ($677m) of European Union funding for failing to crack down on fraud and corruption among officials appointed by the Socialist-led coalition government, the first time the European Commission has stripped a member state of funds in this way.
The EC said on Tuesday it would not renew the accreditation of two government agencies responsible for disbursing EU funds which have been under investigation by Olaf, the EU’s anti-fraud agency.

As a result Bulgaria – the EU’s poorest member-state – will lose €220m of pre-accession funding that still had to be allocated. The government will have to use funds from the budget to cover another €300m worth of contracts that were frozen by the Commission last July because of suspected fraud.

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Some interesting facts about the Fall of Constantinople


The Fall of Constantinople refers to the battle where the Byzantine Empire lost the city of Constantinople and all of their shiny trinkets to the Ottoman Empire, bringing an end to the millennium-or-so-long Byzantine rule of the area, and also made for a great movie plot line and a successful line of action figures. The Ottomans rebuilt the city after the siege and invited the original denizens to move back, but they declined the offer, the most likely reason being either that they did not like the Turkish curtains that the Ottomans installed or they thought the Ottomans smelled bad. All of the Greek scholars who once made their home in Constantinople moved to Italy, taking their vast book collection and recipe for flat bread — the predecessor to pizza and all of its deliciousness — with them. Eventually, people did come back to the city after Mehmed placed a sign that said "Free beer inside" at the gate to the city.
Consequences.
Far from being the grand and magnificent city it once was, Constantinople was ravaged heavily by the bubonic plague and especially from being sacked during the Fourth Crusade just two centuries earlier. By the 15th century, Constantinople was nothing more than a few walled villages separated by large expanses of fields, and most of the fields were being eaten away by rabbits that were now running amok in the city. When the Ottoman army made it into the walls, they killed, cooked, and ate all the rabbits, and as an expression of gratitude, many of the villages gave themselves up willingly to the invaders.
Since he was the new ruler of Constantinople, Mehmed II believed that he was the new Roman Emperor. He named himself "Kayzer-i Rum", Turkish for "Roman Emperor Am I", but due to trademark disputes, he was nicknamed simply as "the Conqueror". Constantinople became the new capitol of the Ottoman Empire, but they renamed the city "Istanbul", as they believed it was more catchy and had more 'zing' than "Constantinople". Even though the Greek Orthodox Church remained intact, Hagia Sophia was converted into a mosque, and they replaced all the pictures of Jesus with cartoon pictures of Mohammed. This change of sponsors is now considered a poor marketing move by academics all around the world!
Many of the inhabitants fled the city and sailed to the Latin West, bringing with them Greek knowledge, literature, philosophy, and the recipe for flat bread. Within the next hundred years, the flat bread evolved and became the delicacy known as the sushi pizza.

Day opening - November 26


Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Rotterdam port hit by economic slump

The Dutch port of Rotterdam, which employs 70,000 people, is being hit hard by the current economic slump. Containers are piled high in the main ECT shipping terminal, and the areas where new cars are parked are overflowing. Traditionally, the more containers remain in the port, the less actual trade there is.

The transshipment of raw materials for the metal and chemical industries is declining and the growth of container shipments has come to a standstill, Rotterdam mayor Ivo Opstelten said at a port authority meeting on Monday.

Rotterdam, located where the Rhine and Meuse rivers meet the North Sea, is the largest port in Europe. It is strategically important for the storage and transfer of crude oil, containers, ore and scrap metal.
The decline has accelerated since September when US investment bank Lehman Brothers collapsed.
Port authority president Hans Smits said in October that the harbour continues to perform "at a high level". Shipments through Rotterdam grew by 6.1 percent over the first three quarters of 2008, but fell in October.

Women’s violence in Turkey; a shocking report

It's shocking to read why men in Turkey are abusing women, besides the fact that that 88 percent of the nearly 20 percent of unemployed Turks are women.

And speaking with Ece Temelkuran, a left-wing journalist on the newspaper Milliyet in a hip café in Cihangir, the Soho of Istanbul. “I’m supposed to be the secular elite,” she says. “It is a joke. I can only be myself in five or six districts of this city and on the Aegean or south coasts. The harassment of women who don’t cover up is increasing. I get called a whore as I walk down the street. The confidence of the Islamic movement is shoring up lumpen sexism among Turkish men.”

Some reasons for violence against women:

“The woman’s not wanting to engage in sexual activity, the woman’s gaining weight, her inability to bear children or her not bearing a male child, the food she’s cooked being too salty, burnt, cold or not according to the man’s tastes, not doing a good job ironing his clothing, being late in answering the door when he’s come home and knocked, the woman’s getting ill or not getting better after getting ill, leaving the home without permission, a couple’s child being unsuccessful, the home’s heater not being turned on, a child not looking like its father, the woman’s wanting a divorce, the woman’s interference in the man’s relationship with another woman, the working woman’s not giving her husband her entire salary, the refusal of ‘berdel’ [a type of arranged marriage], the woman’s wanting to work, the man’s being unemployed, family financial difficulty, the man’s soccer team losing a match, being warned by his wife about his alcoholism or gambling addiction, an argument between men about ‘machismo.’”

Herreee the full article.

Dutch mayors call for growing marijuana

The Dutch government should licence the growing and supply of marijuana to the country’s 700 or so coffee shops that sell cannabis, according to a group of around 30 Dutch mayors. This is the conclusion of the ‘cannabis summit’ on Friday at which the mayors discussed the country’s policy on soft drugs.

The mayor of Eindhoven, Rob van Gijzel, said his city is prepared to run a ‘monitored pilot scheme’ to assess if a system of licenced growers reduces drugs-related crime.
On Sunday health minister Ab Klink said in a television interview that an experiment with licenced cannabis growers in Eindhoven would conflict with the coalition agreement but that he is prepared to look more closely at the plan and discuss it with the rest of the cabinet.

The summit in Almere was organised by the local authorities association and the city of Maastricht to discuss the Netherlands’ current policy of turning a blind eye to the sale of small quantities of marijuana in licenced cafes known as coffee shops.

Closing cafes

It follows a decision by the border towns of Roosendaal and Bergen op Zoom to close all the coffee shops within their boundaries because of the nuisance caused by thousands of foreign tourists who flock to the towns to buy drugs.

Closing down coffee shops is not a solution to drugs tourism and will not change the fact that most marijuana is supplied by criminal gangs, the mayors said. ‘It will only lead to more crime,’ says Maastricht mayor Gerd Leers. ‘And do not believe that it will mean that people smoke less [cannabis].’

Venlo mayor Hubert Bruls called for the introduction of passes so that only Dutch nationals would be allowed to buy drugs in coffee shops: ‘That would get rid of 80 percent or 90 percent of the 6,000 customers a day which Venlo coffee shops attract’.

Coalition divided

The mayors’ plea for legal production has divided the coalition government. The Christian Democrats (CDA) and orthodox Christian ChristenUnie parties are opposed, saying such a move goes against the coalition agreement. But Labour has called for a parliamentary debate on the issue.
Even though the coalition agreement states that there would be no changes to the current policy on soft drugs, the call by the mayors, including those who are members of the CDA, cannot be ignored, Labour member of parliament Lea Bouwmeester said.

Day opening - November 25


Monday, November 24, 2008

Artist-Designed Credit Cards

Credit crunch? No problem--at least, that’s what Japanese bank Epos International thinks. Available through October 2009, these specially-commissioned Visa cards showcase the work of a hundred artists. There is a limit of 1,000 cards in each design available.






The project is a collaboration between Epos International, the venerable Japanese fashion store Marui Co. and design company Bleed. Designs range from graffiti to anime to, well, you name it. The one that looks like a chocolate bar is pretty clever.


Some interesting facts about Turkey (2)

Problems With the E.U.

The nonexistence of Turkey is becoming an increasing problem in Europe, as several mysterious letters from some imaginary construct calling itself the Turkish Foreign Ministry have been showing up in Brussels. When Turkey won Eurovision the people of Turkey rejoiced thinking they had won EU assession, not so embarrassingly. Sertab the singer at Eurovision thought that she had been chosen as the Queen of Europe.

On the contrary some skeptics believe that the Turkish laborers are over-skilled and will assume all the major positions in other E.U countries as well as poisoning the Europeans with the Kebab. The Turkeys in such a case will flock to pastures anew no longer needing Europe and they shall spread their wings and fly over to conquer the Americas.
At this point the EU is debating of emptying the complete Turkish country into Holland and Germany and transplanting the Dutch and the Germans to Turkey to make it wealthy and run like clock work before giving it back to the Turkish people. They decided against transplanting the Turkish people to the UK as the English could see Christmas coming very early as the population of turkeys will explode and will eat all of the turks before Christmas.

Relationships with Other Countries

Friends

Great Britain - They come to us for great holiday packages.
Russians - Turkish males' favourite nation.
Germany - We go there for a job and forget to come back home, however we do pop back home to say Hi after 9 Years when the German government finds we are illegal.

Enemies

Greeks - Natural enemies
Armenians - Unnatural enemies
Communists - Unreasonable enemies
Kurds - enemies who live in our country
French People - our newest enemies
Americans - enemies because they don't give us money
Iranians - enemies because Iranian women wear black clothes
Chinese - They kicked our ass 1000 years ago
Cubans - Che Guevara is our enemy. We don't know why.
Germans - They didn't send us steel in World War One.
Jamaicans - Bob Marley smokes marijuana
English - English suck
Italians - They killed Mussolini
Arabians - People think Turks are same with Arabians; we aren't.
Orcs - They look very horrible
Jews - They are enemies because they are Jew.
Russians - enemies because they're communist.
Dominicans - enemies because we don't know where their country is
Scandinavian Nations - enemies because their girls are more beautiful than ours
Japanese People - enemies because of Sony Corporation
Rest of the world - enemies because they're not Turk! However we slightly like the Japanese.
Gay Males - enemies because they are not heterosexual males
Heterosexual Males - enemies because they're competing with each other for girls!
Turkish Cypriots - enemies because they're not Turkish enough!
Turks - We have a hatred for each other

Day opening - November 24


Slovakia - picture made by Michal Zaleski

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Some interesting facts about Turkey (1)

Motto: "Avrupalıyız, yeminle! (We are Europeans, we swear!)"

Turkey (Arabic: آل طؤرکءییاه Al Turkiyyah) is a small country with a large population of about 74 million people. It was founded by two young Turks that led the Turkish army to victory in the First World War. They went to Turkey to complete their military service. From there on, they worked hard over 7 years and were finally promoted to lead the Turkish army. They wrote their names into the history books for being the first country to be led by two leaders. They were able to lead the Turks to victory in the war...

The inbreeding of Turks and Kurds have produced a sub-group known as the Turds, Turds are to be found almost everywhere in Turkey, especially in political and army circles which are currently awash with Turds of different colors.
Today Mustafa Kemal 'Ataturk', or 'Uncle Turker' is regarded as the father/Mother of Modern Turkey, providing that he is Turkey's real founder as he cooked up a turkey there.
Experts unequivockly agree that watching the movies Valley of the Wolves: Iraq and the documentary One night in Paris is the best guide to understanding this misunderstood, complex country.

The Ottoman Empire in decline

The Ottoman Empire was a member of the Axis of Evil during WWI.
The Utman peoples, despite their plagiarized advancements, could not keep up with Europe or with their over-fucked subjects, and lost more and more of their territory, until eventually, in World War 1, they lost all but their own country after choosing the Axis of Evil, after this, the DaveS took back Greece, Ukraine was taken back by Whores (also see Ukrainian girls), Romania was taken back by Dracula, Hungary was taken back by the hungry men, Buglgaria was taken by the Bastard Immigrants after threating to invade with a unskilled worker from Poland and Arabia was taken back by Allah, who then gave it to the British who then lent it to the Saudis to babysit.

End of part 1

Petition against Internet bans in Turkey

Yesterday, I received the following email:

Dear Friends,

I have just read and signed the petition: "TURKISH GOVERNMENT OUT OF OUR INTERNET SITES, FREE INTERNET IDEAS, FREE PRESS PROGRESS".

Please take a moment to read about this important issue, and join me in signing the petition. It takes just 30 seconds, but can truly make a difference. We are trying to reach 1000 signatures - please sign here: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/turkish-government-out-of-our-internetdont-repress-let-us-progress-free-press-now
Once you have signed, you can help even more by asking your friends and family to sign as well.
Thank you!

It's also good to know what happens in the EU parliament:

The European Parliament has passed a proposal (571 in favor, 38 against) to treat Internet censorship by national governments as a trade barrier. The proposal was submitted by European Parliament member (MEP) Jules Maaten of the Dutch conservative VVD party. The adopted Maaten amendment calls on the European Commission, “to specifically deal with all restrictions to the provision of Internet and information society services by European companies in third countries as part of its external trade policy and to consider all unnecessary limitations to the provision of those services to be trade barriers.”
The proposal will now pass to the European Council. If adopted as a European Union (EU) law, the proposal could have an impact on future trade negotiations between the EU and governments engaged in Internet censorship. Read further herrreeee.

Day opening - November 23


Saturday, November 22, 2008

Dutch air pollution among worst in Europe

Air pollution in the Netherlands is much worse than generally believed and the air has the highest levels of nitrogen dioxide and ammonia in Europe, according to the Dutch environmental group Stichting Natuur en Mileu.

The organisation bases its claim on a survey commissioned by the European Commission.
Holland also tops the list in terms of the damage caused by pollution to health, to agriculture and to nature, says the group.

The Netherlands will spend ‘just over one euro per citizen’ on combating the effects of environmental damage in the coming years, says the group.

But it pointed out that much more should be spent because in such a densely populated country as the Netherlands (484 people per square kilometre) costs can be kept relatively low. “The advantages of investments are 80 times higher than the costs,” says the environmental organisation.

Coffee shops in the Netherlands


Amsterdam is being forced to close 43 of its 228 cannabis-selling cafes to meet national regulations, Amsterdam mayor Job Cohen announced at the presentation of a memorandum on the city's drugs policy.
The cafes, known as coffee shops, have to be closed down by the end of 2011 because they are less than 250 meters from a secondary school. The city currently has some 228 outlets selling marijuana under licence.

One of those set to vanish from Amsterdam is the famous Bulldog cafe on the city’s Leidseplein which is housed in a former police station and was opened over twenty years ago. It is too close to the city's prestigious Barlaeus high school.

Like the majority of mayors in towns where coffee shops sell cannabis, Cohen is happy with the existing policy on soft drugs but would like to see regulation of the whole cannabis trade. "I want an equal policy for soft drugs and alcohol," Cohen said.

Around 25 percent of tourists coming to Amsterdam visit a cannabis cafe, Cohen said. But these tourists cause much less of a nuisance than foreigners who drink alcohol, according to the mayor.
Cohen says too that the Netherlands should not be afraid of the reaction of other countries to its tolerant policy on soft drugs. Cohen: "Research shows that young people in Amsterdam don't use more soft drugs than their peers in France, which has a repressive drug policy."

Clinton Is Said to Accept Offer of Secretary of State Position

WASHINGTON — Hillary Rodham Clinton has decided to give up her Senate seat to become secretary of state in the Obama administration, making her the public face to the world for the man who dashed her own hopes for the presidency, confidants of Mrs. Clinton said Friday.

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Where Ska music comes from

Already months ago a friend of mine invited me to a concert of The Slackers. I had no clue of course what kind of band or music this was, but this friend always takes me to concerts and it always proves good value.

“This is brilliant music! One that's definately in my top-ten list,” he assured me. “No way, you’re going to the Slackers?!” Another friend screamed through the phone just before the concert. “They’re one of the best ska bands I know!” This sounds promising, doesn’t it?

And so it was. Ska usually isn't my kind of music, but this band had a good mixture of mellow and up-tempo ska. The sound was excellent since I could hear all the instruments playing, understand the lyrics and the rambling in between. It’s incredible how someone can talk for three minutes with empty words. But the music fulfilled the expectations raised earlier by my friends. It’s that band where young (a ten-year-old) and old (guess seventy five) come together and enjoy it as being one.

While trumpets, trombone and harmonica were blowing through the hall, I recognised more than just some romtidledom in these cheerful tunes. Some roots-reggae and even Frank Sinatra were present. These guys are good! It made me wonder: where does this music come from? So I asked my friend. “No, ska was before reggae, it’s the reggae that came forth from ska. Not otherwise.” He denied the Sinatra-sound, at first. But five minutes later he turned to me and said that indeed this music had the snappy brass band sound from the fifties. “But it must be from around the same period!”

I couldn’t tell and therefore it's worthy to do some investigation. So, after some internet research (I’m sorry, I study in a huge library and didn’t take some books at hand for this) I’m capable of giving a reasonable answer. Ska and reggae go hand in hand. My good friend was right though about reggae sprouting from ska music. It originates from Jamaica and up until ’66 the beats of ska didn't slow down. Influences from soul music from the US, mystic believes from Rastafarism and an extremely hot summer made the ska beats lower its pace and reggae was created.

And even the brass band was mentioned. European soldiers and sailors brought in this type of music. The Jamaican, with their good ears for music, started to use the musical instruments and rhythms so well known from brass music. So no actual Sinatra influences, but definitely the reverberation.

That's two thumbs up. One for the music and one for the good choice.


For those who are interested in more background, have a look at this site. It’s written with a good flow and to the point. Wikipedia tells a bit more about the construction of the music.


Slackers in action. Thanks to rodrigorichter

Day opening - November 22


Mosque in Casablanca, Morocco

Friday, November 21, 2008

New York, New York!



There are some cities you feel like you have been there before. There are some cities your feelings are indescribable. And there are other cities you are disappointed. New York is a one of a kind that you feel all 3 of them together and including this one: you are feeling that you are inside an American movie J

I know you are wondering about “disappointment” word. I was thinking there how many movies we have seen that New York in it? I don’t know the exact number but A LOT. After so many movies and brain washing about New York (or Manhattan), you expect amazing city with beautiful women wearing fashion clothes or seeing Sex and The City cast having a naughty chat in a coffee shop. Well, unfortunately not. Life is very stressful there as many metropolitan cities and people are running for catching things. I believe that only the tourists are enjoying the expensive city :) Broadway shows, the view of Empire State Building, boat tour around the Manhattan in the night, Museums (thanks to other cultures for historical materials), walking in the Soho or Central Park in a nice and sunny weekly day and so on…

To be continued …

The USA and Crime

“The US is actually better described as the world's cage match. Many religions come in, only one comes out!”

~ Cindy Satire on America

America's crime rates are very low - the States rank second in North America (north of the Mexican border). These rates, exemplary to the rest of the developed world, are thanks to America's level of personal safety, which is guaranteed by every citizen owning one or more guns. Therefore, the safest place in the USA is Texas. Detroit is also the safest city in America.
An alternative theory has been suggested by crazy scientists that had been drinking too much night. The theory states that: By creating laws, you create criminals, so by removing laws, you eliminate criminals. Therefore there is such a great opposition to gun control, as it will make everyone who owns a gun a criminal. However, this theory has been dismissed as being a freedom conspiracy to make the rest of the world look better.
American crime is very different from other nations, in that their are many different organized gangs that control the provincial lands. The Vice Lords, the 18th Street Gang, the Costra Nostra, the Jackson 5 and the Butthole Banditos are among the most powerful. These gangs are fiercely territorial and engage in such illicit activities such as armed robbery, extortion, voting, backyard liposuctions and manufacturing illegal sugarbabies. They control a vast majority of local governments through the sale of LSD and key lime pie.
The current president George W. Bush is expected to be sentenced to 798 years in a high-security prison shortly after his presidency is over.

Day opening - November 21


New Jersey Fall 2008