The scene starts to become familiar: An adolescent male diagnosed with a mental disorder who is on prescription medication and who often is described as a lone nutter, goes to a school or another gathering place of youngsters and kills a significant number of them before eventually killing himself. After that, the entire nation and pretty much the entire Western world reacts with a flood of strong emotions and a sense of growing insecurity regarding the safety of not only themselves, but also of their precious children. A seemingly emotional speech by the country’s president and a touching X Factor tribute to the victims of the recent Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings only fuel the perception of the ubiquitous presence of psychopathic individuals who are about to mass wound and mass kill in formerly safe environments.
As a result of the emotional trauma that is inflicted upon those who witnessed, heard or read about the horrific killing of children, the call for gun laws in the United States has become louder and louder last weeks and the debate on the topic has become more intense than ever. Some say that if schools would have access to weapons they would become a safer place for that reason, while others say that the free ability of weapons is the problem. Continue reading
October 31, 2012 – While the hurricane Sandy caused destruction currently blows most other news off of the global media’s front pages, the destruction of the Libyan town of Sirte has gone largely unreported by the same media. A reader however pointed out to me that a photo of the NATO-destroyed hometown of Muammar Gaddafi shows surprising similarities with a photo of destroyed homes and businesses in the Rockaway section of the Queens borough of New York City which was hit by Sandy.
Sirte, a coastal town of around 100,000 residents, once was considered to be the center of urban development in Libya but became the target of NATO and its “revolutionary Libyan rebels” soon after the so-called fall of Tripoli in August 2011, not in the least because of its imperturbable loyalty to Muammar Gaddafi and the Jamahiriya government. After weeks of siege and horrifying war crimes committed by NATO and the rebels in the Orwellian version of “protecting civilians”, Sirte’s inhabitants turned into homeless refugees and the city was named the modern day Stalingrad. Continue reading
June 8, 2012 – Stored fingerprints and photographs from Dutch passports could be confiscated by authorities in the United States. Dutch Home Affairs Minister, Liesbeth Spies, considers this as a real possibility because the Dutch passports are produced by an American company. Via the Patriot Act, the Dutch biometric data can be claimed. Gerard Schouw, MP of the Dutch D66 – D(emocrats since 19)66 – party, says the Minister should take action.
The fingerprints and facial scans from the passports and identity cards of all Dutch citizens are not stored safely, Minister Spies acknowledges in response to parliamentary questions by Gerard Schouw. The D66 MP already asked these questions in Parliament in February. Spies now admits that the database full of fingerprints and photographs of the Haarlem-based company Morpho B.V. “in theory” can end up in the hands of the U.S. government. Continue reading