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Picture of the week - Narcissus

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Who fell in love with his reflection. I am playing with light painting at the moment, using the last dark nights until 24h sun. These are 10 pictures made with a mirror, a flashlight and a tripod at 70mm/ƒ/11/1s/ISO 100. I then combined them in GIMP to create the last image.



How to edit:
Open the pictures into GIMP as layers and open "windows"-> "layers". Use the "lighten only" mode for all layers except the base layer.
To make the gif I right clicked on a layer and selected "new from visible". I moved the new layer on top (the gif animates from bottom to top) and specified in the layer names the delay between frames eg: "Layer 1 (500ms)". I set the first (combined) image with a longer delay (2000ms). Export as gif and make sure not to check "Use delay entered above for all frames" in the dialogue.


Realpolitik

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Our "left"-green prime minister met with Merkel yesterday and among other things asked for assistance to bring Haukur home. She could have brought up German weapons exports to Turkey and their use during the attacks on Afrin. But glass houses and stones, I guess.
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I needed a laugh

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The election results were sad and it seems more and more likely that we are going to get the same government which collapsed last year, with a xenophobic party thrown in for good measure.
I has also gotten cold, windy, rainy and worst of all dark. Then I found this:


So true
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Ughh!

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The one thing that these elections have told me is that the Icelandic Pirates are more than willing to throw the rights of foreigners and asylum seekers under the bus.


The endless cicle of frustrating Icelandic politics

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Last year the government collapsed over the revelations from the Panama Papers. Two politicians were implicated, Sigmundur Davið Gunnlaugsson and Bjarni Benediktsson. Sigmundur Davið, chairman of the Progressive Party and prime minister resigned from both posts after massive protests, which went on for weeks (so many days standing in the rain). The government collapsed and new elections were set for October, 29th. Bjarni Ben, chairman of the Independent Party did not resign and went on to run in the election. In the election, the Independence Party won the majority, with 29%, 3% more than in the previous election and formed the government with Bjarni Ben becoming the prime minister. Maybe the reader can start to spot the source of my frustration.

This September the government collapsed again, this time over the stomach turning scandal that Bjarni Ben's father had provided a letter of recommendation to a convicted pedophile for a process called "restored honor", which Bjarni Ben and others in the Independence party (among others the minister of justice) had been covering up.

Now after just one year there are again elections in Iceland (28th of October). Bjarni Ben is still the chairman of the Independence Party, even though there is yet another scandal involving insider trading and an injunction against the newspaper reporting on it, that I'm too tired to elaborate on, see here and here. The Independence Party is currently, one week before the election, polling between 23% and 25% and there is a chance they will again form the government...

Sigmundur Davið, feeling himself to be a victim of a leftist-liberal conspiracy and stabbed in the back by the Progressive Party founded a new party, Miðflokurinn (the Middle Party,) three weeks before the election. The party's logo looks like it could be from some hippie party from Lower Saxony:




They immediately started polling around 10%, even before they had a program. I saw someone with a Miðflokkurnn badge the other day and had the urge to go up to him and ask: "What is wrong with you people?"

As a none citizen I have no vote, I can only hope.


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