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Insurgent rebels with toilet paper

So, not exactly a big turnout today for the protests – just over 100 people showed up at City Hall when the sale of HS Orka was debated, and subsequently passed.

*Sigh*

Numbers dwindled as the debate wore on [it took three hours] — although protesters made progressively more noise. Right at the end there was a scuffle in which three guys were arrested, apparently for throwing a roll of toilet paper from the balcony into the main hall, and subsequently resisting arrest.

It’s  just so draining. Seriously, I can see why people just throw in the towel and become complacent.

As for YT, I plan to crawl under a blanket in the sofa and watch an episode or two of Mad Men: Season 2. I’m sure following the antics of chauvinistic ad men puffing on cigarettes and cheating on their wives will be just the thing to take my mind off the machinations of the Independence Party in 2009 Iceland. Meh.

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  • Lissy September 15, 2009, 10:31 pm

    Ah! What is the weather like? Please say this bad news did not ruin a very good blog….

  • alda September 15, 2009, 11:24 pm

    The weather is the same as the last post, from earlier today …

  • idunn September 16, 2009, 6:20 am

    Perhaps these 100 protesters might now pay a visit to the Minister of Business Affairs, who was “wondering” about the legitimacy of this sale, to clear up any doubts. Sans perhaps the 3 fellows arrested, but hopefully joined by many more, should their conscience now be bothering them.

    It is but the future of their country . . .

    *sigh*

  • rob September 16, 2009, 9:00 am

    I am Canadian and I think this is a bad deal. A country should never give control of it’s own natural resources to another country. Canada has two examples on both sides. Alberta has many foreign oil company’s working in Alberta. These company’s are forced to pay royalties on every barrel of oil they pump out, but they never own the oil that is in the ground. And since the royalty is a percentage of the market value. The amount that the province gets is a fair percentage of the current value.

    The other example is mining for ore in the east, there again there are foreign company’s, but they purchased the deposit from the government within a certain above ground area. So if the price of the ore goes up the province got the same amount!

    Now look at the two provinces and you will see a big difference. Alberta is rich in comparison and has no debt. Ontario in comparison has a large provincial debt. I believe it all comes from the way the natural resources where dealt with.

  • James September 16, 2009, 10:44 am

    “I can see why people just throw in the towel and become complacent”

    Be careful you where you throw that towel. You might get arrested.

  • Jessica September 16, 2009, 4:23 pm

    I think your mood is reflective of the entire nation at this point. It seems that the “standa saman” and “‘áfram Ísland” movements are fading and it’s easy to see why — when the politicians and supposed “leaders” of this country are already throwing in the towel, how are ordinary people supposed to care when they’re not even being listened to?

    This mood is reflected in my discussions with my Icelandic classmates at the Uni. of Iceland. I had thought that perhaps the media reports about young, educated Icelanders fleeing the country was b.s. or perhaps a bit exaggerated. However, almost half of the classmates I speak to in my program are talking about or actively planning to leave for places like Norway or the US (some aren’t even planning on finishing their studies first – – they will take whatever opportunities arise first!) Young people need a reason to stay in Iceland and I don’t think the “leadership” here is doing much to address that. Sad.

    Keep fighting the good fight, Alda! P.S. interested in hearing your thoughts on this new development w/ the Chinese looking into Theistareykir ehf for YET more aluminum smeltering…..yech.

  • Dean September 16, 2009, 5:05 pm

    …and on the first year anniversary of the bankruptcy of not just a bank, but the whole ideology which this sale was built upon.

  • Easy September 16, 2009, 7:34 pm

    “…people need a reason to stay in Iceland and I don’t think the “leadership” here is doing much to address that. Sad.”
    What I think alot of people don’t undersatnd(not only Jessica) is that sadly there is nothing the goberment can do at this point, they have no money, no options; the country is in such a crippled situation that what is happening and is going to happen is unavoidable, unless they would have accepted few months ago that the nation was bankrupt, soon they will have to accept bankrupcy anyways, but deals will be allready made, debt burdens allready taken and resources allready sold out. I’m sad (acctually sorry not sad) to tell you that from this point forward it’s only the way down not up. As it is today 16. Sept. 2009 there is absolutely nothing on which to built a recovery on, there can be speculations, like “maybe we find oil, or maybe gas, or the foreign investors take the banks insted of debt, so we dont have to recapitalze them(which at some point they might take, but just to sell assets and collect money), maybe the brits and the dutch accept our funny Icesave deal, or perhaps we win the lotto and we live happily ever after”, this are all speculations, the fact of the matter is that we are sitting right now on a trash can, and the only thing of value which are the natural resources, well they have allready started to sell… I stand correct, give them away. Cheer up, but don’t put your hopes in the goberment or money or the nice apartment, cuz I can tell you , those things for sure are gone for many, for good.

  • Alexander E. September 17, 2009, 4:18 am

    Dean 09.16.09 at 5:05 pm
    …and on the first year anniversary of the bankruptcy of not just a bank, but the whole ideology which this sale was built upon.

    You are d**n right, Dean.
    What’s happening in Iceland is not “viking” phenomena. It’s just the size of the country relative to current “financial” and political systems that exposed problems so clear (like a mice in the lab).

    And that’s why I don’t agree with Easy about

    there is absolutely nothing on which to built a recovery on

    We have all needed ingredients to build recovery on. Really.
    But first thing first – we must get power back to people.

  • Alexander E. September 17, 2009, 4:25 am

    PS. And I think I know a person who can take care of Iceland’s problem of all times! I’m talking about the weather and the wind in particular. This person can’t fix it but she can make reading about it a real fun 😉

  • alda September 17, 2009, 3:49 pm

    Thank for your input, everyone.

    Jessica – biding my time slightly with that Chinese deal. I have a very bad feeling of course, but as yet there is nothing concrete to get upset about. :-/

  • Alexander E. September 17, 2009, 5:34 pm

    biding my time slightly with that Chinese deal. I have a very bad feeling of course, but as yet there is nothing concrete to get upset about

    China is not the best friend of Iceland…but at the end it might be the only real one.

  • Alexander E. September 18, 2009, 12:02 am

    Just a question – 3 of my comments out of 4 passed the moderation. Was something wrong with the first one or was it lost somewhere between wires?

  • alda September 18, 2009, 10:15 am

    Alexander – when a comment is about four times the length of the post itself, it is not a comment, it is something for your own blog. So while I appreciate thoughts and input, this is not a platform for people to write their own blog posts. You are free to write it on your own blog with a trackback to this post that people can follow.

  • Alexander E. September 18, 2009, 4:27 pm

    I just checked it was not missed my accident 🙂
    This is YOUR blog and you don’t need any excuse for your actions, Alda.
    I was only trying to address the issue expressed by Jessica

    how are ordinary people supposed to care when they’re not even being listened to?

    Per your advice I wrote it in my blog

    PS. Hope my formatting comes through spam filters ….