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Signs of Hope – A continuing series June 16, 2016

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.

Gewerkschaftler suggested this recently:

I suggest this blog should have a regular (weekly) slot where people can post happenings at the personal or political level that gives them hope that we’re perhaps not going to hell in a handbasket as quickly as we thought. Or as the phlegmatic Germans put it “hope dies last”.

It’s a great idea. Any contributions this week?


1. gendjinn - June 16, 2016

Climate change turned out two fantastic grape harvests in 2014 & 2015 in the Napa/Sonoma regions. The first 2014 vintages are hitting the shelves so keep an eye out for some great wine.

Best CA wines I’ve ever had in the last 15 years.


2. Michael Carley - June 16, 2016

Wales 1 England 0.


Gewerkschaftler - June 16, 2016



Michael Carley - June 16, 2016



Gewerkschaftler - June 16, 2016

(yn) Meant to be a crossed-fingers emoticon.

I’ve tipped Wales to win 2:1.


3. Gewerkschaftler - June 16, 2016

Big human chain in support of refugees and against the racism of the right coming this weekend in five German cities.

The bad news is likely to be that it will given about as much meeja attention as one poxy Pegida demo in Dresden.

My bad, I shouldn’t do bad here!


4. sonofstan - June 17, 2016

Given the events of yesterday, hope is in short supply in my headspace, but, back in Dublin for a few days, and glad to be away from direct contact with the referendum for a while, I listened to the Late Debate last night from Sherriff St. All the TDs, many local councillors – Gary Gannon, Christy Burke – Anna Quigley,and was struck by the intelligence, articulacy and,even from the minister, a lack of politicking in the discussion. People knew what they were talking about, the facts regarding the DDDC were generally agreed on, there was a genuine respect for the community evident from everyone – again, even the minister.

I can’t help thinking a similar debate in a similar UK area would have turned into a bring back hanging, it’s all the immigrants fault carnival of reaction (which may be unfair of me)


WorldbyStorm - June 17, 2016

There’s a lot in that. I hate to say I blame the print (and TV) media… but it’s difficult not to think there’s a significant aspect of blame there in the UK.


5. Gewerkschaftler - June 17, 2016

Another fine online initiative from the Stop TTIP/CETA camp:


Use it to ask a series of Yes/No questions of your MEP about CETA and marvel as they evade the issues or just ignore you.

But the campaign may force MEPs to come out on this issue and their answers will, I think, be aggregated on line.

Spread it about if you see fit.


Gewerkschaftler - June 17, 2016

The background is that we are now in the ratification stage of CETA and this anti-democratic / anti-public services / anti-environmental standards monstrosity could be blocked at European / Country or even regional ratification level.


6. Alibaba - June 17, 2016

A friend overheard a conversation between two young girls (maybe 10 years old) walking though town. Says one to the other “Look at those Chinese ones”. The other replies “Which ones?”. “The ones with the slitty eyes”, she replied. “You can’t say that, it’s racist” says the other. “How do you know that?”, she was asked. “I was told that in school”, she replied.

Phew, progress at last. One could take the view that it’s zenophobic, not racist. But that would be pedantic, of course.


7. Aonrud ⚘ - June 19, 2016

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