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A forgotten state

In culture on March 28, 2016 at 06:07

I read a news story about a reality star being sentenced to jail for DUI. Nothing new there but a little digging showed that I have overlooked one state in the United States. West Virginia seems to consist of people living almost the same as the good young Danes. OK. Maybe a little wilder but it is a TV-show and they make it just a little more extreme.

The TV-show Buckwild shows how West Virginia’s finest live.

It impressed me.

In a time where we all fear that our young men and women redraw from the friday bars in our high schools in order to go home and start their computer only waiting for a heathen to look them up online and start to radicalized them, we parent tend to look for places on the earth where values we encourage, are embrased. Here West Virginia and the typical citizens shown in the TV-show suddenly become a place we parents can recommend safely for our sons and daughters.

Only thing is that I fear that they might not have a good network of public transportation and it worries me as a parent if that is the case. Good young Danes drink some alcohol and they know very early on that you cannot combine drinking and driving. Young Danes start drinking alcohol at their confirmation at age 14 or 15. They have at least 3 years to learn how alcohol impact them before they can start applying for a driving license. Many Danes don’t because they are realistic and know that they cannot combine their lifestyle with too much mobility. That is also why most firms seldom move more than 5 kilometers to a new address if they either downsize or grow out of place at their current address because they know that they would lose employees who cannot follow them because they have no access to a car.

But as I said above. Buckwild has opened a new state across the Atlantic as a tourist destination. Any Dane aged 21 or more could find it an interesting place to visit. Younger Danes just have to wait. The Danish department of education will not grant credits to exchange students because the high schools in West Virginia lack the social dimension which is also important for students and it requires a friday bar where the students can socialize over a beer or a glass of wine after school. Maybe it will change one day when they become wiser. But it doesn’t change the fact that West Virginia seems to be an interesting place to visit.

The worst 21 days of my life.

In culture on August 22, 2010 at 06:36

My work did sent me to do a project in the lovely town of Vordingborg. Unfortunately my firm has no housing in Vordingborg, but only at the nearest town with the name of Naestved. There is nothing wrong with Naestved, the housing the firm provided or the project in general. My problems were with the transport. The workplace was in the middle of Vordingborg and private parking firms exist in Vordingborg. They are in general run by some eastern Europe mafia if you judge them by their methods used.

I remember a co-worker who lived in Hilleroed at the time. One day he decided to visit a local supermarket. When he entered the parking place the sign read: “Do only park within the marks.” When he returned he saw a worker from the parking firm note his car. His pointed down at the white line and asked if he had parked within the marks. The worker from the parking firm replied that it was not the white lines which did count. It was a little 5×10 cm sign in the same colors as the bricks at the wall in front of the car which told if the specific parking space was for public use or rented out to a firm in the neighborhood. Because getting a fine regardless if it was issued from a private parking firm is a shame for the family, my co-worker did commit suicide and the present policy of the firm is to not enter a private owned parking space at any cost and in general avoid to buy goods at shops which have no free parking. But that is another story.

I had to use public transport. Because I didn’t want to pay for detours with bus or train I had to buy a 30 days card. The rules in Denmark are that you have to pay extra if the train doesn’t work and they insert busses as replacement which have to drive extra zones to make it to the final destination unless you buy a card for a 30 days minimum. They have a lot of trouble with this in Copenhagen because they are replacing the train tracks.

I also had to pay for a ticket from the town of Ringsted, which is located 25 kilometers north of Naestved to Vordingborg. It was cheaper than the ticket from Naestved to Vordingborg. It is something about that the system in Denmark doesn’t like local travelers. Normally local travelers are poor people working low-paid jobs in the larger cities. Long distance travelers are businessmen wearing expensive suits. The system is constructed so they get better prices for reasons unknown.

It was 21 hard days. The train sets we rode in was from the 1950’s. They were noisy and you flew round in the cabins on the bumpy tracks. They did replace them a month later, but my neck still hurts. We were a couple of passengers who yelled at each other so I got their story about how cold the train sets are in the winter and the 1993 summer of illness among the drivers of the trains where you people only made it to work one or two days per week.

I am cured from ever using public transport again. If necessary I will ride my bike the entire 30 kilometers 2 times per day during my entire stay if I ever have to work on the project in Vordingborg again.

A possible solution in the Niels Holck case

In International justice on June 6, 2010 at 08:51

This week there was a hearing in court in the Niels Holck case.

A lot of evidence has not been released to the defense so the case is not even started at this point.

But regardless of the verdict of the court a general concern about the fact that India use torture as they did when Abu Salem was extradited from Portugal.

We need to address this problem because we all want to bring those persons who destabilize other countries by their actions to justice.

When I took my weekly tour around Danish blogs I found one which gave me awareness about the fact that France last year in cooperation with Iran did set some standards third world countries should apply to when they want to prosecute citizens from a European country.

Down in Iran a French woman according to the charges brought against her by the government in Iran did involve herself into activities which were a threat against their form of democracy.

Her cell during the trail in Iran was the French embassy. She was only allowed to leave the embassy when she should attend court hearings. Once she was convicted they put her on a plane to France where it was up to the French government how she should serve her sentence.

Some claim that France gave Iran something in return for her. I would not judge whether this is true.

But I believe that a similar arrangement could be made with Niels Holck. The guidelines for a French citizen should apply for a Danish citizen also. They are both citizens in an EU member state. They were both charged for participating in activities which could destabilize a local government.

I know what you are going to say. Why should citizens from European countries be treated so much different than a local person charged with a crime? The simple answer is that the local person should be treated as good as the European citizen while waiting for the result of the trial because we must agree upon the fact that every person is innocent until proven guilty.

And the difference in treatment is not that big anymore. I happen to watch a program about the conviction of Cholmondeley in Kenya. He was given a rather harsh sentence for a shooting incident. Such a trial could not have taken place just a few decades ago. We have moved in the right direction. While the general picture of justice systems in Africa still looks very little improved compared to the descriptions given in George Remi’s book from around 1930 I have to say that I was impressed in a positive way about the way the justice system in Kenya handled Cholmondeley’s case.

We must all agree about that the days where citizens from Europe could travel around the world considering them above the law. The need to bring stability to foreign countries like people Cecil Rhodes and James Brooke did does not exist anymore. The population must endure life on their own without us interfering all the time. In daily life based on the recent economically demands by the European Union we ordinary citizens are as challenged as any population in any country outside Europe. I have started simply to shut off my television whenever news from outside Europe appears in the news.

But there is a second opposition against the French solution. Some claim that Iran practice a different form of democracy than India which should lead to demand to different treatment of European prisoners than local prisoners.

The Niels Holck extradition case does based on several sources build on the possibilities of possible export. For some time India has played a huge part in the renewal of our merchant fleet. Old ships are disposed off very professional so we can build new ships. If Denmark had maintained strong no to this extradition case, our export could risk damage.

Also Iran is working close together with Denmark so we can provide updated public transportation. Just as few decades ago worn-out train sets did meet their destiny in the middle of Copenhagen where they were burned down because they were built of materials which can damage people if they worked with it. Now the old train sets ferry people down in Iran. It is a win-win situation for both nations.

Because India and Iran are very alike when it comes to the general treatment of minorities inside their country we must set the same level of demands when it comes to put citizens from Europe before trial in either country.

I hope that Denmark and India can agree on terms similar to the standards which were agreed upon between France and Iran, so we can move on in this sad case.

Smart move against terrorism

In Uncategorized on February 21, 2009 at 12:30

Our government has for a long time wanted to restrain their mobility inside our society. Instead of using private transport where they are easy to identify, they have moved around posing a potential threat against ordinary citizens using public transport.

It poses a huge risk. Most of remember how they destroyed busses and trains in London and Madrid.

But now we have developed a technology which enables us to burn pigs as fuel. So when they choose to come close to a bus they are in a risk of breathe and consume a pig, which are against their somewhat fundamentalist religion.

They are now prevented from using busses inside Denmark. The population is once again safer than before.

One of their priest have denied that our plan will work just to discourge our anti-terrorism effort, but we are not easy to be fooled.


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