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Arab Spring – a novel elastic form of democracy, originally developed in North Africa. It’ll never work in Ireland due to scattered showers and sunny spells.

Bailout – letting perpetrators get away while asking for more. Cf. dig-out, whip-around.

Billion – something you have never had but that you now have to pay to someone you don’t owe.

Bonus – an absurd amount of money paid to laid-off politicians, bankers, quango board members and higher civil servants in return for amnesia.

Crisis – what politicians and bankers experience when realising that their goal (making themselves richer) is not congruent with the goals of the general public.

Deficit – the current measure of trust in authority.

Haircut – a bald move, if succesful.

Household charge – the amount of electricity it takes to charge a mobile phone.

NAMA – an Irish nonsense word (cf. Bla bla bla), used for explaining all unmentionable things, avoiding truth (a.k.a. lying) and as a motivation for all kinds of unreasonable an irrational political decisions.

Occupation – reclaiming what is already ours.

Trolley – a major attraction in Irish hospitals. To be placed on a trolley makes you realise you’ve been taken for a ride, for years.

…to be continued…

>I found www.xtranormal.com the other day and it’s a really fun tool for creating your own animated movies, based only on your typed script. In addition to your script, you can easily add camera movements, gestures, sound effects, etc., in a simple drag-and-drop interface.

http://www.xtranormal.com/site_media/players/jwplayer.swfhttp://www.xtranormal.com/site_media/players/embedded-xnl-stats.swf

I made this little movie, inspired by the current crazy state of the Irish economy and the Irish government’s mismanagement. No politicians were harmed in the making of this movie.

>Greedy businessmen (and women), many known as real-estate developers, in collaboration with the Irish banks drained the Irish economy of at least 90 billion euro over the last few years. That is the remaining balance when the economy now has ground to a halt and the developers say they cannot pay. The Irish government now wants the Irish people to pay them to pay the banks at least 90 billion to bail out the greedy developers.

Let’s think this through. There are outstanding “toxic” (i.e. cannot be repaid) loans of 90 billion. This amount was lent to the developers by the banks and profits have probably been moved off-shore, elsewhere, or just plainly spent on excessive consumption, by the aforementioned developers and bankers. As developers and bankers are now so unhappy, having to pay for themselves or go bankrupt or cease to be or disappear, they want us, you and me, to pay them 90 billion euro to allow them to continue their life styles and spend some quality time to try to figure out their next scheme to rob us of our savings (if any remaining), work (if any), life, pensions (if any), etc.

If we allow the defunct Irish government to proceed, we will all (every baby, teenager, adult, pensioner) be made to pay or owe 22,000 euro each, or, if the Central Statistics Office figures hold, about 62,000 euro per household.

Can you afford that?

Links: National Assets Management Agency (NAMA)