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Canal ice helps Dutch rediscover national identity
International Herald Tribune ^ | January 16, 2009 | John Tagliabue Published: January 16, 2009

Posted on 01/17/2009 8:52:53 AM PST by gorush

NIEUWERKERK AAN DEN IJSSEL, Netherlands: For the first time in 12 years, the Netherlands' canals froze this month, bringing the Dutch, who like their tulips in neat rows, a heady mix of pandemonium and euphoria.

Hundreds of thousands of skaters, their cheeks as red as apples in the freezing temperatures, took to the ice, and hospital wards were filled with dozens of people with fractured arms, sprained ankles and broken legs.

Train engineers were ordered to go slowly to avoid hitting skaters who clambered across railway tracks to get from one frozen canal to another. Even the minister of defense, an avid skater, fell and broke his wrist. His ministry announced that the national defense remained in safe hands, even if one of them was in a cast.

In the 19th century, when Hans Brinker, the hero of the novel in which he tries to win a pair of silver skates, coasted along Holland's ice, the canals froze almost every year. But water pollution and climate change have made this so rare that today a boy of 15, Brinker's age, may never have seen a frozen canal, or at least remember one. Until, that is, this year.

(Excerpt) Read more at iht.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: globalcooling; globalwarming; littleiceage; netherlands; winter
"But water pollution and climate change have made this so rare that today a boy of 15, Brinker's age, may never have seen a frozen canal, or at least remember one. Until, that is, this year."

They are "little Ice Age" deniers.

1 posted on 01/17/2009 8:52:53 AM PST by gorush
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To: gorush
Greetings from:


2 posted on 01/17/2009 8:56:31 AM PST by xcamel (The urge to save humanity is always a false front for the urge to rule it. - H. L. Mencken)
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To: gorush

How does pollution prevent water from freezing?


3 posted on 01/17/2009 8:57:06 AM PST by Sherman Logan (Everyone has a right to his own opinion, but not to his own facts.)
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To: Sherman Logan
"How does pollution prevent water from freezing?"

Facts are demonstrably irrelevant to globull warming cultists.

4 posted on 01/17/2009 8:59:18 AM PST by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: gorush; Fiddlstix; TenthAmendmentChampion; Horusra; CygnusXI; Entrepreneur; Defendingliberty; ...
 




Beam me to Planet Gore !

5 posted on 01/17/2009 8:59:29 AM PST by steelyourfaith
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To: gorush

Yes, you lit on the same damned sentence that I did. I thought this piece would finally be free of the usual NYT/IHT garbage, but no, they had to work in “water pollution and climate change.”

Hey, stupids, this is climate change. It’s COLDER this winter. And last winter, too.


6 posted on 01/17/2009 9:00:08 AM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: gorush

How long before Holland’s Muslims take offense and issue a fatwa declaring that skating on canals blasphemes the Prophet and is unIslamic?


7 posted on 01/17/2009 9:00:09 AM PST by rickmichaels (WHATCHA GONNA DO WHEN OBAMA'S TRUTH SQUADS RUN WILD ON YOU???)
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To: gorush

In the future, when the canals freeze over again, they will be cited as evidence off climate change....


8 posted on 01/17/2009 9:01:27 AM PST by freebilly
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To: Cicero

Wanna bet birth rates are going to go through the roof also?


9 posted on 01/17/2009 9:01:46 AM PST by xcamel (The urge to save humanity is always a false front for the urge to rule it. - H. L. Mencken)
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To: gorush

read that the temp in Fairbanks, AK has had a 96 degree swing in the last 5 days, going from a low in the -40’s to a high of 50 (something) yesterday.

looks like the ROVE/BUSH greenhouse gas machine started up in FAIRBANKS.


10 posted on 01/17/2009 9:03:56 AM PST by machogirl (not one of Rush's top-ten gal names)
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To: gorush

The reason my Dutch friend said “I BELIEVE in global warming” is because the canals no longer froze in winter. I will point this out to her. he he!


11 posted on 01/17/2009 9:04:07 AM PST by Ditter
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To: freebilly

darn it, i checked out my canal this morning (in chandler, az) and it’s not frozen, gotta put my skates back.


12 posted on 01/17/2009 9:05:14 AM PST by machogirl (not one of Rush's top-ten gal names)
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To: Sherman Logan

I guess that would depend on the pollutant (eg. salt ethylene glycol, etc.)


13 posted on 01/17/2009 9:05:21 AM PST by Pessimist
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To: Ditter

It got down to -10 last night here in Cleveland Oh.
I think I’ve seen it colder in my lifetime here, but not by much and not very often.


14 posted on 01/17/2009 9:08:02 AM PST by Pessimist
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To: Sherman Logan
How does pollution prevent water from freezing?

Various chemicals change the freezing point. Salt or alcohol will drop it which is why road salt and antifreeze work.

When will all the Muzzies declare that ice skating is not allowed by the Koran and declare a fatwa.

15 posted on 01/17/2009 9:09:21 AM PST by KarlInOhio (On 9/11 Israel mourned with us while the Palestinians danced in the streets. Who should we support?)
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To: Pessimist
It got down to -10 last night here in Cleveland Oh. I think I’ve seen it colder in my lifetime here, but not by much and not very often.

Dayton hit its lowest temperature in 15 years Friday morning.

16 posted on 01/17/2009 9:14:11 AM PST by KarlInOhio (On 9/11 Israel mourned with us while the Palestinians danced in the streets. Who should we support?)
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To: xcamel

My first thought, after reading that first paragraph, was that for at least a single day the Dutch could imagine they were back in the old Holland before the Muslim immigrant invation.

Then, of course, the IHT had to spoil it with their environmentalist whining.


17 posted on 01/17/2009 9:17:05 AM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: KarlInOhio

It was -20 here last night in Vermont, and -25 or 30 the night before.


18 posted on 01/17/2009 9:18:09 AM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Cicero

“Hey, stupids, this is climate change. It’s COLDER this winter. And last winter, too.”

I have spent the morning, unsuccessfully at this point, trying to unfreeze our water supply pipes with a hair dryer. These global warming nudniks can bite me.


19 posted on 01/17/2009 9:18:47 AM PST by Batman11
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To: rickmichaels
"Canal ice helps Dutch rediscover national identity"

The Dutch have been skating on thin ice ever since the ROP gained a foothold in Holland.

20 posted on 01/17/2009 9:20:18 AM PST by Dacus943
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To: Pessimist

Salt water, brackish water and fresh water have different weights per gallon. Maybe that’s what this was about...


21 posted on 01/17/2009 9:20:53 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: Pessimist

I agree that such pollutants in sufficient quantity would affect the freezing point of water. However, I seriously doubt they are present in the (probably) percent level needed to have such an effect.

Most pollutants are measured in the parts per thousand or million which may be sufficient to have significant effect on sensitive life forms. Unlikely to affect the physical characteristics of the water much.


22 posted on 01/17/2009 9:24:24 AM PST by Sherman Logan (Everyone has a right to his own opinion, but not to his own facts.)
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To: gorush

The point made in the headline is that skating on the canals is a very Dutch thing to do. You can go from town to town, drink hot coco, etc. Lots of fun.
I am glad that they are ‘discovering’ this again, after their country has been accommodating the muzzies in every facet of daily life, this is refreshing, and a first step in reversing the process.


23 posted on 01/17/2009 9:25:55 AM PST by Madistan (When love of country wanes, patriots arise)
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To: gorush
Facts are demonstrably irrelevant to globull warming cultists.

And apparently to a few others.

24 posted on 01/17/2009 9:26:19 AM PST by jiggyboy (Ten per cent of poll respondents are either lying or insane)
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To: Batman11

Oh, haven’t you heard? The global warming crowd are saying that it is global warming that has caused the cold snap. You see, anthropogenic climate change works in both directions. That way they can claim that any change in climate is caused by man, and since the only thing that we know for sure about climate is that it changes, they have it all covered.

I guess that’s humanist logic, Unitarian belief.


25 posted on 01/17/2009 9:28:56 AM PST by Eva (CHANGE- the post modern euphemism for Marxist revolution.)
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To: xcamel

Wanna bet birth rates are going to go through the roof also?

&&&
A good thing unless we’re talking about the mohammedans there.


26 posted on 01/17/2009 9:33:06 AM PST by Bigg Red (Palin in 2012!)
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To: Batman11

One of my son-in-law’s heating pipes, down the road from us, froze up the night before last. And that was after he repaired the basement wall last summer and had insulation sprayed around the tops of the walls.

He’s waiting to see what happens when it thaws. Hopefully any flooding will be confined to the basement.


27 posted on 01/17/2009 9:35:34 AM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Madistan

...I am glad that they are ‘discovering’ this again,....

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Now, if they would only rediscover their religious roots....


28 posted on 01/17/2009 9:35:35 AM PST by Bigg Red (Palin in 2012!)
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To: Madistan

Yes and you had better believe you don’t see any mohammedans on the ice. The women would literally be breaking their necks in those burkas.


29 posted on 01/17/2009 9:37:34 AM PST by bergmeid (I refuse to be united. Obama can stuff it.)
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To: xcamel

one of my favorite books.


30 posted on 01/17/2009 9:37:48 AM PST by Trajan88 (www.bullittclub.com)
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To: Sherman Logan

...heat perhaps due to chemical reactions? How’s that sound?


31 posted on 01/17/2009 10:18:05 AM PST by brwnsuga (Proud, Black, Sexy Conservative!!! I am no LEMMING!)
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To: gorush

Al Gore would say the Dutch are suffering from false consciousness.


32 posted on 01/17/2009 10:31:25 AM PST by popdonnelly (Don't lose sight of your conservative principles.)
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To: machogirl
i checked out my canal this morning (in chandler, az) and it’s not frozen, gotta put my skates back

Your canal's not frozen. That must be evidence of global warming. < / s>

Seriously though, if a woman told me that her canal was frozen I'd head in the other direction... ;^)

33 posted on 01/17/2009 10:44:20 AM PST by freebilly
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To: freebilly

ha


34 posted on 01/17/2009 10:54:49 AM PST by machogirl (not one of Rush's top-ten gal names)
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To: Madistan

burka skatewear on the horizon?


35 posted on 01/17/2009 10:56:01 AM PST by machogirl (not one of Rush's top-ten gal names)
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To: gorush
"But water pollution and climate change have made this so rare that today a boy of 15, Brinker's age, may never have seen a frozen canal, or at least remember one. Until, that is, this year."

Ah, yes! Fifteen years being such a tremendous span of geologic time.

36 posted on 01/17/2009 11:01:04 AM PST by TigersEye (One shot revolution.)
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To: KarlInOhio

Add any Ion to water and you will get a...
... Boiling point elevation
... Freezing point depression

So if they had salt water in their canals, that would lower the freezing point.

..... DT = i Kb m


37 posted on 01/17/2009 11:01:16 AM PST by Pikachu_Dad
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To: Incorrigible; knighthawk

Dutch ping!


38 posted on 01/17/2009 11:02:55 AM PST by Pharmboy (BHO: making death and taxes yet MORE certain...)
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To: rickmichaels
How long before Holland’s Muslims take offense and issue a fatwa declaring that skating on canals blasphemes the Prophet and is unIslamic?

From the article:

With an influx of immigrants, the country has been struggling to maintain what it considers its Dutch soul, and Gustafsson was one of many here who thought the skating experience enabled the Dutch to reconnect with their identity. "There were only Dutch people on the ice," he said. "I saw no people of Arab descent."

Evidently, no one told the Arabs about it.

39 posted on 01/17/2009 3:18:27 PM PST by Alas Babylon!
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To: machogirl

The canals in the Central Valley aren’t frozen either, and neither are the rivers. Back to the drawing board.


40 posted on 01/17/2009 11:18:42 PM PST by TenthAmendmentChampion (Be prepared for tough times. FReepmail me to learn about our new survival thread!)
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