april 2013

Hade egentligen strängerligen förbjudit mig själv att blogga i helgen, eller Facebooka för den delen. Vill och behöver prioritera annat.

Men när man själv sätter reglerna så kan man ju på gott och ont även själv omprioritera 😉

I min regel tilläts jag ändå kika om jag fått meddelande på Facebook och föll sig så att Gulans Facebook inlägg låg högst på sidan så jag kunde inte undgå. Som tur var 🙂

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Hon har skrivit väldigt bra artikel. Precis en sådan jag skulle vilja ha skrivit.

Så stort tack Gulan, nu kan jag istället för att skriva själv ”bara” (;-)) hänvisa till din artikel i DN.

Och samtidigt påpeka: Jag står bakom varje ord!


Frågan om folkomröstningars vara eller icke vara, eller rättare sagt dess bidrag till demokratin, röner inget större intresse.

I alla fall inte bland Newsmillskribenterna. Det är bara jag och Ragnar Arvidsson som bemödat oss att skriva artiklar, och vi anser båda att de bör användas med yttersta försiktighet. Min artikel har dessutom titeln Målet bör vara att undvika folkomröstningar

Tyvärr har bådas kommentarsfält varit stängda hela tiden. Om jag förstått det hela rätt så beror det på att de är för få redaktörer, och att kommentatorer allt som oftast inte hanterar kommentarsfälten på ett professionellt sätt. Synd, det var en av de intressantare delarna på Newsmill.

Däremot går det att ”Milla”, dvs säga vad du säger för ett visst ämne. Och hittills har 624 st ”millat” att de känner sig ”Glad” gällande Folkomröstningar, vilket är 99%. Övriga alternativ av känslor är: Nyfiken, Arg, Uttråkad.

Om jag ska slå mig själv på bröstet kan jag ju välja att tolka det som att vi som tänkt till och orkat skriva är kritiska, men att folks spontana magkänsla är att folkomröstningar är något bra 😉

Some grown-up and children still get this, but way too many grown up skip or fail to communicate the following. And I would even say that this is one of India, China and Africa’s major advantages compared to ”us”.

But I would not mind beeing wrong here 😉

And by the way, if Stefan Löfven’s shall go for ”the school and work appraoch” Bill Gate’s approach would most definitly be a boost. But I am pritty sure he will not, and I don’t want him to rule us anyway 😉 (SvD) (DN)

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Bill Gates recently gave a speech at a High School about 11 things they did not and will not learn in school. He talks about how feel-good, politically correct teachings created a generation of kids with no concept of reality and how this concept set them up for failure in the real world.

Rule 1: Life is not fair – get used to it!

Rule 2: The world doesn’t care about your
self-esteem. The world will expect you to accomplish something BEFORE you feel good about yourself.

Rule 3: You will NOT make $60,000 a year right out of high school. You won’t be a vice-president with a car phone until you earn both.

Rule 4: If you think your teacher is tough, wait till you get a boss.

Rule 5: Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity. Your Grandparents had a different word for burger flipping: they called it opportunity.

Rule 6: If you mess up, it’s not your parents’ fault, so don’t whine about your mistakes, learn from them.

Rule 7: Before you were born, your parents weren’t as boring as they are now. They got that way from paying your bills, cleaning your clothes and listening to you talk about how cool you thought you were. So before you save the rain forest from the parasites of your parent’s generation, try delousing the closet in your own room.

Rule 8: Your school may have done away with winners and losers, but life HAS NOT. In some schools, they have abolished failing grades and they’ll give you as MANY TIMES as you want to get the right answer. This doesn’t bear the slightest resemblance to ANYTHING in real life.

Rule 9: Life is not divided into semesters.. You don’t get summers off and very few employers are interested in helping you FIND YOURSELF. Do that on your own time.

Rule 10: Television is NOT real life. In real life people actually have to leave the coffee shop and go to jobs.

Rule 11: Be nice to nerds. Chances are you’ll end up working for one.

Finally I have read through the whole of Anne Appelbaum’s Gulag. I have commented on it during my way. And it should definitely be a Must read, for everyone. Especially as we apparently have not learned, for example thinking of the camps in North Korea and don’t even want to think any further with the risk to having other similar camps visualizing in my head.

So, what is my most remaining impression? That of the human behaviour! I am also very impressed how Anne has succeeded in writing about such awful things, but still make it readable. She truly got my interest anyway! And, with a connection back to the human behaviour, how ”The History of Gulag” has been handled in the countries with Gulag-camps, as well as among us outside these countries and some generations later. A lot like a ghost. Like, if we do not talk about it, it might not have happen …

Every now and then she makes some small references to the camps in Germany, and truly it has a major impact on history that ”the saviour” came and closed the German camps, while the Gulag-camps went on so much longer and more faded out.

The history of the German camps are most often more black and white, which naturally makes it much easier to agree on victim vs bully. In Gulag you could go from prisoner to guard and back to being prisoner again.

And even if I have not read any such full report on the German camps, I get the impression that the prisoners were far more evil to each other in Gulag  than in the German camps. But that might have more to do with: The winner writes the history? And the fact that Gulag lasted so much longer, so that destructive actions truly got their time to refine.

For one thing, the criminal ruled in Gulag. Not that Moscow minded that much, but it truly took the most in-human proportions. As criminals doesn’t work, they for example ensure that they get the ”no-hard-work” as for example taking care of the children. As they then did not do. Or just did not bother to provide water, or let prisoners go and get water. It is also amazing and scary what a 100% focus on productivity can do to humans!

Anne also take a big effort in giving us the insight that it differed a lot among the camps, as well as during the years.

Some more reflections from my side is:

  • Yes, way too many died, but still: How could so many survived on nearly nothing? Under those conditions! Impressive how the human body works!
  • And coming back to my favorite ”the Maslow pyramids”. Here one rally get a proof that individuals value things differently. Some value ”nice-things”, even though they are close to starvation, while others value safety more, or honor or ”just” want a little something more in there stomach. And still others keep themself sane by risking their life just to get their history out. So yes, we have these values, but the borders differ so much, even when you are all truly on the very edge of surviving.

All these children growing up in the camps with the most limited amount of affection or language, light or food one can imagine. All these women and men, continuously being raped and humiliated by other prisoners as well as guards. All these families, splitter with no chance of neither justice, clarification or even the slightest possibility to communicate with each other.

And one more tragical aspect: From one time to another there were not even a huge difference in being outside of the camps anyway, as it was so miserable even there.

Read it! Preferably a little now and then, to be able to take it in.