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Mythology: Who is Loki, and why was he such a bloody nuisance?

  • By: Robert Ossenblok
  • According to Norse mythology, the wickedness and evil in the world is created by Loki and his offspring. Who are his children? Well, there is Hel, Goddess of the underworld. Yes, the term ‘hell’ is indeed a pagan term absorbed into Christianity. Then there’s Fenrir, a massive wolf that will fight and kill Odin. And the great serpent Jǫrmungandr that is wrapped around the world – it would appear the Vikings knew very well the world was a globe. There is also Sleipnir, a mythical eight-legged horse that Odin rode on. This horse is perhaps Loki’s only child that is not some sort of representation of evil.
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    Mythology – Was Thor a drag queen? Well, yes, but he had his reasons you know

  • By: Robert Ossenblok
  • And so it came to be, Thor dressed as a bride and pretended to be Freya, who was about to be married off to ThrymskvidaI. At the banquet, Thor, whose near-limitless appetite was only matched by his lack of self-restraint, ate whole oxen and drank by the barrel. When the king inquired about the bride’s appetite, Loki ensured him it was only because the bride was so in love that she had lost her appetite for the previous days. Only now, in the presence of her one true love, was she able to eat again.
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    Europe destroys Syria’s future by facilitating a Brain Drain. Europeans rebuilt Europe, Syrians should rebuild Syria

  • By: Robert Ossenblok
  • The people of Syria have a huge task ahead, and they may need our help in achieving it. However, it is a task that has been completed before, and can be completed again. The worst thing for Europe to do is take away the young and energetic, the bright and vibrant, the intellectuals and determined; for it is those people that Syria requires in this hour of need.
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    At our own peril: Global Warming dominates the debate, while Deforestation is not getting its due attention

  • By: Robert Ossenblok
  • Clearing the rainforests disturbs the entire water-cycle of the environment, and land that was previously covered by forest can easily turn into desert. Concerns are raised even in Somalia, where the cutting of trees has turned a once lush savannah into a barren landscape. The poverty stricken area finds itself in a vicious cycle, where poverty drives them to cut down trees, which destroys the fertility of the area and only increases suffering and deprivation.
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    Oscar Wilde’s “Picture of Dorian Gray”, Brexit and the self-styled virtue of youth

  • By: Robert Ossenblok
  • When the Brexit-vote took place, there were those who claimed that the referendum was invalid because the young had overwhelmingly voted for remain. Apparently the elderly were no longer wise enough, they were ignorant and close-minded. The claim portrays the idea that the youth should have a bigger say in ruling the country, one that is larger than a simple equal representation.
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    The Economist: ‘The gender pay gap all but disappears when controlled for level, function and company’

  • By: Robert Ossenblok
  • For Britain, it turns out women, on average, do indeed earn 28.6% less than men do. However, when women and men are compared when working on the same level, it drops to 9.3%. When they perform jobs at the same level at the same company, it drops further to 2.6%. And when they are performing the same function, at the same level, at the same company, the difference is only 0.8%.

    For France, the numbers move from 17% overall, to only 2.7% for the same function, same level, and same company. For Germany, the number decreases from 15.1% to 3.0%. None of them seem to be anywhere near the original amount or near the ‘’77 cents on the dollar’’ myth.

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    Dutch National Railway Company ceases to use ‘’Ladies and Gentlemen’’ in announcements, to be more “inclusive”

  • By: Robert Ossenblok
  • In a sudden wave of gender neutral ‘awareness’ flooding the Western European continent, the Dutch National Railway Company (NS) is next in line to chip in. The company will no longer begin announcements in their trains and on stations with the old-fashioned “Ladies and gentlemen”, but will instead to use the phrase “Dear travellers”.

    The announcement came last week after the London Tube and the city of Amsterdam announced similar measures to be more inclusive and accommodate those that do not identify as either male or female.

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    Europe doesn’t need the EU, its power lies in decentralisation and competition

  • By: Robert Ossenblok
  • As governments over time tend to expand and centralize, the EU is likely to absorb more and more power. As the EU absorbs more power, it will become more reluctant to change. Reluctance to change means stagnation, and stagnation leads to Europe losing its position of power compared to the rest of the world.

    Could we not simply have a free trade area without requiring an additional body of government to rule the continent? Like, say, the European Economic Community, which preceded the EU? 

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    French “de-radicalisation centre” closed down since almost no extremist volunteered to take part

  • By: Robert Ossenblok
  • The re-education centre worked on a fully voluntary basis and out of the 25 places, only nine ended up being filled. Moreover, out of these nine, a total of zero completed the course. Their target audience of radicalized Muslims living in France nonetheless consists of a total of 15.000, according to a French government report. Sadly, none of them could be encouraged to turn their lives around.
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