It’s cold and snowing

16 12 2010

Enjoy!





La Bicicleta

14 12 2010

This trio makes gorgious music, and the lady with the lovely long blonde hair is a friend of mine.

 

Enjoy!

 

 

 





Kiss my ass

2 12 2010

I am always right.
It is one of these mysteries of the universe, but it’s true. Really, I am always right.
So when I say something, people should listen up, and just believe me and do what I say.
what’s so difficult to understand about that?
All you need is to believe…
And to   kiss  my  ass

😈

This is how it works:





Don’t worry, we’re fine!

1 12 2010

We are all fine.
As long as we have a heart, and mental strength, and a sense of humor,
We are all fine.
If you doubt it, watch this video





To leak or not to leak…

30 11 2010

The website Wikileaks is dedicated to bring news and information to the public. News and information about the war in Afghanistan and Irak.
According to Wikileaks,

Publishing improves transparency, and this transparency creates a better society for all people. Better scrutiny leads to reduced corruption and stronger democracies in all society’s institutions, including government, corporations and other organisations. A healthy, vibrant and inquisitive journalistic media plays a vital role in achieving these goals. We are part of that media.

Here is a video talking about Wikileaks and interviewing a Vietnam war veteran who was accused of publicizing offcial secrets about that war. Interesting.
It would be wrong to endanger people by leaking information, but according to the US-government their earlier disclosure of Afganistan leaks was not endagering anything.
And aren’t we in these wars as a result of faulty information? (As well as bad decision making)
If you really think you are playing at a ”clean war”, then what is there to be embarrassed about? And if it’s dirty secrets, shouldn’t we know about it?
To leak or not to leak?

For some background; I really like this interview with Julian Assange, the founder and ”lightning rod” of Wikileaks. He walks out of an interview because apparently the interview was supposed to be about the deaths of people, and she keeps harping about his personal life instead. He was there to talk about the information about the deaths of 190.00 people and he considered it completely out of line to talk about him personally. So he walked out.
More people should do this!

An interview wilt Al Jazeera, about the current Irak War information on Wikileaks.

Ok, I am adding one more video, because The Young Turks, (recommended channel) made a very good report on Julian walking out of an interview, and the Larry King interview.





What I got in my mail:

29 11 2010

Is this bizarre spam mail, my comments in color:

I’m of Dutch origin, but I moved from Holland at a young age with my parents.  I monitor what goes on in Holland and how my country of origin has changed, not least with the rise of Geert Wilders and the so called “Islam debate” (strange to have a debate with only one side of the argument, but there you go, lol).  What you write about Islam, conforms exactly 100% to the estabished cultural and historic conditioning of the society I come from.
I wish people would take the trouble to actually read my blog…
Our values, tastes, language, worldview around us are given to us and formed by the society we grow up in, but because I moved countries at a young age I guess maybe I have not been as thoroughly conditioned by the society around me and this has actually given me more freedom away from conditioned world views.  I would argue true freedom and independence of thought comes from being able to break away from the conditioned worldview that our born society gives us (and EVERY society conditions or tries to condition its individuals to believe in it’s own values … take Nazi Germany or Communist Russia for example, but Dutch society is no different, and that is the scary bit!)
If you think that the current Dutch society is anything like the Nazi Germany or communist Russia, you need some serious counseling. Not to mention history lessons, and maybe a visit to the country itself would be helpful…

Due to my background and the increased fear of Islam in Dutch media and society in general, I became curious and wanted to understand more about Islam,
Yep that’s how I started out too, combined with the news item that in Saudi Arabia a girl was being punished for being raped with torture and prison….
and why I felt I was being conditioned to hate an fear Islam by my surroundings, while I really knew next to nothing about it and religious Muslims were like a closed book to me.
I wouldn’t call it conditioning, especially as the stuff I read in the media about Islam was very contradictory, definitely different sides get their say here. So in my case I wanted to know which side was right.
So I set myself a task, because I do not like “mysteries” and Islam was a big mystery to me, so I wanted to solve this mystery once and for all.  I had no interest in looking at the Quran or Islam to merely to verify preconceived opinions, that’s easy to do… no I wanted to choose that which was hard, not that which is easy to do.
Don’t quite understand what Alex is talking about here, it’s quite easy to get a few books and read them. And I don’t see the mistery. Besides, going online I got a lot more information and met some very nice people.
And some very nasty ones.
But they all helped me to learn and make up my mind.

I have succeeded in this, after some effort, including learning to read Arabic.
I have been told from reliable sources, including some native Arabic speaking persons, that there is nothing in the quran and hadith which cannot be translated perfectely well, so I did not bother to spend a few years learning a difficult language in it’s classical form.
I now know exactly if, why and when a person like Geert Wilders is lying
He is a politician
I also realise that most ordinary people, do not realise when he is lying on purpose or when things are said about Islam which are based simply on ignorance, willful or not,
He is a politician
but I am very glad I took the effort to solve the big mystery of Islam.
Again, which mystery?
You just wanted it to be mysterious didn’t you?
Maybe there is a detective in me, but it has certainly changed and altered many views I felt I had previously, and I felt where my own… when in fact they are a product of my upbringing and the societies I partially grew up in.
Same here. You can actually follow on my blog how I made up my views by learning and understanding more. But you didn’t read the blog.

I think the success I have had in understanding the world of religious orthodox Muslims, as well as a Western mindset, is maybe also party due to my background and the fact that I moved countries early in my life.
I’m just open minded by nature and very flexible.
I think maybe this has a big effect, not least that it can facilitate a person to break free from societal and cultural conditioning much easier than if I had only grew up in one society.

I can see from your writing you are very convinced about your understanding and beliefs particularly regarding Islam,
Yes I am, as well as on all other religions.
maybe I can make you curious enough about myself and my aquired understanding of Islam, despite not having any sort of Muslim background or contact with born Muslims at all.
No need, thank you, your letter explains a lot about you and your views. I think I know enough.

I am now a white Dutch Muslim, I converted to Islam after study.  I guess perversely it was due to Geert Wilders and media attention towards Islam, that make me interested.  It forced my attention towards Islam.  It seems it was/is not my destiny to follow the path of blind agreement with people like Wilders that most ethnic Dutch people are intent on following or at least passively accepting as being normal and truthful.
I have to disagree with you. As a Dutch person I know that most Dutch do not follow people like Wilders, The Dutch are extremely tolerant and open to different cultures. I think I have not been in any other country which so heartily welcomes different cultures and is truly interested in them. Also I think the Netherlands is quite unique in it’s many ages of welcoming refugees both political and religious from other countries.

I think the ones who do ”follow Wilders” have mostly been inspired the the actions of Muslims at home and abroad to side with Wilders.  It is also unfortunate that he is at the moment the only Dutch politician who seems to be aware of the problems relating to Islam and Mulsims so there isn’t much choice here.

It is a real pity that a Muslim  assassin shot the far more reasonable Pim Fortuyn in cold blood in a cowardly ambush. He would have been a far better choice of politician to follow for those who are worried about Islam encroaching on our Dutch values of freedom and liberty and women’s rights.
So I am afraid that, again, Muslims have themselves to thank for getting a politician like Gert Wilders instead.

Wilders has the highest votes in the polls in my country and I worry about Muslims in Holland.
Not here, otherwise he would be prime minister, this is a misrepresentation of facts.
People seem to be prepared to follow Wilders blindly and unquestioningly because his ideas are made fair seeming to them, or because there are particular reasons for them to blindly accept what he says, due to Moroccan criminality and basically not wanting non-white people in their neighbourhoods, amongst others.
I wouldn’t discard the cowardly murders of people like Pim Fortuyn and Theo van Gogh by Muslims. And combine that with terrorist attacks in the name of Islam, heinous crimes committed against women in the name of Islam, etc etc. Don’t you think that those little details might have something to do with what people think?
Also, and most importantly people accept Wilders ideas without thinking because I now realise that those ideas conform to established cultural and historical conditioning of the society both you and I are born into.
No they don’t, and no they don’t.
And stop acting as if we are buddies, we don’t even know one another.
Our Dutch society is not a society of fixed values, but fluid and radically shifting values, which are controlled or at least guided and led by those with power over media and politics, and real power in our society lies in big capital and economic control, NOT in the ballot box or parliament.  We live and are conditioned in a corporate controlled environment, there is no escaping this.
That would be America. Not the Netherlands. Clearly you have been away for too long to have a proper understanding about how politics in the Netherlands work. The established and cultural conditioning in the Netherlands is to have lots respect for people from different cultures and religions and I agree with you we need to change that a bit and keep a firmer grip on, and have a lot more respect for, our own culture of openness and freedom and equal rights. Especially when it clashes with those who would destroy those ideals.

Take care,

Alex

You too,

Clouddragon





Cheerful news

29 11 2010

It’s freezing here, but we know one day, in the future, there will be sun, and summer fun, and swimming in the lake again.

To remember how that goes:

Yuou will have to click the link, apparently I can’t put the video on my blog. Spoilsports!





The religious metaphor

19 11 2010

One particular subject one comes across when discussing religions and the horrible evil stuff written in all religious handbooks is the ”religious metaphor”.

I was used to this from European christians, who excuse the truly totally evil bits in the bible with the excuses of: ”It has to be seen in the context of the time” and ”It’s a metaphor”.
And I hear the same from Muslims, especially Western Muslims and nice Muslims, as the quran is actually very clear about that it is to be taken literal as the last word of god, and most people in the Middle East are holding on to the view that the quran has to be followed by the letter. They also spend a lot of money enforcing this idea in other parts of the world.

So, context of the time. Doesn’t fly, if a handbook is to remain valid, and has divine inspiration in it’s inception then there can be no historical context.

Metaphor, isn’t realistic either because that would make every part of the handbook to be interpreted as you like so why have a handbook in the first place?

So what happens?
Evolution happens.
Mental and moral evolution.
The current Abrahamic religions are based on the acts desires and morals of what we would now consider very primitive barbaric people with apparently  very primitive understandings of what is good and bad.
If you take the handbooks they wrote as an indication of their moral standing.
On the other hand, one can clearly discern  a lot of very human desires for power and wealth, as well as a deep disdain towards women in these handbooks. This power and wealth is for the advantage of the leading faction of the religion and the religion is used besides to giving them power, also to stabilize that status quo, and to make the ”flock” submissive. These religions are very strong on submission and making it a desirable trait.

So why do modern believers need the religious metaphor?
Contrary to what we are being told all the time, the Abrahamic religions are not really that moral from our point of view. Actually there are precious few morals in the religious handbooks of our time, and none of the basic morals they do propound is not also indigenous to the most primitive stone age culture.
In reality the Abrahamic religious handbooks have not added anything enlightened to the moral values of humanity.

Actually I am of the opinion that religions actually twist and corrupt our innate morality by inciting violence, hatred, discrimination, bad treatment of children, and suppression of women.
and allowing and supporting rape.

Rape as an example.
Rape is something we condemn nowadays as we know it is a very bad crime towards women, it hurts them, it causes great suffering and psychological damage and we modern humans think that every human being (women are human too) has a right over their own body.

We now think it is a bad crime to badly hurt a woman by raping her.
Probably all women have always thought so, but clearly not all men!
Rape was clearly not a concern for the men who compiled the handbooks of the Abrahamic religions. While they are all obsessed with sex, and who has sex with whom and in which manner etc. None of the handbooks considers rape a crime. The Quran doesn’t even mention it. What they do do is allowing men to rape women. (read it up, I am not going to give examples)

Do you really think there is an all powerful invisible sky daddy who cares for you, loves you, and then allows men to rape you?

I can imagine men liking this sky daddy, but I am amazed women think this invisible enabler has any caring, loving, protective feeling towards them.

In comes the ”metaphor”. The metaphor is the believers escape route. Without the metaphor a believer whose moral awareness has evolved far beyond that of the men who composed the religion cannot believe anymore. But most people are to scared of a universe without some invisible force ”guiding” them that they cannot face the stark light their own moral awareness lights up for them.

They hide in the metaphor. Not realizing that by using the metaphor to make their religious handbook compatible to their advanced moral awareness they have already left the restrictions and guidance of that very same handbook. By using the religious metaphor they in effect already stand on their own feet. They don’t need guidance. They have defined for themselves what they know is right and wrong, despite the contrary instructions of their religious guidebook.

If you can only deal with your chosen religion by using metaphors then you don’t need religion anymore because you have already evolved beyond it. You are already thinking for yourself despite religious indoctrination and that is a great achievement!






Enforcing Traffic Safety

30 10 2010

As you can see Bakheet Al Anzi and his fellow muttawas are doing their bit to make Saudi streets safer.

This is my biggest cartoon ever so I have uploaded a huge photo and you can click it to get the bigger picture and see the details.
Which are brilliant.





My first pumpkin!

30 10 2010

I have been very busy, working hard and big changes are coming too. So no time for blogging!
Go to my art blog for my latest work and I am posting more stuff there than here.

Anyway, I have carved my first pumpkin today!

In daylight,

And at night!

You can see my ghostly shadow too!