Tomorrow, a 100 year old mysterious package, its content unknown, will be opened in a museum in Norway. ↘

awesomearchives:

Reddit thread on it here. Video, in Norwegian, here.

There will be a live stream from the event from here 

The package originated from John Nygaard, who was a protruding character in the documenting and celebration of the wars in the nordics in the years from 1612.

There has been guessing about its content, spanning from oil shares to benefit the community, secret documents, or even the “Blue Star” diamond from HMS Titanic.

The package has made it through two world wars, as well as as being thrown in the garbage, where it was found and recovered by city council personnel.


The Milky Way and the northern lights seem to merge over Finnmark, Norway, on September 25.
Auroras are created when charged solar particles collide with molecules in Earth’s atmosphere, infusing the molecules with extra energy that then gets emitted as light.
#nature is fucking awesome #this is nature smirking at Photoshop #TRY THIS ON FOR SIZE SMARTASS

I have only seen the aurora once, far paler than this, and it was still amazing.  Also, those tags.

The Milky Way and the northern lights seem to merge over Finnmark, Norway, on September 25.

Auroras are created when charged solar particles collide with molecules in Earth’s atmosphere, infusing the molecules with extra energy that then gets emitted as light.

#nature is fucking awesome #this is nature smirking at Photoshop #TRY THIS ON FOR SIZE SMARTASS

I have only seen the aurora once, far paler than this, and it was still amazing.  Also, those tags.

Indian couple have children taken away by Norwegian social workers because they fed them with their hands, slept in same bed ↘

arboretics:

An Indian couple have had their children taken away by Norwegian social workers because they were feeding them with their hands and sleeping in the same bed as them.

Anurup and Sagarika Bhattacharya lost custody of their three-year-old son and one-year-old daughter eight months ago after authorities branded their behaviour inappropriate.

The drastic measure led to intervention from the Indian government who contacted Norwegian authorities in an a desperate attempt to return the children.

Norwegian Child Protection Services removed the youngsters from their home in May, 2011, leaving their parents horrified with the outcome of the report.

Father Anurup told Indian television channel NDTV: ‘They told me ”why are you sleeping with the children in the same bed?’’.

‘(I told them) this is also a purely cultural issue. We never leave the children in another room and say goodnight to them.’

Anurup added: ‘Feeding a child with the hand is normal in Indian tradition and when the mother is feeding with a spoon there could be phases when she was overfeeding the child.

They said it was force feeding. These are basically cultural differences.

Mrs Bhattacharya said: ‘My son was sleeping with my husband. They said he should sleep separately from your son.’

The parents have been told that they can only see their children twice a year, for an hour during each visit until the kids turn 18 when they will no longer be bound by the current restrictions under current Norwegian law.

Despite the Indian government’s intervention, Norwegian officials are refusing to meet the request for any further explanation.

this hurts my heart. these are basic cultural differences—and neither strike me as inappropriate, because it’s how i was raised and it hasn’t hurt me at all. hell, my aunt and uncle still let their kids—who are seven and ten—sleep in their bed whenever they have guests in their house.

Considering how many children remain in the care of abusive parents all over the world, I sometimes wonder how much of what social services do is acting in a child’s best interest and how much is promoting an ideology.  I hope that these parents can somehow get their kids back.

(Source: jonathan-cunningham)

Norway

fearandwar:

So, it appears that a white Norwegian citizen committed the crime in Norway today. Already, the media is starting to call him deranged (which he may be, but is beside the point for right now). Why is it that everyone immediately blamed Muslims, yet no one is now blaming white people? Only Muslims are responsible for having to apologize for something another member of their faith does. Nobody demands Christians condemn anti-abortion murderers, or demand that Jews condemn violence from the settlers. This is how Orientalism functions. Arabs and Muslims are seen as being defined by their Muslim religion, while Europeans and whites are seen as complex individuals with multiple motivations.

I agree with the argument behind this, but for the record, a jihadi group called Ansar al-Jihad al-Alami (Helpers of the Global Jihad) claimed responsibility for these attacks initially (see here), even though there appears to be no connection.  Thus, the belief that the violence was generated by Muslim terrorists was not wholly unfounded in this case.  It is frustrating, though, that white terrorists are referred to as “mentally unstable” or “disturbed” whereas non-white terrorists generally get painted with the ideological brush.  The suspect, a white 32-year-old Norwegian man, most likely has ideological underpinnings just as potent and savage as anyone in Al Qaeda.

I hope that this is the end of the violence, that there aren’t more bombs or shooters out there.  Prayers to those lost and injured, and their families.  This is horrific.

websmith:

Source.

See also NASA.

sunsurfer:

Walking the Dogs, Norwayphoto by Sam Mannaerts

sunsurfer:

Walking the Dogs, Norway
photo by Sam Mannaerts

HH and I watched Død Snø awhile ago and let me tell you, it is a winner.  Not only is it a foreign film, but it is a zombie film.  Not only is this a Norwegian zombie film, but it is about Nazi zombies.  And the most disturbing scene has nothing to do with zombies!  In fact, the worst scene in this whole movie was the occasion for me actually agreeing with people on the IMDb boards.

Also, during this scene, HH yelled, “What an asshole!” at the Molotov fail.  It was a beautiful moment.

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