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denspier

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Facebook migrant, Google+ castaway, Twitter refugee. Found my forever home in the Fediverse.
Pro: :europe: 💉🔬 🍃

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noelreports, to random
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Sweden is providing its largest military aid package yet to Ukraine, valued at €1.1 billion. The package includes radar reconnaissance and control aircraft (ASC890), armored personnel carriers, artillery shells, and resources for equipment maintenance. Sweden also donates the entire Swedish stock of Pansarbandvagn 302.

https://www.regeringen.se/pressmeddelanden/2024/05/militart-stodpaket-16-till-ukraina--ny-formaga-som-starker-ukrainas-luftforsvar-och-stod-som-moter-ukrainas-prioriterade-behov/

denspier,
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@noelreports The PBV302 is a rather old design. It’s kind of an improved M113. Amphibious. 20 mm cannon. Many variants. Commissioned in 1966, decommissioned in 2014. About 650 were built, some have been scrapped, unclear how many were kept in storage. Could be a few hundred.

randahl, to random
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On September 3, 1967, Sweden switched to driving on the right side of the road, to align their traffic standards with everyone else.

Looking at how many countries around the UK and Ireland actually drive on the right side of the road, it really is astounding to me, these two countries never thought of following the common standard.

denspier,
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@kriky @randahl well, that doesn’t make it right.

w7voa, to random
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Sweden approves Ukrainian use of Swedish weapons against targets in Russia.
https://www.svt.se/nyheter/utrikes/direktrapport-forsamrat-sakerhetslage?inlagg=990d7c8989ff1e981b47a946af9c0d1d

denspier,
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@w7voa This is just a clarification, and no change of policy. Ukraine alone decide how they defend themselves against an aggressor. That was made clear again in this statement, that also emphasized that Sweden expect that Ukraine adheres to international law.

therightarticle, to random
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Govt urged to ‘use all diplomatic efforts’ to delay EU Entry/ Exit System

Bit late for that.. #Brexit

https://www.thelondoneconomic.com/politics/govt-urged-to-use-all-diplomatic-efforts-to-delay-eu-entry-exit-system-375192/

denspier,
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@therightarticle Stricter external borders, including the entry/exit system, was - together with the single market and the expansion eastwards - British achievements in the EU. It’s both sad and ironic.

randahl, to random
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Is he going to criticise the judge and the judge's daughter too? I hear that is very popular among presidential candidates in the US.

Disgraceful.

https://edition.cnn.com/2024/05/20/politics/biden-denounce-icc-warrant-israel-hamas/index.html

denspier,
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@randahl Shameful of Biden to push the false narrative that the ICC claim there’s “equivalence” between Israel and Hamas, or that Israel has no right to defend itself. The ICC prosecutor clearly did no such thing, on the contrary. He only claim international law, like the Geneva convention, is being violated.

randahl, to random
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A Russian oil depot in Vyborg near the Finnish border is questioning, whether the Ukraine invasion was among Putin's best ideas.

Vyborg is 900 kilometers from Ukraine.

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denspier,
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@randahl Viborg/Viipuri was Finlands second biggest town up until WWII.

IndependenceDay, to Norway
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Happy Constitution Day, Norway! 🇳🇴

On this day in 1814 Norway dissolved the union with Sweden after the Napoleonic Wars and became an independent country.

Interestingly, Norway has the second oldest existing constitution in the world.



denspier,
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@IndependenceDay The union between Norway and Sweden was not finally dissolved until 1905.

But the first draft of the Norwegian constitution was approved at Eidsvoll May 16 1814. The following day Christian Fredrik was elected king of Norway and signed the constitution.

w7voa, to random
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denspier,
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@w7voa Signing checks? What is this, 1965?

euractiv_politics, to random
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denspier,
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@euractiv_politics The Liberals (Renew Europe) and Christian Democrats (EPP) have aligned themselves with Sweden’s Victor Orban, Jimmy Åkesson, so it’s hard to tell exactly how “pro-EU” they actually are.
#EU #Sweden

SteveThompson, to sweden
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"Sweden reports sharp rise in antisemitic hate crimes since Hamas attack on Israel"

https://www.timesofisrael.com/sweden-reports-sharp-rise-in-antisemitic-hate-crimes-since-hamas-attack-on-israel/

"Between Oct. 7 and end of 2023 there were 110 incidents reported, over 4 times as many as during the same period the year before"

denspier,
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randahl, to random
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Today I learned, when Finland applied for NATO membership, there were actually civilians protesting against the plans.

The beautiful thing about this picture of one such protest is, it is only 8 people including the person photographing the picture.

I suppose when shouting

“What do we want?”
“Russian occupation!”
“When do we want it?”
“NOW!”

you might realize that maybe you are not on the right side of history.

denspier,
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@randahl The beauty in this photo is that in a democracy different opinions are allowed and respected. While the vast majority of people in Finland and Sweden were definitely in favor of joining NATO, a few were against, and many would have liked to see a proper debate on if and how, and an election or a referendum before applying.

The (arguably necessary) rush means that the memberships now stand on a less than ideal democratic foundation, and that could become a problem in the future.

s1m0n4, to Bulgaria
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We make fun of US citizens who lack geographic knowledge and yet many people from different European countries now believe that the UK has left Europe.

Let's make this clear: Europe is a continent and the UK remains in Europe. Even part of Turkey is in Europe.

The British did instead leave the European Union, which is a group of member States agreeing to a common legislation and free movement of people and merchandise (no tax, no visas).

#Brexit #EU #Europe

denspier,
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@s1m0n4 Geologists would never suggest that the UK somehow left Europe, that’s true. But for every practical l perspective I don’t think it’s unfair to say “the UK left Europe” in everyday speech. It wasn’t just about leaving the EU but of denouncing any kind of cooperation, big and small, with European supranational organizations (except the UK itself).
#Brexit

denspier,
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@s1m0n4 Bilateral agreements are politically correct in the UK, but much more limited. The UK has been quite clear they’re going it alone. No other country in Europe aren’t already in, on its way into, or in very close cooperation with the EU/EES. The UK alone is heading in the opposite direction. Which of course is a valid option. My assumption is just that the geology of Europe or maps arbitrarily dividing the earth into continents is perhaps not how most people tend to think about it.

denspier,
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@s1m0n4 I agree the British are much more European than they like to admit. Just look at the EU today: after all this time is it anything the French first envisioned? No. Is it everything the British made it become? Yes, very much so.

Absolutely no one claims the UK or even the GB has drifted away from the European continent. And yet, for all practical purposes it’s not incorrect to express in general speech that “the UK left Europe”.

denspier,
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@s1m0n4 From a time zone perspective Poland is Central Europe, while Finland is East Europe. Historically, at least after WWII, Poland was seen as Eastern European, at least by others. But I also think that the reasons we used to divide Europe in east and west have diminished since the Cold War ended.

The Iceland and the UK, together with Ireland, are good examples that geography doesn’t determine in people’s minds whether a country is “European”. Whether it wants to be part matters more.

makkhorn, to random
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Russia gloats that
Trump is destroying America

denspier,
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@makkhorn And why is he saluting in civilian clothing? If you only learn one single thing in the military, it’s that there’s no worse offense than saluting when not in full uniform, and a uniform you’re entitled to wear.

Perhaps a reminder the man hasn’t served a single day.

openculture, to random
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How Photos Were Transmitted by Wire in 1937: The Innovative Technology of a Century Ago

https://www.openculture.com/2024/04/how-photos-were-transmitted-by-wire-in-1937-the-innovative-technology-of-a-century-ago.html

denspier,
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@openculture 1937? This was in practice for many decades. I’m aware of it well into the late 80s, but it was probably used much longer than that as quality was way superior to scanning a photo and sending it digitally.

denspier,
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@tomjennings @openculture This is not fax, Tom, it’s telephoto. Completely analog. And much superior to fax in quality.

TechDesk, to TikTok
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Hoping to stall a ban in the U.S., TikTok says it generated $14.7B for American small businesses last year.

@TechCrunch reports the company's economic activity report found "that over 7 million U.S. businesses rely on TikTok and that 224,000 jobs were supported by small business activity on the platform in 2023."

https://flip.it/z1O0TG

denspier,
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@TechDesk @TechCrunch
Unless advertisers are doing it for charity, TikTok has not just generated $14.7B for American small businesses, but also at least $14.7B in cost for American consumers. Net positive or negative? 🤷🏼‍♂️

Ruth_Mottram, to 2westerneurope4u
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denspier,
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@Ruth_Mottram Is (Great) Britain even a country?

England is a country, and so are Wales and Scotland. Together with Northern Ireland these three countries are in a voluntary (right?) union - The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, or UK for short - a political entity with a shared currency and a common foreign policy. And just like the EU, not a country. A country cannot consist of other countries.

rahmstorf, to random German
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Heat pumps are a highly efficient and mature technology for home heating (incl. in my house).

"Yet, in major economies such as the UK and Germany, heat pumps are the subject of hostile and misleading reporting across many mainstream media outlets."

Not least due to disinformation spread by fossil fuel interests.
Before you get duped, read the fact check.

https://www.carbonbrief.org/factcheck-18-misleading-myths-about-heat-pumps/?utm_source=cbnewsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_term=2024-03-22&utm_campaign=Daily+Briefing+22+03+2024

denspier,
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@jan @rahmstorf My house is 500+ m2 in the north of Sweden and the total cost of installation, ground work, equipment, electricity, fluids etc. was about 17.000 EURO. That was for an “industrial” size heat pump, much more expensive than regular home kits.

How big is your house? Have you checked with other suppliers?

denspier,
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@jan @rahmstorf That sounds very expensive. Is the ground in the area not suited for drilling (like sand only 100m deep until the rock bed)? Perhaps an air-to-water heat pump could be an alternative? 🤔

nemeciii, to sweden
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Was there any parking, road toll or congestion tax discounts for electric vehicles in Sweden or Denmark?

I remember few years ago Denmark was planning a congestion tax for Copenhagen, was it cancelled?

denspier,
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@nemeciii No exceptions to congestion tax for EVs in Sweden. All vehicles except public transport are treated equally, even taxis. There is however a not unreasonable maximum daily fee.

lproven, to random
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Paul Alexander, who lived in iron lung for more than 70 years, dies at 78 - National | Globalnews.ca https://globalnews.ca/news/10356211/paul-alexander-iron-lung-polio-death/

denspier,
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@lproven Sad to learn that, but what a guy Paul Alexander was!

The article describe iron lungs as “mechanical ventilators that push air into the lungs”. It’s more correct to say they PULL air into the lungs. The article also claim that “iron lungs have been replaced by modern ventilators and tracheal intubation”. This is only partially correct. Iron lungs are extremely gentle in comparison and can be used for very long periods of time. What really replaced iron lungs was the polio vaccine.

randahl, to random
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I find it despicable, how the idiots of our time destroy art to get attention.

Yesterday at Trinity College, Cambridge, an idiot destroyed the historic painting of Lord Balfour from 1914, claiming that this would somehow help Gaza.

No cause entitles anyone to destroy the artworks which educate future generations about our past.

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denspier,
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@randahl Art have always been attacked occasionally, and that will continue whether we like it or not. But there’s a huge difference between mindless vandalism and acts that add context and meaning, and I think that was worth pointing out. In this particular case, restoring the portrait would now itself be an act of vandalism, depleting art of context and artistic value.

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