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Hi,

I've finally got round to becoming Swedish. Migrationsverket has sent the letter confirming this and my passport. However, I forgot to ask them to send this to my wife as I use my passport as ID. Therefore it goes back to MV and then to my wife. This will take a few weeks.

MV told me over the phone that I've been granted citizenship when I phoned to discuss the arrangements of finally getting the information+passport to me. However, I forgot to ask if there is more I have to do. For those who have received Swedish citizenship, did you have to sign another form after you received notification ?

Tack.
  Forum: Life in Sweden · Post Preview: #941469 · Replies: 2 · Views: 1,848

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Khazara
I'm confused. First you write that it couldn't possibly be due to snus purchases. This is nonsense. Tax free purchases are one of the reasons Swedes visit the island !
Then you give us a link to an interview with the boss of the bus company which supposedly clinches your argument. Did you actually listen to the interview ? He said that, *according to the information he so far has*, passengers were allocated to buses according to their ethnic origin. Information from which source - driver or media ? He also said that there would be a meeting with the driver on Monday to find out what happened and take his side of the story. Therefore its quite hard to see how he is the clinching source you think he is.
Racism is a nasty thing. So is labelling people before they've defended themselves or the facts are fully out.
People like you are as much part of the problem as the racists.
  Forum: Swedish news · Post Preview: #800535 · Replies: 32 · Views: 2,593

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Khazara
2) It has nothing to do with paying a VAT for snus purchased in Åland; small place anyway, snus would be a lot more expensive there, supposedly gangs traffic snus? (what a joke)
Swedes go to Åland to buy things which are cheaper there (owing to lower duties). Its a part of a different country. The fact that the island is small is irrelevant.
Gangs in the UK traffic cigarettes into the country on the cross-channel ferries. This type of thing is not unusual.
Your research and reasoning has let you down. Please, learn to research facts before you denounce somebody.
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Nomark
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@Emilia
You wrote to another poster:
"Just don't assume I want the same thing."
As mentioned earlier, its highly possible that you don't know what you want in certain areas. Most of us don't, however much we protest. The heart, head, and body quite often give conflicting signals and we often just pick one of them when we "make up our mind" on something.
Thanks for the article. Its of an unusually high standard for the Local.
  Forum: Swedish news · Post Preview: #797449 · Replies: 18 · Views: 1,589

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The police and media are always reluctant to give details in these cases because of the well documented Werther effect. They're right to do this. There is no reason why more should die just to satisfy some people's morbid curiosity.
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Skogsbo

I think your point meshes with mine i.e. the disconnect from reality and lack of accountability.
  Forum: International affairs · Post Preview: #787993 · Replies: 34 · Views: 4,486

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Posted on: 23.Jan.2013, 05:00 PM





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Politics becomes interesting again.

I'm far from being Eurosceptic - I think European integration is great idea. However, I am sceptical when it comes to the EU. There are several reasons behind this

(1) Democracy. The EU comes out with fine words about democracy but then ignores the results of referenda by making the naughty public vote again until the answer is yes or simply sidestepping a no vote administratively. Add to that the corruption within the EU institutions (it wasn't so longer that the commission had to resign because of this) and one is left with an unappealing vision of leadership within a future Europe.
(2) Disconnect with reality and published historical fact. I'm more than a bit fed up with EU spokesmen talking about EU being responsible for the peace in Europe during the last half of the 20th century. For a start, the EU didn't exist during the cold war. Instead it was organisations like the EEC i.e. dominantly trading bodies which bound Western Europe countries in the non-military sphere. Second, it wholly ignores NATO, possibly the greatest factor determining Western Europe's security. Third, the fact the people in power make such arguments and believe them (and I suspect these people do believe them) shows how disconnected they are from accountability. It smells of propaganda.
(3) On the topic of propaganda, the EU spends a fortune advertising itself within Europe. I've had to sit through Q&A sessions at Stockholm central station, all funded by the EU. The only problem with this is that they don't give a fair set of questions. For example, I'd ask "For how many years of the EU accounts not been signed off?" in addition to the questions showing the EU in a good light.
(4) The Euro. Taking economic decisions for political reasons is madness, as current events are now showing. The EU had an effective common currency in the sense that the rates were fixed (the ERM). This system also allowed countries to come out if circumstances demanded it. Removing that flexibility accounts for many of the problems of Euro states.

Democracy and government works best when it is as localised as possible - though there is still very much a big role for central government. The EU model is centralisation and that it is quite a mistake in my opinion.

That said, I think the EU has done some very good things, not least bringing in the Eastern European countries and thereby preventing a set of impoverished east of Germany. Its forerunner also played its part in peace in Europe during the Cold War. Furthermore, some of the common standards it sets have been useful (eg environmental regulations) though others are simply red tape.

These are interesting times. I've no idea how I'll vote (I think I'm still eligible as a UK voter) should the referendum take place. On a selfish level it might mean more red tape for me as an expat so I guess I'd vote to stay in should it come to it...
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I'm not sure why the author chooses to frame his argument in terms of parents/children. It sounds to me like the author has just discovered that Germany is very different to Sweden. Such differences are particularly manifest when one compares life in the major cities.
Regarding the comment " I'd like to see that adulthood isn't synonymous with parenthood." In view of the need to produce a younger generation to keep the society going it should be fairly synonymous.
  Forum: Swedish news · Post Preview: #787427 · Replies: 24 · Views: 2,557

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This is a bizarre article. As pointed out above the demonstration was actually an attempt to mob one person; as such it resembled a lynch mob rather a principled stand. Furthermore, the demonstrators consisted in no small part of bullies who had their anonymity removed and were annoyed about this.
Furthermore, the internet played a crucial role in all of this; perhaps even the key role. Previously, this type of bullying was localised. A far greater community is now involved and, as seen above, involves the systematic removal of an anonymity which someone who scrawls on a toilet wall need not fear.
In amongst all of this there were of course some people there who genuinely concerned about the whole issue of mobbing. However, the author ought to remove her rose tinted glances and see it for what it is rather than what she would like it to be.
  Forum: Swedish news · Post Preview: #781963 · Replies: 11 · Views: 1,258

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Robinhood
As well documented (http://www.thelocal.se/30628/20101206/), you have a bit of difficulty with the concept of the presumption of innocence until someone is proven to be guilty. Until you get this rather simple point you perhaps you ought not to be commenting on legal matters.
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Regarding the ice core work, here is a description of the state of archiving by one of the top ice core temperature reconstruction scientists:
http://climateaudit.org/2012/07/08/lonnie-thompsons-legacy/ .
In other words, its simply not enough to do as you've done and give me a webpage. These data are being used by people like you to promote expensive public policy changes. Its unacceptable that they are not archived and available for full replication.
Regarding me pointing out that temperature reconstructions tell different stories, my apologies. I thought you were acquainted with the primary literature (you certainly should have been if you want to lecture people about this). Here is a sample of "hockey stick" studies which have been heavily promoted by AGW-proponents:
http://www.meteo.psu.edu/holocene/public_h...icles/mbh98.pdf
A sharp hockey stick except that (a) the hockey stick shape comes out if noise is fed into the algorithm and (b) it relies on one specific proxy for its shape - if that is removed (and people who took the data think it isn't a reliable temp proxy) - the hockey stick vanishes and a strong medieval warming period appears. BTW the authors wrote that the conclusions doesn't depend on one proxy. See pretty much any of the McIntyre and McKitrick papers which all point this out.
Then there is Briffra et al., 2001. This one is a classic. It shows a hockey stick except that temperatures fall in the late 20th century - bad news since the instrumental record shows a rise. Solution ? Remove these data from the IPCC reports to present a "tidy picture". This is appalling - scientists are *not* allowed to delete adverse data. This is cherry picking, end of story.
And you still want to rely on temp reconstructions to promote AGW ? Good luck but don't expect those of us who read the papers and who don't subscribe to any given ideology to follow suit.
Regarding the climate models, can you give me a prediction of temp rise due to your CO2 "term" argument (with uncertainties). Since the feedback production of more water vapour accounts for a huge amount of predicted warming you're fixed onto the smallest possible rise. It must be possible for you to outline why we need to worry about that.
Regarding the sceptics "meritorious legacy" it will be (a) a tradition of not accepting scare tactics, BS and scientific waffle before spending vast sums of money and (b) a tradition of demanding research of the highest quality.
I note that you move from earlier posts of trying to hector me about the implausibility of my position given the strong scientific evidence which apparently refuted my arguments to one where you talk about the science being plausible. There is nothing wrong with not knowing something but there is lots wrong with cherry picking the science to try and prove a point.
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Reason and realism
Glad to see you've dropped your proxies argument following me pointing out that other proxies tell different stories and that the data aren't generally available for replication studies. Cherry picking and non-replication is pretty much anti-science in my book.
I'm well aware of the CO2- heat argument - I'm a physicist. You'll find few sceptics who disagree with you on this point (although please be careful about translating laboratory measurements to the earth's system, things are complicated) so I'm unsure why you labour with it other than that you don't really know how climate models (used to determine human-induced contributions) work. The problem is that its *not* the greenhouse gas CO2 which is dominantly responsible for the predicted rises in the temperature. The climate models postulate that the CO2 gives rise to more water vapour and the water vapour causes temperature rises. While the theory of CO2-induced greenhouse warming is well established and experimentally tested by laboratory work, the water vapour feedback mechanism isn't - eg nobody really knows how to model clouds properly. Funnily enough, the climate modellers and IPCC tend not to promote that bit of info, instead relying on the CO2 argument i.e. the soundest part of the argument chain to convince the masses (it clearly worked on you) . Many scientists think the feedback leads to more warming, others think it could even be weakly negative. The IPCC models certainly think that feedback leads to more warming. However, this means relying on models which haven't undergone classic falsification tests. For example, we have faith in the predictions of quantum mechanics (another physics model) because there have been a number of measurements which could have put that theory to the sword, yet QM survived by predicting what was observed, time and time again. Climate models haven't yet passed that fundamental test. When they fail to describe data, they are simply modified. Like cherry-picking, scientists take this type of thing (i.e. falsification) seriously (though maybe not in climate science).
In short, lots of the non-controversial things I teach students about how to do
experimental science (reproducibility, no cherry picking, falsification tests) simply haven't been done here to the standard I would expect. None of this means that the AGW hypothesis is wrong. Being sceptical means what it says on the tin i.e. not being dogmatic. It does, however, mean that the AGW-hypothesis rests on far weaker foundations than those who promote it would care to admit. This is very important information when it comes to deciding whether mitigating action should be taken.
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Great Scott
It seems you read what you want to read into my post even to the extent of making up arguments which aren't there. Please try to avoid attacking something I didn't write. It doesn't make for a meaningful discussion.
You wrote:
"Also he should remember that it was ordinary people that bought about the peace not (sic) Politian's."
I pointed out that some politicians do indeed deserve credit, and gave an example of one, Konrad Adenauer. I also pointed out that some politicians don't deserve credit. A bit like the members of that group called "ordinary people" really.
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Reason and Realism
You are referring to the past temperature reconstructions. They are problematic for a number of reasons. One problem is that some show exceptionalism and others don't. Its extremely unwise to say "look at this measurement - it shows a warm century in comparison to the rest" when other measurements point towards this century as not being exceptional. To do this is called cherry picking and we frown upon it in science (well some of us do - climate scientists seem not to care to much). A lot of assumptions and statistical reasoning go into making these temperature reconstructions. This is why its important that results are independently verified from raw data. However, much of the data used to make these measurements is not openly archived so independent reproduction (also important for science) is not possible. Please show where the raw data for the measurement you cite is archived. Please also show me where the results have been independently reproduced.
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I'm a proper scientist who publishes in peer-reviewed journals, works in academia etc etc. However, my views of global warming attribution have changed over the years. At first I had no problem with the AGW-hypothesis since I believed that peer-review worked well, as it does in my discipline. However the flaws in the hockey stick temperature reconstruction and, more importantly, the response of the community to these flaws (i.e. ignore them and smear those who identified the flaws) has led me (and a lot of people) to a rethink. Add to that the ridiculous "science is settled" claims (science is *never* settled) and the even more ridiculous consensus arguments (science does not proceed by consensus - it proceeds via reproducibility and falsification tests) and I've become a downright sceptic. I'm happy to be convinced that AGW is happening to a degree which we should worry about but I've found the arguments and evidence not especially strong.
Also, I doubt you'd find anyone more "pro science" and less inclined to believe conspiracy theories than me on this site.
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Ordinary people also enthusiastically supported in many of Europe's wars.
I think it does a disservice to the likes of Konrad Adenauer to ignore politicians' achievements. Sometimes politicos deserve criticism, other times not.
Furthermore, if the goal is to acknowledge peace in Europe then the Nobel folk should have also given it to the US who helped restore prosperity (eg Marshall plan) and keep the peace (via NATO). And while they're at it, why not also give it to Russia. The threat of a communist dominated Europe certainly helped Western Europe to pull together.
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JA is innocent - end of story. The charges are political - end of story. Well, maybe not - sometimes they're due to extreme feminism and sometimes they're political. His accusers are angry scorned extreme feminists- end of story. But maybe not, sometimes one of them works for the CIA - either way they're liars and deserve to have their anonymity trashed and the receive the self-righteous bile of JA-supporters on the web.
Also, in spite of him being locked up in a London embassy surrounded by UK police after a number of failed attempts to overturn an extradition order, he needs to moved to Sweden before another extradition an take place since the UK is more likely to protect his rights. Got that ? Its obvious, isn't it. If you don't, you're a fool who "can't see the world as it really is".
Furthermore, someone leaking info about this case at the start fundamentally violated JA's rights. Sympathy is needed here, ok ? This was *wrong*!!! It is irrelevant that JA thinks that redaction of documents to protect innocent people is dangerous is unnecessary and has published a whole of info this way. Different things altogether, ok ?
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Its all well and good to talk about moving him to Sweden under Quito's protection. However, it ignores the fact that he has broken bail law in the UK, an office which can carry a custodial sentence.
If he thinks he was justified in doing this then fair enough, he should argue this when he's brought to trial. Hopefully (for his sake) his arguments will be a little more solid than those put forward during the extradition hearings.
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QUOTE (Bayes @ 19.Sep.2012, 09:02 PM) *
Woah there, immigration police, I wanted answers, not questions.
...
Although I clearly haven't worked there, otherwise I wouldn't be posting questions about the work over there. Use some sense before you troll.

You're being oversensitive (and not a little insulting to someone who was trying to be helpful to you). There was nothing wrong with the reply.

This is a discussion forum, not a question-and-answer service for curious wannabe expats.
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QUOTE (byke @ 17.Sep.2012, 01:59 AM) *
Now I know that some people on here have already tried and convicted Mr Assange based on media reports.

But according to the latest Swedish report :

Casting doubts on the claim of the first alleged victim.
This has now led to suggestions that a fake condom had been submitted by the first "victim" in an attempt to provide fake evidence.

I am sure it will spark off debate as usual or look to paint a bleak picture of those who refuse to judge a man who hasnt been charged.

Original Story :
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-22...l#ixzz26gRfkc2W

More links to the story :
http://rt.com/news/assange-condom-no-dna-277/
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/09/17/as...e_goes_flaccid/

A nice bit of useful idiocy...
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Putin is having a laugh, as the President of Ecuador. Two fearless champions of human rights and freedom of expression...
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themoron
I see that when you are called out for getting facts wrong you resort to that tried and tested response of throwing abuse.
You write that the way I think is bizarre. I try to use logic and evidence-based reasoning and demand that of others who try to convince me of the merits of a certain argument. There is (or should be) nothing bizarre about that.
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Another little factual slip ? Like those on our last discussion when you kept on making up things about my position. After all, its always easier to attack a position of your choosing, which can easily be made unreasonable and sensationalist (rather like your own), instead than someone's real position.
On another note, you mentioned that what is important is what Assange feels. This is bizarre. This case is about two women who have made complaints against him. What he feels is neither here nor there. He is legally obliged to go back to allow inquiries into the allegations concluded. If he thinks its all part of a set-up or that its a staging post for a US-extradition then *he* has to provide the evidence to back up his allegations. So far he's given zero evidence. Furthermore, he and his lawyers have come up with all sorts of rubbish about, eg, the death penality that was so obviously wrong that I wondered why they were saying it (presumably to excite the faithful). Like you, he has lost credibility amongst those who prefer evidence-based reasoning by treating his own speculation and fact.
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philster61
I still miss the logic.
Wouldn't any country want to get a convicted criminal who absconded prior to starting a prison sentence back ?
To repeat my question, why does Sweden trying to get him back mean that they WILL (your emphasis) extradite Assange ?
Claiming that you somehow know this and the rest of us can't grasp is not the same thing as putting forward an evidence-based rational argument in which the merits of competing hypotheses are discussed. Can you do this ? Or are you simply making something up to suit your prejudice ?
Evidence, please...
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