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Miss Kitten
Posted on: 12.Aug.2012, 02:04 PM





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Ouija, of course Norden thought she was worthy of the gold medal. Isn't that why she competed in the first place? Apparently, there were some problems with the cameras at the finish line, and if that's the case then it seems only fair that an appeal should be filed.
You said that she lost and "cried foul" which isn't the case at all. I was just pointing out this to you. You said she was a "sore loser" and I pointed out she wasn't. She was very happy with her silver medal. The SOC filed the appeal. She even told them that probably nothing would come of the appeal since they never award a shared medal for the triathalon. They made the appeal anyway.
Also, please don't try to argue the finer points of logic with me by using a straw man logical fallacy. Norden supporting an appeal based on malfunctioning equipment is not the same thing as someone giving permission to an assassin.
By the way, are you Swiss?
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Miss Kitten
Posted on: 11.Aug.2012, 09:36 PM





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Even if Norden could file an appeal without the support of the SOC, she certainly never would. Again, she had nothing to do with it, and has repeatedly said she's happy with her silver medal. I
It's the SOC that is a sore loser, not her by any means.
In an interview she said that she was actually surprised that the SOC was appealing the result, since she was satisfied with it, and besides, there is never a shared result in the triathon, anyway.
It's too bad that the SOC decided to appeal it because it's done nothing but make Norden look bad. Well done, SOC.
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Miss Kitten
Posted on: 11.Aug.2012, 05:32 PM





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Even Norden thought they were wasting their time, but apparently the fact that the difference was down to thousands of a centimeter made it so close that she should have gotten a gold medal, according the the SOC.
The IOC didn't see it that way, though, and Norden knew they that wouldn't. She's perfectly happy with a silver medal and always has been, but now of course people are saying she was whining and crying foul, which couldn't be further from the truth.
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Miss Kitten
Posted on: 11.Aug.2012, 04:53 PM





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West Coast American girl, been living in Sweden for 6+ years.

I do feel that where I'm from makes up a big part of who I am, as do all the other places I've been and lived. The experiences gained in those places and the memories they've created have made (and are still making) me who I am.
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Miss Kitten
Posted on: 11.Aug.2012, 04:32 PM





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What are you talking about? The article clearly states that she had no part of the appeal. It wasn't even her idea. The Swedish Olympic Commitee filed the appeal on her behalf. She supported the appeal but stated interview that she didn't think it would do any good, and that she was happy with the silver medal.
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Miss Kitten
Posted on: 12.Apr.2012, 05:27 PM





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My Swede doesn't like plain boiled potatoes and actually prefers to eat köttbullar with macaroni, which I don't like. I like to have them with some kind of potato so we usually compromise and have them with mashed potato.
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Miss Kitten
Posted on: 11.Apr.2012, 10:01 PM





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Well, clearly most forumites want the forum to be moderated, yet no one is willing to help do it. If I do end up stepping down because I don't have the time to moderate the forum properly, then we'll be back to the anarchy of the pre-moderator days. I'm just not sure if that would be better or not, Gamla.

I will try to be a better moderator, the best that I can be. I know you're worried about power-hungry mods who delete threads and treat members badly because they don't like them, but honestly I don't dislike anyone here.

I'll try to be as objective as I can, but occasionally I will screw up. If none of you wants to be a moderator, then perhaps you'd consider being part of a pre-moderation committee, where we discuss certain posts and threads and whether they should be moderated. That way you could be involved in the process without actually having to wield the banhammer.
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Miss Kitten
Posted on: 11.Apr.2012, 11:55 AM





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I must admit that I rather enjoyed reading through this thread.

Rest assured, Trowbridge, I won't be going anywhere anytime soon. I intimated that I was merely thinking about stepping down as moderator since I am simply unable to give this purely voluntarily job the time and attention it deserves.

I'll never leave the forums. Ever. And for that I offer my sincere apologies.
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Miss Kitten
Posted on: 11.Apr.2012, 11:36 AM





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Aw, shucks you guys. It's nice to be appreciated. And abused (at the same time no less!). I'm gratified to know that you all care.

And yes, this really is more or less a one-woman show now and I wish I had the time to check the forums every single day, but alas, I do not. In fact, I've been thinking that since I simply do not have the inclination to check every single post in every single tread in this forum every single day, that it might be prudent to step down as moderator and let the forum go back to its previously unmoderated state. This might be preferable to making a half-ass effort at moderating.

I do not apologize (UK: apologise) for removing the cat-poo thread. It was finished. The questions brought up by the OP seemed to have been thoroughly discussed and the OP thoroughly tarred and feathered by the responders. Then it was hijacked. It's possible that I could have simply removed the off-topic posts but the whole thread seemed to be finished. If it means that much to you, though, I can always put it back.

I do however, apologize (UK: apologise) for my final post in the thread that I closed. I shouldn't have told you to grow up. That was perhaps unmoderatorly of me. We're really not supposed to be judgmental.

I don't really have anything more to add. You seem to have discussed everything already.

Cheers.
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Miss Kitten
Posted on: 8.Apr.2012, 03:16 PM





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The cat problem thread was closed and removed because, as Johno already guessed, it was hijacked and turned into a monkey poo-flinging fight.

This disgrace of a thread is no better.

Trowbridge and Jamtjim, take your dispute to private messaging and grow the hell up.

Everyone else have a Happy Easter.
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Miss Kitten
Posted on: 2.Apr.2012, 05:32 PM





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Thanks, Momster.
I choose to keep my cat indoors because it is safer and easier for me and for her. I live in a fourth floor apartment with no elevator, and it's too much trouble to let her outside. The apartment is a pretty good size though so there's plenty of room for her, and there's also a balcony so she can go outside if she wants to. She's safe and she's not a bother to any of the neighbors.
However, there seems to be a prevailing attitude in Sweden that cats need to have access to the outdoors. When I first looked into adopting a cat from a local shelter, they wouldn't consider letting me adopt unless the cat could go out. They also insisted that if I was gone all day then I had to adopt two cats so they could keep each other company. They said that it was bad to leave a cat alone in the house all day. Furthermore, they insisted on inspecting my apartment to make sure it was suitable.
While I'm sure that they have good reasons for all these requirements, I couldn't fulfill all of them, which is a shame because I'm sure they are preventing willing people from adopting one of the the many homeless cats into their loving home.
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Miss Kitten
Posted on: 2.Apr.2012, 05:00 PM





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More disgraceful behavior from Sweden's finest. I'm glad my cat is indoor only.
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Miss Kitten
Posted on: 22.Mar.2012, 03:31 PM





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They shouldn't get any jail time at all. Instead they should be sentenced to being run over five times by a snowmobile. Let's see how they like it.
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Miss Kitten
Posted on: 16.Mar.2012, 01:02 PM





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Unless the rules have changed, I believe you apply for an extention of your permit and then they give you whatever they feel is appropriate. I got my PUT after my initial one-year UT was extended to a two-year UT. If you got an two-year UT already then they will probably give you a PUT, but you should tell them that's what you want. They don't always make that assumption.

As for the citizenship question, one of the requirements for applying for citizenship is having a PUT. So you have to get one, regardless.
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Miss Kitten
Posted on: 15.Mar.2012, 09:28 PM





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I'm very sorry to see you go, Puffs.

All complaints may now be addressed to me. Maybe I'll do something about them if I feel like it. smile.gif
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Miss Kitten
Posted on: 11.Mar.2012, 06:37 PM





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QUOTE (Kibiri @ 11.Mar.2012, 03:54 PM) *
Is there a country where you cannot enter with your American passport, but can with Swedish? Iran maybe?
Even to DPRK, where USA is the devil, you can enter with US passport.

It was my understanding that any American citizen is persona non grata in Cuba.
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Miss Kitten
Posted on: 11.Mar.2012, 10:24 AM





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Wow, that's one hell of a story, Trowbridge. Have you ever considered getting Swedish citizenship and giving up your US citizenship? Or would that make things worse?

Lately I've been reading about Americans living in Sweden who have actually gone as far as giving up their American citizenship just so they don't have to cope with the draconian double taxation polices of the United States.
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Miss Kitten
Posted on: 11.Mar.2012, 09:46 AM





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That's weird. If you can receive messages you should be able to reply to them. Try logging out and then logging in again, and then see if you can reply to the message. Often that takes care of any weirdness.
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Miss Kitten
Posted on: 11.Mar.2012, 09:44 AM





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This was my understanding of the implications of dual citizenship as well. One of your countries of citizenship will not shelter you from the other should you get in some kind of trouble in it.

It would be interesting to see if there are indeed any cases, as GH indicated, of the US refusing to help one of it's citizens (now a dual citizen) out of sheer spite.
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Posted on: 10.Mar.2012, 08:47 PM





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I'm sure that might have something to do with it. smile.gif

And thanks everyone for all the advice and suggestions.
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Miss Kitten
Posted on: 10.Mar.2012, 05:20 PM





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Thank you, this is all very good to know. I would still like to know how to report my foreign income, though, since the embassy website wasn't very helpful and, as I've already mentioned, the letter I wrote was never answered.
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Posted on: 10.Mar.2012, 04:53 PM





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As far as I know we only met there once. The decor was pretty dodgy but the curry was decent. The late host was originally from the Leicester, the curry capital of the UK. His murder was real shame and a real tragedy.
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Posted on: 10.Mar.2012, 04:44 PM





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Meh, screw the environment! Who cares about the baby? SHE doesn't want to be without it. She's selfish and proud of it.
Cry me a river, hon. Didn't anyone tell you that giving birth is painful.
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Miss Kitten
Posted on: 10.Mar.2012, 04:39 PM





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On a more serious note, Skatteverket not having your correct address on file would probably be more inconvenient for you than anything else. I don't know if it's against the law or anything, but they are the government agency that handles just about everything having to do with identity, personbevis, personal numbers, addresses, etc., so it's pretty important that you get this sorted out as soon as possible.
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Posted on: 10.Mar.2012, 04:30 PM





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QUOTE (Essingen @ 10.Mar.2012, 04:15 PM) *
Any US citizens living here need to be aware that in 2013 there will be new legislation introduced by the US called FACTA (Foreign Account Tax Compliant Act). You should all be aware of what this might involve for you, and if your tax obligations to US authorities aren't 100% correct, this year is the time to put it right.

I found myself wondering about this shortly after I moved to Sweden. I looked at the website for the American embassy in Sweden, which said that the nearest office to file taxes for Americans living abroad was in London, and any tax questions should be addressed to them in writing. So I sent them a letter explaining my situation and asking whether it was necessary for me to file taxes in the US, since at the time I was working only part time and had hardly any income. I did nevertheless pay 30% of insignificant earnings to the Swedish government. Additionally, I have no assets, no car, no property, and no bank account other than a savings account containing less than $200 dollars.

I sent this letter about six years ago and I'm still waiting to hear back from them. Their lack of response either means that the answer to my first question (about whether I need to file taxes) is no, or it means that my letter, and the questions contained therein, and myself, are all so insignificant and unimportant and inconsequential to them that they simply couldn't be bothered to offer a response.

I strongly suspect this is the case, though I'd still like to know whether I need to file taxes or not.
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