Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:
Jewish monument in Hoogezand vandalized with swastikas
The Jewish monument opposite the railway station Hoogezand-Sappemeer [in Groningen province] was covered with swastikas last night. From this place Jews were deported to [concentration camp] Westerbork during the war, from where they were deported to the extermination camps. …
Director of the Center for Information and Documentation on Israel Hanna Luden can not understand.
“The entire Jewish community in Hoogezand was wiped out, and then someone does something like this, you just do not understand.”
Besides the swastikas, the name Pegida was daubed on the monument. Pegida is a racist, mainly but not only, Islamophobic movement, founded in Germany by an Adolf Hitler copycat. Pegida has links to the neo-fascist AfD political party. Recently, an AfD politician advocated destroying Holocaust monuments.
This 30 May 2018 video shows a pied flycatcher singing.
Anton Kuiper from Winschoten in Groningen province in the Netherlands made this video.
This photo shows today’s protest against fracking in Pieterzijl, a village on the border of Groningen and Friesland provinces in the Netherlands. The banner says: Don’t let Friesland down. Behind it, the flag of Groningen province.
Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:
About one hundred people have taken action at Pieterzijl
160 people live in Pieterzijl village.
against the latest drilling site of the NAM.
At the end of last month, Minister Wiebes decided that the gas drilling in Groningen should stop before 2030. At the same time it became known that the NAM at Pieterzijl is allowed to extract gas by means of fracking until 2025. According to Wiebes, this method is completely safe. Local residents of Pieterzijl do not agree with this.
Alderman Henk Bakker of Zuidhorn local authority said to RTV Noord broadcasting organisation: “We do not think that exploitation of this gas field is sensible, and we do not want fracking at all: poison in the soil is never sustainable.”
ExxonMobil gas project a disaster for Papua New Guinea’s people: here.
Exposure to fracking chemicals and wastewater promotes fat cell development, or adipogenesis, in laboratory cell models, a new study finds. Researchers observed increases in the size and number of fat cells after exposing the models to a mixture of 23 common fracking chemicals or to wastewater or surface-water samples containing them, even at diluted concentrations. Adipogenesis occurred through PPARy-dependent and independent mechanisms. More research is needed to assess potential health impacts outside the laboratory: here.
The first notes of the video, before the song really begins, are from a Dutch nursery rhyme ‘Slaap, kindje, slaap/Daar buiten loopt een schaap’ (Sleep, baby, sleep/outside, a sheep walks). That alludes to the Dutch government; they are asleep while Shell and Exxon cause earthquakes. While the notes of the nursery rhyme play, images show books falling from bookshelves in Groningen.
The song was written by physicist Sense Jan van der Molen, who lives in Oegstgeest village. It has the same music and some of the text as the 1966 Dutch hit song ‘Welterusten, meneer de president‘ by Boudewijn de Groot.
This Dutch music video with English subtitles says about itself:
The song ‘Welterusten, Meneer de President’ (‘Good night, Mister President’) sung by Boudewijn de Groot. He is a well known Dutch singer. This song was written in 1966, it was a reaction to the Vietnam War.
The Mr President in that song was Lyndon B Johnson.
For the new 2018 version, physicist/lyricist Sense Jan van der Molen got permission from Boudewijn de Groot.
It is now called ‘Welterusten, Minister President‘ (‘Good night, Prime Minister’). It is no longer about US President Johnson and his Vietnam war; but about present Dutch Prime Minister Rutte, of the pro-‘free market’ right-wing VVD party, which prefers the profits of Shell and Exxon to the lives of the people of Groningen province.
Translation of some lines of this new version:
Just let the people of Groningen perish,
Prime Minister, sleep well!
This 13 February 2018 video is about lyricist Sense Jan van der Molen, singer Mirjam Pattiwael and guitarist Pieter Nanuru going to the government city The Hague to play their song.