One reason why Dagbladet is a better newspaper online than in print: reporters like Astrid Meland.
I don't know why Klassekampen is posting an article about the virtues of a free book market, but if criticizing "capitalist" monopolies and regulations is the left's way of saying they're for individual liberty, I'm all for it. (Via Tor Andre's article filter.)
"As a political party, the Socialist Left feels particularly responsible that noone should be offended by anything we publish." So now we know where to complain, all of us who are offended by socialism.
New post in Dagbladet's blog, about the anti-climax of NRK Brennpunkt's much hyped documentary about cooperation between the unions and leftist parties, and how the real problem is an overlooked conflict of interest, not the nature of their relationship a such.
Election panel part 5: Are weak government coalitions a problem, and what will a red foreign policy be like?
In a follow-up to her classic Krekar lift stunt a year ago, Shabana Rehman kissed Norway's Minister of Culture and mooned an audience this weekend, as the demonstrative part of a speech about freedom of expression and integration problems. Then last night somebody fired shots at her sister's restaurant, further demonstrating those same issues. For reactions from Norwegian Pakistanis, go here. .. Update: And a reaction from professor Unni Wikan, demonstrating the right to be an idiot.
Norwegian media quoted Edward Luttwak recently as having said in Narvik that "Islam is the enemy" - a disturbing view, coming from a security and foreign policy advisor in Washington. Except he doesn't believe that, as Jan Arild Snoen reports.
New week, new round in Bloggblogg's election panel, today about the Progress Party and immigration.
"And the Socialist Left has fallen 0.7 percentage point after their attacks on Dagfinn Høybråten." - Stein Aabø, reading tea leaves within the margin of error. Read Jan Haugland for more reliable poll analysis.
Did you know there's a connection between the Japanese puzzle game Sudoku and evil Muslims who are invading Europe and stealing our women? Neither did I. Read the post and the first comment. (For context, see this post, and comments #59 and onwards.)
Part 3 of this week's election panel at Bloggblogg, about the importance (or not) of voting.
If you want help exploring the long tail of music, try Last.fm. It uses a media player plugin to create a profile of your taste in music, and then makes recommendations of new artists, and even creates a streaming radio station that only plays music you're likely to enjoy. Profiles are public - here's mine, based on just about everything I've listened to since April.
New blog, dedicated to the election.
Part 2 of Bloggblogg's election panel.
Finally some election coverage worth reading: Dagbladet fact checks the politicians.
Samtiden has a blog experiment with media criticism, where Jan Arild Snoen investigates Norwegian media coverage of the US. (I believe we've arrived at a point where it would be more bandwidth efficient to just list the Norwegian newspapers and magazines that aren't blogging.) .. Update: And VG has a blog for party leaders.
There's something about the classification system for hadith that appeals to me as a geek.
Hjorthen has an election panel thing going on at Bloggblogg, with me and 10 other people. Here's the first post, about early "winners" and "losers", where my contribution seems to be cynicism.
Aftenposten joins the club, launches a blog written by members of Norwegian think tanks: LibLab, Manifest and Civita, who also have a new blog of their own.
Yikes. Lars-Toralf Storstrand, the former Dagen writer, has a blog. I find it appropriate that the same fanatic who filled my head with Satanic rock conspiracy theories when I was a kid today champions the cause of destroying Mecca and Medina. (And believe it or not, that Jack Chick comic is an accurate reflection of Storstrand's writings ca 1990.)
Herman Willis in Dagbladet on how to placate terrorists: "Ok, fine, as a start we'll stone 200 gays to death tomorrow, and then we'll ban all women from driving cars. This will be interpreted as a friendly gesture, a sign of our good intentions."
I'm unlikely to write more about You-Know-What for a long time - the debates are too godawful depressing - but Trond Bakkevig's article about Religious interpretation and terrorism is worth reading.
New post in Dagbladet's blog: Voting is not a duty. Basically what I wrote two years ago. Norway's parliamentary elections will be held next month. I explained how I intend to vote a few months ago, and I don't expect that to change.
Mandag Morgen has launched a blog.
Today is as good a time as any for an Orwell reminder: "To admit that an opponent might be both honest and intelligent is felt to be intolerable. It is more immediately satisfying to shout that he is a fool or a scoundrel, or both, than to find out what he is really like."
Dag Herbjørnsrud has taken over as editor of Ny Tid, a leftist weekly. Should be worth following - he's one of those annoying people who think for themselves.