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  • Should USA try and be more like sucessful Northern Europe?

    05/17/2011 12:53:21 PM PDT · by WesternCulture · 54 replies
    05/17/2011 | WesternCulture
    - Perhaps, but Northern Europe didn't get rich by adopting policies resembling what Obama today is doing to the US.
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- A Starry Night of Iceland

    05/17/2011 4:23:47 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 7 replies
    NASA ^ | May 17, 2011 | (see photo credit)
    [Credit: Stephane Vetter (Nuits sacrees)] Explanation: On some nights, the sky is the best show in town. On this night, the sky was not only the best show in town, but a composite image of the sky won an international competition for landscape astrophotography. The above winning image was taken two months ago over Jökulsárlón, the largest glacial lake in Iceland. The photographer combined six exposures to capture not only two green auroral rings, but their reflections off the serene lake. Visible in the distant background sky is the band of our Milky Way Galaxy, the Pleiades open clusters of...
  • New power elite emerged in medieval Iceland as the island became Norwegian

    05/16/2011 3:00:41 PM PDT · by decimon · 25 replies
    University of Gothenburg ^ | May 16, 2011 | Unknown
    As Iceland became part of the Norwegian kingship 1262, a new power structure in the shape of an Icelandic aristocracy appointed by the king of Norway was established. This development is discussed in a doctoral thesis in History from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, that sheds light on a period in the Icelandic history that previously has not received its due attention. 'The 14th century has never received a great deal of attention in Icelandic history writing. This is surprising since this period is at least as important as the considerably more frequently discussed so-called Free State period (around 930�/64)...
  • The EU at a glance

    04/16/2011 5:38:02 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 18 replies
    Europa ^ | this it timeless | some committee of moonbats
    Did you know that the EU has ensured that there has been no war between its members for last 60 years?
  • Iceland: A gentle cure for the crisis

    04/09/2011 3:27:24 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 2 replies
    Mediapart, Paris ^ | 4/8/2011 | Ludovic Lamant
    While countries elsewhere in Europe have responded to the debt crisis with unpopular austerity plans, Iceland, which allowed its banks to fail, has now embarked on a slow journey towards recovery. In a referendum scheduled for 9 April, the citizens of the country may refuse to reimburse the international creditors of the collapsed Icesave savings scheme. Walk through the streets of Reykjavik and you cannot fail to notice the vast cathedral of black concrete and multi-faceted reflective glass rising from its enormous seafront construction site — a monumental building which seems strangely out of place in such a predominantly low-rise...
  • Viking sagas read through the lens of climate change

    03/10/2005 8:19:28 AM PST · by Squawk 8888 · 43 replies · 1,020+ views
    EurekAlert ^ | March 9, 2005
    Ancient Icelandic sagas may be full of treachery, death and destruction, but the real villain behind all the foment could well have been climate change. According to a Canadian scientist, there's a direct link between changes in regional temperatures and the thematic content of the sagas. The research is based on newly reconstructed temperature records gained from ocean sediment cores collected off the coast of Vestfirdir, the northwest peninsula of Iceland by scientists from the University of Colorado. Analysis of mollusc shells within these cores has provided an astounding, almost weekly, record of temperature changes in the region. "The difficult...
  • Icesave Petition Handed to President of Iceland (said no so deal goes to a national referendum)

    02/20/2011 7:59:28 AM PST · by Leifur · 10 replies
    Iceland Review ^ | 20.02.2011 | Jane Wardell reported from London.
    The representatives of the petition on, where President of Iceland Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson is urged not to sign the new Icesave legislation and send it to a national referendum, delivered almost 37,600 signatures to Bessastadir, the presidential residence, today at 11 am. One of the petition’s organizers, Hallur Hallsson, told that the signatures were run against the National Registry database by the company Creditinfo, which resulted in 186 names being crossed off the list. Hallsson said the methodology of the collection and the processing of the data would be explained to the president. The petition was closed to...
  • Icelandic Volcano Appears on Verge of a Far More Powerful Eruption than Last Year

    02/10/2011 7:35:39 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 18 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | February 10, 2011 | Reaganite Republican
    Bárdarbunga dwarves the Eyjafjallajökull volcano,  which shut-down most of Europe's airspace in May 2010 Local experts have observed all the signs that another -much larger- Icelandic volcano is ready to blow, an event that could dwarf last year's series of eruptions that shut down air travel throughout Europe and changed weather patterns for months... Geologists detected the high risk of a new eruption after evaluating an increased swarm of earthquakes around the island's second largest volcano.  Pall Einarsson, a professor of geophysics at the University of Iceland, says the area around Bárdarbunga is showing signs of increased activity, which provides...
  • Icelandic Volcano 'Set To Erupt'

    02/09/2011 7:19:07 AM PST · by blam · 51 replies
    Icelandic Volcano 'Set To Erupt' Scientists in Iceland are warning that another volcano looks set to erupt and threatening to spew-out a pall of dust that would dwarf last year's event. Lava and ash explode out of the caldera of Iceland's Eyjafjallajokull volcano Photo: REUTERS 6:38PM GMT 08 Feb 2011 Geologists detected the high risk of a new eruption after evaluating an increased swarm of earthquakes around the island's second largest volcano. Pall Einarsson, a professor of geophysics at the University of Iceland, says the area around Bárdarbunga is showing signs of increased activity, which provides "good reason to worry"....
  • Icelandic volcano 'set to erupt' (Bardabinga)

    02/08/2011 12:07:27 PM PST · by TaraP · 36 replies
    Daily Telegraph ^ | Feb 8th, 2011 | Staff
    Scientists in Iceland are warning that another volcano looks set to erupt and threatening to spew-out a pall of dust that would dwarf last year's event.... Geologists detected the high risk of a new eruption after evaluating an increased swarm of earthquakes around the island's second largest volcano. Pall Einarsson, a professor of geophysics at the University of Iceland, says the area around Bárdarbunga is showing signs of increased activity, which provides "good reason to worry". He told the country's national TV station that a low number of seismometer measuring devices in the area is making it more difficult to...
  • Iceland did not bail out the banks or the bank investors and its economy is thriving

    02/04/2011 9:12:22 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies · 1+ views
    Newsvine ^ | 02/01/2011
    On his second day as head of Iceland's third-largest bank, Arni Tomasson faced a crisis: The bank was out of cash. "Everybody was panicked -- depositors, creditors, banks around the world." Unlike other nations, including the U.S. and Ireland, which injected billions of dollars of capital into their financial institutions to keep them afloat, Iceland placed its biggest lenders in receivership. It chose not to protect creditors of the country's banks, whose assets had ballooned to $209 billion, 11 times gross domestic product.With the economy projected to grow 3 percent this year, Iceland's decision to let the banks fail is...
  • Julian Assange wined and dined at US Embassy

    12/13/2010 6:26:23 AM PST · by FS11 · 24 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 12-13-10 | Andrew Gilligan
    To the United States, Julian Assange may now be Public Enemy Number One. Some American politicians have even called for his execution. But less than a year ago, the founder of WikiLeaks was officially entertained at a US Embassy cocktail party by one of the very diplomats whose secrets he would soon spill to the world. Mr Assange's site had already published dozens of leaks embarrassing to the US, including secret Guantanamo Bay detainee handling manuals and the full emails of Sarah Palin, the 2008 Republican vice-presidential candidate. The US State Department condemned the manuals' publication as "a criminal act."
  • Iceland exits recession

    12/08/2010 8:03:14 PM PST · by FromLori · 9 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 12/8/2010 | Phillip Inman
    Decision to force bondholders to pay for banking system's collapse appears to pay off as economy grows 1.2% in third quarter celand's decision two years ago to force bondholders to pay for the banking system's collapse appeared to pay off after official figures showed the country exited recession in the third quarter. The Icelandic economy, which contracted for seven consecutive quarters until the summer, grew by 1.2% in the three months to the end of September. Iceland famously agreed in a referendum to reject a scheme to repay most of its debts that were once worth 11 times its total...
  • Iceland offers risky temptation for Ireland as recession ends

    12/08/2010 12:41:07 AM PST · by bruinbirdman · 8 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 12/8/2010 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    Iceland has finally emerged from deep recession after allowing its currency to plunge and washing its hands of private bank debt, prompting an intense the debate over whether Ireland might suffer less damage if adopted the same strategy. Winter Festival in Reykjavik, Iceland The Nordic economy grew at 1.2pc in the third quarter and looks poised to rebound next year. It ends a gruelling slump caused largely by the "New Viking" antics of Landsbanki, Glitnir and Kaupthing, the trio of lenders that brought down Iceland's financial system in September 2008. The economies of the two "over-banked" countries have both contracted...
  • American Electric Cars Head To Iceland

    12/02/2010 3:50:27 AM PST · by VU4G10 · 15 replies ^ | December 1st, 2010 | Pete Danko,
    Iceland, after making a big push toward hydrogen-powered cars just a few years ago, is now turning its focus to electric vehicles (EVs), and an Ohio company is a big beneficiary of the shift. AMP Holdings, based in suburban Cincinnati, has announced a five-year deal to sell 1,000 of its SUV electric conversions to Northern Lights Energy (NLE) of Reykjavik. As AMP CEO Steve Burns explained in a press release, Iceland, with its vast geothermal resources, is perfect for EVs. “Everything is present — a low cost of electricity coupled with the high cost of gasoline, the inherent short commutes...
  • Iceland elects ordinary folk to draft constitution (in wake of financial meltdown)

    11/26/2010 4:58:14 AM PST · by markomalley · 44 replies · 1+ views
    WTOP ^ | 11/26/2010 | ALDA SIGMUNDSDOTTIR
    Iceland's getting a new constitution _ and it's really going to be the voice of the people. The sparsely-populated volcanic island is holding an unusual election Saturday to select ordinary citizens to cobble together a new charter, an exercise in direct democracy born out of the outrage and soul-searching that followed the nation's economic meltdown. Hundreds of people are vying for the chance to be among up to 31 people who will form the Constitutional Assembly slated to convene early next year _ a source of huge pride for Icelanders who have seen their egos take a beating in recent...
  • United plane makes emergency landing in Iceland.

    11/12/2010 10:49:28 AM PST · by Beaten Valve · 19 replies
    AP via SkyNews ^ | November 12, 2010 | AP
    Headline Only: United plane makes emergency landing in Iceland.
  • Man Loses $20 Million After Taking Laptop for Repair

    11/10/2010 9:03:46 PM PST · by iowamark · 27 replies
    PC World ^ | Nov 10, 2010 | John E Dunn
    A New York couple have been charged with defrauding a wealthy musician to the tune of $20 million (£12.3 million) after he innocently visited their computer servicing company to have a virus removed from his laptop. The hard-to-believe story started started in 2004 when moneyed pianist Roger Davidson asked Mount Kisco computer store owners Vickram Bedi, 36, and his Icelandic girlfriend Helga Invarsdottir, 39, to rid his computer of a virus. On learning of Davidson's wealth, the pair are alleged to have concocted an elaborate social engineering scam that defrauded him of somewhere between the $6 million the police have...
  • Why won't American, German, Japanese, British and French economy grow by 5% this year?

    10/28/2010 10:59:56 AM PDT · by WesternCulture · 38 replies
    10/28/2010 | WesternCulture
    I'm Swedish and I admit my nation has made a lot of mistakes throughout the centuries. But, in resemblence to the other Nordic nations (Scandinavia + Finland), we know how to run an economy. From people who live in other parts of the World pretending to understand macro economics I often hear remarks like "Norway is rich because of oil" and "Sweden is a small country with a homogenous population that therefore is easily governed". A nation like Libya too houses a homogenous population and has even more oil and gas reserves than Norway, but can't exactly compete with Scandinavia...
  • New Study: Low Climate Change Risk in Iceland

    10/22/2010 6:49:37 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 7 replies
    Iceland ^ | October 22, 2010 | Páll Stefánsson
    Iceland is among five nations which are considered to be at the lowest risk of suffering consequences of climate change due to global warming, according to a new report by the British consulting company Maplecroft. Mapecroft believes in fact that the Nordic countries will benefit from global warming, especially in regard to grain farming as a warmer climate creates a longer cultivating season in these countries. The report took factors such as draught, flooding, landslides, poverty, number of inhabitants and ability to adapt to new circumstances into account in its ranking.
  • The Last Frontier! House Purchased for Private Reykjavik Mosque

    10/19/2010 11:09:21 AM PDT · by VU4G10 · 7 replies ^ | 10.19.2010
    Wealthy foreigners have bought a house in Reykjavik and intend to turn it into a mosque. The chairman of the Icelandic Muslim Association says he has nothing to do with the investors and has reported the men to the police, saying he fears they may be extremists trying to gain a foothold in Iceland. The house is in the Skogahlid area of the city and is earmarked to become a mosque and Muslim community centre. The purchase of the house was backed by wealthy individuals from overseas. Salmann Tamimi, chairman of the Association of Muslims in Iceland, says that the...
  • Riots in the streets of Reykjavik! Where?

    10/15/2010 8:40:42 PM PDT · by · 15 replies ^ | 10/15/2010 | ACRITICALOBSERVER.COM
    Iceland... riots rocked the capital city of Reykjavik again as more than 3,000 people ( 1.5% of the country's population) showed up protesting the austerity measures the government is now considering. Protests began again in earnest in this troubled country when the governments 6 month moratorium on home mortgage payments expired. Meaning that homeowners, who had enjoyed the mortgage payment suspension, found themselves once again faced with having to make mortgage payments they cannot afford. The IMF (International Monetary Fund) has included Iceland together with Spain, Portugal, and Greece as countries who are at the greatest risk of failure. Iceland...
  • Volcanoes and frozen lands make an explosive combo [Eyjafjallajokull in Iceland ]

    09/15/2010 3:43:26 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 8 replies
    Science News; Vol.178 #7 (p. 16) ^ | September 25th, 2010 | Alexandra Witze
    Eyjafjallajökull began erupting on March 20, but few people other than volcanologists and Icelanders took notice at first. For weeks, all it did was spurt lava gently out of an exposed ridge. On April 14, though, the eruption suddenly shifted a few kilometers west -- no longer on open land, but beneath an ice cap. Just as happened at Sveifluháls, magma met ice and turned it to steam, throwing ash into the stratosphere. European airline flights shut down for days over worries about how the ash might affect jet engines. What a difference a little ice makes. Had the second...
  • A Medieval Coin in New England Soil

    09/12/2010 3:35:25 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 25 replies
    Beachcombing 'blog ^ | September 11, 2010 | eponymous blogger
    It was only when the coin was later identified as Viking that the game heated up. By then poor Mellegren -- who, Beachcombing must say was someone with a reputation for integrity -- had passed away. Beachcombing has no illusions about much of the nonsense written about pre-Columbian visits to North America. But in this case he would give a thumb and a half followed by two cheers and three quarters. There is a good chance that this really is what it seems: A European coin that found its way to North America in the twelfth century. Minted in Norway,...
  • Legislator Refuses to Dine with Iceland’s Lesbian Prime Minister and her "Wife"

    09/11/2010 3:38:09 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 40 replies
    Life Site News ^ | COPENHAGEN, September 10, 2010 | Matthew Cullinan Hoffman
    Friday September 10, 2010 Legislator Refuses to Dine with Iceland’s Lesbian Prime Minister and her "Wife" By Matthew Cullinan HoffmanCOPENHAGEN, September 10, 2010 ( - The leader of a Faroe Islands political party took a stand in favor of sexual morality on Tuesday when he refused to dine with Iceland Prime Minister Jóhanna Sigurdardóttir and her lesbian partner during a state visit to his country.Sigurdardóttir, who has lead Iceland since 2009, is a practicing lesbian who "married" her partner Jónina Leósdóttir in a highly publicized ceremony in June of this year.  Calling the presence of Leósdóttir a "provocation," Member...
  • Iceland set to embrace war-game fliers

    08/30/2010 9:03:35 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    The Financial Times ^ | August 30 2010 | Andrew Ward
    Iceland set to embrace war-game fliers By Andrew Ward in Stockholm Gudmundur Petursson worked for years as a contractor for the US military at Keflavik airbase on the Reykjanes peninsula, south-west Iceland. Now, he is waiting for a green light from the Icelandic government to start building a 15,000 sq metre hangar for a fleet of Russian-made fighter jets. Mr Petursson, chief executive of FM Service, an Icelandic facility management company, is a cheerleader for plans by a private military training company to base up to 33 Sukhoi “flanker” jets at Keflavik for use by air forces worldwide as mock...
  • Geology Picture of the Week, July 11-17, 2010: Brazil's Coastal Dunes, and an eye-popping bonus

    07/16/2010 10:09:58 PM PDT · by cogitator · 7 replies
    National Geographic ^ | July 2010 | National Geographic photographers
    National Geographic is still the best place for nature (and I will also add, social/cultural) photography. There are many other good and great photographic sources, but NatGeo maintains a level of excellence like no other. I will now provide a couple of examples. Don't forget that they have new desktop wallpapers every month. The Brazil coastal dunes were in the July issue of National Geographic. Click on each for desktop-wallpaper sized original. And as a bonus:
  • Katla - 14 earthquakes in 48 hours!

    07/09/2010 6:44:30 PM PDT · by Errant · 121 replies
    Ice Age Now ^ | 9 July, 2010 | NA
    9 Jul 10 - Fourteen earthquakes have occurred below Iceland's Mýrdalsjökull glacier during the past 48 hours - one within the last 4 hours. Katla Volcano lies beneath the Mýrdalsjökull glacier. Katla Volcano usually erupts every century, says Iceland's President Olafur Grimsson. and the last eruption was in 1918. "The time for Katla to erupt is coming close." "I don't say if, but I say when Katla will erupt," Grimsson says. "We have been waiting for that eruption for several years." "It can create, for a long period, extraordinary damage to modern advanced society."
  • Vanity Post requesting information on cheap college textbooks or discount book(s)but no amazon

    07/07/2010 4:24:34 PM PDT · by MissDairyGoodnessVT · 32 replies
    I'm looking for a website that sells cheap college textbooks or discount books that will help guide me in reading the earliest written histories of Iceland,Greenland,British Isles & Ireland. I know this is probably a humongous task to undertake but i'll only be reading them one @ a time . Most of the earliest written histories of these countries is in poetry form or "saga's" any help out here would be truly appreciated.I'm trying to design a reading program for myself starting with these countries as a structured pasttime. Thanks!
  • Will We Ever Have a Gay President?

    07/01/2010 6:50:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 86 replies
    Big Think ^ | July 1, 2010 | Robert de Neufville
    Johanna Sigurdardottir, Iceland’s prime minister, just got married. That in itself might not be particularly noteworthy, except for one thing—she married a woman. When Johanna was elected in 2009, she became the modern world’s first openly gay head of government. She and her partner have been in a registered same-sex union for years, and when a new law came into effect on Sunday she became the first world leader to enter into a gay marriage. “In the current climate of U.S. public opinion it is impossible to imagine a U.S. president who is openly gay and who marries their longtime...
  • Giant Magma Blobs Ripple Earth's Surface

    06/30/2010 9:00:24 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 22 replies
    Hot blobs of magma - the searing liquid rock beneath the Earth's crust - can spread slow-moving ripples that soar hundreds of meters high across the Earth's surface, a new study suggests. This phenomenon, which works on geologic time scales, may explain relatively rapid pre-historical changes in sea level that occurred without the typical waxing and waning of the polar ice sheets, which hold and release water on scales of thousands and millions of years. This unexplained sea level rise is one of geology's oldest mysteries. During the Paleogene era (65 million to 23 million years ago), the land under...
  • Iceland's gay prime minister weds partner

    06/28/2010 5:58:19 PM PDT · by Justaham · 43 replies
    Reuters ^ | 6-28-10
    REYKJAVIK, Iceland — Icelandic Prime Minister Johanna Sigurdardottir has married her long-term partner, her office said on Monday, making her the world's first national leader with a same-sex spouse. Sigurdardottir, 67, married writer Jonina Leosdottir on Sunday, the day a new law took effect defining marriage as a union between two consenting adults regardless of sex. The two had had a civil union for years and changed this into a marriage under the new law, which was approved by parliament earlier this month.
  • Bobby Fischer's Body to Be Exhumed in Paternity Case

    06/17/2010 4:29:19 PM PDT · by Lonesome in Massachussets · 16 replies · 622+ views
    AOL News ^ | June 17, 2010 | Terence Neilan
    (June 17) -- The body of iconic chess champion Bobby Fischer has been ordered exhumed from his grave in Iceland in the hopes of settling a paternity case brought by a former lover. Iceland's Supreme Court said today that three tissue samples were required to determine whether he was the father of 9-year-old Jinky Young, a Philippines-born girl whose mother has filed a claim on Fischer's estate. The ruling overturned an earlier municipal court decision denying the request by the girl's mother, Marilyn Young, saying exhumation was "unavoidable," Reuters reported
  • Iceland passes gay marriage law in unanimous vote

    06/12/2010 4:52:51 AM PDT · by markomalley · 53 replies · 1,314+ views
    al Reuters ^ | 6/11/2010
    Iceland, the only country in the world to have an openly gay head of state, passed a law on Friday allowing same-sex partners to get married in a vote which met with no political resistance. The Althingi parliament voted 49 to zero to change the wording of marriage legislation to include matrimony between "man and man, woman and woman," in addition to unions between men and women. Iceland, a socially tolerant island nation of about 320,000 people, became the first country to elect an openly gay head of state in 2009 when Social Democrat Johanna Sigurdardottir became prime minister after...
  • Obama Under Fire for Backing Deal to Lift Global Ban on Commercial Whaling

    06/06/2010 2:30:28 PM PDT · by Frantzie · 15 replies · 335+ views
    Fox News ^ | 6-5-2010 | Stephen Clark
    Environmentalists, already peeved with the administration’s handling of the Gulf oil spill, are accusing President Obama of breaking his campaign pledge to end the slaughter of whales.
  • Why are so few lending an ear to Milton Friedman?

    05/31/2010 4:05:38 PM PDT · by WesternCulture · 47 replies · 1,090+ views
    05/31/2010 | WesternCulture
    Milton Friedman, prime advisor to U.S. President Ronald Reagan, was perhaps the most insightful and clearsighted advocate of Capitalism ever. Over here in Europe (where I live), a continent characterized by Socialism, tradition, but also by high IQ levels, he was awarded the 1976 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics. Few economists ever are. Considering the fact that Europe - and especially the Scandinavian countries - were very much into Socialism at that time, 1976, this might surprise some people not having studied the details of his life or that part of recent Scandinavian history. Why would anyone in Volvo Paradise...
  • 2nd Iceland volcano issues ominous warning....(Katla)

    05/27/2010 12:18:16 PM PDT · by TaraP · 94 replies · 2,571+ views
    MSNBC ^ | May 27th, 2010
    Scientists say a more powerful Katla volcano is 'close to failure' LONDON - A second, much larger volcano in Iceland is showing signs that it may be about to erupt, scientists have warned. Since the start of the Eyjafjallajökull eruption, which caused cancellations of thousands of flights in Europe because of a giant ash cloud, there has been much speculation about neighboring Katla. An initial research paper by the University College of London Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction Analysis of the seismic energy released around Katla over the last decade or so is interpreted as providing evidence of a...
  • Is Katla Ready To Erupt And Bring Europe To Its Knees Again? (Iceland Volcano)

    05/27/2010 12:24:45 PM PDT · by blam · 35 replies · 949+ views
    The Business Insider ^ | Gregory White
    MAP OF THE DAY: Is Katla Ready To Erupt And Bring Europe To Its Knees Again? Gregory White May 27, 2010, 3:07 PM A report from University College London is pointing towards a near term eruption of Iceland's giant volcano, Katla, according to (heard through Zero Hedge). The President of Iceland has also cautioned against an imminent eruption saying that Europe, its governments, and its airline industry needs to prepare. Katla happens to be one of the largest, southernmost volcanoes in Iceland, potentially causing an even graver threat to Europe than Eyjafjallajökull. Map from Arctic Portal:[snip]
  • Iceland Volcano May 26, 2010 Update – Dormant or Paused?

    05/26/2010 10:21:28 PM PDT · by dr_lew · 8 replies · 424+ views
    Apex News Network ^ | May 26, 2010 | Benjamin Gladwell
    Iceland Volcano May 26, 2010 Update – Dormant or Paused? The 2010 Iceland Volcano which has covered Europe in ash and disrupted air traffic for the last month has finally stopped erupting. The ash cloud has gone away, and for the time being, things seem to be returning to normal.
  • Iceland: Scientists forecast decades of ash clouds

    05/16/2010 1:54:13 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 43 replies · 1,453+ views
    The Times(UK) ^ | 05/16/10
    May 16, 2010 Scientists forecast decades of ash clouds Many more of Iceland’s volcanoes seem to be stirring Iceland could be at the start of a surge in volcanic activity that may produce more eruptions Jonathan Leake and Chris Hastings THE Icelandic eruption that has caused misery for air travellers could be part of a surge in volcanic activity that will affect the whole of Europe for decades, scientists have warned. They have reconstructed a timeline of 205 eruptions in Iceland, spanning the past 1,100 years, and found that they occur in regular cycles — with the relatively quiet phase...
  • The Ash Cloud Is Shutting Down British Airports Again

    05/15/2010 8:44:45 PM PDT · by blam · 16 replies · 801+ views
    The Business Insider ^ | 5-15-2010 | Gus Lubin
    The Ash Cloud Is Shutting Down British Airports Again Gus Lubin May. 15, 2010, 10:18 PM At this point you can call Eyjafjallajokull a protracted economic problem for the UK, if not the rest of Europe. The volcano is still spewing with no end in sight. British transportation authorities have warned they may shut down airspace from Sunday through Tuesday. Daily Mail: The prediction of closures from tomorrow until Tuesday morning is based on continuing volcanic activity in Iceland and prevailing weather conditions. The Department of Transport said: 'Within this time frame, different parts of UK airspace - including airspace...
  • Some of the Best Video Yet of

    05/15/2010 2:31:41 PM PDT · by Attention Surplus Disorder · 10 replies · 800+ views
    YouTube & Vimeo ^ | Appx. May 10, 2010 | 1: Chris Weber, 2: Sean Stiegemeier
    Great footage! The perspective is little deceiving on video #1 with the guy walking in front of the scene circa 3:15, but check out the boulder shot into the air circa 3:07...that is a huge piece of rock and it just hangs there. Amazing! [sorry, couldn't get the links clickable]>video #1
  • Bankers jailed! sued as Iceland seeks culprits for crisis

    05/12/2010 1:11:13 PM PDT · by VU4G10 · 15 replies · 709+ views ^ | May 12 01:44
    More than a year and a half after Iceland's major banks failed, all but sinking the country's economy, police have begun rounding up a number of top bankers while other former executives and owners face a two-billion-dollar lawsuit. Since Iceland's three largest banks -- Kaupthing, Landsbanki and Glitnir -- collapsed in late 2008, their former executives and owners have largely been living untroubled lives abroad. But the publication last month of a parliamentary inquiry into the island nation's profound financial and economic crisis signaled a turning of the tide, laying much of the blame for the downfall on the former...
  • Iceland Volcano Update: Europe Flight Delays Continue (Ash Found In Jet Engines)

    05/10/2010 10:19:31 PM PDT · by blam · 11 replies · 515+ views
    Travel Agent Central ^ | 5-10-2010 | Meagan Drillinger
    Iceland Volcano Update: Europe Flight Delays Continue May 10, 2010 By: Meagan Drillinger TravelAgentCentral Sources are reporting continuing flight delays in Europe as a result of the Eyjafjallajokul volcano eruption in Iceland. According to, two Ryanair jets (Europe's low-cost airline) were found with ash in its engines. Four Ryanair flights were canceled on Sunday, May 9, leaving more passengers in the all-too familiar stranded predicament. British Airways and EasyJet are reporting minimal delays as of this morning, May 10. Eurocontrol told that an expected 28,500 flights were go forward today, around 2 percent below normal levels. As of...
  • The Eyjafjallajökull Volcanic Ash Is Back With A Vengeance, Will It Ruin Cannes?

    05/09/2010 6:29:24 AM PDT · by blam · 46 replies · 961+ views
    The Business Insider ^ | 5-9-2010 | Joe Weisenthal
    The Eyjafjallajökull Volcanic Ash Is Back With A Vengeance, Will It Ruin Cannes? Joe Weisenthal May. 9, 2010, 9:17 AM Just when you thought this story was long over, the ash from the Eyjafjallajökull volcano is iceland is back, and flights are being cancelled left and right across Europe. Of course, this is exactly what Europe doesn't need right now, particularly Portugal, caught in the middle of a debt storm and now caught in the middle of this as well. Times Online UK: Today Ryanair announced the cancellation of 178 European flights while easyJet warned of further disruption on routes...
  • Ash From Iceland Volcano Disrupts Sunday Air Travel

    05/09/2010 6:18:55 AM PDT · by blam · 13 replies · 470+ views
    MarketWatch ^ | 5-9-2010
    Ash From Iceland Volcano Disrupts Sunday Air TravelMay 9, 2010, 5:54 a.m. EDT TEL AVIV (MarketWatch) -- Fresh plumes of ash from the Iceland volcano again are disrupting Sunday air travel in Europe, media reports say. AFP reported that airspace over France, Italy and Portugal was closed and dozens of flights were cancelled on Sunday. Ash Cloud Closes Spanish AirportsAirports in Spain, Portugal and France closed, or expected to close, after an Icelandic volcano's ash cloud blew south. Trans-Atlantic flights were forced to reroute. Video courtesy of Reuters. Ryanair said in a statement on Sunday that it expects airspace over...
  • Eyjafjallajökull Is Back And It's About To Spew Another Massive Cloud Again

    05/07/2010 5:43:04 AM PDT · by blam · 38 replies · 941+ views
    The Business Insider ^ | 5-7-2010 | Vincent Fernando, CFA
    Eyjafjallajökull Is Back And It's About To Spew Another Massive Cloud Again Vincent Fernando, CFA May. 7, 2010, 7:48 AM The Icelandic volcano, Eyjafjallajokull, that grounded much of Northern Europe's air activity previously, is set to emit a massive new cloud of ash. AFP: A plume of ash measuring up to seven kilometers (more than four miles) high had been detected at the Eyjafjoll volcano, said a statement from the Icelandic Met Office and Institute of Earth Science. "The eruption has changed back to an explosive eruption, lava has stopped flowing and most of the magma gets scattered due to...
  • Iceland volcano to emit large new cloud: meteorologists

    05/06/2010 3:18:55 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 495+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 5/6/10 | AFP
    REYKJAVIK (AFP) – An Icelandic volcano which caused havoc to European aviation after erupting last month is to emit a large new ash cloud after surging back to life, meteorologists said Thursday. A plume of ash measuring up to seven kilometers (more than four miles) high had been detected at the Eyjafjoll volcano, said a statement from the Icelandic Met Office and Institute of Earth Science. "The eruption has changed back to an explosive eruption, lava has stopped flowing and most of the magma gets scattered due to explosions in the crater," said the statement in English.
  • Iceland's Ash May Keep Choking Europe's Air Travel

    05/04/2010 8:46:40 PM PDT · by blam · 23 replies · 448+ views
    Yahoo/AP ^ | 5-4-2010 | SHAWN POGATCHNIK
    Iceland's Ash May Keep Choking Europe's Air Travel By SHAWN POGATCHNIK, Associated Press Writer Tue May 4, 7:48 pm ET DUBLIN – Iceland's clouds of volcanic ash are menacing European air traffic again, but transport chiefs insisted Tuesday they are learning from last month's crisis and won't let the hard-to-measure emissions ground their continent again. Rising volcanic activity spurred aviation authorities in Ireland, northwest Scotland and the Faeroe Islands to shut down services Tuesday after a two-week hiatus. Their airports reopened several hours later, once the densest ash clouds had passed over their airports and back over the Atlantic. But...
  • It's Ba-ack: Ireland Closing Air Space Over Volcanic Ash Fears

    05/03/2010 1:12:06 PM PDT · by blam · 4 replies · 448+ views
    The Business Insider ^ | 5-3-2010 | Joe Weisenthal
    It's Ba-ack: Ireland Closing Air Space Over Volcanic Ash Fears Joe Weisenthal May. 3, 2010, 3:34 PM Again?Daily Mail: Iceland's troublesome volcano is set to cause more havoc for air passengers as ash cloud threatens to shut down airspace over Ireland. Irish flights could be grounded with the ash cloud from Iceland drifting across the country, it emerged tonight. The Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) said information from the Volcanic Ash Advice Centre (VAAC) suggests a 'no-fly zone' may have to be imposed over Ireland tomorrow that may affect Dublin, Shannon and some regional airports. Read more at: The Daily Mail...