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A blog about a terrible place in Mexico

In culture on December 9, 2017 at 05:50

It took too long for the authorities in Mexico to close Casa by the Sea down. Many teenagers got their future derailed. Instead of partying and celebrate life before it became a life filled with commitments like we adults live every single day, they got locked up.

Short to say they also were put through a system which left most of them with a need to fight post-traumatic stress disorder for the rest of their lives. Many lost the college fund, family had set up for them, leaving them with a future working in unskilled jobs for low pay because the people running the schools did not care much about the teenagers. They just wanted the money.

The blog is called Haunted Places (link).

It is not the work of Domestic Prisoners of Conscience which I volunteer for but I wish it was.

Casa by the Sea is a product of the 1980’s and 1990’s, the world would have been better of with if it had never existed. The war against drugs were a failure. Instead of focusing on where it was produced which could have been dealt with by invading countries where the narcotics were produced and regulating the medical industry very tight so doctors do not over-medicate their patients just because they are sponsored to it by the firms who produce the medication, they attacked those who were caught in substance abuse.

Substance abuse is an illness. Illness you treat professional and with care for the patients. At Casa by the Sea there was no care, no love for the patients. They were punished even more severe than street muggers.

Lives were destroyed at Casa by the Sea. No question about that. But does that mean that the spirits of those who died after their stay have returned to the buildings?

I do not know. What do you think?


A Danish woman victim of xenophopia in the United States in a new Kickstarter Campaign

In culture on November 26, 2017 at 08:09

In 1997 a Danish woman was arrested in New York because she left her baby carriage with her daughter inside it outside a restaurant like we used in Denmark to back then.

None had informed her that New York (before a mayor cleaned it up a bit) was a far more dangerous place than Denmark and that was the reason parents ignored one of the most important lesson taught Danish women during their upbringing: “Small babies need to develop their lungs. They need to sleep outside inside their baby carriage in order to do that”.

In the United States they had already they had already switched to a strategy where they took medication for every medical challenge instead which has since led the country into the massive health care crisis with prescription drugs.

So the woman was arrested and the child put temporary into the foster care system until the Danish embassy intervened and arranged to set her free.

However, she never got any compensation for the wrongful arrest. Not even a sorry from a city where they live of tourists. It is something which should make every person wanting to visit New York think twice.

20 years after the woman has launched a kickstarter project where she is trying to raise money so she can get her book published.

The book project is called:

A Worm in The Apple – The Pramcase of New York

Why do Danes in general see this as an act of xenophobia?

For once the man the woman dined together with was a bit darker in the skin than the woman. Mixed color relationships were still controversial back then. Most Danes back then believed that was the main reason officer Neil Pero made the decision to arrest the couple.

Even her lawyer back then took the word in his mouth when the lawsuit the woman filed did not end successfully.

But we have to remember that it was back in 1997. Today no Danes take their children to New York. Even parents with teenagers are encouraged to leave the children at home. The constitutional rights, teenagers in Denmark aged over 16 have allowing them to buy and drink alcohol as long as the alcohol percentage is below 14.5 cannot be granted in New York but does not stop there. Even in private parents cannot allow their children to drink alcohol as Danish customs allow them once they are confirmed at the age of 13 or 14 if this drinking is discovered by others and reported to authorities. Then both parents can children can be arrested and punished!

There are absolutely no reason to bring your children to the United States in general. Not as a tourist. Not as exchange student. Not living with their parents if the parents work there for some time. Danish schools do not grant credits for time spent at schools in the United States as every exchange student will know because the schools in the United States do not have friday bars so they are left without any social education.

But even here in Denmark, time has changed. Central parts of Copenhagen where they now enjoy a temporary ceasefire in the gangwar used to neighborhoods where bullets were flying random in the streets. It is not a place to leave your child in – bulletproof baby carriage or not. Every morning buses leave Copenhagen with children for forest kindergartens so they are out of harm’s way. We will not go down the medication path leading Denmark into the same health care crisis as they have chosen in Denmark. But time has changed for sure.

So the case was an eyeopener. It showed that our cultures are very different. Last but not least the Internet has made a difference. Today a Danish mother who is so crazy to go to New York and be together with a man who is a bit more dark in his skin will never leave the child outside as we all know that police in New York tend to act xenophobic and shoot first and ask questions later when they face colored suspects.

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Does it matter to fight? – you cannot make it anyway

In culture on November 15, 2017 at 18:31

In Denmark you have to look at your parents when you decide the line of work you will aim for when you become adult.

Social heritage matters. It not only matters – it is everything. The title of king of Denmark is not the only title which is given based on who the parents are.

I have been thinking about whether young people are lied to. Is the reason for the gang war that they not from their early childhood has been told that their destiny in life is to work as a care taker for the old and ill or if they do it really good, to work in a supermarket.

In many areas children who start in school at an age between 5 and 7 cannot be the state version of Danish. That the Danish dialect they speak on Television. Then they are behind in school from day one. When school is over after 9 year then they do not have the grades to enter high school or the money for cell phone and laptop which is mandatory if you want to enter.

If the children grow up believing that they can get whatever job they want as long as they just study hard, then they get frustrated when they discover the truth. Then the gangs will receive them with open arms. New recruits are always welcome.

But there is also a geografical difference.

November 11th this year the state made an investigation public that showed that there is a huge difference in the quality of schooling the students get in different parts of Denmark. In the city of Vordingborg the students graduate a full grade lower compared to the city of Kolding. Vordingborg is a forgotten city people no longer pass through when they drive to Germany after the high way was led over a new bridge. Kolding is in the middle of the triangle in Jutland where all the trucks go to so goods are distribuated to the entire Denmark.

So where the money flows and people come, schooling is better.

Can something be done?

Yes. Let us be realistic with children. Lets tell them how to watch out for customs, people and ideas from the outside. Let us focus on the things near us and the easy jobs to take. Let us travel less with the children and turn the back to the world so we once again can be together in our small communities all over Denmark where we know our neighbors at least 3 generations back. Stop violence. Start silence and shunning towards people we do not know.

—- Important information —-
If you are thinking about visiting Denmark as a tourist or workrelated, please read this warning from the US Embassy in Denmark. It can save your life:

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Gang Activity in Copenhagen (United States of America, Department of State, U.S. Embassy in Denmark)

Practice makes perfect – sadly

In culture on November 11, 2017 at 07:30

Drive-by shootings are not as easy as in Grand Theft Auto 3. When you are on a motorcycle you have to calculate your own speed and the speed of your target as well.

The gang war in Denmark has been ongoing for almost a year and now after months of practice, they are starting to kill people.

3 young men have lost their lives as result of the ongoing gang war the last two weeks.

Often it is young men who is not in the center of the gang war but doing what they see as their duty to protect their block watching out for strangers and a single police car representing the central government in Copenhagen trying to make it look like these parts of Copenhagen still are controlled by them instead of the gangs.

The ordinary people know the truth. They know where they can get protection – by the gangs. All the police can do in order to prevent the total collapse of the Danish society is to station all hands along the border trying to keep immigrants out making it look like an episode of “The walking death” where tons of zombies pound endlessly against our border fences.

I am sad. I feel with those who are left behinds. I cannot imagine the tragedy of losing a child.

I am also lucky because I live in Jutland far away from the cities. The gang war for us is just like it happens in another country. The central government in Copenhagen does not know how we live. They do not know our worries about retirement. Denmark should look at France where people retire when they are 59 years old on average. That is the model we should aim at as we ordinary Danes admire it. My children are raised to think about retirement when they have lived out their potential which you typical will have to evaluate if you have done at age 30 to 35. From that day it is about counting down to retirement.

I feel that the gap between we as a group of ordinary citizens and the political elite never has been larger. Maybe it is also the reason for the gang war. In June, when the new students graduate they have to be careful to show their joy over this academic victory. At many places they have been egged or otherwise assaulted because they meet people in the streets who have parents which could not afford the schooling.

Schooling in Denmark is not free. Most high schools demand ownership of a laptop and that is a stop for many families, because Laptops are too expensive. The operating system are forced into upgrades too soon. I had many laptops during my time I had to give up because the Windows or MAC OS were too old, not because the hardware failed.

And the schools are totally hooked on websites where you are limited choosing OS, so the race for better hardware is always on.

20 percent of the familes give up and their children leave the education system with only 9 years of schooling. It was not a problem until the government decide that they would subside the employers if they took in immigrants. The employers are not stupid. They kicked out a lot of people with no or little education and took in immigrants because they could get money from the state. Sometime the old employees are invited back to their old job but now on another lower salary because the state also pay for activating people who have been unemployed for too long.

Does it wonder that so many are bitter?

Can it be reason for the gang war?

—- Important information —-
If you are thinking about visiting Denmark as a tourist or workrelated, please read this warning from the US Embassy in Denmark. It can save your life:

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Gang Activity in Copenhagen (United States of America, Department of State, U.S. Embassy in Denmark)

When a cancer test is shit

In culture on October 21, 2017 at 17:02

The printing firm Strålfors packs test-kits which are sent out to Danes aged around 50 so they can discover whether they have cancer or not. Due to a defective machine lowpaid employees were given the task of putting the testkit inside envelopes. Of course in a time with a lot of workers in manual jobs who does not speak Danish that good they managed to have one name on the envelope and another on the testkit.

It has created a massive mixup. People who had cancer were given a clean bill of health. People who were cancer free got treatment. Given the nature of the test, you can claim that it was a shitty job.

Now they will have to retest all people. Once again men having reached an age where they have nothing left need to worry whether it is over (which is basically is when you live outside the major cities where the distance to hospitals are big) or they can spend some final years before the long awaited retirement. In Denmark it is bascially something people start to plan when they reach the age of 30 where they will have reached as far as they could when we are talking career. From that point some years will go raising a family and then we wait for retirement.

It is not fun to be put in that situation twice.

Strålfors should have hired more qualified workers but even CSC who controls vital data like drivers license hired people from India during a conflict with trade unions and was hacked because the replacement workers were not trained good enough.

It is a very shitty business.

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