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It's 30 years since the bloody revolution/coup in Romania

In 1989 over 1.100 people were killed during the revolution/coup in Romania. Here are some recommended documentaries and articles.

(Photo: Peter Turnley)

1) The new documentary "Rising Up: Romania, 1989 - 2019":

Director Mihai Dragolea looks at what led up to the execution of dictator Nicolae Ceaușescu. We get exclusive footage and interviews with experts on the revolution, the transition and the present. It also features the Scottish journalist Rupert Wolfe Murray, who was in Romania at that time.

2) "Days That Shook The World: The Road To Revolution" is a BBC production from 2005:

It reancts the chaotic days before dictator Nicolae Ceaușescu and his wife Elena were stripped of their power – and summarily executed.

3) This lengthy and informative article in The Guardian from 2009:

It reports on the aftermath of the most mysterious downfall of the Cold War, and Ed Vulliamy also talks to one of the soldiers who executed the hated dictator Nicolae Ceaușescu.

4) The documentary "Sibiu 1989":

Octavian Repede tries to shed more light on what happened behind the scenes, and the people in power pulling the strings.

5) "The Koppel Report: Death of a Dictator":

This Peabody Awards winning documentary from 1990 is by Ted Koppel and his ABC News team.

6) A new BBC News article:

Stephen McGrath reports on the events leading up to the execution of hated dictator Nicolae Ceaușescu and his wife. He also covers other aspects, such as the massive reach of the secret police ("Securitate"), and how there are still too many mysteries surrounding the murders of so many innocent people.


Unused audio software and samples

Here's a list of all the samples and Mac audio software I tried and then uninstalled. It doesn't mean the thing is bad, just that I have other things that already do it, possibly also better.

And all the stuff I have decided to keep is listed here.

Plugins with an asterisk (*) are 32-bit only.

(Updated 17/2-2020.)


Regroover Essentials

MPC Essentials



Cheeze Machine*



dfx Turntablist*


Emvoice One







Enkl CM


Free Alpha

Nebula3Free Reverb

adc Drive

STA Delay

Dirt Machine
Grind Machine II
The Punch


BC Chorus 4
BC Flanger 3
BC FreqAnalyst 2
BC Gain 3
BC Phaser 3
BC Triple EQ 4

Little Clipper




dfx Buffer Override*
dfx MIDI Gater*
dfx Monomaker*
dfx Polarizer*
dfx Rez Synth*
dfx Scrubby*
dfx Skidder
dfx Transverb*

2016 Stereo Room




VPS philta






Brainworx bx_cleansweep
Brainworx bx_opto Pedal
Brainworx bx_subfilter
Unfiltered Audio Indent


SurferEQ Boogie (Focusrite Edition)




TDR Kotelnikov
TDR Nova

Poor Plate

Tube Amp


8-Bit Shaper


Where to find me on social media

I'm not very active here on my blog – but I post a lot more on my social media networks. So feel free to follow me.

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Films that Netflix and HBO don't have in Europe

You might think that the combination of Netflix and HBO gives you tons of films to choose between. But personally I think the amount of quality or art house/quirky content is still way too small.

Below is a list of around 600 films. Around a third I have seen before and want to watch again, and the rest are films I haven't seen yet, but want to see.

Many are by big and/or well respected directors.

So - almost all of these are NOT available to stream on Netflix or HBO in Norway (or possibly other European countries as well), as of 1th May 2019:

12 Angry Men (1957)1408 (2007)
1941 (EXTENDED) (1979)
2010 (1984)
21 Jump Street (2012)
22 Jump Street (2014)
30 Days Of Night (2007)
A Bronx Tale (1993)
A Dangerous Method (2011)
A Fistful Of Fingers (1995)
A Good Old Fashioned Orgy (UNRATED) (2011)
A Little Princess (1995)
A Most Wanted Man (2014)
A Star Is Born (2018)
Aberdeen (2000)
Adam & Eva (1997)
Adaptation (2002)
After The Fox (1966)
Airplane (1980)
Airplane II - The Sequel (1982)
Alexander (REVISITED / FINAL CUT) (2004)
Ali (2001)
Alice In Wonderland (2010)
Alien (DC) (1979)
Aliens (SE) (1986)
Alien 3 (SE) (1992)
Alien Resurrection (SE) (1997)
Prometheus (2012)
Alien Covenant (2017)
Alien Autopsy (2006)
All The Boys Love Mandy Lane (2006)
All The Invisible Children (2005)
Almost Famous (DC) (2000)
Along Came Polly (2004)
American Gangster (UNRATED) (2007)
Angels And Demons (EXTENDED) (2009
Anna Karenina (1967)
Ant-Man (2015)
Apt Pupil (1998)
Army Of One (2016)
Austin Powers - Goldmember (2002)
Austin Powers - International Man Of Mystery (1997)
Austin Powers - The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999)
Avatar (EXTENDED) (2009)
Babycall (2011)
Bachelorette (2012)
Back To The Future (1985)
Back To The Future II (1989)
Back To The Future III (1990)
Bad News Bears (2005)
Bakjwi (DC) (2009)
Bandidas (2006)
Barbara (2012)
Bare Skyer Beveger Stjernene (1998)
Before The Devil Knows You're Dead (2007)
Begotten (1990)
Being John Malkovich (1999)
Being There (1979)
Belle Epoque (1992)
Ben-Hur (1959)
Best In Show (2000)
Big Eyes (2014)
Big Fan (2009)
Birthday Girl (2001)
Bitva Za Sevastopol (2015)
BlacKkKlansman (2018)
Black Sheep (1996)
Black Swan (2010)
Blade Runner (FINAL CUT) (1982)
Blades Of Glory (2007)
Bleeder (1999)
Borat (2006)
Bound (1996)
Boyhood (2014)
Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992)
Brazil (DC) (1985)
Breaking The Waves (1996)
Bringing Out The Dead (1999)
Bronson (2009)
Bubble (2005)
Byzantium (2012)
Casino (1995)
Castle Freak (1995)
Caótica Ana (2007)
Chakushin Ari (2003)
Chakushin Ari 2 (2005)
Chakushin Ari Final (2006)
Chronicle (EXTENDED) (2012)
Cidade De Deus (2002)
Clear And Present Danger (1994)
Close Encounters Of The Third Kind (COLLECTOR'S EDITION) (1977)
Closer (2004)
Coco Avant Chanel (2009)
Colour Me Kubrick - A True...ish Story (2005)
Comet (2014)
Confetti (2006)
Contact (1997)
Control (2007)
Crashing (2007)
Crimson Peak (2015)
Crna Macka, Beli Macor (1998)
Cronos (1993)
Croupier (1998)
Crying Freeman (1995)
Dancer In The Dark (2000)
Dark City (DC) (1998)
Das Leben Der Anderen (2006)
Daybreakers (2009)
Days Of Wine And Roses (1962)
Dazed And Confused (1993)
De nærmeste (2015)
DeUsynlige (2008)
Dead Calm (1989)
Dead Poets Society (1989)
Deadpool 2 (UNRATED SUPER DUPER CUT) (2018)
Death In Venice (1971)
Den 12. mann (2017)
Den Brysomme Mannen (2006)
Den Osynlige (2002)
Den Siste Revejakta (2008)
Denise Calls Up (1995)
Der Untergang (EXTENDED) (2004)
Deux Jours, Une Nuit (2014)
Devil (2010)
Die Hard (1988)
Die Hard 2 - Die Harder (1990)
Die Hard 3 - Die Hard With A Vengeance (1995)
Die Hard 4.0 - Live Free Or Die Hard (UNRATED) (2007)
Die Hard 5 - A Good Day To Die Hard (EXTENDED) (2013)
Dirk Ohm - illusjonisten som forsvant (2015)
Dog Day Afternoon (1975)
Donnie Darko (DC) (2001)
Dorian Gray (2009)
Dragonheart - Battle For The Heartfire (2017)
Drive (2011)
Dune (1984)
Dune (EXTENDED) (1984)
Easy A (2010)
Ed Wood (1994)
Edmond (2005)
Edward Scissorhands (1990)
Efes Beyahasei Enosh (2014)
El Espinazo Del Diablo (2001)
El Laberinto Del Fauno (2006)
El Secreto De Sus Ojos (2009)
Elle (2016)
Elle S'Appelait Sarah (2010)
En Ganske Snill Mann (2010)
Enemy (2013)
Ensemble, C'est Tout (2007)
Erin Brockovich (2000)
Escape From L.A. (1996)
Escape From New York (1981)
Eva & Adam - Fyra Födelsedagar Och Ett Fiasko (2001)
Everybody Wants Some!! (2016)
Ex Machina (2015)
Faa yeung nin wa (2000)
Famous (AKA Lisa Picard Is Famous) (2000)
Fast Food Nation (2006)
Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas (1998)
Fearless (1993)
Festen (1998)
Fight Club (1999)
Five Minutes Of Heaven (2009)
Forgetting Sarah Marshall (UNRATED) (2008)
Four Lions (2010)
Free The Nipple (2014)
From Beyond (DC) (1986)
Fuck Up (2012)
Før Snøen Faller (2013)
Gandhi (1982)
Gaslight (1944)
Gattaca (1997)
Geoul Sokeuro (2003)
Get Him To The Greek (UNRATED) (2010)
Ghostbusters (1984)
Ghostbusters II (1989)
Gladiator (EXTENDED) (2000)
Glück (2012)
God Bless America (2011)
Goon (2011)
Grand Piano (2013)
Grave (2016)
Gravity (2013)
Groundhog Day (1993)
Gräns (2018)
Gwoemul (2006)
Gymnaslærer Pedersen (2006)
Habitación En Roma (2010)
Hamlet 2 (2008)
Hanna (2011)
Happiness (1998)
Happy Death Day (2017)
Happy Tears (2009)
Haram (2014)
Hard Candy (2006)
Heat (1995)
Heathers (1989)
Heavenly Creatures (UNCUT) (1994)
Hell Or High Water (2016)
Her (2013)
Hevn (2015)
High Anxiety (1977)
High Fidelity (2000)
History Of The World - Part I (1981)
Hits (2014)
Hjelp, vi er i filmbransjen (2011)
Hobo With A Shotgun (2011)
Hot Rod (2007)
How To Follow Strangers (2013)
Hua Pi (DC) (2008)
Hævnen (2010)
I Want Candy (2007)
I Want Someone To Eat Cheese With (2006)
I Want To Live! (1958)
I, Tonya (2017)
Ida (2013)
Idiocracy (2006)
Il Postino (1994)
Immortal Beloved (1994)
In Bruges (2008)
In The Loop (2009)
In-lyu-myeol-mang-bo-go-seo (2012)
Independence Day (EXTENDED) (1996)
Independence Day - Resurgence (2016)
Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull (2008)
Inglourious Basterds (2009)
Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)
Interview With The Vampire - The Vampire Chronicles (1994)
Into The White (2012)
Intruders (2011)
Invasion Of The Body Snatchers (1956)
Invasion Of The Body Snatchers (1978)
Irréversible (2002)
It's Impossible To Learn To Plow By Reading Books (1988)
Izzat (2005)
Jeff, Who Lives At Home (2011)
John Carter (2012)
Johnny Dangerously (1984)
Juno (2007)
Jupiter Ascending (2015)
Jurassic World – Fallen Kingdom (2018)
Keanu (2016)
Killer Joe (2012)
King Of The Ants (2003)
Kingdom Of Heaven (DC ROADSHOW VERSION) (2005)
Kinsey (2004)
Klovn - The Movie (2010)
Kong - Skull Island (2017)
L'Auberge Espagnole (2002)
L'Enfer (1994)
L'Heure D'Été (2008)
La Femme Nikita (1990)
La Fille Coupée En Deux (2007)
La Grande Bellezza (2013)
La Piel Que Habito (2011)
La Vita È Bella (THEATRICAL) (1997)
Lat Sau San Taam (1992)
Le Diner De Cons (1998)
Le Grand Bleu (EXTENDED) (1988)
Le Salaire De La Peur (1953)
Le Skylab (2011)
Les Aventures Extraordinaires D'Adèle Blanc-Sec (2010)
Les Blessures Assassines (2000)
Les Poupées Russes (2005)
Less Than Zero (1987)
Life (2017)
Lifeforce (DC) (1985)
Lilja 4-Ever (2002)
Logan's Run (1976)
Looking For Mr. Goodbar (1977)
Lord Of The Flies (1963)
Los Abrazos Rotos (2009)
Los Cronocrímenes (2007)
Los Ojos De Julia (2010)
Louder Than Bombs (2015)
Love (2015)
Låt Den Rätte Komma In (2008)
Machete (2010)
Machete Kills (2013)
Malèna (UNCUT) (2000)
Man On The Moon (1999)
Manderlay (2005)
Mandy (2018)
Marooned (1969)
Masked And Anonymous (2003
Max Manus (2008)
Me And Orson Welles (2008)
Melancholia (2011)
Memento (2000)
Men In Black (1997)
Men In Black 2 (2002)
Men In Black 3 (2012)
Millennium (1989)
Millennium Trilogy (2009)
Millions (2004)
Mimic (DC) (1997)
Mimic 2 (2001)
Mimic 3 - Sentinel (2003)
Mission Impossible - Fallout (2018)
Mississippi Burning (1988)
Modern Times (1936)
Moon (2009)
Moonrise Kingdom (2012)
Mou Gaan Dou (2002)
Mou Gaan Dou II (2003)
Mou Gaan Dou III (2003)
Mùi Du Du Xanh (1993)
Naboer (2005)
National Lampoons - Lost Reality (2004)
Near Dark (1987)
Nebraska (2013)
Neighbors (2014)
Neighbors 2 - Sorority Rising (2016)
Nelyubov (2017)
Neruda (2016)
Network (1976)
Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984)
Nokas (2010)
Northern Soul (2014)
Nymphomaniac Vol. I (DC) (2013)
Nymphomaniac Vol. II (DC) (2013)
Observe And Report (2009)
Ofelas (1987)
Office Space (1999)
One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
Pax (2010)
Peggy Sue Got Married (1986)
Pi (1998)
Pionér (2013)
Planes, Trains And Automobiles (1987)
Platoon (1986)
Poltergeist (1982)
Poltergeist II - The Other Side (1986)
Poltergeist III (1988)
Predator (1987) 1080p)
Predator 2 (1990) 1080p)
Predators (2010) 1080p)
Predestination (2014)
Pretty In Pink (1986)
Primer (2004)
Prityazhenie (2017)
Prowl (2010)
Pusher (1996)
Pusher II (2004)
Pusher III (2005)
Rapa Nui (1994)
Rat Race (2001)
Re-Animator (1985)
Red Riding - In the Year Of Our Lord 1974 (2009)
Red Riding - In the Year Of Our Lord 1980 (2009)
Red Riding - In the Year Of Our Lord 1983 (2009)
Reprise (2006)
Requiem For A Dream (DC) (2000)
Reservoir Dogs (1992)
Ridicule (1996)
Ringu (1998)
Ringu 0 (2000)
Ringu 2 (1999)
Ringu Spiral-Rasen (1998)
RoboCop (DC) (1987)
Romeo And Juliet (1968)
Rovdyr (2008
Run Ronnie Run (2002)
Russkiy Kovcheg (2002)
S1m0ne (2002)
Se Jie (2007)
Semi-Pro (UNRATED) (2008)
Serbuan Maut (2011)
Serbuan Maut 2 - Berandal (2014)
Shadow Of The Vampire (2000)
Shame (2011)
Shaun Of The Dead (2004)
Shoplifters (2018)
Sicario (2015)
Sicario - Day Of The Soldado (2018)
Sid And Nancy (1986)
Silent Running (1972)
Sin City - A Dame to Kill For (2014)
Sister My Sister (1994)
Slacker (1991)
Snatched (2017)
Solitary Man (2009)
SoulBoy (2010)
Sound Of Noise (2010)
Sour Grapes (1998)
Soylent Green (1973)
Space Cowboys (2000)
Space Station 76 (2014)
Stalingrad (2013)
Stalingrad (UNRATED) (1993)
Stan Helsing (2009)
Stanley Kubrick - 1953 - Fear And Desire (1953)
Stanley Kubrick - 1955 - Killer's Kiss (1955)
Stanley Kubrick - 1956 - The Killing (1956)
Stanley Kubrick - 1957 - Paths Of Glory (1957)
Stanley Kubrick - 1960 - Spartacus (1960)
Stanley Kubrick - 1962 - Lolita (1962)
Stanley Kubrick - 1964 - Dr. Strangelove (1964)
Stanley Kubrick - 1968 - 2001 - A Space Odyssey (1968)
Stanley Kubrick - 1971 - A Clockwork Orange (1971)
Stanley Kubrick - 1975 - Barry Lyndon (1975)
Stanley Kubrick - 1980 - The Shining (1980)
Stanley Kubrick - 1987 - Full Metal Jacket (1987)
Stanley Kubrick - 1999 - Eyes Wide Shut (1999)
Stardust (2007)
Starship Troopers (1997)
Steekspel (2012)
Steve Jobs (2015)
Straight Outta Compton (UNRATED DC) (2015)
Strange Days (1995)
Stuck (2007)
Submarine (2010)
Sult (1966)
Summer '03 (2018)
Super (2010)
Superhero Movie (EXTENDED) (2008)
Superman II - The Richard Donner Cut (2006)
Suspect Zero (2004)
Suspiria (UNCUT) (1977)
Svadba (2000)
Sweeney Todd - The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street (2007)
Swimming With Sharks (1994)
Taking Sides (2001)
Tape (2001)
Teeth (2007)
Tell-Tale (2009)
Tenacious D In The Pick Of Destiny (2006)
The Terminator (1984)
Terminator 2 - Judgment Day (DC) (1991)
Terminator 3 - Rise Of The Machines (2003)
Terminator Salvation (DC) (2009)
Terminator Genisys (2015)
Thank You For Smoking (2005)
The Abyss (SE) (1989) (1080i)
The Adventures Of Baron Munchausen (1998)
The American (2010)
The Andromeda Strain (1971)
The Artist (2011)
The Aviator (2004)
The Backwoods (2006)
The Beautiful Country (2004)
The Bourne Legacy (2012)
The Breakfast Club (1985)
The Brothers Grimm (2005)
The Brothers Grimsby (2016)
The Bucuresti Experiment (2013)
The Bunker (2001)
The Campaign (EXTENDED) (2012)
The Collector (1965)
The Conjuring 2 (2016)
The Conversation (1974)
The Count Of Monte Cristo (2002)
The Darjeeling Limited (2007)
The Dead Zone (1983)
The Devil's Advocate (DC) (1997)
The Diary Of Anne Frank (1959)
The Disaster Artist (2017)
The Doors (1991)
The Female Brain (2017)
The Fifth Element (1997)
The Fisher King (1991) (1985)
The Five-Year Engagement (UNRATED) (2012)
The Fly (1986)
The Fly II (1989)
The Fountain (2006)
The French Connection (1971)
The Fury (RESTORED) (1978)
The Girl (UNRATED) (2012)
The Godfather (1972)
The Godfather II (1974)
The Godfather III (1990)
The Good Girl (2002)
The Grand (2007)
The Great Dictator (1940)
The Great Escape (1963)
The Green Mile (1999)
The Grey Zone (2001)
The Haunting (1963)
The Hot Spot (1990)
The Ides Of March (2011)
The Imaginarium Of Doctor Parnassus (2009)
The Immortal Life Of Henrietta Lacks (2017)
The Internship (UNRATED) (2013)
The Invisible (2007)
The Ladykillers (1955)
The Last Of The Mohicans (DDC) (1992)
The Last Temptation Of Christ (1988)
The Life And Death Of Peter Sellers (2004) (1080p)
The Lost Boys (1987)
The Machine (2013)
The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (2018)
The Manchurian Candidate (2004)
The Manchurian Candidate (1962)
The March (1990)
The Matador (2005) (HDDVD)
The Merchant Of Venice (2004)
The Mist (2007)
The Mist (BLACK & WHITE) (2007)
The Mouse That Roared (1959)
The Necessary Death Of Charlie Countryman (2013)
The Newton Boys (1998)
The Other Guys (UNRATED) (2010)
The Pact (2012)
The Poseidon Adventure (1972)
The Quiet American (2002)
The Rapture (1991)
The Runaways (2010)
The Running Man (1987)
The Signal (2014)
The Stepford Wives (1975)
The TV Set (2006)
The Time Machine (1960)
The Unborn (2009)
The Usual Suspects (1995)
The VVitch - A New-England Folktale (2015)
The Vengeance Trilogy (2002-2005)
The Virgin Suicides (1999)
The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit (1998)
The World According To Garp (1982)
The World Of Henry Orient (1964)
The Wrestler (2008)
The Zero Theorem (2013)
Thelma (2017)
They Came Together (2014)
They Live (1988)
Three Amigos (1986)
Three Kings (1999)
TiMER (2009)
Tideland (2005)
Tillsammans (2000)
Time After Time (1979)
Time Bandits (1981)
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)
Titanic (1997)
Todos Lo Saben (2018)
Tokyo! (2008)
Tombstone (1993)
Tommy Boy (1995)
Tomorrow Night (1998)
Top Five (2014)
Totally Awesome (2006)
Trainspotting (1996)
Trance (2013)
Transylmania (2009)
Trois Couleurs Trilogy (1993-1994)
Tron (1982)
Tron Legacy (2010)
Tropa De Elite (2007)
Tropa De Elite 2 (2010)
True Grit (2010)
Twelve Monkeys (1995)
Twilight Zone - The Movie (1983)
UCB - Freak Dance (2010)
UCB - Wild Girls Gone (2007)
Under The Skin (2013)
Underbara Älskade (2006)
Uno (2004)
Upstream Color (2013)
Utøya 22. juli (2018)
Varannan Vecka (2006)
Vice (2018)
Visioneers (2008)
Vive La France (2013)
Volver (2006)
Wake Up, Ron Burgundy - The Lost Movie (2004)
Wanderlust (2012)
War On Everyone (2016)
Warcraft (2016)
Watchmen (ULTIMATE CUT) (2009)
Welcome To Me (2014)
Westworld (1973)
What We Do In The Shadows (2014)
What's Love Got To Do With It (1993)
Winchester (2018)
Wolf Creek 2 (2013)
Wonder Woman (2017)
World War Z (UNRATED) (2013)
X-Men - Days Of Future Past (THE ROGUE CUT) (2014)
Xích Lô (1995)
Y Tu Mamá También (2001)
Yeolhansi (AKA 11 A.M.) (2013)
You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger (2010)
Youth (2015)
Zig Zag (2002)
Zimna Wojna (2018)
Zodiac (DC) (2007)
Zoolander 2 (2016)
Zwartboek (2006)
Återträffen (2013)


The Noise Of Art – an 80's tribute to The Art Of Noise

In the mid 80's, The Noise Of Art was an hommage to The Art Of Noise. The project was the brainchild of Murray Munro.

Below is the only proper release on the label Ying Yang Yumm – a play on the name of The Art Of Noise's record company Zang Tuum Tumb.

"Into Trouble With The Noise Of Art", from 1984:

If you like this 12", also check out Munro's work as half of the excellent electronic 80's duo Mainframe. Download their releases and read about them at this great fansite:


13 Things Mentally Strong People and Parents Don't Do – advice by Amy Morin

For only $2.99 you can get the fantastic book "13 Things Mentally Strong People Don't Do". Click here to buy the digital book on Amazon.

Even if you have zero interest in "self-help", this empathic book by psychotherapist Amy Morin offers extremely constructive advice on how to deal with challenges and disappointments.

I recommend getting it now, before the price goes back to the usual $16.99.

"Take back your power, embrace change, face your fears, and train your brain for happiness and success."

1. They Don't Waste Time Feeling Sorry for Themselves.

You don't see mentally strong people feeling sorry for their circumstances or dwelling on the way they've been mistreated. They have learned to take responsibility for their actions and outcomes, and they have an inherent understanding of the fact that frequently life is not fair. They are able to emerge from trying circumstances with self-awareness and gratitude for the lessons learned. When a situation turns out badly, they respond with phrases such as “Oh, well.” Or perhaps simply, “Next!”

2. They Don't Give Away Their Power.

Mentally strong people avoid giving others the power to make them feel inferior or bad. They understand they are in control of their actions and emotions. They know their strength is in their ability to manage the way they respond.

3. They Don't Shy Away from Change.

Mentally strong people embrace change and they welcome challenge. Their biggest “fear," if they have one, is not of the unknown, but of becoming complacent and stagnant. An environment of change and even uncertainty can energize a mentally strong person and bring out their best.

4. They Don't Waste Energy on Things They Can't Control.

Mentally strong people don't complain (much) about bad traffic, lost luggage, or especially about other people, as they recognize that all of these factors are generally beyond their control. In a bad situation, they recognize that the one thing they can always control is their own response and attitude, and they use these attributes well.

5. They Don't Worry About Pleasing Others.

Know any people pleasers? Or, conversely, people who go out of their way to dis-please others as a way of reinforcing an image of strength? Neither position is a good one. A mentally strong person strives to be kind and fair and to please others where appropriate, but is unafraid to speak up. They are able to withstand the possibility that someone will get upset and will navigate the situation, wherever possible, with grace.

6. They Don't Fear Taking Calculated Risks.

A mentally strong person is willing to take calculated risks. This is a different thing entirely than jumping headlong into foolish risks. But with mental strength, an individual can weigh the risks and benefits thoroughly, and will fully assess the potential downsides and even the worst-case scenarios before they take action.

7. They Don't Dwell on the Past.

There is strength in acknowledging the past and especially in acknowledging the things learned from past experiences—but a mentally strong person is able to avoid miring their mental energy in past disappointments or in fantasies of the “glory days” gone by. They invest the majority of their energy in creating an optimal present and future.

8. They Don't Make the Same Mistakes Over and Over.

We all know the definition of insanity, right? It's when we take the same actions again and again while hoping for a different and better outcome than we've gotten before. A mentally strong person accepts full responsibility for past behavior and is willing to learn from mistakes. Research shows that the ability to be self-reflective in an accurate and productive way is one of the greatest strengths of spectacularly successful executives and entrepreneurs.

9. They Don't Resent Other People's Success.

It takes strength of character to feel genuine joy and excitement for other people's success. Mentally strong people have this ability. They don't become jealous or resentful when others succeed (although they may take close notes on what the individual did well). They are willing to work hard for their own chances at success, without relying on shortcuts.

10. They Don't Give Up After Failure.

Every failure is a chance to improve. Even the greatest entrepreneurs are willing to admit that their early efforts invariably brought many failures. Mentally strong people are willing to fail again and again, if necessary, as long as the learning experience from every “failure” can bring them closer to their ultimate goals.

11. They Don't Fear Alone Time.

Mentally strong people enjoy and even treasure the time they spend alone. They use their downtime to reflect, to plan, and to be productive. Most importantly, they don't depend on others to shore up their happiness and moods. They can be happy with others, and they can also be happy alone.

12. They Don't Feel the World Owes Them Anything.

Particularly in the current economy, executives and employees at every level are gaining the realization that the world does not owe them a salary, a benefits package and a comfortable life, regardless of their preparation and schooling. Mentally strong people enter the world prepared to work and succeed on their merits, at every stage of the game.

13. They Don't Expect Immediate Results.

Whether it's a workout plan, a nutritional regimen, or starting a business, mentally strong people are “in it for the long haul”. They know better than to expect immediate results. They apply their energy and time in measured doses and they celebrate each milestone and increment of success on the way. They have “staying power.” And they understand that genuine changes take time.

If you are a parent, also get her other very useful title "13 Things Mentally Strong Parents Don't Do".

"Raising self-assured children and training their brains for a life of happiness, meaning, and success."

1. They Don't Condone A Victim Mentality

Getting cut from the soccer team or failing a class doesn't make your child a victim. Rejection, failure, and unfairness are part of life. Rather than allow kids to host pity parties or exaggerate their misfortune, mentally strong parents encourage their children to turn their struggles into strength. They help them identify ways in which they can take positive action, despite their circumstances.

2. They Don't Parent Out Of Guilt

Guilty feelings can lead to a long list of unhealthy parenting strategies — like giving in to your child after you've said no or overindulging your child on the holidays. Mentally strong parents know that although guilt is uncomfortable, it's tolerable. They refuse to let their guilty feelings get in the way of making wise choices.

3. They Don't Make Their Child The Center Of The Universe

It can be tempting to make your life revolve around your child. But kids who think they're the center of the universe grow up to be self-absorbed and entitled. Mentally strong parents teach their kids to focus on what they have to offer the world — rather than what they're owed.

4. They Don't Allow Fear To Dictate Their Choices

Keeping your child inside a protective bubble could spare you a lot of anxiety. But keeping kids too safe stunts their development. Mentally strong parents view themselves as guides, not protectors. They allow their kids to go out into the world and experience life, even when it's scary to let go.

5. They Don't Give Their Child Power Over Them

Kids who dictate what the family is going to eat for dinner, or those who orchestrate how to spend their weekends, have too much power.  Becoming more like an equal — or even the boss — isn't healthy for kids. Mentally strong parents empower kids to make appropriate choices while maintaining a clear hierarchy.

6. They Don't Expect Perfection

High expectations are healthy, but expecting too much from kids will backfire. Mentally strong parents recognize that their kids are not going to excel at everything they do. Rather than push their kids to be better than everyone else, they focus on helping them become the best versions of themselves.

7. They Don't Let Their Child Avoid Responsibility

You won't catch a mentally strong parent saying things like, “I don't want to burden my kids with chores. Kids should just be kids.” They expect children to pitch in and learn the skills they need to become responsible citizens. They proactively teach their kids to take responsibility for their choices and they assign them age-appropriate duties.

8. They Don't Shield Their Child From Pain

It's tough to watch kids struggle with hurt feelings or anxiety. But, kids need practice and first-hand experience tolerating discomfort. Mentally strong parents provide their kids with the support and help they need coping with pain so their kids can gain confidence in their ability to deal with whatever hardships life throws their way.

9. They Don't Feel Responsible For Their Child's Emotions

It can be tempting to cheer your kids up when they're sad or calm them down when they're angry. But, regulating your kids' emotions for them prevents them from gaining social and emotional skills. Mentally strong parents teach their children how to be responsible for their own emotions so they don't depend on others to do it for them.

10. They Don't Prevent Their Child From Making Mistakes

Whether your child gets a few questions wrong on his math homework or he forgets to pack his cleats for soccer practice, mistakes can be life's greatest teacher. Mentally strong parents let their kids mess up — and they allow them to face the natural consequences of their actions.

11. They Don't Confuse Discipline With Punishment

Punishment is about making kids suffer for their wrongdoing. Discipline is about teaching them how to do better in the future. And while mentally strong parents do give out consequences, their ultimate goal is to teach kids to develop the self-discipline they'll need to make better choices down the road.

12. They Don't Take Shortcuts To Avoid Discomfort

Giving in when a child whines or doing your kids' chores for them, is fast and easy. But, those shortcuts teach kids unhealthy habits. It takes mental strength to tolerate discomfort and avoid those tempting shortcuts.

13. They Don't Lose Sight Of Their Values

In today's fast-paced world it's easy to get wrapped up in the day-to-day business of homework, chores, and sports practices. Those hectic schedules — combined with the pressure to look like parent of the year on social media —cause many people to lose sight of what's really important in life. Mentally strong parents know their values and they ensure their family lives according to them.


Hvorfor du ikke kan stemme på et parti med Jonas Gahr Støre

Her er noen av grunnene til at du ikke kan stemme på et Arbeiderparti med Jonas Gahr Støre i ledelsen.

Støre har nemlig gjort en rekke grove tabber og fatale feilvurderinger, i tillegg til at han mange ganger har vist et grunnleggende udemokratisk sinnelag:

1) Det åpenbare inhabilitetsproblemet hans i Felix Tschudi-saken, og forsøket på å dekke over dette. Denne saken alene viser at han ikke har nok integritet til å hverken være politiker, partileder eller statsminister: Aftenposten ( og Dagbladet (

Da saken om Gahr Støres inhabilitet kom opp, hevdet Gahr Støre at Tschudi kun var en bekjent, men de har feiret bursdager, 17. mai og nyttårsaften sammen, og vært gjester i hverandres bryllup. De var utvilsomt venner.

Dette alene viser at han ikke har nok integritet til å være en ledende politiker.

2) I karikaturstriden i 2006 kastet han Magazinet/Dagen og Vebjørn Selbekk til ulvene, og hevdet at "ingen toneangivende norske medier" hadde trykket Muhammed-tegningene, selv om det ikke stemte i det hele tatt. I tillegg sa han at "saken er preget av ekstremisme fra begge sider" - underforstått at Selbekk var like ekstremistisk som de voldelige religiøse fanatikerne.

Han prøvde også på Norges vegne å beklage (!) for Selbekks trykking av karikaturene med dette brevet til myndigheter i landene i Midt-Østen, for så å forsøke og hemmeligholde brevet for media.

3) Han stemte FOR den utskjelte blasfemiloven i 2009, før den ble trukket tilbake av regjeringen.

4) Etter Charlie Hebdo-massakren i 2015 sa han til Dagens Næringsliv at "Jeg vil ikke si det er viktig å stå opp for retten til å bedrive blasfemi."

5) Han besøkte det konservative sommerstevnet i Sarons dal, og legitimerte kristenbevegelsen og deres såkalte helbredelser og demonutdrivelser. Dessuten kan det sies at han utviser svært tvilsom dømmekraft ved å bli troende kristen og omfavne overtro i voksen alder.

Alle disse sakene rundt religion viser at han absolutt ikke vil kjempe for ytringsfriheten, men heller vil gi plass til teokrati og irrasjonell overtro.

6) I 2011 ville han innlemme datalagringsdirektivet før EU foretok sin revisjon.

7) Som utenriksminister var han forkjemper for å knytte sterkere bånd til menneskerettighets-verstingen Saudi-Arabia, og var en viktig medspiller for at det barbariske regimet åpnet ambassade i Norge i 2011, fordi “på tross av store politiske og kulturelle forskjeller er Saudi-Arabia en viktig samarbeidspartner for Norge” når det gjelder olje og gass.

Se ellers et intervju med Gahr Støre og en kort og grei TV2-reportasje, om at Saudi-Arabia, Kina, Russland, Syria og andre totalitære land er med i FNs menneskerettighetsråd. Dessuten at disse landene blir valgt inn gjennom hemmelige voteringer, og prøver i rådet å unnslippe oppmerksomhet ved å flytte fokus over på Israel.

8) Han løy også på direkte spørsmål om at han ikke hadde hatt politiske samtaler med Hamas, som dette videointervjuet med TV2 viser. I tillegg løy han om å ikke ha snakket med Venstre om asylbarn-saken i 2015.

9) Og ellers er han en rikmannssønn som tok feil dør og egentlig skulle gått inn den til Høyre.

Det er svært trist at Gahr Støre klarte å komme seg til toppen av Arbeiderpartiet, som snart bør skifte navn til noe mer passende.