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Northernline
Posted on: 27.Dec.2010, 01:40 PM





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"But few will address the real problem — an Islamist political agenda in Europe that is claiming not just the lives of misguided extremists but whole towns like Malmo..."

A load of alarmist and exaggerated bull. In truth, it wouldn't matter a jot if 100% of Malmö were "muslim", because the label "muslim" is misused by journalists today to show ethnicity rather than individual religious philosophy. Therefore, the agendas that the handful of terrorists maintain is a racist and ethnic partisan one, not a religious one. These people do not themselves understand nor agree amongst themselves on the essences of the islamic religious philosophy - they have unfortunately been taken in by the media's scaremongering.
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Posted on: 31.May.2009, 05:10 PM





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QUOTE (Puffin @ 28.May.2009, 09:38 PM) *
Colleagues who have worked in other countries tell me that the situation is a little different in Sweden - they tell me that the main differences are:
- in other countries you get a grant/scholarship as a student - whereas in Sweden you get a salary once you have a full doktorand position with social benefits - PhD students are eligible for paid sick leave and parental leave.
- in Sweden PhD students are very much colleagues - most have an office, computer and phone provided by the department.
- some visiting post grad students have found it unusual that PhD students attend the hgher research seminars and sit with their professors in the lunch room - don't know if this is unsual in an international perspective.
- there are different types of PhD contract - with a full doktorand position there is often a 20% teaching role included in the position whereby you automatically lecture, teach seminars etc


The above is not strictly true for all PhD students in Sweden; it's a more a broad generalisation. I am sure conditions, practices, relations and even salaries vary widely depending on which institution and even group you were in.
Within Lund University's Medical faculty, the salaried 'doktorandtjänst' position you mentioned above usually applies for only the last 2 years of a PhD student's time spent here - the first 2 years are simply stipends, thus no social benefits.
The rest is also broad generalisations: facilties in the work place, attendance of fellow students at seminars, amount of teaching required, vary WIDELY as I said above. It depends on many factors, the chief one being how well funded the research group is.
As regards comparing countries for quality of PhD students, that's a waste of time - I would look first at the quality of the potential supervisor and his/her setup. A great research groups usually thrives anywhere, as long as they have the support they need, and they would then i turn attract and churn out some high calibre PhD graduates.
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Posted on: 26.Mar.2009, 01:09 PM





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OK, I suppose he is screwed then (rather then the UK, or along with the UK), unless he gets a job.
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Posted on: 26.Mar.2009, 12:49 PM





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You have no sympathy from me. I don't at all find it unreasonable that you can't easily get a loan for studying at a non-UK institution. Why don't you get a loan from a Swedish bank or csn instead? Otherwise, do as suggested and get a job.
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Posted on: 26.Mar.2009, 12:42 PM





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Jade Goody was, despite my original misgivings, a very useful tool in increasing awareness of cancer to the general public. That side of it was good, but the way the media relentlessly made a big, daily, issue out of every aspect of her condition and her situation, is disgusting. There should be stricter codes enforced.
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Posted on: 13.Mar.2009, 02:47 PM





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The best moment was turning the TV off just before it started, and heading out for drinks. tongue.gif
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Posted on: 13.Mar.2009, 02:43 PM





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Irrespective of where it as, it WAS worthy of international news coverage because of who was playing and also the fact that the authorities decided to go ahead with the tournament behind closed doors.
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Posted on: 13.Mar.2009, 02:40 PM





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QUOTE (StockholmDownUnder)
Yes, it's another day in Sweden.

Another day of forced fikas and pressure to speak a foreign language, knowing that you sound like a 7 year old with a serious head injury; it’s another day of compulsory 10:30am hardbread with cheese and intravenous coffee; it’s another day of pretending to fit in with the group when clearly you don't want to; it's another day of not knowing WHAT THE - THESE BASTARDS ARE TALKING ABOUT!! Ahh yes, Sweden. It's another day of blank, frozen looks when you tell someone that you don't have a person number; another day of sharp inward breaths that signify something but you still have no idea what! Another day of force feeding on ‘bullars’, semlars and smelly orange fish. It's another day of silent, barely noticeable nods and avoidant body language; another day in a ubiquitous sea of wrinkled, short sighted faces, of being nudged but not noticed at the local supermarket; its another day of snobby, disdainful glances by hot looking but utterly indifferent young women with more time, money and maternity leave than they know what do to with (and who would rather experience bamboo nail torture than say 'hi' to a stranger - unless they're binge-drinking on Saturday). Its another day of sending your 50th email on Blocket to secure an over-priced apartment on something-bloody-gatan, that you will never get anyway because you look vaguely like a terrorist (ie, you have black hair).

Oh, and then there’s the weather.

Ahh, Sweden!

…..anyone for a Fika?



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at least the healthcare won't set you back much when you need attention for your gastric ulcer, high blood pressure and clinical depression. laugh.gif
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Posted on: 13.Mar.2009, 02:38 PM





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Posted on: 13.Mar.2009, 02:37 PM





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I don't disagree with your reasoning at all - I guess the state has to draw the legal line somewhere as to what is/is not suitable punishment, based on ethical principles - which themselves should not go without discussion.
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Posted on: 13.Mar.2009, 02:29 PM





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In general - eugenics sucks. But there are always exceptions and extreme cases, and as regards the desire-removing stuff, I am for it in the repeat offender's case - although I don't understand why he is not behind bars or a long time already.
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Posted on: 13.Mar.2009, 02:26 PM





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I would say that yes, Zlatan is a hero/role model for Sweden in the sense that Swedes are proud of his international success and name recognition. He has helped to keep Sweden on the map.

He is also a role model for youngsters in Sweden, having shown that he cam come out of an immigrant "ghetto" in Malmö and make a it big on the world stage, at the same time staying true and faithful to his roots and hometown.

He may not be the best, but he is one of the best - certainly one of the most entertaining to watch - and I don't think many Swedes would argue with that.
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Posted on: 13.Mar.2009, 02:20 PM





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There is something inherently and deeply unethical about society eliminating the ability of someone to procreate, in contrast to punishing them by incarceration (which by itself will make it difficult for them to reproduce).

Eugenics has very sound scientific principles and reasoning, but nevertheless lacks the ethical reasoning to make it acceptable.
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Posted on: 11.Mar.2009, 07:37 PM





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Just cover yourself in feta cheese, Kalamata olives and tomatoes, and ask your girlfriend to eat you. smile.gif
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Posted on: 11.Mar.2009, 07:23 PM





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Starsailor - Tell me it's not over
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Posted on: 11.Mar.2009, 07:19 PM





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There was an Indian restaurant that i tried once; it was quite decent.

I hope that helps. smile.gif
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Posted on: 11.Mar.2009, 07:18 PM





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I checked out the website too. But is it totally fake, ie bogus and non-existent, or does it actually exist but is non-accredited?
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Posted on: 11.Mar.2009, 07:14 PM





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First of all, are you sure that you and your husband will be able to physically adapt to the increased atmospheric pressure in .eg. Uppsala? You might feel nauseous with a headache for the first 6 months...

Seriously though, sites like Monster are good, but the strongest recommendation would be to assess whether you/your husband have skills and education that would be desirable in Sweden, as well as immediately taking steps to learn Swedish. Otherwise, frankly, it will not be worth it.
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Posted on: 11.Mar.2009, 07:10 PM





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There is a distinct bias towards cheesecake on this forum . I wish to protest - it stinks of jingoism, and strawberry too.
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Posted on: 11.Mar.2009, 07:07 PM





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I was an axe-murderer/rapist - I made an exception for her.
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Posted on: 11.Mar.2009, 07:03 PM





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Cantona - a fountain of knowledge even from 600 km away. smile.gif
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Posted on: 25.Feb.2009, 12:09 AM





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Alan Keyes is a joke. His best riposte against Obama in the Illinois Senate election campaign was that Obama did not live or hold values according to the teachings of Christ.

The sooner evangelical "prophets" like him are brushed aside in politics the better.
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Posted on: 25.Feb.2009, 12:05 AM





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Comforting to see that Sweden, as usual, is at the forefront of major world events.


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Posted on: 24.Feb.2009, 03:39 PM





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That's really my point. I got resentful of Starbucks because they sprouted up on virtually every street in the UK, selling coffee, decent as it is, for exorbitant prices.

I know that demand an supply are intertwined, but it has got pretty ridiculous, with Starbucks looking almost as if they have a monopoly on stylish coffee culture.

Whenever I am in London, I make a point of going to s side-street family-owned caff. It's just as good, a hell of a lot cheaper, and I feel better about myself for doing it.
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Posted on: 24.Feb.2009, 03:35 PM





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Do you have bank accounts in both countries?

If not, I can give you my bank account details in Sweden; just send the money there. I'll even let you do it free of charge...
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