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Posted on July 4th, 2015 at 21:21 by John Sinteur in category: Nederland is Gek!


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  1. “Blowjobsteals?” Well, that’s my new word learned, today…

Drug baron payout lands Justice Min, Sec in hot water again

Posted on March 9th, 2015 at 22:10 by John Sinteur in category: Nederland is Gek!


State Secretary Fred Teeven and Minister Ivo Opstelten (Security and Justice) are in trouble in the Tweede Kamer (lower house of parliament) again over the deal Teeven made with drug criminal Cees H. in 2000.

Documents in the possession of Nieuwsuur shows that 4.7 million guilders was transferred to the criminal and not 1.25 million as Opstelten claimed repeatedly. Opstelten claimed that the receipt of the deal was untraceable. Opposition spokespersons told the Volkskrant that Opstelten now has a lot to explain. The ChristenUnie, D66, CDA and SP have requested a debate. The coalition parties PvdA and VVD have not responded yet. Last year several opposition parties suggested withdrawing confidence in Opstelten if the payment details were revealed.

In the year 2000 Teeven, then a public prosecutor, made a settlement with H., who was convicted of drug trafficking, after Justice’s attempts to seize H.’s criminal money failed. Teeven struck a deal that the state would receive 750 thousand guilders of H.’s criminal assets, he could keep the rest. The tax authorities would also not be informed.

The exact amount that H. was allowed to keep caused a lot of discord and confusion last year. Opstelten claimed in the Tweede Kamer that the amount was 1.25 million guilders. H.’s former lawyer denied this, stating that the amount was nearly 5 million guilders. Under pressure of the Kamer Opstelten promised to look at the bank statement to prove that he was not lying about the amount. The search yielded nothing and Opstelten wrote tot he Kamer that the administration of that time is “untraceable” and that there are “no otherwise relevant documents”.

Well, guess what. The receipts were found after all, and both Teeven and Opstelten resigned their positions just 10 minutes ago.

Good riddance. There were jokes being made “if we’re not paying them that amount, all the top criminals will leave the country” in the same way the bonus system for top CEO’s were justified.

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  1. fun fact for today: there will be regional elections next week – sounds harmless, but the group that gets elected will elect the Senate. So expect next week to be one big Election Special in the news…

Hell yeah!

Posted on July 6th, 2014 at 0:58 by John Sinteur in category: Nederland is Gek!


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  1. What? No halo?

Iemand nog pepernoten?

Posted on October 26th, 2013 at 23:12 by John Sinteur in category: Nederland is Gek!

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  1. I think he wants a Rainbow Peter.

Wiegel: pim-pam-pet

Posted on November 15th, 2012 at 20:10 by Desiato in category: Commentary, Funny!, Nederland is Gek!


De maatregelen van nu zijn het resultaat van dingen uitruilen tussen de VVD en de PvdA, zonder dat er een samenhang in zit. Want al die dingen zijn onderling niet verbonden, de draadjes ontbreken. Dat komt door dat systeem van Wouter Bos met die plastic kaartjes. De formatie was een soort pim-pam-pet: de VVD krijgt pim, de PvdA krijgt pam en het resultaat is pet.

Hans Wiegel in Intermediair. (Pretty much untranslatable, but negative on the compromises between the Dutch government’s coalition parties.)

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Withour further comment

Posted on June 13th, 2012 at 21:46 by John Sinteur in category: Nederland is Gek!

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  1. Surely not…Dutch disease!

  2. Orange ya glad it’ll be done early?

Oke, geef maar toe, wie heeft er gedrukt?

Posted on April 23rd, 2012 at 19:26 by John Sinteur in category: Nederland is Gek!

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Miljoenen zien première Mad Men 5; waarom wij pas in 2013?

Posted on March 27th, 2012 at 9:31 by Desiato in category: ¿ʞɔnɟ ǝɥʇ ʇɐɥʍ, Nederland is Gek!


‘We zijn in Nederland ooit te laat begonnen met het uitzenden van de serie, dan loop je al snel achter. En nu is het probleem dat er op Nederland 2 weinig plek is om de serie te programmeren. Door alle documentaires en andere programma’s die voor en na Nieuwsuur staan, is er pas plek vanaf begin volgend jaar.’

Een plek op Nederland 3 – waar makkelijker nieuwe series kunnen worden geprogrammeerd – is volgens hem niet mogelijk. ‘Daar past het niet. Op die zender staan series als Homeland en Dexter en heeft daarmee een ander profiel’.

Mad Men hoort op Nederland 2, bevestigt ook Gerard Timmer, hoofd van de Publieke Omroep in een korte reactie: ‘Als we het op Nederland 3 zouden programmeren zou dat de kijker van dat net verwarren. We programmeren op de profielen van de netten om kijkers ermee vertrouwd te maken. Zo weten zij welk type programma ze op welk net kunnen verwachten.’

Summary: Mad Men Season 5 can’t (“”) be broadcast in the Netherlands until next year because there’s no space on the channel it “belongs on” and putting it on one of the channels where there’s space would “confuse the audience” about the curated themes of the channels.

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  1. So next year it will flop because everybody already watched it on Pirate Channel Internation?

  2. And these pinheads wonder why there is so much “piracy” (read “illegal” downloads/sharing) of media?

  3. “confuse the audience” probably means “makes it more difficult to sell advertising on that particular channel”.

  4. Hmmm. Reasonable guess. And I’d imagine that the advertising around a popular American series probably subsidizes some of the other content, so that actually almost makes sense.

De Guilder will be back!

Posted on December 27th, 2011 at 22:26 by John Sinteur in category: Nederland is Gek!

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Fraudulent Google credential found in the wild

Posted on August 30th, 2011 at 6:57 by John Sinteur in category: Nederland is Gek!, Security


Security researchers have discovered a counterfeit web certificate for Google.com circulating on the internet that gives attackers the encryption keys needed to impersonate Gmail and virtually every other digitally signed Google property.

The forged certificate was issued on July 10 to digitally sign Google pages protected by SSL, or secure sockets layer. It was issued by DigiNotar, a certificate authority located in the Netherlands. The forged certificate is valid for *.google.com, giving its unknown holders the means to mount transparent attacks on a wide range of Google users who access pages on networks controlled by the counterfeiters.


Google and Mozilla have responded to the forgery by preparing updates to Chrome, Firefox and other software programs that take the highly unusual step of blocking all certificates issued by DigiNotar while the forgery is being investigated.

This one apparently was used by the Iranian government. Diginotar is used by the Dutch government for a lot of their (legit) certificates, it’ll be interesting to see which parts of the government are hit by these emergency patches.

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  1. Heard a great one on dutch news radio this morning – a tech journalist was telling the radio station he was called back in the middle of the night by the ministry spokesperson to state there was no problem at all with government web sites. Reaction by news radio host: “he called back in the middle of the night? Wow, they really have a problem!”

    They’re scrambling like mad right now – one of the certs signed by DigiNotar is DigID, the digital ID every dutch person uses to communicate with government (such as submit tax forms etc). They haven’t replaced that cert yet…


Posted on July 13th, 2011 at 15:35 by John Sinteur in category: Nederland is Gek!

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  1. Uh, wut? Is there context to this?

  2. When you do not speak dutch, it’s your problem and not ours thank you?


  3. Correct!

  4. Right. I was curious if there was a context to it. Who posted it, where, and are they referring to something specific?

  5. was mailed to me as poster on some whiteboard. As far as I know, a very public place with lots of tourists, in NL.

  6. You could/ should start a mem; phonetically written english. But because it will only be of interest, or funny, to the people speaking the original language it won’t be so viral. Mmmh ,fugetaboudit.

Islamic veil ban in Dutch coalition deal

Posted on October 1st, 2010 at 8:54 by John Sinteur in category: Nederland is Gek!


A ban on wearing the full Islamic veil in the Netherlands will be part of the government’s programme under a pact to form a coalition, party leaders say.

The Liberals and Christian Democrats have had to make concessions to anti-Islamist Geert Wilders to gain his support for their minority coalition.

The deal ends months of deadlock but still needs to be ratified by Christian Democrats in a meeting on Saturday.

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Nederland – Uruguay

Posted on July 6th, 2010 at 11:27 by John Sinteur in category: ¿ʞɔnɟ ǝɥʇ ʇɐɥʍ, Nederland is Gek!

Just read that a Dutch hospital in Heerlen has invited all their cardiac out-patients to come watch the match in a room in the Hospital, close to medical care…

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  1. Somehow this strikes me as utterly preposterous…

  2. On 1st glance yes, but according to an article in a reasonably reliable newspaper (NRC or Leeuwarder Courant if i recall correctly) watching a soccer game leads to a very high stress level. So from that perspective it’s probably not to bad an idea. And you’re most likely not allowed to smoke or consume alcohol there…..

  3. Yes and they are going to watch the match anyway, telling them not to will do no good. They might as well do it where help is near by.

  4. Congratulations to the orange.

Dutch cabinet collapses in dispute over Afghanistan

Posted on February 20th, 2010 at 11:47 by John Sinteur in category: Nederland is Gek!


The Dutch government has collapsed over disagreements within the governing coalition on extending troop deployments in Afghanistan.

The rules say there are now at least 40 days to get candidate lists compiled for the elections, followed by 43 days at least to campaign. So elections won’t be before may or so.

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Dwarf helicopter sniffs out cannabis plantations

Posted on May 1st, 2009 at 7:03 by John Sinteur in category: Nederland is Gek!


Police in the northeastern Achterhoek region have begun using an unmanned miniature helicopter to track down the illegal cultivation of cannabis, which often takes place indoors. The so-called “canna-chopper” is fitted with cameras and a sniffer to take air samples out of ventilator shafts and chimneys. A dedicated gas analyser is able to recognise traces of weed smell in the air samples.

Police say they are not breaking the law because the samples can be taken without entering the building. The unmanned dwarf helicopter can stay airborne for a maximum of eight hours. It was designed and built by Dutch police engineers.

This is probably confusing to all foreign readers who think cannabis is entirely legal over here. It isn’t. The Dutch have made a decision not to prosecute small time offenders. This means, a blind eye is turned to possession when the amount is very low (personal use amounts). They also grant licenses to owners of ‘coffee-shops’ to sell cannabis with some fairly tight regulations. I believe the idea behind this is that, as has been discovered in basically every other country on earth, people want to smoke a joint from time to time, and it is better they get it from a regulated (and more importantly, taxed!) business, rather than some guy on the street who will almost certainly try to push the more addictive stuff on to the customer for higher (tax free!) profits.

However, what is not tolerated, is massive scale, cannabis farming which is then sold on for huge profits (without tax being paid, are you spotting a theme here?).

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  1. So what you say, it’s not about canabis, it’s about tax evasion. Makes sense 🙂

  2. “…some guy on the street who will almost certainly try to push the more addictive stuff…”

    Maybe that is true some places, but not in extensive experience this is a bit of a stretch. From my experience, pot dealers usually are not interested in pushing “the more addictive stuff”. When/if they gain this interest-profit motive-risk tolerance, they generally cease to be pot dealers,unless they deal in huge quantities, which of course means that they are no longer the man on the street.

    Of course I am sensitive the the ‘gateway-drug’ argument since I think it is bunk!

  3. I still think your regulatory restrictions are simple compared to California. Here, it’s regionally allowed for medical reasons, but nationally prohibited – and the national government maintains that its laws supercede regional laws. I’m surprised that there has yet to be a notable court case which could rise to the Supreme Court of the United States level, as it’s the most blatant current example of the old Federalism vs. State’s Rights debate.

Five dead, 12 injured in Queen’s Day tragedy

Posted on May 1st, 2009 at 7:01 by John Sinteur in category: Nederland is Gek!


Queen’s Day celebrations in Apeldoorn ended in tragedy, with five people killed and 12 injured, five of them seriously. Just before noon a man deliberately drove his car at high speed into a crowd watching an open-topped coach carrying the Royal Family.

The driver is a 38-year-old Dutch national, who is an unemployed security guard. The public prosecutor says the man told police the target of this attack was the Royal Family, a crime punishable with a maximum jail sentence of 30 years. The public prosecutor has ruled out terrorism.

The car missed the royal coach by 15 metres and came to a standstill when it crashed into a well-known monument. The driver was injured and had to be cut from his vehicle. He was arrested and taken away for interrogation. He is in hospital and his condition is critical.

The man had made an earlier attempt to cross a safety barrier and was turned away by police. By the time the man approached the royal coach, his car was already heavily damaged. Together with a bomb disposal squad police searched the vehicle. The National Anti-terror Coordinator helped launch the investigation.

Oh, and the guy who did it died last night…

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  1. First, I am shocked! This will be a big blow to the traditional Dutch high approachability of the Royal Family. The Dutch lost an other piece of innocence. 🙁 Also I am grateful, that the (probably very confused) man that did this unspeakable deed, is not from some kind of minority, because that would bring with it even more unwanted political and social changes.

  2. the driver must have been in alot of unspeakable pain to drive himself into that crowd of people and then headlong to his own death into the “war” monument…what war was he in? we are shocked ..we all ask why? well we must be shocked into being sensative to those hurting around us and perhaps maybe we all are a bit too selfish to reach out to those who really need our touch and love…may jesus comfort all those who lost loved ones…we all lost them for they were our brothers and sisters too.

Pictures, pictures…

Posted on April 30th, 2009 at 15:47 by John Sinteur in category: Nederland is Gek!



Many more (including some graphic) here

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Car hits crowd near Dutch queen’s bus

Posted on April 30th, 2009 at 12:59 by John Sinteur in category: Nederland is Gek!

Amazing how fast you can find the video online nowadays…


Two people have been killed and 12 wounded when a car careered into a crowd of people watching the Dutch royal family riding past in an open-top bus, police said.

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  1. Why are the Dutch still preserving, like the stupid British, the anachronism of a royal family? Two lives would have been saved if the royalty had become extinct.

  2. How would changing the constitution into a different form of government decrease the amount of crazy idiots in a society?

  3. Good point.

    I saw the whole thing live on TV this morning. The monarchy-system is totally crap but changing the system won’t help the fact that there are a lot of idiots around.

Save banking, not the bankers or the banks; the case of ING

Posted on February 16th, 2009 at 10:09 by John Sinteur in category: Nederland is Gek!, Robber Barons


So the Dutch state’s ING guarantee got it 100 percent wrong. It does very little to stimulate new lending to the real economy. Instead it subsidises/bails out the owners and unsecured creditors of a bank that holds large stocks of (bad) assets, that is, those who in the past have (carelessly/unwisely) extended credit to the bank. This maximises moral hazard for very little gain in systemic financial stability and for very little direct stimulus to new lending. It also incentivises the bank to hoard capital and liquidity to enable it to pay off its obligations to the state and regain its operational independence as soon as possible. Finally, it exacerbates the tendency to restrict cross-border banking, quite possibly to a degree that could harm the efficient diversification of asset and funding risk. This deeply defective bail-out should not be repeated, in the Netherlands or elsewhere.

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  1. I am not a proponent of state sponsering, but in this case, I feel I have to point out that the author makes some valid points against, but misses the all overwriting point in favor of taking out the bad-assets. The main goal of the Dutch gouvernament was to save the ING from a savingsrun. This is the nightmare of every bank. No bank, nomatter its rating (including the AAA rated Rabobank) can give back all the money the loaned over the period of, say, a week. This is because they used the money to lend it to others and they can not (be made to) payback on short term. Currently, any bank the people don’t trust, will be confronted with a savingsrun. Like Fortis, like IceSave, etc. Since ING-Direct has grown tremendesly in the online-market, the whole ING could be pulled under if even a wisper of insolvability were noticable (online-banking is even more voilatile). It was the one, the only, the all consuming concern of the ING. They are a solid bank, they always have been, however, when emotions run high, it’s not enough. Since the sentiment was concentrating soley on bad-loans, and since ING had some deriviatives that had some sub-primes in it, they feared a savingsrun. They revalued their deriviates on the conservative side, but the public was distrustful. Probably exactly because the ING had so little, and people expected more. So they sold off 90% of all their mortage derivatives, way below the marked value, and the Dutch gouvernament will make billions off off it. They had a hard time estimating what the effect would be of keeping as much as possible, they thought about 50/50, but they did not dare take the risk. So they settled for 10%. The reason this works is because the Dutch gouvernement is not steared by emotions like the millions of customers of ING-Direct and recognized a good deal when they saw it, plus they probably also did not like a savingsrun (understatement).

    So the author is right in that it does nothing to situmulate “new lending.” However, it does wonders for stabilizing the financial marked. There is virtually no (un prised) risk in the assets the Dutch gouvernament bought. I usually don’t agree with all ING and other big financial institutions do, but I think ING is one of the better lead banks. They took a huge hit on their asset values, to make absolutely sure there would not be a savingsrun. I think the deal showed good bank-man-ship of the ING and good-gouvernence of the Dutch gouvernament.


Posted on February 3rd, 2009 at 12:01 by John Sinteur in category: Nederland is Gek!


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GeenStijl : Politie Rotterdam staat voor LUL

Posted on December 1st, 2008 at 16:14 by John Sinteur in category: Great Picture, Nederland is Gek!


(for the non-dutch: the police is trying to get people interested in working for them. Spotted in Rotterdam)

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  1. De politie heeft door slechts een pet op het dak van de auto te plaatsen een guerilla marketing campagne via vrijwilligende blogs aan de gang gezet. Mooi gedaan, ze snappen blijkbaar hoe je moet marketen op Web 2.0.

Pinball wizard to keep ABN-Fortis merger in play

Posted on November 26th, 2008 at 21:57 by John Sinteur in category: Nederland is Gek!, Robber Barons


Former Dutch finance minister and pinball enthusiast Gerrit Zalm will take the helm of a combined Fortis and ABN AMRO group in the Netherlands, keeping the planned merger of the banks’ retail operations in play.

There’s a big political storm brewing over this. For the past few years, the cabinet and parliament have been screaming about extremely high salaries for CEO’s of government (owned) institutions (like hospitals and such), and they came up with the norm that none of them should earn more than the prime minister makes. That’s about 171k euro per year. A nationalized bank would certainly qualify for this norm.

Today, the new salary of Zalm became public knowledge. He’s going to earn 750k, and 100k for each billion the bank has as profit.

That’s quite a bit higher than 171k.

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Posted on November 10th, 2008 at 9:01 by John Sinteur in category: Nederland is Gek!

Geacht kabinet,

Hoe gaat een kilometerheffing enig verschil maken:

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  1. Het gaat niet om de oplossing van het fileprobleem, John. Het gaat om de heffing. Maar daar vertel ik je niets nieuws mee, natuurlijk.


Posted on October 24th, 2008 at 9:48 by John Sinteur in category: Cartoon, Nederland is Gek!

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Pinnen Kan

Posted on October 23rd, 2008 at 10:04 by John Sinteur in category: Nederland is Gek!

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‘Red huizenmarkt’

Posted on October 22nd, 2008 at 12:41 by John Sinteur in category: Nederland is Gek!, Robber Barons


De huizenmarkt komt stil te liggen als de overheid niet snel ingrijpt. Huizenverkopers worstelen met dubbele lasten, terwijl kopers geen hypotheek kunnen krijgen.

Dat stelt Vereniging Eigen Huis, die op de bres springt voor huizenkopers en -verkopers. De overdrachtsbelasting moet van zes naar drie procent verlaagd worden als tijdelijke steunmaatregel voor de woningmarkt. De vereniging vindt dat maatregelen nodig zijn, omdat het consumentenvertrouwen in de woningmarkt snel daalt. “De overheid moet nu over de brug komen”, stelt woordvoerder Hans André de la Porte. “Een deel van de huizenverkopers staat het water aan de lippen en vooral starters hebben veel moeite om een hypotheek los te krijgen. Zo komt de huizenmarkt stil te liggen.”


Minister Bos van Financiën reageerde gisteren met de opmerking dat hij op dit moment geen mogelijkheden ziet om tegemoet te komen aan de eis van Eigen Huis.

Het ligt er kennelijk maar geheel aan wie het vraagt, want die snelle “nee” is er in het volgende geval duidelijk niet:


Fortis Bank Nederland blijkt zonder toestemming van de staat tientallen bonussen te hebben toegekend aan de subtop van het bedrijf. Dat gebeurde na de nationalisatie van het bedrijf ruim drie weken geleden. Het bestuur van de bank besloot dinsdag om de bonussen alsnog aan het ministerie van Financiën voor te leggen. Dat wil nog niet zeggen of het voorstel zal worden goedgekeurd. ‘We wachten eerst even af wat ze precies willen’, zegt een woordvoerder.

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Aegon sluit gebruik steunfonds niet uit

Posted on October 20th, 2008 at 18:10 by John Sinteur in category: Nederland is Gek!


Verzekeraar Aegon sluit niet uit gebruik te zullen maken van het steunfonds van de Nederlandse staat.

“Zoals gezegd bestuderen we of en onder welke voorwaarden het voor Aegon gunstig zou kunnen uitpakken”, aldus een woordvoerder van het Haagse concern.

De zegsman benadrukte dat Aegon geen liquiditeitsproblemen heeft. “Aegon voldoet aan de kapitaaleisen”.

Oke, dus “vooralsnog” hebben jullie het niet nodig?

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  1. “Vooralsnog” is hier vervangen door het equivalent qua betekenis “Sluit niet uit”
    Volgende week uitsluitsel!

ING ontvangt kapitaalinjectie van 10 miljard euro

Posted on October 19th, 2008 at 20:13 by John Sinteur in category: Nederland is Gek!


De ING ontvangt een kapitaalinjectie van 10 miljard euro van de staat, zo maakten minister van Financiën Wouter Bos, DNB-president Nout Wellink en ING-topman Michel Tilmant zondagavond tijdens een persconferentie bekend.


Dus “vooralsnog” betekent gewoon “in de komende 24 uur”. Handig om te weten.

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‘ING doet mogelijk volgende week beroep op staat’

Posted on October 18th, 2008 at 21:05 by John Sinteur in category: Nederland is Gek!


ING verzekerde vrijdag een sterke kapitaalpositie te hebben en vooralsnog geen problemen te voorzien.

Toch handig, zo’n woord als “vooralsnog”.

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Nederlandse wietexport is twee miljard waard

Posted on October 18th, 2008 at 15:39 by John Sinteur in category: Nederland is Gek!


Nederlandse wietkwekers verdienen jaarlijks ruim twee miljard euro met illegale export.


Ruim tachtig procent van de illegale kweek is bestemd voor export, stelt Daniel.

Door de teelt illegaal te houden, verliest de staat dus minstens een half miljard tot een miljard aan belastingen (afhankelijk van hoe je accijns en btw heft op export en lokaal gebruik).

En dan tel ik het geld dat we kwijt zijn aan politiekosten nog niet eens mee.

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