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Signs of Hope – A continuing series May 29, 2020

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.

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?


1. yourcousin - May 29, 2020
Joe - May 29, 2020

The bad news is that when I click the link I get an access denied message.
And for the prairie chickens the bad news is that there’s a load of lads and lasses about the place who like shooting wild things – only ribbing yc.


yourcousin - May 29, 2020


Try this one. There’s no hunting season on the lesser prairie chicken, never will be again. These birds are declining to due to loss of native prairie. It is the same for all prairie grouse (greater prairie chicken, sage grouse, sharp tail grouse), and quail. Oil and gas development, solar farms, wind farms, modern “clean” agriculture, the displacement of native clump grasses to non-native “mat” grasses all play a part. The ever growing demands of a world population that want to disregard natural cycles in terms of food consumption and draining aquifers. None of those things are a positive for prairie birds. But making a conscious effort to be aware and appreciating these spaces and the creatures within them can give one hope.

And to give this area and story a wider cultural connection (and now a Dublin centric one to boot) the dust bowl started just east of Baca county.


Joe - May 30, 2020

Thanks yc. Loss of habitat and modern farming practices the cause of the decline to near extinction of the corncrake over here. And other species I’m sure.


2. Joe - May 29, 2020

The sun.
The virus on the run.
The students talking to their lecturers about socialism.
Best I can do.

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3. Sobriquet90 - May 29, 2020

Not sure where else to put this, but this is a very eye-opening account of recent unionising attempts in meat factories in the Munster area. Light has been shone on the sector recently, but only in terms of public health, with no coverage on the work conditions faced by the workers there. These are overwhelmingly migrant workers, who are routinely exploited and taken advantage of.

A sign of hope, but also a picture of an uphill struggle. If some of the bigger unions really got on board a lot of good work could be done in protecting these workers and giving them the respect and dignity we all deserve



4. gendjinn - May 29, 2020

Sammy Devenny tipping point moment occurring in Minneapolis, and echoes of 1968. The powder keg in the US looks like it’s going off this summer. Things are going to get a lot more interesting between now and September.

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5. benmadigan - May 29, 2020

the new aid programme set up by the EU to help member states with the devastation caused by Covid-19 and the economic effects of lockdowns.



6. Tomboktu - May 30, 2020

TheJournal.ie investigating Michael O’Leary’s claim on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland about the country’s quarantine, the safety of air travel, China’s rules on air travel, and concluding
“each of these claims is misleading and they do not support O’Leary’s arguments for the government to ditch its plans for a mandatory quarantine.”



7. Sobriquet90 - May 30, 2020


I put a post/link up here about recent attempts at unionising in meat factories in the Munster area, amongst what is an overwhelming migrant workforce. There has been a light shone on the sector in recent weeks in terms of public health, but little on the actual conditions and struggles faced by these workers. The article I posted is a great first-hand account of a lot of the issues being faced with.


WorldbyStorm - May 30, 2020

Apologies, WordPress’s spam filter goes into overdrive with links. That’s been approved now. Great link btw.


8. sonofstan - May 30, 2020

Less a sign of hope, and more a ‘silver lining’…
A lot of academc and para-academic events have moved online and it’s hard to see us going back to flying off somewhere to give a 20 minute paper in a breakout session, at great expense to us – or our institution if we’re lucky – and with consequent environmental impact. But it also greatly democratises participation and engagement.


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