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28.2.2006

Last natural blond is likely to be born in Finland during 2202

Tags: Uncategorized — Author: @ 11:16 pm

History of blond haired women

According to the study, north European women evolved blonde hair and blue eyes at the end of the Ice Age to make them stand out from their rivals at a time of fierce competition for scarce males.

The study argues that blond hair originated in the region because of food shortages 10,000-11,000 years ago. Until then, humans had the dark brown hair and dark eyes that still dominate in the rest of the world.

[...]Lighter hair colours, which started as rare mutations, became popular for breeding and numbers increased dramatically, according to the research, published under the aegis of the University of St Andrews.

[...]A study by the World Health Organisation found that natural blonds are likely to be extinct within 200 years because there are too few people carrying the blond gene. According to the WHO study, the last natural blond is likely to be born in Finland during 2202.

Eh, natural blond hair is like a female orgasm, men don’t care if it’s real or fake. ;-)
Hat Tip to FinnPundit for the link!

27.2.2006

Tarja Halonen looks like mold

Tags: Uncategorized — Author: @ 10:33 pm

It’s Mardi Gras season in New Orleans, check out who else looks like Conan O’Brien (and therefore, looks like Tarja…)

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Hat Tip to Kenneth S. for the photo!

2006 Winter Olympics Population per Medals

Tags: Uncategorized — Author: @ 5:13 pm

This should make Finland feel a little better about their Winter Olympics results…

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Finnish women earn 20 percent less than their male colleagues

Tags: Uncategorized — Author: @ 11:40 am

The gap between Finnish men’s and women’s salaries is larger than the EU average

An EU report shows that Finnish women earn 20 percent less than their male colleagues. According to the report based on data from 2004, women earn on average 15 percent less than men in EU member states.

Estonia, Slovakia and Cyprus showed the most extreme differences in salaries. Meanwhile, the pay gap in Italy, Portugal and Malta was smaller.

Interesting how the southern countries, which are traditionally more often to be associated with gender inequality, has better pay equality than Finland. Why is this? Do women in the souther countries have less pregnancy benefits so they’re not missing years of work at one time? Or are these women bolder and more likely to storm into the boss’s office demanding a raise? Or maybe there aren’t as many men making very high incomes? Or…?

Most Child Porn Leads Go Nowhere

Tags: Uncategorized — Author: @ 8:54 am

“Most of the tips direct investigators to sites based in Russia, the Ukraine and Belarus.”

Parliament Divided on Store Hours

Tags: Uncategorized — Author: @ 8:53 am

“Members of the Centre Party and SDP were most likely to stick with the current model.”

Finland Scores Low on Pay Equality

Tags: Uncategorized — Author: @ 8:51 am

“An EU report shows that Finnish women earn 20 percent less than their male colleagues.”

Paper Factories Up Their Outsourcing

Tags: Uncategorized — Author: @ 8:49 am

“The outsourcing would affect over 540 employees, half of whom are cleaners.”

Big Differences in Dentist Fees

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“Thousands of people use private dental care to avoid the often long wait for a public dentist.”

26.2.2006

Radio Free Finland tonight at 10pm!!

Tags: Uncategorized — Author: @ 6:48 pm

Tune in to Radio Free Finland tonight at 10pm for the live show. We’ll be joined by Ovi magazine editor and co-host of a Lähi Radio weekly show, Mr. Asa Butcher. We’ll be talking about “sexuality” and I’m sure we’ll throw in some Olympics chat and Mohammed cartoon stuff as well.

UPDATE: Usually Radio Free Finland is a spirited discussion about politics and current events, tonight we spent about ten minutes talking about gay porn. And when I say “we”, I mean “me”. Big thanks to Asa Butcher spending some time with us tonight!! ‘Sexuality’ was a fun topic. Here’s the podcast…

Download the show in high quality (26 MB – mp3)
Download the show in normal quality (13 MB – mp3)

Disappointed in Finland

Tags: Uncategorized — Author: @ 5:52 pm

Well first Niinistö’s loss and now this. I’ve never seen so many people upset over a silver medal. The Olympics are over and Finland receive no gold medals, tieing for 12th place in total medals, quite impressive for a small country of 5.2 million. Just like after this past summer olympics, I’m waiting for the first bureaucrat to say that Finland needs more tax money spent on youth sports if we wish to do better.

Oh, and I’m going to personally buy a plane ticket and fly over to whichever asshole journalist is the first one to write, “Finland got Finnished by Sweden” or anything similar.

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Finland 2 – Sweden 3 | Final :-(

Tags: Uncategorized — Author: @ 4:02 pm

Brokeback hockey…

25.2.2006

Free WLAN in Helsinki, and it’s not using tax money!!

Tags: Uncategorized — Author: @ 10:48 pm

WLAN for free in downtown Helsinki. And the best part is, it’s not sucking up your tax money! The power of the private sector

The project is the idea of former Nokia manager and author Kalle Isokallio, who became tired of what he saw as foot-dragging by the City of Helsinki in developing a wireless WLAN network.

“I wanted to show that this can be built as a one-man operation. It’s not about money – it’s about the will”, Isokallio says. The costs are being shared by Isokallio himself, the Royal restaurant chain, and Fujitsu. Maintenance costs are about two thousand euros a month.

As Pajunen sees it, the involvement of public money could stagnate technological development. He noted that in France, the Minitel system, which was in millions of French homes in the 1980s, proved ultimately to be an impediment to the spread of the Internet in the country.

Foreign Ministry finds no evidence of CIA prisoner transport via Finland

Tags: Uncategorized — Author: @ 10:43 pm

Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs says there’s no proof that US Central Intelligence Agency had transported suspected terrorist prisoners via Finland…

The Foreign Ministry emphasises in a report submitted to the Council of Europe that it is not possible to investigate retroactively what was being carried in a US-chartered plane that landed at Helsinki-Vantaa International Airport in the spring of 2003.

Late last year the Foreign Ministry asked the US for a clarification on what the plane in question was transporting. According to the answer, the documents indicated that the plane had a ten-member crew and no other passengers. According to official information, the plane was carrying supplies for the US Embassy in Helsinki.

Curling silver, and silver or better in ice hockey as Finland shut out Russia 4-0

Tags: Uncategorized — Author: @ 10:40 pm

“Olympic hockey final is mouth-watering local derby”

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