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CriticalSpirit commented on a post in r/thenetherlands
TheFlyingBastard • 2 points •

Als je niks te verbergen hebt wat is dan het probleem?

Nouja, jij hebt niets slechts in de zin, en ik ook niet, dus het is niet per se een ramp als we bekeken worden (hoewel ik het wel naar invasief vindt als ik als onschuldige burger even compleet wordt doorgelicht), maar er zijn groepen die wél wat te verbergen hebben en eentje daarvan is journalisten.

Journalisten zijn een belangrijk onderdeel van de bewaking van de democratie. Zonder de media kunnen we onze politici niet in de gaten houden, en journalisten gebruiken juist anonieme bronnen om achter informatie te komen waar ze anders niet bij zouden komen.

Hoe interessant het ook zou zijn voor de overheid om te weten wie die anonieme bronnen zijn, als klokkenluiders niet anoniem kunnen zijn, dan zullen ze niet naar voren komen met informatie die van belang is voor onze democratie.

Dit geldt extra omdat het niet de eerste keer zou zijn dat klokkenluiders en activisten decennialang worden lastiggevallen terwijl ze geen bedreiging vormen voor de samenleving.

CriticalSpirit • 2 points •

Deze wet mag niet worden gebruikt om klokkenluiders op te sporen, en ook als ze per ongeluk op een klokkenluider stuiten mogen ze daar niks mee doen. En als ze dat tegen de regels in toch doen, maakt het al dan niet doorkomen van deze wet toch niet uit, want dan houden ze zich blijkbaar toch niet aan de wet.

CriticalSpirit commented on a post in r/thenetherlands
HenkieVV • 11 points •

Je haalt hier twee groepen door elkaar. DENK maakt zich niet druk over kolonialisme, en/of slavernijverleden, en Bij1 ontkent de Armeense genocide niet.

CriticalSpirit • 6 points •

DENK maakt zich niet druk over kolonialisme, en/of slavernijverleden

Jawel hoor, lees het partijprogramma er maar eens op na.

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

Berlin shouldn't be on the scale for any kind of measurement. That city is an anti-intellectual sinkhole, filled with people who think they need to better the world. It's literally the one place I wished the Allies had bombed into oblivion and never rebuild.

CriticalSpirit • 6 points •

It's literally the one place I wished the Allies had bombed into oblivion and never rebuild.

Edgy.

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

I voted for him... And I may not be 15, but it was the first election I could vote in.

CriticalSpirit • 1 point •

Who did you vote for? Wilders, Klaver or Baudet?

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

There are a couple recognized and proven health benefits to it, but otherwise yeah it's likely because "I had it done".

I plan on doing it to my kids because it's really a non issue to have it done, I'd have no clue how to take care of it for him, and if he ends up being special needs or some shit it's easier to have it done when you're too young to remember anything

CriticalSpirit • 13 points •

I'd have no clue how to take care of it for him

It doesn't require any special kind of attention, don't let that weigh in.

CriticalSpirit commented on a post in r/europe
cipakui • 123 points •

This Soros fellow is quite old, what happends when he kicks the bucket one day?

Who is going to be the next boogie man?

CriticalSpirit • 11 points •

Foreign Minister Asselborn.

CriticalSpirit commented on a post in r/AskEurope
[deleted] • 1 point •

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CriticalSpirit • 4 points •

Those are all perfectly normal questions.

elephantsarechillaf • 6 points •

Gotcha, yeah I see where you are coming from. I think this goes both ways though. I have noticed a lot of questions asked by Americans on here being downvoted, someone even had to make a post, a while back, asking ppl of this sub to please stop downvoting Americans. I think that both subs have those ppl who are anti_____, though they are not in the majority. I do get a bit upset when I see some innocent questions being downvoted on ask an american, you’re right on that. I feel like some ppl think those questions are shit posts when in reality they are just asking critical(spirit) questions.

CriticalSpirit • 1 point •

I have noticed a lot of questions asked by Americans on here being downvoted

You are right, this is a genuine thing that's taking place on this sub and that's unfortunate. It's not only downvoting, I think people are more reluctant to upvote an American user too. In the end both subs provide us with great insides and different POVs. They're both entertaining and educational. I like the US a lot, having extensively travelled the East Coast, and even I sometimes cannot restrain a sense of 'come on Americans, you can do better than that' when I see certain issues come up, but I have also learned there are great differences within America and among Americans. The same holds true for Europe. In the end we're 800+ million people with different views and experiences.

Edit: it's so sad to see people upvoting my comments, yet downvoting yours. Sorry.

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CriticalSpirit commented on a post in r/PublicFreakout
5hourwinergy • 183 points •

When he says he wants to kill himself and the guy filming just laughs, can someone explain that to me? I remember kids like that from back in the day, but I never understood it. Is there anybody here who used to be that guy and has grown up who can explain what's going on in their head?

CriticalSpirit • 5 points •

Honestly I really don't understand that, if I heard someone say that I'd probably freeze and feel the need to inform a teacher.

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

An imminent threat of invasion against the Netherlands or the EU, but only if my joining the army would be necessary/effective. In case Turkey invades Greece/Cyprus, we already have plenty of resources to deal with that. If Russia invades Eastern Europe, that's a different story and enlisting might be useful.

CriticalSpirit commented on a post in r/AskEurope
CriticalSpirit • 7 points •

A lot of people watch the speed skating events (surprise surprise). Three million people watched the 10km event on Thursday.

Lets_focus_onRampart • 5 points •

Of course. It’s how you get to work.

CriticalSpirit • 13 points •

Unfortunately I missed it, got stuck in traffic.

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

Sarkozy was rounding up and deporting Roma in 2010.

CriticalSpirit • 0 points •

Obama has deported 2.5 million people during his tenure, what's your point?

Edit: instead of downvoting, rather explain why it's different.

YicsHazard2 • 42 points •

The reason they integrated well in the US was because they were treated well.

In contrast Romani have been enslaved, mass killed, segregated and marginalised in Europe.

CriticalSpirit • 17 points •

Which group of people hasn't been enslaved, mass killed, segregated and marginalised in Europe? The only difference might be that it happened relatively recently.

CriticalSpirit commented on a post in r/AskAnAmerican
TheBigManthowski • 28 points •

I think everything to say has already been said in this sub the last 3 days.

CriticalSpirit • 9 points •

The last 3 days, three days a few months back, another three days a few more months back... I guess it at least shows people still somewhat care and haven't become numb.

CriticalSpirit commented on a post in r/AskEurope
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Dorgilo • 17 points •

In fact you have some law enforcement officials in the US flat out refusing to enforce gun control laws.

You mean there's police not upholding the laws of the state/country? That's ridiculous, and more than a bit dangerous. Police can't pick and choose which laws they uphold, it sets a very dangerous precedent.

CriticalSpirit • 10 points •

Don't even try, these people are idiots. The very reason they want guns is to stop the government if it doesn't act in their interest. Remember the Bundy standoff? Folks at /r/AskAnAmerican provided this as an example of guns keeping the government sharp. Mind you, the government had every legal right to enforce the law. They think gun ownership would have prevented the Holocaust and expect another Holocaust to happen the minute the government takes away their guns.

CriticalSpirit commented on a post in r/thenetherlands
streep36 • 1 point •

Im curious. What about someone without a dutch passport? What do germans pay?

CriticalSpirit • 3 points •

EU nationals pay the same as Dutch citizens.

SomeEntGuy • 1 point •

That entirely depends on education level. MBO is much cheaper than university. When I did MBO I paid 1.1k/year. My buddy studied psychology at UU and paid 2k/year.

CriticalSpirit • 9 points •

"College" implies HBO/Uni.

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CriticalSpirit commented on a post in r/europe
CriticalSpirit • 12 points •

As long as there's people that think firearms are necessary to protect themselves from a tyrannical government, they will accept the yearly mini-genocide that comes with it.

Girfex • 4 points •

Because their collection of glocks will really slow down the tanks. Tanks hate glocks.

CriticalSpirit • 11 points •

This particular group of Americans would rather legalise tanks than restrict gun ownership.

CriticalSpirit commented on a post in r/AskAnAmerican
NorwegianSteam • 29 points •

The government preventing the press from publishing information is in direct conflict with the First Amendment.

CriticalSpirit • 1 point •

It doesn't have to be government imposed, large media outlets could sign a covenant stating they will adhere to these self-imposed rules. That's how it works in the Netherlands.

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