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Ted Ewen
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Danish Politician Responds to Fox news...

Sorry, I live here. Denmark is very good at whitewashing its policies. It says it is doing one thing while actually doing another. Fully 48% of immigrants are unemployed - and that is before disability is factored in. This is not because we do not want to work. This in the face of 33% labour force shortage.

I will give them credit for education - but again, it is one thing if you are a native Dane or an immigrant. The law on basic language courses just changed, meaning only the most 'financially able' have access to Danis language lessons - this in the face of the fact that basic language skills are foundational to success in Danish society.

The law changed a couple of years ago and the options for English education have evaporated. In order to take vocational training of any sort, you must speak Danish at a B level (High School). Of course, language lessons are no longer available... see the cycle?

Also, while it is not true that Danish graduates found cupcake shops, many, many do emigrate until near retirement age - sucking off the Danish teat for the learning and retirement phases of life. They then avoid any responsibility for supporting the Danish economy - not paying a penny of taxes on foreign income - instead relying on we immigrants to keep things ticking over for them to return and retire to.

No, there is much I love about Denmark. Its treatment of its immigrant population is not part of that love.


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Not mine of course, bot wow.
Pretty postcards. "What's new out at Jupiter? We haven't looked in on NASA’s Juno spacecraft since (checks blog archive) May. Juno completed its 14th close flyby of Jupiter on July 15, and as of Tuesday morning, it was 8 million kilometers from Jupiter, gradually working its way back toward the planet following apojove.

In general Jupiter news, astronomers have found 12 new Jovian moons, while one of Juno's instruments saw what may be a new volcano on Io!

And, of course, there are some recent pretty pictures from JunoCam, brought to you by image processors from around the world."

Image: Jupiter as seen on perijove 14. NASA / SwRI / MSSS / Brian Swift / Seán Doran
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I turned my failure beast into a "data from experimentation" beast. There is no failure in experimentation if you collect accurate data (and learn from it). http://drawabox.com/
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The maker of Corona will pour $4 billion into weed. Constellation Brands had already pumped $190 million into Canadian marijuana producer Canopy Growth, but this new investment marks the largest in the cannabis industry yet. Recreational marijuana will become legal in Canada in October, and the sluggish beer industry is hoping to hop on pot’s bandwagon.
https://qz.com/1358062/coronas-parent-company-is-spending-4-billion-on-canadian-weed/
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Too many Americans can’t read well enough to be soldiers. The US Army is having trouble recruiting from a pool of people who are overweight, undereducated, or have criminal records.

I know how low the standards really are. A recent report I saw said that 92% of Americans can not read above the 8th grade level.

How, exactly, is greatness born of such?
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So, it's been a while since I last posted here. A lot has happened since January, and life has changed quite a lot, but, also, seemingly not at all.

You may recall that I was diagnosed with a blood disorder last year and that there were still some issues that I was having diagnosed. Weakness, fatigue, pain. Almost a full year after a truly horrible experience with my GP and an incompetent neurologist, leaving me undiagnosed and suffering, I have a new GP and a new neurologist. I saw the latter just two weeks ago for the first time.

Once he got the reports from the MRI I had 18 months ago and the second I had in December, the very same reports the first neurologist emphatically stated "showed no evidence of my symptoms", I learned that I actually have major damage to all three regions of my spine, with herniated and compressed discs, spinal stenosis (my spine is growing spurs into my spinal column and nerves) major impact on several nerve roots resulting in weakness and other systemic problems, and significant impacts from osteoarthritis. It is degenerative, so will be getting progressively worse, and there are few if any treatments unless it becomes life-threatening, and then thy remove sections of my spine, trying to extract ingrown bone spurs from the major nerves of my body.

Travel is difficult, I no longer feel safe driving, and can not endure the walking involved with public transportation. I am in constant pain and discomfort, and even basic movements are now multi-step projects. I have no strength in my arms or hands, and on bad days, I shake like an elder Katherine Hepburn in an earthquake.

Because of the nature of the spinal disorder, every day is a symptoms lottery. One day, I may be shaking. The next, my thermostat will be out of whack and I will be roasting hot in a 50-degree room, or comfortably cool on a 90-degree day. Sleep is sporadic and interrupted by pain - I often wake Corrie (and myself) up crying out in pain as I turn over in my sleep.

Remember that awesome woodshop I built? The plans for chicken coops and conservancy and the rest? Well, that's done with now. I can not do it physically. We are keeping the flocks we have and will continue them, but the business/lifestyle end of those plans have pretty much ended. It's a shame, I really thought I had finally gotten away from sitting in front of a computer 18 hours a day.

See, I went to the doctor with these symptoms 6 years ago - had she, and her neurologist, done their jobs then, I would not have spent more than $75,000 dollars on a workshop I'd have known I'd have been unable to use in a few years....

Ok, so, that all sounds pretty dire and depressing, doesn't it?

I'm actually doing really well with it. I am not one of those people who expected to never age. I am not one of those people who foolishly believe that 50 is still young in a human biological sense. I knew that the hill was sloping downward and that I would be feeling the effects of that downward trend.

I did not, however, expect it to happen quite so early or quite so thoroughly.

I am actually quite relieved - I now have a hook to hang the symptoms on and I know that it is not just my imagination. That is a huge relief. Knowing what is, and what is to come is a big help when it comes to planning. Who knows, I might even be able to get some rehab help from the local government at last, but I really doubt it. That's a rant for another day though :D

All this does mean that I have to face some new, harsh, fundamental truths:

None of my previous business plans are valid any longer. I am unable to do the physical work myself and can not afford to pay people to do it.

I have no prospect of traditional employment. I am unable to travel, and my symptoms mean I have to be able to lie down at a moments notice. My tremors, and lack of fine motor control means that typing is very difficult and quite wearing and mouse control is an adventure all its own.

I have to admit, I was really despairing over the holidays and through into March. I'd visited Unity a few times with Corrie, but hit a brick wall. I was just a 'spouse'. Majorly disappointing - I could do some incredible work there. As part of that process, however, I started working on some video tutorials.

This led me to streaming, and well, here I am. I stream pretty much every day on Twitch (https://twitch.tv/GreybeardHS). 9am CET to 1600 CET. Yes, yes, I know. Watching people play video games? Why!?!?

Well, it's not that really. It's much more like hangouts were in the early days. It's a living breathing community of real-time interactions - and it follows many of the same patterns as here. That is: be yourself and you will find your people. It has already begun for me there. I wish I'd had growth numbers here like I do there.

The thing is, YOU guys are my people, and I do, genuinely miss you. I miss talking to you, laughing with you, learning from you, and just being with you.

I was hoping I might entice you to give twitch a try. It's not just 14-year-olds playing Fortnight. It is also amazing creatives streaming their process, musicians crafting songs, writers writing, and every type of person you can imagine. I genuinely believe that streaming is the next big media wave, but again, that's for another post lol.

So please, come by and hang out if you'd like. I'd love to catch up :D

http://bit.ly/GreybeardHS-Twitch


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Liquid Water on Mars
Salty, Liquid, and in Contact with Rock....
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