You can’t spank your children… but the government can

Last Friday, on the 26th, a married couple with three children was sentenced to nine months in prison for gross violation of integrity, a crime that has a maximum sentence of six years, for having spanked their children as part of their upbringing them. The district prosecutor had called for a year in prison each and is considering appealing the verdict. For the story in English, see http://www.thelocal.se/30466/20101127/.

No evidence of the children having suffered any physical or psychological harm was presented, and the court states that “Nothing else has become evident than that the parents – apart from the actions addressed in the case – have had a loving and caring relationship to their children.” The parents had intentionally used spanking as a way of raising their children, as the third option after having discussed transgressions with their children.

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The Swedish Apartheid

In most of the world, at least the industrialized parts of it, Jim Crow laws and Apartheid are things of the past. Though people may at some point have faced segregation and discrimination during historic times, this is not true in today’s world. Sweden differs tremendously in this regard, in that people without medical examination or very much evidence pointing to any actual disability are given stigmatizing psychiatric labels that set them apart from the rest of society. Even if psychiatry is highly active in all of the western world in diagnosing children with disorders, no other country to this writer’s knowledge changes the legal status of these individuals based on the labels they receive.

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Lägenhetsregistret – the intrusive Swedish apartment registry

Since 1 November 2010, the Swedish government maintains a complete registry over all apartments in Sweden, and information about this is available on the Lantmäteriet website at http://www.lantmateriet.se/templates/LMV_Product.aspx?id=17139. This registry can be examined together with the population registration to learn about the interior of a person’s home, another registry that a resident of Sweden can’t opt out of. The population registration contains full name, personal ID number, address, unique apartment number (from the apartment registry) as well as family information. The apartment registry contains among other things this data:

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Screwupistan in action – satire on the inherent dysfunctionality of government

(an excerpt from the book “The Madhouse” by yours truly, available at http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0046ZS2PA/)

Naturally, when government fails in an area, the ones in charge call for more funds, essentially making failure the optimal business plan. The practical application of the broken window fallacy becomes both to identify functional things as broken, and make sure the work that’s supposedly aimed at restoring them, rather keeps them broken. Big government is to society what cancer is to the human body – it only devours functional tissue, it can’t solve anything or even support itself, but dependent on healthy tissue upon which it attaches itself like a parasite.

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Sweden and its gun laws… soon coming to you through the UN

As if the gun laws that are in place in Sweden aren’t bad enough, now the politicians are in the process of making them even worse. To summarize the state of things now, these are a couple of facts about the Swedish weapons law (vapenlagen):

  • * You need to state the specific purpose for which you need a weapon, and the government has to approve of the purpose and the intended weapon.
  •  You need to register as a gun owner and have all your guns individually registered.
  • The government can revoke your permit at any time without having to state a reason, and you have to allow the police access to the specially regulated storage locker you keep your weapons in at any time.
  • Handguns are almost impossible to get permits for, and you have to be a member of a sports club and be an elite athlete. Any kind of automatic weapon is impossible to own unless you’re in the military.
  • If the police finds you in possession of a loaded firearm of any kind, you’re facing a minimum of six months in prison, quite a long sentence in the Swedish penal system.
  • Even simple pepper sprays require permits that are almost impossible to get.
  • A history of psychiatric treatment may very well make it impossible for you to get any kind of a permit.

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LGBT madness in Sweden

The new Swedish parliamentary session brings more insanity than ever before.. In the last two weeks, Swedish members of parliament have filed no less than 17 bills addressing gay rights, bringing the total filed the last eight years to 96 – at least that’s the number with the term “LGBT” in the title.

Use this URL to see the bills for yourself:

http://translate.google.com/translate?js=n&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&layout=2&eotf=1&sl=sv&tl=en&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.riksdagen.se%2FWebbnav%2Findex.aspx%3Fsok%3D%26rm%3Dalla%26parti%3D%26subtyp%3D%26doktyp%3Dmot%26titel%3Dhbt%26bet%3D%26tempbet%3D%26datum%3D%26tom%3D%26nr%3D%26org%3D%26sort%3Drel%26nid%3D401%26a%3Ds%23soktraff

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"The world’s best country"

… because its own government says so.

I mean, what can you say about a country whose state TV even has a running show called Världens modernaste land, “The world’s most modern country?” A country that since 1945 has had a government propaganda agency called the Swedish Institute, with a yearly budget of $30 million, with one of its stated goals being to “within the framework of public diplomacy create an interest and confidence in Sweden along with continously evaluating Sweden’s image abroad.” A country that for the last half a century has thrown out accusations of human rights abuses against just about the whole world; as one British writer put it – “Internationally, Sweden is known for its main export being unsolicited advice.”

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Pardon me if I rant about the Swedish state TV, but..

… this is just outrageous. When this state TV is tonight airing a feature on yesterday’s “Rally to restore sanity,” intentionally hyping it, I decided to see how they had portrayed the American tea party movement and its rallies. I don’t watch the state TV very often these days and prefer to at most watch the clips afterwards to document the bias.

As can be seen at http://svt.se/2.22584/1.2218277/tv_stjarna_samlade_unga_valjare , they had a correspondent at Stewart’s rally attending it, and tonight they will give more extensive coverage.

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