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Topic: What's going on in Scandinavia, North Atlantic, Baltic States and Scotland? (Read 64678 times)

  • jax
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What's going on in Scandinavia, North Atlantic, Baltic States and Scotland?
So what is happening in those barely populated areas linked to the North Atlantic ocean?

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Re: What's going on in Scandinavia, North Atlantic, Baltic States and Scotland?
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  • krake
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Bars in downtown Reykjavík ran out of beer serving thirsty US sailors and marines
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Several bars in downtown Reykjavík ran out of beer while serving thirsty US sailors and marines who were in port over the weekend participating in the NATO military exercises Trident Juncture.

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Bars in downtown Reykjavík ran out of beer serving thirsty US sailors and marines

I'm not sure the point of that article. Were the bars under stocked? Unaccustomed to military ships on shore-leave? Were the personnel exceptionally thirsty or numerous? Hell, were they sailors, Marines or soldiers, or all the above? (all different things)

That is one of those articles where reading the headline is all you need. Nothing else was really said.  

  • Barulheira
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The point of the article
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They were American.

  • ensbb3
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Oh, right. Them assholes. Spending their money in a foreign port, smh.

  • jax
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That was a fringe story to a bigger event, and somewhat exaggerated. Reykjavik is not that small town, and 6000 is not that a lot of soldiers. But military exercises tend to be in thinly populated areas that suddenly get a lot of people running around, driving around, and yes, drinking around. That they were American is besides the point, particularly in Iceland that is as Trans-Atlantic as you get. Geologically Reykjavik is on the American side of Iceland.

Back in my days the British had the bad reputation. They may have been specially trained soldiers, but also started the bar fights and trashed places. I think they cleaned that up decades ago. Today the running, shooting, driving and drinking passes on with little inconvenience to the locals (and some extra income for the local suppliers).

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Re: What's going on in Scandinavia, North Atlantic, Baltic States and Scotland?
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For lack of an extraction plan:

First ever Arctic bank robber gets caught cold

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An armed man has robbed a bank in the world's northernmost settlement on Norway's remote Arctic archipelago of Svalbard but he was caught shortly afterwards, authorities said on Friday.


The heist was the first ever bank robbery in living memory in the territory, which is located in the Arctic Ocean, about halfway between continental Norway and the North Pole.

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For lack of an extraction plan:
That seems like something you'd think about in advance.

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People don't act normal when living six months with no sun.
A matter of attitude.

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You may have a point. Another criminal with extraction issues, though much further to the south.


Would-be thief calls police from inside car he was trying to steal

  • Barulheira
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Volvo!
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We should replace our jails by Volvos.

  • jax
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Don't know if you heard the Volvo 2020 vision,

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"Our vision is that by 2020 no one should be killed or seriously injured in a new Volvo car."
2020 is next year, so they might need a new vision soon. What about this proposal?

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"Our vision is that by 2022 no one should be able to escape from a new Volvo car."

  • Frenzie
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Hehe, sounds challenging. :)

  • Frenzie
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https://www.eu-startups.com/2018/12/citybee-raises-funds/
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With the costs of payments, insurance, and repairs, owning your own car can be a hassle. Vilnius-based car-sharing startup CityBee relieves you of these concerns by letting you easily rent a car through its app, starting at just €.14 per minute.

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After acquiring all the planned vehicles, the Lithuanian startup will become one of the largest providers of car-sharing services in all of Europe, alongside giants like DriveNow, which is owned by BMW and has 6,000 cars.

We've been satisfied Cambio subscribers for almost 4 years now, by the way.

  • ersi
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This year I did not find any time to watch the skiing competitions or even follow news about them. By now it has turned out that Estonian high-profile skiing was pretty much knocked out by the crackdown at the World Cup in Seefeld, Austria. In the Estonian team, the highest coaches and team doctors have been implicated and it looks like all members were complicit.

https://news.err.ee/914922/two-estonian-skiers-held-in-austria-world-championships-doping-probe

  • Frenzie
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Even though it said doping, I guess I wasn't really expecting the words "organized crime ring."
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''We had been monitoring suspects during the World Cup, round-the-clock, and we saw these five athletes on a regular basis with organised criminal groups, both before and during World Cup," Mr Csefan said, adding that a total of 120 people were involved in investigations and seizures, and 16 locations had been searched.

  • ersi
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It was undeniably organised. The Estonian tandem Mati Alaver, headcoach of the national skiing team since 80's, and Vitali Bernatski, doctor-pharmacologist, have been internationally suspected since 2011 at the latest.

In other news, I missed the Estonian elections last week. Here is a random commentator https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=99FB-1_KstI

Basically, the so-called Reform Party, equivalent of Swedish Moderaterna, regained the lead after one term in opposition. Otherwise they have always been in the lead ever since the inception of the party. The EKRE party that doubled its own share in parliament since last elections is not just euroskeptic, but the equivalent of Sverigedemokraterna of Sweden. Luckily it is not quite the equivalent of Nordiska Motståndsrörelsen.