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April 18th 2011

Wikileaks reveals early warning about Fukushima plant

With fears of a possible nuclear meltdown in Japan continuing to escalate, evidence that the nation received warnings over the stability of its power plants from an international watchdog more than two years ago has emerged via a new round of diplomatic cables accessed by WikiLeaks.

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The strange thing is: I did not hear about this on any official outlet. Wikileaks is of the table. It has been news for some weeks, but now we move on to other things… as if this is not very important and incriminating news in itself…

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February 18th 2011

Kingdom of Bahrain – You don’t want to be there…

“The central command demands of the people not to come together in the capital.”

This is not the place where you want to be. If you live in a free country, remember that freedom needs to be defended…!

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December 24th 2010

New interview with Assagne

The best quotes from the interview:

“He should be illegally assasinated” – that is the definition about terrorism

About Sarah Palin: “That just another idiot, trying to make a name for herself.”

Briliant :-)

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December 13th 2010

Ron Paul defends Wikileaks

Dead right, I would say…

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December 13th 2010

What’s wrong with Wikileaks?

I was pointed to this article, as a argument not to support this petition (which I did sign..)

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Basically, the argument in the article goes like this: ‘leaking is dangerous, because it will cause only more secrecy from the state’. I find this argument rather dumb, and much more dangerous than any leaking can be.
Even Julian Assange has said that the state must have some secrets. Nobody wants the exact location of any nuclear bombs to be known to the public, for instance. (Then again, I don’t want any nuclear bombs in the Netherlands at all… and Wikileaks showed us that there are… even when the government in it’s usual, weasely way denies nor confirms this….) If you are at war, you don’t want the plans for a attack leaked to the enemy, etc, etc.
But still. These are not the kind of things leaked by Wikileaks in this instance. When they did leak ‘military secrets’ some months ago (the infamous film with the attack on civilians) I think we can state that this was a legitimate leak.
The point is, that the whole stated purpose of Wikileaks is precisely to deny the state this kind of secrecy. Why, in a democratic society, should so many wheeling and dealing of the state be secret? Even in the supposedly open Dutch society, it remains awfully hard to get the document to release any documents at all. (There is a law, even named ‘Openness of Government”. But wielding it against the state takes so much time, that any release of documents will cost you more than half a year… While thus made legal if is very much impractical.)

I think that Wikileaks shows us that while not very surprising at least a disturbing amount of hazy deals are being made – in the name of the public…! Let us not forget that most of these people claim to represent that citizens that elected them. We did not elect them to keep secrets. And Wikileaks is preventing just that.

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November 9th 2010

Study shows the effect of branding

A new study is reporting that very young children are highly susceptible to the daily onslaught of branded fast food advertising: “most 3- and 5-year-olds who taste-tested a variety of foods said they preferred the ones in the McDonald’s wrapper — even though the foods were exactly the same.”

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One of the comments basically says it all:

Why just last night my nephew was over (he’s almost 6). We were grilling for dinner and he wanted a hamburger. This is what happened:

Me: “Here you go.”
Him: “What’s that?”
Me: “A hamburger.”
Him: “I don’t like that!”
Me: “You asked for it.”
Him: “I only like McDonald’s and Wendy’s hamburgers!”
Me: “Fine, I’ll eat it and I guess you’re not having dinner.”
Him: “Waaah! *proceeds to throw tantrum*”

Just goes to show you how much these fast food places have your kids by the balls.

I notice it even with my own four-year old. She recognizes a certain ‘puppet’ that is used by one brand – and she got only two presents from this brand. One of them almost a year go. And still she recognizes it… I hate brands… :-(

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November 2nd 2010

Climate according to the Americans

Please, America, remember this when you vote? :-(

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October 29th 2010

Do you get the politicians you deserve?

Christopher Hitchens has a thoughtfull post on slate.com:

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Basically, his argument comes down to: maybe we get crappy politicians because almost nobody would put up with the abuse we throw at them. No sane person withstand the continues personal attacs, the scorn of opposition etc. While this is a interesting argument, I don’t think it accounts for the whole problem. I think the whole discourse in (all?) western societies has degraded so very much that people will not recognize honesty and smart resoning anymore, even when they see it…

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October 29th 2010

What can you do, but weep?

The profligacy of relying on such overwhelming firepower is not lost on Junger who offers a useful insight in regard to another high-tech, high- priced piece of U.S. weaponry, “a huge shoulder-fired rocket called a Javelin.” Junger writes: “Each Javelin round costs $80,000, and the idea that it’s fired by a guy who doesn’t make that in a year at a guy who doesn’t make that in a lifetime is somehow so outrageous it almost makes the war seem winnable.”

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And for a number of reasons, even Obama cannot turn this around…

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October 25th 2010

Yet another good reason not to vote GOP…

Tea Party climate change deniers funded by BP and other major polluters

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Not that this will surprise many Democratic voters and/or people using at least half a brain, but still…

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