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Dutch government abolishes right to ‘advisory referenda’. Opposition compares “dictatorial” move to communist practices 

  • By: Vincent van den Born
  • The Dutch referendum is KIA. In a vote on 22 February, the Dutch Parliament (Tweede Kamer) voted to abolish the possibility to organise a so-called ‘advisory referendum’, by a one-vote Parliamentary majority. The decision by the government to abolish the referendum has been questioned by the opposition. The opposition is especially critical of government manoeuvres intended to make sure no referendum can be called on the abolishment of the referendum.
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    Forza Motorsport 7’s DLC almost makes the 2018 Bugatti Chiron look better than the real thing

  • By: Wolf
  • It’s time for Forza to demonstrate their latest graphics magic in their Forza Motorsport 7 Downloadable Content (DLC). And this time they chose the €3.500.000 (three point five million!) Bugatti Chiron as their star contender, and it almost looks better than the real thing. It also features the 2018 Kia Stinger and 1968 Holden HK Monaro GTS 327. As always select 1080p, sit back, and enjoy the ride.
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    Boston Dynamics’ robot dogs won’t be stopped by mere mortals

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    Summary: Kenneth Clark’s Civilisation Part 2 – “The Great Thaw”, on the “great acceleration of development” around 1100

  • By: Vincent van den Born
  • In part II of this 1969 thirteen part series, art historian Kenneth Clark (1903 – 1983) discusses what he calls the “great acceleration of development” around 1100, which took place worldwide, but was “strongest and most needed in Western Europe.” He describes the profound changes in Europe at the time as an outpouring of energy in all branches of life, but will, for the most part, be concentrating on art, particularly architecture. He uses the monumental buildings of the age as his evidence for the “heroic energy, this confidence, this strength of will and intellect” with which they were built.
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    Frontex Risk Analysis 2018: Despite 60% drop in arrivals, pressure on external borders still “relatively high”

  • By: Vincent van den Born
  • Its most eye-catching finding is the fact that the number of illegal border crossings detected in 2017 represents a 60% drop compared to 2016. However, Frontex is upfront about this representing a change of pattern, perhaps a return to a more ‘normal’ situation, but still: “The overall pressure on Europe’s external borders remained relatively high, and the Western Mediterranean route saw the highest number of irregular migrants since Frontex began systematically collecting data in 2009.”
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    Video! Max Verstappen’s new 2018 Red Bull ride looks perfect, even with that weird halo thing on top

  • By: Wolf
  • Our favourite two F1 boys, Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo, got their new car revealed today and it will be called the Aston Martin-Red Bull Racing-TAG Heuer RB14. Where the previous car, the RB13, was basically the F1 version of a Red Bull soda can, the new one will go for dark blue, and that’s awesome. But, don’t get attached too much, these colours are temporary, the real colours will be revealed next week.
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    Dutch Police Union report: Country turning into ‘narco-state’, less than 20% of victims file complaints, only 20% of crimes are examined

  • By: Vincent van den Born
  • “Only 1 in 9 criminal groups can be confronted with the present available manpower and means.”

    “‘The last 25 years, I have seen small-time dealers grow into large contractors who have good contacts in politics, and into so-called respected investors,’ (Bert, detective)”

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    Summary: Kenneth Clark’s Civilisation Part 1 – “The Skin of Our Teeth”

  • By: Vincent van den Born
  • In part one of this thirteen part series, art historian Kenneth Clark (1903 – 1983) discusses a great range of topics. The disappearance of the Mediterranean centred Graeco-Roman Civilisation through exhaustion. The Celtic Church and it’s unique development, focused on the pictoral element, on the edge of the world, culminating in the Book of Kells. The Carolingian Renaissance and its rediscovery of the Mediterranean world and the written word.
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    Germany: Israeli journalist forges Syrian passport and poses as refugee, concludes most migrants don’t intend to integrate

  • By: Vincent van den Born
  • It should be noted, however, not all Muslims dream about a Germany being part of a worldwide Caliphate, stretching ‘from Jakarta to Andalusia’. Yehezkeli also interviews an Arabic speaking contact, who out of fear wished to remain anonymous. The contact says he deals with the excesses of radical Islam in Germany, and works for various German media outlets. He warns, that the biggest danger for Germany does not consist of terrorist attacks. Rather, it is the Islamic concept called ‘Da’wa’.
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