Wednesday: April 22, 2015 – What’s with that?

Ah, the days of listening to FM radio as I cruised the highways and byways. Will that be ending soon? Will Norway set a trend?  By 2017, Norway will see the end to FM radio.  By then, music and news will all be digital.

“Radio digitisation will open the door to a far greater range of radio channels, benefiting listeners across the country. Listeners will have access to more diverse and pluralistic radio-content, and enjoy better sound quality and new functionality. Digitisation will also greatly improve the emergency preparedness system, facilitate increased competition and offer new opportunities for innovation and development,” says Minister of Culture Thorhild Widvey

And who would have thought that Norwegians were so godless?

Europe is known for its pluralistic views, especially in countries like France where the Roman Catholic Church ran into the Enlightenment at the end of the 18th century. The Church of Norway was the official state church until 2012 when the constitution of the country was amended. The percentage of Norwegians who attend church on a weekly basis is below 2 percent, according Statistics Norway.

That about does it for me.

This is our Open Thread. Now it is your turn to Speak Up!  It’s silly of me to say such a thing because no one that comments here has difficulty speaking up.


20 thoughts on “Wednesday: April 22, 2015 – What’s with that?

  1. The first link in the OP is incorrect. I found it OK though.

    The End Of FM Radio Is Coming For Norway’s Radio Stations In 2017

    Norway is simply doing the same thing US television stations did a few years back. You’ll still need line-of-sight to receive the broadcast, as the transmission frequency will be the same. I never got much use of an FM radio in the car, because it’s too hilly in North Alabama and Southern Tennessee. FM quality sound with a strong signal is most likely superior to digital, if too much compression is used.

      • Again I ask: Why is the earth depicted with the North Pole being the top?
        There is no top or bottom or up or down in the galaxy.

        • I always wonder why in Sci-Fi shows or movies, the alien ships are always approaching Earth on the same elliptical plane as the whole solar system, rather than perpendicular to it from “above” or “below”. In Star Trek, there was a Borg ship entering the solar system out by Neptune, and then needing several more minutes before it reached Earth. Why the fuck don’t they just go “up” and then “over” to directly on “top” (or “bottom”) of our planet. The aliens in “Independence Day” could probably have caught everyone off guard if they approached Earth directly over Antarctica.

          There’s a great West Wing episode about this. I think it’s the “Big Block of Cheese Day” episode, where all kinds of weirdos get their time with the WH staff. One group wanted to depict Earth on maps in correct proportion to the continents’ sizes, and to show it “upside down.”

  2. Scandinavia definitely still remains the most “civilized” corner of human existence. A co-worker (an Okie) once explained to me (a Swede) why Scandinavians in general don’t like war and spend very little time or money on military crapola, also why they’re egalitarian and have no problem using socialism to spread the wealth around, to see to it that all their people are treated fairly. “The Vikings were real men,” he said, “and they sailed all around the North Sea and then all the way to North America — and they kicked ass wherever they landed. The reason Scandies are so peaceful nowadays is that the Vikings took all the real men with them,” he said, “and left the limp-wristed 4-F’s behind with the women. The rest is history.” He was probably right, actually. 🙂

    In any case, if there happens to be an afterlife and I’m reunited with my forebears, I’m going to give those who emigrated to Amurkkka from Sweden a real ass chewing!

    • I would take a job there just so I could piss in Ted Cruz’s food.
      Then I’d quit.

    • Wait a minute:
      My employer, Compass Group, is renewing its contract with the US government today – but none of the senators or government officials to whom we serve food asked me or my co-workers whether this multinational corporation, headquartered in the United Kingdom, is treating American workers right.

      Our Congress and their staffs are being fed by a foreign corporation? I wonder how long that’s been going on? It’s the height of hypocrisy to talk about creating jobs in America while being fed by a company from overseas.

  3. Thom Hartmann was talking earlier about Reagan, and how the surgery when he was shot might have accelerated the onset of his Alzheimer’s Disease. The same thing happened to my dad when he broke his hip, so I have seen it happen firsthand. Also, could it be possible that Nancy Reagan’s reliance on Astrology was a convenient excuse for sudden changes in his schedule when his condition became acute? I knew about both, but never connected them until that thought came to me today.

  4. Liz ain’t happy with Barry’s classified giveaway to the oligarchs. See Rachel’s show about the 40 minute mark.

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