Free StaterAlas, Poor Dilbert (10.12.2005, 03:23 UTC)
Auds has noted this snarky piece by 'Dilbert' creator Scott Adams on blog debates, posted over at Adams' own blog. It may clear matters up if we mention that he's been on the receiving end of a recent series of drubbings by Pharyngula's P.Z.Myers (over Adams' tolerance of Intelligent Design). This is probably Adams' last salvo in this particular exchange, one-sided as it turned out to be.
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Free StaterSome comments on the Feminism Debate (10.12.2005, 02:44 UTC)
While busy with an (unexpected) house-guest and other things these past couple of weeks, we had time to at least keep some sort of tab on hot topics on the blogs. So we've been following the whole debate on feminism started off by this post with interest - not least because it tied into similar debate on US blogs a little while back about women piggy-backing on feminism yet disparaging it in public. (Predictably enough, it's Althouse. And do check out the comments to Echidne's post...) We're (p...
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Free StaterAmerican 'Peace Mom' Cindy Sheehan coming to Dublin (10.12.2005, 01:37 UTC)
We note that anti-Iraq war campaigner and thorn in Bush's side Cindy Sheehan (mother of a dead GI killed in Iraq) is to come to Dublin this Tuesday 13th December to give a speech, courtesy of Socialist Workers Party front-group[1] the Irish Anti-War Movement. See her blog here. Expect a Myers hatchet-job at about the same time, no doubt repeating some of the vile smears already trotted out against the woman in the US by the GOP. [1] No, this isn't open to dispute.
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Free StaterRacist policy at the French Embassy, Dublin. (24.11.2005, 06:32 UTC)
I've been unsure over the last day or two about whether to put this particular post out there. It happens to cut pretty close to the bone - I know the two people involved very well, and I've been involved in helping them as well as I could over the past couple of days. Well here goes, and I hope that people can gauge how strong my feelings are through the fact that I'm going to drop the royal "we" in favour of "I" in writing this. I am furiously angry with the actions of the French Embassy her...
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Free StaterGalloway continuing to plumb the depths. (24.11.2005, 05:52 UTC)
We have to say that we've never liked or trusted Gorgeous George, and this is yet one more reason to continue with this policy in the future.
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Free StaterThe joke on the "liberal hawks" continues. (24.11.2005, 05:28 UTC)
We see that the rendition story grinds on, with ever more Western nations being drawn into the picture. How soon before the attention of the EU turns to Shannon, we wonder? Bertie told the Dáil on 16th November 2005, in response to a question by Trevor Sargent of the Green Party:"Regarding Shannon, since this matter has been brought up several times recently we have once again raised it with the Americans at the highest level and they state that they are doing nothing outside the agreement....
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Free StaterEqual rights for homosexual couples (24.11.2005, 02:53 UTC)
This blog is proud to support the KAL case, taken to make the State recognise the legal marriage in Canada between two lesbian women now living here. This is about doing the right thing in according full civil rights to a vulnerable section of society. And the family units formed by same-sex couples deserve the same protection as any others. Times change, folks. (hat-tip to Cadavre Exquis)
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Free StaterDirty Tricks (23.11.2005, 01:22 UTC)
Laura Rozen at War and Piece has an interesting story to relate on covert efforts to plant pro-Bush propaganda abroad in the world. Going on what the modus operandi of these operations appears to be, we should be looking for right-wing think-tanks and publications which seem to spontaneously pop into existence, have suspiciously easy access to Republican Party loyalists, and possess murky sources of funding. So we've nothing to worry about in Ireland, then.
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Free StaterSought: Fugitive from Justice (22.11.2005, 17:58 UTC)
Have you seen this man?
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Free StaterBlog Work (21.11.2005, 20:13 UTC)
As people have no doubt noticed, we've made a serious overhaul of our links to the right. A few warrant special mention... Guido Fawkes is one of the biggest and best of the UK blogs, and it's easy to see why. Needless to say, we particularly enjoy their Wonk Watch and we think many of you will, too. clickonsean.org is one of our additions to the "Nordie" category. The Provisional IRA were (and are) a nihilist dead end for Irish nationalism, and there's a lot of bodies littered over the twent...
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Free StaterIdeological Bias (21.11.2005, 16:47 UTC)
William Sjostrom (an American expat right-winger economist in UCC whom we've remarked on before, for those who don't know him) is back at the blogging we see. It's the usual stuff - RTÉ are "thieves", anyone who mentions the word "neo-conservative" is automatically anti-Semitic, bashing feminism etc. The latest, as an example, is a highly affronted attack on the Irish Examiner for daring to publicise the overwhelming CAO advantages conferred by expensive fee-paying schools: "I do not do...
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Free StaterWe can't wait for Charlie McCreevey's (21.11.2005, 13:29 UTC)
Speaking of stealth bloggers, we've been aware for a while now of another well-known blogger who's flown under the radar[1], namely Swedish Vice-President of the European Commission Margot Wallström (see her blog here). We know that a couple of politicians here (such as Michael Turley and Damien Blake) have set up blogs, but Margot is the highest profile politician blogger we're aware of so far[2]. We have to say that we like the idea of getting some insight into the actual thought...
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Free StaterExit Plan (21.11.2005, 02:39 UTC)
Brilliant. (Yes, it's snarky. No, he richly deserves it) Update: Here's the BBC account (via The Poor Man). Another sordid, booze-fueled chapter in something people've been noticing recently?
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Free Statere-government - more understanding needed by the Civil Service? (20.11.2005, 19:47 UTC)
Progressive Ireland has quite a scoop about the Oireachtas' first toe in the water with RSS feeds. We note also (through following RR's link) that live webcasting from the national parliament is on the agenda, too. Soon, international political junkies will be able to marvel - in realtime - at a Dáil session in full flow. Whatever will they think of the Drumcondra Renaissance Man, we wonder? However, we have a few issues with the technical implementation of this worthy undertaking. i) the ...
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Free StaterDavid McWilliams - de facto blogger? (20.11.2005, 18:52 UTC)
While nosing around celebrity Irish economist David McWilliam's website, we noticed this.
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Free StaterJonathan Ive Interview (19.11.2005, 21:36 UTC)
London's Design Museum has an interview up with the well-known Apple designer.
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Free StaterThe humble Lego brick as intellectual 'property' (18.11.2005, 19:42 UTC)
TCAL links to a piece by Boing Boing's Cory Doctorow on Lego losing an important - to them - legal battle in Canada. In short, though their patent on Lego blocks has expired, they were trying to prevent others manufacturing similar toys by claiming that the Lego block is itself a trademark of the company, and therefore protected. Thankfully, the Canadian judiciary has ruled against this potential new and abusive interpretation of IP law. But CD in the course of his post goes on to claim: "Tha...
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Free StaterAnother independent bookshop bites the dust - Reads taken over by Easons (18.11.2005, 02:51 UTC)
Via WYSIWYG we see that our favourite bookshop-cum-newsagents in Dublin, Reads of Nassau Street , is to be bought by Easons (which had already bought out, then gutted, the fondly-remembered Hanna's Bookshop next door some years ago). We're sorry to see this happen - the conglomeration of Dublin bookstores into the hands of a couple of big corporate players doesn't portend much good for the reading public. People may not realise this, but both Hodges Figgis ("Dublin's leading independent bookst...
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Free StaterDubya now losing it bigtime? (16.11.2005, 01:23 UTC)
While busy packing the last few days for a trip to la belle France, we nonetheless make sure to at least occasionally peruse through our favourite blogs (we love y'all, kids). Giving us chuckles were two posts in particular, one by Fiona de Londras[1] on recent Crooks and Liars speculation about Bush falling off the wagon, the other a snarky piece by the Bull Moose about imaginary diary entries by an Andy Card dealing with a now-sulking Dubya (read both of these pieces - this is important to wh...
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Free StaterFor those still in doubt over Ann Althouse's wingnut credentials (14.11.2005, 00:24 UTC)
She's now pimping this disgraceful Instahack talking-point, straight from the RNC (speaking of Reynolds, we see that Bill O'Reilly is following up on this particular theme). And just for our small-but-lucrative legal readership (note to potential advertisers out there) we have news on one of our favourite wingnut obsessions: the "Constitution in Exile". Enjoy.
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Free StaterAcademic Integrity (13.11.2005, 21:46 UTC)
As the Examiner says: "It is a shame that the only academic brave enough to come forward - until now - was Fiona De Londras, from Dublin’s Griffith College. She, and in turn Ed Walsh displayed the kind of bravery, integrity and force of conviction so lacking in all the other protagonists this scandal has touched this past month."Damn right. Catch Ms. de Londras over at Mental Meanderings. (p.s. "Mental Meanderings of a Melancholic Madam"?)
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Free Stater"Get America Out of Shannon" (9.11.2005, 00:50 UTC)
Free Stater endorses Fiona's call for removing a stain from our country's foreign policy. And as Red Rover at Progressive Ireland asks: "Does anyone in Government or Power actually know, or has Charlie Haughey's habit of knowing little gotten contagious?"A good question for some reporter to put to Brian Cowen or Michael McDowell, next time they're being interviewed.
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Free StaterPowell aide - Cheney ordered US prisoner torture (8.11.2005, 01:27 UTC)
From the International Herald Tribune: "WASHINGTON Vice President Dick Cheney's office was responsible for directives that led to U.S. soldiers' abusing prisoners in Iraq and Afghanistan, a former top State Department official said Thursday. Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson, former chief of staff to Colin Powell, then the secretary of state, told National Public Radio he had traced a trail of memos and directives authorizing questionable detention practices up through Secretary of Defense Donald Ru...
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Free StaterGUBU (8.11.2005, 01:01 UTC)
Sure is. How is it that this individual didn't recuse himself from the Pit Stop Plowshares case, despite there being an apparent conflict of interest? Just how many Irish judges went to Dubya's inauguration as guests of alleged crook (and associate of mobsters) Tom DeLay, anyway? (P. O'Neill and Maman Poulet both have speculative thoughts on the Tom DeLay angle)
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Free StaterThis would be Rummy's "New Europe", then (4.11.2005, 03:55 UTC)
AP (via Talking Points Memo): EU, human rights group to investigate allegations CIA set up secret jails to interrogate terror suspects By CONSTANT BRANDAssociated Press Writer BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) -- The European Union and the continent's top human rights group said Thursday they will investigate allegations the CIA set up secret jails in eastern Europe and elsewhere to interrogate terror suspects, and the Red Cross demanded access to any prisoners. Human Rights Watch said it has evidence...
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Free StaterUS Democratic Party rediscovers its cahones (2.11.2005, 00:49 UTC)
Courtesy of Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid. About bloody time, too.
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Free StaterThe United States is a disgrace to the civilised Western world (2.11.2005, 00:37 UTC)
Latest good news from Gitmo: "U.S. District Court Judge Gladys Kessler last week ordered the government to provide medical records on Guantanamo prisoners who are being force-fed and to notify their lawyers about forced feedings. The judge said detainees' lawyers had presented "deeply troubling" allegations of U.S. personnel violently shoving feeding tubes as thick as a finger through the men's noses and into their stomachs without anesthesia or sedatives, with detainees vomiting blood as U.S....
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Free StaterThe 51st (Free) State (1.11.2005, 19:16 UTC)
Our own beloved Republic seems to have lately become quite the fashionable destination for political debating overspill from other jurisdictions, especially the United States. A cynic might remark that given our spineless Government's virtual ceding of sovereign territory to the Bush Administration, our latest tourist wave perhaps realises something we don't (yet). This week alone, we have 'Gorgeous George' Galloway showing up tonight at The Helix in DCU at 8pm; Robert Fisk, Fintan O'Toole and ...
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Free StaterSony looks to shut out iPods (1.11.2005, 02:46 UTC)
From The Big Picture (via Atrios) comes a tale of Sony using DRM (Digital Rights Management) technology on at least some of their new music releases in an attempt to compensate for the hitherto suckiness of the Japanese firm's digital music offerings: "It turns out that all Engadget (quoting Variety) notes that this DRM is not at all about making the CD immune to piracy. Instead, its part of a pissing contest between Sony and Apple: Variety writes that "the new copy protection scheme — ...
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Free StaterHappy Fitzmas! (26.10.2005, 00:31 UTC)
No doubt Irish political obsessives are eagerly following the Plame investigation, which recently dragged in the New York Times via the questionable past activities of reporter Judith Miller. A few may also remember the forged Niger yellowcake documents which the Bush administration miraculously produced to 'prove' that Saddam was looking to develop nuclear weapons, and hence take the United States to war against Iraq. Talking Points Memo's Josh Marshall has been investigating the story behind...
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