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2015 was a busy year

In family on December 31, 2015 at 18:30

2015 is almost over and it is time to reflect on the year.

Privately we got a new car. The old one didn’t pass the audit Danish cars have to go through every second year. I knew it was coming as it wanted to go right every time I pushed the break. It had been so for almost a year and it became more difficult to drive every day. However since they demanded audit every second year it has also been the old time cars need to go to the repair shop. Can it be fixed so the audit can be passed or not? In the old days I took the car to the repair shop whenever something was broken but then the parliament passed the law and I adjusted to it.

I was fond of the old car but life has to go on. The new car is also great but it will not be the same. Changing your car is just like work. Co-workers have to be replaced when their skills are not up to date. We changed to the new Navision program this year and we had to let go of two old co-workers who used to be good in the old system also from the same company. Education in Navision is expensive. There are few places you can upgrade your employees which makes the various providers of these courses agree upon a very high price. So old employees are not upgraded. They are let go. Even huge companies like Netcompany who was just sold to FSN Capital doesn’t hire old experienced worker because it is too expensive to upgrade them combined with the knowledge that they don’t have as many years left in the working field as young employees.

I am somewhat happy that I am not working with computers. It is shortlived career just as those drunken realitystars we watch on TV.

Privately we had a wet summer but also sunny days in between. The winter so far has been mild but in Denmark it means flooding and a lot of rain. Forget the third world photos of people trying to save their belonging.

Flooding in Denmark are just as common and many people lose their home every year. A relative live just west of Copenhagen and north of Roskilde. People are constantly being put out of their homes due to intense flooding. Maybe these cities should never be rebuilt as it is too costly to built dams to keep them safe.

They should try to be refugees in Sweden instead now where nature has forced them on the run but Sweden have closed their borders for refugees.

In my private time I volunteer for human rights organizations. This month I received the happy news that Carlbrook – a therapeutic boarding school in the United States closed.

Earlier this year the trial against Solhaven in Denmark didn’t result in the expected outcome but at least their business is not back on the old level as before the police intervened.

Next on the list is rumored to be Liahona Academy near Virgin in Utah but that I will save for another blog on another time. It is just a question about pounding and pounding on them until their economy breaks down. It is a lesson learned from a couple of years back when we Danes during our proudest hour won the cartoon war.

Will 2016 bring good news or bad news to our small hamlet year Horsens where I live?

It is hard to say.

For now I will focus on the last hours of 2015. There are still a lot to do before I can call it a rest.

Swedish border control could create jobs for more Danes

In politics on December 27, 2015 at 22:19

Since the Oresund Bridge was built a lot of poorly educated people from the southern part of Sweden which even the central government in Sweden regards as wasteland has traveled to Denmark where they work in low-paid jobs which is all their skills justify.

For many years the southern part of Sweden was the place nuclear plants were placed so they couldn’t inflict much damage in important things in Sweden if something went wrong.

It is mostly farmland and people were brought up and educated to take jobs in that sector. Then the Oresund bridge was built and suddenly these poorly educated Swedish people could get jobs in Copenhagen working in shops and as newpaperboys. When the economy was fine nobody had any problem with this but then the financial crisis came and suddenly Danes found these jobs taken by people with no ambition in life. People who didn’t mind going for a low salary for the rest of their lives because these jobs were way better than manuel farming.

Now the Swedish government has introduced border control as strict as Europe saw it back in the days with the iron curtain. The cause is of course the migration crisis where tons of refugees aimed at Sweden for their destination. They were rightfully informed that there would be no future for them in countries like Denmark. In Denmark they would be kept and fed like pets in isolated villages with no future for both themselves and their families once they were allowed to bring them to Denmark.

Now Sweden has decided to chicken out when it comes to take responsibility in this migration crisis. They have closed their borders. The problem is that they have decided to fine transport companies if they transport migrants. They will not cover the costs of their border control themselves. The Swedish railway companies had contracts which enabled them to stop the traffic between Denmark and Sweden. The Danish railway companies have not been allowed to cancel their contracts. The ferry companies also. So now the tax-payers in Denmark are stuck with the bill for this Swedish cowardness.

It is unfair!

The taxpayers in the very country on the entire earth who struggles the most severe to ensure their retirement and the schooling are stuck with the bill for another countrys actions.

Now we must see to that a lot of the jobs Swedish farmers have taken in Copenhagen are returned to Danes. When we are forced to pay for a job which the authorities in Sweden should do they shouldn’t send their poorly educated workforce to Denmark and earn the income which rightfully should go to Danes from Lolland-Falster where there are no schools etc. so the shops in Copenhagen could stay open without Swedish employees.

Not only are we tired of the Swedish cowardness when it comes to taking responsibility for feeding and keeping the refugees until there are peace in Syria and Iraq. We are also tired of their wish to let others pay for their border control.

It is an insult to Danish tax-payers!!

We will never forget it!!!

Marius Youbi should leave Denmark now

In justice on December 22, 2015 at 21:34

Marius Youbi has broken the law.

In Denmark we have a law preventing exchange students from working more than 15 hours per week. This law was made because a lot of people came from the third world claiming to be students using student visas and they never made it to school but started working full time for the money they have paid the officials in their home country who bribed their way to these student visas.

As result hardworking Danish tax-payers lost their jobs.

Marius Youbi worked beyond the limit. He broke the law and his student visa was cancelled once the authorities found out. Because they were nice they didn’t handcuff him at once and took him to a plane. They allowed him to pass his exams which he did with straight A’s.

Now people want to keep him in Denmark because he is good and he made an extra effort to excel in school.

Why?

Should we provide people with discount regarding prison and fines if they are good in school or at work? Where would the respect for the law go?

I often drive to work. Many years back the prime minister Anders Fogh Andersen asked us to make an extra effort. I did! I drove 70 miles per hour where the limit was 50 so I could get around to our customers faster resulting in extra jobs at my firm. But I was fined the full amount!

So I didn’t get any discount and the question is: Is it fair?

I find it fair that we are somehow equal when it comes to paying for the crimes we commit. It isn’t so in Denmark where rich people can remain nameless after a conviction if they appeal and change name in the process thanks to good and therefore well-paid defense lawyers. It isn’t so when the police approach you. Do you wear a business suit you are treated with respect. If you are convicted of white collar crimes handcuffs are seldom used.

But once in while I must insist that the laws of my country are upheld. Just to make a point.

Of course he worked hard. Denmark has closed the university people from the third world attended. It might be called racism but Knightbridge University was closed due to some kind of technicality and the students had to spend a lot more time in Denmark and they were forced to work because it is very expensive to live here.

I understand why he worked but he must obey the law.

There are other countries which could give him a title faster. In India cheating is so widespread that maybe every second ingenieer have obtained their title using money instead of hard work. Of course now where it known worldwide that their exams are no good it might not be the effort worth to study abroad at all.

But he did choose Denmark and here we have laws. It was his choices which brought him in this situation. Now he has to suffer the consequences.

There is something rotten in Denmark but it is hidden

In culture on December 21, 2015 at 07:17

I was not surprised when I learned that some of the refugees who came to Denmark ended up being clinically depressed once they were sent to their permanent place in Denmark to live.

Why? They are no longer in a war zone. They have survived crossing the oceans. They might have been some downed – friends, families etc. They have passed the eastern part of Europe which is housing people we in Denmark only knows as shoplifters who come to Denmark every summer in busses to steal from our houses or supermarkets and survived. They passed our screening process and may have saved some jewelry and kept their gold teeth in their mouth. They have a nice room. They are fed. They have been granted access to a bicycle so they can move around in the local community.

Still they become depressed.

Well. Denmark is not that fun to live in.

Some smart marketing people were able to get on the Oprah show which led Denmark to be labeled as the happiest nation in the world to live in.

It is…. If your parents are loaded and you have been giving it the time to get in the top. And by time I mean generations. Once you give yourself the time to rest and live your life not on what you aim for and achieve but a life based on the destiny you are born you and so to say let the life steer you in the right direction you become happy.

Denmark is not Tivoli. Tivoli in Denmark is an amusement park. Copenhagen is for us people living in Jutland a town which might be placed on another continent. High parking prices and speed traps have made it impossible for us to see it as other as a place so exotic to visit that we might have it easier to take a plane to London or Paris. It is almost as cheap when you look at the air fares. A return ticket in a train cost very much the same.

Mobility

A local business man had a meeting in Hague in Holland. He took the plane to Amsterdam which is located halfway across the country. The train from Amsterdam to Hague put him back some 10 euros. For that amount you will not even be able to ride from Ringsted to Copenhagen in a slow commuter train. If you ride from one part of greater Copenhagen to another you could end up paying 8-9 euros per single trip. So when you settle in Denmark you become quiet stationary. Your children will attend school and end up with an education based on what the schools in your local community can offer. You will end up in a job in your community because public transport is rare outside the cities and traveling by car has been a lot more difficult the last 10 years because speed traps are considered a very important part of the polices income. They often skip investigation in burglaries and other kind of petty crimes so the policemen can catch people who drive a mile or two too fast. They have fixed budgets to meet.

Illness

Hospitals are free but healthcare is not free. You can ask people to open their mouths and discover if a Dane is rich or poor. Dentists are very expensive in Denmark. There a traveling agencies who sell holiday packets to Africa or Asia which include dentist treatment for people suffering from a lot of pain. Of course the Walled city in Hong Kong is no more but there are cheap dentists in other places.

Mental illness is something which can bankrupt your entire family. Of course the person who might become depressed is treated for free but if this person has children the family might be fined if the children at some point suffer in school and have to live in a group home. Then the social services will claim that the parent had infected the children so they might be easier victim for bullying. Ankestyrelsen which judge cases from the social services in Denmark has ruled that it is better for the healthy parent to divorce the sick parent so the children don’t see illness because if they see illness they are affected by it. It is not a new thing. In the play from Herman Bang called “A Doll’s house” about 100 years it is described that you should deal with illness.

And it is difficult with families. They tend to pull together in support of the sick individual and it is wrong according to the social services. People are not happy when they have to deal with illness so children should learn not to care. In my town a family had paid more than 20,000 dollars because one of the children reacted by bullying from a teacher and stayed home. Now the child is living in a group home doing fine but the siblings had to cancel sport and other activities because of the costs. They even might skip high school and in Denmark it is the new trend that it is OK to do that you don’t have a social heritage which makes you more likely to attend universities after high school.

Don’t be sick in Denmark. It is the advice I would give refugees when they come here.

Education

The parliament thinks that too high a percentage passes high school in Denmark and they have made it more difficult to enter. They want manual labor and unskilled labor force for the shops to hire. If they want an education they can train to become nursing assistants in nursing home. It is considered sort of a garbage education you choose if you fail everything else. It used to be unskilled work but they made this education a kind of timeout for young people who need to be off the streets where they would hang out and drink, which looks bad for by-passers.

Pension

When I looked at my adult life, my plan was clear. Career until I turn 30 and then starting to plan my retirement while I established my family. That is quiet normal. It is dangerous to combine career and family. There is not a lot of time of job to spend with your family. I got a shock when I opened my newspaper and learned that my neighbor had died. I didn’t know it was my neighbor before I saw the address. I have lived here for about 20 years. I didn’t know his full name. Only the name he put on his mailbox. We greeted each other over the wall. It must have been 15 years or so since I talked to him face to face when we talked about the color we should paint the tree in. Since that day we only greeted each other when we heard movement on the other side. He seemed like a friendly man. I am not sure how many children he had but the obituary mentions 2. I feel a little bad not attending his funeral but today obituaries are not printed in the newspapers before the funeral service is over because robbers from the Eastern part of Europe read newspapers too and if they read an obituary with a funeral service in the future they know where to find an empty house. I will talk to my wife about sending some flowers.

Back to the pension issue: Our government is talking about raising the retirement age. I feel bad about it. I have planned my entire adult life on a fix age of retirement. What if my health cannot make it? I have come too far to change anything. How can I advise my children on their life if they cannot trust anything?

Life in Denmark is very uncertain for us who are born here. We are some kind of depressed but it is only naturally if refugees become depressed when they stay here regardless of the fact that they are now safe and free of war.
I don’t how they were lied to by human traffickers but they were lied to and cheated big time! There are a lot of countries they could have gone to instead. Now they are here instead. We will house them. We will feed them. But we cannot make them happy. It is not what Denmark is about.

Denmark is about hardship, torment and most of all waiting until it is over.

Please tell it to everyone you know. Otherwise more people are lured here and they will get depressed. It is not something I would wish for my worst enemy.

As a Dane I turned my back to Europe

In politics on December 4, 2015 at 06:28

As part of my work I sign custom documents when my workplace sells and buys goods in other countries. So why did I vote No yesterday when Denmark turned down EU rules.

Because I have a general distrust in a police force which have any foreign employee in their force. And this Super-police Europol they were about to create would have impacted my work in a negative way.

It is not because I sell weapons or bombs to criminals. But less could send me to prison. In Denmark a man in a transport company signed the papers for some bottles of alcohol years ago. It turned out that the customer was a criminal who avoided paying taxes in both Germany and Sweden. The man in the transport company was put on trial but was aquitted in a Swedish court. Several years passed and suddenly the Germany authorities wants the man from the transport company to pay taxes in the old case. The man was aquitted!! The German authorities don’t accept it. Had we voted yes, this innocent man could have been arrested and put on a show trail in Germany in what for me resembles the old People court run by Roland Freisler.

I have to do my work. I don’t care what my vendors or my customers do with our goods. Once we sell them and are paid people can do whatever they want with our fertilizer product. I know that people can built a bomb with them if they have a lot of time but I don’t care. Our products are not intended to be used to build bombs. Our products are intended to be used by farmers so people can get food. None should expect from me that I should use every minute of my spare time to stand next to a field watching things grow so our products are used in the right way.

Once I am paid, I really don’t care.

That is why I voted No yesterday.

I really think that they should dissolve the European Union. It is a thing of the past. Demand VISA’s for every person travelling between our countries. I might take a lot longer to do the paperwork when we buy and sell things abroad. I don’t mind and we really don’t need the tourists anyway to come here to Denmark.

I hope my vote yesterday was one step forwards Denmark leaving the European Union.

I am happy today.

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