Recently, Marie started reading a book by Naomi Klein called The Shock Doctrine. Most often, it is rather hard to impress me with a good book on economics and politics since I do not trust either of them. Marie shared the impressions and ideas that come from this book and this time it really impressed me. The book tries to show how and why US “free markets” fight their way through the world by mostly making people miserable, creating wars to gain the power and money. The book explains how the United States helped to apply the shock and therapy to economics of several countries (e.g. Argentina, Poland, Russia (USSR)) and how it never really worked, pointing out that the whole world is going down the drain of corruption. This is an extremely informative book that might shake your understanding of good and bad guys, the ideas of globalization and who is good and bad in the area of economics.
I hope everyone had nice holidays and is already doing well in this 2009 year. For this year we were happy to invite our friends from Lithuania and then friends from Moscow. Here are some pictures from the New Year events. Thanks guys for coming. We really enjoyed your company and hope to see you some time in the summer when it is warm … well… Swedish warm.
Marie and I have a long term project for renovating our apartment. We do take it easy and my father will come this summer to help me. So, we are planning, buying tools and materials. Here is the picture of our first bedroom that we have done so far. We have done the ceiling, the walls and finally the floor. A couple more touches and this room will be done.