Sing loudly without caring about people hearing. Dance in the rain and bathe in a fountain. Kiss a stranger. Run as fast as you can over a green meadow in the summer time. Scream as loud as you can just because you can. Climb in a tree and watch the view from the branches up high. Make a snow man and have a snow ball fight with your friends. Jump in your bed. Go on a spontaneous trip without knowing where you’ll end up. Sleep on a blanket out in the nature. Go skinny dipping. Tell a stranger you like their outfit. Have as much chocolate you want without caring about your weight. Wear your fanciest outfit on a Monday when you go grocery shopping. Care less about possessions and more about people. Quit your boring job and follow your crazy dreams. Watch a sunset. Or a sunrise. Jump in a puddle of water. Care less about what others think of you. Stop procrastinating. Don’t take the easy way out. Love with your heart open. Speak loudly. Be free. Live every day as if it was your last and your life will never be wasted.
The Swedish election is a mess.
For you to understand first I need to explain how the political parties of Sweden work. There’s seven big parties which have been around for a long time and these seven are split in two coalitions. It’s the left-wing “Red-Greens” with the Social Democratic Party, Left Party (which I vote for) and Green Party and then there’s the right-wing “Alliance” with the Moderate Party, Liberal People’s Party, Centre Party and the Christian Democrats.
In this election The Social Democratic Party got the most votes but didn’t win the election because the right-wing four party coalition got more votes together than the left-wing three party coalition. However the right-wing coalition didn’t get majority in the parliament because of a eight party getting into the parliament this year. The racist Sweden Democrats.
Now the right-wing coalition have 173 seats in the parliament, the left-wing coalition 156 and the Sweden Democrats 20. That means the Sweden Democrats can give either side the majority depending which side they choose to support. The thing is neither side wants to work with the Sweden Democrats to get majority and neither side wants to work with each other to make sure the Sweden Democrats don’t get to set the majority.
So all in all the party with the most votes didn’t win and the coalition with the most votes didn’t win either. And we now have racists in the parliament with the power to tip Sweden either right or left. I would rather have the right-wing have majority in the parliament than the Sweden Democrats in this position of power and that says a lot about what I think about the Sweden Democrats because I hate the right-wings politics. In the end, racism is worse though.
I’m currently on a very short break from studying. Since I’m a distance education student I can take breaks whenever I want to and I decided I needed one after finishing my three first assignments for school. It’s just a three day break and tomorrow I’ll open my books again for even more studying than before. You see the 7th I’m going to visit my sister who recently moved to Härnösand (700 kilometers up north) and I’ll be staying there until the 11th. I’m realistic enough to realize I won’t do any studying whatsoever while I’m gone so I will have to do a lot more of it before I leave not to fall behind. In seventeen days I need to finish four assignments. And I thought the three I just finished in eighteen days was stressful enough! It’s still interesting though and I’m learning so much new stuff in my political history class. It’s focus is on the working class and worker’s rights movement in Sweden and for me with my left-wing stance it’s very intriguing reading.
This reading is making me rather sad though because it’s about how the socialist parties reformed Sweden into a country of high welfare, which the current right-wing government now is ruining. What took 100 years to build up is being torn down now. Nope, sorry, I won’t shut up about politics just because the election is over. I’m very concerned about the future of Sweden and the election has made the political interest that’s always present in my life grow even more. Now if ever is the time to talk politics, to try to change things, now is the time to debate and question. The right-wing needs to be exposed for what they are so that everyone sees that what’s called “the new workers party” is nothing but a wolf in sheep clothing, with the same old agenda of reducing workers rights and giving more to those who already have the most. This battle isn’t about this or that political question. It’s about ideology! Socialism or capitalism. What kind of society we want to live in and what effect the current changes will have on not just today but the future as well.
The right-wing four party alliance won the Swedish election yesterday. That means things will continue downhill in my beloved country. People don’t care about solidarity any more. It’s just money, money, money and me, me, me. I hope everyone who voted right-wing will become sick and loose their jobs. Then they’ll see how they manage in the new Sweden that doesn’t give a shit about anyone but the rich.
Yes, I’m bitter. It’s hard watching what you love being torn down, sold out and ruined in the name of capitalism.
99% of my blog is in English. However this particular post is not. This one is written in Swedish and is about the Swedish general election.
Imorgon är det val och jag anser att det är en väldigt viktig dag, inte bara av rent demokratiska skäl utan även därför att vi nu har chansen att bli av med alliansen. Att jag är vänsterpartist är inte direkt någon hemlighet. Det har jag varit i snart tio års tid och det förkunnar jag med stolthet. Nu vill jag dela med mig av några av anledningarna till varför jag röstar rött och inte blått. Jag hyser inga förhoppningar om att omvända mina bloggläsare med detta. Majoriteten av människorna jag omger mig med är redan vänster och de som inte är det kan jag omvända lika lite som de kan omvända mig. Här vill jag bara dela med mig av ett litet urval av intressanta debattartiklar et cetera vilka på olika sätt speglar mina politiska åsikter.
Rödgrön regeringsplattform – För hela Sverige!
Stellan Skarsgård på rödgrön dag i Kungsträdgården – Stellan Skarsgård förklarar varför detta är ett viktigt val och varför han röstar rödgrönt.
Vänsterpartiet föreslår gratis kollektivtrafik för studenter – Intressant förslag!
Lars Ohly och Ida Gabrielsson i containeraktion – Vänsterpartiet angående ungas svåra situation på bostadsmarknaden.
Sverige håller på att slitas sönder – Om hur alliansen raserar välfärden.
“Cancersjuka tvingas till arbetslöshet och misär” – Om alliansens sjukförsäkringspolitik.
Klamydiabrevet – Sveket – Emelies gripande blogginlägg om sin sjuka utförsäkrade mor.
Löntagarfientligt och destruktivt av alliansen – Alliansen gynnar de som redan har makt.
Vårdbolagen lever gott på våra skattemedel – Små personalkooperativ var det visst tal om Reinfeldt?
Svenska skolor säljs till fonder i utländska skatteparadis – Om alliansens privatisering och utförsäljning av svenska skolor.
Apoteksvinster går till skatteparadis – Mer om privatiseringarnas konsekvenser.
Den allierade journalisten granskar medias valkampanj – Om borgerlig medias vinkling av valkampanjen.
Oanständigt av Reinfeldt hålla partibidragen hemliga – Korruption finns inte i Sverige. Eller?
Kulturtidsskrifterna hotas vid borgerlig valseger – Om hur kulturtidsskrifter riskerar mista statligt stöd.
Of all the damages four years of a right-wing government has caused Sweden the privatizing of governmentally owned companies and institutions is what I consider the worst – and the most irrevocable. When hospitals and schools go from being owned by the government – which means all of us together – to being owned by individuals, focus soon (instantly) shifts from doing good to making money. Look at USA and how good care their private hospitals take of the American people. Look at the American universities which kids with poor parents can forget about. That may not be the situation with privately owned hospitals and schools (there are no privately owned universities yet, thank god) in today’s Sweden but some day it will be. Because those who buy the institutions are not interested in the good of the Swedish people. They’re interested in making money. Research shows that the profit the private care and schools make don’t go to improving those institutions but rather down the deep pockets of the already rich owners. That’s the major difference between private and governmental owning. And one day when everything is owned by capitalists only interested in making money, when there’s no going back and undoing what has been done, when we have no say over either the education or the medical service of this country, that’s when universities stops being free and hospital care becomes a privilege for the rich. That’s when we become like USA. And that’s the day everything that’s good about this country dies for sure.
If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Sweden isn’t broke. We’re a rich highly developed country with a system that’s working. Don’t break it by voting right-wing this Sunday.
When I think back on my life I think of it in different periods, very different and clearly separated from each other. I see my life so far as a four act show, each act set in different locations.
Act 1 takes place between 1983-1988. During these early days of my life I live in three different towns but I only vaguely remember the last one.
Act 2 takes place between 1988-1999 in a village in the northern Sweden. This time of my life is what I think back on as my childhood. Of course my childhood actually started as soon as I was born but I still see these years as my childhood years, mostly because I don’t have a lot of memories from before 1988. Perhaps a better description would be my school years – high school excluded – since I started kindergarten in 1989 and left junior high in 1999.
Act 3 takes place between 1999-2004 in Västerås which is a big city near Stockholm in the southern part of Sweden. This period of time is what I consider to be my teenage years. I was already sixteen in 1999 so some of my teenage years did take place earlier than this but it wasn’t until 1999 that I actually started living the life a teenager in many ways. During this time there were a lot of firsts and I did all those things teenagers do while they’re growing up. This is also where I went to and graduated from high school and became a legal adult in 2001.
Act 4 started in 2004 and is still going on, in the small town of Hultsfred, even further south. I see this as the time of my adult life. I might have been a legal adult in 2001 but I wasn’t living the life of a grown up until I got here. Here is where I moved out of my parents house to my own apartment, got my first job and then started my higher education. This is where I grew up for real, not just on paper.
What will act five bring? I have no idea. All I know is that it won’t start until I leave Hultsfred since I clearly build the different acts of my life around moving and where I live. That’s because moving over big distances like I have means that I’ve left everything I knew behind each time I’ve relocated. It’s been brand new beginnings and starting all over both when I moved to Västerås and then from there to Hultsfred.
Do you look upon your life in this way, in different acts?
I’ve been terribly busy with school lately hence the lack of blogging. Actually school made me kinda forget all about my site for a week or so. I didn’t even check to see if I had any new comments, didn’t even think of Whirlwind. Maybe that’s not weird to others but it is to me since Whirlwind has been my biggest hobby for years and something I check daily.
School is going well but I wish I was more motivated. Don’t get me wrong, my courses are interesting and fun and I do my studying but I often have a hard time concentrating and take many breaks which easily stretch from the planned 15 minutes to 2 hours. So far I manage to do all the reading I need to do and hand in the assignments on time though so I guess I’m doing well anyway.
Here’s a little something I did in my 3D modelling class. My first assignment was to make a coffee cup in the program 3Ds Max. Here it is in perspective plus front view.
If you don’t understand Swedish please read the previous post.
Linda Skugge lever i någon slags bubbla och förnekar fakta vem som helst som har den minsta koll på arbetsmarknaden i Sverige vet är riktiga. Läs och förundras över människans dumhet.
En gång i tiden (ca 2001) tyckte jag Linda Skugge var vettig. Men nu? Hur tänker hon egentligen? Vilka jobb pratar hon om? Har hon helt missat att det råder utbredd arbetslöshet i Sverige? Om ungdomar är för fina för att jobba varför är det de som utgör majoriteten av de anställda på McDonalds? Varför är det de som sliter som telefonförsäljare med provisionsbaserade löner? Varför är det de som hamnar på praktikplatser där de utför samma jobb som löntagare fast på bidrag istället för lön? Linda Skugge har noll koll på verkligheten! Och allt snack om att när hon var ung då fick hon minsann jobb hur lätt som helst. Hallå Linda, tiderna har förändrats!
Isn’t flame comments funny? I just found two of those in a old blog post I wrote a year ago. Read the blog and then the last two comments from Mr “Wtfbbq”. Lol?
That wasn’t what I was going to write about. I was just going to write a short update on what I’ve been up to this week. For the past few days I’ve been studying political history and I’m not quite as overwhelmed by school as I was this Monday when I read about the three assignments in three subjects that I need to finish in three weeks. My reaction reading about the hundreds of pages I have to read, the essays I have to write and the 3D graphic I need to create was something along the lines OH MY FUCKING GOD WHAT THE FUCK JESUS CHRIST. Of course everything felt a bit more overwhelming before I had opened the books. I’ve still only began studying one of the three subjects since I’m going to focus on one at a time, but getting somewhere in at least one of the three has calmed me down. If I can handle political history I should be able to handle 3D graphics and IT as well.
Studying is actually what I’m doing tonight. I just took a short break to write this post and should get back to the Swedish union movement after WW1 now. It’s very interesting, reading about how the working class of Sweden first got organized, formed unions and finally got into a political power position.