Archive for November, 2009

Digital Freedoms

November 29, 2009

Daniel Schmitt & Julian Assange from WikiLeaks will be giving a talk @ The Icelandic Society for Digital Freedoms (FSFI) Conference, December 1st.

Latest Disclosures and Censorship

Keep up the good work.

It’s Time To Clean House
Financial collapse: Confidential exposure analysis


Global Recession: Shapes and Forms

November 27, 2009

“Debt crisis in millionaires’ playground could herald new phase in global financial meltdown”

“You say it was always obvious to you that because Britain had such a large financial sector we would be among the worst affected and that our recovery would be delayed. Why then did the prime minister say Britain would be leading the world out of recession?”

Others say that wallpapering the cracks in the capitalist wall – with public money – will not fix structural faults.

I sincerely hope though that the Tamerlane HQ will be saved.

Fears of double-dip recession grow as Dubai crashes
A morally bankrupt dictatorship built by slave labour

Done your laundry?

November 25, 2009

” Depending on which international agency you ask, criminals launder anywhere between $500 billion and $1 trillion worldwide every year. The global effect is staggering in social, economic and security terms.
. . .
Developing countries often bear the brunt of modern money laundering because the governments are still in the process of establishing regulations for their newly privatized financial sectors. This makes them a prime target. “

Rumors relating to money laundering and connections between the fallen banks and the Russian mob continue. It is told that these are so ’embarrassing’ and reach so high up in the ranks and across boarders, that it will be about the last ‘material’ to be uncovered, – if at all.

In the meantime, low-level bank-employees are being investigated where the sums of money allegedly embezzled are in the range normal people can identify with.

No wonder that people delighted in the story about Tony Musulin – Best Thief of the Year 2009.

Meltdown Iceland
How Money Laundering Works

Left, Right or Wrong

November 24, 2009

Which is the worse criminal, the “Right” which implicated us in a monstrous crime, or the “Left” which is making us pay for it?

In similar circumstances, Ferdinand Pecora called it “a shocking disclosure of low standards in high places.”

Pranav Mistry

November 22, 2009

(sorry about the bank pollution)

sixthsense Pranav Mistry.

The Wizard of Oz

November 22, 2009

Dorothy’s adventures may be an allegory but the solution, to get back to “Kansas”, is also a paradox.

Many have struggled long and hard but as they say “resistance is futile”.

The only thing we have to do is to splash some cold water on the wicked witch of the West (stop feeding her) to orchestrate her meltdown.

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
The Story Behind …
Executive Order 11110

Vaguely Familiar (?)

November 21, 2009

” Our world seems to have been invaded by individuals whose approach to life and love is so drastically different from what has been the established norm for a very long time that we are ill- prepared to deal with their tactics of what Robert Canup calls “plausible lie.” As he demonstrates, this philosophy of the “plausible lie” has overtaken the legal and administrative domains of our world, turning them into machines in which human beings with real emotions are destroyed. “

” “Likeable,” “Charming,” “Intelligent,” “Alert,” “Impressive,” “Confidence-inspiring,” and “A great success with the ladies”: These are the sorts of descriptions repeatedly used by Cleckley in his famous case-studies of psychopaths. They are also, of course, “irresponsible,” “self-destructive,” and the like. These descriptions highlight the great frustrations and puzzles that surround the study of psychopathy. “

” Narcissists are possessed of inordinate abilities to charm, to convince, to seduce, and to persuade. Many of them are gifted orators and intellectually endowed. Many of them work in politics, the media, fashion, show business, the arts, medicine, or business, and serve as religious leaders. “

” By virtue of their standing in the community, their charisma, or their ability to find the willing scapegoats, they do get exempted many times. Having recurrently “got away with it” – they develop a theory of personal immunity, founded upon some kind of societal and even cosmic “order” in which certain people are above punishment. “

The Mask of Sanity
Bankers and Stockbrokers as Malignant and Psychopathic Narcissists
“Without Conscience” Robert Hare’s Web Site
Snakes In Suits: When Psychopaths Go To Work

The BBC can make you laugh (or throw up)

November 20, 2009

The much acclaimed, “The Love of Money” has been flickering over our hypnotic screens of late. In it’s final stages we are shown how an angelic PM (or as some say a “one-eyed Scottish idiot”) steps in and saves the world’s financial systems from the abyss, almost singlehandedly.

It may well be that the program tries to clarify what happened in the 80 years up to this fatal date, but somehow it gets lost in this personality cult. Did all the Messianic Saviour’s (national and international) hang upside down in their respective caves – praying to the money god – for all these years?

Or was this ‘threat’ just another ‘lucky’ opportunity to transfer even more public funds into private hands?

The Devil’s Dictionary

November 20, 2009

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1000 Order-Pulling Words and Phrases

A Letter to the Editor

November 17, 2009

We are told that this letter did not find its way onto the editorial pages of the once largest newspaper in this country.

Preventing Google translate to start many and deadly wars as did the Babel fish, I have patched-up some of the more insulting passages to the text here.

This will have to suffice until I find a proper translation.

In my not so humble opinion (IMNSHO) I think this letter gives a better glimpse of the situation in my land than many a book written to perception manage the subject.

I myself (with all my respect for television intact) do not believe that the use of the Anti Terrorist Act (Oct. 9) was anything other than U K’s response to the Icelandic governments own Emergency Banking Act (no. 125 7. October 2008). Two governments protecting it’s people (i.e their respective plutocracies) – only unfettered history will tell.

How the men behind Iceland crisis are still calling the shots By Archie Bland