I just had to share this. Kort maar krachtig, is what we call that--brief and to the point.
Posted in Uncategorized, Society, Politics
Tagged America, crime, fraud, law, opinion, politics, prison privatisation, prisoners, prisons, wall street, white collar crimes
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In my last post I voiced my disgust with the liberties police take on a daily basis in regular, unthreatening situations, and I wrote that nobody seems to have a problem with it. Not enough to do anything about it, anyway. This, of course, is not completely true. Continue reading
Posted in Society, Travel
Tagged America, are you a US citizen?, border patrol, border patrol checkpoints, discretionary powers, humor, immigration, law, opinion, police, police interrogation checkpoints, rights, society, us citizenship
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So last week “America’s sweetheart” Reese Witherspoon’s husband was arrested because he was driving while drunk. Bad. Badbadbadbadbad. You get no argument from me there.
But Reese herself was arrested, as well. Why? She got out of her car. Not only that, but when the police officer told her to get back in the car, she drunkenly told him she had a right to stand on American soil. Gasp! The horror! How dare she!?! Continue reading
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Disclaimer: I know most of my readers are compassionate people. So this is directed toward–well, you’ll know who you are.
From the first time I came to America with T, then my boyfriend, I have been shocked at the number of homeless here. Continue reading
Posted in Austin, Consumption, Food, Housing, Society
Tagged 47%, America, Amerika, Austin, daklozen, DPchallenge, giving money to the homeless, handouts, homeless, opinion, society, there but for, thuislozen
Right now lots of extra people are homeless due to Hurricane Sandy. But I’m going to write about some of the long-term homeless in Austin who I meet while waiting for a green light on my many drives around town. If for no other reason than that I already had most of this post ready before Sandy hit. Continue reading
One thing I’ve learned is the difference between Dutch politeness and Texan politeness.
To A Texan, being polite is not just a matter of saying please and thank you, holding the door open for the person coming behind you, not belching loudly at the dinner table, etc. It also means avoiding embarrassing someone. Continue reading
Posted in Language, Society
Tagged America, Amerika, beleefdheid, cultural differences, culture, embarrassment, humor, kulturele verschillen, language, manners, Nederland, omgangsvormen, politeness, society, The Netherlands, verlegenheid
I have always respected most religious beliefs. Sure, I put my foot in my mouth occasionally, but I have no problem with religion in itself. I can see how there’s a human need for spirituality of one kind or another, and that some of us have a bigger need for it than others. However, there’s supposed to be a separation between church and state in this country, and when that idea is so blatantly trampled, when religion interferes with science, education, politics and human rights to the degree it does here, then the respect is clearly not mutual, and I don’t feel as obligated to be religiously correct. Continue reading
Posted in Religion, Science, Society
Tagged America, creationism, gays, global warming, godsdienst en homoseksualiteit, godsdienst en onderwijs, godsdienst en wetenschap, godsdienst in Amerika, homosexuals, House Science Committee, Netherlands, opinion, religion, science, science and religion, science education, statistics, statistieken
As I’ve explained in previous posts, we were on vacation when our son B’s appendix ruptured. He had an appendectomy and was in the hospital in Cody, Wyoming for four days. Six days after coming home to Austin, he had pains again, and had to have a follow-up surgery, and he has been in the hospital here in Austin for six days now. And when I say that B has been in the hospital, I really mean our family has been in the hospital. Continue reading
In my previous post I asked what my readers would like me to write about. I realized later that I would be in big trouble if I got no reply. Would that mean that no one is interested in what I say? Or they don’t care? Or what if I have no readers that day? Would reposting the question be too desperate? This could very well spell the end of my blog. But fortunately someone did reply. Phew, thanks, Hanneke, for averting my existential crisis! Continue reading
Okay, for those of you who think I’m too negative about America, let me confuse you again.
Do I seem schizophrenic to you? Well, that’s because I am. Not clinically, but being Dutch in America, I can’t help being in a permanent schizophrenic state of mind. Depending on what I’m Continue reading
Posted in Education, Holland, Language, Society, Travel
Tagged America, Amerika, cultural differences, culturele verschillen, Nederland, Netherlands, opvoeding, parenting, self-awareness, United States, upbringing, verbaal geweld, zelfbewustzijn
This is the thirteenth and last (for now) post in a series about American high school students’ impressions on a presentation about the Netherlands in World War Two. Click here for the introduction to said presentation.
Any member of the resistance who was captured, was interrogated/tortured first to get names of more resistance members, and then shot. Sometimes in the dunes on the coast, sometimes in the street, as a deterrent.
Photo: Joh. van Bueren
Posted in High School, World War Two
Tagged America, American high school students, amerikaanse middelbare scholieren, De Aanslag, education, europe, geschiedenisonderwijs, Hannie Schaft, Harry Mulisch, Het meisje met het rode haar, history, history education, Klaas Carel Faber, List of Most Wanted Nazi War Criminals, movies, nazi war criminals, Nederland, Netherlands, oorlogsmisdadigers, Pieter Faber, Simon Wiesenthal Center, The Assault, The Girl With the Red Hair, tweede wereldoorlog, World War Two, WWII