måndag, november 15, 2010

Mona Sahlin resigns

(Photo taken from: http://www.radikalen.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/Mona-Sahlin.jpg)

The leader of the Swedish Social Democratic Party - Mona Sahlin - announced that she is going to resign during the extra party congress, beginning 2011.

Whe she entered the Swedish Parliament in 1982, she was the youngest ever with her 25 years.

Since then she has upheld many different posts within the government, with a break in the middle of the 1990's when one found that she had used her working charge card to buy private items to the amount of 50 000 SEK (7 300 US$ or 5 350€).

On the whole I didn't find this infraction so serious that it had to lead her to resign from the post as Deputy Prime Minister, not least seen in relation to the overall corruptive world of politics, not least when it comes to using public fundings.
She always repayed the money, after having used them, and therefore she saw this more as a 'loan' than as taking money from the tax payers.

After this incident she took a 'time out' and started to work as a private entrepreneur/self employed.

Generally speaking I have never been impressed by Mona Sahlin, especially her rhetorics or lack of rhetorics.
She is said to have been groundbreaking when it comes to expressing oneself in a clear and simple way.
I would say that she expressed herself in a simple way - yes - but simplifications are not necessarily something positive per se and doesn't always contribute to make things clearer.

When she became Minister for Employment in 1990, I remember an interview with her concerning the employment situation in Sweden and other relevant questions that she had to confront as a minister. She could hardly give one correct answer to those questions.
Some might say that she was very young but she was in fact 33 years old and almost a 'veteran' seen in relation to her long political career, starting within the Social Democratic Youth Organizaton.

Who will become her successor.
Obviously the two most popular candidates - Margot Wallström and Thomas Bodström - have no interest whatsoever to become leaders of the Social Democratic Party.

There are many names circulating but personally I can't find many interesting names besides these two and maybe two or three more candidates.

As the Social Democratic Party for the first time since 1889 elected a woman to the post, one could try electing Ibrahim Baylan, the party secretary born in Turkey and having worked within the Social Democratic Movement since the late 1990's.

Of course one shouldn't elect people by sex or origin but I think that Baylan is a better alternative than many of his colleagues.
His 'problem' - if one should call it that - is perhaps that he is rather young, 38 years old.
Internationally this is seldom a problem though.

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onsdag, november 10, 2010

Grosse erreur de montage dans le journal de TF1


I published this on Facebook some time ago (taken from Youtube where some of you might have seen it) and for those of you not famililar with French, the TV-journalist talks about the manifestations against the retirement age-reform in France.
She annonces that what we are going to see is the protests marches through the streets of Paris.

When these pictures are shown, another journalist comment on the pictures, talking about the health care employees and teachers being in the first row, followed by the families who are not as accustomed to protest marches.
Looking at the 'families' one can understand that this is a correct statement!

Enjoy!

The Dentist

(Picture taken from: http://tillsaly.blogg.se/images/2010/1573625485_69074323.jpg)


The 27th of October I broke a part of a tooth and called the dentists in town.

The first told me that he couldn't receive me until after New Year, in January or February, the second that she had a waiting-list so long that it would last 20 months(!) before I could come to her but I could of course sign on to the waiting-list if I wanted.

The third was a dentist my wife adviced against visiting as she had a bad experience of him.

Now it lasted only one dentist on my list, a dentist that my mother-in-law adviced against.
Well, I had to visit someone. I had no pain in my mouth but I didn't feel like waiting until it got worse.

I called him and to my surprise I got an appointment the day after!! Warning, warning!!

I came there and first of all the clinic stank cigarette smoke, though it came from a adjoining room and this in spite of the fact that French law forbid smoking in the workplaces, not least when working with health care!

In the waiting room I met a woman in the 50's and soon we were joined by a young woman who just came out from the dentists room.

The other woman entered the room and after a couple of minutes we heard her first moan but the moaning got worse and suddenly she screamed with pain while we heard the dentist try to shut her down:
"Shh Madame, shh...!"

The young woman looked at me in a desperate way and it looked as if she wanted to leave.

Then it was my turn and after some explanations concerning my name, not to easy to pronounce or write for the French, the dentist started the 'work' in my mouth.

Normally though, one examine the tooth, take an x-ray/exograph and then try to mend it.
He, on the contrary, started to examine my tooth, puting something into it and then took the exograph!

After this he established that the coralroots in my tooth wasn't totally cured and that he had to continue his work at another occasion.

After this visit I got a pain in my tooth, something that hadn't bothered me before.
Luckily - through my mother-in-law - I came to another dentist and he couldn't decide what kind of 'stuff' his colleague had put in my tooth but he examined it and put something else in the tooth, making the pain go away.
I will continue the work later on in November.

Now it feels better and I surely have more confidence in this dentist than in the other!