Tuesday 23 November 2010


I rarely give orders. But if I could, I would order you all to watch this short film of dire importance. This is IT. Please give over 12 minutes to watch this and learn what is happening to us all financially. These British owned banks must be dealt with now. It is endgame. Now.Stay tuned for more.

Irish PM Dissolves Government;

Spanish Banks Face Debt Challenge; 

Greece May "Shut-Down"; 

Meaning of "Guarantee"; 

Should Ireland Ditch the Euro?

Mish's Global Analysis and Trend Report

Things continue to simmer in Europe with problems appearing on multiple fronts in Ireland, Spain, Portugal, and Greece.

Here are a few of highlights: Irish Prime Minister Brian Cowen announced he would step down once a series of fiscal packages and budgets were in place next month; Portugal Struggles to Meet Deficit Goal; High Frequency Economics Ltd. says Greece May ‘Shut Down’ on Cash Shortage.

After a look at a few articles I take a look at suggestions for Ireland to abandon the Euro, and a critical look at the meaning of "guarantee".


The New York Times reports, Irish Leader to Dissolve Government After Budget Passes.

Prime Minister Brian Cowen said late Monday that he would step down once a series of fiscal packages and budgets were in place next month, acceding to the demands of the opposition and its coalition partner, and injecting the threat of political instability into a financial crisis that already has markets on edge.

Earlier in the day, the minority Green Party declared that the public had lost faith in the government after its acceptance of a $100 billion rescue package over the weekend and that it would pull out of the government. It called for elections early next year, when a second round of austerity measures, forced on Ireland as a condition of the bailout, will be put before voters who have already suffered through three years of recession.

Ireland faces a stark choice between accepting cutbacks in popular middle class social programs or rejecting them and jeopardizing the rescue package, which would invite default. Most analysts expect that Mr. Cowen, whatever the condition of his coalition, will be able to pass the budget — even though it will have put into law such severe measures as a decrease in the minimum wage (one of the highest in Europe) and changes to the country’s generous child benefits.

The always churning Dublin rumor mill is now in overdrive, with speculation mounting that a back bench revolt might be brewing as Fianna Fail ministers contemplate the possibility of going into a new election with a new party leader.

The 2011 budget is to be presented before the Irish parliament on Dec. 7. It will call for six billion euros in savings and will be the first major hurdle that the government must clear to prove to the European Commission and the international Monetary Fund that this recession-battered country can come together and pass brutally painful budgets.

Bloomberg reports European Banks Drop on Concern of Ireland Contagion

Bloomberg reports European Banks Drop on Concern of Ireland Contagion
European banking stocks fell, led by Bank of Ireland Plc and Banco Santander SA, on concern that countries including Portugal and Spain may need external help to fix their finances.

Bank of Ireland, the country’s largest lender, plunged 19 percent to 39 cents in Dublin trading. Santander, Spain’s biggest, dropped 4 percent to 8.19 euros in Madrid. The 53- member Bloomberg Europe Banks and Financial Services index fell 2 percent.

Credit Default Swaps Soar as Portugal Struggles to Meet Deficit Goal

Yields spreads in Portugal have declined seven consecutive days although Credit Defaults Swaps suggest a different picture as 
Portugal Says Will Do Everything to Meet Deficit Goal
Portugal will do all it can to meet its target of cutting the budget deficit to 4.6 percent of gross domestic product next year, Finance Minister Fernando Teixeira dos Santos said after Ireland became the second euro country to seek a rescue.

The yield premium that investors demand to hold Portugal’s 10-year bonds instead of German bunds narrowed to 404 basis points today, on track for a seventh straight daily decline, after a euro-era record of 484 basis points on Nov. 11. Portugal carried out its last bond sale of the year on Nov. 10 and faces its next redemption in April.

“The Irish bailout announced over the weekend will likely provide some relief to peripheral bonds, but this could be short-lived, with Portugal likely to soon return under the markets’ spotlight, as the government is finding it hard to meet its fiscal targets,” said Luigi Speranza, an economist at BNP Paribas SA in London.

Credit-default swaps tied to Portuguese debt jumped 29.5 basis points to a one-week high of 447 basis points, the biggest increase since Sept. 27, according to data provider CMA.

Portuguese Prime Minister Jose Socrates on Nov. 24 will face the country’s first joint general strike in 22 years as the two biggest labor organizations protest the austerity measures.
I concur with the assessment of Luigi Speranza who thinks any rally in bond spreads relative to Germany will be short-lived.

"Credit Negative Development" in Spain

Spanish banks may struggle to refinance covered bonds as the European Central Bank’s plan to reduce liquidity supports forces lenders to tap debt markets at record-high yield spreads, Moody’s Investors Service said.

The higher cost of refinancing is a “credit negative development” for covered bond issuers, “especially if the ECB pulls back its support,” Moody’s analyst Tomas Rodriguez-Vigil Junco wrote in a report today. Spanish lenders have about 70 billion euros ($96 billion) of covered bonds coming due in the next two years, the analysts wrote.

Spanish Banks rated below A1, the fifth-highest investment grade, face the biggest refinancing burden because they account for about 50 percent of the total mortgage covered bonds due next year, the Moody’s analysts wrote.

Potential "Shut-Down" in Greece

Parts of Greece’s government may be forced to “shut down” as early as next week if the country isn’t able to cover a revenue shortfall after its European Union partners delayed its next tranche of aid money, High Frequency Economics Ltd. said.

“With a big tax revenue shortfall, cash requirements are surely greater than the 6.5 billion euros ($8.95 billion) Athens was meant to receive next week,” Carl B. Weinberg, chief economist at Valhalla, New York-based High Frequency wrote in a note to clients today.

“Unless the government gets funds soon after Nov. 30, it will run out of cash,” Weinberg said. “If so, the government will have to shut down, at least in part.”

Ireland should "do an Argentina."

Dean Baker writing for the Guardian says Ireland should 'do an Argentina'
Ireland is currently experiencing a 14.1% unemployment rate. As a result of bailout conditions that will require more cuts in government spending and tax increases, the unemployment rate is almost certain to go higher. The Irish people are likely to wonder what their economy would look like if they had not been rescued.

The pain being inflicted on Ireland by the ECB/IMF is completely unnecessary. If the ECB committed itself to make loans available to Ireland at low interest rates, a mechanism entirely within its power, then Ireland would have no serious budget problem. Its huge projected deficits stem primarily from the combination of high interest costs on its debt, and the result of operating at levels of economic output that are well below full employment – both outcomes that can be pinned largely on the ECB.

It is worth remembering that Ireland's government was a model of fiscal probity prior to the economic meltdown. It had run large budget surpluses for the 5 years prior to the onset of the crisis. Ireland's problem was certainly not out of control government spending; it was a reckless banking system that fueled an enormous housing bubble. The economic wizards at the ECB and the IMF either couldn't see the bubble or didn't think it was worth mentioning.

The decision to make Ireland's workers, along with workers in Spain, Portugal, Latvia and elsewhere, pay for the recklessness of their country's bankers is entirely a political one. There is no economic imperative that says that workers must pay; this is a political decision being imposed by the ECB and IMF.

This should be a huge warning flag for progressives and, in fact, anyone who believes in democracy. If the ECB puts conditions on a rescue package, it will be very difficult for an elected government in Ireland to reverse these conditions. In other words, the issues that Ireland's voters will be able to decide are likely to be trivial in importance relative to the conditions that will be imposed by the ECB.

The other point that should be kept in mind is that even a relatively small country like Ireland has options. Specifically, they could drop out of the euro and default on their debt.

 A British racist cartoon during the created Potato Famine that killed millions.
What Can't Be Paid Back, Won't

There is much more in the Guardian article regarding what went wrong in Argentina and why, and how the IMF did everything it could to sabotage Argentina. It is an interesting read well worth a look.

My only point of major disagreement is with Baker's suggestion that Ireland could drop out of the Euro. While Ireland certainly "could", such a move could also cause hyperinflation, a loss of faith in the currency.

Default is another matter. The austerity measures imposed by the IMP practically beg for default. Will the next government go along with any budget agreement Prime Minister Brian Cowen works out now?

I suspect not, nor do I think Ireland should, although they may try for a while. What can't be paid back won't. The sooner Irish citizens realize this, the better off Ireland will be.

The critical point made by Baker is "The decision to make Ireland's workers pay for the recklessness of their country's bankers is entirely a political one. There is no economic imperative that says that workers must pay; this is a political decision being imposed by the ECB and IMF."

"the minstrel shows often featured grotesque caricatures of Irish and Black men and women being sexually inappropriate, drinking excessively, joking, laughing, acting like children, being overly aggressive, just a step above animals. The Irish and blacks were often paired against each other, spurned forward by the acceptance of the dominant white culture. Here is a drawing of a black man being weighed against an Irish man and the two coming up equal."
Firepower of Stupidity

Today the Irish Government sold its citizens into debt slavery by agreeing to guarantee stupid loans made by German, British, and US banks. Those loans fueled one of the biggest property bubbles in the world. Ireland has since crashed.

Why the average Irish citizen should have to bail out foreign bondholders is beyond me, but I do note that the same happened in the US with taxpayers footing an enormous bill for Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and AIG.

No matter what stupid thing banks do, prime ministers and presidents are all too willing to make the average taxpayer foot the bill for the mess. That by the way, is one reason why we get into these messes in the first place.

By agreeing to take on that debt, and sticking it to the Irish taxpayers who will be forced to accept various austerity measures to pay back that debt, Irish Prime Minister Brian Cowen and Finance Minister Brian Lenihan just sold Ireland down the river.

For additional insight on how the crash affects Ireland, please see Ghost Estates and Broken Lives: the Human Cost of the Irish Crash

Ireland at Crossroads

Ireland is at a major crossroads. The fact that Irish Prime Minister Brian Cowen is willing to step down helps.

I agree that Ireland certainly needs reforms. Lowering the minimum wage will help create jobs. So will reducing benefits. Both need to happen regardless of what labour parties might think.

However the biggest job creation effort will come from Ireland telling the ECB and IMF to stuff it. There is no reason Irish citizens should have to pay back the foolish guarantees made by Brian Cowen.

Cowen will be gone soon enough, and the next PM can and should have different thoughts about the meaning of "guarantee".

German Chancellor Angela Merkel last month called for bondholders to foot more of the bill of European bailouts. I agree. It's time to hold her to her word.

Mike "Mish" Shedlock

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Francis A. Boyle, a professor of International Law at the University of Illinois, finding that the British violated sections (a), (b), and (c) of Article 2 of the CPPCG and committed genocide, issued a formal legal opinion to the New Jersey Commission on Holocaust Education on May 2, 1996.

Law professor Charles E. Rice of Notre Dame University likewise issued a formal opinion, also based on Article 2, that the British had committed genocide.
Professor Daniel Ritschel of the University of Maryland notes:
The most important historiographical debate revolves around the issue of British responsibility for the Famine. (4) Irish nationalist have long charged the British with the crime of genocide. Among more recent examples of such views, the New York-based Irish Famine/Genocide Committee commissioned in 1996 a report by F.A. Boyle, a law professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, which concluded that:

Clearly, during the years 1845 to 1850, the British government pursued a policy of mass starvation in Ireland with intent to destroy in substantial part the national, ethnic and racial group commonly known as the Irish People.... Therefore, during the years 1845 to 1850 the British government knowingly pursued a policy of mass starvation in Ireland that constituted acts of genocide against the Irish people within the meaning of Article II (c) of the 1948 [Hague] Genocide Convention.
If you want to understand the roots of the hatred between the Irish and the British, check out the great book "Paddy's Lament".  Once you understand how the British treated the Irish as a sub-human species, you can start to appreciate the hatred that is seen in Belfast.


  1. @5:16 Nov 23 Great video. Been reading Larouche a long long time. Surely you must have seen E.I.R.

    Not many folks will hear me out regarding Lyndon Larouche. I've done my part, debt is extinct in my little world.
    Its just plain sad, how the suits carry on. At least they seem to have dropped the somber use of the word 'honorable' before every theatric presentation.

    Thanks for putting up and up with my toxic blather regarding the BC illiberals yesterday, Noor.
    In my world good illiberals drink Prestone.

  2. Noor, thank you for the great article on our situation here in Ireland. We have indeed been sold out by our puppet politicians. I do however, very much doubt that our next Taoiseach, be it Enda Kenny or Eamonn Gilmore, will reject the provisions of the agreement with the IMF and the ECB. To do so would put their political careers and possibly their lives at serious risk. Puppets are puppets, they have no real power and will follow orders, just like Cowen. Poverty is coming to these shores regardless of what we do. I fear this will give the British intelligence controlled dissident groups here the excuses they need to restart their campaigns of violence, dragging the country back into the dark days of the 70's, 80's and 90's. This will only be of advantage to our real masters, the creators of this monopoly money we so ardently belive in.

    I am a member of a group that promotes individual mass non-compliance with the system as the only real peaceful way to bring about it's paying any attention to our demands for justice. We explore the legal scams used to enslave us all into debt peonage and try to offer lawful, not legal, solutions to our many problems.Visit us at Tirnasaor.com if you find it of interest.

    Thamks once again, Ragnarok

  3. Blessings to Ragnarok.

    Dont know what to make of this, Just another roll eyes oculogyric crisis:


  4. Ragnarok, I looked over your site and it looks pretty good. That 1/4 of old Irish blood in me felt at home... smile. I agree completely with the goals although I still hold with the validity of righteous anger and we are getting closer and closer.

    It is that Irish, the Native American, and old Romany soul and blood in me, along with simple human decency that makes it impossible to not be empathetic to what you have ahead of you.

    However, never far away is the realization that North America is fully embroiled in their greed but they still want the bodies of our youths to fight their wars..... it gonna be tough all over baby.

    But we don't have to make it easy for them. And I will tell you now what can save humanity... remembering to do at least one altruistic or good thing a day. They can steal everything from us, try to bring us down to their level, but goodness of heart is beyond their ability to deal with and such acts lay counterpoint to their evil.

    Dang that was almost too deep for me to understand.

    I wonder what Bono plans to do hmmm?


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