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QUOTE (Svensksmith @ 24.Nov.2014, 12:42 PM) *
The Emperor has spoken.

The emperor may have ordered open borders for a wave if flotsam and jetsam from Hispanic nations of Central America.
but his attitude toward Europeans and the kind of immigrants who made the US great (once upon a time) is this:
http://justpiper.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/bo.png

Australia is the latest in a long list of (former) friends at whom the Emperor of the Whole World has flipped the bird
http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2014/1...n_brisbane.html
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QUOTE (TL | Oliver Gee @ 1.Jul.2014, 08:32 AM) *
Hi guys,

Noticed a very distinct silence here. First everyone complained that a certain poster posted too much, and now the poster is gone and there's nothing here. Puzzling, huh?
Oliver
"Puzzling"? Seriously?: See below:


QUOTE (cherrybubble @ 1.Jul.2014, 05:09 PM) *
I miss Ivor. He didn't bother me (or should I say, it didn't bother me to engage with him on the forum).
Me, too. And me neither.

QUOTE (Opalnera @ 1.Jul.2014, 06:45 PM) *
I had no real problem with him either. It humoured me how quick people were to shoot him down and call him a bully, when for the most part I saw him being bullied.

It's an honored tradition here. The same gang of bullies gang up on one lone poster, especially a new poster who has not yet learned the PC rules. When the bully-collective fails to drive out the new guy, they run whining to the moderators.

QUOTE (Poca @ 5.Jul.2014, 05:59 PM) *
you are 100% right. Often I asked why people did not simply ignore him if he bothered them that much. Quite a few here have a pack mentality and enjoyed ganging up on him. It was silly for the mods to get rid of him.

Simply clicking on "Ignore" is too labor intensive for the geezer gang who believe that the forum is their personal turf.

If the New Guy in Town (Ivor, most recently) does not let himself be mobbed out, the old-boys network run crying to the mods. Do the mods docilely block the NGiTs, or do the NGiTs leave out of boredom?

Whichever, it's dull place, without, e.g. Ivor and byke, or, for the conspiracy-lovers, "Ivor/byke."
  Forum: Swedish news · Post Preview: #838258 · Replies: 21 · Views: 8,354

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QUOTE (Model T Ford @ 1.Jul.2014, 02:46 PM) *
Right, cogito, but the entertainment stops if she becomes the next President, an almost certainty at this point, since potential critics, like with Whitewater while Bubba was President, attack her only with what suits their fancy, not what she wants as Commander in Chief.

Hej T.
Well Bubba believes he is entitled to a 3rd term as C in C. And it is only right that he and wifey clean up the mess that they would inherit from the current POTUS.

Correction: Her advance for the latest book she did not write was $14 million, not 8 million as I wrote above.
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QUOTE (Model T Ford @ 10.Jun.2014, 12:07 PM) *
Look forward to reading her book, Hard Choices, for what she has to say about being Arkansas' First Lady and America's, especially what she says about Whitewater, Iran-Contra, Vince Foster's death, its cover up, Travel Gate, Bill's womanizing, his pardons, fundraising while in the White House, the deal she made with Obama to prevent her losing the 2008 presidential election, etc.

The advance for this, the latest book that she did not write was $8 million.

She flies in by private jet to stand at a podium and recite her inequality lament, the political hit song of the year. At $200-250,000 per speech.

The self-described poor me "dead-broke" victim is now said to be worth $106 million.

She campaigned for a higher estate (inheritance) tax, and then stashed hers and Bill's fortune in trusts to protect their fortune from... the estate tax.

While promoting "her" book, she has been exuding an aura of greediness and behavior bordering on compulsion.

Meanwhile, the Clinton daughter, interviewed in her $10.5 flat in New York, said she "just cares too much about people to care about money."
Chelsea, worked for a hedge fund that raked in profits on the sub-prime mortgages. Now she "works" for a TV station, and is reportedly paid $26,000 per minute (yes, minute) to pretend she's a journalist.

The whole family continues to
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QUOTE (TL | Oliver Gee @ 18.Jun.2014, 02:30 PM) *
there's been a bit of a shuffle around on the editorial desk

Suggest you shuffle off the boring bloggers. Does anyone read them...other than their wives, husbands, partners and mothers? Or is it a financial thing: you do not have to pay amateurs?

Try to lighten up on news page. Would like to see more articles like Savage's this week on Midsummer: that banned IKEA vid. was best portrayal of Midsummer ever.

Forum has been losing steam ever since the secret moderators unpleasantness was disclosed. Now it's down to like-thinkers who bully out anyone holding heterodox views.

Otherwise, keep up the good work.
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QUOTE (Opalnera @ 11.Mar.2014, 10:23 PM) *
Oh if you considered that passive aggressive Sweden is going to KILL YOU.

QUOTE (cherrybubble @ 11.Mar.2014, 11:52 PM) *
LOL!
Seconded.
:lol


Thirded.


QUOTE (cherrybubble @ 12.Mar.2014, 11:38 AM) *
True, many americans conflate Sweden and switzerland, but I don't think that point of confusion is restricted to the yanks.


As do the French, Spaniards and Italians.
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QUOTE (Gamla H?lsingebock @ 29.Mar.2013, 12:11 AM) *
I think we are waiting for the other "shoe to drop", like I said, the thought of a secret moderator is giving second thought to posting...especially in a carefree and thoughtless manner! unsure.gif
laugh.gif

Right, GH. it was the creepy thought of the secret moderators. One of whom, I believe, is still around, posting under different user names, sometimes here on the board under one name, sometimes in comments after news stories under a different name.

QUOTE (Max Reaver @ 29.Mar.2013, 08:31 PM) *
Sort of wishing byke was here lol. It was never boring when he did his stuff.

Agree. And those who mobbed him out are still here, boring us to tears. One of the byke bullies periodically announces that he is leaving the forum for EVUH. And yet, like Banquo's ghost, he keeps showing up at the table.

QUOTE (Gamla H?lsingebock @ 12.Mar.2014, 07:49 PM) *
AKA...Cogito!!!

Ah, Gamla H. You flatter me.
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QUOTE (tv?ttkatt @ 11.Mar.2014, 07:39 PM) *
I can't just "not read the comments" since you scroll down to read the news story and the comments are in your face.


Errrr. Don't like them? Don't read them. Ever heard of self-control?

Vox pop is always interesting, often more so than the articles.
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QUOTE (Poca @ 28.Feb.2014, 07:26 PM) *
... why is it only white people who are apparently made to feel that they must accept others...
If it was reversed ...

Reversed it might look like Spike Lee's racist rant when Whitey moves into a Black neighborhood.

http://ideas.time.com/2014/02/28/spike-lee...the-new-honkey/
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QUOTE (Hisingen @ 27.Feb.2014, 11:20 AM) *
Sweden of the 60's was different. There was less whining from folk in general.

Ignorance was bliss.

There was only one TV channel. Swedes wallowed in ignorance.
Brainwashed in the Sverige-?r-b?st--i-v?rlden dogma, they had no idea how dreary Sweden was compared to other places

In the 1980s, the state's monopolistic stranglehold on broadcast media was broken, and Svenson had access to a wider range of information sources. They were exposed to the big world out there. And they traveled to experience that world.

Now Swedes have been to New York, Paris, California, Barcelona and they know that out there the food is better, the prices lower, the people friendlier, and the cultural and social life richer.

There should be more whining.
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What happens when lazy parents let the state raise their children?

http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB1000...1246309702.html.
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QUOTE (French Connection @ 16.Feb.2014, 02:14 PM) *
I bet you got also a blow...j..b from a 25 years old nurse!People like you makes another people to think that Sweden is paradise!Health care in Sweden sucks!

French C., True that!
Especially compared to health care in France.
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QUOTE (LLHope @ 13.Feb.2014, 09:40 AM) *
Based upon what? biggrin.gif


This is because Sweden is more advanced than most countries when it comes to relationships. It recognised decades ago that, mainly women, were stuck in relationships where they were financially dependant upon the partner. The social welfare system, taxation, pensions, division of

Brainwashed much?
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QUOTE (Poca @ 29.Jan.2014, 08:29 PM) *
Gosh, some if you folks are so b?b? Lala, so immature. Can't care the mention of one negative thing about Sweden. And this knee jerk reaction to say: go back whenever something you don't like is said is getting really old now

Poca, And for an example of bebe Laladom, see below:
QUOTE (intrepidfox @ 29.Jan.2014, 01:26 PM) *
move. It's so simple. There is too much moaning about this country

I would like to get this straight. You are complaining about people complaining? (Irony lost on another planet.)

Then I wish to complain about people complaining about people complaining.
To take a page out of your book: if you don't like it here (the discussion) follow your own advice: move on. There are are dozens of Heja heja Sverige sites to comfort you: you could start with some of the blogs on the TL.
QUOTE (cherrybubble @ 29.Jan.2014, 01:57 PM) *
biggrin.gif Thats not so simple at all! And it doesn't have to be so black and white. One is allowed to hold both positive and negative opinions about the same thing at the same time, without having to go into exile! There are TONS of nice things about sweden that I adore (don't get me started on princesst?rta)

cherrybubble, Yes. And isn't it odd that you need to point this out? What you say should be true of all western democracies that can take criticism--without ordering the dissenter be sent into exile.
Then, of course, there are dark places like NoKo, Cuba, the former East Germany and USSR-- and the minds of this board's LittleSwedes suffering from SSSD (Swedish Submissive Syndrome Disorder).

Grasping ambivalence, ambiguity and cognitive dissonance requires cerebral sophistication. As does respect for dissenting views.

(Me, too. Big fan of the princesst?rta.)
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QUOTE (Hisingen @ 27.Jan.2014, 09:31 PM) *
I certainly hope that one day someone gives you the black eye you deserve as a 'Thank you.'

Here you have a perfect illustration of " You are in Sweden now; this is how we do it in Sweden." (hear that much?)

QUOTE (cherrybubble @ 27.Jan.2014, 11:08 PM) *
Black eye?? Good lord, suddenly we're into assault and battery too?

Like the "Little Swedes" here, (those who've been in Sweden too long), you have to learn to be rude. Or rather un-learn everything you were taught. Swedes have no idea what good manners mean. Far too many do not seem to know the following words: excuse me, with your permission, I am sorry, It was my fault, please, after you (while holding the door).
(and to the OP: yes, they stare.)

QUOTE (LLHope @ 27.Jan.2014, 07:17 PM) *
There is no universal standard for manners, we are taught those from an early age.
Actually, if you've traveled much outside of Sweden, you would have observed that there are world-wide standards--among civilized societies: kindness and consideration to the weak and elderly (e.g. giving up your seat on the bus) are ingrained at an early age. As is saying "thank you" to the person giving you her seat.
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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/...mafia-flat.html

Privacy for me, but not for thee.

Francois Hollande, the stodgy president of France with the peculiarly colored hair and latest member of the Clinton/Berlusconi bunga-bunga club, is threatening to sue the magazine that exposed his most recent infidelity--this time with a young actress.

Why do the heads of state think they have the right to privacy? They are PUBLIC servants. They have no scruples about abusing their power to snoop into the private lives of others. France uses the DSE to spy on private citizens as does America's NSA.
Transparency should be a two-way street.
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QUOTE (SeattleLove @ 13.Jan.2014, 08:59 AM) *
... serious I guess for Americans. If you don't pay it,, the IRS could fine you $10K for every year missed filing.

While FATCA has serious repercussions for everybody else in the world
The law will cause havoc on the world economy,everyone loses ... Americans and non-Americans

Thinly veiled by the US as Washington taking the lead in the fight against offshore tax evasion, FATCA is seen by some European banks as an imperial, racist and protectionist act of aggression--an excuse to transfer a share of the GNP of other countries to the U.S.A. on a permanent and increasing basis. The whole world will pay a permanent share of its GNP in a forced tribute to the United States.

Banks in every country worldwide are expected to report funds held by "U.S. persons" (not only U.S. citizens) and green-card holders. If they do not, foreign financial institutions face huge financial penalties and sanctions.

As foreign banks and other financial institutions are spending hundreds of millions of dollars to comply with FATCA, they are starting to awaken to the law as the most extensive extraterritorial reach of U.S. tax enforcement in history. A Titanic for the global economic system

Best to do as the wimpy Euro governments do--comply.
And laugh at the funny side:
http://thefranco-americanflophouse.blogspo...bout-fatca.html
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QUOTE (SeattleLove @ 11.Jan.2014, 06:09 PM) *
Are there people at the Swedish embassy that would know how this all works? It will be my first time doing this...I don't pay taxes anymore in the U.S. since I am not making any income there, but I understand the FBAR is something separate from the U.S. taxes.
Don't expect help from the embassy.
FBAR and its evil sister FATCA (The Fear and Total Confusion Act) have serious repercussions for U.S. persons:

There is widely held belief that FATCA, signed into law by Obama in 2010, is intended as a war on expats, who have committed the crime of living outside the borders of the USA. The "I-am-a-citizen-of-the-world" president does not like other Americans being citizens of the world.

Both FBAR and FACTA assume that all U.S. persons living outside the U.S are criminals. Their crime? Living, marrying or working abroad. Salary, pensions paid by foreign companies, as well as your partner's/spouse's, if held in a non-U.S. bank,can fall into the gray zone
U.S. persons (citizens, Green Card holders or anyone with a connection to the United States) are a target and a potential source of revenue (through penalties) to Washington--even if they have never worked or lived in the U.S-- as long as they have a bank account ex-USA. What the ignorant call "offshore accounts" are, for expats, just their local accounts, into which their salary or pension are paid.

Though characterized as "tax cheats," or "traitors" by Washington, most expats are honest, productive, contributing residents of other countries, which they call home.

These laws are a tyrant's dream. The instructions are baffling. Penalty fines will be levied even for the slightest inadvertent errors in reporting
From hundreds of anecdotes by FATCA victims:

- "The IRS officer I called told me that a) since I live abroad I am by (their) definition a tax criminal so he had no obligation to answer my questions and cool.gif in any case the IRS keeps no files on their decisions so there was no way I could appeal."

-"My parents live outside the U.S. They are in their 90s, and have a bank account in their home country. They added their son as a signatory because if they become incapacitated, they want him to have access to money to pay their bills. But their account has now been frozen because he's American.

-"The filing burden is ridiculous and includes 5 generations on both sides of any family with a US citizen -- e.g., my foreign wife's grandparents have US filing requirements because she is married to me."
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QUOTE (Svensksmith @ 12.Jan.2014, 03:29 PM) *
I don't think Ivor is Byke, I think he is Barak Obama.


Svensksmith: hear the sound of thunderous applause and stomping of feet? (I don't know how to make a littlel smiley facey thingies)).
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QUOTE (jack sprat @ 10.Jan.2014, 01:30 AM) *
Only if you say nice things about Sweden, otherwise expect to jumped upon from a great height. rolleyes.gif
Good to see you back, Jack.


QUOTE (Gamla H?lsingebock @ 10.Jan.2014, 01:48 AM) *
What could be said about Sweden that is not nice...It's a wonderfully,utopian and perfect country!!!
Of course. Just ask any Swede.


QUOTE (Hisingen @ 10.Jan.2014, 11:21 AM) *
Clearly Byke's mate Jack has woken up again.

Good illustration or Jack Sprat's point above.

Byke Disorder Syndrome sufferers seem to be infectious and incurable.
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QUOTE (Model T Ford @ 5.Jan.2014, 05:53 PM) *
Just a few facts along the way.
English is the third largest language spoken with about 360 million people speaking it.
Slightly more people speak Spanish, and nearly a billion speak Mandarin.

Trow. Now I am beginning to believe you are a faux Trow. True Trow was one of the best educated posters on the Forum. He would know v.well that the lingua franca is not about the number of speakers of a language.

As you point out, Spanish and Mandarin are bigger and English comes in only third. Sweden is around #300 in the world's languages, falling somewhere between Uyghur (a Turkic language) and Akan (Niger-Congo) in languages ranked by number of native speakers.

A lingua franca, it is not about the number of users. It is determined by culture and commerce. Culture is first, which is why, no matter how economically successful China is, Mandarin is unlikely to become the lingua franca.

Popular culture is almost exclusively American or English. The world's arguably richest body of great literature is in English (second runner: French).

The further added value of English is immeasurable: for internet research, for science, for travel or for merely being a well informed citizen of any nation.

The added value of Swedish is
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[quote name='Corinthian' post='825425' date='5.Jan.2014, 02:41 AM']I must have applied 200 times to different jobs on arbetsf
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QUOTE (LLHope @ 5.Jan.2014, 11:34 AM) *
Let's turn that around for a moment. If one of those Swedish people went to work in say the UK would everyone around the table change their conversation language to Swedish?

Seriously? You think Swedish and English are equal?

English is the lingua franca (for those linguistically deprived Swedes, that means language without borders, or default language).

The civilized world has always needed a lingua franca for civilized people to communicate with each other. For centuries that language was Latin. Then it was French. Now the internatiaonal language of culture and commerce is English (until it is Chinese).
When a Japanese businesswoman meets a Brazilian businessman in Paris, they speak English.

Deal with it.
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QUOTE (Rick Methven @ 31.Dec.2013, 03:16 PM) *
I just dropped in to see if anything interesting was we orth reading, and only found a shitload of the usual crap poists from think it is time to leave the forum to the 2 biggest arseholes to post in the 9 years of the forum. Ivan the horrible and clapped out Ford.
Again?
Is anyone keeping track of the number of times Rick has "just dropped in" to announce his departure from the forum?
Has it been weekly? or bi-weekly?

Rather than repeateddly talking the talk, how about walking the walk.
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QUOTE (Model T Ford @ 22.Dec.2013, 10:43 PM) *
"These female leaders are really angry about what Washington has done, and it still hasn't seen the last blowback from it.

Right, Trow:

(Angela) Merkel was so outraged at the tapping of her personal phone that she compared the espionage antics of the National Security Agency to Stasi, the secret police that operated in East Germany, according to The New York Times.

"This is like the Stasi,"Merkel reportedly told Obama, referring to the mass surveillance of German citizens during the Communist era.

IMO, graver than soured relations with allies and political leaders, is that millions of ordinary citizens have had their private emails and phone calls spied on by the Obama administration.
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