I will lead today with some political news. There are seven (7!) main political parties in Sweden ranging from the Left Party (on the left) through to the Sweden Democrats on the extreme Naziesque fringe on the right. The two large parties are the Socialdemocrats who held power for 60 years and the Moderates who are in power now. The Prime Minister is a Moderate named Reinfeldt and it appears he committed political suicide this past week by proposing a plan that would make people work until they were 75 before they can retire and collect their pensions. Right now it is 65 and you can imagine how that is going over. Swedes begin an entire new and sometimes long final phase of their life stories at 65 and live active retirements. I think there is a general election in 2013 and I am sure people will remember this. I think about 90% of Swedes vote in elections, one reason because they hold them on weekends when people can get out and vote.
Okay, back to the ice pictures which seem to fascinate me more as the freeze moves farther away from shore.
That darker blue strip at the horizon marks how far out the sea has frozen.
Most of you are probably laughing to yourselves an my naiveté. (“Yeah, Dan, water freezes at 32 F. Get over it.”) Well, this next one is for you: