Walking past the condom-and-rotten-food dumpsters by Greek row, it’s hard to imagine that anyone in the world would ever want more garbage. But would you believe that one country is spending money importing trash?! It’s true. According to this National Public Radio article, Sweden is investing in garbage imports to provide its people with renewable energy. Even in this dreary global economy. Why? Because it’s Sweden, that’s why.

A Swede looks at this picture and feels aroused

A Swede looks at this picture and feels aroused

Swedes have got it good. Their government has a can-do attitude that just gets shit done. Yeah, they’re pacifists, and they stayed neutral during World War II, but don’t hold that against them. At least they didn’t, pay attention here France, surrender. Sweden has one of the strongest economies right now, thanks to their fiscal discipline and their successful welfare programs. Sweden is living proof that a capitalist society can have lots of rich people without having everyone else be poor. They have a lower unemployment rate than the United States, and spend more money on education than Uncle Sam. They’re so progressive they’re retro. According to this Guardian article, when they figured out a form of snuff, yes the pippip cheerio guv’nor snuff, snuff, called ‘Snu’ had fewer health effects than tobacco, they became the only country in the European Union to legalize the substance. Now, they’re enjoying the world’s lowest rates of lung cancer in males.

Sweden is a beautiful country

Sweden is a beautiful country

Sweden’s policy-making process is less a matter of politics and more related to figuring out what works.  They throw tradition out the window and really stop to think and analyze. The more we look at Sweden, the more we realize what we have to learn from them. There’s nothing to keep us Americans from being as successful, but on an even larger scale. We’re a lot bigger and a lot richer. Let’s stop doing things the old fashioned way, and figure out how best to meet the future.

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When Cal is mentioned in the news, it is usually related to one of  two subjects: a) yet another ground-breaking study that will revolutionize society  or reveal some dark secret of human behavior or b) something something Occupy movement. Bucking this trend, however, NPR recently ran a segment on their program, “All Things Considered” that told a heart-warming story concerning a Cal alumna. Here’s a short run down:

Betty Werther graduated from UC Berkeley in 1949 and afterwards had the opportunity to travel aboard in Europe and study at Sorbonne (i.e. the University of Paris). Werther then basically lived out the life that every young college student aspires to and traveled all across the world from Paris to Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Norway and the Middle East. Unfortunately, along her travels Werther misplaced her passport. read more »


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“Hey Clog, you haven’t written about frogs in a while. Anything going on with them?” Glad you asked. In fact there is—on NPR’s “All Things Considered,” host Guy Raz interviewed UC Berkeley biology prof Tyrone Hayes about the effects of pesticide Atrazine on frogs, namely, gend’rification.

“Wait, are you telling me that read more »


As you Hass kids are probably well aware, there’s big money in India. It’s bigger than outsourcing and off-shoring. It’s bigger than back office jobs and massive tele-operator centers. A recent segment of NPR’s “Forum With Michael Krasny” explores the economic ties between the United States and India, a bond which Obama prophesies to be “one of the defining partnerships of the 21st century.”

According to Bay Area Council Economic Institute CEO Sean Randolph and UC Berkeley’s visiting scholar Vivek Wadhwa, this bond is hella strong right here in northern California, the venture capital hub of Uh-mer-kuh. Here’s why: read more »


229755030_ad34424785-1So, as you may or may not know, we here at the Clog are actually part of the Daily Cal: consider us the bratty back-talking teenage child of our older, wiser, drier parental.  As much as we’d like to pretend we know it all (and we’re not refuting this), we still need a news source to actually build all of our snarky brilliance upon. That’s right, even the indie tee-wearing teen with copious amounts of piercings who listens to underground techno on over-sized headphones eventually goes back to his parents to ask for money.

So basically that ubiquitous “Journalism is a failing industry” line that we’ve been hearing around kind of concerns us. Not enough to actually stop us from making fun of the industry or those who suffer because of it, of course, but hey, showing a gesture of concern is about as best as you’re going to get from us here at the Clog. And it seems that every publication has been affected, including our less attractive counterpart, the Berkeley Daily Planet. read more »