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Sour Grapes And Stuff

Sour Grapes And Stuff

Published May 27, 2011

MOST AWESOME LETTER:
Dear editor
I travelled across the world in search of TARGETS FOR DEREGULTION. And
in 2009 i arrived in northeast iceland, and found a perfect target for
NEOLIBERAL DEREGULATION.
The target I have found in NORTHEAST ICELAND for Deregulation, Is
RAUFARHOFN. i THINK raufarhofn could be a perect example of NEOLIBERAL
DEREGULATION. i think that the icelandic government should deregulate
raufarhofn, to stimulate GROWTH IN THE REGIONAL ECONOMY.
I think you need to dergulate the fishing industry in raufarhofn,
impose an exemption on the icelandic fisheries management laws. give
the fisherman a chance agsin t the imposition of LAW from the centre.
all those malformed over size fish, star wars type. you can end the
spectre of oversized star wars esque fish. by imposing DEREGULATION OF
THE FISHERIES MANAGEMENT LAWS ON RAUFARHOFN
 ours sincerely
mr C. Jarvis
Vitebsk, Belarus
 Dear Mr. C. Jarvis,
 thank you for your nice letter.
 What a great idea you have! Have you tried pitching it to the
University of Iceland? They seem happy to fund research into these
areas, as their undying support of ‘Godfather Of Icelandic
Neoliberalism’, Hannes Hólmsteinn Gissurarson (funnily enough, a
government worker his whole life) will attest. Perhaps you should write
them and offer your services in teaching courses such as ‘How Iceland
Can Become The Richest Nation On Earth 101’ and ‘There’s No Such Thing
As A Free Lunch Unless Your Friends Own The Government That In Turn
Runs All The Cafeterias In Which Case You Are Hooked Up With Free Lunch
For Life And Maybe Even Dinner 101’. It’s certainly worked for others
of your persuasion.

 

Hello, halló
a message from holland
to pay back to the Netherlands and Great Britain is the biggest nonsense!!
There are many reasons why you do not have to repay. (a few:)
Iceland and its inhabitants are not responsible for a private bank.
Iceland and its inhabitants are not responsible for speculators (of any kind)
Holland is one of the richest countries in the world, (thanks exploitation and oppression ….)
(Holland has a large debt to many countries, many people (for centuries)….)
If Holland’s position would be like Iceland, (Holland “must” repay ….), Holland would NEVER pay back.
Icelanders persist!
Do not pay!
with friendly greetings and respect for your obstinacy,
from a dutchman,
jaap
I do not know if the following text is translated correctly ….
(via translate.google) (eng.> Icelandic)
skilaboð frá Hollandi
að borga aftur til Hollands og Bretlands er stærsta bull!
Það eru margar ástæður fyrir því að þú þarft ekki að endurgreiða. (nokkrar:)
Ísland og íbúa þess eru ekki ábyrgir fyrir einkarekinn banka.
Ísland og íbúa þess eru ekki ábyrgir fyrir spákaupmenn (af einhverju tagi)
Holland er eitt af ríkustu löndum heims, (takk arðráni og kúgun ….)
(Holland hefur stór skuld til margra landa, margir (margar aldir )….)
Ef staðsetning Holland myndi vera eins og Íslands, (Holland “að” endurgreiða ….), Holland myndi ALDREI borga aftur.
Íslendingar eru viðvarandi!
Borga ekki!
með vingjarnlegur kveðjur og virðingu fyrir obstinacy þinn,
frá Hollendingnum
Dear Jaap,
thank you so much for your letter, your words of encouragement and your
Icelandic translation (which is oddly correct in all its oddness).
You make some fair points. We’re not sure if we agree with you all the
way, in fact we’ve been trying our darndest to forget all about Icesave
and everything to do with it (because, uhm, no matter how many times we
vote on it, we’re pretty sure the rich will keep getting richer while
the rest of us will keep getting poorer/more indebted. This seems to be
a running theme the world over).
Is our being all sick of Icesave and the debate surrounding it an
irresponsible position? Maybe. We are mostly people in our
early-to-late-twenties, and no one seems to care what we think anyway.
Media devoted to our target market is mostly dedicated to various
people’s abs, buttocks and sex lives (and video games). Is that our
lazy generation’s own damn fault? Probably. Anyway, yeah, Icesave!
Thanks again for a fun letter!
PS – do you think we could make money by ‘legalizing it’? Has Holland’s ‘legalizing it’ paid off?

Hello!
 Norway calling, hoping for some help.
 In 1973 there was a volcano outburst at the Vestamannaøyene. That
summer a young girl from this island went to Norway and stayed with my
family for the summer holiday. The  last time we heard from her was in
1993, and now we really would like to get in touch with here.
 Can you help?
 Her name is Sigríður Guðjónsdóttir, she is close to 50 years old. She
has a daughter, Heidrun (born 1988) an a son, Òli (born 1989). In 1993
her address was Laugaràsveg 53, 104 Reykjavik.
 Sincerely
Anette Gultvedt
+47 99 23 89 72
Dear Norway,
funny you should ask our help now! WHERE WERE YOU WHEN ALL OUR BANKS
COLLAPSED? WAIT, DON’T TELL US, WE KNOW DAMN WELL WHERE YOU WERE! YOU
WERE ROLLING AROUND IN ALL YOUR FANCY OIL MONEY, GOING ON TELEMARK
TRIPS AND BEING ALL HEALTHY! AND NOW YOU EXPECT US TO ‘HELP’ YOU? WHAT
A JOKE!
Djók! Anette, really, that was a joke! We would love to help you out!
Do any of y’all have contact information for the Sigríður Guðjónsdóttir
in question? We tried já.is-ing her, to no avail!
Yes and thank you for your nice letter.

Hi,
What happened to Dr. Gunni’s History of Icelandic Rock music articles?
I haven’t seen one in your fine publication for a while now.
Best,
Mark II
Dear Mark II!
Thank you for your nice letter. We asked Dr. Gunni WTF was up! He
wrote: “Sorry for not delivering, but I’ve just been too busy finishing
the new edition of the Iceland Rock/Pop history book. It’s almost done,
so the articles in Grapevine will return soon. The book, Stuð stuð
stuð, is gonna be huge, about 500 pages or something, and chock full of
stuð. It will come out in the autumn.
Ok bye, Dr. Gunni


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