SEVERE LOGISTICAL PROBLEMS cut my weekly Qik video clip to a short piece covering just the Sunday Times. The screenshot at left refers to a piece of e-mail a few Irish bloggers got from the Green Party. It's hard to spend any time online without receiving unsolicited electronic communications and that's the back story with the Green story.  There's a lot of coverage concerning the deepening Irish recession and Barack Obama's ascendancy but I don't cover either issue in my seven minute [6.5 MB 3GP file] today. Instead, you can listen to how thousands of Irish people are watching digital channels illegally--and don't think it's wrong.  State broadcaster Gerry Ryan figured out that his book deal gives him eligibility to use an artist's tax break.  In between all the extensive coverage of US Air's landing in the Hudson River is a litany of largesse enjoyed by post-Celtic Tiger Ireland. I wonder if anyone in the Irish Department of Finance thinks it's proper to fund politicians at a higher pay scale than the US Air captain who brought 40 years of experience to a perilous situation and yet his compensation package (earnings and pension) falls below that of national politicians in Ireland. In fact, the executives of many government agencies earn far more than senior airline captains. In a recessionary era, those pay scales need to be revisited.
1. Sarah McInerney -- "Green Party says sorry for e-mail gaffe" in the Sunday Times, 18 January 2009.
2. Jan Battles -- "Ripping off the cable guy" in the Focus section of the Sunday Times, 18 January 2009.
3. John Burns -- "Gerry Ryan's €100,000 tax helper" on the front page of The Sunday Times, 18 January 2009.
4. Jan Battles -- "Beauty the same in men and women" in the News section of The Sunday Times, 18 January 2009.
5. Gabrielle Monaghan -- "Cork's €150m luxury apartment block fails to woo homebuyers" in the News section of The Sunday Times, 18 January 2009.
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