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How to Build Community Spirit Through Public Nudity
Cite Lab ^ | June 26 2014 | Sarah Goodyear

Posted on 06/26/2014 4:23:05 PM PDT by PoloSec

As of June 16, 2014, Jón Gnarr is no longer the mayor of Reykjavík, Iceland. That is not the real news, though. The news is that Jón Gnarr ever became the mayor of Reykjavík at all.

Gnarr, who has spent much of his life working as an actor and comedian, got into politics in a most unusual way. After the global financial meltdown of 2008, in which Icelandic banks were disastrously involved, the small island nation was roiled by unprecedented protests. People took to the streets, banging on pots and pans to express their anger at the way the financiers had gambled with the nation's economic destiny.

It was in this atmosphere of discontent that Gnarr and several of his friends came up with the absurdist idea of the Best Party. He created a character for a sketch comedy show, a "simple-minded local politician with an autocratic demeanor and the most absurd campaign promises," as he writes in his new book, Gnarr! How I Became the Mayor of a Large City in Iceland and Changed the World.

This fellow’s party? Well, it was the "Best Party," of course.

In the heightened post-crash atmosphere, however, Gnarr and his friends soon realized that they might have a chance to do more than get a few laughs. (Although Gnarr would be the first to say how important a few laughs can be, and his statements are regularly punctuated by his own goofy guffaw.) There was a real public appetite for a political movement that would do things differently than they had been done before, with more transparency and honesty and less corruption and nepotism.

In April 2010, the Best Party released a platform, affirming its support of the following principals, among others: protection and support for Icelandic households; benefits for vulnerable members

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1 posted on 06/26/2014 4:23:05 PM PDT by PoloSec
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To: PoloSec

Noooooo! Yuck! There are too many saggy people going around naked to support causes. No more! My eyes!


2 posted on 06/26/2014 4:30:32 PM PDT by Hardastarboard (Please excuse the potholes in this tagline. Social programs have to take priority in our funding.)
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To: PoloSec

It certainly gives new meaning to the phrase “open carry”

C


3 posted on 06/26/2014 4:31:01 PM PDT by Celtic Conservative (tease not the dragon for thou art crunchy when roasted and taste good with ketchup)
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To: PoloSec
PLEASE! No pictures of Helen Thomas, this is a family friendly site.
After reading the article, the guy is a bit loony..The Yoko Ono, Peace Spiral?

4 posted on 06/26/2014 4:41:39 PM PDT by skinkinthegrass (The end move in politics is always to pick up a weapon...0'Jihadist/"Rustler" Reid? d8-)
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To: PoloSec

What makes it worse, is that virtually everyone there is related to everyone else there.


5 posted on 06/26/2014 4:42:21 PM PDT by The Antiyuppie ("When small men cast long shadows, then it is very late in the day.")
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To: PoloSec

We had a little bit of this public spirit last weekend in
Seattle’s Fremont Dist.

http://terrysadventures.wordpress.com/2012/06/16/seattle-washington-fremont-fair-naked-bike-parade-discretion-on-viewing-06162012/#jp-carousel-889


6 posted on 06/26/2014 5:01:17 PM PDT by Vinylly (?%)
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To: Vinylly

Really glad I moved out of that idiocracy/hellhole.

Went to that parade once.

Nothing more than attention whores and “I’m so cool, guess what I did today...” juveniles.


7 posted on 06/26/2014 6:26:55 PM PDT by Ghost of Philip Marlowe (Prepare for survival.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Pass around free swiss cheese?


8 posted on 06/27/2014 10:01:10 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (The new witchhunt: "Do you NOW, . . . or have you EVER , . . supported traditional marriage?")
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