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What you want to say – 30 September 2020 September 30, 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 30, 2020

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2. EWI - September 30, 2020

More Covid denialism in the Irish Times, thos time by Michael McDowell:

Michael McDowell: There needs to be greater oversight of the Covid-19 response

The State powers are largely exercised with little or no democratic accountability

Every year in Ireland about 30,000 of us die. That is about 2,500 people every month. Of those people, approximately 30 per cent (770 monthly) are attributed to cancer and another 30 per cent (about 750 per month) are attributed to heart disease. In the last month for which official data is available, there were 25 Covid-related deaths. The majority of those 25 deaths were cases in which there was co-morbidity: underlying serious health problems other than Covid.

https://www.irishtimes.com/opinion/michael-mcdowell-there-needs-to-be-greater-oversight-of-the-covid-19-response-1.4367717

Guess where this unoriginal piece was going. The very same paper will also of course be clutching its pearls about people deciding that the whole thing is a hoax, an exaggeration, a state conspiracy and therefore flouting the necessary rules.

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WorldbyStorm - September 30, 2020

Telling isn’t it? There’s a real sort of aversion if one is unable to or unwilling to listen to people in the front line who have experienced genuinely appalling situations due to something that is not business or mortality as usual.

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3. Tomboktu - September 30, 2020

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4. sonofstan - September 30, 2020

Taught my first class of the year yesterday: a seminar, that was meant to be face to face until late on Monday, when it got moved to online. Looking at 9 students in identical rooms, over not fantastic tech. it felt like a bad simulacrum of the real thing. No spontaneity, no opportunity for them to work properly as a group.
We’ve moved maybe a million young people into university accommodation and then locked them up, and all because universities can’t -or won’t – take the financial hit of losing rent. If all teaching was going to be online anyway, then there’s no compelling reason why students had to move to somewhere near where their staff are.
National Service was probably less restrictive and less boring….

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WorldbyStorm - September 30, 2020

+1 completely agree. It makes not a bit of sense. Except in a sort of crass financial way and even then. The side effects, parties, gatherings, etc…

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Jim Monaghan - October 1, 2020

I agree about seminars and small classes. But all my lectures, as opposed to practicals, in first year were 150/160 0f us in room 53, Merrion st. My guess is that first ats is the same. Justv as well on Zoom.

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sonofstan - October 1, 2020

Not really.
There’s a big difference, from the lecturer’s POV between reading a room ‘live’ and seeing reaction emojis or chat on Zoom/ Team. If I’m talking to people, even a large room, I can see from facial expressions whether it’s going in or not, whether this bit is worth extending, this bit needs going over and so on.

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5. NFB - September 30, 2020

Two Labour TD’s quoted here before SF is mentioned: https://www.rte.ie/news/2020/0930/1168450-leaving-cert/

Sinn Fein has 31 more seats than Labour.

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6. NFB - September 30, 2020

Regards the Leaving Cert issue, is this bad enough to see another Minister resigning? With the whole thing apparently being known last week, its a story with legs to put it mildly.

A No Confidence vote is a must too from the opposition.

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NFB - September 30, 2020

They knew about this on Wednesday. Second round CAO offers went out same day.

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WorldbyStorm - September 30, 2020

It was known last week. That’s just… again you have to wonder about this government. It just staggers from one debacle to another. At the least they should have stopped the process stone cold that Wednesday.

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7. Tomboktu - September 30, 2020

The Supreme Court has ruled that a Subway heated sandwich is not food.

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Joe - October 1, 2020

I haven’t read the ruling in detail – my bad.
I did skip by a headline on it though and what I think I read was that the Court decided that the Subway ‘bread’ isn’t bread because of the excessive amount of sugar in it.
Was it a unanimous verdict I wonder or was there any dissenting or minority judgement among the beaks?

Either way it’ll have to go to the European Court of Human Rights I’d say.

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8. Joe - October 1, 2020

Saw a notice on my FB that RISE are celebrating one year in existence. No talk there of any talks with PbP. I’d say my friend’s suggestion of talks about an amalgamation were stretching it. Something looser presumably. What’s the technical term – a lash-up?

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GearóidGaillimh - October 1, 2020

I had a conversation about this with a friend close to RISE shortly after the February election. They said some within RISE were open to an amalgamation but the majority want to remain an independent formation. But yeah, it’s telling of the dynamics that RBB, Bríd Smith and Conor Reddy have appeared on the RISE podcast and no-one from the SP has at all.

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9. Alibaba - October 1, 2020

The call for Seamus Woulfe’s resignation came from many. I sought it because of his role in creating health guidelines that he apparently breached, let alone his disregarding the separation for powers accountability when an attorney general takes on a judicial role and associates so easily with politicians. 

A judge who displays a lack of judgement by attending that golf dinner event should be held to account – even Ms Justice Denham said he shouldn’t have gone there. So I cursed inwardly when she said in a review report he did nothing to justify calls for his resignation and that would be ‘unjust and disproportionate’.

I drew the wrong conclusion when I felt he was a goner. Perhaps he’s a fighter who knew the judiciary would most likely look after him and the political will was not there to see another head roll. 

It will be interesting to see what fall-out, if any, ensues.

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10. roddy - October 1, 2020

I see that reprobate Charlie Flanagan has subjected “unquiet graves” to ridicule.The only FF/FG politician to comment on a programme that highlighted the activities of “the Glenanne gang”,a group of RUC/ UDR/Loyalist killers who killed at least 120 people.

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WorldbyStorm - October 1, 2020

Wow, just read his ‘complaints’. The word specious springs to mind. Actually other words spring to mind too. It’s a very old school approach – don’t mention loyalist violence or collusion – reminds me of the way David Ervine (who I’d have some time for as it happens) was feted on RTÉ while Adams et al who had a much greater task and challenge were given the cold shoulder

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Dr Nightdub - October 2, 2020

On the one hand, it’s staggering that a former Minister for Justice wouldn’t be familiar with the report of the Barron Commission on the Dublin & Monaghan bombings, quoted by the Irish Times:

“It is likely that the farm of James Mitchell at Glenanne played a significant part in the preparation for the attacks. It is also likely that members of the UDR and RUC either participated in, or were aware of those preparations.”

“A number of those suspected for the bombings were reliably said to have had relationships with British Intelligence and / or RUC Special Branch officers.”

“…there are grounds for suspecting that the bombers may have had assistance from members of the security forces.”

On the other hand, it’s Flanagan, so entirely unsurprising.

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11. roddy - October 1, 2020

I remember a TV show in the early days of the peace process called Dunlop and Finlay ,presented by a Labour office boy and a subsequently disgraced FF gombeen man.On one programme they fawned over an unelected UDA frontman called Davy Adams while attempting to destroy 1st time Td Caomhin O’Caoilin.

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12. terrymdunne - October 2, 2020

‘Hot Press’ once ran an interview with a Loyalist paramilitary spokesperson – I forget which brand – probably U.D.A. – in the early 90s this was so when the Loyalist campaign was in full swing – actually overtaking the annual number of fatalities inflicted by the Provos and particularly targeting members of S.F. – beside the interview for reasons of purported balance they included the ‘Sinn Fein Oath’ – without comment as if it was a genuine document – in case anyone doesn’t know this is a fictitious oath one is supposed to take when joining the republican movement which commits you, in the name of the Blessed Virgin Mary, to dedicate yourself to a blood curdling victory for the Counter-Reformation across the British Isles (the text of the supposed oath is here https://www.nytimes.com/1971/11/04/archives/the-sinn-fein-oath.html).

As for Flanagan we are watching the operation of filter number four (and maybe five) of the Chomsky/Herman Manufacturing Consent propaganda model in action.

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13. tafkaGW - October 2, 2020

Well the Orange Void is reaching for the bleach-filled syringe, one would hope.

I can’t bring myself to wish that it recovers.

Will death or disablement stop his constituency voting for him? A doubt it.

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14. tafkaGW - October 2, 2020

Look after yourself Roddy – the North is facing a major second wave of Covid, Derry and Belfast especially.

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roddy - October 2, 2020

I have exhausted my supply of poteen handwash (2 full bottles of South Derry’s finest since the start of Covid.)Heading to meet my distiller this evening .Fair play to him he has held his prices down and refuses to profiteer on peoples misery.

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15. sonofstan - October 2, 2020

Steve Baker, the ringleader of this week’s 80-strong backbench rebellion over coronavirus restrictions, likened Johnson to Tolkein’s King Théoden, “under the spell” of his advisers.

“When Theoden awakes, and I mean Boris, everything will come right,” Baker said.

They really are “thick as donkey shite”* aren’t they?
*as I once had a student described to me by an eminently respectable professor

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WorldbyStorm - October 2, 2020

It’s not so much the Tolkien reference as the fact he appears to believe it is so esoteric and impenetrable in meaning that that has to be explained!

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sonofstan - October 2, 2020

Well actually it did to me: never got past the first pages of the first one!

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sonofstan - October 2, 2020

And I know realise I’m someone who needs something explained to him by Steve Baker 😦

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WorldbyStorm - October 2, 2020

THere is that. It’s one problem with popular cultural references, if people don’t have the same constants. But with Baker one feels he’s talking down to people.

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sonofstan - October 2, 2020

Baker’s a lunatic: he was ‘my’ MP for 5 years, and believe, me, even tories in Wycombe thought he was a looper.

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WorldbyStorm - October 2, 2020

And I’d bet he sees himself as another Trump – he’ll be the man to bring the straight talking to the people…. 😦

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16. Liberius - October 2, 2020

Extract from the Denham report, eyebrows raised to maximum!

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sonofstan - October 2, 2020

I’m sure there were Klansmen who were there for the ‘friendly social atmosphere’

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17. Paul Culloty - October 2, 2020

An interview with the leader of the French Greens, where the word “ecologist” is regularly mentioned, but more evasive as to how left they actually are. As for 2022, acknowledges that only one “catch-all” left candidate has any hope of making the run-off, but no clear candidate emerging from the scrum:

https://jacobinmag.com/2020/10/france-green-party-environmental-agenda-julien-bayou

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18. EWI - October 3, 2020

WTF on that Applebaum/Donohue liberal love-in

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19. sonofstan - October 3, 2020

Tories moving central office to Leeds!
Bet any money that, like the new Channel 4 building, it’ll be about 20m from the train station for a quick escape back to society for the poor unfortunates sent north.

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20. Paul Culloty - October 3, 2020

Paul Embery is a “true socialist”, you know!

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WorldbyStorm - October 3, 2020

😦 That’s a depressing thing he wrote. And not very socialist.

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GearóidGaillimh - October 3, 2020

He’s affiliated with Lord Glasman’s Blue Labour project, which advocates crude social conservatism with an incoherent workerist gloss. What did anyone expect?

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WorldbyStorm - October 3, 2020

Bloody depressing

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21. CL - October 6, 2020

Nobel prize in physics awarded to Roger Penrose, Reinhard Genzel, and Andrea Ghez.

“Roger Penrose used ingenious mathematical methods in his proof that black holes are a direct consequence of Albert Einstein’s general theory of relativity. Einstein did not himself believe that black holes really exist, these super-heavyweight monsters that capture everything that enters them. Nothing can escape, not even light.

In January 1965, ten years after Einstein’s death, Roger Penrose proved that black holes really can form and described them in detail; at their heart, black holes hide a singularity in which all the known laws of nature cease. His groundbreaking article is still regarded as the most important contribution to the general theory of relativity since Einstein.”
https://www.nobelprize.org/prizes/physics/2020/press-release/

“In The Emperor’s New Mind (1989), he argues that known laws of physics are inadequate to explain the phenomenon of consciousness….
He argues that computers today are unable to have intelligence because they are algorithmically deterministic systems. He argues against the viewpoint that the rational processes of the mind are completely algorithmic and can thus be duplicated by a sufficiently complex computer. This contrasts with supporters of strong artificial intelligence, who contend that thought can be simulated algorithmically.”
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roger_Penrose#Physics_and_consciousness

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22. sonofstan - October 6, 2020

Johnson promising the Tory conference a post Covid transformation of Britain comparable to 1945. Obviously, coming from that source, it’s self-serving bollocks, but at least he’s saying it – where, in recent comments by the taoiseach, or the other taoiseach, is there any vision of life in Ireland after all this?
This government has, from both of the bigger parties, the air of a stale marriage from the get-go: the manifesto could be ‘it’ll have to do’.

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WorldbyStorm - October 6, 2020

It’s as if each component points to the others and says ‘could I be worse than those guys?’. So far not so great.

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sonofstan - October 6, 2020

I don’t know what I’m complaining about really: I don’t expect a government of all the no-talents to create a society where people can afford decent housing and get the health care they need and so on, but they’ve really settled for ‘not SF’ as the only thing they have to say.
I suppose they all got by for the best part of a century by not being the other crowd, so, stuck together against their will, all they can think of promising is not being the other other crowd.

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Joe - October 7, 2020

Last paragraph there – excellent SoS.

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sonofstan - October 9, 2020

Just reading Dominic Behan’s ‘autobiography’, Teems of Times and Happy Returns where he describes Dev’s election platform in ’32 as ‘the other’s have robbed you long enough, now we want a chance’

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23. 6to5against - October 6, 2020

Just caught a glimpse of Johnson making a speech to the Tory online conference, where the slogan behind him proclaimed ‘build back better’!

So Biden got drummed out of a US presidential election 30 years ago for plagiarizing the UK Labour leader, and is now openly copied by the UK Conservative leader as he heads to election.*

I’m sure this is an example of something: symmetry, perhaps…or irony …or something…

* possibly, plausibly, not meaning to jinx anything.

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24. roddy - October 9, 2020

Thing is all Dominic’s family and ancestors would have hailed Dev’s victory at the time.Every vestige of Republicanism worked to get Dev in.

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sonofstan - October 9, 2020

Yeah, he says as much – the cynicism is a later reflection. He also notes that people who had been unionists a few years previously were suddenly all enthused.

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25. Starkadder - October 9, 2020

This is alarming. A far-right Hungarian politician, Dóra Dúró, has publicly shredded a children’s book “Wonderland Is For Everyone” on TV because the book contained pro-Roma and pro-LGBT messages:

https://in.reuters.com/article/hungary-lgbt-book-idINKBN26T2X2

The only consolation is that the subsequent controversy made the book a big bookseller.

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26. CL - October 10, 2020

“The White House had a superspreader event, Anthony S. Fauci — the nation’s top infectious-disease expert — said Friday, as the circle of infections in President Trump’s orbit widens, with many cases identified among attendees at a largely mask-free event in the Rose Garden late last month.” -Washington Post.

“The U.S. recorded more than 56,000 new cases of the coronavirus on Thursday, the highest single-day total in nearly eight weeks, according to a CNB
U.S. cases: More than 7.6 million
U.S. deaths: At least 212,789

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https://www.whitehousegiftshop.com/product-p/trump-defeats-covid.htm

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27. Starkadder - October 10, 2020

Interesting…Professor Senia Pašeta, an associate of Roy Foster who shares the latter’s antipathy to Irish nationalism, has been accused of transphobia by Oxford University students and staff.

https://www.oxfordstudent.com/2020/10/09/students-call-for-university-action-against-transphobic-professors/

“In 2018, she [Paseta] joined Professor Todd in an open letter to the Labour Party, which called on then-leader Jeremy Corbyn to “uphold their right to sex-segregated spaces”. The letter went on to denounce the terms ‘TERF’ and ‘cis’ being used to describe women.”

Paseta edited the anthology “Uncertain Futures: Essays about the Irish Past for Roy Foster”, a tribute to Foster. In her book
“Modern Ireland: A Very Short Introduction” Pašeta argues against the idea of Irish unification.

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28. CL - October 10, 2020

“On this call, Mr Donnelly would be appraised of a possible move to level 4.
At the meeting, NPHET would recommend Ireland be put on level 5 of the framework of restrictions…..

If members of NPHET and the health minister are discussing a potential upping of restrictions, should the Cabinet not be appraised? Should they not be on standby and ready to make a decision?”
https://www.irishexaminer.com/opinion/commentanalysis/arid-40062242.html

The past week has shown the importance of clear communication in dealing with the public health crisis. Its probably too early to make a definite appraisal of the cabinet and its moves.
Paul Hosford is keeping the public apprised of the ‘appraisals”.

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