First steps on Steemit

So, I’m dipping my toe into the Steemit waters, and I’m kinda excited. It seems there is a large community out there on this Blockchain-based platform that seems very friendly and will interact with you. And as a bonus, you can earn a little bit of cash as well if your stuff seems to be interesting enough. I have also found DTube, where I will upload videos. It seems like a better alternative to Youtube, and very censorship-proof. Given the crazyness the Googles, Twitters and Facebooks are up to lately, an alternative seems worthy to check out.

I have already done my introductory post on Steemit, but since I have hooked up my WordPress blog into the platform (and because it’s linked to everywhere else), I might as well broadcast through these means that stuff will go there as well (which would be this post, which also doubles as a test). So here we are.

If you have Steemit, and you know me already, be sure to drop me a message or a comment. I’ll follow you and upvote your cool posts. 🙂

I will of course read and reply to the steemit comments to the best of my ability.

See you on Steemit!

Oh, and once I get the hang of this, I will of course outline whatever I’ve learned and will pass on any sort of knowledge I have gleaned.

(PS: Getting a Steemit account requires a bit of patience. Verification will take a while. I’ve had to wait for 3 days to get my account verified and active. Which is not a problem, but it seems fair to warn you if any of you are impatient types).

Why not the others? (TK2017)

Might as well continue with a little series about what made me not want to choose one of the other parties here. This list will probably not entail all 28 parties running, because I either didn’t really look at their party platform, or have no past experience with them.

Well, here goes:

PVV:

I actually very briefly considered PVV (although I wouldn’t have voted for Wilders, but rather Fleur Agema). They are very supportive of personal freedoms, freedom of speech, cultural and national sovereignty and totally not politically correct (which are all pros in my opinion). I found them just a bit too polarizing. I do understand why people will vote for this party though, and unlike many people I know, I will not judge people because they did vote for these people.

VVD:

Yay, more status quo, and more dishonest politics. No. Not more four years of these jerks.

PvdA:

Same as above.

GroenLinks:

Too soft. Too regressive. Too much SJW. Too politically correct. Too green. Too expensive.

D66:

Pro-European Union, and therefore undemocratic. Even though they say they do, they really don’t like referendums.

Piratenpartij:

This was a pretty close one. I voted for these guys in the previous election in 2012. They were the ones that got me interested in the direct democracy concept, but they are still opting for the traditional format. If Geenpeil didn’t exist, I would have voted for them.

SP:

I used to vote for these guys as well. But they are vehemently anti-vaping. Because they are so against something that pretty much obliterated my tobacco dependence overnight, I just can’t vote for them. Anyone that’s against vaping, is pro-smoking, effectively.

CDA/CU/SGP/DENK/etc:

With the above I mean any party with a religious slant. I will never vote for a party with religion in it’s tenets, because I want separation of church and state. If I would vote for one of these, I would betray one of my ideals. Also, these parties are very patronizing.

Those sum up the parties I’ve looked at somewhat closely or closely. I might have offended some of you with this list. I don’t care.

 

When two tribes go to war…

I’m actually proud of my country for once. The small country that refused to back down to the dictator in Turkey. Of course, the wayward Turks that live here that seem to have more sympathy towards their homeland are waving their red and white crescents about and are being a general nuisance. 

Their glorious leader is calling the Dutch fascists, but I guess that guy should look in the mirror. How many judges, journalists, teachers and other dissidents have the Dutch thrown into jail? That’s right, none. How many people did the Dutch jail for being openly critical with the ruling government? None. How are the Dutch being fascist? Hmm? 

Yeah, so the Dutch government disallowed the Turkish ministers a platform to campaign (oh, sorry, to “provide information”) for their upcoming referendum to turn Erdogan into a fully fledged authoritarian ruler (*cough* fascism *cough*). I wonder why any country should cooperate with attempts to further alienate and segregate parts of their own population. But clearly, the Dutch won’t have anything of it. Now there’s a Turkish despot (and a bunch of his cronies) throwing a temper-tantrum.

So, what about those patriotic Turks then? My personal recommendation is to void their Dutch passports, issue them a work visa, and stop their social benefits. If they want to be Turks above being Dutch, then by all means, let them be Turks.

Nope, everyone is still bonkers.

So, how goes my little hiatus from social media? Pretty good, I’d say. Lots of peace and quiet, and a lot less idiots to contend with. I of course maintain communication with my closer circles, but every time I look at my timelines, it drives home why I stepped out. Idiocy is still quite rampant. 

The sheep still act like sheep, and there are some that staunchly try to distribute red pills. I’d like to recommend to those people to step aside for a while. Why waste energy on those that don’t want to listen? Give yourself a break. Just look in once in a while to measure the level, and just observe the echo chamber in action. It’s like a regressive zoo. But by all means, don’t interact. Don’t feed the livestock. 

No doubt some of them will leave a comment because this post will appear everywhere (yay social media integration), but if they appear here on my blog, they are entering my lair with my rules. And no, I care little what they think.

I’ll stay away a bit longer. I’m getting tons of stuff done. It’s amazing.

Project Fear in the Netherlands

I was on my way to work, and I noticed an interesting ad on a billboard that was using the same flawed rhetoric as the remainers did for brexit, but this time it was aimed at the remain side of a nexit (what people call the intention of the Netherlands to leave the EU). I regrettably didn’t snap a picture of it since I was in a hurry to catch the subway. This raised a few questions.

  • Who funds these things? I’m willing to bet it’s somehow linked to Soros, but still, one wonders.
  • Why are these things popping up? Is the ‘threat’ of eurosceptical political parties coming to power so likely that the ‘remain’ side is already spouting their doom and gloom?

I personally would welcome it if the Netherlands would leave the EU, but it will probably be a lot harder for us because our economy has EU parasitic tentacles bored into it deep, even so deep we share a flawed monetary unit with 27 other countries. Decoupling that would be a pain, but I would posit that it would probably be worth it, even though it would suck for a few years. People like to prophesize doom and gloom, that the sky will fall if we break away from this abusive relationship. It’s like an advanced case of Stockholm-syndrome.

I’m putting to anyone out there that it won’t be that bad, in the long run. We still have the largest port in Europe (Rotterdam). The Rhine and the Meuse estuaries are in the Netherlands. Those are important rivers, and important bargaining chips. The nexit remainers say that export will be dead if we leave. The fact that we pretty much own those rivers says otherwise.. We would get our ability to negotiate treaties back, and the law would be back in the Dutch courts. Even more importantly, we can vote for our leaders, instead of having some unaccountable and unelectable elites rule us from their ivory towers.

But now I’m just veering off topic. Yes, I would in favor of a nexit. Some of you won’t agree. That’s your right. It’s also my right to ignore you, and your prophesies of doom and gloom.

Allright, back to whatever I was doing. Just had to dump these thoughs somewhere.

PS: The vacation away from social media is going well. I’m already way more productive without all the pointless arguing with idealogs. I can recommend the same to all people that are tired of debating people that refuse to listen.