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What you want to say – 10th August 2016 August 10, 2016

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.
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As always, following on Dr. X’s suggestion, it’s all yours, “announcements, general discussion, whatever you choose”, feel free.

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1. EWI - August 10, 2016

Boycotts of people who (allegedly) lay off staff after first asset-stripping the company: very welcome.

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2. Phil F - August 11, 2016

‘The only language [the Japanese] seem to understand is the one we have been using to bombard them. When you have to deal with a beast you have to treat him as a beast. It is most regrettable but nevertheless true.’ US President Harry S Truman, 11 August 1945, in a letter justifying his decision to drop the atomic bomb on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

‘President Clinton said today that the United States owed Japan no apology for dropping atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki at the end of World War Two, and that President Harry S Truman had made the right decision to use the bombs.’ Reuters, 7 April 1995

Why did the US government drop atomic bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945? Throughout the past. . .

full at: https://rdln.wordpress.com/2013/08/07/the-pacific-war-racism-and-hiroshima/

Phil

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3. Geraldus Galwensis - August 11, 2016

Only one Irish writer has written a book reflecting on the philosophical ramifications of the Hiroshima bomb. See the 1996 title, Uncertain Dawn – Hiroshima and the beginning of post-western civilization, by Desmond Fennell. The author describes atomic bombs as ‘weapons of massacre’ instead of the usual WMD, ‘weapons of mass destruction’.

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Dr. X - August 12, 2016

Nice try, Desmond.

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Geraldus Galwensis - August 15, 2016

If you liked his effort, comments can be sent to him directly on this site –
http://www.desmondfennell.com/

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4. sonofstan - August 11, 2016

Shane Ross is flying down to Rio…

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5. Gewerkschaftler - August 11, 2016

Has QE already hit the rails of doability (it hit the rails of effectiveness a long time ago) in post-pre-Brexit Little Britain?

On Tuesday, the Bank could not find enough financial institutions willing to part with their gilts. It was the first time this had happened, calling into question the viability of the whole quantitative easing (QE) programme.

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6. Michael Carley - August 12, 2016

I used to like John Harris, but this is ridiculous:

Suffice to say that a great deal of the current fuss goes back to Militant – aka the Militant tendency – which initially took root in Merseyside, and whose people began to join the Labour party in the early 1960s. Twenty or so years later, buoyed by the fact that many local Labour parties were moribund and inward-looking and some people wanted a much more energetic politics, they had a lot going for them: their own newspaper, a clandestine organisation inside Labour, and two MPs, as well as control of Liverpool city council (whose most vocal figurehead was the legendary Derek Hatton, a man who eventually became involved in the great proletarian pastime of property development). Most of this was secured via “entryism”, which goes back to one of Trotsky’s tactical feints in the 1930s, whereby he urged his followers in France to cease operating as a separate political unit, and quietly crowd into the mainstream Socialist party.

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/aug/11/trotskyists-on-the-march-chaos-ahead

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sonofstan - August 12, 2016

Do they believe it? I mean, I know in Ireland, the MSM is unable to tell the difference between anyone to the left of Brendan Howlin, but you’d expect better – or maybe not.

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Ed - August 12, 2016

I can’t help thinking there’s a straight line to be drawn between his Britpop book, which is sniffy about Pulp and downright hostile to Dog Man Star, and his rubbishy political articles for the Guardian. Poor taste in music and politics alike.

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Michael Carley - August 12, 2016

He was actually very good covering the Corbyn campaign last year, and picked up on things that the rest of Guardian had not clue about. But this is dreadful guff.

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irishelectionliterature - August 12, 2016

I thought he was good on Brexit and some of the stuff he’s done on the US Presidential campaign has been good too.

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Ed - August 12, 2016

Maybe this was the tipping point? Getting into Marxism Today in 2015 is a bit like wandering out to Jonestown and saying ‘hey, can I get a glass of Kool-Aid folks?’

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/sep/29/marxism-today-forgotten-visionaries-whose-ideas-could-save-labour

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WorldbyStorm - August 12, 2016

He’s a bit all over the place on the history of Militant in the LP – not least the usual silly stuff about Hatton and Merseyside as if that was it with Militant. And the thing is the actual story is a lot more interesting not least the attitudes to entryism within Militant etc and how they developed as time progressed.

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Michael Carley - August 12, 2016

Oddly enough Crick’s book is very good on those things despite this hostility to Militant.

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WorldbyStorm - August 12, 2016

+1 It’s also a good read and one thing Crick can’t disguise is the sincerity of those involved in the project.

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sonofstan - August 12, 2016

He interviewed us once back when he was on the NME – same haircut as now. Couldn’t conceal his boredom or lack of knowledge of what we were up to. Not that i hold grudges ….

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7. Paddy Healy - August 15, 2016

SIPTU PROPOSES NEW ICTU CLAMPDOWN ON SOVEREIGNTY OF INDIVIDUAL TRADE UNIONS-Speech by Jack O’Connor, General President, SIPTU.
Full Speech can be read here; https://paddyhealy.wordpress.com/?s=How+Ictu+Failed+Us
ICTU To Become FEDERAL system with final power over unions at Executive Council.
NO call for end to violation of principle of free trade unions under FEMPI ACTS

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8. Michael Carley - August 15, 2016

Nick Cohen seems to have a nixer at The Economist:

A new leadership contest, triggered after a vote of no confidence in Mr Corbyn by moderate MPs in June, illustrates the transformation. Mr Corbyn deserves to flop. In the past 11 months Labour has lost seats in local elections, failed to hold the government to account, become infected with anti-Semitism, tumbled in the polls and, thanks to its lacklustre campaign to Remain, contributed to Britain’s vote for Brexit.

http://www.economist.com/news/britain/21704838-how-jeremy-corbyn-took-control-labour-metamorphosis

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CMK - August 15, 2016
9. Aonrud ⚘ - August 16, 2016

Surely they mean “Fourth International”?🙂

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