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“” So, to all the ‘keyboard warriors’ out there, to all the ‘water warriors’ out there, keep going – keep doing what you do, because it’s working – we are winning. “”

Originally posted on the gubu gazzette:

On Monday, a friend was invited to speak on our national broadcaster, but he came away from the experience disheartened and let down.

This friend is a fighter against injustice, a speaker of truth, and always does what he says he will do. I have yet to see him fail in any of these things.

He wanted to get the message out to people who are in distress with the banks, that there is help there.

He wanted to explain that there are people, dotted all over this country, at the local courts on a daily basis, waiting and willing to help these people.

He wanted to speak about how we bailed out the banks, yet while we now see these same bankers get payrises, they are simultaneously throwing people out on the streets.

He wanted to ask where did all the money go, where did all the billions go…

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Children have been arrested using a huge force of Gardai and while the ‘paper of record’ and the INDO have reported the arrests they have failed to comment on this state of affairs. Are these incidents – with more to follow it seems – such a very unusual occurrence that the named media can pass over them without comment?

Such a huge force of police to arrest children contrasts very badly with the invitations issued to bankers to attend Garda stations for questioning on the economic cataclysm visited on families and communities across Ireland – particularly on the very families & communities that these children hail from.

There is no doubt whatsoever that the arrest of children is more to do with intimidating those communities opposed to the infliction of even more austerity on the very communities who have borne the brunt of the economic recession and who were NOT responsible for the reckless lending of German, British, French and Irish Banks.

Let Sporus tremble –”What? that thing of silk,
Sporus, that mere white curd of ass’s milk?
Satire or sense, alas! can Sporus feel?
Who breaks a butterfly upon a wheel?”
Yet let me flap this bug with gilded wings,
This painted child of dirt that stinks and stings;
Whose buzz the witty and the fair annoys,
Yet wit ne’er tastes, and beauty ne’er enjoys,

Poppies and Cornflower

Strange is this red beside the blue
I absorb the spiritual resonance
within the green mist
Intense! The vision has come
Strange and colorful
Inviolate spells inside the dream

But Beware!
The wind has stilled
Heavy are these flowers
I breathe invisibly
Silent.

Damned, translucent
restless in the night
the next morning waiting
out of this dream
Singing
Hoping

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Originally posted on 140 characters is usually enough:

“When I was living in New York and didn’t have a penny to my name, I would walk around the streets and occasionally I would see an alcove or something. And I’d think, that’ll be good, that’ll be a good spot for me when I’m homeless.”

– Larry David.

Last Christmas, on a cold evening of misting rain, I was walking down Carey’s Lane when I saw a pale, thin young man sitting on the pavement opposite the Pavilion, beside him a paper cup with a few pence in it. I stopped and gave him €2. I felt embarrassed. I’m not well-off, but €2 is still little enough to me that I always feel guilty it’s not more. Then I feel it’s awful that anyone is reduced to begging for €2 from the likes of me, so I just want to drop the coin and move off as fast as I can without…

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Originally posted on Cunning Hired Knaves:

Pravda

There are two major stories in Ireland at the minute. One is the tribulations of the Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, and something of a crisis in the Fine Gael party. The other is the introduction of water charges through Irish Water.

Most of the attention is dedicated to the first story. Kenny’s attempt to get a failed county council election candidate for Fine Gael elected to the Seanad, via an appointment to the board of the Irish Museum of Modern Art, has blown up in his face. This is the kind of story that gets political correspondents frotting their laps in excitement. Disarray in the court of King Kenny, that sort of thing. More broadly, it exposes the gap between the promises made by Fine Gael and Labour for a ‘democratic revolution’ and ‘political reform’, and the sordid reality: patronage, cronyism and disregard for transparency and accountability. So it provides good…

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