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100 years with women in The Norwegian Parliament

Anna Rogstad by Arbeiderpartiet under CC BY-ND 2.0

March 17th 1911 Anna Rogstad became the first female representative in The Norwegian Parliament (Stortinget).  An anniversary worth celebrating!

Today 39,6 percent of the members of parliament are women and in the cabinet 50 percent of the members are women.

 

The eBook User’s Bill of Rights

I found this over at Librarian in Black and I completely agree.

The eBook User’s Bill of Rights is a statement of the basic freedoms that should be granted to all eBook users.

The eBook User’s Bill of Rights

Every eBook user should have the following rights:

  • the right to use eBooks under guidelines that favor access over proprietary limitations
  • the right to access eBooks on any technological platform, including the hardware and software the user chooses
  • the right to annotate, quote passages, print, and share eBook content within the spirit of fair use and copyright
  • the right of the first-sale doctrine extended to digital content, allowing the eBook owner the right to retain, archive, share, and re-sell purchased eBooks

I believe in the free market of information and ideas.

I believe that authors, writers, and publishers can flourish when their works are readily available on the widest range of media. I believe that authors, writers, and publishers can thrive when readers are given the maximum amount of freedom to access, annotate, and share with other readers, helping this content find new audiences and markets. I believe that eBook purchasers should enjoy the rights of the first-sale doctrine because eBooks are part of the greater cultural cornerstone of literacy, education, and information access.

Digital Rights Management (DRM), like a tariff, acts as a mechanism to inhibit this free exchange of ideas, literature, and information. Likewise, the current licensing arrangements mean that readers never possess ultimate control over their own personal reading material. These are not acceptable conditions for eBooks.

I am a reader. As a customer, I am entitled to be treated with respect and not as a potential criminal. As a consumer, I am entitled to make my own decisions about the eBooks that I buy or borrow.

I am concerned about the future of access to literature and information in eBooks. I ask readers, authors, publishers, retailers, librarians, software developers, and device manufacturers to support these eBook users’ rights.

These rights are yours. Now it is your turn to take a stand. To help spread the word, copy this entire post, add your own comments, remix it, and distribute it to others. Blog it, Tweet it (#ebookrights), Facebook it, email it, and post it on a telephone pole.

To the extent possible under law, the person who associated CC0 with this work has waived all copyright and related or neighboring rights to this work
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For good measure I’ll throw in this video with Neil Gaiman on Copyright Piracy and the Web.

Being gay in Africa

There are several places in this world that I never want to visit. Some because they’re too cold, some because they’re too dangerous for my taste, many because of the way women are treated there and many because of the hostile way gays are treated. Several of these places fall in more than one of the groups, giving me an even better reason to stay away.

These days several countries in Africa seem determined to make it even less tempting for me to spend my money there.

I really can’t understand this fierce hatred against me and anyone else who happens to love a person of their own gender. It’s scary. Facing such hatred, even if it is on video and I’m lucky enough to be in a country where I’m mostly safe from these people, makes me feel a bit green around the gills.

I will encourage everyone to make sure that the organizations they support works for openess, secular education, human rights and laws that protects and ensures equal rights for women and gays all over the world.

Obama being awarded The Nobel Peace Prize

I’ve been ambivalent about President Barack Obama being awarded The Nobel Peace Prize 2009. The main argument against has of course been that he is the leader of a country currently actively involved in two wars, and that he so far hasn’t managed to stop either of them. He has also been president for a very short time.

I’ve still come to the decision that The Nobel Committee has made a correct and bold decision. The prize should not primarily be awarded as a thanks for a job well done, but as an acknowledgement, encouragement, a stamp of approval and a general “get on with it” during a process with goals that the committee approves of.

President Obama, as expected, gave a very good speach at the award ceremony in Oslo.
Rolfn wordled Obamas’ Nobel speach and the full text of the speach can be found here:

Wordle: Barack Obama Nobel speach

There hasn’t been as much talk about the speach of Thorbjørn Jagland, the leader of The Nobel Committee, but I thought it was really good. So I wordled it and the full text can be found here:

Wordle: Jagland about Obama being awardet The Nobel Peace Prize

Sad and a little merry

Most days I can read about all the bad news of the world without it making too much of an impression. If I get upset over everything bad I hear about I’d always be walking around with tears in my eyes, but as I’ve mentioned I’m usually able to maintain my fairly good mood.

But not always….
– Today I read about the Taliban war against education in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and education for girls in particular. Several hundred schools for girls and some schools for boys have been bombed the last few years. Everyone get scared of course, the students, the teachers and the parents, and the result is that the girls aren’t allowed to go to school or have no school to go to. There have also been attacs on women at the university in Islamabad and on women in general. In my opinion secular education for both women and men are one of the cornerstones when it comes to building a society which is good to live in for all, so I think this is really tragical. Not much I can do except supporting organisations that are trying to bring education to everyone all over the world.

- The voters in Maine just said no to same sex marriage. Again the majority wants heterosexual marriage to have all the benefits. It’s nok like gays and lesbians in Maine wants special right for their relationships, they just want equal rights. Again, not much I can personaly do except writing blog posts and and show in my personal life that lesbians aren’t much stranger than straight people, and Norway can keep on being an example of a country functioning just fine with a sex-neutral marriage law.

- There has been a new massacre where a person (almost always a man…?) have shot and killed or hurt a lot of other people. What’s the point? I just don’t get it!

- Has there been any suicide bombings today? I don’t know, there are so many of them that they all get muddled.

At least some good things happens too and get reported.
– Someone (The Humane Society) is taking care of an otherwise healthy puppy born without front legs, and they are trying to make some kind of gadget to help her walk.
– A lady in South Korea just passed the theoretical part of her driving exam, on the 950th try! Now she just has to pass the driving part of the exam. I hope the lady is better at the practical part than the theory, otherwise the traffic of South Korea can get really dangerous for some time. (If she drives as lethally as Else in Pondus it’s definitely not safe to be anywhere near her.)

No DADT in Norway

I’m sitting here reading the Norwegian gay magazine Blikk. In the back of the magazine they have som pages with personal news about people – birthdays, marriages and babies, just like many other Norwegian magazines.

The thing that made me extra happy was the wedding picture of David Friedemann Strunck og Steinar Granmo Nilsen. They are holding hands after just getting married at Akerhus Fortress in Oslo, and Steinar is wearing his military uniform. No DADT (don’t ask, don’t tell) in Norway!

Because of the upcoming election Blikk has been asking all the party leaders about their gay politics. I’ve been reading their answers and become even more convinced that FrP (Progress party – very conservative) and I don’t get along. They would not let David and Steinar, or me and Kristin, get married at all.  (KrF [Christian party] wouldn’t even answer the questions, so I guess that says everything about them…)

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