Friday, May 31, 2013


"Today on the 4th day of the resistance, we Americans are on your side. 
Eventhough we are miles away, we understand you, We know you. We are on your side for your fight, for your hopes and future and for humanity and nature.
For your Freedom"
#direngeziparki #occupygezi

Gezi Parki Direnisi!!! (We are with you, don't let go of our trees...)

Bugun birisi Gezi Raporuna soyle yazmisti: 
Sabah gerceklesen saldiridan sonra birisinin ayaklari kirik! 6 kisi kafa travmasi ile hastanelerde! Polis cukura atiigi insanlarin uzerine biber gazi ve su sikti. Basin aciklamasinda yeniden saldiri var. Insanlar kacisip Divan oteline siginiyor, turistler yaralilari odalarina aliyor. Gazdan astim krizi gecirenlar var. Dun 20.000 insan kendi hur iradesi ile parkina sahip cikmaya calisti. Meydan muharebesi yasaniyor su anda medya'da hic ses yok! Hic ses yok! Gazeteci Ahmet Şık ve muzisyen Ege Cubukcu'nun kafasina gaz bombasi isabet etti. Yaralari var ama iyiler. Uyumayin. Media anlatmiyorsa biz anlatiyoruz iste. Dun gece 20.000 olduysak bu gece 50.000 oluruz. Kalkin ayaga haydi!

Thursday, May 30, 2013

According to OECD stats...

Turkey has made considerable progress in improving the quality of life of its citizens over the last two decades. Notwithstanding, Turkey ranks low in a large number of topics relative to most other countries in the Better Life Index.
Money, while it cannot buy happiness, is an important means to achieving higher living standards. In Turkey, the average household net-adjusted disposable income is lower than the OECD average of 23 047 USD a year.
In terms of employment, 48% of people aged 15 to 64 in Turkey have a paid job, less than the OECD employment average of 66%. Some 69% of men are in paid work, compared with 28% of women. People in Turkey work 1 877 hours a year, more than the OECD average of 1 776 hours. Around 46% of employees work very long hours, much higher than the OECD average of 9%, with 50% of men working very long hours compared with 35% for women.
Having a good education is an important requisite for finding a job. In Turkey, 31% of adults aged 25-64 have earned the equivalent of a high-school degree, much lower than the OECD average of 74%. This is truer of men than women, as 36% of men have successfully completed high-school compared with 26% of women. This difference is larger than the OECD average and suggests women’s participation in higher education could be strengthened. In terms of the quality of the educational system, the average student scored 455 in reading literacy, maths and science in the OECD’s Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), lower than the OECD average of 497. On average in Turkey, girls outperformed boys by 15 points, more than the average OECD gap of 9 points.
In terms of health, life expectancy at birth in Turkey is 75 years, five years lower than the OECD average of 80 years. Life expectancy for women is 77 years, compared with 72 for men. The level of atmospheric PM10 – tiny air pollutant particles small enough to enter and cause damage to the lungs – is 37 micrograms per cubic meter, considerably higher than the OECD average of 21 micrograms per cubic meter. Turkey also performs below the OECD average in terms of water quality, as 61% of people say they are satisfied with the quality of their water, below the OECD average of 84%.
Concerning the public sphere, there is a moderate sense of community and high levels of civic participation in Turkey, where 73% of people believe that they know someone they could rely on in time of need, less than the OECD average of 90%. Voter turnout, a measure of public trust in government and of citizens’ participation in the political process, was 88% during recent elections; this figure is higher than the OECD average of 72%. Voter turnout for the top 20% of the population is 89% and for the bottom 20% it is 84%, a much narrower gap than the OECD average gap of 12 percentage points, suggesting there is broad social inclusion in Turkey’s democratic institutions 
In general, Turks are less satisfied with their lives than the OECD average, with 68% of people saying they have more positive experiences in an average day (feelings of rest, pride in accomplishment, enjoyment, etc) than negative ones (pain, worry, sadness, boredom, etc). This figure is much lower than the OECD average of 80%.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Why do the Dutch keep their curtains open?

Source: The Xenophobe's Guide to the Dutch

The Dutch are open about everything. Preserved vegetables come in glass jars rather than in tins. Lavatories have a shelf in the bowl, ensuring that even your internal workings are open to daily inspection (the one German invention the Dutch have taken to with relish). To assure their neighbours, and themselves, that they have nothing to hide, the Dutch build houses with big windows and do not draw their curtains at night. You can watch your neighbours' television, see what they are having for dinner, note whether they shout at their children and fervently exercise your powers of tolerance if you notice anything untoward. 

Clean windows are the primary concern of any house holder, and rooms are lit with a subtle chiaroscuro that presents a cosy picture to the street at night. Rather than draw the blinds, people whose houses open directly on to the street hang little screens made out of wooden-framed doilies in the windows, or stick narrow strips of clouded plastic to the glass. These are positioned to avoid tiresome eye-contact with passers-by, while still leaving the room open to public view.
Xenophobe's® Guides: Open curtains

No Dutch person would dream of staring in at the windows. That would be an invasion of privacy. Curiously, it was a Dutch television company that first came up with the idea for Big Brother, the show that allows millions to be Peeping Toms. This is the ultimate expression of Open Curtains, while spicing things up by breaking the paramount social taboo.
When this openness spreads to personal relationships, it leads to a perfect frankness that other nations may find disarming. If you are suffering from a particularly unfortunate haircut, an English friend might tactfully suggest that you wear that nice hat you bought last week. A Dutch person will ask you what on earth has happened to your hair.