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This blog has not been forgotten, just unfortunate circumstances. With some extremely hectic last 6 month working and now the last 7 weeks with a slipped disc which effectively have kept me away from the keyboard I have spent more time out walking with the camera.
But now it is time for a proof of life. Looking back I see my last post was about Christmas in the north, so what is better than a post about the complete opposite – Midsummer celebration in the south of Sweden.

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I don’t think there is much arguing that there is a lot of problems in the world.
We have wars, corruptions, a climate crisis, a monetary system that is failing all over the world, both USA and EU takes punch after punch waiting for the final knock.
It is clear we need changes and new thinking.
I am convinced I will see a lot of big changes in my lifetime, but the changes will not come from our generation. The shift to a more sustainable world will be brought on by our children.
In a world becoming smaller and the information flowing faster they will not just sit silent. Thanks to evolution every new generation are born more intelligent than the former I can promise you they will stand up and show their parents they can do what we couldn’t.

Never the less. We can’t sit back and let our children clean up our mess, we have to give them the best possible chances to succeed.
As adults we learned that people are different, but still we force our children to be the same, do the same, think the same. They must all fit in the same square hole even if they are triangles, hexagons or round.
We need an educational change, maybe even and educational revolution.

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We finally got our longed-for summer. Sweden showing off its best side.

I never go on summer trips, I usually take some time off in May and September to travel, working throughout the summer. July and August are the best months to spend in Sweden so leaving at this time is very confusing to me.
Of course this year has been rainy, cloudy, dark and more rain, but now the summer finally arrived with sun, heat and long, bright evenings that never wants to end.
Yes I do work all day, but, with risk of sounding like someone from the cast of Grease – oh those summer nights…


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Saturday it was a new demonstration against the election fraud in Mexico, this time in Malmö, Sweden.
Somehow I have become involved with this even though I try to stay out of politics. But, I do support Mexico, democracy and fair elections.
A big difference between this manifestation and the one I attended in Denmark is that this was called up by students and thus a little more organized.

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I was close to censor myself from post this. Miss Z told me, which I already know, Mexicans are not very good taking criticism and may be offended. So I nearly trashed it.
Thinking about it I changed my mind, they are fighting for democracy and freedom of speech is big part of it. I would be pretty dumb to self censor, especially in my own blog.
If someone is offended or don’t like what they read you are welcomed to comment.

Thursday I attended a small manifestation at the Mexican embassy in Copenhagen, Denmark, against the corrupted election July 1.
This was really an exercise in patience. In a very serious subjected like this I have never experienced such a bad organized event.
People who knows me know I am not the most organized person and usually just drift around, take things as they come, but this was trying even for me.


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The last couple of month has been very busy and post updates has been limited, at best.

A few weeks ago I took a break from a busy schedule going on a long weekend in Lisbon with miss Z.
This is a beautiful city with interesting architecture strongly influenced by the moors, but at this trip the resignation was the most notable. Portugal is under pressure of the Euro crisis and it becomes very clear as a visitor.
I have tried to write this post in many different ways, but to much time has past and the feelings and impressions I had walking the empty streets are gone, so I will leave it to the walls to tell the story.


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Big Boys Gone Bananas!
Documentary filmmaker Fredrik Gertten followed a lawsuit Nicaraguan banana workers brought against Dole Food Company ending with the movie Bananas!
Then it turned bad, bad as it only can be in USA.
This is the movie about a multi-billion company’s hunt for a small Swedish filmmaker and the attempt to silence the freedom of speech

Following the controversy from the sideline, with sporadic updates weekends at my local coffee place, I have been waiting for this movie.
Even if I got to know the outcome and have heard some things throughout the years I had no idea what kind of pressure Fredrik Gertten and his staff and colleagues went through.

One of the, if not The largest fruit company in the world with billions to spend together with a battalion of lawyers and a successful PR-firm tried to scare the documentary film community to silence.

Without even have watched the movie they claimed the movie was built on a fraud and threatened with legal actions if it was ever screened.

When threats didn’t work and the film still was screened at the Sundance film festival in Los Angeles, although out of competition, Dole went on suing Fredriks company WG Film, Fredrik himself and everybody involved in making the movie.


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I used to complain about all the negative news regarding Mexico and the fact you never read about the warm, friendly people you meet everywhere you go.
But today I am happy with what I read.

I read a Swedish chronicle about how bad news are good news and it all made sense.
Suddenly it is so clear, I can’t believe I haven’t thought about it earlier.

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A week ago, January 22, around 12 000 activist in Guatemala tried set a world record in forming the longest human chain while climbing the volcano Agua.
The climbing of the 3760 meter (12336 feet) extinct volcano was only an attempt for a world record, the real cause for the event was to raise awareness of, and protest against, domestic violence.
According to official numbers over 1000 women have been killed the last two years of which nearly a third is domestic violence. The Guatemalan justice system do very little to prevent it, less than 5% of the crimes end is successful convictions and when they do the penalty rarely fits the crime.

Among the participants in ‘subida por la vida’ was the new president Otto Perez, members of the congress, artists and diplomats.
Among the foreign guest British ambassador Julie Chappell was seen.

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Unless you have been living under a rock for the last five years you know this is the year the world will end according to the Mayan calendar.
December 21, 2012 is the doomsday. Some says it is the wrong date, which is plausible, converting a centuries old calender to our modern Gregorian calender. Not that this really matters, it has been proven over and over that it is just the end of an era.
There were plenty of doomsday prophets saying the world would go under entering the new millennium even though no one actually took it serious and January 1, 2000 came and passed without world ending catastrophes.

Now, the Mayan calendar is a complex formula, even trying to explain it simple is difficult;
Tzolkin a 260 days count is combined with a Haab, vaguely a solar year 365 days . Combined these counts make a Calendar round of 52 Haabs.
Inside these round there are shorter rounds, similar to our weeks, the Trecena of 13 days and the Veintena a 20 days round.
With a mortality age well below 52 during the time the calendar was set up one specific day would only appear once in a lifetime and a certain day or event would be easy to set in time. For longer periods of time the Mayan used the Long count. And the Long count is what ends this year.
Here is a site with a pretty good attempt for an easy explanation, The Maya calendar.

calendar

So what will happen December 21? The Long count will only start over.
Well, may a dooms day believer say, wouldn’t the new count have another name and thus continue and not start over?
Maybe, but the ancient Mayans didn’t have computers and if it was me drawing up the calendar I would call it a day, “I have calculated 40 Haabs, let someone else continue.”

The Calendar round is still in use in many Mayan communities in Guatemalas highland, has anyone asked them what is going to happen? When the Mayans start hiding in caves or mass migrate then I may see a reason for concerns.

Despite scientific proofs and logical arguments we will see a bunch of cults showing their ugly faces the coming year.
We will hear that aliens are coming to bring us home, the moon will crash down on earth, Elvis Presley and Tupac will raise from their graves and sadly we will most likely see some suicide pacts. Everything a convincing speaker can fool weak and gullible people with.

With that said, 2012 is not all bad, the Mayan “dooms day” will be good for Mexico and the rest of the Mayan world. Mexico tourism board expect 52 millions visitor to the Yucatan peninsula and surroundings alone. All of Mexico usually have 22 millions visitor in a year.
I have no numbers for the rest of Central America, but I would think the whole area will have a huge increase of visitors this year.

yucatan-map

Photo: www.yucatan-revealed.com

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Personally I don’t know what to do or where to be, I have a girlfriend with family in Tabasco. Say there were some truth in this, should I have the front seat or stay as far away as possible?

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