Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Day Opening - March 23

De Keukenhof, the Netherlands, yesterday.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Ayaab Hirsi Ali wins prize

Ayaan Hirsi Ali wins orthodox Christian prize
Former Dutch MP Ayaan Hirsi Ali accepted an award in front of a spray-painted graffiti slogan reading “Say what you think”. Her audience wasn’t a hip-hop convention, but the youth wing of the Dutch ultra-orthodox protestant SGP party. And the prize they were awarding her was for “a person who is notably positive about Christianity”.

Ms Hirsi Ali is currently in the Netherlands promoting her new book Nomad, on a visit from the US, where she now lives in exile. “It’s odd that as a woman I should be receiving this prize,” she joked – the SGP famously bans women in their ranks from holding office. “What’s more, I’m an atheist!” she added.

However, the young Christians have read her book and reckon it shows she’s “realised that not all religions are the same”. Which presumably means they think she’s stopped having a go at religion in general and is now sticking to knocking Islam in particular. But Ms Hirsi Ali wasn’t going to be won over so easily, she took the young Christians to task for their party’s discrimination against women, gays and lesbians. Pronto!

Day Opening - March 22

Bergamo, Lonbardy, Italy

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Gayrites in Turkey, but no Gay rights

When one senior member of PM Erdogan his government told the press that homosexuality was a disease; his PM didn't stopped her. Nope, they found a cure against 'gayrites'. And that means 'no human rights'. The PM of Turkey in all his wisdom,  knows how to deal with these 'pigs'. Not bad for an under educated streetfighter.
Alah Akbar your whollyyy Master!
I am sure you know how to deal with Jews, Budhhists, Hindus and at the end....with me.

Arash's World: Truth as a beautiful many-splendored Thing and the Importance of Being and Embodiment#links

Arash's World: Truth as a beautiful many-splendored Thing and the Importance of Being and Embodiment#links

Day Opening - March 21

Breakfast: bashful Walrus!

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Online Islamic sex-shop opens for business in the Netherlands

This is a fun read - never heard about 'halal sex', enjoy:

The sex products Dutch Muslims used to bring back from the Middle East are now available online.

Abdelaziz Aouragh is a Muslim, lives in Amsterdam, and deals in sex articles. His webshop El Asira, which is for Muslims, will soon be selling Pure Power capsules which "heighten male performance, desire and pleasure", Desire capsules for women, sensual stimulators for him and her and lubricants based on cocoa butter, water or silicon. El Asira calls itself "the first Islamic online webshop for sex articles and care products". Its webshop should be open for business starting this weekend.

Continue reading herrreeee

Day Opening - March 20


Friday, March 19, 2010

Confronting Genocide - Armenian Democide

About the Turkish Armenian Reconcilation Commission go here, its members here.

A note from one of its members last week:

''They, the members were chosen by the Turkish government and were in constant communication with the authorities in Ankara. They pushed for the independent study and when the study was concluded and they did not receive the answer they wanted, they disbanded TARC. Source: "Unsilencing the past: track two diplomacy and Turkish-Armenian reconciliation" By David L. Phillips
For the Turkish readers and others who repeatedly call for independent inquiry; well there was one down during TARC at the behest of Gunduz Aktan and the other Turkish members. They, the Turkisg governement, did not like the outcome and dissolved TARC. So basically Turkey will continually ask for new forums when they do not like the result. An independent inquiry has been done. "Turks and Armenians participating in the Turkish-Armenian Reconciliation Commission, requested a legal analysis on “the applicability of the Genocide Convention to Events during the early Twentieth Century.” The legal analysis employed a far more rigorous definition than Norman Stone who simply defines genocide as “the sort of thing Hitler did.” The crime of genocide has four elements — 1, The perpetrator killed one or more persons. 2, Such person or persons belonged to a particular national, racial or religious group. 3, The perpetrator intended to destroy in whole or in part that group, as such, and 4, The conduct took place as part of a manifest pattern of conduct. Since some Ottoman leaders knew that the deportation of Armenians from eastern Anatolia would result in many deaths, the legal analysis concluded that the perpetrators possessed the requisite genocidal intent and thus the events include all the elements of the crime of genocide as defined by the Genocide Convention. The legal analysis also concluded that the Genocide Convention contains no provision mandating its retroactive application. It was, in fact, intended to impose prospective obligations to its signatories. Therefore, no legal, financial or territorial claims arising out of the events could successfully be made under the convention. The outcome was a win-win. It validated the suffering of Armenians as genocide and freed Turkey from liability. Opponents of genocide recognition may muddy the facts, but they should not distort the legal definition of genocide embodied in the convention."

An aricle by good friend Orhan Kemal Gendiz: Confronting Genocide

Have you ever tried to tell someone directly what his problem is? This person, for example, may have a deep inferiority complex, and this may be very obvious to you.

Do you think it would be helpful to say this to him upfront? “Hey, you have an inferiority complex, be aware of your problem and correct yourself!” If this kind of “help” worked, millions of people would not spend years seeing psychiatrists and psychoanalysts.
Let us assume you even know what the root cause of his problem is. You know his childhood, and you know what kind of specific traumas in his childhood caused his problems today. Would it help to tell him this root cause? “Your father used to beat you up a lot, and therefore, this caused you to have very low self-esteem.” Would this work? I do not think so. You cannot reach his subconscious self by simply saying the “truth.” The logical “content” does not make what is subconscious conscious.
Continue reading herrreeeeee

And another article by Orhan:

When I sat down to write this article, I was interrupted by a television program in which the Armenian question was being discussed. One of the most popular television channels in Turkey held an open discussion on the events of 1915 in Turkey.

There were two historians in the studio, and one was joining in from the US via satellite. The two in the studio were just repeating the “official Turkish history” thesis, but the academici from the US was fighting quite passionately against the official narrative of 1915. He is Turkish historian Taner Akçam.
Akçam has been fighting against official Turkish history for quite some time. To ultranationalist Turks, he is a “traitor.” For me, he represents the conscience of Turkey. Many people in Turkey are not aware of this, but Akçam is the figure who showed Armenians that, like the ones who saved the lives of Armenians in 1915 despite the threat of execution, there are indeed “good Turks.” Akçam may be the only Turk some diaspora Armenians have ever seen in their lifetimes, and he changed the image of “Turks” in their minds forever. Akçam is quite an intelligent man. He is very cultured. I deeply admire his analysis of Turkey. But he is also a man who speaks from the bottom of his heart, like Hrant Dink. To me, he represents the future of Turkey, which will have no taboos and will be free from the burden of the past.
Continue reading herrrreeeee

If you have read everything, you are able to reach your own conclusion. All written here is written down by Turks, not Armenians, French, Americans or Swedish etc.

Day Opening - March 19

Steam Railway, Lake Brienz, Switzerland (click on picture to enlarge)

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Turkish government shameles interference in foreign politics.

In a shameless speech in Turkey for 1.500 politicians of Turkish descent from all over the world, the Turkish PM minister Erdogan, well known for his double standards, racism, kamikaze politics spoke the following words: ''Turks living abroad sould not integrate but be more active representing Turkey''.

You can read the article here. Good to know that some Turkish-German politicians were outraged. Anyway, Erdogan became a clown, a dangerous clown who makes every day headlines all over Europe. And it's time that Milli Gürus and the Grey Wolves active in the Netherlands are prosecuted for money laundering, drugs and women trafficing and a lot more crimes.

Is Amsterdam ready for a new metro?

Amsterdammers are bracing themselves as the drilling of the metro tunnel in soft sandy layers under the historical heart of the city is due to begin today. At the flip of a switch the head of the drill will begin to turn and the first centimetres of earth will be removed, reports nrc.next. But don’t worry, as a precaution the ground above the first 90 metres has been frozen.
In the 1970s when the first metro line was laid in the Dutch capital, it was all much easier. The town council just demolished all the buildings above the line. They had to put up with a few riots first, mind you. Since then any plans to modernise the metropolitan’s transport system underground were put on hold. That was until a “magic drill” built metro lines in Japan and Germany. In the 1990s, the North-South line found its way back onto the municipal agenda and Amsterdammers voted in favour of the project in a referendum.
But it all went horribly wrong in 2008 when subsidence damaged a number of listed buildings close to the construction site. As a result, public confidence in the project is low. In the last local elections, anti-metro party Save Amsterdam won a seat on the local council. Residents along some parts of the line will be put up in hotels during construction work. Amsterdam’s best known department store De Bijenkorf tried to postpone the drilling until more research could be done.
However, in spite of all the risks and misgivings, drilling is going ahead. The builders of the North-South Line say they are confident nothing will go wrong. But just in case, they have had the drill blessed and a statue of Saint Barbara, patron saint of miners and tunnel diggers, guards the entrance to the tunnel shaft. So fingers crossed then! Not while biking!!!

Day Opening - March 18

Khor Virap monastery and Mount Ararat - Armenia/Turkey

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

The Game of Death

Shortly after lunch today — it being Tuesday — I posted a story I wrote seven years ago that appears now like actual reportage that no professional journalist had the nads to submit to the liberal media.

And when I was waiting for that to post, I came across a story about a game show in France that picked up on some psychological tests conducted in the home of the brave, land of the free, fifty years ago that let me to write this:

I'm so tired of the French taking advantage of the best the NOMF has to offer, from Jerry Lewis to recycled British game and reality shows. Now they have embraced the entire soul and inspiration of American culture with The Game of Death, inspired by Ivy League experiments at Yale in the sixties that were designed to determine whether the Nazi contagion had jumped to the offspring of the Greatest Generation.

For those of you who missed the results, yes, Americans in the Yale experiments proved perfectly willing to commit torture and mass murder when convinced by authority figures that it's the right thing to do. I remember after getting drafted being told to look at my service as a wonderful way to travel the world, see new places, meet interesting people, and kill them.

You can read the rest of the post here.

Day Opening - March 17

Pamukkale, Turkey

Monday, March 15, 2010

InterNations - the Expat Community!

A couple of weeks ago I received a very friendly email of Philipp, the founder and Managing director of InterNations, an expat forum/web site. He found our blog Internation Musing interesting and wanted to exchange logo’s. I know InterNations since I was invited to become a member one year ago, and to be honest, I didn’t know that much of them only that they have an excellent website and are connected all around the world through more than 200 expat communities. But I made some great connections here in Istanbul. And promised myself to attend once their monthly meeting down here in Istanbul. Philipp and I had some interesting email exchange and since then, their Istanbul logo, is on the right screen of this website, tough still not well displayed.
Tomorrow evening, finally, I will have my ‘maiden entrance’ at their monthly Istanbul expat get-together of this great off-line/on line organization and I encourage you to do the same in the more than 200 places where InterNations have their monthly get-togethers
Below you will find a description of InterNations:

The online community InterNations attracts thousands of members in search of new contacts abroad every month. InterNations is the international social networking service for expats and global minds worldwide. The members are diplomats, managers and employees of multinational companies, IGOs and NGOs, foreign correspondents as well as their families. They actively discuss both local and global issues and also meet up in over 235 communities on a regular basis. In Turkey InterNations has five communities at the moment in Ankara and Istanbul.

After celebrating its second anniversary in late 2009, the German start-up recently hit the 150,000 members mark. InterNations was founded by three young entrepreneurs and has been online since September 2007. They came up with an web-based solution for the ‚real-life‘ problems of the expat community – and their business concept was promptly awarded the “Land der Ideen” award by the German government and the Federation of German Industries.

Due to the members huge interest in real-life networking, the site is no longer imaginable without the casual InterNations get-togethers. Hosted by so-called Ambassadors, they serve as a valuable addition to the site’s online services. The biggest communities, like New York, Munich, London or Madrid have 300 to 500 attendees at their monthly Events. In total, there are worldwide around 100 InterNations Events and Get-togethers every month. Istanbul is a growing community and already has more than 200 attendees at its monthly InterNations Events.

An interesting fact mentioned worth is; our co-blogger on this forum, Seda, is establishing at the moment a chapter of InterNations in Thessaloniki. (Seda is also in charge to modernize our blog, but that’s another point..later)

Day Opening - March 15

Pamukkale, Denizli, Turkey

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Jenny White's latest book: the Winter Thief

In life you meet many people. Jenny is to me the classic example of leaving a footprint in very positive sustain. We met for the first time in the summer of 2008, when Ö and I just moved from the busy area of Macka to the suburbs of Istanbul, Tarabya. I picked her up with my small Lancia to meet another anthropologist and friend, Erkan Saka. She didn’t stop talking and I didn’t stopped listening! We had a nice encounter the three of us and met on several social occasions later before she moved back to Boston the end of 2008. But we stayed in touch!

Last week she announced that her last book ‘The Winter Thief’ was released. Her fourth in a series of Kamil Pasha’s: The Winter Thief

About the Winter Thief;
January 1888. Vera Arti carries The Communist Manifesto in Armenian through Istanbul’s streets, unaware of the men following her. When the police discover a shipload of guns and the Imperial Ottoman Bank is blown up, suspicion falls on a socialist commune Arti’s friends organized in the eastern mountains. Special Prosecutor Kamil Pasha is called in to investigate. He soon encounters his most ruthless adversary to date: Vahid, head of a special branch of the secret police, who has convinced the sultan that the commune is leading a secessionist movement and should be destroyed—along with surrounding villages. Kamil must stop the massacre, but he finds himself on the wrong side of the law, framed for murder and accused of treason, his family and the woman he loves threatened.
More about Jenny White here and here.

Besides writing fiction, Jenny is an Associat Professor teaching social anthropology at Boston University . She has published two scholarly books on contemporary Turkey: Money Makes Us Relatives, a description of women’s labor in urban Turkey in the 1980s, was published in 1994 and Islamist Mobilization in Turkey was published in 2002. It explains the rise of Islamic politics in Turkey in the 1990s and won the 2003 Douglass Prize for best book in Europeanist anthropology. At the moment she finalize her study about Turkish nationalism.

Turkey: A Nation of Conspiracies

Below an article by Claire Berlinski, an American novelist, freelance journalist, travel writer and biographer who lives amid a menagerie of adopted stray animals in Istanbul.
If you live in Turkey for a while you know exactly were she's talking about; the conspiracies, paranoia behavior, corruption and fear. It took me some years to understand what really was going on around me; Turkish people always warned me for the other Turkish person and always told me: 'don't trust anyone'. Later I discovered that people who warned me the most, were also less reliable than others. Enfin, enjoy this perfect article published in the Wall Street Journal of yesterday: A Nation of Conspiracies; Coup plots and growing extremism. Why the West can't ignore Turkey's paranoia.

Last fall, having observed that few women in Istanbul took martial-arts classes, I conceived the idea to work with local instructors on creating a women's self-defense initiative. My project met with initial enthusiasm, particularly among women concerned with the high rate of domestic violence in Turkey. But other martial arts instructors in the city grew uneasy, sensing a plot to swindle them out of their small pieces of the martial-arts pie. Istanbul quickened with lunatic rumors that the initiative was a conspiracy to disparage the other instructors' martial prowess and steal their students. Martial-arts cliques consumed themselves with plotting and counter-plotting. Secret tribunals were held, covert alliances formed, poison-pen letters sent, friends betrayed. I gave up in disgust.
And there is moreeee herrreeee

Day Opening - March 14

Andalucia, Spain (will be here in a couple of weeks)

Saturday, March 13, 2010

#Statement 34

Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul,
And sings the tune without the words,
And never stops at all

Emily Dickinson

Spotted in Amsterdam

Now Job Cohen is the new leader of the Dutch labour party, some supporters addapted very quick...

Day Opening - March 13

Notre Dame Basilique, Paris.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Good to know: Sex is not healthcare, Dutch union says

While the USA are still discussing a new healthcare system the Dutch have another problem: is sex covered by healthcare...
A Dutch healthcare union has kicked off a campaign to brace nurses and other caretakers against sexual requests made by patients. Its motto: “I draw the line here”.The campaign instigated by the union named Nu’91 comes as a reaction to a recent incident between a 42-year old man and his new 24-year-old home caretaker. A muscle disorder has left the man unable to move anything but his mouth and eyes. The man asked his new caretaker, a student, to relief him of his natural urges, saying that his other seven caretakers did the same for him. The young women saw two of her colleagues do so indeed. When she refused, her patient called her unfit for healthcare...
The union was most shocked by the reaction of a care dependents interest group, Per Saldo. When the incident became public last weekend, Aline Saers, the group’s managing director, expressed sympathy for the man. “They are free to ask,” she said. “You are free to refuse.”
Saers has since said she had not meant to condone the man’s request. “Sexual services are not part of a caretaker's tasks,” she explained.
A client can discuss his sexual needs with a caretaking agency, Saers said, so that it can call upon a specialised escort agency – legal in the Nehterlands - for instance. “Sexual help can be so soothing. Some municipalities arrange it,” Saers added. Good to know!.)

Day Opening - March 12

I don't have hero's. But he, Hans van Mierlo, was and is an inspiration for all the Dutch who love freedom, humanism secularism, and respect and dignity for all human mankind.
Religion has no place in politics.
Rest in Peace my friend!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Trouble in the Netherlands - election fraud?!

The main story in the Dutch newspapers is the announcement of an official investigation into allegations of electoral fraud during last week’s local elections; the Public Prosecutors’ Office has launched an “Investigation into the hunt for proxy votes”. A councillor for the local party Leefbaar Rotterdam (Liveable Rotterdam) violated electoral laws when he called on party candidates to solicit proxy votes. Earlier, it became clear there had been numerous incidents in which two people went into voting booths together. There were also reports of officials at polling stations who helped voters fill in proxy voting forms. Rotterdam Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb has decided to hold a full recount, bearing in mind that the difference between the two main parties Leefbaar Rottterdam and Labour is just a few hundred votes.
The Rotterdam based newspaper AD reports that “Electoral chaos is widespread”. The paper writes that after the initial reports on irregularities in Rotterdam, there were an increasing number of  incidents reported elsewhere in the Netherlands, mostly involving more than one person entering voting booths at the same time.
According to AD, the electoral commotion in Rotterdam may even lead to a second ballot. A political science professor says: “The discussion has been politicised to such an extent that nobody will be able to end it. The question is whether this should lead to a second ballot. That is a quite a step to take.”

The recount currently taking place in Rotterdam is a rare occurrence, but is the only solution now that serious doubts have arisen about the elections. The events in Rotterdam do not immediately justify comparisons with Kabul or Harare, but make a serious investigation into the incidents no less necessary. A second ballot would be a far-reaching decision because the results will never be identical to the first, but regrettable as this may be, it can never be an argument to leave open to doubt the results of the 3 March elections. It would not only undermine the council’s legitimacy, but also damage the standing of politics in general.

Day Opening - March 11


Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Jihad and slavery in the West (slightly different than you expect)

Paul Fregosi in his book Jihad in the West: Muslim Conquests from the 7th to the 21st Centuries calls Islamic Jihad “the most unrecorded and disregarded major event of history. It has, in fact, been largely ignored,” although it has been a fact of life in Europe, Asia and Africa for almost 1400 years. As Fregosi says, “Western colonization of nearby Muslim lands lasted 130 years, from the 1830s to the 1960s. Muslim colonization of nearby European lands lasted 1300 years, from the 600s to the mid-1960s. Yet, strangely, it is the Muslims…who are the most bitter about colonialism and the humiliations to which they have been subjected; and it is the Europeans who harbor the shame and the guilt. It should be the other way around.”

Atttacks by pirates from the Arab countries first and later the Ottoman Turks were the rule in many regions of Eurasia, not just in Europe. Indian historian K. S. Lal states that wherever Jihadists conquered a territory, “there developed a system of slavery peculiar to the clime, terrain, and populace of the place.” When Muslim armies invaded India, “its people began to be enslaved in droves to be sold in foreign lands or employed in various capacities on menial and not-so-menial jobs within the country.”

While the Arabs dominated during the early centuries of the Islamic era, the Turks soon converted and surpassed them as a force. As they steadily conquered more and more of Anatolia, the Turks reduced many Greeks and other non-Muslims there to slave status: “They enslaved men, women, and children from all major urban centers and from the countryside.” Turkish attacks on nearby European lands lasted well into the modern era.

As Murray Gordon writes in his book Slavery in the Arab World , the sexual aspects of slavery were disproportionate important in the Islamic world. “Eunuchs commanded the highest prices among slaves, followed by young and pretty white women.” Usually, the high cost of white female slaves made them a luxury which only rich Muslims could afford:

“White women were almost always in greater demand than Africans, and Arabs were prepared to pay much higher prices for Circassian and Georgian women from the Caucasus and from Circassian colonies in Asia Minor. After the Russians seized Georgia and Circassia in the early part of the nineteenth century and, as a result of the Treaty of Adrianople in 1829 under which they obtained the fortresses dominating the road into Turkey from Circassia, the traffic in Circassian women came to a virtual halt. This caused the price of Circassian women to shoot up in the slave markets of Constantinople and Cairo. The situation was almost completely reversed in the early 1840s when the Russians, in exchange for a Turkish pledge to cease their attacks on their forts on the eastern side of the Black Sea, quietly agreed not to interfere in the slave traffic. This unrestricted trade brought on a glut in the Constantinople and Cairo markets, where prices for Circassian women brought them in reach of many ordinary Turks and Egyptians.”

Unlike the West, there never was a Muslim abolitionist movement since slavery is permitted according to sharia, Islamic religious law, and remains so to this day. When the open practice of slavery was finally abolished in most of the Islamic world, this was only due to external Western pressure, ranging from the American war against the barbarian pirates of North Africa to the naval power of the British Empire. Slavery was taken for granted throughout Islamic history and lasted longer than did the Western slave trade. Robert Spencer elaborates in his book A Religion of Peace?: Why Christianity Is and Islam Isn’t:

No European peoples suffered more from Islamic colonialism than those in the Balkans. Sir Jadunath Sarkar, the pre-eminent historian of Mughal India, wrote this about dhimmitude, the humiliating apartheid system imposed upon non-Muslims under Islamic rule: “The conversion of the entire population to Islam and the extinction of every form of dissent is the ideal of the Muslim State. If any infidel is suffered to exist in the community, it is as a necessary evil, and for a transitional period only.…A non-Muslim therefore cannot be a citizen of the State; he is a member of a depressed class; his status is a modified form of slavery. He lives under a contract (dhimma) with the State.…In short, his continued existence in the State after the conquest of his country by the Muslims is conditional upon his person and property made subservient to the cause of Islam.”

This “modified form of slavery” is now frequently referred to as the pinnacle of “tolerance.” If the semi-slaves rebel against this system and desire equal rights and self-determination, Jihad resumes. This happened with the Christian subjects of the Ottoman Empire, who were repressed with massacres,

Source: Fjordman is a noted Norwegian blogger who has written for many conservative web sites. He used to have his own Fjordman Blog in the past, but it is no longer active.

Day Opening - March 10

Why waiting? For a good jump?

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Shake it up, baby, now...

Mrs. Faustroll and I drove down to the Oregon Coast last week and jumped up and down on the sand for several minutes, despite my bum leg, trying to unleash a tremor of 9.0 or greater in the Cascadia subduction zone so that we could surf the big wave up over the Coast Range and into the Willamette Valley. I had read some years ago about a school district in Pennsylvania that had conducted an experiment in its elementary schools that encouraged the little yard hogs to jump up and down rhythmically for several minutes in a combined exercise and science drill that was actually recorded on seismographs several hundred miles away. I'm not sure what their point was, but imagination is always the booger of intervention.

Alas, but our experiment was a flop and life goes on. We did attract a curious crowd of glaucous gulls before an angry sea lion lumbered out of the surf, bellowing in some unearthly language that sounded oddly Eastern European. As we had no translator with us, we scurried back to our Hummer and drove back to Portland to take part in an emergency unpreparedness drill by standing in the streets outside tall buildings made almost entirely out of glass.

Don't believe what you read from scientists who claim that the recent catastrophic cataclysms in Haiti, Chile, Turkey, and Tralfamodore are not evidence of increased geologic unrest deep within in the bowels of Gaia that will soon burst forth with a giant floodablast of crepitation so deadly and foul that everyone on the planet will wonder what the hell we've been eating to smell so bad and be so stupid.

This activity cannot be termed sheer coincidence (in modern poopadoodlistic theory there are no coincidences) or blamed on irresponsible population growth that has idiots stuck all over the surface of the planet, including some of the least stable areas, which, as God would have it, are generally the most lively places for people to congregate and have a good time. And really, tell me, who are you really going to trust? Me, a disreputable pro-drug and alcohol abuse reprobate and doctor of the imaginary sweet sciences or Bob Holdsworth, who has the blind faith to say something as dumb and lame as: "I can definitely tell you that the world is not coming to an end." What are you willing to wager, Bob?

Here's my recommendation for anyone who is nervous about the recent seismic activity and the promise of more violent and random shaking that is to occur in the near future as Gaia tries to rid herself of us — her proudly meddlesome fleas, ticks, and vermin: consider moving to North Dakota.

I know, I know. Many of you don't even believe North Dakota exists, except in the warped and twisted imagination of the Coen Brothers, but I have just read a story on the Internet (Today's Internet: vaporware you can monetize™) that purports to be from the Minot Daily News, and Minot is a place I found on Google maps (so it's got to be true) that says the safest place on the planet is North Dakota.

Here's an exact quote that I swear I am not completely imagining: "As North Dakotans, we should take some comfort in the fact that we are located in the seismically least active part of the U.S. where the probabilities of experiencing the effects of earthquakes are very remote."

I'm not sure if there is enough room in North Dakota for all six billion people current making the back of Gaia itch uncomfortably, but if everyone shows up this weekend and jumps up and down in unison, maybe we can prove that anywhere can be made seismically active, if we all work hard enough to smile and love one another.

On a brighter note, for those of you who still entertain delusions of immortality, it appears that the whole lot of shaking in Chile actually altered the Earth's axis so that the length of the day has shortened. You know what that means? It means that you all get to live longer, assuming you stay healthy and don't become collateral damage for not being for us, whoever we are.

Peace, gloves, and gastrobanding.

Day Opening - March 9


Monday, March 8, 2010

The Dutch Pirate Party

The Dutch Pirate Party, see logo below, which is affiliated to Pirate Parties International (PPI), the umbrella organization of the international Pirate Party movement, wants to participate in the Dutch elections on 9 July. This was confirmed by its spokesperson Robbie Hontelé on the website Tweakers.net on Sunday. The party focuses mainly on digital copyright issues. They would like to limit copyright, do away with software patents and legalise home copies. The programme of the Dutch Pirate party hasn’t been published, nor have they elected a party leader. The Pirate Party movement obtained two seats in the European parliament last year and participated in the national elections of Germany and Sweden. And I'm sure that a sister party here in Turkey will do well!
And next to the Party for the Animals, this party has only one thema in their election campaign: free the pirates.
To be able to participate in the Dutch elections the party will have to collect 12,000 euros and obtain thirty declarations of support in each of the nineteen electoral districts.

Day Opening - March 8


Sunday, March 7, 2010

Turkey's State Minister on Homosexuality

The president of Iran once said: 'we don't have homosexuals in Iran'. The Minister of State in Turkey, Aliye Kavaf, says: “I believe homosexuality is a biological disorder, a disease,” and “I believe [homosexuality] is something that needs to be treated''

And take into account her remarks about the violent and pure racist TV soap ‘Kurtlar Vadisi’ (The Valley of Wolves) which caused a diplomatic row between Israel and Turkey since it's also anti-semitic: ''I do not know if it is wrong or right, but the messages offered in the show attract my attention,” she said.
For your information ''Kurtlar Vadisi” is a popular soap opera in Turkey about mafia and “deep state” affairs in which scenes of murder and torture are common, especially portraying Jews and Christians as evil!

Now I am curious what kind of treatment this moron has in mind to 'heal' homosexuals? Death march to Syria to prove that you are Man enough to cope with the walking distance? I bet she has some solutions how to deal with the remaining 2.000 Greeks and 60.000 Armenians in Turkey... that century old plan is still not fullfilled!

Day Opening - March 7

Grand Opera, Paris.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

The Definition Of Secular Humanism | Discovering Secular Humanism

The Definition Of Secular Humanism | Discovering Secular Humanism

Wilders and Erdogan; two of a pair.

G. Wilders of the anti-Islam and far-right party PVV in the Netherlands was yesterday in London to show his Fitna film in the House of Lords on invitation of Lord Malcolm Pearson, a member of parliament's upper house and head of the eurosceptic UK Independence Party (UKIP).

During the following press conference he defined the prophet Mohammed, after a question by a reporter of Al Jazeera, as `barbarian, a mass assassin and a pedophile'. An American asked what Wilders priorities would be if he become the next prime minister of the Netherlands: ‘’ending the mass immigration from Islamic countries' and that he would act rapidly against crime, especially which of `growing criminal minority’ under Moslems’’. On a question of a Turkish reporters what his thoughts were about Turkey and their PM Erdogan he blunt said: ‘’Erdogan is a total freak and the country is conducted by `retards'. Another reporter asked around `is this man always this way?

Yes, of course, he loves to shock people especially if reporters from countries where there is no freedom of religion and no press freedom are around, which gives him maximum exposure. And in return, some hate imams start some riots and that justifies his words…

I don’t share Wilders views, only his view on Turkish PM Erdogan is mine. A prime minister who is always angry and bully his way around in domestic and foreign affairs (here, here and here) completely based upon his radical Islamic views is exactly the same as the person on the opposite side of his views: G. Wilders.

Day Opening - March 6

Budapest (not photoshopped)

Friday, March 5, 2010

Erdogan on Iran

Turkish PM Erdogan on Iran:
Iran is the superest, most non-nuclear, peace-loving, and un-nuclear of the non-nuclear superpowers in the world... It has more young, beautiful girls per capita than the puny Zionist enemy of Israel... Also, it is definitely not enriching weapons-grade uranium; and even if it were, it's totally allowed to. In addition, Iran boasts some of the best freedom of the press and freedom of assembly in the world... It also offers the most religiously tolerant living in the whole world. It does not not kill Sunnis and Tehran is full of Sunni mosques. Jews, Baloch and Arab minorities have significant representation in the government. Iranian mullahs preach love and peace... Finally, it does not have a nuclear weapon program, nor did it ever have, does have, will have, or plan to have any kind of program for any kind of weapon that is at all or will ever be nuclear... Ever. For these reasons, Allah selected Iran to guide the world away from Zionism and toward spiritual purity... 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. Shame on US and A for invading innocent countries who mind their own business and happen to all shoot at protesters, beat journalists, and threaten their neighbors...

Day Opening - March 5

Sarikamis, Turkey

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Dangerous beliefs

Map of where Christians are prosecuted simple because their religion. (click on picture to enlarge)
Herrreee an article.

Franken food - Frankenfries

The European Commission yesterday voted in favour of allowing genetically-modified potatoes to be grown in the EU. So the Public Health and Consumer Protection Commissioner says the "genetically-modified Amflora potato developed by the German chemical giant BASF, is safe". Wow!

Although the Amflora potato is not for human consumption, but will be used in paper production and as a cattle feed additive. Interesting or not?! Genetically-modified crops are extremely controversial in the European Union and are popularly known as "Frankenfood'. Soon we will have Frankenfries...
since the GM potato comes to the Netherlands soon.

Day Opening - March 3

Coyote boarded light rail in Portland, Oregon (Land of Dr. Faust)

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Dutch election and the Turkey factor

The Dutch tax department is allowed to send information in Turkish and many other languages, politicians may only use Dutch. And that has to stay so!
Can you distribute brochures in Turkish asking voters to elect a candidate of Turkish descent to the town council? Former Dutch minister for Integration van der Laan says it is not permissible because it goes against the principle that immigrants should become part of Dutch society. Some ethnic candidates disagree, saying their message will not reach many citizens.
Turkish and Chinese-language election campaign literature for the Dutch municipal elections tomorrow has sparked controversy in the Netherlands. As a result, a number of parties have banned further distribution of the flyers two weeks ago. Demissionair Minister Van der Laan says they sent “the wrong signal”. He says Turkish-language flyers contradict the process of integration and that the campaign should be conducted in Dutch only.
The Christian Democrat candidate of Turkish descent, Mahmut Yazici, distributed a bilingual flyer in Deventer, where some 3,000 first-generation Turks speak little or no Dutch after 40 years. The Christian Democrats have always distributed literature in both Dutch and Turkish according him.
"I always distribute bilingual folders with the same information in Dutch and Turkish. Otherwise, the older generation will have no idea of what I am saying. I want to get people to vote. I do it in Turkish so that my message is understood.”
He forget here to mention that candidates like him often tell a different story in Turks than in Dutch. And more important, he is manipulating potential voters…other parties don’t have flyers in Turkish so these potential voters don’t understand where they are voting for.
But H. Entzinger, a professor of migration and integration studies at Rotterdam’s Erasmus University, finds the commotion lately about the flyers ambiguous and contradictory. Political parties make a lot of effort to get the immigrant vote. Four years ago, the Labour Party owed much of its success in Rotterdam to voters from the immigrant community. However two weeks ago the same party removed election posters praising a candidate in Turkish.
"Many times the vote of the immigrant community has been the decisive factor. And in spite of all the efforts made to integrate immigrants, there are still many older people who do not speak and understand Dutch that well,” says Professor Entzinger. “That is something we have inherited (from past and current policies) and with which we will have to live for a while. Recognise this. And don’t be so childish about it.”
Christian Democrat, Mahmut Yazici (a Muslim himself) pointed two weeks ago out that government authorities in the Netherlands use bilingual flyers. There are flyers from the tax authorities, against household violence and brochures from municipalities. Mr Yazici thinks the discussion has become absurd:
''During meetings of the town council I hear politicians use English words all the time. Even the alderman. They should stop doing this. For them English is not a problem, but Turkish is. If we are going to be fair, then everyone should speak correct Dutch.”
This is of course absurd. First of all the Dutch government don’t provide bilingual but multi lingual information on local and government level. Even in Portuguese, Chinese and Greek. Not only English. Secondly, the Dutch language is full of Anglicism, Germanic and Franco words, probably he is not aware of this. And btw the Turkish language is full of French words as well. And thirdly, Mr. Yazici is not representing a party but a group according ethnic lines, that of him. And lastly, the voters, all of them have the right to know what candidates are promising and Turkish is not a common language in the Netherlands neither in the world while in the world regarding knowledge of foreign language Holland scores with 3.6 foreign languages average no. 1). And there are more than 160 different nationalities living in the Netherlands. More than 10% of the citizens in Amsterdam are speaking English as their native language. And not one word of discomfort from them!
Shall we talk now about the annihilation and assimilation policies of the Ottoman Empire and the Turkish republic of the last 400 years? Talking how Jews, Christians, Armenians, Greek Orthodox etc. are marginalized in their homelands? Ripped off their languages, cultural traditions, their possessions, their identities? No. I take a break.

Quotes on Amsterdam

“You don't love Amsterdam... Amsterdam loves you.”
~ Jesus on Amsterdam

“I went to Amsterdam and all I remember are Red Lights.”
~ Barack Obama on Amsterdam

“I had sex in Amsterdam”
~ Bill Gates on Amsterdam

“Amsterdam is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.”
~ Benjamin Franklin on Amsterdam

“I don't know what he was smoking when he said that, but it must have come from Amsterdam.”
~ Oscar Wilde on Benjamin Franklin

Day Opening - March 2

Tea house of Zeist Castle, Zeist, the Netherlands

Monday, March 1, 2010

Tea Party prominent Tom Tancredo : Palin not presidential!

An interesting interview with Tom Tancredo.

Former Republican congressman Tom Tancredo was the opening speaker at the recent Tea Party conference with Sarah Palin. In an interview with the Dutch newspaperNRC Handelsblad, he spoke his mind about Palin. "I really don’t have this feeling about her as being presidential.’’ He referred to John McCain as a “nasty, mean’’ and “peculiarly unstable’’ man. Moreover, Tancredo pointed to a possible personal embarrassment: if Tea Party activists would find out he actually voted for the bailout of the financial sector in 2008, he concedes he would loose his credibility.
As a Republican congressman from Colorado, Tom Tancredo became well-known for his hard-line opposition to illegal immigration. Last year, the 65-year-old retired from the House of Representatives after a decade. Meanwhile, the country shifted to the left during his prospectless bid for the Republican presidential nomination. Moderate John McCain won the primaries, Barack Obama became president and there seemed to be no place left for Tancredo in national politics. But now he has made his way back into the limelight as one of the faces of the Tea Party movement.

More herreeeee

National Compliment Day celebrated in the Netherlands

"Don't be stingy, pat a colleague on the back, its National Compliment Day," headlines of a daily Dutch newspaper to highlight the eighth edition of compliment day and Hans Poortvliet tells: "I started it because "the Dutch are rather sparing with compliments". Exactly!
Mr Poortvliet, who also has a website full of handy tips and advice for the folks who don’t know how to pay a compliment, stated that it is part of the Dutch nature and culture not to show one's appreciation but "sometimes it's really nice to hear that you're doing a good job".
He warns, "watch out, a compliment only works if it's meant," adding, "the manager who suddenly pops up and start paying random compliments shouldn't be surprised if people regard him with suspicion or amazement". And isn't that sad...
Welcome to the Netherlands!
(on the picture Hans Poortviet - blue shirt, without tie - opens the Dutch stock exchange this morning and waits for a compliment)

Day Opening - March 1

Parc, Madrid, at night.

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Turkey kicked out of Euro soccer

Turkey's top soccer teams are the mobs of Fenerbahçe and the Gentlemen of Galatasaray. However, it is known by the fans of Galatasaray that all Turks are born Galatasaray fans and die Fenerbahçe fans; it is sometimes due to mental problems that they suddenly start supporting one of the other teams. During the past few years, Fenerbahçe and Galatasaray have alternated between the top two spots in the Turkish soccer league. However, there is a conspiracy that a third team, supported by male truck drivers with big-mustaches, exists as well. This team, known to these people as Beşiktaş, has shaken the the overall ranks of the Turkish soccer league. A common example of a Beşiktaş player is Rüştü, the man who proved himself incapable of saving goals and proved himself able to drag the Turkish national soccer team to defeat in Euro 2008. On the other hand, back when Rüştü was part of Fenerbahçe in 2002, his mastery of saving goals made many consider him the main reason for the 3rd place Turkish victory.
However, since both Fenerbahce and Galatasaray are now under control by foreigners, they might have a chance to dig in deep shit in their opponents of EURO 2012  - somewhere in the rural areas of a former colony Ukraine - Germany and Austria are planning to kick Turkey out of Europe forever.
And of course, the yabanchi's in Istanbul will be blamed for that. Take notice about this posting Bey's!
See Ya in 2012!

Fenerbahce, here we come!

A typical Fenerbahce fan!

#Statement 32

It’s easier to mix races than to blend religions.

Day Opening - February 28

Rumelin (Greek) Castle, Istanbul, Turkey

Friday, February 26, 2010

Quirky Clowntography

From Istanbul, Turkey, Yigit Gunel is a
professional photographer who also specializes in photographic manipulation. Creating a freak show world, Clowns just got a little freakier with Yigit Gunel’s interesting photography portfolio. Taking advantage of technology, he has manipulated his images in a unique and quirky way.Check out his images and click on them to enlarge them.I’m sure you’ll find them as entertaining as I did.
source: trendhunter

Day Opening - February 26

Adana, landscape, Turkey

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Dutch wants to kick Greece out the Euro zone

A majority of Dutch people want Greece to withdraw (simple Kick Out) from the eurozone according to an opinion poll conducted by regional newspapers. The poll found that 55 percent of respondents agreed that if the size of a country's debt was to endanger the value of the euro, then that country should be forced to withdraw from the eurozone.The poll says the vast majority of respondents were happy with the euro; just 35 percent said they wanted to return to the guilder. When the euro was introduced in 2002, most people wanted to keep the guilder.
No solidarity?!

Day Opening - February 25

The region of Cappadocia (Capadokya) in central Turkey

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

You thing this is bad? This ain't so bad

It's that cosmic time in the universe again, boys and girls, ladies and gentleman, Tuesday after lunch, and your mission, should you choose to ignore other less important tasks in your meaningless lives, is to leave a comment here or at Internation Musings with your list of the ten most important things that 9/11 changed from among all the millions and billions of things that changed everything implies.

What??? You don't think that 9/11 changed everything? What are you, terrorists?

And you don't get credit for suggesting that everyone now knows that the CIA assassinated the father of famed Chilean novelist Isabel Allende on that day in 1973, inspiring generations of freedom fighters around the world to conduct and accomplish missions on that date to commemorate one father of South American literature.

Oh, when will we have a day to remember Gabriel Garcia Marquez? Whoever the fuck he is. Sounds like some dipshit needs to be subjected to extreme interrogation methods, if you ask me. Depending on where you live, you can quote me on that. Or not.

Read the rest of the story here...

Day Opening - February 24

Galata Tower, Istanbul