Over the weekend, the Earth’s magnetic field was struck by a coronal mass ejection (CME). The CME — a vast bubble of solar plasma that had erupted from the sun on Jan. 19 — took longer than expected to travel through interplanetary space, but on Sunday it made contact.
Bloomin eck. You can tell why people believe in God sometimes, can’t you.
The Sami People are Europe’s northernmost officially recognized indigenous population. Since prehistoric times the Sami have lived in an area that now covers Russia’s Kola Peninsula, northern Finland, and northern and central Sweden and Norway. Archaeological findings related to the Sami have been dated back to 10,000 BCE.
The vast majority of the Sami population is located in Norway. From 1900-1940 the Norwegian government attempted to force assimilation of Sami people in an effort to wipe out the culture. They were further attacked by German occupying forces during WWII. It was not until the 1980’s that the Sami people were recognized and given political power in the form of the first Sami parliament in 1989.
Today, as a recognized indigenous population, the Sami people, and their culture and language have special protections in Norway, Sweden and Finland to ensure their survival and equal rights.
Bear Grylls Wannabe of the Day: Norwegian tabloid Dagbladet yesterday exposed the country’s most famous survivalist Kristoffer Clausen as a fraud, revealing that the 34-year-old did not spend 365 days in the Norwegian wilderness as he claimed in his best-selling book, A Wild Man: 365 Days as Hunter, Fisherman and Gatherer.
In fact, outside of two brief hunting trips and month in a Swedish cabin to keep up appearances, Clausen wiled away his time in a hotel room in Torsby, Sweden. “I’m sorry for doing it,” said Clausen, who also came clean in a blog post entitled “Sorry, I’ve Been an Idiot!”
In addition to his book, Clausen also helped produce documentaries about his made-up adventures, which aired on Norwegian television (see trailer below). TV 2, Norway’s largest commercial television stations, shrugged off their disturbing lack of due diligence, telling Dagbladet “we haven’t exactly been able to run around in the woods to be sure where Clausen was.”
Norway Attacks News Round Up:
Oslo Bombing: A bomb that exploded today near the Oslo offices of Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg claimed the lives of at least 7 people and injured several others, some seriously. The Prime Minister was not in the building at the time and is currently in a safe location.
Summer Camp Shooting: A shooting incident involving a Norwegian-looking gunman disguised as a police officer took place on the island of Utøya at a gathering of the ruling Labour Party’s youth wing, where Stoltenberg was reportedly due to speak tomorrow (former PM Gro Harlem Brundtland was due to attend today). Nine, “perhaps ten” killed, according to police.
Connection: Police believe the attacks are related; AP: Man arrested at Utøya linked to Oslo bombing.
Body Count: The death toll in both incidents is expected to rise, with witnesses reporting at least 20 dead at Utøya youth camp.
Weapon: Some reports suggest the explosion may have been set off by a car bomb; multiple explosions have also been reported; police have asked residents to stay away from the city center for fear that unexploded bombs may be present.
Responsibility: An obscure terrorist group called Ansar al-Jihad al-Alami (Assistants of the Global Jihad) has claimed responsibility for the attacks, calling them retribution for Norway’s “occupation of Afghanistan” as well as “unnamed insults to the Muslim prophet Muhammad”; others have speculated that the attacks, if carried out by al-Qaeda, were likely acts of revenge for the death of Osama bin Laden’s death, involvement in Afghanistan, and/or retaliation for Danish Muhammad cartoons republished in a Norwegian newspaper; an al-Qaeda bomb plot against Norway was uncovered last year.
Reax: President Obama expressed his condolences, adding that the attacks offer “a reminder that the entire community has a stake in preventing this kind of terror from occurring”; Swedish FM: “We are all Norwegians.”
For those not aware, downtown Oslo, Norway, has been hit by a massive explosion. Reports are fuzzy at the moment, but all are reporting that the focus of the blast are the Prime Minster’s/governmental buildings. There were earlier reports of a second blast, although this now appears to have been damage caused by the initial blast, which was heard as far as 15 miles away. There are, however, now reports of larger areas of Oslo being evacuated by police saying there are more unexploded bombs.
One person has been confirmed dead by a credible source so far, although from pictures emerging, it’s likely the death toll will be far higher.
News agencies have been slow picking up on the details, but the BBC seem to be most well-informed, along with DougSanders, the European Bureau Chief for The Globe and Mail.
Live streaming of the incident is via http://www.vgtv.no/
Hotel Nordangsdal was located in Fivelstadhaugen by the road between Øye and Hellesylt. The hotel was built in 1885 and received a lot of tourists in the decades before the Second World War.