July 28, 2014 § Leave a comment

Originally posted on Finnish Perspective:

Smoke Sauna – flickr creative commons

Since there has been a lot of talk and recent questions appearing lately like “How come we can’t _______ more like the Finns” – fill in the blanks with education, economics, social welfare etc. And that I myself am half Finnish on my father’s side of the family and my largest influence being Finnish culture because of this. As well as according to my mother “I’m going to raise my sun like a Finn.”

I thought I would write a little something on Finland and Finns, just so you know what Finland is all about. Which in and of it self is a bit of a challenge, as Finns themselves are unsure about some aspects.

First of all, the question “Where did/do Finns come from” ? Answer..they didn’t “come” from anywhere. They have always been there is one way or another.

The Finns never…

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Blade Runner: An Examination

July 25, 2014 § Leave a comment

Originally posted on Finnish Perspective:

Since there has been confirmation that Ridley Scott is in the first stages of making a sequel, Blade Runner 2, I thought I would do an analysis of the original dystopic science fiction Film Noir. Underrated at the time of its release, it has gained in appreciation since, with various box sets and cuts available now. It’s based on the novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sleep by Philip K. Dick and set in Los Angeles circa 2019. Science fiction writers, even those of the darkest dystopian futures, tend to be overly optimistic quite often, which is the case here, having by that time assuming technologies that are yet to appear.

This, however, can be forgiven as they tread a thin line having to make the future seem advanced enough and yet still enable the reader or viewer to relate in the current time. Blade Runner is no exception…

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Farming … growing the food.

July 20, 2014 § Leave a comment

Originally posted on Finnish Perspective:

Old Barn

Took a trip out to Burton Ohio, where I spent the first 14 years of my life, to do some photography. Raining off and on so did not get too much done. On the way just outside the village I stopped at Sunrise Farm. They sell mostly flowers but also have local fruit and produce from the farm. It’s still kind of earl in the growing season so they did not have much yet, though they did have some sweet corn and I got a few ears.

As I cruised around it was sad to see so many small family farms had been either subdivided , left to fall into ruin or where the fields were still being planted but the farms themselves were no longer there. The fields having been rented out to some others to plant. Usually in corn. I had a short talk…

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God Save the Queen…Why America has always been a disaster.

July 14, 2014 § Leave a comment

Originally posted on Finnish Perspective:

THE PRINCESS in 1947…flickr creative commons license

First of all the reasons given for the American Revolution that most people have been fed all these years are pretty much a load of whooy. With King George baring much of the blame. Either our founding fathers were ignorant or naive or both, or there were other reasons that were rarely – if ever told. By the 1700s King George had no power at all to govern. The English Civil War put an end to that.

Secondly having a government based exclusively on a two pay system was just asking for trouble. So the situation described by Henry A. Giroux in his current Truthout essay,is no real surprise. There is little or nothing that will change it since there is not institution, group or individual that can claim top be unbiased objectivity. This country is all about politics and finance…

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Conscription or Greetings from The President of the United States

July 12, 2014 § Leave a comment

Originally posted on Finnish Perspective:

1942 — WWII draftees at Bus Station on West Huron, Ann Arbor, Michigan. – flickr creative commons

Conscription AKA The Draft has been around in one form or another almost since time immortal. China had conscription as early as 221BC. Primarily to keep an army big enough to be used in times or war, some countries as used to for civilian activities as well. A number of countries still have conscription for those 18 to even 64 years of age and lasting anywhere from 1 to 8 years.

The first major use of conscription in the US was during the civil war, which sparked off New York City draft riots. Then for WWI and for WWII. After WWII ended, in 1948 congress passed Selective Service Act of 1948, from which combatants for the Korean War came. Then the Universal Military Training and Service Act in 1951 and Reserve…

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Kids today ..

July 10, 2014 § Leave a comment

Originally posted on Finnish Perspective:

If You Go Down To The Woods Today
A bloke called Jerm – flickr creative commons

I have a very difficult time relating to kids. My childhood was so vastly different from theirs in just about every way imaginable, it isn’t funny. No high tech toys, just TV, telephone and radio. I grew up in northeastern Ohio in a very small town, or rather township of Burton Ohio, in Geauga County.

Initially, in the first house my father built, a small two bedroom affair on State Road 87, Kingsman Road. Lived there until I was six years old and we had two brothers younger than me. I was the oldest, first born. My father then bought land on Butternut Road not far from there and built a much larger placeon three acres of land. Nearly all of it wooded, most heavily so. The road was a dirt…

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Andrew Levine on Tea Party Smarts and the poison of Ted Cruz

July 6, 2014 § Leave a comment

Originally posted on Finnish Perspective:

Tea Party and Crazy – flickr creative commons license

According to Wikipedia the Tea Party movement, it is not even a party, is …

Several polls have been conducted on the demographics of the movement. Though the various polls sometimes turn up slightly different results, they tend to show that Tea Party supporters tend more likely than Americans overall to be white, male, married, older than 45, regularly attending religious services, conservative, and to be more wealthy and have more education.[135][136][137][138][139] Broadly speaking, multiple surveys have found between 10% and 30% of Americans identify as a member of the Tea Party movement.[9][140] Most Republicans and 20% of Democrats support the movement.[141]

And as Levine points out Ted Cruz and David Brat are the very epitome of this. Both being graduates of the most prestigious private Universities. Both doing very well academically…

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