@MrPSB What… what’s there not to like? You want some chocolate topping to top it off or what?
@xaviervia Exactly. I’m now terrified of any non-diet soda. It might just incite rebellion. I could, you know, dissolve.
Here’s some fine culture for you! Old school Swedish singer Nicolai Gedda performing an opera classic, Nadir’s aria. http://t.co/tDenKOA0z3
@xaviervia I read about when you stick your finger in a glass of sugar water, some cells abandon ship and just live happily there instead.
@Wednesday_IC It’s true. I read it on the internet.
It’s just like when Jesus says ”let not your left mandible know what your right mandible is doing”. It’s a mildly unsettling thought.
Today I learned that most insects have their brain distributed across their body, different centres controlling different limbs.
@_fifield Well… power always entails violence in some form.
Are we absolutely sure that US scout wasn’t just here to try and sell us cookies before the Swedish election?
@nsdlf NEVER spoil a good joke!
Yesterday I made fun of pastries. Today Swedish aerospace was violated by a US scout plane. Coincidence? I think not!
@shirlenelss Germany in particular! I lived there for a little while and was impressed with the way they deal with fascists and Nazis.
@kaxkatten I hear you. It makes me feel a bit queasy too. It’s like you’re asked to emulate piety.
@theskyisblack Utterly brilliant! Contacting my lawyer right now!
@theskyisblack I absolutely adore that movie. And that scene especially is quite cathartic. :)
@zirkont I’m thinking that my views on the issue kind of shines through my tweets anyway. ;)
@ElkaSloan Yes, we’re getting a lot of support! As it turns out, people prefer peace songs to Nazism. That’s comforting. :)
I’ll abstain from giving my personal view on the actions of the police that day. But the story in itself says something about Sweden today.
@katteskes Yup. Inertia is the saving grace of the church’s budget. :)
Then I was arrested by the police for not moving when they tried to make way for the Nazis. Trial to be held in sept. Quite a story. :)
That was one reason for the church acting and tolling the bells. Me, I sat in a streetcorner singing psalms about peace.
For a while, the police even went so far as to recommend people to stay inside, on May the first, just to let the Nazis march in peace.
Back in 1993, racist party Sweden democrats weren’t allowed to demonstrate if it could cause unrest.This year, Nazis could march on May day!
Unlike some other countries, Sweden doesn’t have a law banning Nazi demonstrations altogether, but some yrs ago, police could refuse demos.
@Idpadida True, it can be a good way to get some perspective and get away from yourself for a while.
@Capesgo In Sweden, the church does own a lot of land. Afaik it’s tended for well enough, but there has been incidents with forest industry.
@AllthingsLulu Well, Luther does condone having a good time and making merry, so I don’t rightly see why not. :)
@funderful I had no idea that the God of Abraham was such an avaricious deity. :)
Best thing about churches? The bells! When Nazis marched through Jönköping town on 1st may, the bells rang constantly, as warning of danger.
@PilotDiaries I think you’re absolutely right. There is something homey and secure about old places of worship in themselves.
So my own view is: get rid of all the disused churches. Let them become something new and wonderful. God will find new ways.
@tehabe No fee here, fortunately. :) (Maybe we should try that? We’re losing 1% of our members every year)
Ironically, in such a big building there isn’t really any space for other parts of the Christian experience, especially vulnerability.
Me, I’ve never been very fond of churches. They make people feel small, and some priests feel the need to somehow fill all that empty space.
I’m being corrected by a lot of fellow Swedes now! They think it’s neither solidarity or conservatism keeping people in church.It’s inertia.
@JimBarrett I disagree. The assertion is speculative. Traditions that are broken don’t necessarily hold much of an impact on a society.
@guy_herbert Agreed! I really don’t know where the idea arose that Swedes in particular would be more atheist. By now it’s a trademark.
@JimBarrett See my later tweets. :) It’s only about 10%.
People still want to get married in church, but they often ask the priest to skip the part about marriage vows before God. Which is weird…
And that is really nice of them, in a way. But is it a form of solidarity with us Christians, or is it just conservative thinking?
However, only maybe 10% or so actually attend church. Why are all the others still paying members? Mainly because they really like churches.
Soooo, we’re like the most secular country in the world, right? Wrong! Two thirds of all Swedes are paying members of the church.
@Alexjude99 Thanks, mate. Yes, they’re in my thoughts constantly.
And of course there’s the antisemitic mob latching on to any critique of Israel as an excuse to spread their bile. Anti-Semitism is a virus.
Meanwhile, Israel is becoming more and more marginalized in the eyes of the world, and in its own vicinity. Dangerous development.
The people in Gaza are for all practical purposes lawless. The international community stands idly by.
Seeing the people of Gaza butchered by the nation occupying them is even worse. Words fall short to describe the atrocity, the injustice.
I have friends both in Israel and in Gaza. Seeing Israel turning their beautiful nation into a murderous rogue state is heartbreaking.
@jimmy_buck I never believed in the idea of a ”national character”. What would it be? Just another norm. We have plenty of those already.
@ecoleSLP Well, can’t ignore the classics, can we? :)
@Tara_Vern Sad but true, we have a lot of work left to do. Happy to say, my church is actively partaking in Pride since several years!
I consider my participation in Pride mostly as cheering from the sideline. At least I get to rock my favourite tee! http://t.co/HzUoUWL57Y
My struggle as disabled is sort of included in the scope of #Pridesthlm,but being cis hetero white male sure makes things easier in general.
Moving on to a happier topic: #pridesthlm! Pride is the opposite of nonsense cake politics. Pride is a place for both hurt and hope.
@SheepOfJesus They’re all in Swedish I’m afraid, but I can try and look it up for you.
In conclusion: The line between ”parties” and ”pastries” is very thin. But perhaps that’s not a bad thing? We can have the cake, and eat it.
@cheripai69 You’re quite welcome. :) Bring pastries! We’re running short.
@John_Bronelli Yup, I mentioned that incident in the follow-up tweet.
@matthewddsg Whoa. I can’t even imagine a Swedish politician moving to strangle someone. At least not physically. :)
In spring 2001 the finance minister was pied at the annual ”budget walk”. Media back then didn’t bat an eye. They published cake recipes.
The cake attack caused an uproar. Everybody and their dog condemned the attack. It wasn’t considered ”harmless”, but bordering on terrorism.
Last year, the leader of the far-right racist party received a cake to his face at a book signing event. Maybe that started the cake boom.
@TracyVanity Try to hang around outside the election ballots in september. Politics is a major turn-on for all Swedish men. Word of honour.
@SheepOfJesus I’m a member of the former state church of Sweden, evangelic Lutheran church. 6 million members.
The possibilities are practically unlimited. ”@KymriskaDraken: @sweden has anyone done ”Let them eat cake?” yet?”
”Vote for us. There will be delicious cake. And experiments.” #glados2014
I am also shocked to find out that neither side has told us that the other cake is a lie. Come on, the jokes write themselves at this point.
I’m waiting eagerly for either side to adopt the campaign slogan ”cake or death”. Politics has never been yummier.
The governing parties have produced this little gem. http://t.co/Cx6LXlEpg3
Then the social democrats produced this. http://t.co/Cx6LXlEpg3
I don’t rightly know how to tell you this without sounding ridiculous, but we’re having elections in 6 weeks. And all we talk about is cake.
@layerofrock Giving up liberty to gain a little security. That’s the very definition of a slippery slope, in my book.
@Littlun007 We’ve got that joke here too. I think it’s pretty funny. :) The topic otoh, not so much.
@subirsay That’s interesting. I don’t quite agree but I believe that I see your point. The possibilities of the web makes it more important?
@Mustard_Seed1 It’s dagensseglora.se. It’s pretty small, and so we’re resting for the summer. But everything is available to read ofc.
So, those’re replies from Austria, Netherlands (great country btw! :) and the US. I’m starting to see a trend here.
@subirsay It’s so sad to see. I’m under the impression that ppl don’t think that the online world is as real as the analogue world.
Here’s a shoutout to y’all. Do you think that society where you live takes hate and threats online seriously? Or is it just here in Sweden?
Night be going out on a limb here, but from what I’ve read the same holds true for many other countries. Online threats aren’t taken srsly?
Sweden today:Actual death threats are becoming comme-il-faut for politically active ppl. But literature and songs on death are frowned upon.
@mthld Hear, hear. And not to mention the ”fine arts”. I have yet to see an opera where the strong female character lives until the end.
When the book was adapted for the theatre, some actresses actually received death threats. For performing a play! So much for equality…
Sure, some ppl took it literally (the book advocates killing men) and thought it should be banned and whatnot. That added to the satire.
I read this great book once, called the SCUM manifesto. It inverted patriarchy and treated men the way history has treated women. Good read.
Patriarchy is all over the place in Sweden. If we’re in the top spot for gender equality, oh boy does humanity have some homework to do.
@partynovels All the good ones at least. :)
@partynovels Yup, he’s a handsome devil. He’s got that going for him at least. But he’s basically a cat food propelled pillow.
Cat shelters are awesome.
This is Benji. He’s a shelter cat, has chronic ear issues, can’t really jump… and he snores. We’re a perfect match. http://t.co/bMT80pLsLJ
@afshimono Yep, it’s mostly other Christians who give me a hard time about my beliefs, not atheists.
@slysteph That we sure do! But there’s still a long ways to go towards including minorities of orientation and identity.
@Capesgo Well give me a less open-ended question and you’ll be more entitled to be picky about your answer. ;)
@Capesgo Sweden has been harshly criticized for many decisions on expulsion, and rightly so, I believe.
@Capesgo I didn’t become Sweden curator for my timid views ;)
@inpoco That’s a good point, and one made in Nuremberg too. There’s a certain common human responsibility to reflect on one’s actions.
@Capesgo Hear, hear! Migration laws across Europe are inhumane and rest on a foundation of latent racist oppression.
@Montverte I don’t separate people into thinkers and believers. But in a discussion you need better arguments than ”the bible says so”. :)
@inpoco … And, sometimes, we have avoided getting involved when we should have clearly stepped in. Like in Nazi Germany.
@psychicteeth Sure they should be kept separate. A secular state, but an open society.
My take is the opposite: If you have a conviction, there’s no way you’re going to manage to keep it to yourself. Better be open with it.
For some reason, people believe that you can’t, as a Christian, have a view on politics too. That these spheres should be kept separate.
More often than not, the judgment comes from other Christians, not atheists, judging what is really ”Christian” and not.
Some people wonder, what’s it like being a Christian in atheist Sweden? I say, it’s great! Sure, sometimes you’re viewed as a little exotic.
@Capesgo Sure is! In fact, politics is a favorite subject of mine. Anything in particular that piqued your interest?
@SheepOfJesus The only bombing I approve of, besides love bombing.
@ChristaVdK That’s… uh, geez, you’re making fun of me… right? :)
@davidduffcomedy I’m getting a feeling that you’re luring me into a trap here, mate… :)
@xaviervia It’s a nifty concept, agreed. And a brave one, at that.
@afshimono Yep, we do tend to use money for many strange and sometimes less than stellar purposes. :)
@RaniBeaton That I will! But first a nice, cool shower. I’m dying here from the heat. No really, I can feel my life force draining.
@HeyShahRukh I am definitely going to return on that subject this week! I’ll try too remember to tag you then. :)
@Capesgo Nice one, I’ll definitely bring that up during this week.
@afshimono Yup, we’re pretty secular for sure. Even us religious folks tend heavily toward secularism. And over-thinking. :)
Well, that was a first rant, more or less coherent. And I haven’t even had my coffee yet. This will be a fun week. :)
The big city gaze on small town life is, otoh, something I believe many Swedes are familiar with. You tend to apologize for your rural past.
It’s like when you come from a small town and are asked about your past. Oftenly, you take the big-city perspective. That’s power at work.
Then you start tweeting about oddities in Sweden and think that you’re repping something unique and odd. I don’t think that’s true.
It’s easy to exotize yourself in the eyes of others. That’s what happens when you borrow someone else’s gaze. You yourself become curious.
When I was asked to curate @sweden my first thought was, ”how should I present Sweden to people? What’d be interesting to them?”
@RobertPresto Hey Robert. I have Klippel-Feil syndrome (google is your friend :), meaning I have several variations in abilities.
I’m editor-in-chief for a small but feisty Christian newspaper, writing about feminism, anti-racism and power in a rapidly changing Sweden.
Hello world, I’ll be @Sweden this week! There will be ranting and curiosities, definitely musings on functionality and nationality.