#Occupy: Please watch this video: #Palestine must be free. #BDS #BlockTheBoat #FreePalestine: rbl.ms/1wqfhZF
#Austerity: @PaulMurphySP included in @Independent_ie attacks on @SinnFeinIreland pushed on with @AntiAstrtyAlnce... fb.me/6M9UhhXN2
Recognition's Diplomatic Leverage Could Strengthen Palestinian Rights nyti.ms/1CvQrsW via @nytimes #BDS
Beyond words, (2) Beit Hanoun, Gaza bit.ly/1sQC7dH via @Irishingaza
Israeli settlers continue to burn olive trees on Palestinian lands bit.ly/1skFVU8 via @AlakhbarEnglish
Ernest Rosenthal, 95yr old #Holocaust survivor supports #Gaza in LA pic.twitter.com/F054mPVl90 v. @charlesfrith | Off-Deck until #NatGat2014 MJB
Thanks to Eddie Hamill (Monaghan) for bringing this article to my attention on the subject of the bankrupt city of Detroit and the 27'000 water disconnections so far this year. It makes for grim reading and is no doubt a harbinger of things to come where Ireland is concerned given that we are a bankrupt nation owing €219B as we do regardless of how the government presents that fact. Once we accept payment for water as it is being proposed it will be used as a lever for household dispossession and clearance.
Russia's Cold War invasion plan of Europe was simple enough: nuke Germany and drive on through replacing the first set of tank crews, who would die of radiation poisoning en-route, with a second set flown in by helicopter. And so it seems today's financiers and political class have a similar strategy where indebted households are concerned: pile on the pressure to clear mortgaged properties with replacement families who will proceed to pay-off the debt or face dispossession in turn. The state taking on rehousing and health costs. So water charging is the key to the door of dispossession freeing the market up for the bankers while offering clientele socialists a ready made and compliant addition to the dependent masses. Sure you couldn't have enough social dependency now could you? You have to see how the deal goes down to understand who benefits and why and let's face it water charging is not a real issue for the administrative classes.
Meanwhile the Greens skulk away in the background having provided the green-washed rational just as they are also doing with respect to carbon taxing. How given that they are even more diminutive than the PDs once were - having no TD's - have they pulled this stunt off and why are Sinn Fein taking their cues from a now defunct Green Party rather than the Socialist Left? Because Gerry, not being fond of experts, and people being predisposed to plagiarism and poaching of policies, preferred to lift 'Greentink', presenting it as their own. As my fellow parishioner and Krishna Consciousness head - Damien Creggan - called today highlighting the topic I thought I best take to my electronic waffling machine for an hour or so and offer prognosis.
Just to go back to the Rural Group Water Schemes annual allowance of 140M cubed or 140'000litres per rural household. My wife I and, being a two person household, use 70MC approx per annum and so are not charged. Getting rid of the bath - in favour of power showers - dramatically reduces water consumption as does not having a lawn - and we have neither. The scheme is of course a rural resource cooperative and as such our connection fee of €2'000 converted to 2'000 shares which entitles us to attend, vote and seek nomination at AGM. There is a derisory charge of €1.66 percubic meter above the 140M allowance. In an urban context that could easily be €10 per cubic meter given a generous universal household allowance of 140M. It seems Cromwellian to be basing charges on the kind of household occupancy survey which has been advanced in Ireland. Far simpler to have a generous universal household allowance and to surcharge excessive usage which will typically arise from households having baths, jacuzzi and watering lawns. Where it dose arise from large family units - whatever the internal makeup - a case by case subvention ought be allowed for rather than the ridiculous €100/household provision Joan Burton (TD) has just flung out as an opportunistic constituency cradling device.
As to why this approach to charging could not be tunk-though by the heads that do be employed to tunk-through such thoughts well it proposes costs being transferred up the line rather than downwards onto the household base. Even more sinister is the fact that the bankers - and our debt managers in Germany - are essentially intent on pushing Irish people into social housing using charges as a device to tip households into insolvency emboldening the ever greedy resurgent landlord class. As for leaks this really comes down to the point at which the meter is placed. In a rural setting we're sort of stuck with a drop in water pressure being the only way of guessing if there is a leak between the meter and the house; and with hundreds of meters of piping than can amount to quite a problem both in terms of locating the leaks, digging down to and replacing the pipe. In an urban setting however there is no reason the meter should not be installed under the kitchen sink ensuring the householder need only take responsibility for leaks within the home.
So am I being overly simplistic here or is it just a case of plain, non-partisan, pragmatic thinking being the answer? I sense the latter is the case but in a world which seems to want to reboot itself on the principle of 'Going along to get along', which gave us the 'Boom, crash, bash', experience we appear to be backing failed form all over again. Apart from the 15 articles in the Sunday Indo concerning the Shinners there were some on Irish Waters too which I also managed to read now that I think of it. It's just Gerry do be so bedazzling. Absolutely crazy stuff in terms of consultancy fees of €180M from set-up and now all to be merged with Eirvia. Me suspects a plot not that it's without merit to have a single public utility in charge of the national pipe networks. As for the bonuses the mere fact that they're being discussed is off the wall. Once you realise that the answer is potentially quite simple the question arises: Why then make it complicated? Because the entire political decision making process is agenda driven - simple as. So the question then is 'Will there be an answer'? And the answer: Not unless Sinn Fein cancel their subscription to the Labradoodle Left and join the Anti-Austerity Alliance; whose own position needs nuancing. That's easily done but regrettably it's unlikely to happen and so we must expect the worst of all possible worlds. Time to start planning for proper rooftop rainwater harvesting systems because in this country we at least have the option of getting to the water before the feckers in charge do.
#Occupy: Why #BlockTheBoat? Israel is planning for even more deadly attacks on #Palestinians. #BDS: rbl.ms/1wqf8Fo
Retweeted ISM Palestine (@ISMPalestine): Palestinians and international activists dismantle an illegal settler... fb.me/6R5GVO47b
#Transition: Martin Rees describing in scientific terms the global imperative of #Krishna Consciounsess: youtu.be/tMSU6k5-WXg via @YouTube
My Comment: Its no longer a question of 'Which God', 'Who's book'? or 'What ideology or technology'? but rather 'Which MO is sustainable'? and in ecological terms the Krishna Consciousness Movement win that one hands down. The world must simply look through the rather bizarre, perplexing and somewhat threatening iconography of the Krishna movement and see that in lifestyle terms they're right and we're wrong and that's that. If we could just hop, skip and jump over the bullshit to that simple realisation we'd be sorted within a decade or two and fit to traverse the millennium ahead otherwise we simply will not make it. The only question is whether we take everything else out with us as Martin Rees is suggesting? And beyond that whether we imagine the universe is so benign that it would allow us to turn its lights out.
So listen carefully to the question which is being asked here: Which is worse a ninety or one hundred percent extinction of humanity in a context where one hundred percent ends all life? While warning against what I call the eco-Armageddonists Martin Rees really sides with them because he is saying a 90% cull is livable with. People must take this on board because the notion that the human population could be culled back to less than half a billion is being mentioned again and again and again, almost mantra like. There is only one thing most people can do and it happens to be the most effect thing to do and that is to transition your lifestyle towards that of the vegan light, toxin free, anti-materialist modus advocated by the Krishna Consciousness Movement.
As the Nike advert says 'Just do it'!
#GWOBs: Viva Scottish Independence & A United Alternative Ulster: Paul McCartney Mull Of Kintyre-Original Video-HQ: youtu.be/AcZVRiB9AQk
This is a Partly Political Broadcast - Re: Scottish Independence - on Behalf of South Ulster Folks
Perhaps one of the many reasons I didn't make it in Sinn Fein, despite planing their electoral debut in the ROI, was the fact that I subscribed to a core heresy firmly planted in my mind by that simple document penned by Daithi O Connel "Eire Nua", which advocated a four provinced Ireland. Simple and sensible enough as easy as 1-2-3-4 Greenfields: Ulster, Munster, Leinster and Connaught. So why did Gerry Adams & Co. resist it so? Simpler still agin? Because it makes a major concession to Ulster Unionism opening the prospect of a United Ireland in which a nine county Ulster might just decide to remain on in a federated UK Union or worse still drag the entire Island back into playing rounders with the Brits in the Commonwealth Games. Heavens forbid...
Now the prospect of Scottish Independence, while seemingly a disaster for the Union, might just mean its remaking and reshaping because sometimes one has to step out-agin in order to step back in-agin. The real disaster of our shared colonial past is how those associations were won not the fact of their existence for they were always there to be shaped and given expression to. Yet Adams proceeds in his effort to permanently cleave Ulster off from the Union into a centralised re-bananaed republic bent all over agin cept this time by the forces of ideocracy. It being so incredibly different from theocracy..
Is there any modern popular song which sings to the culture and natural heritage of Scotland as the 'Mull of Kintyre', does? Such a beautiful refrain which speaks to that mist so associated with the northern Isles. I'm a but pumped and receptive to the tune today because I got a three hour K1 paddle in on the Erne yester-evening from the jetty at Newtonbutler past Crom Castle, past the Share Center and round Krishna Island shedding a quarter stone in the process. So serene having the quietened, reflective evening waters to myself as I powered on home roaring like a mad beef cow despite the spondylosis digging into the neck. And thanks to those two young Scots Ulster men who helped haul my exhausted Caracas out of the boat and onto the deck when all was done. I requested a shot-gun but they preferred just to muse at the ranting old boy lying belly down on the deck issuing forth advices regardless.
As to how much time had passed since I began using that jetty? I asked the young lad where the black Labrador that used to dive for stones had gone as his mate held onto a larger newer model which pranced about in his place. 'Dead', he said. To which I replied 'But how what killed him: How did he die'? 'Of old-age', came the reply. And sure enough twenty years spinning round on the blue-ball will send most all dogs to their grave. I felt part responsible but assured the young man his dog would be waiting for him in Nirvana. How much joy that dog gave through the simple exercise greeting everyone who arrived there and by fetching and diving after any and every stone thrown into the water's edge for him. Gone too the constant patrol of Brits and helicopters using the lake as a flight path.
The Irish News declares Stormont in trouble over the social welfare budget which the nationalist parties refuse to renegotiate. An opportunity for a successor to St. Andrews Agreement perhaps? As I drove herself to school in Fermanagh, this morning, across the Monaghan border through the South Ulster hills, she urged me to drive faster. I mentioned the thick pea soup mist and the dangers of crashing into and being masticated by any one of hundreds of neighbour cows, which seem increasingly heroic in stature. Beef fit for a King and being sold for burger meat - go figure? 'Ban meat as a fast food', I say. And so in, and on, and of, and through and due to all of those eclectic associations I feel I must come out of the closet, sparan dangling and declare in favour of an Independent Scotland; and very sharply thereafter a United Ulster; and from thenceforth towards a federated union of former UK states within the EU. But hey that's Socialist Party Policy, or so I'm led to believe, should they ever care to push for anything other than full term abortion.
Best of luck to the Scots: Sparans in one hand and ballot paper in the other! Do the right thing and throw the Ulster Scots a bone why don't you?
#SIBKills: Dr. Paul R. McHugh, former psychiatrist-in-chief for Johns Hopkins Hospital and its Distinguished Service Professor of Psychiatry, says transgenderism is “mental disorder”: Sex Change ‘Biologically Impossible':
My Righteous Reaction:
Thanks be to God someone is still capable of making sense of something. The article itself is phased with clarity. The truth sounds simple because it is distilled whereas fallacy sounds delusional because its snot. This is such a serious topic and while one doesn't want to be cruel its very difficult not to be. One must ask whether the 'T', and 'Q', were ever necessary in LGBTQ. The 'T', because of what's being said here and the 'Q', because its open field day on those with syndromes, disabilities, the feminized, mis and disunderplaced.
Accent alone is sufficient to bring the sexual orientalists to your door such is the obsession with the narrative. I've taken to calling my self 'The Farmer from God knows where', or 'The unknown Farmer', just to piss people off on the issue of my non-discript mid-atlantian accent. While I'm not a farmer I'm becoming one just to confound people basing my accent on a farmer from a 1960-70's Irish soap. My wife and I may in time change our name by deed poll to Tom and Mary Riordan as we consider buying a range and a byre though we likely won't have any livestock except plastic or paper mache mockups, perhaps. I mean if not why not?
You've no idea what a distopian nightmare that opens for rural Irish despite the fact that the EU has by now socially re-engineered the State. I also refer to myself as being albino-African-Irish out of solidarity with the people of Nigeria because my mother had the misfortune of being a colour blind, tone deaf, consenting lesbian Swede and therefore was slightly more forward than the average Irish turnip lady.
May I take this opportunity to extend the Pope's Papal blessings on you and yours good Professor because he's apparently decided he's dying and mightn't get round to it. Apparently he to is too confused as is Pope elect Bishop Tutu. People are in chaos not the world. Live long and prosper good Professor!
+1 Video: British MP George Galloway speech on Gaza/Israel war - 2nd August 2014 youtube.com/watch?v=iLBguN… #GazaUnderAttack
#Occupy: Anger is brewing in occupied #EastJerusalem as #Israel settlers buy & move into Arab properties: rbl.ms/1wumB8r
#Austerity: Knockatallon's new astro-turf pitch will compliment Scotsowns GAA pitches but calls for more social... fb.me/1L6QICtiO
I got one inquiry to my Done Deal adverts and it was for yard-space for a mobile-home. Odd but interesting, I thought, so I referred the inquiry to my local development association who had being catering for Traveler weddings up until some hiatus of a row scared off the community center staff. So I spoke with Manager, John Moyna, of my thoughts on same which is essentially that the community ought consider hosting Ireland's first trailer park community for Travelers and settled people in search of social housing or starter homes.
If the speed limit in the countryside were dropped to 40mph the entire country could be settled assuming dry-stock were taken off the land and suitable planning controls where 'Building Sensitively in the Irish Landscape', are concerned were put in place, assuming being green in a good way isn't being 'too Gay', in a bad way. Knockatallon would be an ideal case-study community though community development resources would have to be significantly improved. This picture gives a grand oversight of my local village with the RC Church, community hotel and works on the new astro-pitch. Plenty of space for a well planned, well layed out trailer park I would have thought. The development could incorporate a commercial storage and reuse facility, with cyber center and domestic amenities attached creating opportunities, space and outlets for people living in confined conditions.
Imagination and courage are required.
#Occupy: #Israel extends the arrest of 5 Jerusalemites including female Amal Jom’a Khalaf: #News #Palestine #StopAD: rbl.ms/1wqi0Cj
Israel disperses anti-settlement rallies in W. Bank bit.ly/1rHHSVy via @worldbulletin
Testimony from Gaza: Shot by Israeli Forces and Left Bleeding for Hours bit.ly/1rIMZVI via @theIMEU
#NFI: @SinnFeinIreland neither #Europhile nor #Eurosceptic but #Eurocritical” says Lynn Boylan: @IrishTimes My... fb.me/188SBdJIj
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.
#Occupy: #Israel's #IDF thugs attack & beat Palestinian children in custody: #apartheid #fascism via @Jinjirrie rbl.ms/1wqgP5U
#Austerity: Join the @AntiAstrtyAlnce in protest at @Irishwater resource theft & poll-tax style water charges: antiausterityalliance.ie
#Occupy: UK parliament votes *overwhelmingly* (274-12) in favor of recognizing Palestinian statehood - #BlockTheBoat: rbl.ms/1wqfsUP
"ECLIPSE OF REASON": Historical (1987) #abortion documentary exposing late term abortion as a crime against humanity: youtu.be/_nff8I2FVnI
"Its seems to me that almost no attention is paid to the psychological disaster that happens to so many people through abortion. Abortion is not something that was developed or invented by the women's movement. I think the women's movement has been terribly deceived and his misunderstood what abortion is". (23:20-23:45mins).
Anonymous psychologist survivor of abortion who on getting off the abortion table was faced with a blood filled bucket containing the hand sized remains of her baby.
Some stats on late term (second & third trimester) abortions: USA 7% or 120'000 of 1.5M ; Canada 11% or 7'000 of 65'000; UK 18% or 30'000 of 170'000 annually. The total of 20M abortions reached in the US in 1987 currently tops 50M every decade adding a further 15M to the death toll. In the former Soviet Union 40% of pregnancies ended in abortion. A good thing or a bad thing? Well it sure is a sad thing whatever way you want to look at it. What of Charlton Heston's intro? Gone now to greener gun toting pastures since.
And to think here we are in good old Ireland seeking to endorse what is without doubt a modern holocaust over 40yrs since its inception in 1973. The abortion performed here is disturbing to say the least to the extent that the surgeon who performed the abortion in the film 'The Silent Scream', recoils in horror at the thought of performing late term abortions having performed over 10'000 first term abortions at that stage of his career apparently chronically fatigued from labouring in his chosen vineyard of death.
In terms of arguing the case for abortion one must accept that beyond first trimester - the nervous system having developed - that it is an incredibly cruel way to end a human being's life because the foetus is sensory at that point, which is to say it feels the pain involved in being torn asunder. Those arguing for abortion need to consider that post first trimester they are attributing fewer rights to unborn children than the animal rights movement attributes to animals in terms of prevention of cruelty. While within the first trimester the human is truly foetal by the second it is already a foetus rapidly transitioning to an unborn child capable of living in intensive care beyond the midway point. So who wants to draw that line in the embryonic sands? Best to stick to trimesters in terms of analysis. There really is no argument for abortion, bar saving the life of the mother, beyond the first trimester still birth or emergency c-section being preferable options.
So Ireland's 9 month 'Protection of life in Pregnancy Bill', is absurdly euphemistic in terms of deception making the Irish political establishment seem as though they had been collectively lobotomized. In the light of these historical testimonial documentaries anyone advancing an argument for abortion beyond three months simply ought not be listened to on humanitarian grounds alone. And note my choice of the word humanitarian as opposed to the phrase 'human rights', because a persons humanity can and ought be recognised even if their rights cannot. Even at that we risk some intrepid corporate patenting the human embryo, via surrogacy, up to the point at which it develops identity (sexual identity being the most obvious benchmark) and using the products of conception for commercial purposes. I presume this is already the case with respect to R&D which begs the question as to where where the harvested remains of aborted embryonic children go nowadays?