Archive for April, 2012

Gross negligence

April 24, 2012

Is Negligence a Subjective Evaluation?

“The accused is in this matter convicted for having with gross negligence failed to hold cabinet meetings on important administrative matters as prescribed in Article 17 of the Constitution, although he must have been clear of the danger, which loomed over the banking system and thus to state security, as specified above, with the consequence that those issues were not discussed at cabinet level”

“The conduct of the accused to fail to comply to the instructions of Article 17. in the Constitution to hold cabinet meetings on crucial policy issues, described above, was not only a breach of form, but it contributed to, that, on ministerial level no political strategy was adopted to deal with the complex problems that the accused had to be aware of in February, 2008. If such a policy had been formulated, and it followed in an orderly manner, including the Central Bank and Financial Supervisory Authority, it can be argued that it was feasible to reduce the damage left by the fall of the banks in October 2008. Furthermore, it is likely that the government had then been better prepared to evaluate the request from Glitnir bank for financial suport at the end of September 2008 such as to enable resolution to the problems of that bank in a more judicious manner than was the case. ”

“Accused, Geir Hilmar Haarde, is not rendered punishment in this case.”

National Court Judgment (IS – pdf)


The benefits from disconnecting the government (Win-win). In early 2008 insiders had ample opportunity to run with their money. No formal input was from other ministers (finance, banking etc), – thus other ministers “escaped” responsibility.

There is still no word on the reserve that went missing.

Dido – Thank You

The Billion Dollar Gram   (figures can be hard, 140 Northern Rock’s ?)
With Liberty and Justice for Some: How the Law Is Used to Destroy Equality and Protect the Powerful

Much needed:
Full Fact
FactCheck.org
Straight Statistics

Raining Words

April 22, 2012

 John90s – Vector Art

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How to Lie with Statistics

April 5, 2012

Corrected for the ~40%

Capacent-Gallup and other PR firms provide politicians and their lapdogs (the media) with repeated and false interpretations of stats. It’s how it looks that matters not the math.

And for the presidency it is Videocracy, Italian stile.

How to Lie with Statistics

Failure by Design
Punk Economics (1-2-3)
George Orwell’s guide to the news

The Obedience Test that Shocked the World

The Money Scam (as explained to Grandma)

April 2, 2012

More Frauds Please!
Horsewhipped by a 10 year-old
Refuses to ‘search for food in garbage’
Monsanto’s 30 Minutes Contribution