To day or not to day #40: ‘FEED the world’ or ‘feed the WORLD’? By ensuring that people not only get calories, but also more nutrients, we can not only provide a longer life, but improve the quality of their lives as well. This year at Christmas it was 28 years ago that Bob Geldof and many pop icons of the '80s shook the collective conscience with their message 'Feed the World. Let them know it's Christmas time '. Despite the major challenges that still exist, Sir Bob - as he is called now - and his fellow organizers of 'Live Aid' can look back with some satisfaction at what has been achieved, not least thanks to their efforts. Since the days of Live Aid are dietary patterns around the world have significantly improved and the world proportionately counts fewer undernourished people, although their absolute number is rising. Weekend essay by Paul Polman of Unilever in Het Financieele Dagblad, Saturday 29 December 2012.
Source: Het Financieele Dagblad, Weekend Essay on Saturday, December 29, 2012
posted on December 30, 2012 at 11:11
"Anyway, you have no proof ..."
The Cahuzac case is revealed by Médiapart, a French independent newspaper. The French budget minister would have illegally held a Swiss bank account for more than 20 years in the years 1980-2000. The newspaper Médiapart has compromising evidence, but the minister still denies the existence of such an account.
This case raises a more general question of the independence of journalism because the newspaper Médiapart suffers criticism from all sides even as he gave evidence of his accusation to the courts.
'Bye Johannes, have a safe trip' - about a whale that washed up on the Dutch shore.
The whale was given the name Johannes.
In that same week a dead spermwhale washed up on the same shore next to Johannes. There were a lot of rescue workers and even the Dutch navy came to help get the whale back into the ocean. They even tried to euthanize the whale with an injection but he wasn't ready to die. They closed off the beach and said the whale must be left alone, because there was nothing they could do to save him.
The Whale died, after laying on the sandbank for six days.
The Dutch people are very angry with the government: there must have been a way to prevent the whale from dying, the government didn't try hard enough.
This Illustration is a tribute to the whale and it tells his sad story.
Illustration for the Volkskrant for an article providing you with tips on how to try out new (local) food during your vacation. The article also emphasizes the importance to try out new things to explore the divers culture of Europe.
Source: de Volkskrant
posted on December 18, 2012 at 9:21
Illustration for a anonymous letter to the newspaper Bergens Tidende in Bergen / Norway about child welfare. A little girl from a dissolved home was taken out of her safe and loving environment in a foster home by the child welfare authorities without any good reason. The foster parents felt like they lost a child they had been taking care of for several years.
To day or not to day #38: "Met het laatste oog op morgen" (With the last eye on tomorrow) contains 17 texts (in Dutch) with simple animated drawings and a jazzy soundtrack. It was my last contribution to Volkskrant Oog Volkskrant Oog was an online platform where artists, illustrators and designers presented their views on current affairs. It stopped in 2009. (1. No better future than tomorrow morning. 2. My homepage radiates at me when returning home. 3. A closed book usually won't be read. 4. A wisenose has to be runny
5. A good idea seems better in the dark. 6. If you know it you'd better forget it. 7. In clear weather the horizon is further away than in fog. 8. The position that she held did suggest however otherwise. 9. Not every fart stinks when it's a nice one. 10. Despite the fact that the ball is round you'd act like it. 11. Tomorrow I will take the cause a little lighter. 12. Even without glasses I don't see her in the dark. 13. Once in there you'll never figure out how you did enter. 14. The cuddle factor in bed is greater than that on the street. 15. The fish is sick but that doesn't bother the doctor. 16. When I walk on I haven't missed the train. 17. The patriotic pride flies lower than previously.)
Source: Volkskrant Oog, 2009
posted on December 14, 2012 at 19:42
Welcome to Saudi Albany?
About fracking, a process by which gas is extracted from rock, and why it might put certain US officials (state governors, etc.) into positions similar to a Middle Eastern state where the abundance of a resource can lead to dictator-like situations.
To day or not to day #36: Steve Jobs. Innovation is making something out of nothing and foremost a process that can't be rationalized. It starts with a vision of "something" that is doesn't exist yet. Then it must be created. Perhaps the least understood quality of Steve Jobs is his creative interaction with reality. His "reality distortion field" was the success factor that led to his groundbreaking innovations. He was a swindler, fickle. How is it possible that such a shameless liar created the most valuable company in the world? Maikel Batelaan in FD Weekend Essay on Saturday, October 4, 2012.
Source: Het Financieele Dagblad, Weekend Essay on Saturday, October 4, 2012
posted on December 8, 2012 at 9:28
Due to the new EU rules, (positive discrimination) women should have much greater access to a professional career. Most of the major German companies are preparing to absorb, coach and promote female employees in order to meet the demand of the new rules and to make the changes last.
Source: Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung Nov. 2012
posted on December 2, 2012 at 11:16