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To fill the void

I’m fed up. Fed up and angry. Really. Not too long ago, the radical right won our national elections with a landslide. It was horrifying. So many people who are justly and understandably tired of neoliberalism, believing that radical right-wing politicians will care about them and repair their social security. The same right-wing politicians who […]

NASA is moving on. Finally.

A few days ago I had a nice discussion in a commenting thread on Wired, in response to an article about how uncertain the future of space flight is, now that the Space Shuttles are being mothballed. When I was little, in the early eighties of the last century, I remember being told that the […]

The consumer’s responsibility

Here’s a thought: As I understand it, lots of Greeks, who have been reaping EU benefits for years without paying any taxes whatsoever, seem to be under the impression that they are not to blame for their country’s current problems, and are now protesting that they are being sent the bill. This reminds me of […]

Let’s give away some more civil rights

On Christmas Day, a young misguided Nigerian named Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab tried to cause an explosion on flight NW253 from Amsterdam to Detroit. He brought with him 80 grams of pentaerythritol tetranitrate, a useful amount for his purposes, but insufficient knowledge on how to use it. There was only one way he could have caused […]

Apartheid state Israel persists in making occupation a fait accompli

Someone once told me that Israel is more civilised (he actually said “a way better country”, but I suppose that’s what he meant) than its neighbouring Arab states, simply because Israel is a democracy, and its neighbours are not. Setting aside the question whether an apartheid state can in fact be called a democracy, I […]

Epic fail

According to Dutch prime minister Balkenende, the current global financial crisis is due to the failing of man, not the market (links to Dutch site). What the hell does that mean? What is market mechanism other than the way people let channel their greed into something that could be used by others? Balkenende, a conservative […]