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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. "
okay I apologize ahead of time to all my followers who are tired of listening to me ramble about Iceland
BUT THIS IS WHY I FUCKING LOVE ICELAND
POLICE OFFICERS DIDN’T EVEN START CARRYING HAND GUNS UNTIL 2011
THESE PEOPLE ARE SO PEACEFUL THAT THEY GRIEVE FOR A CRIMINAL
BECAUSE THEY KNOW HE’S MORE THAN A MAN WITH A GUN
HE WAS A HUMAN BEING WITH A LIFE AND FAMILY WITH EMOTIONS AND THOUGHTS OF HIS OWN
AND INSTEAD OF CLAIMING VICTORY
THE MEN INVOLVED IN THIS ARE DEVASTATED BY WHAT HAPPENED
BECAUSE THEY UNDERSTAND IT WAS ANOTHER HUMAN
THEY’RE SUCH FUCKING PEACEFUL PEOPLE AND THEY HAVE BEAUTIFUL SCENERY AND FOR ALL YOU PERVY PEEPS OUT THERE THEY EVEN HAVE A FUCKING PENIS MUSEUM
THESE PEOPLE ARE LOVELY
THEY’RE LGBT+ FRIENDLY. GAY RIGHTS? GOT ‘EM.
THEY’RE FOR GENDER EQUALITY. WOMEN? JUST AS EQUAL AS MEN.
THEY’RE THE GREATEST OKAY
SO IF YOU DON’T LIKE ICELAND YOU NEED TO RE-EVALUATE YOUR LIFE CHOICES
BECAUSE LOOK AT THIS ARTICLE
AND TELL ME THESE PEOPLE ARE NOT THE MOST WARM-HEARTED, THOUGHTFUL PEOPLE YOU’VE EVER WITNESSED
RANT TIME MOTHERFUCKERS
Okay, this is making me fucking sick.
You may have seen a “life hack” post going around telling you that this fruit called the Garcinia Cambogia has some “magic” ability to boost your metabolism by 300%. THIS IS FALSE AND THIS FRUIT CAN ACTUALLY DAMAGE YOUR LIVER. The post states that the fruit cannot be bought in stores because it’s “too effective,” but it provides a link to a website where you can apparently order them. I’m not sure it’s even legal to sell them online, so I’d strongly suggest not buying them.
Garcinia Cambogia (or Garcinia Gummi-Gutta) can NOT be used as a way to lose weight, and does NOT BOOST YOUR METABOLISM BY 300%; in fact, it could even give you Hepatotoxicity, WHICH IS THE REASON IT WAS DRAWN OFF THE MARKET - NOT BECAUSE IT WAS “TOO EFFECTIVE.”
I don’t know where this rumour started, and I don’t know why Lifehackable is trying to make everyone believe it. I believe they were paid, or maybe they’re just too stupid to make a simple Google search.
In 2012, some dude (apparently a television personality) by the alias of Dr. Oz started promoting Garcinia Cambogia extract, claiming it was some some fucking magic weight-loss aid - BUT CLINICAL TRIALS DO NOT SUPPORT THESE CLAIMS! A meta-analysis found a possible small, but short-term weight-loss effect - but it was under 1 kilogram (which is about 2 pounds).
Don’t buy this fruit.
Don’t eat this fruit and don’t tell your friends about this fruit. This fruit doesn’t boost your metabolism, it fucking damages your liver. THERE IS A REASON THESE THINGS CANNOT BE BOUGHT IN STORES.
And it doesn’t even taste good. Rant over.
For those of you asking for my sources:
柳の下のデュラハン | 松代ささか [pixiv]
maroon kanaya doodle i don’t like because i think it’s too generic-looking. i said i’d stop posting this junk to mspachan and that is what i am doing, but i guess tumblr gets it now, whoops. not for long though.
this armor would have been from fucking around with the alchemiter, and i guess maybe it still might be, but the main upgrade will be cooler. I: for the record the top sword is a typical talwar, the bottom is a weird sawsword thing i found on google. turns out india has some pretty bizarre/awesome blades (this thing for instance).
OH GOD STOP YOU’RE MAKING ME WANT TO COSPLAY THIS
being ironic ironically. we’ve entered a post-ironic phase and i am tired