A world built on fantasy / Is any of it real?

Is any of it real?
I mean, look at this. Look at it!
A world built on fantasy!
Synthetic emotions in the form of pills,
psychological warfare in the form of advertising,
mind-altering chemicals in the form of food,
brainwashing seminars in the form of media,
controlled isolated bubbles in the form of social networks.
Real? You want to talk about reality? We haven't lived in anything remotely close to it since the turn of the century.
We turned it off, took out the batteries, snacked on a bag of GMOs while we tossed the remnants in the ever-expanding dumpster of the human condition.
We live in branded houses trademarked by corporations built on bipolar numbers jumping up and down on digital displays,
hypnotizing us into the biggest slumber mankind has ever seen.
You have to dig pretty deep, kiddo, before you can find anything real.
We live in a kingdom of bullshit, a kingdom you've lived in for far too long. So don't tell me about not being real.
I'm no less real than the fucking beef patty in your ... As far as you're concerned, Elliot, I am very real.

Why did the chicken cross the road?


To get to the other side.
PLATO: For the greater good.
ARISTOTLE: It is the nature of chickens to cross roads.
KARL MARX: It was a historical inevitability.
TIMOTHY LEARY: Because that's the only trip the establishment would let it take.
SADDAM HUSSEIN: This was an unprovoked act of rebellion and we were quite justified in dropping 50 tons of nerve gas on it.
CAPTAIN JAMES T. KIRK: To boldly go where no chicken has gone before.
HIPPOCRATES: Because of an excess of phlegm in its pancreas.
ANDERSEN CONSULTING: Deregulation of the chicken's side of the road was threatening its dominant market position. The chicken was faced with significant challenges to create and develop the competencies required for the newly competitive market. Andersen Consulting ,in a partnering relationship with the client, helped the chicken by rethinking its physical distribution strategy and implementation processes. Using the Poultry Integration Model (PIM), Andersen helped the chicken use its skills, methodologies, knowledge, capital and experiences to align the chicken's people, processes and technology in support of its overall strategy within a Program Management framework. Andersen Consulting convened a diverse cross-spectrum of road analysts and best chickens along with Anderson consultants with deep skills in the transportation industry to engage in a two-day itinerary of meetings in order to leverage their personal knowledge capital, both tacit and explicit, and to enable them to synergize with each other in order to achieve the implicit goals of delivering and successfully architecting and implementing an enterprise-wide value framework across the continuum of poultry cross-median processes. The meeting was held in a park-like setting enabling and creating an impactful environment which was strategically based, industry-focused, and built upon a consistent, clear, and unified market message and aligned with the chicken's mission, vision, and core values. This was conducive towards the creation of a total business integration solution. Andersen Consulting helped the chicken change to become more successful.
LOUIS FARRAKHAN: The road, you see, represents the black man. The chicken `crossed' the black man in order to trample him and keep him down.
MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.: I envision a world where all chickens will be free to cross roads without having their motives called into question.
MOSES: And God came down from the Heavens, and He said unto the chicken, ``Thou shalt cross the road.'' And the chicken crossed the road, and there was much rejoicing.
FOX MULDER: You saw it cross the road with your own eyes. How many more chickens have to cross the road before you believe it?
RICHARD M. NIXON: The chicken did not cross the road. I repeat, the chicken did NOT cross the road.
MACHIAVELLI: The point is that the chicken crossed the road. Who cares why? The end of crossing the road justifies whatever motive there was.
JERRY SEINFELD: Why does anyone cross a road? I mean, why doesn't anyone ever think to ask, What the heck was this chicken doing walking around all over the place, anyway?
FREUD: The fact that you are at all concerned that the chicken crossed the road reveals your underlying sexual insecurity.
BILL GATES: Our soon-to-be-released Chicken '98 will not only cross roads, but will lay eggs, file your important documents, and balance your checkbook.
OLIVER STONE: The question is not, ``Why did the chicken cross the road?'' Rather, it is, ``Who was crossing the road at the sametime, whom we overlooked in our haste to observe the chicken crossing?''
DARWIN: Chickens, over great periods of time, have been naturally selected in such a way that they are now genetically disposed to cross roads.
EINSTEIN: Whether the chicken crossed the road or the road moved beneath the chicken depends upon your frame of reference.
BUDDHA: Asking this question denies your own chicken nature.
RALPH WALDO EMERSON: The chicken did not cross the road... it transcended it.
ERNEST HEMINGWAY: To die. In the rain.
MICHAEL SCHUMACHER: It was an instinctive maneuver, the chicken obviously didn't see the road until he had already started to cross.
COLONEL SANDERS (Famed for Kentucky Fried Chicken): I missed one?
PHYSICIST: Because the chicken's momentum had a positive component towards the other side of the road.
QUANTUM PHYSICIST: Because you measured its momentum too precisely.
MATHEMATICIAN: Because of the intermediate values theorem.
ALGEBRAIC GEOMETRIST: Well, consider a faithfully flat etale coherent sheaf...
C PROGRAMMER: cross_road() was called from get_other_side()
C++ PROGRAMMER: chicken->CrossRoad() was called from chicken->GetOtherSide()
RMS: The licenses for most roads are designed to take away your chicken's freedom to cross it. By contrast, the GALLUS Road Public Licence...
GARY LARSON: ``THE OTHER SIDE - Why do you need a reason?''
ENS STUDENT: Contretest.
OMAR KHAYYÁM:I sent my Chicken across the Road, Some Letter of that Other-side to download:    And by and by my Chicken return'd to me, And answer'd ``I Myself am Princess and Toad:''
MARKETING DIVISION OF MICROSOFT CORPORATION: Where does your chicken want to go today?
MARVIN: The other side is just as dull as this one. Don't talk to me about chickens.
ARTHUR DENT: Why did the chicken cross the road? 42? No, that doesn't make sense.
GOETHE: Es irrt das Huhn, solang es die Straße übergeht.
HARI SELDON: It's part of the Plan.
HAMLET:To cross, or not to cross, that is the question:
- Whether 'tis nobler in the mind, to suffer
The slings and arrows of outrageous side;
Or to take arms against a road of troubles,
And by crossing end them?
THERMODYNAMIST: Because the pressure of chickens was greater on this side of the road, and the chicken's crossing made the entropy greater.

Taste the Waste

1 Miljard mensen lijden honger. Maar wij, de consumenten, gooien 10% van ons eten onnodig in de vuilnisbak! Dat is jaarlijks €2,4 miljard aan eetbaar voedsel en ruim € 400,- per huishouden.

Eén van de oplossingen voor het wereldvoedselprobleem is het tegengaan van voedselverspilling. En die verspilling is overal: van boer tot consument en alle schakels daartussen. Meer dan 40% van het voedsel gaat verloren tussen ploeg en bord.

Taste the Waste wil daar verandering in brengen. Veel moeite hoeft het niet te kosten, en ja: je spaart er ook nog geld mee uit.

Taste the Waste reist over de wereld om te zien hoe voedselverspilling plaats vindt, maar ook wat we er aan kunnen doen. Waarom overladen supermarkten hun schappen met een variëteit van hetzelfde product? Waarom wordt sushi als varkensvoer gebruikt? Hoeveel draagt voedselverspilling bij aan wereldhonger? Maar we zien ook hoe we verspilling kunnen reduceren zonder verlies van de huidige standaard van leven. 'Taste the Waste' laat zien dat het ook anders kan.

Taste the Waste - Trailer from bosrtv on Vimeo.

Little boxes

Ik zette een tijdje geleden een live-elpee op, opgenomen in oktober 1977, het was een registratie van een folkfestival op het terrein van de universiteit van California in Berkeley. Op die elpee stond een opvallend liedje van zangeres Malvina Reynolds, getiteld “Little Boxes”, een grappig liedje over mensen die in hun leven doen wat alle anderen ook doen: studeren, werken, in dezelfde huizen wonen, kinderen krijgen, die kinderen gaan weer studeren, werken, in dezelfde huizen wonen, ga maar door. Pete Seeger heeft met haar nummer een hitje gehad in Amerika, zijn enige hit, en daardoor kreeg Malvina Reynolds ook enige bekendheid.

1. Little boxes on the hillside,
Little boxes made of ticky-tacky,
Little boxes, little boxes,
Little boxes, all the same.
There's a green one and a pink one
And a blue one and a yellow one
And they're all made out of ticky-tacky
And they all look just the same.

2. And the people in the houses
All go to the university,
And they all get put in boxes,
Little boxes, all the same.
And there's doctors and there's lawyers
And business executives,
And they're all made out of ticky-tacky
And they all look just the same.
  3. And they all play on the golf-course,
And drink their Martini dry,
And they all have pretty children,
And the children go to school.
And the children go to summer camp
And then to the university,
And they all get put in boxes
And they all come out the same.

4. And the boys go into business,
And marry, and raise a family,
And they all get put in boxes,
Little boxes, all the same.
There's a green one and a pink one
And a blue one and a yellow one
And they're all made out of ticky-tacky
And they all look just the same.

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Privacy in Nederland slecht beschermd

Op tal van plaatsen worden in Nederland gegevens van personen verzameld en bewaard. Daarvan zijn wij ons als consument slechts gedeeltelijk bewust. Wie bijvoorbeeld op een website gegevens invult, kan ervan uitgaan dat deze ook zullen worden bewaard. Daar heeft u ook plezier van, de volgende keer hoeft u uw adres niet meer op te geven als u een kaartje voor de schouwburg bestelt.

Maar zijn wij ons er wel altijd van bewust wanneer gegevens worden verzameld? Hoe zit het bijvoorbeeld met de RFID-chip? De minisule chip zit in vrijwel elk artikel wat u koopt. Hij registreert gegevens. Maar welke, en wat gebeurt er met deze gegevens? Wie heeft er toegang toe? Zo’n chip is uit te schakelen, maar gebeurt dit ook?

Het is met de Nederlandse wetgeving op dit vlak niet goed gesteld. De privacy van de burger wordt slecht gerespecteerd, slechter nog dan menig land in het voormalige oostblok. Op een Europese lijst met 28 landen staat Nederland op een beschamende 21ste plaats.

Het opmerkelijke is echter dat maar weinig Nederlanders zich hier druk over lijken te maken. Maakt het ons nog wel uit welke gegevens er allemaal over ons worden bewaard? Of hebben we gewoon niets meer te verbergen?