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  1. whitenoise

    FINLAND, THE NEXT HUNDRED YEARS

    It's not that loud. I just couldn't come up with an intelligent reply to @suomi usa's post regarding the strike. I'm pretty sure it's quieter here than in the inner city of Helsinki where they have more street traffic and emergency vehicles. By far most of the country's land area is forests where nobody lives. Tranquil for sure. But isn't the old wooden roller coaster still something? Maybe not scary fast for today's kids, but as far as I know there aren't many roller coasters in the world anymore with a brakeman standing in the back of the train and controlling its speed. You can always ask them to brake less...
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    FINLAND, THE NEXT HUNDRED YEARS

    I was on vacation when Trump and Putin visited Finland last summer and watching on my balcony when they brought their own toys to the playground. Americans brought their stuff with multiple C-5s (I was looking forward to see a C-17 too, but no). However, my "favourite" was Russian Air Force's Il-76. I saw two Il-76s within around 15 minutes. My ears still hurt. The C-5s were much quieter. It's a Friday night, so good time to watch some train videos. Sleeping in silence must be hard if you live near tracks, indeed. Trains somewhere in New York: Somewhere in Finland in comparison: The last legal restrictions on opening hours were removed a few years ago and now shops can be open freely. Most grocery stores are open on all holidays. I don't if they were open on Christmas Day, but on Second Christmas Day for sure. Should be open through Midsummer, too. Shops are not allowed to sell alcohol after 9pm on any day. That's a bit funny restriction still there.
  3. whitenoise

    FINLAND, THE NEXT HUNDRED YEARS

    @suomi usa It will be quiet as hell. Fortunately, only two hours in the afternoon. Otherwise, I don't know how I could get sleep. Are shops widely open on the US national holidays?
  4. whitenoise

    Poepmonsters Pub

    Add a snow load on trees and wires to that! I hope this doesn't sound too bad, but those power distribution networks look adorably antiquated for such a developed country that the USA is. Wasn't there also a mysterious blue light flashing over NYC last week?
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    Poepmonsters Pub

    ^This made me thinking that we'd probably have millions of households without power every year if power lines were hanging in the air like this in urban/suburban areas:
  6. whitenoise

    FINLAND, THE NEXT HUNDRED YEARS

    Ok, half Finnish. So, we can't be blamed alone for ruining good old raising methods. Italians get paid two-week honeymoons. From my Nordic perspective, it sounds so... Italian. Please, don't say that you Dutchies have it, too. Our success in Olympic sports has been so weak that I think people would return to work in worse mood than without a vacation. On top of my mind, the National Day for Failure and the National Envy Day should be national holidays. @suomi usa Which are the national holidays in the USA? And which new ones should be there in your opinion?
  7. whitenoise

    FINLAND, THE NEXT HUNDRED YEARS

    If I remember correctly, the man who designed Coca-Cola Santa was a Finnish descendant. I can imagine that our traditional Yule Buck who punishes naughty kids rather than rewards of good behaviour wouldn't be as viable commercially As for that children's program, if I remember correctly, hardly anyone was interested in the context itself. It wasn't aired at the time, but only resided deep in the YLE's streaming service and its view count was low. Then someone tweeted that it's disrespectful towards the native Americans and YLE readily removed the series from their service. Kids didn't mind, the makers didn't mind, but out of nowhere some adult fans appeared (who probably didn't know the series existed) blaming YLE for politically correctness and whatnot. 24th isn't an office day (that is, it's Saturday-like). We have the Second Easter Day but not the Second Pentecost Day (didn't know this exists in some countries).
  8. whitenoise

    FINLAND, THE NEXT HUNDRED YEARS

    On the other hand, there is always resentment here if our things that are considered someway holy are shaken a bit, even if those people behind are other Finns. ... and he is called Yule Buck.
  9. whitenoise

    Poepmonsters Pub

    It's Midsummer soon! I wish though we would have less snow on the ground in Midsummer than now.
  10. whitenoise

    FINLAND, THE NEXT HUNDRED YEARS

    I bet you, as a Karelian, don't recognize yourself from those cartoons as much as I do as a Newlander. Don't they need sunlight?
  11. whitenoise

    FINLAND, THE NEXT HUNDRED YEARS

    @suomi usa I guess it's safer to say something like: "Mr. Putin said it's not Russia. I don't see any reason why it would be." in Helsinki far away from Washington.
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    FINLAND, THE NEXT HUNDRED YEARS

    @suomi usa It's been one of the major shocks for Americans in Finland for decades, I guess Good that the NYT noticed it eventually. Here you can check how much Tuomas has earned, or our president, for example: https://verokone.hs.fi/ Please note these data show only the direct taxable income in Finland (no assets invested in companies, no assets in other countries etc.). Secondly, the figures can't be meaningfully compared with other countries because employer costs are very different between countries (things like for which fees you are responsible yourself and for which fees your employer directly).
  13. whitenoise

    Sports

    You know Hunebedbouwer, it's always so cold up here that we can play hockey only on ice, even indoors. For example, the floor of Hartwall Arena is often frozen despite of the roof and the walls. Please send Max my congrats!
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    Northward

    @hunebedbouwer Yes, I can.
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    Poepmonsters Pub

    After warm summer, I wouldn't be surprised if there will be cold winter.