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#NFI: @SinnFeinIreland neither #Europhile nor #Eurosceptic but #Eurocritical” says Lynn Boylan: @IrishTimes

Lynn is a former student of mine, back in the day, so she's a fully qualified, convinced and convincing environmentalist. No cynic as Miriam Lord suggests here - in this article - but a deeply empathetic person who possess qualities, grace and charm. And on top of all of that still manages to be a highly photogenic politico - which is quite a mystery to me.

As to how she made it through the ranks. She had the good fortune to land on Martin Ferris's patch and from there to find her way back to Dublin cutting her teeth at party Ard Fheiseanna enroute. Obviously she decided to go with the Irish handle 'Ni Bhaoigheallain', when in Kerry reverting to 'Boylan', in Dublin. (This is not a conspiracy. She's a 'Lovely girl' and people like her - simple as Miriam). Not surprising she's been so well received in Dublin. She really is the genuine article. Dublin's answer to Martina Anderson.

I can't vote for you Lynn but I would do if I could do. Best of luck tomorrow.

#TINI Meeting Concludes with #Monsanto March as Social Partnership & Local Government Models of Participation found wanting:

#TINI Meeting Concludes with #Monsanto March as Social Partnership & Local Government Models of Participation...

#TINI Meeting Concludes with #Monsanto March as Social Partnership & Local Government Models of Participation found wanting:

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#TINI Meeting Concludes with #Monsanto March as Social Partnership & Local Government Models of Participation found wanting:

My Comment:
Here's some pictures I took of the TINI (Transition Ireland Northern Ireland) meeting in Ashoka House last Saturday. Thanks to Damien Creggan (light blue top & hat) for driving up and being a great mate for the day. I represented my own views quite forcibly: 1)That Local Government should be replaced with a National Forum elected from a representatives put forward by prescribed NGOs; 2)That we needed a far bigger idea of what a 'Tool', was, namely that the meeting and budgets not become a subset of the IT Guys budgetary fantasies in the same way political parties appeared to have become a subset of the printing industry and it's bills. The point was plainly taken on board because the TINI.ning site is not working today so I assume someone took the huff. Still their Facebook link is up.

Theresa Carter explained, in great detail and insight, TINI's interaction with the Social Partnership Process and new model for public participation in relation to nation energy transition plan and TINI's role therein. A task which had plainly taken her to the end of her tether but one which she elaborated on with great poise nonetheless. My proposal for the abolition of Local Government in favour of a National NGO Forum for Environment, Community and Local Government is very radical to the point of being communistic but ironically poses as much a challenge for the emergent Left as it does for the established powers because it totally changes the game effectively decommissioning our clientelist patronage system of governance which has turned us into the petty, 'Going along to get along', sycophantic nation we are. My point about taking the budget off the 'Julio for Toolios', was also plainly challenging my key concern being that we need to get out there into garden from the git go. Just as revolutionaries worked off the revolutionary trail so too 'Eco-solution-aries', must work out of the project rooted in their 'chosen product', - to borrow a phrase from neighbour Niall McQuaid.

The conversation also focused on the resurgent interest in the energy debate from issues including: Fracking, Pylons, Windmills, Interconnectors, Vegan/Organic Agriculture etc and was likened to the LGBTQ debate in that respect; there being no right or wrong just increasing and more sensitised patterns of awareness to the human needs and dispositions. Thanks to Elaine and Nicola from my own working group and to Nicola for asking the question 'How to become carbon neutral?' and offering me the opportunity to at least answer it in part: By moving from Meat Loving towards Vegan diets; By switching to Green energy electric providers; By limiting mileage in the car and switching home heating systems to solar, photovoltaic and biomass fuel; By constraining you pattern of personal consumption including annual holidays; and by getting involved in promoting Carbon Sequestration either directly or by sponsoring a Rainforest/Indigeous Peoples NGO.

And so onto the Monsanto March which was reasonably well attended and seemed to swell enroute from the Garden of Rememberance to the Department of Agriculture where I took some photos on my slightly aged Nokia thanks to the cooperation of the people concerned whose names I did not have the temerity to ask. Perhaps some folks can Facebook Tag their faces. I was very impressed and put to shame for having no banner myself which I never do because getting out the door always drives me into internal crisis. Thanks to all for the great day out and hope the TINI troop are not falling out over IT budgets.

BTW: Rebelmouse is free as is Twitter and Facialbook though some small budget is really becoming an issue for me too which is something I'm going to have to do something about asap.


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#GWOBS: Hamas may dream Buk-M2 SAM but the Powers dream Global Iron Dome Defense! via @YouTube

#GWOBS: Hamas may dream Buk-M2 SAM but the Powers dream Global Iron Dome Defense! via @YouTube

The idea that war is just a way of showcasing military hardware and bankrolling the military industrial complex is not new but since 9/11 the idea that numerology is being used to plan and pattern the so called GWOT has gained ground. The dates are always significant and iconic. They have resonance because they are being selected using Numerology by those who wish to deflect from their motives which are purely financial. The Cold War was won because the US used it to bankrupt rather than engage the USSR. The GWOT is self-financing even down to controlling and profiting from the conversation via the social media which really makes me wonder about my commitment to it.

The significance of the downing of flight MH17 lies not in the numerological significance of the date 16.07.14 but in its coincidence with Operation Protective Edge in Gaza. Not only does it distract from the significance of the death toll in Gaza by relitivising it, it also begs the question 'What if Hamas got these'? But it goes beyond that. Were a terrorist organisation to acquire these they would not chose to deploy them in a war zone, they could be deployed anywhere from a cosmopolitan aviation hub to remote upland forests. So instead of carbon tax on aviation fuel we'll now likely have a trebling of ground charges as Iron Dome defence systems become a must have. As for the gaps well they'll be used to exploit and underlined the pros of having and the cons of not having your very own Iron Dome defense shield. So defence spending is about to go ballistic as they say.

Word of advice to the people in Gaza: Vote in a new government and real soon because there is no way the powers behind Hamas are not in league with the people profiting from the deployment of these technologies.

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