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I feel so lucky to have been raised by Secular Humanist parents!
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Interesting read about the switch from an accepted slavery system in the USA to a prisoner slave labour system, where it's still the non-white people who are mostly subjected to it.

Terrible, how humans can treat other humans with a different skin colour this way...

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Slavery In America, from the end of the Civil Rights Movement to Today

Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction. 13th Amendment to the Constitution

From now on, the Republicans are never going to get more than 10 to 20 percent of the Negro vote and they don't need any more than that...but Republicans would be shortsighted if they weakened enforcement of the Voting Rights Act. The more Negroes who register as Democrats in the South, the sooner the Negrophobe whites will quit the Democrats and become Republicans. That's where the votes are. Without that prodding from the blacks, the whites will backslide into their old comfortable arrangement with the local Democrats.

This was how Kevin Phillips, chief campaign strategist for Richard Nixon*, explained the "Southern Strategy" for taking over control of the white voting bloc of the deep South in 1970. (http://www.nytimes.com/packages/html/books/phillips-southern.pdf )

In the late 60s, Nixon met with Senator Strom Thurmond and other "Dixiecrats", those formerly southern Democrats who had left the Democratic Party after the integration of both the military and the party national convention. Determined to capture the South as an entire voting bloc and capture the Presidency in a nation torn by the Vietnam War and racism, Nixon didn't hesitate to use the very same men who had defended Jim Crow through not even subtly coded dog whistles. 

Today we try and pretend it was a lot more subtle. It wasn't. Nixon didn't try and hide the Southern Strategy one iota. In fact, he depended on it. The more obviously his party abused people of color, especially African-Americans, the more traditional southern Democrats changed parties to follow their racist hearts. 

As payback for his election, Nixon rewarded the Southern Republicans with exactly what they wanted. A clear cut way to continue the economic benefits of their slave system. Civil Rights had made it hard to abuse people of color without good excuse. Nixon was about to give it to them. 

It only took him until June 17, 1971. On that day, Nixon began the ultimate war on people of color. The "War on Drugs". 

His special message to Congress in which he unveiled it started off with an obvious appeal to Southern racists. By identifying New York City (often seen and used as the antithesis of Southern identity) as the #1 problem city full of drug-addicted people (people of color goes quietly without saying), Nixon made it clear to Southerners that he was fully on their side. 

Now minor possessions of drugs of any sort were immediately criminalized, beginning (and continuing) with especially harsh and draconian punishments throughout the South. Possession of a a single "joint" of marijuana, which might get a white Vietnam veteran at most admonished by a policeman became an easy conviction for white prosecutors with black defendants. 

And the US prison slave system continued to grow. And grow. 

In the 80s, we became familiar with "crack". Crack became synonymous for many racists as the drug of choice for people of color. Punishments for possession of crack skyrocketed, while laws dealing with equal amounts of cocaine, seen as a wealthy white person drug of choice did not. 

Even after reform of the obviously racist drug penalties, we still can say today: 

Possession of 28 grams of crack cocaine yields a five-year mandatory minimum sentence for a first offense; it takes 500 grams of powder cocaine to prompt the same sentence.
( http://www.drugpolicy.org/drug-facts/cocaine-and-crack-facts )

President Reagan continued and heavily increased funding for the War on Drugs, still secretly and obviously a war on people of color. 

Then came the final demonization of black men by the GOP. Willie Horton. 

In 1986, a man who had been convicted of 1st degree murder and sentenced to life in 1974 (despite no evidence involving him in the actual murder) was given a weekend pass. Desperate for some freedom, he fled and did not return. Nearly a year later, he broke into a home. He tied up the white male occupant to a beam in the basement, and when his white fiancee returned home, raped her several times. 

Both victims were alive. But Horton had committed the single unthinkable crime in the South: a man of color raping a white woman. 

President George Herbert Walker Bush was Vice-President under Reagan when it occurred. The nation was at best very bored with him, and he trailed Massachusetts governor Michael Dukakis in the 1988 election by a considerable margin. President Bush had as his political strategist a man named Lee Atwater.

You start out in 1954 by saying, “Nigger, nigger, nigger.” By 1968 you can’t say “nigger”—that hurts you, backfires. So you say stuff like, uh, forced busing, states’ rights, and all that stuff, and you’re getting so abstract. Now, you’re talking about cutting taxes, and all these things you’re talking about are totally economic things and a byproduct of them is, blacks get hurt worse than whites.… “We want to cut this,” is much more abstract than even the busing thing, uh, and a hell of a lot more abstract than “Nigger, nigger:. 
(http://www.thenation.com/article/exclusive-lee-atwaters-infamous-1981-interview-southern-strategy/)

Dukakis was leading by an astonishing 17 points early in the summer. Atwater held a series of focus groups in NJ, where he told the story of Willie Horton raping this white woman (and cutting her fiancee) to white voters. He found that not only did blaming Dukakis for the rape work, but that by making Horton look as dangerous as possible, he could turn around the entire election. 

Atwater told President Bush: We’re 17 points back and they’ll pick up 10 more points at their convention and we won’t win. Even with a good campaign, we won’t win. You can get so far behind that even a good campaign won’t win it for you. 
http://scholar.aci.info/view/14b08ae055b00150009/14d6be6830800010006 )

President G H W Bush obviously agreed. He won the election after the Willie Horton ads turned it completely around for him. And the damage was permanently done. 

Now not only were black men to be seen as dangerous violent drug-fueled rapists/murderers, they could not even be trusted to be freed. So began mandatory sentencing for crimes, and "3 Strikes" laws. Of course the most lobby money towards those comes always from the prison lobby. Private prisons and slave labor contract companies like CCA and Unicor have too much money to ever see a reason to end racism and slavery. 

Its time. Its time to end the phony "War on Drugs", time to call it what it is: racism and hate that have no future in our nation. Stand up and demand that we end this here and now. 

Not one more generation of children in our prison slave system. Not one more. 

*One will note that while at all times I recognize the importance of the title of President, I refuse to apply it to a disgraced bigot like Nixon.


This is part 2 in a continuing series.
Part 1: https://plus.google.com/+RuggerDucky/posts/NZbf9pzXEtT

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This happens when people let their confidence and self worth be based on opinions of others on social networks. Love yourself for who you are, and don't look for confirmation from others! 

It really sucks though that people treat each other this way and only look at the outside of a person to judge others.
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Very interesting answer to the question why the names for German and Germany are so different in different languages.
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Frightening overview of announced targets by IS for execution during this month of their Ramadan. We're not yet half way this year's Ramadan, and IS has already met several of their announced targets. With 16 days to go for the second half of Ramadan more terror attacks are surely still in their planning stage. These IS terrorists believe that dying at a Jihad attack during their holy month will grant them an even higher reward in heaven. Sadly more people will die in the coming weeks, caused by this barbaric stone-age death-cult. 
ISIS will seize new land, launch 'lone wolf attacks' and activate 'sleeper cells' in countries as far as the Philippines by the end of the holy month of Ramadan, respected terrorism analysts say.
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+Michael Vaughan The world is content to let Muslims fight each other and to let Islam implode.
First, the US has a 3 trillion $$$ debt from the Afghanistan, Iraq wars and thousands of dead and maimed soldiers. The American people DO NOT want the US getting involved in another middle east mess! 
Second, the US is today the largest exporter of petroleum products on earth. 
Third: The US is not getting the oil from Iraq—China is. 
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Same is true for me as well!
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+Hayo Jongbloed I can see what you mean, however I find the "I will pray for your soul" contemptuous and a insult to their and mine intelligence (meh not really, I couldn't care less) .  
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Waarom Geert Wilders gelijk heeft over de Euro

 Op schulden van eurolanden zit een impliciete Duitse staatsgarantie. De euro heeft het perverse effect dat zwakke euro-economieën goedkoop schulden kunnen maken, omdat ze het wanbetalingsrisico op de sterke landen kunnen afschuiven.

Het hele idee van de Euro is op zich goed. De uitwerking echter is problematisch. Sterke economieën zoals Duitsland en Nederland kunnen niet oneindig lang de zwakke economieën van Spanje, Griekenland en Italië blijven dragen. Vooral niet wanneer die zwakke economieën geld blijven lenen op basis van garanties door de sterke economieën.

De Euro, het blijft een lastig vraagstuk.
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+Sheila Nagig We hebben er ook niets over te zeggen gehad (die Euro werd bij ale landen door de strot geduwd met mooie beloftes ), ook mochten we er niet over stemmen.
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Ha ha ha, Dutch words literally translated to English. Too funny not to share. 😀
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https://twitter.com/BenSerrure/status/616948385644453888

btw, even dutch language experts have no idea what the etymology of 'wentelteefje' is: http://www.etymologiebank.nl/trefwoord/wentelteefje (dutch)
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WANT! 😀

(Cut off the science illiterate explanation at the bottom. If you don't 'get' it, why are you following me?)
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I have access to a vinyl cutter at the +LVL1 HackerSpace.  We can make something like this easily enough.
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Interessant stukje over de Griekse insteek en wat voor spel zij spelen.
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Kustaw Bessems over de Grieken:
"Ik heb denk ik iets over het hoofd gezien dat Syriza helemaal niet probeert te verhullen. Dit zijn ideologen. Echte. Die vinden dat de economie fundamenteel anders moet worden ingericht dan nu binnen de euro kan. Op de fles gaan is op korte termijn misschien rampzaliger voor de Grieken dan het regime van de muntunie, linkse ideologen kunnen het volk best even laten lijden als zij geloven dat daarmee het hogere doel dichterbij komt."

De strijd werd door de EU niet voor niets zo op de man gespeeld.

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Ik kan maar niet plaatsen waar we naar zitten te kijken, met die Europees-Griekse onderhandelingen. Dit is wat ik nu denk: De Griekse premier Tsipras en zijn minister van Financiën Varoufakis hebben zich al lang geleden verzoend met een failliet en een vertrek uit de euro. En de andere ministers van Financiën in de eurogroep hadden dat al een poos door.
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De wortel van het probleem is het idiote idee om op devaulatie lopende economieën te integreren met vaste-valuta economieën

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Interesting. I didn't know the physics of how bikes stay up was this complex!
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Mostly your very average guy with a wife, a son and a daughter. Working full time to provide a decent living and enjoy a good life in my spare time.

A little bit of a geek, a little bit of a nerd, a little bit of a gamer, definitely a movie-lover. But I also love to read good books (sci-fi and fantasy mostly) and take long walks in nature (preferably in the mountains of Austria and Switzerland).

My Google passion
I love to keep updated on new technology and the ongoing developments in social media. I'm a big fan of all things Google: Gmail, Google+, Android, Nexus devicesIngress, and I use all of it on a daily basis. In Ingress I chose the Enlightened faction because it suits my progressive outlook at life and my sense of optimism for the future of Mankind. :-)

Travel
I like to travel to new interesting places to experience different sights, sounds and cultures. But I also love to return to my own cosy comfy home again. Countries I've visited so far are: Belgium, Germany, England, France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Switzerland, Austria, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Greece, Turkey, Cyprus, Jordan, Singapore and The Philippines.

Photography
Late 2011 I bought a mirror-less interchangeable lens camera, the Sony NEX C3, which sports an excellent APS-C sensor. Some nice photos taken with it are shared in this G+ photo album here. Please feel free to visit the album and leave comments on my photos there.

My old hobby: pencil drawing
Some 20 years ago I had a hobby of making pencil drawings of beautiful women. Recently I scanned them and put them in an album. A selection of these drawings are visible publicly here. The full album is not publicly visible because of some nudity. Anyone who likes to view all of the uncensored drawings can just ask me for full access to that album.

Belief, or rather lack thereof
I've been born and raised into a Humanist family. I've attended a Protestant-Christian elementary school, not because of the religion but because their education quality was higher than that of the Catholic and the Public elementary schools situated next to it. 
For the same reason I attended a Catholic secondary school because it was better than the Public secondary school. During my teenager years I got involved with the Pentecostal Church but realised it's not for me. I've also studied about Zen Buddhism which is more a philosophy than a religion. More recently I read an abridged Dutch translation of the Quran to know more about that religion as well. 
But all these ventures into different religions make me realise only more that I am an unbeliever to the core of my being. I can't accept or believe in something that denies or conflicts with scientific findings and generally accepted scientific theories. I also don't entertain superstitions or other irrational fears. I prefer rationality. :-) So if you want to classify me, I'd say I am a Secular Humanist.
For any theist (religious believer) who has questions or doubts, this is a good website to visit and read up about it: God is imaginary.
I'm also not interested in engaging in debates/arguments about religion, for all the possible arguments that theists can come up with have already been countered by far greater minds than me, and in a much better way than I ever could. So, any theist who feels like arguing about his/her faith, please go here instead: So you're a theist who wants to comment on an atheist blog, read this first. 
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Read The Lord of the Rings (in Dutch) when I was 12. Was an early adopter of Google (Search) when everyone else still used Altavista, of Gmail when everyone else still used Hotmail, of G+ when everyone else still used Facebook. Proud owner of an Android phone and an Android tablet.
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