This, ladies and gentlemen, is post number 1,000 on this site.
ONE THOUSAND freaking posts.
Gawd. That is almost scary.
How many hours of my life have gone into this? What if I had spent them doing something meaningful, like writing my memoirs or plotting ways in which to make a million dollars before the age of 50 or learning how to build a house from scratch?
No regrets or anything. It’s just kind of … crazy.
Meanwhile, a couple of headlines:
Protests outside the Cabinet’s Official Meeting Place
Around 200 demonstrators blocked the entrance to the cabinet’s official meeting place on Tjarnargata early this am, so that ministers who were showing up for a cabinet meeting had to use the back entrance. There was a bit of a scuffle between protesters and police when the cops closed off Tjarnargata, but it was peacefully resolved when they agreed to let the protesters walk past the ministers’ meeting place towards the city centre. [Video here.]
Did DV kill news item due to ties with owners?
Kastljós last night had an interview with a young journo formerly employed by DV [newspaper] and played a recording of a conversation the guy had with DV’s editor, in which the latter claimed DV would be “taken down” by some powerful individuals in this community if they published said news item. A couple of names were named, including that of [former Landsbanki owner] Björgólfur Gudmundsson and [former Landsbanki CEO] Sigurjón Árnason. With Iceland being such a small nation and ownership ties being so close-knit, ownership of the media has long been an issue here – however, never before has the stronghold of the owner been so plainly articulated as in the recording played yesterday. Predictably Björgólfur Gudmundsson has released a statement denying all allegations and calling for explanations from the editor about various insinuations. A professor of constitutional law and human rights even goes so far as to say that the bank collapse would not have happened if we’d had powerful and – more to the point – autonomous media in this country [seeing as how the owners of the bank were also, more or less, the owners of the media]. Meanwhile, YT wonders about Kastljós’s ethics for playing that tape. Last I heard, recording private conversations was illegal.
IT HAS BEEN A GORGEOUS DAY
With a stunning sunset … at least as seen from the window. YT is all sickly so haven’t ventured out today, but my sources say it’s been gorgeous. Right now it’s -2°C [28F] and sunrise was at 11:18 am, sunset at 3:29 pm.