Eastern Europe

This is the Lithuanian Eurovision song from this year. It’s awesome. It’s also remarkably smart and it makes me feel ashamed of myself and my country. Check out the lyrics:

You’ve seen it all before
We ain’t got no taste we’re all a bore
But you should give us chance
Cause we’re just victims of circumstance
We’ve had it pretty tough
But that’s ok, we like it rough
We’ll settle the score
We survived the reds and 2 world wars

Get up and dance to our Eastern European kinda…
Get up and dance to our Eastern European kinda…
Get up and dance to our Eastern European kind of funk!

Yes Sir, we are legal we are, though we are not as legal as you
No Sir we’re not equal no, though we are both from the EU
We build your homes and wash your dishes,
Keep your hands all soft and clean
But one of these days you’ll realize Eastern Europe is in your genes

Get up and dance to our Eastern European kinda
Get up and dance to our Eastern European kinda
Get up and dance to our Eastern European kind of funk

(emphasis mine)

Every year we here in Western Europe go on about how the Eastern European countries send crap songs to Eurovision and then only ever vote for each other and how they are spread out all over Europe as migrants and that they’re ruining Eurovision. It’s disgusting and it needs to stop. They tend to vote for each other for the same reason we tend to vote for each other (the Scandinavian countries are the worst!): because they like the music! Their music tends to not appeal to us and our music tends to not appeal to them. It’s as simple as that.

Also, I need to stop talking about us and them. We’re all just people and we have as much right as everyone else to enjoy our music, feel sympathetic toward the people/nations closest to our own and not be prejudiced against just because of where we come from.

I work at a nursing home and my coworkers come from all over the world: China, Japan, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Spain, Canada, Brazil, Lithuania, Poland, etc. They are all wonderful people! They work hard, they are funny, they are kind and they are just as awesome as the Icelanders I work with. I’ve always been very positive toward migration and immigrants, but after working there I have learned that even I am and have been incredibly prejudiced and I’m working on that. It really hit me especially one day when I heard that one of the girls from Lithuania had been crying because she’d had a difficult phone call from home. It made me think that I’m moving to England in the fall and it’s going to be difficult. It’s not different for her or other migrants and we need to show them more consideration.

Eastern Europeans are not our slaves, they are no more criminally inclined than anyone else and they are not here to steal our jobs or live off our welfare system. They are just people searching for a better life and they are welcome to do so as far as I am concerned. I’m proud to work by their side.


A day in the life

I haven’t been very productive today. Not as much as I would have liked anyway. I’ve been fairly active however. My roommate (and best friend) Helga and I walked down town, had some sushi and then spent a few hours at a café (Hressó). We meant to get lots of studying done, but instead we simply refreshed Tumblr, LiveJournal, Facebook and Twitter instead. I did finish and e-mail an essay though, so it wasn’t all lost.

On the way back from the café we bought some bread and went to the Pond to feed the ducks and swans. The geese didn’t seem to be interested. :)

A goose in a funny position

A goose sleeping on a patch of ice

I took a video while we fed the birds. They were very aggressive, obviously hungry little bastards. :) They kept fighting each other and a few even ate the bread right out of our hands. It was so much fun. After our bread was finished some guys started feeding them and the birds rushed over to them. I took another video of that.

NOM? Not so much

The National Organization for Marriage put together an advert called Gathering Storm. I’m sure this hasn’t managed to pass anyone’s notice. In case it has, here it is.


Fortunately the there has been a great deal of negative reaction to this video and many parodies made. Just look it up on YouTube, you’ll find a lot.

Recently they made another video. This time using children to push their bigoted agenda. Apparently children are confused as to how someone could have two daddies.
While these videos are to most of us somewhat funny and ridiculous, they are also in my opinion disgusting and harmful. So by all means spread the word and do not be shy to speak against their nonsense.

Like PZ Myers said: Oh, and for any kids who are actually confused, here’s how to tell who your parents are. They’re the people who love you and take care of you and worry about you all the time. That’s all that is important. Their anatomy? Not so important.

That’s the bottom line.