“ [There] was just a study that came out from the Harvard Public Policy Institute, found that—pretty scary results, I thought. Less than—this is kids 18 to 24, you know, college students, basically. Less than half of them think that the government has a responsibility to deal with things like healthcare or food, and so on. When they say the government doesn’t have a responsibility, that’s kind of an interesting concept. If people thought they were living in a democracy, they would say—they would ask the question whether it’s a public responsibility. But again, the propaganda system is designed to make you feel that the government is some alien force, and it’s against you. You know, you want to keep it away from your affairs. In a democratic society, it would be quite different. Like, you can see it on April 15th. And a good measure of the extent to which a democratic system is functioning is how people feel about taxes. If you had a functioning democratic society, April 15th would be a day of celebration. It’s the day on which we get together and fund the policies that we’ve decided on and that we’ve gotten our representatives to approve of. It’s not what it is here. It’s a day of mourning, because this alien force is coming to steal things from you. ”
This is a waterfall in the river Ófæra that runs into the Eldgjá volcanic chasm. The Eldgjá chasm (crater in the shape of a canyon) was most likely created in an eruption in the year 934. Therefor this waterfall is quite young and still changing. Up until the 1993, there was a natural stone bridge which arched across the lower waterfall in this picture. It collapsed by itself during a flood in the river.
Ófærufoss means “the waterfall of Ófæra” and Ófæra is the name of the river. Ófæra means “impassible”.
This picture is one of many great Iceland pictures by Thierry Hennet.