Iceland continues on it’s quest to be the ‘Switzerland of data‘ and is extending its program to do so for journalists. Part of the country’s plan to become a haven for people exposing the immoral and questionable behaviour of powerful people is already in action. Iceland is quickly achieving its goal of not only protecting . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: Iceland Wants to Help Journalists Expose Real Threats
As you read this right now, our choir is on tour in Iceland. One of the songs we are singing is Heyr himna smiður, an Icelandic hymn, with the text of an 800-year-old poem, that was set to music in the 20th century. The harmonies are achingly, spine-tinglingly beautiful.
This performance of Heyr himna smiður, . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Friday Musical Interlude: Iceland Edition
Greetings and good day fair readership!
I have the very good fortune of being able to travel to Iceland on a trip with my choir. Thus, my regular blogular activities shall not be pursued by myself. However, the rest of the DWR team is stepping up to fill the gap. The Intransigent One, Mystrox . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Mantle Passing – Arbourist out on a Lark
Iceland is the de facto home of Wikileaks and is also a country concerned with privacy issues. The country is now considering leveraging their experience and reputation of being digital-data friendly to the next level. Presently, the country is considering branding itself as the “Switzerland of Data.”
If Iceland does move ahead with this, it . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: Will Iceland be the “Switzerland of Data”?
Iceland is a beautiful country filled with beautiful life and sadly one of those lifeforms is threatened: the Icelandic goat. The goats have been on HBO’s Game of Thrones and now they all may die out if a goat farming operation can’t be saved.
You can be a part of the goat-saving operation through . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: Help Save The Icelandic Goat
Bankers destroyed the economy and in too many countries those responsible walk free despite the damage they wrought. Iceland jailed bankers at fault in their country, but what can we do to ensure that bankers behave in the future?
Doctors take the hippocratic oath in order to practice medicine, now it’s being suggested bankers need . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: A Hippocratic Oath for Bankers
Iceland recently demonstrated that it’s not only possible to use the core of our planet to generate power, but it’s feasible. Iceland’s geothermal operations are the envy of the world and they tend to push boundaries in their search for more energy. Due to this recent development geothermal operations in places like Hawaii are looking . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: Iceland Demonstrates Magma Power Plant
Came across this RT interview recently. It was recorded earlier this year and features host Oksana Boyko with President of Iceland, Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson. Grimsson served as a representative the left-wing People’s Alliance in Reykjavik and was finance minister from 1988-1991. More on his background – here.
The description accompanying the video says in part: . . . → Read More: drive-by planet: RT interview with president Grimsson of Iceland – the little nation that stood for democracy and rights over banks
I’m out of town today, so let me offer you this inspirational graphic that I ‘borrowed’ from Richard at Cowichan Conversations.
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The timing must be entirely coincidental. Iceland just became the first European country to conclude a free trade agreement with China.
The China-Iceland FTA covers trade in goods and services, investments, and various other areas. Specific provisions on investment, movability of citizens, sanitary and phytosanitary measures, technical trade barriers, rules of origin, customs procedures, . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Iceland Shills for Chinese Voice in Arctic Affairs
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Do you remember when Canada was seen as a friendly, socially progressive country? Well, perhaps not, but I will bet that your parents do.
We have lost ground and are now a reactionary anti-science- pro military, right wing led and controlled country. We are going backward actually and yet . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Several South American Countries Are Showing Us The Way Back To Democracy!
For example one cannot name a baby which has’ c’ in it as in the Icelandic language letter ‘ c’ does not exist.
A girl named “Blaer” was not approved because authorities said her name sounded like a male name. Her mother had to fight in courts for 15 years to get the name . . . → Read More: LeDaro: Iceland: Every baby’s name must be approved by the government
(originally written Mar 4, 2012. Part of Great Upload of 2013.)
Readers (regular and irregular both) may know that about six years ago, I was quoted in MacLean’s saying Canadian housing was in a bubble. So after six long years of looking very wrong, I was delighted to see the right-wing rag run a cover . . . → Read More: Eclectic Lip: From housing to plumbing
The Mouse That Roared is a documentary-in-the-making film by Judith Ehrlich, the award-winning director of “The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers”, which earned a Peabody, and was nominated for an Academy award for best documentary. The film centers around Icelandic parliamentarian Birgitta Jónsdóttir’s efforts fights to make Iceland the . . . → Read More: Canadian Progressive: The Mouse That Roared: Imagining an internet safe haven for journalists, whistleblowers and activists in Iceland
Hordur Torfarson, one of the architects of the quiet but powerful Icelandic revolution, which forced the government of Iceland to resign after the banking crisis of 2008, and kicked out the IMF representatives from the country, is now teaching meta-modern democracy throughout Europe. Here he shares his advice to the Greeks, which is also applicable . . . → Read More: 350 or bust: Iceland To The Rest of The World: There Are Alternatives
Iceland is a beautiful country and it’s one that is known for weathering the current economic calamity by fining bankers instead of punishing average people. It turns out that their attitude towards helping the average person and respecting the environment makes it the most peaceful country on the planet!
Iceland is one of the most . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: Iceland is the Most Peaceful Country on Earth
The people of Iceland forced their corrupt government to resign. They created a public assembly to rewrite the constitution. The banks were nationalized. The people decided not to pay the debt that private banks created. It was a revolution, a … Continue reading →
The Washington Post isn’t too optimistic about Iceland’s plan to adopt the Canadian dollar. In fact, it finds it all a bit of a lark.
More seriously, Iceland wouldn’t be the first country to unilaterally adopt another country’s currency: Ecuador abandoned the sucre and adopted the U.S. dollar in 2000 (which not only restored . . . → Read More: Washington Post ribs Iceland’s planned adoption of Loonie: "Step one in Canada’s quest for world domination"