Iceland’s volcanoes Hekla, Grímsvötn, Bárðarbunga and Katla are all preparing for eruption

Four of Iceland’s main volcanoes all preparing for eruption:

According to geophysicist Páll Einarsson, four of Iceland’s volcanoes are showing increased amounts of activity in preparation for another eruption.

Katla is the most active that it’s ever been in four decades. “Katla has been unrestful since this autumn.”

The other volcanoes showing increased activity are Hekla, Grímsvötn and Bárðarbunga

H/t reader kevin a.

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Prepare For The Pirates: Direct Democracy Driven Political Party May Gain Power In Iceland

Prepare For The Pirates: Direct Democracy Driven Political Party May Gain Power In Iceland:

We are not here to gain power, we are here to distribute power.

– Ásta Guthrún Helgadóttir Pirate member of Iceland’s Parliament

While there are all sorts of populist political movements gaining traction across the West, the only one I find genuinely revolutionary and distinctly interesting and productive is Iceland’s Pirate Party.

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I’ve covered the upstart party in the past, most recently earlier this year in the post, “The Pirates Are Coming” – Iceland’s Pirate Party Polls at 43% Following the PM’s Resignation. Now, with the Icelandic election just days away (October 29th), the party is back in the news due to an expected strong performance.

The Washington Post explains:

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Iceland Just Did The Exact Opposite of What the U.S. Does — It Found 9 Banksters Guilty in Historic Case

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Iceland Just Did The Exact Opposite of What the U.S. Does — It Found 9 Banksters Guilty in Historic Case:

On Thursday, Iceland’s Supreme Court found nine bankers guilty of market manipulation, affirming the conviction of the seven defendants found in a June 2015 decision by the Reykjavik District Court, and handing down a guilty verdict to two defendants previously acquitted in district court.

The Supreme Court decision found that “[b]y fully financing share purchases with no other surety than the shares themselves, the bankers were accused of giving a false and misleading impression of demand for Kaupthing shares by means of deception and pretense,” according to the Iceland Monitor.

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Iceland Sounds Alarm After Largest Volcano Rocked By Big Earthquake Cluster

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Iceland Sounds Alarm After Largest Volcano Rocked By Big Earthquake Cluster:

Six years after the eruption of Iceland’s Eyjafjallajokull volcano in 2010 caused the cancellation of more than 100,000 flights across Europe on concern that glass-like particles formed from lava might melt in aircraft engines and clog turbines, Iceland met office raised the alarm after its largest volcano was hit by the biggest tremors since 1977. Katla, named after an evil troll, is in southern Iceland about 140 kilometers (87 miles) from the capital, Reykjavik.

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Iceland’s New President Has Never Been A Politician

Iceland Proves You Don’t Need a Politician or Businessman as President

With admiration, many have been observing Iceland’s handling of the banking crisis that jolted the entire world in recent years. Now experiencing a unique economic recovery, the Icelandic public became aware in 2008 that the nation’s private banks had borrowed some $120 billion dollars, ten times the size of Iceland’s economy, creating an economic bubble which forced housing prices to double, and saddled the nation’s people with debt.

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Iceland’s Hekla volcano “ready to blow”

Iceland’s Hekla volcano “ready to blow”:

A geophysics professor from the University of Iceland has warned people not to travel up Hekla volcano in South Iceland as it could erupt at any moment.

As reported by Icelandic news website visir.is (link in Icelandic), Hekla erupted regularly ever ten years or so from 1970 to 2000 – but has now been silent for sixteen years.

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Iceland Has Offered Foreign Bondholders A “Choice”: Sell Now, Or Have Cash Impounded Indefinitely

Iceland Has Offered Foreign Bondholders A “Choice”: Sell Now, Or Have Cash Impounded Indefinitely:

Iceland has had a difficult past few months politically, as its Prime Minister Sigmundur David Gunlaugsson became the first casualty of the Panama Papers.

Economically however, the story is more upbeat, as the country has rebounded since the financial crisis. The Icelandic Krona has stabilized against the Euro, the rate of change in inflation has slowed, and the country has recorded year-over-year growth in GDP each year since 2011.

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However, in a shocking turn of events, a law passed on May 22 by Iceland’s parliament is offering the foreign holders of about $2.3 billion worth of krona-denominated bonds a choice of either selling out in June at a below-market exchange rate, or have the money they receive upon maturity be impounded indefinitely in low interest bank accounts. In other words, Iceland is trying to kick out foreign investors.

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Iceland’s Biggest Political Party Is Now The “Pirate Party”

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Iceland’s Biggest Political Party Is Now The “Pirate Party”:

Iceland’s anti-establishment Pirate Party continues to lead nationwide polls as the most popular choice for the next elections. The party — whose policies include internet freedom, drug decriminalisation, and open democracy — has consistently led the polls for the last year and, as a result, has secured more funding than any of its rivals.

The 2008 financial crisis hit Iceland hard. The following year, the krona was devalued by around 50%, unemployment doubled, and capital controls were introduceMiraculously, the country rose from the ashes to become one of Europe’s top performers in terms of growth. More recently, the political establishment has been in turmoil since three government ministers were implicated in the global Panama Papers scandal.

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Revenge of the Vikings: Iceland Will Create Its Own Money

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Revenge of the Vikings — Iceland Will Create Its Own Money:

It’s happened before in history, and with great success, but it has also prompted a violent backlash from the elites…

Back in 1914, the Bradbury Pound was introduced by the UK government as an ’emergency measure’ to bolster a failing economy.

It was a huge success. The banking elite were unhappy, however and panicked – before managing to wrestle control of the money supply afterwards.

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Iceland’s Pirate Party Polls At Stunning 43% Following PM’s Resignation

“The Pirates Are Coming” – Iceland’s Pirate Party Polls at 43% Following the PM’s Resignation:

The most fascinating and encouraging political movement occurring anywhere on earth at the moment is taking place in the tiny nation of Iceland. No, it has nothing to do with the recent resignation of the country’s Prime Minister after it was discovered via the Panama Papers that he and his wife owned Icelandic bank debt through an undisclosed offshore vehicle. What I’m referring to is the exponential popularity of the less than four-year-old “Pirate Party.”

So what is the Pirate Party? Motherboard explains:

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Iceland Prime Minister has not Resigned, Press Release to International Media

Iceland Prime Minister has not Resigned, Press Release to International Media:

The Prime Minister’s office in Iceland has just issued a press statement in English to the international press saying that the Prime Minister has not resigned, merely stepped aside for an unspecified amount of time and will continue to serve as the Chairman of the Progressive Party.

The press release is as follows: 

Prime Minister of Iceland very proud of Government’s success – suggests Progressive Party Vice-Chairman take over the office of Prime Minister for an unspecified amount of time.

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Iceland: Famous Jailed To Be Freed – Controversial Government Secretly Changes Legislation To Shorten Sentence

Jailed Bankers To Be Freed:

Three jailed Kaupthing bankers will be freed today due to a change in legislation.

Former Kaupthing Chairperson of the Board Sigurður Einarsson, former Kaupthing Luxembourg CEO Magnús Guðmundsson and former 10% owner of Kaupthing Ólafur Ólafsson will all be released from Kvíabryggja prison today, Stundin reports, on account of a change to the law. They will instead move to a halfway house, Vernd, where they will have to return every night but will otherwise be free. A member of parliament has criticised the legislation is being “handcrafted” for these bankers.

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The First “Panama Papers” Casualty: Iceland Prime Minister Resigns

The First “Panama Papers” Casualty: Iceland Prime Minister Resigns:

We suspect more than a few ‘prosecuted’ bankers will be smiling wryly today as, following the exposure of his offshore financial dealings – revealed in the Panama Papers – Iceland’s embattled Prime Minister Sigmundur David Gunlaugsson has resigned. Despite earlier refusal to step down, the decision, which was reported by national broadcaster RUV, followed street protests that attracted thousands of Icelanders angered by the alleged tax evasion.

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Panama Papers: Britain ‘at the heart of super-rich tax-avoidance network’

H/t reader squodgy:

“SURPRISE SURPRISE….NOT”


David Cameron with Icelandic Prime Minister Sigmundur David Gunnlaugsson, who was implicated in the documents
David Cameron with Icelandic Prime Minister Sigmundur David Gunnlaugsson, who was implicated in the documents

Panama Papers: Britain ‘at the heart of super-rich tax-avoidance network’:

The UK was second only to Hong Kong in a list of international jurisdictions where the most banks, law firms and middlemen associated with the Panama Papers operate

David Cameron is facing calls for urgent action against tax havens in UK overseas territories and Crown Dependencies, as Britain was revealed to be at the heart of a shadowy global network of companies used by the super-rich to hide their wealth.

As tax authorities around the world were spurred to action by the release of 11.5m documents leaked from the secretive Panama law firm Mossack Fonseca, revealing how it helped clients dodge taxes and international sanctions, UK campaigners for tax justice reacted with dismay as it emerged that half of the companies exposed were incorporated in the British Virgin Islands. 

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Iceland: The Coldest Winter Since 1995

Iceland The Coldest Winter Since 1995

The Coldest Winter Since ´95:

This passing winter seems to be the coldest measured winter since 1995 according to Meteorologist Trausti Jónsson. Visir reports about new data Jónsson compiled and published on his blog, showing the average temperatures in the months of December, January and February of 2015-2016 to be lower than they have been since 1995. The International winter of 2015 – 2016 was the coldest particularly up-country and it was only measured slightly colder in 1995. Reykjavik is however experiencing much the same temperatures on average as last winter and also in 2000.

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And Now The Weather …

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Potential blizzard for parts of the Plains and Upper Midwest:

Expected to hit during the middle of next week.

Blizzard conditions force Chicago drivers to abandon cars – Video:

More than a foot (30 cm) of snow in some areas

Indiana county under state of emergency after major snowstorm:

LaPorte County placed under state of emergency due to heavy snowfall, downed power lines.

Record snowfall in Grand Rapids, Michigan:

Some areas received nearly a foot (30 cm) of snow.  

‘Great snow accumulation’ in Iceland:

3rd year in a row

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