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Created by John Eipper on 06/25/13 4:24 AM

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YouTube Video on Iceland (Tor Guimaraes, USA, 06/25/13 4:24 am)

I'd like to respond to JE's comments on my post of 24 June:

JE wrote: "I watched the YouTube above, and to my mind it raises more questions than it answers."

Yes, it does raise many questions.

JE:  "I assume the video was originally made in English. What's the deal with the Plot 911 folks?"

Why assume that? Is that a bit chauvinistic?

JE:  "First of all, almost none of the video seems to be from Iceland, but of massive protests in Egypt, France, and (I think) Albania. It's a pastiche of stock news footage."

The video is clearly about Iceland, even though it has links to world affairs that consumed most media attention while ignoring dramatic events in Iceland.

"The video does make one irrefutable point: we receive very little coverage of Iceland's political events. It just so happens that the chair of my Department at Adrian College, Seth Knox, is spending the summer in Reykjavik. I'm going to ask him to comment."

I'd like to ask Dr. Knox to confirms what the video says: 1. In 2009 the Prime Minister was deposed. 2. Ninety-three percent of the Icelandic people voted for not paying the debt "created by the banks." 3. Some big bank executives went to jail or had to flee the country. 4. A new Icelandic Constitution was created, copying the Danish one.

JE comments: I try not to be chauvinistic...unless I'm bashing Walmart. (!) I assumed the YouTube video was originally made in English because of the written text in that language: "The Plot 911," "Free Your Mind," and "Get the F*#& Out." Although now, on reviewing the video again, I see that they use a French-language map of Iceland.

Can anyone give us the background on Plot 911? The organization has a paranoia theory in its very name. None of this, of course, proves that it is wrong about Iceland.

I'll drop my colleague Seth a line. Maybe--just maybe--he'll even send us a photograph or two.

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