02/06/29 8 Links about activism
02/06/28 The murder: what happened
02/06/27 The summer sales continue
02/06/26 Another 10 links
02/06/24 Weblogging by numbers
02/06/13 And the even lighter side
02/06/09 The lighter side
News for the progressive community. I don't think this should be your only news source, but interesting nevertheless.
What corporations do, and why it may be a problem.
Intelligent views on globalism, corporate power and other issues.
Global trade watchdog organization with its roots in Ralph Nader's consumer and environmental group.
Global trade watch
The underground media.
LUVeR alternative news
Anti-globalist required reading.
The dangers of Scientology.
Mailing list about social and political aspects of computing and networking. Interesting stuff.
Red rock eater digest
Reviews of another five favorite sites: Apothecary's drawer, Journal of a writing man, Lake effect, Memepool and Metafilter.
5 Sites (2)
Two accounts have been published in the Dutch media - one on 8 June in NRC Handelsblad, the other on 14 June in HP / De Tijd - that shed light on what actually happened when Fortuyn was murdered. Below's a summary based on both articles.
After the murder Van der G.'s car was found parked in the Celebesstraat, a quiet residential area to the south of the Media Park where the murder took place. On the front seat a detailed map of the Media Park was found, downloaded from the website of a number of regional broadcasting companies that are located there. The police also found a print of a web page of KRO's Ontbijt TV breakfast television program, where Fortuyn would have been a guest on May 8th, and a map of the location where the Barend en Van Dorp tv program is being made, with "between 4 and 6 May 6th Ruud de Wild" written on it. Fortuyn was murdered leaving the studio after being interviewed on Ruud de Wild's talk show.
May 6th, morning
In the morning of May 6th Volkert van der G. was working at his job at VMO (Environment Offensive), a small organization that tries to improve animal welfare by legal procedures against intensive farming. He made at least one phone call from VMO's office. Later he left his office and did some shopping at the Wageningen shopping mall, the receipt for which was found in his car. Another receipt indicates that he also bought 10 package stamps. The package has been intercepted, and contains documents that were part of one of VMO's legal procedures.
May 6th, early afternoon
After that, Van der G. must have driven to the village of Bennekom, where at 13:45 he bought a Braun electric razor. The razor, having been used, was found in his car.
Around 14:30 Van der G. must have left Bennekom on his way to Hilversum.
May 6th, 15:30
Around 15:30 Volkert van der G. parked his car near Celebeslaan, number 45. Residents from the area claim that they hadn't seen the car there before 15:30, and it has been established that the car has been driven on May 6th. It is unclear what Van der G. did between 15:30 and the time of the murder.
May 6th, 15:45
Former ice hockey international Hans Smolders drove Fortuyn's car that day, to relieve Fortuyn's butler Herman who usually did the driving. They arrived at the 3FM studios at 15:45, where Fortuyn would be interviewed in Ruud de Wild's radio talk show between 16:00 and 18:00.
Fortuyn was planning to attend an elections meeting in Leeuwarden after the interview, and while Fortuyn was being interviewed Smolders spent some time clearing out the car and making sure he had the directions and a map at hand. After that he went into the studio.
May 6th, 17:15
Between 17:15 and 17:30 fellow LPF members Firouze Zeroual and Albert the Booij arrived, who would join Fortuyn and Smolders on the trip to Leeuwarden.
May 6th, 18:04
After the interview Pim Fortuyn left the studio between 18:04 and 18:05. Albert de Booij and Firouze Zeroual were walking ahead to their car, which they were going to park outside of the Media Park terrain. Pim Fortuyn was walking a small distance behind them together with presenter Ruud de Wild. Smolders was in the driver's seat of Fortuyn's car, moving the front passenger's seat backwards since he would now be having three passengers in stead of one.
From the studio 3FM channel co-ordinator Paul van der Lugt ran after Fortuyn to hand him the bottle of wine that the broadcasting company had wanted to give him for his participation in the interview, and that he had forgotten to take with him.
When Fortuyn had almost reached his car man wearing a baseball cap and and carrying a blue plastic bag appeared between Fortuyn and De Booij and Zeroual and started shooting at Fortuyn. The weapon was a 9 millimeter Spanish semi-automatic Star gun of the Firestar type, probably hardly used before the murder. It was loaded with seven bullets of the Luger 9x19 MRP type. Five bullets hit Fortuyn and one was later found in Fortuyn's car.
After the murder Van der G. ran off past Zeroual and De Booij. Van der Lugt ran back into the studio to call the alarm number. De Booij and Zeroual went to Fortuyn and tried to help him. Smolders jumped out of the car and ran after the killer. The first call to the 112 alarm number reporting the murder came in at 18:06.
Smolders pursued van der G. leaving the Media Park by the Dievenpaadje, the Thieves' Path, the Insulindelaan and the Celebeslaan. Near his parked car Van der G. hesitated but eventually ran on. All the time Smolders has been talking on his mobile phone to 112, indicating his position and where the suspect was heading. After passing his car Van der G. seemed unsure where to go, like he didn't know the way from there. He headed onwards through the Sumatralaan and Borneolaan ending up on the Lage Naarderweg. There Van der G. made a left turn towards a Texaco gas station.
From that direction, two police cars appeared. One was in the vicinity already and the other had arrived from the nearby town of Bussum. A third car with two police men with dogs has arrived from the police station at Insulindelaan. One of the police men had gotten off before, the other drove on and then pursued Van der G. on foot with his dog.
May 6th, 18:12
At 18:12 Van der G. was arrested. He didn't resist. When asked where the gun was he pointed at the right-hand pocket of his jacket. He was transported to the Hilversum police station, where he refused to say anything except to ask for a lawyer.
May 6th, 18:51
At 18:51 ambulance personnel report that they've given up their attempt to rescue Fortuyn.
That Monday night, shortly after 23:00, the police searched Van der G.'s home in Harderwijk. In the attic they found two boxes of ammunition. One, still new, contained 25 Luger bullets. The other contains 18 Luger bullets. Together with the six bullets that were fired and the one bullet left in the gun the entire content of the box seems accounted for. It's unknown how Van der G. came into possession of the gun and the ammunition.
Joost Oranje: Volkert en de feiten, tussenstand van het onderzoek naar de moord op Fortuyn. NRC Handelsblad, June 8th 2002.
Thieu Vaessen: De man die Volkert ving. HP / De Tijd, June 14th 2002.
More Dutch politics and current events:
Dutch politics in 2002
I'm going through my entire "weblog" bookmarks folder, throwing out lots of stuff and posting the remainder, 10 links at a time. I intend to keep this up until all bookmarks are gone and I can go on with a clean slate. Today: some personal favorites from Metafilter and more.
Keeping faith. Or not.
Bunnies, Ducks and One Great Dane
Not much of a discussion, but the site is interesting and the history of witchcraft has always been an interest of mine.
Salem Witch Trials Documentary Archive and Transcription Project
Charles Bonnet syndrome as a possible explanation for ghosts and divine visions.
"Now I know all about ghosts"
Interview with an Italian Moslem scholar who believes that the Jewish right to the Land of Israel is inscribed in the Koran.
For Allah's sake
Anti-catholicism in America.
Personal websites. Why you might want one, what to look out for and where they might be going.
Retired executives counsel small businesses. I like this idea.
SCORE - Service Corps Of Retired Executives
The Levellers: freethinkers with a history that goes back to the 17th century.
Discussing sex and related issues.
Interesting stuff. Too bad the site's an eyesore. (Sorry guys, but it is.)
Journal Of the Hyperlinked Organization
Got a new look for the Talk section as well. I'm not quite happy with it, but it'll do for now.
Continuing the summer sales. Get your links here!
Parallels between Mormon ritual and Freemasonry.
Mormon Temples and Temple Rituals
News from the Pakistani point of view.
Pakistan News Service
Freelance technology writer and former engineer Paul Boutin and astrophysics educator Patrick Di Justo discuss the questions and misconceptions surrounding one of the 9/11 crashes.
Paul Boutin: Hunt the Boeing
Clients talk back.
And another look at domain name hijacking. A storm in a teacup?
Discussion on MetaTalk
Problems with Netscape? The answer may be here.
The Netscape Unofficial FAQ
The 1960s didn't die.
New Possibilities Design
Celebrating the glory that is the American Pink Flamingo.
On Stagnant Pond
Kuro5hin: Things That Go Bump In The Night
I redesigned a couple of sections of the site. With CSS this is actually fun. I know the design isn't much, but it's mine and I happen to like it.
I still need a break from all that serious stuff. I don't know how those warbloggers do it.
A weblog by a Palestinian and an Israeli, focusing on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Updated weekly.
I'm all for promoting the independent web, though I'm not sure the current situation is as bad as all that. I believe the independent web will always be with us.
This has been in my bookmarks for ages: Metafilter discussion about off-beat artists. Pretty amazing stuff.
Metafilter: the Henry Darger discussion
A German-language analysis of modern anti-Semitism, from Der Spiegel.
Debatte: Ein moderner Antisemit
A couple of months ago I was at a chartered accountants' meeting (don't ask). One of the lectures was about how sustainability was becoming one of the issues that companies were supposed to report on and that should be checked by accountants. The business and sustainability theme is being explored here as well.
An obituary for a poet known for his inability to write. For a while he was also a computer programmer who hated computers.
John Thomas - Beat poet known for his inability to write
An online book about the Assasins.
Anthony Campbell: The Assassins of Alamut
Sleep less! Waste more time online! Another link that has been sitting in my bookmarks for ages.
Kuro5hin: Uberman's sleep schedule
Apparently this is where people who send Halcyon nasty e-mail get sent. Great stuff. There's also a nice subtle hint in the domain name and the URL.
Let's agree to disagree
The Art of Memory has it's roots in classic rhetoric and became popular in the Renaissance. It would also be an important influence in early Freemasonry and Renaissance theatre. Kind of hard to explain, there's a book by Dame Frances Yates called "The Art of Memory" that explains it very well.
Memory Theatre at Random
And 5 reviews.
02/06/24 5 Sites (1)
Do non-commercial websites have a chance of survival? This might become an important test case.
We're Broke: The Economics of a Web Community
Day one wrapup, and a special day two gift
Day two wraput, and a change of plans
The fundraiser ends, and the next stage begins
I redesigned the journal and the reviews section, and I wrote a new review.
I'm in the Pepys project.
The Pepys project
And I posted some thoughts about bloggin in this Hiveminds discussion.
Hiveminds discussion, you'll need to scroll down
More serious stuff tomorrow.
Let's start with the good news. I've redesigned this part of the site. I'm happy with it. I should have spent the day doing other and more useful things, but you can't have it all.
And Gerard Joling will be back in the charts. I guess that's good news of some sort. But let me start at the beginning.
On May 15th at the election meeting of the Lijst Pim Fortuyn singer Gerard Joling performed a tribute to Pim Fortuyn titled "At your service". A CD was made and the song entered the charts.
At one stage Mega Charts, the company that runs the charts, began to get doubts about the sales. The suspicion arose that Joling's record company Multidisk was buying up CD's to improve the song's position in the charts, and the song was removed.
Multidisk and composer Jan Rietman filed a complaint against Mega Charts, and as a result the song is back, though some of the sales are to be disregarded as being too dubious. Just when you think things can't get any sillier...
Fortuyn-cd in top 100
More Dutch politics and current events:
Dutch politics in 2002
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