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At this stage you don't get anything but blather.

For example on Norwegian TV2, where it's mostly standard we're so surprised he seemed a calm and nice person Who Could Have Predicted?

Only fact advanced (by Fremskrittspartiet), he was a member of their party in the early 2000s and then left.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat Jul 23rd, 2011 at 10:43:28 AM EST
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Because they weren't radical enough for him, I suppose.

Economics is politics by other means
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sun Jul 24th, 2011 at 06:24:51 AM EST
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Their line is he got more extreme after leaving.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sun Jul 24th, 2011 at 11:19:53 AM EST
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A nation's enemy within: The far-right loner who wiped out nearly 100 souls - Europe, World - The Independent

Norway's right-wing Progress Party, which has risen to become the second largest party by surfing on a wave of growing anti-immigrant sentiment, was forced to hastily deny that Breivik had any recent contact following revelations that he had been a paid up member as recently as 2006.

"He is not a member any more," Progress leader Siv Jensen told Reuters. "It makes me very sad that he was a member at an earlier point. He was never very active and we have a hard time finding anyone who knows much about him." He added: "He had a hard time accepting our principles and our way of working because he had his own ideas. When we didn't listen to him, he walked out the door." But after leaving Progress, it is clear that Breivik had turned to more extremist politics.

More in the "he seemed a calm and nice person" department, but here the sadder part:

In the suburb of Oslo where Breivik is known to have spent much of his time with his mother, a feeling of shock and disbelief had descended upon the area, an affluent corner to the west of the city centre. Police spent yesterday searching a flat that tax records show was owned by Breivik and his elderly mother, Wenche Behring.

Caroline Slatti, 22, a neighbour who lives in the same block of flats on Hoffsveien, remembered a quiet but unremarkable man with a sociable mother who tended to his every need. "He looked like an ordinary guy, he was just like anybody else," she said. "I didn't know him all that well but his mother is really friendly. She dotes on him and always talks about him."

At the back of the mall opposite the flat is a café where many of the area's retirees, including Breivik's mother, would come for a daily coffee. Stephan Imbernon, a French-born 34-year-old waiter, recalled how Mrs Behring had been in the cafe at the time her son began his rampage. "She was sitting there for around two or three hours," he said. "It's horrible. People feel very sad for this woman because everyone knows her."



*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Sun Jul 24th, 2011 at 04:27:52 PM EST
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