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TD succeeds in prodding NAMA into action on developer business plan

By Namawinelake

Remember when NAMA was a glint in economist Peter Bacon’s eye? Way back when the Department of Finance was, according to Wikileaks, hinting that the haircut on loans would be closer to 50%? And when one of the greatest concerns was that this colossal new agency, the biggest quango in Irish history, would fall prey to cronyism and the sort of skulduggery that has long been a feature of public life in this country? This concern was going to be countered by strict NAMA anti-lobbying legislation that could land you in prison if you set out to corrupt NAMA’s purpose. And so it came to pass that section 221 of the NAMA Act tried to put pay to the gombeenism that has characterisedIrish life for decades if not centuries.

read full article at source :http://namawinelake.wordpress.com/2011/09/07/td-succeeds-in-prodding-nama-into-action-on-developer-business-plan/

Comment:

Cronyism is alive and well under Fine Gael and Labour too I see!

New Anonymous Digital Currency! Bitcoin

Anonymous hacking group arrested

Three suspected members of the Anonymous hacking group have been arrested in Spain.

The trio are said to have been involved in co-ordinating the group’s activity in that country.

The arrests were made simultaneously in three Spanish cities – Barcelona, Valencia and Almeria.

Anonymous has claimed responsibility for attacks on Sony, Spanish banks and co-ordinated action in defence of whistle-blowing site Wikileaks.

A statement from the Spanish national police force said that a computer seized in the home of one person it arrested was used in the hacks.

The arrests were the culmination of an investigation that began in October 2010. It involved Spanish cyber police combing through millions of lines of chat logs to identify who was co-ordinating the group’s activities.

Some of the attacks made by Anonymous members used a web-based tool called Loic to bombard target sites with data. The websites of PayPal, Mastercard and Amazon were all targeted using this tool.

It seems that Loic did a poor job of hiding the identity of the people using it. It is believed that some police forces have already moved against the group based on this information.

Arrests have been made in the US, UK and Holland of Anonymous members, prior to the raids in Spain.

Anonymous grew out of the online picture sharing site 4Chan and describes itself as a group of concerned internet citizens.

As well as attacking sites that it perceives as not supporting Wikileaks. The loosely organised collective has also attacked government sites in Tunisia and Egypt to aid popular protest movements.

source:http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-13727639

Comment:

Here is a sample of what Anonymous do. I find myself in sympathy with some of their goals and they seem  more believable, but you can make up your own mind  

On the Edge with Max Kaiser-Revolutions and Economy-02-11-2011-(Part1)

WikiLeaks new video news

 Swiss banking whistleblower Rudolf Elmer is in London today, where he intends to give WikiLeaks the “offshore banking secrets of the rich and famous” ahead of trial later this week in Switzerland. From the Observer’s story yesterday:

British and American individuals and companies are among the offshore clients whose details will be contained on CDs presented to WikiLeaks at the Frontline Club in London. Those involved include, Elmer tells the Observer, “approximately 40 politicians”.

Elmer, who after his press conference will return to Switzerland from exile in Mauritius to face trial, is a former chief operating officer in the Cayman Islands and employee of the powerful Julius Baer bank, which accuses him of stealing the information

souece :http://www.guardian.co.uk/

Irish Gombeen government propaganda machine in full swing

There is an Irish Gombeen government propaganda machine in full swing to make sure you do not have the truth. Propaganda will ensure that elements of the media e.g Pravda RTE will not challenge on any falsehood that threatens the status quo; a minimum of dissent allowed of course.

So simple questions, what is the evidence for WMD’s; where is the evidence the €85 bn will save this economy; can we afford this €85 bn loan at 5.8%? Will it save this economy from destruction? These questions go unasked and unanswered.

Instead, the latest recruit to the propaganda machine, who is McUseless, will pollyanna like attempt to lull the population into a form of stoic indifference.

Sure the economy will sometimes be good and sometimes be bad…sure life is more than economics…all this while the taxpayers purse is being stolen to pay for the fraudulent lending of private banks and the insider cabal who borrowed all and blew it all….

McUseless has neither the moral depth nor informed point of view able to explain or defend her actions to us in supporting The Credit Institutions (Stabilisation) Bill, 2010 giving draconian powers to Lenny Wrong.

John Pilger forensically asks simple questions of leading players in the propaganda machine that supported the War in Iraq, many of whom express how they were manipulated and used to disseminate falsehood. It’s a must see journey for anyone interested in how media manipulate truth.

When do we get to see it on RTE?

source http://colmbrazel.wordpress.com/2010/12/24/mcuseless/

comment :

http://thepressnet.com/2010/12/20/mary-you-have-been-asleep-at-the-wheel/

http://thepressnet.com/2010/12/22/allied-irish-bank-could-be-nationalised-by-the-end-of-the-week/

Michael D drops in

Michael D Higgins to bcc: me
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Dear Friends

As we come to the close of another year, I have been as busy as ever over the last month speaking out against the inequities perpetuated by the current government and preparing for the next phase.

Last week I spoke out against the cut in the minimum wage where I tried to explode with force some of the self-serving myths which are being fed to the public. Brian Lenihan claims any tax on bonuses would have to be phased in whereas cuts to social welfare are due New Year‘s Day.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s-vCJQ5lLPk

I also spoke on the Budget where I highlighted the real divisions between the view of the economy between that of the Left and that of the Right; how we find ourselves amid the consequences of irresponsible gambling, a failure of governance and moral irresponsibility; and how the tax system should be reformed to make it fairer for all.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Told6XL–ZM

In my speech on the social welfare bill, I put Eamon O Cuiv’s proposals in historical context and contrasted them against what is required of a real Republic. There should be a floor below which no one is allowed to sink.
http://www.labour.ie/press/listing/129121910027483719.html

In foreign affairs, we have learnt or confirmed much from the publications from Wikileaks over the last weeks including on our State’s role in extraordinary rendition which the current government seems shy to legislate against. See more here http://www.labour.ie/press/listing/129267970826742312.html

Finally, I did a piece for The Week in Politics reflecting on the time I have spent  in the Dail. I thought it went well, I’m about ten minutes from the end.
http://www.rte.ie/player/#v=1087417

Feel free to look me up on www.labour.ie, on twitter or on facebook.

Best wishes for Christmas and the New Year!

Michael D

Why the United States of America is Broke

 

Explaining why America is broke is rather simple. All we have to do is look at two separate and distinct problem areas: public unions and defense spending, then generalize the problem. Let’s start with a look at defense spending.

Here’s an article on Foreign Affairs magazine by William Pfaaf making a solid case How Militarism Endangers America . The article is subscription, but a decent sized synopsis and lead-in follows:

Summary:

The United States has built a worldwide system of more than 1,000 military bases, stations, and outposts — a system designed to enhance U.S. national security. It has actually done the opposite, provoking conflict and creating insecurity.

WILLIAM PFAFF wrote a syndicated column that appeared in the International Herald Tribune from 1978 to 2006 and contributed political “Reflections” to The New Yorker from 1971 to 1992. His latest book, The Irony of Manifest Destiny: The Tragedy of America’s Foreign Policy, was published in June.

[Article Start]

It is time to ask a fundamental question that few government officials or politicians in the United States seem willing to ask: Has it been a terrible error for the United States to have built an all-but-irreversible worldwide system of more than 1,000 military bases, stations, and outposts? This system was created to enhance U.S. national security, but what if it has actually done the opposite, provoking conflict and creating the very insecurity it was intended to prevent?

The most compelling arguments for opposing this system of global bases are political and practical. U.S. military bases have generated apprehension and hostility and fear of the United States, and they have facilitated futile, unnecessary, unprofitable, and self-defeating wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and now seem to be inviting enlarged U.S. interventions in Pakistan, Yemen, and the Horn of Africa. The 9/11 attacks, according to Osama bin Laden himself, were provoked by the “blasphemy” of the existence of U.S. military bases in the sacred territories of Saudi Arabia. The global base system, it seems, tends to produce and intensify the very insecurity that is cited to justify it.

AN ACCIDENTAL EMPIRE

The United States’ present global military deployment does not seem to be the product of conscious design, nor was it assembled absent-mindedly. In part, it is the natural result of bureaucracy left unchecked. At the end of World War II, a precipitous dismantling of the U.S. wartime deployment was halted only by the outbreak of the Cold War. The United States’ intervention in Vietnam brought some base expansion in Southeast Asia, but after its failure in Vietnam, the U.S. military was determined to have nothing further to do with insurgencies and quickly returned to reorganization and retraining for what it still considered its primary mission: classical warfare in Europe in the event of a Soviet invasion. This eventually led to the brilliant blitzkrieg against Iraq in the first Gulf War, fought under the Powell Doctrine of popular support, overwhelming force, focused objectives, and rapid withdrawal.

America’s Misdirected Missile

I am 100% in agreement with the synopsis and prelude as presented above. Here is a second article on the same subject. This one is courtesy of the Business Spectator.

Please consider America’s Misdirected Missile by Alexander Liddington-Cox.

The latest WikiLeaks scoop for The Age is a cable from the United States embassy in Canberra expressing concern to Washington about Australia’s ability to meet its purchases of military equipment. Australia’s defence budget currently sits at around $22 billion a year and, apparently, US diplomats were left unimpressed by the efforts of Australia’s Defence Materiel Organisation chief Stephen Gumley to explain how Australia would meet its aims to increase military spending, as laid out in the White Paper. While the article didn’t reveal whether or not the cable’s author appreciated the irony of a US official lecturing anyone about measured military spending, this graph should really be passed on to them – just in case.

While this graph puts the US defence budget at $US711 billion in 2009, that doesn’t include a number of “off-budget” items that, on some estimates, push US defence spending above $US1.3 trillion. And yet, America continues to drown in debt with only modest efforts to reign in how much it puts towards guns, tanks and missiles. Now, being the world’s superpower invariably comes with a large military budget and sure some cash can go missing. But in 2002, then Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld admitted that on some estimates the Pentagon had lost track of $US2.3 trillion in transactions and there was no way of ascertaining how the money was spent. How long will it be before the US really does something about its own military spending problems?

source https://machholz.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post-new.php

Wikileaks Afghanistan, US death squads, drones + local civilian

US Death squads killing in the name of who???

Julian Assange’s (Wikileaks)

sent to me today

Is there any point in asking you guys to support Julian Assange’s case?  …Probably not, but I’m asking you all anyway, because it is important.
 
To us, the electorate, it seems that secrecy, keeping the lid on truth and skulduggery generally are standard operational procedures for all politicians …but maybe one or two of you are exceptions? Do any of you at all value openness, transparency and truth or are these concepts now out-of-date and only for the naive like me?
 
I was intrigued at the Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo who said recently: “If we do not have freedom of speech, we have no freedom at all; and if we do not have freedom, we cannot have truth”.  In other words, truth is Liu’s goal. It is also Julian Assange’s goal. And it is my goal. It should be your goal too.
 
If any of you has the courage to stand up against the megalomania of the EU / USA “authorities” then do so, in the name of decency.
 
Liam O’Mahony,
Dir. Of Policy, Citizens First Movement

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