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2017 was a difficult year

In culture on December 30, 2017 at 17:06

The Rotten Banana. Areas in Denmark in decay.

At the end of the year various newservices reported that poor people being forced out of the Danish cities into the wasteland areas called “The rotten Banana” is on the rise. People who work ordinary jobs can no longer find cheap apartments or other housing unless their parents have signed them up for waiting lists for +20 years. Not surprisingly the danish work force is very stationary. If you have a small / cheap place to live, you cannot find anything better if you are have some kind of posh education.

Most people cannot choose another line of work if their parents do not have academically positions. The universities are in the cities and if the students cannot live at their parents place, they cannot attend them. Especially because many of the colleges are taken by foreign studens because the universities want an international profile.

Poor people see their cheap apartments they rent turned into apartments which are sold for millions of DKK. They cannot afford to continue to live in the cities if they become ill or lose their jobs for other reasons, so they move out of the cities to parts of Denmark where nothing is happening.

But that is also a downward spirale for the generations to come because after high school the options of education are simply not there. They have to fend through life with a high school diploma only. The children will never a shoot at fine things in life.

That is Denmark today year 2017 and that trend will continue in 2018. The authorities in Copenhagen will tear down old parts of the town – lately it has been historic buildings on the outer part of Vesterbro which will be torn down and replaced by some kind of Brazillia inspired high rising.

Ok. It looks old today because it is old. Built in 1860 but time has no room for ordinary people like those who live there now. They will have to move to parts of Denmark like Lolland.

Read more here: Danes on social support moving away from Copenhagen, Aarhus: report

For me personally the year was a victory. I volunteer for Domestic Prisoners of Conscience. We got a win in two trials. Hopefully teenagers in the United States will now have a greater chance drinking alcohol and partying like our children do after the judgment came in the trial against the owner of Midwest Academy in Iowa and Saving Youth Foundation in Alabama.

The Kundby girl terror case showed us that it is dangerous when young people do not drink, party and socialize. Suddenly a bomb is built. People could get hurt.

Professional gamers also consider the closure of Monarch School a victory. We have been working closely with groups of gamers to get this school closed.

My family are well and we live far from Aarhus where the trams had problems starting up. 2018 will bring me closer to retirement which is the final goal for me in life. A little bit over 10 years wait for me and that brings me comfort.

Maybe it is too big a wish to hope for an uneventful year but I hope that this will happen, so I am yet a year closer to retirement in 12 months.

Happy new Year !!!

To raise a troubled teen and when to say stop

In culture on February 19, 2016 at 17:31

What is a troubled teen?

Some counselors find that there is in fact no troubled teen but it is the reaction to their actions that label them troubled teens.

In the United States, the media covers the closure of Midwest Academy that were founded by people hanging out with the now-dissolved WWASP organization. Members of the WWASP organization used a kind of seminar concept which not only was pressured down over the so-called students – in reality prisoners – but also their parents who were coming at odds with the society’s condemnation of their children’s action.

It is here I return to definition of a troubled teen. When are a child troubled?

I found that it very much built on the double standard of the culture.

You can still find a video of a 17-year-old girl on the Internet who was stoned to death because she fell in love with the wrong boy. That tragedy took place in Iraq. In the 1990’s the 3-strike laws came into effect in the United States. Because politicians knew what sold to the voters they did not use a lot of time setting up minimum standards for what should count as a strike. Back then even ordinary things as experimenting with drugs because alcohol was hard to get opposed what is the case in most civilized countries could led to a strike.

So of course, parents started to look at places where they could house their teenagers until adulthood and many prison-like nanny-institutions like the WWASP-controlled facilities appeared. Here the children could be kept safe from temptations and in order to make it more eatable it was called therapeutic.

To keep up the illusion they took some crazy hippie like marathon seminars and told both parents and the teenagers that they by passing this system of seminars could evolve and develop themselves into better persons. What a joke! In Denmark, we have researched and tested how to break the social heritage for more than 30 years. It has been very costly for our country. It has led to nothing. Children born by parents with higher academically background are more likely to pass high school and start to study at the universities than children born by parents who comes from either the working class or are immigrants.

This one treatment fits all methods messed up more families than they helped. Many families found themselves in deep debt, which they never might overcome.

Then of course, there are the families who believed so much in the seminars that they basically abandoned their own children once they turned 18 and the children – now adults – could not be held legally in the school against their will. They were issued a bus ticket to the nearest shelter. A life in crime or suicide claimed many lives and the people behind the program could claim that the outcome was a result of the children not choosing to complete the program.

Here is the key question. When people are commenting the Midwest Academy there are former students out there who claims that those who complain hardest were the one who gave up on the program. But the question is: Is it wrong to give up something you haven’t chosen?

They were enrolled against their will. They were sent to a kind of prison without being evaluated by the local school district or the local juvenile court. The place had a number of strange rules. There were rules you don’t even find in the most secure juvenile facilities. They were forced to wear a prison uniform – nicer design than a jumpsuit – but still a uniform, which is not found outside the United States even in secure juvenile facilities. Here in Denmark we don’t have a single juvenile facility where the children are forced to wear uniform and some of them are convicted murderers. In many case even when they were able to complete the program they were forced to be on a kind of probation due to having them sign a home contract stating that they were allowed to do and not to do.

What if that is really not a life they want to live? When I was a kid there was no Internet? Now our entire life is focused on looking good on social profiles. Is it fair to judge children when they just want to hang out. I am happy to say that the high school my children attend have a Friday bar where the students can hang out after school drinking beer and wine. Looking at my life it might the last change they have to socialize before they are pulled into making a career, building a home and do all the things which leave you read to sleep once you have finished dinner.

Todays challenge is that children have to socialize. Otherwise they risk being lured to acts of terrorism over the Internet or suddenly they are gone having travelled to Syria. If they hang out after school drinking beers, dancing and otherwise enjoying themselves they are safe.

That’s why I don’t understand the concept behind Midwest Academy. If the parents are afraid of having their children drinking beers they should address how the children can socialize instead. They will soon discover that it is almost 100 percent impossible.

And then there are the education part. To go to school in a foreign district where the credits the children earn might not be recognized once they return is as bad as not going to school at all. Education is not that important. In Denmark the government have cut 2 percent on all schools this year. Of course some of it was for increased police-force due to the immigration crisis. Both the government also considered loss of education to be a little sacrifice compared to increased crime due to immigration and open borders for the population from the eastern part of Europe. Research have shown that the lifetime income is not that different if you compared people who only lived from jobs involving untrained labor with people who took a long education. Especially if the parents were not well off the burden of student loans would make it non-profitable to take an education.

I am not surprised that Midwest Academy is closed but I am surprised that it took so long for the parents to see that was a scam.

The world is a strange place.


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