And from today’s newspapers…

There’s criticism here in The Netherlands because most municipalities haven’t begun to plan the mandatory “naturalization ceremonies”. As of this month, if you become Dutch they cannot just give you your passport anymore. Instead they must accompany it with some american-styled ‘pledge of allegiance’ ceremony. Why can’t people accept that countries and religions are stupid?

And every other political debate here seems to be about sticking some undesirable fraction of the population in boot camps, including some great success stories about some fascist indoctrination method from the US. I was a jobless high-school dropout once. Scary to think that if I was 20 today, I would be sent to boot camp…