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Signs of Hope – A continuing series October 12, 2017

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.
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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”.

Any contributions this week?

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1. panablogblog - October 12, 2017

If you want to hear a person who is both a realist and has hope for the future come an hear Ray McGovern, ex-CIA analyst and now a leading US peace activist speak at a public meeting in the Pearse Centre, 27 Pearse Street on Thursday 19 at 7.00pm

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2. EWI - October 12, 2017

I see that the Che Guevera €1 stamp has now sold out, due to its popularity.

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deadmanonleave - October 12, 2017

I’ve not got a great contribution, other than to say that this is a great idea!

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CL - October 13, 2017

The Fatima stamp probably won’t do as well.

“An Post has today issued a stamp to mark the centenary of what became known as apparitions of Fatima.”
http://www.breakingnews.ie/ireland/an-post-issues-international-stamp-to-mark-centenary-of-fatima-apparitions-809606.html

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FergusD - October 13, 2017

I got mine in the post today, with the first day covers. Brilliant!

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FergusD - October 13, 2017

I mean the Che stamps, not the Fatima ones

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3. GW - October 13, 2017

That there’s a mass market for science fiction films like those of Denis Villeneuve (Arrival and Blade Runner 2049) that don’t assume their audience are intellectually challenged 14 year-old boys.

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4. Geraldus Galwensis - October 13, 2017

Wonder why there isn’t a Martin Luther stamp for his 500 anniversary? Is a miracle needed in An Post?

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5. CL - October 13, 2017

A departure from orthodox economics.

‘Richard Thaler has received the 2017 Nobel prize in economics.

Peter Gärdenfors, a member of the Nobel Prize committee, said of Thaler, on Monday, “He made economics more human.”
https://www.newyorker.com/news/john-cassidy/the-making-of-richard-thalers-economics-nobel

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6. GW - October 13, 2017

Some sectors in Eastern Europe are beginning to form more militant trades unions. For instance the Slovakian car industry workers lost patience with the OZ Kovo Metalworkers trades union and its closeness to the Social Democratic Party and formed Moderné Odbory and went on strike in VW.

As the article in Monde Diplomatique reports:

Tired of OZ Kovo’s inaction and lack of transparency over funding, a small group (led by Zoroslav Smolinský) tried to put pressure on the powerful chairman of OZ Kovo, Emil Machyna, by standing against him for election to the chairmanship. Machyna’s response was to get the VW management to sack some 15 dissidents. It took an intervention by German metalworkers’ union IG Metall, which has great influence at VW in Germany, to persuade the management to lift sanctions and recognise Moderné Odbory, which today claims 9,500 members — three out of four workers at VW Slovakia.

The strike’s significance can be judged from the importance of the automotive sector in Slovakia’s economy: it accounts for more than 40% of industrial output, a third of exports and a quarter of GDP. By cars assembled per head, Slovakia is the world’s biggest car-producing country. Between 2000 and 2016, new models from the VW group, and the arrival of Kia and PSA Peugeot Citroën (renamed PSA Groupe in 2016), boosted output from 200,000 to more than a million cars a year. And the new Jaguar Land Rover plant being built at Nitra will assemble another 150,000 vehicles a year from 2018.

Macho said: ‘I’m certain that this strike will be historically significant. For the first time, everyone had to talk about our position in the EU. We won’t be slaves to western companies any longer. We refuse to go on being the third world of Europe.’ According to Klobušický, ‘what people want above all is respect. They want foreign companies to treat them as human beings.’

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7. EWI - October 16, 2017

A cynic might say that Brian Hanley’s example has finally shamed Ferriter into noting Cosgrave Jr’s hardman authoritarian streak in the IT.

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