Wednesday, June 08, 2005

n. Biology pl. mi·to·ses
The process in cell division by which the nucleus divides,
normally resulting in two new nuclei,
each of which contains
a complete copy of the parental chromosomes.

How do Swedes celebrate Independance Day? From Fjordman:

June 6th celebrates Gustav Vasa's 1523 accession to the throne, which ended Danish rule, and the 1809 adoption of a new constitution, kicking off Sweden's democratic tradition. But while streets and buildings have traditionally been bedecked in the blue and yellow of the Swedish flag for the day, it only became a bank holiday following a parliament vote last December.
In Stockholm the opposing camps started their marches shortly after noon under clearing skies. Some 400 right-wingers had gathered on central Stockholm's Odenplan square for a "People's March," including a group wearing a uniform of black berets, jackboots, khaki trousers and black tops, and brandishing brown and black flags. "We are demonstrating on behalf of all those who still believe in nationhood and race," said Per, a demonstrator who would only give his first name.

The rightists, marching in orderly formation, were outnumbered by left-wing demonstrators who started their march about a kilometre down the road at the same time. Many of the leftwing demonstrators, who totalled 600 to 700 according to police estimates, covered their faces with black scarves and were carrying large square plastic shields. Chanting slogans like "Fight fascism" and "Down with international capitalism" they moved towards the south of the city as riot police cordoned off streets.