I’ve just finished watching Silfur Egils from earlier and I now understand what all the blogs and Facebook people have been buzzing about all day– two mind-blowing interviews with two different [foreign] individuals who spoke about things that completely turn the world-view of the average Icelander upside down. This totally blows my limited perspective out of the water — even though I hasten to add that much of it we have heard before. Just not spoken of in such a succinct and relevant manner.
Moreover they put our current predicament into a global context that has implications for each and every person on this Earth.
I strongly recommend each of the two following interviews.
[OK — I tried to find the links on the RÚV site and they’re not up, so all I can advise is to go to Lára Hanna’s blog and scroll down a bit in the post — both of the interviews appear there.]
The first is an interview with economist and former Wall Street advisor Michael Hudson [Colin has put up one of his articles on his site], who has some astonishing things to say about our enormous national debt. It’s impossible to sum it up briefly, but basically he makes a very convincing case for Iceland defaulting on its debts — simply because, in his view, we cannot pay. It will be an irrevocable disaster for this nation if we even try — and the crazy thing is that the larger nations that owe colossal amounts — like the United States — have no intention of paying their debts. In Hudson’s view, Iceland is being bullied and pressured by its creditors to sign deals and come to arrangements — all so they can gain control of our natural resources. Very very shocking and scary.
The second interview is with a writer named John Perkins, author of the book Confessions of an Economic Hitman. I’d only vaguely heard of the book before I watched this interview and I’m sure many of you out there are better informed about it than I am [it was a NY Times best seller]. Hildigunnur linked to his Wikipedia profile in the comments to the last post, which speaks volumes about this man’s former career as — you guessed it — an economic hitman. Perkins says there is no doubt in his mind that Iceland is currently under siege by such economic hitmen, governed by a hidden global empire that works systematically to gain ever-greater control of the world’s resources. Perkins’s message is just as alarming as Hudson’s, if not more so, and his advice to Iceland is to “send the IMF packing”. Pronto.
Finally, major, major props to Egill Helgason, who on his show Silfur Egils is doing a remarkable job of educating Icelanders about … well … just about everything that is crucial for every citizen of this country to know right now. Through the guests he invites on his show he is helping us to understand what is happening to us, right here and right now, which is so absolutely vital for us to be able to make informed decisions. A lot of Independence Party supporters can’t stand him because he rocks the system, but for the rest of us he’s doing such a tremendous service. Case in point: he was the one who brought Eva Joly to this country — where the government should have been taking the initiative, it was Egill who invited her to come as a guest on his show, and during the live broadcast asked her if she could please help us with the investigation and prosecution relating to our bank collapse. It was an astonishing interview — and the two I linked to above are just as important.
APRIL SHOWERS BRING MAY FLOWERS
And judging by the April showers we should have a wealth of flowers next month. Scaffolding has just been put up around the building adjacent to ours and the rain pounds on it like on a tin roof. Which was kinda cosy at first, but which now is just becoming kind of annoying, especially with the persistent rain and interrupted sleep [it’s loud].Right now 5°C [43F]. The sun came up at 6.31 and set at 8.31.