Saturday, October 18, 2008

Killing Joke

One of the best bands ever! And im glad i saw them one time life. Overwhelming and one of the best live acts i ever saw. One thing i remember he jelled "laat het gaan! waaah waaah (I always think he said it dutch haha) yeaah scream let is come out!!
Two brilliant clips on you tube.


"Facts and figures the clocks turn backwards
Facts and figures turn anticlockwise
Many signposts leading to the same place
I wonder who chose the colour scheme it's very nice

Keep running 'cos it's nightmare time
Every direction leading to the same place
I wonder who chose the colour scheme it's very nice
I wonder who chose the colour scheme it's very nice


"noise turns darker the moments pass
but the drums keep thundering in familiar way
outside the legions multiply
by and by - you're still alive
getting nowhere - can't find no way

discord dances discord earth
'cos ego ego taking the fame
harvest thanks didn't go quite right

noise turns darker the moments pass
but the drums keep thundering in familiar way
by and by - i'm still aliveoutside the legions multiply"

Friday, October 17, 2008

RVU "Voor Elkaar"

"Voor Elkaar" is a new program on public tv broadcaster RVU. Its a simpel format. There are people who need help. Help with cooking, to be just company for a day, a walk over the market, help for finishing rebuilding a house. The people are ill or old so they cant do it or are lonely. A presenter asks random (local) people on the street if they want to help them. How willing/open are the Dutch? "No no time no time, nothing for me, im not handy" is many times the answer. A girl reply's the host "so many people are so busy with themselves. It will be hard to find them". What would i say? I first would def walk around the camera lol.

I find it so sweet of the people who agreed to help. They all reply how great they find the experience to help (without pay but just to give help being social). It makes me teary eyed when i see that old woman -who is blind so she couldn't visit her old neigbourhood (-market) anymore and now she can again with help from a volunteer- answering: "This is the most beautiful day in my live.."

To bad no subtitles but maby its still nice to watch. Btw click on "Voor Elkaar" to watch.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

String: Blog Action Day 2008

My Honey made a discussion posty about poverty. I wanted to reply but it got a bit long. Many arguments came up while writing it. In the end i decided to make it fit for a post on my blog.

reply to Atomic:

Hmm it’s a complicated matter. I personally never knew what real poverty is. We only had to “be careful”, we ate lousy bread and i wore all my brothers’ old clothes (10 years outdated!). These days I see it as a lesson... I learn to save. (Eh...)

Personally i only give money to charity. But many don’t believe it helps.
The Dutch as a country give 0.8% of the “total gross national income" to “development co-operations” (charity; hope I translated that correct). That’s a huge amount. Actually I’m bit proud of it; there are foreign countries who give more in whole but less as per citizen. Also must be said that the Dutch government mostly really pay! There are countries who Offer to help promise certain amount to donate but never really give. The mouth is faster then the wallet.
But lately, since we have a growing right winged population, people call (shout) to lower that 0.8% or even to stop that- period. They give multiple arguments:

The most important one is that the money is often misused. For instance when given to corrupt country you often have to pay certain persons first before getting it to the right-people. And second why donate a country which is at war? The money has no “save ground” for to be invested in the long run. Many see Africa as a hopelessly-by war-divided-bottomless well. We give and give and give…
Then there is the bold racism argument. Money donate on Islamic countries is less & less (not) popular.
The argument that the money is not properly invested locally I can understand. Maby it was given to easy? The money is used short termed and not invested for the future. Of course that has many reasons. (Well if I’m hungry now I don’t think of buying/saving grain to sow next year? And next year there will probably be again). One is lack of knowledge; how to properly invest. Next is maybe motivation.
A real good argument is that the invested money is destroying local economics. Notorious is the help for Ethiopia. The hunger was severe. Then the West gave so much free grain… from The West! that the grain which Africa grows itself couldn’t compete. Local farmers went bankrupt and well consequences are obvious.
So what can we do? The West can be blamed for poverty and wars in Africa. The cold war wasn’t fought directly but there. So we morally have to do something and wars may not stop us. As big providers of guns we first have to stop to deliver them. Obvious it wont help much there are so many who eagerly willing to take it over (and the West prob use that as an argument to deliver So we still have bit control!). Countries must not get the change to borrow too much money to get in debt. The corrupt systems don’t care about the future. The West must not give their superfluous food. Or make conditions (buy our grain from the money we give you). The UN must organize a worldwide ban on collaboration with corrupt systems. Like Mugabe’s. It doesn’t help if the West bans him while other countries jump in. Then liberation and stimulation of equal rights for woman which comes with education (birth controle is important). The West has to open their markets for products from third world countries. But one legal argument is that the food has to have same *health inspections/ warranties. That’s expensive for them and so they can’t compete. It’s one of the reasons the West ban them or hmm maybe the one they use to save their own markets!
But do I say something new here aren't they well know?
One of the nicest ideas I only read about last years but it existed from way back (btw our future queen is active in this) is Microcredit. I couldn’t say it better then here please read it. A great way to stimulate local development with responsibility. Also read the part about woman! There is also criticism on this.
It’s a bit of a mix of what I think and what generally is thought here. Maybe it’s a start for a further debate?


(ps.What people generally think won't say they are my ideas. I could make many more remarks but i hope its sufficiënt for now).

Sunday, October 12, 2008

The Smiths

I think in my life time there will be never i band like The Smiths again. One could say its because you never be 20 again. Maby.. maby "those feelings" are over indeed but i dont believe that anybody (a band) can make such a genius combination of clever lyrics with such brilliant music ever again.
I sometimes think of the best band ever. That's impossible depends on the time when you choose but now i would choose for The Smiths. Imagine they wrote only one lousy song! "Work is a 4 letter word".. and even then title is funny!
About The Smiths later more but during a youtubenight (that must be a normal word from now on) i found this clip..