Iceland grieves after police kill a man for the first time in its history
December 5, 2013
It was an unprecedented headline in Iceland this week — a man shot to death by police.
"The nation was in shock. This does not happen in our country," said Thora Arnorsdottir, news editor at RUV, the Icelandic National Broadcasting Service.
She was referring to a 59-year old man who was shot by police on Monday. The man, who started shooting at police when they entered his building, had a history of mental illness.
It’s the first time someone has been killed by armed police in Iceland since it became an independent republic in 1944. Police don’t even carry weapons, usually. Violent crime in Iceland is almost non-existent.
"The nation does not want its police force to carry weapons because it’s dangerous, it’s threatening," Arnorsdottir says. "It’s a part of the culture. Guns are used to go hunting as a sport, but you never see a gun."
In fact, Iceland isn’t anti-gun. In terms of per-capita gun ownership, Iceland ranks 15th in the world. Still, this incident was so rare that neighbors of the man shot were comparing the shooting to a scene from an American film.
The Icelandic police department said officers involved will go through grief counseling. And the police department has already apologized to the family of the man who died — though not necessarily because they did anything wrong.
"I think it’s respectful," Arnorsdottir says, “because no one wants to take another person’s life. “
There are still a number of questions to be answered, including why police didn’t first try to negotiate with man before entering his building.
"A part of the great thing of living in this country is that you can enter parliament and the only thing they ask you to do is to turn off your cellphone, so you don’t disturb the parliamentarians while they’re talking. We do not have armed guards following our prime minister or president. That’s a part of the great thing of living in a peaceful society. We do not want to change that. "
can you even imagine if the u.s. mourned people killed by police
like a real national outpouring
that moment of silence should last for years
The kind of gun culture I approve of.
Just FYI, if you ever feel moved to ask my father for my hand in marriage or present me with a diamond ring, we need to break up because you know NOTHING ABOUT ME.
I feel so strongly about this that I routinely get outraged about this situation that ONE HUNDRED PERCENT is absolutely never going to happen.Mailing four postcards to prisoners and a letter to the ACLU. My mail carrier is right to judge me.
[Above: Nikky Minaj giving an “umm, oh, okay, but you realize you’re nothing” look.]
Anonymous Asked: When the judge asks my 16-year-old client if he knows what a trial is and he responds, “When the state attorney and my attorney go to war for my freedom.”
[Above: reaction GIF of Oprah crying.]Listen, realizing that I could pour the bottle of ready-made margaritas into a big plastic bag and freeze it, therE BY CREATING FROZEN MARAGRITAS AVAILABLE 24/7 WITHOUT THE UNNECESSARY MARK-UP OF ACTUAL BRANDS, wasn’t my PROUDEST moment, but it’s where I am. hypothermia hotlines for major cities.
tonight’s temperature in some major cities across the u.s. tonight, plus the number you should call if you see someone sleeping on the street. we have a tendency to view homeless people as sub-human and walk right by them, but everyone deserves a place to sleep when it’s this cold outside.
washington, dc. 25º. 1.800.535.7252.
new york city. 16º. 311 (general info number where you can get in touch w/ emergency shelters—also see this directory).
philadelphia. 18º. 215.236.0909.
boston. 9º. 617.534.6100 or 617.534.7100.
chicago. 17º. call 311 for immediate assistance. shelter directory here.
cleveland. 18º. 216.566.0047
reblog and share other numbers/info, please!
It’s getting cold again, so please find the hotline for your area and program it into your phone so you can OFFER to call if you see someone who is in danger.
(Source: storksmouth)Life must go on; I forget just why. —Edna St. Vincent Millay (via wilde4words)
It would be cheaper to fly to Spain, get a hip replacement, live there for two years, get a second hip replacement, and fly home than it would be to get one hip replaced in the United States.
Image: Hip replacement costs 40,364 in US, $7,371 in Spain. Round trip flight to Spain $827, rent for 24 months=$24,000. Running with the bulls-related hip injury: free. Second hip replacement $7,371. Total $39,569.Vermont Approves Single-Payer Health Care: ‘Everybody in, nobody out’
The ACA provided states with federal funds to institute a Medicaid expansion. The states chose to expand the program also were able to set up their own state exchanges, which were relatively free from the problems the federal site had. Vermont decided to take it a step further by setting up their very own single payer system.
The slogan of the program: Everybody in, nobody out.
The program will be fully operational by 2017, and will be funded through Medicare, Medicaid, federal money for the ACA given to Vermont, and a slight increase in taxes. In exchange, there will be no more premiums, deductibles, copay’s, hospital bills or anything else aimed at making insurance companies a profit. Further, all hospitals and healthcare providers will now be nonprofit.
They estimate this will end up saving Vermont 25% per capita over the current system, in addition to preventing some proportion of the 45,000 preventable deaths that occur annually in the US due to the inability to afford treatment.
Hot damn, Vermont, you sexy maple loving beasts.
Vermont did the thing.
Come on, Massachusetts!
got out of bed, took pills, ate oatmeal, brewed coffee, made it half way to the bus before I realized it was STUPID to try to go anywhere in the amount of pain I am in. dragged myself back. spending the day in bed with vicodin and ensure.I must remind you that starving a child is violence. Suppressing a culture is violence. Neglecting school children is violence. Punishing a mother and her family is violence. Discrimination against a working man is violence. Ghetto housing is violence. Ignoring medical need is violence. Contempt for poverty is violence. —Coretta Scott King (via newanddifferentsun)
How convenient that JK Rowling made Tom Marvolo Riddle equal I Am Lord Voldemort when it’s obviously supposed to be Mr. Tom, A Dildo Lover.
I hate all of you.
(Source: assez-utile)"it is so dark," Tim Prior
you go along and the little
house disappears in the side mirrors, a
vibrating image, indistinct; you go
along because hidden in the earth
somewhere, there is a path, and the
path takes you, though it never
reveals itself to you.
john kennedy is dead and
bobbie is dead and martin luther
king is dead because anger that
expresses itself through violent change
is part of the world of men—they look at
you impatiently, and then they turn and
kill one another for good reasons,
and they are up there on that moon playing
golf and my new baby lies
on his back in the shade of the crab
apple tree and he makes a noise
that is still attached to my womb; the
bathroom we put in has a carpeted floor;
his study has floor to ceiling book shelves
for the books we share and the sound of our
rca victrola is rich, a whole afternoon
of jazz suspended over the turntable; he is
head of his department; we have
cable television, but he wants
to move back to the country.
it is a bad idea that sounds like a good idea.
do hippies know something new? pastoral is
an urban conceit; when adam and eve were kicked
out of paradise, they peopled the prosperous new cities of
north america and forgot hot to bake bread (i know
how to bake bread; i know how to prepare a simple dinner
quickly for unexpected guests); but he knows that
sex is a rhetoric and he woos me in the vortex of fucking when
the sound of the mayor’s dinner parties is coming
from across the street; he says, think of it and think of it
and his outdoor mind charms my home to an impossible
smallness and i think of it because there are too many
chemicals and bombs for us to ignore; and a little bit
of hard work on a small farm will ease our souls.
and my mother taught me to be patient (“look
at what it got me”): “submit yourself to your husband,” so
i live among my children all day long, for nine years
now, my decision, and this farm will be good for
them, they will stretch their legs
in these endless fields; and he will find the contentment
he seeks without rest, going through life as through
a room of unfamiliar things, finding a flaw in each one, some
irritation slipped from perfection (and this stony place the least
perfect thing i’ve ever
seen, and him telling me,
now this first night of unbearable darkness and
silence so profound my eardrums bow outwards, throbbing
in an absence of signals; i can hear him not sleeping; feel him
staring into the dark of this room where my eyes have disappeared
and i press against him because if i did not
i would slip away; but if i were to ask him what he was
thinking, i would not understand; i cleave to him
because where he believes
is all the bearings
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