Oh, and about the weird headwear…

… I’m a leader in a local group of YMCA. We had a pirate-themed club night tonight.

The Old Town
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VHlYdNifIw0

Sheldon & Leonard
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Jz6746Qp54

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23. marts 2011 – The Old Town

DISCLAIMER: I do not possess any rights concerning the music. Nor am I making any money on this. This is purely a hobby and reproducing good memories. Just sayin’.

My mother came over for my birthday – and among other things, we went to The Old Town here in Aarhus. I had forgotten my digital camera at home, so I used my phone, which is only able to film a few seconds at a time. Furthermore, my phone was running low on power, so I wasn’t able to get as much footage as I’d like. But here’s the result!

Anti-frizz and anti-flu, anyone?

Recorded and published on Saturday, March 19th.

I still have the sniffles (and hair with frizzy tend-… Alright, extremely frizzy hair), but am planning to attend class tomorrow. It’s extremely good to be able to do a comeback in a week with only half the days of classes!

The Greatest Commandmend in the Law

The Gospel according to St Matthew, chapter 22, verses 34 through 40 ——

—— first according to King James Version:

But when the Pharisees had heard that he had put the Sadducees to silence, they were gathered together. Then one of them, which was a lawyer, asked him a question, tempting him, and saying, Master, which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

—— then to the New International Version:

The Greatest Commandment
Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together. One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question:

“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: ” ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

(for the People of the Book out there who aren’t Christian: this is repetition of what is the Old Testament of the Bible — the Old Testament contains the very scriptures which we have in common.)

What I have learned from going to church is that the love you need for your neighbor isn’t necessarily the love you feel for your significant other. The love you need for your neighbor is more of a respectfulness.
Either way, bullying someone else because of sexuality doesn’t seem very loving or respectful to me. Especially if it ends with a suicide.

Love = respect.
Bullying = disrespect.

A hilarious video – and a teaser…

While researching YouTube for an upcoming Music Monday (which is due on the 28th of June – a week and a half from now), I found this video:

If you’re curious or just guessing, yes, the blogpost I’m doing for the 28th has something to do with classical music – but that’s just half of it. The other half is more hiphop/R’n’B-esque. Seemingly weird to you? Well, you’ll just have to wait and see!

Loosely on the US Healthcare Reform

Possibly part one of many.

Today is the day of Obama’s Healthcare reform. I’m celebrating this, hoping it will be passed, by looking back on an old blog post from my days at Blogger.com.

I was reacting to a video by The Resident:

– and was writing on the wellfare state model we have over here (the universal wellfare state model), also mentioning the healthcare:

[…]

We also have free healthcare; visits at the doctor and the hospitals are for free.

[…]

Imagine having all of this as a US citizen. The security it is to have. Yes, [citizens/residents of Denmark] pay a shitload in taxes (approximately 35 – 60 %, all depending on your income) – but we don’t have to worry about spending money on healthcare and tuition fees. And if you wonder about how little things cost in Denmark if we can afford living with such taxes: Our minimum wage is just above 100 kr. (€13/£10/$20) per hour – as far as I remember, the US minimum wage is around $7-8.

Either way, someone is going to pay for the hospital visit. Pay the doc. Pay the school. Support the unemployed, students, sick, and elderly (if they are being supported, that is – because they may not be!). So why not do it through taxes and get it overwith already?

You may not have a kid to put through school, but don’t you think another kid could benefit from that?
You may drink a lot of milk and have strong bones (well done!), but don’t you think that someone with osteoporosis could benifit from that?
You may be physically strong/healthy, but don’t you think someone with cancer or a weak heart could benifit from that?
You may be an unfertil man, but don’t you think a pregnant woman could benifit from that?
Your parents may have saved for their retirement while they could (or passed on to a better place), but don’t you think someone who has been forced to retire early or had too little money or otherwise have been unable to save could benifit from that?

I’m not saying that it should be put directly into work in the US – it took us two World Wars to decide to get the point, and we have a significally longer history than the US as a nation – but it would be nice to see some baby steps towards something similar in the US.

Obama promised change, and I do hope some of these baby steps are included when the financial crisis is over and done with.

I’m still hoping for change like this – not only for the weakest – but for all, for equality in the US.

The original post can be found right here.