Naturalis museum, Leiden reconstructing


In Leiden in the Netherlands, after years of reconstruction recently the arts and history museum De Lakenhal reopened.

Another Leiden museum, the Naturalis natural history museum, has been closed for reconstruction for years.

On 31 August it will re-open. Not only the new dinosaur hall with Tyrannosaurus rex Trix will be there. The video is about a new hall, called ‘seduction’. It is about the love life of plants and animals. This 1 August 2019 video shows the zebra, the giraffe and the orangutan being brought to the new hall.

Billionaire pedophile suspect Epstein, no suicide watch


This 14 July 2019 video from the USA is called The CIA and Child Human Trafficking – Epstein’s Island Explained.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

Jeffrey Epstein, the American billionaire who was found dead yesterday in his cell in a New York prison, should have been checked every half hour. That didn’t happen in the hours before he committed suicide, an anonymous source at the prison told The New York Times. Epstein was jailed on suspicion of abuse of teenage girls.

The billionaire should have been in his cell with another prisoner after he was taken off suicide watch. That did not happen either, which goes against the prison procedures. Epstein was previously placed under stricter supervision because he tried to commit suicide at the end of July.

Senior US police officers, Congressmen, and Epstein prosecutors demand answers to questions about why Epstein was not better guarded and how he was able to commit suicide. …

Epstein had many prominent Americans in his social circle, including well-known politicians, businessmen … Former President Clinton and President Trump also knew Epstein personally.

Re-opened Lakenhal museum, art and history


Susanna van Steenwijk, Leiden Lakenhal, 1642

On 9 August 2019, again to the recently re-opened Lakenhal museum in Leiden.

Like during our earlier visit, first to hall #1, where this 1642 painting by Susanna van Steenwijk, depicting the Lakenhal, hangs.

Then, we went to the film hall, to see a documentary on the reconstruction of the museum.

We went to the first floor. The exhibits there are about the history of Leiden city. Especially about the 17th century Leiden textile industry. Then, the Lakenhal was not yet a museum, but a quality control building for the textile business.

On the first floor, various paintings by Isaac Claesz van Swanenburg (1537 – 1614), depicting the Leiden textile industry.

Isaac Claesz. van Swanenburg, Spinning and weaving in the Leiden textile industry

This painting depicts women spinning and weaving. The work of art is a whitewash. Van Swanenburg depicted women workers as ladies wearing fine expensive clothes. In another painting, he depicted male workers as gentlemen in expensive attire, including big ruff collars which made working basically impossible. In reality, textile work was in sweatshops. Male workers got low wages. Female workers even lower wages. And six-year-old child labourers hardly any wages.

Van Swanenburg’s whitewash is not that surprising: he was not only a visual artist, but also the mayor of Leiden.

On the second floor was art from the nineteenth century and later.

There was a hall with paintings by Leiden artist Alexander Hugo Bakker Korff (1824-1882), and also his paintbox.

Other second floor halls showed later 19th and 20th-century artists, most with connections to Leiden. Like Theo van Doesburg, who founded the early 20th century artistic De Stijl movement in Leiden.

On the staircase, poems by, eg, Henriette Roland Holst and Hans Lodeizen.

Norwegian mosque gunman is a neo-nazi


This 11 August 2019 video says about itself:

Norway: ‘There’s blood everywhere,’ says head of mosque after shooting

A worshipper at a mosque in Norway overpowered a black-clad gunman wearing a bulletproof vest, says Irfan Mushtaq, the director of the al-Noor Islamic Centre in Baerum. One person was injured in the attack, police said. Images of police and paramedics on scene, near Oslo.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV:

Perpetrator of attack on Norwegian mosque posted his nazi sympathies online

The Norwegian police are investigating the attack on a mosque yesterday as an act of terror. The 20-year-old attacker has right-wing extremist ideas. According to the police, he expressed his sympathy online for Vidkun Quisling, the nazi prime minister of Norway during the Second World War.

Yesterday afternoon, just after four o’clock, the man invaded the Al-Noor mosque in Bærum, near Oslo. He fired four shots. A man was slightly injured. … The shooter was overpowered by 65-year-old mosque goer Mohamed Rafiq, writes the Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten.

This picture shows Mohamed Rafiq.

After the attack, a dead woman was found in the suspect’s apartment. The police did not want to say who the woman is and what happened. The woman was, however, a “close acquaintance” of the suspect. The police suspect the man of murder. He has not been questioned yet.

Endchan

Before the attack, the man is said to have have announced his act on the small online forum Endchan. He also wanted the attack to be streamed live on Facebook, but that didn’t work. The man said he was inspired by the perpetrator of the racist attack on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, where 51 people died. He placed his extreme right-wing manifesto on the similar forum 8chan, known as a “cradle of hatred”.

The perpetrator of the racist attack in El Paso last weekend (22 dead) also placed his extreme right-wing manifesto on 8chan. That site then went offline, because the companies that kept the site up no longer wanted to cooperate with it. It was expected that users would go to other, comparable platforms. Endchan is now also offline.

Endchan claims the site will return.