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Today 63 years ago, The Netherlands were liberated by primarily the Americans and the Canadians. Therefore, we celebrate our liberation every year on May the 5th. This feast is called ‘Bevrijdingsdag’: Freedom/Liberation Day. We used to celebrate our own freedom from occupation and told ourselves on May the 4th, Dodenherdeking or Remembrance of the Dead, that atrocities like the ones Hitler caused, should never happen again. Every year now, there are less people that consciously experienced the Second World War, and this day has gotten an entirely different meaning now. Life is good in the Netherlands and most of the Western World, but in many places, people are not free and do not have the comfort of a safe home and food on the table every day. In the Western World, we should be very aware of the amazing possibilities we have, compared to millions of other inhabitants of our blue marble.

Therefore, I made this animation for all the Bevrijdingsfestivals, depicting the Global Village, because the world is getting so small and smaller each day. It is the collaborative presence of four NGO’s, Warchild, Amnesty, Cordaid en Vluchtelingenwerk (Refugee Work)

Are you sitting there, comfortably, alone, behind your computer screen? Perhaps, no certainly, you are not as alone as you feel and think you are. In fact, if you prefer to stay in the illusion that you are by yourself at any point in time, do not, I repeat: DO NOT watch the video below…

This must be one of God’s jokes. Or perhaps … it comes from outer space and it was created by a God from another planet. Or … could it be one of Satan’s creations? It sure looks evil.

Found here

Paul Watson

Paul Watson has been called a bandit and an angel. Whatever your opinion on the guy, you must admit that he has some balls, that he uses for an altruistic cause. Here‘s an interesting article on Sea Shepherd, the organization Paul Watson started, because he was dissatisfied with (according to him) Greenpeace’s meek approach to saving the environment. Check Paul Watson’s resume.

It sure sounds romantic: to boldly sail the seven seas on a continuing mission to seek out new injustice and new uncivilized behavior and boldly do what nobody else will do about it. As a modern day pirate!

If you believe Virgin and Google, they’re planning on colonizing Mars in the coming 20 years, through a project called Virgle. I have an underbelly feeling that this is a very serious hoax.

Here’s question 2 of the official Virgle application questionnaire:

  1. I am a world-class expert in
  2. – physics
    – medicine and first aid
    – engineering
    – Guitar Hero II

Here’s the Google guys making asses of themselves:

You don’t need to be a catholic or even a believer to be happy with the Vatican this week.

The original Seven Deadly Sins (sloth, envy, gluttony, greed, lust, wrath and pride) were a bit outdated, so they we’re updated to Seven Deadly Sins 2.0: genetic modification, carrying out experiments on humans, polluting the environment, causing social injustice, causing poverty, becoming obscenely wealthy and taking drugs. The Vatican is almost becoming hip! Read the full story…

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Not a wise old elephant, a turtle or another grayish and wrinkly animal is the oldest creature known to science. The utterly boring clam is the oldest at 405 years. Full article here. Does the way it is displayed on the photo below that it is dead now?

Check out photographer Chris Jordan’s website and photos. His work uses visual statistics to explore the cumulative complexity of mass consumption and American culture. Click here to go to his excellent site.

Post stolen from Rocklishus, The Tickle Machine: Thanks Jeff!

There’s yet another claim to a Perpetual Motion Machine! Let’s hope it’s true, it sure would be great for our planet. Let’s hope that if it’s true, the inventor of it, Thane Heins, will live to tell it. More here.

What a fish! The photo below is really cool. It doesn’t look like it has teeth, but it does look it could do something to you if it wanted. How did the fat fish train all the little fish? How appropriate that this photo was taken with a fish eye lens.

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