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In The Meantime Iceland Is #Winning

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While Greece and Europe continue sinking ever deeper into the colonial quicksand of Pax Goldmania, Iceland, which blew up, pushed its banks into bankruptcy, and arrested its corrupt bankers, is well on its way to being the world's only normal country.


Too bad the Goldman colony of Greece (and soon everyone else - thank you first lien "bailout" debt) will not see headlines such as these written about it any time in the next century.


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Fri, 02/17/2012 - 11:48 | 2169674 GeneMarchbanks
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Defaulting is winning!

Fri, 02/17/2012 - 11:51 | 2169697 Kaiser Sousa
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the bankers do it and then get bailed...hell yeah, defaulting is winning...

starve the beasts bitchez...


Fri, 02/17/2012 - 12:41 | 2169997 xela2200
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Go vikings! Killing ugly people and crazy clergy through out Europe for hundreds of years. Shiiit, no wonder Finland and Norway have such a high standard of living.

Fri, 02/17/2012 - 13:02 | 2170114 VanillAnalyst
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Where the fuck do I buy Icelandic Krona!?!?!?!?

Fri, 02/17/2012 - 15:30 | 2170914 JW n FL
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Do we have a FEMA Camp big enough to put ALL! of Iceland in?

Cause they be needin sum re-edumakshun! STAT! Mother Fuckers!

Fri, 02/17/2012 - 11:57 | 2169731 tmosley
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Facing reality is winning.  Running from it is deadly.

Fri, 02/17/2012 - 12:03 | 2169761 redpill
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More specifically, refusing to socialize private losses is #winning.

Fri, 02/17/2012 - 12:04 | 2169769 battle axe
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Iceland to the Europe: "Everyone who told me I was doing the wrong thing can now go fuck themselves. Oh wait, you already did"

Fri, 02/17/2012 - 12:59 | 2170095 Ghordius
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why didn't Ireland do the same? why? instead, the had to bail out Anglo-Irish...

Fri, 02/17/2012 - 13:24 | 2170205 Flakmeister
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Read "Boomerang" for some insight....

Sat, 02/18/2012 - 03:50 | 2172512 Sir Humphrey
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Just to make it clear Iceland did not default on anything. What they did is to allow private companies to fail and refuse to completely socialise the losses (there was some intervention by the State). Capitalism without bankruptcies is like Chrisitanity without Hell, it just does not work!

Fri, 02/17/2012 - 11:50 | 2169685 SMG
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Fri, 02/17/2012 - 11:49 | 2169686 Momauguin Joe
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Iceland hasn't been around for 1000 years by lapping up to banksters.

Fri, 02/17/2012 - 11:50 | 2169689 Theta_Burn
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+1 for reality

Fri, 02/17/2012 - 11:50 | 2169690 Sophist Economicus
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It isn't that great in Iceland -- but I guess that is true  pretty much everywhere

Fri, 02/17/2012 - 12:00 | 2169739 dwdollar
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Knowing that some crooks are in jail and the worst may very well be behind you, does a lot to raise spirits and manifest REAL hope.

Fri, 02/17/2012 - 12:51 | 2170059 Sophist Economicus
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True, especially if you are not going through the hardship the crash has caused.   The inflation has hurt lots of folks there and the government is try various 'public works' projects to try and restimulate the economy (a potentially scary thought).    But, the worst is probably behind them -- which is more that I guess I can say for us living here....

Fri, 02/17/2012 - 11:52 | 2169692 Cognitive Dissonance
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Who would've thunk that projectile purging and a major league bowel movement by Iceland of the internal rot and decay could have been so refreshing and invigorating?

Who would've thunk?

Fri, 02/17/2012 - 12:12 | 2169837 DaveyJones
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they are my heroes. In the whole world, just this island. OK now I'm depressed again.

Fri, 02/17/2012 - 12:38 | 2169991 Bay of Pigs
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+1 My great grandparents were from Iceland.

Fri, 02/17/2012 - 15:58 | 2171010 DaveyJones
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Go rub palms with as many americans as possible. Feed them skyr and hangikjot, whateverthehellittakes 

Help me Obi Wan, you're our only hope

Fri, 02/17/2012 - 11:51 | 2169698 Burnsy
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Of course it is. This is not a surprise. Like the famous fictitious banker P. Bateman would say: Just - say - no.

Fri, 02/17/2012 - 11:53 | 2169708 Raskolnikoff
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Finally something to cheer about on Zerohedge! Now we need a leader that will take us where Iceland went.

Fri, 02/17/2012 - 12:00 | 2169750 tabasco71
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Houlihan Lokey?

Fri, 02/17/2012 - 13:03 | 2170119 Non Passaran
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Sounds good but if I can choose, heather locklear pleeeeze!

Fri, 02/17/2012 - 13:50 | 2170368 Jackfish
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Snake Plisskin more likely

Fri, 02/17/2012 - 13:19 | 2170181 ChacoFunFact
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“the government should create, issue, and circulate all the currency and credit needed to satisfy the spending power of the Government and the buying power of consumers.  The privilege of creating and issuing money is not only the supreme prerogative of Government, but it is the Government’s greatest creative opportunity.  By the adoption of these principles… the taxpayers will be saved immense sums of interest.  Money will cease to be master and become the servant of humanity.”

--Abraham Lincoln

Fri, 02/17/2012 - 11:52 | 2169710 oogs66
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Should be required reading in Greece

Fri, 02/17/2012 - 11:53 | 2169712 uno
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they should change their name from Iceland to Utopia

Fri, 02/17/2012 - 11:54 | 2169713 swissaustrian
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If it wasn't so cold and dark during the winters and the population wouldn't look all the same due to serious inbreeding, I'd consider moving there.

Fri, 02/17/2012 - 11:58 | 2169743 alexwest
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no more in-bred than people here west to Chicago, or blacks of South.


Fri, 02/17/2012 - 12:03 | 2169768 tired1
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It could be worse, much worse. Just wait and see as history rhymes.

Fri, 02/17/2012 - 11:55 | 2169720 alexwest
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Fri, 02/17/2012 - 11:57 | 2169728 Zola
Fri, 02/17/2012 - 11:58 | 2169732 Ikea nesting in...
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When rating agencies turn bullish the one should short...  and by the way, how can government debt peak when there is still a fiscal deficit that exceed GDP growth?

Fri, 02/17/2012 - 11:58 | 2169735 pods
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Eyjafjallajökull Bitchez!

Fri, 02/17/2012 - 11:59 | 2169745 AccreditedEYE
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Hey Greeks, get a f-ing clue. THIS is what you need to do. Iceland is THE model to follow. Storm parliment, burn it to the ground and tell Euro-Political-Banksters to go screw themselves. Take hold of your prosperity and the short term pain that will come with it.

Fri, 02/17/2012 - 12:00 | 2169749 FromGaltsGulch
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Guess it's time to drop an "i" from the PIIGS...

Long live the PIGS!!


way to show the way Iceland



Fri, 02/17/2012 - 12:09 | 2169802 FromGaltsGulch
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ignore this fellow my piigs mixed up..this marke tputs my brains to sleep

Fri, 02/17/2012 - 12:07 | 2169780 lolmao500
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Too bad the Goldman colony of Greece (and soon everyone else - thank you first lien "bailout" debt) will not see headlines such as these written about it any time in the next century.

Or until revolution... whichever comes first.

Fri, 02/17/2012 - 12:08 | 2169782 Vincent Vega
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Iceland to be declared terrorist nation in need of being wiped off the map in 3...2...1  (it's for their own good).  <sarc>

Fri, 02/17/2012 - 12:07 | 2169783 hangemhigh77
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This is NOT na outcome that the banksters favor.  Send in Jamie Dimon to rectify this.

Fri, 02/17/2012 - 12:08 | 2169784 alien-IQ
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if only their food were not so completely frightening, I'd live there in a heartbeat.

Fri, 02/17/2012 - 12:10 | 2169813 hangemhigh77
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just close your eyes and hold your nose, it all tastes like chicken then.

Fri, 02/17/2012 - 18:46 | 2171695 BidnessMan
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Uhh.... the rotting shark the Icelanders consider a national delicacy does not taste like chicken.  But the Blue Lagoon football field size hot tub near the airport is pretty relaxing.

Fri, 02/17/2012 - 12:08 | 2169792 hangemhigh77
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Bankster help is needed here. Send in NATO and save the people.

Fri, 02/17/2012 - 12:09 | 2169794 Slartibartfast
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Proof positive that the customer is always right. Banks can threaten to smother the customer, but then they wind up guessed it...a lloss of the customer.


What I want to see is governments now explore the option of taxing commodities producers in the commodities they produce, and use them to backstop their currency. For example, lower the tax rate on gold producers but only on the proviso that their taxes are paid in gold. Same with silver, copper, oil, etc.


Would this work? Would this begin to put a solid floor under currencies? By all means, please comment...the question is theoretical.

Fri, 02/17/2012 - 12:13 | 2169848 hangemhigh77
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The only problem with your plan is I'm SICK of governments TAXING everything. Then you turn around and court clerks cops and all govt workers are driving Mercedes, living in 5k sq ft houses and vacationing in the south of France.  These aholes are making TWICE what we make for stamping paper and taxing us for everything we do.  Soon there will be a fart tax.  And it's pretty obvious the money isn't being spent on us.  How about this,........get RID of all this friggin GUBMINT!!!!

Fri, 02/17/2012 - 12:35 | 2169862 xela2200
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You are asking if government command economy works. What do you think?

Read the article again.

Fri, 02/17/2012 - 12:09 | 2169804 rpboxster
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Thanks for the Iceland update. So refreshing!  Can anyone comment about life in the streets through the default to date?

Fri, 02/17/2012 - 12:35 | 2169981 Tortuga
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It's freakin cold.

Fri, 02/17/2012 - 12:42 | 2170014 xela2200
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Do you ever get used to it?

Fri, 02/17/2012 - 12:10 | 2169806 chunga
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From today's Chicago Tribune...

Foreclosure abuse rampant across U.S., experts say

Gee...only about 80% are illegal. That's not too bad.

Fri, 02/17/2012 - 12:13 | 2169846 xela2200
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So they let the markets handle the mess. The banks that made bad business decisions went bankrupt and those who committed fraud were sent to jail.

But Zarcozy said that capitalism doesn't work anymore and Europe will be fixed once they get rid of it for good.

Fri, 02/17/2012 - 12:17 | 2169860 Alpacanio
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It say's so much about the slavery the banks have us into. Fuc$ 'em and defalut, Everyone! Break the bondage!

Fri, 02/17/2012 - 12:17 | 2169868 Squid Vicious
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shots of Brennivin all around...

Fri, 02/17/2012 - 12:18 | 2169879 aerial view
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NICELAND: fairness, no one above the law, free of debt enslavement and on it's way to prosperity!

Fri, 02/17/2012 - 19:54 | 2171861 smiler03
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Free of debt enslavement.

Well if you consider debt to GDP of 90% is free, then, well, you aren't quite right in the head.

"The four credit rating agencies which monitor Iceland's sovereign debt all lowered their ratings during the crisis, and their outlook for future ratings changes is negative. The Icelandic government had a relatively healthy balance, with sovereign debt of 28% of GDP and a budget surplus of 6% of GDP (2007). Debt is now 90% of GDP and Iceland has a budget deficit.".

Fri, 02/17/2012 - 12:19 | 2169884 Puffin
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Ísland - geothermal energy and plenty of fishes, bitchez ...

Fri, 02/17/2012 - 12:19 | 2169885 monopoly
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Why is it that the people of other nations do not see this and do not rebel against their slave masters?. Including US.

Sat, 02/18/2012 - 00:53 | 2172360 e-recep
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the average icelander must be better educated than the rest of the world.

Sat, 02/18/2012 - 20:47 | 2173978 TerraHertz
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My guess would be - small enough population that personal social interaction was able to counteract the mainstream media disinformation and suppression of social Will.


In larger countries, the situation is well past the point where there would have been violent revolutions, if the only influence was what people discussed with their friends and colleagues.

The mainstream media really are effective social conditioners, and so Sheep become Lemmings...

Burning down parliaments and banks would not be enough. The Zionist/Elite media apparatus also needs purging.

Fri, 02/17/2012 - 12:19 | 2169887 gwar5
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Exactly, TD. Iceland is the story the NWO do not want anyone to hear. Iceland´s turnaround is buried in the news so EU taxpayers don't get any funny ideas about an alternative model how to deal with the odious debts pushed on the sovereigns. The banks made big bets on the fiat socialist Ponzi schemes and they lost, and now they have to pay. 

The PIIGS need to work together as a bloc against the banks. The banks certainly don't have any problems coordinating against them, picking them off one by one. Default is the Sovereign's big hammer and they need to collectively make the threat real or just do it before bankers replace every elected politician with Goldman alums. 

Are they still Sovereign or not?


Fri, 02/17/2012 - 12:27 | 2169951 Alpacanio
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Right gwar5, This is war. A sovereign country vs. the banksters except, the only bullets are those being fired against protesters.

Fri, 02/17/2012 - 19:57 | 2171864 smiler03
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You're another one ignorant of the current state of Iceland's sovereign debt. And the 8 people who upvoted you.

"The four credit rating agencies which monitor Iceland's sovereign debt all lowered their ratings during the crisis, and their outlook for future ratings changes is negative. The Icelandic government had a relatively healthy balance, with sovereign debt of 28% of GDP and a budget surplus of 6% of GDP (2007). Debt is now 90% of GDP and Iceland has a budget deficit.".

Sat, 02/18/2012 - 20:58 | 2174000 TerraHertz
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Bearing in mind that Iceland is now Sovereign non grata with the international banking cartel. Aka 'international jewry'.

Can anyone recall what happened last time a country cheesed off the banker tribe by cutting loose from the banker monopoly on creating money as debt? This-

Well I guess it won't go quite the same this time. WWIII with Iceland vs everyone else seems unlikely. Though, that's pretty much what happened to Libya, for similar reasons.

But for sure there'll be a great deal of vindictive credit downgrading and disinformation, slandering Iceland.

Fri, 02/17/2012 - 12:33 | 2169975 Dr. Engali
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I just hope that there will be some sanity in other governments and they all tell the bankers to go to hell.

Fri, 02/17/2012 - 12:57 | 2170087 Omen IV
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The just say NO defense !

Sat, 02/18/2012 - 21:01 | 2174006 TerraHertz
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Most unlikely, since the other governments are owned by the bankers. Or in many cases, actually are the bankers.

Fri, 02/17/2012 - 12:48 | 2169993 Zero Govt
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i just purchased some Icelandic currency today ..i figure they've already had their banking meltdown and have passed (with flying colours) the diseased part and returned to good health (let the cancerous banker scum go bust, just as capitalism intended)

a nice wadge of Icelandic gives me a better feeling than the flogged currencies from the British, USSSR and EUSSR propped up zombie economies

and full credit to the Icelandic people for voting against bailouts of their gambling junkie bankers and Icelands politicians for giving the people a democratic vote on the issue... they've out-thought every politician, civil service and banker across Europe and America (not hard to do with the dumbest most corrupt bunch of village idiots since Rome 2,000 years ago - also destroyed by thieving bankers)


Iceland Rules

Fri, 02/17/2012 - 19:59 | 2171872 smiler03
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Hear Hear!!

Fri, 02/17/2012 - 12:46 | 2170026 Shizzmoney
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Goldman colony of Greece



Fri, 02/17/2012 - 12:51 | 2170057 Zero Govt
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can a Goldman bwanker get into Greece without being skinned alive?

Hardly a 'colony' then, more like a no-fly zone ...time we followed and made bwankers feel uncomfortable and knock em out of their cushy thieving arrogance

Fri, 02/17/2012 - 13:22 | 2170191 AccreditedEYE
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Hysterically funny and sad all at the same time. The Squid will have more "colonies" if there is no push back... modern day Knights Templar.

Fri, 02/17/2012 - 13:00 | 2170105 vh070
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Not only that, but all the distraction was good for fish stocks.  Bullish!

Fri, 02/17/2012 - 13:11 | 2170151 Swain
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Iceland's government of 2008 failed to save the banks, they were just too big.

The current governmetn has socialized lot of private bank debt. 

But the Icelandic public voted twice overwhelmingly in plebicites against a sovereign guarantee of cross border deposits of a failed private bank (Icesave dispute).

Given the opportunity, the Icelandic public would probably reject all attempts to backstop banks with taxpayer money.

The lesson from Iceland is: do not socialize of debts of private banks. 

Swain the Icelander

Fri, 02/17/2012 - 13:12 | 2170155 lolmao500
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Winning, Greece style...

Fri, 02/17/2012 - 13:24 | 2170206 Piranha
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Congrats Island!

Fri, 02/17/2012 - 13:33 | 2170254 Mongrel
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Goldman Sachs is a den of vipers. Crush the infernal thing!

Fri, 02/17/2012 - 15:02 | 2170785 slackrabbit
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Fri, 02/17/2012 - 16:26 | 2171179 Archon7
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GO ICELAND!  Iceland's leading the way for the rest of the free world.

Sat, 02/18/2012 - 02:59 | 2172466 littleenglander
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I absolutely love Iceland. Been twice now. (Pre and post crash).

Partying on Friday and Saturday nights is absolutely off the hook. Lots of hot women and the bars don't shut.

For us foreigners, pre crash beer = $20, post crash = $8.

Was there in August and speaking to quite a few locals, who said they are still struggling with inflation. Of course this is cost-push inflation due to Krona devaluation.

Took a tour of the geothermal power plant. Amazing, 3 staff run the whole place!

Greece doesn't have this luxury (of being nearly energy self sufficient).

Fitches Icelandic upgrade to me is some spin they will use on the Greeks to say how they need to follow Iceland's example...

.. unless Greece becomes 97% energy self sufficient, and drops it's population by 10m to match the model doesn't work.

Sat, 02/18/2012 - 12:02 | 2172838 sickray
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any other nations on earth with free energy?

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