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Officials in Falun, Sweden, have ordered a local school to reduce its vegetable buffet by half and to start serving store-bought bread instead of bread that's freshly baked. The city ordered lunch lady Annika Eriksson to make the changes because it wasn't fair that students in other schools didn't get the same choices.

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  1. Socialism in a nutshell, right there.

    1. But wait, I thought making the kids eat vegetables and quality food was socialism. Freedom mean frozen pizza and french fries at every meal!

      1. I was, of course, referring to the fact that they want everyone to be equally miserable. Yes, the government making kids eat anything is socialism. But you knew that. Vegan freaks should be free to send their kids to schools that serve cardboard if they like.

        1. If the government is going to be paying for school lunches, I see no problem with them mandating that the food served be decent food rather than the crap most kids choose for themselves. And I certainly am not going to start treating whiny brats as heroes because they want other people to feed them and then turn up their noses at the food that gets offered.

          1. Yes, it was already abundantly clear you’re not in favor of letting people choose for themselves.

            1. They’re free to choose for themselves all they like. They’re just not free to choose for themselves on someone else’s dime. And to the extent there are problems with the school lunch program, those problems can be discusses without trying to act like a bunch of brats are heroes. Even if we eliminated school lunches entirely, the kids who refuse to eat anything other than chicken nuggets would still be spoiled rotten and deserving of scorn.

          2. “If the government is going to be paying for healthcare, I see no problem with them banning soda”

            1. I have a problem with them banning soda. I don’t have a problem with the government refusing to buy sodas for me.

              1. once i got to high school, i was paying for all my lunches anyway. i don’t ever recall being handed free junk food and soda.

                1. If you were purchasing the school provided lunch (and assuming you went to high school after 1946), you were not paying the full cost of the lunch.

    2. Yes, institutional change can only come from the top down, not from the bottom up. Bottom up changes will create unequal results, and that cannot be allowed, so innovation and flexibility of the smallfolk must be stifled at all costs.

  2. “it wasn’t fair”

    another valuable life lesson denied.

    1. “It is about making a collective effort on quality”

      The students did learn a very valuable lesson on the collective government their parents chose.

      1. And heaven knows a collective effort can’t mean a bunch of people individually making an effort.

  3. Sounds like American public schools — we can’t all have a good education, so no one can have one!

  4. If one student dies, do they shoot them all? It’s not fair that one kid died.

    1. My daughter quips, “Yeah, the dead kid doesn’t have to do homework!”

  5. Looks pretty good to me man, I’;d eat it.

  6. So now Diana Moon Glampers runs the schools in Sweden?

  7. So the people who gave us the Viking sagas are now promoting bland school lunches?

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