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Dying freedom

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Over the last few months I’ve seen various foreigners comment on Geert Wilders, claiming he is an “extreme liberal”. It’s all over his rhetoric – the suggestion that there is some sort of war going on between the “Free West” and the “totalitarian Islam”.

In fact, Mr. Wilders and his party (“The Party for Freedom”) is not quite the liberal he is made out to be. He is a proponent of freedom of speech only when it benefits him. He has argued that several books, including the Quran, should be banned. He generalizes and lumps together groups of people for no good reason (so much for individual freedom). He is a threat to civil liberties – he has proposed opening a “Guantanamo Bay” in the Netherlands as well as a ban on public display of religious signs. He wants ethnic registration, exclusion of immigrants based on religion and to make the (in his opinion) Judeo-Christian roots of the Netherlands part of the constitution. I don’t see what’s so “liberal” about any of these proposals.

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October 31, 2010 at 22:39

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Workingman’s Blues #2

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I am very prone to procrastination, and have been for as long as I can remember.

This post goes into the background of procrastination and how to overcome it. I’ll stop blogging for now and see if I can get back to work. Or perhaps I should go for another coffee, first…

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October 28, 2010 at 16:10

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Jet lag

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Just came across this BBC article again. Apparently avoiding food for about 15 hours and then resetting your biological clock by having breakfast may help prevent jet lag. I’ve got to try it out some time. 🙂

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October 19, 2010 at 11:46

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The pope on reality and fiction

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According to the pope new technologies cause confusion between reality and fiction.

I’m sure it’s possible to find a few World of Warcraft players who have lost their grip on reality but it’s nothing compared to the delusion caused by organized religion. Oh, and it’s nice to see that Godwin’s law also applies to people who dislike the internet.

More religions should go with the times, like the corn god.

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October 13, 2010 at 23:21

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