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RobinHood
Posted on: 5.Apr.2013, 12:22 PM





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@Great Scott
Thank you for giving us the "useful idiot" perspective. This must be a difficult time for you. I sympathize.
Cheer up, I believe the Left Party still offers a place for your "old school" politics.
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RobinHood
Posted on: 5.Apr.2013, 07:08 AM





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Once you get past the rhetoric about "feminist agendas" and "youth guarantees" , this all seems remarkably similar to what we have now.
The Social Democrats seem to have taken a huge step to the right under Mr Löfven. It's fun to see poor Mr Persson telling us they haven't.
I suspect this is going to be a painful time for old school Social Democrats as Mr Löfven slowly makes his party electable again by acting like a Moderate, and talking like a Social Democrat.
Listen less to what he says (he's talking to his useful idiots), and pay close attention to what he does.
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RobinHood
Posted on: 4.Apr.2013, 12:17 PM





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@ Borilla
You dimwit. Haven't you heard the ambulance and bus driver stories are unsubsantiated allegations, yet to be proven.
Don't believe everything you read in the media; even The Local. You can end up looking a bit of a fool if you do. As you have.
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RobinHood
Posted on: 4.Apr.2013, 09:46 AM





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" ... The Swedish bus driver, should he be found to have acted deliberately, may just be one rotten apple, according to Hjerm, and should not be considered a reflection of the typical Swede.
"Prejudice or xenophobia, as of right now, is not actually getting any worse in Sweden, there is no evidence to suggest this. If anything, measurements show that the trend is improving," he said.
"The most prejudiced group is the elderly, who grew up in a different time. To put it very bluntly, when they die things get better."
Besides the difficulty elderly have in abandoning long-held views, Hjerm pointed to politicians' poor articulation of the issue as another cause for xenophobia in Swedish society. "
Actually David, the quote from Mr Hjerm is pretty outrageous, even within the context that he meant. A fair inference seems to be that Mr Hjerm thinks the elderly are "prejudiced" but that's OK, because they will all be dead soon. You do not need to be a right-wing troll to draw that inference, it's there for all to see.
"Grandad, you are a racist, but I don't care, soon you will die and the world will be better without you in it; ha ha"

The fact that the elderly will one day die is inevitable. Mr Hjerm did not wish them dead, but he did he express his pleasure at how much better the world will be when they are dead. I find that pretty repulsive - don't you?
We all have loved ones born one or two generations ahead of us, and yes one or two of them may have opinions not quite in-line with modern society - bless them. But hearing some deranged professor telling us how much better the world will be when they are dead, does stick in the craw somewhat.
You don't have to be right-wing loony to think Mr Hjerm is unfit to appear in The Local. You just need to be old, or love someone who is. He was clearly damaged goods, and you should not have used the quote - for your own protection and the professor's.
"To Hell with traditional Swedish values" was pretty disgusting too, if you don't mind me saying so.
Good luck with what might turn out to be a difficult day if this gets picked up.
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RobinHood
Posted on: 4.Apr.2013, 07:43 AM





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Now a Swedish Supreme Court judge has joined the Swedish Prime Minister in sharing his views on Mr Assange's case (before Mr Assange has even been charged) the possibility of a fair trial is lost. In the western world, politicians and judges must remain silent on all aspects of a criminal case until after the evidence has been heard and judgment delivered. If they do not, the case is dismissed, and the politician or judge prosecuted for contempt of court and/or perverting the course of justice. Both very serious crimes. International jurists shake their heads in disbelief at what passes for justice in Sweden. It seems reasonable to assume Sweden's politically appointed judges will listen carefully to the views of the Prime Minister and the senior judge. No need for a trial really: just ask the Prime Minister and a senior judge their opinion, and Bob's your uncle. Guilty!
Sweden's "robust" legal system didn't much help Ahmed Agiza and Muhammad Alzery. They were kidnapped off the streets by SÄPO, delivered to the CIA and tortured within days of the US asking for them. The good judge must have forgotten them when he made his reassurances. I'm sorry, Sir, but once your country goes down the road of kidnap, rendition and torture, people tend to think of you as kidnappers, renderers and torturers. Messrs Agiza and Alzery horrible fate has not been forgotten, and the judge cannot simply wish them away - though he tried.
The sad fact is that in Sweden politicians and judges do influence criminal trials, and Sweden does render people into the hands of the US for torture. It is not unreasonable that Mr Assange should be very worried.
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RobinHood
Posted on: 3.Apr.2013, 08:48 PM





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When a news organisation tasked with objectively reporting the story, becomes part of the story instead, things tend to quickly go to pot. This unhappy situation began last week, when The Local printed back to back stories: one involving an ambulance driver, the other involving a bus driver. The Local called both drivers racists, even before investigations had begun. Several posters in these forums noticed what had happened and criticized the Local's professionalism. The Local responded by taking down a forum, thus deleting the criticism.
Then Mr Hjerm, with The Local's help, was allowed to make a fool of himself, and has now got himself into some serious trouble.
Something seems to have gone seriously wrong and The Local is now very much part of the story.
This is a difficult time for The Local, it's be a shame to see Sweden's only national English language newspaper in trouble. Good luck sorting it all out David.
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RobinHood
Posted on: 3.Apr.2013, 03:00 PM





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It's fun to see a Swedish public official being held to account for incompetence. I don't suppose giving misleading advice is a crime, but why shouldn't it be?
Sweden's public servants, particularly at the tax office, are notoriously incompetent. But make a mistake when dealing with your own tax affairs and they are down on you like a tonne of bricks.
Mr Hansson and his useless colleagues should at least pay a penalty fee. Enough to ensure they won't be going on holiday this summer. That should get them to pay more attention from now on.
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RobinHood
Posted on: 3.Apr.2013, 08:13 AM





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Those poor boys must be terrified.
If they speak Dari, they probably come from Afghanistan. Sweden must move Heaven and Earth to reunite them with their families as quickly as possible, as is their right under Article 8 of the Human Right Act.
People who try and deprive them of this right should carefully examine their moral and legal values.
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Posted on: 29.Mar.2013, 05:00 PM





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This woman's name and photograph has been printed several times in the media, long before she was arrested.
If only she had stolen 4.5 million SEK worth of meat from ICA instead, she would still be laying by her pool in Thailand.
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RobinHood
Posted on: 28.Mar.2013, 08:35 AM





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That's two Swedish nationals sentenced for terrorist offences this month. There are dozens of others, already convicted, or awaiting trial. Sweden seems to be exporting more terrorists than all the countries in the Middle East and Asia combined. In terms of numbers alone, a worthy member of the Axis of Evil.
Clearly Sweden cannot cope with its multiple terrorist citizens, and the rest of the world is paying the price for this failure.
Soon, Swedish citizens will be placed into "special measures". Other countries will demand pre-approved visas, and those carrying Swedish passports will be routinely searched and interviewed at airports.
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RobinHood
Posted on: 27.Mar.2013, 09:53 AM





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A rape victim is entitled to use a great deal of force to protect him/herself. Possibly even a fatal amount of force. Whether the victim had been asleep or drugged is irrelevant. But, the force must be applied to prevent the rape, not later, as a form of revenge. That is … revenge, not self defence.
The judge does use his/her common sense when deciding proportionality. That is the point. He/she balances the level of violence used by the attacker, against the level of violence used by the defender. The defender's response must be proportional and reasonable in the circumstances.
The judge in this case felt a pinch to the bottom did not justify a punch in the face. The girl's response was too violent for her to justify self defence. If the man had slapped her, or punched or kicked her, perhaps the judge's decision might have been different.
A defender who loses control of him/herself might still be entitled to plea self defence, if the loss of control was reasonable in the circumstances. Usually, letting rip with an Uzi on full automatic would not be reasonable or proportional, but what about a teacher who happened to have an Uzi during an ongoing US school massacre? "Blast away (at the attacker)" would be any sensible judge's opinion. But what if the enraged teacher later used his/her Uzi to execute the defenceless attacker while he/she was pinned to the floor by the police? At that point, proportionality and reasonableness have gone out the window, and self defence is not an available defence.
I hope this helps.
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RobinHood
Posted on: 27.Mar.2013, 09:04 AM





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Mr Reinfeldt may have had a point until last Friday.
Unfortunately, last Friday the concept of a Europe Union, with free movement of people and capital, collapsed when the EU tried (but failed) to hive off 6% of the savings of the entire population of Cyprus. Not only rich Russian investors, but ordinary Cypriot people. For the next few weeks/months, (possibly for ever) those people will not be able to withdraw their own savings and transfer them elsewhere.
The EU's moral right to exist has gone, along with all its worthy notions - including the free movement of people that Mr Reinfeldt refers to. Mr Cameron is the first leader to publicly announce that it is now every man for himself; grab what you can. Others will follow soon. Behind the scenes the other EU countries are quietly taking steps to protect themselves from the storm. Germany (the project's main financier) is not even pretending anymore, and is recovering its debts any way it can, no matter what the cost to the project.
This week, there has been a complete moral collapse of those at the very centre of the project. In Brussels, even the EU's greatest supporters are ashamed of what they have built, and have lost hope. I hope (for Sweden's sake), Mr Reinfeldt has seen this and is taking the necessary steps to prepare for the end.
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RobinHood
Posted on: 26.Mar.2013, 10:28 PM





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Don't worry readers. Everything will be much better when your parents and grandparents are dead.
Where does The Local find these wierdos?
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Posted on: 26.Mar.2013, 08:47 PM





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The judgement was correct, and the law is good.
The defence of reasonable force is valid only if the defender's response is proportional to the attacker's violence. If I attack you with a gun, you may defend yourself with a gun, or anything less. If I attack you with a knife, you may defend yourself with a knife, or anything less. If I attack you with a spoon, you may not defend yourself with a gun or a knife. This is not unique to Sweden; all first world countries have something similar, with the exception of the Stand Your Ground defence in the US.
In this case, the force used by the attacker was allegedly a pinch, and the response by the victim was a punch in the face powerful enough to break the attacker's nose. The judge correctly held the response was not sufficiently proportional to the force used by the attacker.
The law is written this way for a reason, it imposes a responsibility on the victim to defend him/herself in a proportional way. It is there to prevent vigilante justice, to ensure the rule of law prevails, and to protect us all.
This is not a comment on whether the man should have been prosecuted for pinching the girl. Perhaps the prosecutor lacked evidence to prove a pinch; I do not know. The prosecutor certainly did not lack evidence to prove a punch on the nose. The broken nose speaks for itself.
Please do not hold me personally responsible for the legal concept of self- defence. It had been refined over several millennia, going back first to the ancient Greeks, then to the Romans and from there to multiple jurisdictions. If you disagree with the law, moan at the ancient Greeks, not me.
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Posted on: 26.Mar.2013, 11:00 AM





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@Biliousbob
The title of this website is The Local, and it is right The Local should report on local issues; not global.
But it is wrong for The Local to report unproven and unsubstantiated allegations as fact. Most news organisations protect their shareholders from ruinous damages payments for defamation, by using words like "allegedly", or phrases like "It has been claimed ..." The Local, rather recklessly declines to do this, and comes straight out with phrases like "racist bus driver" or "racist ambulance driver", even before an investigation has begun, let alone concluded.
In Sweden, defamation is a tort and a crime. If it should turn out that either the ambulance driver or the bus driver, or both, are not in fact "racist", one or two Local journalists really ought to go see their lawyers, and the editor (when he gets back from his Easter holidays) really ought to inform the shareholders of what has been going on these past few days.
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Posted on: 26.Mar.2013, 09:18 AM





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It is standard human resources procedure to suspend staff during an investigation. Despite how The Local presents it, no inference of guilt or innocence may be drawn from ambulance drivers, bus drivers, or anyone else being suspended.
Why is it necessary for the comments section to make this important point clear?
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RobinHood
Posted on: 25.Mar.2013, 09:32 PM





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@ Khazara
But you still haven't explained to us why you think your race is superior, and other lesser races, mutants. Don't be embarrased, stick on a little mustache, raise your right arm up at 45 degrees and go right ahead. You know you'll feel better.
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Posted on: 25.Mar.2013, 06:33 PM





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@ Khazara
Just for fun - please would you explain to us why your race makes you superior to the rest of us? A master race, so to speak.
I seem to remember an Austrian chap said the same thing seventy years ago. He, like you, also suggested those of lesser races were "mutated", and that his master race were also entitled to live anywhere they chose.
The similarities are uncanny, don't you think? Have you been having wierd thoughts about Poland recently?
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Posted on: 25.Mar.2013, 03:18 PM





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Yesterday, we were informed by The Local, with unequivical certainty that the driver had divided passengers between two busses on account of their race; that he was a racist.
Today we learn that this was impossible because there was only one bus. Let's all hope the bus driver isn't a litigous sort of chap.
The number of Local readers who take stories of this kind at face value is quickly diminishing to the dim-witted, the gullible and the ignorant. Sadly, those adjectives seem appropriate to describe the journalist who chose to lift this story from Aftonbladet.
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Posted on: 25.Mar.2013, 09:49 AM





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"He [Migration Board spokesman Fredrik Bengtsson] added that the task force won't be hunting down individuals".
Why not? It doesn't bode well when an investigator into a corruption allegation announces before the investigation has begun that he won't actually investigate if anyone is corrupt.
If this is how a corruption investigation is run in Sweden, it's not surprising corruption is rarely uncovered.
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Posted on: 25.Mar.2013, 09:38 AM





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I don't understand! Sweden has told the world that its sex laws have almost eradicated prostitution in Sweden.
It would be tremendously embarrassing to Sweden if it turned out all that its prostitution industry was actually alive and thriving on this new fangled internet thingy - right under their noses so to speak.
I'm sure that's not the case, and as the Swedes say, its prostitution laws have been a great success. The 287 callers and 57 texters probably all got the wrong number.
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RobinHood
Posted on: 25.Mar.2013, 08:31 AM





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This matter has not been investigated at all. The bus driver has not even been interviewed by his employer. The only evidence presented so far, is the statement from a disgruntled passenger.
Yet, The Local and other press have presented this matter to us as a done deal. Scroll up and look at the headline. This story is now being regurgitated by media across the world as fact.
Believe it or not, libel is a crime in Sweden. I hope The Local's headline stands up, because if it doesn't ...
Is this really the best the media can do? Half baked stories based on entirely on a single source, lazy, unprofessional, non-researched, deliberately deceptive, insulting to its readers intelligence, possibly libelous and possibly criminal.
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RobinHood
Posted on: 23.Mar.2013, 06:29 PM





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The Local has taken to disabling comments that question its jounalists integrity/competence when it covers stories like this.
It is getting very difficult to trust The Local as a source of news, and easier to think of The Local as a source of propaganda.
What a shame.
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RobinHood
Posted on: 22.Mar.2013, 01:08 PM





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@ L & R
Do you actually read the stories before you comment?
It clearly says the medics decided the young man was unharmed and did not need any medical assistance at all. The police disagreed, but it turned out the medics (who are best qualified to decide) were right all along.
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Sweden's most prolific exports this month have been horse-meat meatballs, chocolate cake with poop in it, and terrorists.
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