Jul 12 FUSION SUNDAYSmore >>
BAe and BBC War Propaganda 16:24 Jul 03 0 comments
US Admits Paying Terrorists For Services Rendered In Syria and elsewhere 23:04 Jul 02 0 comments
Action man adverts....if they were actually realistic! 00:30 Jun 25 0 comments
Red Banner issue 60 out now 13:18 Jun 22 0 commentsmore >>
Just another WordPress site
A bird's eye view of the vineyard
THIS BLOG HAS MOVED TO A NEW LOCATION VINEYARDSAKER:
Breaking news: FALSE FLAG IN MOSCOW! VINEYARDSAKER:
PILA Seminar: The Duty of the State in Constitutional Cases? 7 July, Dublin Wed Jul 01, 2015 13:20 | GuestPost
The Greek Financial Crisis and the Rhetoric of Emergency Wed Jul 01, 2015 12:16 | Alan Greene
The Direct Provision Report: A Missed Opportunity Tue Jun 30, 2015 17:32 | Liam Thornton
The Direct Provision Report: Recommendations on Improving the Quality of Life for Protection Seekers Tue Jun 30, 2015 17:02 | Liam Thornton
The Direct Provision Report: Summary of Recommendations on Accommodation Standards Tue Jun 30, 2015 16:59 | Liam Thornton
For lefties too stubborn to quit
Chris Squire: 1948-2015 15:32 Sat Jul 04, 2015 | WorldbyStorm
Free SF stories online? 12:21 Sat Jul 04, 2015 | WorldbyStorm
Illegal music sharing 12:20 Sat Jul 04, 2015 | WorldbyStorm
This Weekend I?ll Mostly Be Listening To? Tom T. Hall 03:15 Sat Jul 04, 2015 | yourcousin
Independence Day 00:00 Sat Jul 04, 2015 | WorldbyStorm
Corruption and incompetence rule in certain corridors of Dublin City Council. Coventa the company which somehow won the tender (despite not being a party to the bidding) and Dublin City Council have pushed the cost up to nearly €100 million for the land. Council Manager Owen Keegan said not one cent of the €96 million that has already been spent will be clawed back if the plan doesn't go ahead. Despite also as extra €36 million in extra costs many Councillors state that this whole thing has nothing to do with mad ideas from Bertie Ahern. Even if it does not go ahead it will still cost €600 million, and obviously this is the best interests of every else abroad who likes to sabotage Irish planning and make a few million doing so. Renewable energy is the future but not for the old school chums of yesteryear.
SUMMARY: I arrived in Ennis without pen or notebook to support the action of Margaretta D'Arcy and Niall Farrell who protested on the runway of Shannon against the US military use of the airport. The following is a colour story of happenings on the day relying on memory only. I hope that someone else may provide a fuller report and my apologies for any errors in this report which are entirely my responsibility.
In 2012 public opposition forced the ditching of a plan for a "retirement village" on the side of the Dublin mountains, isolated from services and public transport and cut off by the M50, in an area normally zoned for agriculture and public amenity and widely used by the public. A previous plan for a private school on the site had been rejected for similar reasons in 2005. After the local elections the plan is back in a lightly tweaked form, with the developer's sister among a number of newly elected councillors supporting the project.
The Euro and local council elections take place on Fri May 23rd and nationwide there are 11 MEPs to be elected to represent Ireland Euro elections will also be taking place across Europe for a grand total of 751 seats in the European Parliament. Regrettably the European Commission which is composed of 28 non-elected and appointed commissioners and is besieged by thousands of lobbying firms working for the private sector, is probably reckoned to have more power. Yet despite this Europe matters because at least 70% of our legislation comes from there and practically most of the regulation in a diverse range of areas originates from Europe and some of the more background regulation has its origins with corporate lobbyists with the aim of using heavy regulation to put smaller competitors out of businesses by greatly increasing the relative costs for smaller businesses. The main political parties of Fianna Fail and Fine Gael constantly tell us they are pro business and for jobs and the economy. In fact they are for big business, privatisation, outsourcing of jobs, lower wages, less social safety net and their support of big business and corporations constantly results in the suffocating of small business which are the very areas that lead to most employment.
It was three years on March 11th since the triple nuclear meltdown at the Fukushima plant in Japan in 2011. This article attempts to try and give an picture of the situation today and to show that the accident is still an active event that will take many decades to cleanup and it is anything but over.
Remembering What HappenedIt is three years since the accident on March 11th 2011 at the Fukushima power station complex. There has been surprisingly little coverage of it in the mainstream media compared to the Chernobyl accident in 1986 at the time. As most people know, the accident was a result of an earthquake which caused the tsunami which flooded the Fukushima site and knocked out the backup diesel generators used for cooling the plants and that is how the story goes. The first report many people heard was that they were using sea-water to cool the reactors. This in itself was frightening because sea-water and cooling of nuclear reactors should not be in the same sentence, ever and it can only mean one thing -the situation is desperate, everything has failed and since sea-water would destroy the reactor vessel and fuel rods it means its the very last resort at trying to stop a meltdown.
Sun 05 Jul, 05:21
Killarney Library exhibition on experiences of challenging the Corrib Gas Project 09:10 Fri 03 Jul 2 comments
On Tuesday 23rd June, the exhibition "If I could say one thing to other communities" was launched in the Killarney Public Library which focuses on peoples with experiences of challenging the Corrib Gas Project. The exhibition will run until Saturday 4th July.
Pro Fracking Lobbying In Germany -People Map showing how they influence politicians, media and shape... 12:10 Tue 30 Jun 0 comments
This report from FrackingFreeIreland comes from a campaigner from Germany who decided to build a people map of the pro fracking lobby in Germany. The links he uncovered and the techniques have a lot to say about all other issues and how many of the most undemocratic practices are pushed forward. The principle used applies not just in Germany but is widespread including here in Ireland.
Mexican navy in uniform invade Dublin 21:10 Wed 17 Jun 4 comments
About 6 uniformed naval officers in complete uniform walked Grafton street around 21.00 hours on the 17th of June 2015.
Three Cases of Very Rare Blood Disorder Reported after Gardasil Vaccination..In One Week! 22:01 Mon 15 Jun 11 comments
The REGRET Group recently received a list of all the adverse reactions
"Fast Track" Hurdles and Development Concerns Remain After House Trade Votes 21:41 Fri 12 Jun 1 comments
A package of trade bills stalled today when the US House of Representatives defeated one portion of the package while voting in favor of another. Trade Adjustment Assistance, a program to assist US workers who lose their jobs because of trade agreements, failed by a vote of 302-126. This worker assistance is part of the Trade Act of 2015 which would give President Obama Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) to move international trade agreements through Congress without amendment. Congress must pass trade assistance within two remaining legislative days in order for TPA or "fast track" to be sent to President Obama's desk.
Various Groups in the Philippines Conduct a Peace March 14:42 Fri 05 Jun 0 comments
Various groups unite and conducted a peace march from Sandiganbayan to the House of Representatives in support of the immediate passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) and for lasting peace in Muslim Mindanao.
Commission defends inclusion of Health in EU-US TTIP trade talks 23:29 Mon 01 Jun 1 comments
The EU's negotiating team for pharmaceuticals, medical devices and cosmetics in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) met with civil society organisations inside the Commission on Wednesday (27 May) to defend the inclusion of the health sector in the trade deal.
Islamic Extremist Lectures in Cork 08:22 Tue 26 May 12 comments
I'm writing in to bring to your attention a Muslim extremist who was speaking in Cork,
Governments Negotiate UN Agreement on Global Development 18:07 Wed 13 May 0 comments
The United Nations, International Monetary Fund (IMF), World Bank and finance ministries are meeting in New York to finalize an agreement for the Financing for Development Conference (FfD) to be held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in July.
Philippine President Aquino no longer deserves any support from workers and trade unions 12:53 Mon 11 May 0 comments
THE workers and the trade unions throughout the world mark today the International Labor Day – 125th anniversary globally and 112th celebration here in the Philippines. This historic and revered day has been an enduring and stirring symbol for the working class despite serious setbacks caused by multipronged and systematic neoliberal attacks against the workers, the masses and their organizations, which have seriously threatened to dilute if not totally wipe out the hard-fought sociopolitical gains achieved by the labor movement in the past hundred years or so.
The Greek Crisis Jun 30 0 comments
The various programmes advanced by much of the radical left are lodged within the limits of capitalism. But it these very limits that the Greek financial crisis is manifesting. Leftists proposing the limits of capitalism to solve those very limits is a contradiction.
INTERPOL ISSUES EUROPEAN ARREST WARRANT FOR MAN POSING AS IRISH PRIME MINISTER
International Art and Social Consciousness: Jun 28 0 comments
Despite all the contemporary global interconnectedness, the lack of an international social consciousness among artists (whose work is linked only by its sameness and market-ready designs and styles) evokes frustration in the politically conscious critic and commentator.
Coalitionism Jun 24 0 comments
The very clear lessons on coalition with the right that now must be re learned by the left in Ireland all over again. The failure so far to rule out a coalition involving Fianna Fail, Labour and Fianna Gael is a failure to learn the lessons of historical compromises of the past. The left in Ireland must set out to build a real alternative to the narrative of austerity propagated by the capitalist parties in Ireland and supported by Labour.
#NAMA – Vulture Funds Win, Taxpayer Loses… Jun 23 0 comments
The drip feed of questionable deals carried out by NAMA is well under way. Regularly now, we see information reaching the public domain whereby NAMA have sold stressed assets at less than their real value and the purchasers are turning them over within 2 years, at profit ranging from 30% to 40%/ The purchasers are mostly foreign investment funds – ‘vulture funds ‘ – who have picked on the carcass of the stressed Irish property market. Many of them have retained the assets, and become serious players in the residential rental market in Ireland, especially Dublin, and have developed a controlling influence, managing to drive up rents astronomically in our capital city. This all doesn’t make them evil people – they just do what they do, it’s called unfettered Capitalism - our problem as Irish citizens is that our Government have allowed a situation to develop whereby the vulture funds win and the Irish tax payer loses. And our present Neo Liberal Government think that this is all fine. I believe otherwise. Here’s my Leader’s Questions with Taoiseach Enda Kenny this week, who knows that all is not well. -more >>
Shannon Airport will host what they call an "air display extravaganza" on July 18th, to mark the 70th anniversary of the first commercial transatlantic flight at the airport. They say the airshow will provide a visual treat from leading aerobatics performers, parachutists, helicopters, jet fighters and stunt fliers.
A new Trade Secrets law to be voted on next week by the European Parliament threatens a massive clampdown on journalists and whistle-blowers, write Anne Friel & Anaïs Berthier, giving corporations the right to sue those who disclose private information even in the public interest to protect health, safety and environment.
Free Water Charges Protestor Stephen Bennett Jun 23 0 comments
The Solidarity Times facebook page is reported today that Water charges protestor Stephen Bennett is being sent to prison. Here is their report.
Transcend Ireland Support Forum Jun 20 0 comments
Visual Artists Ireland shows confidence in the vibrancy of the visual arts of Northern Ireland Jun 19 Visual Artists Ireland 0 comments
Visual Artists Ireland [NI] will open a new dedicated Northern Ireland office on Friday, July 3rd in 109 – 113 Royal Avenue, Belfast BT1 1FF. The office will be a focal point for the advocacy and support of Northern Ireland’s visual artists and will be managed by Rob Hilken, Northern Ireland Manager reporting directly to Noel Kelly, Chief Executive Officer, Visual Artists Ireland who will also have a base there.more >>