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Feb. 17th, 2015

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From:clevortrevor
Date:February 17th, 2015 07:00 pm (UTC)
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wait a minute... I missed something somewhere along the way. Why are you learning Finnish?
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From:tatjna
Date:February 17th, 2015 07:18 pm (UTC)
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Couple of reasons - I've never learned another language before and I wanted to learn one that was unlike English but had the same alphabet; Finland is one of the few countries with better social outcomes than New Zealand and is thus my escape plan*; Brother Finland from Scandinavia and the World is my favourite character; and every Finn I've met (not many really) has been well educated, talented, and has their shit together.
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From:clevortrevor
Date:February 17th, 2015 07:29 pm (UTC)
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this is a solid plan! My dad tried to get us kids to learn Norwegian when we were little. It was pretty halfhearted, and I don't remember anything other than "where is the cat?" which really seemed like the most important phrase at the time. Still, I've always wished I'd learned it. (Sure, I could learn it now, but inertia is a powerful force.)
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From:tatjna
Date:February 17th, 2015 07:21 pm (UTC)
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Haha and here's the asterisk:

* New Zealand's Opposition party has had an internal meltdown which renders is almost impotent, even with the support of the third party (we have MMP). This leaves the current government, which is neoconservative and being revealed as increasingly corrupt, as the only party that's got a chance in the next election.

I'm not sure I can stand to continue watching what they are doing to our country.
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From:clevortrevor
Date:February 17th, 2015 07:32 pm (UTC)
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I gotcha! I've read little bits and pieces about what's going on there, but it seems like my very liberal friends have all left NZ, and the only ones still living there are very conservative. I'm never sure how to take their occasional vaguely-political facebook posts.
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From:tatjna
Date:February 17th, 2015 07:35 pm (UTC)
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It's not true that there are only conservative folks left, but it does seem we have a large population of centre-right leaning people, and they are the ones that watch the news and read the paper and let this influence their vote.

Additionally our PM is a charismatic sociopath who seems to be able to smile and reassure people that everything's ok and they believe him - this despite him having been known as the Smiling Assassin when he was head forex trader for Merrill Lynch. Ew.

It's also true that populations tend to vote conservative in hard times, which just goes to show that humans as a group are pretty stupid. I hear Finland's going downhill too, but not as fast as everywhere else.
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