Yesterday’s news

National newspaper Helsingin Sanomat arranged a poll for overseas Finns on their main concerns over Finland's international reputation. Many worried about Finland becoming more intolerant and even racist.

Same topics can be seen on social media. Some people say we are actually just as racist as we have always been but because of social media it is becoming more public. People now dare to speak aloud and express their thoughts on Internet, on blogs, Twitter and on Facebook. For some reason people seem to think it is alright to use what ever language they like.

What earlier stayed within discussions on corner pub table, has now become part of public domain. Either people don't come to think their comments on Internet may boecome accessible world wide, or they just don't care. The only good thing is that now we see what people actually think.

Another topical problem in Finnish society are so called quick loans. They have been advertised all over the place and even very young people can get them very easily. Then people learn to spend more than they earn, living on loan, and they no longer seem to understand the value of money. Young adults can spend 100 euros in a split of a moment, without even thinking.

And rapidly increased inflation has made this all worse. When Finnish Markka was replaced with Euro, all prices soon increased six times higher. What once costs one ten Markka, now costs ten Euros aka 60 old Markka. Moreover, when we joined to EU, we were promised the food price would decrease. Instead, food now costs more than never.

All this is maybe caused by global issues like companies escaping from Europe to China, where are big markets waiting, and work force is much cheaper, taxes are lover for business.

For European countries like Finland this means increasing unemployment. Big Finnish companies like Nokia are no longer Finnish. All their jobs, manufacturing, design and planning is going or has gone abroad. And yet we are encouraged to consume to keep markets alive.

Then there are all environmental worries stressing us. Global warming not only means the increase of average global temperature, but it also means more extreme weather. Bad weather is becoming more common also in Finland, summers maybe warmer, but also rainier. And winters, when it finally started, it turned out extreme cold.

Last week was very cold all around the Europe. People literally freeze to death in Ukraine and also in other countries. In Finland we are prepared to this, and even used to, but still the last week was surprisingly cold. The good side was that the weather was finally sunny for few days.

Maybe we should just do as many ecologist suggest. Stop spending so much money and try live with less. Instead of drinking expensive beverages and processed food, we should just drink water and eat home made food. And instead of buying new things almost every month, we should start to repair old stuff and seek what we could reuse.

The problem however is that then economist again blame us for not consuming to keep the markets alive.

But like said, weather was finally beautiful after very very many cloudy days. High air pressure has kept the clouds away.

That caused some problems to our beloved Swedish neighbors because high air pressure caused technical problems to their air fighters. Luckily our airplanes worked, and we could at least pretend our military defense is up and working. Well, that's a very comforting for a small country in a big bad world, to at least have an expensive self defense.

So, what else could we do but pray? And if we don't believe in any gods, then what to pray? Or even if we do believe, it still looks like we can't expect much help from gods if we can't even help ourselves.

Maybe we should just pray forgiveness from each other. Ask other people to forgive our sins against them. Instead of waisting our time on judging each other, we could forgive and look forward to find something that help us going on.

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30 thoughts on “Yesterday’s news

  1. You know what, more or less it is the same here. The difference is there are 12 times more people here and while you have 15 people for squared kilometer, we have more than 200, the 39th most crowded country (Finland is around 165th).And this includes million immigrants, most from north Africa, who have problems with integration and then are the 70% of current prison inmates.

  2. I know that Lorenzo, and my point was not to complaint. Just commenting the national news I was illustrating. We (me, Tim and Merle) had a challenge to illustrate abstract concepts, and I chose mine from news.

  3. While my point is: since some things are happening almost everywhere, is there a common plot?

  4. Originally posted by LorenzoCelsi:

    I don't buy the story that things like the above happen by accident.

    Did I gave such impression? Of course nothing happens by accident. For example global warming does not happen over night, not suddenly, and especially not by accident.

  5. Yes but it is a bit different. The fact that the adoption of the Euro would had made prices rise X time was obvious but we were forced into it and even sold by the media that it was a good move. The globalization (which basically means to not have any fiscal or legal barrier on importing/exporting of goods and people) was built on purpose, knowing well it would have demolish the european economies that were not strong enough or were based on low cost productions.Etc.So my question is "cui prodest" (who gains from it).

  6. I guess the plot is that there are no big news but small ones. They may or may not guide us to make small changes towards better future. I myself used to be pessimistic angry young man, but since everything seems to go wrong anyway, then being pessimistic is nothing but masochism ๐Ÿ˜€

  7. Indeed, and here the results of presidential election shows we have taken one more step towards right wing. It looks like majority of us Finns have suddenly became blind and believe being part of the proletariat. Like people suddenly believe the rest of the world will take care of us when we become old and retired. So, those ideas are sold to us and majority of us seem to buy them.

  8. Originally posted by LorenzoCelsi:

    But I don't even think our politicians are capable of a such big planning on world wide scale. There are powers that spread across the boundaries of nations and that are way above finnish or italian parliaments.

    On that I agree. Our only option is to try survive. No matter what our politicians try to say, they are only puppets for those who shortsightedly try to achieve best results only for themselves. But what comes to right wing here, it is very much different than what happened before and after WWII. In this time and here (in Finland) it is more like people voting for profit and oblivion, not jobs and bread. And next generation (again here in Finland) seem to believe on some sort of greater values and equivalent society.What I mean is that in this society (Finland) we are so few, we have achieved such wealth, and we have so little immigrants, that we seem to live in some kind of bubble. Therefore we don't see the risks of those greater powers, what ever they are. One could be for example a real worldwide famine. When food resource really runs out, then small countries like Finland definitely are fucked up.

  9. I don't think the "right wing" and the "left wing" are different. In fact here we got Fascism as result of a deep economical and social crisis (after WWI) and it evolved from a socialist movement. Fascists called it "fascist revolution".The fact is when people are in troubles they look for somebody who promises stability and opportunities. Having a sort of dictatorship or another, regardless the name, doesn't matter until you are provided with some job and enough bread.But I don't even think our politicians are capable of a such big planning on world wide scale. There are powers that spread across the boundaries of nations and that are way above finnish or italian parliaments.

  10. Good to know. So now we can pack some of our immigrants and send them over there. ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. This summer with the "arab spring" and the war in Lybia we got new wave of immigrants and we asked for help to France and Germany and the EU.The answer was we had to deal with it on our own since we don't have too may immigrants yet (in their opinion).France put police at the frontier to block those non-EU citizens coming from Italy, even when they had a permission.

  12. Why not? Could be a good idea ๐Ÿ˜€ If we Finns really want to be part of EU, then we should learn to share your problems as well :up: Besides, we really are running out of working class people soon.

  13. Originally posted by serola:

    What I mean is that in this society (Finland) we are so few, we have achieved such wealth, and we have so little immigrants, that we seem to live in some kind of bubble. Therefore we don't see the risks of those greater powers, what ever they are.

    interesting statement

  14. In Italy we have two big ideologies, the ex-communist party with the galaxy of all the "leftists" movements and the catholic church. Both them strongly support free immigration and they are even proposing to give citizenship and vote to who ever lives in Italy. The idea behind this is the fact that italian constitution, written right after WWII, is heavily inspired by the "human rights declaration" then the idea of italian citizenship is very "blurred" when compared to the status of human being. It is a bit of nonsense but it is like, since we cannot extend the borders of Italy over the whole world, we move the whole world to Italy.Then there is a smaller opinion that would prefer to regulate immigration, relating numbers with the actual job opportunities and resources for supporting (housing etc). Of course there is an even smaller number of people who would like to expel immigrants all together.In theory you need a permission to enter in Italy coming from a country that doesn't have bi-lateral agreements about free movement (like inside the EU). So immigrants who came without documents are committing a crime and should be prosecuted.The problem is the italian law was originally thought for few people coming from other european nations and then it had two modes:1. you are staying in Italy without permission, the authorities give you a note that orders you to leave in some given time (like a month or so). If you don't comply you are given another note, etc. The enforced expulsion was the extrema ratio.2. you are a refugee, from war or because of political reasons, then your case is examined and you may be granted a permission.So what happens?Until recent years, all the immigrants got a "special permission" so they could stay. It was thought as a temporary solution but as usual in Italy, it became permanent. Then they renewed the permission, all it takes is somebody who confirms you have a job. Or they simply don't do anything. Until they don't commit a crime, they aren't actively prosecuted.At some point, since the problem was out of control, the State organized sorts of "temporary camps" where immigrants are taken if they are caught in the moment they enter in Italy without documents. In theory they stay in those camps until their status is checked, then they should be expelled towards their origin. But this translates in either the "temporary" confinement to become permanent or the immigrants getting away and disappearing, joining the large numbers of others who live in Italy under the radar. Until they find some sort of job or paper so they can ask for the "temporary permission" to stay.You have to understand that Italy has its own issues, besides immigration. We have huge differences between north and south Italy and related economical, social, political, cultural issues. There are 4 regions (over 20) that are under military control of mafia organizations. When some centimeters of snow fall over Rome (the capital) it looks like the end of the world because all services stop working. And so on. So basically Italy cannot deal with the immigration in a "regulatory" way. Things happen without any control.Side note on citizenship:Italian law is rooted on roman law. The principle of citizenship is the "jus sanguinis" that means you are Italian because you are son of Italians. There are other ways to get the citizenship, like living for 10 years in Italy (4 if you come from EU). The leftists and the catholics are proposing a change in the law to apply the "jus soli" that means you are Italian because you live (or you are born) in Italy. Note that the italian citizenship grants also all the rights that come from being EU citizen.

  15. Originally posted by LorenzoCelsi:

    The answer was we had to deal with it on our own since we don't have too may immigrants yet (in their opinion).

    Interesting and complicated topic. I wonder what is the current situation with those over 50,000 migrants/refugees that came into Italy during last year. I understood some of them were returned, but what about the rest of them?Originally posted by studio41:

    interesting statement

    Totally based on my own opinion only ๐Ÿ˜€ However, we do have only very few really poor people (7400 homeless on year 2005). However, what worries me is our 'self-sustainability'. We are not really prepared to any major global crises like famine: http://www.sciencealert.com.au/features/20101804-20862.html

  16. Thank you Lorenzo ๐Ÿ™‚ That's very informative. So, those immigrants just "hang around" :left:

  17. In 2010 there were 4.600.000 (officially known) immigrants. You must add the numbers of those who live in Italy under the radar as above.In 2001 they were 1.300.000.In 2005 they were about 2.000.000.Current percentage over population.

  18. Originally posted by LorenzoCelsi:

    5 million non-EU citizens

    You have that many of them??? :eyes: :faint: That I didn't knew.

  19. Yes they do.Basically all them start as "illegals" and with time they get "legalized" with some "temporary" permission that is renewed in a way or another until they get the citizenship.Note: imagine if Italy suddenly grants citizenship to 5 million non-EU citizens. Since the economy here is going bad, many of those new Italians can just move anywhere inside the EU without any permission. For example many come from ex french colonies and I guess they would probably like to move to France. Or Germany where there is a much lower unemployment rate than here.Their colleagues who are still waiting in their original countries see this and then move to Italy, get the citizenship and move on.

  20. Oh, another note:When the roman empire was collapsing, largely because of epidemies that had killed so many people that the farms were deserted and it was difficult to recruit the army, the emperors start sending carriages of gold to the chiefs of the "barbarians" at the borders and even some of their sisters and female cousins, following the idea "if you can't beat them, make friends". For some time it even worked since the "friendly barbarians" kept the others at bay. It worked until they got the idea of rebuilding the roman empire from scratch, with them as rulers instead of the Romans.

  21. ๐Ÿ™‚ very interesting, is a great post to be reviewed after a year or two ๐Ÿ˜‰

  22. Thanks Richard and Antonietta for commenting :)Originally posted by LorenzoCelsi:

    In 2001 they were 1.300.000.In 2005 they were about 2.000.000.

    Very fast and alarming increase.Originally posted by fainoantonietta:

    great post to be reviewed after a year or two

    Good idea ๐Ÿ’ก I try to remember doing that :up:

  23. It is not "alarming", it seems politicians and intellectuals think it is a good thing, some sort of "opportunity". Both at national and european level, they did their best to encourage immigration.I still have to understand how it is going to make things easier.

  24. Nevertheless, we up here would really need immigrants. And that is because we are running out of young people to do the jobs and to pay the taxes. But because we are so intolerant (according what peeps seem to think), we have very strict policy on this. Besides, I wonder how many people really do like to move in the country where summer lasts only three months and rest of the year is just not summer.

  25. Well, in Italy there is a relatively high unemployment rate (about 9% on average), especially in the south (much higher than the average). Apparently it should be better for Finland to import workers from Italy instead of Africa, due to the higher average scholarship and common culture that facilitates integration. There are more unemployed in Italy than the whole population of Finland.And here I don't see how immigrants can help since we have the high unemployment rate.

  26. SPAM! :insane: :doh: ๐Ÿ˜† After editing the shot, I realized I should have put the house over that logo ๐Ÿ˜€ The picture would have actually looked better like that.

  27. Originally posted by serola:

    The picture would have actually looked better like that.

    Yet it makes a perfect marketing shot from an ad agency! :yes: .

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