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Iceland's government is on the point of collapse as angry protesters stake out the parliament in Reykjavik

It is the first time in Icelandic history that a young anarchist can well expect to meet his grandmother in the crowd demonstrating against the government and drumming with her kitchen knife on pots and pans. The government is surely hanging by a thin thread and might fall at any moment.

The Icelandic public fear that their country has virtually been stolen by the globetrotting business elite that spent more time rubbing shoulders with international high society than giving back to the society that enabled them to enjoy this privileged lifestyle. Now ordinary Icelanders are determined to take their country back.



In the long run, we're all dead. John Maynard Keynes
by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Wed Jan 21st, 2009 at 03:45:50 PM EST
What's the difference between Iceland and Ireland - about 6 months - or perhaps that one is full of ice and the other of....

notes from no w here
by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Wed Jan 21st, 2009 at 04:17:07 PM EST
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...beer?

"Dieu se rit des hommes qui se plaignent des conséquences alors qu'ils en chérissent les causes" Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet
by Melanchthon on Wed Jan 21st, 2009 at 04:18:34 PM EST
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to describe Southern European countries (somewhat derogatorily), it looks like we'll have the "aïelands"

("aïe" in French = "ouch")

In the long run, we're all dead. John Maynard Keynes

by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Wed Jan 21st, 2009 at 04:44:04 PM EST
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...ire? :)
by Gag Halfrunt on Wed Jan 21st, 2009 at 07:18:50 PM EST
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You win the prize

notes from no w here
by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Thu Jan 22nd, 2009 at 03:27:27 PM EST
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I suspect that we are on the verge of some very interesting times.

I give the current US administration 6 months before the honeymoon ends, and things get real.

I don't see the Obama administration nationalizing banks, and I see that pretty quickly leading the US down the path the Icelanders and Irish have pioneered.

It's looking an awful lot like unemployment in the United States is going to hit 10% by that time, and will have already surpassed that in a variety of states.

And I'll give my consent to any government that does not deny a man a living wage-Billy Bragg

by ManfromMiddletown (manfrommiddletown at lycos dot com) on Wed Jan 21st, 2009 at 07:41:58 PM EST
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FT.com / US & Canada - Geithner pledges `dramatic' action
The Obama administration will take action on a "dramatic scale" to revive credit markets and strengthen banks so they are able to lend, Treasury secretary- designate Tim Geithner said on Wednesday.

Testifying to the Senate committee considering his nomination, Mr Geithner said the Obama team was working on a "comprehensive plan" to deal with the banks and hoped to unveil it soon.

"We're going to have to do more to make sure that the institutions at the core of our system are strong enough that they can lend."

He refused to offer any insight into how this might work, in spite of pressure from the markets, saying: "We have seen the costs in terms of uncertainty created by tentative signals not followed up with clear actions."



"Dieu se rit des hommes qui se plaignent des conséquences alors qu'ils en chérissent les causes" Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet
by Melanchthon on Wed Jan 21st, 2009 at 07:54:22 PM EST
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I'd settle for effective action.

If I wanted dramatic action I'd buy a TV.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Thu Jan 22nd, 2009 at 06:12:52 PM EST
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But, it's much more politically beneficial to appear to fix the problem in a big way on TV, rather than actually doing so without the fanfare.

And I'll give my consent to any government that does not deny a man a living wage-Billy Bragg
by ManfromMiddletown (manfrommiddletown at lycos dot com) on Fri Jan 23rd, 2009 at 09:08:14 AM EST
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aye ye have a foin way with the words laddie...

i get the same vibe, as goes (roll the d)iceland...

at least they have hot springs!

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Thu Jan 22nd, 2009 at 03:25:10 AM EST
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