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The Netherlands likes to keep tabs on all aspects of the lives of its citizens. I was very shocked to discover that the Netherlands is way more Orwellian than the United States is. You have to register your address with the local authorities. One needs a license to play golf. Paperwork is abundant and intrusive. Forms are omnipresent. Everything and everyone is accounted for, and if you are not-then you basically don’t exist. The intrusion into life gets extreme at times. Even venues that provide live music are required to have a decibel monitor-lest they choose to break rules, they will suffer the consequences. I try not to think that there are cameras everywhere in this city, being watched over at all times by an aggregate of entities so affectionately referred to as “Big Brother,” and just do what it is that I do…
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    The Netherlands likes to keep tabs on all aspects of the lives of its citizens. I was very shocked to discover that the Netherlands is way more Orwellian than the United States is. You have to register your address with the local authorities. One needs a license to play golf. Paperwork is abundant and intrusive. Forms are omnipresent. Everything and everyone is accounted for, and if you are not-then you basically don’t exist. The intrusion into life gets extreme at times. Even venues that provide live music are required to have a decibel monitor-lest they choose to break rules, they will suffer the consequences. I try not to think that there are cameras everywhere in this city, being watched over at all times by an aggregate of entities so affectionately referred to as “Big Brother,” and just do what it is that I do…