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Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week March 26, 2017

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Going to focus on a cultural rather than political or economic story today. Some belated reflections on the twentieth anniversary of Buffy the Vampire Slayer from Ian O’Doherty. He does a decent job of discussing the show, compares Buffy to Hannah from Girls, then offers this

We now live in a febrile, hair-trigger atmosphere which has fostered the tyranny of the professionally weak; where you’re now nobody until you have secured some special victim status.

There follows an attack on “Generation Snowflake”. The language of the so-called alt-right continues to be embraced wholeheartedly by the Sindo, and its creeping into discussions of tv etc shows just how insidious it is, but also how keen the right in Ireland is to ape the trends that took Trump and others to such dizzying heights of success.

Just to ram home the point, here’s the same author discussing the London attack

Inevitably, the blame game immediately kicked into gear. Who was at fault?

Well, one person said that Nigel Farage had blood on his hands. Others were quick to blame Trump because… well, it’s Trump. Let’s face it, if it’s raining outside, someone will find a way to blame Trump.

This is part of what I see as cultural self-harm: a self destructive urge to avoid the screamingly obvious while focussing on ephemera and desperately performing mental gymnastics in a futile attempt to avoid the exploding elephant in the corner – radical Muslims. Radical Muslims who hate the country that pays their benefits.

But the tide is turning. People are no longer interested in the establishment and media’s desire to avoid ‘inflaming’ tensions.

Cultural self-harm. People don’t want to avoid inflaming tensions, unlike the establishment. Good job none of this suggests resonances with the white genocide conspiracy theory about immigration and cultural diversity.

Finally, not a stupid statement, but an acknowledgement of the skill of the headline writer who knows exactly what the audience wants. A piece about the threat to rural Ireland represented by the problems with Bus Éireann that mentions the strike once, and focuses more on the cuts the company wants to make to a service due to close in April. Strike Takes Out a Vital Rural Lifeline

Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week March 5, 2017

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Here’s an interesting take on the northern elections

Sinn Fein’s main success in the Assembly election was against the SDLP but also against Fianna Fail’s plans to expand north in 2019.

Interesting in so far as no-one else is thinking about FF because it’s an irrelevance. The SDLP did take some hits in Foyle and west Belfast, but actually in proportional terms increased its number of seats, with some unexpected gains, especially in Lagan Valley.

Beyond that, there’s this from a predictable source

Tribal passions are putting the centre under severe pressure both in Northern Ireland and the Republic. Should this go on, the middle ground will soon give way under our feet.

Undoubtedly tribalism is resurgent in the north, though within a context of all sides wanting power sharing back (at least publicly). The notion the NI elections are a threat to the centre in the south is altogether more fanciful. Or should that be hysterical.

Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week: DIY February 19, 2017

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Unfortunately have no time to wade through the Sindo today, so over to you.

Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week February 12, 2017

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But even if Trump posed no threat, there is every reason why Enda Kenny should stop the needy nagging, step up to the plate and call for the creation of a militant coalition of the centre in Europe.

This coalition would take on the task of rolling back reaction and pushing progressive pro-European policies in two areas.

First, it would face the fact that Europe needs its own powerful military force, armed with nuclear weapons, and with the German army at its core, to combat Russian aggression and make up for any American neglect of Nato.

More sensible geopolitical commentary from Eoghan Harris. Other than that, not much.

Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week February 5, 2017

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Brendan O’Connor wants the outside world to fix the middle east.

So in our delusion now, the left and the right have conspired to ignore the root of the problem and to make the conversation about migration.

Because foreign intervention has absolutely nothing to do with the problem in the first place.

Niamh Horan addresses St Patrick’s day.

So let’s stop the moral hand-wringing, forget reactionary populism, take the shamrock, and act in the taxpayer’s interest.

When you put the hysteria to one side, there’s only one thing worth remembering on our national day: Ireland remains America’s gateway to Europe and the global location of choice for US investment.

But if we forget reactionary populism, you’ll be out of a job Niamh.

Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week January 29, 2017

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Lots of Sindo stuff on the possibility of a Kenny/Adams (or McDonald) governmental one-two after the next election, including this from an entirely predictable source.

Any hope that you’ll remember that keeping Ireland a democracy is your first concern, Taoiseach?

Brendan O’Connor with more stuff to say on Trump and his administration.

Some of us found ourselves thinking this week that Sean Spicer, the President’s spokesman, would perhaps make a better president than Trump. Spicer is the man with the unenviable task of coming out and explaining Trump’s behaviour. And you’d have to say that after a poor start, he did an amazing job last week. Of course there was the initial press conference on Saturday when Spicer had to read out those angry lies about the numbers at the inauguration. But if you kept watching Spicer for the week you’d have to say he redeemed himself. He trod a delicate line between trying to explain Trump in a reasonable fashion and then sometimes seeming to just throw his hands up. As when he kept repeating at one point in the week that the president has believed for a long time that there was voter fraud. Spicer offered no rationale for this and didn’t attempt to defend it. He just said it, through almost gritted teeth.

When Spicer tried to explain to the press how frustrating and demoralising it is when everything you do or say is greeted with a wall of negativity, and to point out how racially charged the false story of the Martin Luther King bust was, you found yourself agreeing with him.

The former senator’s column is worth reading in full. One wonders if he has thought through the implications of his own first sentence.

Aristotle said everything to excess is wrong – which also applies to attacking Donald Trump or selling the snake oil that is the Sinn Fein peace process.

Would like to see his reaction to switching the two things referred to around.

Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week January 22, 2017

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Brendan O’Connor has been anti-Trump, but is that an example of the creeping normalisation of his agenda – that the Irish Times has jumped into with both feet – we detect here, disguised as humour?

His suggestion that he would put his own country first was viewed with more wailing and gnashing of teeth. “Nooooooooo!!!!!!” cried out Meryl Streep and Robert De Niro at Trump’s suggestion that he would give power back to the people and attempt to create jobs for the little guy. And liberals everywhere felt a little less safe in their beds, with some of them even wetting them.

In the editorial, not so much outright stupid as a spectacular case of kettle, the pot has something it wants to say to you.

The standard of economic expertise at the Department of Finance was found to be woefully lacking in various inquiries subsequent to the economic collapse. It would be negligent in the extreme were that still to be the case at a time when the country is facing a challenge, indeed multiple challenges, comparable to if not potentially more grave than the grievous crash from which we have emerged, albeit in a rather lopsided and still unsatisfactory fashion.

Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week January 15, 2017

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Some serious political philosophy in the editorial this week

Social critics across the Western world complain “property” rights too often take precedence over “human” rights, with the result that people are treated unequally and have unequal opportunities. It is not true to say that the Apollo House case proves that the rights of private property “trump” the human rights of vulnerable people. The purported conflict between property rights and human rights too often fails to take into account that property rights are also human rights. There would have been serious consequences for citizens’ property rights had the Apollo House case not been prosecuted.

There you have it. Human rights, Sindosplained.

Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week January 8, 2017

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It looks like a lot of the Sindo this week has yet to be put online, unless the content of the paper has been drastically scaled back (we can hope). I’m sure the many soccer fans here will be interested to read Eoghan Harris’s take on Jurgen Klopp and what lessons he can teach us for life. Particularly tasteful is this remark.

Remember, Klopp cannot copy the rich clubs’ cynical ploy of signing the most promising players to deprive other clubs of them. For example, Chelsea has about 35 signed-up players, sitting around idle, like immigrants in direct provision.

Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week December 18, 2016

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Not much worth talking about this week. At all really. Boring. Maybe an early Christmas present from INM. Maybe this attack on the UN

The one thing nobody seems to be talking about, however, is the fact that the UN has, once again, proved itself to be nothing more than a poisonous, impotent bureaucracy that has no place in the modern world.

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