LRV drives around on the Moon during Apollo 16 mission

Video clip made the rounds on Twitter last year but I didn’t see it until now. It’s pretty amazing to watch a guy drive a car around on another planet.


Tapes of phone conversations at Anglo during “GFC” reveal: corrupt bankers

I wanted to re-publish this article because people ought to know more about how they’re being taken advantage of. I can’t listen to the audio at work but will do at a later date. People ought to be upset that corporate higher-ups casually discuss taxpayer ‘contributions’ to their companies.

You can listen to audio clips at the original site: link

I didn’t ask for permission to re-publish, will take it down if anybody complains.

At the moment, the policy at Anglo seems to be to deny everything.


EDIT, (25/Jun): Even worse; Yahoo! Finance is running a story today about leaked documents showing how the ratings agencies (Standard & Poor’s, etc.) accepted money to fix the ratings of mortgage-backed securities. (link)




Inside Anglo: the secret recordings

Exclusive: Tapes reveal the lies and deception that led to the bank bailout



24 JUNE 2013

TAPE RECORDINGS from inside doomed Anglo Irish Bank reveal for the first time how the bank’s top executives lied to the Government about the true extent of losses at the institution.

The astonishing tapes show senior manager John Bowe, who had been involved in negotiations with the Central Bank, laughing and joking as he tells another senior manager, Peter Fitzgerald, how Anglo was luring the State into giving it billions of euro.

Mr Fitzgerald had not been involved in the negotiations with the Central Bank and has confirmed he was unaware of any strategy or intention to mislead the authorities. Mr Bowe, in a statement last night, categorically denied that he had misled the Central Bank.

The audio recordings are from the bank’s own internal telephone system and date from the heart of the financial crisis that brought the State to its knees in September 2008.

Anglo itself was within days of complete meltdown – and in the years ahead would eat up €30bn of taxpayer money. Mr Bowe speaks about how the State had been asked for €7bn to bail out Anglo – but Anglo’s negotiators knew all along this was not enough to save the bank.

The plan was that once the State began the flow of money, it would be unable to stop.

Mr Bowe is asked by Mr Fitzgerald how they had come up with the figure of €7bn. He laughs as he is taped saying: “Just, as Drummer (then-CEO David Drumm) would say, ‘picked it out of my arse’.”

He also says: “If they (Central Bank) saw the enormity of it up front, they might decide they have a choice. You know what I mean?

“They might say the cost to the taxpayer is too high . . . if it doesn’t look too big at the outset . . . if it looks big, big enough to be important, but not too big that it kind of spoils everything, then, then I think you have a chance. So I think it can creep up.”

Mr Fitzgerald, the Director of Retail Banking, is heard saying: “Yeah. They’ve got skin in the game and that is the key.”

Mr Bowe’s comments in the audio recording reveal that Anglo’s strategy was to lure the State in, leaving taxpayers with no choice but to continue to provide loans to “support their money”.

The recording also shows Mr Bowe and Mr Fitzgerald laughing as they say how there is no realistic chance of ever repaying the loans.

For the first time, taxpayers get an exclusive insight into the banking shenanigans that cost Ireland our sovereignty.