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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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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Amnesty reports decline in Russian liberty

Amnesty International released Freedom Limited, a report detailing declining freedom of speech in Putin’s Russia.  Unsurprising, but sad news.  A backlash is inevitable, but probably later rather than sooner.  Intelligent systems naturally tend to open systems; Russia’s wealth is fuelling its intellectual capacities which will demand openness in governance. BBC report

EU environment failing: air pollution, biodiversity loss and poor water quality

The European Environment Agency released its fourth assessment report on the environmental situation in 53 European countries, highlighting significant air pollution, biodiversity loss and poor water quality across the region.  The irony of the report is that a principal cause of these problems is growing consumption and the demand for transport neither of which people …
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EU rates held at 4%

The European Central Bank left interest rates unchanged at 4% on 7 September, but it is not clear that they will not be increased to 4.25%  soon. The ECB is reacting to the increase in perceived risk in financial markets, catalysed by the sub-prime meltdown.  At the same time as the hold on rates increase, …
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