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Jannetje Koelewijn en Merel Thie 3

Ik kreeg deze email van Paul:

'hoi stan

Mijn punt was dat je met je belering richting Koelewijn en Thie naar mijn mening pop-sociobiologie (pop-evolutionaire psychologie) bedreef. Dat reduceren van menselijk gedrag naar onderliggende biologie is een van intellectuele fouten van onze tijd. Natuurlijk bezitten mensen die biologische aandriften wel degelijk en de topjongens ongetwijfeld meer dan gemiddeld, maar de mens is tegelijk een door-en-door cultureel wezen. "Man is precisely the animal most desperately dependent on much extra-genetic, outside-the-skin control mechanisms, such as cultural programs, for organizing behavior." "There is no such thing as a human nature independent of culture. Our central nervous system grew up in part in interaction with culture. We are, in sum, incomplete of unfinished animal who complete or finish ourselves through culture." Citaten van Clifford Geertz.

De mens als biologisch/cultureel wezen is voor alles plastisch: zowel in sta…

The Empire 305

More US men back from Iraq war have mental disorder
(Agencies)Updated: 2007-11-14 19:51

The number of soldiers needing mental-health care has risen sharply several months after they returned from Iraq, according to a Pentagon research published Tuesday.

US President George W. Bush (R) meets with Lance Cpl. Isaac Gallegos during a visit to the Center for the Intrepid at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas, Nov. 8, 2007. [Xinhua]

'The military has undertaken an effort to diagnose and treat veterans with a new mental-health screening process.
Of the 88,235 soldiers studied, one in five on active duty and nearly half of reserves were referred to mental health treatment at one of the two time points.
The data came from the Department of Defense's routine screening of soldiers for mental health problems immediately after deployment and a second time several months later using questionnaires and a clinician interview.
Initial screenings of veterans uncovered 4.4 percent who nee…

Sietse Fritsma 2

Van de website van David Rietveld:

'De Kamer,

gehoord de beraadslaging,

overwegende dat de voortgaande islamisering van Nederland onmiddellijk tot staan moet worden gebracht,

constaterende dat de voortdurende immigratie van mensen uit met name moslimlanden gepaard gaat met enorme problemen op het gebied van criminaliteit, uitkeringsafhankelijkheid en integratie;

overwegende dat het behoud van de Nederlandse identiteit en kernwaarden onder grote druk staat door de voortgaande immigratie van moslims die onze waarden vaak niet blijken te delen;

verzoekt de regering, er zorg voor te dragen dat zo snel mogelijk een moslimimmigratiestop wordt ingesteld,

en gaat over tot de orde van de dag.

De voorzitter:

Deze motie is voorgesteld door het lid Fritsma. Naar mij blijkt, wordt zij voldoende ondersteund.

De heer Kamp (VVD):

Voorzitter, heeft de heer Fritsma de problemen met immigranten uit moslimlanden, zoals hij het noemt, al eens vergeleken met de problemen met immigranten die afkomstig zijn uit Afr…

Sietse Fritsma

Dit is het hoofd van de volksvertegenwoordiger Sietse Fritsma van de Partij van Wilders. Elsevier bericht over deze Friese volbloed: ''Tweede Kamer weigert PVV-motie immigratiestop
vrijdag 16 november 2007 08:03
De PVV is verbaasd dat fracties in de Tweede Kamer een voorstel voor een immigratiestop voor moslims discriminerend noemen en de motie zelfs hebben geweigerd. Collega's in het parlement proberen me het onmogelijk te maken om een standpunt uit te dragen, vindt PVV-Kamerlid Sietse Fritsma.
De partij van Geert Wilders stelde in de motie dat het behoud van de Nederlandse identiteit en kernwaarden onder grote druk staan ‘door de voortgaande immigratie van moslims die onze waarden vaak niet blijken te delen’.
SchandeSP-Kamerlid Jan de Wit sprak van een discriminerend verzoek en gaf de voorzet tot een Kamerbrede afwijzing. De PvdA noemde het voorstel een schande en volgens GroenLinks hoort dit soort gedrag niet thuis in een rechtsstaat.
Tweede Kamerlid Sietse Fritsma reageerde…

John Pilger 19

'Lest We Forget
By John Pilger

On Remembrance Day 2007 – Veterans Day in America – the great and the good bowed their heads at the Cenotaph. Generals, politicians, newsreaders, football managers and stock-market traders wore their poppies. Hypocrisy was a presence. No one mentioned Iraq. No one uttered the slightest remorse for the fallen of that country. No one read the forbidden list.
The forbidden list documents, without favor, the part the British state and its court have played in the destruction of Iraq. Here it is:
Holocaust denial
On 25 October, Dai Davies MP asked Gordon Brown about civilian deaths in Iraq. Brown passed the question to the Foreign Secretary, David Miliband, who passed it to his junior minister, Kim Howells, who replied: "We continue to believe that there are no comprehensive or reliable figures for deaths since March 2003." This was a deception. In October 2006, the Lancet published research by Johns Hopkins University in the US and al-Mustansiriya U…

De Israelische Terreur 275

'The Book That Can’t Be Published In America
By Alan Hart, author of Zionism: The Real Enemy of the Jews

The question Americans asked in the immediate aftermath of the horror of 9/11 was “Why do they hate us?” And in many American minds the “they” of the question were not only the violent Islamic fundamentalists who, according to the official version of events, were solely responsible for bringing down the Twin Towers, but Arabs and Muslims everywhere - about a quarter of humankind.
Since that particular shocking and awesome event, I have often asked myself how different the world today might have been – how much less destruction and killing there would have been - if President Bush had said something like: “That’s a very good question. We must and will seek the answer to it before we decide how to respond.”
If an attempt had been made to answer the question, the first thing that would have been established is that the overwhelming majority of Arabs and other Muslims everywhere do …

Klimaatverandering 120

'The real issues behind Locke's crusade against climate policy

The Institute's special report released this week -- exposing the NC-based John Locke Foundation's crusade against state climate policy, and the corporate interests backing them -- continues to rage on.See, for example, the spirited discussion over at Ed Cone's blog. Once you get past the odd food-fight debate tactics -- like John Hood of the Locke Foundation trying to link us to Fidel Castro (huh?) -- there's a useful debate developing about the importance of disclosing one's funders, and the role financial backers play in shaping politics.There's more coverage over at NC Public Radio's policy blog Isaac Hunter's Tavern, although writer Laura Leslie bypasses these key issues and focuses on one narrow aspect of the study:
What's missing from the [Institute for Southern Studies] report is the fact that JLF took in somewhere north of $8.5 million in that timeframe. That puts the alle…

Oil 16

'The western appetite for biofuels is causing starvation in the poor world
Developing nations are being pushed to grow crops for ethanol, rather than food - all thanks to political expediency George Monbiot The Guardian

It doesn't get madder than this. Swaziland is in the grip of a famine and receiving emergency food aid. Forty per cent of its people are facing acute food shortages. So what has the government decided to export? Biofuel made from one of its staple crops, cassava. The government has allocated several thousand hectares of farmland to ethanol production in the district of Lavumisa, which happens to be the place worst hit by drought. It would surely be quicker and more humane to refine the Swazi people and put them in our tanks. Doubtless a team of development consultants is already doing the sums.

This is one of many examples of a trade that was described last month by Jean Ziegler, the UN's special rapporteur, as "a crime against humanity". Ziegler to…

Al Jazeera

'Happy Birthday Al Jazeera
By Radio Netherlands. 15 Nov 2007-->

November 15, 2007 marks the first anniversary of the launch of Al Jazeera’s English service. The Qatar-based 24-hour TV news station has quickly built up a good reputation for the quality of its journalism and, according to its Managing Director Nigel Parsons, “proved the sceptics wrong.” Apart from those in the US, that is.
It’s still almost impossible to find Al Jazeera on any of the US cable systems, and that’s a pity because in my opinion it delivers an international news service that is infinitely superior to what’s on offer from the domestic US networks, including Fox News and CNN.
Cable company concerns
Americans are able to view Al Jazeera via its website, and the majority of the comments I’ve seen from those who have done so are in favour of it being shown on TV screens in the US. The problem is that the cable companies are unwilling to sign carriage agreements with Al Jazeera in case this upsets the US govern…

Het Neoliberale Geloof 65

'The housing boom? It's over, Realtors told
By Elizabeth Rhodes
Seattle Times real estate reporter

LAS VEGAS — The National Association of Realtors' annual convention started with a bang — literally — Tuesday morning when the nearby Frontier hotel imploded, sending up a huge plume of dust and making the ground shake.

It was a decent metaphor for the current state of the real-estate industry. The boom is over and the dust is now settling, Lawrence Yun, the group's chief economist, told the thousands of real-estate professionals meeting here.

This is the first year since the Great Depression to register a nationwide decline in median home prices, Yun said. His latest numbers put the drop at 1.7 percent. "We're in a time of fear," he said.

For 2008, Yun is predicting prices nationally will be flat, as buyers react to gloomy housing-industry news by sitting this one out.

But, as Yun said repeatedly, real estate is intensely local. National trends mean about as much …

The Empire 304

'Outrage fatigue? Get over it
By Mark Morford, SF Gate Columnist

Are you sick of being sick? Suffering way too much Bush-induced nausea? Well, tough
I know how it is. You've had it up to here. There are only so many stories about blood and death and pain you can take, only so many times you can hear about random shootings and corporate malfeasance and how BushCo's squad of scabrous flying monkeys have, say, supported torture or endorsed wiretapping or gouged the nation for another $200 billion to pay for a failed war. Your nerves are raw and your heart is tired and the media will just not shut the hell up already about the sadness and the war and the mayhem and the Cheney and the doom doom doom.
It is outrage fatigue, and it is epidemic. It's that feeling that we are being hammered unlike any time in recent history with so many appalling and disgusting and violently un-American incidents and scandals and manipulations that our b.s.-detectors are smoking like an old V-8 eng…

The Empire 303

'Recession? What Recession?
Written by BOB HERBERT

If it looks like a recession and feels like a recession ...
"Quite frankly," said Senator Charles Schumer, peering over his
glasses at the Fed chairman, Ben Bernanke, "I think we are at a
moment of economic crisis, stemming from four key areas: falling
housing prices, lack of confidence in creditworthiness, the weak
dollar and high oil prices."
He asked Mr. Bernanke, at a Congressional hearing Thursday, if we
were headed toward a recession.
An aide handed the chairman his dancing shoes, and Mr. Bernanke
executed a flawless version of the Washington waffle. He said: "Our
forecast is for moderate, but positive, growth going forward." He
said: "Economists are extremely bad at predicting turning points, and
we don’t pretend to be any better." He said: "We have not calculated
the probability of recession, and I wouldn’t want to offer that today."
With all due respect to the chairman, he would see the r…

The Empire 302

'The U.S. government said the number of Americans who went hungry in 2006 was held in check at 35 million people from the prior year, but food advocacy groups said on Wednesday more needs to be done.

The U.S. Agriculture Department said a total of 12.65 million households were "food insecure," or 10.9 percent of U.S. homes, up from 12.59 million a year ago.
The USDA defines food insecurity - its metric for measuring hunger - as having difficulty acquiring enough food for the household throughout the year.
"It looks very stable from this year to last year," said Mark Nord, who co-authored the annual report for USDA's Economic Research Service.
Overall, 35.52 million people, including 12.63 million children, went hungry compared with 35.13 million in 2005. The survey was conducted in December 2006 and represented 294 million people, an increase of 2.5 million from 2005.
Food advocacy groups said the figures showed the United States was not doing enough to combat …

The Empire 301

'Iraq war is a betrayal of American democracyBy Matt Howard Editor's note: Matt Howard gave this statement at a recent protest at the Statehouse. -In 2003 I illegally invaded the sovereign nation of Iraq with 1st Tank battalion 1st Marine Division. My commander in chief unleashed the world's fiercest fighting force upon the country and people of Iraq, and now those of us used and betrayed by him are demanding justice.Four and a half years after our opening "shock and awe" Bush's lies are known throughout the world, and yet he continues to act with impunity. Four and a half years later the Bush regime has unleashed a hell upon the country of Iraq that only those who have been there can truly understand.As a two-tour combat veteran of this brutal war, I have a responsibility to speak honestly and openly about what has been done and what continues to be done in our name. We veterans know that this war is not the one being sanitized on the nightly news. It has no…

Jannetje Koelewijn en Merel Thie 2

Ik kwam vandaag een oude vriend tegen die me zei dat mijn uiteenzetting over hoofd- en bij-apen te biologisch is. Een man bezit ook heus nog wel een vrije wil. Ik liet mijn vriend vervolgens deze twee afbeeldingen zien en vroeg hem welke zijn aandacht meteen trok. En inderdaad, die leuke jonge dame. Daarom, speciaal voor hem en Jannetje Koelewijn en Merel Thie een citaat uit Massa en Macht van Elias Canetti. Over de hoofdaap schreef hij: 'Door zelf te doden bevrijdt hij zich van de dood. Voor hem is het een zindelijke en geen lugubere zaak. Het afgrijzen dat hij in anderen opwekt heeft hij niet in zich. Het is van belang dat men zich dit duidelijk bewust is: de officiele moordenaars zijn innerlijk des te tevredener naarmate meer van de door hen ontvangen bevelen direct tot de dood leiden... Men kan zich niet onttrekken aan het vermoeden dat achter elke paranoia, zoals achter elke macht, dezelfde diepere tendens schuil gaat: de wens de anderen uit de weg te ruimen, om de enige te z…

De Israelische Terreur 274

Sonja emailde me dit bericht uit Haaretz:

'My god, what did we do?
By Dalia Karpel

One night, Tamar Yarom was awakened by one of the soldiers in her unit. He said he wanted to show her something in the basement of the abandoned building where they were staying. "Before we opened the door, I heard this awful noise from a generator and there was a strong smell of diesel fuel. I saw a middle-aged Palestinian detainee lying with his head on the generator. His ear was pressed against the generator that was vibrating, and the guy's head was vibrating with it. His face was completely messed up. It amazed me that through all the blood and horror, you could still see the guy's expression and that's what stayed with me for years after - the look on his face." Yarom, now a film director, made two films following her army service as a mashakit tash (welfare officer) in an infantry company in the territories. She was drafted in 1989 and served at a basic-training base near J…

Jannetje Koelewijn en Merel Thie

Gisteren stond in mijn dochter's NRC.Next dat koning 'Willem III halfwaanzinnig' was. Als argument voerden de journalisten Jannetje Koelewijn en Merel Thie het volgende aan: 'niet lang na de troonsbestijging gaat het toch mis. De koning heeft veelvuldig woede-uitbarstingen en is onberekenbaar. In die eerste jaren beval hij onder meer het Binnenhof te belegeren en ministers te executeren. Oorlogsminister Weitzel beschreef hoe de koning op een balkon in Montreux zijn kamerjas opengooide om zijn geslachtsdelen te tonen aan passagiers van langsvarende boten.' Mooi zo, 1 ding blijkt hieruit, niet dat Willem III halfwaanzinnig was, geenszins, maar dat Jannetje en Merel niets van mannen begrijpen en al helemaal niets van macht.Daarom, beste Jannetje en Merel, omdat - naar ik aanneem - jullie goede journalisten willen worden, leg ik het speciaal voor jullie nog 1 keer uit. Je kunt mannen in grofweg twee groepen verdelen: de hoofdapen en de bij-apen. Het verschil is deze: h…

The Empire 300

'Another day, another Bush veto, another battle
by Mark Silva, and updated
President Bush has vetoed another spending bill: A $150.7-billion Labor, Health and Education appropriations bill.
This is the second spending bill that Bush has vetoed for over-spending (he also vetoed a children’s health insurance bill over objections for its extension of benefits). And Congress overrode the president’s veto of the other spending bill, a water resources development act.
Bush signed another appropriations bill, for Defense -- with the White House calling it "not a perfect bill, but "essential to deliver these funds to our military in a time of war.''
But, White House Press Secretary Dana Perino said en route to Indiana with the president for a speech about the economy and congressional spending, the vetoed bill provided $10 billion more than the president wanted and included some 2,000 "earmarks'' -- special projects inserted at the behest of individual congressme…

Tony Blair 9

'MP says Kelly's 2003 death not suicide
By Michael Holden

LONDON (Reuters) - A former U.N. weapons inspector, whose death caused one of the biggest crises of Tony Blair's premiership, did not commit suicide as official accounts state, an MP claims in a new book.
David Kelly was found dead in woods near his home in July 2003, just days after it was revealed that he was the source for a BBC report that said Blair's government had deliberately "sexed-up" intelligence to justify the invasion of Iraq.
News of the death rocked Blair and his government, with critics saying Kelly's identity had been made public in order to discredit the BBC's story.
The Ministry of Defence had confirmed to reporters that Kelly was the BBC's source and the mild-mannered microbiologist was then subjected to a high-profile mauling by a parliamentary committee two days before his death.
Senior judge Lord Hutton carried out an independent inquiry into the circumstances and ruled in …

Het Neoliberale Geloof 64

'Carnage on Wall Street as loans go bad
By Steve Schifferes Economics reporter, BBC News, New York

The scale of the losses that will hit Wall Street banks could approach half a trillion dollars as large numbers of sub-prime home loans go bad.
And the carnage in the financial markets could cause a credit squeeze that will dampen economic growth for years to come.
The US sub-prime crisis is leading to a wave of foreclosures across the US that is having a devastating effect on the US housing market, and is likely to lead to the halving of the US economic growth rate in the next six months.

At the root of the problem is the breakdown of the new model of mortgage lending, when instead of giving mortgages directly to their customers, banks borrowed money from credit markets to fund a growing volume of mortgages.
See how the new model of mortgage lending went wrong
But its biggest impact is likely to be on the financial sector, which made billions of dollars in profits in the past few years by…

Het Neoliberale Geloof 63

'Bernanke says US economy to slow.

Federal Reserve chief Ben Bernanke has warned that the US economy will slow noticeably before the end of the year.
He blamed the slowdown on the credit crisis, which has made it harder for banks and individuals to borrow money.
He said that there was likely to be more "financial restraint on economic growth as credit becomes more expensive and difficult to obtain".
In the longer term, he said that the greater premium attached to risk may lead to a healthier financial system.
"Investors have also become more cautious and are demanding greater compensation for bearing risk," he said.
The credit crisis, caused by an abundance of debt of questionable value, has made banks more reluctant to lend money.
Mr Bernanke acknowledged that this was causing particular problems to homeowners who wanted to refinance their mortgages to offset the end of special offer rates.
''Sluggish growth'' '
Lees verder:…

Oil 15

'The Peak Oil Crisis: A Message from Houston

We gathered at a hotel near the Convention Center, some 525 of us from 18 countries and 36 states attending the Association for the Study of Peak Oil-USA’s 3rd annual conference. The PowerPoints flashed by at mind-blowing speed as speaker after distinguished speaker shared the latest thoughts and insights into the peaking of world oil production.
For those of us acquainted with the field, there was nothing startling. World oil production has either peaked already or is certain to do so within the next few years if the world’s petroleum industry manages to eek out a little more production. But the good times are clearly over.
Peak production of conventional oil came 30 months ago and although new production projects will come on stream in the next few years, they will have a hard time balancing the depletion from existing fields which various speakers placed at 4-5 percent a year and probably increasing. As a greater share of world producti…

Klimaatverandering 119

'Climate change disaster is upon us, warns UN
· Emergency relief chief calls for swift action · 12 out of 13 'flash' appeals in 2007 related to weather · In pictures: floods, droughts and storms across the world· World in crisis map, 2007

'A record number of floods, droughts and storms around the world this year amount to a climate change "mega disaster", the United Nation's emergency relief coordinator, Sir John Holmes, has warned.
Sir John, a British diplomat who is also known as the UN's under-secretary-general for humanitarian affairs, said dire predictions about the impact of global warming on humanity were already coming true.
"We are seeing the effects of climate change. Any year can be a freak but the pattern looks pretty clear to be honest. That's why we're trying ... to say, of course you've got to deal with mitigation of emissions, but this is here and now, this is with us already," he said.
As a measure of the worsening si…

De Pro-Israel Lobby 61

De Amerikaanse hoogleraren Mearsheimer en Walt, auteurs van De Israel Lobby, gezeten naast de pro-Israel lobbyist Leonard Ornstein die afgelopen zaterdag een bijeenkomst van HappyChaos voorzat die speciaal gewijd was aan de verschijning van de Nederlandse vertaling van het boek.

Gaandeweg de avond begon Ornstein zich steeds meer op te vreten. Hij ergerde zich paars aan de opeenstapeling van feiten die hij als journalist altijd nauwlettend verzwegen had. Ik heb vandaag de geluidsopname van die avond afgeluisterd. Je hoort Ornsteins woedde aan zijn stem, die steeds vaker omhoog schiet. Op een bepaald moment zegt Mearsheimer over de Israelische houding ten opzichte van het VN-Verdelingsplan uit 1947:

'The Israeli's rhetorically accepted it, and the Palestinians rejectted it. We now know that the Israeli's had in 1937 and 1947 no intention of partitioning Palestine...'

Ornstein op hoge toon: 'How do you know? How do you know!''

Mearsheimer: 'Because there ha…