WHILE OUTSIDE TODAY, I tried to make a short clip about the Sunday news in Ireland but I dropped my wifi connection since relocating my wireless router behind a granite pole. While outside, Qik found me in Ireland and put a pin in the map next to my Qik clip. I need to fix the location problem associated with my Wifi router as fast as Ireland needs to clean up its economic mess. The G7 ministers refer to the current issue as the "Irish problem", one letter and six months removed from the Iceland problem. In front page broadsheet headlines, the Irish Sunday papers reveal toxic facts emerging from the Anglo Irish Bank, market fears about the undisclosed bad loan percentages in other major banks, exceptional levels of unemployment approaching Ireland before the summer, and public union unrest. Ireland's population is smaller than Philadelphia's, yet its government pays its ministers in annual pensions more than the Pennsylvania state government pays its top-flight electred officials in annual salaries. This level of comfort is unsustainable. The international community knows it and has redlined Irish debt at 350 basis points, meaning that for every €100 of debt taken on by the Irish government, at least €3.50 must be paid to insure against that debt.  But it's not all bad news in Ireland, as I explain in my Qik clip [19 MB MP4 file].
Lots about online activities. India Knight doesn't think people would be comfortable expressing rude views online if they couldn't hide behind anonymity.  Kenny Eagan and Niall Harbison get above-the-fold coverage in an item about Twitter in Ireland.  PR consultant Terry Prone cautions readers about being mean to bankers.  And Richard Woods thinks it's weird to read millions of accounts from people who want to reveal embarrassing things about themselves.  In the Appointments section, Gabrielle Monaghan repeats a warning about posting Word documents of CVs online. 
How to bail out Ireland. I'll be immersed in a teachers' union meeting next week, wondering what in the world the unions of Ireland can actually offer the Irish government in the way of a bail-out option. I think pensions for State employees are generous and that the ones given to elected policians are unsustainable.  I think unions could be much more proactive by explaining what they are giving up, then pointing out how elected politicians need to share their pain too. In my realm as a third level educator, I think third level institutions need to ramp up some form of paid internships to help those most at risk to remain enrolled in education.  No matter how you try to unravel the mess inside Ireland at the moment, there's an odor from the Green Jersey Brigade surrounded the major financial institutions of Ireland. Only a major clean-out will sever some of those cozy links and restore international confidence. I believe the Minister for Finance can't actually read 3500 words per minute--the rate we had to achieve in the Pentagon--and therefore much of the detailed analysis passing through his department will go undetected and unactioned. In my opinion, this kind of known professional inadequacy will conribute to bringing down the current government. The problem is that few national politicians can speed read and that means they must relinquish governance to their departments which can lead to unaccountability at the highest level. If they didn't see it, they couldn't read it. And if it came in too many pages, it means only the highlights get read.
0. The latex model is part of the Spectrum section inside today's Sunday Times Magazine. It's a shot entitled "Poster Girl" by Jaser Goodall.
1. Iain Dey -- "G7 ministers urged to stop Ireland following Iceland" on the front page of the Sunday Times, 15 Feb 09.
2. India Knight -- "There's no way to keep online vitriol bottled up" in the News Review section of the Sunday Times, 15 Feb 09.
3. Colin Coyle -- "Networking sets Ireland aTwitter" in the News section of the Sunday Times, 15 Feb 09.
4. Terry Prone -- "Venting anger against young bankers is verbal hooliganism" in the comment section of the Sunday Times, 15 Feb 09.
5. Sarah McInerney -- "TDs back an end to pension gravy train" in the News section of the Sunday Times, 15 Feb 09.
6. Stephen O'Brien -- "Students warned they'll have to pay for college" in the News section of the Sunday Times, 15 Feb 09.
7. Richard Woods -- "A craze for confessions" in the Focus section of the Sunday Times, 15 Feb 09.
8. Gabrielle Monaghan -- "Beware web thiefs after your identity" in the Appointments section of the Sunday Times, 15 Feb 09.
9. Liam Fay -- "Lazy Lenihan must stop winging it or we are all doomed" in the Comment section of the Sunday Times, 15 Feb 09.
Direct link to Qik clip: http://qik.com/video/1043367.
Direct link to MP4 file: http://www.podcasting.ie/video/sundaytech_090215.mp4