October 2010

The end of the line

October 29, 2010

Well, we’ve seen it happen across the blogosphere, and now it’s happening here: after six years online, this blog has finally run out of steam. It’s time to stop. This decision has been a long time coming and has certainly not been easy. I’ve put a lot into this little project, and over these past […]

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Gearing up for a constitutional review

October 28, 2010

Some of you may have noticed that I skated pretty nimbly over the issue of the constitutional reform the other day. If I do say so myself. Of course the matter of reviewing the Icelandic constitution is a highly significant one, and I happen to think that the way we’re going about it here is […]

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14.25

October 25, 2010

Today, at 14.25, Icelandic women will be walking out of their workplaces. The reason for that precise timing: with the wage gap factored in, that is when women will have completed a full workday. Some interesting factoids from the Fréttablaðið editorial today: Women are 50% of the human race, but own one percent of the […]

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The new blogtitution

October 24, 2010

As some readers will undoubtedly know, Iceland is in the process of reviewing its constitution. A constitutional assembly will be set up next spring, chosen via direct personal election, for which anyone can run. The deadline for submitting candidacies was last week, and a whopping 525 people have decided to run, which amounts to 0.2% […]

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Beaty polishes his halo in The Globe and Mail

October 18, 2010

So, Toronto’s Globe and Mail today publishes an interview with Ross Beaty, CEO of Magma Energy, which focuses [among other things] on the controversy surrounding Magma’s acquisition of HS Orka here in Iceland. Now, we know this about Ross Beaty: he is a smooth talker. He’s got this slightly self-depreciating manner that instantly invites rapport. […]

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Eva Joly in a farewell interview

October 18, 2010

So, Eva Joly gave a final interview on Silfur Egils this afternoon, recorded just after she stepped down as advisor to the Special Prosecutor into the bank collapse. As always, her lucid comments and composed, assured demeanor inspired confidence — to me, at least. I know there are a handful of people out there who […]

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Totally inspired by Belgian Adventurer

October 17, 2010

I can’t say I’m in the least inspired by the Inspired by Iceland campaign, but I am inspired by this guy! Here are the details of his Iceland excursion — sans dancing!

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Ingvi Hrafn hangs himself on TV

October 15, 2010

OK, I just have to share this. What we have here is one Ingvi Hrafn Jónsson, supporter of the Independence Party and castigator of all things Eva Joly, denouncing [um, too polite a word] the good lady and the work of the Special Prosecutor’s Office on his private television station, INN. I doubt if such […]

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Population trivia from the second quarter

October 15, 2010

Here we have some population stats from the third quarter of this year that some of you may find interesting.* At the end of the third quarter of this year, precisely 318,200 people resided in Iceland. This is 300 more than at the end of the second quarter. There were 160,000 men and 158,200 women. […]

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Machinations of the shadow elite

October 14, 2010

A new article in the Huffington Post by economist Robert Wade from the LSE and Sigurbjörg [Silla] Sigurgeirsdóttir from the U of Iceland is a chilling read. It gives a pretty concise account of the machinations of the Independence Party and their cronies in the lead-up to the meltdown, and proves how a handful of […]

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