Thought for the day

"We're so self-important. So arrogant. Everybody's going to save something now. Save the trees, save the bees, save the whales, save the snails. And the supreme arrogance? Save the planet! Are these people kidding? Save the planet? We don't even know how to take care of ourselves; we haven't learned how to care for one another. We're gonna save the fuckin' planet? . . . And, by the way, there's nothing wrong with the planet in the first place. The planet is fine. The people are fucked! Compared with the people, the planet is doin' great. It's been here over four billion years . . . The planet isn't goin' anywhere, folks. We are! We're goin' away. Pack your shit, we're goin' away. And we won't leave much of a trace. Thank God for that. Nothing left. Maybe a little Styrofoam. The planet will be here, and we'll be gone. Another failed mutation; another closed-end biological mistake." -- George Carlin

The Sami form an indigenous ethnic group that has settled in Norway, Sweden, northern Finland, and wide areas of the Kola Peninsula in Russia. Their number is difficult to establish, as ethnic definitions can vary, and the choice of identifying oneself as a Sami is an individual. Current estimates, however, place the total population at between thirty thousand and fifty thousand, most of whom live in Norway. The Sami have historically been known in English as Laps or Laplanders, but these words are considered offensive by the Sami, who preferred the name of the area in their own languages, e.g. Northern Sami Sapmi. Their traditional languages ​​are the Semitic languages, classified as a branch of the Uralic language family.