Saturday, July 21, 2012

Iceland arrests bankers & rewrites constitution

ICELAND: Iceland Dismantles Corrupt Gov’t Then Arrests All Rothschild Bankers

June 18th, 2012
Author: The Meister

Since the 1900′s the vast majority of the American population has dreamed about saying “NO” to the Unconstitutional, corrupt, Rothschild/Rockefeller banking criminals, but no one has dared to do so. Why? If just half of our Nation, and the “1%”, who pay the majority of the taxes, just said NO MORE! Our Gov’t would literally change over night. Why is it so hard, for some people to understand, that by simply NOT giving your money, to large Corporations, who then send jobs, Intellectual Property, etc. offshore and promote anti-Constitutional rights… You will accomplish more, than if you used violence. In other words… RESEARCH WHERE YOU ARE SENDING EVERY SINGLE PENNY!!! Is that so hard? The truth of the matter is… No one, except the Icelanders, have to been the only culture on the planet to carry out this successfully. Not only have they been successful, at overthrowing the corrupt Gov’t, they’ve drafted a Constitution, that will stop this from happening ever again. That’s not the best part… The best part, is that they have arrested ALL Rothschild/Rockefeller banking puppets, responsible for the Country’s economic Chaos and meltdown.

Last week 9 people were arrested in London and Reykjavik for their possible responsibility for Iceland’s financial collapse in 2008, a deep crisis which developed into an unprecedented public reaction that is changing the country’s direction.

It has been a revolution without weapons in Iceland, the country that hosts the world’s oldest democracy (since 930), and whose citizens have managed to effect change by going on demonstrations and banging pots and pans. Why have the rest of the Western countries not even heard about it?

Pressure from Icelandic citizens’ has managed not only to bring down a government, but also begin the drafting of a new constitution (in process) and is seeking to put in jail those bankers responsible for the financial crisis in the country. As the saying goes, if you ask for things politely it is much easier to get them.

This quiet revolutionary process has its origins in 2008 when the Icelandic government decided to nationalise the three largest banks, Landsbanki, Kaupthing and Glitnir, whose clients were mainly British, and North and South American.

After the State took over, the official currency (krona) plummeted and the stock market suspended its activity after a 76% collapse. Iceland was becoming bankrupt and to save the situation, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) injected U.S. $ 2,100 million and the Nordic countries helped with another 2,500 million.

Great little victories of ordinary people

While banks and local and foreign authorities were desperately seeking economic solutions, the Icelandic people took to the streets and their persistent daily demonstrations outside parliament in Reykjavik prompted the resignation of the conservative Prime Minister Geir H. Haarde and his entire government.

Citizens demanded, in addition, to convene early elections, and they succeeded. In April a coalition government was elected, formed by the Social Democratic Alliance and the Left Green Movement, headed by a new Prime Minister, Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir.

Throughout 2009 the Icelandic economy continued to be in a precarious situation (at the end of the year the GDP had dropped by 7%) but, despite this, the Parliament proposed to repay the debt to Britain and the Netherlands with a payment of 3,500 million Euros, a sum to be paid every month by Icelandic families for 15 years at 5.5% interest.

The move sparked anger again in the Icelanders, who returned to the streets demanding that, at least, that decision was put to a referendum. Another big small victory for the street protests: in March 2010 that vote was held and an overwhelming 93% of the population refused to repay the debt, at least with those conditions.

This forced the creditors to rethink the deal and improve it, offering 3% interest and payment over 37 years. Not even that was enough. The current president, on seeing that Parliament approved the agreement by a narrow margin, decided last month not to approve it and to call on the Icelandic people to vote in a referendum so that they would have the last word.

The bankers are fleeing in fear

Returning to the tense situation in 2010, while the Icelanders were refusing to pay a debt incurred by financial sharks without consultation, the coalition government had launched an investigation to determine legal responsibilities for the fatal economic crisis and had already arrested several bankers and top executives closely linked to high risk operations.

Interpol, meanwhile, had issued an international arrest warrant against Sigurdur Einarsson, former president of one of the banks. This situation led scared bankers and executives to leave the country en masse.

In this context of crisis, an assembly was elected to draft a new constitution that would reflect the lessons learned and replace the current one, inspired by the Danish constitution.

To do this, instead of calling experts and politicians, Iceland decided to appeal directly to the people, after all they have sovereign power over the law. More than 500 Icelanders presented themselves as candidates to participate in this exercise in direct democracy and write a new constitution. 25 of them, without party affiliations, including lawyers, students, journalists, farmers and trade union representatives were elected.

Among other developments, this constitution will call for the protection, like no other, of freedom of information and expression in the so-called Icelandic Modern Media Initiative, in a bill that aims to make the country a safe haven for investigative journalism and freedom of information, where sources, journalists and Internet providers that host news reporting are protected.

The people, for once, will decide the future of the country while bankers and politicians witness the transformation of a nation from the sidelines.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

12,000 year old civilization

Gobekli Tepe

Predating Stonehenge by 6,000 years, Turkey's stunning Gobekli Tepe upends the conventional view of the rise of civilization

By Andrew Curry
Photographs by Berthold Steinhilber
Smithsonian magazine, November 2008, Subscribe

12,000 years I think is still a drop in the bucket but I am glad that someone with good skills and rep is doing the excavations in Turkey.

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Kudos to Denmark

Kudos to Denmark which sanctioned the ability this month for LGBT couples to wed in the Danish Lutheran Church.

Ray Weaver (Copenhagen Post)

June 14, 2012 - 10:56

Here come the grooms (and the brides) (Photo: Colourbox)...By an 85-24, parliament last week voted to legalise same-sex marriage, putting Denmark on an equal footing with other Scandinavian countries like Iceland and Sweden that allow full marriage equality for gay and lesbian couples.

Same-sex couples will be able to marry in the church of their choice, but resistent vicars will not be obliged to perform the weddings. Under the new law, if a vicar declines to perform the service, the couple would be required to find one themselves.

Last month, JCPenney was the focus of homophobic outrage and organized boycotts after it featured a lesbian couple in its Mother’s Day catalog. So for Father's Day, how did it respond? With this:

Thanks JC Penney's for recognizing that families come in all shapes and sizes.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012


Today is Constitution Day in Denmark

Constitution Day (Danish: Grundlovsdag), observed on June 5[1][2], commemorates the anniversary of the signing of the Danish constitution of 1849, which established Denmark as a constitutional monarchy, and honors the constitution of 1953, which was adopted on the same day.[3] Almost all workplaces and shops are closed at noon on this particular day[4] and political rallies and meetings are traditionally held.[3]

This day is also Father's Day in Denmark.[3][5]

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Hilary Clinton in Copenhagen

US secretary of state Hillary Clinton is in Copenhagen today to meet with her Danish counterpart Villy Søvndal (Socialistisk Folkeparti) and the prime minister, Helle Thorning-Schmidt (Socialdemokraterne), as well as to participate in the kick-off event for Green Partnerships for Growth, an initiative between the two countries to promote green technology.

Clinton’s time in Copenhagen was both short and busy. After a brief meeting with Queen Margrethe at Amalienborg Palace, which she travelled to on a canal boat accompanied by Søvndal, Clinton was on to the Royal Library to engage in an interview with TV2 News.

After a flowery introduction from TV2 News’s Johannes Langkilde, Clinton gave a short introductory speech about the commonality and connectivity among young people worldwide, Denmark’s green energy leadership, Denmark’s military influence and its status as an “important, albeit small country”.

Clinton went on to address Denmark’s global position of having the lowest level of income inequality, which she said serves as an inspiration for the United States.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Re-thinking Eurovision Song Contest

Eurovision 2012 Winners

Click here to see and hear the first place winner from Sweden:

The 57th Eurovision Song Contest has ended.  The lovely grannies from Russia whose average age is 75 took second place with their song: "Party for Everyone"!!

First place went to Sweden this year and Loreen's song "Euphoria".
Eurovision 2013 will be held in Stockholm as the host country is always the former year's winner.

Click here to see the second place winners. I think they stole the whole show.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

It is Kristihimmelfartsdag

I get dizzy sometimes walking back and forth between Denmark and America culturally. Lets take this weekend which is  a 4 day holiday for lots of folks in Denmark. Today, or 30 minutes ago, it was Kristihimmelfartsdag. Everyone in Denmark knows this because it is a holiday. You have the day off with pay.  It is sort of like Thanksgiving in America. If your employer didn't give you Friday off with pay, you asked to take a vacation day on Friday for a 4 day weekend.

I know you already saw the farts in the title. In Danish that means speed or rising. All along the roadside the digital signs say "Din Fart".

I doubt I could collect 1 person in my town center in California who could tell me what today is that would merit a holiday ANYWHERE in the world. The answer is Ascension Day. Literally it means "Christ into Heaven Rising Day."

I'm confused. All my cousins in Denmark know what this day is.

On a different note, Jono reminds me that Norwegian Constitution Day has fallen on the same day this year as Ascension Day. Andrew from National Geogrphic is roaming around Norway right now. Here is a post from his blog today.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Gender Studies 101

I normally do not move things from Facebook to my blog. This one from Cousin Brian in Denmark just caught my fancy. I wish I could make that type set a lot larger. Thanks Brian.

Friday, May 11, 2012

“If Americans Want to Live the American Dream They Should Move to Denmark!”

An eye-opening and data driven important TED talk from Richard Wilkinson, author of The Spirit Level, on how inequality harms societies.

Kelli in Herning DK recently gave her students an assignment to make a presentation on The American Dream. One of her friends in DK recommended this TED talk. I checked it out. It is really worth watching. I am off to buy his book. ;-)


There was 1 comment posted to this TED talk on
January 21, 2012 at 7:27 am · Reply

Hi, my name is Dominik Schoonmaker. I am 17 years of age and I currently live in Copenhagen, Denmark. I have lived in America all my life untill 6months ago. My dad is in the Air Force so we move around alot and my dad got job here in Copenhagen. Ever since i have moved to Copenhagen ive really become to love Denmark and have become to really dislike America. I havnt paid an attetion to the politics or the election which are coming up soon. I go to the International School of Copenhagen and in my econmic class we were talking about inequalities and we were watching your video and when you said “If Americans Want to Live the American Dream They Should Move to Denmark!” I looked over to another one of my American collegues and we we both agreed with your statment.

The Evidence in Detail:

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Equality is a Personal Experience

This photo is from 1970 in San Francisco. We have all come back from church at Glide Memorial: 3 blacks, 3 whites, and 2 little white children and multisexual orientations.  I love this photo. I call it "Sleeping Beauties".

I caught my son Keith and our friend Herman (gay and African-American) taking a nap after brunch. It is the picture of security and love. It is hard to teach equality. Experience is the best teacher.

This post is in response to people's reaction in DK and US on President Obama support of equality in marraige. I copied the following from FB.

"As a Dane I seriously don't get what all the commotion is about...! So he (Obama) said he's in favour of gay marriages - big deal!? I guess it's just hard to imagine a country where the mere fact that a president says a thing like that OUT LOUD can be so important..." (Brigitte Thorn writes from Herning DK.)

As a Danish American, I find it hard to imagine a country like that also Brigitte. (Nina)