Plukrijp Newsletter – 2021 week 22

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2021 – week 22

Upside down = instead of announcing what we plan to do
(& most often find out we do not need to do), we relate what we really did

Building communities of trust is fundamental
to healing our collective wound.
At Plukrijp, we offer spaces of transparency and solidarity.
The community allows people to encounter each other
in truth and so develop trust.
We do the garden for YOU
Plukrijp functions on your frequent visits & harvests. Take along for friends & neighbours, this way we recreate real networks between us all, breaking down the illusory restrictions that now still separate many of us from our fellow man = UBUNTU.
The updated list of vegetables & fruit that can be harvested this week is available on our website under the heading “Current Harvest” :
If you want to make elderflowersyrup, it is NOW the good moment for it!
If you want to volunteer at Plukrijp,
feel free to send your request to

This week @ Plukrijp
We did:

Planted and seeded basil in the closed tunnels


Reseeded pumpkin and corn in the long raised beds at Hei


Cleared the short low beds at Hei and planted broccoli and courgette


Scratched the central field many times with the roller, drew lines and seeded carrot on the one side and beans on the other (the beans all voluntarily outside of work-hours!)


Cleaned up, weeded and scratched tunnel 5, seeded pumpkin and planted cucumber


Added compost to tunnel 4, seeded calendula and phacelia and scratched


Cut away several layers of plastic in tunnel 4 to create more light; tunnel 4 has never been so empty due to the darkness


Mowed the grass a bit lower than last time, collected and gave to the chickens


Harvested elderflowers and made elderflowersyrup


Repaired some pallets


Cleared a large heap of horse manure at one of the neighbor’s places and added it to the compost heap. It’s amazing what a small but determined team can do if the work is carried out in conviviality!

Interesting Movies & Documentaries

Masturbation Coach | VPRO Documentary

Another “outsider” this week. Francis is a ‘sexological bodyworker’. He believes there is so much more than just watching porn, masturbating quickly and having a brief orgasm after five minutes.

In Taoist erotic massage he found a way to get more in touch with your own body. In addition to teaching this technique to others, Francis starts each day with a combination of breathing exercises and masturbation, where the emphasis is on surrender to bodily sensation and ejaculation is basically not happening.

8 Secrets of a Healthy Mind


Sadly, in most cases, mental illness is a chronic condition: not a one-off, but something that’s likely to recur in the future. Coping requires us to accept this – and put in place a strategy for managing our symptoms over the long-term.

Inspiring Links

Why is Vegetable Oil in Everything?


The History and Corruption Behind Processed Oils


Society tells you that vegetable oils are healthy, but that’s only to profit food corporations. Vegetable oils like we know them today simply did not exist and now they are everywhere. The more of these industrial oils we eat, the more unhealthy we become.

Getting thirsty, avoid “soft” drinks!

For the people who have NOT blocked the camera


on their laptop YET


Fakebook wants ALL your data WHY ?

Visual for global debt bubble

in reality not a few quadrillion but a few hundred quadrillion

quadrillion=a number with 15 0s behind it

1 quadrillion=1,000,000,000,000,000

we are on our way to a global “debt” that will have to be counted in quintillions

1 quintillion=1,000,000,000,000,000,000

the big question= WHO DOES OWE WHAT TO WHO ?



even if we all give ALL of our possessions+the future earnings+future mining value+etc to the “banks”, we will still OWE

this situation has developed over the last 20-40 YEARS, since “fiat” money (oil money/drug money/slave money/speculation money/…. has come to replace local moneys based on gold or other REAL valuables 

question: what is “money” in this context ?

An urgent lesson in geography:

Lands That Will FLOOD in Our Lifetime

A Skeptical Look at Climate Science


Degrees of Uncertainty is an animated data-driven documentary about climate science, uncertainty, and knowing when to trust the experts.

Inspiring Books

A Life in Common is one person’s memories of a life lived with others in intentional community in Britain. From the London squatting scene; through twenty years at People in Common – a ‘living/working co-operative’ in East Lancashire that grew out of the 1970s counter-culture; to the building of a Centre for Celebration on the edge of Morecambe Bay at the turn of the millennium.

Man lives under 48 laws


from chapter 8 of Ouspensky´s “The Fourth Way” read by D.J. Elliott


Since liberation results from correct insight into one’s essential nature,
while the cycle of suffering results from wrong understanding of it,
its nature is explained in greater detail.



The spiritual goal of this system is mukti, commonly translated as ‘liberation’ but perhaps better rendered ‘freedom’ or ‘release’. In both India and the West, mukti has frequently been objectified, made into a ‘thing’ to be attained, imagined as a kind of divinely elevated state of constant bliss. This is not correct. We can understand mukti better with reference to a more basic meaning of the word: the opposite of imprisonment. One who has been freed (mukta) from imprisonment is not constantly in the same state of mind as a result, yet his daily life experience is very different from when he was imprisoned. In one sense, he is the same person as before; in another, his experience of life is radically different, filled with possibility, and with a deeper appreciation for things others might take for granted. This, then, is closer to what is envisioned as the goal of the path: a state of release from the cycles of mind-created suffering, a feeling of freedom and natureal appreciation for the simple things of life.


– Book’s extract from ‘The Recognition Sutras’ by Christopher Wallis

Wis-dom beter dan andere -doms

Het is bekend dat kennis vergaard
wordt door weten,

Wat nog niet bekend is, is de kennis
verkregen door het niet-weten.

Richt je blik naar die duistere zee
van qi in de onderbuik:

Uit het lege vertrek komt dan het
witte licht.

Alle voorspoed ligt in het stilstaan
van het stilstaan.

Voorwaar! Als je niet echt stil blijft,
dan doe je wat men noemt

al zittend blijven hollen.

Zoveel waarheid en wijsheid in één
klein stukje tekst.


“It is known that knowledge accumulates is by knowing,

What is not yet known is the knowledge obtained by not knowing.

Turn your gaze to that dark sea of qi in the lower abdomen:

From the empty room then comes the white light.

All prosperity lies in the stillness of standing still.

Verily! If you don’t really stay still,
then you do what they call keep running while sitting.”

So much truth and wisdom in one small piece of text.

Inspiring Text

Feminist male-bashing By Cathy Young


Cathy Young is the author of two books, and a frequent contributor to Reason, Newsday, and

Our fractured culture is badly in need of healing — from the gender wars as well as other divisions. To be a part of this healing, feminism must include men, not just as supportive allies but as partners, with an equal voice and equal humanity.

Feminist male-bashing has come to sound like a cliche — a misogynist caricature. Feminism, its loudest proponents vow, is about fighting for equality. The man-hating label is either a smear or a misunderstanding.


Yet a lot of feminist rhetoric today does cross the line from attacks on sexism into attacks on men, with a strong focus on personal behavior: the way they talk, the way they approach relationships, even the way they sit on public transit. Male faults are stated as sweeping condemnations; objecting to such generalizations is taken as a sign of complicity. Meanwhile, similar indictments of women would be considered grossly misogynistic.


This gender antagonism does nothing to advance the unfinished business of equality. If anything, the fixation on men behaving badly is a distraction from more fundamental issues, such as changes in the workplace to promote work-life balance. What’s more, male-bashing not only sours many men — and quite a few women — on feminism. It often drives them into Internet subcultures where critiques of feminism mix with hostility toward women.


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To some extent, the challenge to men and male power has always been inherent in feminism, from the time the 1848 Seneca Falls Declaration of Sentiments catalogued the grievances of “woman” against “man.” However, these grievances were directed more at institutions than at individuals. In “The Feminine Mystique,” which sparked the great feminist revival of the 1960s, Betty Friedan saw men not as villains but as fellow victims burdened by societal pressures and by the expectations of their wives, who depended on them for both livelihood and identity.


That began to change in the 1970s with the rise of radical feminism. This movement, with its slogan, “The personal is political,” brought a wave of female anger at men’s collective and individual transgressions. Authors like Andrea Dworkin and Marilyn French depicted ordinary men as patriarchy’s brutal foot soldiers.


This tendency has reached a troubling new peak, as radical feminist theories that view modern Western civilization as a patriarchy have migrated from academic and activist fringes into mainstream conversation. One reason for this trend is social media, with its instant amplification of personal narratives and its addiction to outrage. We live in a time when jerky male attempts at cyber-flirting can be collected on a blog called Straight White Boys Texting (which carries a disclaimer that prejudice against white males is not racist or sexist, since it is not directed at the oppressed) and then deplored in an article titled “Dear Men: This Is Why Women Have Every Right To Be Disgusted With Us.”


Whatever the reasons for the current cycle of misandry — yes, that’s a word, derided but also adopted for ironic use by many feminists — its existence is quite real. Consider, for example, the number of neologisms that use “man” as a derogatory prefix and that have entered everyday media language: “mansplaining,” “manspreading” and “manterrupting.” Are these primarily male behaviors that justify the gender-specific terms? Not necessarily: The study that is cited as evidence of excessive male interruption of women actually found that the most frequent interrupting is female-on-female (“femterrupting”?).


Sitting with legs apart may be a guy thing, but there is plenty of visual documentation of women hogging extra space on public transit with purses, shopping bags and feet on seats. As for “mansplaining,” these days it seems to mean little more than a man making an argument a woman dislikes. Slate correspondent Dahlia Lithwick has admitted using the term to “dismiss anything said by men” in debates about Hillary Clinton. And the day after Clinton claimed the Democratic presidential nomination, political analyst David Axelrod was slammed as a “mansplainer” on Twitter for his observation that it’s a measure of our country’s “great progress” that “many younger women find the nomination of a woman unremarkable.”


Men who gripe about their ex-girlfriends and advise other men to avoid relationships with women are generally relegated to the seedy underbelly of the Internet — various forums and websites in the “manosphere,” recently chronicled by Stephen Marche in the Guardian. Yet a leading voice of the new feminist generation, British writer Laurie Penny, can use her column in the New Statesman to decry ex-boyfriends who “turned mean or walked away” and to urge straight young women to stay single instead of “wasting years in succession on lacklustre, unappreciative, boring child-men.”


Feminist commentary routinely puts the nastiest possible spin on male behavior and motives. Consider the backlash against the concept of the “friend zone,” or being relegated to “friends-only” status when seeking a romantic relationship — usually, though not exclusively, in reference to men being “friend zoned” by women. Since the term has a clear negative connotation, feminist critics say it reflects the assumption that a man is owed sex as a reward for treating a woman well. Yet it’s at least as likely that, as feminist writer Rachel Hills argued in a rare dissent in the Atlantic, the lament of the “friend zoned” is about “loneliness and romantic frustration,” not sexual entitlement.


Things have gotten to a point where casual low-level male-bashing is a constant white noise in the hip progressive online media. Take a recent piece on Broadly, the women’s section of Vice, titled, “Men Are Creepy, New Study Confirms” — promoted with a Vice Facebook post that said: “Are you a man? You’re probably a creep.” The actual study found something very different: that both men and women overwhelmingly think someone described as “creepy” is more likely to be male. If a study had found that a negative trait was widely associated with women (or gays or Muslims), surely this would have been reported as deplorable stereotyping, not confirmation of reality.


Meanwhile, men can get raked over the (virtual) coals for voicing even the mildest unpopular opinion on something feminism-related. Just recently, YouTube film reviewer James Rolfe, who goes by “Angry Video Game Nerd,” was roundly vilified as a misogynistic “man-baby” in social media and the online press after announcing that he would not watch the female-led “Ghostbusters” remake because of what he felt was its failure to acknowledge the original franchise.


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This matters, and not just because it can make men less sympathetic to the problems women face. At a time when we constantly hear that womanpower is triumphant and “the end of men” — or at least of traditional manhood — is nigh, men face some real problems of their own. Women are now earning about 60 percent of college degrees; male college enrollment after high school has stalled at 61 percent since 1994, even as female enrollment has risen from 63 percent to 71 percent. Predominantly male blue-collar jobs are on the decline, and the rise of single motherhood has left many men disconnected from family life. The old model of marriage and fatherhood has been declared obsolete, but new ideals remain elusive.


Perhaps mocking and berating men is not the way to show that the feminist revolution is about equality and that they have a stake in the new game. The message that feminism can help men, too — by placing equal value on their role as parents or by encouraging better mental health care and reducing male suicide — is undercut by gender warriors like Australian pundit Clementine Ford, whose “ironic misandry” often seems entirely non-ironic and who has angrily insisted that feminism stands only for women. Gibes about “male tears” — for instance, on a T-shirt sported by writer Jessica Valenti in a photo taunting her detractors — seem particularly unfortunate if feminists are serious about challenging the stereotype of the stoic, pain-suppressing male. Dismissing concerns about wrongful accusations of rape with a snarky “What about the menz” is not a great way to show that women’s liberation does not infringe on men’s civil rights. And telling men that their proper role in the movement for gender equality is to listen to women and patiently endure anti-male slams is not the best way to win support.


Valenti and others argue that man-hating cannot do any real damage because men have the power and privilege. Few would deny the historical reality of male dominance. But today, when men can lose their jobs because of sexist missteps and be expelled from college over allegations of sexual misconduct, that’s a blinkered view, particularly since the war on male sins can often target individuals’ trivial transgressions. Take the media shaming of former “Harry Potter” podcaster Benjamin Schoen, pilloried for some mildly obnoxious tweets (and then an insufficiently gracious email apology) to a woman who had blocked him on Facebook after an attempt at flirting. While sexist verbal abuse toward women online is widely deplored, there is little sympathy for men who are attacked as misogynists, mocked as “man-babies” or “angry virgins,” or even smeared as sexual predators in Internet disputes.


We are headed into an election with what is likely to be a nearly unprecedented gender gap among voters. To some extent, these numbers reflect policy differences. Yet it is not too far-fetched to see the pro-Donald Trump sentiment as fueled, at least in part, by a backlash against feminism. And while some of this backlash may be of the old-fashioned “put women in their place” variety, there is little doubt that for the younger generation, the perception of feminism as extremist and anti-male plays a role, too.


This theme emerged in Conor Friedersdorf’s recent interview in the Atlantic with a Trump supporter, a college-educated, 22-year-old resident of San Francisco who considers himself a feminist and expects his career to take a back seat to that of his higher-earning fiancee — but who also complains about being “shamed” as a white man and voices concern about false accusations of rape.


As this campaign shows, our fractured culture is badly in need of healing — from the gender wars as well as other divisions. To be a part of this healing, feminism must include men, not just as supportive allies but as partners, with an equal voice and equal humanity.

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