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Beatings will continue until morale improves. Or you die. Or maybe you just die.

The new right-wing goverment’s programme is out and it’s official: Kokoomus and Perussuomalaiset have not a drop of humanity in them. And RKP really doesn’t care about anything but the status of Finnish Swedish language in Finland. The fourth party in the new government is Kristillisdemokraatit and I don’t know what they want, but they look happy to be in the fuck-the-workers-and-the-poor government. And they’re supposed to be Christians.

The new government will be driving to make a permanent paradigm shift in several huge areas – cutting economic equality, social equality, labour rights, cripple the unions. Several of the planned cuts affect the same groups of vulnerable people on a level that their constitutional rights will be in jeopardy. I’m one of those people, and I’m in more than one vulnerable group. Because “economy needs to be saved”. And somehow it’s only the wage earners and the poor and sick who can do it.

The new government is actively hostile to vast majority of the nation: the wage earners, the poor, the sick, part time workers and… just in general, anyone who needs any social security benefits either temporarily or permanently to make ends meet because of almost any reason. In addition to cutting many social security and unemployment benefits and labour rights, they’re going to increase taxes on the lowest bracket to the next one (4% increase), so the cost of things like food and medicine will go up because of the tax increase… but they will lower the cost of gas to please drivers and Perussuomalaiset.

There are no planned incentives or beatings to companies to make hiring full time people attractive, or to stop tax evasion or anything else. Not even a mention that companies are the other part of “get a full time job” equation! Or to make the rich take part in “saving the economy” – instead the rich get a tax cut.

I’ve seen numbers like 90% of the people will suffer, and 10% (the richest) will benefit.

The thing is that Sipilä tried to in the same vein in 2015-2019 (Kokoomus and Perussuomalaiset was in government then too along with Keskusta. That government broke Perussuomalaiset apart.) and it was embarrasing how many of their law drafts crashed head first into the constitution, or Finlands legally binding international agreements. I’m hopeful the worst of their attempts will be crash into them again or there will be nothing left of the wellfare state/society by the time they’re done.

All the other parts of the programme suck too, such as the plans for environmental/climate change/green energy, or humanitarian immigration or work based immigration.

There is only one positive thing in their programme and that is the creation of a new single benefit that’d be easier to apply, would combine and cover several of the current benefits such as unemployement, sick leave, parent leave and others. It’d be a step towards universal basic income (UBI), and the base research for that new benefit or at least a re-haul of social security has been in the works for like a decade, with pretty much all social scientists and parties agreeing being necessary re-haul. The problem is that it’s now Kokoomus that will take the lead on it – so the new benefit will likely too much low to be actually useful and will contain control elements unlike the real UBI. Because there’s nothing Kokoomus hates like they hate people who have no money.

Jo’s Daily Questions – June 16-31, 2023
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Jo’s Daily Questions – June 16-31, 2023

Jo over at Dreamwidth put together a list of daily questions for 2023 again  😀 Here’s my answers to the rest of the June questions.

16 – Take Back the Lunch Break Day: When you’re at work (or when you worked or were still going into the office), did you fall into the habit of eating at your desk and continuing to work while eating? Did your working conditions include a proper lunch break? If you’re mostly working from home, do you still eat at your desk and continue working during your lunch?

In all the libraries I ever worked at, we had a proper 30 minute lunch break. The exception was is if I had to be alone in the shift, or had to be alone on the that floor (when the library had more several floors), because my coworker got unexpectedly ill and it was too short a warning to get someone else in but that only ever happened once. And only because it was Saturday; Saturdays were always quiet in that particular library and the library was only open 4 hours so the library director called me and asked me if I was comfortable to go it alone the four hours the library would be open; I had no problem with that. That day I did eat at the customer service desk, and did interrupt my luch if a customer need me. Luckily back then I almost always had a cold luch (think sandwich and yoghurt). That was the best library I’ve ever worked in – the amount of work per person was just right – not too much, not too little and time to breathe too, the coworkers were great, everyone did most things so things dindn’t get left undone because it wasn’t assigned to anyone like in many places, people were trusted to do their jobs but help was readily available, people were in general trusted and you were treated with respect whether you were a temp, a permant employee or in social or work rehabilitation etc.

I didn’t have my own desk in every job, because in many jobs I spent all or 90% of my time at the customer service desk or in the stacks, shelving books and other materials. If I had my own desk I often ate at my desk, but I didn’t work. Instead I’d browse internet for personal reason interests, or just news. Or read Lucky Luke comics I’d fetch from the stacks.

17 – Eat Your Vegetables Day: Do you love veggies? Do you have favourites? Do you have a favourite veggie recipe — either main meal or side dish? Will you share it?

I don’t love them. They’re a necessary evil. I prefer them raw (not cooked/steamed etc.) and each veggie served separately (ie. not in a salad or whatever) but I can eat carrot/pineapple or lettuce/cucumber/tomato salad. I also sometimes make a veggie soup but only like maybe twice a year, and less often now that my hand blender broke 1,5 years ago – I keep meaning to buy a new one but keep forgetting. Continue reading Jo’s Daily Questions – June 16-31, 2023

The Friday Five for June 16, 2023
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The Friday Five for June 16, 2023


1. Can you diagram a sentence?

I used to be able to, but not sure now. We did this a lot in school but that was in the 1980s and I haven’t done it since. I think I could if I reminded myself of all the appropriate terms.

2. What word do you always spell wrong, no matter what?

Not always, but half the time I switch “c” and “s” in “decision”. It’s the bane of my existence.

I can also mix up “z” and “s”, and whether it should be “o” or “u” or “ou”.

I’m also convinced that the word “iriscandent” exists – never mind I can’t find it in any dictionary I’ve checked online and that google, duckduckgo etc. try to insist that I mean “iridescent” actually.

3. What word always looks like it’s spelled wrong to you but isn’t?

I can’t think of one.

4. Do you have any little memory games when it comes to similar words, like principle and principal?

Nope, I don’t need to. They’re all very clearly separate words. I read somewhere that native speakers are more likely to do this mistake, and I’m not a native English speaker. I usually see a new word written first, or see it written and hear it pronounced simultaneously – so in my mind there’s always a clear delineation between similar sounding and/or looking English words right from the start. We were also taught in depth the pronunciation rules of the English language and I think that also helps with this.

5. Was grammar something you enjoyed or detested in school?

Learning my mother tongue’s (Finnish) grammar was neutral, I wouldn’t say I loved it but I didn’t mind. I thought it was necessary. But I’ve always loved reading and writing so I’m predisposed to like learning grammar. As for the English grammar… I loved it. I loved everything about learning English. I was good at both Finnish and English grammar.

Jo’s Daily Questions – June 1-15, 2023
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Jo’s Daily Questions – June 1-15, 2023

1 – June is Audiobook Month: Do you use audiobooks? If yes, do you use them exclusively, or do you also read ebooks or physical books? If you don’t use audiobooks, why not?

I use them if I can’t get it as a physical book or an ebook. I prefer physical books first, then ebooks. I don’t like audiobooks because I don’t like noise (migraine thing), and also I can’t get swept up in an audiobook like I can with reading text.

2 – Donut Day: Do you like donuts? Have you ever made your own? If/when you buy donuts, what it your go-to place — is it a major chain (Dunkin’ Donuts, Tim Hortons, Krispy Kreme, etc.), or do you have a favourite independent bakery?

They’re okay. Never made my own, only bought from grocery stores sometimes. We don’t have donut chains, some of the few big (country-wide) bakeries we have – that make most everything and sell to all the shops huge and tiny – do make some donuts too but they aren’t good and always taste kind of cheap crap IMO. Probably not what donuts are in the US. Or at least I expect donuts to be approx. million times better and tastier in the US – nothing else explains why they’re so popular there. I don’t think any independent bakeries (the ones that sell from their own little cafes and not in the grocery stores) make donuts except maybe occasionally as part of a theme. A few years ago it was a fad to bake oven donuts! You do see some recipes for donuts around baking groups, but other bakes are a lot more common and many of those have dozens of different recipes. Donuts just aren’t much of a thing here.

3 – World Bicycle Day: Do you regularly ride a bike? If yes, is it mostly for fun, or do is it your main mode of tranportation? Does your town/city have good bike infrasctructure, e.g. dedicated, safe bike paths, etc.?

I don’t bike, I don’t own one. Biking is encouraged here, and it’s a common form of transportation. I used to bike when I was a kid and young adult but when I hit 20 I stopped. I now regret it. Continue reading Jo’s Daily Questions – June 1-15, 2023

The Friday Five for 2 June 2023
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The Friday Five for 2 June 2023

Answers to this week’s question over at

1. What is your favorite meal to order in a restaurant?

Lehtipihvi (leaf steak, a steak that is about 3-5mm thick and large) with French fries.

2. What is your favorite home cooked meal?

Fried vendace and mashed potatoes, as made by my Mom and her SO. Mom fries the fish just right, and her SO makes the best mashed potatoes I’ve ever tasted.

3. What was the best meal you ever ate?

I’m not sure. It’s not the food through, it’s always the company that would make it #1.

4. Do you ever try to re-create a meal you’ve eaten that someone else cooked?

I’ve tried to re-create many of the foods and meals my Mom makes. I just can’t get them to taste the same even though I do exactly like she does. They taste good, but not the same.

5. What’s the first meal you tried cooking yourself?

No idea. I was always under hand and foot when I was a kid when Mom and Dad cooked or baked. I’d help them chop things, measure flour, sugar etc. I learned to cook and bake by watching them and helping them. I do remember that by the time we had home economics in years 8 and 9, and got the home work assignment to plan and cook a meal from scratch for the family, that I had already done that enough times that that I was an old hat at it (while some of my class mates never had cooked or done anything but eat in the kitchen if it wasn’t a home assignment and the full meal was very difficult for them while for me it was easy). Although even then I preferred baking over cooking, and did a lot of that on my own after school even when I was just like 10 or 11 years old and was alone at home.

My Mom used to say that she never knew what she’d come home to from work – nice and clean kitchen, or a little bit of flour on the floor, all baking utensil waiting to be washed and bakes cooling. I was better baker than cleaner LOL But I was never scolded for that – Mom said later when I wondered about it as an adult, that Dad and her thought it was better than I’d get used to doing stuff and using the kitchen and that in time I’d learn to clean better too; that it’s a good thing a kid learns to feel that the kitchen is theirs too! They were right – a friend of mine never baked or cooked as a kid except for home work assignments; her parents didn’t like her messing up the kitchen so she never learned except for school and never enjoys it 30+ years later. She eats mostly take out even though she likes home cooked food a lot. But she’s never gotten over the scolding and feels like she’s doing a bad thing if she messes up the kitchen even a little and no matter how well she cleans up after.