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Iceland: A Callus, Harsh Opinion.



February 10, 2010 – Comments (8) | RELATED TICKERS: BP , RDS-A , CVX

Normally I don't take such callus or harsh positions against a country. Please find it in your heart to forgive me for what I am about to propose for Iceland. If you are a resident of the island in question feel free to attack me with claws and teeth for what I am about to propose.

I think Iceland's government should be scrapped. I think Iceland's residents should be bought out (evicted, but with cash in hand) and made to move to wherever they like within the European Union. I think the European Union should take possession of the island and lease it to a number of energy companies that will in turn use the natural resources at hand to generate power for the said EU. It has gas, oil, hydrothermal resources at hand. It should be used as Europe's wall socket and fuel depot.

As I said before I know my position is callus and harsh. But the only reason anyone lives there now is because Eric the Red fooled their ancestors into moving there centuries before. Since they decided to stay that means to me they are not motivated or smart enough to move so they must be saved from themselves. Yes, it is a beautiful country, very savage in its beauty. But to live there is a logistical nightmare. Anything but seafood and water needs to be flown or shipped in. The winters are farking awful. The summers are nothing to write home about. Honestly, when was the last time you thought about Iceland and could think of nothing more than failed banks, crying Britons and Bjork? To me that equals a society and country not worth saving.


8 Comments – Post Your Own

#1) On February 10, 2010 at 3:56 PM, Donnernv (< 20) wrote:


Sorry for the nitpicking.  It's "callous" unless you are referring to feet.

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#2) On February 10, 2010 at 3:59 PM, chk999 (99.96) wrote:

I hate to be a spelling boothead, but the word is "callous".

Iceland has the oldest continuous government in the world. (The Ting.) Given that their ancestors were Vikings, I think they might resist this idea by force of arms. And having been there and meet them, I would not be looking forward to trying to deal with that.

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#3) On February 10, 2010 at 4:03 PM, neutrinoman (< 20) wrote:

The womenfolk might meet the EU on the shore beating their breasts with large, flat swords.  Could get ugly :)

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#4) On February 10, 2010 at 4:04 PM, catoismymotor (< 20) wrote:


You can pick at my calluses anytime.

Ugh! Thanks for catching that. All my typos are free of charge. I wish we could go in and fix stuff like this.

Maybe I'll get a Stinkyfeet recommendation because of this typo.


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#5) On February 10, 2010 at 4:14 PM, catoismymotor (< 20) wrote:

I know! I know! I am sorry. The brain left some post-it notes, went to lunch and told the fingers to work it out.

If I could take a ped egg to my spelling error I would! I fall on the large, flat sword mentioned by neutrinoman on comment #3.

My ancestors were Normans, thus of Viking extraction as well. At least they picked a good spot instead of a half molten, half frozen rock in the north Atlantic. When my ancestors left Normandy they left the family dictionary, thus my misspellings. It is quite sad when you think about it.

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#6) On February 10, 2010 at 4:33 PM, Turfscape (< 20) wrote:

I'd propose something similar for North Dakota. Lease it to Canada so they can extract the useful peat and subsoils, and use the money to fund Health Care programs for the poor and elderly...or pay down debt.

Ain't nothing worthwhile to be had in N.D. Heck, at least Iceland has some tourism draw to it with the hot springs and such. You sure won't find the masses heading to Grand Forks or Fargo for relaxation or whale watching anytime soon.

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#7) On February 10, 2010 at 4:48 PM, MaxTheTerrible (88.75) wrote:

Even if it was possible, moving all 300k residents from the island will be the real logistical nightmare. Plus you would still need people living there to maintain your proposed "wall socket". So my question is why move people in the first place? Besides, delivering energy from this "wall socket" will be even more of a logistical nightmare... 

It's true that summers are cool/cold (depending on where you're coming from) and winters suck due to very little sunlight. But despite popular belief winters are actually very mild in Iceland (golfstream) so the environment is not that harsh.

Also, Iceland is perfectly capable of sustaining itself through tourism (it's a really beautiful place - highly recommend!).


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#8) On February 10, 2010 at 10:14 PM, catoismymotor (< 20) wrote:

BTW: I don't mean a word of what I typed in the blog. I was trying to stir the pudding.

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