You’ve got to start them young :)

12/27/2011

One month to go until his first birthday cake. Boy does time fly!

Odločitev

12/02/2011

No, pa smo tu. Uro pred nastopom volilnega molka. Žal mi ni uspelo sestaviti zapisa z resno primerjalno analizo strankarskih programov, ampak seznam povezav je še vedno na voljo in verjamem, da ste (ali boste) programe vsaj preleteli, če že ne podrobno prebrali. Toplo priporočam ogled posnetka današnjega soočenja na nacionalni televiziji, ki bo objavljen na portalu MMC. Ob odličnem vodenju in odsotnosti prvakov dveh strank, ki sta se kavalirsko umaknila na kabelsko televizijsko postajo z manjšim dometom, je bilo vzdušje umirjeno. Veliko je bilo povedanega prav o vsebini programov in voditelja sta znala predstaviti programske razlike med strankami. Prepričana sem, da je/bo oddaja kateremu izmed še neopredeljenih olajšala odločitev.

Sama sem se o tem, komu nameniti svoj glas, odločila že pred nekaj tedni. Zame je to svojevrsten rekord, ker se je pogosto dogajalo, da sem se dokončno odločala z volilnim listkom pred seboj. Program stranke je zame pomemben.

Ne bi mogla podpreti stranke, ki se zavzema za ukinitev trajnega sodniškega mandata. Ob razlagi, da mora politika prevzeti odgovornost za učinkovitost sodstva, se naježim.

Prav tako ne bi mogla podpreti stranke, ki si jemlje pravico urejati življenje drugim ljudem. Pri družinskem zakoniku ni dileme. Sprejeti zakonik je kompromisna rešitev. Sodeč po pogovoru z aktivisti, ki mu nasprotujejo, še njim samim ni jasno, kako zelo so sestavljavci zakonika popustili pritiskom. Naj si ga kdaj preberejo (Družinski zakonik).

Nikakor ne bi mogla podpreti stranke, ki brez slabe vesti zaostruje odnose s sosednjimi državami v imenu nabiranja političnih točk.

Projekt TEŠ 6 se mi zdi pomembno vprašanje in simptomatičen primer (pre)močnega vpliva interesnih skupin na odločanje v Državnem zboru.  Zanima me, ali bi z denarjem, ki ga Slovenija kani nameniti tej dragi “čistilni napravi”, ki naj bi ob neuporabi sicer še operativnega petega bloka termoelektrarne proizvedla minimalno več elektrike, lahko poskrbeli za boljšo toplotno izolacijo zgradb in s tem prihranili toliko, da dodatna energija ne bi bila potrebna. Vlaganje v kurjenje na slab premog se preprosto ne zdi pametna rešitev.

Ne morem dati glasu politikom, ki pomagajo spodkopati prepotrebne reforme in s tem dodatno otežijo položaj države tudi pri zadolževanju.

Zelo sem zadržana do predlogov sprememb in dopolnitev ustave. V temeljni pravni akt države ne spada vsaka podrobnost. Kar je v njej, pa je treba dosledno spoštovati. Brez izjem.

Ne morem podpreti politikov, ki načrtno rušijo ugled državnih institucij, med drugim organov pregona in sodstva. Politikov, ki lahkotno trdijo, da Slovenija ni pravna država. Kratkovidni so in lahkomiselni.

Odbijajo me politiki, ki razvoj družbe in dogajanje v njej dojemajo samo v časovni kategoriji mandatnih obdobij.

Lahko bi napisala, da podpiram vlaganja v razvoj in raziskave. V inovativnost. Da se mi zdi pomembno iskanje načinov za boljše izkoriščanje domačih potencialov. Da bi bilo treba na marsikaterem področju še poenostaviti birokracijo. Da podpiram izvedljive in proračunsko vzdržne načine pomoči  mladim pri reševanju stanovanjskega problema. Ampak tu med strankami ne bom našla večjih načelnih razlik (seveda so razlike pri predlagani izvedbi).

Sprejemam dejstvo, da nihče ni popoln. Niti človek ne, kaj šele politična stranka. (Mogoče kvečjemu kakšna mačka.) In politiki so samo ljudje. Izbrala sem stranko, katere program v veliki večini podpiram. Seveda je nisem izbrala samo zaradi njenega programa. Program je treba tudi zares uresničiti.

Stranka, ki bo tokrat dobila moj glas, ga bo dobila ne le zaradi svojega programa, ampak tudi zato, ker je v njej velik intelektualni potencial. Premore dovolj kandidatov obeh spolov s potrebnim znanjem, izkušnjami in širino duha za temeljit in daljnosežen razmislek o poti v prihodnost.

Nisem se odločala na podlagi strahu pred komer koli. V bavbave ne verjamem. Glasovala bom za opcijo, ki mi je dejansko najbližje.

Vsak glas šteje.

Volilni programi strank – povezave

V pomoč pri izbiri v nedeljo ponujam seznamček povezav do volilnih programov strank. Vanj sem vključila vse stranke, ki se za glasove volivcev na predčasnih državnozborskih volitvah potegujejo v moji volilni enoti (po vrstnem redu list v enoti) in TRS. Upam, da vam pride prav. Sobota naj bi bila deževna. Zapis z razmislekom o programih in izbiri med strankami naj bi sledil pozneje danes. Če bodo gospodič dovolili. #prioritete
  1. Naprej Slovenija – program
  2. Državljanska lista Gregorja Viranta – program
  3. Zares – socialno liberalni – program
  4. SD – socialni demokrati – program
  5. SMS Zeleni – program
  6. Slovenska demokratska stranka – SDS – program
  7. Demokratična stranka dela – predstavitev
  8. Lista Zorana Jankovića – Pozitivna Slovenija – program
  9. Slovenska nacionalna stranka – SNS – program
  10. DeSUS – demokratična stranka upokojencev – program
  11. Nova Slovenija – krščanska ljudska stranka – program
  12. Stranka enakih možnosti Slovenije (SEM-Si) – program
  13. LDS liberalna demokracija Slovenije – program
  14. SLS Radovana Žerjava – slovenska ljudska stranka – program
  15. Gibanje za Slovenijo – program

+ Stranka za trajnostni razvoj Slovenije – TRS – program

 

Foreign Aid

11/30/2011

This is how the Slovenian Democratic Party (SDS) addressed Slovene households recently. With a newspaper-like publication entitled “The Smart Solution”. It’s a solid product with content one would expect. Plus a crossword puzzle that could win you a prize as nice as a TV set or an iPad. This is not what drew my attention.

The very top of the first page features statements of support from Angela Merkel and Jyrki Katainen. As I walked past the booths set up by political parties in down-town Ljubljana today, the one draped in yellow by SDS included a TV screen from which foreign politicians were expressing their support to the party or rather to its leader Janez Janša. The party boasts foreign or – as they term it – international support on both its Slovene website and the rather impressively extensive English site.

The first time I heard of Angela Merkel’s support for Janez Janša and saw the video, I thought it was a nice gesture in support of a member of the same European political group, but nothing really substantive. The German chancellor has offered support to colleagues before that she must have regretted, namely Ivo Sanader. Interestingly, his Wikipedia page includes a photo of him with both people on whose support SDS puts so much stress. But how could she have known that he would prove an embarrassment? In any case, this is beside the point unless the point is to show that Angela Merkel’s support for a politician does not necessarily mean said politician is the right choice.

My thoughts are elsewhere. Why would or why should Slovene voters care whether foreign politicians support a candidate or a party in a national election? As I voiced my reservation on Twitter, the response offered was that it was very important for Slovenia to have good relations with Germany. This is true, of course, but I do not remember Slovenia having anything but excellent relations with the great European economy. If I start the count after WWII, naturally.

The Hungarian head of state also expressed his support for SDS. Hungary. Seriously? Note its present condition. Yes, Viktor Orban, the autocrat, supports SDS. Of course it is logical that parties under the umbrella of the European People’s Party support each other and on the one hand, I most probably naively think it is a good sign that within the European Union, political ties based on agendas and not nationality are growing stronger. On the other hand, I think it ill to rely on an assessment of a politician who watches from a distance and has most probably not spent much of her time studying your country, much less lived in it or intends to do so.

It is my contention that foreign politicians meddling with national politics would be bad news. I am not, however, saying that this is the case with Merkel et al. I sincerely doubt that any of these national politicianswould ask Slovene voters outright to cast a vote for a specific politician or party. What they understand and what Slovene voters should understand is that they are bound by their national interests. They were elected to do what is best for their respective countries. Not ours.

Seeing foreigners advise Slovenes who to vote for leaves a bad taste in my mouth. Are we really so insecure and convinced of our own irrelevance that we feel worthy only when patted on the back from abroad? Can you imagine the leading party (per polls) in any other country setting up a booth to run videos of foreign politicians supporting them? Colour me annoyed.

Vsak ima svojo luno

11/17/2011

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(foto: dr. fil, Yellowstone)

Vsak ima svojo luno

Verjetno si mislil, da je luna ena sama?

Mar ni?

Ah kje, lun je zelo veliko.

Kje pa so?

Skrivajo se. Največ se jih tišči blizu skupaj, tako da se zdi, kot da je tam samo ena. Druge so se poskrile globoko v vesolje, ker jih že dolgo nihče ni poklical.

Zakaj je toliko lun?

Vsak od nas ima svojo. In ko hoče zvečer zaspati, se ozre v nebo. Pomaha mu prav njegova luna. Vidiš?

Je tisto moja luna?

Tvoja je tista, ki jo vidiš ti.

Kaj pa ti?

Moja luna je dlje v vesolju. Ampak ko pogledam v nebo, se zelo potrudi in močno zasveti. Reče mi lahko noč.

Poglej, moja luna mi je pomežiknila!

Kaj res?

Ja, rekla mi je lahko noč!

Lahko noč, sinko.

Braving the Wind

11/13/2011

Miramare, Italy

Nov… Mrhovinarstvo

10/21/2011


(26. 10.  2011: Priznati moram, da sem danes cenzurirala lastno kletvico. Redko preklinjam in tisti prvi naval besa me je minil. Še vedno mislim enako, le izrazila bi se danes drugače.)

Včeraj zvečer se na Twitterju nisem lepo obnašala. Ves dan sem se načrtno izogibala spletnim mestom, na katerih sem pričakovala objavljene fotografije umorjenega človeka, na koncu pa je tik pred spanjem vame iz zasede skočila z MMC-ja. Zaklela sem. Odziv je bil zelo mešan. Nekateri se strinjajo, da je zadeva neokusna, drugi neprizadeto trdijo, da gre “samo za kadaver”, spet nekdo tretji se je obregnil le ob mojo kletvico. Zjutraj me je razveselil še Dnevnik, ki je fotografijo na prvi strani objavil kar v triplikatu. Da bo bolj prijelo. Ok, če smo natančni, je objavil fotografijo izložbe, v kateri trije televizorji prikazujejo umorjenega človeka.

Pogled na mrtvega človeka ni prijeten. Na umorjenega še manj. Z dejstvom, da fotografijo ta hip lahko vidi vsak otrok, se na tem mestu ne bom ubadala. Ker me v resnici muči krvoželjnost ljudstva, ki mu prodajno usmerjeni uredniki servirajo odsekane glave. Ne ubijaj! Se je kdo spomnil na to malenkost? Ne ubijaj nikogar. Človeška družba potrebuje celo večnost, da prileze do neke stopnje, ki ji samovšečno rečemo civilizacija, zelo hitro pa zdrsne proti svojim živalskim koreninam. Maščevanje, kri za kri, naj pravica meč zavihti! Natanko to me je globoko prizadelo v času vojne v Bosni. Kako hitro pozabimo svoje domnevne civilizacijske vrednote. Kar bliska se.

Ljudi se ne (bi smelo) mori(ti). Tudi padlih samodržcev ne. Sodi se jim. In če jih brez sodnega postopka usmrti kdo drug, potem pa še v žaru zmage vlači naokrog kot kos mesa, se ne (bi smelo) naslaja(ti) nad njimi, ampak storilce obsodi za njihovo dejanje. To so ljudje, ki bodo zamenjali krutega diktatorja. Spodbudno. Zmaga, res.

Nespoštovani mediji, ponudili ste brezplačni razstavni prostor eksekutorjem, katerih dejanje bi morali obsoditi. Lepo vas prosim, da naslednjič, ko začutite močno potrebo po prikazovanju takih grozovitosti, bralce/gledalce opozorite, da sledi želodec obračajoč material. Tako bomo lahko izbirali, ali bomo zadevo pogledali ali ne. Veste, nekateri še nismo popolnoma otopeli.

Slur-happy Prime Minister Hopeful Blocks Citizens on Twitter

10/08/2011

Raven (photo by dr. fil)

So, Janez Janša, the man considered most likely to form Slovenia’s next government, took the time to block me on Twitter. Along with more than a dozen other people, some of them journalists. Although I fail to see why he felt this was called for, I suppose I should feel flattered. The party he leads, the SDS, is employing the same policy and is blocking Twitter users as well. Me, for example. If their social media use tips came from the same people as Rick Perry‘s, they would be well advised to ask for an update on good Twitter Policy.

Less than two months to go until the early elections in Slovenia and it shows. This time around, with left-wing voters disappointed with the soon-to-be-former government yet not ready to live through another reign of the coalition which preceded it, and right-wingers feeling victorious before election day, flux is the word of the day.

As is usually the case in this country, any and I do mean any public debate soon turns into a cockfight over who contributed most to Slovenia’s independence and, without fail, whose ancestors fought on which side in WW2. Sad, really. Family ties to famous or infamous people – depending on one’s point of view – are quickly used in lieu of arguments. Remember, this is a nation of two million. Everyone is related or connected in some way if you look hard enough.

Dismissive is the new black

The level of debate is non-existent. I wanted to say appalling, but there really is no debate. Sure, we have lots of people talking, but not to each other. It is far too easy to gain political points by labelling adversaries with insulting abbreviations and nick names, repeating lies until they seem so familiar that they ring true and, surprisingly enough, by showing flagrant disrespect for all institutions, even the Constitutional Court.

The strongest opposition party, the SDS has been campaigning for the last three years, ever since having lost the previous elections. A result which they have been painting as questionable ever since. The party leader is rather slur-happy and his faithful party members and his associates have masted the art of disqualification. The party leader and his supporters, for example, have no problem calling the previous ruling coalition the KGB, an acronym for the first names of the coalition members’ leaders, while crying bloody murder if any similarly distasteful remark is directed at them.

Block

As I mentioned, Janez Janša blocked a number of profiles on Twitter, including mine. While I am sure that it is easier and more heart-warming to read only those questions and comments that flatter the undoubtedly important Slovene politician, a wise man considers critical thought and does not build fences to prevent the thoughts of those who do not march to his drum from coming to his attention.

I hope SDS wins the elections

Now for the twist in this story. I actually hope the SDS led by Janez Janša wins these elections. They have been working hard for three years to have them happen. Which does not mean they are responsible for the dissolution of the coalition, of course. Anyhow, for three years, these people have spared no insult, no insinuation, have not missed any opportunity to question the credibility and even legitimacy of the team that governed Slovenia during the worst period of the world economic crisis. It is time for them to show they can do better.

It is time that SDS took over and showed its expertise not only in talking, but in doing. Structural reforms are difficult to carry out in the best of times, let alone during a long period of hardship. It was greatly due to SDS campaigning that the three structural reforms proposed by the Government and adopted by the Parliament fell at referendums. So much for parliamentary democracy.

It is time they took responsibility, formed structural reforms of their own and convinced the people not to turn down laws that will inevitably make them work for their pensions longer, for example, at a referendum. Good luck there. Unless they change the referendum legislation first. How could they? The will of the people comes first.

I am slightly concerned that the man who hopes to bring Slovenia out of the economic crisis and make it as prosperous as the country and its people deserve, has sufficient time on his hands to invest his energy into choosing the citizens to block on Twitter.

Ah, but I forget. No promises are being made. Voters are promised nothing more than a change in leadership. All the rest will follow gradually and economic recovery is only forecast to become apparent toward the end of the new government’s reign. A time frame that roughly coincides with the estimate of economists for the world’s economic recovery, but surely, this must be sheer coincidence.

I hope that the only Slovene party and the only Slovene politician to my knowledge who have made it a policy to block users, including journalists, on Twitter, will be able to show a tad more openness if they form the next government. A country run by bigots would be no fun to live in.

Blogsy (blogging Yellowstone pics on iPad)

10/04/2011

Yellowstone geyser

(all photos in this post were taken in Yellowstone, photo (c) dr. fil)

Testing Blogsy.

  • Just giving it a test run, really.
  • Had to turn on location services in order for photo upload to work.
  • Most issues are addressed in the in-built help section.
  • This thing needs an undo button.

(more…)

Make love, not war

09/19/2011

photo by dr. fil

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