Archive for January, 2012

Is the Power of Corruption Infinite?

January 17, 2012


Is parliament about to top its previous and incredible achievement.

Will the majority, vote to stop the investigation of the national bankruptcy of Iceland, by interfering in the proceedings of the impeachment court, – with the removal of the special prosecutors office to follow?

It is said that parliamentarians connected to the murky waters of the previous administration have been blackmailed and threatened with exposure.

It is also said that, members of parliament who through the years have advocated transparent governance and claimed to be champions for the “public interest”, are about to reveal their true nature.

Language, it’s use and it’s control, is said to reflect the reality of a nation. There are no words in Icelandic for competence  and accountability.

Sample contributions from the fallen banks: (Voting Record: r = +1.0)

Þorgerður Katrín Gunnarsdóttir * Kaupþing 1.500.000 Landsbanki 1.500.000 = 3.000.000.
Guðlaugur Þór Þórðarson * Kaupþing 1.000.000 Landsbanki 1.500.000 = 2.500.000.
Kristján Möller * Kaupþing 1.000.000 Landsbanki 500.000 = 1.500.000.
Össur Skarphéðinsson * Landsbanki 1.500.000 = 1.500.000.
Ásta Ragnheiður Jóhannesdóttir Kaupþing 250.000 Landsbanki 300.000 = 550.000.
Ragnheiður Elín Árnadóttir Kaupþing 250.000 Landsbanki 300.000 = 550.000.
Árni Páll Árnason Landsbanki 300.000 = 300.000.

* On the witness list (govt minister)

The SIC Report (8.11.2) stopped at overall debt position of more than 100 million, so these figures (p. 165 – 167) are peanuts, what’s interesting is the correlation.

Shields-up for the Political Class  (28 Sept.2010)
Representatives and why we care
Conversations with History: Glenn Greenwald
How the Law Is Used to Destroy Equality and Protect the Powerful

The Quiet Coup
Insestious relationship
The Many Faces of Corruption
Power Elites & Corruption

Pandora’s box
Voting Record  (1)  (29/31)
Money in Politics Handbook
The Business of Perception Management

Politics and the English Language
Framing: Values before Issues. & Twelve Traps to Avoid.
Game theory (Political science)
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Hollywood to Controle the Internet?

January 13, 2012


Lessig
 tells the story of a mouse, Mickey Mouse, how the concept was first “creatively adapted” and then repeatedly used to extend copyright laws which by the way were never intended to be indefinite.

Falkwinge reminded us of one of the biggest companies in Stockholm and how it one day was no more after the invention of the fridge.  ~ Loom breaking was an earlier example.

Dodgy digits, on job-losses, CD sales and the ‘illegality’ of download are just common tactics of the copyright industry.

Stallman has suggested direct “micro payments” to your favorite artist thus bypassing the corporate middlemen

In this country the media and the entertainment industry is owned by the same people, so the disinformation coming from the public relations people (who have replaced journalists) is just contemptuous.

Lets end corporate control of our public space.

Boldrin & Levine: Against Intellectual Monopoly

Anti-Copyright Resources
Megaupload sues Universal and joins fight against SOPA
Megaupload Ltd v. Universal Music Group Inc
Universal Says It Can’t Be Sued for Bogus Megaupload 

List of Those Expressing Concern With #SOPA and #PIPA
DNS Evasion to Stop Oppressive Policy in America
Hadopi : liste blanche des sites et hot spots WiFi, les détails
European Parliament smacks down France on three strikes law

Special 301 Report
Spain’s SOPA Law: How It Works And Why It Won’t
some of the above refs. came from: Verður ennþá netfrelsi á Íslandi 2012?
(Will Iceland still have  Internet Freedom 2012?)

The Elite of Organized Crime?

January 12, 2012

“doing god’s work.” & as an hypothetical, ~ it’s all perfectly legal.

Combating Transnational Organized Crime
Organized Crime and Banking
The offshore City
Money launderingWall Street Merging With Organized Crime?

Italy’s Largest Bank
The Story of Broke 
At least the savings and investment functions are clearly separated

Bill Black’s eye-popping opening statement
PLUNDER – The Crime Of Our Time
Dissecting Occupy Wall Street

Exponetial growth (Economists Need Not Apply)

Cult of Information – Thinking Allowed

January 9, 2012

“Give up ingenuity, renounce profit, And bandits and thieves will disappear.” ~ Laozi

Cult of Information: The Folklore of Computers and the True Art of Thinking.
The Astounding World of the Future
Bad Science
Are All Economic Hypotheses False?