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What became of Crome & Goldschmidt ?

In business culture on March 25, 2017 at 15:19

In the time of my great-grandfather Horsens was dominated by the clothing industry. A well-known clothing store named Crome & Goldschmidt in Copenhagen had it plants here in Horsens. But increased global trade and the risk of Denmark joining what later became the European Union meant that Crome & Goldschmidt became a part of Illum. Not many years later the Crome & Goldschmidt name was phased out and today you can see Illum as the only name when you pass their shop in Copenhagen.

I havn’t been there for many years as the shop really is a tourist trap with prices far out of reach for us ordinary Danes.

The plants in Horsens along the railway

For the citizens of Horsens it meant that unskilled workers from early age could get a job instead of hanging out in the streets. It is really what glocal economy has done for us. Created a new class of people not really needed in our society who can vote for the first guy who promises a change and a goodbye to the established politicians.

It is only a question of time before such a guy comes to Denmark.

A number of articles about Crome & Goldschmidt can be found of the website for the organization of March 5th, 1896 (Link)

There existed good times for unskilled workers here in Horsens back then.

Should we remain at home during Black Friday?

In business culture on November 20, 2016 at 09:18

When we shop every day we never think about how the products end up in our shops. We never think about the conditions people endure in order for us to stop.

In Denmark a growing number of people working in shops and supermarkets are not real employees getting a normal pay earning right to holidays. They are part of a poor house like scheme called job training where employers can approach cases workers at the city halls asking to get employees into their shop without paying normal salary for them. The employees get their welfare check or unemployment benefit but not right to holidays. The days they work doing the exact same work as people used to do in their job position don’t count to earn them another period of unemployment benefits.

So all over Denmark employees earning normal pay are kicked out and replaced with people in so-called job-training. Denmark has become a country where the job doesn’t go to the most qualified or motivated but the person who are ordered there by their case worker.

Is that a system you want to support as a consumer? No. Course you don’t.

But the problem is that it is almost impossible to avoid shopping in a supermarket where people are not slave workers who has replaced the original workers. The system is simply too wide-spread. The immigration crisis boosted the system. From the very first day it was clear that the immigrants never would be qualified to work as fully paid workers in a modern society like Denmark. The supermarkets used the opportunity to market themselves as humanitarians getting immigrants into job very fast but the reality was that these poor souls never were told that their presence kicked normal paid employees out and prevented many young Danes from taking the job which could finance their education in a time where the student grants are cut and in some cases even being replaced with student loan where the interest scare the students from even starting educating themselves.

If your option is to shop in Danish businesses, you should stay home on Black Friday.

Denmark has said no to US businesses

In business culture on November 19, 2016 at 08:38

Let me be very clear.

Among many Danes the idea grows that American businesses are greedy and too big for Denmark. The latest example was yesterday’s ruling in the eastern high court in Denmark against Uber which is a concept where owners of cars share their personal resource – their car – with people who don’t have one.

Then of course everybody know how the European Union motived by their Danish boss has targeted Google and their dealings with the government of Ireland.

It is an area where the new president of the United States properly needs to take action because if Danes blog business idea after business idea, the United States never might be great again.

The people who took the case to court were people from the socialist Trade Unions. Trade Unions marked by decades of corruption where managers got construction work done without ever getting an invoice. Trade Unions where a lot of money simply disappeared during meetings distributed among the participants. The government of Denmark has never been able to clean that mess up.

Uber became a competitor to a line of business who was used to have the market alone. A line of business where people cannot start for themselves even when they have the money because local politicians decide in a closed secret system how many who can run a business in their area. These people are dangerous and their employees are known to use violence against people who are a threat to their business.

Should a US base business accept to meet that kind of illegal competition abroad or should they turn to their government for help to target such competitors operating on the thin line between business and crime?

The future will tell.

Are Greece killing their tourists off?

In business culture on July 29, 2015 at 15:28

News have reached us from Gozo which is an island in Greece that a Danish woman have been found dead. The police suspect murder.

It was a shocking surprise and then not.

The Greek people has for long time neglected the concept of paying taxes and do hard work. Unlike us Danes who have learned the full hardship of being a member of the European Union with the loss of early retirement, introduction of trial based drivers licenses, mandatory repair of cars every 2 year, loss of taxfree trade as compensation from enduring foreign language spoken to you when you are abroad, cuts in all social benefits etc. Greece has been having it too easy for too long a time.

When the banks said stop last month reports came from tourists that many of them have been robbed. Now the local population seems to have gone a step further.

I would never travel to Greece.

I would advice everyone to stay away.

We need proof that Greece will do their part of the work. Not only by paying their bills but also by guarding their borders more severe and for young people to stress the refugees so they seek away from Europe and back where they came for.

Otherwise as result of the Greek neglect every border in Europe would have to be guarded severely just as we saw today near the Channel tunnel. England is guarding their borders. France is guarding their border against Italy. Hungary is building a wall not unlike the one they had in the old days between west and east Europe.

I hope that the police find some random people and arrest them for the murder. Otherwise it would be a full stop for tourism of any kind.

Strange hostage situation in Denmark right now

In business culture on July 1, 2015 at 05:34

A hostage has been taken inside the headquater of the National Board of Industrial Injuries in Denmark.

The police has surrounded the facility and has started to talk with the hostage takers.

The problem is that the hostage takers are not inside the building together with the hostage. Alle the employees has been asked to take days off and don’t answer the phones. The hostage is their mainframe and it has been taken hostage by hackers located somewhere outside Denmark when they managed to install ransomware on the system.

The negotiations are slow. Rumors speak of that the police managed to get the hostage takers print several reports to show good will.

Maybe the negotiations will take a year or two. A huge part of our policeforce will be tied up surrounding the building. But in the long run the system will be given back. What impact does it have on our society?

Not much. If you get an injury in Denmark they will on average use 10 to 15 years to deal with your case. What are you going to live of while they deal with your case? Help from your family!

The system was not designed to help people. It was designed for combat unemployment among case workers.

I fear for the security of our public IT-systems.

Not very far ago CSC was hacked without anyone noticing it. As result everyone could access our databases for drivers licenses making identity theft of every Dane possible. IT-experts outside Denmark discovered it and alarmed our police after several months.

Months before CSC fired expensive IT-experts from Denmark and imported cheap labor from India. The security level were lowered to adjust it to the qualifications of the new employees creating the possibility of a massive security breach.

And now this hostage situation.

Life is hard for us Danes.

Arbejdsskadestyrelsen lammet: Hackere har låst it-systemerne og kræver løsepenge (Computerworld)

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