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Adele Enersen is an advertising copywriter and concept designer from Helsinki who is making the most of her maternity leave by allowing her creativity to flourish in her new role as stay at home wife and mother. Her latest hobby is  imagining what her daughter dreams about and recreating them in photographs.

Disgusting new ‘thing’ in Sweden, people order 5 hamburgers, then they take one and dump the rest in the garbage.
How much more pathetic, arrogant and disgusting can the new-rich swedes be?

I don’t care if they order to Champagne bottles and dump one, who cares, but dumping food just because it is ‘trendy’.


Nya trenden – att dumpa hamburgare | Sommar i Sverige | Aftonbladet

Efter champagnesprut och vaskning

Inför årets Stockholmsvecka i Visby tog Gotlands kommun i med hårdhandskarna och förbjöd champagnesprut.

Champagnesprutet ersattes av vaskning men det var inte den enda nya trenden som startade i Visby i sommar. På flera håll har hamburgerkedjorna varit med om ”Hamburger -dumpning”.

Årets Stockholmsvecka i Visby har ganska precis avslutats och krafttagen mot fenomenet champagnesprut verkade ha gett resultat. Även om både polisen och alkoholhandläggare har sett fenomenet har det varit i betydligt mindre utsträckning än tidigare år, skriver Gotlands Allehanda.


I stället för champagnesprut har den nya grejen varit att vaska champagne. Man beställer helt enkelt in två flaskor istället för en och ber sedan kyparen att hälla ut den ena i vasken.

Ett beteende som, alkoholhandläggaren Jörgen Wiss, tycker är mycket omoget berättar han för Gotlands Allehanda.


Men vaskning är inte den enda nya trenden berättar Wiss för tidningen.

– Det låter helt osannolikt. Men vi har hört flera gånger att folk går in på någon hamburgerkedja och beställer 50 hamburgare. När man väl fått sina hamburgare tar man bara en och slänger de andra i soptunnan bredvid, säger han till GA.

Något som Wiss, enligt tidningen, tycker är riktigt låg nivå.

The US lawmakers are nothing but a bunch of prostitutes, who ever pays them gets their vote, and the ighest paying pimp in the US right now is AIPAC and the Israeli lobby.

Who cares if 100s of thousands of Iranian die in an attack, who cares if the whole ME sets on fire and who cares if IRI manages to sink an aircraft career in the Persian Gulf and kills several thousands American marines. As long as these pigs get paid, they keep on supporting their master.

The American Conservative » Who Voted for War With Iran, Mr. Obama?

Who Voted for War With Iran, Mr. Obama?

By Philip Giraldi

July 28, 2010 “American Conservative” — House of Representatives resolution 1553, introduced by Congressional Republicans, and currently working its way through the system will endorse an Israeli attack on Iran, which would be going to war by proxy as the US would almost immediately be drawn into the conflict when Tehran retaliates. The resolution provides explicit US backing for Israel to bomb Iran, stating that Congress supports Israel’s use of “all means necessary…including the use of military force”. The resolution is non-binding, but it is dazzling in its disregard for the possible negative consequences that would ensue for the hundreds of thousands of US military and diplomatic personnel currently serving in the Near East region. Even the Pentagon opposes any Israeli action against Iran, knowing that it would mean instant retaliation against US forces in Iraq and also in Afghanistan. The resolution has appeared, not coincidentally, at the same time as major articles by leading neoconservatives Reuel Marc Gerecht and Bill Kristol calling for military action. AIPAC thinks it is wonderful.

Ironically, the push against Iran comes at a time when the National Intelligence Estimate on the country is being finished. It might come out as soon as August, but it will be secret and its conclusions will either be leaked or released in summary. My sources inside the intelligence community insist that it will support the 2007 NIE that concluded that Iran no longer has a weapons program. The White House has delayed the process seeking harder language to justify a range of options against Iran, including a military strike, but the analysts are reported to be resisting. So we spend $100 billion on intelligence annually and then ignore the best judgments on what is taking place. Might as well use a Ouija board.

Israel linked to exiled sheikh’s bid for ‘coup’ in Gulf emirate of RAK | World news | The Guardian

Israel linked to exiled sheikh’s bid for ‘coup’ in Gulf emirate of RAK

• UK ambassador advising Sheikh Khalid of Ras al-Khaimeh
• Tiny UAE state ‘aids trafficking of nuclear parts’ to Iran

Israeli Ambassador Ron Prosor
Ron Prosor, the Israeli ambassador to London, has met Sheikh Khalid bin Saqr al-Qasimi. Photograph: Oli Scarff/Getty ImagesIsrael is aiding an exiled Arab sheikh who is vying to seize control of a strategically important Gulf emirate only 40 miles from Iran.

The Israeli ambassador to London, Ron Prosor, has met Sheikh Khalid bin Saqr al-Qasimi, the exiled crown prince of Ras al-Khaimeh (RAK), who asked him to help with his campaign to oust the leadership of the northernmost state in the United Arab Emirates.

The meeting took place in London in March and has been followed by phone calls and wider assistance and advice, according to records of the relationship seen by the Guardian.

Khalid, who has been based in London and has hired a solicitor from Ickenham as his agent, is bidding to replace his ailing father, Sheikh Saqr, and half brother, Sheikh Saud, to take control of RAK.

Israel’s involvement in what would be a bloodless coup in one of the most sensitive regions in the world, would be “extremely uncomfortable”, according to Dr Christopher Davidson, an expert on the politics of the UAE at Durham University.

Khalid, who was sent into exile in 2003, claims RAK is now acting as a trafficking hub for nuclear arms parts to Iran and has spent more than £4m on an international public relations and lobbying campaign to persuade American politicians and the pro-Israel lobby in the US that it would be safer if he were in charge.

The alliance with Israel is the latest twist in the already extraordinary saga of Khalid’s bid to return to power. In June the Guardian revealed that his fighting fund was being channelled through Peter Cathcart, a 59-year-old miniature steam railway enthusiast and parish council chairman who runs a family firm of solicitors in Ickenham, west London.

He in turn was spending it on top Washington lobbyists, Californian PR consultants and military experts to draw up dossiers damning the regime in RAK.

Prosor has pressed his contacts in the US government on behalf of Khalid whose aides asked for help setting up meetings in Washington with anyone interested in their claims about RAK’s alleged sanctions busting, particularly concerning parts for the Iranian nuclear programme, plot records seen by this newspaper show.

An email from Cathcart to the ambassador’s office reports that “His Highness … very much enjoyed his meeting with the ambassador”.

In April Cathcart arranged for the two men to speak on the phone when the sheikh was in Oman and a note of the conversation recorded by Cathcart shows the ambassador “is working with certain people from his side” and “promised that the matter will be solved in his [the sheikh’s] favour”.

Sheikh Saqr is understood to be dying in hospital in Abu Dhabi and his son, Sheikh Saud, 54, the sitting crown prince, has been told to begin preparations for his wake, a significant event in emirates politics, which is likely to be attended by Abu Dhabi’s rulers, who will have a large influence over which of the sons will succeed him.

“By meeting with the Israeli ambassador, he is sending out signals to Abu Dhabi and Washington DC that he will be hawkish on Iran if it comes to war,” said Davidson. “This is a new kind of coup. It doesn’t involve slitting throats, but instead spending large sums of money on global communications. It is the first of its kind and I am betting on it being successful. I think by the end of the summer we will have a verdict.”

Asked about Israel’s involvement, Peter Ragone, a spokesman for Khalid, said: “There is significant interest in the current RAK regime’s relationship to Iran, particularly in the context of trying to stop the flow of arms, goods and technology from going through RAK to the Islamic Republic. Sheikh Khalid and representatives from his team meet with elected officials, high-ranking government officials and media representatives of various countries all the time. In fact, this week Sheikh Khalid’s representatives are in Washington DC meeting representatives of the US foreign policy/national security establishment who are very concerned about the activity in RAK.”

Odelia Englander, a spokeswoman at the Israeli embassy in London, declined to comment.