Bloggfrslur mnaarins, oktber 2008

A upplifa draum um betri heim

Sastliin vika hefur veri annasm. g veri Bandarkjunum rstefnu. sunnudaginn st g me tugsundum flks Denver og hlustai Barak Obama flytja ru. Stemmingin hpnum var lsanleg. Srstaka eftirtekt mna vakir hva a var miki a ungu flki og barnaflki stanum. "I am living the dream, I am participating in history" sagi ungurmaur leiinni tr garinum. egarObama rddi um byrg foreldra uppeldi, v a slkkva sjnvarpstkinu, s g a foreldra senda brnum snum umumaugnar og brnin foreldrunum egar Obama kom a v a hugsa og framkvma grnt. einum veitingastanum sagi jnninn okkur a hann hefi veri landsfundinum og hann hefi stai sjlfa sig a v a grta allat a v me ekkasogum egar Obama hlt sna tnefningar ru. Og a sem meira var g var ekki einn, kringum mig grt ungt og gamalt flk. Vi eigum von a geta breytt, a skapa nja Amerku, Amerku sem stendur fyrir n gildi.

Annars var g rstefnu um m.a. lri. arhlt erindi Mary Catherine Bateson erindi um hva vi getum lrt af brnum og hvaa mli lri skipti, Carlina Rinalditalai lka um lri og tengsl starfsins Reggio vi lri, allir fyrirlesarar sunnudaginn tengdu erindi sn einn ea annan htt vi fjldasamkomu Obama fyrr um daginn. a sem var venjulegt vi essa rstefnu er a vi sem vorum boin a halda erindi boruum saman ll kvld. a var t.d. ekki leiinlegt a eiga lngum samrum vi Mary Catherine en hana hafi g aldrei hitt fyrr.

Sjlf hlt g tvo fyrirlestra og gekk a bara vel og g fkk gar vitkur.

Svona lttu ntunum sat g til bors me borgarstjrnaum Reggio Emila tv kvld og ar var margt skrafa, meal annars komst g a v a sonur hans heillaist af slandi sumar og vill helst flytja hinga og borgarstjrinn sjlfur er einlgur adandi SigurRsar og alla eirra diska.

"The truth that survives is simply the lie that is pleasantest to believe."

Mary Catherine Bateson


og svona tlkar Times samtali

a verur a segjast a Times fer langt me a segja Darling hafa logi a bresku jinni.A ekkert samtalinu virnagefi raun tilefni til rsarhans landi og frttamaur Timesgerir srstaka grein fyrir v semhann eins og fleiri virast skilgreina sem htun okkar gar. (Vel a merkja Brown sagifrttabtnum fr 8. oktber sem sndur var Kastljsinu gr a eir tluu a beita lgunum gagnvart slenska rkinu (the Icelandic goverment) ekki bara brnkunum).

Af vefTimes

Chancellor accuses Iceland of lying over health of its financial sector

Alistair Darling, the Chancellor, accused Iceland's Trade Minister of lying about the health of the country's banks in a telephone conversation at the height of Iceland's financial crisis.

But a transcript of the conversation, revealed last night on Iceland's state-owned television channel RUV, undermined Mr Darling's claim that Iceland had refused to honour its commitment to protect British savers.

In the October 7 telephone call, Mr Darling and his Icelandic counterpart, Arni Mathiesen, discussed the collapse of Landsbanki, which operated Icesave, a popular savings operation in Britain. Landsbanki, and Icelandic rivals Kaupthing and Glitnir, have since been nationalised.

On October 8, the Chancellor announced that Iceland would not compensate 300,000 Britons for the loss of about 4.5 billion that they had poured into Icesave.

As a result, Britain invoked terrorist laws to seize the UK assets of Kaupthing. The continuing row over the fate of Britain's savers in Icelance was blamed yesterday for holding up an International Monetary Fund (IMF) bailout of the stricken North Atlantic economy.

In the phone conversation on October 7, Mr Darling mistakes Mr Mathiesen, Iceland's Finance Minister, for Bjrgvin Sigursson, the Minister of Trade, whom he had met in previous weeks.

After being corrected, Mr Darling, referring to the meeting, said to Mr Mathiesen: "I have to say that when I met your colleagues and these others, basically, what we were told turns out not to have been right. I was very concerned about London banking position and they kept saying there was nothing to worry about".

The Chancellor also warns Mr Mathiesen that Iceland's reputation will be hit by a failure to protect British savers.

Mr Darling said: "The problem is that you have people who put their money into a bank here and they are finding that you have decided not to look after their interests. This would be extremely damaging to Iceland in the future."

Mr Mathiesen answered: "Yes, we realise that and we will be trying as we possibly can to make this not a problem. We are in a very, very difficult situation."

But the transcript showed that, contrary to Mr Darling's claims on October 8, Iceland did not categorically refuse to compensate British savers. Mr Mathiesen insisted that Iceland planned to use its compensation scheme, which, under the rules of its membership of the European Economic Area, commits it to paying each saver compensation of 20,887 (16,462).

He told Mr Darling: "We have the [deposit] insurance fund according to the directive and how that works is explained in this letter [from Iceland's Trade Ministry to Britain's Treasury] and the pledge of support from the [Icelandic] Government to the fund.

Mr Darling answered: "So the entitlements the people have, which I think is about 16,000, they will be paid that?

Mr Mathiesen said: "Well, I hope that will be the case. I cannot visible state that or guarantee that now but we are certainly working to solve this issue. This is something we really dont want to have hanging over us."

Mr Darling, however, told BBC Radio on October 8: The Icelandic Government, believe it or not, have told me yesterday they have no intention of honouring their obligations here."

Yesterday the IMF said that the two countries must sort out their disagreement over Icesave before a decision on the scale of emergency support for Iceland can be made.

The IMF's governing executive body met last night to discuss a potential rescue package worth up to 3.7 billion, backed by several Scandinavian central banks and the Bank of Japan.


Svona tlkar Financial Times umrtt samtal

Snist eir tlka sem svo a Darling hafi fari offari essu mli. En g hvet sem flesta til a lesa eirra eigin grein (og svo hinar tvr sem eru lka fr v fyrr kvld um sland). S a flk tlkar samtali mjg misjafnlega. Fir virast lesa ummli Darling um orspor slendinga sem dulda htun.

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/42c0e23c-a153-11dd-82fd-000077b07658,Authorised=false.html?_i_location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ft.com%2Fcms%2Fs%2F0%2F42c0e23c-a153-11dd-82fd-000077b07658.html&_i_referer=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ft.com%2Fhome%2Feurope


mbl.is Yfirlsing viskiptarherra
Tilkynna um vieigandi tengingu vi frtt

Mevirk j - erum vi ll samsek?

g hef veri aeins ferinni undafarna daga, hef ekki veri miki nlgt tlvu. Hvar sem g kem er aalumruefni hrun bankanna og r astur sem jin er komin . Flk er srt en enn hef g ekki ori vr vi mikla reii. Hn eftir a koma og hn er elileg. Undafari hefur veri klifa v a vi sum ll samsek, allt a v jafnsek. Jafnvel g vilji ekki kenna okkar gtu aumnnum alfari um farirnar er g heldur ekki tilbin a taka mig sk. g hef reyndar hitt fullt af flki sem er ekki tilbi til ess, flk sem hefur ekki lifa yfirdrtti, hefur ekki keypt sr strri hs, bl ea spandera arfa. essu flki er misboi egar a allt einu er byrgt fyrir rsu ungra og aldinna aumanna og ahaldsskort ess opinbera. Sumt etta flk kannski einhvern smpening bankaog a hefur undafarin r og vikur fengi teljandi upphringingar og brf fr bankanum um a fran sparnainn yfir peningasji. J a hefur fengi upphringingar frbankaflki rangurstengdum launum sem hefur pressa ogfullvissa um algjrt ryggi. dag er etta flk reitt og v er alvarlega misboi.Finnst eins og ofbeldismennirnir su a reyna a koma skinayfir a.

slenska jin hefur undanfarin r veri mevirk. Lri hefur veri buss or sem vi hfum nota tpilega en hreinlega ekki skili.eir sem hafa vilja halda uppi umruhafa veri stimplair sem neikvir og leiinlegir. Svona gaggandi lur sem enginn nennir hlusta .Samansem merki var sett milli gagnrninnar hugsunar og neikvni. En etta hefur veri okkur httulegt og enn og aftur erum vi a falla smu gryfjuna.Vegna ess hversulrishugmyndir okkar eru roskaar erum vi a falla gryfju a vera aftur mevirk. Vi erum allt einu tilbin a taka okkur skuldina. Vi sem j berum byrg a hafa falli fyrir gylliboum bankanna, vi hfum keypt blana,vi hfum steypt okkur skuldir.N eru eir sem afneita essum veruleika,vilja ekki taka byrg rsunni vegna ess einfaldlega a eir tku ekki tt henni, n eru eir allt einuornir gaggandi minnihluti sem vilja ekki horfast augu vi eigin byrg.

Mr finnst reyndar allt lagi a minna a ri 2002 var sland gtismlum, lka 1992. ur en bankarnir voru gefnir og pressuu llu upp samflaginu, uru valdir a eirri enslu sem vi hfum upplifa sustu rum. ri 1992 og 2002 tti sland orspor og stolt. Hva eigum vi dag?


Sturla vildi ekki heim me mmu

ti

g stti Sturlu leiksklann dag. Hann var ekkert voa spenntur a sj mig. Vildi frekar vera glfinu leik og skra upp fangi Elsabetu leiksklakennaranum snum og Svvu.r voru n frekar miur sn, a litla barnabarnitki leiksklakennarana fram yfir mmu sna. Amman kippti sr hins vegar ekkert upp vi etta. Vissi sem var a pilturinn var nvaknaur ogvildi f aleika meira hp me rum brnum. Svo m ekki gleyma a amma er n bin a lta hann nokkrum sinnum leiksklanum og hefur bara fari n ess a taka hann me. a er lagi a sna a manni er ekki sama.

a var ekki anna boi fyrir mig en bara taka piltinn og egar upp var staimtmlti hann svo sem ekkert rosalega.a er ekki amalegt a eiga ekki bara mmur heldurlka langmmur og g kva a skreppa heimskn til langmmu Skeifu. ar var lka frndi hans lver sem nennti a leika vihann og druslast me hann. lver er alveg me a hreinu a amma hans er langamma Sturlu. a var alveg ljst egar mamma spuri lver hvort hann ttai sig essu tengslum, svarai hann, "heyriru ekki, a g sagi, viltu fara til langmmu".

Hvert sinn sem lver fr eitthva, hlt Sturla humtt eftir. Augljst a essi stri frndi var spennandi leikflagi.averur a segjast a a er alveg trlegt hva brn hafa snemmahuga blum. Hj langmmu er karfa me alla vega dti og hva dregur Sturla upp, bl. Og hann var ekinn me hljum.

me lverundir bor

Sturla er mikil adandi tiveruog geri nokkrar tilraunir til a komast t gar.g leyfi honum a skreppa aeins t sokkabuxunum enda veri milt og etta bara augnablik.egar vi svo frum heim, klddi g hann tigallann og minn maur stillti sr strax upp vi tidyrnar. Vildi n sm a hlaupa garinum hj afa Bigga og Ll mmu ur enhaldi var heim. Heima ni hann rtt a knsa mmmu sna ur en hnrauk fimleikafingu. Enda miki um a vera hj henni, leiinni Evrpumt fimleikum.

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 grasilver kemur me hann inn

Barnasjkdmur

Annars sgu r mr leiksklanum a upp s komin handa- og munnveiki (hand foot and mouth disease) sem er algengur en hvimleiur barnasjkdmur. g sagi foreldrunum fr v, svo er bara a krossa puttana og sj hva gerist. barnasjkdmar koma egar eir koma, ekkert hgt a ra v.


Dav er hluti af vandanum, ekki lausninni

Svo m lesa Financial Times grein eftir Richard Portes. Hr eru nokkur kvt.

David Oddsson, was prime minister for 13 years prior to moving to the CBI in 2005. His decision reflected politics, technical incompetence and ignorance of markets, and his comments thereafter were highly destabilising.

There are further lessons. Politicians should not become central bank governors. Mr Oddsson is part of the problem, not of any solution, and should resign immediately. Allowing partial euroisation was a recipe for instability. And Iceland was unable or unwilling to arrange early international support, nor did it wish to call in the International Monetary Fund.

Kaupthing still seemed viable. But last Tuesday, Mr Oddsson made public remarks that were interpreted to mean that Iceland would not meet its obligations to UK depositors. This was politics for home consumption. So was the UKs retaliation, with an ill-considered invocation of anti-terror laws to seize the UK assets not only of Landsbanki, but also of Kaupthing. Gordon Browns highly aggressive statement was not his best moment of the financial crisis.

The debacle is due to the unexpected severity of the financial crisis and shocking policy errors. But Iceland has excellent institutions and human capital, as well as sophisticated service enterprises. Its people will have to absorb a temporary fall in their high living standards. Its banks will be revived as much smaller institutions, still with highly capable managers. It will ultimately prosper again.


Afrit af vitali rna vi Darling

g hef fylgst me enskum bloggum dag ar sem hafa tekist slendingar og Bretar.g tek undir me mrgum Bretum sem krefjastess af a lesa afrit af samtalirna og Darling. Bjrgvin segir slendinga vera bin a margfara yfirsamtali og ekkert sem ar s sagt gefi tilefni til vibragaBrretana. En kannski er komi a v a vi fum sjlf a dma um a. Vi hfum of lengi teki or plitkusa tranleg og vi sjum ll hvert a hefurleitt okkur. Nviljum vi sjsamtali me eigin augum og leggja eigi mat .

g legg til a fjrmlaruneyti birt afrit af v vef snum hi fyrsta.


Um lagbrg og gulli skreytt flk

Vr erum lagabrgum beittir
og byrar vorar yngdar meir,
en aumenn ganga gulli skreyttir
og gssi saman raka eir.
N er tmi til dirfsku og da.
Vr dugum, - iggjum ekki af n,
Ltum brur v rttlti ra,
svo rkislg vor veri skr

Kannski vi ttum a syngja rija versi sem hi fyrsta Aljasng verkalsins essa daga. Finnst eins og a hafi veri snii a mlefnum dagsins.Vi ttum flest a rifjaallanNallannupp. a er vissulega a renna upp ntt jskipulag, a er okkar hndum a mta a. Stndum vr um au gildi sem okkur eru kr, jafnrtti frelsi og brralag.Um undirstur sjlfs lrisins.

Aljasngur verkalsins

Fram, jir menn sund lndum,
sem ekki skortsins glmutk!
N brur frelsis brotna strndum,
boa kgun ragnark.
Fnar stoir burtu vr brjtum!
Brur! Fylkjum lii dag -
Vr brum fjtra en brtt n hljtum
a byggja rttltt jflag.

a framt s falin
grpum geirinn hnd
v Internationalinn
mun tengja strnd vi strnd
(2x)

hum vr ei finnum frelsi,
hj furstum ea goaj;
nei, sameinair sundrum helsi
og sigrum, v ei skortir m.
Alls hins stolna aftur vr krefjumst,
nau olir hugur vor trautt,
og sjlfir brtt vr handa hefjumst
og hmrum mean jrn er rautt
a framt s falin o.s.frv.
refren'
Vr erum lagabrgum beittir
og byrar vorar yngdar meir,
en aumenn ganga gulli skreyttir
og gssi saman raka eir.
N er tmi til dirfsku og da.
Vr dugum, - iggjum ekki af n,
Ltum brur v rttlti ra,
svo rkislg vor veri skr.
a framt s falin o.s.frv.
refren'

texti: Sveinbjrn Sigurjnsson

Ps. mr er sagt a a hafi snum tma veri tk um inguna og gi hennar, fyrir mitt leyti veri g a segja a mr finnst hn g og vona a vi num a kenna hana okkar yngri kynslum. v berum vi byrg foreldrar og mmur og afar.


Nringarrkt fi og griastaur

a er gott a sj a leiksklakennarar hvetja til ess a brn fi nstu mnuum a dvelja leikskla h efnahag heimilanna. a er ekki bara a leiksklinn eigi a vera griastaur barna, heldur verur hann mrgum tilfellum s staur ar sem brnum verur tryggur agangur a nringarrkum mat og a er ekki lti. Sklar vera eir stair sem foreldrar treysta a brnunum veri tryggur agangur a fjlbreyttu fi sem eir sjlfir vera sumir a strggla vi a veita.

ghef reyndar lka velt fyrir mr hvort a leikskladagurinn styttist tluvert kjlfar essara hremminga. Afleiri foreldrar ski eftir styttri vistunartma.rtt fyrir ag telji a leikskladagurinn hafi veri orinn fulllangur tel g mikilsumvert a gera ekki of miklar breytingar daglegu lfi barna vi nverandi astur. svo a g teljigott ml ef hgt er einhverjum tilfellum a stytta daginn niur 6-7 tma.


mbl.is Brnum veri tryggur fullur agangur a leiksklanmi
Tilkynna um vieigandi tengingu vi frtt

Lgguvakt hj Bretunum

tti lei framhj sendiri Breta an og s a ar er bi a efla alla gslu, einn lggubll stasettur fyrir utan og alla vega einn vibt sem hringslai hgt um hverfi. Kannski nausynlegar rstafanir gagnvart j sem hefur allt a v lst okkur sem uppeldisst terrorista og beitt lgum samrmi vi vissu. En etta minnti mig atganginn hr niur Laufsvegi fyrir sj rum. var varla hgt a fara t n ess a verfta fyrir lggum. ann 11. september 2001 var g Akureyri og kva a hoppa upp nstu vl heim eftir rsirnar tvburaturnana. Vi vorum me bandarska ttingja hj okkurog fyrstu frttir eins og flestir muna mjg ljsar. Alla vega tek g leigubl Reykjarvkurflugvelli og ba hann a aka Mistrti. Hann neitai, sagist ekki htta lfi snu nlgt Bandarkjamnnum essari stundu. Setti mig t upp Bergstaastrti. Held hins vegar a a s rtt mat a setja aukavakt Bretana. Margir eim mjg reiir. Alveg eins og eir okkur.


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