How’s Your Icelandic?

It’s hard to believe but I don’t spend every minute of every day reading and keeping this website current. Actually I try to keep up with a number of television shows and movies on Netflix, Amazon, HBO Max, and even Apple TV. I find my interests are concentrated on detective stories, usually from Europe but also from South America.

When they’re in Spanish, Latin Spanish, or French, I have the added challenge of trying to keep up with the language as well as concentrating on solving the mystery or identifying the killer. But for some reason I have recently become addicted to detective shows that involve a lot of very cold wind and snow: shows from Iceland, Finland, even Poland and Russia.

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26 Corrupt Bankers Sentenced to 74 Years in Prison

images-2.jpgWe all remember the massive political and financial failures of the Bush Administration which were gradually resolved by the Obama Administration, but who remembers what punishments were handed out for the gross incompetence and criminal activities of the politicians and bankers who caused the crisis?

Who?

Oh yes, most of those who we now know are the most dangerous people in the United States—the individuals who, through greed and incompetence could easily destroy the American Experiment—were actually rewarded with an obscene influx of American taxpayer’s dollars to make their business positions solid again and they are still tossing their greed around in ways that threaten all our futures.

Which bankster went to prison for destructive and illegal activities?

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Language Jingoism

VerneIt’s a tired old observation I often make to the unthinking princes (and princesses) of literature, especially those Americans who judge all literature outside of America and England as being somehow inferior and easily dismissed.

Now I run across a passage in The Sixth Extinction (Elizabeth Kolbert) that makes me question the author’s credentials (for writing, not for extinctions). She has been discussing the animals that have gone extinct in recent years and when focusing on the Great Auk, she recounts a visit to the last known home  of the Auks, a small island off Iceland:

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