27 June 2009
"Omaha Beach, Normandie, France"
Robert Capa, 1944
Dorothea Lange, 1936
Many say Florence Owens Thompson is the icon of the great depression thanks to Dorothea Lange.
"Federal Dead on the Field of Battle of First Day, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania"
Mathew Brady, 1863
"Murder of a Vietcong by Saigon Police Chief"
Eddie Adams, 1968
"V-J Day, Times Square, 1945", a.k.a. "The Kiss"
Alfred Eisenstaedt, 1945
Murray Becker, 1937
"The Tetons - Snake River"
Ansel Adams, 1942
"The Corpse of Che Guevara"
Freddy Alborta, 1967
"Einstein with his Tongue Out"
Arthur Sasse, 1951
Philippe Halsman, 1948
"Loch Ness Monster" a.k.a. "The Surgeon’s Photo"
Ian Wetherell, 1934
"Gandhi at his Spinning Wheel"
Margaret Bourke-White, 1946
"Le Violon d’Ingres"
Man Ray, 1924
The actress is so “stirred” by her humanitarian work for the United Nations, she is reportedly planning to get into politics.
A friend told Britain’s Daily Express newspaper: “Angelina has admitted she’s getting bored with Hollywood. She said she’s now got her sights set on Washington.
“She is passionate about people’s rights, war and justice and thinks she can get more hands-on and make even more of a difference by getting into politics. She admires President Barack Obama and thinks she could make a big difference too if she were in his position.”
note: Jolie is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and acts as a “UN Goodwill Ambassador.” Hmm?
26 June 2009
This amazing woman came up to me and said; You mean Woody Allen don't you ? Yeah that's the one ! We just smiled at each other and before I realized that thankfully there are still very special women in the world, she was gone. I was looking for that name for ages with a friend of mine. I loved it how she just came outta nowhere and blew my mind (and that's all she blew).
We shared a moment, shared a love for our passion. we both love the same director. Its a great thing to have in common and sharing it makes life in the city a little bit less lonely. I guess as you will probably already know.
I spent the rest of the day walking around like a zombie because I am hardly sleeping these days. Im studying full on, and instead of sleeping Im writing songs and poetry and stuff at night. Really cool actually that I'm finally getting round to all that. Haven't done this in years.
So I was at the shops today, fucking Michael Jackson was singing everywhere. I don't feel sad, I got the feeling that these last couple of years were like a ratrace to him.
Tonight I'm going to take my mind of things and go to a party where I presumably will get drunk. Just a little, tomorrow I have to study again.
First I have to get some sleep in before tonight, load the batteries for my camera. Then I have got to remember my flickr password because I made some great pictures lately. Eat, definitely shave, and produce 2 blurps for this blog when I get back. Perhaps I'll even write about my life altering experience that I had recently. Maybe not, don't want this blog to become to personal. Dunnoo
In a bit !
22 June 2009
“In every society, when you have large fiscal deficits combined with easy monetary policies … the likelihood that you will have high inflation is very, very high,” Faber said. “And it happens very quickly.”
These numbers rise so speedily because the government “massively” understates the country’s rate of inflation, Faber said. To get a true reading, he said, people need to ditch core inflation numbers and include CPI in their analysis.
“It’s a lie what they publish,” said Faber. “If you underweigh education costs, and if you underweigh health care costs, then you come to a totally different result.”
note: Marc Faber points out that prior to the establishment of the Federal Reserve the United States experienced stable prices and a deflationary boom. When I get round to it, I will blog about why I think the federal reserve SHOULD be abolished.
Some say, he's Michael Schumacher. Others say it was a cruel joke by Clarkson. All we know; he's called the Stig !
21 June 2009
That puts today's news in a whole other limelight. When the story broke two years ago that the CIA started to destabilize the Iranian government, and Iranian life, I translated a couple of articles on the subject for a dutch website. So I sat and wondered these last couple of days if today's events in Iran were in any way connected or influenced by the CIA destabilization plan.
Someone thought the same and collected the original articles and news broadcasts and put them together in a youtubeclip. If you want to understand the recent events. See the stuff below and tell me what does this tell you ? Smells fishy to me
Bush Authorizes New Covert Action Against Iran: Bush Authorizes New Covert Action Against Iran The CIA has received secret presidential approval to mount a covert “black” operation to destabilize the Iranian government, current and former officials in the intelligence community tell the Blotter on ABCNews.com.
Bush sanctions ‘black ops’ against Iran: Mr Bush has signed an official document endorsing CIA plans for a propaganda and disinformation campaign intended to destabilize, and eventually topple, the theocratic rule of the mullahs.
The claim is made that Ahmadinejad stole the election, because the outcome was declared too soon after the polls closed for all the votes to have been counted. However, Mousavi declared his victory several hours before the polls closed. This is classic CIA destabilization designed to discredit a contrary outcome. It forces an early declaration of the vote. The longer the time interval between the preemptive declaration of victory and the release of the vote tally, the longer Mousavi has to create the impression that the authorities are using the time to fix the vote. It is amazing that people don’t see through this trick.
16 June 2009
Bloomberg, June 15th
Paul McCartney, the former Beatle and vegetarian pop star, asked fans to go meatless on Mondays to help slow global warming by reducing the amount of gaseous emissions from farm animals. Cows, pigs and sheep bred for human consumption discharge millions of tons of methane, a more potent greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide. Livestock accounts for about 18 percent of greenhouse gases, more than all the world’s cars, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization has said. “If you want to fight climate change, it’s not only about electricity and coal-fired power plants: Agriculture is a huge contributor too and meat consumption is a big problem,” Jan van Aken, a biologist and agriculture campaigner for the Greenpeace environmental group, said today in a telephone interview from Hamburg. It’s “mainly burps” and animal flatulence, he said. Supported in his cause by celebrity chefs and Hollywood actors, McCartney said in a statement today that skipping meat a day a week is a “meaningful” change everyone can make to their lifestyles to help the environment. Less consumption may lead to fewer animals reared, and so emissions would fall.
It's me again. To bad McCartney doesn't know that last week yet ANOTHER NASA study has shown that climate change is hardly (the article says not) man (or animal) made and that it's mostly due to solar-activity. Well, duh! As you might recall, I earlier ranted on why you shouldn't blindly follow the "man made" hype.
I know Sir Paul means well but don't speak unless you know what you are talking about! Even if you are a Sir, and even if you were once part of a great band in history ! There are however very good reasons to cut down on eating meat! Not because it's sad for the animals (after all, animals eat animals too!). But from a scientific point of view it's just a horrible inefficient way to make use of the resources on our planet. And it's indirectly the cause for hunger in other parts of the world. And who wants that on their consciousness ? But you probably already knew that.
The most efficient would be to eat insects, but I don't think we are going to do that shortly. I am though! I'm thinking about studying in Asia for a couple of months ! Just to see what it's like on the other side of the globe !
While we are on the subject, d'you know that when you would eat nothing but blanched celery you would die of fatigue ?! It costs the human body more energy to digest the celery then it can take from it !
Got to go, talk to you all in a bit !
- Bill Hicks
Return of the King
15 June 2009
What I'd like to do is provide you with some background info. Over the years I have met several people from Iran. So here is a small history lesson if you will, to better understand Iran's current situation. Most of them cite the events portrayed in this video as the reason as to why Iran is so fucked up right now (Their words, not my mind you). To put current events into a historical context.
That's right. The CIA was responsible (operation ajax). If you go to their website you can also see that they are quite proud of that fact.
So you overthrow a guy who you don't like. Then you put in someone else who you dislike even more and then you complain and threaten to attack them. Woa ! Sounds like Iraq all over again !
The west still keeps buggin' Iran. Not only through official political channels like the UN. But also via "Black Ops". George Bush approved of several of these programmes against Iran. But we can only speculate as to its meaning as Black ops (wikipedia) are not disclosed in the name of national security..
If it was that obvious than someone should be able to put out some evidence. Diverting even more about election fraud. Here is this HBO documentary exposing some of the non validaties in US elections over the years. Most of it seems to happen in the primaries. In that way only approved candidates from both parties (who are in bed together) are in the race for the presidency. Or do you remember the 2000 election ? Gore/Bush ? It's featured in this documentary. I'm sure glad in The Netherlands we got back to voting on paper again.
Are we the puppet people ?
14 June 2009
It is my first love and it will be my last. And since it is my blog I suppose I can put up anything I want on here right ? Go ahead and leave, see if I care ! I will try to be brief..
So racing; what's so great about it ?
As a child I somehow got infected with a virus. It was racing. I was one year old and instead of putting me infront of the tv and letting me watch cartoons, my parents put me infront of the tv and let me watch the racing channel. Good stuff !
Now I am not going into my personal racing history (being supported in my early gokarting days by 7-up) because this post isn't really about me. But I must tell you that I am a formula one fan foremost. The rest doesn't really catch my attention. After all, I have a life to live you know ?
Reason for this article (yes there is one!)
But today I decided to cook myself a killer lunch and to enjoy it while watching the spanish motoGP race. Normally I never watch it.
The whole race Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo were fighting for the lead. It would come down to these last two laps; I have uploaded the video here as youtube keeps removing it because of copyright issues.
I have uploaded it anyway; not because I want to abuse the rightfull owners of the material, but because I want to use it as a promotion for the sport. I hope that it will contribute to more profits in the future for the parties involved.
I do want to say that the big misunderstanding about any kind of racing is that it is all about crashes and acting like you are a though guy. Actually, it isn't any of that. To be the best, you need to find a balance. Between being on the limit, and crashing and hurting yourself badly. It's a tightrope. Whoever does that the most constantly is the quickest and should win. That's just the driving, there is ofcourse a hudge technical aspect to it aswell. In this video both guys regularly go over the limit but magically stay on the road. I don't know if it is obvious for someone who never watches it but that is certainly what I am seeing here.
On the last lap he did something impossible. On the last corner he goes on a part of the track where nobody has been all weekend. It's the "dirty" side of the track. You generally fall of if you go there. Nobody expected it. And when I saw it happen infront of my own eyes I was certain that he would not have made it. But something in valentino rossi helped him around that corner. The last corner. He managed to pass Lorenzo and won the race. Goosebumps !!
At the end of Valentino's 99th victory he visibly was EXTREMELY happy. It was a memorable victory, one for the history books, one of his greatest victories ever.
The real champions are those who not only can surprise the world, but also themselves in terms of their capabilities. He is already a legend. He will certainly become a myth; i'm very sure of that.
09 June 2009
Both started from scratch not more than ten years ago and now turn over hundreds of millions of euros a year, and they will be doubling that in the next year (what crisis?).
Their stories were inspiring. Their achievements staggering. Their attitudes and words of wisdom were priceless. They both were truly remarkable people. Those who say that businesses are boring obviously have no idea what they are talking about.
Today I learned a lot.
PS: They both didn't go to business school. What does that tell you ?
2. "I got a good woman" is a bad way to begin the Blues, unless you stick something nasty in the next line like, "I got a good woman, with the meanest face in town."
3. The Blues is simple. After you get the first line right, repeat it. Then find something that rhymes...sort of: "Got a good woman with the meanest face in town. Yes, I got a good woman with the meanest face in town. Got teeth like Margaret Thatcher, And she weighs 500 pounds."
4. Blues cars: Chevys, Fords, Cadillacs and broken-down trucks. Blues don't travel in Volvos, BMWs, or Sport Utility Vehicles. Most Blues transportation is a bus or a train. Jet aircraft and state-sponsored motor pools ain't even in the running. Walkin' plays a major part in the blues lifestyle. So does fixin' to die.
5. Blues can take place in New York City but not in Hawaii or any place in Belgium. Hard times in Paris or Rome is probably just clinical depression. Chicago, St. Louis, and Kansas City are still the best places to have the Blues. You cannot have the blues in any place that don't get rain. Amsterdam, Chicago, London, Tokyo: great places to have the blues.
6. You can't have no Blues in an office or a shopping mall. The lighting is wrong. Go outside to the parking lot or sit by the dumpster, you should be fine.
7.No one will believe it's the Blues if you wear a suit, 'less you happen to be an old person, and you slept in it for the last 6 months.
8.Do you have the right to sing the Blues?
a. you're older than dirt
b. you're blind
c. you shot a man in Memphis
a. you have all your teeth
b. you were once blind but can see
c. the man in Memphis lived
9.If you ask for water and your darlin' give you gasoline, it's the Blues. Other acceptable Blues beverages are: a. muddy water b. nasty black coffee
The following are NOT Blues beverages: a. Perrier b. Chardonnay c. Snapples d. Slim Fast
10.If death occurs in a cheap motel or a shotgun shack, it's a Blues death. Stabbed in the back by a jealous lover is another Blues way to die. So is the electric chair, substance abuse and dying lonely on a broken down cot. You can't have a Blues death if you die during a tennis match or while getting liposuction.
11.Some Blues names for women:
b. Big Mama
d. Fat River Dumpling
12.Some Blues names for men:
c. Little Willie
d. Big Willie
13.Persons with names like Michelle, Amber, Debbie, and Heather can't sing the Blues no matter how many men they shoot in Memphis.
14."Make your own Blues Name" Starter Kit !
a. name of physical infirmity (Blind, Cripple, Lame, etc.)
b. first name (see above) plus name of fruit (Lemon, Lime, Kiwi, etc.)
c. last name of a President (Jefferson, Johnson, Fillmore, etc.) For example: Blind Lime Jefferson, Pegleg Lemon Johnson or Cripple Kiwi Fillmore, etc. (Well, maybe not "Kiwi.")
15.I don't care how tragic your life: if you own even one computer, you cannot sing the blues. If you are reading this on a computer, maybe you cannot sing the Blues, but you sure can listen to it…
My favorite 30ies musician; Leadbelly ! (Kurt Cobain was a also a big fan of his and he covered a lot)
05 June 2009
"The ignorance of one voter in a democracy impairs the security of all. "
John F. Kennedy
04 June 2009
In case you didn't know, today Europe voted to select the people's representatives. Representatives who have very little to say, because our representatives sit in parliament. The decisions are made by the commission, and they are not chosen by the people (Yes that is correct, as it happens, I aced my European law course, suck on that).
There was only one party who repeatedly mentioned this "flaw" in the system so in the end I had to vote for them because I feel very strongly about this particular issue.
Where was I going with this rant again? Ohyeah, yesterday night I wrote some stuff down in my moleskine. Normally I shout heavily at the tv set when there is a debate on about politics after 5-10 minutes, but I was watching it in the middle of the night so I had to keep my voice down. Still, I had to get some of it out. So I got out my pencil and this is what came out.
Watching the debates
I am going to say this because it has to be said:
there are stupid people. I'll be more specific.
They are on the left of the paradigm and they are on the right
I'm not part of any of them. Me, I am Bipartisan.
But it's hard, because people are so stupid.
Talking about stupid people; stupid people believe they are right.
The "stupid lefties".
They are social ! They mean well, therefore they MUST be right ! Honestly, that's what it boils down to. I am talking only about the stupid people now. No one is more convinced then they are that they are right. Just because they care.
They are so right that they KNOW they don't have to listen to others.
The stupid people on the right are perhaps worse. They don't often mean well for others, they think they are the most important people on earth and that everything revolves around them. Again, I'm talking about the stupid people. It doesn't even matter, for other reasons they do the exact same thing; they stop listening to others.
That to me is a stupid person, one who doesn't listen, doesn't change his view on any subject once in every five years. The problem comes from picking your place in the paradigm. Am I left, am I right ? This divides us. It turns politics into a football match, where you invest/support/choose a team and you are going to have to stick by it. Why ? Because you became invested, you associated yourself with the team, you chose it, it becomes part of you. Now you are part of the party (have you read 1984 by Orwell?).
I don't want to be part of your little left and right game. Wisely I watch and listen from a distance, trying to make some sense of all the games and the tricks that are played on you by the (partly) corporate media. I'm looking at the issues, and looking at them in a historical perspective, not responding to the everyday shocktreatment that we receive.
Listening and looking at the issues; that's what it's all about.
The important question is; why are these stupid people always allowed to speak on behalf of their group on tv ? They just anger other people. Making them believe even more in whatever they chose to believe in.
Where are all these smart and inspiring people from the left AND right that I know ? Why aren't they on tv ? They don't fuel anger on a mass scale but on the upside they can talk about issues, and that's what we should want, right ?
I'm not sure if people want this. Politics is becoming like a statement, it identifies you and who you are, apparently, because people get offended when they discuss issues that don't even concern them.
It's simple, politics should be treated as a social science and not as a sport. When/if humanity realizes this we can finally get on with our evolution.
The evolution of ideas.
It's time people,
time to grow up, we are and can do so much better then this.
Well that's it for now, we can all go back to bed now and forget about Europe. We can fill in a stupid questionaire on a website in 5 years time and then the computer will suggest us what to do. That's called being involved these days, our ancestors would be appaled and frankly I am too. Got to go, talk to you all in a bit
03 June 2009
For months I have been watching the debates and studying European and International law (last exam is tomorrow); I can't say that I like the current system, I can't say that I like the course it is taking. However, I can't vote blanco right ? I don't want to be a protester, I want to be a believer in a manifesto of some sorts.