statistical condom
Arvamus 21 May 2013 Justin PetroneEWR
    Trüki   E-post   FB     
Interesting to see the Russian question pop up from time to time, along with statistics ... "X percent THIS, therefore THIS ..." Statistics are important because they are used in the transmission of halftruths, lies, propaganda, so always wear a statistical condom! One discussion that caught my ear revolved around the translation of Estonian law into the Russian language, a suggestion made by a Social Democrat named Ossinovski. Society comes unglued at the very mention of such ideas, with statistics tossed around like rice at a wedding, "X percent THIS, therefore THIS!" I scratch my own itchy head ... Yeah, why not translate the laws?

I have always been opposed to making Russian a second-state language, not just because I like Estonian so much because I think it's so cute with all of that ä ü õ ö, but also because I feel it is unnecessary. I am of the opinion that forced legal inclusiveness is, in two words, complete bullshit. "Oh, look, the official languages of Kosovo are Kosovar Albanian AND Serbian." That'll get them to stop hating each other, sure ... Or, "Just look at Finland, just look at Canada!" -- the linguistic minorities there are bitching round the clock. The Quebecois complain about not having their own state, the Anglophones in Quebec complain about living in the Francosphere. And so, as you already knew, NOBODY IS EVER HAPPY.

Then I start thinking about the multilingual origins of the Estonian state with its Danish and German merchants and border Russians and deposed Polish counts, and I recall that during the 1920s and '30s, Estonian politicians used to go to Narva or Petseri and give addresses ... in Russian. So what exactly are we restoring the state to, if that's how it was in the earlier period of independence? What is the default for which we yearn? Are we going back in time, or involved in a completely new state-building project? Stuff to consider.

But, back to the question: Estonian laws in Russian? ... Why not? Why not in English, too? Hell, let's add Swedish. The Swedes are still a tiny minority, but, unlike the Russian minority, they are actually growing. If you model it out over the next 500,000 years, at current growth rates, the Swedish minority will surpass the Russian minority in 253,000 years. So, that's my advice. Think ahead. Be the future.

(Itching for Eestimaa, May 21, 2013)
 
    Trüki   E-post   FB     
16 Aug 2017 12:05
Toit, mida Briti kuningapere väljas süües tellida ei tohi PM
16 Aug 2017 11:57
Trad. Attack! Wednesday, August 16, 2017 8:30 PM
16 Aug 2017 09:45
Uus pusletükk? Franklini Arktika-ekspeditsiooni hukule leiti veel üks võimalik põhjus DELFI
16 Aug 2017 08:18
Galerii ja video: USA ründelennukid maandusid esmakordselt Kuressaare lennuväljal PM
15 Aug 2017 18:59
Eestlanna võitleb USAs raske haigusega
15 Aug 2017 10:52
Londoni börs nõudis sõna otseses mõttes ohvri
13 Aug 2017 21:59
Asepresident Mike Pence’i topeltmäng Postimees (1)
13 Aug 2017 14:56
Põhja-Koreas vangis olnud Kanada pastor saabus koju PM (1)
13 Aug 2017 10:52
Läti rahandusminister tänas eestlasi alkoralliga Läti majanduse turgutamise eest
13 Aug 2017 10:20
Rakvere Ööjooksul krõbistasid sportlased snäkiks kassitoitu
13 Aug 2017 10:05
Ivo Muru: Peatage see riik, ma väljun! (3)
13 Aug 2017 08:41
Lugeja: tormi kätte jäänud parvlaeval Arabella puhkes paanika, lained olid tohutud ja elud ohus
13 Aug 2017 08:35
Virginia osariigi rahutustes on hukkunud kolm inimest. Lisatud sündmuse video!
12 Aug 2017 18:55
Algas Kanada Maleva "Kolm Lõvi" laager Kotkajärvel
12 Aug 2017 16:53
Eesti: Torm lõpetas enneaegselt Arvamusfestivali ja tekitas korraliku kaose PM
12 Aug 2017 16:36
Jeroen Bult: rasked valikud Eesti ees PM
12 Aug 2017 11:35
Galerii: tugev äike liigub üle Eesti, saartel ja mandril paljud majapidamised vooluta
12 Aug 2017 08:53
Mart Helme: inimeste kõige pühamad tunded on seotud rahvuse, keele, kultuuri, kodumaa ja perekonnaga, sotsid on kõike seda hävitamas (1)
SÜNDMUSED LÄHIAJAL
Aug 19 2017 - Muskokas
Kotkajärve Metsaülikool
Aug 20 2017 - Muskokas
Kotkajärve Metsaülikool
Aug 21 2017 - Muskokas
Kotkajärve Metsaülikool
Aug 22 2017 - Muskokas
Kotkajärve Metsaülikool
Aug 23 2017 - Muskokas
Kotkajärve Metsaülikool
Aug 24 2017 - Muskokas
Kotkajärve Metsaülikool
Aug 25 2017 - Muskokas
Kotkajärve Metsaülikool
Aug 26 2017 - Muskokas
Kotkajärve Metsaülikool

Vaata veel ...

Lisa uus sündmus