Flowers and candles are seen at a temporary memorial site for the victims of the shooting spree and bomb attack in Norway, on the shore in front of Utoeya island, northwest of Oslo, July 26. Norwegian Anders Behring Breivik is in all likelyhood "insane", his lawyer said after the anti-Islam radical admitted to bomb and shooting spree in Norway on Friday that killed 76 people.
Friends and loved ones gather at the Oslo cathedral to mourn 93 victims killed in twin terror attacks from a bombing in downtown Oslo and a mass shooting on Utoya island on July 24.
A young boy throws a rose into the lake opposite to the island of July 24.
He might be the sexiest vampire we ever had the pleasure to lay eyes upon and since he knows what it is like to get bullied (“god hates fangs”) True Blood star Alexander Skarsgård made this PSA:
You proved that in the light of such tragic events people can stay calm, open their arms and hearts to console and comfort each other and be an outstanding example of how hate can be defeated by answering it with even more love and sincere openness.
Norway’s prime minister gave the following address yesterday:
It is nearly two days since Norway was hit by the worst atrocity it has seen since the Second World War. On Utøya, and in Oslo. It seems like an eternity.
These have been hours, days and nights filled with shock, despair, anger and weeping. Today is a day for mourning. Today, we will allow ourselves to pause. Remember the dead. Mourn those who are no longer with us. 92 lives have been lost. Several people are still missing.
Every single death is a tragedy. Together they add up to a national tragedy. We are still struggling to take in the scale of this tragedy. Many of us know someone who has been lost. Even more know of someone. I knew several. One of them was Monica. She worked on Utøya for 20 years or so. For many of us she was Utøya. Now she is dead. Shot and killed while providing care and security for young people from all over the country. Her husband John and daughters Victoria and Helene are in Drammen Church today. It is so unfair. I want you to know that we are weeping with you.
Another is Tore Eikeland. Leader of the Labour Youth League in Hordaland and one of our most talented young politicians. I remember him being met with acclaim by the whole Labour national congress when he gave a stirring speech against the EU Postal Directive, and won the debate. Now he is dead. Gone for ever. It is incomprehensible.
These are two of those we have lost. We have lost many more on Utøya and in the government offices. We will soon have their names and pictures. Then the full extent of this evil act will become apparent in all its horror. This will be a new ordeal.
But we will get through this too.
Amidst all this tragedy, I am proud to live in a country that has managed to hold its head up high at a critical time. I have been impressed by the dignity, compassion and resolve I have met. We are a small country, but a proud people. We are still shocked by what has happened, but we will never give up our values. Our response is more democracy, more openness, and more humanity. But never naivity.
No one has said it better than the Labour Youth League girl who was interviewed by CNN: “If one man can create that much hate, you can only imagine how much love we as a togetherness can create.”
At the “Egalia” preschool, staff avoid using words like “him” or “her” and address the 33 kids as “friends” rather than girls and boys. From the colour and placement of toys to the choice of books, every detail has been carefully planned to make sure the children don’t fall into gender stereotypes.
“Society expects girls to be girlie, nice and pretty and boys to be manly, rough and outgoing,” says Jenny Johnsson, a 31-year-old teacher. “Egalia gives them a fantastic opportunity to be whoever they want to be.”
The taxpayer-funded preschool which opened last year in the liberal Sodermalm district of Stockholm for kids aged 1 to 6 is among the most radical examples of Sweden’s efforts to engineer equality between the sexes from childhood onward. Breaking down gender roles is a core mission in the national curriculum for preschools, underpinned by the theory that even in highly egalitarian-minded Sweden, society gives boys an unfair edge. To even things out, many preschools have hired “gender pedagogues” to help staff identify language and behaviour that risk reinforcing stereotypes. More at TIME.
Anton Hysén, the 20-year-old British-born soccer player for Sweden’s Utsiktens BK, says it’s "fucked up" that he will be the first player in Sweden to come out. Oh, sorry to bury the lead: Hysén, whose father played for Liverpool in the 80s, has revealed he’s gay in a magazine interview. "I am a footballer. And gay. If I perform as a footballer, then I do not think it matters if I like girls or boys." [via Queerty]
It’s likely that not even drunk hools will seek trouble with him considering his bad-ass looks