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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. damonmatthewwise - December 7, 2016

Cheerleading recognised by IOC provisionally as an Olympic Sport – what next – Ballet, acrobatics, baton twirling, juggling, street performances, magic, busking?

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GW - December 7, 2016

Hurling on the ditch.

Sponsor: P. Ra Esq.

Cheerleading is surely only a US thing.

Couldn’t the GAA make a case for non-foreign sports? That would be a guaranteed few medals for Ireland, wouldn’t it?

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botheredbarney - December 7, 2016

cartwheeling, popular among primary school kids. Why not marbles?

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GW - December 7, 2016

Marbles around a drain hole beats golf any day in my book!

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6to5against - December 7, 2016

Surely cartwheeling and acrobatics are both there already, in the guise of gymnastics?

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2. damonmatthewwise - December 7, 2016

With Gardai victimising autistics, people with disabilities,women and encouraging physical abuse by criminal gangs, and ex-paramilitary drug gangs, apart from reporting to the UN that Gardai threats to those whose wrists are cut, arms are bruised, bones broken and stabbed should not be able to go out to be victimised?

If we are harassed further and threatened for making complaints against our attackers, and ask for help to be thrown down and affected for life from impact trauma told after investigation that it is “not against rules or regulations” for Gardai to manhandle and “drop” the victims.

Why are the victims persecuted by Gardai while the criminal gangs get encouraged by the lack of willingness of Gardai to engage certain subsections of society whose fundraising and drug dealing and extortion attempts target those who ought to expect Gardai to be sympathetic, not stitched up on contradictory evidence, while a Sínn Fein Councillor attempt to get witnesses and supporters of the victim to disengage. I personally had a call for 45 mins or so on speakerphone so everyone else could here the attempts and bullying to get me of my civic duty in the Patrick Dunne to stand up to the gang who attacked an autistic mother, resulting in her death; the autistic son, having been strangled was dragged through courts while perjury and lies were permitted and when case collapsed and could not proceed, the victim was dumped in the CMH, where the Psychiatrist had bold-faced lied about all autistics (having claimed lack of experience) we are all psychopaths and a danger to society, and made personal allegations of some of us he has not previously had direct contact to be able to give such diagnosis to.

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3. GW - December 7, 2016

Frau Dr. Merkel has kicked off the long federal election campaign in Germany by predictably mixing a bit of AfDery with the promise of tax cuts.

So you’ve got a further erosion of internationally agreed asylum rights, and the old favourite, banning of full-face veil-wearing.

But when the SPD tries to ape the CDU, people vote for the original. The same, I suspect, will apply to the CDU and the AfD.

Same old same old – the ‘centre’ allowing the agenda to be set by the fascist spectrum.

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4. GW - December 7, 2016

There’s a good article by an Icelandic Attac activist describing the current political situation there.

I hope he’s right in asserting that at in at least one Atlantic island neo-liberal politics is a thing of the past. Certainly Icelandic politics seems to be in a much healthier state than that of the RoI. Or indeed the BRD.

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CL - December 7, 2016

‘Throughout Europe, social-democratic parties served as essential props to capital’s power.’
But in Iceland there was a broad based left opposition to neoliberalism, and so no far right alternative emerged. That seems to be the gist of the article.

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5. CL - December 7, 2016

Military rule?

” Donald Trump will name another retired military general on his staff by selecting retired Marine general John Kelly to head the Department of Homeland Security.
Kelly, 66, the former head of the U.S. Southern Command, would join retired generals James Mattis (nominated for Defense secretary) and Michael Flynn (national security adviser) as members of Trump’s staff or Cabinet.”
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/elections/2016/2016/12/07/donald-trump-john-kelly-homeland-security/95090652/

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6. Starkadder - December 7, 2016

Maybe it’s time we set aside specific threads for collecting links on subjects that may of interest to the left in general? Things like water charges, Irish trade unions, Israel-Palestine, etc.

Here’s a few on Donald Trump and the fake news /conspiracy theory
nexus that helped him to power:

View story at Medium.com

http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/11/trump-alex-jones-conspiracy-illegal-votes

http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/11/meet-professor-of-fake-news-facebook

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/donald-trump-breitbart-infowars-alex-jones-facebook-twitter-fake-news-fact-free-a7417331.html

http://thebaffler.com/blog/faux-news-channel

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WorldbyStorm - December 7, 2016

Sorry that was initially caught in spam, great idea

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7. Starkadder - December 7, 2016

Found this good guide to the fake news/conspiracy theory nexus that helped Trump to power:

View story at Medium.com

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WorldbyStorm - December 7, 2016

Excellent thanks starkadder

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Starkadder - December 7, 2016

Speaking of Alex Jones, Jeff Rense, Steve Bannon and their ilk, I saw this excellent quote about them on a Doctor Who Website:

“I’m tired of being told I’m a sheep by people who turn out to be working for the wolves”.

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CL - December 8, 2016

Bannon is already working on his next movie:

“The Triumph of the Id.”

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dublinstreams - December 8, 2016

Indo claims fake news was something that arose on social media as Enda Kenny warns about it http://www.independent.ie/irish-news/politics/taoiseach-hits-back-at-false-news-claiming-it-is-a-real-worry-35278850.html

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8. Tomboktu - December 8, 2016

The Children and Family Relationships Act 2015 was rushed through the Dáil to have it in place for the marriage equality referendum, but the part of it that allows same-sex couples to jointly adopt children has not been implemented.

Ss. 101-134 Not yet commenced. Requires commencement order under s. 1
http://www.irishstatutebook.ie/eli/isbc/2015_9.html

Neither have the new provisions on regulating donor assisted human reproduction and the rights of children born following DAHR.

Ss. 4-42 Not yet commenced. Requires commencement order under s. 1

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9. CL - December 8, 2016

‘Donald Trump’s reported decision to appoint a renowned climate change denier as the head of the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been condemned by environmentalists and scientists.’
http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/donald-trump-scott-pruitt-climate-change-denial-environmental-protection-agency-epa-aaas-sierra-club-a7463046.html

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CL - December 8, 2016

And one more added to the Cabinet of Reaction;

“President-elect Donald J. Trump is expected to name Andrew F. Puzder, chief executive of the company that operates the fast food outlets Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr. and an outspoken critic of the worker protections enacted by the Obama administration, to be secretary of labor, people close to the transition said on Thursday.

Mr. Puzder has spent his career in the private sector and has opposed efforts to expand eligibility for overtime pay, while arguing that large minimum wage increases hurt small businesses and lead to job loss among low-skilled workers.”

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WorldbyStorm - December 11, 2016

The Goldman Sachs crew is also out in force. God help us all.

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10. sonofstan - December 8, 2016
Starkadder - December 8, 2016

Next week, Mr. Jones sez he will fight Stalinists by running five-year-plans and putting people in Gulags.

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11. Starkadder - December 8, 2016

To get somewhat personal- I don’t think I will be able to completely relax as long as Donald J. Trump has access to the nuclear codes.
The man is a complete sociopath with a morbid fascination with nuclear destruction:

http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/12/donald-trump-nuclear-war-weapons-inevitable

I’m seriously starting to wonder if anyone of us will still be around in the next 5 years. 😦

Was it like this before? Does anyone here remember the Cuban missle crisis, or the early 1980s? Third time unlucky?

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sonofstan - December 8, 2016

I’m half convinced the pentagon will give him the wrong codes, and if he presses the button – or thinks he has – the tanks will roll down Pennsylvania avenue and we’ll see a real dictatorship.

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Starkadder - December 8, 2016

“I’m half convinced the pentagon will give him the wrong codes, and if he presses the button – or thinks he has – the tanks will roll down Pennsylvania avenue and we’ll see a real dictatorship.”

So we might get a “Melvin Laird doesn’t let Nixon Bomb the Palestinians” scenario on a bigger scale?

Speaking of Nixon…what if all this Trump nuclear brinkmanship is just a latter-day version of RMN’s “Madman Strategy”? I really hope so, otherwise the next few years will be almost unbearable.

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CL - December 9, 2016

“The greatest build-up of American-led military forces since the Second World War is well under way. They are in the northern hemisphere, on the western borders of Russia, and in Asia and the Pacific, confronting China.”
http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/12/02/the-coming-war-on-china/

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FergusD - December 9, 2016

Watched a Pilger doc on “The coming war on China” a few days ago (C4?). Interesting, but all over the place as Pilger often is, probably 4 good docs in there. However he showed a world map with US overseas bases marked on it, interesting. China surrounded and more bases being built. Scary.

Some US politico denied there are any US bases in Oz. Technically correct, as for the UK, they are RAF/RAAF etc bases but with maybe one RAF/RAAF officer and thousands of USAAF personnel. He must be having a larf!

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WorldbyStorm - December 11, 2016

The early 1980s I was 15 or 16. I always remember when I was in the UK having half a thought about the possibility of being caught up directly in a nuclear war. Not that Ireland would be exempt but the sense of immediacy was much greater. And it was pretty bleak.

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12. sonofstan - December 9, 2016

Excellent review of what looks like a worthwhile book:

http://marxandphilosophy.org.uk/reviewofbooks/reviews/2016/2557

It’s of ‘Hesitant Comrades: Labour and the Revolution in Ireland’ here’s a taste

“The leadership of the British labour movement had traditionally stood alongside ‘its’ own ruling class when it came to Ireland. Despite significant Chartist support for Irish independence in the 1830s and 1840s, reformist leaders had little sympathy for the Irish. Hesitant Comrades is well-stocked with egregious examples of Labour’s pro-imperialist history on Ireland. The Independent Labour Party leader, John Bruce Glasier, was probably not alone in his belief that ‘there seems to be a flaw – a fatal lesion – in Irish character that unfits the people for rational and progressive life’. It wasn’t until 1913 that the Labour Party adopted a policy for Ireland; and then it merely followed in the wake of the Liberal Party and endorsed Home Rule, which ensured that Irish foreign policy, police, and customs and excise policy would remain under British control”

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FergusD - December 12, 2016

Read it. It is a very interesting book. The various positions of teh British left regarding SF/IRA and Irish nationalism generally (and republicanism) is interesting. Sadly many LP politicians were relentlessly pro-British imperialism. Further left positions varied a bit. It struck me that a similar study could be done on the more recent “Troubles”.

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13. RosencrantzisDead - December 10, 2016

Is anyone following what is happening in South Korea?

Their President has been impeached, having been found to be under the sway of a Christian cult. She had an ‘advisor’ who would tell her what to eat, what to say and what to wear. Same advisors used this Presidential power to garner political favours for themselves.

Bizarre.

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14. Starkadder - December 10, 2016

A. A. Gill has died. The man who shot an animal just to “find out” what it was like, spewed insults at the Welsh, and mocked Dennis Potter when the latter was dying of cancer is a textbook example of what is wrong with UK “broadsheet” journalism.

https://www.theguardian.com/media/2016/dec/10/aa-gill-dies-weeks-after-revealing-he-had-cancer-in-restaurant-review-sunday-times

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Jonathan - December 11, 2016

AA Gill, eh? Let’s not forget him mocking the appearance of women more intelligent than himself. From his review of ‘Pompeii: Life and Death in a Roman Town’: “For someone who looks this closely at the past, it is strange [that Mary Beard, Professor of Classics at Newnham College, Cambridge] hasn’t had a closer look at herself before stepping in front of a camera. Beard coos over corpses’ teeth without apparently noticing she is wearing them. From behind she is 16; from the front, 60. The hair is a disaster, the outfit an embarrassment. This isn’t sexist or beside the point. If you are going to invite yourself into the front rooms of the living, then you need to make an effort.” And from his review of ‘Meet The Romans’: “Mary Beard should be kept away from cameras altogether. She’s this far from being the subject of a Channel 4 dating documentary [The Undateables].”

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dublinstreams - December 11, 2016

mary beard ‏@wmarybeard 20h20 hours ago

Sad aa gill died. He was horribly critical of me & l was furious But good old fashioned signed journalism. Wish I’d been able to shake hands

apparently being described like that to in an national newspaper to readership of ten of thousands is so much classier then a similarly nasty tweet few will read ?

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WorldbyStorm - December 11, 2016

I think it’s the openess of the interaction that makes her respond like that – as well as perhaps not wanting to say too much ill about someone that has just died – there’s an immediacy about a tweet, and then the anonymity about them that perhaps stings more than a column in a newspaper where more people will be around to find it reprehensible. I’m not saying you’re wrong, just that at this point and in that context she may well find it to be both more generous.

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Brian Hanley - December 11, 2016

Gill also described Jimmy McGovern’s TV drama ‘Hillsborough’ as being a ‘mawkish hagiography of the cartoon Catholic Ulster menschen of Liverpool … God’s own unemployed … the products of a ‘dole-fed society.’ He was of course writing for a newspaper which part of the same stable as The Sun which had seven years earlier published its own infamous slanders on the dead. Loathsome creep.

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Starkadder - December 12, 2016

“He was of course writing for a newspaper which part of the same stable as The Sun which had seven years earlier published its own infamous slanders on the dead. Loathsome creep.”

Yes, people seem to have forgotten how objectionable the views of Gill actually were. I recall Gill writting a long defense of Enoch Powell as part of a TV review, saying Britain was wrong to give India independence.

He also mounted several attacks on the BBC Famine drama “The Hanging Gale” ,and saying the Irish had
“‘turned their whole country over to a single, low-maintence crop of tubers, so that they could get on with burning down houses that were nicer than theirs and making sure that every female over 12 was pregnant all the time’.

https://books.google.ie/books?id=d9YcBQAAQBAJ&pg=PA9&dq=%22turned+their+whole+country+over+to++a+single+low-maintenance%22&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjDvZ2u0-_QAhUCKMAKHepODW8Q6AEIGzAA#v=onepage&q=%22turned%20their%20whole%20country%20over%20to%20%20a%20single%20low-maintenance%22&f=false

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15. Tomboktu - December 11, 2016

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16. CL - December 11, 2016

Fake News? The CIA versus Trump.

‘President-elect Donald J. Trump said in an interview broadcast on Sunday that he did not believe American intelligence assessments that Russia had intervened to help his candidacy, casting blame for the reports on Democrats, who he said were embarrassed about losing to him.’
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/11/us/politics/trump-russia-democrats.html?_r=0

‘U.S. intelligence analysts have concluded that Russia intervened in the 2016 election to help President-elect Donald Trump win the White House, and not just to undermine confidence in the U.S. electoral system, a senior U.S. official said on Friday’
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-election-cyber-russia-idUSKBN13Z05B

‘That Democrats are now venerating unverified, anonymous CIA leaks as sacred is… a good indication of how confused and lost U.S. political culture has become in the wake of Trump’s victory…
There is still no such evidence for any of these claims. What we have instead are assertions, disseminated by anonymous people, completely unaccompanied by any evidence, let alone proof.’
https://theintercept.com/2016/12/10/anonymous-leaks-to-the-washpost-about-the-cias-russia-beliefs-are-no-substitute-for-evidence/

‘Cohen also points out that today’s neo-McCarthyism, unlike its predecessor, is coming mainly from self-professed liberals and their leading media outlets, including The Washington Post, The New York Times, and MSNBC,’
https://www.thenation.com/article/neo-mccarthyism-and-the-new-cold-war/

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Dr.Nightdub - December 11, 2016

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damonmatthewwise - December 11, 2016

Njet Comrade General. ‘Tis wery searius, Da! Smiert Spionnen!

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FergusD - December 12, 2016

Interesting stuff from Craig Murray, former UK ambassador to Uzbekistan and whistle-blower, also close friend of Julian Assange, on the “Russia fixes US election for Trump” crap:

https://www.craigmurray.org.uk/

Apparently “sources” in the CIA are claiming the FBI is part of the cover-up. I suppose the Clintonites aren’t too hapy with the FBI:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/hillary-clinton-james-comey-fbi-letter-cost-election-a7468831.html

Doesn’t it strike any of the MSM that many US voters, not all of them right wing racists, couldn’t bring themselves to vote for a Wall Street shill, corrupt, neo-liberal war monger who was improperly helped by her party’s elite to defeat Bernie Sanders in the primaries?

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sonofstan - December 12, 2016

I have to admit the statement from someone in the Trump camp that ‘it wasn’t the Russians who told Hillary not to campaign in Michigan or Wisconsin’ was funny

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CL - December 12, 2016

Krugman:
“Did the combination of Russian and F.B.I. intervention swing the election? Yes. Mrs. Clinton lost three states – Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania – by less than a percentage point, and Florida by only slightly more. If she had won any three of those states, she would be president-elect. Is there any reasonable doubt that Putin/Comey made the difference?..
the result was nonetheless illegitimate in important ways; the victor was rejected by the public, and won the Electoral College only thanks to foreign intervention and grotesquely inappropriate, partisan behavior on the part of domestic law enforcement.”

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CL - December 12, 2016

-The news that President-elect Donald Trump is expected to nominate Rex Tillerson, the chairman and chief executive of ExxonMobil, as his Secretary of State is astonishing on many levels. As an exercise of public diplomacy, it will certainly confirm the assumption of many people around the world that American power is best understood as a raw, neocolonial exercise in securing resources….
Tillerson once listed his favorite book as “Atlas Shrugged,”-
http://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/rex-tillerson-from-a-corporate-oil-sovereign-to-the-state-department?intcid=mod-latest

However with all the ‘stolen election’ hoopla and Tillerson’s close relations with Putin he would probably have trouble being approved by the Senate so Trump may select some other predator for Secretary of State.

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17. Gerryboy - December 11, 2016

Fluffed lyrics at Nobel prize acceptance song. But she apologises nicely and wins the audience.
http://www.openculture.com/2016/12/patti-smith-sings-bob-dylans-a-hard-rains-gonna-fall-at-nobel-prize-ceremony-gets-a-case-of-the-nerves.html

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18. dublinstreams - December 12, 2016

more RTE cheerleading of war http://www.rte.ie/radio1/doconone/2016/1202/835992-mayo-boy-vietnam-hero/ amazing how a soldier 3,000 miles from home can be described as getting ambushed

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19. sonofstan - December 12, 2016

Jim Prior has died

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20. Starkadder - December 13, 2016

CL:‘U.S. intelligence analysts have concluded that Russia intervened in the 2016 election to help President-elect Donald Trump win the White House, and not just to undermine confidence in the U.S. electoral system, a senior U.S. official said on Friday’
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-election-cyber-russia-idUSKBN13Z05B

The guy who hacked the Democratic National Committee,
Guccifer 2.0 ,claimed to be a Romanian. Yet he distributed documents that seemed to be set-up for a Russian-language user, had access to a Russian Russian cyber-underground link, and did not seem to be native speaker of Romanian:

http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-36913000

The Russian government may not have been behind the DNC hackings, but Russian involvement-possibly by a lone wolf hacker,or
a group of Russian nationalists who wanted to stop a Putin opponent getting elected- is possible.

There are pro-Putin hackers in Russia who nevertheless work independently of the Russian government, see here:

https://www.opendemocracy.net/node/65522/author/uilleam-blacker

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CL - December 13, 2016

What you say is certainly possible, i’m just not convinced. Craig Murray (Link above) seems credible. And Glenn Greenwald makes some good points.
John Cassidy says ‘Trump’s attack on the C.I.A., and his refusal even to countenance the notion that Putin’s hackers sought to help him out, was “worse than a crime—it was a blunder.”
http://www.newyorker.com/news/john-cassidy/trump-isolates-himself-with-c-i-a-attack

On the Intercept, Jeremy Scahill says ” The current discourse on this issue is plagued by partisan gibberish — there is a disturbing trend emerging that dictates that if you don’t believe Russia hacked the election or if you simply demand evidence for this tremendously significant allegation, you must be a Trump apologist or a Soviet agent.
The reality, however, is that Trump’s reference to the Iraq War and the debacle over weapons of mass destruction is both utterly cynical and a perfectly valid point. U.S. intelligence agencies have repeatedly demonstrated that they regularly both lie and get things horribly wrong. In this case they may well be correct, but they cannot expect Americans to simply take their word for it.”
https://theintercept.com/2016/12/12/obama-must-declassify-evidence-of-russian-hacking/

The political implications of this tangled web are not yet clear. Disinformation, fake news, propaganda, in all this how to discern reality?

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CL - December 13, 2016

‘Researchers found that the malicious software, or malware, used to break into the DNC was controlled by a machine that had been involved in a 2015 hack of the German parliament. German intelligence later traced the Bundestag breach to the Russian GRU, aka Fancy Bear.’ –
http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/a49791/russian-dnc-emails-hacked/

a red herring?

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21. oconnorlysaght - December 13, 2016

The American Republicans don’t need Putin or his mates to teach them dirty, indeed treasonable tricks. Does anybody remember 1980 and the Reagan campaign’s covert appeal to Iran to hold off releasing its hostages until their man had won the White House?
This is not to say that given the dirty tricks played by the Clintonistas v. Bernie Sanders, there isn’t a certain amount of Nemesis here.

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22. FergusD - December 13, 2016

What if those evil Ruskies did hack Clinton emails etc, it wasn’t the russkies who plotted with Clinton against Sanders, it was the DNC. It was the Clintons who ran their Foundation, highly suggestive as it is of them as Wall St shills and bag carriers for the Saudis and others. Nobody forced Clinton to ignore the rust belt. How can Krugman blame the russkies for that. The “New Democrats” have learned nothing from their defeat.

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23. sonofstan - December 13, 2016

“Government plans to intervene in the rental market by capping rent increases in Dublin and Cork are “counter-intuitive” but necessary, Minister for Housing Simon Coveney has said”

‘Counter-intuitive’ – shows you what his intuitions are, I suppose..

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sonofstan - December 13, 2016

Meanwhile, Barry Cowan has ‘concerns’ (for landlords, I’ll wager) and Eoin Ó Broin seems to have forgotten what he learned about compound interest at school

“Sinn Féin’s Eoin Ó Broin said the proposals would allow for a 12 per cent increase in rents across the board in Dublin and Cork and would remove the rent freeze in place”

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24. GAIRE-WIKILEAKS - December 13, 2016

https://socialistpartygreatbritain.wordpress.com Eoin O Broin should have read this website first

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WorldbyStorm - December 13, 2016

Illuminati? Seriously?

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RosencrantzisDead - December 13, 2016

The Illuminati and Lidl.

Truly, we must live without hope.

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25. Mark Swallow - December 13, 2016

I thought the ruskies got their emails from British Intelligence eveybody else seems to get their stolen emails from them I think Eoin O Broin should take a bath he stinx.

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26. dublinstreams - December 13, 2016

I really can’t take Americans and the allies seriously on this foreign interference and hacking stuff, I think that everything it accuses others of, its done too, particularly when it comes to cyber area as my impresssion is that America is the one with most direct access over that domain but there seemed to be shift after Wikileaks and Snowdens leaks where more of this sutff is being released as if nobody could pretend that weren’t doing this anymore so they might aswell release it, there’s been plenty of leaks like with the DNC emails and audio calls in Eastern Europe (and South America and elsewhere?). The other shift has been the legalising of the mass spying that Snowden complined about.

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27. YankiPanki - December 14, 2016

Well ive just read the web site above and the Rothschild family were involved in the Irish bail out..it says it newspaper article and there definitely part of the illuminati…as for lidl there always searching peoples bags as suspected thieves..America according to statistics 2 people a day are killed by shootings and guess what according to CBS sssshhh Barak Obama told Trump in a recent meeting that was wikileaked out what cabinet members to put in place and guess what this Trump chap admits to CBS journalists incredible,more incrededible is Trump offered the job of secretary of state to one of his buddies Rudy Giuliani…a bit like offering a Dublin Bus driver the chance to fly in Americas first sorte on Iran,anyone read Michael Flynns book The Field of fight….New World order anyone?

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28. Starkadder - December 14, 2016

Ye interesting article on the left’s response to the Russia hacking allegations:

http://thebaffler.com/blog/russia-house-sawicky

inter alia , the piece shows how Wikileaks has degenerated into a Trump fan club.

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WorldbyStorm - December 14, 2016

Not a bad piece. And it makes one excellent point, that such attempts are problematic on their own terms – sure we can be lofty and say everyone is at it and give the mental equivalent of a sigh but if that is the case then logically why complain about one and not the other rather than holding everyone to higher standards? Just re Trump fan club a disappointing phenomenon but no great surprise.

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dublinstreams - December 14, 2016

let me guess they spent most of their time criticising Clinton (the person everythought would be president) so that makes them Trump fans?

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WorldbyStorm - December 14, 2016

Actually they’re pretty harsh on Clinton and her ‘bitter-enders’.

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CL - December 15, 2016

“The various ways in which usually anonymous spokespeople for U.S. intelligence agencies are equivocating – saying things like “our best guess” or “our opinion” or “our estimate” etc. – shows that the emails alleged to have been “hacked” cannot be traced across the network. Given NSA’s extensive trace capability, we conclude that DNC and HRC servers alleged to have been hacked were, in fact, not hacked….
The evidence that should be there is absent; otherwise, it would surely be brought forward, since this could be done without any danger to sources and methods. Thus, we conclude that the emails were leaked by an insider – as was the case with Edward Snowden and Chelsea Manning. Such an insider could be anyone in a government department or agency with access to NSA databases, or perhaps someone within the DNC.”
https://consortiumnews.com/2016/12/12/us-intel-vets-dispute-russia-hacking-claims/

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29. CL - December 14, 2016

The Bush faction, including Jeb, Chaney, Condi Rice, James Baker, are enthusiastically supporting Tillerson for secretary of state. Oil interests trump Tillerson’s ties to Putin.

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WorldbyStorm - December 14, 2016

For them, not necessarily for all other Republicans. It will be an interesting test to see whether he’s accepted or not. TBH I’d be surprised if he wasn’t, Trump has a lot of political capital going into this, but then again unpredictable times. A broader point is that these are all Republicans of one stripe or another – where’s the surprise that Trumps picks and potential picks are abysmal?

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ivorthorne - December 14, 2016

The Marvel Universe has a version of Exxon known as Roxxon. It has a CEO who has made himself part-minotaur and is exploiting mineral resources throughout Asgard etc.

Alas, he is not the US Secretary of State because the writers didn’t want to make the character implausible.

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CL - December 14, 2016

No surprise that Trump is creating a reality horror show; reactionary madmen in power.

” With a reactionary fervor, he is bursting backwards into the future….
Only if there is a superlative to the word “nightmare” can the dictionary provide a description of his bizarre selection of men and women marinated either in corporatism or militarism, with strains of racism, class cruelty and ideological rigidity….
Add these strong-willed ideologues, coupled with Trump’s easily bruised ego, Twitter-tantrums on trivial matters and his penchant to always be the decision-making strongman, and you’ve got the making of an explosive regime with daily eruptions.” Ralph Nader.
http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/12/13/trump-trumpets-his-real-plans/

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30. Pikeys corner - December 14, 2016

Clever words and cunning stunts but you guys have to look globally and the answer is simple go back to your Marxian escapology its purely about production,Russia supplies so much gas to Europe its unbelievable with Germany and Italy the highest importers, this,of course effects the operations of the Bundesbank which in turn effects Military stability of US forces in Germany,in short there are over 30 US military bases in Germany-.why because of Putins Satan 2 missile projects and the need to maintain equilibrium .Putin very recently explained that the arms race is escalating and that America isn’t listening to what Russia is saying,what we have in the world is TV politics what they say through your TV is completely different from what is actually happening behind the scenes and that folks is the REAL world behind the scenes.Basically Putin does not want anything to do with Rothschild the Illuminati or the New World Order and this could be a strong indicator as to why Americas Capitalists have to deal with the Russians which in turn explains possibly why the Russias have had involvement in creating or helping to create a Government they prefer,Putin even before the election indicated he preferred Trump to Clinton but what else would you expect him to say?its no surprise then that Trump has elected a new Secretary of State that comes from a Gas Oil production company…Simply because control over the means of production gives you control over,money which itself is a mere biproduct that becomes worthless when control over production is the key,for more arguments on Marxist theory I would advice readers to delve into The Socialist Party Great Britain their think tanks blow out many folk and are far more democratic than many other websites,socialist party of Russia,socialist party of Ireland,socialist Bertie Ahern it makes no difference to Marxism…..somewhere in London!! p.s don’t forget Yandex email and severs from Russia consuming vast amounts of google time and space.

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31. hoods inda woods - December 14, 2016

One more twitter out of any of you and we plant currency devaluation as a political toole

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