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Post by Per » Tue Sep 25, 2018 7:01 am

Strangelove wrote:
Thu Sep 20, 2018 4:27 pm
But what about all this 'welfare system about to collapse' and 'crime is surging' business?
Sigh. We are under attack from the alt right movement/Russia, who are doing their best to describe Sweden as a failed society.

The welfare system is under strain from an aging population in need of more and more healthcare, sure. But Sweden's economy is fundamentally sound, and as long as we can continue to add people of working age into the system, I'm sure we will manage.

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As for crime... The overall trend is a drop in crime, especially when it comes to burglaries, assault and car theft, but there are some categories that are rising; especially fraud, vandalism (mainly graffiti, but also torched cars), shootings, and reported sexual assaults.

Fraud is a typical white collar crime and can hardly be linked to immigration. The shootings are up because of turf wars between criminal gangs in a handful of suburbs outside the three main cities. I read somewhere that of the people killed in shootings so far in Sweden in 2018, every one had a criminal record. As one policeman said on TV the other night when a reporter asked about rumours that two people who had been injured in a shooting were criminals: "we do not comment on that, but let me put it this way, regular citizens have no need to be concerned."

As for sexual assaults... Typically, the more equal gender rights a country has, the higher the number of reported sexual assaults. In Saudi Arabia there are no rapes at all reported most years. Even in Sweden they estimate that less than half of rapes are reported. But the number has kept growing, and most think it has to do with empowerment of women, as in the me too movement. Also, Sweden has a much broader definition of rape than most countries. There is eg no need for penetration. We were also the first country (in 1965) to accept that rape could occur within marriage. Many countries still do not recognise that. There could be an actual rise, but if you look at convictions, there is no clear evidence of that. It's mainly that more sexual assaults are reported.

Anyway, the whole is-crime-rising-or-falling has become very politicised. The authorities mainly state that crime is dropping, but the extreme right, Russians, etc dispute this. So instead of looking at Swedish sources, I will turn to the US State Department. In their 2018 Crime and Safety Report for Sweden they rank us at the lowest level, Level 1, which they also grant the other Scandinavian countries, except Denmark.
Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Belgium and the UK are all ranked at Level 2 and eg Turkey and Russia are ranked at Level 3 and should be avoided.

Some quotes from the report:
The general crime rate in Sweden is below the U.S. national average
According to official statistics, the increase in the number of reported crimes in 2017 was negligible compared to 2016 (an increase by less than half a percent). The categories of crimes that reported the highest increase from 2016 were “crimes against persons”: primarily identity theft and crimes of sexual nature. 2016 saw a decrease in reported thefts (pickpocketing, shoplifting) and property damage.

Official Swedish homicide statistics (and final statistics for all reported crimes) are not released until late March of each year. There were 106 confirmed homicides in 2016, compared to 112 confirmed homicides in 2015.
106... what's that? A bad week in Chicago? :hmmm:
Organized criminal activity is driven by low-level organized criminal groups, many associated with larger motorcycle gangs and organized crime elements from Eastern Europe.
Violent crimes (homicides, sexual assaults) do occur. The majority occur in larger cities (Stockholm, Gothenburg, Malmo). The number of reported rapes increased in 2017 by 10% compared to 2016 (7,230 reports in 2017 compared to 6,720 in 2016). The statistics show only the number of crimes reported and not the total number of actual crimes committed.
https://www.osac.gov/Pages/ContentRepor ... ?cid=23559
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Re: CC Random thread

Post by ukcanuck » Sat Oct 06, 2018 10:56 pm

Per wrote:
Tue Sep 25, 2018 7:01 am
Strangelove wrote:
Thu Sep 20, 2018 4:27 pm
But what about all this 'welfare system about to collapse' and 'crime is surging' business?
Sigh. We are under attack from the alt right movement/Russia, who are doing their best to describe Sweden as a failed society.

The welfare system is under strain from an aging population in need of more and more healthcare, sure. But Sweden's economy is fundamentally sound, and as long as we can continue to add people of working age into the system, I'm sure we will manage.

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As for crime... The overall trend is a drop in crime, especially when it comes to burglaries, assault and car theft, but there are some categories that are rising; especially fraud, vandalism (mainly graffiti, but also torched cars), shootings, and reported sexual assaults.

Fraud is a typical white collar crime and can hardly be linked to immigration. The shootings are up because of turf wars between criminal gangs in a handful of suburbs outside the three main cities. I read somewhere that of the people killed in shootings so far in Sweden in 2018, every one had a criminal record. As one policeman said on TV the other night when a reporter asked about rumours that two people who had been injured in a shooting were criminals: "we do not comment on that, but let me put it this way, regular citizens have no need to be concerned."

As for sexual assaults... Typically, the more equal gender rights a country has, the higher the number of reported sexual assaults. In Saudi Arabia there are no rapes at all reported most years. Even in Sweden they estimate that less than half of rapes are reported. But the number has kept growing, and most think it has to do with empowerment of women, as in the me too movement. Also, Sweden has a much broader definition of rape than most countries. There is eg no need for penetration. We were also the first country (in 1965) to accept that rape could occur within marriage. Many countries still do not recognise that. There could be an actual rise, but if you look at convictions, there is no clear evidence of that. It's mainly that more sexual assaults are reported.

Anyway, the whole is-crime-rising-or-falling has become very politicised. The authorities mainly state that crime is dropping, but the extreme right, Russians, etc dispute this. So instead of looking at Swedish sources, I will turn to the US State Department. In their 2018 Crime and Safety Report for Sweden they rank us at the lowest level, Level 1, which they also grant the other Scandinavian countries, except Denmark.
Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Belgium and the UK are all ranked at Level 2 and eg Turkey and Russia are ranked at Level 3 and should be avoided.

Some quotes from the report:
The general crime rate in Sweden is below the U.S. national average
According to official statistics, the increase in the number of reported crimes in 2017 was negligible compared to 2016 (an increase by less than half a percent). The categories of crimes that reported the highest increase from 2016 were “crimes against persons”: primarily identity theft and crimes of sexual nature. 2016 saw a decrease in reported thefts (pickpocketing, shoplifting) and property damage.

Official Swedish homicide statistics (and final statistics for all reported crimes) are not released until late March of each year. There were 106 confirmed homicides in 2016, compared to 112 confirmed homicides in 2015.
106... what's that? A bad week in Chicago? :hmmm:
Organized criminal activity is driven by low-level organized criminal groups, many associated with larger motorcycle gangs and organized crime elements from Eastern Europe.
Violent crimes (homicides, sexual assaults) do occur. The majority occur in larger cities (Stockholm, Gothenburg, Malmo). The number of reported rapes increased in 2017 by 10% compared to 2016 (7,230 reports in 2017 compared to 6,720 in 2016). The statistics show only the number of crimes reported and not the total number of actual crimes committed.
https://www.osac.gov/Pages/ContentRepor ... ?cid=23559
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Re: CC Random thread

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Post by Strangelove » Thu Oct 25, 2018 11:45 am

I don't suppose anyone has any advice on new refrigerators/dishwashers?

I know nothing of these things... need stainless steel, large capacity.

Present freezer compartment is not evenly freezing.

Timer on the dishwasher is messed up.
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Post by Reefer2 » Thu Oct 25, 2018 4:18 pm

Bought a new fridge, confirmed height, confirmed width, did not check depth and the new one is deeper by a few inches so confirm all 3 sizes.

Shopped around and bought from Best Buy, did not get the ice cube maker or water as the filters were expensive and hard to keep clean and I would need to run a water line. Plus those are extra items that just break. Went with a bottom freezer as it is larger and easier to put things in and out especially since my wife is shorter and cannot always see way back in the freezer. Shelves in the freezer were not the wire type where things can fall from top shelve to bottom, helps when things fall out of bags and they care contained to 1 area.

Bought a stainless steel frisge, no finger print one, ok the no fingerprint part is a joke, finger prints everywhere and hard to keep clean. BUT did save money on the electrical bill as this new one was way more efficient. In future would never buy SS again.

Also bought a new dishwasher and went with the Bosch manufactured but not Bosch name, super freaking quiet that the first few times we did not know if it was working. I was a cheap bugger before and it was all about $ so I did not care about noise, it was so bad we would only put the dishwasher on before going to bed because you could not hear the TV. Did not get a SS dishwasher.

Installed myself and it was easy, the electrical part was a little tricky so was the different type of hoses going back and forth. Had to run some additional hose from the sink to the dishwasher hose so bought the extra stuff from Homedepot. Where the hose went it was a small fit so I sent my skinny son in to put part of it together.

Went simple and did not get a lot of the bells and whistles as again these things break, bought one where the tray will not discolour or rust after a couple years. They are all not econo so saving water is a priority, less water is used but the wash cycle can be longer, over 2 hours now. Can do a short wash for 45 minutes but never used it. Also the top does not have a the item that twirls around to put out water, when you have one on top and bottom you actually lose a couple inches to put tall items on the top shelve.

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Post by Strangelove » Thu Oct 25, 2018 9:26 pm

Reefer2 wrote:
Thu Oct 25, 2018 4:18 pm
Bought a new fridge, confirmed height, confirmed width, did not check depth and the new one is deeper by a few inches so confirm all 3 sizes.
I just gave them the model# of my present ones and asked them to give me options that are the same size.

(I called three appliance shops and asked them to email me some choices/prices)
Reefer2 wrote:
Thu Oct 25, 2018 4:18 pm
Shopped around and bought from Best Buy, did not get the ice cube maker or water as the filters were expensive and hard to keep clean and I would need to run a water line. Plus those are extra items that just break.
Well I already have the waterlines from the present fridge, and never had any probs there (copper coil).

Plus I like that feature.
Reefer2 wrote:
Thu Oct 25, 2018 4:18 pm
Went with a bottom freezer as it is larger and easier to put things in and out
Interesting, I'll ask the wife if she prefers that.
Reefer2 wrote:
Thu Oct 25, 2018 4:18 pm
especially since my wife is shorter and cannot always see way back in the freezer.
Good thing for you she can't see what's back there eh buds. :sly:
Reefer2 wrote:
Thu Oct 25, 2018 4:18 pm
Shelves in the freezer were not the wire type where things can fall from top shelve to bottom, helps when things fall out of bags and they care contained to 1 area.
I'll keep that in mind.
Reefer2 wrote:
Thu Oct 25, 2018 4:18 pm
Bought a stainless steel frisge, no finger print one, ok the no fingerprint part is a joke, finger prints everywhere and hard to keep clean. BUT did save money on the electrical bill as this new one was way more efficient. In future would never buy SS again.
I have no idea what all this 'no fingerprint' business is all about... makes the unit more efficient??

Gotta have SS... it's an SS kitchen and the wife loves dat dere.
Reefer2 wrote:
Thu Oct 25, 2018 4:18 pm
Also bought a new dishwasher and went with the Bosch manufactured but not Bosch name, super freaking quiet that the first few times we did not know if it was working. I was a cheap bugger before and it was all about $ so I did not care about noise, it was so bad we would only put the dishwasher on before going to bed because you could not hear the TV.
Never thought about the noise factor, thanks.
Reefer2 wrote:
Thu Oct 25, 2018 4:18 pm
Installed myself and it was easy, the electrical part was a little tricky so was the different type of hoses going back and forth. Had to run some additional hose from the sink to the dishwasher hose so bought the extra stuff from Homedepot. Where the hose went it was a small fit so I sent my skinny son in to put part of it together.
Don't want to install it myself for warranty and insurance reasons.
Reefer2 wrote:
Thu Oct 25, 2018 4:18 pm
Went simple and did not get a lot of the bells and whistles as again these things break, bought one where the tray will not discolour or rust after a couple years. They are all not econo so saving water is a priority, less water is used but the wash cycle can be longer, over 2 hours now. Can do a short wash for 45 minutes but never used it. Also the top does not have a the item that twirls around to put out water, when you have one on top and bottom you actually lose a couple inches to put tall items on the top shelve.
I'm leaning toward SS interior, never thought about the room taken up by the spinner thingy so thanks again Reef.

I like to save as much money as possible so the salesperson doesn't think I'm a schmo, plus the wife pleasures me when I save big bucks

... but I do like to have above average quality (to make the neighbours feel inferior) :D
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Post by Topper » Thu Oct 25, 2018 10:11 pm

Have a confined space between wall and cabinets for the fridge. Samsung makes one that fits and is a couple of inches deeper. Tons of interior space. Bottom slide out freezer is the only way to go. You get a great view of her arse when she's getting things from the freezer.

Picked up a Kenmore before Sears went under. Model is made by Bosch, has the third shelf upper rack for utensils freeing up bottom rack space for dishes. Also has the baskets for cutlery if that is what you want. Quiet is a big issue in our place for the dishwasher.

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Post by Aaronp18 » Fri Oct 26, 2018 9:10 am

Doc, we're slowly converting our place from stainless to the black stainless. It has an additional coating to create the darker look but it cleans so much easier! Kids are brutal on the traditional stainless.

Usually find floor models in good shape and buy those, they negotiate much more on these items! Had to replace the dishwasher and now our fridge in our new place since moving in. Woke up the other morning to the ice all melted in the freezer of the fridge. We went with some Samsung appliances because we liked the reviews and the how the finish went with our kitchen.

Samsung Fridge

Samsung Dishwasher

I'm a huge fan of the 3rd rack on the dishwashers for cutlery and utensils that don't fit normally.

Definitely didn't pay those prices and got warranties negotiated in as well. Full 5 year on the fridge which I'm happy about!

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Post by Uncle dans leg » Fri Oct 26, 2018 9:56 am

The Koreans (sansung, lg, etc) apparently are making the better quality household appliances according to a buddy who does warranty repairs in that shit. I think that applies more to the middle to lower end stuff.
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Post by Hank » Fri Oct 26, 2018 10:50 am

A $4,000+ fridge is now middle to lower end?!

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Post by Reefer2 » Fri Oct 26, 2018 11:13 am

Aaronp18 wrote:
Fri Oct 26, 2018 9:10 am

I'm a huge fan of the 3rd rack on the dishwashers for cutlery and utensils that don't fit normally.

we wanted the 3rd level but it was more expensive and I found you have to check how it impacts the top row and the glasses you put in etc.

All about size.

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Post by Strangelove » Fri Oct 26, 2018 2:05 pm

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Your advice is helpful and much appreciated my cyberfriends.

I'm going to take my time with this... mostly because I'm feeling very shitty again today. :(

My neighbour says I'm crazy to replace the fridge when it might be repaired fairly easily.

(it is/was a top-of-the-line model when i bought it over a decade ago)
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Post by Aaronp18 » Fri Oct 26, 2018 6:28 pm

Reefer2 wrote:
Fri Oct 26, 2018 11:13 am
Aaronp18 wrote:
Fri Oct 26, 2018 9:10 am

I'm a huge fan of the 3rd rack on the dishwashers for cutlery and utensils that don't fit normally.

we wanted the 3rd level but it was more expensive and I found you have to check how it impacts the top row and the glasses you put in etc.

All about size.
The glass rack is adjustable. With a tall tub dishwasher and adjustable racks I've never had an issue!

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Post by Aaronp18 » Fri Oct 26, 2018 6:31 pm

Strangelove wrote:
Fri Oct 26, 2018 2:05 pm
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Your advice is helpful and much appreciated my cyberfriends.

I'm going to take my time with this... mostly because I'm feeling very shitty again today. :(

My neighbour says I'm crazy to replace the fridge when it might be repaired fairly easily.

(it is/was a top-of-the-line model when i bought it over a decade ago)
Key word is "might", and if it is repaired easily then you're good to go. The fact that it's lasted over 10 years is a bloody miracle in appliances these days. Issue could be whether or not they have the parts to fix the issue!

But I'm no refrigeration expert!

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