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30.11.2004

Netherlands Hospital Euthanizes Babies

Tags: Uncategorized — Author: @ 11:36 pm

It’s not about the United States or Finland but I thought you might be interested in this article because it’s an issue that can affect everywhere…

Netherlands Hospital Euthanizes Babies
http://apnews.myway.com/article/20041130/D86MC5NO0.html

Finnish tax cuts mean 33 euros extra for average-waged person

Tags: Uncategorized — Author: @ 11:31 pm

If you make the average Finnish monthly gross income wage of 2,400 euros, you’ll stand to get a tax cut of 1.3% and take home an extra 33 euros per month (before taxes), after taxes you might get an extra 20 bucks a month.

Don’t spend it all in one place, guys. These miniscule tax cuts won’t do a damn thing to affect the economy. I’m looking forward to next year when the socialists will be shouting, “Last year we had all these tax cuts and NOTHING has changed!! See how good tax cuts are?!?”

At least these tax cuts are better than nothing, but what Finland needs is SPENDING cuts.

Government Details Tax Cut Proposals

Tags: Uncategorized — Author: @ 11:21 pm

After weeks of income negotiations, they have (unfortunately) come to an agreement and the government has vowed to keep it’s promise for tax cuts. One of the biggest changes will be to abolish the capital tax (wealth tax) .

So wait, a bunch of grumpy old union representatives have been fighting so the wealthy can get some big tax cut? I thought these guys were supposed to represent the “working class” citizens? Hmmmm…..

Sweden: Beaten At Its Own Game

Tags: Uncategorized — Author: @ 11:23 am

Does the Swedish government spend the most euros per person on welfare?

Nearly 100 jobs to be cut in Helsinki municipal bus services

Tags: Uncategorized — Author: @ 11:22 am

The City Board decided in September that nobody would be terminated

Study: Tighter winter speed limits for trucks could save 5-10 lives a year

Tags: Uncategorized — Author: @ 11:21 am

A direct result of the horrendous accident in Konginkangas in March

Pay Deal Reached; Tax Cuts Proposed

Tags: Uncategorized — Author: @ 11:19 am

In 2006, the raise will be 2.1%, also adjusted for the cost of living

Finnish labour market supremos strike historically long incomes deal

Tags: Uncategorized — Author: @ 11:19 am

length of the agreement period is unprecedented

29.11.2004

Merry Chrismukkah!!

Tags: Uncategorized — Author: @ 10:03 pm

Tired of not being able to find greeting cards for your friends who are both Christian *AND* Jewish?? Well no fears this year, the card company “MixedBlessing” have created 10 new cards that acknowledge both Christmas and Hanukkah.

 

For most of you, this sounds totally ridiculous. But for oversensitive politically-correct American left-wingers, these cards are about 30 years overdue. These American lefties (very different from Finnish lefties) often get offended if they are Jewish and receive a Christmas card, or vice versa. Well, rather, they don’t get offended, they think you should get offended if this happens to you.

I dunno about you, but if someone were to send me a Happy Hanukkah card, I’d be happy to receive it and wish them a Happy Hanukkah back. Or if someone wished me a Happy Kwanzaa on the street, I’ll wish them a Happy Kwanzaa right back, or maybe I’ll wish them a Merry Christmas, or maybe I’ll just smile. But if you are an politically correct American, you better wish them a Happy Holidays only.

Fox News – Unfair and Unbalanced?

Tags: Uncategorized — Author: @ 9:40 pm
 

Fox News gets a lot of criticism….they also get a lot of high ratings. They pride themselves on their motto, “Fair and Balanced.”

Although they themselves are not “fair and balanced”, they help create a “fair and balanced” national news media. The vast majority of news outlets in the U.S. are left-wing, so, if you watch a particular story on both Fox News and another news service…you’ll get both sides of the issue.

At least everyone knows that Fox News in right-wing, some people believe still think that news outlets like CNN are truly unbiased! But unfortunately Fox News stories come across like some of this tabloid yellow-journalism you’ll find in Finnish newspapers like Ilta-Lehti and Ilta-Sanomat. Their articles are designed to get some shock value from it’s viewers. Fox often reminds me alot like Michael Moore’s style of Info-tainment.

Finland’s Ahonen Wins Ski-Jump Event

Tags: Uncategorized — Author: @ 8:59 am

Ahonen, with 20 World Cup career wins, leads the World Cup with 200 points

Finland’s Poutiainen wins World Cup slalom

Tags: Uncategorized — Author: @ 8:57 am

Sunday’s victory was her fourth straight top-three finish on the young season

Robber gets drunk, gets caught

Tags: Uncategorized — Author: @ 8:57 am

Turku man got drunk, passed out in a taxi and was picked up by police

Tobbacco Industry Used Finnish Scientists to Misinform

Tags: Uncategorized — Author: @ 8:55 am

They did not know that the tobacco industry was behind the grant

Finnish Conservative Party support increasing -Poll

Tags: Uncategorized — Author: @ 8:54 am

19.9% of respondents interviewed by the Taloustutkimus opinion and market research agency would vote conservative

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