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CriticalSpirit commented on a post in r/europe
_PM_ME_CUTE_PONIES_ • 0 points •

The agreement was signed without any edits though. The vote wasn't legally binding, and was ignored by the government. On the international stage the result had no impact.

Which is kind of... weird? Netherlands is a functioning democracy, but how good of a democracy is it if the politicians can just shrug off the direct vote of their people?

I have no opinion on the question of the referendum, but the fact that it had no impact whatsoever is a bit unsettling.

CriticalSpirit • 4 points •

Voter turnout was very low, only 19% of the electorate actually voted against the agreement.

CriticalSpirit commented on a post in r/AskEurope
Ludvig_Polje • 1 point •

You are now literally making up new arguments and taking the discussion into internal affairs, although you started with external afairs like Bashar al Assad, Ukraine, Georgia. But if you want, US also can compete in that, with Guantanamo prison.

CriticalSpirit • 5 points •

Reread my comments, I mentioned all those before.

Ludvig_Polje • 1 point •

You probably edited before 3 minutes expired, I haven't seen them immidieately.

CriticalSpirit • 3 points •


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CriticalSpirit commented on a post in r/AskEurope
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CriticalSpirit • 20 points •

pro-Russian "Ukrainian" rebels

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CriticalSpirit • 17 points •

One of the perpetrators is (edit: believed to be) Sergey Dubinsky a Russian army veteran who currently resides in a compound near Rostov. Public broadcaster Nieuwsuur found him last year.

CriticalSpirit commented on a post in r/europe
KostekKilka • 49 points •

her victory wouldn't have been controversial

It would, her song is all about social justice. Imagine a guys calling girls stupid :x

CriticalSpirit • 24 points •

Guys call women bitches in songs all the time, stop being a crybaby.

KostekKilka • 26 points •

Do I endorse this? no...

CriticalSpirit • -1 points •

Does this song scare you? We all know Cee Lo Green is secretly a social justice warrior.

CriticalSpirit commented on a post in r/AskEurope
CriticalSpirit • 8 points •

Architectural uniformity. Apart from some iconic buildings and regional differences, most cities just look the exact same. The parts that are vastly different (often historic centres) are usually small and concentrated in one place (e.g. Boston, New Orleans) compared to European cities. So you really need a reason to go visit Atlanta, Memphis or Nashville other than architectural interest. Luckily there are plenty of other reasons to visit the US.

CriticalSpirit commented on a post in r/AskEurope
CriticalSpirit • 10 points •

Wine from Chile, Argentina and South Africa is pretty common, Californian wine as well, not sure about wine from Australia and New Zealand. They're definitely less popular than European wines, but I wouldn't say they're "less prestigious", perhaps among the smug and pretentious.

CriticalSpirit commented on a post in r/europe
zuubas • 36 points •

Upvote for cats.

German would be really interesting for the sake of comparison, but it gets the point across about the Nordic differences and similarities.

CriticalSpirit • 29 points •
English German Dutch Afrikaans Frisian
Home Heim Thuis/heim Tuis Thús
Language Sprache Taal Taal Taal
North Nord Noord Noord Noard
Island Eiland/Insel Eiland Eiland Eilân
Strong Stark Sterk Sterk Sterk
Weak Schwach Zwak Swak Swak
Day Tag Dag Dag Dei
Night Nacht Nacht Nag Nacht
Snow Schnee Sneeuw Sneeu Snie
Wind Wind Wind Wind Wyn
Troll Troll Trol Trol Trol
Cat Katze Kat Kat Kat
OneMoreAlwaysOneMore • 2 points •

And Flemish?

CriticalSpirit • 3 points •

Flemish = Dutch actually.

CriticalSpirit commented on a post in r/AskAnAmerican
Deolater • 7 points •

Could you explain what treatment you're talking about?

I've never arrived in the country as a foreigner, so I don't know what it's like.

CriticalSpirit • 1 point •

It's fine, just a bit invasive if you're not used to it. They take your finger prints, picture and you need to fill in a form with all kinds of (ridiculous) questions, such as if you were involved in the Holocaust.

Deolater • 1 point •

When I went to the American consulate to regularize my passports, I was capable of expecting the American consulate to be American. Embassies and consulates are by tradition like islands of the soil for which they stand; and I have often found the tradition corresponding to a truth. I have seen the unmistakable French official living on omelettes and a little wine and serving his sacred abstractions under the last palm-trees frying in a desert. In the heat and noise of quarreling Turks and Egyptians, I have come suddenly, as with the cool shock of his own shower-bath, on the listless amiability of the English gentleman. The officials I interviewed were very American, especially in being very polite; for whatever may have been the mood or meaning of Martin Chuzzlewit, I have always found Americans by far the politest people in the world. They put in my hands a form to be filled up, to all appearances like other forms I had filled up in other passport offices. But in reality it was very different from any form I had ever filled up in my life. At least it was a little like a freer form of the game called "Confessions" which my friends and I invented in our youth; an examination paper containing questions like, "If you saw a rhinoceros in the front garden, what would you do?" One of my friends, I remember, wrote, "Take the pledge." But that is another story, and might bring Mr. Pussyfoot Johnson on the scene before his time.

One of the questions on the paper was, "Are you an anarchist?" To which a detached philosopher would naturally feel inclined to answer, "What the devil has that to do with you? Are you an atheist" along with some playful efforts to cross-examine the official about what constitutes atheist. Then there was the question, "Are you in favor of subverting the government of the United States by force?" Against this I should write, "I prefer to answer that question at the end of my tour and not the beginning." The inquisitor, in his more than morbid curiosity, had then written down, "Are you a polygamist?" The answer to this is, "No such luck" or "Not such a fool," according to our experience of the other sex. But perhaps a better answer would be that given to W. T. Stead when he circulated the rhetorical question, "Shall I slay my brother Boer"--the answer that ran, "Never interfere in family matters." But among many things that amused me almost to the point of treating the form thus disrespectfully, the most amusing was the thought of the ruthless outlaw who should feel compelled to treat it respectfully. I like to think of the foreign desperado, seeking to slip into America with official papers under official protection, and sitting down to write with a beautiful gravity, "I am an anarchist. I hate you all and wish to destroy you." Or, "I intend to subvert by force the government of the United States as soon as possible, sticking the long sheath-knife in my left trouser-pocket into your President at the earliest opportunity." Or again, "Yes, I am a polygamist all right, and my forty-seven wives are accompanying me on the voyage disguised as secretaries." There seems to be a certain simplicity of mind about these answers; and it is reassuring to know that anarchists and polygamists are so pure and good that the police have only to ask them questions and they are certain to tell no lies.

_G. K. Chesterton (English poet, novelist, journalist, etc), circa 1920

CriticalSpirit • 1 point •

Haha spot on, as if a terrorist would write down that he is in fact a terrorist.

CriticalSpirit commented on a post in r/AskAnAmerican
ProjectShamrock • 33 points •

I think it would be fair to make the claim that the U.S. is probably more culturally diverse than most individual European nations, and I would add the caveat that the U.S. has been on a path of becoming more monocultural over the past several decades.

CriticalSpirit • 7 points •

I think it would be fair to make the claim that the U.S. is probably more culturally diverse than most individual European nations

Depends on how you define cultural diversity. If by more culturally diverse you mean there are more (immigrant) cultures, ethnicities and races you are right. At the same time, Europe has more diverse/distinct cultural regions. In the Netherlands for example, we have some of the most liberal, progressive cities on earth (e.g. Amsterdam), a very strict protestant Bible Belt ('no women in politics!') as well as a catholic south and a communist/socialist northeast. All of that within an area the size of New Jersey. So whereas in the US there are more different cultures, they are more or less mixed together geographically, i.e. you'll find a catholic church, a synagogue, a mosque, a buddhist temple all within the same city. Europe is more diverse geographically speaking, i.e. it has more regions with a distinct identity based on religion, architecture, ideology, language, etc. The US has many different cultural regions too, of course, and Europe has many multicultural cities as well, but broadly speaking, that's the biggest difference I think.

CriticalSpirit commented on a post in r/AskEurope
CriticalSpirit • 28 points •

It's crowded and flat. If you're into wildlife or natural wonders, go elsewhere.

NuruYetu • 22 points •

And it's full of Dutchies

CriticalSpirit • 11 points •

But that's all of Europe during summer?

CriticalSpirit commented on a post in r/AskEurope
MrAronymous • 4 points •

That's not low class, just old people.

CriticalSpirit • 6 points •

Schlager is definitely considered low class. Doesn't mean other social classes don't listen to it from time to time, just like someone can suddenly enjoy opera if it's featured on Britain's Got Talent or a similar show.

CriticalSpirit commented on a post in r/CringeAnarchy
CheValierXP • 11 points •

This won't sound good for you, but everyone in that demonstration knew the soldiers were not going to shoot anyone. It was Palestinian and israeli demonstration with lots of cameras. The father is a moron but everyone knew it was going to end as it ended.

It was of "you are only good at killing children" and not "i want my child dead".

CriticalSpirit • 36 points •

While I agree with what you're saying, I still think it's extremely stupid to even take the slightest risk of your baby child getting killed because he threw rocks and stuff.

CriticalSpirit commented on a post in r/AskEurope
Conducteur • 238 points •


As far as I can find there has only ever been one shooting in a Dutch high school by a student, in 2004. It wasn't a mass shooting or indiscriminate, however. A 16-year-old student murdered his principal with a stolen police gun, as revenge for being punished by the school.

CriticalSpirit • 29 points •

I remember an incident in recent years of a pupil stabbing his bully to death, but that wasn't a mass killing.

CriticalSpirit commented on a post in r/AskAnAmerican
AgencyFB • 4 points •

Eastern Europe would never hand over military control to Brussels and Western Europe would never pay for a military that can stand up against the Russians. It’s bluster to keep people satisfied.

That’s just my opinion, though.

CriticalSpirit • 6 points •

and Western Europe would never pay for a military that can stand up against the Russians.

Money isn't the biggest problem I think: Germany, France, the UK and Italy alone already spent almost three times Russia's military budget. It's more about integrating 20+ different armies.

CriticalSpirit commented on a post in r/AskEurope
MistrzMasarski • 6 points •

Hague would be a strong competitor though

CriticalSpirit • 7 points •

The Hague-Rotterdam pretty much functions as one metropolitan region. The Hague is a political/legal capital (UN city, Europol, etc.), but economically speaking Rotterdam is more important.

Farahild • 2 points •

Both would be logical, but my first thought was Utrecht. Just feels like a more important town to me.

CriticalSpirit • 1 point •

It's in the centre of the country, has the largest railway hub, but other than that it's not that important economically nor politically.

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DiethylamideProphet • 10 points •

What's so bad in the notion "America first"?

CriticalSpirit • 18 points •

Because it's American (or rather Republican, special) interests over common interests. Withdrawing from the Paris agreement because it doesn't benefit the US financially, it's better to revive coal. Cutting back on foreign aid (on which they already spend very little compared to other developed nations), because it's not in line with regressive evangelical believes. Trying to disturb the world economy by starting a trade war based on bad economics, putting Iran on a path to war because a deal was signed by Obama which made it a bad deal, having no regards for the stability of the Middle East.

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