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What you want to say – 20th October 2021 October 20, 2021

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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 - October 20, 2021

My garlic is due to be delivered today, and the bed is ready for planting, so last night I looked up three of my gardening books to check the recommended spacing. The advice varies signigficantly: 7.5 cm spacing in rows 25 cm apart at one end of the range, through to 18 cm spacing in rows 30 cm apart at the other end.

The organic book has both the tightest and the loosest spacing though that seems in some vague way to be in keeping with a sense of organic gardening.

Interestingly, the advice across the books doesn’t explain the differences. Unlike onions, garlic doesn’t seem to be a crop where you use different spacings to determine the size of the final product. (For garlic, that seems to be driven by growing outdoors or under cover.)

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Klassenkampf Treehugger - October 21, 2021

Just bung it in.

Given the relatively small root spread I guess they can be packed fairly tightly together.

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2. EWI - October 20, 2021

I see that Boris Johnson is now showing up in person for the evening of celebration for “NI100”.

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Paul Culloty - October 20, 2021

While the monarch has promptly cited “medical advice” as a reason for missing the event – in reality, a diplomatic manoeuvre, one suspects.

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WorldbyStorm - October 20, 2021

You’d have to think so, Paul. So much for the depoliticised event this was supposed to be (at least purportedly depoliticised).

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NFB - October 20, 2021

This had me looking up Operation London Bridge again, just out of curiosity. I wonder if the government and British media might be overestimating how many people will genuinely care about her passing when it happens, to the extent that large parts of the country are meant to stop for a week.

If I was 95 I wouldn’t want to be spending the time I had left with the DUP either.

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WorldbyStorm - October 20, 2021

Hahah, brilliant, and true!

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Tomboktu - October 20, 2021

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3. Jim Monaghan - October 20, 2021

I intended this for here rather than elsewhere. I hate laptops and their foibles. Is there anything being done in schools to encourage vaccine takeup. This is nearly stalled. Surely it should be pushed by teachers in say Civics and religion classes. Unvaccinated people are putting their health and the health of others in danger. Maybe telling students that the various alternative exam options will not be there. Tough that you did not get your college place because of Covid illness.
The department, the schools and both the teacher unions and parents councils should be doing something to encourage vaccine takeup.
The hospitals are filing again. Aside from those with Covid, there are those whose procedures are delayed yet again.
And we are due a combined flu epidemic, last years added to this year.

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WorldbyStorm - October 20, 2021

+1

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4. Tomboktu - October 20, 2021

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5. polly - October 20, 2021
WorldbyStorm - October 20, 2021

Utterly disgusting.

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6. Tomboktu - October 20, 2021

Meant to say I got interviewed in that MRBI poll that was published at the start of the month, but because of my age group (“It’s so hard to find people in the 35-50 age group” <laughs> they skipped the political questions with me. All of them.

But I did get to tell them a remarkable amount about how much I spent on manure for the garden. Including an exchange that went something like this:
Her: “Hello”
Me: “Sorry. I’m just going to the back door to check if it was five or six bags I bought”
Her: “Oh, that’s more accurate than most answers I get.”

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WorldbyStorm - October 21, 2021

🙂

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7. Tomboktu - October 20, 2021

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EWI - October 21, 2021

The ongoing attempts to financialise access to housing and water (we need to watch ‘Uisce Èireann’ very carefully) need really vigorous pushback.

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8. Jim Monaghan - October 21, 2021

https://www.irishtimes.com/business/financial-services/brussels-promises-no-cliff-edge-over-eu-banks-access-to-uk-clearing-1.4703461 So while Irish and French fisher people suffer from Brexit, the City of London gets away.

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9. Paul Culloty - October 21, 2021

The European Parliament voted today to improve relations with Taiwan – among the 26 dissenters, Daly and Wallace:

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/FCNWAIXXEAIZNht?format=png&name=large

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WorldbyStorm - October 21, 2021

Really interesting broader breakdown of votes too, none of the Left voted for but a majority voted to abstain.

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EWI - October 25, 2021

I think that the bigger picture is that the right are deliberately ratcheting up tensions with China, and ‘Taiwan’ is just part of that. Given this reality, abstaining wasn’t a bad vote to make.

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Paul Culloty - October 26, 2021

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EWI - October 26, 2021

Is he wrong? Btw, the latest BS along these lines is the Anglophone media ‘discovery’ that Mali has a military dictatorship, which curiously wasn’t mentioned when it was French and Brits out there (and a few Paddies we’re laughingly told are on a ‘human rights’ training mission)

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terrymdunne - October 27, 2021

Yes he is wrong. It is a load of sophistry at best. Even his own language i.e. ‘relations between China and Taiwan’ shows that he can’t actually maintain the fiction that Taiwan hasn’t been a separate and independent country for 70 plus years now.

The recent AP article he cites in a positive light for the PRC is anything but if one bothers to read it – https://apnews.com/article/coronavirus-pandemic-lifestyle-china-health-travel-7a6967f335f97ca868cc618ea84b98b9

Not buying Washington’s bs is no progress if it means buying Beijings’s.

Though in one sense this may indeed be a domestic matter – in the sense that a lot of China’s rise is down to investment from the ‘overseas Chinese’ so there is an influence there in the mainland perhaps less amenable to the potential control of the party centre.

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WorldbyStorm - October 27, 2021

Yeah, it is clear they are functionally separate polities and have been for the best part of a century. It’s not really credible to argue that ‘Taiwan’ is a domestic affair in the sense that it is presented. One can certainly hope for and encourage a rapprochment between the two but pretending that the situation is other than it is doesn’t assist that process.

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10. EWI - October 21, 2021

Brazil’s Bolsonaro accused of “crimes against humanity” over COVID response

https://arstechnica.com/science/2021/10/brazils-bolsonaro-accused-of-crimes-against-humanity-over-covid-response/

You love to see it.

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Klassenkampf Treehugger - October 21, 2021

Or even a collective trial at the Hague of Bolsonaro, Trump, Johnson, Duterte etc. etc.

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Jim Monaghan - October 21, 2021

And Putin, look at the Russian Covid numbers

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11. Klassenkampf Treehugger - October 21, 2021

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/oct/20/future-europe-germany-finance-ministry-debt-eu

Tooze emphasises how important the FDP not getting the finance ministry in the next German ministry is, not just for Germany but for the EU as a whole. It even has a planetary significance if subscribe to the notion that the EU is likely to be front-runner in response to the climate catastrophe.

Olaf Scholtz to be fair was a smart operator during the Covid era and managed to get around the constitutional debt brake to promote EU investment at a much higher level than was managed during the last endogenous European crisis of capitalism during 2008-2013 under Schäuble’s finance ministry. Imagine is Schäuble had still been in position!

The fact that Jens Wiedmann is resigning from the Bundesbank chair suggests that he expects this fudging will continue and his hardline monetarist / austerian dogma would not prevail.

But with an FDP finance minister that’s all up in the air. At least this time around the Greens seem to realise that the either control over or taming of the Finance ministry is crucial to their climate investment hopes.

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Klassenkampf Treehugger - October 21, 2021

Actually the Covid era is very much still with us and Scholtz is still acting finance minister…

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12. Tomboktu - October 21, 2021

Interesting bill being debated in the Dáil tonight. Here’s the long title:

An Act to amend the Statistics Act 1993, in relation to the first census of the population of Ireland taken since the establishment of the State; to afford that census a special heritage status and to have such released to the public for historical, genealogical and other research as part of the national Decade of Centenaries commemorations.

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EWI - October 21, 2021

Very interesting.

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13. Wes Ferry - October 21, 2021

Colin Powell Was a Nice Man Who Helped Destroy Iraq

Muntadher Alzaidi memorably threw his shoes at George W. Bush during a 2008 press conference in Baghdad. Reacting to Powell’s death, Alzaidi expressed sadness only over the fact that he did not face a war crimes trial for his pivotal role in the invasion of Iraq. “I am sure that the court of God will be waiting for him,” Alzaidi wrote on Twitter.

https://theintercept.com/2021/10/18/colin-powell-dead-iraq/

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14. sonofstan - October 22, 2021

SF fence sitting on abortion again.

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15. Tomboktu - October 22, 2021

A big problem with all those humourous birthday cards that get their joke out of the age of the recipient is that you can’t use then if you want a funny card for your younger brother.

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Aonrud ⚘ - October 22, 2021

Having the advantage of being the youngest, you’ve reminded me of the rare reward for patience I got waiting for my eldest brother’s 42nd birthday to send him this 🙂

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17. Paul Culloty - October 23, 2021

How long before there’s a heave against Leo?

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WorldbyStorm - October 23, 2021

Hmmmm

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Tomboktu - October 23, 2021

It’s a small club, the FG parliamentary party. Who would leave the heave, and would the be damaged for leading it?

Who is among the alternatives is battle ready?

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NFB - October 24, 2021

Coveney still seems like the only one capable of such a move, and I suspect he’ll be keeping his head down for a while.

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18. Tomboktu - October 23, 2021

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EWI - October 25, 2021

Dudgeon also (of course) an enthusiastic Brexiteer.

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19. Tomboktu - October 25, 2021

Conor McCabe criticised Sinn Féin’s alternative budget on The Week at Work podcast. Pearse Doherty contracted Conor to disagree. Conor has now published the details of his analysis, inviting people to day what’s wrong with it.

https://conor-mccabe.com/2021/10/24/alternative-budgets-2022-part-one-sinn-fein/amp/

(Both Conor’s courteous tone and transparency are refreshing in Irish political discussions these days.)

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20. EWI - October 25, 2021

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