Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Via RIA Novosti: The Gnyozdovo dig in the Smolensk region is the biggest Viking burial ground in the world. You normally would not look for Norsemen on the shores of the Dnieper, some 60 kilometers east of the Belarusian border and 400 kilometers west of Moscow. However, a vital trade route passed here from Scandinavia to Byzantium and beyond in the Middle Ages. Norsemen – mostly Swedes, as Danes and Norwegians were focused on pillaging Western Europe – settled here in the 10th and early 11th century, mixing with Slavs incoming from Central Europe and the region’s indigenous inhabitants, the Balts. Now students from Nordic countries pop up at the expedition every season. There is even a Swedish flag fluttering in the middle of a Smolensk field over one of the digs, a gift from friends that the archaeologists keep on raising despite an outburst of patriotic fuss from the locals. As Russia’s navy now will be reinforced with 51 modern warships and 24 submarines, including eight fitted to carry nuclear missiles, according to RT, the Viking archaeological sites, heritage, and treasures will be well protected.
Monday, July 30, 2012
Via Theo Spark: Mitt Romney declared in his speech in Jerusalem that the U.S. should stand firmly behind Israel if it chooses military action to thwart Iran's progression toward a nuclear weapon. Those who have helped Iran to get nuclear weapons - which I believe Iran already has had for several years - those people are also making business with Israel, and have no interest in a conflict between two of their biggest customers. The Iranian threat against Israel should nevertheless of course not be neglected. However, I believe the development in Egypt right now might be of greater interest.
Saturday, July 28, 2012
Via The Hollywood Reporter: After performing for only 45 minutes, Madonna had enough of her disgusting and hostile audience Thursday night and quite understandably left the stage. Well, Madonna received the kind of standard welcome you usually receive in France when you're not French. Nevertheless, Madonna took a moment during her show to say: "It’s my intention to promote tolerance". That was of course nice and professionally said. Madonna is an artist, I am not. I would have been less diplomatic and said that Europe - and especially France - would be a better place under the lead of Russia, the Scandinavians, and the Orthodox Church. There are of course nice people in France also - even if they are rare since almost everything beautiful and noble in France was wiped out during the French revolution. But I hope Madonna will have better luck when performing on Aug. 21, in Nice. This will be a great opportunity for the French citizens then to prove that they not all are the same. Europe is a great continent, but it has a long way to go before it will be a continent filled with decent, honest, and nice people.
Friday, July 27, 2012
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Monday, July 23, 2012
Via The Local: Claes-Håkan Svensson of Varberg in western Sweden was surprised to find a postcard addressed to his deceased father amongst his morning mail, before realizing that the card had been sent by his sister some 50 years ago...
Saturday, July 21, 2012
Via Disclose.tv: Seriously, the most advanced place on Earth. Bloomberg writes: Icelanders who pelted parliament with rocks in 2009 demanding their leaders and bankers answer for the country’s economic and financial collapse are reaping the benefits of their anger. Since the end of 2008, the island’s banks have forgiven loans equivalent to 13 percent of gross domestic product, easing the debt burdens of more than a quarter of the population. The island’s steps to resurrect itself since 2008, when its banks defaulted on $85 billion, are proving effective. Iceland’s economy will this year outgrow the euro area and the developed world on average, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development estimates. Iceland’s approach to dealing with the meltdown has put the needs of its population ahead of the markets at every turn. Once it became clear back in October 2008 that the island’s banks were beyond saving, the government stepped in, ring-fenced the domestic accounts, and left… Hopefully, European politicians will learn from Iceland and deal with the ECB, Belgian, French, Greek, and Spanish etc bankers in the same way, and putting them behind bars, before these bankers have destroyed the lives for millions of Europeans.
Friday, July 20, 2012
Via CNN: A heavily armed gunman tossed tear gas into the darkness of an Aurora, Colorado movie theater Friday and then sprayed the audience with gunfire during an early morning screening of the new Batman movie, killing 12 and wounding 38 others, authorities said.
Thursday, July 19, 2012
Via The Local: The 30-year-old Swedish striker's transfer to Paris Saint-Germain from AC Milan was hailed by fans with hundreds chanting "Ibra! Ibra!" as he was presented to them on Wednesday at a ceremony in front of the Eiffel Tower. Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been hired on a reported annual net salary of about €14 million ($17 million) -- the most ever paid to a player in France. French Socialist politicians have reacted angrily to the figure, denouncing it as a sign of rampant excess. Former Sports Minister Roselyne Bachelot of the right-wing UMP also expressed her "indignation, almost disgust" with the vast sums involved when asked about Ibrahimovic's transfer. France's new Socialist government is insisting that Ibrahimovic will have no choice but to pay the 75-percent tax rate it intends to impose on annual salaries in excess of one million euros from next year. "If you want the part taxed at 75 percent a year paid entirely to the player, the club will have to pay four times that much", said French tax lawyer Frederic Naim. The 75-percent tax rate has been derided by the right, which says it will lead to an exodus of top earners from France while doing little to address the country's fiscal problems.
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Via Disclose.tv: On July 19, 1957, five U.S. Air Force officers and one photographer stood together on a patch of ground about 65 miles northwest of Las Vegas. They’d marked the spot “Ground Zero. Population 5″ on a hand-lettered sign hammered into the soft ground right next to them. As we watch, directly overhead, two F-89 jets roar into view and one of them shoots off a nuclear missile carrying an atomic warhead. They wait. There is a countdown. 18.500 feet above them, the missile is intercepted and blows up. These men intentionally stood directly underneath an exploding 2 kiloton nuclear bomb. One of them, at the key moment (he’s wearing sunglasses), looks up.
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Via The Local: A 19-year-old Swedish woman has been caught in the middle of an internet storm after her Twitter account matched the name of U.S. President Barack Obama's "Life of Julia" women’s rights campaign. Julia Lindberg, from Eskilstuna in central Sweden, created her Twitter account two years ago with the name “@LifeofJulia”. When President Obama launched a campaign by the same name in May this year, Lindberg noticed a surge in unusual messages. A parody account, which now has 2.500 followers, had the name @LifeofJulia too, except the “L” in the word “Julia” was actually a capital “I”. This meant that when outraged people wanted to respond to the parody account’s messages, they were inadvertently sending their messages to a 19-year-old dance student from Eskilstuna, Sweden. For now, Lindberg is keen to continue leading the real “life of Julia” and intends to keep the account. Julia Lindberg says: “I definitely won’t change it; this whole thing has been really fun. And I’ve got so many new followers from it anyway, I’d be mad to get rid of it now!”
Monday, July 16, 2012
Via Fox News: Sylvester Stallone is devastated following the sudden death of his son Sage. "When a parent loses a child there is no greater pain. Therefore I am imploring people to respect my talented son's memory and feel compassion for his loving mother Sasha", Stallone told TMZ in a statement. The 36-year-old son of Sylvester Stallone was found dead in his home on Friday. Sage Stallone made his acting debut in 1990's "Rocky V".
Via Just Jared: Check out the premiere of Madonna‘s latest video for her song “Turn Up the Radio!”
Saturday, July 14, 2012
It's the national holiday of France today. The French celebrate Bastille Day, a day when a thousand armed Parisians stormed the Bastille, savagely murdered a half-dozen guards, defaced their corpses and stuck their heads on pikes – all in order to seize arms and gunpowder for more such tumults. It would be as if America had a national holiday to celebrate the L.A. riots. The leaders of the French Revolution all died violently, guillotine by guillotine. I'm happy Sweden is a Constitutional Monarchy. "Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king". 1 Peter 2:17
Friday, July 13, 2012
Via Eurovision.tv: Martin Österdahl, Executive Producer of the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest said: "We chose Malmö because there is a very good infrastructure and we have good experience of holding Melodifestivalen [the Swedish national selection] and the Eurovision Song Contest there". Österdahl added: "The choice of Malmö is based on an overall assessment of the environment in which we think is best for the format of the Eurovision Song Contest, both in terms of TV shows and on the preparations". I agree with Österdahl that Malmö is an excellent choice of host for the Eurovision Song Contest 2013. Malmö is a major Swedish city, which both is beautiful and filled with culture and history. Denmark and Copenhagen is furthermore close, and what is good for Sweden is also good for Denmark. The European Union is a catastrophe, both economically and politically, but Sweden's relation to Denmark stands in sharp contrast to that experiment. The tribe of Dan - Denmark - is not mentioned in the book of Revelation, because Denmark is slowly and steadily incorporated in Sweden (the tribe of Nephtali) to the benefits of both countries and on a long term and without chauvinism or nationalism. Sometimes regions expand too quickly, which is the case with the European Union, where completely different and incompatible cultures suddenly have been mixed, which eventually will result in the dissolution of the whole E.U. And sometimes countries tries to merge with force with other countries as when Iraq invaded Kuwait with its soldiers and military force. But Sweden and Denmark is a successful love story about the happy and slow integration of the two countries under mutual respect. I'm sure the Eurovision Song Contest next year in Malmö will be a brilliant and great success, and not only for Scandinavia, but for the whole of Europe.
Via The Local: One of the U.K.'s richest women has been found dead in west London. The body of U.S. national Eva Rausing, 48, a member of the family behind the Tetra Pak cartons empire, was found in the couple’s luxury London home at Cadogan Place, Belgravia. Hans Kristian Rausing has been arrested on the suspicion of murdering his wife Eva Rausing.
Thursday, July 12, 2012
Via Spiegel Online: Millions of field mice are overrunning the central German states of Thuringia and Saxony-Anhalt, much to the concern of local farmers. The rodents are devastating food crops, cutting yields by up to 50 percent.
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Via The Local: Stockholm has come in sixth place in a new ranking of the best cities in the world, according to the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) global "livability" ranking. In the ranking, Hong Kong took the first place and Amsterdam and Osaka trailed close behind. Meanwhile, Tehran, Nairobi, and Lusaka took the bottom three spots. Stockholm is certainly a wonderful city. But we should not forget that Sweden has many beautiful and great cities, like Malmö for example.
Monday, July 09, 2012
Via American Power: One thrill-seeker was gored in a leg and four others slightly injured as thousands of adrenaline-fueled runners raced ahead of six fighting bulls in the streets of the northern Spanish city of Pamplona in the first running of the bulls of this year's San Fermin festival.
Saturday, July 07, 2012
Monday, July 02, 2012
Via The Local: The European Commission has criticized Sweden for failing to comply with E.U. regulations on the free movement of E.U. citizens and their family members, giving the country two months to fall into line. The Commission issued a warning that Sweden, along with Austria, and Germany, could face court action if they fail to act. The country that should rightly be slammed is France, because France does whatever it can to separate family members from other E.U. states, especially citizens from Belgium and Sweden.
Via The Telegraph: Mexico's old guard claimed back power on Sunday after a 12-year hiatus as the official preliminary vote count handed a victory to Enrique Pena Nieto, whose party was long accused of ruling the country through corruption and patronage.
Via Allvoices: A U.S court has ruled that sales of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus in the United States be stopped until a patent dispute between Apple and Samsung is resolved. The dispute between Samsung and Apple is by no means restricted to the U.S. but is being legally waged across the globe with claims and counter claims being submitted in numerous countries.
Via Yahoo! Sports: A 4-0 victory over Italy on Sunday clinched an unprecedented third straight major tournament success for the majestic Spanish, many of whom brought their young children onto the field at the final whistle to celebrate with them.
Sunday, July 01, 2012
Via Mail Online: The world's first genetically modified humans have been created. The disclosure that 30 healthy babies were born after a series of experiments in the United States provoked another furious debate about ethics. So far, two of the babies have been tested and have been found to contain genes from three "parents". The fact that the children have inherited the extra genes and incorporated them into their "germline" means that they will, in turn, be able to pass them on to their own offspring. Geneticists fear that one day the method altering the human germline could be used to create new races of humans with extra, desired characteristics such as strength or high intelligence.
Via Le Monde: Dutch actress Sylvia Kristel, star of Emmanuelle, one of the greatest classics of erotic cinema, is hospitalized in Amsterdam because of a stroke.
Via BBC News: Turkey has scrambled six F-16 fighters jets near its border with Syria after Syrian helicopters came close to the border, the country's army says. Six jets were sent to the area in response to three such incidents on Saturday, the statement said, adding that there was no violation of Turkish airspace.
Via The New York Times: Yitzhak Shamir, who emerged from the militant wing of a Jewish militia and served as Israel’s Prime Minister longer than anyone but David Ben-Gurion, promoting a muscular Zionism and expansive settlement in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip, died Saturday at a nursing home in Tel Aviv. He was 96.
Via BBC News: Sixteen people have been killed in attacks on churches in the Kenyan town of Garissa near Somalia, say the Kenyan Red Cross and a medical official. Regional deputy police chief Philip Ndolo said balaclava-clad "goons" attacked the town's Catholic church and the African Inland Church (AIC). A combination of grenades and gunfire was used, police said.
Via American Power: A former Wall Street trader who faced 16 years in prison for burning down his $3.5m mansion collapsed and died in an Arizona court minutes after appearing to take some sort of suicide pill following a guilty verdict.