An experimental film in which we where curious about the forms and shapes food makes when you flatten them.
After that we composited different parts of the video and each gave them a separate time span so we could edit on the music.
Visuals : Hugo de Kok & Kay van Vree
Music : Ivo van Dijk & Sophie Ansems
Prepare to be even more appalled by the Catholic Church’s abuse of children than you may already be: Catholic Church Abuse: At Least One Youth Castrated for ‘Homosexuality’.
At least one boy under the age of 16 was castrated to ‘help’ his homosexual feelings while in Catholic church care in the 1950s, the NRC reported on Saturday.
But there are indications at least 10 other boys were also castrated, the paper said. The claims were not included in the Deetman report on sexual abuse within the Catholic church published at the end of last year.
The paper says the one confirmed case concerned a boy - Henk Heithuis - who reported being sexually abused by priests to the police in 1956. After giving evidence, he was placed in a Catholic-run psychiatric institution where he was then castrated because of his ‘homosexual behaviour’.
There are no words.
Dutch demagogue Geert Wilders, hero of the right wing “anti-jihad” loons, has been acquitted of hate speech in the Netherlands.
The presiding judge said Wilders’ remarks were sometimes “hurtful,” “shocking” or “offensive,” but that they were made in the context of a public debate about Muslim integration and multi-culturalism, and therefore not a criminal act.
“I am extremely pleased and happy,” Wilders told reporters after the ruling. “This is not so much a win for myself, but a victory for freedom of speech. Fortunately you can criticize Islam and not be gagged in public debate.”
The ruling could embolden Wilders further.
As I’ve said from the beginning of Wilders’ trial, it’s wrong to prosecute anyone for free expression, no matter how hateful and deranged that expression is.
But it’s sadly ironic that Wilders was acquitted of exactly the same kind of persecution he wants to impose on all Muslims; he often calls for the Koran to be banned, advocates that Islam should not be considered a religion at all, and explicitly advocates that Muslims be stripped of the rights of free speech and free religion.
This is the correct judgment by the Netherlands court, but Geert Wilders is no hero of free speech — he’s a slimy hate-monger, just like the American bloggers who worship him.
Yesterday I commented:
The anonymous folks may think they’re really anonymous and all proxied up and everything, but if a company like Visa has virtually unlimited money to spend on it (which they do), they will be identified.
Today the first arrest in the Wikileaks revenge hacking cases took place: a 16-year old Dutch boy.
4chan vigilante group Anonymous is used to getting away with its DDoS attacks and other Internet shenanigans, but that’s not going to be the case this time around. An arrest has been made in 4chan’s revenge attacks on PayPal, Visa, and MasterCard, begun after the companies stopped providing services to WikiLeaks. The first to go down is a Dutch 16-year-old boy, who has been arrested by the Dutch High Tech Crime Team and is being held for interrogation.
The teenager went unnamed by the National Prosecutor, but the team said in an announcement Thursday that the cyberattacks (some of which came out of the Netherlands) “quickly led” investigators to the suspect. In addition to his arrest, the 4channer’s computers and other devices were seized.
Proving once again that it’s probably not a good idea to meddle with the primal forces of nature.
Dutch prosecutors have asked the high court to acquit anti-Muslim politician Geert Wilders on charges of hate speech and incitement.
The judge has apparently not ruled on the request yet, but this is the right decision. I’ve always said Wilders should not be prosecuted for the hateful rubbish he spews.
But make no mistake; that does not mean I support Wilders himself. I support the ideal of free speech, which Wilders wants to take away from Muslims.
A wiser man might take a lesson from this attempted prosecution, and see that he was subjected to the same kind of persecution he’s trying to impose on all Muslims in the Netherlands. But Wilders will take this as further encouragement, because he’s a demagogue and a bigot, profiting politically from demonizing the “other” — exactly like GOP politicians such as Carl Paladino and Sarah Palin.
Extremist anti-Muslim Dutch politician Geert Wilders (who wants to ban the Koran and make the religion of Islam illegal) won big in yesterday’s elections in the Netherlands: Election triumph puts anti-Islam Wilders in line for Dutch Cabinet role.
The Freedom Party of the anti-Islam MP Geert Wilders emerged as the third force in Dutch politics last night, more than doubling its number of seats in Parliament in the country’s general elections.
Exit polls predicted that Mr Wilders would command 23 seats, up from 9 — pushing the Christian Democrats, led by the outgoing Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende, into fourth place.
With the Dutch Labour Party running neck-and-neck with the cost-cutting right-wing Liberal Party (VVD), it was unclear who would form the next government. …
Mr Wilders, who wants to ban Muslim veils and the building of new mosques, is constitutionally bound to take part in coalition talks. He could be offered a place in a Cabinet chosen by Mr Rutte, who has said that the Freedom Party is “just another party”, but Mr Cohen [former mayor of Amsterdam] has ruled out sharing power with the controversial critic of Islam on moral grounds.
Wilders is supported in the United States by bigotbloggers Robert Spencer and Pamela Geller (and a host of less popular ankle-biters), who agree wholeheartedly with Wilders’ desire to strip Muslims of their freedom of religion and his other un-American positions, and are working hard to bring the same intolerance to America.
Gavin Schmidt of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies has an excellent post at RealClimate, going through the deluge of distorted claims about the “errors” (in reality, there appears to be only one genuine “error” and one debatable point) in the IPCC’s last report (the “AR4”), and exhaustively debunking each one: RealClimate: IPCC errors: facts and spin.
Schmidt provides some background information on the IPCC:
Let’s start with a few basic facts about the IPCC. The IPCC is not, as many people seem to think, a large organization. In fact, it has only 10 full-time staff in its secretariat at the World Meteorological Organization in Geneva, plus a few staff in four technical support units that help the chairs of the three IPCC working groups and the national greenhouse gas inventories group. The actual work of the IPCC is done by unpaid volunteers – thousands of scientists at universities and research institutes around the world who contribute as authors or reviewers to the completion of the IPCC reports. A large fraction of the relevant scientific community is thus involved in the effort. The three working groups are:
Working Group 1 (WG1), which deals with the physical climate science basis, as assessed by the climatologists, including several of the Realclimate authors.
Working Group 2 (WG2), which deals with impacts of climate change on society and ecosystems, as assessed by social scientists, ecologists, etc.
Working Group 3 (WG3) , which deals with mitigation options for limiting global warming, as assessed by energy experts, economists, etc.
Assessment reports are published every six or seven years and writing them takes about three years. Each working group publishes one of the three volumes of each assessment. The focus of the recent allegations is the Fourth Assessment Report (AR4), which was published in 2007. Its three volumes are almost a thousand pages each, in small print. They were written by over 450 lead authors and 800 contributing authors; most were not previous IPCC authors. There are three stages of review involving more than 2,500 expert reviewers who collectively submitted 90,000 review comments on the drafts. These, together with the authors’ responses to them, are all in the public record.
Here’s the section about the one or two genuine error(s) discovered so far in the 3,000-page report:
As far as we’re aware, so far only one–or at most two–legitimate errors have been found in the AR4:
Himalayan glaciers: In a regional chapter on Asia in Volume 2, written by authors from the region, it was erroneously stated that 80% of Himalayan glacier area would very likely be gone by 2035. This is of course not the proper IPCC projection of future glacier decline, which is found in Volume 1 of the report. There we find a 45-page, perfectly valid chapter on glaciers, snow and ice (Chapter 4), with the authors including leading glacier experts (such as our colleague Georg Kaser from Austria, who first discovered the Himalaya error in the WG2 report). There are also several pages on future glacier decline in Chapter 10 (“Global Climate Projections”), where the proper projections are used e.g. to estimate future sea level rise. So the problem here is not that the IPCC’s glacier experts made an incorrect prediction. The problem is that a WG2 chapter, instead of relying on the proper IPCC projections from their WG1 colleagues, cited an unreliable outside source in one place. Fixing this error involves deleting two sentences on page 493 of the WG2 report.
Sea level in the Netherlands: The WG2 report states that “The Netherlands is an example of a country highly susceptible to both sea-level rise and river flooding because 55% of its territory is below sea level”. This sentence was provided by a Dutch government agency – the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency, which has now published a correction stating that the sentence should have read “55 per cent of the Netherlands is at risk of flooding; 26 per cent of the country is below sea level, and 29 per cent is susceptible to river flooding”. It surely will go down as one of the more ironic episodes in its history when the Dutch parliament last Monday derided the IPCC, in a heated debate, for printing information provided by … the Dutch government. In addition, the IPCC notes that there are several definitions of the area below sea level. The Dutch Ministry of Transport uses the figure 60% (below high water level during storms), while others use 30% (below mean sea level). Needless to say, the actual number mentioned in the report has no bearing on any IPCC conclusions and has nothing to do with climate science, and it is questionable whether it should even be counted as an IPCC error.
There’s much more to Gavin Schmidt’s post; he goes on to show that several other issues raised by the denial industry are completely bogus. I highly recommend reading the whole thing, to get a sense of how misleading some of the claims being circulated by the media — spurred on by professional climate change deniers with a track record of dishonesty — really are.
Note that every “skeptic” on Earth is hunting through the thousands of pages of the IPCC AR4 documents looking for errors, but so far, only one genuine mistake has turned up — and it was discovered not by a skeptic, but by one of the IPCC scientists.
Michael Yon attends Holland’s memorial for the 65th anniversary of the Allied liberation from Nazi occupation, with lots of interesting photographs as always: Market Garden.
Joining Canada, Israel, Italy, the United States, Australia, and Sweden: Netherlands refuses to attend UN racism conference.
THE HAGUE - The Netherlands joined the United States and Australia Sunday in refusing to attend a UN conference on racism, saying it feared the event would be abused and place religion ahead of human rights.
The Netherlands found a draft final text prepared ahead of the conference “unacceptable”, said foreign minister Maxime Verhagen, as it undermined the goals of the meeting due to open in Geneva on Monday.
“The conference is too important for it to be abused for political ends and attacks on the West,” the minister said in a statement.
“The Netherlands will not be a party to that.”
Verhagen said countries with questionable human rights records were seeking to abuse the gathering “to place religion ahead of human rights and unneccesarily curtain freedom of speech, to negate discrimination against homosexuality, and to place Israel alone in the accused bench”, said Verhagen.