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  1. My English teacher absolutely loved Steinbeck. We spent so much time on Of Mice and Men, I feel like I still remember every page of the book. As far as classics go, I don't know how famous Knut Hamsun is outside of Norway anymore, but he's my "go to". Growth of the Soil, Hunger, Pan...all great. Fantastic author, terrible guy. https://www.theguardian.com/books/booksblog/2008/sep/10/knut.hamsun.nazi
  2. The self isn't disconnected from others. Pointing to blacks isn't necessarily a good example. There's always been a "black community", "black culture". A sense of belonging that transpeople didn't have.
  3. Was "headhunted" for a job, with promises of really nice pay (better than my profession usually gives). They made it really clear that I was the only candidate. After the interview, they said they didn't even want to interview anyone else. Then the offer came, and it was much much lower than they originally said. Didn't even get an apology from them when I brought it up. Thanks for wasting my time, ****.
  4. I agree. I could've rather said something like "aspire to look like something society think is normal for a boy or a girl." The point was just that most transpeople look "normal". Your sentence about "feeling like you don't belong" matches what I said. Why do you think they feel they don't belong? Could it possibly be because society rejects what they are? But yeah, identity problems/gender dysphoria is a big part of it too. Probably more than how society percieves you. But I think it's somewhat related.
  5. I think there's a difference between how someone wants to be labeled, and objective definitions. Transpeople are usually very aware of their biological sex. It's not like they deny being born a man/woman, but they want to identify as the other gender. From what I've seen they usually aspire to look like the gender they identify as too - so you don't really get too many bearded brutes in the ladies room. If I met a transguy who was born as a girl - obviously the "technical truth" would be that the person is a female. The said person is very likely to be aware of that as well. Even so I think it's common courtesy to refer to the person as "male" because that's what he identifies as. Most of them just genuinly want to live as the opposite gender, and I don't really see a big problem with that. To me it's a "you're not wrong, you're just an a**hole" situation. I'll wager a lot of suicides and sad fates could've been prevented if people were more open minded on these sort of things.
  6. Blood pancakes is a traditional dish in Scandinavia (wouldn't surprise me if it came from the Sami people up North). I don't think many people make them anymore, but supposedly it tastes very good.
  7. "What not to wear when you're a muscular guy"-gallery https://imgur.com/a/5YQeKAl
  8. Just thought it was a bit weird since the French are pretty proud of their culinary traditions. Would think that they used a french cheese. But then again, Switzerland used to be a part of France (kind of) and is their neighbour as you say. And Gruyere can be so good. The chef show on Netflix had an episode on how to make an onion soup. The chef there said it was all about how you cooked the onions to get that perfect caramelized taste. Never made it myself, maybe I should give it a try!
  9. Well, not necessarily, because this was a very absurd happening - but I don't think intent should always save you when you commit a terrible mistake. Driving while drunk for example is a very, very moronic thing to do - which becomes particularily clear every time there's an accident because of is. Should the drunk driver go free because he didn't "intend" to hit anyone with his car? Or another situation I read about recently - Some guys having fun managed to make a huge rock fall off a cliff, and could face charges because it could've led to the death of fellow hikers below. Stupid mistake, or stupid crime? I lean more towards "no", because of the absurdity of the situation. But I can't help but feel that the enormity of the shooter's mistake should have some consequences.
  10. Is that really a thing? Gruyere being Swiss and all
  11. Thanks for elaborating. You're saying that Florida has unique state laws, and that by law he did nothing wrong. I guess I just expected there to be some precedence for his extreme negligence to at least be investigated? ---- https://www.businessinsider.com/pro-trump-group-behind-aoc-protester-calling-to-eat-babies-2019-10?r=US&IR=T A crazed protester at an AOC town hall, shouting things like "we have to eat babies" and "bomb russia" to fight climate change, gave the Trump fanboys a lot of ammo the other day, with Trump calling AOC a wackjob for having such followers. "She didn't even rule out eating babies" Turns out the protester was a member of a cultlike anti-CO2 reduction group, trying to satirise those who...listen to scientists.
  12. I've actually been to Florida, so that's one Norwegian who survived at least. It's definitely the weirdest of the states I've visited, so I don't disagree.
  13. Haha, I don't think "Norway" is critizising the US, more like some Norwegian lawyers commented on it, and found it a bit strange that they did no investigation. Killing someone (whether an accident or not) is pretty serious stuff. And since it was a Norwegian citizen that died, it gets extra attention over here You get criticized for locking up a crazy amount of people for minor crimes, as far as I know. If you're found guilty of manslaughter, that's hardly comparable!
  14. Notable as in "gets a lot of attention" more than "remarkable" in this case. Anyway, to quote diractly from the Norwegian article (with terrible google translation): Attorney Brynjar Meling responds strongly that the case was dismissed so quickly. - This is just proof that wild west conditions still exist in the United States. In Norway and European legal tradition it is quite clear that this would be investigated and not immediately concluded in the way the sheriff does. Based on the information available in the media, it took a lot for this not to be considered murder, and in any case it must be clearly negligent to act like that with a weapon. The course of events earlier in the day does not exactly strengthen the case of the father-in-law, he tells NRK.
  15. Read about this in a Norwegian newspaper. A Norwegian traveled to the US to surprise his American father-in law on his birthday. He knocked on the door, and jumped out of a bush doing growling sounds to scare/surprise him when the door was opened. The father-in-law was scared, and reacted by firing a bullet in his chest. No charges necessary, according to the Sheriff. What a ridiculous way to go, and a horrible accident...but still. Some notable lawyers over here think it's quite weird that the sheriff felt no charge was warranted. In any case, two possible lessons from this. 1. Don't do jumpscares, you never know how people will react. 2. ESPECIALLY don't do jumpscares in the US. https://abcnews.go.com/US/florida-man-accidentally-shoots-kills-son-law-surprise/story?id=66031955 Edit: Apparently the shooter thought the "banging" noises on the door was from a relative he had gotten into an argument with earlier the same day. Then it's especially weird that he wasn't charged with manslaughter? He admitted he thought it was a relative, and still carried, and fired his gun in response? Must've been some argument...
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