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Jun 01 2007

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Today’s Swedish Name Days are Gun & Gunnel – Grattis pÃ¥ namnsdagen, Happy Name Day from us to you!

Norway Alerts Scandinavia Of Russian Nuclear Dump Explosion

Pervert Attempts to Kidnap 10yr old Swedish Schoolgirl

Dementia Causes Swedish Queen To Be Flown To Gothenburg

Northern Europes Rescue Boats Rushed To Gothenburg Sweden

Sweden Opens Embassy in Second Life

Swedish Court Orders Swedish City To House the Homeless

Temperatures Expected To Rise Across Sweden

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Inside Sweden 2007-06-01

It`s a facet of life in Sweden that many Swedes won`t ever experience. Inside Sweden meets a journalist who wanted to change all that – and spent a year in a one of this country`s refugee reception centres – and wrote a book about her experiences. One senior citizen dropped off a sawn-off shotgun and one couple were relieved to get rid of a weapon they`d been hiding for decades. Sounds more like the wild west than Scandinavia – but it`s just one story from the three-month weapons amnesty that ended yesterday. Also, a disturbing report this week uncovers violence against disabled women – and it`s often carried out by their caregivers.



BREAKPOINT with Chuck Colson – 2007-06-01


Soldiers of Misfortune: Children as Weapons

For 377 days, Gracia Burnham, an American missionary, was held captive by Abu Sayyaf, a Filipino group associated with Al Qaeda. During that time, she experienced horrors we can’t even imagine. She also gained an insight to one of the world’s most pressing issues.


Daily Commentary

Daily Commentary – 2007-06-01

David Davenport: Mitt Romney and Mormonism

Suddenly it’s everywhere–in newspaper headlines and on television documentaries. Mormonism is under a microscope as Mitt Romney runs for president of the United States. It’s 1960 again, when John Kennedy ran for president as a Catholic.


Medved: Lessons From Gaza

The contrast between Palestinian territories in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank provides powerful lessons for the USA.



The Cato Institute


A Discussion on The Age of Abundance: Part I

featuring David Brooks


Has Abundance Made Us Impulsive?

featuring Tom G. Palmer



WeatherBrains – 2007-05-28

Weather Brains Bios

WeatherBrains 70: “Next Generation”

May 28th, 2007

WeatherBrains Episode 70 is now online (May 28, 2007) The netcast for people who love weather.

In this week’s episode:

NOAA Satellite LaunchWeatherBrains Extra: GOES-R … What will the next generation of weather satellites carry aloft, and what will it mean for weather forecasting? David Black gets a preview of GOES-R, planned for launch in December, 2014, from Tim Schmit, a NOAA satellite meteorologist assigned to the University of Wisconsin’s Space Science and Engineering Center;

NOAA LogoWhat’s In A Name: Last week we heard questions about funding and naming going on within NOAA, The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administation. We’ll hear more from Bill Proenza, Director of the National Hurricane Center and Anson Franklin, Director of the NOAA Office of Communications;

WeatherBrains 101: Join us as Professor Peters looks into Evaporative Cooling;

A different sort of Weather Trouble Maker: James Spann shares details of the hostile encounter he had with a heckler while speaking about manmade global warming;

This Week In Weather History: What started as two days of heavy rains during this week in 1889 led to one of the greatest American disasters ever … and Bill Murray looks at what happened in 1879, when politics set tornado forecasting back more than half a decade;

“Funny, you don’t look like a weather man…” J. B. Elliott recalls a young visitor’s vision of what forecasters are supposed to look like…

Join James Spann, J. B. Elliott, Brian Peters, Bill Murray and David Black…..

Websites featured in this episode:

Proposed NWS website changes

We would love to hear from you! To leave a recorded message, call 1-888-247-8627. Some calls may be used in future episodes. Also, feel free to post comments to the site and send us an email at question@weatherbrains.com.


Charlie Slaughter

Jihad, Danger, World Predictions, and What You Can Do!

Insane News From the Rim, Gay Bears and more!


THE GO BAG !! OK it’s time to save your lives so at least pay some attention unless you are already an expert and know everything. If you do know everything, email your list to me and include a bit on the meaning of life. James Underberg “Z” “The Battle” Kevin MacLeod incompetech.com “Cool Rock” Peter John Ross “Drone” Jasmine Ash “The Ride” Hardmoon “Magorish”




Jerry Newberry – 2007-06-01

Hr 1: Cindy Sheehan and an Identity Theft Scam

Randy and Jerry open the show and discuss Cindy Sheehan and a new identity theft scam aimed at the families of American Servicemen and women.


Hr 2: Talk with Col. Ed Mason about Military’s Combatting Identity Theft

Randy and Jerry Welcome Col. Ed Mason to discuss the Military’s effort to combat a nerfarious and despicable new identity theft scam.


Hr 3: A Demand for a Fair Settlement for a Newly Married Soldier

Randy and Jerry call up a facility in Overland Park, Kansas, and demand that a fair settlement is given to a newly married soldier getting ready to be deployed to Iraq.


Hr 4: Discussion with Former Reagan Aide, K.T. McFarland

The National Defense welcomes former Reagan aide K.T. McFarland to discuss the issues facing today’s military.



Weekend Journal – 2007-06-01

David Aikman: Silencing the Critics

We’ve gotten used to the insults and rants from Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, whose best friend is Fidel Castro and who hates everything that America stands for.




Sandra O’Connell & Harry Butowsky

Sandra O’Connell and Harry Butowsky discuss the wartime experiences of Ralph “Lee” Minker and the book, An American Family in World War II, based on the letters written to and from his family. Originally aired 05/31/07.



Hello, Africa! Flag


This is a Great Program

We Love ‘John of Queens’ and ‘Frank of Staten’ Island!!!

Waiting on Podcast.

Dennis Prager

Dennis Prager – 2007-06-01



Kidnapped BBC Correspondent Speaks

Prager H1: BBC Correspondent Alan Johnston has been a hostage in Gaza since March 12. A video of him blaming the US, Israel and the UK for all the world’s problems has just been released… Norway sends money to Hamas – for civilian purposes. Oh, please. This is supporting terrorism, plain and simple… The world isn’t that morally complex. The problem is people just don’t want to face evil. It’s a lot easier and safer to attack GW. You can do that all day and not get hurt.


The Happiness Hour: Fight Your Moods

Prager H2: It’s so easy to give in to your moods, but to be happy you have fight them. You have to control your moods; you can’t let them control you.


Open Lines

Prager H3: Per usual, callers set the agenda. Issues raised include: what does Dennis listen to on his iPod; does Dennis ever get booed at speeches; how does Dennis feel about chewing tobacco; does Dennis support the Cuban trade embargo; what happened to masculine stoicism; isn’t a consumption tax unfair to retirees because they’ve already paid their taxes; how does Dennis feel about Internet gambling.


Highlights of the week 06/01/07

A compilation of clips from this past week.



Hugh Hewitt – 2007-06-01

Hugh Hewitt’s Blog


Joe Klein

Hewitt: Hour 1 – Hugh spends the hour in a contentious interview with Time Magazine political correspondent Joe Klein about Joe’s column this week bashing Mitt Romney.


Fred Barnes, Morton Kondracke, David Allen White

Hewitt: Hour 2 – Hugh talks politics of the week with the Fox News Channel Beltway Boys, takes calls reacting to the Joe Klein interview last hour, and discusses his monthly Shakespeare segment with Professor David Allen White.


Emmett of the Unblinking Eye, Tarzana Joe

Hewitt: Hour 3 – Emmett’s list? The top ten pregnancy movies in honor of the opening this weekend of Knocked Up. Later in the hour, Tarzana Joe concludes the week with an ode to babyhood.



Bill Bennett – 2007-06-01

Immigration Debate – Stephen Moore vs. Mark Krikorian

Bill Bennett moderates a vigorous debate on Immigration Policy between Stephen Moore, Editorial Board Member, Wall Street Journal, and Mark Krikorian, Executive Director, Center for Immigration Studies, and NRO Contributor.



Mike Gallagher – 2007-06-01


Chris Wallace

Mike has fun on his weekly segment with FOX News’ Chris Wallace.


TB Andrew

Mike thinks the circumstances surrounding tuberculosis patient Andrew Speaker don’t add up.


Mike Medved

Michael Medved – 2007-06-01



“Mr. President, this doesn’t make any sense”

Medved H1: Medved is sickened by President Bush’s drive for solving the AIDS crisis abroad with taxpayer-dollars.



JaySekulow – 2007-06-01


Jay Sekulow Live

Taking Your Questions

On the broadcast today, phone lines are open for your comments and questions. Also, an update on our efforts to protect patriotic expression.



John Hinderaker – 2007-06-01

Northern Alliance Radio Network

Final Word, Hr 1: Discussion with Rep. Laura Brod (R- New Prague)

King and Michael visit with Rep. Laura Brod (R-New Prague) on conservative victories in the legislative session and poor behavior of the DFL at the end of the session. They also discuss the DUI arrest of MN Senate President James Metzen.


Final Word, Hr 2: Rep. Kurt Zellers and MN Republican Party Chair, Ron Carey.

Michael and King discuss the end of the legislative session with Rep. Kurt Zellers of Maple Grove and state Republican party chair Ron Carey.



David Strom – 2007-05-29

The TaxPayers League

Hr 1: Interview with Governor Pawlenty

David and Margaret interview Governor Pawlenty about legislative session and state’s economy. Philip Krinkie President of the Tax Payer’s League gives Capitol Report on legislative session and Larry Pougemiller’s actions.


Hr 2: Interview with Star Tribune Columnist, Rachel Paulose

David and Margaret interview Star Tribune columnist Kathy Kersten about her article “The Real Rachel Paulose: What They Didn’t Tell You” describing qualifications of United States attorney for Minnesota.



Young America’s Foundation – 2007-06-01

The Reagan Ranch Center

Tammy Bruce: How Ronald Reagan Changed My Life

Best-Selling author and radio talk show host Tammy Bruce explains how Ronald Reagan helped change her worldview. From her own personal experience, she also provides insight into how the liberals and conservatives view the world differently.


Jonathan Schanzer: Know Thy Enemy—Radical Islam and the War on “Terror”

Jonathan Schanzer, the Director of Policy at the Jewish Policy Center briefs campus activist on the challenges America faces in the Middle East and how the United States can defeat those leading the radical Islamist movement. This speech was part of Young America’s Foundation’s Club 100 Reagan Ranch Retreat which brings together the top conservative student activists in the country.


Zell Miller: America’s Enemies—Foreign and Domestic

Harold Simmons Lecturer, Senator Zell Miller, spoke to more than 1,700 students at the University of the Cumberlands in Kentucky on defending America from foreign and domestic threats to our freedom. As the inaugural Harold Simmons Lecturer, Senator Miller is touring college campuses across the country through Young America’s Foundation.


Michelle Malkin: The Enemies of Free Speech

Michelle Malkin discusses how radical Jihadists and campus liberals attempt to squash freedom of speech to more than 400 students at Loyola Marymount University. This event occurred as part of Young America’s Foundation’s campus lecture program.



Brit Hume‘s Political Grapevine


Special Report



Neil’s Common Sense – 2007-06-01

Neil Cavuto



John Gibson’s My Word


War On Christmas




Bill O’Reilly’s latest Talking Points Memo – 2007-06-01


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May 31 2007

Northern Europes Rescue Boats Rushed To Gothenburg Sweden

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , , , , , , — MonkeyPrincess @ 19:34PM

This weekend in Gothenburg, Sweden: Rescue boats from the Northern European Countries of Sweden, Finland, Norway, Denmark, Germany, The Netherlands and Britain are gathering together in Gothenburg harbor. A lot of us do not think about the rescue boats until there is a ferry accident or a Cruise liner disaster. If you are around Gothenburg Saturday June 2nd between 10am and 6pm you may want to visit the more then 70 different boats from various countries and take a tour and see for yourself the different features and talk to the rescue crews.

Sounds like good family fun!

RäddningsbÃ¥tarna har “öppet hus” pÃ¥ lördag

Alla de 70-talet sjöräddningsbÃ¥tar frÃ¥n nordeuropeiska länder som nu samlats pÃ¥ Eriksberg i Göteborg kommer under lördagen att “öppet hus” för nyfikna som vill gÃ¥ ombord.


– Besättningarna har lovat att visa bÃ¥tarna mellan klockan 10 och 18 pÃ¥ lördagen, säger Ann Jansson, informatör pÃ¥ Svenska Sjöräddningssällskapet som i helgen firar sitt hundraÃ¥rsjubileum i Göteborg.

Längs kajerna och pirarna på Eriksberg ligger nu svenska, danska, norska, finländska, tyska, holländska och brittiska räddningsbåtar.

– I kväll (fredag) har vi vÃ¥r jubileumsmiddag med 500 gäster i Eriksbergshallen, berättar Ann Jansson.
Måndag till fredag håller sedan den internationella sjöräddningsorganisationen sin kongress på Hotell 11 strax intill.




The Finnish Lifeboat Society’s project of defining the lifeboat classes for its future fleet is nearly complete. The large, slow boats will be replaced by faster, smaller units.

The Society has decided on a fleet of boats from five rescue boat classes (PV I – PV V) and a rescue cruiser. The requirements for all lifeboat classes are a minimum speed of 30 knots, a capacity to operate independently and suitability to the Finnish climate conditions. The boats are meant specifically to be used by volunteer crews.

The availability of vessels may not be restricted to one supplier. The new lifeboat classes will be ratified by the Finnish Lifeboat Societys´s Council.

Six-metre PV I

The smallest boat, of the PV I class, is a 6.5-metre RIB (rigid inflatable boat), powered by one 115-horsepower diesel jet or an outboard motor. The maximum speed of the boat is 35 knots and it can be operated as an independent unit or as a support boat for a larger vessel. The PV I class boats take a crew of two.

This class will gradually replace the current Avon 4.0 and 5.4 RIBs and some of the current Atlantic 21 boats. The PV I class will be the largest class in the fleet of the Finnish Lifeboat Society.


The Finnish Lifeboat Society is the umbrella organization for voluntary maritime rescue associations in Finland.

We provide search and rescue services to people in distress at sea and on inland waters.

- 2,000 sea rescue volunteers
- over 140 rescue vessels
- over 13,000 members

- we conduct more than 1000 search and rescue missions annually

- we assist about 2400 people in waters under our watch every year

Finnish Lifeboat Society updates its fleetThe Finnish Lifeboat Society’s project of defining the lifeboat classes for its future fleet is nearly complete. The large, slow boats will be replaced by faster, smaller units.

Larger open boat PV II

PV II boats are approximately 7.5-metre RIBs. They can be operated as the sole vessel of a rescue station. PV II boats are equipped with a 115-hp twin diesel jet drive or outboard motors. The first boat of this class acquired by the Society, the Boomerang C-740, has a 115-hp four-stroke twin outboard motor. The boat reaches nearly 35 knots and is operated by a crew of three.

Boats in both of the smallest classes are fully equipped, from tools to a plotter and helmet intercoms.

Decked PV III

Although open rescue boats are functional and efficient rescue units, the core of the Society’s fleet is formed by decked rescue vessels. The smallest decked boats, PV III class, are approximately 10 metres long and equipped with a 250-hp twin diesel jet drive.

The boat is decked but has no sleeping facilities. PV III boats take a crew of three to four. The boat type can be used as an independent rescue unit for inland waterways or sheltered sea areas.

Sturdier PV IV

The larger size of the decked boats of PV IV class means better seaworthiness. The boats of this class will be used for sea areas and the most heavily trafficked inland stations.

PV IV boats are 12 metres long and powered by two diesel jet drives, with a total of 800 hp. The maximum speed of the boats is 35 knots and they take a crew of four. PV IV boats are intended to be used in medical emergencies, towage and search operations, transportation of stretcher patients, as well as crew and material deliveries under highly demanding conditions.

Offshore class PV V

The PV V class boats are the largest of the PV classes and are approximately 14 metres long. The planning-hull vessels are powered by two 700-hp diesel jet drives and their maximum speed is 30 knots. The PV V boats take a crew of five.

The PV V boats operate throughout the Baltic under all weather conditions. The boats have the best possible facilities and equipment for demanding rescue operations. Particular attention has been paid to the cabin design. The navigation system is based on four 19-inch TFT displays, and the boats have electronic joystick steering.

Boat acquisitions present a challenge

The Finnish Lifeboat Society will be decommissioning some twenty of vessels as outdated in the next few years. The acquisitions of their replacements are planned at the moment, based on the newly defined classes. The new system makes the acquisition and placement of new vessels easier and more efficient.

In 2005, the Society acquired ten new rescue boats representing PV I, PV II and PV III classes. The Society’s goal is to have acquired the first PV IV and PV V vessels by 2007.


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May 30 2007

Swedish Businesses are Serious in Research & Development

This is Great News for Sweden. Businesses are investing serious money in keeping Sweden at the very top in research and development. We look forward to a continued strong Swedish Economy.

Press release from Statistics Sweden2007-05-28 09:30 Nr 2007:144


Research and experimental development (R&D) in Sweden 2005

R&D investments in Sweden high on an international scale

Investments in R&D in relation to GDP in Sweden are high in international comparisons. In spite of the fact that the investments in R&D in Sweden decreased in 2005, only Israel has higher investments in R&D in relation to GDP. Among the Nordic countries, the biggest increases in the R&D to GDP ratio since the beginning of the 1990s occurred in Finland and Sweden.

Total expenditure on R&D amounted to SEK 103.8 billion in 2005, which is an increase from SEK 97.1 billion in 2003. Despite this increase, Sweden’s investments in R&D as a share of GDP have fallen slightly from 3.95 percent in 2003 to 3.88 percent in 2005. This is in spite of the fact that Statistics Sweden surveyed more units in 2005. Small enterprises (10-49 employees) and county councils and municipalities are included in the regular R&D surveys from 2005 onwards and, together, they account for the increase. If these sectors are excluded, R&D expenditures amounted to SEK 95.7 billion or 3.58 percent of GDP in 2005. In comparison, the R&D to GDP ratio in Finland and Israel, which like Sweden have high R&D investments in relation to GDP, increased between 2003 and 2005.

R&D expenditure in relation to GDP per sector, percent

No data on the R&D to GDP ratio for the private non-profit sector is presented by OECD

Intramural R&D in Sweden differs from many of the EU countries, as it is predominantly performed in two sectors, the business enterprise sector and the higher education sector. The expenditure on enterprises´ intramural R&D in Sweden amounted to 74 percent of total expenditure on intramural R&D in Sweden in 2005. Expenditure in the higher education sector on intramural R&D amounted to 21 percent of the total expenditure on intramural R&D in Sweden in 2005. A total of 95 percent of the person-years were performed in these two sectors in 2005.

Person-years performed in different sectors in 2005, percent

The structure of the business enterprise sector R&D

R&D activities in Sweden are to a large extent concentrated to a small number of enterprises and to a few parts of the industry. Companies with more than 500 employees account for 74 percent of the total expenditure on R&D in the business enterprise sector, and the 20 most R&D intensive companies account for 62 percent of the total expenditure on R&D in the business enterprise sector. Small enterprises (10-49 employees) account for 8 percent of the total expenditure on R&D in the business enterprise sector. Small enterprises’ expenditure on R&D, as a share of the total expenditure on R&D in the business enterprise sector, is in a middle position when comparing to the other member countries of the EU.
The big city regions dominate the R&D activities

In Sweden, R&D activities are to a large extent concentrated to the counties where the biggest companies are localized, as well as to regions with universities and university colleges. Stockholm, Västra Götaland county and Skåne county together account for 77 percent of the total expenditure on R&D in the business enterprise sector and 74 percent of the total person-years performed in the business enterprise sector. When regional expenditure in R&D is measured as a share of regional GDP, the big city regions in Sweden are among the top in the EU[1].

The impact of Swedish research

Expenditure on intramural R&D and the number of person-years devoted to R&D can be seen as an input measure of all R&D-related activities. Citation indices for scientific articles can be used as a measurement of the impact of research and its importance. In broad terms, the level of citations is a reflection of how Swedish research is noticed in the rest of the scientific world. Citation indices can thus be used to describe the quality of research. It should however be analysed with caution. Looking at citations of Swedish research, we can see that Swedish research is cited approximately 13 percent above the world average.

Patents are also used an indicator for research. Internationally, Sweden has a high number of patents measured per million inhabitants.

When the share of Swedish companies with innovative activity is compared internationally, Swedish companies are above the average of EU countries.

[1] Regional expenditure in intramural R&D as a share of regional GDP is measured on NUTS2 level (Nomenclature des Unités Territoriales Statistiques) which is a breakdown of a country in regions used by the EU for reporting on statistics on a regional level.

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Apr 23 2007

Snuff use does not increase risk of heart attacks

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , — entry @ 16:30PM

Scientists in Västerbotten have recently completed a study in order to determine whether snuff has any connetion with heart problems.They compared 525 men who had had heart attacks with 1700 healthy men.

Among the snuff users who had never smokes they found no increased risk of heart attacks. However, among the snuff users that previously had been smokers there was a slight increase.

This is the fifth study that shows NO CONNECTION between Swedish snuff and heart problems. One study made in 1994 did however show a connection.

Swedish snuff has been banned in all other Northern countries, except for Norway. Denmark and Finland does not sell Swedish snuff at all.

Swenglish Rantings Radio – 070424


Apr 18 2007

Foppa’s Hospital Hockey Slippers Shock Hospital Staff & Equipment

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , , , — MonkeyPrincess @ 19:31PM

Peter “Foppa” Forsberg, the Swedish hockeyplayer, currently playing center for the Nashville Predators,  has been importing Croc’s slippers to Sweden.

These colorful slippers, that look like clogs, have become very popular among hospital personnel, just like a few years back it was popular to wear Birkenstock slippers now everybody wears the “Foppa slipper”.

But these brightly colored plastic slippers have caused serious problems at the hospitals. They can be tied to several cases where electronic equipment has malfunctioned.

Normally, static electricity that is built up when a person walks around, is discharged somehow and nothing happens at all. The “Foppa slippers” isolate the electricity, according to the Blekinge hospital these plastic slippers can be charged with up to 25 000 volts!

The problem was discovered in February, when the incubator oxygen mechanism at a prenatal ward malfunctioned. It was 2 little premature babies that had their oxygen supply suddenly turned off, and then on again, when someone with the slippers walked past them.

The slippers have already been banned in Norway.

Swenglish Rantings Radio – 070418


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