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  • Big­gest su­bsi­dence since mea­surements of crustal mo­vements started (ICELAND)

    09/06/2014 7:10:26 AM PDT · by winoneforthegipper · 36 replies
    MBL ^ | 09/06/14 | staff
    n the sur­veill­ance flig­ht yester­day the ice-surface at Bárðarbunga was mea­sured with the radar system of Isa­via’s aircraft. The mea­surements show lar­ge changes on the ice-surface. Up to 15 m su­bsi­dence has occur­red in the centre of the caldera, which cor­responds to a volume change of 0.25 km3. The shape of the su­bsi­dence area is in accor­d­ance with the elevati­on of the caldera floor having low­ered by that amount. o Su­bsi­dence of this or­der has not been obser­ved in Ice­land since mea­surements of crustal mo­vements started around the middle of last cent­ury. o No signs of erupti­on or increa­sed geot­hermal...
  • Iceland Volcano Pushes Aviation Warning To Highest Level

    08/31/2014 6:46:58 AM PDT · by blam · 10 replies
    BI - Reuters ^ | 8-31-2014 | Robert Robertsson and Simon Johnson, Reuters
    Robert Robertsson and Simon Johnson, ReutersAug. 31, 2014 STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - A small new fissure eruption in an ice-free area of Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano system prompted authorities to raise their warning of the risk of ash to aviation to the highest level on Sunday. Iceland's largest volcanic system, which cuts a 190 km long and up to 25 km wide (118 miles by 15.5 miles) swathe across the North Atlantic island, has been hit by thousands of earthquakes over the last two weeks and scientists have been on high alert. In 2010, an ash cloud from the Eyjafjallajokull volcano, in...
  • Iceland Removes Ban On Air Traffic Over Rumbling Volcano (Bardarbunga)

    08/24/2014 3:06:24 PM PDT · by blam · 10 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 8-24-2014 | AFP
    AFPAugust 24, 2014 Reykjavik (AFP) - Iceland removed a ban on air traffic around the nation's largest volcanic system on Sunday after fears of an imminent eruption subsided. The Icelandic Met Office said there had not been a small, subglacial eruption on Saturday, as previously announced, and lowered the alert over the Bardarbunga volcano from red to orange. "Presently there are no signs of ongoing volcanic activity," the IMO said on its website. A major explosion at the Bardarbunga volcano, located under a glacier, could signal a replay of the global travel chaos triggered when another Icelandic peak blew four...
  • Subglacial Volcanic Eruption Begins in Iceland

    08/23/2014 8:34:53 AM PDT · by FlJoePa · 62 replies
    abc news ^ | 8-23-14 | JENNA GOTTLIEB and JILL LAWLESS
    Iceland raised its aviation alert to red Saturday as a subglacial eruption began at the restless Bardarbunga volcano, which has been rattled by thousands of earthquakes in the past week, the country's Meteorological Office said. Seismic data indicated that lava from the volcano was melting ice beneath the Vatnajokull glacier, Iceland's largest, Met Office vulcanologist Melissa Pfeffer said. She said it was not clear when, or if, the eruption would melt through the ice — which is between 100 to 400 meters (330 to 1,300 feet) thick — and send steam and ash into the air. The eruption led Iceland...
  • Icelandic volcano could trigger Britain's coldest winter EVER this year

    08/23/2014 8:23:20 AM PDT · by george76 · 36 replies
    Daily Express ^ | August 22, 2014 | Nathan Rao
    BRITAIN could freeze in YEARS of super-cold winters and miserable summers if the Baroabunga volcano erupts, experts have warned. Depending on the force of the explosion, minute particles thrust beyond the earth’s atmosphere can trigger DECADES of chaotic weather patterns. Tiny pieces of debris act as billions of shields reflecting the sun’s light away from earth meaning winter temperatures could plunge LOWER THAN EVER before while summer will be devoid of sunshine. The first effect could be a bitterly cold winter to arrive in weeks with thermometers plunging into minus figures and not rising long before next summer. The Icelandic...
  • Iceland evacuates areas close to rumbling volcano

    08/19/2014 8:05:07 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 24 replies
    yahoo.com ^ | 5 hours ago
    Iceland on Tuesday began evacuating areas close to its largest volcano after warnings of a possible eruption, four years after millions of air travellers were grounded by a huge ash cloud from another peak. Scientists believe the ash from an eruption at Bardarbunga, a huge volcano under Iceland's largest glacier, the Vatnajokull in the south of the country, could disrupt transatlantic and northern European air traffic. They also fear floods from melting ice could cause serious damage to the country's infrastructure. On Tuesday, police announced that they had "decided to close and evacuate the area north of Vatnajokull as a...
  • CODE ORANGE: The Risk Of An 'Explosive Subglacial Eruption' In Iceland Just Went Up

    08/18/2014 9:58:16 AM PDT · by blam · 38 replies
    BI ^ | 8-18-2014 | Myles Udland
    August 18, 2014Myles UdlandThere's a (increased) chance a huge volcano in Iceland could blow.Lorcan Roche Kelly at Agenda Research tipped us off to the news that the Icelandic government on Monday changed the status of Bardarbunga, a volcano in Iceland located under Europe's largest glacier, to "orange," meaning there is a heightened risk of eruption and ash cloud. A report from Reuters on Monday noted that this is the second-highest risk level on the government's five-level risk scale. "Presently there are no signs of eruption, but it cannot be excluded that the current activity will result in an explosive subglacial...
  • Republicans Reveal New Exotic Retreat in Iceland

    08/09/2014 10:18:02 AM PDT · by OneVike · 11 replies
    I just shocked the MSM hasn't reported on this yet. After all, the way they writeheadlines to mislead people, it's a story just waiting for MSNBC to jump all over.
  • Icelandic Girls Can't Be Called Harriet, Government Tells Family

    Authorities reluctant to renew passport of Harriet, 10, as name is not on approved list of 3,565You can be Aagot, Arney or Ásfríður; Baldey, Bebba or Brá. Dögg, Dimmblá, Etna and Eybjört are fine; likewise Frigg, Glódís, Hörn and Ingunn. Jórlaug works OK, as do Obba, Sigurfljóð, Úranía and – should you choose – Vagna. But you cannot, as a girl in Iceland, be called Harriet. "The whole situation," said Tristan Cardew, with very British understatement, "is really rather silly." With his Icelandic wife Kristin, Cardew is appealing against a decision by the National Registry in Reykjavik not to renew...
  • Why Icelanders are wary of elves living beneath the rocks

    06/22/2014 11:45:44 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 30 replies
    BBC News ^ | June 19, 2014 | Emma Jane Kirby
    Plans to build a new road in Iceland ran into trouble recently when campaigners warned that it would disturb elves living in its path. Construction work had to be stopped while a solution was found. From his desk at the Icelandic highways department in Reykjavik, Petur Matthiasson smiles at me warmly from behind his glasses, but firmly. "Let's get this straight before we start - I do not believe in elves," he says. I raise my eyebrows slightly and incline my head towards his computer screen which is displaying the plans for a new road in a neighbouring town. There...
  • Iceland Snubbed Over Whaling

    06/17/2014 5:04:16 PM PDT · by Leifur · 34 replies
    The Reykjavík Grapewine ^ | 12.06.2014 | Paul Fontaine
    Iceland was not amongst the countries invited to take part in a conference on the world’s oceans, due to the continued practice of whale hunting. RÚV reports that the conference – Our Ocean – is hosted by US Secretary of State John Kerry. Many countries around the world have been invited to take part in the two-day conference, where subjects such as pollution and sustainability in our world’s oceans will be discussed. Iceland, despite having sought to participate, has not been invited to take part in the conference, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs says this because of whale hunting....
  • Republic of Iceland Seventy Years Old Today

    06/17/2014 12:38:58 PM PDT · by Leifur · 7 replies
    Iceland Review ^ | 17.06.2014 | ALËX ELLIOTT
    Today is 17th June, Iceland’s national day. It is a public holiday and one of the biggest festival days of the year. There are many official and unofficial events in practically every city, town and tiny village across Iceland. A parade featuring a brass band, the scouts and police in ceremonial uniform are widespread; as are speeches by local officials and a reading by Fjallkonan – the mountain woman. The mountain woman wears an ornate version of the Icelandic national costume, with gold trimmings. Symbolically, she is the spirit of the nation. In Reykjavík, the ceremony takes place on Austurvöllur...
  • Prof. Ian Plimer explains the true source of CO2

    05/30/2014 4:29:31 AM PDT · by simka · 30 replies
    Ian Plimer, professor emiritus
    PLIMER: "Okay, here's the bombshell. The volcanic eruption in Iceland .. Since its first spewing of volcanic ash has, in just FOUR DAYS, NEGATED EVERY SINGLE EFFORT you have made in the past five years to control CO2 emissions on our planet - all of you. Of course, you know about this evil carbon dioxide that we are trying to suppress - it’s that vital chemical compound that every plant requires to live and grow and to synthesize into oxygen for us humans and all animal life. I know....it's very disheartening to realize that all of the carbon emission savings...
  • Woman in Iceland sees and hears 'elves'

    05/11/2014 12:13:37 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 64 replies
    unexplained-mysteries.com ^ | Sunday, 11 May, 2014
    Steeped with folklore and mythology, Iceland is no stranger to tales of elves roaming the wilderness. Last December, 25 people turned out to protest the construction of a road through a lava field near Reykjavik on the basis that it would pass through a rock believed to be an elven church. One of those participating in the protests was Ragnhildur Jónsdóttir, who from an early age maintained that she had the ability to see and communicate with these mythological sprites. No stranger to the inquisitive glance of strangers, Jónsdóttir remains steadfast in her beliefs and is convinced that everything she...
  • Amazing Video Shows Shockwaves Explode From Volcano ( Iceland Volcano Eyjafjallajokull )

    04/27/2010 6:28:49 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 17 replies · 1,115+ views
    FOXNews ^ | April 23, 2010 | Jeremy A. Kaplan -
    <p>A stunning new video of Iceland's rumbling, smoking volcano shows rainbow-like shockwaves belching from the crater like snakes from a can of nuts.</p> <p>A stunning new video of Iceland's rumbling, smoking volcano Eyjafjallajokull shows rainbow-like shockwaves belching from the crater like snakes from a can of nuts.</p>
  • Amazing Iceland volcano pics

    04/25/2010 5:00:14 PM PDT · by Former MSM Viewer · 9 replies · 988+ views
    Awesome pics of Mother Nature
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day

    04/19/2010 5:43:21 AM PDT · by sig226 · 19 replies · 982+ views
    NASA ^ | 4/19/10 | Marco Fulle (Stromboli Online)
    Ash and Lightning Above an Icelandic Volcano Credit & Copyright: Marco Fulle (Stromboli Online) Explanation: Why did the recent volcanic eruption in Iceland create so much ash? Although the large ash plume was not unparalleled in its abundance, its location was particularly noticeable because it drifted across such well populated areas. The Eyjafjallajökull volcano in southern Iceland began erupting on March 20, with a second eruption starting under the center of small glacier on April 14. Neither eruption was unusually powerful. The second eruption, however, melted a large amount of glacial ice which then cooled and fragmented lava into...
  • Eyjafjallajokull Volcano Erupts in Iceland. Will Katla Volcano Be Next?

    03/21/2010 7:15:20 AM PDT · by stillafreemind · 31 replies · 2,029+ views
    The worry now is that the Eyjafjallajokull volcano may cause the Katla volcano to erupt. Scientists fear that a Katla eruption would be a much larger and much more dangerous eruption than Eyjafjallajokull was. The Katla volcano is sitting on a glacier that has much ice covering.
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Ash and Lightning above an Icelandic Volcano

    04/20/2014 3:14:59 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 34 replies
    NASA ^ | April 20, 2014 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: Why did a picturesque 2010 volcanic eruption in Iceland create so much ash? Although the large ash plume was not unparalleled in its abundance, its location was particularly noticeable because it drifted across such well-populated areas. The Eyjafjallajökull volcano in southern Iceland began erupting on 2010 March 20, with a second eruption starting under the center of a small glacier on 2010 April 14. Neither eruption was unusually powerful. The second eruption, however, melted a large amount of glacial ice which then cooled and fragmented lava into gritty glass particles that were carried up with the rising volcanic plume....
  • Legendary Viking Home Site Found (Snorri)

    10/05/2002 2:31:00 PM PDT · by blam · 44 replies · 366+ views
    CNN.com ^ | 10-3-2002
    <p>LOS ANGELES, California (AP) -- Archaeologists have uncovered the remains of a Viking longhouse that many believe was the home of Snorri Thorfinnsson, thought to be the first European born in the New World.</p> <p>The 1,000-year-old ruins were found in a glacial valley in northern Iceland during a survey of Viking-era buildings led by archaeologists at the University of California, Los Angeles.</p>
  • Legendary Viking home site found

    10/07/2002 9:51:37 PM PDT · by stainlessbanner · 8 replies · 344+ views
    cnn.com ^ | October 3, 2002 | AP
    <p>LOS ANGELES, California (AP) -- Archaeologists have uncovered the remains of a Viking longhouse that many believe was the home of Snorri Thorfinnsson, thought to be the first European born in the New World.</p> <p>The 1,000-year-old ruins were found in a glacial valley in northern Iceland during a survey of Viking-era buildings led by archaeologists at the University of California, Los Angeles.</p>
  • Auroracoin Airdrop: Will Iceland Embrace a National Digital Currency?

    03/24/2014 2:55:56 PM PDT · by Errant · 16 replies
    Coin Desk ^ | 24 March 2014 | Daniel Cawrey
    Auroracoin, the “cryptocurrency for Iceland”, will begin distributing auroracoins to the country’s citizens this week, starting tomorrow, 25th March. The distribution, which is being called Airdrop, will send 50% of the total auroracoins in circulation to the country’s populace. Icelandic residents that enter their permanent resident ID on auroracoin’s official website will receive 31.8 AUR (roughly $385 at press time). The fourth-place digital currency in terms of overall market cap, Auroracoin quickly rose to prominence even amongst the myriad of new digital currencies for its unique approach to community building. Further, as it climbed up the market cap leaderboard, auroracoin...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Orion and Aurora over Iceland

    03/24/2014 6:44:18 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 6 replies
    NASA ^ | March 24, 2014 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: If you see a sky like this -- photograph it. A month ago in Iceland, an adventurous photographer (pictured) chanced across a sky full of aurora and did just that. In the foreground lies the stratovolcano Öræfajökull. In the background, among other sky delights, lies the constellation of Orion, visible to the aurora's left. Auroras are sparked by energetic particles from the Sun impacting the magnetic environment around the Earth. Resultant energetic particles such as electrons and protons rain down near the Earth's poles and impact the air. The impacted air molecules obtain excited electrons, and when electrons in...
  • State Dept. Creating Arctic Ambassador Post

    02/14/2014 6:56:49 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    PJ Tatler ^ | February 14, 2014 | Bridget Johnson
    An Alaska senator said the State Department called his office today to say that they would be creating a post for a U.S. ambassador to the Arctic. Sen. Mark Begich (D-Alaska) introduced the United States Ambassador at Large for Arctic Affairs Act a year ago, pressing Secretary of State John Kerry to make the appointment on economic and national security grounds. Six of the eight Arctic nations currently have ambassador-level diplomats representing their interests before the Arctic Council. The United States will assume the chairmanship of the Arctic Council in 2015. “It’s not always easy explaining to Washington bureaucrats how...
  • Staying Out of Other People's Wars

    02/08/2014 11:41:02 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The Sunshine State News ^ | February 8, 2014 | Patrick J. Buchanan
    "If these negotiations [with Iran] fail, there are two grim alternatives," said Sen. Richard Durbin, "a nuclear Iran, or war, or perhaps both." Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham returned from the Munich security conference saying that even John Kerry agrees that President Obama's Syrian policy has failed. They are urging another look at air strikes. North Korea is warning that should the annual U.S.-South Korean military exercises go forward in March, it could mean war, possibly nuclear war. Philippines President Benigno Aquino III this week compared his country's situation to Czechoslovakia in 1938, and the disputed islets off his...
  • New study suggests global warming decreases storm activity and extreme weather

    01/25/2014 8:47:56 AM PST · by Bulwinkle · 49 replies
    Wattsup ^ | 1/25/2013
    A paper published January 21st in Quaternary Science Reviews reconstructs storm activity in Iceland over the past 1,200 years and finds storminess and extreme weather variability was far more common during the Little Ice Age in comparison to the Medieval Warm Period and the 20th century. The paper adds to many other peer-reviewed publications finding global warming decreases storm activity, the opposite of claims by climate alarmists....
  • A Left-Wing America Stands Alone

    12/26/2013 4:13:49 AM PST · by IbJensen · 73 replies
    Front Page Magazine ^ | December 26, 2013 | Daniel Greenfield
    American progressives like to think of their country as backward and reactionary compared to Europe. And they have never been more right than now when Europe and the rest of the First World have gone right while America under Obama has been left back. Recently Australia, Japan and Norway welcomed in conservative governments. Tony Abbott, Australia’s new prime minister, is a former heavyweight boxer who attended Oxford and is putting a spoke in the wheel of the Global Warming ecohoax. Japan is casting off its pacifism and standing up to the People’s Republic of China and Norway gave its left-wing...
  • Elf lobby blocks Iceland road project

    12/22/2013 6:19:05 AM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 47 replies
    Guardian (UK) ^ | Sunday 22 December 2013 05.56 EST
    Elf advocates in Iceland joined forces with environmentalists to urge authorities to abandon a highway project that they claim will disturb elf habitat. The project has been halted until the supreme court of Iceland rules on a case brought by a group known as Friends of Lava, who cite both the environmental impact and the detrimental effect on elf culture of the road project. The group has regularly mobilised hundreds of people to block bulldozers building a direct route from the tip of the Álftanes peninsula, where the president has a property, to the Reykjavik suburb of Gardabaer. Issues about...
  • Iceland - Example for a new American Revolution

    12/19/2013 3:48:28 PM PST · by Libloather · 39 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 12/15/13 | Daniel Martin Gray
    **SNIP** Fine so far, that experience mirrors our own. Now, step into the unknown, at least unknown here at home. What if a mass movement put pressure on, and kept it up? What if their incessant and unyielding demands toppled yet more of the establishment? What if they formed a committee of average citizens, including a large percentage of the unaffiliated, and rewrote their Constitution? What if they arrested, prosecuted and jailed the bankers whose actions caused the crisis, instead of rewarding them with fat paydays? What if their actions, entirely peaceful, restored liberty and fiscal sanity to their country?...
  • Citizens of Iceland Overthrow Government Over Bank Fraud

    12/11/2013 9:01:11 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 34 replies
    Last Resistance ^ | December 10, 2013 | Michael Minkoff
    Consider a country where banking interests balloon debt by lending to people who cannot possibly pay back their loans. These toxic assets then threaten to destroy the national economy. Banking interests plead with the civil government to rescue them for the sake of the economy. The civil government bails them out with taxpayer money. Sound familiar? Well, that’s where the similarities end between the banking crisis in Iceland which began in 2008, and the banking crisis that occurred in the States a year earlier.Taxpayers in Iceland didn’t just sit back and allow the bail out. They thronged the streets banging...
  • Gunman Killed in Rare Iceland Police Shooting

    12/02/2013 2:18:20 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 28 replies
    abc NEWS ^ | 12-3-13 | AP story
    Police in Iceland said Monday they shot dead a gunman — the first time armed police have killed someone in the nation. Iceland, which has a tiny population of around 320,000, has a low crime rate and gun violence is extremely rare. Its regular police force does not carry firearms. Haraldur Johannessen, National Commissioner of the Icelandic Police, said Monday's incident was unprecedented. Police said officers were called to an apartment in the Reykjavik suburb of Arbaer early Monday when a man fired a shotgun from inside the flat. Two policemen, who were not armed, were shot at when trying...
  • EU puts Turks on 10-year timeline

    10/06/2004 10:25:30 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 15 replies · 293+ views
    The Australian ^ | October 06 2004 | Nicolas Rothwell
    AFTER 40 years of hesitation and seven hard years of reform and lobbying, Turkey is basking today in the most qualified of invitations to begin the process of joining Europe - a continent whose eastern half the Ottoman empire controlled for centuries. A European Commission report released yesterday, which paves the way for a deciding vote by the 25-member European Union at its December summit, was heavily qualified, and Turkish leaders were muted in their expressions of delight at their initial success. Presenting the decision to the European parliament last night, commission president Romano Prodi said it was a "qualified...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Aurora and Unusual Clouds Over Iceland

    11/18/2013 8:29:48 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 7 replies
    NASA ^ | November 18, 2013 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: What's happening in the sky? On this cold winter night in Iceland, quite a lot. First, in the foreground, lies the largest glacier in Iceland: Vatnajokull. On the far left, bright green auroras appear to emanate from the glacier as if it was a volcano. Aurora light is reflected by the foreground lake Jökulsárlón. On the far right is a long and unusual lenticular cloud tinged with green light emitted from another aurora well behind it. Just above this lenticular cloud are unusual iridescent lenticular clouds displaying a broad spectral range of colors. Far beyond the lenticular is the...
  • Scientists Confirm World's Oldest Creature...But Kill it Determining Its Age

    11/14/2013 8:21:14 PM PST · by MeshugeMikey · 17 replies
    Breitbart ^ | November 14 2013 | JON DAVID KAHN
    2006, climate change experts from Bangor University in north Wales found a very special clam while dredging the seabeds of Iceland. At that time scientists counted the rings on the inside shell to determine that the clam was the ripe old age of 405. Unfortunately, by opening the clam which scientists refer to as "Ming," they killed it instantly. Cut to 2013, researchers have determined that the original calculations of Ming's age were wrong, and that the now deceased clam was actually 102 years older than originally thought. Ming was 507 years old at the time of its demise.
  • Obama Advocates Higher Unemployment for Lower-Skilled Workers

    11/07/2013 1:56:15 PM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 7, 2013 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    Perhaps because he wants to divert attention from the slow-motion train wreck of Obamacare, the President is signalling that he will renew his efforts to throw more people into the unemployment line. Needless to say, that’s not how the White House would describe the President’s proposal to increase the minimum wage, but that’s one of the main results when the government criminalizes certain employment contracts between consenting adults. To be blunt, if a worker happens to have poor work skills, a less-than-impressive employment record, or some other indicator of low productivity that makes them worth, say, $7.50 per hour, then...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Night on a Spooky Planet

    10/31/2013 5:35:12 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 5 replies
    NASA ^ | October 31, 2013 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: What spooky planet is this? Planet Earth of course, on the dark and stormy night of September 12 at Hverir, a geothermally active area along the volcanic landscape in northeastern Iceland. Geomagnetic storms produced the auroral display in the starry night sky while ghostly towers of steam and gas venting from fumaroles danced against the eerie greenish light. Tonight, there is still a chance for geomagnetic storms triggered by recent solar activity, so high-latitude skygazers should beware. And ghostly shapes may dance in your neighborhood, too.Have a safe and Happy Halloween!!
  • Iceland to Get its First Mosque

    09/27/2013 9:34:39 PM PDT · by cutty · 59 replies
    Gatestone Institute ^ | September 27, 2013 | Soeren Kern
    The Muslim Association of Iceland now admits that foreign donors will be paying for the mosque's construction costs. The former mayor of Reykjavik says he believes it is outrageous for the city to give Muslims a site at no cost at a great location in the center of the city, and asks why political and feminist groups are so tolerant of a religion that he says degrades women. The Reykjavík City Council has approved a building permit for the construction of the first mosque in Iceland. The mosque will be built in Sogamýri, an upscale district near downtown Reykjavík on...
  • European banks to quit London if UK left EU: Goldman executive

    09/03/2013 9:53:52 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    Reuters ^ | Mon Sep 2, 2013 1:30pm EDT
    European banks would leave London “in very short order” if Britain voted to exit the European Union, a senior Goldman Sachs executive said in a newspaper interview published on Monday. Michael Sherwood, a vice-chairman at the bank, said the prospect of a British withdrawal was a real worry given Prime Minister David Cameron’s plans to hold a referendum on the subject if re-elected in 2015. … Goldman’s Sherwood predicted European banks would quickly relocate if Britain did sever its EU ties. “Forget what we would do. Every European firm would be gone in very short order,” he was quoted as...
  • Iceland walks out on EU membership talks

    08/23/2013 5:29:10 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 23 August 2013
    Iceland said yesterday (22 August) that a recent election that brought euroskeptic parties to power had been interpreted by constitutional advisors as a signal to stop EU accession talks. … Iceland was put on a fast track to EU accession, as it had already taken on board much of the EU legislation as member of the European Economic Area (EEA). It formally applied for EU membership on 16 July 2009 and started accession talks only one year later. The process has taken much longer for any other applicant country. But Iceland is a special case, as the country’s powerful fishing...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Meteors and Aurorae over Iceland

    08/07/2013 9:35:43 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 7 replies
    NASA ^ | August 07, 2013 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: What's going on behind that mountain? Quite a bit. First of all, the mountain itself, named Kirkjufell, is quite old and located in western Iceland near the town of Grundarfj%C3%B6r%C3%B0ur. In front of the steeply-sloped structure lies a fjord that had just begun to freeze when the above image was taken -- in mid-December of 2012. Although quite faint to the unaided eye, the beautiful colors of background aurorae became quite apparent on the 25-second exposure. What makes Geminids meteor shower -- meteors that might not have been evident were the aurora much brighter. Far in the distance, on...
  • Reykjavik mayor proposes cutting ties with Moscow over gay law

    07/21/2013 12:57:24 PM PDT · by Salman · 23 replies
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 15 Jul 2013 | Chris Irvine
    The mayor of Reykjavik has called for the Icelandic capital to cut its ties with Moscow over Russia's nationwide ban on homosexual propaganda. Last month, Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, signed a law that stigmatises gay people and bans giving children any information about homosexuality. In response, Jón Gnarr, who was one of Iceland's top comedian's before becoming mayor of the city in 2010, filed a motion in a city council meeting last week to end his city's relationship with Moscow. Since 2007 Reykjavik and Moscow have been "sister cities".
  • Reykjavík Mayor: Moscow Not Gay Enough

    07/13/2013 1:47:24 AM PDT · by klpt · 9 replies
    icelandreview ^ | 12.07.2013 | icelandreview.com
    Mayor of Reykjavík Jón Gnarr wants to formally revise or break off the capital’s political and cultural relations with Moscow over the Russian capital’s stance on gay rights, visir.is reports. Moscow and Reykjavík were made sister cities in 2007. A statement from the city council reads: “In light of the developments concerning the affairs of gay, bisexual and transsexual people that have taken place in Russia over the last few months, the district attorney, Human Rights Office, Office of the Mayor of Reykjavík, and City of Reykjavík chief administrative officer propose amendments or the termination of the collaboration agreement between...
  • Barack Obama has managed to insult three close allies – all in one week

    04/23/2010 6:03:40 AM PDT · by Schnucki · 11 replies · 598+ views
    London Telegraph Blogs (U.K.) ^ | April 23, 2010 | James Corum
    Last week was a really bad week for nations that are friends and allies of America. Three nations that have long been close friends and allies of America received humiliating treatment from the Obama administration. Israel sensibly boycotted Obama’s nuclear summit in Washington. Israel has recently been treated with such hostility by President Obama, the Israeli prime minister avoided what looked like a set up for some Islamic nations dictatorships to turn the occasion into an anti-Israel forum. Thanks to Obama, we have a nuclear proliferation summit in which Israel, a nuclear power, is pushed away – but where Liberia...
  • Edward Snowden denied Icelandic citizenship after being voted down by its parliament

    07/05/2013 4:26:24 PM PDT · by drewh · 19 replies
    NY Daily News & Reuters ^ | Friday, July 5, 2013, 3:43 PM
    Edward Snowden denied Icelandic citizenship after being voted down by its parliament The vote leaves Snowden - believed to be staying in a transit area at a Moscow airport - with one option fewer as he seeks a country to shelter him from U.S. espionage charges. Edward Snowden, who worked as a contract employee at the National Security Agency, was denied citizenship by Iceland.A bid by Edward Snowden for Icelandic citizenship failed when the country's parliament voted not to debate it before the summer recess, lawmakers said on Friday. The vote leaves Snowden - believed to be staying in a...
  • Iceland's Pirate Party wants to offer Edward Snowden citizenship

    07/05/2013 7:58:45 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 07/05/2013 | JAYMI MCCANN and AP REPORTER
    Whistleblower Edward Snowden might soon be living up to his frigid last name as Icelandic lawmakers have put legislation on the table that would make the NSA's most wanted man a citizen of the polar country. Member of Iceland's parliament Ögmundur Jónasson first made the proposition this morning, the last day before the 63-member legislative body begins their summer leave. Granting citizenship to Snowden, who admits to revealing key details of U.S. surveillance activities would circumvent the rule that he must be on Icelandic soil to apply for asylum there. The same tactic helped get eccentric chess master Bobby Fischer...
  • Edward Snowden could be headed to Iceland

    07/04/2013 3:33:32 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 52 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 4 July 2013 | Jaymi Mccann
    Whistleblower Edward Snowden might soon be living up to his frigid last name as Icelandic lawmakers have put legislation on the table that would make the NSA's most wanted man a citizen of the polar country. Member of Iceland's parliament Ögmundur Jónasson first made the proposition this morning, the last day before the 63-member legislative body begins their summer leave. Granting citizenship to Snowden, who admits to revealing key details of U.S. surveillance activities would circumvent the rule that he must be on Icelandic soil to apply for asylum there.
  • Iceland-Bound Jet for Edward Snowden 'Could Take Off Tomorrow' (Chinese plane on standby)

    06/21/2013 4:16:09 PM PDT · by drewh · 55 replies
    Businessman says he has a Chinese jet on standby in case Icelandic government green-lights asylum An Icelandic businessman is offering to transport Edward Snowden to the island nation aboard a chartered jet if Iceland's government grants asylum to the man who exposed the National Security Agency's massive harvesting of Internet and phone records. "Everything is ready on our side and the plane could take off tomorrow,'' DataCell executive Olafur Sigurvinsson told Iceland's Channel 2 television station, Agence France-Presse reports. "We have really done all we can do. We have a plane and all the logistics in place. Now we are...
  • IF I WERE EDWARD SNOWDEN ….

    06/10/2013 3:15:54 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 60 replies
    GretaWire ^ | 6-10-13 | Greta Van Susteren
    (and of course I would never be in his shoes!) I would be on a plane to Iceland right now. I would not wait another day….not a minute. He is in a heap of trouble.
  • EU exit would put US trade deal at risk, Britain warned

    05/27/2013 10:32:33 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 29 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Monday 27 May 2013 | Julian Borger
    The Obama administration has warned British officials that if the UK leaves Europe it will exclude itself from a US-EU trade and investment partnership potentially worth hundreds of billions of pounds a year, and that it was very unlikely that Washington would make a separate deal with Britain.
  • Brussels gravy train like “last days of Rome”: EU MEPs earn up to 740% more than average citizen…

    05/23/2013 1:17:28 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 10:46 EST, 23 May 2013 | Alan Hall
    The gilded lifestyle of MEPs has been compared to the uncontrolled excesses of ancient Rome after research showed their perks have not been dented despite biting austerity measures. From Italian MEPs who enjoy free haircuts to Maltese ones who get 52 free gallons of petrol a month, the perks—and expenses—continue unabated for the representatives of European Union nations. MEPs from the 27 EU nations are paid salaries of £137 million ($207 million) a year, according to research by German pricing watchdog Preisvergleich.de, and some earn 740 percent more than the average citizen. …