HELP AVAAZ FIGHT BACK MONSANTO

Ping, another payment through my paypal account to Avaaz.org. Not only to protest against one of the world’s most powerful companies, but also to protect the privacy of the activists fighting it. You all know the name Monsanto. Anyone with any sense of agriculture rejects their practices of genetically engineered agriculture. Hybrid seeds ensure that farmers in poor countries become dependent and even poorer. Their chemical agriculture destroys the biodiversity. Nevertheless, it is a rich and flourishing company that pays substantial dividends to its shareholders.

I had already contributed to Avaaz.org, an institute of activists campaigning against injustice via the internet. My first support was when Monsanto wanted to build a plant for genetically engineered seeds in Argentina. Later I contributed to the million dollars needed to start a lawsuit against their intention to file patents on seeds. Now Monsanto raises her arrows Avaaz itself and – worse – on all those hundreds of thousands of people who support the campaign against them. They sent a summons of 168 pages in which they “demand” that Avaaz hands over every private email, note, and file they have about Monsanto, including the names and email addresses of Avaazers who signed the Monsanto campaigns!

There are endless interesting alternatives for healthy agriculture. Monsanto knows that they have to realize their profits in the short term because there is no chance for a company like this to exist in the long run.

Anyway, they already know that I’m on that email list from Avaaz.org. They can send me a pardon for their practices. You can help stop this nonsense. Donations from 5 euros are welcome on this page http://bit.ly/2sCPkPw

 

Ping daar gaat weer een bedragje van mijn paypal-account naar Avaaz.org. Dit keer niet alleen om een van de machtigste bedrijven van de wereld te bestrijden maar ook om de privacy van haar actievoerders te beschermen. Wie kent Monsanto niet? Iedereen met enig verstand van landbouw keurt hun model voor genetisch gemanipuleerde landbouw af. Hybride zaden maakt boeren in arme landen afhankelijk en nog armer. Hun chemische landbouw vernietigt de biodiversiteit. Desondanks is het een rijk en florerend bedrijf dat flinke dividenden uitkeert aan haar aandeelhouders.

Ik had al eens bijgedragen aan Avaaz.org, een instituut op het gebied van actievoeren via internet en in real life. De eerste keer was toen Monsanto een fabriek voor genetisch gemanipuleerde zaden wilde bouwen in Argentinie. Later om een miljoen bij elkaar te halen om een rechtszaak te beginnen tegen vastleggen van patenten op zaden. Nu heeft Monsanto Avaaz zelf op de korrel en – erger nog – al die honderdduizenden mensen die haar ondersteunen. Ze stuurden een dagvaarding van 168 pagina’s waarin ze “eisen” dat Avaaz elke privémail, elke notitie en elk dossier dat ze over Monsanto hebben aan hen moeten overdragen, inclusief de namen en e-mailadressen van Avaazers die de Monsanto-campagnes ondertekenden!
Er zijn eindeloos interessante alternatieven om gezonde landbouw te plegen. Monsanto weet dat ze hun winst op de korte termijn moeten realiseren omdat er op de lange termijn geen kans is voor een bedrijf als dit.
Anyway, ze weten alvast dat ik op die emaillijst sta van Avaaz.org. Kunnen ze me een spijtbetuiging sturen voor hun praktijken. Help ook mee. Je kunt doneren vanaf 4 euro op deze pagina http://bit.ly/2oiWT8L

 

 

 

THIS FUNNY KINGDOM

The other day the event popped back in my mind. Summer of 1977. It was winter in Argentina and the beginning of the Dirty War. President Jorge Videla’s regime was more than a year old. I waited on the fourteenth floor of the Ministry of Marine and eventually I was ushered into the office of Admiral Massera, the political brain behind the coup. It wasn’t a real interview. I had to send my questions on paper and I received the answers in writing. I had held back my most critical questions so I could ask them once I was face to face with the man. It didn’t go well. Massera didn’t appreciate it that I asked questions about the disappearance of a professor the day before. Professor Bravo, member of the committee for Human Rights in Argentina was abducted in broad daylight. And he certainly wouldn’t say anything about the many other intellectuals and activists who disappeared. “That’s all communist propaganda. The fact that you know about this proves that we have freedom of the press in Argentina.”

That freedom of the press actually only applied to the Englishman Robert Cox whom I had spoken with the day before. At the time he was editor in chief of the Buenos Aires Herald, the only (English-language) newspaper that was still uncensored. All the critical Spanish-language newspapers had already been banned or—according to Cox—they censored themselves in fear of abduction.

Later, after the fall of the fascist regime, it was found that up to 5000 Agentineans were held, tortured and murdered at the Argentine Marine School of Engineering (ESMA), under Massera’s Marine Ministry. Only a few hundred survived. Admiral Massera was convicted and sentenced to life in prison.

Why did I suddenly remember this event?

A colleague of the former Argentine dictator Videla and his buddy, Admiral Massera, was in the Dutch news, for the umpteenth time: Jorge Zorreguieta, initially deputy minister of agriculture during the Argentinian dictatorship, but now father-in-law to our heir apparent to the throne. Queen Beatrix, aged 74 and therefore well past retirement age, does not want to give up the throne just yet. But it’s a matter of time.

Prime Minister Kok took a tough stance in 2002, when he banned Zorreguieta from the wedding of his daughter Máxima and our Crown Prince Willem-Alexander because of his Dirty War past. It’s unlikely that Kok’s successor Diederik Samsom will take the same tough stance. He has even stated that he would have no problem with Zorreguieta’s presence.

At the time I felt a little ambiguous about Zorreguieta’s forced absence at his daughter Máxima’s wedding. Is a wedding a government affair, and if so, why, for God’s sake? But Crown Prince Willem’s coronation definitely will be a government affair. By the way, it’s flabbergasting that a bragging Dutch-Argentinian pilot who claims to have conducted death flights has been in jail in Buenos Aires since 2009 without charge, while Zorreguieta was never even arrested. Even Videla (on the photo left, next to Zorreguieta) himself has said that Zorreguieta was present at the pre-coup meetings, as lobbyist for the meat and grain export tycoons, the wealthiest citizens of Argentina. Videla (who is serving two life sentences) now accuses these tycoons: “They claim innocence. First they told us to do what we had to do and now they lay all the blame on us.” However, attempts to charge them with the disappearance and murder of people in Zorreguieta’s department have so far had no results.

Máxima is definitely an asset to the Dutch royal family. She not only improves Prince Willem’s image—he can be a bit awkward—but she also provides a fresh approach to the monarchy, which was becoming more and more a useless antiquity. She is engaged in meaningful issues such as micro credit for developing countries. She swims laps around the canals to raise money for AIDS and on top of all that, she’s a beautiful woman. My wife Jacqui met her once. She’s down-to-earth, humble and very friendly. All qualities the Dutch value.

But what are we going to do about that old man who insists on sitting in the front row at the coronation? Now that we really can’t ignore the suspicion that he was partly responsible for the disappearance and murder of 30,000 people less than 35 years ago?

I already had little faith in Samsom’s wishy-washiness but this is really going too far. How hard is it to stand our ground? Would Prime Minister Rutte have walked out? I suppose it’s a waste of energy to get worked up about it in a country where an abductor, robber, blackmailer and possibly murderer is coddled daily in the media.

Massera after my interview, photographed by Wim Renes

What men really want!

Many women claim that men only want that one and only thing. They don’t disapprove of the fact that men do indeed want that particular thing and think about it a great deal. Rather they’re making a statement about the hopelessly primitive condition of male sexuality.

Some day’s men don’t think about anything else. Round breasts, moist lips, nice asses, great legs, sensual gestures, exciting clothes and sexy shoes, kissing, feeling, flirting, having sex, sucking, licking and more. Glorious male simplicity! That’s why the statement “men only think about one thing” comes closer to the truth than the statement “men only want one thing.”

But women are also often preoccupied with the subject for days on end. Love, eroticism and sex are also the main theme in a woman’s thoughts and actions. The evidence can be seen all around us. All that sex and love in movies, clips, soaps, glossies, on billboards, in songs and art is definitely not only meant for men.

The difference in complexity is easiest illustrated by examining the male and female orgasm. I have never met a woman who came as quickly as I do, or one who was over her arousal as fast. In that regard, there is an important difference between female and male sexuality, in general, and between male and female orgasm, in particular. This important difference, which causes most of the battle between men and women, is, however, not a biological but a sociological factor.

In practical terms, women need a longer running start to reach a climax; they enjoy it longer

and come down more slowly. Men shoot up like a rocket and throw themselves from the highest peak into the abyss, end of story.

Orgasm is less important to women than for men—at least, that is general wisdom. But would that still be the case if men were to study the female orgasm more closely? What if men actually knew how to get a woman faster and higher up the ladder of sexual arousal? In short, women find orgasms less important because they know a lot of men can’t get them there.

On the other hand, the majority of women are incapable of properly exploring the male body. Many women limit themselves to that one erogenous zone dangling like a wobbly storefront sign between a man’s legs. It is generally assumed that after puberty a man’s erotic feelings concentrate only in that one spot. In that regard, men have hardly made any progress despite the sexual revolution. I have as many erogenous zones as the average woman, and I’m no exception. However, those zones have to be discovered, cherished and exploited.

Of course, it is true that in general simply having sex satisfies men more than it does women. Modern society has developed sufficient phenomena to meet that need. Porn, whores and other commercial services only confirm the image of man’s simple sexuality. But one cannot conclude, therefore, that men only want one thing. In the last analysis, men and women alike want only one thing: ultimate intimacy, maximum trust. And the deed is sometimes part of the deal.