Author: B.S. Ludlow

The War-forged Dutch

When people think ‘Dutch’ they tend to think: tulips, canals, prostitutes and weed, windmills, wooden shoes, cheese…. Very rarely does one think of the War. But War is exactly what forged the Dutch character. So what is the Dutch Character? Obviously that depends on your perspective… One person’s concept of International is another person’s Unpatriotic. Tolerance or Immoral
 No-nonsense or Rude Openness or Blunt One concept that is universal accepted however is Industrious. Holland (more properly the Netherlands) was founded on conflict. The Dukes of Burgundy and later the Habsburgs dominated and taxed the various peoples of the LowLands...

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POTUS 2016 – The Winner is the Loser

… or … What would cause an intelligent Social Democratic Progressive to vote for Donald Trump? With a conviction sharing traits of a religious zealot,  I “truly” believe that a Hillary Clinton Presidency will spell disaster for the Democratic Party and America. Unlike the religious zealot however, my “belief” is even greater and more profound s it is founded on not just faith, but 7 rational conclusions as well. Hillary is disliked by the majority of Americans. 53% to date (Real Clear Politics). Don’t imagine for a second that things are going to get better. Hillary lacks the charisma...

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Who is the Bad Guy?

How can you tell who wears the white hat and who wears the black hat when everyone is bad? The Clinton Media/Political Machine has been trying to discredit whistle-blower website Wikileaks. And Wikileaks has been trying to discredit Hillary and The Clinton Foundation. Depending on how you look at it, both sides may well be telling the truth. Or at least not lying. I don’t know Assange or Hillary Clinton personally. But from what I have heard, read and going with my gut feeling HE seems like a douche-bag while SHE seems to me a particularly evil and nasty...

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Europe crushes America – Rio 2016!

The 2016 Rio Olympics are done and the torch has been literally passed to Tokyo. (Note: this is the correct use of the word ‘literally’ for all you people that use it incorrectly in place of ‘figuratively’). The medal tally is in and it looks like without a Full Russian Team it was an easy win for the USA. No surprise there… Or is there? The British claim to have taken second place. But did they? This claim is based on the “Gold” tally system where Gold medals are given priority. But if you use the “Total” tally system...

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Liberal is the New Conservative

My whole adult life I have always expected a certain level of absurdity from Conservatives. This expectation is inherent by definition. Conservative is defined by Merriam-Webster as … Conservative : not liking or accepting changes or new ideas. And Life as … Life : the ability to grow, change, etc. -MW I think that you can put 1 and 2 together yourself to recognize the absurdity. That is why I was shocked (and disappointed) with many of my self-proclaimed Liberal friends this election cycle. Liberal : not opposed to new ideas or ways of behaving that are not traditional...

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Rejecting Rembrandt

The blood of the 13 victims of the latest flooding in Louisiana is on the hands of the politicians of both parties. And they died for no other reason than that they were poor. In 2005  Hurricane Katrina left 1,245 people dead and tens of thousands homeless. The Dutch offered America a solution. They offered to re-design the levee system for the Mississippi and Delta region. The Dutch didn’t do this for profit (although they wanted to pay their engineers a fair wage). They did this because they are America’s friend. All they asked was for the USA to foot...

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Walls

Like any great leader, Donald Trump wants to build a wall.   There’s already a wall between America and Mexico, but it’s not a very good one. Donald, being the greatest at everything, wants to build a big, shiny, magical wall. And why not? His neighbor is footing the bill.   Is Donald on to something? Let’s look at some other country sized walls throughout history to find an answer.   The Great Wall(s) of China Actually a series of walls (4500km) built over the space of 1000 years the Great Wall(s) of China’s main purpose was to keep...

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The Edelweiss Pirates

The first The Edelweiss Pirates appeared in the 1930’s as a youth rebellion against the Hitler Youth movement of National Socialism. The groups often had different names depending on the city or neighborhood. The “Traveling Dudes” (Essen); the Navajos (Cologne). Regardless of their name, they were a natural reaction to the stringent oppressiveness of National Socialism.   The groups usually consisted of middle or working class youths (many groups also included girls) usually between the ages of 15 and 18. They often identified themselves with checkered clothing, Lederhosen adorned with pins or badges, although, unlike the Hitler Youth, they...

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Meet the Moose in Sweden

Located in Southern Sweden 10km north of Ljungby lies the LaganLand Elk Park. There’s a petting zoo with some little goats and chicken things. Then there’s also a gift shop with moose stuff and a pretty good waffle and ice cream store.     What sets this place apart is getting up and close with the moose and Bison from the “safety” of a train like contraption pulled by a tractor. Your driver and guide will provide you with a few branches of some kind of tree that the animals seem to think tastes like bacon. They don’t last long....

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10 Great Swear Words in Dutch

I like swearing. I know that many people see it as a sign of ignorance, poor upbringing, or even a bad habit. To the aficionado, however, it is an art form. The truth is that swearing and cursing can teach you a lot about a culture. Not so much in what the people say, but the nuances of how and when they use these words. You may learn all the words, but you can’t honestly say that you “speak” a language until you can swear in it. So with no further ado, here are 10 great Dutch swear words....

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Puff Ain’t Dope

Remember when your friend told you that the Peter, Paul and Mary song “Puff the Magic Dragon” was about dope? Puff is obviously Marijuana. And his friend, the boy Johnny Paper, is an allusion to rolling paper. Frolicking in the Autumn mist is a reference to getting high and dope smoke. It all made so much sense back then. Especially after that second doobie. Everything your friend told you is bullshit. And the lyrics weren’t written by Peter, Paul or Mary. They were written by Leonard. Leonard Lipton, an independent film maker from Brooklyn, wrote the poem in 1959...

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White People Aren’t Human

It’s a bit racy to say “white people”, and also not technically correct, so this headline should read: Eurasians Aren’t Human And that is technically true. They are, in a sense of the word, LESS human than Africans. Europeans, and some Near East Asian populations, are hybrids. Not the cool kind of hybrid like the Beefalo, Zonkey, Wholphin or Liger (Yes these are all real!). And not the lame ass kind of hybrid like the Toyota Prius. But Eurasians aren’t even true 50/50 hybrids at that. They are more like polluted, soiled, mutant hybrids. (And not the cool X-man...

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* The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and most probably, but do not necessarily, reflect the position of Word151.

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