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  1. Europe
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    Over the past few years, the number of Christian elementary schools in Norway has doubled. This increase is believed to be a popular reaction to Norwegian society becoming more secular and multiethnic.

    At present, there are currently 82 Christian primary schools spread across the Nordic country, according to the Norwegian Directorate of Education. Nearly half of them have been established over the past seven years. During the same period, only seven schools have been discontinued.

    Western Norway stands out as having the largest proportion of Christian children and youth schools. At the very top, Rogaland county is replete with 13 Christian schools, with another one scheduled for next year.

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    Have a Very Quran Christmas! - Norwegian School's Wish to Pupils
    According to Ole Andreas Meling, the rector of Jærtun Lutheran Free School, this is a token that parents want to spare their children from the "un-Christian" school of today.

    "It was parents who took the initiative to start the school in 2001. Parents who had a strong longing for a school with a more Christian approach,"
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  2. In Norway, the Norwegian bank DNB has taken the lead. And since politicians in general are trained to do as financial capitalism bids, we can say with almost total certainty that legislation banning cash will be passed. If cash payment is banned by law, we will no longer have money. Or rather: we will no longer have any control over our own money. Whether we’ll be able to use them or not, will be decided by the banks and the authorities. We can no longer withdraw money from the bank and hide them under the mattress, even if the banks should introduce a five percent negative interest rate. And if the authorities decide that a certain person should be blocked from their account, they cannot buy as much as a bus ticket or a piece of bread. The totalitarian society on steroids.

    This neo-fascism, or this post-democratic society – or whatever we should name this nightmare – is matched by the draconic legislations against so-called “fake news” and the introduction of public-private censorship bodies. As noted before, a militarization of opinion formers worthy that of a dictatorship, is taking place. And it is happening without the slightest protest from those who supposedly support the freedom of the press and free speech.
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  3. Ihle has stated that the pair initially planned to make a television programme about the biology associated with Darwin year clarification needed » , but Steven Pinker's controversial bestseller The Blank Slate convinced them to "go a little deeper into the biological basis for the difference between people". 1 » 2010, Eia received the Fritt Ord Honorary Award "for, through the programme Brainwash, having precipitated one of the most heated debates on research in recent times." 2 »

    The Nordic Council of Ministers closed the Nordic Gender Institute following the broadcast of Hjernevask. The question of whether the series influenced that decision is disputed.
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  4. Norwegian comedian Harald Eia has caused a stir with his controversial TV series on biology and society, Hjernevask on NRK. His main claim is that Norwegian social science has ignored discoveries from biological research that can help explain social and cultural processes. Our professors have joined the debate that has arisen in a number of articles in the Norwegian newspaper Dagbladet.

    Professor Willy Pedersen

    On 17 March professors Marianne Nordli Hansen and Arne Mastekaasa explained that they have not researched biology but instead studied the eudcational and career choices of children and young people from different socio-economic sections of the population of Oslo. They explain that children with the same grades but from different groups make career choices that largely recreate the original inequalities between the socio-economic groups. This cannot be explained through biology. The full article in Dagbladet (In Norwegian).
    Tags: , , , by M. Fioretti (2015-02-06)
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  5. nearly all the negative views in the piece originated with the many local experts I interviewed during my years of research: the leading anthropologists, ethnologists, economists, politicians, academics and journalists. I make little claim to originality in describing Sweden as quasi-totalitarian, Norway as insular, Finland as taboo-ridden, or the Danes as jingoistic greenwashers.

    It was interesting to observe the different reactions to my piece. The Finns were pretty cool; the Swedes, pedantic but resigned; the Danes did get a little fighty; the Icelanders were irritated not to have been given more attention; but the Norwegians, boy, they were not happy.

    Some mistook this for a UK v Scandinavia piece. Not at all. I live in Denmark and, for the moment, I would not want to live anywhere else. As long, that is, as they let me stay.
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  6. The myriad successes of the Nordic countries are no miracle, they were born of a combination of Lutheran modesty, peasant parsimony, geographical determinism and ruthless pragmatism ("The Russians are attacking? Join the Nazis! The Nazis are losing? Join the Allies!"). These societies function well for those who conform to the collective median, but they aren't much fun for tall poppies. Schools rein in higher achievers for the sake of the less gifted; "elite" is a dirty word; displays of success, ambition or wealth are frowned upon. If you can cope with this, and the cost, and the cold (both metaphorical and inter-personal), then by all means join me
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  7. “In order to push both the trustworthiness and transparency of the procedure, the source code for this year's e-voting system was put into the public domain, and anyone can now download and study the source code used from the e-voting project webpage,” Stig Øyvann wrote in the article.
    He later added that in 2013, “28 percent of all voters in the trial municipalities voted via the internet — an increase of 12 percentage points from the e-voting participation, which reached 16 percent in the 2011 pilot.”

    According to the report by Norway's Institute of Social Research, BBC writes, “there was no evidence that the trial led to a rise in the overall number of people voting nor that it mobilized new groups, such as young people, to vote."
    Tags: , , by M. Fioretti (2014-07-01)
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Our goal is not to get rid of the oil industry tomorrow. Nor is it to set a date for when the last oil worker will be out of a job. On the contrary, we want to keep the industry going for generations, but at a significantly lower level than we see today. To achieve this in a way that does not lead to mass unemployment (an estimated 250,000 people - or one in twenty Norwegians - are involved in the fossil fuel industry) we need a plan that combines both environmental policy and the oil workers' interests. That was the starting point when labour unions and environmental NGOs sat down to draft a plan on how we might realistically deflate Norway's inflated oil industry in a way that also retains the interests of the industry's employees.
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  9. The Norwegian Data Protection Authority has considered a case against Narvik Municipality, which has chosen to use Google’s Cloud Computing services to process the municipality’s e-mails. The Data Protection Authority has concluded that Google Apps fail to comply with the Norwegian Personal Data Act, among other things because the municipality loses control of the information Google processes through the Cloud Computing services. In practice, Google dictates the solutions they supply to their customers.
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  10. The fresh salmon looked pink (because they are fed dye), streaked with fat (they are well fed), and had a nice light taste, but one quite different from that of wild Alaskan salmon.

    The one set of questions left unanswered had to do with what the salmon are fed (we asked for and have been promised this information).

    I came home with a handful of salmon feed pellets. They look like dog food but feel greasy and smell fishy.

    Therein lies the dilemma. To get salmon or any other farmed fish to taste like fish, it is necessary to supplement their corn and soybean rations with fish meal and fish oil obtained from wild fish stocks, thereby further depleting ocean fish.

    If we must have fish farming, it looked to me as though Norway was doing it well. Elsewhere? I have no idea.

    Should we have fish farming? I see it as a dilemma.
    Tags: , , , by M. Fioretti (2012-10-02)
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