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Pure Capitalism Winning In The Netherlands

by Oui Wed Oct 13th, 2021 at 05:23:10 PM EST

In 25 years more poverty has stricken and children with no breakfast send to school.

Children in poverty in the Netherlands

Poor kids face disadvantages from birth, new research finds

Children who grow up poor fall behind their richer peers early in life, according to new research from the Erasmus School of Economics,
in the Dutch News.

A study of 153,000 children from ages zero to 14 years found that the children of richer parents do better across the board, in terms of health, behavioural issues and education.

Causes The stress of poverty also plays a big role. Cheap food is often less nutritionally dense, which can lead to health problems. And parents who are working long hours may have less time and energy to take their children to the park to play or to talk to them, the researchers say. Poverty itself can lead to people having lower IQs. Other research has shown that when people are no longer poor, they score better on cognitive intelligence tests.

England and disgrace of Brexit hitting home ... yet the Remainers and Leavers are steadfast in a divided nation ...

Winter of Discontent of 1978 Brought Margaret Thatcher

Some of the things I've seen on television, read in the newspapers, and heard directly from you in factories and shopping centres make me wonder what has happened to our sense of common nationhood and even of common humanity.

We've seen strikes called before agreements have ended. We've seen them used as a weapon of first resort, not as the last step after everything else has failed. We've seen industrial action directed straight at the public to make you suffer--directed even at the sick and disabled. That sort of action damages the reputation of all trade unionists. Most of whom don't agree with it. [end p1]

We've seen picketing that threatens to bring the country to its knees--emptying our shops, endangering our farms, closing our factories, taking our jobs. Picketing was meant to be about `peaceful persuasion' at the scene of the dispute. The result of recent legislation and practice is that today almost any determined group can strangle the country.

The ECB is at the root of the Dutch affordable housing shortage

The core of the Dutch housing problem is due to the policies of the European Central Bank. For more than eight years now, the ECB has been trying – in vain – to achieve a certain level of inflation, through large-scale buybacks of government bonds combined with keeping interest rates low for an extended period of time. Peter Hein van Mulligen, the chief economist of  the Dutch government’s statistical office CBS, recently demonstrated that the main cause of the high house prices in the Netherlands is not so much a shortage of housing, but the persistently low interest rates.

Urban property: prices, ownership and occupancy

In July 2018, in a joint statement to the United Nations, the cities of Amsterdam, Barcelona, London, Montreal, Montevideo, New York and Paris declared that citizens’ rights to affordable housing are being jeopardised following the growing influence of speculators, investors and mass tourism on urban property markets. 

The expanding role of financial actors on the housing market is referred to as the financialisation of housing. Although this development is not univocally considered problematic, significant concerns have been raised about its effects on affordability, accountability and liveability.

by Oui on Thu Oct 14th, 2021 at 09:39:49 AM EST
by Oui on Thu Oct 14th, 2021 at 09:41:21 AM EST
Most cities with an university are doing quite well: Amsterdam, Leiden, Rotterdam. Utrecht, Groningen, Enschede, Eindhoven, and Maastricht.

The crossroads between science and business

TU/e Campus houses over a hundred technological knowledge institutes and high tech companies, varying from renowned multinationals like Philips, NXP and General Electric to innovative SME's and cutting-edge start-ups and spin-offs with a focus on Smart Mobility, Energy and Health. Don't forget ASML, getting a boost from George Bush when he signed off on selling military component of SVG lithography to the Dutch and PM Balkenende. His best deal ever ...

    The market reacted as though the ASML-SVG deal hit a snag in Washington. On Monday, ASML's shares fell $1.27 per share to $26.29, while SVG dropped $3.44 to $29.56.

    Fearing that the Bush administration will not reach a consensus in the ASML-SVG merger by the midnight deadline, institutional investors yesterday appeared to be selling off their shares in the two lithography companies-and quickly, according to sources in the industry.

Eindhoven High Tech Campus sold to Singapore State, not U.S. investor: report

by Oui on Thu Oct 14th, 2021 at 10:21:40 AM EST

KPMG cracks down on Dutch corona policy: 'Often too optimistic scenario'

The Dutch approach to the corona crisis has fallen seriously short in several areas. Cabinet policy was at odds with (international) advice, communication was poor and cooperation left much to be desired. This is the conclusion of the KPMG consultancy in a report published today. `The optimistic scenario is often chosen'.

In the report 'These are the lessons of 1.5 years of the corona crisis' KPMG analyzed the Dutch corona policy between March 2020, at the start of the pandemic, and July 2021.

According to KPMG, a lot went wrong in executing the vaccination strategy. "The partial deviation from the vaccination strategy drawn up by the Health Council may have led to health damage and unnecessarily long extra pressure on hospitals," the researchers write. After lobbying by the hospitals, the cabinet deviated slightly by giving priority to healthcare personnel.

The Dutch strategy was mainly based on the number of corona patients in hospitals and not on the number of infections, the researchers conclude. As a result, interventions were often taken too late and there were relatively more deaths in the Netherlands than in Scandinavian countries such as Norway, Denmark and Finland, where decisions were taken more quickly lockdown, border controls and quarantine rules. Compared to these countries, `it appears that the Netherlands has been significantly less able to manage the pandemic in terms of both economic growth and excess mortality', the researchers say.

Group immunity

But KPMG is looking back. According to the researchers, the cabinet took measures at crucial moments that were at odds with the scientific insights in force at the time. For example, `The Hague' opted for herd immunity and a limited testing policy, while the advice of the World Health Organization (WHO) was to contain and do a lot of testing.

The Netherlands was initially reluctant with the test policy © ANP

No surprise to me whatsoever, have been very critical from the start: Trump-Johnson-Rutte not listening to science and basic international experience. Calling it an "intelligent lockdown" from superior PR advisers. What a farce, costing thousands of lives and needless suffering.

Outbreak -- Herd Immunity Is Damning!

by Oui on Thu Oct 14th, 2021 at 11:11:27 AM EST
The introduction of quality regulation of electricity distribution in The Netherlands

Since July 1, 2004, the Dutch energy market has been fully liberalized, three years before the final date set by the European directives. Dutch law requires legal unbundling between a network operator and other entities in a holding and specifies a system of regulated third-party access to the networks. An integrated system of price-quality regulation for electricity distribution was enacted in 2004. DTe applies the legal provisions in the Dutch Electricity and Gas Acts and supervises compliance with these acts.

In 2004, total turnover of energy companies in the Netherlands was 27.6 billion euros.  About 7.5 and 6.8 million customers are connected to the electricity and gas networks, respectively, meaning virtually all buildings in the Netherlands are connected. For gas, this means the Netherlands has the highest connection density in the EU. Over these networks, 106.5 billion kWh of electricity and 47.9 billion m3 of gas are transported annually. Fifteen per cent of the electricity is imported, whereas 41% of the gas produced in the Netherlands is exported. With the Groningen field, the Netherlands possesses one of the largest producing natural gas fields in the world. Since most power plants in the Netherlands are gas-fired, there are strong links between the functioning of the gas and electricity markets.

Four players produce the vast majority of electricity in the Netherlands: Essent, Electrabel, Nuon and E.on, two of which are foreign-owned. Transmission is secured by the national electricity TSO TenneT, after which electricity is distributed over networks of 150 kV and below by 10 regional network operators. The three major electricity distribution network operators Essent, Continuon and Eneco cover more than 90% of the market. Around 35 licensed supply companies deliver electricity to end consumers over these networks.

Number of energy suppliers in the Netherlands quadrupled since liberalisation | Dutch News - July 19, 2018 |

Comparing energy prices and deals is definitely worthwhile, according to an analysis by the Dutch Consumer and Markets Authority (ACM). It recently pointed out that households can save up to €391 a year by switching energy supplier.  Consumers with a variable rate tariff in particular can save a significant amount on their energy bill.

These customers, similar to the EU as a whole, are paying dearly for not having a long-term contract at a fixed tariff. Small households see their monthly cost double! No "regulator" in The Netherlands for consumer protection. Small energy providers just basically shredded the contracts with clients for a fixed rate and tell them the rates are variable from today going forward. Just like a casino, the bank holds all the chips. You lose.

Gas prices soar as fears mount about the supply for the coming winter

Damage control

Researchers with The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies said that there is little the government can do at the moment apart from exercise damage control. `In the short term, much will depend on the severity of the coming winter (not only in Europe but also in Asia), Russia's willingness to export more gas and the extent to which gas demand goes down at extremely high prices,' the researchers said.


In the meantime, France has frozen gas prices and Spain has slashed value added tax on energy bills. In the Netherlands, the caretaker government has set aside €500m to offset the price increases but, the FD said, this will only amount to small cut in energy bills which could be hundreds of euros a year more expensive.

Earlier posts ...

Putin and Gazprom Contracts

by Oui on Thu Oct 14th, 2021 at 12:07:36 PM EST
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Back to square one: how D66 (Sigrid Kaag) squandered its electoral advantage

by Oui on Fri Oct 15th, 2021 at 06:58:45 PM EST

Sir David Amess killing: Security for politicians is a global dilemma | BBC News |

Snapshots of the Netherlands' prime minister freewheeling into parliament on his bike are seen to epitomise a safe, peaceful, tolerant nation.

But this much-lauded liberty has recently been curtailed. A 22-year-old is in custody, suspected of plotting to assassinate Mark Rutte.

Last week, another Dutchman appeared in court, accused of posting death threats against two politicians on Facebook. And two decades ago, party-leader Pim Fortuyn was assassinated by a left-wing animal rights activist.

Dutch lawmakers don't hold constituency surgeries because the Netherlands is not divided up like that, and they do not regularly attend planned and publicly advertised open forums. MPs do encounter the public, but on a much more ad hoc basis.
Only a select few politicians, including the anti-Islam leader, Geert Wilders, have protection.

For the majority, it remains the widely held belief they are at no greater risk, simply for doing their job.

Mark Rutte with other Dutch politicians. They would want to promote a safe and tolerant society ...

What a bs 😡 just like Big Tech as Facebook and Google, politicians thrive on divisions in society whatever the consequences ... no ethics, no morality, not even International Treaties or Conventions will alter their decisions on policy.

by Oui on Sun Oct 17th, 2021 at 05:58:12 PM EST

Die Niederlande und das organisierte Verbrechen | DW News |

by Oui on Sun Oct 17th, 2021 at 06:33:37 PM EST
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by Oui on Sun Oct 17th, 2021 at 06:46:43 PM EST
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by Oui on Sun Oct 17th, 2021 at 06:48:44 PM EST
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On Sunday night Amess's family appealed for public unity, urging people to "set aside their differences and show kindness and love to all". In a statement, his relatives said they were "absolutely broken" but had drawn strength from the tributes to him from across the political spectrum.

PM to lead Commons tributes to David Amess as family call for unity

Get behind bid to make Southend a city in Sir David's memory, his family urge

Brendan Cox, the husband of murdered Mrs Cox, tweeted: "My thoughts and love are with David's family. They are all that matter now. This brings everything back. The pain, the loss, but also how much love the public gave us following the loss of Jo. I hope we can do the same for David now."

by Oui on Sun Oct 17th, 2021 at 09:49:47 PM EST
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Moluccan Nona and Noes tell about the traumatic evacuation of camp Vaassen for the first time after 45 years: 'It was a military attack'

Dutch War Memorial Day: Maintaining colonial innocence by excluding people of color

by Oui on Sun Oct 17th, 2021 at 08:23:05 PM EST
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Aceh was a troublesome province during Dutch colonialism. In the 90s, jihadists from Java traveled to Maluka Islands to impose Sharia Law in an attempt for ethnic cleansing. Large segment of population was Christian and had close ties to refugees living in Holland.

Islam wasn't traditional enough and Allah punished the people of Aceh on Christmas Day in 2004 ... many more became devout Muslims since. They had little or no choice.

Indian Ocean Tsunami 2004: Recovery in Banda Aceh

by Oui on Sat Nov 13th, 2021 at 01:09:16 PM EST
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Christians and Muslims in Ambon, Indonesia, have lived together in peace for many decades | UN Relief Web - Sept. 2000 |

Yesterday, joyful reunions of Muslims and Christians at the opening of a government-sponsored market for both communities in Ambon city were disrupted by two bombs. As hundreds of shoppers stampeded away, government soldiers added to the panic by firing wildly into the air.

It was the latest failed reconciliation attempt. At least no one was killed this time. But since January 1999, some 5,000 have been killed, and 250,000 driven from their homes.

On June 27, Indonesian President Abdurrahman Wahid declared a civil emergency, giving special powers to the military and civil authorities to stop the violence. The immediate results in Waai, a town with at least a thousand soldiers within an hour's drive, 22 miles from the provincial capital of Ambon city, were otherwise.

At dawn on July 6, shortly after government soldiers withdrew from town, mortar rounds began pounding Waai. Armed men, many either in Army uniforms or the flowing white robes of Maluku's Jihad fighters, stormed in behind the bombing. Joining them were the Muslim residents of Tulehu and Liang, two predominantly Muslim towns that have bracketed Waai for 500 years.

"We got out of bed, and suddenly we were in the middle of a war zone,'' said Bob Maspaitella, a Waai refugee. "They wanted to clean the Christians off that coast, and they did.'' By nightfall on July 7, the Christian town of Waai had been emptied, its citizens cowering in the hills above town. Frantic calls to a nearby Army base were ignored.

With Indonesian roots, Geert Wilders became the scourge of The Netherlands when he entered politics through the party of Mark Rutte, the VVD, at the same time as Ayaan Hirsi Ali. The clash of civilization personified within Dutch politics.

by Oui on Sat Nov 13th, 2021 at 01:22:10 PM EST
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Laskar Jihad and the Conflict in Ambon | Brown Journal of World Affairs - 2002 |

Driven by the festering wounds of past colonial injustices against Muslims and present Christian fears, as well as by rumors of a Christian conspiracy to wipe out Islam, on the one hand, and of Islamization policies on the other, it claimed an estimated 9,000 lives and produced more than 400,000 refugees. Yet it was not until the emergence of Laskar Jihad and the group's determination to wage jihad in Ambon that Jakarta politicians started to take note, albeit without doing much to address the situation. The call for jihad also attracted international attention, again without significant action. In fact, only after the events of 11 September did Laskar Jihad's interpretation of Islam, paramilitary presence, and above all its international links to the Taliban in Afghanistan and Abu Sayyaf in the Philippines come under closer scrutiny. This brought pressure on the Indonesian government to find a solution to the Ambon conflict, which resulted in the February 2002 Malino II Declaration.

Obama Target for Assassination by Indonesian Militants

by Oui on Sat Nov 13th, 2021 at 01:23:30 PM EST
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by Oui on Mon Oct 18th, 2021 at 09:20:29 AM EST
The Guardian view on Sir David Amess: a shocking political death

The facts leading to his death are yet to be established by the court but for too many elected representatives, death threats are seen as a grim but unavoidable part of the job. That this continues is a sign that our political system itself is unwell. The rising tide of anger feels like an inevitable consequence of our hyperpartisan age. The internet has led to people's political affiliations increasingly determining what information they absorb. Pre-web this was probably the other way around. MPs endure personal abuse on social media, are sent needlessly aggressive emails and have to endure physical intimidation. Female MPs and those from ethnic minorities are disproportionately affected by the wave of toxicity. Rage is distorted, often by feelings of impotence about matters that do not lie within the province of politicians at all.

Those in the public eye have a responsibility too. Since the financial crisis of 2008, across western democracies, large numbers of people had become understandably enraged at the growing divides in society. The language and behaviour of senior politicians can incite passions when they should be putting a lid on them.

by Oui on Mon Oct 18th, 2021 at 09:21:53 AM EST
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Each Revolution leads to a Counter Revolution ... it's long overdue! ⌛️

There is little sympathy for politicians in modern Britain. Women and ethnic-minority MPs face the worst, visceral hatred - and I'm both. After an Islamophobic package was sent to my office in 2018 - an event that required police attention and led to the hospitalisation of a member of my staff - my parliamentary post is now screened offsite before it reaches me. Social media haters are a constant background hum, though I brush them off as coming with the territory. Nobody would ever clap for MPs, yet we are, in a sense, frontline key workers.

Prior to my afternoon surgery I'd acted as mediator between a housing association and disgruntled residents in a community centre, visited a building site and spoken to students about Cop26. Our job has elements of Citizens Advice, Acas, Relate, court jester and chatshow host rolled into one. Parliament's physical home dates back to about 1080 but only for the past 30 years have proceedings been televised. Now our every action is pored over by trolls looking to trip us up on social media.

by Oui on Mon Oct 18th, 2021 at 09:22:54 AM EST
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Housing is a human right: How Finland is eradicating homelessness | CBC News - Jan. 2020 |

by Oui on Mon Oct 18th, 2021 at 09:24:16 AM EST
Austerity deaths were foreseeable and foreseen

You report on a study by the University of York into the first five years of the coalition government's "age of austerity" (Austerity in England linked to more than 50,000 extra deaths in five years, 14 October). The real scandal is that the results were in general foreseeable, and nothing was done nationally to mitigate them.
At a local level, the London borough of Lewisham decided to theme its annual public health report for 2011-12 on the effects of the economic downturn and austerity on the health of its population.

I researched and wrote a section of the report, drawing entirely on published research and freely available data and analyses. We predicted increased mortality, more suicides, more winter deaths, lower life expectancy, high rates of mental health problems, and serious problems arising from increasing child poverty. There was only so much that a single local authority, itself facing savage cuts, could do.

Meic Goodyear
Lewes, East Sussex

These are choices politicians make ... election promises are part of pulling wool over eyes of the electorate.

 The gap between reckless Brexit promises and reality will soon be too big to ignore

by Oui on Mon Oct 18th, 2021 at 09:25:19 AM EST

More than 1100 Children Removed from Home in Dutch Benefits Scandal

by Oui on Tue Oct 19th, 2021 at 09:48:56 PM EST
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also a large number of ministers or deputies have resigned from Mark Rutte's cabinet.

by Oui on Mon Oct 25th, 2021 at 06:16:31 PM EST

Dutch childcare benefit scandal an urgent wake-up call to ban racist algorithms | Amnesty International |

The Dutch government risks exacerbating racial discrimination through the continued use of unregulated algorithms in the public sector, Amnesty International said in a damning new analysis of the country's childcare benefit scandal.

The report Xenophobic Machines exposes how racial profiling was baked into the design of the algorithmic system used to determine whether claims for childcare benefit were flagged as incorrect and potentially fraudulent. Tens of thousands of parents and caregivers from mostly  low-income families were falsely accused of fraud by the Dutch tax authorities as a result, with people from ethnic minorities disproportionately impacted. While the scandal brought down the Dutch government in January, sufficient lessons have not been learnt despite multiple investigations.

"Thousands of lives were ruined by a disgraceful process which included a xenophobic algorithm based on racial profiling. The Dutch authorities risk repeating these catastrophic mistakes as human rights protections are still lacking in the use of algorithmic systems," said Merel Koning, Senior Advisor on Technology and Human Rights at Amnesty International.

"Alarmingly, the Dutch are not alone. Governments around the world are rushing to automate the delivery of public services, but it is the most marginalized in society that are paying the highest price."

Amnesty International is calling on all governments to implement an immediate ban on the use of data on nationality and ethnicity when risk-scoring for law enforcement purposes in the search of potential crime or fraud suspects.

by Oui on Mon Oct 25th, 2021 at 10:21:19 PM EST
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I'd prefer "systematic discriminatory practices revealed by algorithms", because it's closer to the truth and doesn't shift human blame to algorithms.

The thing is that algorithms discriminate only if they were either directly made that way or their "behavior" is a result of mining trough data that already contains discrimination.

In both cases the discrimination has been done by humans, and they should take the blame.

by pelgus on Tue Oct 26th, 2021 at 08:37:14 AM EST
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Early this morning I received a letter from CDA chairman Marnix van Rij denying findings in report. Another attempt to deceive by semantics ... quite stupid.

The negative campaign ads would undermine the leadership of Mark Rutte in a long shot attempt to boost the party to most seats and launch Wopke Hoekstra as new prime minister. The party split and messed up losing seats and lost Pieter Omtzigt as member in parliament. The CDA has hit a new low in the polls and are close to be wiped out as party.

A good friend of CDA party leadership and Hoekstra is millionaire Hans van der Wind who set op this foolish campaign strategy. I checked whether websites were registered and indeed they were. Registration by address of CoolBlue in Leiden was ruttedoctrine.nl ... and ruttedoctrine.eu also which is active as I write to sell merchandising on negative descriptions of Mark Rutte.

by Oui on Wed Oct 27th, 2021 at 09:16:30 PM EST
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Dutch watchdog slams tax office fraud list as privacy breach

by Oui on Fri Oct 29th, 2021 at 04:47:24 PM EST
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