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OfflinePhred
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Norway's work ethic.
    #2929591 - 07/26/04 07:56 PM (12 years, 6 months ago)

Talk about coincidence. I'm just finishing up the final touches on a beach erosion control project for one of the properties here in Cabarete. It happens to be on a stretch of the beach where a lot of kite boarders congregate to launch and just hang around shooting the shit. I've been talking to a group of Norwegian kiters quite a lot in the last month and a half -- mainly because the Norwegian women kiters are goddesses -- and I jokingly asked them how it was that they got so much time off work. What they told me dovetailed pretty much exactly with what the article I link below has to say.

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2001988054_norway25.html

As a side note, Oslo is the most expensive city in the world to live in, beating out New York and Tokyo -- but only if you take rent out of the equation.

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Re: Norway's work ethic. [Re: Phred]
    #2929628 - 07/26/04 08:05 PM (12 years, 6 months ago)

Socialism decreasing incentive? Impossible.


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Re: Norway's work ethic. [Re: Phred]
    #2929637 - 07/26/04 08:07 PM (12 years, 6 months ago)

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These welfare systems have changed attitudes. Gradually, you lean more and more on the government rather than on yourself.





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You cannot legislate the poor into prosperity by legislating the wealthy out of prosperity. What one person receives without working for another person must work for without receiving. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for that my dear friend is the beginning of the end of any nation. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it. ~ Adrian Rogers


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Re: Norway's work ethic. [Re: Phred]
    #2929643 - 07/26/04 08:09 PM (12 years, 6 months ago)

neat
may not last long, but neat


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Re: Norway's work ethic. [Re: Phred]
    #2930561 - 07/27/04 12:55 AM (12 years, 6 months ago)

norway here I come?


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Re: Norway's work ethic. [Re: Phred]
    #2930696 - 07/27/04 01:27 AM (12 years, 6 months ago)

half the year off? sign me up.

better than spending oil money on rich dunces who somehow become president and then believes that the policy of bombing everyone who might attack you is a brilliant original theory that should be fully adopted for the rest of U.S. history.


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Re: Norway's work ethic. [Re: Tao]
    #2931622 - 07/27/04 09:24 AM (12 years, 6 months ago)

EH?


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Re: Norway's work ethic. [Re: Phred]
    #2931689 - 07/27/04 10:06 AM (12 years, 6 months ago)

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On an average day, about 25 percent of Norway's workers are absent from work, either because they have called in sick, are undergoing physical rehabilitation or are on long-term disability. The rate is especially high among government employees, who account for half the work force.




Am I reading this right? Half of the work force is employed by the government? That's insane.


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Re: Norway's work ethic. [Re: Tao]
    #2931699 - 07/27/04 10:13 AM (12 years, 6 months ago)

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TaoTeChing said:
half the year off? sign me up.

better than spending oil money on rich dunces who somehow become president and then believes that the policy of bombing everyone who might attack you is a brilliant original theory that should be fully adopted for the rest of U.S. history.




Good for you!  You managed an angle to take a jab at Bush from an article about Norway's workers.  Your    work ethic is obviously not lacking. :thumbup:


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Re: Norway's work ethic. [Re: HagbardCeline]
    #2931901 - 07/27/04 11:30 AM (12 years, 6 months ago)

:smirk:


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Re: Norway's work ethic. [Re: afoaf]
    #2932004 - 07/27/04 11:59 AM (12 years, 6 months ago)

Isn't it hard work finding fault?  (Set, awaiting spike)

:sorry:


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Re: Norway's work ethic. [Re: HagbardCeline]
    #2932010 - 07/27/04 12:01 PM (12 years, 6 months ago)

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HagbardCeline said:
Am I reading this right? Half of the work force is employed by the government? That's insane.




That is insane. It is also a recipe for disaster when the oil runs out. What the hell though, let the good times roll. I thought it was a very interesting article.


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Re: Norway's work ethic. [Re: HagbardCeline]
    #2933289 - 07/27/04 05:42 PM (12 years, 6 months ago)

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Good for you! You managed an angle to take a jab at Bush from an article about Norway's workers. Your work ethic is obviously not lacking.




Thank you! I'll be here all week! :smile:


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Re: Norway's work ethic. [Re: Phred]
    #2934087 - 07/27/04 09:57 PM (12 years, 6 months ago)

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"There has been a brutalization of the work force," said Finn Erik Thoresen, vice president for the Confederation of Trade Unions. "Most of the people away from work at the moment are people on disability leave. That is a result of the working life. People are working and working until they are on the edge."



Leave it to the "labor" unions to spin it so nicely.


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Re: Norway's work ethic. [Re: z@z.com]
    #2935394 - 07/28/04 04:18 AM (12 years, 6 months ago)

The last year I've only been working for a month or so... And the rest of the time, I've been browsing the Shroomery and scratching my balls. :smile:

But I'm not an average Norwegian..


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Re: Norway's work ethic. [Re: Amanita_Muscaria]
    #2935857 - 07/28/04 12:16 PM (12 years, 6 months ago)

The average Norwegian doesn't scratch his balls?


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Re: Norway's work ethic. [Re: Evolving]
    #2936227 - 07/28/04 02:34 PM (12 years, 6 months ago)

Evolving: Yes they do scratch their balls.. but they have a job as well :smile:


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Re: Norway's work ethic. [Re: Phred]
    #2937325 - 07/28/04 07:30 PM (12 years, 6 months ago)

Norway is a very oppressed country.  :rolleyes:


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Re: Norway's work ethic. [Re: Baby_Hitler]
    #2937842 - 07/28/04 09:39 PM (12 years, 6 months ago)

According to their union spokesmen.

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Re: Norway's work ethic. [Re: Phred]
    #2937956 - 07/28/04 10:07 PM (12 years, 6 months ago)

How hard are people/businesses trying to get out of Norway?


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