Mea Culpa, sed Illorum Maxima Culpa

Amsterdam, a.d. V Kal. Iun. MMDCCLXIX A.U.C., A couple of months ago I predicted that Trump would not win the Republican primaries. I was fully convinced that Trump's competitors would coordinate their candidacies in order to prevent a Trump candidacy. In other words, I thought that as soon as became clear who would be the... Continue Reading →

Quo Vadis, Europa? (Or Eurosceptic’s Thorny Relation with Reality)

Leiden, a.d. IV Non. Mai. MMDCCLXIX A.U.C., A few weeks ago, on the 6th of April, the Netherlands held a referendum about an association agreement with Ukraine. After a half-hearted campaign by the Dutch government, some 61% of the 32% who bothered to show up voted against. Putin had a great day. While sharing the... Continue Reading →

Erdogo, Erdobegone, Erdogan

Leiden, a.d. III Non. Apr. MMDCCLXIX A.U.C., Yesterday Chancellor Merkel decided to let public prosecutors prosecute the German comedian Böhmermann for this rather juvenile poem, at the request of Recep Tayyip Erdogan, AKA The Mustache, AKA Sultan Erdogan. The poem discusses how Erdogan bombs Kurds, locks up journalists, shuts down free speech, and worst of... Continue Reading →

The Coal Fired Power Plant Quagmire

  Leiden, a.d. XVI Kal. Feb. MMDCCLXIX A.U.C., A few weeks ago the Dutch lower house (Tweede Kamer) decided to start phasing out coal fired power plants (CFPPs). Three energy companies, who recently built three CFPPs immediately threatened to sue the Dutch government for €6billion. This provides a good example of an issue I discussed in an... Continue Reading →

BOO EU, LUV PUTIN

Leiden, a.d. VI Ian. MMDCCLXIX A.U.C., Four days ago the Telegraph published an article in which several European populist parties are accused of being supported by the Kremlin. The organiczars organizers of the Dutch referendum on the association treaty with Ukraine are among the accused (more on this topic). Accidentally, two weeks ago I wrote this draft: "For... Continue Reading →

GroenLinks and its Failing Strategy

Leiden, a.d. XV Kal. Dec. MMDCCLXVIII A.U.C., Today the UN Conference on Climate Change has started in Paris. In expectation of this, last week the Labour party (PvdA) and 'Green Left' (GroenLinks) announced a plan to cut CO2 emissions by 95% compared to 1990 by 2050. This would be a major change to the current Dutch environmental policies, because... Continue Reading →

Background, Salafism and Free Will

Leiden, a.d. III Id. Nov. MMDCCLXVIII A.U.C., For both practical as well as academic reasons I want to know why some people become fundamentalist muslims, and why a subset of those people decide to murder innocent people. The practical reason is of course that once we understand why people make these decisions, we could hopefully implement policies that... Continue Reading →

We All Stand Together

As you probably know already, last night Paris was shaken up by several terrorist attacks. When talking with a friend living in Paris, we noticed how similar our reaction was. Of course the terrorist attacks themselves scared us, especially her: "Hearing about these things always makes me angry but having it happen so close actually mostly... Continue Reading →

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