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Monthly Archives: March 2011

rock bottom

I tried to watch the webcast of Paddy Honohan from the central bank today. When the broadcast started they were still setting up the room and it seemed that they were unaware that people were watching on the internet. The camera was at the back of the room, in the middle behind a few rows of seats. It was 4.30 pm exactly and it was due to start. The mic was on too too and I heard the organisers discussing whether they could get people go down on their honkers. Then they tried to get foreign journalists to move and they were asking “why” and ended up just staying there. Then a woman came in and said they had more people downstairs who wanted to come in.

The video stopped and started a few times and eventually the broadcast started. They had brought the camera into the aisle and it zoomed diagonally close up on face of the leprechaun who runs the central bank.

The news came out that AIB needs another 1,300,000,000 euros. Ah sure no problem.

I was reading commentary on the internet at the same time: I was so embarassed when someone I follow on twitter said:

Someone posted a link to the pdf on the website of the Irish financial regulator. It crashed immediately and I saw this:

This is what the world saw of my country today. The broadcast itself was like some sort of novena or a funeral and was terrible to watch. I think I even saw a plate of hang sandwiches (no crusts) and a pot of tea on the table. They had a bag of sugar and a few cartons of milk too. It looked more like a builders tea break.

In other news, Inda replied to report he was cock of the walk at the EU summit:

no! there was no pick

hello, is it me you’re looking for

Lowry Facebook

bimbos and buffoons

I was asked once how this is any different to what is going on in places like Roscrea and I have to admit the people I saw at the McDonalds there (twice) are from the Jersey shore.

Its like a car crash but I can’t look away. Actually I didn’t even know there was a 3rd season and the 4th is going to Italy.

HollywoodReporter.com:

“They embody the worst stereotypes of Italians, multiplied by thousands and Americanized,” columnist Roberto Del Bove wrote in the Rome newspaper New Notzie, according to the New York Post.
Rome newspaper Corriere della Sera explained the show: “Slicked hair, exaggerated narcissism…. outlandish eccentricity.”

tmz.com:

UNICO — a massive Italian American interest group — who tells us they’re furious with MTV’s decision to shoot Season 4 in the old country … saying, “People used to go to the circus to see the freak show – that is what this will be.”

The rep adds, “It will not only hurt Italians but all Americans … their outrageous, reprehensible behavior will make us look like buffoons and bimbos.”

As TMZ first reported, UNICO was the first group to call for a boycott of the show — claiming it’s a “denigration” of Italian Americans.

meltdown

One of the reactors in Japan has a huge crack down the side of it and radiation was reported in Glasgow. There is 10 times more nuclear fuel at the flood damaged site than there was at Chernobyl.

Six reactors, seven fuel pools and a storage tank total almost 2,000 tons of nuclear material. The reactors alone are storing 1000 times as much nuclear energy as the Hiroshima bomb released in one concentrated dose and include waste that has been undergoing nuclear fission for 3 years.

Other “Black Swan” events are taking place all over the world. Some think the financial crash of 2008 could happen again any day. Some of what has been written about Ireland is not so flattering:

maxkeiser.com seems to be the new Jim Cramer but caters to the conspiracy sector. He is overdoing it a bit here:

As I have been screaming about for 2 years now, those ‘bailing out’ Ireland are MORE BANKRUPT than Ireland (and Ireland it not technically bankrupt to begin with). Had the people of Ireland raised this point earlier – that there is no way they are going to allow for bankrupt entities to use their country’s assets as collateral for a leveraged buyout – I believe they would have gained greater traction against the financial terrorists. But for some reason, Irish people simply don’t question authority, even when the authoritarianism is coming out of the mouths of bankrupt institutions with track records of destroying economies, pilfering assets, stripping equity and lying, cheating, larceny and embezzlement. Write some sad songs you frickin nitwits, you don’t deserve freedom.

One of the comments from what seems a native of Ireland caught my eye on zerohedge.com (interesting financial website run by a guy who goes as tyler durden)

Excellent article – although the consumerist nirvana of the 90s and 00s were a nightmare for me – The Irish landscape and inner life has been ripped apart by infusions of credit heroin with little wealth created – unfortunately anybody who tried to talk sence to these drug addicts were greeted with bile and venom.

The one advantage of the collapse is that you can get a ringside seat on the local vultures who sucked the teat of this whore – they are now biting and probing each other as the dead meat is getting scarce.

In many ways the empty financial savannah is a beautiful vista.

whats mccrackin

Dont look at this in large unless you want to feel sick:

Here is Denis O’Briens freudian slip saying he paid Michael (oops). I dont know what happened to the volume, I couldn’t be bothered to do it again.

Penis size map

No surprise that parts of Asia are the bottom of the league but how strange that America and Australia have the Irish curse on the penis length map of the world.

Social Media Explained

from gizmodo.com. Its funny because its true.

It reminds me of my old twitter account for fuckface

toxic fallout

With the news yesterday I could barely differentiate between the nuclear reactor at Fukushima and the Irish banks. The banks need another 25 billion. One friend told me he thinks the Banks are worse. I think that is true, the reactor seems to have cooled down but the Irish banks continue to ruin peoples lives.

The difference is the Irish banks can pollute all of Europe.

Japan

Katsushika Hokusai, Japan's best known artist, is ironically Japan's least Japanese artist. Japan's best known woodblock print, The Great Wave, is very un-Japanese.

Japan is located at the meeting point of 4 tectonic plates, like an earthquake tri state area

The Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear power plant, closed since Monday following the major earthquake in the north of Japan is now known to be placed directly above a significant geological fault line.

With the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki still fresh in the Japanese consciousness, Godzilla was conceived as a monster created by nuclear detonations and a metaphor for nuclear weapons in general.

After watching this video I expected to see water gushing around outside:

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