The “Actual Situation” in Hong Kong is that democracy is happening…

David Webb, who has supported transparent financial markets and open government in Hong Kong for a decade and a half, spoke to the crowds in Hong Kong yesterday.  His vision is good for Hong Kong and good for China.  And he indicates a way out of the confrontation.  The speech is below and on Webb-site.com …
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Another billion poor people arrived on earth today.

According to the Asian Development Bank, 1.5 billion people live below the poverty line, not the “official figure” of 0.5 billion., so the Asian poverty rate is 41.2% not 12.7%. The explanation is that the officially set poverty line of $1.25 a day is too low and by increasing it by 25 cents, to $1.50 …
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Mr. BKS Iyengar’s Light shines on

Like millions of others, I have been influenced by this great yoga teacher, though I have never met him. I have read The Tree of Yoga. I refer to Light on Yoga and Light on Pranayama. I study Light on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. I use props to aid my alignment. I am aware …
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Irish House Prices

In a wander around the internet I came across Irish government statistics on house prices.  When did the hallucination begin?  And hubris was so un-Irish. Not anymore.

Who did Irish taxpayer’s bail out?

An unsurprising analysis of teh commitment teh Irish government took on in bailing out unguaranteed bondholders.  Read Who are the bond holders we are bailing out? by David Malone author of Debt Generation.  The list is good to have, though it is the story that makes you cringe with disgust at the greed and carelessness …
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Israeli commandos attack aid ship – the discussion continues

When I read headlines like: Deaths as Israel storms aid ship or Israeli Massacres Go International; Commandos Kill 16 Free Gaza Activists I despair.  And then to read the vitriolic comments for and against the action, my sense of desperation grows.  I feel more strongly for the underdog and I can not fathom why such …
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Are we saying goodbye to privacy in EU? and the world?

Norway, a member state of the EU, makes most tax information available to the public for free, online and with analysis tools.  You can compare incomes and wealth of celebrities, friends, yourself.  You can see where people live.  There are positive aspects to this open approach to disclosure – it supports a more egalitarian economy.  …
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Change in The East too.

Japan has voted for change. After more than half a century of nearly unbroken rule the LDP was defeated in a landslide victory by the Democratic Party of Japan. Of course, it is not easy to win an election in the face of an economic recession – people are naturally unhappy with the status quo. …
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The mother of “people power”