Yep, I read an interesting article. It asked why aeroplane flights (which are quite polluting) were so cheap compared to train travel which takes long and is definitely expensive.
They compared a flight from Amsterdam to Prague for €40 to a train journey of 11 hours, costing €180. (This can be reduced to €100 but that is still 2.5 times the price of a plane ticket.)
To make a change, trains should become MUCH faster. It’s possible (TGV from France, Japan’s Bullet Train, and several high speed trains in China prove this) but for some reason there is no incentive to invest in trains. It is apparently better to fly or drive a car (despite all the traffic jams), because both these give options to ask more and more money from the passengers and drivers.
I know. I once had a temp job that made me sit in the car 4 to 5 hours each day. Doing that by train would have me travel 8 to 10 hours a day. That is a pretty bleak comparison, isn’t it?
I’m afraid it will take a long time before politicians, who should have the power and also the wisdom to see benefits to faster trains, have the stamina to do something about this. Until they stop being governed by big companies, we’re in a dark spot which is getting polluted more and more…
Much has been said about it. But it’s never enough.
Since when is it the task of the police (you know, these people who uphold the law, protect, serve, saves us from crime and all that) to use force against peaceful protesters who stand up to protect their sacred lands (which is officially theirs) from being turned into a huge oil spill disaster waiting to happen?
Guns, rubber bullets, bean bags (don’t misunderstand those; these things are meant to hurt), water cannons, even dogs. Those are the ways big oil companies try to ‘persuade’ their opponents to go away. It’s a crying shame. Those oil companies should be prosecuted. Where is the honour in such behaviour? All that counts is money. Who cares about the earth, the water, the sacred lands of the native Americans?
Big oil companies… can you grow food on dollars? Can you drink oil when you’re thirsty? No, you can’t. No one can. Are you people deaf, dumb and blind? According to a comment on Youtube, Dakota Access was told by the federal government not to drill close to the Missouri River. Apparently that was too difficult to understand for the board of directors, because have you noticed where they are drilling?
The world stands with Standing Rock. I stand with Standing Rock.
I hope the US government takes responsibility and ends this disgrace, this humiliation of justice. Stop this, please, before people get killed. There have been enough wounded already, and even a reporter was shot in the back with a rubber bullet while interviewing someone.
This morning I drove to work as usual. At some point I suddenly saw a blackbird fly off. It carried something in its beak. The something was a plastic bag it had found in a field. Birds should not find plastic bags in fields. Plastic bags are bad news for animals and I loathe people who toss their ‘useless’ plastic bags down wherever they stand. They don’t think. These people have no idea what they do, no respect for life.
I can only hope that this blackbird used the plastic bag for a nest instead of trying to eat it. The latter would mean certain death for a beautiful, innocent animal, thrown away by some idiot that doesn’t stop to think.
You may never have heard of Senn. It’s a film not out of Hollywood – and that’s a good thing, because I don’t think Hollywood will ever make something of such quality and depth.
On my writer’s blog I’ve already paid some attention to Senn in regards to the film and the language that was designed for it. This post will focus on something else.
Senn is the name of a person on the planet Pyom. Pyom is a destroyed planet. The people of Pyom as a destroyed people. Oh, they live, walk and talk but their life isn’t what it used to be. (You may have gathered that Senn is a science fiction film. Otherwise now you know.)
Looking at Senn I saw lots of similarities of what’s going on on our own planet, and despite everything that’s going on, there is still that human touch which can remain alive. It shows the strength of people. Senn has touched me deeply.
Senn is not for science fiction lovers who are into space battles, Cylons, Klingons and gory, ooze-dripping aliens that rip people apart. Senn goes deep, very deep. If you feel you can handle that, if you think you can having your own mind ‘ripped apart’ (in a way that is how it felt to me after seeing it the first time) then please have a look at Senn. Otherwise go back to the Cylons.
You can find the film for sale (DVD, Bluray, digital download, etc.) at the Reelhouse. If you want to learn more about Senn, visit Sennition, the website that will tell you lots and lots about it.
You are undoubtedly aware that your car is expensive. It’s expensive in ways you may not even have considered. First of course there is a lot of money involved in actually buying the thing, after deciding on the right colour.
Fun bits like insurance, taxes and inevitably fuel costs are something that you take into consideration as well.
But did you ever stop to think how much of the time you use that precious car? For most people it will stand around unused for at least 80% of the time. If not more. 80% of a day is 19 hours. Do you drive your car for 5 hours a day? If so, well, poor you (unless it’s your job to drive it). Do you drive it 3 hours a day? Then your car is standing around used for over 85% of the time!
It’s also a sad truth that many people who use their car for 3 hours a day even sit inside it while the car’s standing still.
Most drivers are familiar with the popular traffic jam that pops up more and more these days and weeks.
I am convinced that there are more efficient ways of transport and commute. Most people probably are aware of that. The problem is that so much has been invested in our addiction to the car that it’s hard to kick that habit. And “big oil” isn’t going to help us get rid of our car, their income, anytime soo.
Plastic. The most wonderful invention of all, or so it seems. It’s everywhere, and the more we have, the better it is. For instance in supermarkets, where you see something, wrapped in plastic. Before you buy it, it may be wrapped in more plastic, after which you get a plastic bag to take it home in. And water. That comes in plastic too. Naturally, because plastic is natural. Isn’t it? Even our plastic comes wrapped in plastic:
But plastic is everywhere! We can’t escape it! Are you certain? I’m avoiding plastic like the plague. Indeed, sometimes you can’t escape it, but you can refuse additional plastic wrapping around plastic wrapping. You can refuse plastic bags (why not buy a nice, colourful shopping bag?) Get some cotton bags (make them or ask someone to make them) and get your bread in those instead of plastic and keep your bread in a decent bread box. No, that’s not silly, that’s how our ancestors did it too, before plastic existed. Give it some thought and see how much you can do to avoid plastic. At first you may get strange looks, but after a while people will understand, and even appreciate it. And copy your behaviour.
I had the idea for this post when I saw someone write about “National Child Abuse Awareness Day”.
Why do people limit something like that to their own country? Just because it’s convenient? Disgusting things like child abuse but also all other kinds of abuse and misery happen all over the world. That’s not something that stops at and obeys your country’s borders.
I’m convinced that people who start such actions only have the best in mind. I’m also convinced that they don’t intend to limit their action to their own region. But wouldn’t it be neat if the wording of their intent was an image of that? I may be a bit harsh on this point but suppose that Brasil had a ‘National day of healthy water’. Wouldn’t that be a bit selfish of them, to reserve healthy water just for themselves? Who cares about the US of A, as long as our water’s good?
Think globally, folks. Think internationally. We’re in this life together. Let’s do things together.
These days, there are chemical substances in just about anything. And those chemicals can certainly be very harming, to our surroundings AND to our health. Natural substances for cleaning your house are certainly essential if you have animals or kids. You can also spend less too! Seems too excellent to be real?
Baking soda is a superb deodorizer. That’s why they use it in our freezers and refrigerators. Also you have to know that it’s a natural abrasive and functions simply like those brand name cleaners? Excellent for sinks, bathrooms and tubs. Just spread and use with the sponge that’s all!
This cheap small gem is superb it is a natural anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and an anti-viral, which makes it exceptional for cleansing. Especially on kitchen counter tops in floors and in the bathroom (mildew, sinks, toilets). It presently is offered in a perfect bottle. Just purchase an inexpensive spray top that works. While you spray it on, remember to let it sit for a short time to be able for it to remove the microbes. If you are using the THIRTY-FIVE per cent grade hydrogen peroxide, in that case it’s preferred to decrease it, or just use the 3% you can get it in your regional shops.
Plain white vinegar is an excellent disinfectant. You can use a half and mix it with water, put it inside a spray bottle and start using it in many different places, also it’s particularly good on desks and for use on soap scum. Be sure you use it diluted, as vinegar is acidic and may be too hard on some types of surface. If you’re not so hot on the aroma of vinegar, you can put a squeeze of lemon juice or utilise lemon oil. An extra benefit of white vinegar is as a vegetable clean. Put half a cup in a sink full of water and throw in all those fresh vegetables.
to get rid of germs on your home sponges, make sure they are damp and set them in the microwave for TEN to FIFTEEN seconds. It destroys all microorganisms that can be hiding. Just be smart taking out them, they’ll be very hot
All of these items can easy get, quick to use and very cheap. Choosing all healthy cleaners is the painless option for our family member’s health and our surroundings.
Early February 2014, and gorgeous weather, and no work to go to. A reason to grab the camera, the bike and a good coat (sunshine but +5C / 38F).
After a bike ride along this path I reached a small creek/brook called “Lage Raam”
This is the Lage Raam. Translated it’s nonsense: low window. The creek is a typical low land creek, that’s why there is ‘low’ in its name.
Onwards towards this little place which is a part of a village called Haps, which in turn is part of Cuijk.
I walked along this trail. It was very soggy. I left the bike at the ‘road’ which was hardly more than a sandy path with pebbles.
This image made the soggy walk worth it.
Reflections by a bit of water. I saw this on the way back to the bike, and I see my bike in this image.
This road is called Graafsedijk. It’s long. It’s about 6 miles long. In a car it might not be too much, but riding it on a bike, and running along it as I sometimes do, it is very long. The scenery hardly changes, you barely see where you’re going…
…so the bloody thing doesn’t seem to end. It’s a good training in mental stability. This picture is the other side of where I stood, you can tell because of the shadows on the road.