If you’re a collector of pretty much anything, there is plenty of prestige in getting the “best” item possible amongst other collectors. Something I’m sure Dotcom world enjoy.
That seems right , even if Dotcom himself can see the creepy element that wouldn't stop him having it in the collection.
And its creepier for Whaleoil to exaggerate the story for his own purposes .
However I feel, does not make me think Slater should not be writing what he wants. That is his choice as far as I’m concerned.
Its just a shame so many read and are taken in by his bile
I think the quotes like " “the greatest German who has ever lived”." would be more incriminating than ownership of the book , if they're correct . But the video that Slater's post links too as evidence against Dotcom is obviously done by Dotcom as a joke , I'd have thought even Slater could do better than that . I suspect some of the other quotes from Dotcom are also out of context.
Hey! We got Zlatan Ibrahimović from there…
well I said mostly ;)
And @ M Steinberg , what Russell said
(if you have to invoke Sweden, you’ve lost the argument.)
Malmo looks like an extreme case , a city that is 41% 1st or 2nd gen immigrants , mostly unskilled.
I’d expect a stronger, but more rigid society. So, good for some things, some purposes, no good for others.
Like good support for the average Joe , but less for those who break the mould.
Yeah the statistics don't really mean a lot to me either , and even if the claim that Scandinavia is still largely monocultural and has high levels of trust is correct then that's possibly a feature of that particular culture rather than of monoculturalism in general .
The benefits of a mono-cultural are seen in Scandanavia where you have high levels of interpersonal trust and cohesion.
From wikipedia :
"As of 2010 however, 1.33 million people or 14.3% of the inhabitants in Sweden were foreign-born. Of these, 859,000 (64.6%) were born outside the European Union and 477,000 (35.4%) were born in another EU member state. Sweden has been transformed from a nation of net emigration ending after World War I to a nation of net immigration from World War II onwards. In 2009, immigration reached its highest level since records began with 102,280 people migrating to Sweden while the total population grew by 84,335.
World War II
Immigration increased markedly with World War II. Historically, the most numerous of foreign born nationalities are ethnic Germans from Germany and other Scandinavians from Denmark and Norway. In short order, 70,000 war children were evacuated from Finland, of which 15,000 remained in Sweden. Also, many of Denmark's nearly 7,000 Jews who were evacuated to Sweden decided to remain there.
A sizable community from the Baltic States (Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania) arrived during the Second World War.
1945 to 1967
During the 1950s and 1960s, the recruitment of immigrant labor was an important factor of immigration. The Nordic countries signed a trade agreement in 1952, establishing a common labour market and free movement across borders. This migration within the Nordic countries, especially from Finland to Scandinavia, was essential to create the tax-base required for the expansion of the strong public sector now characteristic of Scandinavia. This continued until 1967, when the labour market became saturated, and Sweden introduced new immigration controls.
On a smaller scale, Sweden took in political refugees from Hungary and the former Czechoslovakia after their countries were invaded by the Soviet Union in 1956 and 1968 respectively. Some tens of thousands of American draft dodgers from the Vietnam War in the 1960s and 1970s also found refuge in Sweden.
Since the early 1970s, immigration to Sweden has been mostly due to refugee migration and family reunification from countries in the Middle East and Latin America."
Over on WhaleOil Cactus K makes the point that there could be cultural mores in place around who pays for what at a dinner.
She makes the point that they wouldn't let a female pay , but even as a male in china it can require subterfuge if you want to pay the bill when dining with locals of either gender. In my experience they insist on paying for tourists meals .
It’s okay everyone – we can move on. John Key is officially over this whole Oravida thing
Well I'm over wondering who paid for dinner , can't they at least ask more relevant questions ?