Category Archives: Politics

A better, greener Hague

I’m creating an open letter to anyone that would like to see the City of the Hague become a better, greener city.
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I sent an email to the city of the Hague and they recommended that I get in contact with GroenLinks

“Bryan:  pays people to recycle small bottles/cans & big ones, why don´t we do that in ?

The City of The Hague: Why don’t you contact to discuss this issue?”
I have lived in the city since the end of 2009 and I love the Hague! But when we came back from our trip to Pakistan I really started noticing how many bottles and cans are everywhere, on top of all the other trash in the streets. I guess I started noticing it because I saw a lot of the same in Pakistan but always thought to myself “at least it’s better in Holland”…but that isn’t even true.
I come from Iceland and there you get 5 cents for bottles and cans, so that means that the poor and also kids that are fundraising are always cleaning up and even go through other people’s trash to make sure that they get recycled.
Can’t we do the same here? We are already paying 25 cents for the big bottles, why not 5 cents for the rest?
And can’t we start being stricter giving people a fine that litter? There are some countries that have a litter police, we could hire some of the homeless people and give them a new chance in life.
I also thought about creating a fee for all rubbish that you get back when you recycle, kind of like what we are already doing with the big plastic bottles. But that will be more work and is for latter, while these ideas can be implemented right away.
Thank you for your attention and I’m looking forward to your feedback.
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So what do the rest of you think? What can we do to turn this city around?

Don’t Feed the Trols – FakeNews, Manchester bombing, and changing the narrative. -updated

Terrorist and Trolls

It is heartbreaking what happened in Manchester, United Kingdom but what takes the cake is the #FakeNews following it. I never post BuzzFeed articles but it was the most comprehensive source that I found when I’m writing this.

https://www.buzzfeed.com/jimwaterson/manchester-arena-fake-news?utm_term=.svZQEAXgZP#.cmQ4MyVPkd

And one thing that I like to add is that its not helpful that we are using every opportunity to “promote” ISIS. We have to change the narrative and highlight that these acts are done by madmen and not call them terrorist. Because sorry to say but that word has a positive concentration among people that are sick and tired or being treated badly and that is something that some people aspire to.

Turderer

My good friend came with a really good point after reading what I wrote. He said “I hesitate to use the word ‘madman’ as I feel this promotes unreasonable fear of people who suffer from mental illness. What I’d prefer in this case is something akin to ‘murderer’ and ‘child killer’. Maybe a mix of terrorist and murderer, i.e. turderer. Turd for short.” And I agree with him that there is already enough stigma around mental illness so I don’t want to trough them under the bus as they are already more likely to be difficult situations already such as being thrown in prison because there are lack of facilities to take care of them. So my new way of describing the people that commit these atrocities is Turderes, lets see if that will catch on.

Was it ISIS?

http://www.snopes.com/2017/05/23/u-s-not-sure-islamic-state-behind-manchester-bombing/

Maybe we will find out that ISIS is behind this, they do have the urge to claim ownership over everything bad tgat happens and I would not be suprised if they start claiming respocebility for natural disaster eventually…but we need to first and foremost talk about how sick these people are in their heads, not give them the attention that’s the contributing part to them acting out in the first place. In many ways these are just grownup toddlers that have access to deadly tools. They are pathetic and so are the people that are trying to benefit from the chaos by posting #FakeNews

Again I recognize that I’m putting a bulls-eye on my head by bringing these things up, both by the online trolls and the other extremist, but the reason I have to write this is that we are not helping when we feed the trolls. Use that energy instead to take actual steps to creating a better world for everyone in it. We can do better.

Election Celebration: Hope Over Hate / Hoop Over Haat!

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Geert Wilders, the Dutch Donald Trump, crying after loosing yesterday 😉
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The inspiring people of Avaaz
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The media understood that this was an important step towards stemming the tide of fascism in Europe
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Media from all around the world came because of this important election. The results mattered and we show the world that Hope Wins Over Hate
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A lot of energy when Azaaz showed up to celebrate freedom
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Hope Over Hate / Hoop Over Haat!
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Brilliant performance by Azaaz
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Oscar Soria Senior Media Campaigner for Avaaz interviewed by the media
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Christoph Schott Global Campaigner interviewed by the media

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Christoph Schott Global Campaigner interviewed by the media
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Election Celebration: Hope Over Hate / Hoop Over Haat!
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Election Celebration: Hope Over Hate / Hoop Over Haat!