Leeuwenhoek had stolen and peeped into the fantastic sub-visible world of little things, creatures that had lived, had bred, had battled, had died, completely hidden from and unknown to all men from the beginning of time. Beasts these were of a kind that ravaged and annihilated whole races of men ten million times larger than they were themselves. Beings these were, more terrible than fire-spitting dragons or hydra-headed monsters. They were silent assassins that murdered babies in warm cradles and kings in sheltered places. It was this invisible, insignificant, but implacable-and sometimes friendly- world Leeuwenhoek had looked into for the first time of all men of all countries. ~Microbe Hunters

Friday, 2 March 2012

Are you Dutch?


I received this email the other day, which I thought to be quite humourous. I am often referred as being ‘ethnically unjust’ and a ‘dumb blonde’. I would like to clarify: I make fun of everyone, not just other backgrounds, but white, English people are easy to pick on too. I can’t be a racist if I hate everyone equally, correct?? Also, about the dumb blonde thing… Okay, all blondes are not dumb, and you are dumb for calling me a dumb blonde. It’s not cool. You’re not funny. Stupid brunettes. And gingers. And black-haired people.


About this email… it is about the Dutch people. Some people (mostly co-workers) look at me, blonde hair and blue eyes, and say, “yep, Dutch”. In fact, I am unfortunately unsure. Part of  me wants to be, so I can be a part of this whole scenario. The other part of me doesn’t really know if I am at least part Dutch.

You see, in grade 7, I was told this story by the infamous Grampa, and the general idea was this:

A long long time ago, my great great grandfather (my Grampa’s Grampa) came to Canada. He was being charged with murder in 3 countries: Netherlands, Germany and England. He stole a cow in the Netherlands, tied his only jacket up underneath of the cows stomach, and rode it all the way through Germany, where he could steal a boat from a dock. He took the little boat, and paddled all the way to Canada, drinking only ocean water, and eating only ‘fresh beef’. When he got to Canada, He arrived in Victoria, BC. Not 24 hours after arriving, a new African American immigrant to Canada tried to pick pocket him. He felt someone trying to steal his only belongings: a pack of cigarettes and a pocket watch, so he shot him in the chest. Fleeing worked the first time, so he gathered his nothingness and walked along the Railroad tracks all the way to New Brunswick where he settled down and had a family, never to be caught by the police.

Yes, there are many MANY geographical and logistical errors in his story, but in grade 7, I was just excited to tell my class how my family came to Canada. I'm surprised I wasn’t kicked out of my Catholic Elementary school for such a story.

Point of story: I don’t really know, to this date, what background (other than East Coastern) my Grampa’s family is from and therefore do not know if I can share in the randomness of the new Netherlands in the following email:

This should be the way for Canada too........Lets see if John Duncan has an answer.
Go Dutch
Go Dutch - but why wait until 2013?
The Netherlands , where six per cent of the population is now Muslim, is scrapping multiculturalism:
The Dutch government says it will abandon the long-standing model of multiculturalism that has encouraged Muslim immigrants to create a parallel society within the Netherlands .
A new integration bill, which Dutch Interior Minister Piet Hein Donner presented to parliament on June 16, reads: "The government shares the social dissatisfaction over the multicultural society model and plans to shift priority to the values of the Dutch people.
In the new integration system, the values of the Dutch society play a central role.

  With this change, the government steps away from the model of a multicultural society.
  The letter continues: "A more obligatory integration is justified because the government also demands that from its own citizens.
  It is necessary because otherwise the society gradually grows apart and eventually no one feels at home anymore in the Netherlands ..
  The new integration policy will place more demands on immigrants. For example, immigrants will be required to learn the Dutch language,
  and the government will take a tougher approach to immigrants who ignore Dutch values or disobey Dutch law.
  The government will also stop offering special subsidies for Muslim immigrants because, according to Donner;
  "It is not the government's job to integrate immigrants." (How bloody true).
  The government will introduce new legislation that outlaws forced marriages and will also impose tougher measures against Muslim immigrants who lower their chances of employment by the way they dress.
  More specifically, the government will impose a ban on face-covering, Islamic burqas as of January 1, 2013.
  Holland has done that whole liberal thing, and realised - maybe too late - that creating a nation of tribes will kill the nation itself.

  
The future of Australia , the UK and Canada may well be read here.

  READERS NOTE: Muslim immigrants leave their countries of birth because of civil and political unrest "CREATED BY THE VERY NATURE OF THEIR CULTURE."

  
Countries like Holland Canada the UK and Australia have an established way of life that actually works, so why embrace the unworkable? If Muslims do not wish to accept another culture, the answer is simple;
  "STAY WHERE YOU ARE!!"


  This gives a whole new meaning to the term; 'Dutch Courage' - Unfortunately Australian UK and Canadian politicians don't have the ... guts to do the same. There's a whole lot of truth here!!!!

  
ELECTION 2013 IS COMING A Nation of Sheep, Breeds a Government of Wolves! I'M 100% for PASSING THIS ON!!!
  Let's Take a Stand!!!
  Borders: Closed!
  Language: English only!
  Culture: English Constitution, is the Bill of Rights!
  Drug Free: Mandatory Drug Screening before Welfare!
  NO freebies to: Non-Citizens! We the people are coming!!!

Darn good and sure of it,


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