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Musical chairs and the return of Sullenberger*

Here is a wee subjective collection of this morning’s headlines [15.12.08]:

Increased likelihood of reshuffleFréttablaðið
Media is reporting that a cabinet reshuffle will happen before the end of the year; RÚV claimed on its evening news last night that it had information to that effect. We see it as a lame effort to pacify the masses, even though there are a few ministers we’d be happy to see ousted. RÚV speculated that the Minister of Finance would be sent packing [good] and also the Minister for the Environment [bad – she has made no secret of her disapproval of the government’s heavy-industry frenzy, i.e. building of aluminium smelters, which is no doubt why they want to be rid of her, IF RÚV’s info is correct], and also that there will be a shuffling of ministries, between the two coalition parties, etc. We’re holding our breath.

Enlargement in Straumsvík stopped and aluminium plant in Bakki on holdFbl.
The aluminium debate might not be such a big issue in the next few years, however, seeing as alu prices have plummeted. Rio Tinto [bleh] who operates the smelter in Straumsvík [the one you see when driving into town from the airport] has called off its enlargement [wOOt!], and the proposed smelter at Bakki that the aforesaid Minister for the Environment delayed last summer [to much fury by the locals] in order to get a more comprehensive environmental impact assessment has been put on hold. Meanwhile, the National Power Company is looking for new punters to buy clean and cheap energy [with any luck they’ll be progressive and living in the 21st century, read: environmentally friendly].

Jón Gerald Sullenberger to open discount food market in Iceland. – Fbl.
JGS, who some of you may recognize as the arch-nemesis of the Baugur camp [next to Doddsson, of course] has announced that he’s going head-to-head with them [once again] by opening up discount food markets here sometime in the next few months. Since the collapse of Glitnir and the exposure of some of Baugur’s, ahem, more unconventional business practices, JGS has gained a lot more support around here. And even if that weren’t the case, we’ll take cheap food where we can get it.

TEMPS ARE ON THE RISE
We’re gonna have slush today as temps rise above the freezing mark. A low-pressure area is set to head our way this evening with the accompanying drama [bolt down your bbq’s, etc.] before the onset of freezing temps again tomorrow. Right now we haz 3°C [37F] and sunrise at 11.16, sunset at 3.29 pm.

* I’ve had second thoughts about naming the Headline posts Headlines. Too repetitive and boring, not to mention aesthetically displeasing. Instead I’ll mention this little fact at the beinning of the post and then just file them under the ‘Headlines’ category; plus if anyone searches for ‘Headlines’ on this site they’ll get them up in consecutive order. K? k.

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  • Lee, UK December 15, 2008, 12:05 pm

    Cheap and clean electricity – that seems ideal for locating large data centres for multinationals’ upcoming grid computing 🙂 Although the current currency restrictions would effectively stop even the idea of such foreign business investment 🙁

  • Ljósmynd DE December 15, 2008, 1:54 pm

    Is there any really environmentally friendly approach to power production? I have my doubts. What is often labeled as ‘green’ energy (hydro, geothermal) would nevertheless destroy more of the pristine Icelandic environment. Maybe it’s a matter of size what is still sustainable.

    So, better visit the Icelandic Highlands now, before they’re gone – for the sake of cheap energy.

  • Sigvaldi Eggertsson December 15, 2008, 2:26 pm

    I do not think, unfortunately, that any method of power production is totally “environmentally friendly” but we also have to bear in mind that the environment in large areas of Iceland is the result of massive soil erosion that is to a certain degree man-made, Iceland was forested when it was settled (and the highlands had a much greater vegetation cover than now) and there were still forest remains in many places until the late 19th century.
    So it is questionable if we can talk about the protection of a “pristine environment”

  • Ljósmynd DE December 15, 2008, 3:55 pm

    “So it is questionable if we can talk about the protection of a “pristine environment”

    Even though the Icelandic highlands may have seen more vegetation in the past, that wouldn’t make them less worthy of protection now. For me it’s the preferred summer holiday destination for the last years.

  • sigga December 16, 2008, 9:35 am

    JGS back and Jónína Ben heading into politics …. can it get any more surreal.