Written on the 12th of September.
Yesterday I released a new song on YouTube dedicated to the victims of Hurricanes Irma & Harvey + the earthquake in Mexico. A few days prior a follower on Instagram asked me if I could shred some metal for my fans in the affected areas in the U.S.A. but I decided to write something on the acoustic instead since I’m currently in “shoulder rehab.” I’ve just started doing strengthening exercises as I’m recovering from my shoulder injury. I thought it was really exciting to publish this video in particular as it is my first “charity-video,” it feels really good to help out by trying to raise money for those affected! 🙂 It’s cool to help!
The same can be said of voting! As I wrote about in my “Voting For The First Time!” entry I decided to partake in our parliamentary democracy this year and it felt really cool to get down to London and cast my vote! I read quite a lot of material to prepare so that I would know what to align myself with and how Norway is really doing. For example, how many Norwegians in their 20’s have read our constitution? It is also impressive to figure out what political parties have to know as every single aspect of your nation’s economy for example has to be addressed in the programs of your various political parties. The conclusions I reached when reading through everything from taxation, to health-care, education, infrastructure, immigration and industry can be read here: An Insight Into The State of A European Nation – Election in Norway/Valg i Norge 2017.
It was exciting to follow the democratic process yesterday night and to see how well documented our voting patterns are from counties to towns and even city parts. The breakdown was really fascinating. It was also good to see that not even the wife of the president of the Worker’s Party was allowed to vote without an I.D. The election results were also in favour of the conservatives so as a patriot this made me happy to see of course 😉 May Norway Inc. prosper and benefit the Norwegian people!
I now intend to go through a long list of petitions to sign, there are those of course who would roll their eyes at this, as cynics might see this activity as pointless. It isn’t always. If a petition catches fire it might receive national attention and end up on the table of those with executive power. As I’ve said before: we can vote, sign petitions, raise awareness and then there is protesting or marching in the streets. The latter is trickier in our society, because if you want to walk in an Anti-Terrorism march you might get assaulted by far-left ideologues who apparently seem to think that an Anti-Islamist march is a cover-up for white-supremacist activity. There are people who have been badly damaged out there for simply protesting the removal of statues, so even though it would be the right thing – to get away from the keyboard – and march against Islamic terrorism, it would not be a risk-free activity I’m afraid.
These are the things we can do as civilian citizens in a western society. We can elect our representatives and keep an eye on whether those in power are acting in our interests or not and we can voice our dissent and share information with others if we feel that our people are wronged. We can donate money and goods to those that are in need or roll up our sleeves and get active locally.
The infamous Tampon Tax in England that I’ve mentioned before. This is a fabulous example of over-taxation and as it is mentioned below – a tax that cannot be buried until after Brexit – which I’ve also written about before. Mad. Please sign the petitions as only supermarkets have the authority to re-organise their prices to combat the tax.
“For the last three years the team here at Change.org has watched Laura build a powerful movement that has battled tirelessly against the tampon tax.
To begin with, people said that it couldn’t happen. But last year we saw the Chancellor George Osborne announce that the Government would finally produce a plan to axe the tax- – thanks to Laura’s 360,000 strong petition.
Brexit negotiations mean the Government can’t enact their plans until 2019, which is why Laura thinks it is so important supermarkets step in to bridge the gap.People power is working to make the tampon tax a thing of the past. Will you join Laura in the latest stage of her campaign by calling on supermarkets, Sainsbury’s and Asda, to support the fight against the Tampon Tax?”
Those are just some examples, I even published a long entry I later deleted when I was under a lot of stress back in 2015: https://thecommanderinchief.blog/2015/06/15/i-have-a-tiny-problem-dont-we-all-read-my-confession/ So what these guys over at Rebel Media experienced is basically everyday occurrences in the awkward business that is show biz: The Rebel Media Blackmailed by previous co-workers. This might prove an interesting read to those pursuing the life of an artist: https://thecommanderinchief.blog/2016/12/22/show-biz-literature/
This is a petition I signed a while back about mental heath in UK schools, it seems pretty innocent enough – until you get to the very bottom – where the author is writing about how the government has to flood the NHS with spending. I don’t think that caught my attention previously, because it does seem quite strange that you would demand something like that as something else will have to lose priority if the “NHS should be flooded.” The idea of including education about mental health in our schools seem ok – as long as people don’t start believing that they are ill when they are actually not – I still support this petition, but not the idealist idea preached in the bottom half as I don’t think it is likely to happen, it would have been nice as well if the author of the initiative could have addressed what ought to be marginalised in order to further enrich our public healthcare. (Our public healthcare that I actually ditched by the way, since I couldn’t bother to stand in a queue anymore waiting for help….)
I’ve signed some Greenpeace petitions both in the past and also now as I’ve put together this entry. Yet I have to admit that their behaviour can certainly be “interesting” at times when you look at this email I received. This gives people an insight into how “public outrage” can easily be “manufactured” and organised. The link took me straight to a specific FB post on BP’s page and this was full of dissenting comments – the other entries I’ve seen on their page have little interaction. So if you or your company ever experience the “angry mob” then keep in mind that it can on certain occasions be “bots” or it can be an organised effort initiated by an organisation with a vast online network, rather than the conscious reactions of individuals acting impulsively on their own.