Nej det er ikke en optimal løsning, ja – finanseringen er helt hul i hovedet – men lad os her på bloggen give regeringen en klapsalve for at løse et kæmpe, aktuelt problem for en masse arbejdsløse. Det er dælme godt, og viser at højrefløjen er gået helt i selvsving i anarkokapitalistiske, minimalstatsløsninger uden rod i virkeligheden.
Peter Hegner Bonfils skriver på sin blog på Modkraft:
Århus har gennem de sidste 100 år først og fremmest været en socialdemokratisk by; en by hvor den politiske spillebane VAR socialdemokratiet.
Så når en socialdemokratisk formand og statsminister bliver spillet ud af den bane af titusinder af fremmødte århusianere, så er det en begivenhed, der meget vel kan gå over i historien og blive et sindbillede på socialdemokratiets kollaps og tab af magt.
Så har de danske politikere endnu engang skåret i velfærden for at give gaver til virksomhedsejerne. Denne nedskæringsrunde gik ud over dem der har allermindst – SU-modtagere og folk på kontanthjælp. Til gengæld blev der til billige øl og sodavand, og mindre skat på indkomst på firmaers overskud.
Det er flot. Vi klapper regeringen helt ud på historiens losseplads. Thatcher ville have været stolt.
Nu venter vi så på næste runde med nedskæringer – topchefernes krævementalitet kan ikke stoppes
Rolf Dobelli skriver i The Guardian om, hvordan nyhedsformidling er en slags kognitionenens fast food, der fylder dig med en lind strøm af trivielle kendsgerninger og sidste-minuts-opdateringer, der stjæler din opmærksomhed, forhindrer dig i at se det store billede og forvirrer mere end godt er.
Jeg har ikke selv set TV-avis i årevis og åbner meget sjældent en avis, så selv om man altid kan diskutere det enkelte argument, har han nogle særdeles vigtige pointer:
News has no explanatory power. News items are bubbles popping on the surface of a deeper world. Will accumulating facts help you understand the world? Sadly, no. The relationship is inverted. The important stories are non-stories: slow, powerful movements that develop below journalists’ radar but have a transforming effect. The more “news factoids” you digest, the less of the big picture you will understand. If more information leads to higher economic success, we’d expect journalists to be at the top of the pyramid. That’s not the case.
News is toxic to your body. It constantly triggers the limbic system. Panicky stories spur the release of cascades of glucocorticoid (cortisol). This deregulates your immune system and inhibits the release of growth hormones. In other words, your body finds itself in a state of chronic stress. High glucocorticoid levels cause impaired digestion, lack of growth (cell, hair, bone), nervousness and susceptibility to infections. The other potential side-effects include fear, aggression, tunnel-vision and desensitisation.
News increases cognitive errors. News feeds the mother of all cognitive errors: confirmation bias. In the words of Warren Buffett: “What the human being is best at doing is interpreting all new information so that their prior conclusions remain intact.” News exacerbates this flaw. We become prone to overconfidence, take stupid risks and misjudge opportunities. It also exacerbates another cognitive error: the story bias. Our brains crave stories that “make sense” – even if they don’t correspond to reality. Any journalist who writes, “The market moved because of X” or “the company went bankrupt because of Y” is an idiot. I am fed up with this cheap way of “explaining” the world.
News inhibits thinking. Thinking requires concentration. Concentration requires uninterrupted time. News pieces are specifically engineered to interrupt you. They are like viruses that steal attention for their own purposes. News makes us shallow thinkers. But it’s worse than that. News severely affects memory. There are two types of memory. Long-range memory’s capacity is nearly infinite, but working memory is limited to a certain amount of slippery data. The path from short-term to long-term memory is a choke-point in the brain, but anything you want to understand must pass through it. If this passageway is disrupted, nothing gets through. Because news disrupts concentration, it weakens comprehension. Online news has an even worse impact. In a 2001 study two scholars in Canada showed that comprehension declines as the number of hyperlinks in a document increases. Why? Because whenever a link appears, your brain has to at least make the choice not to click, which in itself is distracting. News is an intentional interruption system.
Gymnasieskolernes lærerforening har i dag denne kommentar til Bjarne Corydons retorik i skolekonflikten i en annonce, der bringes i diverse dagblade.
Adventures and Japes har et langt og som sædvanlig fremragende indlæg om, hvorfor skolelockouten er et overgreb og et brud på samfundets spilleregler:
There is a social contract here and it is being broken. I pay taxes so that they can send the kids to school. Instead, they are with grandma and hanging around shopping centres. The government is pocketing the millions meant for our salaries and spending it on.. what? Our union support payments are taxed as if they were an income *and* we have to pay them back. So, the government gets to keep half our “wages” when we don’t even. The government gets to skip out on paying a month’s salary with no accountability but still gets the same in taxes from us. You see this in dodgy dictatorships, not Scandy socialist paradises.
I am also angry because of the lack of fair play. The model of negotiations is that if both parties cannot reach a compromise, then a lockout hurts both parties until negotiations re-start. The KL is not being hurt by this. They are about the only party to this mess that is not being injured by the lockout. I am furious that they were able to threaten a lockout on day one, I am angry they had nothing in the way of compromise, it is outrageous that the politicians claim THIS is the Danish Model and refuse to consider re-starting negotiations.
The incompetence is also horrifying. Apparently, every time the teacher union man, Bondo, says “Oh for heaven’s sake, just do a political intervention already, stop the lockout out!” it pushes the political intervention back two days, so the precious Danish Model is not called into question. The politicians did not expect this much popular support, they thought people would turn against ‘lazy, spoiled teachers’ in much greater numbers. The politicians thought they could starve the unions out in two weeks, they have money for a month. The politicians thought they could run things like this and no one would notice the loss of a system that Danish people value. The politicians are possibly going to wait until after May Day (a celebration of the labour movement), before they do an intervention because they do not want to look like hypocrites as they praise the Danish Model.
I am angry that there is now no political movement in Denmark that supports me. There are the blue who hate me because I am unashamedly foreign and the red who mistreat me because they don’t think they can afford me. I expect the blue team will win next election and where does that leave people like me?
But most of my outrage is for the students. They deserve better than this. Some countries have longer holidays but the trade off is longer school days or there are activity camps. Having an indefinite time off of school means you cannot use the time for good. I don’t know how many of my readers have taught children with special needs or unsupportive families? After the summer holidays, you have to teach them things you already taught them. You need to make sure they can still read. You need to lay the ground rules again. It takes about a month to get up and going again. Those students will be especially ill-served by this government. And then there are disabled children who really need routine and certainty. Facing them with “I don’t know when school will start again,” is cruelty. And then there are students in their final year who have been preparing for exams. The government solution is “Well, we’ll just give you your average grade.” Why not do that every year then, if the exams are not important?
All the students of Denmark are being held hostage by incompetent politicians.
Som sædvanlig: Læs endelig det hele
The wicked witch is dead!
Update: Brianmanden gør opmærksom på dette:
Vi ved alle, at folks økonomiske forhold kun afhænger af deres eget initiativ, og at ægte velstand kræver hårdt og vedholdende arbejde. Så hvis du pønser på at starte egen virksomhed, hvilke ting skal du så have på plads?
Der findes ingen gylden og universel opskrift, men Anil Dash trækker på sin store erfaring med entrepenører og opregner 10 ting, som med sikkerhed vil hjælpe:
- Be raised with access to clean drinking water and sanitation. (Every tech billionaire I’ve ever spoken to has a toilet!)
- Try to be born in a region that is politically and militarily stable.
- Grow up with a family that is as steady and secure as possible.
- Have access to at least a basic free education in core subjects.
- Avoid being abused by family members, loved ones, friends or acquaintances during the formative years of your life.
- Be fluent in English, or have time to dedicate to continuously improving your language skills.
- Make sure there’s enough disposable income available to support your learning technology at a younger age.
- If you must be a member of an underrepresented community or a woman, get comfortable with suppressing your identity. If not, follow a numbingly conventional definition of dominant masculinity.
- Be within a narrow range of physical norms for appearance and ability, as defined by the comfort level of strangers.
- Practice articulating your cultural, technological or social aspirations exclusively in economic terms.
Nogle gange kan markedskræfterne og de ydre økonomiske omstændigheder selvfølgelig drille, men som listen viser, er der også virkelig mange ting, du kan gøre selv.
Vi lever stadig med den kuldegysnende effekt af ti år med en regering, der gjorde hvad den kunne for at gøre det svært at være udlænding i dette land. “Kuldegysnende” er desværre det rette ord. Anders Jenbo og Anna Christine Stinson har fået besked på at forlade landet, da deres ansøgning om familiesammenføring er afvist. Udlændingestyrelsen har generøst givet dem hele ni dage til at pakke deres ting.
Læs selv Anders og Christines beretning på Facebook:
Sunday, March 17, 2013 my American wife and I received a letter from the Danish Immigration Service stating that they had rejected our application for family reunification. The only reason for the refusal was that in early 2011 I (Anders) borrowed 15,000DKK (roughly 2,600 USD) from the municipality. The reason for this loan was that my former employer had refused to pay my salary for several months, my savings were exhausted and even though my union had pulled me out of the workplace, I was technically not unemployed. Therefore I could not receive compensation from my unemployment insurance. I am in the process of paying off the loan and have offered to pay the remaining amount instantly.
My wife has been ordered to leave Denmark by Tuesday, March 26, 2013. The Immigration Service added in the letter that we should live our family life in the United States, as this would not be associated with “insurmountable obstacles”. My wife has lived in Denmark for over 2 years and has neither a home nor a job in the United States. I own an apartment and have a solid, full time job here in Denmark. Neither of those things are something you just get rid of on a weeks notice. We would also have to readjust to life in the United States and be separeted from family and friends here at home. We therefore appeal for your support.
Thank you and Kind Regards,
Anders Jenbo & Anna Christine Stinson
Hjælp – min kone bliver udvist
Søndag d. 17.3.13 modtog min amerikanske kone og jeg et brev fra Udlændingestyrelsen om, at de har afvist vores ansøgning om familiesammenføring. De stiller som eneste grund, at jeg i starten af 2011 lånte 15.000,- af kommunen. Årsagen til dette lån var, at min daværende arbejdsgiver havde ladet min løn udeblive i flere måneder, min opsparing var opbrugt og selvom min fagforening havde trukket mig ud var jeg teknisk set ikke arbejdsløs og kunne derfor ikke få penge udbetalt fra min a-kasse. Jeg er i fuld gang med at afbetale lånet og har tilbudt at betale hele restbeløbet med det samme.
Min kone har til på tirsdag d. 26.3.2013 til at forlade landet, og de tilføjer, at vi i stedet kan udøve familielivet i USA, da dette ikke vil være forbundet med “uoverstigelig hindringer”. Min kone har boet i Danmark i over 2 år, har hverken hjem eller job i USA, jeg har ejerlejlighed og fast arbejde her i Danmark hvilket begge ikke lige er noget man sådan skaffer sig af med på en uge, for slet ikke at tale om, at omlægge sig til amerikanske forhold og være adskilt fra familie og venner her i Danmark. Vi appellerer derfor til jeres støtte.
Mvh og tak
Anders Jenbo og Anna Christine Stinson
Du kan skrive under på, at reglerne og den aktuelle beslutning bør genovervejes.
Adventures and Japes har svaret:
- Antorini (Christine Antorini) Curly haired extra from Borgen. Antorini is the Education Minister of Denmark, also in the Social Democratic party. Teaching experience: none.
- Bondo (Anders Bondo Christensen): Harry Potter: the elbow patch years. Bondo represents the Danish Teacher’s Union. Teaching experience: lots.
- Corydon (Bjarne Corydon): A shaven headed extra from Breaking Bad. Corydon is the Finance Minister of Denmark. He is from the Social Democratic party (‘Moderaterne’ on Borgen, ‘Labour’ in the UK). He has a tumblr dedicated to him looking sceptical. Teaching experience: none.
- Ziegler (Michael Ziegler) Leader of the “Borough Council Union”, a nationwide group representing the interests of the borough councils in Denmark. Teaching experience: none.
- Jelved (Marianne Jelved): Member of the Radikale Venstre party. Used to be a teacher. Is married to a teacher. Looks a bit like Sandi Toksvig’s aunt. I have met her. She has observed two of my lessons. She is okay by me. And for a politician she does not say a lot. Teaching experience: lots.
- Vestager (Margrethe Vestager): Leader of the Radikale Venstre party (think Old Labour/Liberal mashup) and Minister for Economics. Teaching experience: none.
- The children: Attend schools in Denmark
- The parents: Send their children to schools in Denmark
- The teachers: Work at schools in Denmark
- The taxpayers: Live in Denmark and pay for this show