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Going off on a political tangent, now, because I feel I need to. Feel free to ignore.

I was surprised by the choice of Obama as winner of The Nobel Peace Prize, but I think I see the reasoning. Or parts of it, at least my thoughts seem to concur with Jagland's (committee leader). It is not so much a reward for what he has done, but an incentive to keep going. A pat on the back, a looming presence to make sure he does not have second thoughts. The Committee is thrilled to see him taking the UN seriously, promising dialogue and
More of a responsibility to make a change, than a reward.

At least it's anything but Al Gore all over again.

Oh, fun fact, because I can't resist: Jagland, current Chairman of the Nobel Peace Prize Committee, is also Secretary-General of the Council of Europe. A position the Norwegian Labour Party supported his candidacy for only because they were desperate to get rid of him. They figured getting him out of their hair was worth a few million. He cannot get his foot out of his mouth. Incompetent fool, really.
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Going off on a political tangent, now, because I feel I need to. Feel free to ignore.

I was surprised by the choice of Obama as winner of The Nobel Peace Prize, but I think I see the reasoning. Or parts of it, at least my thoughts seem to concur with Jagland's (committee leader). It is not so much a reward for what he has done, but an incentive to keep going. A pat on the back, a looming presence to make sure he does not have second thoughts. The Committee is thrilled to see him taking the UN seriously, promising dialogue and
More of a responsibility to make a change, than a reward.

At least it's anything but Al Gore all over again.

Oh, fun fact, because I can't resist: Jagland, current Chairman of the Nobel Peace Prize Committee, is also Secretary-General of the Council of Europe. A position the Norwegian Labour Party supported his candidacy for only because they were desperate to get rid of him. They figured getting him out of their hair was worth a few million. He cannot get his foot out of his mouth. Incompetent fool, really.
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Why don't I just give up on Norwegian politics? Does anyone have a good answer? It is not politics, so much as a badly directed Ionesco play. Høyre (centre-right party, more or less) now wants to introduce awards for academic achievements in schools. Buttons, diplomas, lists of the best students. Reward the brilliant, knowledgeable, hard-working and clever children. By all means, make it less of a bad thing to be smart. But rewards solve nothing. I have been awarded through my school-years, in more ways than I care to remember (lovingly by teachers, deviously by pupils). If you finish an assignment, your reward is always more of the same.

Just finished ten pages of grammar exercises in record time? Well, jolly good, take another fifteen! Here's to keeping you interested. Rewards have no effect when the teaching is of abysmal quality. I spent a year of English classes, in primary school, playing crap computer games. It was the reward for acquiring a good grasp of rudimentary grammar and vocabulary. Why wasn't I given more advanced books? Why did no one challenge me? Because the Norwegian social democracy frowns upon cleverness. If a child suffers the misfortune of being clever, they must be beaten down at all costs. Do they enjoy learning? Give them piles of mundane tasks to take their minds off it. Let them lead groups of dunderheads; because at ten, these children benefit from being forced to lead. Let them help the others, they benefit from having to answer stupid questions and not being listened to when they try.

What part of bad teachers, bad curriculums, do these people not understand? Why can 'social democracy' not entail teaching at the pupil's level, rather than at the non-existent average?

I am very much to the political right, and in Norway that means I have only one option. If you have the intelligence of more than the average goldfish, you cannot seriously consider voting the far-right joke that is Fremskrittspartiet. But Høyre is no better. The leader is like a jellyfish: huge, flabby, taken to drifting where the current will.

Disclaimer: if I haven't made it clear already, I am very much to the political right. And I despise this country's idiotic play at politics. We can't even surface long enough to join the European Union.
nirinia: (Default)
Why don't I just give up on Norwegian politics? Does anyone have a good answer? It is not politics, so much as a badly directed Ionesco play. Høyre (centre-right party, more or less) now wants to introduce awards for academic achievements in schools. Buttons, diplomas, lists of the best students. Reward the brilliant, knowledgeable, hard-working and clever children. By all means, make it less of a bad thing to be smart. But rewards solve nothing. I have been awarded through my school-years, in more ways than I care to remember (lovingly by teachers, deviously by pupils). If you finish an assignment, your reward is always more of the same.

Just finished ten pages of grammar exercises in record time? Well, jolly good, take another fifteen! Here's to keeping you interested. Rewards have no effect when the teaching is of abysmal quality. I spent a year of English classes, in primary school, playing crap computer games. It was the reward for acquiring a good grasp of rudimentary grammar and vocabulary. Why wasn't I given more advanced books? Why did no one challenge me? Because the Norwegian social democracy frowns upon cleverness. If a child suffers the misfortune of being clever, they must be beaten down at all costs. Do they enjoy learning? Give them piles of mundane tasks to take their minds off it. Let them lead groups of dunderheads; because at ten, these children benefit from being forced to lead. Let them help the others, they benefit from having to answer stupid questions and not being listened to when they try.

What part of bad teachers, bad curriculums, do these people not understand? Why can 'social democracy' not entail teaching at the pupil's level, rather than at the non-existent average?

I am very much to the political right, and in Norway that means I have only one option. If you have the intelligence of more than the average goldfish, you cannot seriously consider voting the far-right joke that is Fremskrittspartiet. But Høyre is no better. The leader is like a jellyfish: huge, flabby, taken to drifting where the current will.

Disclaimer: if I haven't made it clear already, I am very much to the political right. And I despise this country's idiotic play at politics. We can't even surface long enough to join the European Union.
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I suppose everyone is familiar with the situation at Gaza. I have previously refused to take a stand, and will continue my refusal. Though I suppose I'll be labeled Pro-Israel. Taking sides is unproductive. Particularly in this case. This, like all conflicts, is multifaceted. I will say that I do not support the way Israel is exercising power, and that I do not approve of their politics. Nor do I approve of Palestine or Hamaz's conduct.

Israel is doing themselves a disservice in continuing the offensive. They could by all accounts have gone in, taken out their targets and left it at that. But they did not, and I cannot begin to speculate why. This offensive is and the cost in civillian lives is horrid. But, when fighting an enemy that does not wear uniform, booby-traps houses, snipes and uses children as shields civilian casualties is inevitable. It should never have come to this.

How could Israel stay idle? They had to do something. As would we, had someone launched rockets at us. At our children, families and jobs. And this condemnation of it, talk of boycott, by the countries that created Israel is despicable. We have a responsibility to strive for peace in the state we created. A political solution. But with USA lacking a proper president that is difficult. It is the only country with the means to back a diplomatic solution.

Protests do nothing. Israel will not stop because, oh, god, no! There's a protest in Oslo. We can't lose the norwegian people's support. Protests are a democratic right, so I will not say they are pointless. I am sure they are a good way to show support. But violence solves nothing. And these violent youngsters are not innocent products of a bad system. They avoid the system at all costs, if they are anything like the ones we have encountered. If their parents care, they can do nothing. Most likely, they do not. These kids have been given every opportunity, for education and integration, but resist it. Their leaders are smart, much smarter than they would have people think. The goons really are as dumb as they sound, and follow the leaders unthinkingly. The only reason they partake in the protests is that it is a perfect opportunity to cause havoc. Cell phones and internet means easy organisation, thus they show up in numbers.

This war is very, very unfortunate. Not only because it takes a toll in human lives, but because it makes matters worse in Gaza. Israel's relationship with the rest of the world takes a turn for the worse, the conflict takes a leap in the wrong direction as parties grow ever more opposed to a treaty.
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I suppose everyone is familiar with the situation at Gaza. I have previously refused to take a stand, and will continue my refusal. Though I suppose I'll be labeled Pro-Israel. Taking sides is unproductive. Particularly in this case. This, like all conflicts, is multifaceted. I will say that I do not support the way Israel is exercising power, and that I do not approve of their politics. Nor do I approve of Palestine or Hamaz's conduct.

Israel is doing themselves a disservice in continuing the offensive. They could by all accounts have gone in, taken out their targets and left it at that. But they did not, and I cannot begin to speculate why. This offensive is and the cost in civillian lives is horrid. But, when fighting an enemy that does not wear uniform, booby-traps houses, snipes and uses children as shields civilian casualties is inevitable. It should never have come to this.

How could Israel stay idle? They had to do something. As would we, had someone launched rockets at us. At our children, families and jobs. And this condemnation of it, talk of boycott, by the countries that created Israel is despicable. We have a responsibility to strive for peace in the state we created. A political solution. But with USA lacking a proper president that is difficult. It is the only country with the means to back a diplomatic solution.

Protests do nothing. Israel will not stop because, oh, god, no! There's a protest in Oslo. We can't lose the norwegian people's support. Protests are a democratic right, so I will not say they are pointless. I am sure they are a good way to show support. But violence solves nothing. And these violent youngsters are not innocent products of a bad system. They avoid the system at all costs, if they are anything like the ones we have encountered. If their parents care, they can do nothing. Most likely, they do not. These kids have been given every opportunity, for education and integration, but resist it. Their leaders are smart, much smarter than they would have people think. The goons really are as dumb as they sound, and follow the leaders unthinkingly. The only reason they partake in the protests is that it is a perfect opportunity to cause havoc. Cell phones and internet means easy organisation, thus they show up in numbers.

This war is very, very unfortunate. Not only because it takes a toll in human lives, but because it makes matters worse in Gaza. Israel's relationship with the rest of the world takes a turn for the worse, the conflict takes a leap in the wrong direction as parties grow ever more opposed to a treaty.
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So it ends, the historical election that started on my birthday. Obama is president and Palin will never set foot in The White House. I am not sure I can believe that they actually did it. While I hoped he would win, I thought it somehow would never happen. That their courage would not hold up til the end.

He was the right man at the right time. Not only is he charismatic and well-spoken, he could not have chosen a more apt message. Change, after eight years of Bush, two wars and now the financial crisis. McCain at some point said he does not know much about finances, and Palin turned out to be a very poor choice of running mate. Also, Obama had Oprah. I can't wait to see how he does as President. That he represents a minority also counts in his favour. The sheer numbers of voters he has amassed is amazing. All those individuals that would never have voted if not for him.

McCain's speech was worthy of him: dignified and unifying.

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Completely unrelated: I opened my inbox – as I invariable am forced to do occasionally –, and between a ton of facebook and LJ notifications, I found several automated "Happy Birthday!" mails from various forums. Teh internets wished me a happy birthday. The world is weird.
nirinia: (Default)
So it ends, the historical election that started on my birthday. Obama is president and Palin will never set foot in The White House. I am not sure I can believe that they actually did it. While I hoped he would win, I thought it somehow would never happen. That their courage would not hold up til the end.

He was the right man at the right time. Not only is he charismatic and well-spoken, he could not have chosen a more apt message. Change, after eight years of Bush, two wars and now the financial crisis. McCain at some point said he does not know much about finances, and Palin turned out to be a very poor choice of running mate. Also, Obama had Oprah. I can't wait to see how he does as President. That he represents a minority also counts in his favour. The sheer numbers of voters he has amassed is amazing. All those individuals that would never have voted if not for him.

McCain's speech was worthy of him: dignified and unifying.

----

Completely unrelated: I opened my inbox – as I invariable am forced to do occasionally –, and between a ton of facebook and LJ notifications, I found several automated "Happy Birthday!" mails from various forums. Teh internets wished me a happy birthday. The world is weird.

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