Meanwhile amid the Arctic waste

The Brickmuppet gives Greenland perhaps more thought than did POTUS:

The world’s largest island (which, while big, is not NEARLY as big as a Mercator projection often makes it look) is a net (albeit slight) economic drain on Denmark, which doesn’t have the resources to develop it or realistically defend it and it’s small population of ~56,000 has been steadily dwindling for some time. This is mainly due to them being eaten by polar bears and Ithaqua.

This is actually the third time the U.S. has tried to buy Greenland, once in 1867 and once in 1946. As of now, Denmark has looked at the cost/benefit of owning Greenland and once again said “No!”

China will, no doubt, be undeterred from their more subtle efforts towards the same end.

Then again, sticking it to the Chinese is manifestly right in Donald Trump’s wheelhouse.


  1. fillyjonk »

    21 August 2019 · 5:21 pm

    I’m still thinking of something a teacher in fifth grade geography or something said, and wondering if I was being trolled – that Iceland was named after “Ice” because it was actually an OK place to live, but whoever was in charge of it didn’t want people moving there, and that Greenland was named “Green” even though it was basically a big rock with ice on it so people’d get tricked into moving there.

    As a kid, I thought “could be.” As an adult, I’m thinking “Either that teacher was ignorant, fell for someone else’s line, or they were trolling us.”

    That said, for a big rock with ice, Greenland does have a lot of mineral resources

  2. CGHill »

    21 August 2019 · 5:47 pm

    What I heard was that “Iceland” is about the way one says “island” in Icelandic.

    Erik the Red apparently named Greenland, ostensibly to drum up settlers. And it is, I understand, fairly green, at least within ten miles of the coast.

  3. McGehee »

    21 August 2019 · 5:53 pm

    Indeed, the official Icelandic name for Iceland is “Island.” And I’m pretty sure the Icelandic words for “ice” (they must have dozens) do not include “is.”

  4. McGehee »

    21 August 2019 · 5:55 pm

    As for Greenland, I believe Erik found it during the Medieval Warm Period — and the Viking colony’s decline really can be blamed on, well, not climate channge so much as climate rebound.

  5. The Other McCain »

    22 August 2019 · 11:34 am

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  6. Brickmuppet »

    22 August 2019 · 12:31 pm

    I have a confession:
    I actually have no evidence for Ithaqua related fatalities amongst the Greenlanders.

  7. Roger O Green »

    22 August 2019 · 2:29 pm

    Maybe Greenland can buy the US

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