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Wow, where did March go?

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. lcox - April 1, 2020

These Irish hobos can take some tracking down…

After ten years’ work by three authors and more than a dozen helpers around the world, I’m delighted that

“The Irish Buddhist: the Forgotten Monk who Faced Down the British Empire” (Alicia Turner, Laurence Cox, Brian Bocking; Oxford University Press)

is now out in ebook (all the usual formats).

The book tells the story of U Dhammaloka, an extraordinary Irish emigrant, sailor, and hobo who became one of the first Western Buddhist monks and an anti-colonial activist in early twentieth-century Asia. Born in Dublin in the 1850s, Dhammaloka energetically challenged the values and power of the British Empire and scandalized the colonial establishment of the 1900s. He rallied Buddhists a dozen countries across Asia, set up schools, published on a grand scale, and defeated Christian missionaries—using Western atheist arguments. He was tried for sedition, tracked by police and intelligence services, and died at least twice. His story illuminates the forgotten margins and interstices of imperial power, the “plebeian cosmopolitanisms” of colonial Asia, and the complexities of anti-colonial and religious social movements.

By turns fraught, hilarious, pioneering, and improbable, Dhammaloka’s adventures “from below” highlight the changing and contested meanings of religion as a mobilising force in colonial Asia – and its relationship to Irish practice. This story offers a window into many worlds of ethnic minorities and diasporas, transnational networks, poor whites, and social movements. Dhammaloka’s dramatic life rewrites the previously accepted story of how Buddhism became a modern global religion, and provokes us to think about the “lost futures” of Asian decolonisation.

Because of the virus, hardcopies won’t be out around April 20th (Stateside) or May 28th (UK/Ireland).

More on the project: https://dhammalokaproject.wordpress.com/
On Twitter: @DhammalokaU
OUP site: https://global.oup.com/academic/product/the-irish-buddhist-9780190073084?cc=ie&lang=en

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Joe - April 1, 2020

Fair play, lcox. I’ll keep an eye out for the paper version whenever it comes out.

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lcox - April 1, 2020

Should have said: you can get 30% off the paper version using discount code AAFLYG6 on the OUP website.

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Starkadder - April 5, 2020

Odd…I was just reading about the American writer
Stephen Allen Reynolds , and Reynolds wrote some articles about U Dhammaloka for American magazines.

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lcox - April 5, 2020

Hi Starkadder,

That’s really interesting. Do you have any more details?

Thanks a million!

Laurence

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2. Conor Kostick - April 1, 2020

In April 1920, Ireland experienced its greatest ever general strike when the whole country stopped in order to – successfully – force the British administration to release a hundred men who were on hunger strike in Mountjoy Prison, Dublin. I’ll be giving an online talk on this, with a discussion to follow, assuming the technology can cope.

Tuesday 14th at 9pm

There’s a FB event page

https://www.facebook.com/events/623020718259610.

Or just copy and paste the following Zoom link at the time:

https://zoom.us/j/212160516

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3. CL - April 1, 2020

“Chris Smalls, an Amazon.com Inc. fulfillment center employee, said the company fired him after he led a strike at a warehouse in Staten Island, New York, over coronavirus safety conditions.
“Taking action cost me my job,” Smalls said Monday in a Bloomberg TV interview. “Because I tried to stand up for something that’s right, the company decided to retaliate against me.”
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-03-30/amazon-worker-who-led-strike-over-virus-says-company-fired-him

“Amazon has fired a worker who led a protest demanding health and safety protections against COVID-19. UPS Teamsters are uniting to support the whistleblower and demand his reinstatement. ”
http://www.tdu.org/demand_amazon_reinstate_fired_covid_19_whistleblower_tdunews

“New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Tuesday he had ordered the city’s human rights commission to open an investigation into the dismissal of a worker at an Amazon.com warehouse who participated in a walkout.”

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CL - April 3, 2020

“Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez lashed out at Amazon, calling the company’s reported plans to smear a warehouse worker who was fired after organizing a protest, “racist and classist.”

“Amazon’s attempt to smear Chris Smalls, one of their own warehouse workers, as ‘not smart or articulate’ is a racist & classist PR campaign,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted Thursday night.”
https://nypost.com/2020/04/02/aoc-blasts-amazon-pr-strategy-to-smear-fired-worker-as-racist/

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CL - April 26, 2020

“In the weeks since his dismissal, Smalls has become a vocal advocate for a growing number of Amazon employees across the country who are angry about the company’s handling of the outbreak. …
“I wasn’t a union organiser, I was just a concerned supervisor. Now I absolutely am. I’ve embraced the role,” he says. “This is my new line of work. My life has changed and I’m going to continue to fight.”…
Smalls has received support from big-name politicians like Bernie Sanders, who tweeted that it was “disgraceful that Amazon, which is owned by the richest man in the world, is not only failing to protect its workers but has now fired a worker for protesting dangerous conditions”. …
This David versus Goliath battle between Smalls and the company owned by Bezos, the world’s richest man, comes at a period of staggering growth for Amazon and the businessman. Since the outbreak began, he has seen his wealth grow by $24bn, and Amazon’s share price rose more than 16 per cent between 13 and 17 April. ”
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/coronavirus-amazon-jeff-bezos-christian-smalls-new-york-a9481066.html

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4. tomasoflatharta - April 1, 2020

Once, in the mid-1980’s while attending an extremely serious international political congress, I briefly attracted the attention of a Latin American comrade so Deep in Thought about the world revolution, he wasn’t saying hello to bit players like me.

A deluded speaker had seriously suggested that Lenin’s 1915 formula – “turn the imperialist war into a civil war” – could be adapted to the prospect of an imminent 20th Century Nuclear War. Workers’ and Capitalists’ bombs would reduce the globe to smithereens. Out of the Doomsday Ashes, human survivors would create the Communist Garden of Eden, a new Valhalla : https://tomasoflatharta.wordpress.com/2020/04/01/always-look-on-the-bright-side-of-life/

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5. Tomboktu - April 2, 2020

Useful article by Doireann Ansbro, the Irish Council Civil Liberties, on the emergency legislation over on the PILA/FLAC website:

https://www.pila.ie/resources/bulletin/2020/04/01/guest-piece-by-doireann-ansbro-of-iccl-on-the-rights-implications-of-the-covid19-emergency-legislation

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6. CL - April 2, 2020

The Government this week effectively took over the facilities of 19 private hospitals around the country as part of its plan for dealing with the current Covid-19 crisis.
However, a number of informed sources said the Department of Health signalled to health insurers at a meeting on Wednesday that private fee-paying patients would still be accommodated in public hospitals for treatment for non-Covid-19 illnesses.
https://www.irishtimes.com/news/health/private-practice-to-continue-in-public-hospitals-during-covid-19-crisis-1.4218289

“Dr Mike Ryan, the head of the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) emergencies programme has said.” we have to use the time now that lockdowns are providing to put in place those comprehensive strategies and I think Ireland is doing a pretty good job at that right now.”
https://www.irishtimes.com/news/health/ireland-has-strategy-to-break-the-chains-of-coronavirus-who-s-mike-ryan-1.4219495

“we simply don’t know with sufficient accuracy where this disease is circulating. And the reason we don’t know is because of the failures of our testing system…..
we can’t say with certainty where the disease is….
The UK was the country from which we imported the largest number of cases, with 23 confirmed last week. These figures might seem small but they are huge underestimates because so little testing is being done….
Iceland, in contrast, started screening high-risk or sick people long before it had a positive test, and has now tested over 3 per cent of the population. On the face of it Iceland has a high rate of cases, but only because it has tested so widely. It knows better than most countries where the chains of transmission are, including asymptomatic cases. There is no lockdown, and its schools remain open.
Our best hope now is that while frontline staff are coping with the surge in hospitals, we use the next two weeks to get the testing and contact tracing systems properly up and running.”
https://www.irishtimes.com/news/health/testing-failings-mean-we-do-not-know-exactly-where-the-virus-is-circulating-1.4216121

“German laboratories are conducting more than 50,000 coronavirus tests a day, according to data released on Wednesday that laid bare differences in strategy and capacity across Europe….
Britain, France and Spain, by contrast, have limited their testing to the very sick or have been constrained by a shortage of testing kits, the chemicals that go into them, and laboratory capacity, among other things.”- FT, April 2

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CL - April 4, 2020

“The scope of the epidemic in Ireland was being “misrepresented” by a reliance on figures based on limited testing, Dr Lambert said.
“How can you talk about flattening the curve where you’re testing such small numbers of people and people are queuing up to get testing?”
“And then there’s results that are pending for a week, so the numbers represent our lack of supplies for testing rather than flattening the curve.”
Upscaling of testing was urgently needed in order to flatten the curve, he said. “And then as soon as those test results are available, which should be in 24 hours, you contact trace everyone who has had a significant exposure.”
“South Korea and Singapore and many of the other countries have been able to flatten the curve didn’t do it just by putting people in isolation and reporting numbers. They did it by testing and very strict contact tracing. That’s what we need to be doing.”…
“If you don’t scale up (testing) you’ll just have to shut down and shut down and shut down.”
https://www.irishtimes.com/news/health/coronavirus-situation-in-ireland-misrepresented-because-of-limited-testing-1.4219889

NI’s deputy first minister has said the health minister is acting too slowly in key areas such as testing and providing protective equipment to health staff battling coronavirus.
Sinn Féin’s Michelle O’Neill accused the UUP’s Robin Swann of “slavishly following the Boris Johnson model”.
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-northern-ireland-52147219

“Taiwan, Singapore, and South Korea have been heralded as relative success stories for flattening the curve before infection rates soared exponentially…..
Taiwan recorded its first case of the coronavirus on Jan. 21, but it has managed to keep its number of confirmed cases to just 329 with five deaths as of April 1….
South Korea, which has a population of 51 million, tests more than 20,000 people daily…
In January and February, Canada began setting up the infrastructure to conduct tests and contact tracing.”
https://foreignpolicy.com/2020/04/02/countries-succeeding-flattening-curve-coronavirus-testing-quarantine/

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m - April 4, 2020

Thanks for highlighting the testing component and its implication CL. It’s key.

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7. yourcousin - April 3, 2020

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-52135402

“ Mr Orban pledged to use his new powers ’proportionately and rationally’,but opposition party leader Peter Jakab said it put Hungarian democracy in quarantine.

Jobbik. Fucking Jobbik. Literally the voice against Orban’s authoritarianism is being made by Jobbik.

Jesus wept.

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Joe - April 3, 2020

It is pretty mad isn’t it? How many years ago was it that Jobbik were the new right (almost fascist?) party that was a threat to democracy in Hungary? And then they were outflanked on the right by Orban and his crew.

Jesus was in floods.

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8. yourcousin - April 3, 2020

2006 they were heavily involved in the protests and rioting. They were fascists, with uniforms and everything. So they’ve moderated enough that an offshoot was formed because they were no longer stringent enough for some. To me they’re still beyond the pale (not that it matters what my opinion is).

It’s not about flanking per se, because Kádár is as much at play here as Horthy before him or Putin or Erdogan now. Orban is interesting because he’s actually laid out a manifesto so to speak whereas most authoritarians just play the situation and discontent.

Interesting times as they say.

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9. Tomboktu - April 3, 2020

Francophones: Is it le coronavirus or la coronavirus?

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10. tomasoflatharta - April 4, 2020

We are starting to lose comrades and friends dying before their time. I met Tarlach a few times in the 1980’s, a courageous member of People’s Democracy, a brilliant up-front fighter for Gay Liberation Politics – and the then-partner of Fergus O’Hare. Huge condolences to Fergus who has suffered an awful sudden and unforeseen loss. Many tributes will be written about Tarlach. – John Meehan

Ian Paisley’s DUP Tried and Failed to “Save Ulster from Sodomy”. Tarlach Mac Niallais led the Counter-Charge – a Man who Saved Sodomy from Ulster.
The article below, from the Irish News, is great humane journalism. It brings us up close to the very harsh reality of a CoVid-19 Death. https://tomasoflatharta.wordpress.com/2020/04/04/covid-19-has-taken-tarlach-mac-niallais-from-us-in-new-york-a-courageous-fighter-from-north-belfast-who-saved-sodomy-from-ulster/

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11. CL - April 4, 2020

Everything has changed says John Gray.

” the crisis through which we are living is a turning point in history….
The pandemic has abruptly accelerated geopolitical change….
The most successful responses to the epidemic thus far have been in Taiwan, South Korea and Singapore. It is hard to believe their cultural traditions, which focus on collective well-being more than personal autonomy, have not played a role in their success….
The EU has responded to the crisis by revealing its essential weakness….
the resistance to fiscal burden-sharing of northern European countries such as Germany and the Netherlands may block the way to rescuing Italy – a country too big to be crushed like Greece, but possibly also too costly to save….
The EU’s fundamental flaw is that it is incapable of discharging the protective functions of a state….
What is fast unravelling is not only the hyperglobalisation of recent decades but the global order set in place at the end of the Second World War….
Wild boars are roaming in the towns of northern Italy….
What the virus is telling us is not only that progress is reversible – a fact even progressives seem to have grasped­ – but that it can be self-undermining. …
Dealing with the virus requires a collective effort that will not be mobilised for the sake of universal humanity. …
Post-liberal government will be the norm for the foreseeable future….
those who believe personal autonomy is the innermost human need betray an ignorance of psychology, not least their own. For practically everyone, security and belonging are as important, often more so. Liberalism was, in effect, a systematic denial of this fact.”
https://www.newstatesman.com/america/2020/04/why-crisis-turning-point-history

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makedoanmend - April 5, 2020

The Anglo desire to fundamentally equate the entirely undefined term “globalism” with the EU (to make them synonymous and somehow negative in connotation) continues unabated during this pandemic.

During this emerging pandemic, some in the Brexit camp see this crisis as a new opportunity to attack the EU now that the UK has departed and negotiations with the vast EU economy are not going according to Brexit plans or dreams. (I also have no doubt that there a sincere british critics of the EU, some who hope for the continuation and continued success of the EU. We should welcome consstructive criticism, from whatever quarter.)

The Brexit bandwagon continues apace. They are attacking the natural tension that must exist when independent states seek to act in unison in ways they have not in the past. Europeans have largely rejected strict Federalism but still need to find ways to cooperate beyond the scope of trade alone. On top of this, we have a long term dysfunctional Euro where, if there is no debt instrument available to all Euro states, the currency doesn’t act like a modern currency. The Euro needs to act like the USA dollar, and debt issuance is the means to make govt.-sponsored capital available across all USA individual states – especially economically weaker states.

Yet, the demise of the Euro would not mean the end of the trading area called the EU, but it would be a stick with which to beat and possibly fragment the EU. Countries such as the USA, Russia and China would love for this to happen. For Brexit britain, the demise of the EU would be a dream come true – both as a post hoc vindication for Brexit and a means to assert their relative wealth and power over countries like Ireland based entirely on English terms.

Basically the Brexit camp, which now contains members from the entire right to left spectrum of the british establishment, wants to exploit the fact that the EU is not a Federal government and so doesn’t function as a Federal govt. They claim that centralised authority must be concentrated, just like in the UK. On the other hand, they like to criticise the EU for hampering the individual rights of countries.

Still, EU countries, albeit slowly, did begin to cooperate more closely as the crisis evolved. Health policy is the remit of each individual state (which the Brexiters know but choose to ignore when stating their criticisms publicly) and, via the institutions of the EU, individual countries did cooperate to communicate and solve some problems; including providing medical supplies to countries like Italy. Likewise, the EU began to obtain additional medical goods for the entire EU at reasonable prices from countries outside of the EU because of the EU’s trading power. The EU also was able to coordinate information about the pandemic across the entire EU. This is a much underappreciated benefit of cooperation.

But we may want to consider what the English nation offers as an alternative. The supposedly “independent” “nation” of Scotland must as the English parliament if Scotland wants its independence. When you have to ask for your independence from another country, how independent are you? Yet we can choose to leave the EU at any time we wish via a formal and formalised treaty mechanism that guarantees our freedom of choice.

Make no mistake, I think we need to explore the mutual relationships of policy beyond trade alone. While being a trading block is valuable in itself, we also need to find further means of cooperation that don’t impinge on national sovereignties. The EU needs reform, but we’d collectively be pretty short-sighted (imo) to throw the baby out with the bath water. Peace is fragile and relies on cooperation.

If the EU area can’t agree on common issuance bonds, then the Euro is not fit for purpose. But the jury is still out on this issue. The most vocal opponent of Euro Bonds, the Netherlands, has somewhat softened it stance while Germany’s response remains extremely lukewarm. But there is talk of issuance restrictions for Euro Bonds and strict time limits which may indicate a way forward. So negotiations are still occurring. If they fail, we should consider (must) returning to national currencies – maybe valued on a combined “basket-of-currency” design for the entire EU trading area.

In short, the anti-EU rhetoric from England should be taken with a large grain of salt. The EU is not perfect and never will be. As both an internal and external trading zone, it is largely successful. As a cooperative political policy area, it is still evolving slowly – as I prefer. As a common currency area, well, we are going to see how this pans out in the next few years – if not well before. If the Euro fails, we are in for some rocky times. The failure of the Euro should not mean the demise of the EU. But there are nations in the world who think that our collective EU loss is their individual gain.

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12. Dermot M O Connor - April 4, 2020

Didn’t see this mentioned elsewhere, maybe it’s been mentioned, but a good one to file under ‘stupid statements’. Really takes the cake, drips with ‘Ye don’t know how good ye have it’, middle class managerial condescension. Take it away Pat Let them eat cake Leahy!

https://www.irishtimes.com/opinion/pat-leahy-small-parties-seem-intent-on-fleeing-from-government-1.4220090

The lesson to learn for whatever politics comes after corona is not that people should cop on and get a bit of perspective (though perhaps some of them should), it’s that the problems that seemed intractable – housing, health and so on – are not at all intractable: they are solvable with strong government action and smart politics.

What you couldn’t get health care and your life was shite before sure it just got worse ye didn’t know how good ye had it ye whiners.

Another few years of guff like this, let’s see how well it plays.

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sonofstan - April 5, 2020

You could read that differently: that the neo-lib discourse that all of these ‘intractable’ problems are just that has been proved to be untrue: governments can do stuff, and should.

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EWI - April 5, 2020

You could also read it as sweet-talking nothings before the marriage, whereupon the beatings will start.

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WorldbyStorm - April 5, 2020

I think the framing of this whether it is the first, second or third as your comments outline them is very much in the hands of the left to determine.

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13. ar scáth a chéile - April 5, 2020

Tim Robinson básaithe ag an vìreas.
‘ The landscape speaks Irish ‘ a dúirt sé.
Ar dheis lámh Dé go raibh a anam.

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14. CL - April 5, 2020

“Global shortages in supplies of reagents used by labs to test swab samples taken from suspected Covid19-infected patients has meant testing fell dramatically short of Government targets.
The shortage meant the State’s health authorities could only carry out 1,500 tests a day, far short of its daily target of 15,000 tests….
The pharmaceutical companies which hoped to make the reagents for use as part of the HSE testing are multinational firms operating in Ireland.
“These plants are all in production and fully operational. They don’t want to be named. They want to do this as a kind of national interest effort,”
https://www.irishtimes.com/news/health/covid-19-testing-irish-pharma-firms-source-raw-material-to-make-reagent-1.4221266

“The head of the Health Service Executive has said that Irish laboratories will have the capacity to carry out 4,500 Covid-19 tests per day, but that this will be dependent on the availability of the testing reagent….
Mr Reid said that that German laboratory is now completing 2,000 tests per day for Ireland but that the HSE is “still looking at other EU solutions as we continue to source the reagent supply”.
https://www.rte.ie/news/coronavirus/2020/0405/1128580-covid19-coronavirus-ireland/

“Dr. Anthony Fauci said Wednesday that improved coronavirus testing and tracing of infected people’s contacts will help the country eventually be able to ease up on measures such as stay-at-home orders.
Fauci, a top official at the National Institutes of Health, said during a White House briefing that he would like to see enough capacity to test a wide range of people and the ability to determine who those that test positive have been in contact with.
That would help create a targeted approach and allow the country to ease up on blunter efforts currently in place, including stay-at-home orders. ”
https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/490713-fauci-improved-testing-and-tracing-can-help-reopen-country

” with no recourse to testing and isolation of cases and contacts, the only tools left in the locker – after the hand washing permutations have been exhausted – are “social distancing” and an increasingly severe lockdown.”- Richard North, Eureferendum, April 5.

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CL - April 5, 2020

‘lockdown itself is not the solution to coronavirus. It is simply a means of slowing its spread and buying time – while we race to catch up….
If things carry on much as they are now, one possible scenario is that we will find ourselves in an endless cycle of lockdown and release over the next year – while the population slowly acquires the virus and hopefully gains immunity…..
SD Biosensor, a company in South Korea, is making 350,000 test kits a day and is scaling up, but currently is prioritising the US, United Arab Emirates and Indonesia….
we need to place the highest political priority on acquiring the testing kits, while drawing on apps and big data to support contact tracing. Through this path we can start quarantining only those carrying the virus, and not the entire population.’
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/apr/01/lockdown-buys-time-virus-mass-testing-coronavirus-uk

“If you don’t scale up (testing) you’ll just have to shut down and shut down and shut down.”
https://www.irishtimes.com/news/health/coronavirus-situation-in-ireland-misrepresented-because-of-limited-testing-1.4219889

“Most experts agree that the only way out of a lockdown is testing. Reliable tests would allow people to know whether they have had the virus, and therefore enjoy at least a degree of immunity. They would give officials the ability to isolate new outbreaks when they emerge.
But just how would people prove their status — and just what rights would that status confer? These are big questions that countries around the world are grappling with.”
https://www.cnn.com/2020/04/03/health/immunity-passport-coronavirus-lockdown-intl/index.htm

“there are also significant medical factors that have kept the number of deaths in Germany relatively low, epidemiologists and virologists say, chief among them early and widespread testing and treatment, plenty of intensive care beds and a trusted government whose social distancing guidelines are widely observed…..
In mid-January, long before most Germans had given the virus much thought, Charité hospital in Berlin had already developed a test and posted the formula online.
By the time Germany recorded its first case of Covid-19 in February, laboratories across the country had built up a stock of test kits.
“The reason why we in Germany have so few deaths at the moment compared to the number of infected can be largely explained by the fact that we are doing an extremely large number of lab diagnoses,” said Dr. Christian Drosten, chief virologist at Charité, whose team developed the first test.”

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15. Starkadder - April 5, 2020

This is odd… journalist Nathan Robinson just posted this up:

Is Joe Biden another uncle of Ronan Farrow, or something?

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16. Michael Carley - April 5, 2020

For fans of intergalactic Trotskyism, a genuinely interesting piece on Posadas:

https://jacobinmag.com/2020/04/j-posadas-argentina-trotskyism-ufos

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Joe - April 5, 2020

Yes, good read. Thanks MC.

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17. EWI - April 5, 2020

So, the Trump administration has declared the US federal reserve of medical equipment to be its own personal largesse to withhold or dispense as it sees fit, based on political favours, and has progressed to now actively stealing Democratic states’ supplies of PPE and other equipment:

https://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/whats-up-with-the-feds-seizing-ppe-shipments-to-states-and-hospitals

Someone please tell me how this differs from classic Mob behaviour.

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Dermot M O Connor - April 5, 2020

I’ve been telling americans to their face what they need to hear and don’t want to hear: regardless of what shitstick is in the WH, or which grotesque party has house / senate, the only hope for the USA is to disintegrate the ‘Union’.

This bumper sticker has been around for some time. Bush2 era I think.

Dubya was alleged to have said that the Constitution was “only a goddam piece of paper”. Read later that he never said this, but he sure acted like he had. Anyway, it’s true, the Con is just a grotty old piece of paper written by a bunch of genocidal / slave-holding hypocrites, and should be scrapped. Let the states secede, to form new regional mini-unions (NE, midwest, SW etc), and be done with this failed experiment. They gave it a good shot, they failed.

Let Cascadia rise from the ashes!

Of course they can’t compute this. So head-shaking and incredulity follow. But it’s gonna happen. Like a bandaid, you have two choices: fast and relatively painless, or hair-by-agonising-hair.

They won’t choose, so reality will choose for them, too bad. Ouch. ouch. ouch! OUCH! OWWWWCH!

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yourcousin - April 6, 2020

Dermot,
Will you continue with your sage advice once you’ve moved backed to Ireland? Asking for a friend.

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18. Starkadder - April 6, 2020

Replying to Icox’s comment above:

Stephen Allen Reynolds wrote an article about U Dhammaloka in the American pulp magazine “Adventure”. Reynolds’ article –
“Lawrence O’Rourke—Buddhist” – appeared in the July 1913 issue of the magazine:

http://www.philsp.com/homeville/fmi/t/t86.htm#A1905

The Library of Congress holds copies of “Adventure”, so you could try consulting it there. Or else you could email ThePulp.Net website and ask if someone in pulp magazine fandom could sell or loan a copy of that particular issue.

https://thepulp.net/

A Judson Hanna also wrote a poem in the September 1914 issue of “Adventure”, that is reprinted in the book
“The best of Adventure. Volume 2, 1913-1914” by Doug Ellis. I’ll reprint the lines about Dhammaloka here:

Ah! U is for U Dhammaloka O’Rourke,
A Buddhist D.D., though a son of ould Cork.

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lcox - April 6, 2020

That’s fantastic Starkadder! Really helpful – thanks so much.

The Judson Hanna piece (an alphabetic poem?) is hilarious.

And SAR seems to have been … quite a character.

Cheers,

Laurence

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Starkadder - April 6, 2020

Yes, it was indeed an alphabetic acrostic poem.

“Adventure” was a good magazine that published a number of notable popular authors (John Buchan, Rider Haggard, and Damon Runyon). The magazine also had covers by Rockwell Kent, and briefly had both Sinclair Lewis and Elmer Davis as editors.

“Adventure” is a fascinating part of American popular culture that isn’t well known outside pulp magazine fandom, (unlike, say, “Black Mask” – most crime fiction fans would at least have heard the name of the latter magazine).

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19. lcox - April 6, 2020

And I see Reynolds set up an Adventure Club in NY in 1913 for people who’d experienced Proper Boys’ Adventures (he didn’t call them that) and wanted to hang out and swap stories. It was that kind of world…

Trying to get hold of a copy but with that pseudonym for Dhammaloka (we’re moderately sure it wasn’t his real name, but it’s the name of a Dorset St pub among other things!) chances are that one of Reynolds’ sources was Harry Franck, a sort of proto-Jack Kerouac who travelled round the world in 1905 *without* having lots of money – so basically did casual labour, begging, stowed away etc. – and met a much more interesting cast of characters than you might otherwise have done. Including Dhammaloka. Franck’s book came out in 1910 and in 1911-12 there were lots of accounts based on it (including in the Indo and Sindo here!), some of which have details not in the book so presumably either written by Franck or based on his talks etc.

Reynolds seems quite a character…

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20. sonofstan - April 6, 2020

‘With Boris Johnson in Hospital, government is adrift’
(Simon Jenkins the Guardian). What two words could you remove from that sentence without altering the sense of it?

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21. CL - April 8, 2020

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yourcousin - April 8, 2020

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sonofstan - April 8, 2020

One of my all time favourite songs.
RIP JP

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WorldbyStorm - April 8, 2020

Very very sad news. I hadn’t realised his partner/wife was from Donegal originally.

The GWS cover of Rocky Mountain Time is very fine.

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Joe - April 8, 2020

Ah bollocks. RIP JP.

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22. Phil F - April 8, 2020

Fascinating in-depth interview about 8 years ago with PD and IRSP veteran Gerry Ruddy. It covers a lot of ground from the civil rights movement and the emergence of PD to the IRSP, Bernadette’s split and the establishment of the ISP, the subsequent evolution of the IRSP, the evolution of the Provos and the Officials, the state of socialist-republicanism today. . .

The interview was done a bit over 8 years ago, but still highly relevant.

https://theirishrevolution.wordpress.com/2012/01/24/interview-with-veteran-socialist-republican-gerry-ruddy/

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