June 17, 2011

Sunset over Garbage Hill
Cultuur is niet leuk
Cultuur is bloedserieus: Als een kunstenaar, welke discipline dan ook zijn inspiratie gebruikt om iets te creeren, ontkomt zij/hij er niet aan ook de werkelijkheid van deze zieke maatschappij daarbij te gebruiken.. Hoe mooi het werk van de artiesten ook is, er hangt altijd de zwarte schaduw van dood en de duivel overheen, zou de SGP zeggen, en dan hebben ze voor een keer gelijk..
We zijn ziek met zijn allen en slecht, worstelend met de erfenissen van ons verleden, kruipen we naar het topje van de heuvel om nog net de laatste stralen van de voor eeuwig ondergaande zon te zien. Ik heb niets met subsidie en ik wil het ook niet, het is als een fooi voor de begravenisondernemer die de kist in de grond stopt. Macht politiek en overheersing leven bij de waardering van het volk als we met zijn allen scheit hebben aan die macht, worden we niet langer overheerst, protesterende kunstenaars vind ik klootzakken, die zich verlagen naar het niveau van hen die niets kunnen alleen regels maken en handhaven… Dat moet je niet willen, de trots van een artiest is de heilige graal van de kunst, je sterft van de honger en met je laatste stront maak je een meesterwerk, dat is kunst in mijn optiek.. Niet als een afgerichte aap in een orkestbak de decadente shit van bijv. Mozart recyclen, dat is helemaal geen kunst, dat is subsidie-zuigende volksverlakking.
Waarom moeten kustenaars zich op het (grote) publiek richten? Als er maar een iemand is die jouw kankerherrie of geklieder mooi vindt, al ben je dat zelf, dan is het echte kunst die wat overbrengt.. Dat leidt ertoe dat ik, Zebedeus Zelfmans, er geen reet om geeft dat in de toekomst de kunst absoluut niet meer gesudsidieert wordt.. Levend op vuilnisbelten zullen wij echte kunst gaan maken, die mensen ontroert, raakt en tot inkeer brengt, daar ben ik van overtuigd, en zo zal het zijn, dat de mooiste kunst nog gemaakt gaat worden en absoluut niet elitair zal zijn! Compost voor nieuwe planten van de revolutie der zorgweigeraars..

Zebedeus Zelfmans, media -econoom
PS The dream is over, keep dreaming!


Rotterdam NL is?

June 8, 2011

Rotterdam, my town!
Rotterdam is the second-largest city in the Netherlands and the largest port in Europe. Starting as a dam on the Rotte river, Rotterdam has grown into a major international commercial centre. Its strategic location at the Rhine-Meuse-Scheldt delta on the North Sea and at the heart of a massive rail, road, air and inland waterway distribution system extending throughout Europe means that Rotterdam is often called the Gateway to Europe.

Located in the Province of South Holland, Rotterdam is in the west of the Netherlands and at the south of the Randstad. The population of the city proper was 603,425 in March 2010. The population of the greater Rotterdam area, called “Rotterdam-Rijnmond” or just “Rijnmond”, is around 1.3 million people. Rotterdam is one of Europe’s most vibrant and multicultural cities. It is known for its university (Erasmus), its cutting-edge architecture, its lively cultural life, its striking riverside setting, its maritime heritage and the Rotterdam Blitz.

But the essence of Rotterdam is its huge, modern port. The largest port in Europe and one of the busiest ports in the world, the port of Rotterdam was the world’s busiest port from 1962 to 2004, at which point it was surpassed by Shanghai. Rotterdam’s commercial and strategic importance is based on its location near the mouth of the Nieuwe Maas (New Meuse), one of the channels in the delta formed by the Rhine and Meuse on the North Sea. These rivers lead directly into the centre of Europe, including the industrial Ruhr region.

Rotterdam is the town I was born and live, it’s the place I know best in all the world, but I got a love/hate relation with this city.. Rotterdam is a mostly commercial city, with little eye for things I love like culture and arts, nature and environment. It is with all above, a dirty lowdown place with no respect for its inhabitants, but I’ll cope and hope one day I leave this godforsaken place! Love Mario

The World Health Organization said Thursday that the E. coli bacteria responsible for a deadly outbreak that
has left 18 dead and sickened hundreds in Europe is a new strain that has never been seen before.
Preliminary genetic sequencing suggests the strain is a mutant form of two different E. coli bacteria, with aggressive genes that could explain why the Europe-wide outbreak appears to be so massive and dangerous, the agency said.
Hilde Kruse, a food safety expert at the WHO, told The Associated Press that “this is a unique strain that has never been isolated from patients before.”
She added that the new strain has “various characteristics that make it more virulent and toxin-producing” than the hundreds of E. coli strains that people naturally carry in their intestines.
So far, the mutant E. coli strain has sickened more than 1,500 people, including 470 who have developed a rare kidney failure complication, and killed 18, including one overnight in Germany, the country hit hardest by the outbreak.
Researchers have been unable to pinpoint the cause of the illness, which has hit at least nine European countries, and prompted Russia on Thursday to extend a ban on vegetables to the entire European Union.
Kruse said it’s not uncommon for bacteria to continually mutate, evolving and swapping genes. “There’s a lot of mobility in the microbial world,” she said. Kruse said it was difficult to explain where the new strain came from but said strains of bacteria from both humans and animals easily trade genes, similar to how animal viruses like Ebola sometimes jump into humans.
“One should think of an animal source,” Kruse said. “Many animals are hosts of various types of toxin-producing E. coli.” Some scientists suspect the deadly E. coli might have originated in contaminated manure used to fertilize vegetables.
Previous E. coli outbreaks have mainly hit children and the elderly, but the European outbreak is disproportionately affecting adults, especially women. Kruse said there might be something particular about the bacteria strain that makes it more dangerous for adults.
But she cautioned that since people with milder cases probably aren’t seeking medical help, officials don’t know just how big the outbreak is. “It’s hard to say how virulent (this new E. coli strain) is because we just don’t know the real number of people affected.”
Nearly all the sick people either live in Germany or recently traveled there. Two people who were sickened are now in the United States, and both had recently traveled to Hamburg, Germany, where many of the infections occurred. British officials announced four new cases, including three Britons who recently visited Germany and a German person on holiday in England.
German officials have warned people not to eat lettuce, tomatoes and cucumbers. To avoid foodborne illnesses, WHO recommends people wash their hands before eating or cooking food, separating raw and cooked meat from other foods, thoroughly cooking food, and washing fruits and vegetables, especially if eaten raw. Experts also recommend peeling raw fruits and vegetables if possible.
Fearful of the outbreak spreading into Russia, the country on Thursday extended its ban on vegetable imports to all of the EU. Russia had banned fresh imports from Spain and Germany on Monday.
The United Arab Emirates issued a temporary ban on cucumbers from Spain, Germany, Denmark and the Netherlands. State news agency WAM said the Gulf nation’s Minister of Environment and Water issued the order based on information “from international food safety agencies and news reports.”
Lyubov Voropayeva, spokeswoman for the Russian Agency for the Supervision of Consumer Rights, told the AP the Russian ban has been imposed immediately and indefinitely.
The agency’s chief Gennady Onishchenko told Russian news agencies that this “unpopular measure” would be in place until European officials inform Moscow of the cause of the disease and how it is being spread.
“How many more lives of European citizens does it take for European officials to tackle this problem?” he told the state-owned RIA Novosti news agency.
No fatalities or infections have yet been reported in Russia.
The European Union argued the Russian ban was disproportionate. Frederic Vincent, a spokesman for the EU’s Health and Consumer Policy Commissioner John Dalli, said Thursday that the European Commission would write to Russia to demand further clarification of the ban.
Meanwhile, Spain’s prime minister slammed the European Commission and Germany for singling out the country’s produce as a possible source of the outbreak, and said the government would demand explanations and reparations.
Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero told Spanish National Radio that the German federal government was ultimately responsible for the allegations, adding that Spain would seek “conclusive explanations and sufficient reparations.”
The outbreak is already considered the third-largest involving E. coli in recent world history, and it may be the deadliest. Twelve people died in a 1996 Japanese outbreak that reportedly sickened more than 9,000, and seven died in a 2000 Canadian outbreak.

Professor Samuel Stone