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Footage of the eruption in Iceland

A friend and colleague sent me the following link: youtu.be/8cICS9MtRRw. // Oliver

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Salafisten: Lies!

Irgendwie scheinen das alle Menschen mißzuverstehen. Gemeint ist hier das englische Wort “lies”, also Lügen. Somit ist doch die Aktion auch relativ passend umschrieben. // Oliver

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Is God great?

Just a thought-experiment. Monotheistic faith seem to emphasize that their respective deity is great. In particular in the Islamic world the respective phrase is used quite a lot. I assume that’s “great” in the sense of big or in the … Continue reading

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Wait, what was I missing here?

Haaretz reports a shoot-down of a Syrian fighter jet. What gives this story a bad taste is the claim that it went 800m into “Israeli territory”. Don’t get me wrong, violation of a country’s territory is violation of a territory. … Continue reading

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Why you’ll want to visit Iceland #15

Friendly young folk. I’d also like to officially introduce to all you Icelanders a new word I created: kindaljósfaðir. That is a male person helping sheep to give birth to lambs. It’s the logical modification of the most beautiful Icelandic … Continue reading

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Why you’ll want to visit Iceland #14

Breathtaking views around Þingvellir (literally: ting field). By the way, the ting, that is the Germanic tribal gathering, and the English word thing1 are directly related. A thing (or ting) originally used to be a judicial matter to be discussed … Continue reading

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Brave man!

Yasiin Bey, aka Mos Def, endured on camera what the hunger strikers in Gitmo have to endure while being force fed. Kudos to the man for this bravery. Go watch the clip, if you dare. // Oliver

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Why you’ll want to visit Iceland #13

Geysirs and hot springs. By the way: the prototypical Geysir that gave its name to all of its kind only erupts irregularly now. What most tourists don’t realize is that the one that erupts regularly and which they see is … Continue reading

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Why you’ll want to visit Iceland #12

Beautiful motives all around. This one could be the wallpaper in a popular desktop environments, for example. Gute Gründe Island einen Besuch abzustatten #12 Bildhübsche Motive. Dies hier könnte beispielsweise das Hintergrundbild einer bekannten Desktopumgebung sein.

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Why you’ll want to visit Iceland #11

Gullfoss (literally: golden waterfall). This mighty waterfall is one of the Golden Circle’s tourist attractions. Its sheer power and size as well as its history are compelling. Gute Gründe Island einen Besuch abzustatten #11 Gullfoss (wortwörtlich: Goldwasserfall, bzw. goldener Wasserfall). … Continue reading

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Evil Icelanders :)

They always set off those volcanos with names hard to pronounce for international journalists. This time Bárðarbunga, which indeed has nothing at all to do with Silvio Berlusconi. Why can’t they set off Hekla or Katla? Those are relatively easy … Continue reading

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Why you’ll want to visit Iceland #10

Svartifoss (literally: black waterfall). This waterfall is an interesting sight because of its rock structures. It’s a light hike into the Skaftafell national park which offers other attractions, too (including camping grounds). The photo shows it form afar to tease … Continue reading

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Why you’ll want to visit Iceland #9

Fjallsárlón (literally: mountain river lagoon). Quite spectacular in its own right although smaller than Jökulsárlón. It’s on the way between Skaftafell and Jökulsárlón. Gute Gründe Island einen Besuch abzustatten #9 Fjallsárlón (wortwörtlich: Bergflußlagune). Auf ganz eigene Weise großartig, auch wenn … Continue reading

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Why you’ll want to visit Iceland #8

Jökulsárlón (literally: glacial river lagoon). Setting for two Bond movies and overall just spectacular. I am not providing photos of all its grandeur because you need to experience it yourself They’ve got birds, too. Gute Gründe Island einen Besuch abzustatten … Continue reading

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Why you’ll want to visit Iceland #7

Solidified lava formations all across the country (this is near Hraunfossar and Barnafoss). You have to check out Hraunfossar and Barnafoss anyway, they’re impressive, especially the Hraunfossar. Gute Gründe Island einen Besuch abzustatten #7 Erstarrte Lavaabdrücke überall im Lande (das … Continue reading

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Free to die

… are the black citizens of “the land of the free and the home of the brave”. “Certainly a Taser is an option that’s available to the officers, but Tasers aren’t 100 percent,” Dotson said. “So you’ve got an individual … Continue reading

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Why you’ll want to visit Iceland #6

Bubbling hot mud pools at Seltún and elsewhere. Gute Gründe Island einen Besuch abzustatten #6 Blubbernde heiße Schlammlöcher bei Seltún und anderswo.

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Why you’ll want to visit Iceland #5

Old houses in Árbæjarsafn (Árbæ-collection). There you can see how Icelanders lived through the centuries. I also recommend visiting the National Museum (Þjóðminjasafn Íslands) and the Saga Museum (or alternatively the museum about Egill Skallagrímsson in Borgarnes). Gute Gründe Island … Continue reading

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Anders “Fokk” Rasmussen: Iceland crucial to NATO

Helvítis fokking fokk! The NATO flag was flying at the ministry of foreign affairs, approximately a hundred meters from our office here in Reykjavík, on Wednesday. I pointed it out to my colleagues who hadn’t recognized it while we took … Continue reading

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Why you’ll want to visit Iceland #4

Enchanting sunsets in summer towards the North1 around midnight by the seashore (and while resting your feet and legs into hot water near the Seltjarnanes lighthouse). Gute Gründe Island einen Besuch abzustatten #4 Bezaubernde sommerliche Sonnenuntergänge Richtung Norden2 um Mitternacht … Continue reading

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