29.04.2002

I'm off!
... to a sunny country far away. For three weeks. I may check in on the Internet somewhere and possibly even post something. But it's unlikely.
See you!

25.04.2002

Potato Chips and Snacking: Taquitos.net
I lnked this site linked in defiance of this Swedish study:
Bread, potatoes may be cancer risk
"Acrylamide is formed during the preparation of food and occurs in many foodstuffs ... Many of the analyzed foodstuffs are consumed in large quantities, e.g. potato crisps, French fries, fried potatoes, biscuits and bread."

24.04.2002

South Africa's spaceman set for blast-off
"The internet tycoon will become the world's second space tourist to take off from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan."
"Mr Shuttleworth has reportedly paid £20m (£14m) for a ticket into space."

Comment from Gil-Scott Heron:
Whitey on the Moon - Gil-Scott Heron (1972)

A rat done bit my sister Nell with Whitey on the moon.
Her face and arms began to swell and Whitey's on the moon.
I can't pay no doctor bills but Whitey's on the moon.
Ten years from now I'll be payin' still while Whitey's on the moon.

The man just upped my rent last night cuz Whitey's on the moon.
No hot water, no toilets, no lights but Whitey's on the moon.
I wonder why he's uppin me. Cuz Whitey's on the moon?
I was already givin' him fifty a week but now Whitey's on the moon.

Taxes takin' my whole damn check,
The junkies makin' me a nervous wreck,
The price of food is goin' up,
And as if all that shit wasn't enough:

A rat done bit my sister Nell with Whitey on the moon.
Her face and arms began to swell but Whitey's on the moon.
Was all that money I made last year for Whitey on the moon?
How come there ain't no money here? Hmm! Whitey's on the moon.

Ya know, I just about had my fill of Whitey on the moon.
I think I'll send these doctor bills
airmail special....
to Whitey on the moon.
Venezuelan coup plotter 'in Miami'

"In the aftermath of Venezuela’s failed coup, the United States faces further potential embarrassment after the discovery that several alleged coup leaders fled to Miami."

23.04.2002

Lingual minorities in Norway
This site opened recently. It's run by Læringssenteret, which is a state institution for developing textbooks and software for schools. They've made a site for lingual minorities in Norway, but should have done some more fact- and spellchecking, I think:
"The website is currently available in four languages: Norwegian, English, Spanish and Albanian. The plan is to gradually translate the site into more languages when it becomes possible to be able to read other fonts than alphabetic language on the Internet. This is difficult at the present time, but we are working on the problem so that we can translate the website into more languages"

"At the moment some parts of translations are not available in English, Spanish and Albanian."

"Choose who you want to be: pupil, parent/guardian, school employee
In the left panel under the title ”Skolenettet” you can choose to receive information especially designed for those who want to use the pages."

"On these pages you will find information on colleges and universities, and their course, in Norway."

This site reminds me of engrish.com...
Petition: A salute to the people of Jenin
"We thank the people of Jenin for having reminded us what freedom is, and what it is worth. We know that you have paid a terrible price and therefore send you our small contribution to the rebuilding of what today lies in ruins: A free Palestine."

22.04.2002

Anarchist blogs
Not many yet, but I liked this one: Anarchist Librarians
Vincent's Glossblog
A very cool blog on language. Found through Metafilter.
Good point on France
Emmanuel Goldstein writes: "[This] has a big lesson for the liberal minded pro-Europeans (most pro-Europeans tend to fall into that category). If Britain is to embed every important governmental function within Brussels, what’s to stop the machinery falling into the wrong hands? Precious little.

Austria (junior coalition partner), Italy (two junior coalition partners) and now France – that’s a pretty bad track record for Far Right breakthroughs. I know that none of these guys could be judged to be down the line fascists, especially in Austria, but these are not marginal countries but in at least two cases are more in the heart of Europe than we are.

This may very well be a high watermark for the European right – for in the EU where are extreme nationalists going to make more gains. Belgium, the Netherlands and Ireland are the only three countries where extreme nationalists have the electoral machinery necessary for a breakthrough – and none of these countries is particularly large.

However, this may be the high water mark for this particular tide, ten or fifteen years hence there may be another tide like this. What can we do then? Nothing if we’re in Europe."

The argument usually goes that the EU stems the rise of "far right nationalism", or fascism. I agree with self-confessed reactionary E. Goldstein: the EU fosters this sort of nationalist baclash, and with the left being either antinational or weak (or both...) the swing goes towards parties like FN or Fremskrittspartiet here in Norway.
Mid-East conflict plays out in Oslo
"Supporters of both Israelis and Palestinians demonstrated in Oslo over the weekend, with Norwegian politicians speaking on behalf of both sides. Meanwhile, UN envoy Terje Rød-Larsen, who's long been involved in Middle East peace efforts, won full support from the UN for his criticism of Israel's "inhumane" actions in a Palestinian refugee camp."

Boycott news: Defense Minister calls Israeli ammo deal a 'mistake'
"Norway's defense minister was on the defensive herself on Monday, blaming a recent controversial purchase of ammunition from Israel on a breakdown in internal routines. She said no one wants to buy military equipment from Israel right now."

21.04.2002

If you want a free vote, ask nicely
"Since its ground-breaking experiments in vote-counting in Florida two years ago, the United States has been universally recognised as the chief innovator in the field of democratic principles. Therefore, one of the factors that must surely confer legitimacy on any democracy would be approval by the United States."

Snigger your way throught this piece by Terry Jones in The Observer.
Shock 'success' for French far right
Scary... It seems the second round of the French presidential election will be between Chirac and Le Pen. The turn-out is a record low, with about 28% abstention.

20.04.2002

Pro-Palestinian Protest, Oslo, April 20th
Pro-Israel blogger Bjørn Stærk provides us with several pics from the pro-Palestine demo today. It's at least a demo a week these days. Bjørn managed to catch the back of my mother's head in there too...
Stabæk-Vålerenga 0-0
Check out pictures of the VIF support on this away game! 0-0 is a boring, and therefore satisfactory result. I can't handle the suspense with all these goals, it's more healthy for me with goalless draws.
Boycott News
The Danish union SID cancelled a €9000 order with Israeil Software company Radix in protest at the Israeli war on Palestine. This led to 2000+ emails to the union, several of which can be read here (if you use MS Outlook, which I don't...).

19.04.2002

Footnotes to History
"The nations you didn't learn about in high school geography"

A large overview over small nations and states. Via Antijoe.com
Quote of the day
"I write English like a dead language. This is probably will-power."
(Why I Write in Welsh, Bobi Jones)
Got this from Nick Davies Morfablog, they were about the only words I understood on this welsh-language blog.

UPDATE: Cool. Stationmaster is meistr yr orsaf in welsh. By the way, the name of this blog is just a nickname I got at the Leftist Trainspotters list.
CIA Gets Huge Rise in Anti-Terrorism Funds-Senator
They had such success in Venezuela...
Feds might use Microsoft product for online ID
"Forget about a national ID card. Instead, the federal government might use Microsoft's Passport technology to verify the online identity of America's citizens, federal employees and businesses, according to the White House technology czar."

18.04.2002

LO calls for Israeli boycott
"Norway's largest labour organization, the Norwegian Federation of Trade Unions (LO), is calling for a boycott of all Israeli products. LO is a long-time supporter of Israel, but now has clearly lost patience with the Israeli government's ongoing aggression in Palestinian areas.", Aftenposten reports.

"The action by LO is significant, because LO is a traditional supporter of Israel with longtime ties to Israel's Labour party and labour movement. Norway in general has spent years trying to help bring peace to the region, and has spent millions of taxpayer funds on peace initiatives and aid to both sides."

Warbloggers will be pleased to note the last paragraph:
"With its call for a boycott, LO now risks being hit with a flood of hate mail like that aimed recently at Norway's embassy in the US and Norwegian media outlets, from Israeli supporters who won't tolerate criticism of or opposition to Israeli policies."

The rest of us can be pleased at this: Sale of Israeli vegetables are down 30%, as are the sale of Israeli wines from the Vinmonopolet, the state monopoly on wines and liqour.
Cancer claims explorer Thor Heyerdahl
Thor Heyerdahl was an extraordinary man. I remember reading his fascinating books about the seafaring expeditions he undertook.
Not always in accordance with science, neither in theory nor practice, but always exciting.

Even though I often disagreed with him, especially about his latest works, he got people curious about anthropology and history. And he could tell a story...

UPDATE: Obituary from The Independent.
Jesus Online buys Google-ad for poll
If you search for Israel on Google in Norwegian, you get a sponsored link to the above poll.
Glenn Reynolds, the Instapundit, asks after reading this piece by Fredrik Norman: "Are there any anti-Israeli leaders in Norway who aren't former Communists, or Nazi sympathizers, or both?"

The main speaker at this saturday's demo in Oslo for peace in the Middle East will be Jens Stoltenberg, chairman of the Labour Party.

Also, veteran Conservative leader and former PM Kåre Willoch is outspoken on Israel and Palestine. In this Dagbladet interview he says: "Yassir Arafat is criticized for not getting paople to reconcile with the occupation. The Americans doesn't know what occupation is, not having suffered it themselves recently. It seems some Norwegians also does'nt understand what it is. It's sad seeing Norwegian politicians appeal to both sides for peace. they should have seen long ago that doesn't help. Israel must pull out of the occupied territories. The Palestinians must get their own state. The border to Israel must be approximately the ones from before 1967. First then can there be a lasting peace."
The IE back-button attack
"Swedish security researcher Andreas Sandblad has discovered that the MS Internet Explorer history list allows JavaScript in the URLs. The code will execute in the same zone as the last URL visited. The error page generated by IE functions in the local computer zone. Thus when an error page is generated, JavaScript can be injected in the history and executed by using the back button."

17.04.2002

Move to Protect World's Only Women's Language
This is fascinating... In Hunan, China, there still exists an ancient language only used by women. The Chinese are now trying to preserve it.
The spiritual journey of a Sami lesbian
Came across this blog by accident. Whenever I lament the fact that I'm past 25 and wish for the good old teenage years, pages like this sets me straight (no pun intended)...

"But every time you speak those words I lose a little more of my belief in my family, and the holidays are not so fun and the family gatherings are not so fun and I wish you would stop telling me these things. I do not wish to become older and wiser, sometimes childhood faith is worth keeping."

No worries, Snowy Grrr, it gets better.
Strange stuff in the referral log
How on earth did I get hits on my site from this page???
404 page not found
Finally, some good avice in a 404 message.
EU demand to get the whole world privatised dismays yes-sayers
Charlie Stross, an EU-voter, comments on the Guardian-article on EU demands for privatising the rest of the world.

16.04.2002

Operation Anaconda Leaves Bitterness in Its Wake
"Nearly a month has passed since American-led Operation Anaconda ended here in the silver-capped mountains of eastern Afghanistan. Now the Americans are targets of residual hate and resentment in a province where support for the Taliban and the Al Qaeda terrorist network remains strong."

15.04.2002

Oxfam: EU protectionist against poor countries
"A report by Oxfam finds that the EU has higher barriers than any other large industrialised economy to imports from developing countries, despite its move last year to open its market to products from the very poorest nations. Oxfam claims that by preaching free trade while protecting their own markets, the world's poorest countries are being robbed off billions of dollars each year."

"Oxfam says developing countries lose 100billion a year
Oxfam ranks Europe first according to an index, which measures protectionism by the world's biggest trading powers, followed by the US, Canada and Japan. Oxfam estimated that high tariffs and subsidies cost poor countries 100billion dollars a year, which is twice as much as they receive in aid, the Guardian writes."

This story came as no surprise. This one, however, shook me a bit:
Norway: Majority now backs EU membership
French presidential elections
Bjarke Friborg links to several articles on the far left candidates in the April 21st presidential election in France.

14.04.2002

Finally! Football season has started!
Tonight I went to watch Vålerenga play Bodø/Glimt in the opening match of the Norwegian Football League. We only managed 1-1, but the sheer joy of the season opening made up for that.
UPDATE: Check out pictures of the Tifo here.
Viva Chavez!
Soldiers on Miraflores Palace, Caracas

This is written by Chris Brady for the Marxism mailing list:

Fracas in Caracas
For your files and forwards:
Let us not forget these important and telling gringo gaffs:

“…on Thursday, the military installed Carmona, a development that the
United States later
greeted as a step toward 'democracy'.”
—DPA (German press agency) Sun, 14 Apr 2002:
"Chavez set to return to Venezuelan presidency"


“The United States, which disliked Chavez for his friendship
with Cuban President Fidel Castro and fretted about his
populist leadership, was clearly pleased to see the back of
him. U.S. officials said they considered there had been no
coup.”
—By Jason Webb (Reuters) CARACAS, Venezuela, April 14 2002

[USA supports democracy by cheering something that walked like a coup,
swam like a coup, flew like a coup...]:

“The Bush administration laid the blame for Mr. Chávez's overthrow
firmly with the ousted leader. Officials portrayed the ouster as a
victory for democracy, even though Mr. Chávez was a legitimately elected
president.

“"We know that the action encouraged by the Chávez government provoked
this crisis," said Ari Fleischer, the White House spokesman. The Chávez
government, he added, suppressed a peaceful demonstration and fired on
unarmed protesters.

[snip]

“Among Mr. Carmona's most pressing tasks now will be to assuage concerns
in other countries about how Mr. Chávez's reign ended and deal with the
polarization between rich and poor that divides this country, analysts
familiar with Venezuela said.

“ "The goal for his successors is to effectively tackle the pressing
socio-economic issues that brought Chávez to power with so much popular
support," said Russell Crandall, a Latin America specialist at Davidson
College in North Carolina. "Chávez was right about the problems he saw
in Venezuela. He was wrong about the solutions and the Venezuelan people
made that very clear." ”
[what have those Venezuelan people made very clear lately?]
—By JUAN FORERO New York Times, April 13, 2002
Venezuela's Chief Forced to Resign; Civilian Installed
http://www.nytimes.com/2002/04/13/international/americas/13VENE.html


Perhaps most amusing is JUAN FORERO’s fawning portrait of Pedro Carmona
Estanga.
Here are some quips, oops, sorry, I mean “quotes”:

CARACAS, Venezuela, April12 — In one day, the man in charge in the
presidential palace went from a strong-willed populist known for his
rambling speeches to a mild-mannered businessman who chooses every word
carefully.
[snip]
Mr. Carmona promised "freedom, pluralism and respect for the state of
law" and said general elections would be called within a year.
[snip]
Mr. Carmona could not be more different from Mr. Chávez. Although Mr.
Chávez cherished attention from the news media and world leaders, Mr.
Carmona has never been comfortable in the limelight. Mr. Chávez sought
power, even starting a failed coup in 1992, when he was an army colonel,
before winning office in an election in 1998.
"This has never been his aspiration," said Rafael Sandrea, a
friend who is in Mr. Carmona's business group. "He fell into it because
of the circumstances."
[this is so Malvolio!]
Mr. Carmona, experts said, is a level-headed manager who is also known
as a conciliator.
[snip]
"He's a guy who's looking for compromises and solutions that everyone
can work with," said Robert Bottome, editor of Veneconomía, a business
newsletter here. "He has the style of personality that is exactly right
for this moment."
[snip]
Slight and meek, he often appeared sitting behind a desk, reading a
statement or giving a precise response to the reporters' microphones
that surrounded his baldish head.
He would sometimes seem overwhelmed, but he always managed to
remain calm.
[snip]
worked hard to get where he is.
[snip]
[end]
—By JUAN FORERO New York Times, April 13, 2002
MAN IN THE NEWS
“Manager and Conciliator Pedro Carmona Estanga”
http://www.nytimes.com/2002/04/13/international/americas/13CARM.html

Tim Weiner might be the NYT’s bromo for Forero:
“When is a coup not a coup? When the United States says so, it seems –”
—By TIM WEINER, New York Times, April 14, 2002
“A Coup by Any Other Name”
http://www.nytimes.com/2002/04/14/weekinreview/14WEIN.html?ex=1019751292&ei=1&en=3a9d8434418b4814

"Grrr..." and "Yay!"
There has been something wrong with Blogger this weekend, so my most recent posts on the Venezuela didn't show up until the coup was over. But hurray for that!

13.04.2002

News on Venezuela coup
Chavez did NOT resign:
Election pledge for Venezuela
"Chavez's version

Military leaders said Mr Chavez resigned at their insistence after he ordered troops and civilian gunmen to fire on a crowd of more than 150,000. At least 13 people died and more than 240 were injured. But Mr Chavez's daughter insisted he was the victim of a coup. "It is a lie, all lies. He said he never resigned, that a group of military took him away and he is being held incommunicado," she said. Mr Chavez won a landslide victory in 1998, six years after he led an abortive coup as a young paratroop officer. Following events of the last few days, oil production and distribution are beginning to return to normal for the world's fourth-largest oil producer after workers abandoned their action."

[NB!] But PDVSA has suspended oil exports to Cuba in protest at Havana's support for Mr Chavez who agreed cheap rates with President Fidel Castro.

U.S. gasoline prices tumble as Chavez exits
"U.S. oil prices fell heavily for the second straight day on Friday as Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez' resignation eased disruptions at the key U.S. supplier and brightened drivers' hopes for cheaper gasoline at the pump this summer."
The Axis of "Libertarian" Evil
Justin Raimondo on pro-Israel libertarians and randians, like fellow Norwegian Fredrik K.R. Norman.

12.04.2002

Report from Colombia/Venezuela
Insightful report from Colombia on the recent events in Venezuela.
Businessman to head Venezuelan transitional government
This is a sad development. Viva Chavez! Viva la revolucion bolivariano!
Norwegian state backs off on tough anti-terrorism measures
"Criticism from Norway's top public prosecutor has prompted the Justice Minister to reject proposals for use of untraditional methods to fight terrorism. Nor will there be any general prohibition against planning or preparing terrorist acts."

But still no definition of terrorism, or what terrorist acts which would not be covered by ordinary criminal law...
Call me middle-class and I'll punch you
Hard-hitting class analysis from Julie Burchill.
Palestine Militias Rising
Very interesting article on the Palestinian resistance in The Nation.

10.04.2002

A quarter of US bombs missed target in Afghan conflict
"One in four bombs and missiles dropped by the US on Afghanistan may have missed its target, but the 75% success rate was higher than those achieved during the Kosovo and Gulf wars, according to the first assessments made by the American military."

09.04.2002

My review of Squidlink

This review is part of the Peer-to-Peer Review project.

Squidlink is a typical personal blog. It mostly revolves around what Canadian Marc Kelsey does everyday.

He states that "I decided to set up this website because it combines my interests in writing, left-wing politics, arguing and computers.", and I would've enjoyed the blog more if these interests took up more of the blog.

I guess if you know Marc, you'll enjoy the blog, and it's quite well written. It's a fairly well designed too, although the coulour scheme is hard to read.

There is a webcam there, but on the whole there aren't many extras.
Philippine army kills rights group leader, members
"The deputy secretary general of human rights group Karapatan in Southern Mindanao and three of her companions were killed in what her colleagues described as a massacre perpetrated by military and paramilitary elements in Arakan, Cotabato on Saturday."
In related news:
More than 2,600 US troops due in Philippines this month
Bjarke på nett
My friend Bjarke Friborg has set up his own blog.
Demo for Palestine
These are pictures from 2500-strong pro-Palestine demo in Oslo April 6th.

05.04.2002

The USA can't help
"Like all US foreign policy, the USA's latest intervention into the Middle East is self-serving. It has less to do with what is happening in Israel or the occupied territories than with boosting America's standing on the world stage. The USA's role in the Middle East was always instrumental to its broader foreign policy concerns - and that remains the case today." writes Brendan O'Neill. A refreshing counterpoint to the many calls for *more* US intervention - as if the US hasn't had their hands in this situation from the start.
Majority of Norwegians support palestinians
"A fresh poll shows a large majority of Norwegians now support the Palestinians in the Middle East crisis."

03.04.2002

News from Nepal
The Maoist Information Bulletin 3 is out.
FreeTranslation.com
Here is an online English-to-Norwegian translation service. I'd be thrilled to find a service doing Norwegian-to-[Any language]. Are there any out there?
More news from Palestine etc.
Tom Kristensen does a swell job collecting newsstories from the war on Palestine. Several stories in Norwegian too, for those not scandinavically challenged.
Jaks daily Palestine death toll
Jak from Vancouver publishes a daily update on the casualties in the second intifada. It's a great service, so check it out.

01.04.2002

Slow blogging during easter
Spent my time eating and watching TV, without an Internet connection for miles around. So no blogging during the easter holidays.

The People's Blog - Countdown to the Revolution
Bjørn Stærk does an April's Fools Day version of his site. It's far better than the original, Bjørn!