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What you want to say – 9 September 2020 September 9, 2020

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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. Tomboktu - September 9, 2020

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2. CL - September 10, 2020

“The Government …should abandon the Programme for Government’s balanced budget target…..
Even before the pandemic, Ireland suffered from considerable infrastructural deficits which need to be addressed: social and affordable housing, health sector capacity (e.g. ICU resources, beds, equipment), water and waste, modern childcare facilities, rural development and so much more….
ultra-low-interest rates make it easier to borrow for productive purposes….

fund day-to-day spending through our tax base. …our tax base is insufficient to support enhanced public service and a strong social protection system. We are a low-tax, low-spend economy compared to other high-income countries.”-Michael Taft.
https://www.irishexaminer.com/opinion/commentanalysis/arid-40045781.html

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3. CL - September 10, 2020

“the FBI has concluded, QAnon bears all the ingredients of a “domestic terror threat”….
The difference with al-Qaeda is that QAnon has the sympathy of senior US figures, including, implicitly, that of Donald Trump….

QAnon-inspired gunmen have carried out or attempted several recent attacks….
the FBI…says QAnon has the crucial markers of a terrorist group.
QAnon thinks we are in a Manichean fight between the forces of dark and light. Al-Qaeda believed the Muslim world was being polluted by rapacious unbelievers. QAnon claims Washington is controlled by devil-worshipping child molesters who want to destroy America.

Each movement is emphatically anti-Semitic. Al-Qaeda talked of the “Crusader-Jewish” axis. QAnon claims that George Soros, the Rothschilds and other well-worn Jewish culprits are behind the plot….

Among those who have sworn an oath as a QAnon “digital soldier” (“where we go one, we go all”) are Michael Flynn, Mr Trump’s former national security adviser, and Marjorie Taylor Greene, a congressional candidate, who Mr Trump calls a “future Republican star”
https://www.ft.com/content/fd781ff9-93bc-422a-8eee-55a0749a5f25

‘the QAnon movement is growing steadily in Ireland.’
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/qanon-conspiracy-movement-sees-increase-in-irish-followers-jhbwbx0fs

‘The merger between QAnon and Covid-19 conspiracies’
https://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-trending-53997203

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tafkaGW - September 10, 2020

Sighs – some viruses never seem to die off – just lie dormant and then erupt again.

Q-Anon is classic anti-semitism with sacrificed babies etc. And anti-Bill-Gates-vaxxers classic ‘pollution of the blood’ and possession memes, much older than t’internet.

But just because they are recycled social pathologies with a long history, don’t mean they’re not dangerous.

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4. tafkaGW - September 11, 2020

Prison officer talks about debilitating after-effects of Covid19 disease.

Severe pain and fatigue, insomnia and memory loss. And the murderous, corrupt idiocy of reopening pubs:

“It is ‘mé féin’ syndrome – ‘I’m alright, Jack; don’t worry about me’ – that seems to becoming more and more prevalent. People cannot drop their guard,” he says.

“Even if you are not going to be affected by it, you could easily pass it on to somebody that will be and they unfortunately could be very badly affected.”

He wonders about the planned reopening of so-called wet pubs on September 21st. “It is worth losing a lot more people to this for the sake of opening up the pubs?” he asks.

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5. sonofstan - September 12, 2020
6. Paul Culloty - September 12, 2020

Red C poll has been leaked, and the trend of a new duopoly continues:

FF appear increasingly irrelevant, as do Labour, while both the Greens and the Soc Dems will be hoping that playing the long game pays dividends.

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sonofstan - September 13, 2020

According to Colwell’s commentary in the SBP, FF are down to 4% in Dublin – which could see them coming in as the 5th party in the capital.
Even more worryng for them: 2 out 5 people who voted FF last time would vote for FG now, and others woud go ind or SD.
Other losers are the Labour Party, despite Kelly’s anointing as leader of the opposition in Montrose.

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WorldbyStorm - September 13, 2020

Thanks Paul for the heads up on that yesterday. What a poll. Amazing how the FF vote swings sharply back to Inds/others.

That’s very true SoS. I guess SF will be pleased with 27% albeit that’s only 3% on their result earlier this year. BUt given they had very large surpluses in play and only single candidates in most seats they could one imagines comfortably deploy two in a lot more seats.

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roddy - September 13, 2020

Suspect SF “unadjusted ” vote is much higher and Red C “adjust ” them down at a much greater rate than the rest.

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irishelectionliterature - September 13, 2020

FF are behind Sol-PBP in Dublin.

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WorldbyStorm - September 13, 2020

Bloody hell.

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sonofstan - September 13, 2020

Worth noting also that the combined FFG vote is down to 45%

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7. Liberius - September 13, 2020

This is behind a paywall and I’m not inclined to go through the hoops of signing up to read but I thought given it’s nature that it should be linked to here; not having read the thing I’m not going to offer any comment.

Rhona McCord has accused Clare Daly, the former socialist TD and current Dublin MEP, of mistreating her when she worked as her parliamentary assistant.

McCord, a trade unionist, worked for Daly in Leinster House for seven years. She was Daly’s election agent for the 2016 general election and in last year’s European elections.

McCord said she decided to speak out publicly after Daly participated in a podcast interview about workers’ rights last weekend.

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/ireland/clare-daly-had-no-respect-for-her-own-workers-rights-says-former-aide-rhona-mccord-qkjrspgpc

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WorldbyStorm - September 13, 2020

Saw that. Rhona is one of the most hard working, sincere and committed activists on the left and hope she is okay. I’ve not read the article either so probably best not to comment at this point.

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WorldbyStorm - September 13, 2020
roddy - September 13, 2020

Very wary of people coming out of the woodwork to bad mouth former comrades.Have seen it over the years and is usually down to a row over something not connected to political stances or issues.

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WorldbyStorm - September 13, 2020

Without referencing the current case while one should always be cautious I think it’s important to listen to workers in whatever context when issues are raised.

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8. Starkadder - September 14, 2020

Kevin Myers is back, and hawking his memoirs, Burning Heresies.

Myers claims Sean O’Callaghan told him that the IRA twice considered killing Myers:

http://www.irishnews.com/news/northernirelandnews/2020/09/14/news/ira-discussed-killing-kevin-myers-former-journalist-claims-2065459/?param=ds441rif44T

I find this hard to believe. O’Callaghan’s reliability has been questioned several times. Plus, why would the Provos kill a journalist ? It would be seen as an attack on press freedom. Just look at the response to the murder of Veronica Guerin.

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roddy - September 14, 2020

Total horse shit and given an airing by an Irish News journalist who leaps on everything with an anti SF agenda.

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Dr. Nightdub - September 15, 2020

That smacks of “Loyalist paramilitaries threatened to kill Ed Moloney so I’d better jump on the bandwagon.”

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9. Starkadder - September 14, 2020

Oh dear. J. K. Rowling is back in the news, and the controversy around her views on trans people become even uglier:

The novel, “Troubled Blood,” is to be published Tuesday as the fifth installment in the “Cormoran Strike” detective series, written under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith. Strike’s latest mystery revolves around a cisgender man who dresses as a woman, according to a review from The Telegraph.

The theme is being called out by those who have highlighted Rowling’s history of sharing transphobic opinions online, causing #RIPJKRowling to trend trend on Twitter Monday. Some tweeted that although Rowling is still alive, her career is most likely dead, while others imagined Rowling gone so they could enjoy the “Harry Potter” series without associating the novels and films with her.

https://www.nbcnews.com/feature/nbc-out/new-j-k-rowling-book-raises-more-allegations-transphobia-n1240057

The “violent cisgender man dressing as a woman” old cliche, straight out of “Psycho”, “Sleepaway Camp”, “Dressed to Kill” ? Very lazy, and has to be seen as Rowling cruelly baiting trans people again.

That said, the minority of extremists on Twitter fantasizing about Rowling’s death is pretty unpleasant as well.

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