The food kitchen Fjölskylduhjálp has apparently been giving Icelanders priority over foreigners in terms of who gets food first, inspiring strong criticism from city council.I'm glad the Icelandic media exposed this lady (because the media has been under a lot of scrutiny for questionable objectivity lately) but what's sad is that she'll probably get to keep her job, just like all the other corrupt businessmen and politicians who should be given some time out to rethink their current career choices. I'm sure there are plenty of other Icelanders who, if given a chance, could do a better job.
The newspaper Fréttablaðið broke the story, revealing that food lines had been divided up between Icelanders and foreigners, with Icelanders given priority. Ásgerður Jóna Flosadóttir, the director of the facility, told reporters that the decision was made because foreigners tend to show up early, prompting Icelanders who arrive later to not feel like waiting in line and go home. She added, "We will not stand by and watch while senior citizens, who have toiled their whole lives, are turned away because of the demand of foreigners, many of whom only have a residence permit and some of whom don’t even receive welfare benefits."
The news brought a strong reaction from Marta Guðjónsdóttir, chairperson of the Reykjavík Human Rights Council. "As long as the city is supporting Fjölskylduhjálp, they cannot discriminate the needy based on national origin."
Flosadóttir denied ever saying that she had divided the needy in this fashion, which prompted Fréttablaðið to print a transcript of the recorded conversationone of their journalists had with Flosadóttir, showing the contrary to be the case.
In addition, as our own Eiríkur Örn Norðdahl points out in a new opinion piece, Flosadóttir has been in the news before. First, in 2007, by running alongside Magnús Þór Hafsteinsson of the LIberal Party, during a time when both the party and Hafsteinsson especially were campaigning heavily on a nationalist platform. Second, by having to resign as chairman of another charity, Mæðrastyrksnefnd, when it was revealed that she had used donations to finance a vacation to Portugal.
Flosadóttir has since stated that the policy of separating the poor by national origin will no longer be utilized.
Friday, March 26, 2010
Thursday, March 25, 2010
The actions against Democrats have included racial slurs thrown at black lawmakers, e-mail and phone death threats and bricks thrown through regional office windows.
Afghanistan, I know what it's like to be in harm's way. But I never imagined serving in Congress could feel the same," said Boccieri, a major in the Air Force reserve. He did not elaborate on the threats., one of eight Democrats who switched to "yes" on the most recent House vote, said he had received threats. "Having flown missions in and out of
E-mails sent to, D-Fla., another member who switcher her vote, urged her to commit suicide and said she and her family should rot in hell. Another called her a "two-timing, backstabbing whore."
Rep. Louise Slaughter, a New York Democrat and chairwoman of an influential House committee, said someone had left her a voice mail that used the word "snipers."
On the Republican side, the office of Rep. Jean Schmidt of Ohio released a tape of a profanity-laced phone message in which the caller said Republicans were racists and, referring to an accident two years ago when Schmidt was hit by a car while jogging, said, "you should have broke your back, b... ."
Way to be classy, people!
And closer to home, in Iceland, where the chief of an Icelandic family assistance program decides that Icelanders should not be forced to stand in the same line as immigrants at the food bank. (I translated this article as best I could) This has not gone over well with most in the community and from what I've heard, the City of Reykjavik is not pleased with this woman.:
offensive to foreigners with whom aid remains so strong.
given up. Ásgerður says foreign queuing-up culture is different from Icelandic. It is difficult to monitor the situation of foreigners and to know who needs help and who doesn’t. Icelanders should also demonstrate the need for assistance, for example by showing wage notes (i.e. pay stubs or proof of unemployment).
 From my observation, this is true – Icelanders really don’t know how to queue up. Instead, they usually just form a blob with no real indication of where the line begins or ends. They have much to learn about forming orderly lines!
 The system of organization is fairly loose with many government and support agencies in
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
- They forgot to blame Obama for this volcano. (24% of Republicans in the US believe Obama may be the Antichrist...)
- They forgot to mention that Iceland is a godless, Pagan-lovin' country with a socialist health care system, and that this volcano is God's wrath for living an amoral existence. (Just like the Haitian earthquake was a punishment from God, or so Pat Robertson explained.)
- They didn't spend enough time blowing Iceland's economic problems out of proportion. They didn't mention IceSave once. Not once! They also forgot to mention that everyone in Iceland believes in elves and trolls, or that the rampant "pots-and-pans" riots have made Iceland a dangerous travel destination.
- They forgot to talk about the benefits of the global cooling that would occur after a giant cloud of ash obscures the sun's warming rays for an extended period of time, like what happened after the 1783 Laki eruptions that many indirectly attribute to the unrest behind the French Revolution. (But would that be acknowledging that global warming exists?) Global cooling with its subsequent famines would undoubtedly have the biggest effect on developing countries -- you know, the places where them terrorists are from.
- They also forgot to mention how great it would be for the GOP if a giant haze of sulfur dioxide from a catastrophic Katla volcano killed thousands of liberal, commie-lovin' Europeans because they're always complaining about the War on Terror and environmental damage and boring stuff like that.
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Monday, March 22, 2010
Sunday, March 21, 2010
For anyone interested in following the volcanic eruption but (like me) has difficulties comprehending Icelandic, here is a good link: http://scienceblogs.com/eruptions/. It has updates by the geologist I quoted in my last post.
... it looks like Eyjafjallajökull is a prime candidate for the next eruption on Iceland. Eyjafjallajökull (also known as merely Eyjafjöll) is one of a series of volcano systems on the south side of Iceland, near Katla. Amongst the Icelandic volcanoes, it has been relatively quiet, with the last known eruption occurring from 1821 until 1823, with evidence for eruptions in 1612 and 550 AD. The last two eruptions have been VEI 2, with explosive characteristics - and with a volcano under a glacier, we always have the threat of jökulhlaup - glacial outburst flows triggered by the volcanic eruption. And unlike many Icelandic volcanoes, the last eruption of Eyjafjallajökull was produced silicic to intermediate tephra rather than basalt. The larger volcanoes on Iceland such as Eyjafjallajökull, Katla andKrafla have all produced rhyolite eruptions in the dominantly basaltic land - and the rhyolite magma that was hit while drilling last year shows that you can get very silicic magmas even in a hot spot/mid-ocean ridge setting....