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Dutch children are the happiest in the world

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  • Liberal Democrat
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    I was doing some research comparing European countries with the USA on such things as how they rank in happiness. Several European countries like Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Netherlands, and Iceland seem to always rank in the Top 10. The USA ranks in the next tier.

    However, I also came across a Unicef report that says the Dutch kids are the happiest in the world.

    The 8 Secrets of Dutch Kids, the Happiest Kids in the World

    In the accompanying article it lists the number one reason Dutch children are the happiest is because their parents are also the happiest in the world, and it goes on to list several reasons why Dutch parents feel good about themselves and their lives. There are several social and economic factors including government support to help families with children including a child stipend and a childcare allowance.

    Compare that to the USA where Republicans are cutting food stamps to families with children.

    It's not only the Dutch...attitudes towards expectant mothers, maternity leave, fathers, children, and children's education are far more advanced in many European countries as well as Australia, Canada and New Zealand than here at home. We could learn from them.
  • Independent
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    Since you are of Scandinavian decent; you must have had the same benefits. Yes the above is true; however it has also it's not so good effect.
    Right now because of the open borders in the EU; you are getting a lot of "immigrants" who profit from the system and often bring ten or more kids with them and then live on the "free" money they get. A lot of "real" Dutch people strongly object to continue this policy, because a lot of corruption and misuse is at hand.
  • Center Left
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    http://www.joe.ie/motors/motors-news/video-dutch-military-performs-ridiculously-dangerous-tank-brake-test-using-real-personnel/

    I'm glad Dutch kids are happy. That's wonderful. That plus the coffee shops makes me want to visit.
    You don't often see the word Dutch in a headline. The above story (short video) was kind of crazy. 23 soldiers and not one of color.
    That was surprising.

    Very cool information on the children. Sounds like the parents are doing very well at the same time. Good job !
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    TJ Wrote: http://www.joe.ie/motors/motors-news/video-dutch-military-performs-ridiculously-dangerous-tank-brake-test-using-real-personnel/

    I'm glad Dutch kids are happy. That's wonderful. That plus the coffee shops makes me want to visit.
    You don't often see the word Dutch in a headline. The above story (short video) was kind of crazy. 23 soldiers and not one of color.
    That was surprising.
    And most of all no one really wants to enlist; everyone hates the military there. Due to the NATO pact they are forced to participate; the worst part of it is that the US has got a big finger in it and forced them to buy the stupid F35; they had training exercises at Vlieland (a smal island in the north) to practise to throw bombs etc. this was a total disaster because none of the planes worked properly (hangar queens for sure)
    This country is so small that in an F35 you are outside the border within half an hour; so I see no use for such an expensive war tool there.
    Also the Netherlands never invaded another country as the US does all the time, so why have a military at all. Seldom a Dutch soldier gets shot; they hate shooting someone else; they rather sell them some pot, I guess. Furthermore their uniforms are very plain; not the sticker fondness like here.
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    The Dutch never invading another country is incorrect, which the Dutch has a history full of war conflicts against other nations on control of the seas and important trade routes. Politically the Dutch has a history of jockeying their standing in Europe to support their greed for power and influence. Several wars in history support this when you read the factual reports of the Franco-Dutch War and the Anglo-Dutch Wars. The Dutch was good at placing themselves in alliance with countries like Spain which angered France and England. Also, the Dutch attacked Spain for a booty of treasure which was conducted by a Dutch naval Officer (Piet Heyn) who captured a Spanish Treasure Fleet at sea. I'd say the Dutch have a little Pirate character in their blood. The Dutch did attack other countries interests.

    I also enjoy hearing that Dutch Children are happy, it warms the heart. However, I am reminded quickly that the Dutch Government and people support the sex trade industry with reported forced sexual abuse to children and adults in slavery. The Dutch are branded high in the sex trade industry.

    So, not everything is as rosy as the Dutch are happy people when you reflect on current society and their history. I'll agree while visiting the Netherlands, I liked the mostly good experience of being in their country. There are many scenes I saw that I would like America to incorporate, but they keep their sex trade industry out of America. America has already undesired acts of sex slavery of children and adults, we just do not want the Dutch's approved sex trade industry by their people.
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    AmcmurryFreedom Wrote: The Dutch never invading another country is incorrect, which the Dutch has a history full of war conflicts against other nations on control of the seas and important trade routes. Politically the Dutch has a history of jockeying their standing in Europe to support their greed for power and influence. Several wars in history support this when you read the factual reports of the Franco-Dutch War and the Anglo-Dutch Wars. The Dutch was good at placing themselves in alliance with countries like Spain which angered France and England. Also, the Dutch attacked Spain for a booty of treasure which was conducted by a Dutch naval Officer (Piet Heyn) who captured a Spanish Treasure Fleet at sea. I'd say the Dutch have a little Pirate character in their blood. The Dutch did attack other countries interests.

    I also enjoy hearing that Dutch Children are happy, it warms the heart. However, I am reminded quickly that the Dutch Government and people support the sex trade industry with reported forced sexual abuse to children and adults in slavery. The Dutch are branded high in the sex trade industry.

    So, not everything is as rosy as the Dutch are happy people when you reflect on current society and their history. I'll agree while visiting the Netherlands, I liked the mostly good experience of being in their country. There are many scenes I saw that I would like America to incorporate, but they keep their sex trade industry out of America. America has already undesired acts of sex slavery of children and adults, we just do not want the Dutch's approved sex trade industry by their people.
    Yes the Dutch were not sweethearts in the 17th century and before; what I meant is after WWII as well as the US after WWII.
    No the sex trade is not as you describe; prostitution is allowed if it follows certain rules/laws and health control. Due to the open EU borders it is very difficult to control sex traffic done mostly by foreigners; offically the Dutch laws do not approve such.
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    Dutch Wrote:
    TJ Wrote: http://www.joe.ie/motors/motors-news/video-dutch-military-performs-ridiculously-dangerous-tank-brake-test-using-real-personnel/

    I'm glad Dutch kids are happy. That's wonderful. That plus the coffee shops makes me want to visit.
    You don't often see the word Dutch in a headline. The above story (short video) was kind of crazy. 23 soldiers and not one of color.
    That was surprising.
    And most of all no one really wants to enlist; everyone hates the military there. Due to the NATO pact they are forced to participate; the worst part of it is that the US has got a big finger in it and forced them to buy the stupid F35; they had training exercises at Vlieland (a smal island in the north) to practise to throw bombs etc. this was a total disaster because none of the planes worked properly (hangar queens for sure)
    This country is so small that in an F35 you are outside the border within half an hour; so I see no use for such an expensive war tool there.
    Also the Netherlands never invaded another country as the US does all the time, so why have a military at all. Seldom a Dutch soldier gets shot; they hate shooting someone else; they rather sell them some pot, I guess. Furthermore their uniforms are very plain; not the sticker fondness like here.
    Dutch here's a way to get those Dutch children even happier: don't worry about the F-35. Not yet.

    Why? Because the Netherlands only has two F-35's from what I read from an article that's from December 2013. They don't even begin operational testing and evaluation until 2015 so how could they be expected to pass or fail just yet? Maybe those ..."hanger queens"... are F-16's.

    Right now and for the next year they are just learning how to fly them, park them, fuel and arm them, maintain them, all that has to be learned before they actually test them in their real mission in 2015, and THEN they can be ..."a total disaster"...!!!

    But, since the Netherlands are only the second "partner country" to fly the F-35 you have my congratulations or my condolences, whichever you prefer, and I think I know which you prefer.

    Don't worry, not yet, anyway. They are only projected to cost between 600-700 million per airplane over their 50 year life cycle.
  • Democrat
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    The Dutch do have a national problem, however, they appear numb to impact it has to children and women. The Dutch do foster a robust sex trade industry and at the same time incorporate slavery by human trafficking. These web sites tell a horrific story.


    www.catholic.org/hf/faith/story.php?id=43624

    gvnet.com/humantrafficking/Netherlands.htm

    gvnet.com/childprostitution/Netherlands.htm


    The Dutch may have SOME happy kids, but I'll accept the truth that many are held in perpetual slavery for some sick bastard.



  • Liberal
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    Let the Dutch worry about their own women and children......or do you propose that you personally know better?????? SELF RIGHTEOUS
  • Center Left
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    L.A. Citizen Wrote: Let the Dutch worry about their own women and children......or do you propose that you personally know better?????? SELF RIGHTEOUS
    LA I agree. AMC so they have sex in the Netherlands. We do too. How do you know if 99% of the sex trade workers do so by choice. Because they can sleep in and still make 100 thousand a year. Don't think that you can solve all of the worlds problems.
  • Liberal Democrat
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    When I made this original post, I certainly didn't intend to put the Dutch under a microscope. Having lived and traveled in several overseas countries during my working career experiencing different cultures, religions and political structures, I look back on those experiences and try remember what I really liked. Part of that experience was hauling my very young children around with us as my wife and I lived in London but explored continental Europe. It was a very positive experience from Amsterdam to Frankfurt to Edinburgh and other cities not to mention the various rural communities of Britain.

    In fact everywhere we went was a wonderful experience, but I particularly remember Amsterdam and the outlying area as one of our best trips we ever made across the channel.

    Republicans have been attacking Barack Obama as a "European style socialist" but all I can say is that they are ignorant. Certainly someone can cherry pick some facet of any society and make it political. But to denigrate a whole continental area of Europe and the richness of their cultures and political beliefs just shows the pettiness of their own mindsets. Of course they do that to President Obama as well...a narrow mindedness that is hard to describe in words.

    I am happy for the Dutch parents and children, but I know the Norwegians and Danes and Finns, etc are right close behind in the quality of their lives as well because I have seen it up close. I hope they don't change. We can learn from them if we open our minds.
  • Independent
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    jamesn Wrote:
    Dutch Wrote:
    TJ Wrote: http://www.joe.ie/motors/motors-news/video-dutch-military-performs-ridiculously-dangerous-tank-brake-test-using-real-personnel/

    I'm glad Dutch kids are happy. That's wonderful. That plus the coffee shops makes me want to visit.
    You don't often see the word Dutch in a headline. The above story (short video) was kind of crazy. 23 soldiers and not one of color.
    That was surprising.
    And most of all no one really wants to enlist; everyone hates the military there. Due to the NATO pact they are forced to participate; the worst part of it is that the US has got a big finger in it and forced them to buy the stupid F35; they had training exercises at Vlieland (a smal island in the north) to practise to throw bombs etc. this was a total disaster because none of the planes worked properly (hangar queens for sure)
    This country is so small that in an F35 you are outside the border within half an hour; so I see no use for such an expensive war tool there.
    Also the Netherlands never invaded another country as the US does all the time, so why have a military at all. Seldom a Dutch soldier gets shot; they hate shooting someone else; they rather sell them some pot, I guess. Furthermore their uniforms are very plain; not the sticker fondness like here.
    Dutch here's a way to get those Dutch children even happier: don't worry about the F-35. Not yet.

    Why? Because the Netherlands only has two F-35's from what I read from an article that's from December 2013. They don't even begin operational testing and evaluation until 2015 so how could they be expected to pass or fail just yet? Maybe those ..."hanger queens"... are F-16's.

    Right now and for the next year they are just learning how to fly them, park them, fuel and arm them, maintain them, all that has to be learned before they actually test them in their real mission in 2015, and THEN they can be ..."a total disaster"...!!!

    But, since the Netherlands are only the second "partner country" to fly the F-35 you have my congratulations or my condolences, whichever you prefer, and I think I know which you prefer.

    Don't worry, not yet, anyway. They are only projected to cost between 600-700 million per airplane over their 50 year life cycle.
    I quoted that from the Dutch newspaper; which also reported that the first qualified pilots got their licence and were trained in FL here. The planes used on for training on Vlieland were probably US owned not the Dutch one's. But for the rest you are right.
  • Independent
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    AmcmurryFreedom Wrote: The Dutch do have a national problem, however, they appear numb to impact it has to children and women. The Dutch do foster a robust sex trade industry and at the same time incorporate slavery by human trafficking. These web sites tell a horrific story.


    www.catholic.org/hf/faith/story.php?id=43624

    gvnet.com/humantrafficking/Netherlands.htm

    gvnet.com/childprostitution/Netherlands.htm


    The Dutch may have SOME happy kids, but I'll accept the truth that many are held in perpetual slavery for some sick bastard.



    I guess you did not read my mail. Quoting from a Catholic "faith" internet story; looks like you love hypocrites; what about sex trade in that church?
    As I said it is not condomed in the Netherlands and prostitution has always been controlled and has to abide to the laws. The same as our present "medical" pot laws. Wow. There will always be people who break the law; this country is full of them.
  • Liberal
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    AmcmurryFreedom Wrote: The Dutch do have a national problem, however, they appear numb to impact it has to children and women. The Dutch do foster a robust sex trade industry and at the same time incorporate slavery by human trafficking. These web sites tell a horrific story.


    www.catholic.org/hf/faith/story.php?id=43624

    gvnet.com/humantrafficking/Netherlands.htm

    gvnet.com/childprostitution/Netherlands.htm


    The Dutch may have SOME happy kids, but I'll accept the truth that many are held in perpetual slavery for some sick bastard.



    Gee, what about Nevada? Last time I checked prostitution was still legal there in many counties. How come no reports of sex trade, child prostitution, sex slaves? Not as interesting when it comes from the land of "What happens here stays here", I guess? Or, perhaps it sells magazines and gets dummies to watch reality TV?
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    Dutch the F35's are on the way and it doesn't look like anything can stop them. The 100th plane rolled off the assembly line a few weeks ago and there are plans for thousands more.

    That the F35's have problems is not unusual, all new airplanes have growing problems. Look at the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and the problems they had, and are still having with the new batteries. Great airplane, everybody loves it, very fuel effecient...but the batteries catch fire. Not a good thing on an airplane with fuel and passengers on board. They have supposedly/allegedly fixed those problems on the 787 just like the F35's problems will get fixed.

    For that matter, look at Tesla and their new $100,000 electric car and the fires they are having with their batteries.

    New, complex machines have problems...no surprise.

    Dutch people with legal drugs and legal prostituition are happy? How is that possible?