Cyprus and Euro Currency Trappings

This is meant to be the first post in a series about the Cyprus bailout and the latest Euro currency crisis.  This is a list of article’s I’ve been following today regarding the issue.  Now that the Cypriot parliament has rejected the Eurogroup’s bailout proposal to levy a depositor tax, all parties are scrambling to come up with a “solution”.  Among some of the most interesting commentary I’ve come across so far is the suggestion that the EU’s “bold” plan has infuriated Cyprus to the point that they will indeed leave the Euro and cozy up to Russia, one of the more vociferous critics of the depositor tax bailout plan:

WSJ: Creditors Set to Reject Cyprus’s Plan B

FT: Cyprus holds crisis talks in Russia

FT: Cyprus struggles to cope with lack of coins

For this and other market / political news, visit Zerohedge.  While the political leanings and commentary expressed on this blog are not necessarily in line with this author, I’ve found this source to be one of the most up-to-date and informative for all things financial and geopolitical:

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A Parking Citation Appeal

This was an appeal I submitted to UCSB Parking Services in May 2010 for a citation I believed to be unwarranted.  My appeal was roundly rejected with no explanation or response to my statements.

I must begin with a laudatory gesture and praise the efficiency of
UCSB Parking Services. I stop short of concluding that the speed and
accuracy with which citations are given and campus parking regulations
rightly enforced make it a truly perfect system. Here I draw on writer
and philosopher David Icke’s “Reptoid Hypothesis”, which supposes the
existence on Earth of certain kinds of alien technologies that are
enforced, regulated and managed by descendants of the Anunnaki, a
species of Reptilian Humanoids, or lizard-people as it were. It is
these such technologies I believe, that facilitate in our complicated
and fast-paced modern world, the micromanagement of complex urban
transportation and information-based systems like derivatives trading,
online income tax forms and insurance claims, network printing,
gauchospace and parking services.  While Icke’s thesis illustrates the
sheer awesomeness of such technologies, here I seek to understand what
place, if any, human emotions like sympathy have in these systems.

I share my vehicle with my roommate, who is a staff member at UCSB and
a member of the TAP program. As a graduate student, I also have a
night and weekends pass. My roommate and I parked on campus that day
to take care of various school-related duties. I received this
citation because I parked my vehicle in a staff parking space and
forgot to remove my yellow In-Vehicle Parking Meter (IVPM) from my
center console and prominently display it on the dashboard window. The
IVPM was indeed in the car and visible from both the driver side and
passenger side windows. 20 Minutes into a meeting some colleagues in
the Music Department, I remembered that I forgotten to prominently
display my IVPM and rushed back to the parking lot. As I suspected,
within this time frame a parking services employee had given me a

I urge you to lend sympathy for my mistake. I failed to move the
yellow IVPM from my console to my dash and rightly display it in my
window. This experience has, above all, reinforced my unabashed
respect for the nearly infallible efficiency of parking services. The
burden of proof weighs heavily on my shoulders in this case, and I am
struck by how futile this appeal exercise might be in the end. I
didn’t have a camera at the time of the citation, so I can’t provide
evidence that I did indeed have the IVPM in my center console of the
car. The only proof I could present would be to illustrate that my
roommate, a member of the TAP program, and I live in the same
residence and thus carpool to campus frequently: a utility bill, voter
registration card indicating our shared address, for example. However,
because I am submitting this appeal online and this template does not
allow for attachments, I have no avenue to photocopy, scan or
otherwise submit such documentation.  Therefore, this appeal is one
that asks for sympathy, and sympathy alone.

I thank you for your consideration.

Works Cited:

Icke, David. 1999. The Biggest Secret: The Book That Will Change the
World. New York: David Icke Books.