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/
Cronyism is alive and well under Fine Gael and Labour too I see!
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.
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
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
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?
Michael D Higgins to bcc: me
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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.
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.
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.
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.
Feel free to look me up on www.labour.ie, on twitter or on facebook.
Best wishes for Christmas and the New Year!