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Sami people persuade Norway pension fund to divest from Dakota Access
The Sami parliament, representing indigenous people also known as Lapps, has convinced Norway’s second largest pension fund to ditch the oil pipeline project

In an act of international solidarity between indigenous peoples, the Sami parliament in Norway has persuaded the country’s second largest pension fund to withdraw its money from companies linked to a controversial oil project backed by Donald Trump.

The project to build the 1,900km Dakota Access oil pipeline across six US states has prompted massive protests from Native American activists at the Standing Rock Sioux reservation.

This week, after lobbying by the Sami parliament, Norway’s local authority pension fund KLP announced it would sell of shares worth $58m in companies building the pipeline.

Vibeke Larsen, president of the Sami parliament, said the pension fund announced the move when she arrived at a meeting in Oslo to discuss Dakota Access.

“We feel a strong solidarity with other indigenous people in other parts of the world, so we are doing our part in Norway by putting pressure on the pension funds,” she told the Guardian.

The Sami – sometimes called Lapps in English – are an indigenous people living in the Arctic area of Sápmi in the far north of Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia’s Kola peninsula.

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Norway overtakes Denmark to be crowned world's 'happiest country'

Norway has unseated Denmark as happiest country in the world. The Scandinavian nation beat the three-time winner of the title, having previously been ranked fourth.

Denmark dropped to second place as Norway was named the winner for the first time since the United Nations launched the global initiative in 2012.

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The World Happiness Report 2017 ranked countries on six criteria measuring happiness: GDP per capita, life expectancy, freedom, generosity, social support and an absence of corruption in government or the business sector.

“Happy countries are the ones that have a healthy balance of prosperity, as conventionally measured, and social capital, meaning a high degree of trust in a society, low inequality and confidence in government,"Jeffrey Sachs, the director of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) that published the report, told Reuters.

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"What works in the Nordic countries is a sense of community and understanding in the common good,” Meik Wiking, chief executive of the Happiness Institute in Copenhagen, said.

Iceland, Switzerland and Finland were also ranked in the top five. The US was 14th on the list, while the UK came in 19th place. Sachs said the US had dropped one place due to rising inequality, distrust and corruption. He said that President Trump’s economic measures were “all aimed at increasing inequality – tax cuts at the top, throwing people off the healthcare rolls, cutting Meals on Wheels in order to raise military spending. I think everything that has been proposed goes in the wrong direction.”

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Syria, Yemen, Tanzania and Burundi are the least happy of the 155 countries listed in the fifth annual report by the SDSN.

The aim of the report is to provide governments with a tool to improve overall well-being in their country. “I want governments to measure this, discuss it, analyse it and understand when they have been off on the wrong direction,” Sachs said.

World Happiness Report 2017 rankings:

1. Norway
2. Denmark
3. Iceland
4. Switzerland
5. Finland
6. Netherlands
7. Canada
8. New Zealand
9. Australia
10. Sweden
11. Israel
12. Costa Rica
13. Austria
14. United States
15. Ireland
16. Germany
17. Belgium
18. Luxembourg
19. United Kingdom
20. Chile

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Clip - “Ikke snakk til meg” (”Don’t talk to me”) - at 08:12 - 22.05

(Sana praying)

(Images flashing by: )

Don’t pick up

Don’t pick up (contact)

Do you get acid thrown in your face if you don’t wear the hijab?

Sana are you circumcised

Urra United (contact)

hoping you’ll be forced into marriage and sent to Africa so we don’t have to have you around at Urra*

Why do you wear that shit on your head it’s fucking ugly i’m gonna tear it off of you during recess

(Same images flashing by again)

(Sana is seated in front of her mirror, and fastens her hijab with a needle, then starts typing out a message)

Hi Jamilla

(She backspaces, and we see earlier messages between them)

Thanks, but no thanks.


I’M SORRY!! There’s been a misunderstanding!! I thought you’d posted shit about me!! Let me explain! I’m calling you now!

(goes further up through the messages)

49:12 O you who have believed, avoid much (negative) assumption. Indeed, some assumption is sin. And do not spy or backbite each other

I’m only trying to protect you.

(goes further up again, and we see the time stamp 03.01.2016 - January 3rd)

5:51 O you who have believed, do not take the Jews and the Christians as allies. They are (in fact) allies of one another. And whoever is an ally to them among you - then indeed, he is (one) of them. Indeed, Allah guides not the wrongdoing people.

(A song called ‘Ikke snakk til meg’ (Don’t talk to me) starts playing, Sana goes through the school yard, and up to the girls)

Eva: What’s this?

Sana: I’ve left the bus.

Chris: Uh what?!

Sana: I’m not going to be russ.

Eva: Well, now that we’ve fixed a bus, people and like, everything’s in order, and then you leave?

Chris: What’s happening?

Sana: It’s just not so important for me to be russ.

Noora: But it was quite important to you just a little while ago.

Sana: Maybe I’ve realised that it is in conflict with my values to watch girls drop all their self-respect just to get a pinecone in their hat*.

(Sana goes inside, sits down by Isak)

Sana: How are-

Isak: Good! (whispering) Good.

Sana: I’m sorry again for my brother-

Isak: No, that..Think nothing of it, Sana.

Teacher (off screen): Okay people, we’ll go through a lot during this lesson. Midterms are next week, and some of you are hanging by a thin thread, so I suggest that you pay attention.

Isak: Yeah..that applies to me, to put it that way..

(Sana doesn’t answer)

Isak: Can’t you help me a bit, Sana? I’m so fucked, I’m so far behind.

Sana: Sorry, you’ll just have to face the harsh truth.

Isak: That I’ll get a four?

Sana: That you’re on your own.

(Isak looks surprised and a bit hurt by Sana’s comment)

Aaaand we’re back in business! So full of angst D: This hurt to watch…

To a non-Norwegian speaker, here are some explanations of the stuff you probably didn’t understand right away:

Urra = This refers to the name of a junior high school in Oslo called Uranienborg, it’s just a nickname for the school. This is the junior high Sana went to, and by the content of the messages from Urra United we understand she had a hard time being accepted there.

A pinecone in their hat = I’ll give you the short version - When you’re russ, you can do all these silly tasks to get tokens in your russ hat (see picture below). If you have a pinecone in your hat then it means that you’ve had (safe) sex outdoors.

That I’ll get a four? = Isak means which grade/mark he’ll receive in that class.  The grades system in Norway in junior and senior high school is like this:
It goes from 1 through 6, where 1 means one has failed, and 6 means one excels in the course. (So, 1 = F, 6 = A)

Here’s a picture of a russ hat with different items tied into the thread, meaning this person has completed some of the russ tasks:

(credit to whoever owns the hat and the picture <3 !)

Norway’s biggest local newspaper is Aftenposten and they have something called Si;D which is a site where they publish article written by anyone between the ages 13-21. In 2015 and 2016 many of their most written about themes was Skam, especially Noora’s sexual assault was a case that they got submitted many articles about. 

In 2016 one article was called “Vi er de skamløse arabiske jentene” meaning “We are the shameless arabic girls”. The article inspired other articles by Norwegian minority girls. The first article brought up Sana as one of the reasons they wanted to speak up. 

The three girls that became the spokeswomen for the moment Sofia Srour, Nancy Herz and Amina Bile ended up winning the “Fritt ord” award celebrating freedom of speech in Norway. 

And to create a nice circle the three shameless arabic girls became one of the main sources for Sana’s season.

u guys………… i cant beLIEVE i havent told u before… norway we had this show that ran on actual national television………..about this grade school teacher who got bored and dressed up (bADLY) as a teenage girl and called himself………… HANNA FROM TANA and he got world famous and it was the norwegian parody of hannah montana buT LIKE IT WAS AN ACTUAL SHOW ON A REAL CHANNEL I WISH I WAS KIDDING BUT LIKE

@fuckyeahnorwegian guys…….help me out here…..
Private investor divests $34.8m from firms tied to Dakota Access pipeline
Storebrand, a sustainable investment manager in Norway, hopes pulling shares from three groups will ‘make some sort of impact’ amid Defund DAPL movement
By Julia Carrie Wong

Norway’s largest private investor is divesting from three companies tied to the Dakota Access pipeline, a small victory for the Standing Rock movement one week after the eviction of the main protest encampment.

Storebrand, a sustainable investment manager with $68bn in assets, sold off $34.8m worth of shares in Phillips 66, Marathon Petroleum Corporation, and Enbridge, the company announced Wednesday. The three companies are partial owners of the pipeline.

“We hope that our actions and the actions of other likeminded investors in either divesting or calling for an alternative [pipeline] route will make some sort of an impact,” said Matthew Smith, the head of Storebrand’s sustainability team.

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Scillas, not bluebells

Okay so i have seen a lot of people refer to the flowers Yousef gave Sana as bluebells, and how they mean everlasting love, and how the now dead flowers could mean that the love between them is dead.

heres the thing tho. They aren’t bluebells. they are Scillas. They look a like, there are even a form of bluebell called Scilla non-scripta, but thats not what we have in Norway. Honestly i dont think what most people known as bluebells even grow in norway. Our Scilla (scientific name  Othocallis siberica, and also known as  Scilla sibirica). They have a different Norwegian name as well. Russeblåstjerne. Or Russe Blue star. Recognize the first part there? yep. The non dying russe-plot.

Thats not all though! while Bluebelles can symbolize everlasting love, does scillas have their whole own meaning. Forgive and Forget. And im not good at theories, but even i can see that forgiveness is a big part of the plot this season. Sana needs to forgive a lot of people, and to some degree, forget what they did as well. And people also need to forgive Sana, even though you could probably argue that they shouldn’t really need to. So theres that. 

another fun fact, our scilla is native to  Russia, the Caucasus, and Turkey



and what we Norwegians know as bluebells

anonymous asked:

What's the white stuff vilde and chris had on their pizza?? and who's jamille??? Thanks Ingrid! 💗

It was sour cream dressing, made with sour cream, garlic, mayonnaise and different spices. Very usual pizza topping here in Norway! 

This is Jamilla Bikarim 

Last we heard she was engaged to Sanas brother (most likely Elias unless Sana has more brothers) she’s same age as Sana or the year above. She’s in a squad commonly referred to as the Hijab Police

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anonymous asked:

1/4 Hi, i read your post about Even being hypomanic and i need your opinion about this beucase you actually know about this disorder from your own experience. When I see Evak I can't stop thinking about it. I know that hypomania doesn't make you fall in love with someone but at the same time, if Even had been hypomanic (since like episode 4 imo) I can't stop this feeling that everythig he did (their first kiss or first sex) was driven by his hypomania and not by his feelings for Isak.

Hello anon,

I’m glad you’re asking me about this. I have bipolar (type II) and, although I’m not an authority figure on the topic (everyone’s experience with bipolar is different), I’ll try my best to explain my thoughts and interpretations of Even and his feelings for Isak in and outside of his hypo/manic episode.
I know there are other SKAM fans who have bipolar too and I hope they’ll feel free to chime in if they have anything to add to my answer.

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  • APH Sweden: I didn't want to kiss him, it was HIS idea.
  • APH Finland: Wait. Who did you kiss, Sve?
  • APH Sweden: Norway, but it was his idea.
  • APH Finland: Was this before or after you ignore MY calls?
  • APH Denmark: Wait, you kissed Norway, Sve?
  • APH Norway: It was the stupid Kiss Cam. No big deal.
  • APH Finland: How is that no a big deal???
  • APH Norway: Sve told me that I had to.
  • APH Sweden: No, I didn't!
  • APH Denmark: I think we should make out, Fin.
  • APH Iceland: You are all so inmature, omg.
okay but how bout this

we know isak has a tendency to put his foot in his mouth, eg: “i don’t like mentally ill people around me”, “its not like i go around wearing tights and mascara”. i think we’ll see his dismissal of sana’s lived experience be addressed later in the season. 

we may not see sana call him out now, but maybe we’ll see her do it in a later episode (just like how sana reached out to isak after she found out that isak is gay). or we may see isak witnessing islamophobia towards sana first hand, and be brought to action to take a stand beside her. maybe we’ll see the PM girls talk shit about sana and isak will learn that no, indeed, norway is not your idealised non-racist society. i think his conversation with sana is just another example of him being callous now, so that we’ll see him learn later. 

after all, this is what this show is all about, learning and growing, and that having one formed worldview doesn’t necessarily mean that it can’t be changed later. that we are humans, and we make mistakes.

i’m very much on the fence about friday’s clip and i’d like to posit a perspective:

i believe that most things done on skam, (narrative, colour choices, scripts) are intentional, which is why i think friday’s clip was intentionally set up to be controversial.

i don’t think it’s bad writing. i’m not one to give julie too much credit but i think a lot of people give her too little credit too. what i took away from the scene was this tough love speech isak gave to sana, that having had struggle in the past doesn’t excuse you from your bad behaviour. that sana let what he said slide because she was in a vulnerable position having just realised the consequences of her actions. had it come from sana’s family or jamilla, we wouldn’t have had all the discourse. and it would have been too easy and expected. and we wouldn’t have had a chance for growth for BOTH characters, sana and isak. and this, in essence, is what i feel the show was aiming for. 

because we’re viewing the show in real time and getting to give reactions in real time, we always have this tendency to write off characters based on the way they’ve acted, or write off julie based on the narrative decisions she’s made. 

there’s this formula that skam likes to employ, give us a character doing/saying a really shady thing or acting one way, and then completely flipping the narrative later on. its happened countless times. i remember so clearly in season 3 right after Even left Isak in episode 5, so many people worked themselves up into a tizzy, saying Even is a bad guy, playing with Isak that way, and this whole entire thing was going end up a mess with Isak having his heart broken. only to have the opposite happen later on. and how the balloon boys kept getting a lot of hate, but time and again the show proved these people wrong by showing not only that they’re cool and fun but also accepting, understanding, kind. (also: with Sonja, with Jonas, with Mahdi, Magnus, i mean the LIST GOES ON)

skam is playing us, showing us that WE jump to conclusions and make assumptions about people without knowing the full story. US. the audience. 

i do believe she knows and reads the feedback she’s gotten for that scene, i don’t think that she’s made this directing decision very lightly. i mean, the passionate speech about being a minority that shuts down all discussion is done in a lot of shows. we see it a lot. so how can julie get it so completely wrong then? so no, i don’t think friday’s clip was a fluke. i think it’s a set up to be addressed again later on. at least, i very much hope so. and if it does turn out that i’m wrong, well, i’ll be the first to admit it and call friday’s clip a fluke and eat my words. 

Hell, Norway

I usually don’t do giant posts about theories and whatnot but I decided to share this little snippet.

So during “Mary’s” travel montage, she passes through Norway, where she then finds the fake passport. In the Norway scene, there’s a lot of boats and water in the background, as well as the rocky hills.

Then, at the end of the episode, we’re surprised with this clip:

She doesn’t seem to be saying that in a mean tone in my opinion.

She could be saying go to Hell, as in a place called “Hell”…

Now where would we find a place called hell? what does that even mean?

Ah yes, of course, Hell, Norway

Hell, Norway is also conveniently beside water where boats are able to easily come and go. Could that be where she’s trying to lead Sherlock to? Perhaps.

It’s also slightly rumored that in the Final Problem “Holmes and Watson travel to Europe to escape Moriarty’s vengeance.”

Is she leading them to a trap? Who knows.

(shoutout to @wait-what-oops for helping me come up with this)

World of Beauty

Several people requested a deconstructed version of the collaboration piece “World of Beauty.” The piece was created by writers and photographers from around the world. We each photographed and wrote about the beauty of our homeland. There are 14 photos, from 9 countries, and all 6 of the inhabited continents. Friends separated by 1000s of miles worked together to show that the world, in all its variety, with all its differences, truly is beautiful! Here are the individual submissions. 

Sprinkled hoarfrost beautifies all it touches.
Icy air highlights the silence.
I stop, imagine, forget the madness,
Realize the beauty, the wonder,
and dream to keep it for eternity.

Dąbrowa Tarnowska, Poland - @lyricsbylittle

Always I thought I dreamed to see
A land that was as strange as me,
It then came clear, I am a part
Of this strange land inside my heart.

Wodonga, Australia - @ellenya 

Through the woods we go,
Called by our magical land,
Where past belles still dance.

Louisiana, US - @uniquelykalene 

The beauty of this place
is given nature’s grace
with snow and wonders
I stand face-to-face

Bærum Rykkinn, Norway - @mycosmicbackyard

Sunlight through murky layers of cloud
scatters diffused light on the ground.
Winds when blow, leaves they rustle
far away from city’s hustle and bustle.

India - @sonador-reveur

A bay, docked with boats,
Brisk air demands, people grab their coats.
A city filled with so much beauty,
Bound by a sense of honor and duty.

Boston, MA (US)  - @temen-ni-gru666

Displayed under broken skies
passed without a second thought
so unlike our to and from
worlds hidden within worlds

Concord, MA (US) - @cruxymox

The world barely knows this side of you;
The majestic mountains, crashing shores.
Winds blow ever constant,
Weather always perfect.
One day we’ll see each other, once again.

Santa Marta, Colombia, S.A. - @mortalghost

You rhyme everything you write.
Colors are your favorite tools.
When you speak,
Melodies are all you know.

Egypt - @behind-the-sun

No matter how much
I wished to drown,
you’ve always pushed
me towards the shore.

Ontario, Canada - @torrentialmonsoon

And your stones
Neon gems
Still allow
Roots to take hold

Kentucky - @just-4-thought 

Glacial erractics
Mysterious survivors of an age of ice
Our forests, fields and hearths are lined with the bones of your mountains
The New World grew up around them

New England - @behindthelastdoor 

Soft plantations
Asunder from the civil? No. Enraged
Emeralds border the black stone.
Oh your harsh tropical light, and your
contrasts Abounding

Florida - @viridian-goose

Okinawa, Japan - @xxmcmcx


In Norway we don`t stalk celebreties. I would have walked passed our king without talking to him,and believe it or not,our king actually could walk freely around in the streets without beeing bothered. And he`s a very popular king. So why do people stalk and bother the young actors of Skam? I think you really embarass yourselves! It`s totally embarassing. Most of them are still kids. Please just leave them alone,or you would risk that they drop out of the show,Nissen will stop the filming in the school etc. Let`s just protect them,stop calling them sons and babies. That is beyond creepy. Respect our culture and respect the young actors. Let them live their lives and be themselves. This stalking is just crazy shit!! What do you think you will achieve doing this? I have no words on how shocked I am as a Norwegian girl. We just don`t do shit like this here. Even our press leave them alone….. Just think about this for a while,and blush of embarressement if you feel like this text hit you hard.

In Norway during easter there’s a weird tradition. During easter we all watch criminal shows on the TV and read criminal novels. It’s called easter crime, I don’t know how it started but it’s been around for almost 100 years. The shows they broadcast are normally miniseries, one new part every evening.

cloudchasersakonige  asked:

After seeing your post about "I do support regulated, sustainable wolf population control" I did a search for "why population control is a bad excuse for hunting" and found several articles on exactly that. Wolves did just fine for thousands of years without the Native Americans "managing" their population, why can't we?

@cloudchasersakonige Hi! Yes, it’s true that unfortunately a lot of hunters misplacedly throw around terms like “conservation” or “population control” as a selfish excuse to be able to hunt wolves.

How the ecosystems in the area you are talking about (or any other place on earth for that matter) used to be can’t be compared with today’s environmental situation. A lot has changed - mostly because of humans. 

Also, it might have seemed like everything did fine back then without the interference of humans, but nowadays we have the scientific evidence that shows us that ecosystems can get in great imbalance without our interference, and do not do just fine. You can see examples of this nowaday where we let the animals live and where you can see what happens when we do.

For example in Norway, the population of moose is way too big because of lack of predators. If the moose are not hunted by humans, they will overpopulate even more, leading to problems on different levels. The moose will suffer from starvation, more diseases and more conflicts. Humans are affected through numerous severe and deathly traffic accidents involving moose. When the moose overpopulate, they “push” other animals out of the ecosystem which often results in chain reactions that threathens the whole ecosystem, and possibly the survival of endangered species.

In my own country the Netherlands, there’s a nature preserve called Oostvaardersplassen where the ungulates (Konik horses, red deer, and heck cattle) are extremely overpopulated and where are no natural predators to prey on the ungulates. The government hasn’t really interfered yet, because they are taking way too long in taking decisions (talking about years here). In the mean time, Oostvaardersplassen it has become a perfect example of how an ecosystem gets greatly imbalanced when humans don’t interfere when needed. The obvious effects are that the ungulates overpopulate, eat all the flora until there’s nothing left for them or anyone else, and because of that are now starving to death. Less obvious effects for example are that certain insects that have a key role in the ecosystem there can’t live there anymore because there are no plants to cause shadows in the water where they live - something they need in their habitat in order to be able to live there. In both examples. the ecosystem could easily be restored and become balanced again by the interference of humans.

Here’s a quote from retired state wildlife biologist and supervisor David Johnson about an example involving the population control of wolves in order to go from imbalanced to balanced ecosystem: “When we started the Tanana Flats wolf control program in the mid-1970’s moose and caribou numbers were low and falling. Wolf numbers were high. Ten years later, and some years after the program ended, there were more of each: more moose, more caribou, and…here’s the punch line….the wolf population had bounced back to a larger size than when we started.” Read more about that here [x]

Also adding something important I forgot to mention that @millenniumvulcan commented on this post: Many ecosystems are closed systems because they are bordered, meaning animals can’t travel the distances they could before humans. This way, closed ecosystems can easily become overpopulated or unbalanced once an ecosystem engineer species is allowed to breed unchecked without migration to offset the numbers in that area. Those ecosystems would be destroyed if numbers weren’t managed.