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What you want to say – 10th January, 2018 January 10, 2018

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.

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


1. Liberius - January 10, 2018

The Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has raised concern that the proposal to make abortion on request legal up to 12 weeks may be “a step too far” for the majority of the public.

Many politicians are concerned that the proposal might go too far for a majority of people, Mr Varadkar said, speaking after the first cabinet meeting of the new year which was dominated by a two hour discussion on the proposed referendum.

“I think it’s fair to say that for a lot of people, not just in the cabinet, for a lot of people in the country, the proposal to allow for the termination of pregnancies up to 12 weeks went further than many people may have anticipated. Certainly, it went further than I would have anticipated a year or two ago,” Mr Varadkar told journalists at Government Buildings.

Where is the evidence to suggest it goes too far for the public, it may go too far for politicians keen on to sit on the fence, but the polling doesn’t suggest that it is too far, so where is it?

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WorldbyStorm - January 10, 2018

Very true Liberius. I read that report on RTÉ and though – uh-oh, here we go.


2. Geraldus Galwensis - January 10, 2018

Maybe Vardakar, like de Valera of old, has looked into his own heart to know what the people of Ireland are thinking.

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WorldbyStorm - January 10, 2018

🙂 Or a focus group.

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3. 6to5against - January 10, 2018

I was at the young scientist exhibition today. The usual mix of inspiration (students) and depression (management, sponsorship, condescending bullshit).

An oddity I thought might interest some here: There were many projects there from Co. Londonderry, but none at all from Derry.


4. GW - January 10, 2018


I said at the start of the reign of the improbably bewigged one, that Deutsche Bank would cash in because the Don owed them hundreds of millions of dollars.

And lo it came to pass – that himself continued Obama’s sterling work for Wall St. and effectively let Deutsche Bank among others off with a warning for all their mis-selling and fraud.

The Don would probably be bankrupt (again? – hasn’t he already done that once – I can’t be arsed to look it up) if everyone called in their loans and the run for President was in all likelihood motivated partly to stave of that day.


CL - January 10, 2018

‘There are credible allegations that the Russians may have laundered money through the Trump organizations or Trump properties, and that might be leverage that could be used over the president of the United States. ‘Adam Schiff, House Intelligence Committee …
In December, German newspaper Handelsblatt and other US outlets reported that Mueller had subpoenaed Deutsche Bank for information on dealings “linked to the Trumps.” …
The former head of Britain’s MI6 intelligence services, Richard Dearlove, has similarly said, “‘What lingers for Trump may be what deals—on what terms—he did after the financial crisis of 2008 to borrow Russian money when others in the West apparently would not lend to him.” Dearlove didn’t provide any evidence to back up the suggestion….
In the mid-2000s, he had burned so many creditors that Deutsche was the only major player willing to lend to him….
The Russians whose money was being laundered have never been identified, but Deutsche’s New York office was a major beneficiary of the scheme—the very office that was making large loans to Trump.”

‘The newest U.S. prosecutors in Manhattan don’t need formal introductions to Deutsche Bank AG.
Geoffrey Berman, who was appointed by the Trump administration as Manhattan’s interim U.S. attorney last week, has longstanding business ties to the German lender,’

‘The administration of U.S. President Donald Trump has waived part of the fines levied against five megabanks whose affiliates were involved in manipulating the global interest rate and other fraudulent activities.
Among the institutions are Deutsche Bank, which holds about US$130 million of the president’s debt’


5. Tomboktu - January 13, 2018


6. Tomboktu - January 13, 2018

Me, seeing a vocabulary teaching moment with the 3-year-old niece:
It’s not a cape. It’s called an apron.

Niece, seeing a pedantry and silliness teaching moment:
It’s a cape for my front.

Duly dismissed.

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7. dublinstreams - January 13, 2018

Anyone want to fack check my fact check of Fianna Fails attempts to attack the Strategic Communications Unit via their Online Advertising and Social Media (Transparency) Bill 2017 http://dublinstreams.blogspot.ie/2017/12/fianna-fail-false-claims-used-to.html Is my contention correct?

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dublinstreams - January 13, 2018

scrutiny > likes


dublinstreams - January 13, 2018

Why did you like this post? DId you read the blogpost?


WorldbyStorm - January 13, 2018

I think that those were fair questions you asked back then when you wrote that post. Clearly FF were wrong (or wrong in that particular instance – interesting to know were other Ministers from and Ind background in other spots).


dublinstreams - January 13, 2018

no, and not since, there havn’t been that many. All of Labour and Broughan voted for the bill to go to committee without even speaking on it.. :/ SF’s rep Brian Stanley also claimed he hadn;t seen any Independent Ministers in the ads, did he look? https://www.kildarestreet.com/search/?s=Online+Advertising+and+Social+Media+%28Transparency%29+Bill+2017%3A+Second+Stage


dublinstreams - January 26, 2018

Tommy Broughan TD says James Lawless made a ‘credible case for his bil’l …. :/ again read this and tell me if he makes a credible case http://dublinstreams.blogspot.ie/2017/12/fianna-fail-false-claims-used-to.html


dublinstreams - March 6, 2018

Finally got a reply from the Social Democrats seems the narrative against the SCU is too strong, they seem to have no interest in scrutinising opposition private members bills and debate seeing as they voted for a bill based on false claims.


WorldbyStorm - March 6, 2018

Fair dues on putting in the effort. That’s a very interesting case of perception and reality you’ve uncovered there.


8. Bartholomew - January 13, 2018

This weekend I shall mostly be listening to…
the Minister for the Diaspora playing piano at the launch of Tradfest last week. His own compositions, no less.

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9. Tomboktu - March 6, 2018

Refugees from the snow staying in my house are my niece, her partner and their two-week-old son. I’ve just put on a wash for them.

I just spent a minute looking for the pockets on a baby-gro in case he put anything in them.

I really amn’t used to babies.

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10. 6to5against - March 6, 2018

Does any body listen to NPR podcasts much? I’ve been following the weekly ‘politics’ update – comes out on Thursday. Didnt expect much, but find them really excellent and they give a broader context and more detail than we usually get over here on Trump etc.
That brought be to ’embedded’ which offers a really good summary of the collusion / obstruction story.

Heartily recommend both.

And I’d love to hear of more recommendations for good podcasts. I feel there’s a treasure trove out there I’ve been neglecting.


WorldbyStorm - March 6, 2018

I do listen to some of the NPR ones, but I haven’t listened to that one. I’ll put it on the list! Great idea re good podcasts. That’d be very handy.

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