Usernum 1014 : There are no secrets, only information you don't yet have.
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Sunday, May 12, 2002

A picture named _1878197_mcdonalds300afp.jpgMcWiFi. And will somebody please photoshop this picture already!
11:22:37 PM    Discuss

Rita Mae Brown. "The statistics on sanity are that one out of every four Americans is suffering from some form of mental illness. Think of your three best friends. If they're okay, then it's you."
11:09:40 PM    Discuss

Daniel wonders why Pim Fortuyn was killed. A question I didn't attrempt to answer in The Big Lie. That piece was written purely to point out inaccuracies in the world press and an attempt to clear some of the bad rap Fortuyn and the Netherlands were receiving as a result.

I shall honour my Mom today [mother's day!] with her quote, "Money , Religion and Turf. That's what all conflicts are about".

Fortuyn had all the bases covered.

Last thing we need here is circulation of conspiracy theories, but I sure hope they keep the shooter alive. Sometimes, these kinds of actors are killed within 4 weeks after the incident.
5:35:19 PM    Discuss

Pim Fortuyn's political party has a website. Understandably they made a 'web' rookie mistake by turning their homepage into a condoleance register without posting links to pages deeper in the site. Luckily Michiel Visser sent me an email with directions to the 'list'.

In dutch politics (and I'm no expert) you vote for the political part of your choice, based on each party's list. #1 on the list is called the 'lijst trekker', which translates to the 'list puller'. Let's just call it the representative. The numbers 2-50 however are also important, depending on the number of 'seats' a party wins in the elections, people on that list start to become ministers, secretaries and other governmental officials..

This is ofcourse a simplification of my understanding of the Dutch system. The point is that information about the other people on the list is of utmost importance.

Whilst delving through the list I came across an english version of the Lijst Pim Fortuyn (LPF) party programme. It is based on Fotuyn's last book 'The mess left after eight years of the Purple Coalition", which was published on 15 March.

I purchased a pre-release of the book on March 12th and published my review and [positive] opinion the day after. It is written in Dutch, the first line's translation is: "I have been wrong about Pim Fortuyn."

I am fluent in both dutch and english. The party programme as posted is a factual and accurrate translation of the book's ideas and plans.

Have a read, it won't take long. I'm very anxious to know how US citizens feel about Fortuyn's ideas. Please bear in mind while reading that the Netherlands was not built by immigrants as the US was. That and the fact that the very house in Amsterdam I sit in as I write this was built 100 years before the US constitution was written. The city of Amsterdam itself is more than 700 years old.
4:39:22 PM    Discuss

The Sunday morning talk shows here are definitely leaning towards resuming campaigning in these final few days before the general elections, in which Pim Fortuyn is still a valid candidate and can legally be voted on.

Thanks to the guest appearance on DaveNet, I've received heaps of interesting email. There's also a Dutch mail-page here if you speak the language.

I'll be behind the keyboard again today. I've done lots of thinking and researching over the weekend and have come to some conclusions about Fortuyn's message. I believe there is lots to take away from this, no matter what democracy you live in.
1:50:56 PM    Discuss

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