Fresh air does not smell of fragrance

Frisk luft lukter ikke av parfyme.

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Slavery and rasism – The Confederate States

The confederate flag

Confederate_Rebel_FlagIt is rather common to see greasers (S: raggare, N: rånere) use the confederate flag along with their lifestyle driving motor cycles, american cars, partying, drinking and socializing. When they drive through town you can see them wear such flags as the confederat flag of the US on their clothes and hanging from their cars and so on.  Many even got the confederate flag hanging in their club house and in their homes. It is easy to spot when looking at photos online, and I have seen it myself when I have stumbled over people through life. I do not like it and I do not get it.

What I wonder is do they really know what that flag stands for or are they just using it because they think they are supposed to since they are greasers?

What is the confederate states of US?

The confederate states existence from 1861 to 1865. It was seven states in the south of US fighting in the civil war against the Union that was the North.  It was originally formed by seven slave states in the Lower South region of the United States whose regional economy was mostly dependent upon agriculture, particularly cotton, and a plantation system of production which in turn largely relied upon slave labor.

What is slavery?

Slavery in America began when the first African slaves were caught like animals and forcefully in iron chains brought in the cargo room of ships to the North American colony of Jamestown, Virginia, in 1619, to aid in the production of such lucrative crops as tobacco and later cotton and such. Slavery was practiced throughout the American colonies in the 17th and 18th centuries, and African-American slaves helped build the economic foundations of the new nation. Helped is rather the wrong word for it, the slaves were forced to work under harsh conditions, slave labour, lived in small badly constructed huts, and the women kept like breeding animals and pleasure girls for their masters so that the white land owner could get free workers to increase their wealth, or they were sold as prostitutes. Violence and rape against the black people was not uncommon.  Those who did not work well enough or did not do as they were told were whipped. A slave is an unpaid worker kept in someones hold against their will. The slaves of the America was abducted and forcefully brought to America to work without pay for white people. Children born in slavery by slaves became slaves and their masters property. The general idea was that black people was less worth than whites, a commodity, cheep labour and wealth.

The union

The Union was the north in the civil war lead by Lincoln who wanted a free world with rights for the people, and equal rights for all regardless of nationality, birth and so on. Among other things they wanted slavery gone.

Lincoln formally freed 4 million slaves who chose to fight with him against the confederation and the slavery, they were formally freed when the Emancipation Proclamation took effect on January 1, 1863, but with the Civil War still raging, their future was far from certain. video

The Confederate states flag

This confederate states flag actually do not only stand for the seven states of South America, it also stands for having and keeping slavery.

Confederate flags through history:

First flag of the Confederate States of America


“Stars and Bars”


First flag of the Confederate States of America called “Stars and Bars”. It was designed by Nicola Marschall and adopted March 4, 1861 (First 7-star version), and November 28, 1861 (Final 13-star version). It was later abandoned for a new version.

Second flag of the Confederate States of America


“Stainless Banner


Second flag of the Confederate States of America with the crossed blue with stars called the “Stainless Banner”. May 1, 1863.

Third flag of the Confederate States of America


“Blood-Stained Banner”


Third flag of the Confederate States of America called “Blood-Stained Banner” adopted March 4, 1865 and designed by Arthur L. Rogers.

So what is your stand in political issues as with slavery and rasism?

At least I can not understand how you can walk with your head held high wearing or using such a flag as the Confederate Rebels flag. Remember what it stands for, namely keeping of slavery and rasism.


Confederate Rebels flag stands not only for the South America it is a flag that stands for having and keeping slavery and rasism.


Throw your flag out!

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Analyze of bicycle roads in Norway

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Delta i Syklistenes Landsforenings sykkelundersøkelse om sykkelveier i Norge. Personlig synes jeg at sykkelveier skal legges langsmed offentlige hovedveier og ikke rundt bakkekrøn og boligområder i utkanter der man må oppe og ned bakker i lange slinger for å komme seg fram. Det tar lengre tid å sykle enn å ta bilen, og lang vei tar enda lengre tid. Sykkelveier skal legges langs med rette og plane veier, og skal ha egne egnete tunneler ved siden av biltunnelene for å skjerme syklister og bilister fra hverandre og for at syklistene skal slippe puste inn tjukt med eksos, svevestøv og liknende som er i tunneler. Personer med astma og andre lungelidelser har godt av å sykle men ikke av å sykle i biltunneler som lett kan gi astmaanfall og liknende pustevansker. Jeg synes også det er for smale veiskulder på veiene i Norge. Bredere veiskuldere gir mulighet til å vike for møtende trafikk på feil side veien, en plass for langsomtgående kjøretøy å gi plass på, og er med på å forebygge unødige frontalkollideringer.

In English

Join Norwegian Cyclists Association survey on bicycle bike routes in Norway. Personally, I think that bike paths should be along public highways and not around hill tops and residential areas in the outskirts where you have up and down hills in long slinger to come forward. It takes longer to cycle than taking the car, and a long way takes even longer. Bicycle routes shall be added along with straight and flat roads, and should have its own appropriate tunnels next to the road tunnel to protect cyclists and motorists from one another and that cyclists should avoid inhaling thick exhaust fumes, dust and the like in the tunnels. For people with asthma and other lung disorders it is good cycling but not to ride in the road tunnel which might result in asthma and similar respiratory problems. I also think it is too narrow road shoulder on the roads of Norway. Wider road shoulder provides the ability to yield to oncoming traffic on the wrong side of the road, and a place for slow-moving vehicles to make room, and helps to prevent unnecessary front to front collisions.