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Category: Als Deutscher in den Niederlanden

Let’s use all that hospital DNA for law enforcement

Jeroen pointed me at this article in Nederlands.

Nederlands just voted and the current cabinet is on the way out. It’s not supposed to do big or controversial things. But it can try, and it just did.

So Minister Schippers (Health) “wil dat gegevens over afgenomen lichaamsmateriaal in de zorg beschikbaar komen voor politie en justitie” (“wants to use DNA collected for diagnostic or other health purposes for police and law enforcement use”).

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PSA: It’s Kings Day now, and 3 days earlier

Vrouw.nl reports that people are still booking appartments for April, 30 every year. It’s King’s Day now, and on April, 27 – since 2014, actually.

If you come for Queen’s day, the party is already over several days.

Appartment owners have basically given up, they will happily (or unhappily) let you come and have a non-party.

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Strong weak ties

A long time ago, I wrote a text on the German Blog and on Carta: Wieso wir uns veröffentlichen (Why we publish ourselves). In the middle of a discussion about privacy I was explaining why people publish themselves, why they publicly reveal (sometimes intimate) facts about themselves.

They are doing this, I wrote, to find other like-minded people, to become searchable and to become approachable, to build trust.

Trust is a wonderful thing. It is the powerful assumption that most people most of the time want to help you and that falsely trying out to trust people is a recoverable mistake. Having trust and being in a trustworthy environment keeps transactional costs low and makes cooperation possible. And that’s rewarding and awesome.

How does this work in practice?

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We have bread again!

Like every German living abroad, I suffer from the bread question. But things are clearing up, the most wunderful wife of all has her sourdough going again, and this is a fabulous batch of tiny sourdough Ciabatta.

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