Studio Narcomania

Normaali

Viikko 18


 

Participants

  • Frida Hindsberg, high-school student
  • Mimmi Malik, school social worker
  • Robban Nilsson, youth social worker
  • Selma af Schultén, high-school student
  • hostess

under the surtitle of ”Knark”, or ’Drugs’

Premise
The debate springs from the fact that the main island and scattered archipelago of demilitarised Åland has seen a surge in drugs and drug-related social ills in the recent months and years. The police and health authorities are faced up with the problem in an idyllic small archipelago. The scapegoat is allegedly the proximity to Sweden. The culture of Åland (affinities, customs, language) is by nature Swedish-oriented, so its drug culture seems to import its influences and maybe even substances from its Western cousin. Of course, the situation has been the same for a long time, so it’s not clear why the subsituation should have changed lately.

Opinions of Others
Grownups Malik and Nilsson and teenagers Hindsberg and af Schultén wage a civilised and indirect dialogue about drugs on the mainland, since the former seem to tread carefully about the subject out of vocational cautiousness, while the latter speak carefully due to a young age and scant experience. In consequence, the discussion never really takes off on a meaningful trajectory. Ms. Hindsberg as one is defending cannabis to some extent as a potential substitute for ethanol in the future.

Own Opinions
Youth have always been interested in the Unholy Trinity of Drugs, Sex and Rock n’ Roll that all may bring out some unwanted side effects and damage, such as psychoses (drugs), STDs (sex) or tinnitus (Rock n’ Roll). The abuse of drugs is a taboo topic, but in reality one may think that even the squarest adults youth know may have experienced druglike epiphanies, premedicated before an operation on a legal high of a substance that may be sold on the streets illegally. So, even the squarest adults may know something about druggy drugs.

Drugs could be summed up to young people so that they cause tragedies easily, for they are typically used by short-spanned people who turn out even less focussed that way; by impoverished people who turn out even more impoverished that way; and by friendless people, who turn out even lonelier that way. It should be emphasised about drugs that they affect the central nervous system in a paralysing way that changes the neural pathways of its structure. Drugs always come with some sort of price to pay, the over- and under-the-counter price. One could compare it with the side effects that are listed in the packages of ordinary prescription drugs at a pharmacy. In addition to psychoses, drugs may cause constipation, sweats, double images, blurred vision, headaches, migraines, insomnia and countless other things, whose best authority would be the end user.

When one is under the influence, no adult — whether it’s a neighbour, official, friend, parent or relative — can be asked to bring oneself back from a high and hallucinations. Only one’s own central nervous system and its stamina can do that. For all that, the comedown off most drugs happens between 4 and 14 hours.

I cannot really identify with anyone in the debate, so I would regard myself as speaking merely for myself, were I in the debate. As my pair, I’d enlist a former adult end user, possibly an artist, who could honestly tell about the pros and cons, advantages and drawbacks to drugs, with an emphasis on the latter.

This is how I’d seat myself around the now invisible round table.

Mainokset

Studio Women in Holy War

Normaali

Viikko 17


 

Participants

  • Beri Jamal, excommunicated but faithful Muslim
  • Atte Kaleva, ex-hostage, military researcher on jihad
  • Antti Kuronen, journalist
  • Anneli Portman, social psychologist
  • Anna Sundberg, ex-fundamentalist from Sweden (via skype and mobile phone)
  • hostess

under the surtitle of ”IS-kvinnor”, or ’Women for Holy War’

Premise
Women under Islam and Muslim men are used in many ways at their service. Through them, the religion acquires new(born) adherents, and lately they have been persuaded to fight alongside IS fighters, apparently due to the replacement of casualties, or, sheer desperation. While doing so, women form their own individual convictions about their religion and sometimes distance, detach and divorce themselves from it.

Viewpoints of Others
Messieurs Kuronen and Kaleva and Ms. Portman would all, as non-Muslims and state-employed knowledge-economy workers, seem to support all those women who want to deradicalise themselves and emancipate themselves from different kinds of arrangements and instruments of oppression. Ms. Jamal has taken a few steps away from her religion, living today as a veilless wife to a man from a rival sect, abandoned by the old community of hers. Ms. Sundberg has given up on her fundamentalist and radical beliefs, which she used in the first place to fill up a void, and returned to a largely religion-free life. If there is a debate and arguments in this for and against, it’s in the nuances.

This is where I’d seat myself around the now invisible round table.

Viewpoints of My Own
Since beginning, too little attention has been paid to how (badly) people from the patriarchies of the Muslim world get domesticated (in the literal and metaphorical and ecumenical sense of the word) into the European matriarchies and neuterarchies. Personally, I do not embrace the Muslim attempt to build an enclave within state per the ”Chinatown” model of immigration.

I would want to support Muslim women, who step aside of the destructive eye of jihadism or the clan-like and familial aspects of their religion to raise their children as single mothers, loners without kids or remarried women, not least because it’s likelier that women spend their means on their children. The reason I would want to shore them up is that in this role of theirs they are closer to the definition of a refugee than those men who come over to live on welfare and send money back home digitally over the borders, and in the worst case, to ISIL. This is not a case of religious crusading, because Christianity has run its course as well and it’s on the wane, to be honest. It’s more of a question of doing the right thing: If someone flees a dysfunctional patriarchy to a functioning matriarchy, the rules of the old system should not be roundly applied anymore, should they?

Studio Communal Squabbles

Normaali

Viikko 16


 

Participants

  • Cornelius Colliander, municipal civil activist
  • Carita Henriksson, member of town council
  • Julia Kuokkanen, child protection specialist
  • Patrik Nygrén, town mayor
  • Hostess

Headline of the Debate
”Barnskydd” (’Child Protection Services’)

Premise
The kernel of the debate lies in the fact that Pargas Municipality has lost 4 of its 9 child-custody workers in a short time and as a protest. In the words of the resigned this is down to the absence of or dysfunctional leadership. It did not become clear if dysfunctional leadership is bad resourcing, bad custody policies, bad atmosphere, bad recruiting or colleagues bullying. Part of the obscurity comes from the common classification of information in child protection services and, of course, from attempts at saving face.

Others’ positions
Mr. Colliander and Ms. Henriksson support the rank and file of child-protection services in a leftist spirit, for they would seem to have a Liberal-Leftist background in politics. Mr. Nygrén talks in roundabout terms about leading and caring but in reality does not take stand on anything in real terms. Ms. Kuokkanen represents the third sector, member associations of which do not even perhaps want to interfere with the failures of a specific municipality but only with child-protection services on the level of principle.

This is where I’d place myself around the now invisible round table.

Own positions
The basic question is: Do I identify in a small community’s troubles with the role of the child-protection worker or the person who is the unwilling customer of those said services and who thus probably has an already hostile view of the whole activity and process, where one’s parental skills and means are called into question? I’d rather put myself in the pants of the child-protection worker, for I have spent next to no time with children or matters revolving around them during adulthood.

The majority of child-protection service customers view with dissatisfaction all of those measures and decisions where their children are taken away from them, to be placed in foster families or state-sponsored foster homes manned by social workers. I think that town leaders should pull rank on behalf of child protection for two reasons. These growing children are either future taxpayers or social-service customers, and it shows in the balance sheet which side they fall on. Furthermore, if a child is taken away from its biological parents, they should have a ”Wall” of powerful adults facing them, so that they couldn’t single out individual social workers as the targets of their ire. Different municipal quarters should also listen to outsiders’ reports about child abuse, molestation and neglect with a keener ear.

For all that, each and every adult should have the right to rear one’s own child(ren), if (s)he can keep in check his or her own a) finances, b) intoxicants and c) sanity, also d) temper. There is ”silent knowledge” in child-protection circles about what kind of people make the grade in parenthood as planned.

Lähetysikkunan vertaistuki

Normaali

Viikko 14


 

Tähän on tarkoitus kerätä erilaisia linkkejä, joissa näkyy lähetysikkunan vaikutus ympäröivään yhteiskuntaan. Voitte lisätä kommentteja, kysymyksiä, linkkejä tai nikkinimiä kommenttiosion kautta. Saatte sen näkyviin, kun klikkaatte bloggauksen otsikkoriviä, jolloin bloggaus avautuu aivan yksinään ikkunaansa. Jos lähetysikkuna oli Elvis, niin näiden kahden saittitekstin tarkoitus on ilmaista, että Elvis elää.

  • (14.3.2013) Ehkä ensimmäinen maininta koko ilmiöstä
  • (22.9.2014) Helsingin kirjaston helpdeskin vastaus
  • (2015) Helsingin yliopiston gradu
  • (29.1.2015) Karjalaisen kolumni
  • (12/2015) Radio- ja TV-toimittajien liiton lehden avautuminen (kts. ss. 8 – 9)
  • (3.1.2016) Laulavan journalistin dissaava bloggaus
  • (29.2.2016) Yleläisten oma mielipidekirjoitus
  • (19.12.2017) Toimittajille pakollinen lähetysikkunaa puffaava tviitti
  • (2018) Tampereen yliopiston gradu

Apua siihen, mistä saa ”vieroitushoitoa” eli vertaistukea, löytyy alempaa blogista tammikuulta 30:s, helpoiten linkkaamalla tästä,  https://polaricestandssociety.wordpress.com/2018/01

Tässä parhaita paloja lähetysikkunan menosta vuosien varrelta.
Nimiä on saatettu säilyttää ei-viattomien suojelematta jättämiseksi.

SAVOLAISVITSEJÄ
(joita keksittiin pyytämättä ja spontaanisti, mikä johtui yleensä siitä, että ikkunassa oli pientä tarpeetonta kapinaa savolaista Karnasta Kuopiosta kohtaan)
■”Miksi savolainen sukupuoliakti kestää yleensä koko yön? — Kumpikaan ei ole varma, suostui(si)ko siihen noin yleensä.”
■ ”Savolainen osti marakatin Rovaniemen markkinoilta. Marakatti sanoi: ”Tuo ei osannut päättää.”
■ ”Miksi savolaiset ovat niin hyviä basisteja? — He kiertävät viimeistä säveltä kuin kissa kuumaa puuroa..”

15:31 Beatnikki: Karnanenkin oli joraava kuopiolainen teini, kun Ässes-to-Ässes [Ashes to Ashes] oli päivän kuumin diskohitti.
15:32 Karnanen Kuopiosta: Minua onkin aina kiinnostanut enemmän nuo naiset, kuin musiikki… ; )
15:33 Beatnikki: Naiset ensin, vaikka makuuhuoneeseen, ja vasta sitten hifi-systeemi, sinne makuuhuoneeseen…. (!)

14:02 Leksa-R: ei tos Ratio Suamen viästien poistamises ja panneis ol enää mittää järkee, kaik mikä ei ol ilosen toimittajan miälen mukaist ni poistetaa, vaik olis ihan asialline kommenttiki.
14:03 Luiskaotsa: YLE:n tehtävä on muokaka kansan ajattelua niin, että kansa ei pääse selville omasta tilanteestaan ja elinoloistaan.
14:04 Leksa-R: olen huamannu kans 😦

■ ”Breivikiltä kysyttiin: ”Kivi, paperi vai sakset?”. Breivik vastasi: ”Istun kiven sisässä ja minulle tulee kaikki lehdet, joten valitsen sakset.”

14:20 Marde: Janne tuli liian aikaisin kotiin, siellä oli Ainot ja Maijat ja Vennyt hameet korvissa. Janne punastui ja huusi: HAR NI KLITRAT TILLSAMMANS ?!!!
14:21 napo: OHO..!
14:22 napo: Kirjottelihan tuo Sylvikin…
14:22 Be@nikki: ”Kära Janne, om du inte kommer i tid, måst vi komma själva.”
14:23 Marde: Beat: hahhhahhaaa 😀
14:23 napo: Mikä se sana on… fiftillä..?
14:24 napo: Nikki veti rajun..!
14:25 kauko: näitä lukee naama punasena


Tässä vielä 10 Ajatonta Biisiä indieen taipuvaista ulkomaista pop-rockia odotellessa sitä aikaa kun Boksi Mk II on täydessä toiminnassa. Biisit on tarkoitus vaihtaa epäsäännöllisin väliajoin.

  1. A Flock of Seagulls: ”I Ran (So Far Away)” levyltä A Flock of Seagulls (1982)
  2. Adam & the Ants: ”Physical (You’re So)” levyn Kings of the Wild Frontier (1980) sessioista
  3. Adam Ant: ”Desperate But Not Serious” levyltä Friend or Foe (1982)
  4. Cole, Paula: ”Where Have All the Cowboys Gone?” levyltä This Fire (1996)
  5. Furniteur: ”Mysteries” singlenä ja levyltä Perfect Lavender (2017)
  6. GES: ”Man gråter aldrig på en lördag” debyyttilevyn GES sessioista (1995)
  7. Krueggers: ”You Know You’re Right” (Nirvana-cover, 2017)
  8. Orbital: ”Illuminate” levyltä The Alltogether (2001)
  9. Ratt: ”Round And Round” debyytti-lp:ltä Out of the Cellar (1984)
  10. Von Südenfed: ”The Rhinohead” ep-levyltä Tromatic Reflexxions (2007)

Studio Eastern Bear

Normaali

Viikko 12


 

Participants:

  • Yrsa Grüne, editor of Hbl
  • Maimo Henriksson, civil servant of the Foreign Ministry
  • Markku Kivinen, on behalf of the Alexander Institute
  • Ilya Spiegel, cineaste
  • Hostess

under the headline of
”Putin styr” (= Putin at the helm)

Others’ coordinates:
Ms. Henriksson and Mr. Kivinen are old-school representatives of administrative power, which makes their standpoints partially such that they are loyal to diplomacy and the govt’s objective to maintain relatively good relations with any nation. Grüne and Spiegel, on the other hand, stand for traditional liberal leftism, the representatives of which are wont to point out moral dilemmas and ethical predicaments in any issue at hand, also with Russia.

Deep down, Henriksson and Kivinen seem to be of the opinion that the progress of the Russian bear needs to go along its own path and course. This is characteristic of the older generation. Spiegel and Grüne believe that the troika of Demonstrations, Sanctions and Youth are the things that will propel Russia little by little in the right direction, away from unilateralism and autocracy. Participants also broach the (non-)success of Russian society as measured by demographic statistics.

Own coordinates:
Russia seems to be a country of ambivalence, an eagle with two heads. On the one hand, as heir to the weapons arsenal developed by the Soviet Union of old, it is one of the three military superpowers in the world, but in terms of its own economy it is rather a BRICS country among which it is sometimes counted. The ambivalence in relating to Russia boils down to the fact that when Russia behaves ”badly” as a superpower (by definition, superpowers ”can’t behave badly”), the punishment it receives comes as a punishment to a BRICS country, as the other options are moot.

I think that most of the things Russia interferes in are its ”internal affairs” that superpowers did not get in hot water for between 1953 (Stalin’s death) and 1991 (the Soviet Union’s fall). Moreover, the victims of Russian policies are for the most part its own citizens or citizens from neighbouring satellite Slavic and Caucasian countries. As an adult weaned on Bond movies, I think that Russia should be treated like it wants itself to be treated. Russia plays with two decks of cards, one in its left hand and the other in its right hand, which was not uncommon in those Bond movies. The West is also able to do this. Diplomacy, a spirited discussion and PR are those things that should dominate in the daytime instead of accusations. By night, espionage, sabotage and other stuff of secret-agent movies might be carried out, acts of which also steer and influence politics.

Based on my opinions, I would seat myself around the now invisible round table next to Maimo and Markku.


Studio Women With Children

Normaali

Viikko 11


 

All-female line-up

With the rubric ”Kvinnojobb” (= women’s vocations)

  • Lenita Airisto, fashion, PR and media entrepreneur; beauty-pageant winner
  • Charlotta Niemistö, postdoc researcher
  • Michaela von Wendt, CEO of Lundia, manufacturer of furniture
  • Hostess

The debate was about how women best may climb the career ladder with children on their back as a monkey.

Others’ positions:
Lenita Airisto was in favour of women dragging themselves up by their bootstraps regardless of subventions provided by society or men. In this, she got a little bit of support from von Wendt, who had solved part of the problems of her family in enlisting help with menial tasks at home. The trouble with Ms. Airisto is that she is partly the wrong person to sermonise about combining family life and work, since she has had just a husband to take care of and ”provide for”; hence, her advice was moot in that sense.

Ms. Niemistö (and the hostess) seemed to be more for big organisations continuing their work for women, bridging inequality with different measures by labour unions, employers and society. At any rate, they could not have offered anything for SME women, who’d have at the worst a company, children, the household and the finances of the family to sort out on their own. In those cases, they would have had to defer those people to Airisto.

Own Positions:
Western societies are little by little turning from patriarchies to matriarchies, or, rather into neuterarchies, where anyone’s sex or gender should not have an impact on how one takes care of one’s work and children. At the same time, traditional patriarchies (Russia, China, Islamic countries, African nations, India) take care of ”family business” so that men’s dominance over women continues. These countries also make the biggest contributions to the world population and demographics. Whatever we may do, the procreation strategies of patriarchies outrun the procreation strategies of neuterarchies.

In consequence, I’m more inclined to sit beside Airisto and von Wendt. According to my opinion, quality individuals should meet up in the population, leading to the acquiring of one child or childlessness (planned parenthood). If both make enough money, motherhood can be complemented by help at home, which is to be paid for privately. In this, the prevailing mass unemployment is beneficial. It is also affirmative if men strive to choose strong women over weak women as mothers to their children.

However, this was just a snap take, while the real debate could take a course of its own.

The image below illustrates how I would have chosen, as a quick decision, my place around the now invisible round table.

 


 

Journey to the Centre of the Hearth

Normaali

Viikko 10


 

Date: Nov 9th, 2013
Motion: THB that bad economical times bring bad politic[ian]s to power
Role: Rep. (gov.)


Dear Assemblage, Chair, House,
as the second half of the proposing side, I’d like to concentrate more on the lesser scapegrace of the present regime, the Centre Party, instead of True Finns > Blue Future. What do Centrists do wrong and why? The answers are interesting…
My speech will touch upon such things as the Principle of Struggle, a Conservative Onlooker, Facts and a Plea for Reformation. Towards the end, there will be question time.

The Principle of Struggle
When politics is being made, sides A and B fight each other viciously. Trying not to give up an inch, finally they reach a compromise somewhere down the line in the middle, leaving the issue at the compromise, the middle ground, the halfway house. What truce and armistice will follow, it will last until the issue is broached anew from some newer angle and with new champions and opponents.

Conservative Onlooker
What the Centre Party, a conservative onlooker, tried to do is to fight both A and B for the sake of their ”audacity” to renegotiate accomplished compromises. Centrists are so fixated on non-change that they basically don’t want change. When someone else tries to implement a compromise, centrists take the compromise, as they get it for free. Both A and B will look derisively on C for trying to take credit for their ”see-saw” or tug of war.

Facts
What do we know about the present situation?’

  • Centre and True Finns are current favourites in entrance and exit polls
  • Centre chairs have lately resigned after disgrace or a gauntlet-like chase
  • Rural Finland and rural communites are ruled by the Centre Party
  • If religious people do not vote for Christian Democrats, their second alternative is often the Centre Party
  • The success of the Prisma shopping-centre chain is in some cases linked up to the planning decisions that favour it in communities that are ruled by the Centre Party

Plea for Reformation
One way to affect the current situation is to do the old-fashioned thing and write to one’s Centrist congressman and demand true change and power to the people. Reformation of the powers that be would be a better option than handing power over to the opposition, for the opposition clearly have little clue as to how to rule the country in these rocky waters we are now navigating. When we need bold re-entrepreneurial spirit, redistribution of resources and lending of money, if necessary, the opposition is hell-bent for leather to just lend some more money and mete it out to anyone who is clamouring for it. The opposition should not get the credit in a bad government situation. If the government is one-eyed, the members of the opposition are downright blind. We’ll have to restore full 20/20 vision to the government.

Now it’s Question Time.
Please ask.

In my speech, I have gone through the vices and vicissitudes of the Centre Party, whereas my colleagues in the previous team of the government went through the vagaries and viciousness of True Finns, as they are the household name in national politics. Their nightmare collaboration on the horizon can and will be corrected as long as we get ourselves in the right mindset and think clearly inside the box. I hope that I made you do just that in concentrating on my main points, the four aforementioned headlines Principles of Struggle, Conservative Onlooker, Facts and Plea for Reformation. Thank you very much and let the whips finish off this national political affair.


Arvio: Löysin tämän puheen arkistosta ja ajattelin julkaista sen, koska se tuntuu sopivan nykyiseenkin poliittiseen tilanteeseen vielä vuoden verran, vaikka se kirjoitettiin vuosia aiemmin. Ansioina on tehokas väliotsikoiden käyttö ja napakka esitystapa, vaikka en joissakin kohdin ollut aivan varma siitä, mitä edes ajoin takaa. Tuo on varmaan tavallista kuin siteeraa itseään vuosien takaa…

Tämä onkin sitten viimeinen arkistoitu puhe toistaiseksi, sillä puheita on tullut täyteen iso tasaluku. On aika vetää henkeä ja palata siihen aiheeseen myöhemmin uusiutunein voimin. Puheiden julkaisemisen tarkoitus on se, että niistä jää jonkinlainen ”paper trail” väittelyn harjoittajille. Tuntuisi turhalta harjoittaa jotakin tämän tapaista toimintaa niin, että vuosien jälkeen käsissä olisi vain kasa post-it-lappuja ja ruttuisia A4:sia.