Amerikanske tilstander is back from vacation, and here's a new blog, Skeptisk, by Øystein Sjølie.
There'll be a blog forum in Oslo tomorrow, first of its kind, for bloggers and those who don't mind spending a day listening to them.
Today it's four years since I launched this blog. A lot has happened since I wrote this a year ago, like Norway suddenly having a political blogosphere. And for those who weren't around in the early days, I've put up a selection of posts from way back in the left bar, replacing the old blog roll.
No I haven't stopped writing in English. But I've decided to start posting the things I write in Norwegian for Dagbladet's blog here as well. Nice to have everything in one place. Apologies to those who can't parse it.
I actually talked to this guy, Jonathan Foreman, when he was in Oslo, writing another of those "the UN says they're number one, but .." articles. Told him I don't take the UN survey seriously, but that Norway's a good place to live in even so. Seems he was more interested in presenting comforting national stereotypes based on tourist-level analysis, though, so me and my dull qualifiers aren't in it.
If you've been living in .. erm .. outside a bubble, the left won Norway's election on Monday. The new ruling coalition includes socialists, but they're the weak and cuddly kind, so try to restrain Pat Robertson. It was a narrow victory, and the more interesting trend is that the Progress Party is now our largest party on the right. So this could very well be a short term victory for the centre-left, but a long-term victory for the right.
New post in Dagbladet's blog, about how the worst time to get to know the parties is right before an election, so if you want to make a good choice in 2009, start paying attention right now. (Dagbladet actually paid me to write this, which is some kind of first.)
Here's a collection of all of Dagbladet's fact checking articles, just about the only election coverage that has been worth reading this year. Amusingly, Dagbladet credits bloggers with having rediscovered fact checking, which is perhaps true, but this article series proves that nobody does real journalism better than journalists .. when they try.
Here's a site where non-apathetic Norwegians can explain why they're not voting on Monday. Modelled after a British site with the motto "don't let your silence go unheard". Update: And now they've made another site where people who are voting can explain why.
Reason to despise politicians #4489: Using horrible disasters to score idiotic political points.
Shabana Rehman about the negative coverage of her in Pakistani newspapers: "Over the last two days I've received over a hundred offers of marriage from the readers of precisely these newspapers, who want to get in touch with me, who wonder if I can get them a Norwegian passport, or if they can buy nude pictures of me, or buy my body, or put them in touch with potential Norwegian wives, the letters decorated with Western pornographic pictures. That's how much the condemnation of hypocritical and ethically cripled Pakistani editors is worth." And let me add that my blog is getting a lot of hits these days from Pakistanis searching for nude pictures of Shabana. The only one I know of is this, but congrats for looking. Perhaps I can interest you in some of her ideas instead?