Monthly Archives: February 2009

Posting via Email

You must be wondering what the below posts are about. They are my attempts at getting posting via email to work.  🙂

 

I wanted to start posting through email coz I realised that my outlook is open 24/7 and if there is a way of posting through outlook, then my blog would actually have posts!

 

So I opened up a gmail accnt, set my wordpress to accept  POP3 etc but then realised that gmail uses secure connection and wordpress does not accept it! Now, correct me if am wrong but don’t the majority of people out there use a secure email connection? I mean who is going to use their office mail to send blog posts! Unless they are off their crackers of course!!

 

Anyway, after around 6 hours of trying, I said chuck it and opened a normal connection which works. So here is my first proper post via email 🙂

 

Note: the mails have to be in plain text format or they come in html format as below. Which means I have to keep changing the mail format #@#@!

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Sweden

The debate about mothers and work: it always ends—doesn’t it?—with Sweden. Oh, if America could only be like Sweden—such a humane society, with its free day care for working mothers and its government subsidies of up to $11,900 per child per year. The problem? One hates to be Mrs. Red-State Republican Bringdown, but yes … the taxes. Currently, the top marginal income-tax rate in Sweden is nearly 60 percent (down from its peak in 1979 of 87 percent). Government spending amounts to more than half of Sweden’s GDP. (And it doesn’t all go to children, given Sweden’s low fertility rate.) On the upside, government spending creates jobs: from 1970 to 1990, a whopping 75 percent of Swedish jobs created were in the public sector … providing social welfare services … almost all of which were filled by women. Uh-oh. In short, as Gilbert points out, because of the 40 percent tax rate on her husband’s job, a new mother may be forced to take that second, highly taxed job to supplement the family’s finances; in other words, she leaves her toddlers behind from eight to five (in that convenient universal day care) so she can go take care of other people’s toddlers or empty the bedpans of elderly strangers. (As Alan Wolfe has pointed out, “the Scandinavian welfare states which express so well a sense of obligation to distant strangers, are beginning to make it more difficult to express a sense of obligation to those with whom one shares family ties.”)

Hmm, now why did’nt I think of that before?