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...).


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."


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."


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.


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."


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.


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
—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

“"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.


“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

Perhaps most amusing is JUAN FORERO’s fawning portrait of Pedro Carmona
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
Mr. Carmona promised "freedom, pluralism and respect for the state of
law" and said general elections would be called within a year.
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.
"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."
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.
worked hard to get where he is.
—By JUAN FORERO New York Times, April 13, 2002
“Manager and Conciliator Pedro Carmona Estanga”

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”

"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!