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THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM - A Blog by Donna Thomson: Caregivers Have the Secret to a Long and Happy Life

Recently, two articles caught my eye.  One was a Johns Hopkins study showing that surprisingly,  caregivers live longer than their non-caregiving counterparts.  The other article reported on the happiest country in the world according to the World Happiness Report – Denmark.  Why are Danes so happy?  Apparently, their society is one of equals supporting each other.  Denmark is a country based on “WE”, not “ME”.   Here in North America, we might have something to learn from looking at Danish society and putting their elements of happiness together with caregiver longevity.  Rather than aspiring to independence and the accumulation (Read more…) . . . → Read More: THE CAREGIVERS’ LIVING ROOM – A Blog by Donna Thomson: Caregivers Have the Secret to a Long and Happy Life

ezra winton: Ya still cool

I can’t stand most advertising but this ad for a public bus service in Denmark is hands down the bomb. Hollywood pack your bags (and get on the bus).

The Equivocator: Stop reading this and go watch Borgen.

Seriously. Click here to purchase the first 2 seasons.

Need more convincing? Here is why I enjoy”Borgen” so thoroughly:

I am a political nerd. Like most political nerds I am able to quote (and subconsciously merge with reality) all 7 seasons of “The West Wing.” For a few months one of my colleagues at work made a point of recommending the Danish political drama Borgen to me a number of times corresponding with my referencing of Aaron Sorkin’s 2nd best television series.* I finally decided to obtain a copy of the first 2 seasons (with subtitles because that forces me

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THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM - A Blog by Donna Thomson: Redefining Dementia – Let’s All Go to Denmark

Very recently, I came across a UK award-winning initiative for people with Alzheimer’s that I thought was, well, ‘barmy’.  The social enterprise is called “Dementia Adventure” and aims to connect people living with dementia to nature and a sen… . . . → Read More: THE CAREGIVERS’ LIVING ROOM – A Blog by Donna Thomson: Redefining Dementia – Let’s All Go to Denmark

Things Are Good: Copenhagen Gets Bike Superhighway

Copenhagen is known as the most bicycle friendly city on the planet and they keep getting better. Recently, the capital of Denmark has created a bicycle superhighway that is separated from car-dominated roads. The network of highways is designed to get people in the suburbs to get out of their pollution producers and commute more sustainably.

Other cities like London have committed resources to encourage suburbanites to commute via bicycle. Hopefully this inexpensive pro-cycling attitude will one day get to the traffic-clogged car-centric cities of North America.

The cycle superhighway, which opened in April, is the first of 26 routes

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Slap Upside The Head: Killer Snails, Therefore No Same-Sex Marriage

A recently retired politician in Denmark seems to have discovered a new argument against equal marriage: Killer snails are hermaphroditic, therefore same-sex marriage should be illegal. Gee… I never thought of it that way before.

From Orangutan: To those who think free education means lower quality,

In Finland, Denmark, and Sweden, post-secondary education is free, and in the 2011 Global talent index of 62 countries, Finland, Denmark, and Sweden finished in second, third, and eighth positions respectively for the reputation and resources of their business schools and universities. In Denmark, in particular, not only is there no tuition charged to students, all Danish citizens (and many others meeting certain criteria) are offered monthly financial aid, called “SU” Statens Uddannelsesstøtte (State Educational Support), which totals about DKK 2,728 (487.88 CAD) monthly if the student lives with his/her parents or guardians, and about DKK 5,486 (976.

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Red Tory v.3.0.3: The Pursuit of Happiness

Thom Hartmann just couldn’t resist drawing some obvious conclusions the first World Happiness Report released earlier this week showing that the world’s happiest countries are all in northern Europe with Denmark, Finland, Norway and the Netherlands taking the top four spots. Canada came in a respectable fifth and the United States a distant eleventh place.

According to the report: “Happier countries tend to be richer countries. But more important for happiness than income are social factors like the strength of social support, the absence of corruption and the degree of personal freedom.

Over time as living standards have risen, happiness

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Things Are Good: Denmark Increases Green Energy Transition

Denmark is getting looking to have 50% of it’s energy come from wind power and are looking to further their need to import any energy at all. Not only is Denmark looking to lower the need for foreign energy they are trying to decrease the amount of energy that the country uses.

“Denmark will once again be the global leader in the transition to green energy,” said Lidegaard. “This will prepare us for a future with increasing prices for oil and coal. Moreover, it will create some of the jobs that we need so desperately, now and in the coming

gay persons of color: Denmark to approve gay church weddings

The Danish government on Wednesday announced that it is now preparing to allow same-sex couples to get married in formal church weddings, instead of the short blessing ceremonies that the state Lutheran Church currently offers.From the Washington Post: In 1989, Denmark became the first country to allow registered gay partnerships. Since 1997, gay couples in Denmark can be wed in special blessing ceremonies at the end of the regular church service.Denmark’s Church Affairs Ministry says the law change would put Denmark on par with countries including Iceland and Sweden that allow full wedding ceremonies for gay couples.

Art Threat: New Nordic Documentary Cinema – Identity and belonging made visible

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Things Are Good: Denmark ‘Fat Tax’ Starts Saturday

Denmark is moving ahead with a tax on products that make people fat. Denmark already has the lost percentage of obese people in Europe and even they are concerned with the increasing girth of their people. This new ‘fat tax’ will hopefully keep the country’s slim people slim and inspire other countries to institute a [...] . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: Denmark ‘Fat Tax’ Starts Saturday

DeSmogBlog: New Danish Government Axes Bjorn Lomborg’s $1.6 Million In Funding

bjorn-lomborg.jpg Finally, a vestigial government-funded program actually worth cutting gets taken out as Denmark's new regime change is opting to excise Bjorn Lomborg's $1.6 million in f… . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: New Danish Government Axes Bjorn Lomborg’s $1.6 Million In Funding

Dead Wild Roses: Socialism Works! – Blinkered Americans Can Safely Ignore this Post.

Having been pointed to a neat new site called Remapping Debate by Intransigentia, I’m please to share the treasure trove of fact laden articles with my fair readership here. Denmark is a social-democratic state, it believes in protecting its people and prioritizing the needs of a healthy society ahead of the corporate greed and unsustainable [...] . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Socialism Works! – Blinkered Americans Can Safely Ignore this Post.

bastard.logic: I’m a goddamn princess with my high heels on.

by matttbastard Phone Joan = matttbastard’s new musical crush object. Think PJ Harvey squatting in Christania with Josh Homme, a small library of Victorian ghost stories and a milk crate of Blue Cheer vinyl. Or, in lieu of thinking, just rock the fuck out (with … Continue reading . . . → Read More: bastard.logic: I’m a goddamn princess with my high heels on.