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A very good idea

In politics on November 28, 2010 at 17:17

Immigration to Denmark is something our politicians are figthing against. I believe like most people that there must be a limit to how much we can do and now they have reacted it with their new point-system.

Then there is the problem with all those people who gets a tax-paid education and then leave Denmark so they can work abroad where the taxes are lower. Why not demand that people have to put in some year of working in Denmark before they can leave. We tax-payers must demand profit of our investment and the only way is to keep our youth from traveling abroad.

So I can only give my full support to this new idea from the members of our parliament.

Vil du betale din SU tilbage, hvis du flytter til udlandet?, Denmarks Radio P3, November 23, 2010

India – please

In International justice on November 21, 2010 at 08:19

According to a mail I got from an old friend, India is somewhat angry that our court ruled based on ordinary human rights. For now the humanitarian Niels Holck is not going to be extradited to India.

A comment to an article in the Times of India, which are now deleted suggest that they are ready to start a trade war where they would ask people not to buy Danish goods.

I just have to say. “Do it”

You will find that the country which would be hurt at most would be India. Fact is that India sells low priced programming to Denmark. Danish firms, which have done the more heavy analyze of a problem, would in many cases choose to outsource the simple but in manhours often heavy coding to Indian programmers. It has to be simple tasks, where there is no doubt of the expected outcome as Indian programmers are not taught how to be critic against a task which includes possible errors.

Also other kind of production which is polluting can be outsourced with a lot of success. They have shown that accidents in productions are kept under control.

Do we export goods to India at all?

Yes, our old ships in our merchant fleet are scrapped in India, which seem to have the experts in this field.

But it is an export we can bear to loose. Perhaps there are other options in Africa or Asia we have not discovered yet.

Why did our court choose to ruled this way when India has made a lot of assurances? Because they cannot be trusted. Not very long ago their supreme court ruled to allow capital punishment against a freedom fighter they got extradited from Portugal. What kind of guarantee can Denmark get that their supreme court doesn’t overrule the extradition agreement between Denmark and India? None!

Recent history shows that they don’t care about the laws they made. An NGO in Denmark monitoring institutionalized child abuse could show a story where a well-known boarding school for the upper class families continued to use corporal punishment 10 years after the supreme court did outlaw it. I did see at TV-program in England, when I was abroad last year where two english teenagers were subjected to a very cruel treatment when they were in India for a week. No tatoo and no smoking / drinking is absolutely no way to treat young people of our days.

When even people who are not convicted of any crime are treated as cruel as the two British youngsters, then I have to say that India should not get the Danish humantarian. Maybe India cannot understand why a govermental agreement can be challenged but we are many who saw how a Danish woman was extradited to the United States suffering prison for months only to be aquitted in the end. This case did show us that we cannot trust papers from foreign governments and they have to be challenged in our court rooms.

So please India. Start a tradewar with us. We don’t care. It would most likely only result in an increase in Danish jobs, when the work which should have been done down in India are done in Denmark.

Purulia arms drop: Danes won’t send Davy here (Times of India, November 18, 2010)
Abu Salem can face death penalty: SC (India Express, September 10, 2010)
La Martiniere bans caning, 10 yrs after SC did (Hindustan Times, June 18, 2010)
The World’s Strictest Parents (BBC3, Series 2, India)

Please keep your hands of my childrens food

In family on November 14, 2010 at 09:59

We as Danes are beginning to lose the right to live as Danes.

One of the news this week is that Danish inmates cannot eat pork without risking being beat up. Not by the guards – they are too few to be in control of our prisons. No, inmates with non-Danish ethnic origins have decided that inmates in general have to obey their religion and abstain from any meat coming from a pig.

It is just the latest example of how much Denmark has changed the last 10 years. 10 years ago we were a happy nation where your youth socialized and drank alcohol together. But 10 years campaign by various religious groups has forced the general population to adapt a lifestyle which originally was used by marginalized groups.

Today our youth remain at home behind their computer monitors as they are not allowed to socialize in tradition manner in parties hosted by public authorities. Groups of bikers which some consider as criminal organizations host parties legally with support of parents, but they are in the spotlight by the police and bothered so they cannot gain the number of guests they have the potential for.

The latest development is that schools just north of Roskilde want to detain the students on the school campus. Not because the students drink alcohol. No, the reason is that the students eat unhealthy food like the famous Danish pastry from our bakers.

Then I as parent must say. I have to draw a line. I acknowledge that some have the idea that drinking alcohol as a teenager can be dangerous. I acknowledge that even taken into consideration that our government has made an enormous research into this matter which showed that alcohol is not dangerous when the percentage is below 16.5. It doesn’t change the fact that there could be some parents out there which are not fully informed of the scientific facts. I also acknowledge that smoking can be dangerous. I had a grandparent who did smoke and lived almost until he was 80. He didn’t die from cancer but as people die from various illnesses, some die from smoking and then there of course is the fact that it smells badly and people who have to smoke have to clean their home more often and being very lazy regarding cleaning, I am against the use of tobacco in my home.

But no state shall decide what kind of food my children can eat. I don’t care is eating too much meat is dangerous. I don’t care if my children become luminous because they eat too much fish from our bay. I serve the food in my home. I entrust my children that they can buy other things than candy. Danish pastry is part of our culture and one of our finest export products. Of course my children should be able to buy Danish pastry. If they buy too much, I will cut their allowance and they would have to get a job.

I am not alone in this matter. When we look at younger kids, parents are saying no to food prepared in the kindergartens.

That brings us back to my original story, which was the news that the inmates cannot eat pork. I believe in a system where the courts outline the nature of the punishment. I believe in a society where the prisons are ruled by officers. I believe that this case can be solved by paying more in tax, so the number of prison guards can be increased and the food should be prepared by a central kitchen so people who will not eat pork can settle with eating the potatoes and sauce so they don’t starve.

I am no racist but I feel that our culture has been under so many attacks that I have to put my foot down as a parent of two lovely children. They shall not be denied their right to be Danes. Once there are confirmed they have to decide if they want to drink alcohol. They have to decide what kind of food they want to eat.

Here is a number of references to this week’s post. You can google-translate them if you want:
Fanger forbyder svinekød i Ringe (Fyens Stiftstidende, november 12, 2010)
Mor tog sønner med til rockerfest (Jyllandsposten, November 7, 2009)
Usunde elever får udgangsforbud (Sjællandske medier, November 11, 2010)
Nej til mad i børnehaven koster millioner (Sjællandske medier, October 16, 2010)

Just an update

In politics on November 7, 2010 at 09:34

Still being rather ill, I just want to make a short entry

The court ruled – very correctly according to me – that the author and humanitarian Niels Holck should not be extradited to India. While I am against messing with affairs abroad to an extend where I wouldn’t send a cent to anyone now where we have the risk that we could be in problems by sending money to an organization others could be viewing as a terrorist organization.

So the only solution is not to concern ourselves about what is going on in the third world until they are ready to have us coming around and do some project management like we did in the past.

Otherwise it has been a week with any incidents.

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