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DidiE
Posted on: 6.Oct.2010, 10:18 AM


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The frightening thing here is how history is repeating itself. A political party on the far fringes, getting a toehold in a legitimate political process, and then building up support by playing on the 'the established parties are all corrupt and won't let us in' sort of hyperbole that can rapidly turn public opinion toward them. Not to draw over-broad conclusions, but this tactic resulted in a rapid increase in popular support for Hitler's politics back in the day.

I dunno. I was sufficiently alarmed enough to go to SD's website and read their manifesto in its entirety. They are quite clever in having a platform that also focuses on elder care, and one that relates back to the Hemland Sverige populist politics that helped build up the social security systems here. I do give them credit for knowing how to stage their party as the only one brave enough to raise the issue of integration of refugees and asylum seekers (although in reality, that is not true.) Given the representative sort of government we have here, a party that stages itself as the one that speaks for the 'common man', as SD implies it does, may very well become stronger and more influential over time- the manipulation of us versus them has worked century after century, around the world.
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DidiE
Posted on: 29.Sep.2010, 07:57 AM


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Hey, wait a minute. I logged on just to read about necrophilia.

Or leprechauns. Dammit. What kind of Irish thread is this, anyway?

(Didi E breaks a four month silence on this forum to demonstrate full support for subtitle changing on this particular thread. Good job, yez, whomever yez are.)
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DidiE
Posted on: 15.Aug.2010, 07:35 PM


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I liked the Master and Margarita- very cool and different kind of reading. Thought that Lindqvist's first book was very interesting and yet also a little off putting with the explicit gore, but wanted to read the second and couldn't remember the title, so thanks for that.

I just finished Snow and it took over a week- that is a personal record for slow reading for me, as I tend to zip through paperbacks like they were popcorn. I am still not sure if I completely understood the main character, and never could quite relate to the female characters, but it was an interesting experience to have read this.
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DidiE
Posted on: 15.Aug.2010, 07:32 PM


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I have kids who travel from the US to Sweden who use Wii, and X box, with no problem, using a transformer. I use this for my really spiffy US sewing machine, too. It is a little pricey- about 2000 SEK, if I remember, and I had to order through an electrician, and it weighs a zillion kilos, but it gets the job done.
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DidiE
Posted on: 13.Aug.2010, 06:21 PM


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I have not read Dinesen- that will go on the list, too. I liked 'Never let me go' and recommend that, too.

Sigh of contentment. THESE kinds of threads are what keep me coming back here. People who read books are MY kind of people. We are slowly disappearing, I fear.
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DidiE
Posted on: 11.Aug.2010, 11:30 AM


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Right. So, I have one week left of vacation, and it's time for some fun. I am offering a hundred zillion ducats in expired Albanian currency to the person who comes up with the worst TL discussion topic headline you can make up. One that hits every bell and gets all the trolls running to their keyboards. The rules here are
1. It can't be one that really exists.
2. It has to be something that is somewhat plausible, given the discussion board. Which pretty much means anything goes.
3. Direct insults are boring- use some verve, please!
4. Extra points if you put the title in bold or italics.

Here's my first offering
Gay immigrants offered extra welfare payments by government if they undergo late term abortions.

There. That ought to get this going. Most of you are far more imaginative than I am, so I await your submissions with bated breath.
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DidiE
Posted on: 10.Aug.2010, 12:28 PM


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I am interested in reading fiction set in the Stalinist era- any recommendations? I have already devoured Smith's mysteries, and would like other similar works, if anyone has any.
What's the Shetland quartet about? Sounds like my kind of summer read.
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DidiE
Posted on: 10.Aug.2010, 11:10 AM


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The TL posters here are often an erudite bunch, so I wouldn't be surprised if I'm actually the last one to pick this book up. I'm working my way through the book slowly, which is a surprise to me, as I tend to read very very fast, but this author's writing style deserves careful contemplation.

I am about a third of the way done with it, and I'm still not sure what I think about the main character. I can't relate at all to him, and the conclusions he arrives at, and that is fun for me, as the main guy is a Turkish poet who is returning to his homeland after years of political exile in Germany. Makes me wonder if cultural divides are THAT significant, that this fictional person and I have so little in common, and it makes me uncertain about how I would react in his place. Interesting experience.

So, who's reading what right now?
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DidiE
Posted on: 9.Aug.2010, 05:00 AM


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I agree- I loved this series, and passed it on to my mom, who loved it, and passed it on to a cousin...We have family roots in Minnesota, among other places, and this series made this part of my family come alive for me.
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Posted on: 10.Jul.2010, 01:35 PM


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My favourite word in Swedish is genom. I like the way it sounds. Ye-nom! It just means through, but it was one the first words I could pronounce without too much trouble. I like kiosk, too. Shee-osk. It just sounds nice.

Wait, was I supposed to come up with a Swedish word that sounds obscene in English? Okay. Union. Fack. Hahahahah. The 12 year old Didi E shows up right on time for this discussion.
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Posted on: 9.Jul.2010, 07:57 PM


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With much respect, I suggest that engagement rings and wedding wings be abolished. Rings are a sign of slavery and servitude.
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Posted on: 9.Jul.2010, 07:54 PM


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You will not like this- but I'm heja'ing Team Espana. Them guys got cojones.
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Posted on: 9.Jul.2010, 07:53 PM


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Sports are one of the few areas in which countries can achieve a level playing field, to cop a sports phrase in defence of sports. Iranian women live in very circumscribed circumstances, and yet are some of the smartest, toughest women I know. My hope is that, even if the ayatollahs make them wear full length chador, they go out and kick ass. They have my full support if they can manage to just show up, no matter what they wear.
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Posted on: 29.Jun.2010, 03:33 PM


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If you are selling a home in Sweden, the realtor should give you a complete breakdown of expected taxes for gains from sales. Be sure that you provide her with solid evidence of all costs associated with the home, including those you paid yourself. For example, we paid out of pocket for landscaping, etc. The actual costs will serve as your house's true value, which may not be at all similar to the bank value. The tax on gains is 22/30 of the computed or net gain. Spouses or registered partners who share the title each are assigned half of the gain or loss. We delayed paying taxes on the wins of the previous house until this current one was sold, and used the gain from this sale to pay that house's taxes. As to fees, at least in our case, all kommun fees are deposited in an escrow account and paid out by our banker. Very convenient!

I am not comfortable commenting on the other questions here, as I would be loathe to give you wrong information. I will say that realtors here give you much more information on the information you are seeking that I ever got in the US, and the Swedish tax authority is quite approachable about these issues. If you read Swedish there is a great deal of information on this at the skatteverket website. But Didi E has done the basic work for you- here is a nice link for a multilanguage pamphlet that covers some of your questions
Skatteverket explains it all
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DidiE
Posted on: 29.Jun.2010, 03:18 PM


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43 C? Hah! That is only 28 in dog years. Whatcho betching about, Kang?
Anyway, like they say in Norway, it's not the heat, it's the stupidity. Everyone on our street who hasn't already escaped to the lakes or summer stugor are lolling around in shorts, reminding this former Alaskan very much of beached whales. There is nothing even remotely resembling brain wave activity anywhere on the block. Even the normal arslet morons who constantly are hammaring or mowing lawns or otherwise annoying the rest of us are still.
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Posted on: 29.Jun.2010, 01:54 PM


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The thing is, just like there is no butter in hell (long story, but rent Cold Comfort Farm next time it rains and you want a great video) there is no air conditioning in Sweden. At least not anywhere within walking distance today. I am taking the rest of the afternoon off due to heat related stress (sounds like it might be a real condition) have filled an old spray bottle with water and periodically douse myself while happily engrossed in a multi volume George RR Martin fantasy series. I invite you to join me on the deck at seven for cocktails.
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Posted on: 29.Jun.2010, 01:51 PM


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No, no, Craptastic, I knew you were joking. Cos you used the right emoticon. Ain't no flies on me.

Ya know what? Every country has its good points and its bad points. If you chose to live in Sweden after having lived in the US, you obviously prefer it here, in most cases. The OP is not going to get a lot of posts from Swedes living in America who love it there due to this being a mostly Sweden-based forum, but I'm sure we all know plenty of US-based Swedes, if he's interested in contacting them. (Calling Dolph Lundren, where are you?) For any purely emotionally based decision, the feedback you will receive will run the whole bell curve of responses, and what it will basically boil down to is choosing one dream over another. Love, or adventure? Generations of pirates and pioneers and all kinds of taking-off-for-parts-unknown ancestors in my background, so I'd go for adventure. You might opt for a life of study, or a job with the Red Cross. Someone else thinks sexy is a secure retirement plan and longs for Wall Street...the key to long term happiness is finding a partner who shares those core values.
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Posted on: 29.Jun.2010, 12:01 PM


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Ya know what- it could have been a bubble, actually. I was in the middle of the city, surrounded by pavement and concrete, and not a lot of shade around, in the early afternoon.

I could indeed head back to the North Pole, as was so charmingly suggested by RH, but Fairbanks, Alaska, can get damn warm this time of year, too. No point doing anything put making sure there's plenty of ice cubes and looking up sangria recipes. I am such a whiner right now.
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Posted on: 29.Jun.2010, 11:56 AM


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Hey! I'm a teacher, part of the time. I done it, and now I can teach others. (Happily, my instruction don't include English grammars.)

My favorite song of all time is from Crowded House, 'Weather with You'. The title pretty much says it all- everywhere you go, you take the weather with you. If you are an unhappy person in Sweden, you will probably be an unhappy person in the US or UK or Venezuela or Nigeria in the long run. There is a lot of recent research that shows that most of us have pretty stable emotional bases. We are either happy types, or we are not. External things DO play a role in happiness, but generally these factors (fine job, fine spouse, winning the lottery or living in the tropics, for example) provide only short term lifts, and most of us end up going back to our emotional set points. So if the OP is the kind of person who wants adventures and going to new lands, if THAT is his basic make up, and the partner is the kind of person who absolutely does NOT want same, that is not going to result in a long term match of temperaments. I read a really interesting study of marriage outcomes over twenty years time- a group had looked at the divorce rates for every single couple that got married in a county in Pennsylvania in 1981, and they concluded that the biggest cause of divorce over time was that people did not marry others of similar temperament. Interesting, innit? Sorry to go off, but this subject is one that fascinates me, and I think the OP describes a very classic sort of dilemma that illustrates what happens when two emotional bases clash.
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Posted on: 29.Jun.2010, 09:47 AM


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I actually did linger in the frozen food section of Hemköp yesterday, until the store person started giving me weird looks. Am back home in Skövde today, where our outdoor thermometer read 41 for a few minutes as it was in direct sunlight. Dang. That is a high for us here, at any rate.

78 C in Dhahran? Yeah, but it's a dry heat...It would be a sight to see, I bet.
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Posted on: 28.Jun.2010, 09:18 PM


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I think that you should give it a go.
There are a million people in the world you can love, but very few career paths you can find satisfaction in. You will always regret not giving the US a try if you don't do it. There are many good things there, and this is coming from a dual citizen. I love both countries, but if you are young and ambitious, the US can be the time of your life, providing that that Immigration lets you in.
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Posted on: 28.Jun.2010, 08:50 PM


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Do you attend your section's twice daily fika, coffee breaks? This is a good way to meet people, and to appeal to them to help you find cool people to meet.

I actually hate fika, but I am a very shy and anti social person, and people I work with cut me breaks, because they know how hard it is for me to make small talk. If you start showing up around 915 and 1430 each day to your break room, I almost can promise you will have all the social interaction you would ever need, Lord help you.
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Posted on: 28.Jun.2010, 08:45 PM


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It is so lame to complain, particularly after last winter. And I'm from Alaska! But it is hot, bordering on uncomfortable. Maybe because I try to use public transport, maybe because I walk a lot, but I've been miserable all day. And this is SWEDEN!!! I guess part of the problem is that I can't find air conditioning, outside of the Västragötalandsregionen bus system.
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Posted on: 28.Jun.2010, 08:06 PM


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Yeah, I know. Complaining about heat during our full two weeks of Swedish summer is in poor taste. But I'm hot, dammit. The fans are packed up somewheres in the forrad, I can't get a breeze through the window, and I'm miserable. Somebody will be sure to post this again in December when I'm bitching about the cold, but it's at least 30 degrees in my office, and I want an arctic blast. NOW!
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Posted on: 28.Jun.2010, 08:03 PM


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Absolutely there is a difference in earnings in the US, compared to Sweden. There are many many more PhDs in my field here than in the US, and competition is fierce for the limited teaching jobs. My boss in Alaska makes 128 000 US a year, equivalent I suppose to around a million SEK, give or take a few thousand. I have a better education and more international experience than her, so I'd be making at least the same amount if I had stayed. My Swedish wages, after taxes, place me in the bottom 20% of US wage earners, so I am actually considered impoverished here by US standards, considering my family size.

But I'm happy here. I was happy there, too, but I found out quickly that money isn't what makes ME happy, it's being with people I love. And the main person I love, outside of my kids, is a Swede who never wants to leave his homeland, so I'm here. It's more than okay, as I have a severely disabled adult son who finally got his PUT last year, and has the right to a huge range of services I could never have afforded in the US, even with that huge salary. I am a happy person no matter where I am, for the most part, and you sound like a person who shares that quality, so why not give the US a try for a year, and see what you think after that? I really do love living there, and love living here, and never try to compare the two, as they are so very very different. If you are adaptable, and I suspect you are, you might end up having the best time of your life. It would be a shame to miss that chance, just because some of the people here did not have such a good time there when they tried it.
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