Saturday, December 22, 2012

It happened to Einstein….

My opinion on the case of the two brothers who went sailing to run away from school?
According to Rector Straathof it is a hype. The two sailing brothers that are chased by the Child Protection Agency of the Netherlands. Now the agency has appointed a legal guardian over the two brothers. We seem to forget that the story began with the boys being sent away from school for being just not good enough! Or maybe too good?

The dyslexic and highly gifted sailing brothers Enrique and Hugo (13 and 15) were removed from school because they could not handle the pre-university level, according to Ms. Straathof, rector of the Hageveld College in Heemstede. Her school runs a special course for highly gifted children with physical or mental problems. The brothers and their parents say the school could not, or would not, provide the proper education to the two boys. OK, two boys of 13 and 15 years old, you don’t want them in an apartment all day, every day, so the parents thought of something else, they went sailing, and enrolled in the “Wereldschool” to get some form of education.

But wait a minute now, we cannot have that can we? The child protection services are on their hind legs, two children are escaping from our obligatory education system, the are escaping by boat, just like Laura Dekker, who beat us in 2011 and January of 2012, (just like Einstein….as the rumors go) We cannot allow that parents educate their own children when the educational system fails, we cannot allow then to go their own way… we need some action here judge!

And a judge appoints a legal guardian to look over the shoulders of the parents and see to it that all is well! Of course that is the official function of the good man, in reality he has to make sure the children are placed outside of the parental care, stripping the parents of their rights, (not the financial duties of course) as parents. The boys would then be placed in foster care, controlled by the Child Protection Agency.

The “Kinderbescherming” (Child Protection Agency) is infamous in the Netherlands for turning things upside-down. Turning families upside-down by ripping them apart for the smallest of reasons, turning people’s heads upside-nown with misinformation and turning numbers upside-down when they don’t like them.

Let me get you the numbers here, In august of 2012 about 14.000 to 16.000 children in The Netherlands did to go to school, mostly for reasons of schools failing to provide education. The schools claim they cannot provide education because children are handicapped, dyslectic or just plain difficult. If you ask the Child Protection Agency, no numbers are mentioned. Only two victims are chosen, Enrique and Hugo.

The ombudsman for Children in the Netherlands, Mr. Marc Dullaert wants to investigate the matter and opened a telephone line for complaints. The line opened on the 27th of August and 100 or more calls came in on the first day. The results of his investigation will be presented in February.

The problem is not just the dyslexic and highly gifted sailing brothers Enrique and Hugo, but thousands more, very intelligent children who bump into the walls of stupidity that are called “Kinderbescherming” (Child Protection) and schools claiming to do more than they actually do, thus raking in subsidies.
Subway photograph

My opinion on taking a picture of a dying person, and a newspaper that publishes it

There you are, walking along the platform of a New York subway station, when you see a person being pushed into the rail well in front of an oncoming train. You are a freelance photographer, much like Peter Parker, only less famous. And less fast, and less strong!
So what to do now, run up to the victim and help or take photographs and maybe become as famous as Peter Parker? None of the above, I am sure. In a situation like that you do not have time to think, you have to act, and act now. Warn the driver of the train, make him stop the Q train.
The photographer uses the flash of his camera, all he has to warn the driver, and in the process makes photographs, that is what cameras do, they shoot pictures. But in a less well lighted subway station they also flash. We all know these flashes, they are very annoying, and they make people look up. Exactly what the driver did, look up, see what was going on and try to stop the train. He did in fact stop the train, but not in time for Mr. Ki Suk Han, 58, of Queens, New York. He died on the spot, despite efforts by bystanders to save his life.
The fault of this occurrence lies not with the photographer, but supposedly with a person who was later apprehended.
Should the pictures, taken during this terrible accident have been given to the newspaper?
I don’t know how that is in other parts of the world, but in the US, the freelancer most likely has a contract obliging him to hand in all photographs made with the equipment supplied by the newspaper. So, yes, he had to hand them in.
The newspaper has however, an obligation to the public. That obligation is to provide information that is relevant, on time, legally sound, correct, and accurate.
My opinion is that the article might provide relevant information, the information that the subway stations of New York are dangerous, that there are beggars around, who do not take no for an answer and are mentally deranged enough to push people onto the tracks.
On Time?
Yes, the news happened on time for the newspaper to publish it. This is not what you and me might want to think the meaning of on time is, but the newspaper does run on news that reaches the offices on time.

Legally sound?
I doubt it, but the legal eagles of the newspaper are all over it by now, maybe I will see some of their work back for translation.
Again, not the kind of correct we, mortal humans would want, but for this kind of newspaper, this article, with the pictures, is correct.
I am not the one to judge this as I am an outside observer, I was not there.
Morally sound?
Absolutely not. The newspaper should not have published these photographs. They should have been handed over to the police maybe, to help in their investigations, but not published. They should have left it with the article and maybe some of the police footage of the ‘conversation’ between the victim and the suspect.
A newspaper should provide news, and only news. It should not publish photographs just to shock people into buying the paper!
Another life lost to the lust of one man for money. My condolences to family and friends.
Death by a sport
My opinion on the recent death of a soccer umpire.

In the past weekend a linesman for an amateur soccer match was killed in the Netherlands. He was kicked in the head and body repeatedly by two to five hooligans posing as soccer fans. All amateur matches will be postponed for the coming weekend. In professional matches one minute of silence will be observed during the match, in honor of the death of linesman Richard van Nieuwenhuizen.
Last Saturday Mr. van Nieuwenhuizen was performing his amateur duty at a match between de Buitenboys of Nieuw Sloten and a team from Amsterdam.
After the match, two to five players from Amsterdam kicked Mr. van Nieuwenhuizen repeatedly in the face and body. He went home to rest after the altercation, and returned to the field to see another match of his son. During that match he collapsed, was brought to hospital and died there of his injuries.
The police have arrested several people and probably more will be apprehended as time goes by.

When the Roman Empire was at its peak, people flocked to stadiums much like the soccer fields in The Netherlands and in many countries all over the world. There they saw people fighting to the death with knives, swords, tridents, nets and other weapons of personal destruction. People being killed and eaten by hungry animals, rape, in short all atrocities you can think of, and then some.
When the peoples of the Roman Empire had enough of this violence, they kept going, free food was very tempting. But those games died out, people and peoples grew up, out of this lust for violence, or did they, did we?

Hooligans are known in all team sports today, but they are most familiar in the soccer sport. Fights between fans are almost accepted as normal, and people get hurt going to soccer matches all the time. This was not always the case. When I was younger, our family used to go to the local soccer field on Saturday afternoons, and all of us were perfectly safe! Including the umpires and the other assistants off the field, all were amateurs and all were known in the village. Even the opposing team was familiar, from not too far away. They would not think of attacking a linesman or an umpire, that was just not done. Besides, the linesman was the local policeman, who, in his uniform with riding boots, commanded lots of respect, the other linesman was the local grocer, we all had to go shopping there.

This kind of amateur soccer matches are gone forever in the Netherlands, impossible now, thanks to two to five thugs who did not like losing an amateur soccer match. In honor of Richard van Nieuwenhuizen. My condolences to family and friends.
Gone Native