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 Post subject: Iceland's Metamorphosis
PostPosted: 090309 02:43 
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I stumbled across this interesting article (the link is formatted for printing, which also makes it a lot more readable).

I'm not usually all that interested in finances, but this article is more interesting as an engaging narrative that goes into the rise and fall of Iceland, and in the process, taught me a lot about the country that I never knew. Even if you're not that interested in the economy, take a look. It's long, but very well-written and engaging; the author doesn't let economic details and jargon hold up the narrative.

The dichotomy of the sexes seems grossly exaggerated -- I'm curious about whether it IS that bad in Iceland or whether the author took the liberty of emphasizing certain traits that make it look that bad. It sounds very, very strange.


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 Post subject: Re: Iceland's Metamorphosis
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I just got finished reading through this monstrosity. I agree, parts of it are quite interesting - and less so the parts about the economic collapse, but moreso the cultural details. Interesting to learn a little about Iceland.

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“Yes, I know Björk,” a professor of finance at the University of Iceland says in reply to my question, in a weary tone. “She can’t sing, and I know her mother from childhood, and they were both crazy. That she is so well known outside of Iceland tells me more about the world than it does about Björk.”

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The social aspect is interesting, but you guys really shouldn't overlook the importance of the financial snafu that took place...

Even if finance isn't your thing, the sheer absurdity of what happened should be interesting. O_o

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Kashi wrote:
YOU STOLE MY ARTICLE! I'VE SENT THAT TO A FEW PEOPLE LATELY. YOU JERK!


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Panda, anyone can use the quote tags and make up a sentence. Beep you.

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Kashi wrote:
The social aspect is interesting, but you guys really shouldn't overlook the importance of the financial snafu that took place...

I wouldn't necessarily underwrite the importance of it, just simply state my sheer lack of interest in it.

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Even if finance isn't your thing, the sheer absurdity of what happened should be interesting. O_o

It did sound pretty absurd, but I suspect I don't have the knowledge/experience to truly appreciate it (nor the interest to learn :P ).

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