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Sunday and other Media Stupid Statements from this week… November 22, 2020

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Who made this remarkable claim during the week about a Canadian voting machines company?

[Dominion Voting Systems Corporation] is a privately owned Radical Left company

Strangely, or not, it appears it is not a ‘privately owned Radical Left company’.

Meanwhile the Irish Times editorial thunders about…

Having spent more than three weeks in lockdown, it’s critical that progress be maintained and that infection rates be brought to the lowest possible level before the planned easing of restrictions in early December. If that is to be achieved, a sense of shared sacrifice and real social solidarity is vital. Most people instinctively understand that and act accordingly. But when that spirit is breached, the State has a duty first to inform and educate but also to enforce the extraordinary rules it has adopted in the interests of public health.

How true. How very true. And yet, reading a newspaper with – coincidentally – the initials IT, strangely the diet of pieces served up, here and here and here and many many more over the week seem to have an oddly sceptical tone about those very same public health restrictions and ‘extraordinary rules’ (and remarkable too how the IT offers absolutely unrestricted comments BTL on their articles which range from scepticism to outright denialism).

Speaking of which… any quote, any quote at all will do, or just read the whole article.

Meanwhile RTÉ’s Morning Ireland had this on Friday:

The American TED talks have developed a global audience… and today on World Children’s Day and despite a global pandemic a TEDs talk for young people is going ahead…

Despite a global pandemic, an online global lecture series, is still going ahead. The times we live in.


1. EWI - November 22, 2020

The same thunderers from January about how we need to ‘mature’ and venerate the RIC are now thundering about how we need to overthrow the public health experts for the good of capitalism.

(Worse are their comrades the sly IT suggesters from both phases)

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EWI - November 22, 2020

As an example of the IT being sly (and setting up cheap shots for their base of middle-aged rugby supporters on FB and Twitter), this is a very odd photograph of Murphy to go with:


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2. CL - November 22, 2020

“The past four years in US politics has been about the threat the reactionary right posed to American democracy.
The next four years will be about the threat posed by the reactionary left, as well described here.”
– Dan O’Brien, one of Ireland’s (mis)leading economists.

As quoted by Fergus Finlay.

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3. sonofstan - November 22, 2020

‘A spectre is haunting Dan….’


CL - November 22, 2020

“Commemorating the past does not prevent a repeat of past mistakes. When violence is involved, it can do the opposite, rekindling past grievances. Beware of opening a Pandora’s box”
– Dan O’Brien, Twitter, Today.

He spent a dozen years, based in London and Geneva, as senior economist and editor at the Economist Intelligence Unit, an arm of The Economist Newspaper Group.
‘The Economist … has a sublime—even smug—self-confidence in its elite liberal worldview.’

– After cheering on the murderous Suharto regime in Indonesia, the Economist also welcomed the bloody right-wing coup in Chile in 1973. When news of Marxist prime minister Salvador Allende’s suicide reached London, an editor cavorted through the Economist offices proclaiming “my enemy is dead.”-Adam Tooze

“Shortly after its launch, the weekly newspaper (as it styles itself) argued against interfering with the workings of the market during the Irish potato famine. It celebrated the manly governments of Louis Napoleon in France and Mussolini in Italy. It backed CIA-inspired coups across Latin America, including Pinochet’s in Chile. It was full-throated in its support of the Vietnam war — worrying that even Henry Kissinger was too inclined towards peace — and the Iraq war.”…

“The policies championed by the magazine coincided for most of its history with the interests of the British Empire, but even before a U.S. edition was pioneered in the 1980s, the Economist’s centre of gravity was shifting towards an alignment with the American imperium…..
The Economist supported the imperial wars of the second half of the nineteenth century with vociferous approval….
Once the sinking ship of the British Empire could no longer sustain the core cause, it was to the American one that editors turned. The Economist’s coverage of the Vietnam war was from the early 1960s, in one insider’s view, ‘pure CIA propaganda’ (p.282). A litany of outrages and horrors perpetuated by U.S. imperialism, were all supported or excused by the magazine ”

“The Economist, from free trade to annexing China
The imperial magazine
The Economist, when founded in 1843, was all about free trade, small government and no social welfare. Then its editor James Wilson began promoting British government intervention across the world for profit.” by Alexander Zevin


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