Month: December 2011

New year trip

This new year I will be going on a road trip to Serbia. It is my great interest to get to see and experience the livelihood in the former Yugoslavia. I shall come up with some entertaining stories afterwards about this little trip of mine. Serbia has been constantly ravaged by the West, lost both people and territory to other little brothers. Its people are considered the most nationalistic (since the ignition of WWI) and also most orthodox (the attack of gay parade in Belgrade) in Europe. Their way of thinking and living must be quite different from that of the Western Europe, even other Eastern European countries like Czech Republic or Hungary.

Either way, happy holiday everyone and let’s hope the following new year fulfills our hopes.

Home to many Congolese expatriates

Brussels police arrest 200 over Congo vote violence.

That title itself is extremely amusing. One of the zillion signs of the africanization of Europe. Read the news, it only gets more horrendously hilarious:

“Protesters in the former colonial power, home to many Congolese expatriates, threw Molotov cocktails at police cars, a police spokesman said. Shop windows and bus shelters were also smashed near the Congolese quarter.”

“Friday night’s riots in Brussels follow several days of tensions between police and anti-Kabila protesters, the Belga newswire says”

Absolutely the true spirit of “expatriates”. They all came to Belgium either work for multinational companies with fat paycheck or study in the universities as they are super smart. They got bored of their “expatriate” life and decided to give a piece of of their mind on the rigged election in their homeland Congo. I said attaboy! Who’s the colonial bitch now?

Insurmountable tax money for the welfare state

Recently I got the chance to be enlightened by a few friends on how generous the mighty Dutch welfare system is to the people and how “fortunate” people are benefiting on such generous welfare structure. Without further blathering, here is the real deal:

Deal 1: Apparently if you reside in the Netherlands (a resident, not necessarily a citizen) and work for an under-paid job (by Dutch standard, 1000euro/month is considered under-paid), and you also happen to live in an “over-paid” apartment/house (let’s say the monthly rent is 400euro/month), you are then eligible to apply for the national rental subsidy, which the government would spare you hundred something cash every month into your little pocket. By the way, just saying, the Dutch government already has this super cheap welfare housing in every municipality for the “less fortunate”.

Deal 2: If you are registered as a student in the Netherlands (for Dutch citizen only), you would receive a monthly pocket money from the government for at least 4 years plus free traveling of the Dutch public transportation system (the expensive bus and train are all free!). But the rate of pocket money is different, judging from if you still live with your parents or not. Obviously if you are registered to live away from your parents you’d receive 250euro/month, if not you would only get 90euro/month. As far as I know, most Dutch students still stick to their parents through most of their twenties, while “living” in a different place close to their school.

Deal 3: If you reach 18 and become a university student (not only Dutch but for all EU citizen) in Holland, you could immediately request a student loan from the government (if you think your 300euro/month subsidy couldn’t sustain a student life with 1000euro/year tuition). Let’s say a pothead who just reached 18 claim 600 euro/month from the loan. Even if his parents came to the tax office and told them his son is a no good pothead and can never repay his student loan, the loan is most likely to be granted, for the age 18 is the legal age for individual to bear their responsibilities fully. The fun part here is that if that pothead miraculously does finish his degree, but he can’t find a decent job within the four years after graduate, the government would send a guy to check the situation and would deem the dude incapable of bearing the financial burden and therefore cancel all the student loan debt he took during his university period. Isn’t that sweet? By the way, I have written an article previously talking about such case in detail.

It’s hilarious that how the Dutch welfare system treats people like they are very honest, pure, and vulnerable to money issues. But unfortunately I have known too many evil doers who are simply just sitting on this system and get money for nothing. There was a story of a dude from South America who basically came to Holland to live and study, without paying even a dime, and making a considerable monthly income upon his idleness! The only trick is, he got hooked with a true love of Dutch origin. That reminds me that sometime ago I met this Dutch cop. The guy actually only does one thing: to find out who is taking money out of the government for such gimmicks. A little more information, most of his targets are those Moroccan immigrants.

Here is the thing, with such a generous welfare system, it’s a sin not to take advantage of it for the mortals. For all I know, old Dutch geezers are probably the only people who are stupid enough to stay clean of those welfare money. The young pothead kids do it, other EU people do it, immigrants do it. Well, I don’t think the amount of babies they produce every year could sustain such a giant money hole. Just wait till the money runs out.

The limit of chutzpah

Recently Israeli government withdrew a series of TV commercials that aim to lure more Jews from US (with the biggest Jewish population) to the homeland Levant (second biggest Jewish population). It is understandable that Israel, in constant anxiety of the population war with the Arabs, would want all Jews back if possible. Such commercials should have no problem in easily touching the Jews in the States, who have always been very ethnocentric and supportive of Israel all along. But how come the commercials have to be pulled off all of sudden? Well, here is a brief description of those commercials:

“In one of the advertisements, Israeli grandparents sit in front of the traditional Hanukkah candelabra while speaking to their granddaughter on Skype. When they ask the child to name the holiday they’re celebrating, she says “Christmas.” In another, a napping father can’t hear his son’s calls of “daddy” and only stirs awake when he hears the word “abba” — Hebrew for father. A third, shows an emotional Israeli woman marking Israel’s Memorial Day and her non-Israeli partner unable to relate. The adds are all capped by the slogan: “They will remain Israeli, their children won’t. Help them come home.”

Obviously the explicit ethnocentrism made American Jews very uncomfortable. It’s recognized that Jews’ power in the States are inexorably formidable, more powerful than any other group. Without their influence, Israel would not survive and thrive. But explicit orthodox Jewish ethnocentrism seems not much shared among the American Jews, who have in fact in a large extent already began to mingle with different gentiles in the melting pot. This reminds me that there’s a widely known theory that American Jews were the ones who set the fire of leftism ablaze in the West in the 20th century. Ironically, now that the Israeli Jews came up with some explicit messages, which makes perfect sense for them, most American Jews still declared their loyalty to the holy grail of leftism once again. In some sense multiculturalism is one of the masterpieces by the Jews. But I never expect that they would turn their back when their own people advocate for ethnocentrism. For all I know, there’s no people more ethnocentric than the Jews.

I do, however, have a sense of compassion for Israel. Their worry about American Jewish population is quite reasonable and I admire their audacity in explicitly addressing their concerns. But I guess even chutzpah has a limit, as long as the Jews themselves are as well exposed to the poison of multiculturalism. How sarcastic…

Einstein: my relationship with the Jewish people became my strongest human tie once I achieved complete clarity about our precarious position among the nations of the world

The thoughts about human evolution

Darwin evolution tells us organisms evolve because of natural selection as to better adapt the living environment. That explains why giraffe has long neck, lion has sharp teeth, and white peppered moth turned black under soot pollution in the industrial England. However, the evolution of our intelligence does not really comply with the Darwin evolution theory. Contrary to the evolution principle, the evolution of humans (since the early hominid species) has always been driven to dissociate ourselves from the nature. The emergence and development of our intelligence allows us to walk out of the forest and create an artificial environment that would fit our own nature. Looking backwards into the development of human civilization, the use of tools for hunting, the invention of animal husbandry, agriculture, the emergence of the urbanized settlement, the structure of polity, industrial revolution, electronics etc, are the indisputable footsteps we left along this human evolution path. Following this logic, I dare to hypothesize that the ultimate objective of human civilization would be one abstract sentence: to dissociate ourselves from the given nature.

Thinking a step further, this seems also to be observed in the modern social mentality as well. I have always said that leftism, an appendix of modern surplus productivity, stem from the very idea that humans ought to be and act god-alike. Thou shalt love others just as much as yourself. Despite the myth about the origin of leftism (with several disputing theories), it is unanimously agreed that leftism tends to associate more with the intelligentsia with extremely high intelligence. While leftism itself has lots of incurable defects and I am sure there are noticed by the smart leftists, its core supporters (really smart people) appear to be rather stubborn in believing there are no other alternatives that would keep up with the advancement of our civilization.

What accounts for the advancement of the civilization anyway? Science and technology? As if the answer is that simple as all science and technology are neutral to our social beings… In my opinion, egalitarianism, that’s what the left intellectuals are really aiming for. Leftists think our achievement in science and technology has reached a milestone where the pursuit of a pure egalitarian artificial world starts possible. You see there are lots of facts that need numerous tests to confirm their existence in our realm. But it wouldn’t make any sense to look for even a slight degree of egalitarianism in this sensory world. In fact the pursuit of egalitarianism, a specious claptrap, has been destined to fail since the very beginning when this idea was nurtured 200 years ago, for it just simply goes against literally every empirical axioms we witness in the nature. Ignore the natural diversity, bell curves, and individual variations to guide our actions, and the only result is failure, for we don’t have the science and technology yet to make all individuals, all races, all species the same. This is THE perfect example of mankind’s desire to dissociate ourselves from the given universe.

Burrowing into deeper analysis and specific illustrations, egalitarian perspectives regarding the environment and the nature is best interpreted as gaiaism. For instance, terms such as preservation, conservation, and mitigation etc. have deluged the mass media in recent years. The hegemonic tone has never ebbed since the day they were created in the show business. But why do we want to preserve the nature? Why do we want to mitigate the climate change? Why do we want to protect the endangered species? Of course, there are so many conspicuous explanations that emphasize on the importance of “co-existence” , “ sustainability”, “rights to live” etc. Modern gaiaism has long jumped out of the spectrum of mere environmental problem control. In most western countries people’s livelihood are no longer susceptible under the compromising environmental conditions. Modern gaiaism is all about “value” and “lifestyle”. Beyond all those eloquent apologies, the true interpretation of this recent environmental fad is rather embedded in our own brains: the desire to dissociate from the nature. “We are transcended creatures with our artificial realms and thus we shall do everything we could to leave the old place the way it was, undisturbed and absolutely harmonious.” Therefore some advocates to stop slaughtering animals, some advocates stop pumping the fossil fuels, and some advocates even stop the modern technology for it disrupts the rhythm of the earth…

Western elites came up with the ideas and ensure that most people are well drilled to feel the same way. This luxurious emotion would be magnified manifold before a kid even learns to see the real cruelty of the world. That you think you care about African starving babies is nothing more than a sheer result of repetitious drills from the hypnosis organ. Nevertheless, this all may have worked perfectly fine, if our science and technology drive didn’t stagnate for the past half century. I have no problem with leaving in a real Brave New World where people just fool ourselves to death. At least that’d be a system that works. But once again our reality could not be offset by our intelligence yet, and worst of all, we are still insolently blind to the dire consequences that are about to ravage our incoherent civilization.

As far as I concern our human evolution has entered a dead end. The only way out would be a regrouping after the collapse of what has been built up for the past 50 or even 100 years and consciously refrain us from turning the divine thirst of mankind into a dead cult of leftism. For all I know, that window of opportunity is accumulating its momentum as we speak.

American politics: the ultimate farce in the age of show business

Finally I have to break my rules here and for the first time talk about American politics. It’s not that I couldn’t care less about American politics, which I have to admit I do care very much as long as America is still the superpower and its politics would very much affect our modern civilization. I am just sick and tired of the level of absurdity it discerns. Neil Postman addressed the American politics as the biggest joke in the age of show business, I couldn’t agree more. In General, I am apathetic to those heated debates, for I associate myself with neither the Democrats nor the Republicans. But this time, the farce is going beyond one’s imagination.

Why? What happened? If you keep up with the news, these days the competition for the Republican nominee for the 2012 presidential election has been a major mass media sensation all over the place. A few hot shots stirred up the pie. People got super psyched, for they, being hypnotized by the axiom of entertainment since born, have already sniffed the super fun drama that is about to hit the screen. Then it came the live-broadcasting Republican debate show on CNN. One time wasn’t enough, then it came the second time. All gossips spatter around: contagious and touching campaign commercials, sex scandals, ad hominem, the hot daughter, and etc. A glamorous fair for the amusement of American audiences, and the most entertaining actor will eventually win the people’s “heart”.

Wait a second, what was the debate about? Hmm…. That doesn’t seem to matter. For all we know those are the cool guys on the screen, and they rock on stage! Apparently the show producers aren’t quite satisfied with the current rating. So the next stage is planned: Donald Trump will be invited to moderate the upcoming Republican presidential debate.

There goes the last remaining dignity of American politics (if any). It doesn’t even pretend to be serious any more. For the voters of the United States, this is THE popularity contest, this is the American Idol, this is the American Got Talented, this is the Miss America Pageant, this is the Apprentice, most of all, this is the quadrennial carnival of the USA.

Amusingly, Huntsman has declined to participate in that rigged live show and plans to hold a Lincoln-Douglas style debate with Gingrich? Please, this smells like two attention whores scare of being overshadowed by Trump in his TV show and plan a duel to boost their likeness by the people. Well, people need to be entertained, and they provide with entertainment. But using the name of Lincoln and Douglas just to get more sympathy and attention, is, sheer low as well.

And liberals in the West bitch that Chinese don’t have the “privilege” for democracy? The privilege to watch a funny drama? Thanks but no thanks. We’d like to get things actually done.

It’d be the first and the last post about American farce politics.

I'd dig him for the vote