Grafietregens 2019

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(Foto van schilderij van de Hoogovensmuseum, 2019) Wat zijn grafietregens? Verleden jaar, 2018 was er in Wijk aan Zee op een gegeven moment veel grofstof die vrij was gekomen door de voormalige Hoogovens / Corus, nu Tata Steel, voornamelijk een secondaire bedrijf op de Tata Steel terrein, namelijk Harsco. Harsco verwerkt reststoffen van staal als dagelijkse werkzaamheden. Om terug te komen op de grafietregens, voordat ze grafietregens waren benoemd, noemen men in het dorp het gegeven van een stofexplosie op Wijk aan Zee – glitters. Wat alle grofstof leek op glitters van zilver kleuren. Ze waren klein vierkanten zilverglitters. Ik heb ze op de zitting van mijn fiets gehad en op mijn fietstas. Kort daarna heeft Tata / Harsco een bijeenkomst in Wijk aan Zee gehad waarbij ze glitters in grafietregens veranderde. Om een lange verhaal kort te houden, zijn er twee componenten van Tata / Harsco die overschreden zijn: [1] De Bufferzone [2] Resultaten van het onderzoek van RIVM juni-2019.

[1] De Bufferzone

Veel van mijn informatie over het onderwerp heb ik van de Tata / Harsco bijeenkomsten (november 2018 x 2 en juni 2019). Volgens Tata/Harsco is de bufferzone 2 meter van het fabriek af. Wijk aan Zee is 800 meter van Tata/Harsco vandaan. Dus de huidige bufferzone van Tata/Harsco van 2 meter is overschreden bij 800 meter want de grofstoffen van Tata/Harsco landen zichtbaar in Wijk aan Zee.

[2] Resultaten van het gezondheid onderzoek van RIVM 6/2019

Midden juni 2019 heeft de Rijksinstituut voor Volksgezond en Milieu een afhankelijk van Tata / Harsco een gezondheidsonderzoek uitgevoerd. Negen monsters waren genomen rond het dorp Wijk aan Zee. Uit het onderzoek kwam het feit dat vanadium, mangaan en lood in de grofstoffen zitten. De hoofdonderzoeker, J. H. zei dat dit een relatief klein onderzoek was, maar dat een grotere onderzoek veel euro’s zou gaan kosten. Wat ik heb begrepen uit haar onderzoek is dat hoewel het een klein onderzoek was, was het groot genoeg om te zien dat er hinder is qua gezondheid. Om een wetenschappelijke onderzoek kracht te hebben moet de resultaten leiden tot een verbeterende leefbare situatie – maar op dit moment is dat niet het geval want de wetgeving en regelgeving van de Provincie Noordholland naar Tata / Harsco op dit moment (21.06.2019) leidt niet tot een aanpassing in wetten, regelgevingen en beleidstukken van de volksgezondheid of milieu. Als dat wel zo het geval was geweest dan zou het mogelijk wel nuttig zijn om nog een wetenschappelijke onderzoek te doen die mogelijk zou leiden tot een gewenste volksgezondheid en lager grofstof uitstoot.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Local Dutch culture is a puzzle. 2019.

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Tata / Harsco is a dual factory in the IJmond which works in the steel industry in the Netherlands. This factory has been operating in the section of the Netherlands called the IJmond for the last 100 years. Previous to the steel factory this section of the Netherlands had more or less two main forms of income: 1. through farming strawberries and 2. through the fishing industry. Around 1881 both of these forms of incomes more or less dried up. Once the North Sea Channel was constructed, more boats and ships could carry more cargo to Amsterdam which was a very big trading post. It was in the Second World War that this steel factory became very important building weapons. However jumping to about 70 years into the future, Tata / Harsco has developed another cultural context. The cultural context is has two components: 1. Health 2. Environment. Cultural contexts come from policies. The policies in 2019 are written by the Dutch government on the one hand, but on the other hand – the policies in 2019 are written by the European Union. The European Union often does not understand the local culture and the ways of the locals. For instance, this steel factory, see the picture above (take in 2019) is more than a steel factory: it is an icon and a beacon of historic heritage. The European Union does not take that into consideration when preparing the Health and Environment policies in which the local steel factory will have to follow. In a way, the steel factory is engraved into the minds of all the locals in the regio called the IJmond. It is engraved like a key in the door slot and it is not one without the other. But on the level of the European Union, this specific Tata Steel factory is but a pile of keys which do not belong to any doors to open. It is random, no cultural identity. This makes a local steel factory less a working heritage icon and more calcualation in a sum of globalization. It appears like the locals in the IJmond have less and less a voice and that the European Union overtakes the words of the locals in the name of a unified Europe instead of a unified village, a piece of the European puzzle but who is nothing without the completed whole puzzle.

The steel industry in Europe 2019

In my opinion, living close to a steel factory and having 4 family members part of the steel industry – the steel industry started to spring from a seed 100 years ago. When I say that the steel industry started as a seed 100 years ago, I mean the industry started to grow and develop. Many of the components of the steel industry consisted of basic metal machines which combined chemicals to create a chemical solution to transform chemical components into a product of steel that could build bridges, steel skeletons for buildings and other complex shapes and forms. When the steel business was created 100 years ago there was such a demand for steel but over time, and within many industries, more robots and computers take the place of the jobs for the steel workers and at the same time less and less steel gets produced because the steel industry became over-developed, and was developed in third world countries where the price of steel fell and started to compete with the development of the Master Class Samuari Steel blades steel developed in Europe.

Where steel used to be a commodity and almost in a sense like gold, it 2019 steel is falling in price and purpose because so many things have already been build and developed in the steel. Furthermore, the steel was built to last for forever, or at least the life-time of a human, and this quality has left parts of the steel market obsolete. When this phase of the industralization hits it is time for a reorganization, a change.

(Photograph, June 2019. The Netherlands. Steel Car).

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Kromme Nederlands

waz2019 Kromme Nederlands is een taal. Het is een aparte taal en geen kromme Nederlands is het zelfde als een andere persoons kromme Nederlands. Kromme Nederlands heeft niet per se te maken met een buitenlandse taal ook al soms lijkt het zo te zijn. Nederlanders die al hun hele leven in Nederland hebben gewoont kunnen ook kromme Nederlands spreken en schrijven. En buitenlandse mensen kunnen soms ook perfect ABNs spreken en schrijven. (Foto Wijk aan Zee zijstraat 2019)

Brexit is an interesting topic

Brexit is a very interesting topic. Britain is currently part of the many European countries called the European Union. Britain, also known as England is engaging in a separation with the conjunction with the European Union. Brexit is often referred to as a divorce from the European Union. It is almost as if the European Union one is (whereas in fact there are lots of countries linked to the European Union). The European Union however is one collective so in effect it is one. And Britain is the only one that wants out of that collective. In other words, it is Britain versus the European Union. In a way this action is like in the World War II where Britain fought against Germany who was capturing much of the European nations. The main difference between then and now is that in 2018 now guns are being used. The main tool of this divorce is the finances. The European  Union is really a financial model. Was it in London or in Amsterdam where capitalism was invented? Capitalism is general means financial management for the country. Brexit is very interesting because of the complexity of the divorce. Like many relationship that turn sour over time, it is very hard to negotiate anything when one has already decided to cut-ties with the other one. Divorces in many ways is a state of irreconcilable differences. Irreconcilable differences make it very hard to do business with each other on a number of levels because the priorities of the one side are not the same as the priorities of the other side.

Does the Amsterdam centrum care more about the Golden Age architecture then the Amsterdam citizens?

21616373_10154648771547105_8860266833512476604_nCurrent location: Amsterdam Centrum location, date December 10th, 2017.

Recently there has been an Amsterdam Mayor, named Van der Laan who passed away in 2017. The Dutch media and the locals I have talked to in Amsterdam say that Van der Laan was a great man. Previous to being appointed Mayor of Amsterdam he was member of the Dutch Resistence museum and he was a trained lawyer, receiving his education in Amsterdam (not sure if he practiced law in Amsterdam though).

Through my own observation, from the view point of an artist, who is to some, the lowest level of a human being on earth – but something I myself do not believe to be true – and despite everything I feel I have the need and the right to express myself through the motion of the freedom of expression codes – with that in mind – my opinion of the Mayor of Amsterdam, the former Mayor is probably not the same as the others in Amsterdam. My reflection of Van der Laan’s work as the Amsterdam Mayor is one of question. For example, I have noticed that many citizens of Amsterdam are no longer living in Amsterdam. Instead there are infinite amounts of tourists. To me, it seems like Van der Laan put the municipal financial into marketing Amsterdam to the rest of the world – and in this process forgot to protect and care for the Amsterdam citizens who were living in Amsterdam under his leadership. In my opinion, this act alone means that Amsterdam has architecture protected and restored for the needs to satisfy the tourists but not to protect the city citizens. As a Socialist myself, I disagree with this act of culture before humans.

 

Bottom up economic City of Victoria BC

Photographs taken in the Greater Victoria Area and vicinity Sept 28 and Sep 29, 2017

Often politicians on the municipal and provincial levels in British Columbia believe in the notion of trickle down economics; however I believe in bottom-up economics. I believe it is by listening to the low level employees first in order for the economy to grow. Without the low level employees, the small business in the city would not exist, the middle class would disappear and so would most of the professionals. So the key to a healthy economy is to pay special attention to the needs of the low level workers in Victoria city first and foremost.