where's me country?Its Christmas Time... (24.12.2005, 13:59 UTC)
Right, there is one post left before the inevitable Christmas break i shall be imposing on all things ranty. Today's carries quite and interesting piece about the place of Christmas in general in a populace which is increasingly secular/agnostic. This, of course, is the time of year when many people emerge to berate the trajectory of modern society and reiterate how different it all was eons ago.
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where's me country?Happy Christmas (24.12.2005, 13:57 UTC)
And a happy new year to all, no idea when the next post will be so take care, celebrate but dont drive if your drinking. Ciao all. HO HO HO rr
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where's me country?I Dont Know What to Make of This (23.12.2005, 14:10 UTC)
Over at opendemocracy is a very interesting, though odd, article on Osama Bin Laden arising from the recent publication of all his statements in English and in full to facilitate the study of islamism. Personally Im not sure what to make of it, i cant decide whether it is saying he is not that bad a guy or that he is bad but we have him all wrong. Movements like al-Qaida represent our global
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where's me country?A Bit of Festive Fun (23.12.2005, 11:55 UTC)
just some links and things for those who are endlessly browsing in the hope of avoiding the christmas chores. There are two pretty cool sites you might like to check out should you not be in the mood for your fourth helping of turkey. The first, NoradSanta.org is a pretty cool looking site as North American Airspace Defence look after Santa as he flies through the world, someone has to look after
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where's me country?Blow our Whistle (21.12.2005, 20:08 UTC)
A little earlier I wandered through some of the arguements on whistle blowers arising from the Howlin result yesterday. It seems that fates have handed me more fodder to consider in the form of this post over at Mental Meanderings. The U.N has set up a whistle blowing process to ensure safety for the informant etc. The policy quote pulled from Fi; As part of his campaign to revamp the United
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where's me country?An Interesting Case of Dail privilege (21.12.2005, 13:58 UTC)
Politicians are proficient at two things, I find. 1) Sounding knowledgeable about a subject that they know nothing about and 2) Sounding shrill at any attempt to force them to do something. So it was yesterday when the ruling came down in the case of Brendan Howlin -v- The Morris Tribunal. Mr Howlin and his party leader are talking big talk about the state of our democracy and trust in our TDs
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where's me country?Book Review - Terror Inc. (20.12.2005, 21:46 UTC)
Im thinking of making this regular enought, only when I read some good stuff. Let me know what you think, it would be nice Terror Inc. by Loretta Napoleoni, published by Penguin. Easily, one of the most debated and discussed topics in our western narrative is terrorism. We have yet to agree what it means but that doesnt preclude us from debating the hell out of it, which is healthy. I picked up
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where's me country?McDowell Still an Issue (20.12.2005, 21:14 UTC)
No its not a rant fresh from holidays, I returned last night and flicked on Qand A for a quick run down of what is moving and shaking. Contrary to much received opinion, including my own, the issue of McDowell and Frank Connolly is still dragging along. Im sure Micheal was happy to see his party colleagues in the audience support him, I would be, if only for a leadership contest. Still, I am
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where's me country?Back Home (19.12.2005, 23:12 UTC)
just arrived back to the city after a much deserved break in the U.K. Had the great pleasure of seeing the toon beat West Ham 4-2 in Upton Park. Glorious atmosphere with great fun all round. Being a toon fan i didnt mind the scoreline too much or seein Super Al slot home a goal right in front of me. Sentimentality reined as it is probably the last time ill see him live in full competitive action.
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where's me country?Taking a Break (15.12.2005, 23:54 UTC)
Folks, heading away for a few days PI will be on holidays until next wednesday i reckon. Chat then. RR
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where's me country?Eelction 2007 Superblog (14.12.2005, 12:49 UTC)
Regarding the superblog. Right, ive decided that one comment in support, thanks suze, is enough to take some initiative. Ive set up a yahoogroups slot for the idea with a central mailing list. I dont know all of your emails etc so i encourage you to simply go to the site and click "join this group". Noone will get turned away, this isnt some biased site etc. I would like to know how many would
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where's me country?McDowell Story Goes off the Boil (14.12.2005, 12:23 UTC)
From GUBU and a very relevant post by Sarah Carey. I agree that the agenda has decided to let the issue slide. Mick is through to the other side and many will say that its a good thing. Also check out Maman Poulet, seems she heard that CPI were investigating Thornton Hall too. Good post on the implications of this if true. I think many of you should read her reaction since it sums up nicely what
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where's me country?Election Super Blog? (14.12.2005, 10:12 UTC)
Prompted by a discussion with Kevin over at DL, I wondered if anyone was interested in creating a superblog in time for the next general election. All members of the irish blogosphere would contribute their posts on the election to a super site, aggregator or some such as the touchstone of irish bloggers opinions on the election. I think saint has suggested similar over at Dossingtimes, cant for
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where's me country?McDowell -v- Connolly: Update (13.12.2005, 21:12 UTC)
Just wanted to tie a few posts and news updates together for those who are not keeping abreast of the whole debacle Michael McDowell waded into with his urgent moral clarity. First off, can't seem to locate the speech etc on the Dail website, a horrible place to browse but il keep looking. Here we go; I already linked to fi, but here we go again, learned opinion and all. Also Gavin's first
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where's me country?McDowell and Frank Connelly - More (13.12.2005, 12:30 UTC)
This is an extract from a very good post over at Mental Meanderings. I recommend you read it in full but here is the learned opinion of our learned colleague; "The main problem with McDowell's action, however, is that through releasing this information to the media he has both subverted the criminal justice system (which he is fixed with running) and compromised any future action against
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where's me country?McDowell and Frank Connelly - More (13.12.2005, 12:30 UTC)
This is an extract from a very good post over at Mental Meanderings. I recommend you read it in full but here is the learned opinion of our learned colleague; "The main problem with McDowell's action, however, is that through releasing this information to the media he has both subverted the criminal justice system (which he is fixed with running) and compromised any future action against
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where's me country?McDowell the Philosopher King (13.12.2005, 00:05 UTC)
There is in my mind no better way of puttin it. Our lad has certainly played a blinder over the past weekend. I was listening to his interview today with Sean O Rourke on RTE, it was absolutely astounding to hear a Minister admitting to leaking a Garda document to the media. I reckon that a post is calling after soaking up news and a very enlightening Vincent Browne show which is well worth
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where's me country?The New Blog (12.12.2005, 16:12 UTC)
Welcome one and all to the new homepage etc, redesign of the blog. Firstly big thanks to Kevin for the heads up in the first place. Let me know what you all think. If you come across problems commenting, browsing or anything just shout down the email. I am aware internet explorer doesnt display the site great but right now i have to dash. Feedback is welcome, if only to ensure comments are working.Thanks allRR
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where's me country?Refurbishing (12.12.2005, 15:20 UTC)
The perceptive among you will no doubt hav noticed im in the process of changing the site. Comments are screwed. So email if you need me.RR
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where's me country?A Quick Glance Around (11.12.2005, 12:28 UTC)
In the current enjoyment of lists, i intend to publish one. This one, rounding up the top 6 things since I departed. Its the best way i can think of to comment on the two weeks choc full of oddness. 6. Due Process The Minister for Justice's decision to use Dail Privelage to land allegations without the burden of proof on the door of Frak Connelly. I am fully aware of the Sinn Fein tint that runs
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where's me country?Since Youve Been Gone (11.12.2005, 00:47 UTC)
As I suspected might happen, the shiny shimmery light in the corner became too much to bear and after two weeks of absence, leading to a clear head and light step, i return to the ball and chain. Its amazing, I think UI mentioned it a few times recently, but the blog always calls. When I think, i think in post format. It is sad. Im sure if i lasted a few more days the cycle would be broken. So i
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where's me country?Dipping ones Toe (8.12.2005, 21:05 UTC)
Just a quick return to point out one or two things to all of you.Found this post over at mulleys blog and i think all of you with some interest should get involved.Its an attempt to organise a site similar to the "fax your mp" one in england."I will create a version of the UK's excellent http://www.writetothem.com for Ireland but only if 15 other people with some programming skills and/or a presuasive telephone manner will help me get it done."— John HandelaarIf you want to help or think y...
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where's me country?Well Meet Again, (28.11.2005, 00:47 UTC)
Dont know where, dont know when. Im taking a break from blogging, no idea how long for. Over the past few weeks ive been bloggin by numbers. Little of the emotion has been naturally there. Its a fabricated attempt to impersonate oneself (as Sartre might term it). So instead of writing posts i hardly recognise when rereading, im off. The addiction will probably not let me stray for long. Regular posts will disappear for a while. Its less a political catharsis, a la Kevin(happy birthday by the w...
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where's me country?Priciples, What Are Yours (27.11.2005, 01:05 UTC)
I realise ive spent the last week posting mostly about the CIA in Shannon, and to be honest, il probably resort to it again sooner or later. Yet on a weekend when the papers seem intent on making us read and consume shit in print, I got thinking.I was re-reading the last post and a comment by Gil-Robles struck me;"These fundamental values and principles are what separates us from terrorists and dictators. I am not ready to renounce them."Neither am I, sir, er...I think. It occured to me that we ...
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where's me country?Council of Europe on CIA Torture Flights (25.11.2005, 11:37 UTC)
There is an interesting interview over at open democracy with Alvaro Gil-Robles, Human Rights commissioner for the Council of Europe. Below is an exerpt from the section where we are mentioned explicitly, in a rather embarrasing comparison with the pro-active response of the Spainiards. Its ok though, Dermot was told that it is all above board and kosher. Alvaro Gil-Robles: ..... I know that the
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where's me country?US Troops cross To Syria (25.11.2005, 00:37 UTC)
From dossingtimes, grain of salt at the ready and health warning attached.
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where's me country?More Unembedded Photojounalism (23.11.2005, 15:48 UTC)
Continuing from an earlier theme, there is a selection of photographs over at guardian.co.uk in a similar vein to the unembedded series I posted on earlier.I dont plan on posting most of them here, since its been done and you all can work away yourselves. There are some good shots in there, id encourage all of you to take a look.There is also an accompanied commentary from the journalist in question Sean Smith located here.Just a photo or two. Striking and provocative.Leading the blindNovember 2...
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where's me country?Hugo Chavez - Humanitarian (?) (23.11.2005, 13:19 UTC)
From the BBC."Officials from Venezuela and Massachusetts have signed a deal to provide cheap heating oil to low-income homes in the US state.The fuel will be sold at about 40% below market prices to thousands of homes over the winter months."I have posted before on Chavez' intent on being a fully signed on member of the awkward squad. His raison detre seems to be making life difficult for Bush, alongside governing a country. Many have raised concerns over the activities of Chavez since he came t...
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where's me country?Investigation into CIA Torture Flights (23.11.2005, 12:58 UTC)
London Denizen (nee Exile) has a post yonder about the ongoing inquiry into CIA torture flights to Europe and elsewhere.His final point, " Come on Europe, stand up for what you believe in." Seems to have been picked up. It looks like another case of blogging motivating news-makers.First there is news that the council of Europe, Europes highest Human Rights watchdog, is preparing to investigate the allegations surrounding torture flights."Under Article 52 of the European Convention on Human Right...
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where's me country?Democratic Paradox? (22.11.2005, 13:36 UTC)
Just browsed across this report from news24 recently, I thought it raised some interesting issues for the idea of democracy as a whole. Apparantly nearly 50% of Americans are ok with the idea of torturing detainees in order to get information from them. The survey, involving 2 006 people from the general public, found that 46% felt that torturing terrorist suspects to gain important information
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