A reader, Greg, just sent me a link to an article he wrote in an online newsmag called Counterpunch, entitled The Insolents Abroad. In it he takes old Michael Lewis of Vanity Fair to task, puts him through the wringer and hangs him out to dry.
In an apparent attempt to get a quick scoop, an assorted “hack pack” (to use Thomas Goltz’s term) of reporters and journalists with little to no knowledge of Iceland were hurriedly dispatched to the scene, the quality of their commentary often saying more about the sad state of the US news media than about what is actually happening in Iceland.
We would all do well to leave Lewis’ laughably amiss attempt at edgy journalism aside and instead ponder Iceland’s economic meltdown through a very different lens—that of Iceland itself.
The picture of the Icelandic populace that emerges from such sources [listed in the article] is far more dynamic and three-dimensional than the veritable litany of racist mistruths and petty exaggerations offered by Michael Lewis.
WASN’T SPRING SUPPOSED TO BE HERE?
It has been BLOODY COLD these last few days. Today was no exception, especially after the wind picked up this afternoon. I went out to get some fresh air around 3 pm and by the time I got down to the sea a block away the flurries that greeted me when I left the house had morphed into a full-blown blizzard. About an hour later the temps suddenly dropped, the wind picked up and it was winter again. Currently -3°C [27F]. Sunrise 7:03 am, sunset 8.04 pm.