Spor i biblioteksanden

"Hvem er jeg hvis jeg ikke kan sette et spor i sanden - om mitt lille eksistens"
~ Susann Nashat


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En fredag formiddag på biblioteket lette jeg etter et kapittel i en bok. Jeg vandret mellom bokhyllene fulle av tidenes kunnskap om alt jeg ikke vet. Jeg fant boken jeg lette etter, og slo opp på kapittelet jeg var på jakt etter. Der, akkurat der, lå det en hvit lapp, en slik en som biblioteket noterer navnet til låntakere på når de har bestilt bøker. Nashat, Susann, stod det øverst på den ene siden. På den andre siden var det skrevet med blyant "hvem er jeg hvis jeg ikke kan sette et spor i sanden - om mitt lille eksistens".

Jeg tok med boken til kopirommet, kopierte mitt kapittel, og mens jeg kopierte var det tre andre mennesker innom. En økonom, en sosiolog og en utvekslingskoordinator. De fikk alle høre om den lille meldingen som møtte meg mellom arkene akkurat der mitt kapittel startet. Ingen hang seg opp i at det skulle vært "min" og ikke "mitt" eksistens. Istedet trigget det flere historier. Finurlige og underfundige fortellinger om situasjoner, utsagn, misforståelser som produserte de merkeligste setninger, men som alle hadde gjort dagen i dag litt utenom det vanlige.

Du har satt et spor i sanden, Susann, og du har startet en bibliotekhistorie, og kanskje ditt lille spor vil være en inspirasjon til andre små historier?

Røykere kan spare penger..

.. på å ikke handle parfymer og andre remedier for å få kroppen til å lukte godt.. Det virker ikke på dem.

Jeg har fundert på dette, hvordan kan det ha seg at røykere i likhet med de aller fleste er opptatt av å ikke lukte svette, hvitløk og dårlig ånde, når de samtidig røyker? Hvorfor er det slik at man gjør alt for å unngå å utsondre kroppslige dufter, men ikke tenker over at røykelukten setter seg i hår, hud og klær i laaang tid etter at sigaretten er slukket?

Jeg liker heller ikke dårlig ånde litt for tett på meg, gammel svettelukt eller stram lukt som indikerer at det er lenge siden siste dusj, men ingen av disse duftene er så plagsom som sterk, stram røykelukt. Den tar pusten fra meg bokstavelig talt.

Dette er muliggens et sånt vepsebol-spørsmål jeg lurer på:
 
Hvor mange av de som kjøper og bruker en eller flere parfymer er også røykere? I så fall må det være veldig bortkastede penger.  ettersom røyken overdøver og/eller forsurer enhver god parfyme og duft av såpe, deodorant og tannkrem...

President Bush's Plan to Put 20,000 Bolivians Out of Work

Idag bringer jeg videre et brev og en bønn fra The Democracy center i Bolivia. Jim Schulz, en av dem som driver dette senteret, skriver også en fabelaktig blogg om politikk, samfunn, folk og tilstanden i Bolivia. Jeg har signert underskriftskampanjen, og ber deg gjøre opp din egen mening:


The Democracy Center On-Line

Volume 83  - October 17, 2008
 
President Bush's Plan to Put 20,000 Bolivians Out of Work
 
boliviablogimgDear Readers:
 
If President Bush carries out a threat he repeated again in Washington yesterday, then one of his last acts in office will be to throw more than 20,000 innocent Bolivians out of work.  Today the Democracy Center is launching a campaign aimed at stopping him and we need your help.  Keep reading to find out more and to jump to a video of three Bolivian workers explaining first-hand the devastating impact Bush's actions will have on their families.  We also offer an opportunity, with less than a minute of effort, to join us in making a difference. 
jim 
This action is also the first in the Democracy Center's new Voices from Latin America campaign.  If the last eight years have taught us anything it is that U.S. foreign policy is too important to be left solely in the hands of our political leaders.  We need to join together with people all over the world who live with the effects of U.S. policy and turn that policy on a different, more humane course. You can read more about that below as well, and via the link here.
 
Thank you for your support,
 
Jim Shultz
The Democracy Center
 
 
Help Stop President Bush's Plan to Put 20,000 Bolivians Out of Work
 
President Bush, as part of his ongoing diplomatic feud with the government of Bolivia, has now decided to take aim at the jobs of more than 20,000 innocent Bolivian workers.  It is a mistake ? morally, diplomatically and economically.  It adds one more episode of turning innocent people into collateral damage, from an administration that has delivered such damage in abundance.
 
We have to stop him.
 
A Trade Agreement Everyone Likes
 
Nearly two decades ago, under President Bush's father, the U.S. began the Andean Trade Preference Act (ATPDEA).  That program offers Bolivia and a handful of other Latin American nations reduced U.S. tarriffs, allowing them to develop new industries and jobs exporting products such as textiles and handmade furniture.  For the U.S., the aim is to create opportunities for employment as an to alternative to growing coca for the illegal drug market.
 
In September, as part of the Bush administration's diplomatic battles with Bolivian President Evo Morales, President Bush announced that he will use his executive authority to axe Bolivia out of those trade preferences. 
 
The actual victims of President Bush?s move, however, won't be President Morales, but  women and men who eke out modest livings as weavers, jewelry-makers and carpenters, creating products for U.S. markets.  The U.S. Congress knows that, and just two weeks ago approved a six-month extension for Bolivia.  But yesterday in Washington President Bush repeated his intent to sidestep Congress and use his powers to cut Bolivian workers out of the program.
 
Listen to the Voices of the People who Will be Affected by Bush's Plan
 
We profiled some of these workers for our new book, Dignity and Defiance, and after President Bush?s announcement last month we traveled out across Bolivia to ask them how his threat would affect their lives.  Today we have posted a five-minute video of their own words on our website.  We hope that you will take a moment to listen to what they have to say, here.
 
http://www.democracyctr.org/blog/2008/10/president-bushs-plan-to-put-20000_1536.html
 
We also demanded and won the right to have their video testimony from Bolivia played next week in Washington when the Bush administation holds the public hearing required by law before he implements his plan.  Administration officials told us that this will be the first time that video testimony like this has been played in such a proceeding. 
 
On October 23 in Washington, those officials will hear directly from people like Joaquín Aquino, a carpenter in his 50s who hand-makes furniture for the U.S. market and Natalia Alanoca Condori, a 28-year-old mother who makes clothing sold in American stores.  These are the people, along with thousands others like them, who will be the real victims of President Bush's actions against Bolivia. 
 
What You Can Do to Help
 
We have an opportunity and an obligation to these workers to take action and help stop President Bush's plan.  Here are three simple ways that you can help:
 
1. Share this request for action with others
 
All across the United States there are people and organizations that care about making U.S. policy in Latin America more just.  Help us spread the word about the need to act on this now, by forwarding this email to others.
 
2. Sign the Democracy Center's online petition
 
You can directly add your voice to the campaign to stop President Bush's threat against Bolivian workers.  In less than sixty seconds right now you can add your name to an online petition that the Democracy Center will be submitting as part of the formal public record against Bush's anti-Bolivia policy. Sign that petition here. If your organization wants to join the petition please send us an email telling us so at: Bolivia@democracyctr.org.
 
We need your petition endorsements no later than midnight October 30
 
3. Submit Formal Comments to the Bush Administration
 
If you or your organization want to do more, federal law guarantees the right to submit formal comments to the Bush administration's Trade Representative.  To do that you must submit your comments by e-mail no later than 5pm on October 31.  Those comments must be sent in the form of an attachment and must include the subject line, ?Review of Bolivia?s Designation as a Beneficiary Country Under the ATPA and ATPDEA.? The address is: FR0812@ustr.eop.gov.  You must also include in the attachment a cover letter with your name, address, telephone number and e-mail address.
 
Even if we can't make President Bush back down on his plan to put Bolivians out of work, taking action now helps build the case for Congress and the new President to reverse it.  Those leaders need to see that people in the U.S. care about this issue. 
 
Raising Up Voices from Latin America
 
President Bush's move against the Bolivian people is just one more example of how we, as citizens, need to not only change leaders but also change the political winds that drive U.S. policy toward Latin America.  To help do that the Democracy Center is launching a new campaign ? Voices from Latin America.
 
Voices from Latin America marries new technology and old-fashioned organizing to build a bridge between citizens in the U.S. and Latin America.  It is a platform from which we can work together to help educate one another and take joint action, like the one we are starting today on Bush's assault on Bolivian workers.  On the website you will find:
 
Briefing papers (in English and Spanish) on some of the main issues in U.S./Latin America relations, on topics such as trade, the 'U.S. war on drugs', and immigration.

Video testimonies
from across the region in which people tell how U.S. policy affects their lives and their nations.
 
How to get involved, and real examples from people who have.
 
As citizens we have to be educated and involved in U.S foreign policy in ways that we never have before.  That includes making sure that the people in other countries who are so affected by what the U.S. does have their voices heard in the U.S.  Help us do that by visiting the Voices from Latin America web site here.
 
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Bankfasade


Banker er avhengig av sitt image, og kundenes tiltro til banken. Det må være derfor Jarle Mortensen smiler så pent han kan mens han prøver å få en renteøkning til å se ut som en rentenedsettelse:

Banken lover rentenedsettelse, men setter den i realiteten opp. Bare ikke fullt så mye opp som de tenkte for tre dager siden:


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(Faksimile fra forsiden av min lånebank i går, fredag 17. oktober)

Er det ikke fint, dere? Banken setter ned renten. Helt inntil 0,6% vil Postbanken redusere rentene med, sier de. Oh, jubel, burde jeg sikkert tenke. "Pengemarkedsrenten har de siste dagene blitt kraftig redusert"! Ikke bare reduserer Norges Bank styringsrenten med 0,5%, men nå følger Postbanken og reduserer den MER enn Norges Bank. Sies det, insinueres det, smiles det og innbilles det.

For det er ikke realiteten. Denne rentenedsettelsen er annonsert fredag 17.oktober. og rente-"nedsettelsen" skal tre i kraft 2. desember. Det denne gladannonsen ikke forteller er at lånekunder i postbanken bare tre dager før fikk brev om et skyhøyt rentehopp - gjeldende fra 1. desember. I dette brevet, datert 14. oktober står det:

"Uroen i finansmarkedet den siste tiden har ført til sterk økning i pengemarkedsrenten. Vi endrer derfor renten for lån og innskudd. Renteendringen blir gjort gjeldende fra og med 1. desember 2008 for eksisterende lån".

Rentehoppet som ble annonsert 14. oktober er opp 0,9%. En reduksjon dagen etter på _inntil_ 0,6% vil derfor i beste fall utgjøre en økning på 0,3%, i verste fall en større økning, men det er iallfall ikke en reduksjon!

Hvor dumme tror man virkelig kundene er? Hvis pengemarkedsrenten har blitt kraftig redusert, ja, så burde vel også lånerenten reduseres med utgangspunkt i dagens rente? Ikke med utgangspunkt i et fremtidig rentehopp som både var unødvendig og som ikke vekker særlig stor tillit hos kundene når det annonseres dagen før Norges bank reduserer renten...

Just my two cents.

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