A Trip Around The World: Canada   

By Daisy Lauren

This is it! The grand finale we’ve all been waiting for, Canada! I have to tell you guys I’m a little sad to see it end, but I’m so excited to show you the Canada pavilion! If you haven’t been able to join us until now, why not take a look at Mexico, Norway, China, Germany, […]

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          Caroline Glick on Trump, Israel, and America’s secular Jews   
Caroline Glick has some good news about the Trump administration, and some sobering news about the leaching away of America’s Jews from any sort of meaningful Judaism: Earlier this month Norway, Denmark and Switzerland did something surprising. Norway announced that it was demanding the return of its money from the Palestinian Human Rights and Humanitarian […]
          Motor racing-Rallying Poland leg 2 classification   
July 1 (Gracenote) - Leg 2 Classification from the Rally of Poland on Saturday 1. Thierry Neuville (Belgium) Hyundai 2:10:26.300 2. Ott Taenak (Estonia) Ford +00:03.100 3. Hayden Paddon (New Zealand) Hyundai 00:25.500 4. Sebastien Ogier (France) Ford 01:32.000 5. Daniel Sordo (Spain) Hyundai 01:43.800 6. Teemu Suninen (Finland) Ford 02:06.200 7. Stephane Lefebvre (France) Citroen 02:20.300 8. Mads Ostberg (Norway) Ford

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          [EN] Do you know the Seed Vault in Norway ?   
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          Photo of the week: Shooting the northern lights in Norway   
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          White and Red and Stitched All Over   

I was at the beach last weekend, and used the opportunity to photograph my recent finish.




This quilt was started over three years ago! 




Most of the quilt is stitched in ivory perle 8--hard to see in the photo, but lovely up close.




The top row is stitched in red perle 8.  
Here you can see the large Baptist Fan design from Barb's wonderful stencil.  




The border is a table cloth I found in a thrift store in Norway several years ago.




The back is another thrift store find.




"Quadriga Aprinette?"  According to Google, it means "five sided apron."




Some good reminders from the beach.






          The Fox Of Bloody Women Island   

How does one find happiness throughout a winter when the sun barely makes an appearance?

This source of curiosity took us to Nordland - a mystical Viking land of changing light, deep fjords and mountainous archipelagos. We arrived in the small town of Kjerringøy, where had we heard there was a man who built traditional boats. His name was Ulf, his house had the red trim around it, and he’ll meet us at the end of the drive in the freezing rain. This was all we knew. Could this mans belief in his work and connection to his environment be the root of his happiness? Shot entirely during the twilight hours of Norway's northern Arctic, this is his story.

A film by Vern Cummins and Jamie Gallant.

'Æ for aleina' Music and lyrics by Tonje Unstad.
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          Apple ARKit user puts a color changing Tesla Model 3 in his driveway before the car's release   
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Elon Musk is working hard to make Tesla vehicles everyone can afford, but the only available versions of the tech-centric electric vehicle are still too pricey for some of us — but not in augmented reality! 

That's what one Norway-based 3D designer decided when he used Apple's new ARKit to create his own augmented reality version of the upcoming Tesla Model 3. 

SEE ALSO: Apple demos ARKit, a mobile augmented reality development platform

Posting a video of the ARKit-created app on Twitter on Saturday, creator Jelmer Verhoog show off how it allows you to choose the color of your Model 3 while seeing how it looks in your own driveway.  Read more...

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          The Future of English in the World of Communication   
English – History

Britain’s colonial expansion established the pre-conditions for the global use of English, taking the language from its island birthplace to settlements around the world. The English language has grown up in contact with many others, making it a hybrid language which can rapidly evolve to meet new cultural and communicative needs.

English in the 20th century

The story of English has been closely linked to the rise of the US as a superpower that has spread the English language alongside its economic, technological and cultural influence. In the same period, the international importance of other European languages, especially French, has declined.

Who speaks English?

There are three kinds of English speaker:

- Those who speak it as a first language

- Those for whom it is a second or additional language

- Those who learn it as a foreign language.


English is remarkable for its diversity, its propensity to change and be changed. This has resulted in both a variety of forms of English, but also a diversity of cultural contexts within which English is used in daily life.

The main areas of development in the use and form of English will undoubtedly come from non-native speakers.

Major International domains of English

  1. Working language of international organizations and conferences
  2. Scientific publications
  3. International banking, economic affairs and trade
  4. Advertising for global brands
  5. Audio-visual cultural products (e.g. film, TV, popular music)
  6. International tourism
  7. Tertiary education
  8. International safety (e.g. ‘airspeak’, ‘seaspeak’)
  9. International law
  10. As a ‘ready language’ in interpretation and translation
  11. Technology transfer
  12. International communication.

English is the most widespread language on the earth, and it is second only to Mandarin Chinese in the number of people who speak it.

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has five official languages: English, French, Spanish, Russian, and Chinese.

In the era of communication, English is gaining a strong position.

English -The most widespread language on the earth - How?


- When an Indonesian businessman meets a customer from Finland, they converse in English.

- Airline pilots flying international routes communicate with their controllers in English.

- 76% of the content of the Internet is in English. (The runners-up are, in order: Japanese, French, German, and Chinese.)

- Out of 193 countries of the world, 43 are English speaking [http://www.aneki.com/english.html]

- English is the second most spoken language in the world

- There are 57 million blogs on the Internet. English and Japanese remain the two most popular languages in the blogosphere. [http://technorati.com/weblog/2006/11/161.html]

- Most people use English language to communicate using SMS.

ENGLISH – COMPUTER LANGUAGES

English and computers have seemed, for decades to go together. Computers and the programs which make them useful were largely the invention of English speaking countries. The hardware and software reflect the needs of English language.

English will continue to be spread via software products and digitized intellectual property.

ENGLISH – THE WORLD

  • English and the International Economy


The shifting patterns of trade and new working practices are affecting the use of English language in complex ways. At present there is a considerable increase in the numbers of people learning and using English.

  • English and global culture

As the number of people using English grows, so second-language speakers are drawn towards the ‘inner circle’ of first-language speakers to the ‘outer circle’ of second-language speakers.

  • English as a leading-edge phenomenon

English is closely associated with the leading edge of global scientific, technological, economic and cultural developments, where it has been unrivalled in its influence in the late 20th century.

In four key sectors, the present dominance of English can be expected to give way to a wider mix of languages:

- The global audio-visual market, especially satellite TV

- The Internet and computer-based communication including language-related and document handling software

- Technology transfer and associated processes in economic globalization

- Foreign-language learning, especially in developing countries where growing regional trade may make other languages of increasing economic importance.

  • A bilingual future

There is a growing belief among language professionals that the further will be a bilingual one, in which an increasing proportion of the world’s population will be fluent speakers of more than one language.

  • Social value shifts

The spread of English has been made more rapid in recent years as a consequence of decisions and actions taken by governments, institutions and individuals.

The economic argument for English also may be challenged as developing countries make more careful evaluations of the costs and benefits of mass educational programmes in the English language.

Language shift

In many parts of the world there are ongoing shifts in the status of English.

In the countries listed below, the use of English for International communication is largely increasing:

- Argentina

- Belgium

- Costa Rica

- Denmark

- Ethiopia

- Honduras

- Lebanon

- Burma

- Nepal

- The Netherlands

- Nicaragua

- Norway

- Panama

- Somalia

- Sudan

- Surinam

- Sweden

- Switzerland

- United Arab Emirates.


DISCLAIMER: I have taken some information and print screens from an eBook at http://www.britishcouncil.org/learning-elt-future.pdf.

          Apple ARKit user puts a color changing Tesla Model 3 in his driveway before the car's release   
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Elon Musk is working hard to make Tesla vehicles everyone can afford, but the only available versions of the tech-centric electric vehicle are still too pricey for some of us — but not in augmented reality! 

That's what one Norway-based 3D designer decided when he used Apple's new ARKit to create his own augmented reality version of the upcoming Tesla Model 3. 

SEE ALSO: Apple demos ARKit, a mobile augmented reality development platform

Posting a video of the ARKit-created app on Twitter on Saturday, creator Jelmer Verhoog show off how it allows you to choose the color of your Model 3 while seeing how it looks in your own driveway.  Read more...

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          Global Spirit Market to 2021 Market Report; Launched via MarketResearchReports.com   

Market Research Reports, Inc. has announced the addition of “Global Spirit Market to 2021” research report to their website www.MarketResearchReports.com

Lewes, DE -- (SBWIRE) -- 06/29/2017 -- This publication enables readers the critical perspectives to be able to evaluate the world market for spirits. The publication provides the market size, growth and forecasts at the global level as well as for the following countries:

Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Bulgaria, Cameroon, Canada, China, Colombia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, Estonia, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Macedonia, Malawi, Malaysia, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia, Morocco, Nepal, Norway, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Senegal, Slovakia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Vietnam

The market data covers the years 2010-2021. The major questions answered in this comprehensive publication include:
What is the global market size for spirits?
What is the spirit market size in different countries around the world?
Are the markets growing or decreasing?
How are the markets divided into different kinds of products?
How are different product groups developing?
How are the markets forecast to develop in the future?

The market information includes the total market size for spirits as well as the market size and trends for the following kinds of products:
Gin
Liqueurs
Rum
Vodka
Whiskies
Other spirits

The publication is designed for companies who want to gain a comprehensive perspective on the global spirit market. This publication makes it easy to compare across different countries and product groups to be able to find new market opportunities and make more profitable business decisions.

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          Global Sanitary and Household Paper Market to 2021 Market Report; Launched via MarketResearchReports.com   

Market Research Reports, Inc. has announced the addition of “Global Sanitary and Household Paper Market to 2021” research report to their website www.MarketResearchReports.com

Lewes, DE -- (SBWIRE) -- 06/29/2017 -- This publication enables readers the critical perspectives to be able to evaluate the world market for sanitary and household paper. The publication provides the market size, growth and forecasts at the global level as well as for the following countries:
Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belgium, Bolivia, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Colombia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, Egypt, Estonia, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Macedonia, Malawi, Malaysia, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia, Morocco, Nepal, Netherlands, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Senegal, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Sweden, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Vietnam, Yemen

The market data covers the years 2010-2021. The major questions answered in this comprehensive publication include:
What is the global market size for sanitary and household paper?
What is the sanitary and household paper market size in different countries around the world?
Are the markets growing or decreasing?
How are the markets divided into different kinds of products?
How are different product groups developing?
How are the markets forecast to develop in the future?

The market information includes the total market size for sanitary and household paper as well as the market size and trends for the following kinds of products:
Tampons, diapers and other sanitary paper
Paper tissues and handkerchiefs
Paper tablecloths and serviettes
Toilet paper
Other sanitary and household paper

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          GLAAD celebrates marriage equality in Germany    

Germany becomes only the twenty-third nation to legalize marriage equality

NEW YORK – Sarah Kate Ellis, President and CEO of GLAAD – the world’s largest LGBTQ media advocacy organization, released the following statement after the German Parliament today passed historic legislation which grants marital rights to LGBTQ couples, including the right to jointly adopt children. With over 83 percent of Germans supporting marriage equality prior to this vote, Germany is now only the twenty-third country across the globe which allows the right for LGBTQ couples to legally get married. The vote in the German Bundesrat was 393 to 226 in favor of marriage equality. The measure will move to German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier for his signature.

"Love prevails once again as LGBTQ couples in Germany obtain the right to marry the person they love and build lasting, loving families in their communities. As the world faces a resurgence of anti-LGBTQ activism, victories like we see in Germany highlight the importance of LGBTQ people staying visible."

BACKGROUND INFORMATION: COUNTRIES ACROSS THE GLOBE THAT HAVE LEGALIZED MARRIAGE EQUALITY

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Age of Vikings - SuFin
by =fablespinner on deviantART

I did the Denmark x Norway "Age of Vikings" and here's a companion piece. In the next tent at camp we have Berwald and Tino (Sweden x Finland) under some wolf, reindeer and bear pelts. Berwald's gear close at hand in case something tries to come in the night and Tino asleep across his lap, using Berwald's knee as a makeshift pillow.
Looks like Berwald got a few bumps and bruises last battle and some stitches on his chest. Perhaps Tino's fingers did the sewing?
Make up whatever fantasy you like to go with this pic. I know I did.
I love Viking crap. And Got I love Berwald in a beard. :drool:

          Holiday Art Dump!   
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Artist: fablespinner
Genre: Holiday Themed Soft Yaoi
(It's been a long time since I posted. O_o I've had art block. Insomnia the past week took care of that...)



Norway GOD JUL
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Saucy Santa
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GerIta Christmas Mistletoe
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Christmas Libations
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Festive Eesti
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Nederland x Norge
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Merry FrUking Christmas
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          Preview: Your guide to the 2017 Tour de France   
Preview: Your guide to the 2017 Tour de France

The warm-up races are done, new national champions have been crowned, and all is now in readiness. The 2017 Tour de France is just days away. Ahead of the 104th edition of the world’s biggest race we take a look at the route, the key stages, the riders to watch, and how you can follow the race.

The race starts in Germany, and passes through Belgium and Luxembourg on its way to France.

Learn all about the Tour de France, including how the race is won, the points are earned and what the jerseys mean in our Guide to the Tour de France

The 2017 Tour de France starts with a 14km individual time trial in the German city of Dusseldorf. Stage 2 sees the race head into Belgium, with a stage finish in Liege, while stage 3 starts in Verviers, Belgium, passes through Luxembourg and finishes in France. Stage 4 starts in Luxembourg before heading back into France where it remains for the rest of its 21 stages.

Rather than taking in a clockwise or anti-clockwise loop of France, this year’s route is a little different. After a brief visit to the Alps, the Tour heads west then south towards the Pyrenees, before skirting east to hit the Alps again in the final week.

The penultimate stage is an individual time trial in Marseille, on France’s south-east coast, before a long overnight transfer to Paris for the traditional Champs-Elysees finish.

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It’s the first edition of the Tour de France since 1992 that will feature all five of France’s mountain ranges. In all the riders will cover 3,540km over the Tour’s 21 stages.

There are perhaps six key stages for the GC

When it comes to the battle for overall honors at this year’s Tour, there are a handful of stages that should prove decisive. Stage 5 could well be the first test, thanks to the 5.9km stage-ending ascent to La Planche des Belles Filles, which averages 8.5% but is much steeper at the end. Stage 9 is likely to be an important stage, thanks to plenty of climbing and the Mont du Chat climb in particular.

Used in the Criterium du Dauphine just a couple weeks back, this super-steep climb (8.7km at 10.3%) tore the race apart. The same is likely to happen at the Tour. The descent, too, could have an impact, with its many twists and turns on a very narrow road. The finish is in Chambery, a little further from the bottom of the descent than it was in the Dauphine. A stage to watch for sure.

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Stage 12 is a very challenging ride through the Pyrenees with six categorized climbs and an uphill finish to Peyragudes. Stage 17 has four climbs including the Col de la Croix de Fer, Col du Telegraphe and the Col du Galibier (the highest point of race). From the top of that final climb it’s 28km downhill to the finish in Serre-Chevalier.

Stage 18 features three climbs, two of them quite lengthy, including the stage-ending Col d’Izoard which is 14.1km at 7.3%. Finally, the stage 20 time trial, while largely flat, could create some time gaps which, depending on how the leaderboard looks, could decide the race overall.

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Of course, time gaps are possible on just about every stage, such is the unpredictability of bike racing. But if you’ve only got time to watch a few stages of this year’s race, we’d recommend the six mentioned above.

There are arguably three five-star favorites for the race overall

You could argue that, on paper, Richie Porte (BMC) is the man to beat at this year’s Tour de France. He’s had a stellar lead-up, winning the Tour Down Under (including two uphill finishes), the Tour de Romandie, a mountain-top finish at Paris-Nice, and he finished second at the Criterium du Dauphine.

Porte was leading into the final stage of the Dauphine and while he was ultimately beaten by Jakob Fuglsang (Astana), Porte’s tenacious performance throughout the race, especially on the final stage, puts him in good stead. The Tasmanian was isolated at the Dauphine, but believes he’ll have more support at the Tour.

He climbs very well, his time-trialing is excellent (he won the Dauphine ITT). Perhaps Porte’s two biggest weaknesses are his descending (Froome has taken time on him in several big races) and the way he seems to attract bad luck. He had an ill-timed puncture on stage 2 of last year’s Tour which cost him minutes. It’s likely he would have finished on the overall podium were it not for that incident.

“I think I need to avoid the bad luck I had last year”, Porte said when asked by CyclingTips what the key will be for him at this year’s race. Hopefully he can do so and we can see what Porte is truly capable of over three weeks.

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Chris Froome (Sky) hasn’t had the best season so far. In fact, it’s the first time since 2012 that he’ll start the Tour de France without a win for the season. Froome finished third at the Dauphine, a race he won before all three of his Tour de France victories so far.

But while Froome hasn’t been at his best in 2017, he certainly shouldn’t be written off. His season is built around the Tour, he knows how to win the race, and you can bet he’ll be doing everything to try and secure win #4. And as Froome showed last year with some terrific descending and an unlikely late breakaway on a flat stage, he’s not afraid to think outside the box when it comes to taking time on his rivals.

Discount Chris Froome at your peril.

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Nairo Quintana (Movistar) made it clear earlier this year that he was targeting the Giro d’Italia-Tour de France double, with the goal of winning both. He fell short of the first, finishing second to Tom Dumoulin, but the Colombian is a big chance at the Tour.

Quintana has had a good year, with overall wins at the Volta a la Valenciana and Tirreno-Adriatico, including a summit finish win at the latter. In addition to his second overall at the Giro he also won a stage in the mountains. Expect Quintana to feature heavily when the road tilts upwards.

Of particular note is Quintana’s Spanish teammate Alejandro Valverde. More than capable of racing for the overall himself – he was sixth last year — Valverde has said he’s all-in to support Quintana. Few of the GC contenders have such a strong lieutenant as Quintana and you can expect Valverde to finish inside the top 10 again assuming nothing goes hugely wrong.

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There’s an impressive list of contenders for the top 5 and the top 10

His best might be a few years behind him, but Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo) needs to be respected in any Grand Tour he starts. The Spaniard has won the Tour twice before and with a total of of seven Grand Tours to his name, he knows how to race over three weeks.

Contador was second at no fewer than four stage races this year, including Paris-Nice where he put in a phenomenal last-stage performance, attacking from a long way out to try and take the overall win. It’s this fight that makes Contador such a dangerous prospect. Sure, he was off the pace at the Dauphine, but few of the other GC contenders will be willing to give Contador any latitude at the Tour.

It’s worth remembering that Contador has Bauke Mollema for support too. The Dutchman was sitting second overall for six stages of last year’s Tour, before he fell out of contention on stage 19. Mollema is more than capable of a good overall finish himself — he’s been inside the top 10 three times — and will be an important helper for Contador.

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Jakob Fuglsang was the big winner at the recent Criterium du Dauphine, claiming two stages and the overall. On the last stage, the Dane was in third, 1:15 behind Porte, but took the opportunity presented to him, rode away from Porte and then the rest of the field to take a memorable win. Worth noting: Fugslang didn’t lose any time to Porte on the race’s final climb with the latter in hot pursuit.

It’s hard to see Fugslang winning the Tour overall. His best GC performance was seventh in 2013 and while he’s on another level now, the riders ahead of him will likely prove too strong over three weeks. Note though that Fugslang is just one of two very strong options for Astana at this year’s Tour …

Fabio Aru has had an interrupted 2017 season with a knee injury forcing him out of the Giro. But the Sardinian has shown impressive form since returning to racing. He was good at the Dauphine, often climbing with the best, and won the Italian road nationals last week with a late solo move. Between he and Fugslang, Astana have some very good cards to play.

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French hopes rest on the shoulders of two strong prospects at this year’s race: Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) and Romain Bardet (Ag2r-La Mondiale). Pinot has had an impressive season, courtesy of a stage win at the Ruta del Sol, a stage at the Tour of the Alps and second overall, third overall at Tirreno-Adriatico, and a stage win and fourth overall at the Giro d’Italia. Pinot’s best finish at the Tour was his third overall in the 2014 Tour and while he’ll be hard pressed to replicate or improve on that this year, he should feature in the battle for the top five.

Romain Bardet, too, will find it difficult to match his best Tour performance — second overall last year. He’s had a winless start to the year and his best stage-race finish was sixth at the recent Dauphine. It’s worth noting that Bardet also didn’t take a win before last year’s Tour, but he was second at the Dauphine that time.

Bardet should feature high up on the general classification and is a good prospect of another stage win. He hit the winners’ list in 2015 and 2016 and will be looking to the hard hilly stages to add to those victories.

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Orica-Scott has turned itself into a GC team in recent years, thanks to Esteban Chaves and the Yates twins. At the 2017 Tour it will be Chaves and Simon Yates that lead the charge.

Chaves is a real unknown — he didn’t race between the Jayco Herald Sun Tour in February and the Dauphine due to a knee injury, and was well off the pace at the latter event. Simon Yates has had a better season with a stage win at Paris-Nice, victory at GP Miguel Indurain, a stage of Romandie and second overall before finishing 13th at the Dauphine. Yates will be aiming for the white jersey and top 10 overall, both of which seem very achievable.

There are at least eight stages for the sprinters

No race attracts as many good sprinters as the Tour de France and this year’s race provides plenty of opportunities for the fastmen. It’s hard to pick an outright favorite for the sprints, but on paper it’s probably Marcel Kittel (QuickStep Floors).

Kittel has nine wins for the year, the most of any sprinter, and has hit the line first in a stage of five of the six stage races he’s done. He’s a nine-time stage winner at the Tour de France and will be disappointed not to win at least one in 2017. He’ll have a hard time replicating the feat of his younger teammate Fernando Gaviria at the Giro, though, with Gaviria snagging four stages.

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Andre Greipel (Lotto Soudal) has won a stage of the Tour every year since 2011 and certainly won’t want to see that streak end. He’s taken wins at Paris-Nice and the Giro this year, but has arguably been a little off his explosive best. Still, Greipel should win a stage again in 2017.

World champion Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) will be one of the must-watch riders at this year’s Tour, as he is in every race he starts. Not only will the Slovakian be a factor in the flat sprints, he’s also a big chance in the hard uphill sprints, and the unbackable favorite for the points classification.

Sagan has won the green jersey for the past five years and were he to win it this year, he would equal the record held by Erik Zabel, who won green every year from 1996 to 2001.

Sagan has had a good start to 2017 with two stage wins at Tirreno-Adriatico, one at the Amgen Tour of California, and, most recently, two at the Tour de Suisse. He won three stages at last year’s Tour and is more than capable of doing the same again in 2017.

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It’s hard to see anyone beating Sagan for the green jersey in 2017.

Despite being discounted by many, Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data) dominated the sprints at last year’s Tour, winning a very impressive four stages. This year he’ll be ecstatic if he wins just one — he’s had Epstein-Barr Virus this season and missed three months of racing. He managed to surprise himself by taking a second place at his return race, the Tour of Slovenia, and while the Tour is several levels harder than that, don’t be surprised if the wily Manxman finds a way to take a stage win.

Arnaud Demare (FDJ) won his second French road title last weekend and brings strong form into the Tour. He’s yet to win a stage of his home Grand Tour, but with eight wins for the year, including a stage win at the Dauphine, this might be his best chance yet.

Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis) is another Frenchman still searching for his first Tour de France stage victory. After missing last year’s race due to injuries sustained in a fight, Bouhanni will be desperate to make the most of his opportunity in 2017 and add to the four wins he has so far this year.

Alexander Kristoff has publicly acknowledged that he’s not particularly happy at Katusha-Alpecin at the moment, and his performance seems to have suffered a little. He’s had a solid six wins for the year, but hasn’t looked at his world-beating best. Still: one to watch in the sprints for sure.

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Kristoff last won a stage of the Tour in 2014.

Michael Matthews (Sunweb) broke his Tour de France drought last year and will be hoping to add to that victory in 2017. Matthews has just two wins in 2017 — one at Vuelta al Pais Vasco and one at the Tour de Suisse — but the recency of the latter will give him confidence coming into the Tour.

The stage-hunters will have plenty of opportunities

In between the sprint stages and the days suited to the GC men, there are a bunch of stages that will suit those who can get into and win from the breakaway.

Steve Cummings (Dimension Data) broke several bones in a crash at the Vuelta al Pais Vasco earlier this year but had the perfect return to racing last weekend with wins in both the time trial and road race at the British national championships. Cummings is a master of the late escape and has won a stage at each of the last two Tours. It would be no surprise to see him take another this year.

Rafal Majka (Bora-Hansgrohe) is a three-time Tour de France stage winner and two-time winner of the climbers’ classification. If Majka is a little off the pace overall he’s more than likely to get up the road in the mountains in search of more stage wins. He was strong at the Tour of California and the Tour of Slovenia, which he won, so he brings good form into the race.

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Philippe Gilbert (QuickStep Floors) is having his best season since 2011, highlighted by his Tour of Flanders win, and will likely be on the lookout for stage wins at the Tour too. He won a stage of the Tour de Suisse in a sprint, and might be tempted by the tough uphill sprints on stage 3 and stage 14. Expect to see him in the break deep into the second and third weeks too.

Much like Gilbert, Greg Van Avermaet (BMC) has had a stellar year, and much like Gilbert GVA is more the capable of winning stages at the Tour. The Belgian has won a stage at the last two editions and will have his eye on the tough uphill sprints, like Gilbert and sparring partner Peter Sagan.

Pierre Rolland (Cannondale-Drapac) will be in stage-hunting mode throughout the Tour, like he was at the Giro. At that particular race he took a strong win from the breakaway and will be hoping to replicate that feat in the mountains of the second and third week.

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Rolland was ecstatic to win a stage of the Giro earlier this year. A Tour de France stage win would mean even more.

There are many other exciting riders to watch in the race.

Tony Martin (QuickStep Floors): The four-time ITT world champion will be beyond keen to win the stage 1 ITT and take the yellow jersey on home soil.

Emanuel Buchmann (Bora-Hansgrohe): Best young rider at the Dauphine and a good chance of repeating that performance at the Tour.

Primoz Roglic (LottoNL-Jumbo): A genuine chance to win one or both of the race’s ITTs.

Louis Meintjes (UAE Team Emirates): Very impressive at the Dauphine, eighth overall last year. Could do the same or better in 2017, plus will be targeting the white jersey.

Edvald Boasson Hagen (Dimension Data): Showed good form recently at the Tour of Norway and Tour des Fjords. Good on tough uphill finishes.

Each stage of the race will be broadcast live, from the very start.

For the first time ever, fans of the Tour will have the opportunity to see every single kilometer of La Grand Boucle. Fans in Australia will be able to watch the race via SBS TV, streaming live on the Cycling Central website, and via the Tour Tracker app (Android, iphone and ipad). Broadcast details and times vary from stage to stage, so be sure to check out the Cycling Central website for more information.

Eurosport (Foxtel Channel 511) will also have live coverage of every stage of the Tour. Head to the Eurosport website for more info.

In the U.S. coverage will be found at NBC, NBCSN, and the NBC Sports Gold and NBC Sports apps. ITV will have live coverage in the UK.

As ever, be sure to check your local guides for up-to-date broadcast information. And if you’re following the race on Twitter, the hashtag you’ll need is #TDF2017.

Who do you think will win the 2017 Tour de France? And what are you most looking forward to?


This article was originally published on CyclingTips.


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The first written texts of Middle English in the late 12th century show a remarkable simplification from Old English, just a century or two before. Verb and pronoun endings are reduced and simplified. Nouns lost their inflective endings (which indicate whether it was the subject or object of the verb) and relied more on prepositions and word order for meaning. Grammatical gender (nouns, adjectives and pronouns having different forms for male, female and neuter genders) was lost. And a few other simplifying changes that only a linguist could understand and appreciate. See this post by Linguistics Girl for a better explanation of these changes.

Linguists tell us that simplifications of this magnitude occur in a language only when it is learned as adults by a large enough group to influence the language spoken by the natives. It wasn't the Norman French, who were too few in number and mostly kept to themselves, who initiated this change. Rather it was the Norse from Denmark and Norway who had settled in eastern Britain in the late 8th and 9th centuries. This settlement (in contrast to previous Viking raids) was more or less peaceful. They ran businesses or farmed beside their English neighbors and often married English wives.

Because of their integration into English society, the Norse had to learn English. And adults, as you will know if you ever tried, find it difficult to learn another language fluently. Evidently they learned enough to get along and their simplified version of English gradually became the new standard across the country. Historical linguists tell us that these changes began in the northeast and gradually moved south over a period of several centuries.

A story related in Caxton's prologue to his translation of the Book of Eneydos in 1490 illustrates these changes in transition. A merchant ship was stranded in the Thames estuary by calm weather and a few of the men walked to a nearby house and asked the woman there for food. One asked for some "eggys", using the new (Norse) word. The woman didn't understand and said "Sorry I don't speak French", to which the merchant indignantly replied "Neither do I". Another merchant came to the rescue and explained that he was asking for "eyren", the old English word (singular "ey"), which the woman understood. You can read the story in Caxton's words here (page 2 starting line 25). He told the story to illustrate the predicament of English publishers in having to choose a dialect in which to print. It took over 200 years from the 14th to the 16th centuries for the word egg to become standard across England.

Norse also contributed many words to the English vocabulary. The most amazing are the pronouns they, them and their, replacing the Old English equivalents. Borrowing of pronouns is very rare and shows how significant the influence of Norse was on the core of the English language. Other core words include get, both, take, and want. Still other words are sky, skin, knife (and many other sk and kn words) and, as described above, egg. In many cases the Norse word was added, creating a synonym, rather than replacing the English word. Sometimes the adopted word took on a slightly different meaning, such as skirt (Norse) and shirt (English). Note that these words seem very English; they don't seem borrowed at all. Two reasons for this - Norse is another Germanic language so its words are more similar to English words than French or Latin words would be; and they were borrowed so long ago that they have become "Englishified" over time.

So English has two stages of people learning the language as adults and simplifying it in the process. First some people (possibly Semitic-speaking) in northern Europe learning Proto-Germanic (discussed in my previous post), then the Norse settlers in northeast England learning Old English. For them, all we native English speakers should be grateful, and those learning English as a second language even more so.


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          LATEST POINTS TO PONDER SUNDAY 3/3   

Top World News Now                 
March 3, 2013


United States
Obama Pardons 17 Felons, First in His Second Term
DHS built domestic surveillance tech into Predator drones
'Hundreds of thousands' of documents captured with Osama bin Laden, but only 17 released
Michigan governor moves to appoint emergency manager in Detroit
Pentagon Plans to Ask for Base Closures 
Thousands of Soldiers to Leave Europe
U.S. lawmakers question military aid to Egypt, citing concerns about Israel
US factory work is returning, but the industry has changed
'Anonymous' Hacker Explains Why He Fled The US
Among Most Polluted in US, NYC Area Awaits Cleanup
US Budget Cuts Force Yellowstone to Delay Opening
Obama signs sequester bill
Obama moves a step closer to approval of Keystone pipeline
Navy Building a Drone Base in Sunny Malibu


Russia
Ukrainian leader, fresh from EU talks, to meet Putin
Russian Arms Trade Czar Says "War" Declared on Weapon Supplies to Syria
Russian demonstrators rally in support of U.S. adoption ban
Moscow Police to Probe Alleged Rally Payment Scam
Moscow Mayor says no to more mosques in the city
Opposition’s ‘Social March’ Fizzles Out in Moscow
Uzbek National Shot Dead in Moscow
Putin, Obama stress cooperation, pledge to 'avoid deterioration' in relations
Russia presses for extradition of fugitive banker
Ukrainian President: Gas contract with Russia is killing us
Putin Signals Russia Can Be More Flexible on Syria
Putin says Russia should listen to French arguments on Syria, over vodka
Russians commend Putin's performance, believe he can keep election promises


China
Islands Dispute: China Warns Japan Ahead Of Legislative Session
A push for change in China as new leaders take the helm
China's reform roadmap gets clearer
China "fully prepared" for currency war
China divided on TV 'execution parade': judicial resolve or crude voyeurism
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Kills 12 in Chinese Coal Mine
Spill in China Underlines Environmental Concerns
China's fourth space launch center to be in use in two years
Xi Jinping taking on corruption in China
Premier Li Keqiang, as Hu Jintao protege, may be outgunned on policy
China calls for decreased tension on Korean Peninsula
5 Tibetans, mostly Buddhist monks, arrested for inciting self-immolations
Darkness at noon as worst dust storm in months mixes with morning smog
China's First Aircraft Carrier on Way to Permanent Base at Qingdao in North


United Kingdom
Cameron: UK 'can transform Africa' with G8
Cameron Vows To Stay The Course
Cameron buries hatchet with Plebgate MP Andrew Mitchell - and offers him £250,000 EU job
Government fights Europe over air pollution reduction
EU banker pay cap 'threatens thousands of British jobs'
Revealed: One in four of UK's top companies pay no tax
Banker Andrei Borodin granted asylum in Britain after fleeing Russia
UK Explorer: Green Campaigning Has Failed
UK commits £88m to Chilean telescope 'as big as all existing ones put together'
Paedophile ring leader, Colin Peters, linked to Barnes scandal
Cameron vows to defend UK banks


European Union
Hundreds of thousands march against austerity in Portugal
Italy paralysed as Grillo plots exit route from euro
Italian newcomer Grillo predicts collapse in six months
Italy President Napolitano calls for realism after vote
Greek military prepares for mass repression
1000s hold anti-austerity demo in Greece
At least 22 people hurt in Macedonia ethnic protests over new defense minister
Mass layoffs at Caterpillar in Belgium
Dark Rumblings Of A Coup D'État In Spain
Spain Delays Catalunya Banc Auction
Spain overturns Islamic face veil ban
Thousands march in Portugal to protest austerity

Germany
Germany Blasted for Role in Europe's Crisis
German states rail against 'stupid' wealth transfers
Italian president says Germany must give EU recovery a boost
Germany Debates Fracking as Energy Costs Rise
Bitter feud divides family of Germany's reunification leader
Racism in German military mirrors society
Germany discovers toxin in animal fodder
Angela Merkel Wishes Bulgaria's Borissov Quick Recovery
Merkel cabinet lowers bars to German labor market
Kerry praises Germany's 'exemplary leadership' in Europe
Italian president scraps meeting with German opposition leader over "clown" remarks

France
Hollande leads tributes to 'a great figure' and resistance fighter
As France's Mali mission grows, so does terror threat from homegrown militants inside France
France considers marijuana-based drug
France will not reach 2015 disabled access target
Paris seeks alternative to 75% tax
France-Qatar tensions rise over Mali war, Tunisia
Hollande juggles trade, human rights in Moscow
Hollande to Talk Syria Settlement With Putin
Kerry holds talks on Mali with French leadership
War For Global Energy Supremacy-World War III
Al-Qaeda leader behind Algeria gas plant hostage massacre killed in Mali
US Seeks to Confirm Report of Terror Leader's Death
Syria: Fierce Clashes in Provincial Capital Raqqa
Assad Forces Take Aleppo Village, Reopening Supply Line
Syrian President Assad Blasts British Government
Iran Says Syria’s Assad to Run for 2014 Election
How Does the U.S. Mark Unidentified Men in Pakistan and Yemen as Drone Targets?
Syrian Rebels Angry Over US Aid: ‘Only Thing We Want Is Weapons’

Insight Into Today’s News
Billionaires Continue To Dump Stocks
G20 issues empty declaration against currency wars
Norway Enters The Currency Wars
The Second-Mortgage Shell Game
The Last Liberal Branch of Government
US/NATO occupation of Afghanistan unraveling
Goodbye? We’ve Lost Who We Are?
US Schools Go Into Full Prison Mode
Hornady Addresses Ammo Shortage: We’re working 24/7
US Media Yet Again Conceals Newsworthy Government Secrets

Israel
Netanyahu secretly visited Jordan to discuss peace with Palestinians
Netanyahu gets two more weeks to form Israel coalition
3 Syrian Mortars Land in Southern Golan Heights
Gaza Border: Senior Officer's Vehicle Hit by Gunshots
New coalition will have to freeze construction outside settlement blocs
Tissue tests planned for Israelis in Gaza who want to cross border
Palestinian PM evacuated from West Bank after Israeli soldiers fire teargas at protesters
Sequestration: Israel Could ‘Gradually’ Lose $500 Million in US Aid
Netanyahu blasts Erdogan's 'dark and libelous' criticism of Zionism


Turkey
Scud Missile Fired in Syria Lands Near Iraqi Village
Bombs Kill at Least 22 in Iraqi Capital
Erdoğan: Islamophobia, anti-Semitism same
Turkey's Difficult Choice in Palestine, Israel
Erdogan Calls for More Support for Syrian Opposition
Kurdish leader 'outlines' Turkey peace plan
More Military Arrests in Turkey For 'Feb. 28 Process'
Turkey Provides Schools for Syrian Refugee Children
Iraq budget stalemate deepens over Kurd oil payments
Iraq continues to allow Iranian overflights to Syria


Egypt
John Kerry visits Egypt as dozens injured in violent protests
Kerry urges Egypt to take difficult economic steps; opposition figures skip meetings
Protesters Demand Armed Forces Intervention in Cairo
Ex-member: Muslim Brotherhood has secret societies in 80 nations, including U.S.
Bahrain Activist Zainab Al-Khawaja Sentenced to Jail
176 Protesters Held in Saudi Arabia
Qatar's Influence in Egypt Runs Deeper Than Its Pockets
Morsi criticized for reaction to tragedy
Parties who boycotted Morsi's national dialogue invited to send suggestions
Opposition refuse to stand in Egypt's parliamentary elections

Iran
Ahmadinejad: National dialogue only way to end Syria crisis
Ahmadinejad: West's war against Iran media doomed to failure  
Ahmadinejad to Visit Pakistan This Month to Inaugurate IP Gas Pipeline Construction
Threatening Iran Won't Help in Nuclear Talks, Envoy Says
Seized Chinese Weapons Raise Concerns on Iran
Head Of Iran's Qods Force Suggests Assad Is Vulnerable
Sanction-Hit Iran Fears Unrest as New Elections Near
Khamenei tells Zardari pipeline must advance despite US opposition
Ahmadinejad Aide’s Candidacy a Challenge to Iran’s Theocratic Status Quo
Ahmadinejad, Zardari Stress Expansion of Iran-Pakistan Ties


Venezuela
Hugo Chavez undergoing chemotherapy
VP Maduro: Capriles Seeks Destabilization in Venezuela
Venezuela decries "absurd" rumors over Chavez death
Maduro: Chavez ‘battling’ for his life
Rumours swirl as Chavez stays out of sight
Former envoy claims Venezuela's Chavez is dead
Venezuela government denies rumours about Chavez
Venezuelans hold demo in support of Chavez
Student demonstration dispersed by authorities in Venezuela
FARC: Colombia government to blame for coffee strike


Brazil
Brazil to get its first nuclear subs
Rousseff Meets Nigerian Leader for Trade Talks
Brazil's Unemployment Rises More Than Forecast in January
Prosecutors investigate spying charges against consortium building dam in Brazil
Brazil turns to Catholic Church to quash crack epidemic
Brazil Wind Developers May Be Required to Build New Power Lines
No one is safe from Argentina's drug war
Modern Slavery Rears its Ugly Head in Chile
Chilean Navy Saves 25 Stranded Whales, 20 Die
Peru says American couple found; family wants 'proof of life'


Mexico
Nieto Says Justice Will Be Done in Union Boss’s Case
Six Bodies Found in Mexico, Including Teenage Boy Earlier Arrested for Murder
Mexican Daily Hit by Third Attack This Week
Army Kills 4 Gunmen in Northern Mexico
Two Police Gunned Down in Guatemala
Fire hits big Mexico City marketplace
Pena Nieto enacts major education reform
Powerful head of Mexico teachers union is arrested
Mexico to Launch New Police Force Later This Year

Cuba Dissident’s Daughter Says Dad’s Death Was No Accident
Cuban Dissidents Hope to Build Mass Organization
A post-Castro Cuba
Chavez Congratulates Raul Castro on Re-Election
Castro Retirement News Prompts Tepid Response In Miami
Transition now seen as underway in Cuba
Cooperatives Could Save Cuban Socialism
South African medical students in Cuba may be deported
No ease for Cuba from US state sponsor of terrorism list


United Nations
U.N. Security Council asks for report on possible Mali peacekeepers
Ban Tones Down Criticism of Rwanda Over Congo Claims
UN chief says Iran should gain world confidence over its disputed atomic plan
Libya to ask U.N. to lift arms embargo
UN Removes Osama bin Laden From Sanctions List
Emir of Ansar Dine added to US, UN
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Top World News Now                 
February 26, 2013



United States
Obama To Tell Israelis of Plan for Iran War
Obama's Paycheck Exempt From 'Sequester'
White House Sells Meetings with Obama for $500k
Pentagon to Keep Gen. Allen Probe a Secret
Kerry: US to Hasten Syria Government Change
Kerry’s first overseas trip off to shaky start
Bill unveiled to legalize medical pot
Why Should Taxpayers Give Big Banks $83 Billion a Year?
Listen up ladies! Next time there's a draft, Uncle Sam might want you too
Homeland Security Chief Threatens Long TSA Lines From Sequester
TB outbreak: LAPD urges officers to wear masks
US Internet providers start spy program to stop file-sharing
Billions at stake: US and BP clash in court over Gulf oil spill
Nation of Islam asks for gang protection
New York City homelessness continues to set new records
Canadian Asteroid-Hunting Satellite Launched into Space


Russia
Putin's KGB/FSB Converging with New IMF Banking FSB
Putin signs radical anti-tobacco bill into law
In Putin's Russia, Shooting the Messenger
Medvedev: No Grounds for New ‘Cold War’
Deputy FM Ryabkov: Iran sanctions may be lifted
Zyuganov reelected Communist chief, vows reset in left-wing politics
China, Russia ink major energy deal
Moscow 'regrets' treatment of Russians abroad
Moscow Welcomes Release of 15 Russian Sailors in Nigeria
1kg meteorite piece found in Russian Urals, biggest chunk yet discovered
Moscow Police Seize Large Cache of ‘Black Market’ Weapons
At Least 17 Amur Tigers Dead in Russia's Far East in 2012
Protests in Ukraine as EU gives May ultimatum
Ukraine wields natural gas trump card in Brussels
As Medvedev is savaged, Putin silent
State Duma Backs Putin's Foreign Assets Bill


China
Xi vows peaceful path on Taiwan
Xi calls for cross-Strait cooperation in realizing "Chinese dream"
Xi rewards Chinese missile brigade for launching 100 missiles
Hu Jintao meets KMT honorary chairman
State councilor meets South Korea's new president
South Korea's Park Warns North Against Nuclear Pursuits
Foreign Ministry: All Japanese activities regarding Diaoyu Islands illegal
Min of Environmental Protection refuses to release data from soil contamination investigation
China to halt approvals for small coal mines
2 Tibetan Monks Self-Immolate as Anti-China Protests Continue
Tibet's Growing Tragedy: Self-Immolation Protests Reach 105
5.4-magnitude earthquake jolts Tibet
BBC World Service Shortwave Radio Blocked in China
Chinese transport "workhorses" extending military's reach


United Kingdom
David Cameron: I'll stop migrant benefits
John Kerry: US Won't Back UK on the Falklands
Britain's top cardinal resigns over allegations 'he behaved inappropriately with priests'
Family Targeted in North Belfast Blast Bomb Attack
Cameron to hold talks with Kerry
Head of Cameron's local Tory branch resigns over gay marriage
Clegg denies cover up of associate's misconduct
Tory threat to rival parties over libel law
UK Ratings Cut Puts Spotlight on Budget
Will Litvinenko-MI6 links be revealed?
UK onshore wind farms to create more carbon dioxide than they save
Tax Breaks Spur Record UK Offshore Oil & Gas Spend


European Union
Berlusconi revives political career in chaotic Italian election
Italian markets celebrate Berlusconi’s poor performance in election
Italy's center-left to win lower house, leads in Senate race
Initial results indicate stalemate in Italian election
Angry Italians deliver austerity warning
EU ministers discuss horse meat crisis
EU holds breath over crucial Italy election
Topless Femen protest against Berlusconi as he votes in election
Protest votes add to uncertainty in close Italy election
Spanish Police Nab 3 Suspected of Spying for Iran
Spain police arrest 45 in Madrid after protest


Germany
Merkel holds talks with Turkish leaders frustrated by slow-moving EU talks
Germany presses Turkey for progress in lifting embargo on Cyprus
German government backs ban on far-right party
German Intel Paid Neo-Nazi Informer $240,000
Bare-chested protesters take on Berlin
Merkel: China, Russia seeing Syrian president's time is up
Merkel Raises Turks' Hope Of European Union Entry
Merkel kicks off sensitive visit to Turkey
Merkel inspects German Patriot missiles in Turkey
Germany arms the Persian Gulf monarchies
Germany patient with France on deficit


France
Hollande's Sarkozy joke riles French opposition
Ayrault: Boko Haram Claiming to Hold French Family
France blasts 'cruelty' as Boko Haram displays kidnapped family
France to pause austerity, cut spending next year instead: Hollande
Hollande urges compulsory labeling amid horsemeat scandal
France's military operation in Mali in 'final phase'
France warns of kidnappings, attack risk in Benin
France is euro 'problem child', frets Angela Merkel's party official
War For Global Energy Supremacy-World War III
Syrian Opposition Pledges to Attend Rome Summit
Syria says ready to talk with armed opposition
Kerry Vows Not to Leave Syria Rebels 'Dangling in the Wind'
Car blast rocks central Damascus, casualties reported
Assad's Army Has Fled Entire Area Bordering Israel
Syrian Refugees Riot in Jordan Camp; 3 Hurt
Nearly 100 Rebels Are Reported Killed in Mali Battle
No sign of peace or reconciliation in Mali
West African Mali forces to cost €715m

Insight Into Today’s News
Billionaires Continue To Dump Stocks
G20 issues empty declaration against currency wars
Norway Enters The Currency Wars
The Second-Mortgage Shell Game
The Last Liberal Branch of Government
US/NATO occupation of Afghanistan unraveling
Goodbye? We’ve Lost Who We Are?
US Schools Go Into Full Prison Mode
Hornady Addresses Ammo Shortage: We’re working 24/7
US Media Yet Again Conceals Newsworthy Government Secrets

Israel
Netanyahu: Arrow will help us on peace, or defense
Netanyahu urges the PA to calm rioters and stone throwers
West Bank Streets 'Boiling' as Abbas Accuses Israel of Stoking Unrest
IDF and Palestinians clash following prisoner's funeral
West Bank Protests Grow, Fears of New Intifada
Israel, US successfully test anti-missile system
Palestinian officials accuse Israel of torturing inmate to death
Palestinian Detainee’s Death in Israel Sparks Unrest
Thousands of jailed Palestinians stage 1-day hunger strike


Turkey
Erdogan holds joint press conference with Merkel
Kurdish Peace Process to Start After PKK Leave Turkey
Erdoğan: Assad a ‘mute devil’ for not defying Israel
Defense Minister Says 965 Suicides Among Soldiers in 10 Years
Turkey in Key Stage to Address Kurdish Issue
Turkey lists requests from Germany's Merkel
Turkey eyes Karabakh step from Armenia to open ways
Turkey Pressures Germany on EU Accession
Turkey says aid pledges for Syrian refugees 'unfulfilled'
Iraq shuts down 3 illegal tunnels to Syria


Egypt
Bahrain Bans Import of Plastic Guy Fawkes Masks
ElBaradei Calls for Boycott of 'Sham' Parliamentary Election
Egyptian Brotherhood Hits Back at Opposition Leader
Stripped of 'Country of Origin' Label, US Agrees to Sell Tear Gas to Egypt
Bahraini Dies After Being Struck by Tear Gas Canister
Divided Egypt opposition attacks Morsi on election call
Morsi calls parliamentary elections in April
Thousands hold anti-government protests in Egypt
New death from SARS-like virus in Saudi

Iran
World Powers May Offer Iran Sanctions Relief at Nuclear Talks
UK claims General Shateri actually died in January bombing of Hezbollah-bound weapons convoy
World Powers Seek Compromise in Iranian Nuclear Talks
Ahmadinejad Admits to Economic Pain
Iran tests suicide drones in ongoing military drill
Iran denies downing foreign drone
Iran claims it has captured a foreign ‘enemy drone’ during military exercise
Iran announces new uranium deposits discovery
Iran selects 16 new sites for nuclear plants
Iran sentences 4 to death in biggest bank fraud case
Envoy: Iran to continue talks with IAEA on nuclear program


Venezuela
Chavez warns that Africa and South America Must Unite or face Western Interventions
Indigenous Venezuelans Hold Ritual for Chavez
Colombian Rebels Call on Santos to Save Peace Talks
Villegas: Condition of cancer-stricken Chavez not "favorable"
Prosecutor Accuses Former Colombian Governor of 2000 Massacre
Bolivia's Morales says was unable to see Chavez in Venezuela
Questions about political succession whirl in Venezuela after Chavez comes home
Poll: Maduro would win vote if Chavez goes
Chávez's return is obstacle for Venezuela's embattled opposition
Bolivia's Morales arrives in Venezuela to visit President Chávez


Brazil
Falklands dispute: Argentina accuses UK of ‘defiance’ of anti-nuke treaty
Rousseff says extreme poverty almost eradicated
PM Medvedev begins visit to Brazil
Pro-Cuba Protesters Halt Dissident's Brazil Event
After Being Hounded by Protesters, Cuban Dissident Praises Brazil's Freedom of Expression
Brazil dockers end China ship protest; port strike threat
Argentina to renovate railways with Chinese trains in 2014
Union Leader Protests by Bringing Trucks to Argentine Labor Ministry
New tobacco law ignites controversy in Chile
Ex-leaders of German sect in Chile enter prison to begin sentences for sexual abuse of minors


Mexico
Official Accuses CIA of 'Managing' Not 'Fighting' the Drug Trade
Nieto Meets with San Antonio Mayor
Government Says Over 27,000 People Missing in Mexico
Mexico Slaughters Nearly 500,000 Birds Infected with Avian Flu
Guatemala Moves Up Ex-Dictator’s Genocide Trial
Police Chief in Mexican Border City on Nuevo Laredo Missing
Suspect in General’s Murder Arrives in Mexico
Mexican Police Detain 81 Migrants
Vigilantes reportedly release captives in southern Mexico

Castro successor lacks charisma but is experienced manager
Raúl Castro Says His New 5-Year Term as Cuba's President Will Be His Last
Fidel Castro makes surprise parliament appearance amid leadership speculation
Cuban parliament gathers, president to be selected
Esteban Lazo Elected New President of the Cuban Parliament
Haitians Rage as UN Rejects Payout for Cholera Victims
Yoani Sanchez May Be Top Dissident in Cuba, but She Agrees US Embargo Must Go
Medvedev Discusses Meteorite Strike with Fidel Castro
Raul Castro Mentions Possible Retirement


United Nations
UN Removes Osama bin Laden From Sanctions List
Tunisia Arrests Suspect in Killing That Sparked Unrest
African leaders sign DR Congo peace deal
At least 53 killed in rival Arab militia clashes in North Darfur
Tunisia's New Premier Promises Inclusive Government
US blocks UN resolution condemning Damascus terror bombings
Tunisia: Party Names Premier Candidate
Tunisian PM steps down after crisis prompted by political assassination
Unesco agrees 5.6 million-euro plan to save Mali's cultural treasures
Top World News Now                 
February 21, 2013

COURTESY SOCHA FAAL

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United States
GOP Resists Obama's Push for Tax Rise to Head Off Cuts
Obama Fleshes Out Plans for Infrastructure Projects
Obama considers urging the Supreme Court to overturn California’s ban on gay marriage
White House announces online espionage response policy
US issues final word on essential benefits under "Obamacare"
Anonymous thrown into China-US cyberwar scandal
Pentagon informs Congress of plans to furlough 800K civilian workers
In wake of Benghazi, rapid response Marine unit heading to Europe
US issues worldwide caution to its citizens of terror threats
Body found in restaurant rubble after Kansas City explosion
Why Americans Might Be Better Off If Their Burgers Were Made Of Horsemeat
Sex-Change Surgery Available Through Many US Colleges
Majority of US citizens say illegal immigrants should be deported
Hundreds of thousands march in Puerto Rico against gay rights
 
 

Russia
Putin Invites G20 Leaders to St. Petersburg Summit
Migrant workers call on Putin for amnesty
Lavrov: Time to end the war in Syria
Moscow: N. Korea sanctions can only impact nuclear program
IMF warns of higher inflation, slower GDP growth in Russia
Russia's missing billions revealed
Russia Tries To Remove Images of New Drone From the Internet
Russian Military to Develop Anti-Meteorite Defenses
Russia investigates 25 cases of Defense Ministry fraud - Prosecutor General
MP resigns after bloggers disclose his Florida property
Russia escalating attacks on free expression a year on from Pussy Riot protest
‘Ample Evidence’ Linking Ukraine Ex-President to Journalist Murder
French Specialists Resume Work at Chernobyl Disaster Site
Ukraine: Embezzlement At State Orphanages
Belarus Phases Out Russian Warplanes, Radars
 
 

China
Xi Jinping's campaign to purge Communist Party 'won't be easy'
Incumbent cabinet holds final meeting
China's central banker skips retirement bar to stay on
Manila to tackle sea row 'with or without China' at UN
Attacks originating from US rank 1st among overseas hackings in China
Photos show new activity at N Korea nuclear site
Spy agencies scrounge for details on North Korean nuclear test
North Korea: A nuclear 7-Eleven?
N Korean propaganda video shows Obama in flames
US Envoy Opposes S Korean Nuclear Armament
Rise in online fan clubs extolling China's party leaders
After China's multibillion-dollar cleanup, water still unfit to drink
Smog in Pearl River Delta 'worse than in Beijing'
Maoists Block Deal to Break Nepal's Long Political Deadlock
 
 

Cameron to pay respects to victims of Amritsar massacre
Cameron's India trip hits wobble with concern over helicopter deal
Sars-like virus death reported in UK
New coronavirus can infect human lungs as easily as cold virus
Magdalene laundries: Ireland to apologise to survivors
Iranian torture guard refused UK citizenship
Britain expands "bigger than burgers" horsemeat tests
Regulator warns Britain 'on the brink' of energy crisis
Scotland 'faces EU funding cut'
Tanker drivers in Scotland vote to strike
Belfast Orange Order warns members over flag protests
One in four Africans attacked in Ireland
 
 

Berlusconi accused of trying to buy votes days before election
After Bulgarian Protests, Prime Minister Resigns
Greek police fire tear gas on anti-austerity protesters
Greece welcomes Hollande with ‘news blackout’
Dutch experiment in legalised prostitution a disaster
Thieves in Belgium pull off most spectacular and dramatic diamond heist in years
Iceland considers dropping its currency
Lawmakers Threaten to Veto Tightened Budget
EU reinforces sanctions against DPRK
To Revive Honey Bees, Europe Proposes a Pesticide Ban
Anti-austerity strike to bring Greece to a standstill
Italy politicians make final drive for votes before poll
 
 

Berlusconi's possible comeback a nightmare for Angela Merkel
Merkel's Rainbow Problem: On Gay Rights, Chancellor Still a Conservative
German Officials Signal Berlusconi Isn't Their Man
Germany Sends Troops to Mali
German police raid firms over Ponzi scheme
Germany: Court Backs Adoption by Same-Sex Couples
Net activists slam Germany's open data portal
NSU victims' families want more than sympathy
Security staff at Hamburg airport to strike Wednesday in pay dispute
Swiss mayoral candidate 'pro-Hamas, pro-Iran'
Outgoing chairman of Switzerland's Novartis foregoes $78 million golden parachute deal
Norway is Afraid of Foreign Spies
 
 

Hollande: French soldier killed in northern Mali
Hollande confirms seven kidnapped in Cameroon
Hollande urges investment in Greece, growth in Europe
Hollande: France will miss 2013 growth target
French Kidnapped in Cameroon Were Taken Into Nigeria
France saw 58 percent rise in anti-Semitic attacks in 2012
Man arrested for serial attacks on Paris Chinese
France to unfreeze development aid to Mali
France Charges 11 In Alleged Kurdish Extortion Ring
 
 
War For Global Energy Supremacy-World War III
Syrian rebels threaten Hezbollah with 48-hour deadline
Syrian military reportedly shoots down Israel drone
US direct military support to Mali likely to continue after elections
Mortars Explode Near Assad Palace in Damascus
Missile kills more than 30 in Syria
Typhoid breaks out in rebel-held eastern Syria
Foreign Arms Supplies to Syrian Rebels Expanding
Pro-Assad militia now key to Syrian government’s war strategy
Russia's double dealing on arms to Assad regime leaves UK isolated over Syria
Syrian Rebels Threaten to Attack Lebanon Over Border Dispute
 
Insight Into Today’s News
Billionaires Continue To Dump Stocks
G20 issues empty declaration against currency wars
Norway Enters The Currency Wars
The Second-Mortgage Shell Game
The Last Liberal Branch of Government
US/NATO occupation of Afghanistan unraveling
Goodbye? We’ve Lost Who We Are?
US Schools Go Into Full Prison Mode
Hornady Addresses Ammo Shortage: We’re working 24/7
US Media Yet Again Conceals Newsworthy Government Secrets
 

Former foreign minister Livni joins Netanyahu coalition
Prisoner X: Benjamin Netanyahu adds to mystery
Secretary Kerry to skip Israel in first trip
Turkey, Israel Cut 1st Defense Deal Since Freezing Ties
Israel Seeks to Curb Weapons Flow to Gaza
West Bank protesters rally for release of deteriorating prisoners
Palestinian Prisoner's Hunger Strike Reaches 211th Day
Fatah Official Warns of Violence if Prisoners Aren't Freed
'Iron Dome' may be instrumental in peace process
Head of Israeli IVF unit arrested in Romania
 
 

 
 

Security deteriorating in Egypt due to political instability
Opposition Sets Conditions For Dialogue With Morsi
Morsi's advisory team less diverse after months of walkouts
Morsi Issues Presidential Decree to Appoint New Mufti
Strike, Protests Hit Egypt's Port Said for 3rd Day
Egyptians protest at Libyan border over new visa rules
Egypt ministry appeals against order to block YouTube
Egypt files new charges against Mubarak's last premier
2 Sunni groups halt roles in Bahrain crisis talks
A Palace Rift in Bahrain Bedevils Key US Navy Base
 

Iran to Conduct Military Drills Over 3 Days
Reformists Meet Khamenei To Improve 'Internal Climate'
Rivals Forced to Apologize to Supreme Leader
Ahmadinejad threat to cancel Iranian poll
Iran Pushes Nuclear-Free Mideast Plans
Syrian Prime Minister Claims Iran is Now “Occupying” Syria
MPs say sovereignty over three Persian Gulf islands is non-negotiable
Iran protests Berlin film award for banned Jafar Panahi
Fatwa Issued Against 3G Internet Operator in Iran
Iran FM Spurns Western 'Gold Trade' Offer
Stung by 'Argo,' Iran Backs Conference Denouncing 'Hollywoodism'
 
 

 
 
Top World News Now                 
February 15, 2013
 

United States
Environmentalists Press Obama in Heated Oil Pipeline Debate
NRA exec accuses Obama of gun 'charade' at State of the Union
Kerry: Moves Against North Korea Would Scare Iran Off Nukes
Senate Republicans Block Hagel Nomination For Defense Secretary
Key US general backs keeping Afghan forces at peak strength
Missouri Democrats Introduce Legislation to Confiscate Firearms – Gives Gun Owners 90 Days to Turn in Weapons
Transocean to pay $400 million for 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill
High taxes force more Americans to renounce their citizenship
600 children living in Washington, DC homeless shelter
Conspiracy Theorists Leap at the Confusing Case of Dorner’s Multiple Wallets
Body in burned cabin ID'd as Christopher Dorner
Cruise ship nightmare nearing end for passengers after hellish trip
CDC Warns of Super-Gonorrhea
 
 

Russia
Russia activates ‘Operation Fortress’, 20,000 troops after air defense forces shoot down space object
Putin orders Russian security on high alert before Olympics
Putin Warns Foreign NGOs Against 'Meddling' In Russian Affairs
Putin Orders FSB to Set Up Anti-Hacker Defense
Putin: Russia will not tolerate foreign pressure
Foreign Ministry: Russia ‘Ready’ to Consider Further Nuclear Arms Cuts
Army Chief: Russia may be drawn into resource wars in future
Russian Army Commissions Bioengineered Liver for $17 Mln
Russia charges Georgian politician with plotting mass unrest
Constitutional Court: Authorities must not politically discriminate against protesters
Six Suspected Militants Killed in Dagestan Operation
Very strong earthquake in a sparsely populated Siberia area
Thousands of Russian convicts may go untracked if bracelet batteries die
 

China
Xi's Vows of Change in China Belie Private Warning
Xi Jinping Prepares to Deal With New 'Gang of Four'
Beijing ramps up propaganda war to bolster Diaoyus claim
China's environment unaffected by DPRK nuclear test so far
China's Netizens React Colorfully to N. Korean Nuke Test
Nuke test gives US excuse to boost its military
S. Korea stages large-scale drills following DPRK nuke test
South Korea flexes missile power after North test
The Real Japan-China Conflict
7 dead, 18 injured in China after man sets off bomb over child custody dispute
Depressing landmark reached, 100th Tibetan self-immolates
Tibetans commemorate centennial of 'Tibetan independence'
Clues to why most survived China's melamine scandal
 

Major warns Cameron's EU referendum is a 'gamble'
EU warns Tories that UK security opt-out 'doesn't make sense'
UK Military Flies Ghana Troops, Equipment to Mali
Britain warns of Syria jihadist threat to Europe
British MPs to receive on-the-job mental health aid
UK Lawmakers Say Credit Schemes Not Working
Another policeman held in UK graft probe
New SARS-like virus shows person-to-person transmission
Deaths, lies and the NHS: Shocking new healthcare scandals emerge in UK
UK Arrests Men in Horse-Meat Probe
Horsemeat: Bute Found In Carcasses In UK
UK soap opera star faces child sex charges
 
 

Europe Rejects Critics of 'Robin Hood' Tax
Austerity's children becoming Europe's "lost generation"
Economy in Europe Contracts More Than Expected
Pope rounds on rival cardinals and their 'sins against unity'
Man sets himself alight at Rome airport
Berlusconi defends need for bribery in winning contracts
Monte Paschi's former finance chief held in Italy
Italy unemployment crisis reaches alarming rate
Foreign investors set to sue Spain over energy reform
King Juan Carlos fights new pressures to abdicate
Greece: Alexis Tsipras raises the political stakes
Interior Ministry: Mafia plotting to crash Serbian Air Force One
 

Un-Natural Gas: Fracking Set to Shake Up German Campaign
Germany and Spain Move to Curb Green-Energy Supports
German airports security staff strike continues Friday
Germany to help Israelis stuck in unfriendly countries
Roma in Germany forced into abject poverty
Barbarians at the Gate
Reports Of 'Neo-Nazi' Guards At Amazon Warehouses In Germany Creates Fresh Scandal
Tempting PhDs lead politicians into plagiarism
Germany's Great Church Sell-Off
Swiss push reconciliation plan for Sri Lanka
Switzerland prepares to sit at G20 head table
Norway Ready to Use Rate Cuts to Cool Krone
 

Hollande Tiptoes Toward Raid on Pensions Under Pressure From EU
Hollande says France ok with India civil nuclear liability clause
Hollande in India to sell warplanes, nuclear power, metro construction
Tunisians denounce France interference
The European Slump: France Gives Up Lowering Its Budget Deficit
French Goodyear workers protest against closure of Amiens Nord plant
France moves step closer to legal euthanasia
French firm suspected as culprit in spreading horsemeat scandal
France to return 7 paintings looted during WWII
 
 
War For Global Energy Supremacy-World War III
Libya Braces for Unrest on Anniversary of Qaddafi Revolt
Syrian rebels down 2 government planes
Syria rebels capture oil field and military base
Saudis say Syria death toll may be 90000
As war in Syria continues, refugees in Turkey open a high school
Armenia tries to help as Christian Armenians flee Syria
In Mali town, counter-insurgency task ties down French
French incursion frees few slaves in Mali
Official Details French Role in Mali
US Pledges to Help Mali With Long-Term Stability
 
Insight Into Today’s News
US Media Yet Again Conceals Newsworthy Government Secrets
Now We Know: War Is Murder
It Can't Happen Here?
The Andromeda Strain, Yes. Jesus, No. Your Tax Dollars at Work.
Remember 1994
Morningland Dairy destroyed by feds, $250,000 inventory stolen by government thugs during armed raid
Department of Homeland Security Targets Gun Collector
CIA Adviser Warns of 'Financial Weapons of Mass Destruction'
Debtors Prisons In The US Are Rapidly Filling With People Who Can’t Pay Bills
 

Netanyahu threatened media over Prisoner X
'Prisoner X' took part in Mossad operation of killing Hamas operative in Dubai?
Lawyer: ‘Prisoner X’ negotiated plea bargain before suicide
Israeli Security Delegation Arrives for Talks in Cairo
Border area on alert as Israel carries out drills
Israel shells out almost a fifth of national budget on defense
Israel falls 20 places in World Press Freedom Index
Leading Rabbi Says Let Haredim Guard Their Own West Bank Cities
Israeli Siege Snuffing Out Gaza's Camel Industry
 

 

Morsi's Egypt Poised to Criminalize Protest
Morsi's graduate son snares plum Egypt job at 66 times lowest salary
Salafis open fire on Morsi
Ruling party aims for outright majority in new parliament
Egypt political forces call for symbolic funeral of slain boy potato seller
Egypt Military Offers Rare Apology for Child Death
Teenage protester shot dead amid clashes on Bahrain uprising anniversary
Saudi Minister Puts Young Royals in Succession Spotlight
Bahrain condemns Iran's statements
 

Ahmadinejad bluffed that Iran is now a 'nuclear state'
IAEA, Iran Fail to Reach Nuclear Deal
Kerry urges Iran to make "real offers" in nuclear talks
Gulf states reject Iranian suggestion that Syria, Bahrain be discussed at nuclear talks
Iran denies transferring arms to Somali militants
Iran Using China To Smuggle Nuclear Material? ISIS Report Raises Concerns
Iran Mourns Senior Commander Killed in Syria
Iran Begins Its Election-Season Web Crackdown a Few Months Early
Pak-Iran pipeline deal likely to be inked today
 

Venezuelan students protest outside Cuban Embassy as Chavez remains out of sight in Havana
Venezuela to Limit Medicine Prices After Chavez Devaluation
Maduro: Chavez Undergoing “Very Complex and Tough” Treatment
Venezuela's move to devalue is desperate
Chavez Devaluation Puts Venezuelans to Queue Before Price Raise
Capriles: Venezuela needs no devaluation, but stop handouts
US Imposes Sanctions on Venezuela's Cavim Arms Company
Farc rebels kill seven Colombian soldiers in blow to peace process
Eastern Colombia locked into neo-paramilitary war
 

Witnesses of Argentina major train accident fear for their lives
Woman in Argentina marries twin sister's convicted killer
Rousseff Stumbles on Energy
Brazil's Hydroelectric Dam Boom is Bringing Tensions
Brazil Papal Contender: Place of Birth Irrelevant
Argentina confirms quizzing of Iran suspects
Epic Glacier Collapse In Argentina: Ice Bridge Connected To Perito Moreno Thunders Into Lake
Argentina Continues Its Defiance of Ghana in the Courts
Chile's Mapuche Indians clash with police in Collipulli
 
 

A glimpse of Nieto's new crime fighting strategy
Mexico arrests six suspects for rape of Spanish tourists

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WITH SO MANY OVERWHELMINGLY CORRUPT AND BASICALLY ILLEGAL AND HIDDEN ANTI-CONSTITUTIONAL ACTIONS BY OBAMA, BRINGING THEM OUT INTO THE OPEN REQUIRES      
A CHANGE IN FOCUS AT ANTI-MULLAH.

FOR INSTANCE, WHILE WE RECEIVE INFORMATION THAT THE OBAMA (PRO-ISLAMIC) MOVEMENT TO INFILTRATE SUPPORTERS OF ISLAM  CONTINUES INTO THE MOST SENIOR AND CRITICAL/SENSITIVE POSSIBLE REGIONS HE HAS NOW PROPOSED

JOHN BRENNAN
A CONVERT TO ISLAM

AS HIS NEXT
HEAD OF THE CIA!!!

Brennan converted during an assignment to Saudi Arabia

THE OTHER INFILTRATOR FROM OBAMA

IS HIS  STAUNCHLY AND VOCALLY PRO-IRAN, FERVENTLY ANTI-ISRAEL CHOICE FOR SECRETARY OF DEFENCE. A MAN THE IRANIAN MULLAHS (UNDENIABLY OUR ENEMIES) STRONGLY ENDORSE AS THEIR PREFERENCE TO HEAD OUR MILITARY!!!

TO CREATE A BROADER INSIGHT INTO THE WORLD STAGE WE SHALL BE POSTING INFORMATION FROM SOCHA FAAL AND WHILE SHE INCLUDES DETAILS THAT FALL INTO THE EDGES OF SPECULATION, YOU SHOULD "DISCOUNT" THE "PSYCHIC" ASPECTS WITHOUT THROWING OUT THE BABY WITH THE BATHWATER.

YOU HAVE TO BE ABLE TO SELECTIVELY FILTER ONE FROM THE OTHER AND NOT IGNORE TRENDS OF REALITY WOVEN INTO THE DETAILS SHE PRESENTS BUT WHICH HAVE STRONG POINTERS FOR THOSE WHO CAN DISCERN THE DIFFERENCE.

NOTE THAT SHE RECEIVES INFORMATION "AND DISINFORMATION" FROM THE RUSSIAN SECRET SECURITY SERVICES, WHICH HAVE THEIR OWN AGENDAS NOT ALL OF WHICH ARE CONTRARY TO AMERICAN INTERESTS.

READ, ABSORB SORT AND EVALUATE
you will quickly be able to note and compare the Obama treacherous and even treasonous anti-American activity among what she reports.

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They create story-systems to understand and explain events - essentially a religious activity. For whatever reason, it’s much easier for us to deal with our internal contents by projecting them into the world around us. These outward signs inevitably become carriers of the archetypal content and psychodrama latent in the seeker.
Conspiracy theory also overcomes the strictures of literalism and the problems of simplistic thinking by experimenting with multiplicity of meaning. Ordinary events, people and signs become symbols bristling with complex, malleable, even contradictory meanings. Mystery is revived and idealized. Facts become more than the sum of their parts. Theory becomes poetry and even theology.”
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Top World News Now                 
February 9, 2013


United States
Hundreds of thousands already without power, buried under snow from ongoing blizzard
Obama: 'No reason' for automatic Pentagon cuts
Obama to propose 1 percent pay hike for federal employees
White House won't comment on Brennan's waterboarding dodge
Clinton more popular than Obama, polls show
White House Delivers Dire Warning About Automatic Cuts
Lawmakers test legal waters for regulating drones
Christopher Dorner manhunt: Search for ex-LAPD cop goes on amid California snowstorm
Cop-killer on the run: Largest manhunt in LAPD history spreads to three US states and Mexico
US Air Force veteran added to no-fly list after visiting sickly mom
FBI Sting: California man arrested trying to blow up Oakland Bank of America branch with "Taliban help"
Health Officials: Worst of Flu Season May Be Over
KKK promises the largest rally in the history of Memphis after Confederate parks are renamed
Ohio Amish beard-cutting ringleader gets 15 years  


Russia
Putin: Countering extremists key task for law enforcers
Forward Russia: Grand Sochi project highlights Putin ambition
Migrant workers suffer for Putin's Olympics
Putin presents presidential awards to young scientists
Russia targets Uganda as big market for weapons
Retired intelligence officer gets 13 years for coup plot
New Russian citizens to get call-up for military service
‘I solemnly swear!’ – Russian citizen’s oath considered
Married couple, forced apart in communist Russia, reunite by chance and remarry
Russia, US in Hasid books brawl: Moscow wants recourse over $50,000 daily penalties
In Russia, brazen murder of Chernovik founder is unsolved
Russia's Black Earth Farmers Switch to Corn, Oilseeds for Profit
Reform Quickly or Lose Deals, EU Tells Ukraine
Fascism rehabilitated in Ukraine?


China
Xi Jinping says he welcomes criticism; critics aren’t so sure
Xi Jinping promises a cleaner, greener energy future in China
Chinese leaders send greetings for Lunar New Year
China Denies Directing Radar at Japanese Naval Vessel and Copter
Dangerous dance around disputed islets is becoming ever more worrying
PLA Navy to conduct training drills in western Pacific over Lunar New Year
China threatened by overseas hackers
Former Guangdong official stripped of Party membership
China retrieves defaulted payments for migrant workers
China jails Tibetan man for inciting secession
HP Directs Its Suppliers in China to Limit Student Labor
After Myanmar Violence, Almost 6,000 Rohingyas Arrive in Thailand
North Korea nuclear test may cause volcano eruption near Chinese border
South Korea in 'first strike' alert over tests


United Kingdom
Cameron savors EU budget win as battles loom
Cameron: 'Horsemeat story is shocking'
Britain opens criminal probe of horse meat contamination scandal
Clegg faces a fresh attempt to oust him as Liberal Democrat leader
2.3 million deprived kids absent from UK poverty data
UK investigating allegations of child sex abuse at former RAF base in Germany
Border agency backlog keeps Britons and their foreign spouses in limbo
Experts say DNA crime-fighting in UK 'lagging behind'
New evidence of UK complicity in Libya torture
Tax Rules Waived in Britain to Lure Athletes
Saga of Speeding Politician Rivets Britain
Whitehall spies could already be operating in Scotland
Refuelling and rendition: Ireland's role in the war on terror

European Union
EU budget cut ushers in austerity for first time in union's history
EU leaders agree to push for US trade deal
EU may force banks to help set Euribor to keep it clean
EU Court Strikes Down Swift's Blockade Against Iranian Banks
Greece gets silver lining to budget plans for coming years
Growing Police Brutality in Greece: The Hidden Face of the Crisis
Armenia holds 2 in attack on presidential candidate
Anarchists Claim Responsibility for Attempted Bombing in Spain
Moroccan suspected of being terrorist arrested in Spain
Cyprus Presidential Candidate Wary of EU Bailout Terms
Italy Vote Seen Inconclusive as Risk of Second Ballot Grows
Birth Defects In Multiples On The Rise In Europe


Germany
German Shale-Gas Fracking Rules Sought by Merkel Coalition
Germany Warns on Currency Depreciation
Germany posts second highest trade surplus in 60 years
Topless activists denounce female circumcision at Berlin film festival
German weapons case pits man against gun clubs
Minister's Heritage Sparks Racism Debate
New doubts cast on Holocaust account Nazi child mascot
Swiss Unemployment Returns to a 2.5 Year High
Gun control debate rages in Switzerland
Switzerland Justice Minister Returns Home
Taipei Ministry to ask Switzerland to arrest Zain Dean
Global warming to bring more rain to hydro-dependent Norway
EON Plans Hundreds of Megawatts of Wind Power in Norway, Sweden

France
Illegal Roma evictions in France continue under Hollande
Ayrault says no current plan for Peugeot stake
Ex-US envoy: $17M French ransom funded al-Qaida
France plays down report of ransom paid for Niger hostages
Europe Is Watching as France Weighs Options for Peugeot
French charge north in Mali, Bamako shooting kills two
Symbol of French Republic defaced in art attack
Hollande Eschews Monarch-Style Presidential Monument in Crisis
War For Global Energy Supremacy-World War III
Jets roar over Pacific skies as US military gathers allies in drills, to keep ahead of China
Shooting erupts amid reports of mutiny in Malian capital
Suicide bomber blows himself up near Mali soldiers, first attack of its kind
French intervention 'will cost Mali its independence'
Rebel push into Damascus raises fears of long fight coupled by mass exodus
Syria says 'no truth' Israel targeted convoy
UN Says 5000 Syrians a Day Are Now Fleeing War
Syria military factory blast kills 54
Jihadist group Jabhat al-Nusra is taking over Syria's revolution

Insight Into Today’s News
US Media Yet Again Conceals Newsworthy Government Secrets
Now We Know: War Is Murder
It Can't Happen Here?
The Andromeda Strain, Yes. Jesus, No. Your Tax Dollars at Work.
Remember 1994
Morningland Dairy destroyed by feds, $250,000 inventory stolen by government thugs during armed raid
Department of Homeland Security Targets Gun Collector
CIA Adviser Warns of 'Financial Weapons of Mass Destruction'
Debtors Prisons In The US Are Rapidly Filling With People Who Can’t Pay Bills

Israel
Netanyahu's coalition-building efforts are guided by suspicion and skepticism
Livni will be appointed as minister in charge of peace process
Defense Ministry suspends ties with six firms over alleged fraud
Tel Aviv Hepatitis A outbreak may stem from open-air markets
Abbas to Ahmadinejad: Talk more about Palestine, less about destroying Israel
Palestinian jailed for Abbas Facebook 'insult'
Abbas Meets With Leader of Gaza Terror Group in Cairo
Hamas Weighs Options For Recognizing Israel
Palestinian prisoners in Israel 'smuggling out sperm'


Turkey
Despite US opposition, oil trade with Iraq is legal, PM Erdoğan says
South Cyprus condemns Erdoğan's remarks calling him a 'bully'
Turkey says has spent $600 million on Syria refugees
No strong EU without Turkey, says Italian envoy
Turkey-US Tension Develops Over Al-Qaeda Member  
Ailing ex-general fights for survival after sentence delay
Cargo ship crashes into a passenger seabus in the Bosphorus
Protests grow in Sunni areas in Iraq
Iraqi Kurdistan presses on with oil pipe to Turkey

Egypt
Morsi: Egypt, Turkey to establish joint chamber of commerce
Clashes in Egypt as anti-Morsi camp demands change
Egypt Slams US Senator's 'Morsi Is Our Enemy' Comments
          Stephen Hawking Wants Humans to Reach Other Worlds Via a Beam of Light   
Stephen Hawking reiterated his belief that humans need to explore space to avoid the dangers of our own finite world at a recent arts and science festival in Norway.
          7/1/2017: TRAVEL: Sky opens up Norwegian ocean-cruise possibilities   

TROMSØ, NORWAY In the heart of the Midnight Sun, one day after the Summer Solstice and on the eve of its 20th anniversary, Viking Cruises (cruise.center/ vikingsea) officially welcomed its third ocean-going cruise ship into its fleet. The 930-guest...
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          A very Norwegian kulekyse for Gwen   
I made the pretty hat and the pretty girl wearing it! Aren't I clever?

In a somewhat surprising, and certainly unprecedented, turn of events I've written two knitting posts in a row! While I don't think Project Project is in any immediate danger of turning into a knitting blog, I did finish the hat I was working on for Gwen and felt happy enough with the result that I wanted to show it off to you. Isn't it cute?

It never ceases to amaze me that this blue-eyed blonde is actually mine.

A friend at the monthly knit night I attend showed me the pattern for the adorable hat she had made, and I immediately knew I had to make one too. It reminded me of the type of hats that little girls used to wear when I was growing up in Norway. And then I realized that the pattern was actually in Norwegian, and it was a done deal!

She devised this little pose all on her own. 

But then I couldn't find the yarn I wanted to make the hat. I knew it had to be something really soft and non-itchy so Gwen would agree to wear it (there is nothing sadder than spending weeks working on a project for someone, only to have them not wear it because it's not comfortable), and I knew it would have to be just the right shade of blue. Something cool and icy and feminine to really make her eyes stand out. So I looked around a little bit locally, but couldn't find the right thing until the kids and I were in Norway this summer. We happened to venture into a small yarn shop, and after a little poking around (and exercising a lot of restraint to not buy up the entire store!) I found just the thing. It is a silk/alpaca blend, and is the softest, most buttery smooth yarn imaginable from Du Store Alpakka. It was a little on the spendy side, but seeing as I only needed one skein and it was perfect (and it was my birthday!), I snapped some up, downloaded the pattern and started knitting it right away. 

From the back. I love that it comes to two little points!

The kulekyse (or bubble bonnet, as it is delightfully called in English) is a fun and pretty quick little project. I'd never tried knitting anything like this bubble pattern before, and it was a little nerve-wracking seeing as it involved letting a stitch drop down four rows before picking it back up and knitting it twisted! But after some trial and error, I figured it out and then it was pretty smooth sailing from then on. In Norwegian, at least, the pattern is quite clear and straightforward in its directions, which I appreciated, especially after the problems I'd had with the last pattern I found online. My only complaint is that they only let you download the pattern a limited amount of times, so even though I've paid for it, I can't print a new copy to replace the very worn and raggedy one I've been using to knit from. Kind of miffing, but not the end of the world.


Gwen didn't especially want to pose for pictures - unless her fairy wings could come too.

Gwen was very interested in the whole knitting process, and was quite eager for me to finish her hat. I showed her the finished result on Sunday morning, when she decided that she had to wear it to church. She was already wearing a dress that my mum had knitted for her, so off she went to church, decked out from head to toe in homemade knitwear. She looked very demure and proper in her little bonnet, and I had to smile at how fancy she obviously felt.

I love how the bonnet frames her face, and I am delighted with how that shade of turquoisey blue really brings out her blue eyes. I also like that she can wear it with a dress for "the more formal toddler occasion" or with jeans and a shirt for every day. And it's not something that every other mom in the neighborhood has bought at Target for their kids - it's always fun to have something a little different.

Also - I ended up buying two skeins of the yarn I used, just to be sure that I had enough (imagine how frustrating it would be to run out of yarn that you bought in another country!), so now I have a whole extra skein and a bit of this gorgeous yarn. What do you think I should make with it?
          Ten Years   

We are back from our cruise and our busy summer is officially at an end. We've had a few North Family Milestones since my last, including Espen's first day of pre-school and our 10th wedding anniversary. Ten years! How did that happen?

We decided very early on in our marriage that we wanted to really celebrate our anniversaries, and seeing as we both like to travel, we decided that an annual trip would be the way to do it. It didn't always have to be big or expensive or even very far, we just knew that we wanted to escape the everyday and spend a little time away, just the two of us. And so far we have done a pretty good job of managing just that! Some of our anniversaries have been in faraway places (Venice!) and some of them have been a couple of hours away (Cedar City!), but what they do have in common is that they have all been such happy occasions, as well as a perfect opportunity to stop the world and remind ourselves that we are still the people we fell in love with years ago.

2005: Married for about six hours and seriously happy about life. 

2006: First anniversary in our first apartment!
And then a day or two later, we hopped on a plane to spend a few weeks in England and Norway.


2007: We don't have any of our own photos of this trip, (so I borrowed one from Tripadvisor) but for our third anniversary we ventured north and stayed at the Providence Inn near Logan, UT. We slept in, wandered around the town, went swimming and just generally enjoyed a long weekend together. 
2008: Utah Shakespeare Festival. We watched lots of plays, stayed in a seriously cute B&B and fell deeply in love with baked brie and each other.

2009: This year we combined our anniversary trip with a babymoon to Stockholm! Sadly, most of those photos disappeared in The Great Photo Loss of 2010, so we will have to make do with a pregnant photo of me in Gamla Stan.
 I promise Nick came too!


2010: Back in 2010 we didn't post our every move on social media, so we actually don't have any pictures of our fifth anniversary trip. But we do have this picture of Espen swimming with Grandpa, which is how he spent his weekend while we went back to the same place we stayed in when we got married. 

2011: Nick's beautiful Grandma Jo passed away just before our actual anniversary, so we replaced our plans for an anniversary trip to Las Vegas with a visit to Las Vegas for her funeral instead. Life got very crazy for us that fall, but we managed to sneak off for a few days after Christmas, just the two of us, and went hiking in Zion National Park (and stayed in a posh-ish hotel).


2012:Six months pregnant with Gwen and enjoying a quick break in St. George while Grandma and Grandpa took care of Espen. The heat was ridiculous, but we enjoyed tasty food, a show at the Tuacahn theatre and spending time together.

2013: Our babysitter cancelled last minute, so we scaled back our plans and made our eighth anniversary a family affair.
(A friend offered to watch the kids for us that night, so we did manage to sneak off to dinner and a moonlit ski-lift ride in the mountains, so no harm done.)


2014: Our anniversary was also Espen's first day of preschool, so celebrations were low-key.

2014: But we did celebrate a month earlier with a trip to Venice, so romance was not dead.


2015: Ten years! We went on a cruise to Alaska and celebrated the actual day canoeing across a lake near Ketchikan.

2015: Back onboard the cruise ship, we celebrated again with a fancy dinner and eversoverymuchtoomuch dessert.

Happy anniversary to us! I can wait to see where the next ten years take us. 

          Back from Norway   
An extremely jaunty walk to get the mail. 
The kids and I are home again from our trip to Norway and getting settled back into every day life. We miss granny and uncle Jeremy and all of our favorite Norwegian people and places, but my goodness, it's good to be home! Home where my bed and my pillow (my pillow!) are, home where my kids sleep peacefully in their beds, home where I don't have to live out of a suitcase, and above all, home where the love of my life is! Good gravy, we missed our Nick/husband/daddy.

Playing by the lake. 
Whenever I talk to people about our trip, they always express that traveling such a long distance with two small children on my own must be really hard. But to be honest, the actual travel part wasn't too bad. Our kids are seasoned travelers that know how to hunker down, get comfy and make the most of being stuck in a seat for hours (and hours and hours), and I am endlessly grateful for that. They're rock stars! But what was hard (besides the first couple of nights of jet lagged kids) was the realization of what a gaping void there is in our family without Nick. All of the countless little things he does in a day to keep our family running smoothly suddenly weren't happening. And the kids, who usually love being in Norway so much that they don't want to go home, were counting down the days until we could go home to Daddy. Our family is just not our family without him.

A visit from my grandmother and the kids' great-grandmother. With my mum standing in for my dad, we've got four generations on this sofa and ages ranging from two to ninety-four. 

 That being said, we had a wonderful time. We spent hours and hours outside in Granny's garden and adventuring in the forest and along the lanes nearby. We discovered a wild strawberry patch and picked as much as we could find. We caught up with old friends and made a few new ones. We went swimming in the lake and splashed in the paddling pool in the garden. We ate lots and lots of ice cream and tasty Norwegian food. Espen discovered a love for salami, meatballs and fish cakes. Gwen spent every waking moment asking for ice cream, cookies and chocolate.

I gave Gwen one of my old bridesmaid dresses, and she immediately declared herself Princess Gwen.
I'm rather inclined to agree. 
 We had tea parties and made a playhouse in one of Granny's outbuildings. On rainy days we played with Lego from my childhood and drew the children's outlines on big rolls of paper. We picked wild flowers and jumped up and down in muddy puddles. We made leaf rubbings and had epic games of hide and seek all around the garden.

We went for lots of walks up and down the lanes.
Lest this is sounding too idyllic for words we also stayed up too late, threw epic tantrums, made big messes, lost some of Granny's belongings and spent way too much time playing on the iPads.

There were wildflowers (and their tiny tenants) everywhere.
 For me, the theme of the trip seemed to be getting out my comfort zone. I drove a car with manual transmission for the entire month, something I haven't done in well over a decade. I repaired the lawnmower and figured out why the vacuum cleaner wasn't sucking. I read instruction manuals and wielded power tools. I drove to places I had never been before without a GPS, and I drove the entire family on a road trip to Sweden. My comfort zone is my happy place, and I'm never especially interested in leaving it, but I will admit that there is something to be said for making it a little bit bigger. I didn't especially want to know how to clean and replace a spark plug, but now I do, and it doesn't sound so foreign and difficult anymore.


Pancake brunch with my Norwegian Bestie. We love our Annika!
 Of course the whole reason we went was so we could help my mum while she recovered from hip replacement surgery. When we got there a few days after she was home from the hospital, she had to use two crutches to get anywhere, and was frustrated because she couldn't even carry a cup from the kitchen counter to the table. So to begin with I cooked and cleaned and did the dishes and drove her to appointments and ran errands and mowed the lawn and did all of the things that she just couldn't do for herself yet.

Annika is the director of an opera museum, and therefore wins all of the Best Dress-up Box awards. 

As the days turned into weeks, it was really great to see my mum recovering more and more each day. Over the course of the month we were there, she went from needing two crutches to get anywhere, to mostly getting around the house unsupported and only using a walking stick in one hand if we were going somewhere. She was even well enough to drive the car into town before we left, which made me feel like we weren't leaving her completely in the lurch. And now she just had her first day back at work!


My lovely Mumsy









My mum and I have always been good friends, so just spending time with her was great as  it always is. I know I'm very lucky in that regard, because not everyone gets along as well with their mum as I do. She does have an absolutely frustrating ability to be right about things, but other than she's lovely.   We did a lot of chatting and knitting and shopping (so much shopping!) and sorting through old photos and just spending time together without doing anything very significant in that way you can only do with your very nearest and dearest.

Visiting the cows and breaking in their news boots.
There were other good things about being in Norway too, besides just being able to help my mum. One of them was that we were able to spend some time with my brother, which doesn't happen too often. He starts a new job next week, so had a few weeks off to spend with us. The kids adore their uncle Jeremy (he was getting bedtime hugs and kisses whether he wanted them or not!), and I suspect that he's pretty fond of them too. I won't tarnish his manly image by telling you exactly how sweet he can be to a two year-old with a bumped foot or a five year-old in need of a man-to-man talk, but it made my heart happy to those relationships develop.

Washing Granny's car. 

And I was able to enjoy some time with Jeremy too! We went for walks and talked a lot, and discovered that we are equally nerdy about Dr. Who, so almost every night after the kids were in bed, we'd pile onto the couch with my mum and watch some vintage Dr. Who or an old movie. He was great at helping out with the kids and did a lot of stuff around the house in general, which I really appreciated. He's going to make some girl very happy one of these days!

Cooling off with popsicles in the paddling pool. It's a rough life!
Spending time with friends is always a great part of being in Norway. Some of my friends have kids of their own now, which is great because it gives my kids someone to play with while we chat and catch up. And it's just fun to see how children aren't really all that bothered about not sharing a common language. There's usually about a 15 minute warmup period where everyone is figuring each other out, and then they just play. And Espen and Gwen always leave a play date in Norway with a few more words in their Norwegian vocabulary than when they came, which is wonderful.

Picking wild strawberries.
 Being able to spend time with my own friends is great too. We met up with one girl (lady, I suppose!) that I have known since I was four years old. Even though we haven't seen each other very much at all in the past 20 years, there is still something so comfortable and familiar about spending time with people you have known for practically all of your life. I also saw three other women who have all held the title as my best friend at some point in my life - and on some level still do. I think that unless there was some clear and obvious falling out that ended the friendship, then a best friend maintains that level of closeness and love no matter how many years have passed since the last time you saw each other. Some friends you just pick up with where you left off.

One of many tiny tea parties.
 I also spent my 35th birthday in Norway this year. Until last year I hadn't celebrated a single birthday in the same country as my mum for a decade, so being able to spend it with her and my brother for two years in a row was a really special thing. She helped Espen and Gwen chose presents for me (some favorite Norwegian chocolate and Marimekko-print napkins, respectively), and I took her out to lunch. My brother gave me a much beloved TV-show from our childhood on DVD (Vi på Saltkråkan), and my mum cooked a delicious dinner for us and a few friends, one of whom had just happened to fly in from New York that morning. My sweet friend Annika baked a cake and played games with my kids, who just can't fathom how you could possibly have a birthday without party games. I really feel that, for me, are less and less about cake and presents, and more and more about the people around you and the kindness and love that they express through the efforts they make for you. I probably missed Nick more on my birthday than on any other day the entire time we were gone, but it was still a special day where my family and friends just made me feel so loved.

Who even knows? 
Now we're home and everything is getting back to normal again. It took a few days of trying to put my foot on a clutch that wasn't there, but I am finally getting used to driving my own car again. I was a good girl and unpacked our suitcases quickly (within a couple of days, which is pretty great for me!) and have integrated most of our new belongings into our home already. It makes me happy to see our new tablecloth on the kitchen table, and the cute little dish I found holding tomatoes, like little splashes of Norway here and there. And it has to be said that we left with one suitcase and returned with three, so there was quite a lot of putting away and integrating to be done! (Did I mention we did a lot of shopping?)

Happy and handsome.
The next thing on the agenda, of course, is our upcoming trip to Alaska, so our travel bags won't be packed away for too long before we hit the road. And the air. And the high seas. The kids will have a fantastic time staying with grandma and grandpa while Nick and I can hardly contain our excitement to go on our very first cruise! Then, a few days after we get back, Espen starts kindergarten, by which time I suspect we'll be happy to sink into a nice little family routine again.

Playing with mama and uncle Jeremy's old Lego.

 How has your summer been so far?



          Recalculating...   
Our house, where I thought I'd be spending my summer.

At least that's what my GPS says to me when we all thought we were heading in one direction, but then I suddenly throw everything off by heading down a different path than the planned route. And that's kind of what is happening to our summer.

When we got back from our trip to Florida and Disneyworld on May 1st, I thought that was sort of it as far as traveling went this summer. We'd had our big fun trip, and had nothing else on the cards beyond maybe a long weekend with Nick's parents as far as the eye could see. The rest of the summer would be spent at home, playing with friends, doing a few day trips here and there and mostly trying to beat the heat.

But then there was the question of our anniversary. We will have been married for 10 years in August, and always planned to do something big to celebrate. Although that was going to be tricky/nigh on impossible with two small kids, unless we took them with us, which wasn't really what we had in mind. At this point some friends and family kindly offered to take the kids so we could maybe swing a long weekend in San Francisco, and we thought that was going to be it. While it wasn't quite the Grand Adventure we'd always envisioned for this milestone, we love San Francisco and were definitely happy to spend a few days there.

Then Nick's parents, angels that they are, offered to take the kids for a week. A week! Suddenly the world was quite literally our proverbial oyster, and we started thinking what might be really fun. We knew we wanted to stay within North America so we wouldn't spend half our time traveling and adjusting to time changes, and we knew we wanted to go somewhere neither of us had been before.

We're going here! On this ship!

And now we have booked a cruise to Alaska in August!

Neither of us have been on a cruise before, and neither of us have been to Alaska before, so we are very excited to check it all out. We did our research and booked all of our shore excursions, and were more or less just enjoying the rest of the summer at home until...

We're going to see my mum!

My mum needed to have hip replacement surgery. We knew it was coming, but it wasn't until two days before her surgery that I fully realized how tricky recovery is going to be for her. She will be on crutches and won't be able to drive for six weeks, and was sort of wondering how she was going to manage. Long story short, she had her surgery on Wednesday, should be headed home on Sunday, and the kids and I are flying out to Norway on Monday.

I am freaking out just a little bit. We booked our tickets just a week before leaving, which is the shortest amount of time I've ever had between deciding to go on a big trip like this and actually leaving. And I'll be flying with the kids by myself for the first time ever, which is pretty daunting. I'm actually not dreading the actual flights as much as the travel surrounding them (when I think about getting myself, two kids and our luggage onto the train at the airport in Oslo, I kind of want to cry just a little bit). But I know we can do it, and that things are rarely as bad as I imagine them to be. It'll be a hard day getting there, but it's only one day, and when we're done, we're done.

The hardest part by far is going to be leaving Nick for a month, because I am crazy in love with him. And he's helpful and lovely and we share a brain. And the kids love him and he is the other pair of hands that takes over when I'm doing something else. And we haven't been apart for more than about five days at a time in the 10 years we've been married. Oh, I'm going to miss him like cray-cray. (See?)

But! I get to spend time with my mum and my brother, I'll be able to see some of my favorite friends (and I'm really hoping my 94 year-old Nana!), I'll be in Norway, I'll get to speak Norwegian and hear Norwegian and read Norwegian and be Norwegian for a whole month! And I get to eat Norwegian food! Ohhh, it's like finding a gas station in the middle of nowhere when you weren't sure you were going to make it to the next town. So unexpected and just what I needed! And most importunely, I will be able to actually be useful and helpful to my mother which, given the geographical distance between us, doesn't happen very often. I feel very lucky that we were able to make it work.

So, goodness knows when I'll be able to blog again. I'll be keeping up with the small health changes I've made, but not adding anything new until we get back (although I am hoping I can do a good amount of walking while I'm in Norway and it's not 97 degrees outside). I'll be Instagramming up a storm while I'm gone (I even convinced Nick to get an account!), so if you're interested, you can find me there. My username is Tamsin_North.

I'll be back in a month, if not before, at which point I will surely start blogging about frugal living and austerity measures after I have spent all our money traveling the Northern hemisphere.

Bye for now!



Image borrowed here



          Small Steps to Health: Everyday activity   
Little explorers on the loose.

I realized today that we had a long weekend in the US because of Memorial Day, while the UK had one for Bank Holiday Monday and Norway had one for Whitsun. Which means that the majority of the people who read my blog are probably getting back into real life after enjoying an extra day off. So: how was your long weekend?

We had a really nice one. Saturday was a good combination of spending time with family (Grandma and Grandpa were in town!), getting stuff done like mowing the lawn, weeding the flower beds and planting some flowers that have been living in pots because it's been too rainy to get out and plant them lately. And, thanks to some other kind family members, Nick and I were able to sneak in dinner and a play on Saturday night, which was so needed and so great.

We started our Sunday at church, then spent the afternoon baking with the kids and just generally hanging out together before Nick's younger brother and his wife joined us for dinner. They cooked for us (being cooked for is my favorite!) and then we spent the evening chatting and playing board games. I love that they live close enough to have Sundays like that with us.

Then on Monday we drove up to Big Cottonwood Canyon (in the mountains behind Salt Lake City) and took the kids on a hike up to Doughnut Falls. We charged up our batteries with a picnic lunch and then hiked the 1 3/4 miles up to the fall. It was a bit steep and muddy in places, but the kids were incredibly good sports (not a single complaint!) and it felt so good to be outside in fresh air and beautiful surroundings, using my body in a way I don't often do. We will definitely be doing some more kid-friendly hikes this summer!

Which leads me to this week's small challenge for myself. Now that my sprained foot is starting to heal, I'm going to try to add a little bit more casual activity to my every day life. I'm not talking about dusting off my running shoes and galloping around the neighborhood every morning (although I wish I wanted to do that!) or doing anything very great and heroic. I'm just thinking a few little things, like maybe taking a walk to the mail box instead of stopping by on the way home in the car, riding my bike to a friend's house or having a little dance party with the kids. Just a little something extra every day to make sure that I'm getting my heart rate going and moving around a little more than I do at the moment.

And if you need a little inspiration to fit a little more physical activity into your day, check out this video from the Norwegian department of health! (No, really! Do it.)

 

          Tuesday 6th June 1944   
We cycled (I a bit grumpy at first) to Margaretting to see a cottage. This viewing had all been arranged through the BMH authorities who had some vague lordship over the cottage. Having been told confidentially by Bill that we could retain this place at a low rental so long as April remained at the Hospital, I wasn't exactly biased in favour of the scheme.

It was a sunny morning, though not very warm. April still not too well, we didn't hurry, and walked up the hills. The cottage was pleasant to look at and nicely situated – tucked away in a quiet lane but quite near the main road and bus routes.
As we approached the cottage again (after long searching for the key which opened the door) we met a country woman who had News to tell anyone who wanted to listen. We must have been a godsend to her, because we didn't know that great events had occurred.

“This is D-Day!” announced the woman, “We've invaded France!” “Really?” “Yes! It's on the radio!” “Are you sure?” I asked sternly, “Who announced it?” “We did!” she told me joyously, “They've all been on the air – Eisenhower, the King of Norway and all those. Yes, D-Day! The King is speaking tonight...”
“Have we got ashore, or...?” “Yes, they're pushing inland and casualties aren't too bad. They landed on the Cherbourge Peninsula. Air-borne troops as well! It's the real thing!”

“That's why we've noticed so many planes about this morning,” commented April as we went on down the lane. And that was about the extent of our interest at the time.

Despite it's pleasing exterior, the cottage was hopeless. It was a rambling place with no amenities except a cold water tap. The housework would have been terrific and we couldn't have managed it whilst we both had to go out to work. Wistfully we realised this was not to be our dream cottage. We sat down in misery on a bedroom floor, munching chocolate. It was warm and dead quiet except for winds restlessly whistling in the eaves; a comforting sound, but we were not to hear it all the summer. “and so this is D-Day!” said one of us gloomily.

The rest of the day however was increasingly happy, comradely and hilarious. We went in search of digs or furnished rooms. First we had a tremendous meal in a cafe at Ingatestone, excellent except for the meat, which was rather tough. “Shall I tell you something?” whispered my lady in confidence, when I'd eaten all the meat I could manage. “What?” I asked, anticipating some delicate secret. “You've been eating horseflesh” she said gruesomely.

Despite horseflesh I felt unusually fit today – and had no cough. That is such an habitual ailment that to pass a day without any coughing, wheezing or retching is quite a thrilling novelty.

We inspected some comic digs in Ingatestone and then cycled lazily to the village of Stock (on the way we wandered into an attractive roadside wood) where I made a friendly call on my pre-war landlord, Mr Allen at the Cock Inn and we also made arrangements for a later call on one Nurse Pascoe who occasionally “took in” married couples but never single gentlemen.

Then we went on to Brentwood, calling at two extraordinary places in Billericay on the way. One house was an atrocity called “Avalon”, kept by a women with protruding teeth; the other a bungalow owned by a half-crazed, middle-aged spinster named Miss Brown. That's all I'll say about our Billericay prospective digs, except to say that both afforded us considerable amusement!

When we got back, we entertained Bill and Mrs Connie by an account of our weird adventures. April and I sat side by side on the floor and narrated the drama in duet, one continuing when the other became breathless sort of thing. I felt we were very much “twins” again and that the Wallis's must notice how different we were from our aloofness and stiffness of the preceding night. (They did, but fortunately put another construction on it; Mrs Connie said to April, “Stephen seemed very shy at first but was quite at home afterwards”.)

April gargled sternly, and blew her nose thunderously at intervals. I usually (with indecency) examined her handkerchief on each occasion, to see what she'd blown. She didn't mind!

“Why didn't you sleep well last night?” asked April when we were in bed. “Because I was in bed with the Statutory Clerk, not with my April,” I replied. A long, long time later my wife whispered, “Are you with your April tonight?”

THERE WAS NO REPLY! SJ Dawson, Waste of good rations was asleep! I didn't know such a question had been asked until next day, when I felt humorously chagrined at not having answered it.
          Company talks equipment of Croatian armoured vehicles with weapon stations   

Jutarnji List daily reported today that, because of lobbying by the Israeli company Elbit, the ministry had scrapped the development of weapon stations for armoured vehicles which Norway's Kongsberg was developing in cooperation with Djuro Djakovic.


          Now Free: Geo World Cities Norway – City Places Quiz Using Street View   
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The body of a missing Bemidji woman has been recovered by the Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office. Chelsea Batchelder, 26, was last seen by a family member 11 days ago at her home on Little Norway Avenue SE. According to a press release, at 9:20 on Friday morning, law enforcement officials found ...
          Bears of Denmark and Dachshunds of Siam   


A good picture postcard is multidimensional.
Its image gives shape to a faraway place,
 drawing lines of light and shade,
height and distance.
Colors convey warmth,
gray tones cool.
 

The strange activities of lively native folk
add sensations of smell, touch, even sound.
It's a window looking onto a foreign scene,
inviting us to share a moment with a traveler. 

This postcard has those qualities.
A military band stands in a circle
playing their instruments.
 

We marvel at their impressive bearskin hats.
We admire the impressive stately buildings in the background.
We feel the contrast of sun and shade on the cobblestone plaza.
 
We can almost hear them.



The postcard caption reads:

København
Gardens Musikkorps
(paa Amalienborgplads)





But to be a really good postcard,
worthy of preservation
in a shoe box of memories,
there must be
a clear postmark date
and
a personal message on the back.


This postcard was sent
from Copenhagen to the United States
on 3 July 1907 to E. Kaiteryn Fell(?)
care of Richard Willits(?) – Esq.
of Westbury Station, New York.
The author leaves no name.






July 3rd
This is a beautiful
city, with its fine
buildings and harbor.
The picture repre-
sents the present
homes of the King and
S
ons
. He is in his
country home now
entertaining the King
of Siam.  Reg(?) has been tra-
velling with us for some
time. It is so cold and
rainy here, one can not
realize you will be cele-
brating the 4th to-morrow.



And to be a great postcard,
there has to be an element of curiosity.
In this writer's cursive style
it's hidden in the letter S.





The Guardian
7 January 1907

The capital S posed a challenge to decipher two words. The first was King and Sons.  What did that mean? After checking the history of the plaza where the band performs it made sense. The bearskin bandsmen are on the octagonal courtyard of  Amalienborg, the residences of the Danish Royal Family, which consists of 4 palaces facing the plaza center where stands an equestrian statue of Amalienborg's founder, King Frederick V (1723-1766). In 1907 the Danish King was Frederick VIII (1843-1912) who had taken the Danish throne only the year before in 1906. At various times he lived in one palace, his father in another, and his sons in another.

The second S word was more confusing. Entertaining the King of Siam? In Denmark? Was that right?  In fact during the summer of 1907, the King of Siam embarked on an informal tour of Europe. Reportedly His Majesty King Chulalongkorn of Siam was traveling in strict incognito. He would begin his holiday in Sam Remo, Italy, progressing then to Paris, then London, Berlin, Copenhagen, Stockholm, and St. Petersburg. His entourage was considered a small group, with just the King, three Royal Princes, and nine state officials. It was said that King Chulalongkorn was an enthusiastic motorist. Perhaps they would use a bus.



* * *


Ruling Monarchs of the World
circa 1908
Source: Wikipedia

In 1907 most nations of the world were monarchies. Looking a bit like a royal athletic team, this postcard shows the portraits of 19 monarchs from 1908 with emperors, kings, and one queen. The King of Siam is at top left and the King of Denmark, is second row from the bottom, second from right. King Edward VII of Great Britain occupies the prime center position, with his nephews Tsar Nicholas II of Russia, and Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany on either side. 


King Chulalongkorn (1853 – 1910),  or more properly Phra Bat Somdet Phra Poraminthra Maha Chulalongkorn Phra Chunla Chom Klao Chao Yu Hua (Thai: พระบาทสมเด็จพระปรมินทรมหาจุฬาลงกรณ์ พระจุลจอมเกล้าเจ้าอยู่หัว) was the monarch of Siam, now known as Thailand. Also called King Rama V, he became King of Siam in 1868 under a regency at the young age of 15. He  assumed full powers in 1873. During his long reign of 42 years, King Chulalongkorn produced many great reforms in Siamese society. He reorganized his country's internal boundaries and local governments, established land surveys, modernized the army, and abolished slavery and forced labor. 

In 1907 he decided leave Bangkok to make a lengthy but ostensibly social tour of Europe. It was his second visit to Europe after an earlier one taken in 1897. Newspapers in America caught some of the excitement and thought they might lure him to visit the United States if they published his picture with a story of the trip.


Pittsburgh Press
7 April 1907

The King's tour had a not-so-subtle political purpose as he wanted improve his country's relations with Britain and France, and also gain support from other European leaders. Bordered by French Indochina, British Burma and Malaysia, and the Dutch East Indies, Siam had lost much of its original land to these powers and yet still remained an independent nation under King Chulalongkorn. The illustration comes from a large article on the King and his tour that was published in 1907 by the Pittsburgh Press. The king is described as both progressive and liberal, attributes that were likely to gain favor with American interests.

At the time the US had just stepped onto the global stage a few years before, when in 1898 it acquired Spain's possessions after the Spanish American War. American imperialism began with the ready-made Spanish colonies in the Philippines, Guam and Puerto Rico with Cuba, which became a U.S. protectorate. In 1904 the US began construction of the Panama Canal which would not be finished until 1914. King Chulalongkorn made his way to Europe via the Suez Canal.


Pittsburgh Press
7 April 1907

After he arrived in Britain in June 1907
the Manchester Guardian newspaper
published a more regal photograph
of King Chulalongkorn of Siam .
The Guardian
21 June 1907

Again the very best  postcards
have good dates
that add a special context
to the message.

On July 3rd, 1907, the Kingdom of Denmark
took the measure of the King of Siam.

The Most Astounding Discovery
that the king of Siam
is exactly the same height
as the emperor of Russia

was considered newsworthy
in Little Rock, Arkansas.



Little Rock, AK Democrat
3 July 1907

The Roskilde Domkirke is on the island of Zealand in eastern Denmark. It is a Lutheran church and since the 15th century it has been the traditional burial site of Danish monarchs.   


Roskilde Domkirke, Denmark
Source: Wikipedia

One section of the Roskilde Catherdral is named the Chapel of the Magi. It has two floors and the upper floor is supported by a granite column called the Kings Pillar, where for centuries the height of Danish and visiting foreign monarchs has been recorded. The tallest sovereign was supposedly King Christian I of Denmark (1426-1481), but it seems likely he was wearing lifts in his slippers then. Russia's Peter the Great stood against the pillar and measured a lofty 207cm or 81½ inches (6'_7½").  Nearly the shortest in stature, King Chulalongkorn stood 164cm or 64½ inches (5'_4"), only a centimeter taller than Denmark's Christian VII.


King's Pillar, Chapel of the Magi
Roskilde Domkirke, Denmark
Source: The Internets

Despite the Pittsburgh Press's enthusiasm for King Chulalongkorn's liberal views, he and Tsar Nicholas II shared more than just meeting eye to eye. They were both absolute monarchs with nearly unlimited power over both their subjects and their nation's government. Both men were also noted for an extravagant lifestyle where cost was never an issue.



King Chulalongkorn of Siam
and Tsar Nicholas II of Russia
in 1897
Source: Wikipedia




Rochester NY Democrat and Chronicle
9 August 1907










By August King Chulalongkorn's grand tour was coming to an end. Even in an era used to displays of royal opulence his spending on diamond, gold, and silverware was thought excessive. It was claimed he purchased $650,000 worth of jewelry in London, $500,000 in Frankfurt, $400,000 in Baden Baden where he took a cure at the spa. The reported value of his expenditure on luxury items was $3,000,000. So much for traveling incognito.  

* * *


Warren MN Sheaf
12 September 1907






 


Before he left Denmark, the King of Siam was presented with a huge wheel of local cheese made near Frijsenborg, a grand estate in Jutland. He took it on board the ship on his trip to Norway, and he became so fond of it he ordered a quantity of the same brand to be sent to his court in Bangkok.



* * *






Newspapers reported on King Chulalongkorn's exotic retinue, which did include a Queen, his  principal one, as well as some brothers, sons, and other officials. Despite his westernized tastes it was recognized that he was sovereign to a Buddhist nation. In American reports the descriptions of  his home country added titillating accounts of his 150 queens and immense harem that supposedly numbered in the thousands.

However the reports did not elaborate on the biggest difference between this royal family of Southeast Asia and the noble families of Europe. King Frederick VIII was surely proud of his eight children. But the diminutive King Chulalongkorn was father to 77 children — 33 sons and 44 daughters distributed among 4 Queens and 32 other consorts and concubines (116 in total).

As the King of Siam took leave of Germany, he expressed an interest in acquiring two dogs just like Kaiser Wilhelm's pet Dachshunds. Upon learning of this and also that the King would soon celebrate a birthday, the German Kaiser arranged to have seven pairs of dachshunds sent to the King so he could choose two favorites. Somehow that intention was lost in translation, as King Chulalongkorn accepted all 14 Dachshunds and took them back to Siam. The Kaiser took the extra expense of his gift in good humor.



Akron OH Beacon Journal
14 September 1907

We are left to imagine
how 14 Dachhunds traveled to Siam,
along with diamonds and Danish cheese,
where presumably it was all somehow divided
among the the King's numerous progeny.   

But  I can show you
how Kaiser Wihelm II
looked after his Weiner dogs,
three in number,
on board his Imperial yacht.



Der Kaiser mit seinen Hunden.
Kaiser Wilhelm II,  circa 1908
Source: The Internets



Let us return once more to the plaza of Amalienborg,
where the band of the Danish Royal Life Guards
continue to delight tourists of all kinds
from around the world.

In this more recent postcard
the bandsmen wear the dress uniform
of the Royal Life Guard
with red tunics, sky-blue trousers
and tall bearskin hats.






This card has no postmark, no message,
and no hidden connection to kings or dachshunds.
Just Danish bears,
so it only merits 4 points

And as a bonus for readers
who have stayed with my story to the end,
here is a YouTube postcard,
taken within the past year,
of the Changing of the Guard
at the Amalienborg place plaza
in Copenhagen.



* * *


* * *

If the music seems familiar but out of place
that is because it is not a Danish melody
but the march of the United States Navy,
Anchors Aweigh.





This is my contribution to Sepia Saturday
where Danish pigeons always get the best treats.

http://sepiasaturday.blogspot.com/2017/02/sepia-saturday-355-18th-february-2017.html






          Svakt i EM i England, Hovland og Braadlie på delt 53.-plass før siste runde   
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          Toggo Ultrarock To Release Highly Anticipated EP \"ULTRAROCK\" On July 24th, 2017   
01, July 2017: Toggo Ultrarock is releasing his highly anticipated EP \"ULTRAROCK\" on Monday July 24th, 2017 which will be available worldwide on all digital platforms. Born and raised in Norway, Toggo paid his musical dues in Los Angeles in a variety of rock bands, before turning the local Hollywood scene upside down with his band Scared Of Girls. Their outlandish P.R. Stunts and high energy concerts set a whole new standard for bands in Hollywood. From the music press to their armada of
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          How to remove ViACrypt Ransomware virus from system and infected programs   
Keep Your PC Safe from ViACrypt Ransomware Virus,Malware and Ransomware ViACrypt Ransomware is another file encoder which encrypt files and want victim to pay for that. Research reveals that this ransomware is created by cyber criminals of Norway. The ransomware is reported to target the computer users of Latvia specially those who use the latest [...]
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          Song calls for attacking Israel, "the snake's head" - on PA TV morning show   


http://palwatch.org/main.aspx?fi=758&...
"Oh Palestinians, [the Zionist] shot you with the rifle,
The Zionists are killing your doves in your sacred area.
Oh Palestinians, I want to go and be with you.
Fire is in my hands, and with you attack the snake's head (Israel)."
[Official Palestinian Authority TV, Oct. 3, 2011]


The above clip was translated and documented by Palestinian Media Watch:


Founded in 1996, Palestinian Media Watch is an Israeli research institute that studies Palestinian society from a broad range of perspectives by monitoring and analyzing the Palestinian Authority through its media and schoolbooks. PMW’s major focus is on the messages that the Palestinian leaders, from the Palestinian Authority, Fatah and Hamas, send to the population through the broad range of institutions and infrastructures they control.

PMW’s many reports and studies on Palestinian summer camps, poetry, schoolbooks, crossword puzzles, religious ideology, women and mothers, children's music videos and the PA’s indoctrination of adults and children to seek Shahada (Martyrdom), have had significant impact on the way the world sees the Palestinians. PMW has presented its findings before members of US Congress and to members of Parliament in numerous countries, including the European Union, Britain, France, Norway, Sweden, Holland, Switzerland, Canada and Australia, and has lectured at universities and conferences world wide.

PMW material has been presented before the Foreign Affairs Committee in the US Congress and the US Senate Appropriations Committee. In addition, PMW reports regularly on how foreign aid is misused by the PA for terror promotion. These reports have led to changes in legislation and funding procedures. Through its bulletins and reports, PMW continues to give the world a precise understanding of the reality of the Palestinian Authority.

          Solberg promises money for police cars   

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          A “Pride” parade for everybody   

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          June set new rainfall records   

June was not the summer month you might have expected, even with some really nice days included. Several rainfall records were also broken.   Admittedly,...

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          Erna Solberg steals a few days on election campaign   

With a round trip through six counties in four days, Prime Minister Erna Solberg of Høyre (H) will launch this year’s election campaign.   Solberg...

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          What is the American College of Norway?   

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          New rules for credit marketing   

According to a press release from the Consumer Ombudsman, on July the 1st, new rules for credit marketing will come into force. Among other things,...

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          Norwegian Airlines in meetings about new aircraft   

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          Oslo with children   

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          Foreign Minister visits Somalia   

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          Freyja   
On June 28, the 77 meter long, 2091  dwt tanker Freyja ran aground at Svartskjæret off Florø, Norway. The Freyja was proceeding in ballast when it ran aground near where the vessel Ingvild had run aground the day before. Tugs were dispatched and pulled the Freyja free the following day.  No reports of injuries to the 11 crew, damage or pollution released. The Freyja proceeded to Florø for inspection.
          Phoebe Smith   
UK-based Wanderlust Magazine editor Phoebe Smith knows exactly how to mix business and pleasure. She explores various corners of the globe in search of the perfect story, immersing herself in cultures and experiences with an insatiable appetite for adventure. Her walking, wandering and writing have led her to author several books, including Extreme Sleeps: Adventures of a Wild Camper, and end up on this year’s shortlist for the Visit England Award for Excellence in Travel Writing. Just back from her most recent excursion to Canada, Phoebe talked to us about her travel essentials, the hottest new destinations and how to make the most of your vacation snapshots.

How did you get your start in travel?


I had specialized in journalism in university, so I naturally wanted to work in magazines. While I was backpacking my way around the world after finishing school, a staff writer job came up at a backpacker magazine in Sydney, Australia, and I went for it and got it. I haven’t looked back since.

What do you love most about your work?


The variety. My first passion is writing, and I get to do a fair bit of that on my favorite subject: travel. Aside from actually exploring new places, I do genuinely love the art of magazine craft, too. I can’t tell you how satisfying it is to organize and put a magazine together; and then to see people respond to it, it’s very rewarding.

Do you recommend doing a lot of planning before embarking on a trip?


I think by far the most important thing you can take with you when you travel is an open mind. Planning beforehand is great—and, in my job, rather important—but then you always have to be prepared to deal with last-minute problems or changes and learn to enjoy it anyway. Remember that the best travel stories are when things didn’t go as planned; those are the tales people want to hear about.

What are the hot new travel destinations for this fall?


Burma has to be one of the hottest destinations right now (the best time to go is November to February). In the last few years, the country has opened its doors to tourism, and people are eager to check it out for themselves—even more since Barack Obama visited in 2012. It won Top Country in our Wanderlust Reader Travel Awards and is constantly one of the most searched for destinations on our website. People go there for cultural tours, to learn about the people and to see the landscapes that they’ve read about but never visited before. Aside from Burma, I’d say there’s a lot of interest in Vietnam and Sri Lanka, also for cultural experiences, and a lot of people are looking to book trips to Iceland, Norway and Sweden for the Northern Lights, which are supposed to be spectacular this year.

What tips would you give to someone trying to plan a last-minute summer vacation?


Don't delay any longer! Book as soon as possible; otherwise, the time will slip away and the prices will get higher. Check out our Trip Finder, which can can search for trips by activity, destination, dates and region.

What are your travel essentials?


I never go anywhere without my notebook and pen. It might be old school, but unlike electronic devices, you don’t need to worry about charging it, getting a signal or having it stolen. Also, my pashmina that I picked up in Nepal—it’s great to use as a blanket if it gets cold on the plane, perfect to keep you cool from the sun when waiting for buses/trains, can double as an emergency towel and is ideal for covering up if visiting mosques…and it looks good, too!

Where’s your favorite place to travel?


It’s really hard to pick just one place! I travel all over the world for work but when I get a chance I love being a tourist in my own backyard and discovering the wilder corners of the UK…I even wrote a book about it (Extreme Sleeps: Adventures of a Wild Camper). My particular favorites are Snowdonia, the Lake District and the far north of Scotland. Go in the fall when the crowds and midges have gone but the colors of the landscape are changing. I’d suggest walking and camping/glamping for something different.

Is there anywhere you’re dying to go/stay/eat/play?


South America. I haven’t had time to do much there at all. I’d love to gaze up at the mountains, watch the stars from the Atacama Desert and maybe hop on a boat at Ushuaia, Antarctica-bound.

As summer and early fall weddings hit their peak, what are some of the best/most popular honeymoon destinations?


I think these days less and less people are looking to just fly and flop on a beach; they want an experience that they can remember. This time of year, people tend to look to New England, where they can enjoy the scenery and famous fall colors by day and cozy up in a romantic inn at night; South Africa for wildlife—game-viewing is at its best in September and October; and, for the more energetic, Nepal in October, when the Himalayas are in their prime for walking. You can check out our Unique Honeymoons website for inspiration.

People tend to get a little camera-crazy on vacations. What tips could you give for taking better travel photos?


Digital cameras and smart phones have made it far too easy for us to fire off loads of snaps without thinking about it. My advice: Be selective. Think about the photo you’re taking. Ask yourself what elements you want to include in it and take a minute to think about the composition. But, above all, remember that perfect shots are available on the postcards; make sure you put the camera down every now and again to actually experience where you are and what you’re seeing. You don’t want all your memories to be through a lens! For more tips, click here.
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"It was extremely hectic," Greg says. "The first day out, a monsoon struck, so the troops were extremely preoccupied with where to set up camp." What went by the wayside, he says, was meal planning. They had left the Army base at 8 a.m. that morning, after a quick breakfast of rolls with honey. By 10:30 that night, they still hadn't eaten.

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The uncle hung up, and then called back a half hour later and gave the address of a hawala dealer in Delhi. The uncle had paid a hawala dealer in Jaipur 210,000 rupees, and that Jaipur dealer had then called a hawala dealer in Delhi to release the cash to the academic. When the academic showed up, he didn't need any identification card. He just showed the 1 rupee note with the magic serial number, and the dealer gave him the money.

Scott says the black-market system is faster than bank transfers, and is increasingly used, not just by organized crime, but by average Indians.

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SATURDAY, JUNE 14, 2014

Professional Agitators - Killing India Softly

Imagine life without mobile phones now. But there are many who are suffering from the waves of those towers and they do complain. What's the option? Reduce connectivity? How many would like that? The only option, therefore, is to strike the best possible balance between development and pain. Our population has grown from around 36 crores in 1947 to 1.2 billion currently. That doesn't seem to bother anyone anymore. And the demands of this huge population are varied and endless. Under these circumstances the objective of the govt is "the greater good of the greater number". This is why an IB report pointing to a number of NGOs stalling the development of India, various projects, causing delays and acting for foreign vested interests has rattled the media and a lot of the NGOs. Almost all of these NGOs are extensively funded by foreign agencies.

 

Much of what the IB report says is nothing new and has been in the public domain for long. I don't even think the report got "leaked".  I believe it was deliberately handed over to TimesNow by a rogue in the Home Ministry to sound a warning to many of these NGOs. Some of the smooth-criminals who have been a nuisance to various projects are in this pic: 

 

Medha Patkar has been agitating against the Narmada dam for ages. Tagging along with her was Genocide Suzy (who hates everything about India). The SC had approved raising the height of the dam to 138 metres. On June 12, when the GOI approved the increase of 17 metres to the dam to the approved level, Patkar called it "illegal". So even the SC ruling is illegal for her. Having realised the stupidity of calling it "illegal", in later statements she calls it "undemocratic". I believe we have all seen how all the Commie undemocratic forces gathered under the comforter that Kejriwal has covered himself with. The Narmada dam provides water to millions of historically water-starved people in Saurashtra and Kutch besides other parts of Gujarat. Naturally, many residents around the dam would be displaced. It is right to protest and seek the best compensation for the displaced people but to agitate that dams shouldn't be built and they are illegal is essentially an anti-people, anti-national activity. That apart, Patkar's dubious foreign funding comes from vested interests which enables her to personally live a life of comfort while scavenging on the pain of others 

 

Then there are others like Harsh Mander, Teesta Setalvad, and Shabnam Hashmi who have scavenged on riot victims of Gujarat. The more they lied the more funds they got from India, political parties and from abroad. I don't need to provide links because these rogues are now known for their fraudulent financial activities. Teesta has even reportedly used the "riot funds" for her personal shopping, jewellery and fine winesSP Udaykumar is quite a character. On Timesnow he disclosed he had received lakhs of rupees from abroad, including some research funding from Ohio University. All that research money had nothing to with nuclear projects and nobody knows what research he did. Some "hippy" that Udaykumar referred to as a contact turns out to be an "agent" who carried hand-sketched maps of 16 nuclear plants in India. Oh yes, normal people do carry maps of nuclear plants in India, don't they? This scumbag led a serious and long protest against the Kudankulam nuclear plant in Tamil Nadu with no legitimate reason except fear-mongering. Obviously, Udaykumar was being influenced and funded by foreign crooks that have their vested interests in blocking some project or the other in India. And sure enough, the current "rent-an-agitation" warehouse manager, Arvind Kejriwal landed up in Kudankulam too.

 

The agitations by Patkar and other scavengers of misery have cost a lot. According to an estimate the delays in the last 10 years has cost nearly 45000 crores to the Narmada dam which is more than the cost of the project itself . The mysteries of that wonderful gang, called Greenpeace, is just about unravelling. It was long known that this group is in India to only create ruckus and nuisance for any project that benefits India. However, the crooks from this organisation, which originates from Canada, targeted only Indian organisations and projects and not projects by MNC. This series of tweets by IBTL shortens the story:

 

Greenpeace not only funded agitations in general, it even funded agitations by an AAP party member. If one looks closely, the AAP party is nothing but an Apex body of all such foreign-funded NGOs, most of them involved in anti-national agitations and activities. They are hell-bent on stopping every project that India wants to undertake in any territory. It's hardly surprising, therefore that the most popular form of management by Arvind Kejriwal is street agitations and dharnas. Nothing else suits them. For more on the various other NGOs like CRY, World Vision, MARAG who have been involved in unusual funding and money-laundering please read these posts: "Children as leverage" – Part1 and Part 2 as also "Confederation of Indian agitators". Some of these NGOs operate as children's services but are missionaries in disguise who seek to convert children to Christianity. That's their "return on investment". Some of them operated as "professional agitators" against projects in Gujarat.

 

Cordaid and HIVOS are Dutch organisations that are strangely exercising great interest in India. On June 11 in a discussion on Timesnow it turned out that Cordaid first operated in Kashmir for Human Rights and later suddenly turned to the North East sector. From human rights in Kashmir their attention turned to Palmolein and mining and Uranium in the NE. Both these NGOs are also known to have contributed a good deal of funds to, you guessed it, Arvind Kejriwal and his NGOs and IAC (read this post which has links to various reports). General Bakshi (retd) on Timesnow pointed out that there are 90000 tons of Uranium deposits in the NE but till date not 1 gram of Uranium has been extracted due to these NGO agitations and the influence they bring from the foreign govts controlling them. Given this, the following passage from the Sunday Guardian (April 2014) should not shock anyone at all:

 

"Hillary Clinton likes to operate through NGOs, which are given funding through indirect channels, and which target individuals and countries seen as less than respectful to her views on foreign and domestic policy in the target countries," a retired US official now based in Atlanta said. He claimed that "rather than US NGOs, (the former) Secretary of State Clinton favoured operating through organisations based in the Netherlands, Denmark and the Scandinavian countries, especially Norway" as these were outside the radar of big power politics. These NGOs were active in the agitation against the Russian nuclear power plant at Kudankulam in Tamil Nadu, with "funding coming mainly from a religious organisation based in Europe that has close links with France."

 

The IB report was probably put out to scare some of the errant NGOs but there is definitely a desperate need to get rid of foreign NGOs and foreign-funded NGOs whose actions are motivated not by genuine causes but by "political" persuasions of the country funding them. Some of these NGOs don't even have much cause to exist anymore. There was a time when the govt did not have a ministry for environment or statutory clearances as a requirement. Our courts too have been very active on these concerns. So for these "specialist" NGOs for quite a few causes are not really needed anymore. The only lame argument that will come up against this is "Govt is corrupt" but then these NGOs have proved equally corrupt too. The NGO domain itself has become one big profitable "business" industry and a tool for money-laundering. There are many politicians who operate NGOs to launder black money. They run educational institutions under such spurious NGOs.

 

One can't want to fly in jet aircrafts and complain about the noise. It's not a design flaw in the engine; it's the nature of the beast. The same applies to air force jets. Even their training flights cause enough noise to upset neighbouring residents. Ask the residents near Pune airport what noise those Sukoi training flights cause. Do away with those jets? The Mumbai airport is bang in the middle of the city and residents around the airport have to live with the noise of an aircraft every minute. Stop all flights? Airports at other metros are somewhat away from the city but residents still have to bear with the noise. There is a new Mumbai airport that is ready but that too will be surrounded with population. Of course, aviation engineers are constantly working on technology to reduce the noise levels of engines. Our "needs" turn into "wants" in no time and India is a country where a large population is still grappling with basic needs of life: water, housing, food, sanitation, jobs and so on. This lofty ideal of leaving a better planet for the future is adorable but it shouldn't imply much of the present population should live a miserable life. 

 

There are, definitely, thousands of NGOs who are into genuine social service and healthy activities. However, the rogues mentioned in this post are the ones who are darlings of our media and get the most attention due to their constant "rent-an-agitation" operational mode. We have 3.3 million NGOs says Indian Expresswhich is nearly one for every 400 Indians. By that measure all of India's problems should have been well under control. If the poor are getting poorer and farmers commit suicides, then many NGOs too have to bear some responsibility for standing in the way of progress. I am in no doubt that most of the NGOs covered in the IB report (even far-fetched as accused by some) are not here to serve India. They are here to kill India. Softly!

 

MONDAY, JUNE 16, 2014

NGO Funding & Agitation Technology - Part 1

 

If an organisation goes to a bank for a loan, one of the documents that are usually demanded is a "Fund-flow statement". This fund-flow is to show how and from where funds will be received and how they will be applied. This is a projection and can include the proposed loan sought from the bank. This is not to be confused with a cash-flow statement. The reason for analysing the fund-flow is to estimate if the unit can meet its objectives with the loan sought and if the application is a genuine estimate. The bank's main concern is, obviously, if the borrower will be in a position to return the money as scheduled. In case of NGO-funding the donor doesn't seek a monetary return. The donor pays money with belief in the stated mission of the NGO. Over the last week, the leaked IB report on NGO activities caused a flutter among some NGOs and quite a few of our media folks and celebrities. Some of them have foolishly compared foreign donations to NGOs to FDI. In terms of cash-flow it may appear the same; that is foreign money flows into the country's economy. But FDI as we know it is not free. Business and venture FDI is returnable, it's a liability and demands a measurable return on the investment. In case of NGOs it is neither returnable nor a liability. For the NGO it is an "income" (mostly tax-exempt). The only return an NGO-donor seeks is the pursuit of the "agenda" that the NGO laid out.

 

The "agenda" as declared to the govt and general public and as pursued by an NGO through the dictates of a large donor can often be at variance. It is naïve of some to think that anti-national agendas are going to be formally declared by an NGO. Naturally, such "hidden agendas" are not easy to prove which is why our media crooks harp on "legality". However, just as in a murder "circumstantial evidence" also receives due consideration by a court the actions of an NGO and its "hidden agenda" can be established by circumstantial evidence. This is why you get meaningless blabber as that coming from a raging Barkha Dutt:

 

 

Some of the NGOs named in the IB report aren't merely expressing "opinions" and it is surprising that TV-soap peddlers who seek the drama of agitations feign ignorance.Greenpeace (GP) and some others aren't merely expressing "opinions". Their "opinions" are often expressedphysically and sometimes invasively. Arvind Kejriwal, as Chief Minister, doing a Dharna in Delhi (on R-Day eve in a high-security zone) and obstructing normal life of citizens when his Dharna neither has permission nor is legal is not a legitimate way of expressing "opinion". He should have been arrested and prosecuted but was let-off. But hey, our media folks and Bollywood Bimbos cry "war" when they perceive a threat to "celebrity NGOs". One such Bollywood Bimbo is Nandita Das who calls the IB report an attack on civil society. She is the one who famously said on TV "I have a small kid, how can I live in this country" (In case Modi became PM and "secular" forces were defeated in election). And after saying that she promptly went abroad to give anti-Modi speeches and didn't bother to vote. That's the kind of sanctimonious bimbos who speak for democracy. We have been watching their concern for India for quite a while now.

 

How our ignorant media folks and Bollywood celebrities rant on some issues without much clarity is best explained in this humorous response to Barkha by R. Vaidyanathan an IIM-B professor and an expert on finance and economy:

 

No foreign funding for NGOs in some countries? Oh well, it is okay for India because we are poor or were. But foreign funding for NGOs need not be a natural birthright and if some Western countries don't allow it, there must be good reason. Ghulam Nabi Fai? Remember that? Even other experts like Surjit Bhalla harped on the same issue of "funding" when funding is not the only issue where certain NGOs are concerned. It is what those funds are applied for that is also important. Of course, if there are any illegalities in the funding process that adds to the crimes. And what is this outrage about? Of the 3 million plus NGOs in this country, only a handful have been named in the IB report as indulging in anti-national activities and that constitutes an "attack on civil society"? That's like the Congress saying the killing of their members by Left-wing extremists in Chattisgarh is an "attack on democracy". All other mass killings are fine and are normal killings and not an attack on democracy? A newspaper reported the following:

 

That simply means many of the NGOs who got funds under FCRA simply had a free run with donations and without any accountability. Along with FDI many foreign organisations also bring in newer technology to operations. Some foreign NGOs aren't different in that they too bring "technology" to agitations and protests. This technology involves carefully crafted agitations and objectives and often aims to overthrow govts. Lately, it has come to be known as "sponsored revolutions". In the response to Surjit Bhalla's uncharacteristic protest against the IB report V HariKiran best narrated the understanding of the issue and I recommend you read the whole post. Here's a brief excerpt:

 

"First and foremost any protest or attempts to delay projects need not break the law.There are myriad of ways in which one can protest without breaking the lawbut with the clear and deliberate intent of stopping or stalling the projects. This point does not need elaboration here. The focus of IB is not on law but intent… I am at loss on the tone and tenor with which to react to his lament that IB report is "tight lipped" about institutions and officials in the UPA government agreeing with the recommendations of these FFNGOs. Suffice it to say that IB's job is certainly not to write a thesis on "Development economics in Emerging Countries- Challenges and Solutions."  IB is an investigating agency not the Economics department at JNU, their job is not to write about the views and actions of all the stake holders".   

 

This part is a brief introduction to the series on the crimes of certain NGOs who indulge in anti-national activities. And like the Bollywood Bimbo, it need not be confused as an attack on India or civil society or on all NGOs. In this series we will look deeper into the funding and agitation technology of these NGOs.

 

NGO Funding & Agitation Technology - Part 2

 

There is place for all opinions in a democracy. There is abundant room for protests and agitations. These are not hindrances to a democracy but its essence. But time is equally of essence. How long do we protest and agitate? How long do two parties keep insisting their opinion must prevail? In the end either some compromise is worked out or one party wins the battle by the acceptance, defeat or death of the other. Don't look too far for an example of compromise in differing opinions. The partition of India was opposed by a large number of people but those in power made the compromise. We moved on. Unfinished debates usually take a deadly turn. We have seen that for Telengana too, haven't we? Kashmir? Some countries wage wars to settle difference of opinion. Some people even kill footballers for losing a match in the World Cup through self-goals. Therefore, the argument that there is place for all opinions in a democracy is true but the debate cannot be forever. On critical issues someone has to bring the curtains down.

 

In the case of Narmada Dam it took the SC to bring the curtains down. But even that is not acceptable to Medha Patkar. What will be acceptable to her? That all her opponents die so she can prevail? We protest, we agitate, we stall and all that is fine. But surely, the SC of this country or the parliament has to be accepted as the final arbiter. One cannot go on forever with "only my opinion should prevail" kind of agitation. That then is not merely opinion; it is intolerance for an opposing view to succeed lawfully. There are still those tricksters who argue Narendra Modi is not "legitimately" elected to the PM's office. They can continue to retain their opinions but our democratic process has definitely brought an end to that debate. The problem with the Medhas, Greenpeaces and Kejriwals is that any other outcome other than that of their choice is unacceptable to them, even if lawful and legally endorsed.

 

Of these, Greenpeace (GP) is the McDonald's of NGOs. They operate in 40 countries have 28 regional offices, thousands of staff and unknown number of volunteers. Let's read a bit of what former GP founders say. This is an excerpt from ex-founding member Paul Watson (on the anti-whaling adventures of GP):

 

"Greenpeace is a major international corporation. Over the years, those of us wh


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          For sale - Giordana Eddy Merckx Pullover 1/2 Zip Up (xl)... - $60   
Retro 4723, Australia
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          For sale - grape lidded candle holder W/ unsceented candle... - $65   
Holder 2611, Australia
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          For sale - wine and grape tuscan light switch cover plate - $4   
Kogan 4406, Australia
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          For sale - Grape themed valences - Auction   

Warren 5233, Australia
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          For sale - Set of 3 Grape Vine Design, Metal Candlestick... - $15   
Holder 2611, Australia
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          Apple ARKit user puts a color changing Tesla Model 3 in his driveway before the car's release   
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Elon Musk is working hard to make Tesla vehicles everyone can afford, but the only available versions of the tech-centric electric vehicle are still too pricey for some of us — but not in augmented reality! 

That's what one Norway-based 3D designer decided when he used Apple's new ARKit to create his own augmented reality version of the upcoming Tesla Model 3. 

Posting a video of the ARKit-created app on Twitter on Saturday, creator Jelmer Verhoog show off how it allows you to choose the color of your Model 3 while seeing how it looks in your own driveway.  Read more...

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          Re: Nintendo Ramps Up Splatoon 2 Promotion With Nintendo Minute and Fresh TV Trailer   

@masterLEON

I agree, @EDF can't have played Splatoon. I've played Splatoon for over 2000 hours, and he definitely played a different game than I did.

By BornInNorway81


          Meeting Point by Max Rive   


Meeting Point by Max Rive


This is a pano taken at sunset with the Matterhorn in the distance. Exposure blending was necessary here. I had a very productive trip in the Alps recently – though only had the time to process this one. Many more will follow in October. A few spots for my Photo Tours came free – contact me if you want to receive a very special offer: Iceland Workshop 2018 Greenland Workshop 2018 Norway Midnight Sun Workshop 2018


Max Rive: Photos


          Vøringsfossen by Ole Henrik Skjelstad   


Vøringsfossen by Ole Henrik Skjelstad


Vøringsfossen and Måbødalen a Wednesday evening in the end of June. A thanks goes to a young German student who is driving around Norway in his van. He talked me into waiting 15 more mins because his app said the colors would appear then.


Ole Henrik Skjelstad: Photos


          For sale - ... lexus rx 350 driver side left lh fender oem used - $190   

Driver 0830, Australia
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          For sale - 1979~1983 cadillac eldorado front fender emblem... - Auction   

Eldorado 3746, Australia
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          "We need between three to six months. I am not going to specify the periods now because we have an international committee actually involving the European Union, the United States, Canada, Japan and Norway who work with us in the local government elections. I will convene this committee as soon as possible." - Saeb Erakat   
"We need between three to six months. I am not going to specify the periods now because we have an international committee actually involving the European Union, the United States, Canada, Japan and Norway who work with us in the local government elections. I will convene this committee as soon as possible." - Saeb Erakat
          Business Game Changers Radio with Sarah Westall: Learn how 3D Printing will Revolutionize Business   
EpisodeThis week’s episode I talk with Craig Walker, the “guru of 3D printing”. Many people believe 3D printing will literally revolutionize almost every industry on the planet. Craig Walker gives detailed examples on how it will change different industries. We also discuss the fact that in 3D printing the United States is behind China, Norway, and many other countries. Listen to this episode to hear what the industry is doing to change this.You may contact Craig Walker at the following: Phone ...
          Nexxus University making a push into Norway?   
Nexxus University launched in shadow of Global Currency Reserve Marketing’s collapse. Tied to the GCR Coin, Global Currency Reserve Marketing was abandoned in January, 2016 following the revelation of an SEC investigation. Shortly after confirming GCR Marketing’s closure, owner Bob Wood announced he was launching Nexxus University. Partnering with persons unknown and registering the company [Continue reading...] Source: Nexxus University making a push into Norway?

Read the full article and join in the discussion over at BehindMLM.
          For sale - Tonner Queen of Hearts - Alice in Wonderland... - Auction   

Alice 2460, Australia
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          For sale - Ever After High Raven Queen doll - Auction   

Broke 6398, Australia
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          Vigeland y mucho más: parques de esculturas que te sorprenderán en Oslo   

Parque Vigeland Oslo esculturas

El Parque Vigeland de Oslo es sin duda el más conocido de la ciudad mundialmente, con su poderoso bebé enrabietado y su imponente monolito dominando el entorno. No en vano, es una de las atracciones turísticas más visitadas en Noruega.

Pero en nuestra visita a Oslo no podemos perdernos otros parques de esculturas, que dicen mucho del desarrollo de la ciudad en las últimas décadas y que la ha configurado tal y como se presenta hoy a nuestros ojos: repleta de arte y de lugares para disfrutar al aire libre, sea la época del año que sea.

Parque Vigeland de Oslo

1 de enero. Mañana gélida pero soleada. El lago está helado y una fina capa de escarcha congelada recorre el suelo, la hierba, las esculturas de bronce. El Parque Vigeland nos recibe resplandeciente para recibir el año. Cada escultura nos atrae como un imán, no queremos despegarnos de ellas, al menos hasta haber captado sus gestos, su postura y toda la tensión de sus músculos.

Se trata de la obra de Gustav Vigeland (1869-1943) y el Vigelandsparken, también diseñado por él, acoge más de 200 esculturas de bronce, granito y hierro forjado. Se sitúa en el interior del Frognerparken, ubicado al oeste del centro de Oslo y ocupa cerca de 32 hectáreas.

Parques de esculturas en Oslo Vigeland

Estamos ante esculturas de cuerpos realistas que nos hacen viajar por todas las edades, de la infancia a la vejez y más allá, transmitiéndonos fuertes sensaciones de recuerdo, de espejo, de precognición. Instantes congelados en el bronce de una melena que vuela al viento, de brazos que sostienen al bebé, del ceño fruncido de la rabieta, de la alegría del juego infantil, del abrazo amoroso, de la decrepitud venidera.

Me quedo con esas esculturas individuales, pero si algo destaca nada más entrar al parque, aunque lo veamos a lo lejos, es el gran monolito (“Monolitten”) que, como reloj de sol, va marcando con su sombra el paso del tiempo. Se trata de un bloque único de granito de 17 metros de altura que se alza sobre una plataforma octogonal escalonada y está esculpido con 121 figuras humanas desnudas y entrelazadas. Intenta separarlas con tu imaginación.

Parque esculturas Oslo

Parque de esculturas de Tjuvholmen

Si quieres tener un amplio abanico de encuadres fotogénicos en Oslo, acércate a Aker Brygge, el antiguo astillero. Es una zona moderna junto al puerto y el Radhuset (Ayuntamiento), bulliciosa, fascinante. En ella puedes hacer compras, tomarte algo disfrutando de un gran ambiente y de unas vistas excelentes al fiordo y a la Fortaleza medieval de Akershus o visitar uno de los mejores museos contemporáneos de Oslo.

Hablamos del Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art. El edificio de arquitectura vanguardista alberga la colección Astrup Fearnley de arte moderno y contemporáneo, que se encuentra entre las más importantes del Norte de Europa.

El edificio del museo, con techo de cristal con forma de vela de barco (idóneo para su situación, junto al mar) fue construido en el año 2012, y es un diseño del arquitecto italiano Renzo Piano, conocido por obras como el Centro Georges Pompidou, el Parco de la Música y el edificio del New York Times.

Pero si tengo que escoger un lugar en el que sentarse al aire libre ese es el Parque de esculturas de Tjuvholmen junto al Museo Astrup Fearnley. El parque fue concebido por el mismo autor, Renzo Piano, e incluye esculturas de muy distinta forma y significado, de autores contemporáneos como Louise Bourgeois, Antony Gormley, Anish Kapoor, Ellsworth Kelly, Ugo Rondinone, Franz West, Peter Fischli & David Weiss...

Hay unas pocas esculturas pero de lo más originales, algunas tan coloridas que dan un toque de cuadro moderno al entorno y si exploramos en los alrededores del barrio iremos descubriendo más. El lugar solo puede ser más fotogénico si tenemos la suerte de contemplar de la puesta de sol desde aquí, con vistas al fiordo y sus islas, como tuve oportunidad de comprobar hace poco. Un atardecer de los que no se olvidan.

Escultura de Dalí en Oslo

Parque Ekeberg de Oslo

Cambiamos de ambiente para trasladarnos a las afueras. En plena colina, envuelto por el bosque, el Parque Ekeberg es muy especial y diferente del resto. Nos podemos introducir en él y olvidar que estamos en Oslo, si no fuera porque los distintos miradores con las mejores vistas del fiordo y la ciudad nos llaman.

En este parque podemos hacer un picnic, comer en un buen restaurante, jugar como niños en los columpios, hacer deporte o asomarnos al punto que inspiró a Munch para pintar "El Grito". Y, por supuesto, no faltan esculturas, más de 30, de las más clásicas a las vanguardistas, con efectos ópticos, en movimiento... y otros montajes artísticos y audiovisuales que nos sorprenden en medio del bosque.

Entre ellas se encuentran obras de figuras universales del arte como Salvador Dalí, Auguste Rodin, Gustav Vigeland... pasando por artistas contemporáneos como Sarah Lucas, Marina Abramović, James Turrell...

Esculturas City Hall Oslo

Con todo esto y con otros lugares que presumen de esculturas, como la plaza Radhusplassen entre el Ayuntamiento y el puerto, o el famoso Tigre, situado delante de la Estación Central o la coqueta Bankplassen... nos queda la impresión de que Oslo es una ciudad repleta de arte al aire libre.

Ha sabido aprovechar a sus artistas más reconocidos y la renovación más vanguardista para tener esa fisonomía moderna, cosmopolita y cultural por sus cuatro costados. Da igual si recorremos el puerto, en casco urbano o la colina, en todos estos lugares nos va a sorprender con sus esculturas.

Fotos | Eva Paris
En Diario del viajero | Viaje a Oslo con niños: cinco museos para disfrutar en familia, Un "mini-crucero" por el fiordo de Oslo con parada en una isla para explorar


          For sale - Final Fantasy vii 7 Piano Collections Soundtrack cd - Auction   

Germantown 4871, Australia
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          For sale - Rock Star Mickey Guitar, Little Tikes Baby Tap A... - Auction   
Fisher 5354, Australia
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          For sale - Jazz Piano Legends Geoff Eales cd Album- 2007- Jazz... - $6   

Ultimo 2007, Australia
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          For sale - Baby Einstein Piano - Auction   
Zetland 2017, Australia
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          NORWAY YAIPATIA TANZANIA MSAADA WA DOLA MILIONI 10.5 KUBORESHA ELIMU   
  Benny Mwaipaja, WFM, DAR ES SALAAM
SERIKALI ya Norway imeipatia Tanzania msaada wa Dola Milioni 10.5 za Marekani kupitia programu ya miaka mitatu ya maboresho ya Mamlaka ya Mapato Tanzania, inayotarajiwa kuanza Mwaka Mpya wa Fedha- Julai Mosi mwaka huu.
Mpango huo pamoja na uzinduzi wa Awamu ya Pili ya Program ya Maendeleo ya Sekta ya Mafuta, umezinduliwa Jijini Dar es Salaam na Waziri wa Mambo ya Nje wa Norway Borge Brende, Waziri wa Fedha na Mipango, Dkt Philip Mpango na Kaimu Katibu Mkuu Wizara ya Nishati na Madini Mhandisi Dkt. Juliana Pallangyo kwa niaba ya Serikali zao.
Dkt. Mpango ameishukuru Serikali ya Norway kwa msaada huo mkubwa utakaochangia kuboresha utendajikazi wa Mamlaka ya Mapato Tanzania kwa kuijengea uwezo zaidi wa kitaalamu, miundombinu na vitendeakazi vingine vitakavyo changia kuongeza uwezo wa Mamlaka hiyo wa kukusanya mapato ya Serikali.

Kwa upande wake, Kaimu Katibu Mkuu wa Wizara ya Nishati na Madini Mhandisi Dkt. Juliana Pallangyo amesema kuwa hatua ya Serikali ya Norway kuendelea kufadhili programu ya pili ya Mpango wa kuendeleza Sekta ya Mafuta utaiwezesha Serikali kubobea katika masuala ya utaalamu wa masuala ya sheria na usimamizi wa sekta hiyo.
Nae Waziri wa Mambo ya Nje wa Norway, Mhe. Borge Brende amesifu utendaji kazi mahili wa Mhe. Rais Dokta John Pombe Magufuli wa kupambana na ufisadi na vitendo vya rushwa pamoja na kuimarisha ukusanyaji kodi, hatua ambayo itaifanya nchi ipige hatua za maendeleo haraka.
Amesema kuwa hajawahi kuona nchi yoyote duniani ikiendelea bila kuweka nidhamu na uwajibikaji serikali pamoja na kutokusanya mapato yake ipasavyo na kuahidi kuwa nchi yake itaendelea kushirikiana na serikali ya awamu ya tano kufanikisha mipango yake ya kuwaletea wananchi wake maendeleo.

           Beach House - Norway Lyrics    
Lyrics to Beach House Norway
          Snow Suit Elegance   
with one ferocious blow, winter has arrived in Oslo, Norway. After 2 months of eerily warm weather, there is now a foot of snow and 15 minus degrees. I live in an old and squeaky house (Addams family
          Norway-Trondheim:   
Buyer: NTNU (The Norwegian University of Science and Technology)
          Norway-Stavanger:   
Buyer: Kolumbus AS
          Lysebotn, Norway: Current weather: Partly cloudy   
Image: http://www.blincmagazine.com//cdn.worldweatheronline.net/images/wsymbols01_png_64/wsymbol_0004_black_low_cloud.png *Temp: *12°c (54°f) *Wind: *S at 4 mph (6 kmph) More... (https://www.worldweatheronline.com/weather.aspx?q=Lysebotn, Norway) by Weather Lysebotn Norway
          Norway-Bergen:   
Buyer: Høgskulen på Vestlandet
          Comment on 🔥Why do so many half Asians with White fathers, like me, come from divorced parents / broken homes? (VITAL POST)‼️ by Sandra   
I am not euroasian, but i am from Norway and this asian woman/ white man thing is real. I always wondered why asian women went for such low class white men, ehas it because they couldn't get women of their own? And the men usually justify their position by saying they 'prefere exotic women', but these asian women i see are not Priyanka Chopra to say the least. Even met a couple who both spoke such broke english, they couldn't communicate. Like what the hell is this? I have seen other forms of interracial marriage such as black on white (more rare tho) and it's rarely awkward or forced.. So i knew something whas up with these asian women/white men relationship. Thanks for the post, extremly insightful!
          Apple ARKit user puts a color changing Tesla Model 3 in his driveway before the car's release   
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Elon Musk is working hard to make Tesla vehicles everyone can afford, but the only available versions of the tech-centric electric vehicle are still too pricey for some of us — but not in augmented reality! 

That's what one Norway-based 3D designer decided when he used Apple's new ARKit to create his own augmented reality version of the upcoming Tesla Model 3. 

Posting a video of the ARKit-created app on Twitter on Saturday, creator Jelmer Verhoog show off how it allows you to choose the color of your Model 3 while seeing how it looks in your own driveway.  Read more...

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          Set of 4 Wood Slingshot - Catapult - Wooden Slingshot - Sling Shot - Wooden Toy - Wood Toy - Target Shooting - Old Fashioned Toy - Boys Toys by GiftGoGreen   

20.00 USD

Original Traditional Sling shot handmade from natural wood, durable hard.
High quality sling made of cylindrical rubber tied with tire rubber
Natural color with no chemical. 100% handcraft with beautiful wood gain.

Our wood products are made from the excess material that the logging industry leaves behind. Thus, no new trees are cut down to create our products.

- It is a wonderful piece of work and its great for any age.

- It works amazing for hunting.

- it looks cool in your garage just hanging there as decoration.

Measurement : 7" long approx.

** This listing is for 4 slingshots ***
*** They are handmade and each one is unique, so they might not be 100% as same as the pictures***
*** We can NOT ship to Australia and Norway as they are classed as a weapon ***

More quantity please kindly send me a message.

Thank you for looking ^_^


          Comment on Caroline Glick on Trump, Israel, and America’s secular Jews by Frog   
Denmark, Norway and Switzerland are what, maybe 3% of Europe's population? A long way to go. Anti-Semitism is surging in good old Never Again Europe, as we all know. Jews are ethnic or religious. Or both, like the Orthodox. Not all religiously observant Jews are ethnic Jews; there is a small rate of conversion. The idea that US Jews, meaning ethnic Jews, should vote Republican or support the land of their origin is frankly nuts. Ethnic American Jews are a bloc, like blacks; both stuck on stupid.
          Europe forecast: Heavy showers, thunderstorms - Hot and sunny across Spain, Jul 02 - 06:43   

Fine, hot and sunny across Turkey Today Hot across Spain and through the Mediterranean into Turkey. Fine dry and sunny across Portugal, Spain into the south of France. A few heavy showers to affect the Balearics today. An unsettled day fore much of northern and central parts of Europe. Lots of showers and sunnier spells are expected across France, Belgium, Germany and Poland. Some heavy showers with scattered thunderstorms are forecast across the Alps into Austria, The Czech Republic and the Adriatic Region. Sunny and hot for Italy, Greece, Bulgaria, Turkey, Romania and most of the Ukraine. Heavy showers and longer spells of rain are likely across northern Russia, Belarus and The Baltic States. Much of Finland, Sweden, Denmark and The Netherlands will be fine and dry while showers are likely across parts of Norway. Windy across the south of France with a strong east wind in the Straits of Gibraltar.

Monday A number of showers develop across Britain, central parts of France, Belgium, The Netherlands, Denmark, Germany, The Alps and Austria. These will be thundery across the Alpine Region. Another hot, dry sunny day to come across Spain and Portugal. Fine and sunny eastward across the Balearics into Sardinia, Italy, Greece and Turkey. Heavy showers and thunderstorms will affect Bulgaria and Romania. Mainly dry and sunny across the Adriatic Region with a few isolated showers. For most of Poland and the Ukraine it's looking fine and dry. Heavy showers and thunderstorms will affect Russia but mainly dry today across The Baltic States. An unsettled day in store for Scandinavia with showers across Finland, Sweden while heavier rain falls across Norway. Rather windy again in the Straits of Gibraltar.


          Europavorhersage: Heavy showers, thunderstorms - Hot and sunny across Spain, 02 Jul - 06:43   

Fine, hot and sunny across Turkey Today Hot across Spain and through the Mediterranean into Turkey. Fine dry and sunny across Portugal, Spain into the south of France. A few heavy showers to affect the Balearics today. An unsettled day fore much of northern and central parts of Europe. Lots of showers and sunnier spells are expected across France, Belgium, Germany and Poland. Some heavy showers with scattered thunderstorms are forecast across the Alps into Austria, The Czech Republic and the Adriatic Region. Sunny and hot for Italy, Greece, Bulgaria, Turkey, Romania and most of the Ukraine. Heavy showers and longer spells of rain are likely across northern Russia, Belarus and The Baltic States. Much of Finland, Sweden, Denmark and The Netherlands will be fine and dry while showers are likely across parts of Norway. Windy across the south of France with a strong east wind in the Straits of Gibraltar.

Monday A number of showers develop across Britain, central parts of France, Belgium, The Netherlands, Denmark, Germany, The Alps and Austria. These will be thundery across the Alpine Region. Another hot, dry sunny day to come across Spain and Portugal. Fine and sunny eastward across the Balearics into Sardinia, Italy, Greece and Turkey. Heavy showers and thunderstorms will affect Bulgaria and Romania. Mainly dry and sunny across the Adriatic Region with a few isolated showers. For most of Poland and the Ukraine it's looking fine and dry. Heavy showers and thunderstorms will affect Russia but mainly dry today across The Baltic States. An unsettled day in store for Scandinavia with showers across Finland, Sweden while heavier rain falls across Norway. Rather windy again in the Straits of Gibraltar.


          7/1/2017: TV: Taking care of business   

Two episodes, four hours, more eliminations than you can shake a Viking’s sword at — welcome to Norway, Bachelorette fans. During this week’s overseas trek, Rachel Lindsay proved yet again that she is taking her televised search for a husband...
          Europe: Heavy showers, thunderstorms - Hot and sunny across Spain, 02 jui - 06:43   

Fine, hot and sunny across Turkey Today Hot across Spain and through the Mediterranean into Turkey. Fine dry and sunny across Portugal, Spain into the south of France. A few heavy showers to affect the Balearics today. An unsettled day fore much of northern and central parts of Europe. Lots of showers and sunnier spells are expected across France, Belgium, Germany and Poland. Some heavy showers with scattered thunderstorms are forecast across the Alps into Austria, The Czech Republic and the Adriatic Region. Sunny and hot for Italy, Greece, Bulgaria, Turkey, Romania and most of the Ukraine. Heavy showers and longer spells of rain are likely across northern Russia, Belarus and The Baltic States. Much of Finland, Sweden, Denmark and The Netherlands will be fine and dry while showers are likely across parts of Norway. Windy across the south of France with a strong east wind in the Straits of Gibraltar.

Monday A number of showers develop across Britain, central parts of France, Belgium, The Netherlands, Denmark, Germany, The Alps and Austria. These will be thundery across the Alpine Region. Another hot, dry sunny day to come across Spain and Portugal. Fine and sunny eastward across the Balearics into Sardinia, Italy, Greece and Turkey. Heavy showers and thunderstorms will affect Bulgaria and Romania. Mainly dry and sunny across the Adriatic Region with a few isolated showers. For most of Poland and the Ukraine it's looking fine and dry. Heavy showers and thunderstorms will affect Russia but mainly dry today across The Baltic States. An unsettled day in store for Scandinavia with showers across Finland, Sweden while heavier rain falls across Norway. Rather windy again in the Straits of Gibraltar.


          Sommario Europeo: Heavy showers, thunderstorms - Hot and sunny across Spain, 02 Lug - 06:43   

Fine, hot and sunny across Turkey Today Hot across Spain and through the Mediterranean into Turkey. Fine dry and sunny across Portugal, Spain into the south of France. A few heavy showers to affect the Balearics today. An unsettled day fore much of northern and central parts of Europe. Lots of showers and sunnier spells are expected across France, Belgium, Germany and Poland. Some heavy showers with scattered thunderstorms are forecast across the Alps into Austria, The Czech Republic and the Adriatic Region. Sunny and hot for Italy, Greece, Bulgaria, Turkey, Romania and most of the Ukraine. Heavy showers and longer spells of rain are likely across northern Russia, Belarus and The Baltic States. Much of Finland, Sweden, Denmark and The Netherlands will be fine and dry while showers are likely across parts of Norway. Windy across the south of France with a strong east wind in the Straits of Gibraltar.

Monday A number of showers develop across Britain, central parts of France, Belgium, The Netherlands, Denmark, Germany, The Alps and Austria. These will be thundery across the Alpine Region. Another hot, dry sunny day to come across Spain and Portugal. Fine and sunny eastward across the Balearics into Sardinia, Italy, Greece and Turkey. Heavy showers and thunderstorms will affect Bulgaria and Romania. Mainly dry and sunny across the Adriatic Region with a few isolated showers. For most of Poland and the Ukraine it's looking fine and dry. Heavy showers and thunderstorms will affect Russia but mainly dry today across The Baltic States. An unsettled day in store for Scandinavia with showers across Finland, Sweden while heavier rain falls across Norway. Rather windy again in the Straits of Gibraltar.


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          : Heavy showers, thunderstorms - Hot and sunny across Spain, 02 Jul - 05:43   

Fine, hot and sunny across Turkey Today Hot across Spain and through the Mediterranean into Turkey. Fine dry and sunny across Portugal, Spain into the south of France. A few heavy showers to affect the Balearics today. An unsettled day fore much of northern and central parts of Europe. Lots of showers and sunnier spells are expected across France, Belgium, Germany and Poland. Some heavy showers with scattered thunderstorms are forecast across the Alps into Austria, The Czech Republic and the Adriatic Region. Sunny and hot for Italy, Greece, Bulgaria, Turkey, Romania and most of the Ukraine. Heavy showers and longer spells of rain are likely across northern Russia, Belarus and The Baltic States. Much of Finland, Sweden, Denmark and The Netherlands will be fine and dry while showers are likely across parts of Norway. Windy across the south of France with a strong east wind in the Straits of Gibraltar.

Monday A number of showers develop across Britain, central parts of France, Belgium, The Netherlands, Denmark, Germany, The Alps and Austria. These will be thundery across the Alpine Region. Another hot, dry sunny day to come across Spain and Portugal. Fine and sunny eastward across the Balearics into Sardinia, Italy, Greece and Turkey. Heavy showers and thunderstorms will affect Bulgaria and Romania. Mainly dry and sunny across the Adriatic Region with a few isolated showers. For most of Poland and the Ukraine it's looking fine and dry. Heavy showers and thunderstorms will affect Russia but mainly dry today across The Baltic States. An unsettled day in store for Scandinavia with showers across Finland, Sweden while heavier rain falls across Norway. Rather windy again in the Straits of Gibraltar.


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          7/1/2017: TRAVEL: Sky opens up Norwegian ocean cruise possibilities   

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          Europe forecast: Heavy showers, thunderstorms - Hot and sunny across Spain, Jul 02 - 16:43   

Fine, hot and sunny across Turkey Today Hot across Spain and through the Mediterranean into Turkey. Fine dry and sunny across Portugal, Spain into the south of France. A few heavy showers to affect the Balearics today. An unsettled day fore much of northern and central parts of Europe. Lots of showers and sunnier spells are expected across France, Belgium, Germany and Poland. Some heavy showers with scattered thunderstorms are forecast across the Alps into Austria, The Czech Republic and the Adriatic Region. Sunny and hot for Italy, Greece, Bulgaria, Turkey, Romania and most of the Ukraine. Heavy showers and longer spells of rain are likely across northern Russia, Belarus and The Baltic States. Much of Finland, Sweden, Denmark and The Netherlands will be fine and dry while showers are likely across parts of Norway. Windy across the south of France with a strong east wind in the Straits of Gibraltar.

Monday A number of showers develop across Britain, central parts of France, Belgium, The Netherlands, Denmark, Germany, The Alps and Austria. These will be thundery across the Alpine Region. Another hot, dry sunny day to come across Spain and Portugal. Fine and sunny eastward across the Balearics into Sardinia, Italy, Greece and Turkey. Heavy showers and thunderstorms will affect Bulgaria and Romania. Mainly dry and sunny across the Adriatic Region with a few isolated showers. For most of Poland and the Ukraine it's looking fine and dry. Heavy showers and thunderstorms will affect Russia but mainly dry today across The Baltic States. An unsettled day in store for Scandinavia with showers across Finland, Sweden while heavier rain falls across Norway. Rather windy again in the Straits of Gibraltar.


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          Europe Forecast: Heavy showers, thunderstorms - Hot and sunny across Spain, Jul 02 - 10:13   

Fine, hot and sunny across Turkey Today Hot across Spain and through the Mediterranean into Turkey. Fine dry and sunny across Portugal, Spain into the south of France. A few heavy showers to affect the Balearics today. An unsettled day fore much of northern and central parts of Europe. Lots of showers and sunnier spells are expected across France, Belgium, Germany and Poland. Some heavy showers with scattered thunderstorms are forecast across the Alps into Austria, The Czech Republic and the Adriatic Region. Sunny and hot for Italy, Greece, Bulgaria, Turkey, Romania and most of the Ukraine. Heavy showers and longer spells of rain are likely across northern Russia, Belarus and The Baltic States. Much of Finland, Sweden, Denmark and The Netherlands will be fine and dry while showers are likely across parts of Norway. Windy across the south of France with a strong east wind in the Straits of Gibraltar.

Monday A number of showers develop across Britain, central parts of France, Belgium, The Netherlands, Denmark, Germany, The Alps and Austria. These will be thundery across the Alpine Region. Another hot, dry sunny day to come across Spain and Portugal. Fine and sunny eastward across the Balearics into Sardinia, Italy, Greece and Turkey. Heavy showers and thunderstorms will affect Bulgaria and Romania. Mainly dry and sunny across the Adriatic Region with a few isolated showers. For most of Poland and the Ukraine it's looking fine and dry. Heavy showers and thunderstorms will affect Russia but mainly dry today across The Baltic States. An unsettled day in store for Scandinavia with showers across Finland, Sweden while heavier rain falls across Norway. Rather windy again in the Straits of Gibraltar.


          Random Thoughts for July   
Random Thoughts for June, 2017.
By Robert A. Hall
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Muslims screaming, “This is for Allah” murder 7 at FIVE locations in London. Police unsure of their motives.

Few people have done more harm than "activists."

People go around uttering comforting platitudes that are patently false. You know: "Everything works out for the best." "God doesn't give you more than you can handle." "There's a reason for everything." Okay, explain the holocaust, WWI & WWII, the Stalin-created famine in the Ukraine, the Moa-created famine in Chinaand, of I don't know, throw in the Black Plague, for starters, all of which killed many millions of people who didn't think things were working out for the best.

Because your parents told you that you were special doesn't mean the world will believe it.

I posted a review on Yelp, using Facebook. It said I was in San Francisco? And Yelp started sending me reviews of SF restaurants.

We need severe measures to fight global warming. Let's outlaw private jets, limos and homes over 10,000 square feet.

They say, "Follow your dream." My dream is to run a topless bar in Mecca.

They say only the good die young. But I've noticed that the stupid--those who succumb to food addiction (obesity), alcohol, drug, or tobacco addictions, and those who indulge in reckless behavior with sex, driving and other things--kick off far earlier than those who are just good.

Support Planned Parenthood--they keep the black welfare rolls down. Just as promised.

Went to a local restaurant where we hadn't been for a year or two, but where I've always loved the clam chowder. It was bland. I asked them what they changed. The waiter said they took the bacon out. I wonder why in multicultural Madisonthey would do that.

If liberals really thought Islam was a religion of peace, wouldn't gays be suing Muslim-owned bakeries for not making wedding cakes? They won't dare, of course.

You are almost unique and just that close to being special.

Pro- and Anti-Trump true believers: "Comey lied about everything I don't want to be true and told the utter truth about those things I want to be true."

For some people, "It's all about me and all about today." But other people stop helping them and avoid them because it's really about everybody. And tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow roll in to smash them like waves against a rocky shore. These folks lead poor, sad and unhappy lives. For which they always blame others.

Note for dealing with BLM, AntiFa, protesters, etc. Giving in to bullies is like paying Dane Geld. Once you do, you never get rid of the bully and the demands go up and up.

Some folks are generous beyond their means.

I've had 3 or 4 friends go dark on Facebook and email, not responding. Worrisome, as I have no phone numbers.

Hillary Clinton must be experiencing a deep sense of satisfaction. Trump got elected promising the faithful he would appoint a Special Prosecutor to investigate her. Five months in, it's Trump, not Hillary, being investigated by a Special Prosecutor.

Headline, Wisconsin State Journal, June 18, 1867: "New fuel could make it too hot for polar bears." Excerpt: "With the aid of petroleum (replacing coal on ships), we may yet make our northwestern possessions too hot for the polar bear." Settled science, you know.

Been working on my genealogy on MyHeritage. Turns out Al Gore is my 13th great grandfather in one line. Robert Algore that is.

It's a mystery to me how the United States managed to defeat the great military power of Germany and Japan in WWII without women and transgenders in combat.

A jerk in Englandrammed a crowd of Muslims, killing one. Of course, the Muslims blamed "Islamophobia." So when Muslims slaughter Christians and Jews, is in "infidelophobia"?

The Most Liberating Epiphany is When You Realize "It's Not About Me". --EM

Have perversions and bigotry against certain groups (Christians, whites, men) become civil rights?

Otto Warmbier's death should remind people that it's dumb to travel to countries that are hostile to the united States. For any reason.

You don't have to carry a gun. But make it easy on the police and carry your own body chalk.

I'm going to join the Corvette Club of America. I don't own a Corvette, but my Outlander SUV self-identifies as one.

Before (and long after) the Civil war, slave owners argued that blacks were unfit for freedom or self-governance. Too many of today's black seem to be trying to prove them right. Slave owners, for example, passed laws against the education of blacks. Inner-city blacks who disparage education as "acting white" are doing as the slave owners would have wished--preventing blacks from being educated.

School is in session everyday. Doesn't matter how old you are, you should - and must - be learning new things. And everyone you meet can teach you things you don't know--even if it's how not to behave to avoid a crappy life.

I've had a lot of success in life. An important component of that is simply being a reliable person when so many are not.

From Jonah Goldberg: “I’m laughing my Ossoff,” about the GA-6 special election.

Page views of my blog (www.tartanmarine.blogspot.com) for June 23-29, 2017:

France  3789
United States  2093
Norway  1609
United Kingdom  453
Australia  155
Netherlands  153
Germany  126
Spain92
South Korea 81
Hungary61

Old age is when everything gets stiff. Well, almost everything.

"It is impossible to maintain discipline without a revolver." --Leon Trotsky, 1919

There's an easy way to eliminate the student debt crisis in the future. Pass a law that if a graduate doesn't find work in his/her field, after a good faith effort, in one year, the university has to assume 20% of the student debt. It then goes up 20% a year to 100% after six years. This would bring both tuition increases and the practice of educating kids in unmarketable majors (think those that end in "studies") to a screeching halt. As a bonus we'd all get to enjoy the agonized howls of academia.

Pacifism is acquiescence to evil.

When you see a sign advertising "home cooking," trust me--it's not home cooked.

Get the collection! My “Random Thoughts” from 2008 through July, 2013 are collected in this book: The Old Jarhead's Journal: Random Thoughts on Life, Liberty, and Leadershipby Robert A. Hall
The Old Jarhead’s Journal is a collection of Random Thoughts on politics and life and Conservative Political Essays, mostly published on the author’s blog, including the essay “I’m Tired” which went viral on the Internet in 2009, “The Hall Platform,” “This I Believe,” and “Why I’m a Republican.” While they will be of interest to conservative thinkers, they are collected here in book form as a service to readers who wish to give a copy to favorite liberals and watch their heads explode. All royalties are donated to the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund.

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Robert A. Hall is a Marine Vietnam Veteran who served five terms in the Massachusetts State Senate. He is the author of The Coming Collapse of the American Republic. http://www.amazon.com/Coming-Collapse-American-Republic-prevent/dp/1461122538/ref=sr_1_5?s=booksandie=UTF8andqid=1304815980andsr=1-5For a free PDF of Collapse, e-mail him at tartanmarine(at)gmail.com. Hall’s eleven books are listed here: http://tartanmarine.blogspot.com/2010/07/new-book-published.html.His blog of political news and conservative comment is www.tartanmarine.blogspot.com.

          10 Negara Paling Berbahagia di Dunia   
Organisasi untuk Kerjasama Ekonomi dan Pembangunan (OECD) baru-baru ini merilis Indeks Kehidupan yang Lebih Baik 2016 dari negara-negara dengan kualitas hidup terbaik.
Untuk melakukan hal ini, OECD mempelajari 34 negara di seluruh 11 parameter kesejahteraan, termasuk keseimbangan kehidupan kerja (work life balance), kekayaan finansial, keamanan, pendidikan, dan kualitas lingkungan. Semua ini data ini diambil dari PBB, Kantor Statistik Nasional, dan Gallup Organization.
Berikut adalah
negara-negara yang mendapat nilai tertinggi di setiap kategori.
10. Islandia
Islandia turun delapan posisi dari indeks tahun lalu. Persentase angkatan kerja Islandia yang  menganggur selama satu tahun atau lebih adalah hampir 0,7%, lebih rendah dari rata-rata OECD 2,6%.


9. Amerika Serikat

Meskipun turun empat posisi dari Indeks tahun lalu, AS keluar di atas di daerah perumahan, pendapatan, dan kekayaan. Disposable income rata-rata rumah tangga $ 41.071 per tahun, tertinggi dalam penelitian OECD


7. Selandia Baru

Naik dua posisi dari tahun lalu, Selandia Baru mengutamakan lingkungan. emisi rumah kaca relatif rendah di negeri ini, terutama karena penduduknya rendah.



6. Swedia

Orang-orang di Swedia memiliki tingkat tinggi dari keterlibatan sipil. Dalam pemilihan terbaru, 83% dari penduduk ternyata memilih parlemen alias sangat sedikit yang golput.


5. Kanada

Negara ini menduduki peringkat tinggi dalam hal fasilitas perumahan yang terjangkau untuk rakyat. Pada tahun 2000-an, pemerintah Toronto dan Vancouver mengatur ulang semua lingkungan keluarga, sehingga pemilik rumah bisa menyewakan kamar tambahan (sehingga meningkatkan jumlah sewa yang terjangkau tersedia).


4. Swiss

Tingkat pengangguran di Swiss sekitar 3,1%, salah satu yang terendah di dunia.



3. Denmark

Negara melompat 7 posisi dari indeks tahun lalu, dan peringkat tinggi di waktu liburan dibayar, rata-rata 5 minggu off per tahun. Rata-rata, pekerja penuh waktu melaporkan mengabdikan 66% dari hari-hari mereka untuk "perawatan pribadi".


2. Australia 

Meskipun Australia menempati peringkat sebagai nomor satu untuk 2013 dan 2014 (kemudian keempat tahun 2015), itu adalah yang kedua dalam indeks tahun ini. OECD menemukan bahwa orang merasa rasa yang kuat dari masyarakat di Australia: 95% warga Australia percaya bahwa mereka tahu seseorang yang mereka bisa mengandalkan.


1. Norwegia

Negara ini juga mencetak rekor tertinggi tahun lalu. Orang-orang menjalani kehidupan yang sangat bagus di Norwegia, di mana mayoritas telah mempunyai pekerjaan, tingkat pendidikan yang tinggi, dan umur hidup rata-rata kehidupan manusia adalah 82 tahun.




          The Abortion Tragedy in the Philippines   
I'm so tired of the gaggle of "Pro-Life" politicians in the Philippines.  You've seen them and unfortunately heard them:  Golez, Pacquiao, Enrile, and our favorite dork of the month, Sotto, harping on about the grave dangers of condoms, pills, and IUDs.  All, of course, propped up by the Philippine Mini-Popes, i.e. the CBCP.

Look, I'm a progressive liberal.  I'm about as liberal as a person can get.  When I say liberal I mean liberal in every way:  an economic liberal, a military liberal ("a dove"), and a social liberal.  I grew up in a liberal family, in a liberal culture, in a liberal country called Norway.

In my country, RH isn't an issue.  It hasn't been an issue since...well...it's never really been an issue.  This is because the Catholic Church holds absolutely no sway in Norway.  None.  The pope never visits us because we honestly don't want him to.  (We think he's a bigot, to be quite honest with you.)  In my country the government's been giving out free condoms and birth control pills since the 1960s,  and the state doesn't interfere in a woman's right to choose what to do with her own body.

In other words, abortion is legal.  More than that, it's free.  Abortion is included in the national health care system, and women have the right to have an abortion (during the first 12 weeks of gestation) at any hospital across the land.  I'm proud of this fact.  Damn proud.  I wouldn't want it any other way, nor would the vast majority of my fellow countrymen.  In other words, yes, I'm pro-choice.  (If you'd like to read my own take on the issue, and why I'm pro-choice, you can read my post 'When Does Life Begin?')

I get irritated when I hear "pro-lifers" in the Philippines (or wherever) claiming to be God's defenders of the unborn; claiming to know beyond a doubt that life begins the nanosecond a lone sperm brushes up against an ovum; shouting that abortion is "murder" and a danger to women.

Well duh.  Obviously it's a danger when it's illegal.  Obviously it's dangerous when women have no legal access to it and are forced to go to quack doctors, drink herbal concoctions, or attempt at-home abortions with barbeque sticks and clothes hangers.

Pro-lifers aren't pro-life at all.  What they are is pro-birth.  How the hell can someone call themself pro-life when they clearly don't really care what happens to children once they're born?  If they were pro-life they'd do everything within their power to cut down the incidence of abortion, not simply outlaw it.  And one of the best, cheapest, most effective ways to do just that, is contraception.

Being truly pro-life would include making it state policy to distribute condoms and other contraceptives to all women, including teens.

It would include a blitz of reproductive health education, from the school hall to the barangay hall.  It would include being a defender of life - of all life, especially the lives of the living - not just a defender of zygotes and embryos.

It would include a massive push to get street kids off the streets and into safe, decent, stable homes; encouraging adoption, making it easier and less costly to adopt, and treating same-sex adoptive couples the same as opposite-sex adoptive couples.

I scoff at that claim of Senator Vicente "Tito" Sotto, who said on the floor of the Senate: "I stand up for life."

No, sir, what you stand up for is birth.  If you stood up for life, you'd do something to help the tens of thousands of already living children on the streets of Manila, rather than simply drive by them on your way to and from work each day in the backseat of your tinted-window SUV.  And by the way, handing out 500-peso bills at election time doesn't count as 'standing up for life'.

Pro-life?  Sure, you go right ahead and keep telling yourself that.

The same goes for the celibate, pro-birth bishops and cardinals, who get chauffered from their cathedrals to their cushy, air conditioned residences in their private SUVs.  That vow of poverty makes life pretty rough, doesn't it, gentlemen?

Abortion is an intensely touchy topic, that much is true, and it likely always will be.  The RH Bill does not give a thumbs up to abortion, seek to legalize abortion, or even create a path to potentially legalizing abortion.  So while the RH Bill has nothing at all to do with abortion, abortion is nevertheless tied in with the broader topic of reproductive health, because one affects the other.

Even though abortion is very much illegal in the Philippines, there is a very real abortion tragedy taking place every day across its 7,100+ islands.  This tragedy affects women, especially lower-income women, who are caught between a rock and a hard place:  unable to access effective, affordable contraception and the proper, medically-acurate information that goes along with it, while at the same time legally unable to make weighty decisions on their own in the event that they do experience an unplanned, unwanted pregnancy, which is partly the fault of not having full contraceptive choice in the first place. 

This is nothing short of a slap in the face to women's rights.  In 2012, Filipina women deserve so much better than this.

In 2010, the U.S.-based Center for Reproductive Rights put out a scathing report on the status of abortion in the Philippines, titled Forsaken Lives: The Harmful Impact of the Philippine Criminal Abortion Ban.  In it were cited tragic and shameful statistics backed up by the United Nations, the World Health Organization, the U.S. Department of State, and the European Union, among others, and I highly recommend you read it.

Because abortion is illegal under any circumstance in the Philippines, this means that abortion is non-existent.  Correct?  Far from it.  The Philippines has a disproportionately high abortion rate, ranging from at least 560,000 to as many as 800,000 abortions per year, according to the World Health Organization.  That's a ratio ranging from at least 25:1000 to 37:1000.  Nobody really knows how high the figures go because, being illegal, secret abortions aren't exactly tallied and reported.

Since the Philippines' population is only increasing, and economic hardships on families certainly aren't decreasing, the 800,000 figure is likely much closer to reality.

I want to do a quick comparison of stats between the Philippines, where abortion is illegal under any circumstances, and my country, Norway, where abortion is legal.


The Philippines

Reproductive health services
Severly limited, especially to the poor
Sex education
Very basic and abstinence-based
Legality of abortion
Illegal, unsafe, criminally punishable
Annual abortion rate
25-37 per 1,000 women
Women hospitalized/year due to unsafe abortions
ca. 90,000+
Women who die/year due to unsafe abortions
ca. 1,000+*
Influence of conservative religious lobbies
Major

Norway

Reproductive health services
Comprehensive and free of charge
Sex education
Comprehensive; contraceptive-based
Legality of abortion
Legal, safe, free of charge
Annual abortion rate
12.7 per 1,000 women
Women hospitalized/year due to unsafe abortions
0
Women who die/year due to unsafe abortions
0
Influence of conservative religious lobbies
None


Notice anything in there?  There are several key points.  Feel free to go back and read over them again 'til they sink it.

It's not just Norway that has such statistics.  The developed countries of Western Europe (all with comprehensive RH and the majority with legal abortion on demand) have the lowest rates of abortion in the worldThe Western European average is 12:1000, with the lowest being Switzerland at 7:1000, and the highest being France at 17:1000.  (See also here.)

Which countries have the highest abortion rates?:  developing countries where abortion is typically (and ironically) illegal.  As American journalist and pro-choice advocate Will Saletan puts it, "In other words, when you outlaw abortion and limit contraception, you get more abortion, because more women who don't want to have babies get pregnant. ...[A]nd they find ways to get abortions, whether you like it or not."

My point is this:  My country is secular and non-religious; abortion is legal; teens get condoms and birth control pills for free in school; and we have same-sex marriage.  And you know what?  We're doing pretty damn well.  Our abortion rate is lower than countries where abortion is illegal, not to mention the fact that, because abortion is legal, it's also safe.  We have no women dying from botched abortions or self-administered abortion drugs or birth control use, or from infections rising from either of the three.

Seems to me that someone who truly stands up for life would make an attempt to care (at least just a little) that 90,000 Filipina women suffer each year in hospitals due to hemorrhaging, sepsis, and punctured internal organs caused by clandestine abortions, many of whom have treatment delayed or are openly scolded, lectured, and threatened with criminal charges by hospital staff for their "sin."

Seems to me that someone who truly stands up for life would make an attempt to care (at least just a little) that a minimum of 1,000 Filipina women are dying each and every year due to dangerous back-alley abortions. 

That is an unacceptable, preventable national tragedy.

Instead, what happened in the Senate on September 5th?  Sotto's dubious fears succeeded in deleting an entire subsection of the Senate version of the RH Bill because of concerns that it might be used to legalize abortion 'some day.'

Sotto and his pro-birth amigos and amigas removed the following provision:  "While this Act does not amend the penal law on abortion, the government shall ensure that all women needing care for postabortion complications shall be treated and counseled in a humane, nonjudgmental and compassionate manner."

How scandalous.

The RH Bill doesn't contain a provision for abortion.  None.  Never has, never will.  Anyone who has basic reading and English comprehension skills can figure that out by the very wording of the Bill.  The zygotes will be safe if the Bill passes, don't worry.

If you're anti-abortion you should at the very least be pro-contraception.  Nothing cuts abortion rates more than easily-accessable, low cost, reliable contraception and medically accurate (not religiously inaccurate) reproductive education.  If someone is anti-abortion, anti-contraception, and anti-sex education, they're anti-women as well.

The above deleted provision would have been a nice first step in the right direction.  But pro-birth senators didn't like the idea of low-income women without options being treated humanely, nonjudgmentally and compassionately by medical professionals.  For sure, nothing says "pro-life" like looking away while 1,000 women needlessly lose their lives.  But it's okay; after all, they're doing it to protect the "lives" of zygotes.

Obvioulsy just making abortion illegal doesn't work; neither does it make a country "pro-life."  The statistics make this fact abundantly clear, as "pro-life countries" have higher abortion rates than those that are pro-choice.

I wonder how Sotto would try to counter-argue this fact.  He'd likely discredit my point because I'm just another European who wants nothing more than to depopulate the Philippines in order to exploit it.  Sure.

And then he'd plagiarize and fact-twist my article the very next day.


"I do not believe that just because you’re opposed to abortion, that that makes you pro-life.  In fact, I think in many cases, your morality is deeply lacking if all you want is a child born but not a child fed, not a child educated, not a child housed.  And why would I think that you don’t?  Because you don’t want any tax money to go there.  That’s not pro-life.  That’s pro-birth.  We need a much broader conversation on what the morality of pro-life is." 
- Sister Joan Chittister, Roman Catholic Nun, USA


*This number in reality is likely much higher, as reported in Forsaken Lives, because it relies solely on the reports of hospitals.  Many hospitals do not list cause of death as "infection due to abortion."  There are also likely many Filipina women who die at home, too afraid to seek medical treatment for fear of criminal prosecution.
          Leaders Who Listen to Reason Rather than Bishops   



"I believe it would be a terrible distortion of democracy if the majorities – the actions of those majorities – denied rights to the minorities."
- Cristina Kirchner, President of Argentina
(A Catholic president in a majority-Catholic country, by the way, which today has marriage equality.)



  



"Mentalities have changed. There is no longer any reason not to open marriage to people of the same sex." 
- Marc Verwilghen, Fmr. JM of Belgium
(Said in 2003, just prior to marriage equality passage.)







 
"It is love that must be the determining factor.  Regardless of sex or sexual orientation, love should be the victor.  Everyone should have the opportunity to enter into marriage.  This is an incredibly important value and an important expression of respect for everyone in our society.  The greatest of all is love."
 - Jens Stoltenberg, PM of Norway
(Statement to parliament in 2008, just prior to passage of marriage equality legislation.) 





 
"Freedom is the ability to let two people in love unite under the law, regardless of their sexual orientation.  Equality is allowing all couples to use the same legal device without discrimination."
- Francois Hollande, President of France





''This is the way it needs to be in a modern society, where churches do not step in the middle of whether someone loves a person of the opposite sex or the same sex.  I'm very proud of Denmark, where regardless of whom you're in love with, you have the right to be married.''
- Helle Thorning-Schmidt, PM of Denmark





''My view is that if two gay people want to get married, then I can't see why it would undermine my marriage to [my wife].  I will vote in favor of same-sex marriage."
- John Key, PM of New Zealand







"Yes it's about equality, but it's also about something else:  commitment.  Conservatives believe in the ties that bind us; that society is stronger when we make vows to each other and support each other.  So I don't support gay marriage despite being a Conservative.  I support gay marriage because I am a Conservative."
- David Cameron, PM of the United Kingdom






"We're living up to our tradition of freedom.  People should be able to show, for themselves and for those around them, who they are and whom they love.  I and many others with me are looking forward to going to weddings this summer where the couples' love will be the focus, not their sex.''
- Fredrik Reinfeldt, PM of Sweden
(Said in April 2009 after passage of marriage equality legislation)





"It's important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same-sex couples should be able to get married.  [...]  My expectation is that, when you look back on these years, you will see a time in which we put a stop to discrimination against gays and lesbians.  You will see a time in which we, as a nation, finally recognized relationships between two men, or two women, as just as real and admirable as relationships between a man and a woman."
- Barack Obama, President of the United States





"Today, Spanish society is responding to a group of people who have been humiliated, whose rights have been ignored, their dignity offended, their identity denied and their liberty oppressed.  Today, Spanish society grants them the respect they deserve, recognizes their rights, restores their dignity, affirms their identity, and restores their liberty."
- José Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, Fmr. PM of Spain
(2005 statement to parliament, after passage of marriage equality legislation.)




"I rise today in support of Bill C-38, the Civil Marriage Act.  I rise in support of a Canada in which liberties are safeguarded, rights are protected, and the people of this land are treated as equals under the law.  We embrace freedom and equality in theory, Mr. Speaker; we must also embrace them in fact. [...]  If we do not step forward, then we step back.  If we do not embrace a right, then we deny it.  Mr. Speaker, together as a nation, together as Canadians, Let us step forward."
- Paul Martin, Fmr. PM of Canada (2005 speech to parliament.)




 
"I think we must go forward, and be inspired by the most advanced countries in the world. Giving stronger civil legal rights to gay couples will not deprive anyone of their rights."
- Zoran Milanovic, PM of Croatia




Hopefully one day we can add an Asian president or PM to this list...



          HIV in the PHL. Religious Right, YOU'RE to Blame.   

If you're an HIV virion in the Philippines, business is booming for you these days.

One of only seven countries in the world where HIV rates have risen 25% over the last decade, the Philippines has a very big problem on its hands.  But rather than listening to world medical experts and tackling the problem, the Philippine government is opting to listen to the Religious Right -- particularly the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) and its mother ship, the Vatican -- and taking a gamble with the lives of its own citizens.

Unprotected sex between men accounts for 87% of all new HIV cases in the country, according to the DOH and UNDP.  Ten new infections are detected each day, and nobody really knows how many silent HIV carriers are milling around the general population.  Many Filipinos remain untested for the virus, which has an asymptomatic latent period of up to 10 years, during which no major signs or symptoms are seen or felt.

When coupled with the fact that the Philippines has the lowest rate of condom use in Asia, it's a recipe for disaster.  It's a recipe that is now starting to yield some unsavory and frightening realities.

In addition to this, according to Philip Castro, UNDP's HIV/AIDS Program Officer in the Philippines, "More than 60% of MSM [men who have sex with men] had reported having unsafe sex in their last contact."  A lack of awareness about testing and proper condom use within the gay community is the root of this, which is further hindered by the Religious Right's insistence that LGBTQ people are disordered, and that national condom education and distribution must be blocked.

Of course, MSM then bear the undeserved brunt of the blame from the loving Religious Right, because of the former's supposed "unnatural mode of sex" and "rampant promiscuity."  But the finger of blame pointed at MSM should be turned around and pointed squarely at the Religious Right instead.

That's right, Religious Right:  You're to blame for the rise in HIV in the Philippines.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), countries which implement 100% condom use contain epidemics and reverse the trend more quickly.  The Religious Right, however, and especially the Roman Catholic Church, continue to lobby for the blockage of the RH Bill, and continue to tout that condoms are ineffective, that they give a false sense of hope, and that they do nothing more than encourage promiscuity in youth.

Hey geniuses, youth are already having sex (surprise! - even if they lie to mommy and daddy and say they're not).  Come out from behind the four walls of your cathedrals and you might realize that.  The Church's assault on condoms takes the problem of promiscuity (both straight and gay) and exacerbates it.  It makes things worse.  Because of it, Filipino youths aren't just having sex, they're having sex unsafely.  They're putting themselves, their partners and their nation at risk.

Thanks, Religious Right, for all your "help."

This is the problem inherent when it comes to the Church, HIV, gay people, and condoms.  The Religious Right sees all sex outside of marriage as eeeevil and sinful.  To them, gay people aren't necessarily evil (though they are disordered), but if they ever fall in love and have sex (as human beings often do), well, then they're evil and sinful.  LGBTQs are lambasted for having sex outside of marriage, while at the same time being denied access to marriage.  There's religious logic for you.

The Roman Catholic Church, as well as other conservative Christian groups in the Philippines, insist that monogamous couples in responsible marital relationships are the key to stopping the spread of HIV.

I agree with their point.  Ultimately that's an effective way to curtail HIV (though it avoids the fact that premarital sex among teens and young adults is a reality and is only going to increase).  But to make their plan a success they have to stop hindering people who want to marry, from marrying.

When a person has no hope or prospect of ever getting married, they're generally more flippant with their sexual encounters.  What's the point of searching for that Special Someone in your life if it all means nothing in the end; if you're met with discrimination at every turn; if your government ignores your existence.  What's the point of touting yourself as marriage material if marriage will never be an option for you?

Telling people to only have sex inside marriage, and then forbidding them to marry, sounds like a plan hatched by a schizophrenic dictator.  It's like telling everyone they have to grow their own food, and then, in order to protect the environment, passing a law that bans farming.

What we've seen in other countries that have had partnership and/or marriage rights for same-sex couples for many years now, including my home country of Norway, is that once the prospect of marriage becomes a reality, peoples' outlooks change.  Stable relationships and monogamy are taken more seriously.  People begin "grooming" themselves as potential marriage material, not necessarily just to get laid on any given Saturday night.

Having the right and opportunity to find and marry your one true love, and being encouraged to do so by your government, makes an indelible impact on the psyche.  It encourages people to "clean up their act," so to speak, in their search for Prince or Princess Charming.

The Religious Right demeans same-sex relationships by demeaning the individuals in them; discouraging and even seeking to criminalize the same relationships they encourage for others.  They continually tell gay and lesbian people that their relationships are not valuable, not worthy, and not permanent.  They willfully undermine the LGBTQ individual's sense of belonging and community, and diminish humanity's common aspirations of strong families and lasting domestic relationships.

Is it any wonder that the LGBTQ community has largely turned from the spiritual institutions that have shut them out?  Many have lost faith altogether as a result of such "Christian love," or have seen their faith weakened and shattered.  Others simply stop caring, saying what I heard one gay man say a few years back:  "Well, if I'm going to hell I might as well party like a rock star and go to hell in a big way.  I guess it doesn't matter anyway; not in this life or the next."

The Religious Right is actually encouraging promiscuity among sexual minority Filipinos (not to mention incidents of bullying, hate crimes, substance abuse, and even suicide), while at the same time blocking legislation that would provide them the tools (i.e. condoms and sex education) to protect themselves, as well as potential partnership legislation that would encourage stable family units and monogamy.

If you see a massive forest fire burning out of control, what would you do?  Apparently, according to Roman Catholic logic, you spray gasoline on it.



          Wedding Bells Ringing in Denmark, for Everyone!   
Anxiously waiting as the final vote was tallied in parliament
Great news from Copenhagen as yesterday the Folketing, the Danish Parliament, voted overwhelmingly to amend that nation's marriage law, making it gender neutral.  The previous day (Wednesday), parliament rejected a bill that would have created a separate system of marriage for gay couples under different terminology.

With the passage of the new, gender-neutral law, same-sex couples will now be able to marry in churches of their choice, the same as opposite-sex couples.  Priests will not be forced to perform the weddings if they happen to disagree on personal grounds, however, a majority of pastors in the country do support marriage equality.  This includes a majority of priests in the Evangelical Lutheran Church, to which 80% of Danes belong.

Denmark now joins its neighbors Sweden, Iceland, and my country, Norway, making the four Scandinavian countries a solid marriage equality neighborhood.  I couldn't be prouder!

Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt fulfilled last year's campaign promise
Denmark's current system of registered partnerships has been in place since 1989, when Denmark became the first modern country to enact such a law.  Registered partnerships conferred all the same rights of marriage, only without calling it marriage.  With yesterday's legislation, however, the separate-but-equal status is gone and all couples and marriages will be viewed and treated as 100% equal before the law, and just in time for June weddings.

By the way, I checked the news and weather in Copenhagen and things look fine.  No floods, no earthquakes, no tsunamis, fireballs, or rains of frogs.  Just partly cloudy and 18°C.  Sorry CBCP, I'm sure that probably confounds and upsets you.

Congratulations to all the happy couples in Denmark!


          Europe forecast: Heavy showers, thunderstorms - Hot and sunny across Spain, Jul 02 - 05:43   

Fine, hot and sunny across Turkey Today Hot across Spain and through the Mediterranean into Turkey. Fine dry and sunny across Portugal, Spain into the south of France. A few heavy showers to affect the Balearics today. An unsettled day fore much of northern and central parts of Europe. Lots of showers and sunnier spells are expected across France, Belgium, Germany and Poland. Some heavy showers with scattered thunderstorms are forecast across the Alps into Austria, The Czech Republic and the Adriatic Region. Sunny and hot for Italy, Greece, Bulgaria, Turkey, Romania and most of the Ukraine. Heavy showers and longer spells of rain are likely across northern Russia, Belarus and The Baltic States. Much of Finland, Sweden, Denmark and The Netherlands will be fine and dry while showers are likely across parts of Norway. Windy across the south of France with a strong east wind in the Straits of Gibraltar.

Monday A number of showers develop across Britain, central parts of France, Belgium, The Netherlands, Denmark, Germany, The Alps and Austria. These will be thundery across the Alpine Region. Another hot, dry sunny day to come across Spain and Portugal. Fine and sunny eastward across the Balearics into Sardinia, Italy, Greece and Turkey. Heavy showers and thunderstorms will affect Bulgaria and Romania. Mainly dry and sunny across the Adriatic Region with a few isolated showers. For most of Poland and the Ukraine it's looking fine and dry. Heavy showers and thunderstorms will affect Russia but mainly dry today across The Baltic States. An unsettled day in store for Scandinavia with showers across Finland, Sweden while heavier rain falls across Norway. Rather windy again in the Straits of Gibraltar.


          7/2/2017: SIDELINES: Into the Zen of salmon   

Bangkok restaurant Zen has a bountiful catch of salmon to share right through August. Flown in from Norway twice a week, the fish makes fine friends in Salmon Treasure Oversize (16 sashimi pieces), Salmon Treasure Don (teriyaki, aburi, diced, roe and...
          For sale - Vtg 15" 1966 Buick Electra Lesabre 40 Slot Type... - $10   

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          Bread and Circus (2003) Martin Loke   
Bread and Circus (2003)
Genre: Adventure | Comedy | Fantasy | Horror | Gore
Country: Norway | Director: Martin Loke
Language: English | Subtitles: English,
French & Swedish (idx/sub files)
Aspect ratio: 1.37:1 | Length: 73mn
Dvdrip Xvid Avi - 608x416 - 25fps - 1.37gb

 Audio 2: Commentary by Actors Morten Løke 
and Oliver Boullet (in English)

"Bread and Circus" is quite an interesting little splatter film. It's gory like "Bad Taste" and sick like "Pink Flamingos". In the beginning we see a vagina in the ground, which is mother earth. The vagina gives birth to a man (slime and umbilical chord included) The man is forced to be given a normality test by a monk. In the future people who try to be individuals, get hunted down by the government. Some people live in the woods as cannibals. The film is pretty disgusting, but also creative and surreal. Take note, there's gratuitous frontal male nudity, extreme splatter violence, excrement, and even a guy who gets a beer bottle stuck up his ass. Some of the Scandinavian humor is hard to figure out at times, but the film was still a lot of fun. If you enjoy Troma, John Waters, Pete Jackson and even Peter Greenaway; you'll probably love this film.
 Bread and Circus (2003) 

          Mio in the Land of Faraway (1987) Vladimir Grammatikov    
Mio in the Land of Faraway (1987)
aka Mio min Mio
Genre: Adventure | Fantasy
Country: Sweden | Soviet Union | Norway
Director: Vladimir Grammatikov
Language: English | Subtitles: None
Aspect ratio: Widescreen 1.85:1 | Length: 99mn
Dvdrip H264 Mkv - 843x464 - 23.976fps - 1.47gb
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0093543/

A fantasy about the lonely boy who is transferred from his dull life with his adoptive parents to the land where his real father is the king. In that country he sets out on a quest, together with his new friend, to destroy the evil Knight Kato. 
 Mio in the Land of Faraway (1987)

          For sale - ... Flywheel ... hp Yamaha cdi Magneto Outboard 693 - $99   

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          For sale - Yamaha Outboard 250 hp hpdi Trim Relay 60V- ... - $397   
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          For sale - Yamaha 250 hp hpdi Injector Driver 60V-8591A-00-00 - $1,100   
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          For sale - Yamaha 9.9hp Four Stroke Outboard Motor Starting... - $4   

Price 5570, Australia
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          East Neuk Festival 2017: In the Footsteps of Thomas Kingo   
Featuring a fantastic line-up of musicians from Norway and Scotland.
          Distribution: Arctic; Gulf of St. Lawrence to Main... for taxon Eteone flava (Fabricius, 1780)   
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          Snow Suit Elegance   
with one ferocious blow, winter has arrived in Oslo, Norway. After 2 months of eerily warm weather, there is now a foot of snow and 15 minus degrees. I live in an old and squeaky house (Addams family
          Stroemsgodset 2 - Ullern   
Stromsgodset 2 and Ullern are going to try and win this game of football between them being played in the 4th tier of Norway and I personally think this is going to be one of the few games with goals in it and being able to pick up the over 3,5 goal line...
          FK Haugesund - Tromsoe   
another match in the best League of norway where i think we could see goals scored and where i want to try this over 1.5 bet in the 2nd half of the match. it's haugesund against tromsoe and here the hosts after 14 matches played are in the middle of the...
          Jerv - Ull/Kisa   
Jerv and ull/kisa will face and they will be playing this game in Norway so I believe this game will end in more than two goals there would be a lot of tension here to begin with but am certain this game will go as planned, jerv are very good at what...
          Sandefjord - Stabaek   
For this match today in the Norway Tippeligaen, I will fancy and risk a bet on Stabaek not to lose the game because both teams are playing currently in the same poor form. Sandefjord has only 1 win, 2 draws, and 2 losses from the last 5 matches, and now...
          Brann - Vaalerenga   
For this match today in the Norway Tippeligaen, I will fancy and risk a bet on Valerenga not to lose the game based on their recent good form. Brann is playing currently in a decent good form by their 2 wins and 3 draws from the last 5 matches, and now...
          7/1/2017: TRAVEL: Sky opens up Norwegian ocean-cruise possibilities   

TROMSØ, NORWAY In the heart of the Midnight Sun, one day after the Summer Solstice and on the eve of its 20th anniversary, Viking Cruises (cruise.center/ vikingsea) officially welcomed its third ocean-going cruise ship into its fleet. The 930-guest...
          Just a Bunch of Anime pics with quotes 2    
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          Famous birthdays for July 2: Lindsay Lohan, Larry David   

This post was originally published on this siteJune 29 (UPI) — Those born on this date are under the sign of Cancer. They include: — German novelist Hermann Hesse in 1877 — King Olav V of Norway in 1903 — Former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall in 1908 — Singer/actor Ken Curtis (Gunsmoke‘s Festus) […]

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          Visualization Best Practice and Design Standards (Affecto Norway AS)   
Visualization Best Practice and Design Standards: Creating a Common Visual Vocabulary "Wayne Eckerson"
          The Secrets of Analytical Leaders (Affecto Norway AS)   
The Secrets of Analytical Leaders: The Keys to Succeeding with BI and Analytics "Wayne Eckerson"
          Succeeding with Self-Service Analytics (Affecto Norway AS)   
Succeeding with Self-Service Analytics: Organizational, Architectural, and Governance Issues “Wayne Eckerson”
          7/2/2017: COVER STORY: ARCTIC SHOWTIME   

Audun Rikardsen, Norway/ Finalist 2016, underwater category/ Wildlife Photographer of the Year Audun wanted to juxtapose the peace above the water with the playfulness below. But he faced a considerable challenge. The light is so low during the polar...
          As July Fourth approaches, Americans debate democracy’s fate   
<br/>In this July 21, 2005 file photo, visitors watch while workers pressure wash the granite faces of George Washington, (from left) Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln at Mount Rushmore National Memorial in South Dakota. The Democracy Index, compiled by the London-based Economist Intelligence Unit, ranked the U.S. at 21st worldwide in 2016, tied with Italy and trailing Norway, Canada and Uruguay, among others. While Norway and several other Scandinavian countries are considered
NEW YORK — In his 4 1⁄2 years as a state senator from Manhattan, Brad Holyman has handed out everything from flashlights to T-shirts at ...

          For sale - Brighton Purse Bucket Black Leather Mock Lizard... - Auction   

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          For sale - fisher price jungle jumperoo lizard spinning toy... - Auction   
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          RESULT PERTANDINGAN 01 JULI 2017   

RESULT PERTANDINGAN 01 JULI 2017 NORWAY ELITESERIEN Lillestrom 2 – 0 Stromsgodset 2 – 0 Sogndal 1 – 0 Aalesund FK 1 – 0 SWEDEN[...]

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          Comment on Survivors… by Dermot O Connor   
I watched all 3 a few years back, and had zero memories of it first time round (born in 1969, so 7 was probably too young for it to register). Loved them all - but season 3 does go off the rails. There was an internal dispute between Nation and the producer, who wanted a more episodic season 3, and that final year becomes very erratic indeed. Other issues were 'cosy catastrophism' in S2, when they have their farm/commune up and running, it feels too good to be true, and S3 was an attempt, at least to do away with that. The final 3 or 4 episodes of S3 are unadulterated shite; a balloon appears from Norway, and Greg Preston flies away to discover the outpost of civilisation; meanwhile a welsh colliery is re-opened, with three taffies (THREE!) going down t'pit to reopen the coal mine (as though they wouldn't have had mountains of coal on the surface to last decades). Nation's vision was that the collapse was permanent, the ridiculous happy ending (with Welshmen!) was a silly tack-on. Also, the actor who played Greg Preston got a bit prima dona, and went off the show for a while (again, that stupid Norwegian balloon). Apparently he also had an epically awful and borderline racist idea for a fourth season that involved the UK being invaded by African pirates, or somesuch. Which is why, I suspect, the character of Greg was cheekily cast to a black actor in the awful remake 3 or 4 years ago. Seriously, once you see that fucking balloon, or the sign "Trust Greg Preston, trust his petrol notes", just stop watching.
          Iran Takes Part in Climate Summit   
The earth's vital signs are distressed due to the excesses and agression humans have displayed. Global warming is one of the most important manifestations of this distress. After the Convention for Climate Change and the Kyoto Protocol, now global talks for the pre and post 2020 agenda have culminated in the COP21 negotiations. While few actions for implementing the Kyoto Protocol have been taken by some developed countries others refrained and global warming continued. In this round recognising the urgency of the matter, the international community decided to invite all countries to voluntarily submit their contributions to the mitigation and adaptation processes ie, the INDCs.
While 140 leaders took part in the Paris summit, amounting to the largest one day gathering of world leaders, 180 countries submitted their INDCs creating an unprecedented opportunity for global action to curb greenhouse gas emissions and slow the warming processes before it nears the 2 degrees Celsius danger point. The important issue is the inequalities manifested in both the consequenses and the responsibilities which the rich countries do not wish to undertake.  
I took part on behalf of President Rouhani in the Summit in Paris . Leaders were all welcomed by President Hollande and  UNSG Ban Ki Moon as well as Ministers Fabius and Royale. I thanked the President for the hospitality of his government and conveyed the regards of President Rouhani. I also expressed my condolences for the victims of the tragic terrorist attacks in Paris. Mr. Ban Ki Moon also welcomed me and I thanked him and hoped for success in the negotiations. 
In the couple hours we had before the opening we met several heads of States and Prime Ministers, including the presidents of Iraq, Afghanistan, Lithuania, Armenia, Bolivia, Vietnam, Switzerland , King of Sweden, Prince of Monaco and Prime Ministers of Palestine, Pakistan, Japan, Norway, Algeria, Greece,Ireland, Vietnam and Chancellor Merkel. We spoke about bilateral relations and environmental cooperation. After the inaugural plenary session we also had some other bilateral meetings and interviews and ultimately I made my speech and we left for Tehran that night. http://unfccc.int/files/meetings/paris_nov_2015/application/pdf/cop21cmp11_leaders_event_iran.pdf








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          GreenTech Helsinki   


I visited Helsiniki this month based on the invitation of the Finnish Minister of Economy to speak at an international event on Green Technologies. In addition to taking part in that session I met several dignitaries including, the President of Finland, the speaker of the Parliament, the Minister of Trade, the Minister of Environment, and the Committee on Foreign affairs.

The cordial and positive atmosphere in all the meetings was indicative of a general resolve to upgrade bilateral relationships. Many Finnish corporations had a long history of successful dealings with Iran until of course the sanctions. 

On the second day of my visit I also had the opportunity to meet with the Confederation of Finnish Industries and several top business leaders who were very keen to find ways to return or to begin investment in Iran. I explained the environmental challenges we face in Iran and proposed a joint effort to invest in green technologies such as solar energy.


Several interviews with local and international media were convened including one with Euronews. Journalists were mostly inquisitive about the post[-]sanctions plans and the future relationships between Iran and the West.

In these deliberations I emphasized on the emerging role of Iran in promoting peace and security in the region. I also mentioned that environmental issues are of a global and human nature and that we are all passengers of one ship and have a common but differentiated responsibility in this regard.


Meanwhile, duringthe previous visit I had two months ago in Norway we had decided to convene technical workshops on renewable energies and environmental standards in petroleum industries. These workshops will be held in Bushehr and Tehran next month marking the start of our practical cooperation .


          Peacemaking in Oslo   
Iran and Norway decided to work together in the field of the environment since 1999. The Norwegian Minster of Environment repaid my visit in 2001 and we signed minutes of the meeting to work together in different areas. Last week I was invited to attend the Oslo Forum, entitled this year: Peacemaking in in times of global disorder. There were many sessions dealing with crisis situations in different regions.Peacemaking is quite valuable when we attempt to understand the root causes, to take effective prevention measures and to transform conflicts into opportunities for develoment and peace.We also had many bilateral meetings as well.

 I spoke at a session devoted to Iran this morning and made note of the fact that peacemaking is an example of enjoing what is good and forbidding what is evil, which is a basic precept of Islamic ethics and also prescribed by Abrahamic religions. I spoke about the internal policies of Dr. Rouhani in different areas including the environment and also referred to the various international overtures we have had in promoting diplomatic relations with our neighbors but also in engaging for a just settlement in the Nuclear talks with the 5+ 1. I took questions from the audience some of which were quite challenging.
I also met with the Minister of Environment of Norway, and the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs in the Parliament. We had a meeting with the Prime Minister and the Minister of Foreign Affairs. We disscussed many issues including environmental cooperation but also regional issues and ways to confront the rise of extremism. Norwegian politicans were very concerned about the rising insecurity in many regions but also the spread of DAESH.
I hope this visit would help to promote more understanding between our two nations.

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          Electoral reforms: Lessons from Indonesia and South Africa   
Electoral reforms: Lessons from Indonesia and South Africa

The Constitutional Assembly in the Parliament of Sri Lanka hosted Dikgang Moseneke, the former Deputy Chief Justice of South Africa and an architect of the South African Constitution, to deliver a lecture on ‘Reaching a consensus on the Constitution: The South African Experience’

 

In his introduction, our Prime Minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe, briefed the gathering about the progress at the Constitutional Assembly. Modalities of devolution are mostly agreed upon he said, but issues about the nature of the executive, centre-periphery relations and electoral reforms are yet to be ironed out. He further said that the present constitutional reform process is very different from the ones in 1972 or 1978 because this Assembly will not be debating a cut and dried document, but a document with options from which to choose for some of the key issues.

It would not be an exaggeration to say that the nature of the electoral systems to be adopted by the three levels of government is a key determinant of the other two key issues – i.e. the nature of the presidency and centre-periphery relations. In fact, the executive presidency, the current proportional representation system of elections and the centre-periphery power relations currently exercised through a governor appointed by the President are interdependent components of the present constitution and those should not been dismantled heedlessly.

Proportional Representation and Executive Presidency are linked for a reason
PR systems do not typically allow majority governments. The only time Sri Lanka had a governing party with a majority in Parliament was in 1988 and 2005, both being special circumstances. The Parliamentary election of 1988 was held during terrorism in the south led by the JVP. The Parliamentary election of 2015 was held during the euphoria that followed the defeat of terrorism led by the LTTE. In all other elections since the PR system was introduced in 1978, governments secured less than the 113 seats required for a majority in the Parliament.

The provision for awarding a bonus seat for the winning party in each of the 22 districts is in place to give an edge to a party which is close to getting a majority in Parliament, but in practice, the bonus seats have been distributed between the two major parties and a regional Tamil party, making the bonus an ineffective policy instrument.

The Executive Presidency has provided stability to governments in the past, but its excessive powers has led to abuse of that power. Powers of the President have been curtailed through the 19th Amendment to the Constitution but a total abolition is also on the table.

Idealists are looking to Germany for inspiration
Idealists want us to borrow ideas wholesale from Germany or New Zealand and argue for the wholesale adoption of those methods without considering the cultural or historical differences between our countries. In that regard it is heartening to see that the government has reached out to South Africa for good practices.

Another country to which we should pay attention is Indonesia, I believe. That country and Cambodia along with Sri Lanka are other three countries in Asia with a PR system of elections. Indonesia and Sri Lanka elect an executive president by popular vote and Cambodia has a monarchy (Table 1).

Bhutan and countries with British Commonwealth heritage (i.e. Bangladesh, India, Maldives, Malaysia, Pakistan and Singapore) continue to follow the FPP method while countries in East Asia have adopted “Mixed-Member Parallel” systems. However the PR component in such systems is nominal at ~20% in some cases. Nepal recently adopted a method where 55% of the seats are awarded on a PR basis and the other 45% returned by FPP contests at constituencies.


Indonesia – An example closer to home
The author’s inquiry to IFES Chief of Party for Indonesia and Sri Lanka at the International Foundation for Electoral Systems elicited the following response regarding the electoral system in Indonesia:

“Thank you for your email to David Ennis and Beverly Hagerdon, IFES’ Chiefs of Party for Indonesia and Sri Lanka, regarding information on electoral system reform in Asia. 1

As you might know, Indonesia switched to an open list system (with districts of roughly the same size as Sri Lanka) with the expectation that it would foster greater control by voters. However, for various reasons, the open list system seems to have contributed to vote buying and a weakening of party discipline. The Indonesian parliament is currently debating alternatives to the open list system, but has not yet adopted changes. One of the key issues it is debating is the size of electoral districts. Indonesia has both national and regional parliaments and the national parliament has already been reduced from 3-12 to 3-10 seats per district, but regional parliaments still have 3-12 seats per district. A proposal is being considered to reduce the size from 3-10 to 3-8 seats per district for national parliament. The range is obtained through an empirical study based on the representation of the political diversity of Indonesia.”

As can be seen, Indonesia, a neighbouring country, too is struggling to replace the PR with open lists or PR with preferential voting as we call it in Sri Lanka.

According to the election guide of IFES, in the House of Representatives (DPR or Dewan Perwakilan Rakyat) in Indonesia, 560 members are elected by open list proportional representation in 77 multi-member constituencies to serve five-year terms. Parties must receive at least 3.5% of the vote to win seats in the DPR. Each voter receives one DPR ballot listing all political parties and candidates running in their electoral district. The voter then punches one or two holes to vote for one candidate or one political party or both. Parties must clear a threshold of 3.5% nationwide, increased in 2012 from 2.5%. Each party list must include at least 33% female candidates.

Interestingly, the electoral system used for regional councils is the same PR-open lists but the local councils seem to elect members on a FPP basis.

Electoral system in South Africa
In South African elections the political parties reign supreme. Voters have one vote each at the elections to the National Assembly. Seats are allocated in 10 multi-member constituencies via party lists. One constituency is a national or ‘at large’ constituency and nine others represent each of the nine provinces.

If Sri Lanka used a similar system, voters in each province in Sri Lanka will be presented with a closed list of candidates from each political party contesting in the province and the all the voter has to do is to vote for a party. For example if three parties contest in a province and the seats are distributed proportionately as. say, 35, 30 and 3, among the three parties, the highest ranked such number of candidates from each party list are returned as MPs. Presently under discussion is such closed list system but for constituencies returning three to five MPs such that the MPs are closer to the voters.

Of the 400 members of the National Assembly in South Africa, half are selected from national lists and the remaining half are selected from regional lists. The regional elections too are held according to a ‘PR-closed list’ method, but local council elections are held according to an MMP system.

Electoral systems vary widely across level of government
As we can see, electoral systems vary across countries and within countries they vary across different levels of government, In Germany national and provincial elections are conducted under MMP systems but local elections under the PR-closed-list method.

Implications for Sri Lanka
It is unfortunate that our Parliament has been discussing electoral systems since 2003 without seeking adequate outside expertise. Electoral reforms considerations in Sri Lanka are driven by formulas and ways of optimising formulas without a deep understanding of the concepts behind those numbers or good practices across the world.

Currently we have legal provisions for an MM-Parallel system enacted for local councils and the old PR system is still in play for Provincial Councils and Parliament. An MMP system for the Parliament is on the agenda, but the document put forward by the steering committee is just another set of numbers without an in-depth analysis situating such numbers in a larger electoral reforms framework.

To my knowledge only a Norwegian consultant secured by the Center for Policy Analysis was invited to make presentations to the committee. He advocated an MMP system having already decided it is the best method for Sri Lanka. I too have been discussing MMP method as an option since January 2015, but our Parliament and the public deserve the services of a technical committee bringing wider range of experiences and outlooks.

Following up on the visit by Moseneke of South Africa, the Constitutional Assembly should convene a team of technical experts with international experience to present to Parliament the options for electoral reforms not just for Parliament but for all three levels of government. Such reforms should take into consideration the issues that are already on the agenda for the devolution of power and the nature of the executive presidency. Such a team could include experts from Indonesia and South Africa, the consultant from Norway who has already done much work and personnel from the International Foundation for Electoral Systems, for example.
Better late than never.

Dr.Sujatha Gamage

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Description:
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          What do studies say about Agile?   
Agile Studies
This is going to be a different posting.  This one will be organic and added to as I find other good bits of information.  I need something like this to make it easier to go over an inventory of studies.  I need this to solve my "searching for studies" impediment which comes up periodically.

Help me keep this up to date.  If you have an Agile paper you want cited, comment about it. 
Refactoring:
 Understanding the Economics of Refactoring
Abstract: A novel method for estimating the expected maintenance savings given a refactoring plan. This work is motivated by the increased adoption of refactoring practices as part of new agile methodologies and the lack of any prescriptive theory on when to refactor.
Lance's Summary:
  •  best to refactor code that is going to be changed a lot in the future, so pay attention to where your rate of change is and keep that code clean
  • a guideline is that your refactoring pays for itself after six times you needed to revisit the code and change it
Test Driven Development:

TDD Improves Quality
Abstract: A paper first published in the Empirical Software Engineering journal reports: "TDD seems to be applicable in various domains and can significantly reduce the defect density of developed software without significant productivity reduction of the development team." The study compared 4 projects, at Microsoft and IBM that used TDD with similar projects that did not use TDD.

Does Test-Driven Development Really Improve Software Design Quality?
David S. Janzen, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo Hossein Saiedian, University of Kansas
Lance's summary: TDD allows simpler design == less lines of code to do the same thing
Summary: Software developers are known for adopting new technologies and practices Software developers are known for adopting new technologies and practices

Test-Driven Development and Software Quality
Lance's summary: a blog that comments on the IEEE paper "Does Test-Driven Development Really Improve Software Design Quality."

Pair Programing:
A good summary about the practice along with a little satire at wikipedia.

The Costs and Benefits of Pair Programming
Alistair Cockburn & Laurie Williams

Lance's summary: Pair programing creates a lot of value over the total product lifecycle (higher code quality, lower defects, reduces team bottlenecks, and increases work satisfaction) at the cost of 15% more development time.

ABSTRACT
Pair or collaborative programming is where two programmers develop software side by side at one computer. Using interviews and controlled experiments, the authors investigated the costs and benefits of pair programming. They found that for a development-time cost of about 15%, pair programming improves design quality, reduces defects, reduces staffing risk, enhances technical skills, improves team communications and is considered more enjoyable at statistically significant levels.


Evaluating Pair Programming with Respect to System Complexity and Programmer Expertise
Erik Arisholm, Member, IEEE, Hans Gallis, Tore Dyba ̊, Member, IEEE Computer Society, and Dag I.K. Sjøberg, Member, IEEE

Abstract—A total of 295 junior, intermediate, and senior professional Java consultants (99 individuals and 98 pairs) from 29 international consultancy companies in Norway, Sweden, and the UK were hired for one day to participate in a controlled experiment on pair programming. The subjects used professional Java tools to perform several change tasks on two alternative Java systems with different degrees of complexity. The results of this experiment do not support the hypotheses that pair programming in general reduces the time required to solve the tasks correctly or increases the proportion of correct solutions. On the other hand, there is a significant 84 percent increase in effort to perform the tasks correctly. However, on the more complex system, the pair programmers had a 48 percent increase in the proportion of correct solutions but no significant differences in the time taken to solve the tasks correctly. For the simpler system, there was a 20 percent decrease in time taken but no significant differences in correctness. However, the moderating effect of system complexity depends on the programmer expertise of the subjects. The observed benefits of pair programming in terms of correctness on the complex system apply mainly to juniors, whereas the reductions in duration to perform the tasks correctly on the simple system apply mainly to intermediates and seniors. It is possible that the benefits of pair programming will exceed the results obtained in this experiment for larger, more complex tasks and if the pair programmers have a chance to work together over a longer period of time.

All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten
By Robert Fulghum (Fulghum 1988)
Lance's Comment: Not really a study, but important information for people interested in pairing studies.  This paper contains a lot of the behaviors needed for successful pair programming.

Abstract:
Share everything.
Play fair.
Don’t hit people.
Put things back where you found them.
Clean up your own mess.
Don’t take things that aren’t yours.
Say you’re sorry when you hurt somebody.
Wash your hands before you eat.
Flush.
Warm cookies and cold milk are good for you.
Live a balanced life – learn some and think some and draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work every day some.
Take a nap every afternoon.
When you go out into the world, watch out for traffic, hold hands and stick together.
Be aware of wonder.

Pair Programming Testimonials
Abstract:
If you would like to share your pairing experiences or read about other people's, this is the place. Describe the good and bad of your experiences pairing to help others in a similar situation - just a paragraph or two would be great . . . what worked well, what didn't work so well, what kinds of things did you 'attack' together, tips and tricks, etc. A great example of a testimonial is by Ron Jeffries in the July/August 2000 IEEE Software page 25.





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Mpango huo pamoja na uzinduzi wa Awamu ya Pili ya Program ya Maendeleo ya Sekta ya Mafuta, umezinduliwa Jijini Dar es Salaam na Waziri wa Mambo ya Nje wa Norway Borge Brende, Waziri wa Fedha na Mipango, Dkt Philip Mpango na Kaimu Katibu Mkuu Wizara ya Nishati na Madini Mhandisi Dkt. Juliana Pallangyo kwa niaba ya Serikali zao.

Dkt. Mpango ameishukuru Serikali ya Norway kwa msaada huo mkubwa utakaochangia kuboresha utendajikazi wa Mamlaka ya Mapato Tanzania kwa kuijengea uwezo zaidi wa kitaalamu, miundombinu na vitendeakazi vingine vitakavyo changia kuongeza uwezo wa Mamlaka hiyo wa kukusanya mapato ya Serikali.

Kwa upande wake, Kaimu Katibu Mkuu wa Wizara ya Nishati na Madini Mhandisi Dkt. Juliana Pallangyo amesema kuwa hatua ya Serikali ya Norway kuendelea kufadhili programu ya pili ya Mpango wa kuendeleza Sekta ya Mafuta utaiwezesha Serikali kubobea katika masuala ya utaalamu wa masuala ya sheria na usimamizi wa sekta hiyo.

Nae Waziri wa Mambo ya Nje wa Norway, Mhe. Borge Brende amesifu utendaji kazi mahili wa Mhe. Rais Dokta John Pombe Magufuli wa kupambana na ufisadi na vitendo vya rushwa pamoja na kuimarisha ukusanyaji kodi, hatua ambayo itaifanya nchi ipige hatua za maendeleo haraka.

Amesema kuwa hajawahi kuona nchi yoyote duniani ikiendelea bila kuweka nidhamu na uwajibikaji serikali pamoja na kutokusanya mapato yake ipasavyo na kuahidi kuwa nchi yake itaendelea kushirikiana na serikali ya awamu ya tano kufanikisha mipango yake ya kuwaletea wananchi wake maendeleo.

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Fine, hot and sunny across Turkey Today Hot across Spain and through the Mediterranean into Turkey. Fine dry and sunny across Portugal, Spain into the south of France. A few heavy showers to affect the Balearics today. An unsettled day fore much of northern and central parts of Europe. Lots of showers and sunnier spells are expected across France, Belgium, Germany and Poland. Some heavy showers with scattered thunderstorms are forecast across the Alps into Austria, The Czech Republic and the Adriatic Region. Sunny and hot for Italy, Greece, Bulgaria, Turkey, Romania and most of the Ukraine. Heavy showers and longer spells of rain are likely across northern Russia, Belarus and The Baltic States. Much of Finland, Sweden, Denmark and The Netherlands will be fine and dry while showers are likely across parts of Norway. Windy across the south of France with a strong east wind in the Straits of Gibraltar.

Monday A number of showers develop across Britain, central parts of France, Belgium, The Netherlands, Denmark, Germany, The Alps and Austria. These will be thundery across the Alpine Region. Another hot, dry sunny day to come across Spain and Portugal. Fine and sunny eastward across the Balearics into Sardinia, Italy, Greece and Turkey. Heavy showers and thunderstorms will affect Bulgaria and Romania. Mainly dry and sunny across the Adriatic Region with a few isolated showers. For most of Poland and the Ukraine it's looking fine and dry. Heavy showers and thunderstorms will affect Russia but mainly dry today across The Baltic States. An unsettled day in store for Scandinavia with showers across Finland, Sweden while heavier rain falls across Norway. Rather windy again in the Straits of Gibraltar.


              
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          Fire Breaks Out on MS Nordnorge   

A fire reportedly erupted in the engine room of the cruise ship MS Nordnorge yesterday (June 29th) when the vessel was docked at Trondheim, Norway, according to the Maritime Bulletin.

Crew members and city firefighters extinguished the fire. Three crew members were reportedly treated for smoke inhalation. The Nordnorge is a "ro-ro" ship (roll on - roll off type of cruise-ferry). The vessel reportedly did not sustain serious damages and departed from the port at Trondheim yesterday afternoon.

The Nordnorge was built in 1997, flies the flag of Norway, and is operated by Hurtigruten AS.

Credit: Clemensfranz - CC BY 2.5, commons / wikimedia.Nordnorge by Clemensfranz - CC BY 2.5, commons / wikimedia.


          Getting things done on the travel todo   

I’m checking off some items on my “travel todo” this year. Earlier this year I climbed the Kilimanjaro, which was one of those things I’ve always wanted to do. In one week I’ll be doing on more item on the ‘travel todo’: I’ll be putting on my motorcycle helmet and heading towards the North Cape — the northern most point of Europe (well, ok, only almost, but pretty close :) ).

It will be two weeks of motorcycling in the beautiful Norwegian landscape to get there, and Lapland and Sweden on the way back — during midnight sun too. Riding there on a motorcycle, will be beautiful, but it will also be a challenge weather-wise, because even though it is summer, it is 5 degrees and raining in a some of region at the moment. I’ll be packing my long underwear for sure.


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          Astrid S Says Hi To Asia   


I was excited, a bit happy that I'd be able to talk to someone from Norway let alone a celebrity and singer who's music genre is a bit close to my heart. I've been listening to these type of songs as long as I could remember and I was determined to know more about her. I was a bit disheartened as they informed us right at the event that she wouldn't be able to talk to us but I completely understood as she wasn't feeling well. She even made an apology video, as she must have been very busy all these months and it has probably caught up with her. I hope she gets well soon.




I thought I was oblivious about her but she was apparently already on my playlist (last year I think) and I am quite choosy. I revived my iPod and found "Hurts So Good" in it then listened to her more. World music or in their term "Galilean Music" is fondly played in bars and clubs in Manila. It's not totally foreign at all. These are the types where you just clearly have to listen to it and close your eyes, as it takes you places, to where it would bring you so much joy... believe in every heartbreak, in romance, sometimes humor, in stories she tells in her lyrics. 


Astrid S has tons of accomplishments including winning and being nominated for Best Norwegian act for MTV Europe Awards for several years. She's done several singles included in various charts and worked with different artists including one of my favorites Shawn Mendes (a debut album in 2015). So clearly, she's not just another blonde caucasian female you would brush off because she's very talented. She sings like an angel, and is a very good story teller in songs. She has officially said hi to Asia through the Philippines and deem this a very good place to start introducing her music in the region. You should hear her new ones on Partys Over EP coming out real soon!

"It's streaming and being played a couple in Asia bug Astrid has really committed plans to visit there. She's the type of person who cares so much about her fans, which is quite unique, take them to hot chocolate cups or pancakes. Her music is a combination of Galilean pop with a twist of urban, it would be interesting for mainstream people and she's got lots of collaboration going on. She is inspired by nature, by people, not a specific person, that's why a lot of her videos are visual because that's how her thought process goes. We would probably be able to visit if plans push through, hopefully soon. The production of her new album is the next step for her, it's finer, the level has definitely rised musically. What's next for her? Hopefully world domination, a lot more collaborations and hopefully to go far. She hasn't been feeling well lately and she really appreciates your presence." - Margaret her personal friend and part of Universal Marketing.

Astrid S also signified her wishes to go to the Philippines soon. It's not in the plans yet but we're crossing our fingers to see the lovely Norwegian singer in our shores if not this year, perhaps the next! We need her kind of music. In the meantime, please take note of her world tour schedules below and download her songs off of digital stores here and around the globe!


Now I can't wait to see you dear!


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          Comment on About by Tone Alexandra Larsen   
Aaaand, it's the wrong date. Tuesday June 2d in Oslo, Norway is the correct date. Best, Tone Alexandra
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          Arna-Bjoernar - Avaldsnes   
Arna-Bjoernar welcomes Avaldsnes today in the first football league for women in Norway. My prediction for this match will be EH 1-0 on the host. The home team currently occupies 6th position with 20 points, also, the form of this team is in very good...
          Arna-Bjoernar - Avaldsnes   
Avaldsnes plays at Arna Bjornar home , game from Norway top women`s league . Arna is in top form they won the last 3 games played and are undefetead at the last 10 . Avaldsnes is one of the best teams from the league they come after 3 wins in a row ....
          Arna-Bjoernar - Avaldsnes   
Football Top series (Women), Norway Arna-Bjoernar - Avaldsnes this match i think its very possible to have at least 2 goals in the 1st half . Bjornar have been impressive this term with 5 wins and 5 draws from the 10 matches played , however they are...
          Medkila - Stabaek   
Norway women`s top league : Medkila plays against Stabaek . Medkila lost 10 from 11 games played so far and are on last place . Stabaek are on 5th place after they won 6 from 10 games played . Value is on over 3,5 goals this line was easily passed at...
          Medkila - Stabaek   
Medkila welcomes Stabaek today in the first football league for women in Norway. My prediction for this match will be Over 3.5 goals. Medkila is the weakest team in the league with only one point after 11 rounds (0-1-10 / 5:36). On the other hand, Stabaek...
          Mjoelner - Sortland IL   
The lower league in Norway "Group 6". The match between Mjoelner and Sortland IL. My prediction for this match will be Over 3.5 goals. The home team is on 2nd position on the standings with 24 points. Their current form is in excellent condtion and they...
          Nardo - Vidar   
The home side Nardo is going to meet the visitor Vidar in the Division 2 in Norway this afternoon. I like the home side here pretty much as they arev the favorite of this game. Nardo is 7-1-3 this season and they have a nice 5-0-1 home record. On the...
          Nardo - Vidar   
Nardo plays today at home against Vidar , round 12 in Norway division 2 group 2 . Nardo is a top 3 team they won 7 from 11 games played so far . Vidar comes after a 1-5 loss away at Nottoden . Pick will be under 2,5 goals Nardo is a very defensive team...
          Nardo - Vidar   
Today, we have a match in the lower league in Norway, where Nardo play home against Vidar. My prediction for this match will be Under 2.5 goals. The home team is currently on 3rd place on the standings with 22 points, the team is in solid form lately...
          Senja - Loerenskog   
Norway lower leagues : Senja plays at home against Lorenskog . Senja is in top form after they won the last 3 games played . Lorenskog is a defensive team will try under 3,5 goals . 4 from the last 5 games played by Lorenskog had under 3,5 goals . Senja...
          Senja - Loerenskog   
Today, Senja and Loerenskog will be meeting up in the lower league in Norway. My prediction for this match will be Under 3.5 goals. The home team is on 6th position with 18 points, the team is in good form lately and they have won their last three games....
          Stroemmen - Mjoendalen   
Football Division 1, Norway Stroemmen - Mjoendalen i think the value on a win for the home team is worth betting on , this match may probably end in a draw but i have a feeling home team could just win it . Mjodalen have been very poor away from home...
          Stroemmen - Mjoendalen   
Today at first division of Norway Strommen at home will play with Mjondalen. This teams are currently neighbours in the middle of the league table. Home side Strommen are at 8th place while guests Mjondalen from 7th place of table. Away team are 3 points...
          Elverum - Start   
There is very high odds for goals in Norway so I will try this bet where Elverum at home will play with Start at first division of country. Last season both teams was played at different leagues. Start came from tippeligaen after bad results there, while...
          Elverum - Start   
Today, Elverum and Start will be meeting up in the second football league in Norway. My prediction for this match will be Over 2.5 goals. The home team is currently on 14th position (relegation zone) with 12 points. Elverum is in poor form lately and...
          Fjoera - Foerde   
Fjora plays today at home against Forde , game from Norway lower leagues . Fjora is on last place after they lost the last 4 games played in a row . Forde is also in weak form losing the last two games played . Will try under 3,5 goals this bet won at...
          Fjoera - Foerde   
Very interesting match in Norway between Fjoera and Foera where I will try under 3,5. I know that there a lot of risks because in Norway most of the games are fully of goals but I think that this bet worth a try. Both teams are very weak offensivily....
          Fjoera - Foerde   
Today, we have a match in the lower league in Norway, where Fjoera play home against Foerde. My prediction for this match is DNB on the host. The home team is the last team on the standings with 5 points. Fjoera is in a very poor form, they only took...
          Fredrikstad - Tromsdalen   
I think at first division of Norway this odds for goals very high. Because here we have difference between teams Fredrikstad which at home will play with Tromsdalen. After 14 rounds home side are at second from last position with only 10 points collected....
          Jerv - Ull/Kisa   
Today there is interesting game at first division of Norway where Jerv will play at home with Ullensaker/Kisa. This two teams are from second part of league table with very weak defences. Home side Jerv currently are at 13th place with only 13 points...
          Kongsvinger - Aasane   
There is game from first division of Norway in which Kongsvinger will play at home with Asane. Both teams are from second part of league table and currently neighbours. There is only 2 points difference between this teams. Home side currently are at 12...
          Molde - Viking   
Football, Norway, Eliteserien, Round, 15 Molde FK #5 vs. Viking FK #15 Today's game is between the fifth in the Norwegian first league against the worst team of the season so far. Viking got only 2 points away from home this season and are not likely...
          Molde - Viking   
Norway, Tippeligaen, 15 series games. The host of this match will be the team Molde FK. Their opponent will be the team Viking FK. Molde is currently 5th place in the table and have gained 21 points. Viking is currently 16th place in the table and have...
          Molde - Viking   
Here I have Molde against Viking in Norway Eliteserien league. Molde (post 5) had 6-3-5 form, scored/conceded 22/17 goal; they managed 4-0-2 form and scored/conceded 13/5 goal at home; whilst Viking (post 16) had 2-3-9 form, scored/conceded 12/24 goal,...
          Molde - Viking   
Today at 17:00 will play match between norway teams Molde and Viking. My prediction for this game is correct score 3:1 . Molde is the 5th placed team on the table . They have 21 points with goal difference 22:17. Away team is the last placed on the table...
          Brann - Vaalerenga   
In Norway football Eliteserien 15th round game between Brann and Valerenga I choose over 2,5 goals. Brann is a 2nd placed team with 30 goals scored in 14 games which makes them the best offense in the league. On the other side, we saw 23 goals in 6 Valerenga...
          Brann - Vaalerenga   
In Norway football Eliteserien game between Brann and Valerenga I choose Mohammed Abdellaoue to score anytime with low stakes. In todays game between Brann and Valerenga I expect an efficient game with both teams scoring some goals so I see a value in...
          Brann - Vaalerenga   
Norway, Tippeligaen, 15 series games. The host of this match will be the team SK Brann. Their opponent will be the team Valerenga Fotball. Brann is currently 2nd place in the table and have gained 26 points. Valerenga is currently 6th place in the table...
          Kristiansund BK - Rosenborg   
NORMAL TIP KRISTIANSUND VS ROSENBORG BETTING TIPS ON 03 / 7 / 17 , no surprise tonight on this standalone game in Norway Tipperligaen as the league leader should be able to get a win here as the odds dropping constantly and I do not think the host could...
          Kristiansund BK - Rosenborg   
In the 15th round in elitserien along the Norwegian national Championships in football Kristiansund will host Rosenborg. Rosenborg last two years became the champion of Norway this year is now in first place after 14 rounds with 28 points. The hosts...
          Snow Suit Elegance   
with one ferocious blow, winter has arrived in Oslo, Norway. After 2 months of eerily warm weather, there is now a foot of snow and 15 minus degrees. I live in an old and squeaky house (Addams family
          Proposed law to enable foreign countries and international criminal tribunals to prosecute Sri Lankans   
Proposed law to enable foreign countries and international criminal tribunals to prosecute Sri Lankans



Articles 10 and 11 of the International Convention against Enforced Disappearances empowers any member State to arrest anybody, even a foreigner present within its jurisdiction on suspicion of having been involved in enforced disappearances in any other country. The State that carries out such an arrest can prosecute the suspect without extraditing him to his own country. Most significantly, a suspect arrested in that manner, can be handed over to an international criminal tribunal even if the suspect’s own country does not come under the jurisdiction of that international tribunal.

Article 32 of the international Convention (which the Sri Lankan government has accepted by a separate declaration) enables any member State to complain to the ten-member ‘Committee on Enforced Disappearances’ in Geneva that Sri Lanka is not fulfilling her obligations under this Convention and the Committee can investigate such complaints. Countries like the United States, Britain, Australia and Canada, never even signed this Convention. Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Ireland and India signed it ten years ago in 2007, but never ratified it. Many countries have kept away from this Convention altogether for the obvious reason that its provisions have the potential to violate the individual rights of citizens of the States that join it.

No one who is prosecuted in the courts of a foreign country or by an international criminal tribunal which is funded and maintained by interested foreign governments in relation to a crime allegedly committed in that person’s home country, can really expect justice. Such prosecutions are always politically motivated. All the elements that relate to an enforced disappearance - abduction, illegal confinement, murder and the illegal disposal of dead bodies etc are more than adequately covered by the Penal Code and the existing criminal law in Sri Lanka. The only real purpose of this proposed law will be to give interested foreign parties an opportunity to interfere in the justice system in Sri Lanka. Fortunately, according to our legal system and the judgement given by the Supreme Court in Nallaratnam Singarasa v. The Attorney General (2006), even an international convention that is signed and ratified does not become law in this country unless it is expressly incorporated into local law by Parliament.

Even though the government in its folly has signed and ratified an international convention that wiser nations have steered clear of, Parliament can reduce the damage to some extent by not passing the legislation to incorporate it into local law. The proposed law is an attempt to subject our armed forces to international war crimes prosecutions without using the term ‘war crimes’ and rephrasing it as ‘disappearances’. The use of the word ‘disappearances’ makes this look like an innocuous attempt to trace missing persons. However the purpose of this proposed legislation is not to trace missing persons but to hunt down and prosecute those who won the war against terrorism.

The only ‘disappeared’ persons whose cases will be dealt with under this proposed law, will be those of the LTTE because the armed forces have already categorised the thousands of soldiers who disappeared as ‘assumed to be dead’. However LTTE combatants who have either died in battle or fled overseas still continue to be categorised as having ‘disappeared’ by all interested parties. All Members of Parliament should be mindful that passing this Bill into law will be a clear case of betraying our country to the pro-LTTE Diaspora and the interested foreign parties backing them.





Mahinda Rajapaksa
Former President of Sri Lanka


          A beautiful scary place   


I was recently commissioned to illustrate the cover of The Journal of the Norwegian Medical Association. The subject of the cover article is on foreign doctors trying to navigate the landscape of bureaucracy; to many this can be an unwelcoming experience. Art director Emma Dalby requested that the editorial team would like the illustration to have a “fairytale feel”, possibly including the typical Norwegian landscape with mountains and fjords. I have never been to Norway, but I was immediately awestruck by looking at photos of the magnificent fjords. It's intimidating and daunting to illustrate such beauty, but I was given the creative delight of transforming this splendour into something menacing. The Tidsskrift covers have consistently been designed with partial backgrounds and/or silhouette images against a white background; this created an opportunity for me to create a landscape within a floating shape.
















          Bringing Cigarettes in Carry-on   
Hello! I will soon be traveling to Poland together with my parents, whilst there I would like to bring home some cigarettes, seeing as they're like four times cheaper than here in Norway. Seeing as I'm only 16 I wouldn't want my parents to...
              
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          Europe forecast: Heavy showers, thunderstorms - Hot and sunny across Spain, Jul 02 - 00:43   

Fine, hot and sunny across Turkey Today Hot across Spain and through the Mediterranean into Turkey. Fine dry and sunny across Portugal, Spain into the south of France. A few heavy showers to affect the Balearics today. An unsettled day fore much of northern and central parts of Europe. Lots of showers and sunnier spells are expected across France, Belgium, Germany and Poland. Some heavy showers with scattered thunderstorms are forecast across the Alps into Austria, The Czech Republic and the Adriatic Region. Sunny and hot for Italy, Greece, Bulgaria, Turkey, Romania and most of the Ukraine. Heavy showers and longer spells of rain are likely across northern Russia, Belarus and The Baltic States. Much of Finland, Sweden, Denmark and The Netherlands will be fine and dry while showers are likely across parts of Norway. Windy across the south of France with a strong east wind in the Straits of Gibraltar.

Monday A number of showers develop across Britain, central parts of France, Belgium, The Netherlands, Denmark, Germany, The Alps and Austria. These will be thundery across the Alpine Region. Another hot, dry sunny day to come across Spain and Portugal. Fine and sunny eastward across the Balearics into Sardinia, Italy, Greece and Turkey. Heavy showers and thunderstorms will affect Bulgaria and Romania. Mainly dry and sunny across the Adriatic Region with a few isolated showers. For most of Poland and the Ukraine it's looking fine and dry. Heavy showers and thunderstorms will affect Russia but mainly dry today across The Baltic States. An unsettled day in store for Scandinavia with showers across Finland, Sweden while heavier rain falls across Norway. Rather windy again in the Straits of Gibraltar.


           Swedish premier: Sex assaults at music fest disgusting acts    
STAVANGER, Norway (AP) - Sweden's prime minister says Swedish police must get better at investigating sex crimes after a series of assaults were reported at...
          Swedish premier: Sex assaults at music fest disgusting acts   
STAVANGER, Norway (AP) -- Sweden&apos;s prime minister says Swedish police must get better at investigating sex crimes after a series of assaults were reported at one of the country&apos;s biggest music festivals....
          Swedish premier: Sex assaults at music fest disgusting acts   
STAVANGER, Norway (AP) -- Sweden&apos;s prime minister says Swedish police must get better at investigating sex crimes after a series of assaults were reported at one of the country&apos;s biggest music festivals....
          For sale - Mayfairstamps Norway 1962 Vilhelm Bjerknes First... - Auction   

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          KLM Royal Dutch – $525: Chicago – Stavanger, Norway. Roundtrip, including all Taxes   
KLM Royal Dutch – $525: Chicago – Stavanger, Norway. Roundtrip, including all Taxes
A good sale to Stavanger Sample Travel Date: November 15th – 22nd This is just ONE SAMPLE travel date, for more availability, please follow the “Fare Availability” and “How to Search for Availability” instructions below Fare Availability: Valid for travel from late October – early December. A 7 day minimum stay is required. Must purchase […]
          Delta – $402: Boston – Bergen, Norway. Roundtrip, including all Taxes   
Delta – $402: Boston – Bergen, Norway. Roundtrip, including all Taxes
A good sale to Bergen Sample Travel Date: November 8th – 15th This is just ONE SAMPLE travel date, for more availability, please follow the “Fare Availability” and “How to Search for Availability” instructions below Fare Availability: Valid for travel from late October – early December. A 7 day minimum stay is required. Must purchase […]
          Swedish premier: Sex assaults at music fest disgusting acts   
STAVANGER, Norway (AP) -- Sweden&apos;s prime minister says Swedish police must get better at investigating sex crimes after a series of assaults were reported at one of the country&apos;s biggest music festivals....
          Swedish premier: Sex assaults at music fest disgusting acts   
STAVANGER, Norway (AP) -- Sweden&apos;s prime minister says Swedish police must get better at investigating sex crimes after a series of assaults were reported at one of the country&apos;s biggest music festivals....
          UDI says three asylum reception centres will announce closure on the 1st of August   

The Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI) says the contract will expire for three ordinary asylum reception centres, with 430 places, from August the1st.   The...

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          Queen Sonja celebrates 80 years   

Queen Sonja celebrates 80 years with opening her own art stable There will be another party for Queen Sonja on her big day on Tuesday....

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          Canada celebrated 150th anniversary with Charles, Camilla, Bono and The Edge   

Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla were honourary guests when Canada celebrated having been 150 years a nation. Ageing dinosaurs of rock, Bono and The Edge,...

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          Heavy fire in apartment building in Sarpsborg   

Heavy fire in apartment building in Sarpsborg It burns in the Kulås centre in the town centre of Sarpsborg. One person is arrested, suspected of...

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          USA, China and Japan will talk about North Korea on Sunday   

USA’s President, Donald Trump, will discuss the situation concerning North Korea with China’s President, Xi Jinping, and Japan’s Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, on the telephone...

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          Jobs are most important before the election   

Study: More jobs are most important for Norwegians ahead of the election About two months before the election, Norwegians are far more concerned that more...

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          Well prepared Agder police happy with the Palmesus weekend   

Well prepared Agder police happy with the Palmesus weekend With almost double crew available in Kristiansand due to the Palmesus festival there was a lot...

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          Norwegian short film on climate won a prize in France   

Norwegian short film on climate won a prize in France The Norwegian short film “Fuck Fossils” has won the “Golden Green Award” at the Deauville...

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          Plastic bag whale gives visiting record   

Plastic bag whale gives visiting record The beaked whale found with 29 plastic bags in its stomach at Sotra in January, has given visitors record for...

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          Sogndal fire: – It could have gone a lot worse   

Sogndal fire: – It could have gone a lot worse Nobody was injured in a fire in two houses in Sogndal center night before Sunday....

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          Fourth place for AASTMT Team in ROV 2017    
AASTMT College of Engineering and Technology students Team Invictus has been ranked as the 4th in the final scores of 2017 international competition of Remotely Operated Vehicle ROV 2017 as well as AASTMT ROV 2017 Team recieved Sharkpedo award for best engineering innovation on ROV competition that was held during 23 25 June 2017 in Long Beach California United States of America USA under the supervision of the Marine Advanced Technology Education MATE and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration NASA with the participation of university and research centers students from different countries such as USA Turkey Norway Hong Kong Hawaii Russia Canada Mexico India Switzerland Scotland Macao Saudi Arabia and Jordan.As its worth to mention that AASTMT Informatics Center is considered to be responsible for organizing the Remotely Operated Vehicle ROV competition for Egypt and all Arab countries as for AASTMT strong keenness on supporting the scientific personnel and pursuit of elevating the level of education scientific research as well as AASTMT role on the educational development of various scientific fields.
          DAAWO SAWIRADA: Madaxda Dalka oo qaabilay maanta Wasiirka Arrimaha Dibedda Norway   
Ra’iisul Wasaaraha Xukuumadda Federaalka ah ee Soomaaliya Mudane Xasan Cali Khayre ayaa xafiiskiisa ku qaabilay Wasiirka Arrimaha Arrimaha Dibedda Norwey Børge Brende iyo wafdi uu [...]
          Swedish premier: Sex assaults at music fest disgusting acts   
STAVANGER, Norway (AP) -- Sweden&apos;s prime minister says Swedish police must get better at investigating sex crimes after a series of assaults were reported at one of the country&apos;s biggest music festivals....
          Claesson Koivisto Rune converts historic Bergen retreat into 18-room hotel   

Claesson Koivisto Rune has contrasted the 250-year-old exterior of Bergen's Villa Terminus hotel in Norway with bright and contemporary interiors that reference several design periods. The building was constructed by a local philanthropist in the 1770s and was originally intended as a shelter for families in need, later becoming a care home for the elderly. Because of its listed status the Stockholm

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          Juba Travel: Waxaan sameynay qiimo dhimistii ugu danbeysay ee Sommerka   

Shirkada tigidada ee Juba travel ayaa soomaalida Norway ogeysiineyso inay sameysay qiimo-dhimistii ugu danbeysay ee xiligan fasaxa ee xagaaga(sommerka). Fiirso muuqaalka hoose si aad u ogaato faah-faafin dheeri ah oo ku saabsan shirkada Juba Travel. Ka faa´iideyso qiimo-dhimistan iyo jaaniskan oo Juba Travel kala xiriir: Address-ka: Motzfelds gate 7, 0187 OSLO.Tlf: 96969634 /96969654  E-mail: jubatickets@gmail.com/ […]

Innlegget Juba Travel: Waxaan sameynay qiimo dhimistii ugu danbeysay ee Sommerka dukket først opp på NorSom News.


          Dalxiiska,noocyadiisa ,faaiidooyinka dalxiiska iyo ugu dambayn Soomaalida Norway iyo dalxiiska.   

Dalxiis macno ahaa waa safar loogu baxo nafta oo la soo nasiyo la baashaaliyo loona soo raaxeeyo , ama loo baxo safar la doonayo daawo dabiici ah iyo caafimaad, sidoo kale waxaa jira dalxiis loogu baxo in la soo helo wax cusub aqoon iyo cilmi ahaanba, gaar ahaan dhulka ,dhaqamada iyo dadka oo la soo […]

Innlegget Dalxiiska,noocyadiisa ,faaiidooyinka dalxiiska iyo ugu dambayn Soomaalida Norway iyo dalxiiska. dukket først opp på NorSom News.


          Brende oo muqdisho kula kulmay ganacsato soomaali ah   

Wasiirka arrimaha dibadda dalkan Norway, Børge Brende ayaa intii uu ku gudo jiray booqashadiisii magaalada Muqdisho kulan la qaatay ganacsato soomaali ah iyo madaxda rugta ganacsiga Soomaaliyeed. Sidoo kale waxaa kulankaas goobjoob ka ahaa wasiirada ganacsiga iyo warshadaha dowlada Soomaaliya Khadra Ducaale, xoghayaha gaarka ah ee qaramada midoobay u qaabilsan Soomaaliya, Micheal Keating iyo safiirka […]

Innlegget Brende oo muqdisho kula kulmay ganacsato soomaali ah dukket først opp på NorSom News.


          Heikki Holmås oo soomaalida Norway ugu hambalyeeyay maalinta kowda Luulyo   

Wasiirkii hore ee arimaha horumarinta dalkan Norway, hadana ah xildhibaan katirsan baarlamaanka, Heikki Holmås ayaa soomaalida Norway ugu hambalyeeyay maalinta xornimada ee kowda Luulyo.  Heikki ayaa muuqaal uu soo dhigay bartiisa Facebooga Hambalyo u diray R.W Hassan Ali Kheyre iyo Gudoomiyaha baarlamaanka, Mohamed Osman Jawaari oo labaduba kamid ah soomaalida reer Norway ee dib ugu […]

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          Swedish premier: Sex assaults at music fest disgusting acts   
STAVANGER, Norway (AP) -- Sweden&apos;s prime minister says Swedish police must get better at investigating sex crimes after a series of assaults were reported at one of the country&apos;s biggest music festivals....
          Business Game Changers Radio with Sarah Westall: Learn how 3D Printing will Revolutionize Business   
EpisodeThis week’s episode I talk with Craig Walker, the “guru of 3D printing”. Many people believe 3D printing will literally revolutionize almost every industry on the planet. Craig Walker gives detailed examples on how it will change different industries. We also discuss the fact that in 3D printing the United States is behind China, Norway, and many other countries. Listen to this episode to hear what the industry is doing to change this.You may contact Craig Walker at the following: Phone ...
          It’s time to say what you really think about Europe, Mr Corbyn | Letters   
Jeremy Corbyn clearly believes it is better that we leave, but readers are divided on whether dissenting Labour MPs should challenge this position

Jeremy Corbyn’s refusal to support the amendment calling for Britain to remain within the EU customs union and single market confirms that he believes the country would be better off outside (Corbyn sacks three frontbench MPs over single market, 30 June). This is not, as has been presented, about him fulfilling the wishes of those who voted to leave the EU in the referendum. He has no way of telling what the majority of voters wanted on this particular issue. It is therefore his personal view.

If only 5% of those who voted in the referendum voted to leave the EU (as defined on the ballot slip) and yet wanted to stay within the customs union and single market, ie the Norwegian model, then there would be a majority support in the country in favour of staying in the single market. Since we, and Corbyn, have no way of knowing what level of support there was for the Norwegian model, the Labour party line on the issue is based on political judgment. Corbyn clearly believes it is better that we leave. It is time for him to be honest, in line with his new style of politics, and say so – and explain why.
Shaun V Soper
Midhurst, West Sussex

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          6 Days in Norway: How Much Did It Cost Me?   
For many years, I waited to visit Norway. Finally, last Oct, I booked return air-tickets to fly into Stockholm (read my post on Stockholm travel tips),…
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          12 Photos to Inspire You to Go Hike in Norway   
During my very short trip to Norway in May 2017, I hiked twice with my friends – once at Mt Ulriken in Bergen, while the…
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          全球50最佳独自旅行国家   
旅游发烧友注意!如果你喜好独自旅行,不爱跟团旅行的话,那你就要参考这个报告!

根据美国第三大新闻杂志《U.S. News & World Report》公布的最佳独自旅行报告,瑞士、加拿大、英国、德国和日本成为全球最佳5国。这份报告一共有全球80个国家进行评分。



这份旅游报告的评分领域及其在评分过程中的所占比重分别是:"冒险指数"(Adventure 3.24%)、国民待遇(Citizenship 16.95%)、文化影响(Cultural Influence 12.93%)、企业家精神(Entrepreneurship 17.42%)、文化底蕴(Heritage 3.17%)、行动力(Movers 10%)、商业开放度(Open for Business 11.99%)、实力(Power 7.42%)和生活质量(Quality of Life 16.89%)。

在《U.S. News & World Report》各大类别排行榜中,较为亮眼的是泰国在最佳独自旅行国家中获得排名优越,得到全球第八名。接着是新加坡排在第19名、日本排在第26名,马来西亚排在36名,西班牙第一,意大利第二,澳洲排第四。


全球50最佳独自旅行国家

1西班牙 (Spain)

2意大利(Italy)

3新西兰(New Zealand)

4澳大利亚(Australia)

5葡萄牙(Portugal)

6希腊(Greece)

7巴西(Brazil)

8泰国(Thailand)

9爱尔兰(Ireland)

10加拿大(Canada)

11荷兰(Netherlands)

12墨西哥(Mexico)

13瑞士(Switzerland)

14阿根廷(Argentina)

15挪威(Norway)

16奥地利(Austria)

17瑞典(Sweden)

18哥斯达黎加(Costa Rica)

19新加坡(Singapore)

20芬兰(Finland)

21法国(France)

22丹麦(Denmark)

23 多米尼加共和国(Dominic Republic)

24秘鲁(Peru)

25美国(United States)

26日本(Japan)

27英国(United Kingdom)

28菲律宾(Philippines)

29智利(Chile)

30卢森堡(Luxembourge)

31南非(South Afica)

32克罗地亚(Croatia)

33印度(India)

34巴拿马(Panama)

35波兰(Poland)


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36马来西亚(Malaysia)

37印度尼西亚(Indonesia)

38土耳其(Turkey)

39摩洛哥(Morocco)

40德国(Germany)

41匈牙利(Hungary)

42 捷克共和国(Czech Republic)

43乌拉圭(Uruguay)

44厄瓜多尔(Ecuador)

45哥伦比亚(Colombia)

46埃及(Egypt)

47斯里兰卡(Sri Lanka)

48罗马尼亚(Romania)

49越南(Vietnam)

50斯洛文尼亚(Slovenia)
          Swedish premier: Sex assaults at music fest disgusting acts   
STAVANGER, Norway (AP) -- Sweden&apos;s prime minister says Swedish police must get better at investigating sex crimes after a series of assaults were reported at one of the country&apos;s biggest music festivals....
          Tippeligaen Weekly Round Up – Round 22   
Ben Cullimore reports on the latest action from Norway ahead of the international break.
          Tippeligaen Weekly Round Up – Round 20   
Rosenborg continue to lead the way in Norway but Strømsgodset are hot on their heels, writes Ben Cullimore.
          Tippeligaen Weekly Round Up – Round 16   
Ben Cullimore reports on a change at the top of the table in Norway.
          Tippeligaen Weekly Round Up – Round 14   
Ben Cullimore is back with the latest from Norway.
          John Hamilton: Luxury Canadian Hotels / Dog Friendly Trends; Best Places to Live; Airfare Deals of the Week   
If you travel with Man's Best Friend - you are in for a treat! Whistler: Four Seasons in US and Canada are super for dog care and walks. Five Star treatment in the Low - Mid $200's / night. The Fairmount and The Aston Blackhelm $92 / night. Calgary: Hotel Blackfoon $107; Hotel Applause $108 / night Vancouver: Pan Pacific 15-20% off when booking 3+ days in advance. Ashland Oregon: Enjoy the Shakespeare Festival from the Plaza Hotel. 1-800-Hotels-8 Ask for unpublished rates! Airfare expert, Tom Parsons has domestic deals. West Coast winner of the week: Southwest Deals - Portland Oregon $97; OAK and SJO to Reno $98; Seattle $117; LA $113; San Diego $129; Houston $194. Europe: Bergen Norway $495; London $595.
              
Another #fantastic #norwegian #summer #day #oslofjord #norway
          Premiere: Hear an Off-Kilter Techno Cut from Pandreas   
For the label's 10th anniversary celebrations,  Huntleys + Palmers continue an impressive run of form on new sub-label, Belters. Following releases from Innershades and Hi & Saberhägen this year, they now introduce another new artist in Pandreas (a.k.a Andreas Kleven Rasmussen). The young producer hails from Norway’s remote western shores, a country which has earned its reputation […]
          For sale - pringle unusual grape colour 100% cashmere... - Auction   

Cashmere 4500, Australia
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          For sale - #819 misses Shirt S Eddie Bauer Grape Purple Cream... - Auction   

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          For sale - One New Haven Grape Press Wall Clock. Works Great.... - $49   
North Haven 5018, Australia
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          For sale - wine grape sla Dolce Vita wall plaue - $5   

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          For sale - One New Haven Wine/Grape Wall Clock. Works Great.... - $49   
North Haven 5018, Australia
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Good relaxed Sunday evening #norge #norway #hytta #fireplace #fire #chill #relax #sunsets #polishboy #instaboy
          Bucket list item: Visit the Faroe Islands and see the Grindadráp, or whale hunt.   

Whaling in the Faroe Islands in the North Atlantic is the harvesting and slaughter of long-finned pilot whales when they are driven to swim near the islands, and has been practiced since about the time of the first Norse settlements on the islands. The whaling is mentioned in the Sheep Letter, a Faroese law from 1298, a supplement to the Norwegian Gulating law.



 It is regulated by the Faroese authorities.  Around 800 long-finned pilot whales and some Atlantic white-sided dolphin are slaughtered annually, mainly during the summer. The hunts, called grindadráp in Faroese, are non-commercial and are organized on a community level. Anyone who has a special training certificate on slaughtering a pilot whale with the spinal-cord lance can participate.  This was not necessary earlier, but because of constant criticism from animal welfare organizations, the Faroese people try to improve the slaughtering methods in order to make them more humane, or end the slaughter altogether.

 The Grind law was updated in 2015, where one of the regulations demanded that the whalers followed a course on how to slaughter a pilot whale with the spinal-cord lance.  The police and Grindaformenn are allowed to remove people from the grind area.  The hunters first surround the pilot whales with a wide semicircle of boats. The boats then drive the pilot whales into a bay or to the bottom of a fjord. Not all bays are certified, and the slaughter will only take place on a certified beach.



Archaeological evidence from the early Norse settlement of the Faroe Islands c. 1200 years ago, in the form of pilot whale bones found in household remains in Gøta, indicates that the pilot whale has long had a central place in the everyday life of Faroe Islanders. Records of drive hunts in the Faroe Islands date back to 1584.  The meat and blubber of the pilot whale have been an important part of the islanders’ staple diet. The islanders have particularly valued blubber: both as food and for processing into oil, which they used for lighting fuel and other purposes like medicine.  In older days, it was used for medicinal purposes. People also used parts of the skin of pilot whales for ropes and lines, while utilising the stomachs as fishing floats.

 The pilot whale population in the eastern North Atlantic is approximately 778,000, of which around 100,000 are around the Faroes. The Faroese catch around 800 whales a year on average, it says. The long-term annual average catch of pilot whales in the Faroe Islands represents less than 1 percent of the total eastern North Atlantic whale population, according to the spokesman for the Faroe Islands government. “It has long since been internationally recognised that pilot whale catches in the Faroe Islands are fully sustainable,” he said.

It's admittedly a bit gruesome, but not really much different than what happens in any slaughterhouse.  If you eat meat, then some version of this occurs to bring that to you, and this event is just another version of the necessary process, albeit in a very traditional, highly cultural manner, and in an exceptionally scenic location.





          Washington DC skyline art print, dc map, dc wall art, dc artwork, DC print, dc nursery print, Loose Petals DC print style E8-O-DC1 by LoosePetals   

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I've always been intrigued by D.C. I went there for the first time and was mesmerized by the pristine city of monuments. I did a lot of research putting the illustration together like a puzzle. The scene exudes springtime, with the blossom trees and paddle boats in the tidal basin.

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