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Spirit of Contradiction

offsite link What is Dogmatism and Why Does It Matter? Wed Mar 21, 2018 08:10 | Sylvia Smith

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offsite link Review: Do Religions Evolve? Mon Aug 14, 2017 19:54 | Dara McHugh

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Public Inquiry
Interested in maladministration. Estd. 2005

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The Saker
A bird's eye view of the vineyard

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offsite link So what will The Sanctioned supergroup do? Mon Aug 20, 2018 17:33 | The Saker
by Pepe Escobar (cross-posted with the Asia Times by special agreement with the author) Trump’s solo act can’t compete with the hard rock presidents from the electric east Those were

offsite link Trump Lied About His Intentions Toward Russia Mon Aug 20, 2018 17:06 | The Saker
by Eric Zuesse for The Saker Blog On August 20th, Gallup headlined “More in U.S. Favor Diplomacy Over Sanctions for Russia? and reported that, ?Americans believe it is more important

offsite link Moveable Feast Cafe 2018/08/20 ? Open Thread Mon Aug 20, 2018 05:30 | Herb Swanson
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offsite link Crazy eyed coup Mon Aug 20, 2018 00:58 | Scott
by Scott Humor On Saturday, the Russian Emperor attended a wedding of the Empire’s future European nobility and, as the tradition dictates, brought with him the Kuban Cossack Choir. Also,

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national / miscellaneous / opinion/analysis Tuesday April 28, 2015 15:01 by Robert Long
The commemoration to come, should be indicative, to those with discernment, of the true nature of the government of this country, those who WOULD take from us, everything that our fore-bearers tried to create.
As we approach the centenary of the 1916, Easter Rising, we look to our government to remind us of the origins of our nationhood, of the goals, so cherished by former generations and their tremendous suffering and triumphs, so that we may, through self-determination forge for ourselves, a destiny that we may be proud of and a bright future for our children. However, if one engages in some reflection on our first century of modern nationhood, and in particular, the last several years, it becomes apparent that the ideals upon which our country is allegedly founded, are all but forgotten, purposefully forsaken, by those whom we entrusted to guard and implement them read full story / add a comment
international / disability issues / opinion/analysis Friday April 24, 2015 03:21 by Polly Peptide   text 6 comments (last - wednesday june 03, 2015 16:32)
Suicide is often thought tragedy or failure—but a person can lead an exceedingly relevant and meaningful life and still have it end with suicide. Suicide, although thought taboo and negative consequence, should not be thought especially conclusive to render some final judgment on that dead person’s attitudes about the entirety of his or her life, or personal series of assumed values while living. Esteemed and valuable lives do happen to end with this form of partial self-control over one’s finality. It can at times be practical to circumstances. The vaunted platitude the “value of human life” (as cultural supposition) has had little real open discussion or debate. Irrespective then of all peoples’ personal opinions (even if personal opinions are not often particularly individualist) one should be able to argue that thee ultimate human right of being-hood (and all related rights of existence) is the right to decide for the self whether one even wants to live a human life (especially as related to circumstances one finds the self). This is really the most basic litmus test to freedom as essential criteria as to whether one is truly free or not. read full story / add a comment
Hares on the North Bull Island
international / environment / opinion/analysis Wednesday April 08, 2015 19:43 by Protect the Irish Hare   image 2 images
The Campaign for the Abolition of Cruel Sports (CACS) has issued this statement, dated April 8th, 2015:

We are alarmed at the news that hares are now EXTINCT on Dublin Bay’s North Bull Island, one of Ireland’s most important nature reserves and coincidentally one that for generations had been almost synonymous with the iconic Irish Hare.
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national / rights, freedoms and repression / opinion/analysis Wednesday April 08, 2015 16:27 by rojos   text 12 comments (last - tuesday april 14, 2015 23:24)
Whatever one personally thinks of marriage, just like religion, it should be consigned to the private sphere: I). on philosophical grounds; and ii). because State support for marriage directly contributes to inequality of the treatment of families, and directly discriminates against unmarried parents and their children - regardless of whether the parents are 'straight' or same-sex. read full story / add a comment
national / sci-tech / opinion/analysis Tuesday April 07, 2015 16:35 by Unemployed IT Guy   text 1 comment (last - wednesday april 08, 2015 13:29)
My Job Bridge software development experiences... read full story / add a comment
international / history and heritage / opinion/analysis Saturday April 04, 2015 10:33 by Jeffrey McNary
A brief, breezy look at the illustrious history Eric Foner read full story / add a comment
international / anti-war / imperialism / opinion/analysis Monday March 30, 2015 00:23 by indymedia
We are republishing this very interesting interview between 'The Saker' and Dr. Paul Craig Roberts a former Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy under President Reagan and thereby someone with a key insider view and understanding and who writes compelling and hard hitting articles at his own site. The Saker is a blog that has grown in huge popularity because it has been providing very informative and insightful analysis of the situation in Ukraine and wider picture around it relating to the US empire and has accurately predicted the trajectory of this crisis and has helped counter the widespread propaganda that tries to hide the fact that the Kiev regime is a neo Nazi puppet regime used as a tool of Washington to try and destablize Russia and has explained and given context to how each of the European states and the EU are just vassel states of the US and how this crisis and the sanctions are hurting Europe and are essentially suicidal for its own well-being. The interview covers a number of wide ranging issues but what makes it great is the way it strips away all the pretensions that there is anything democractic at all in how the big game of geo politics is working and gets to the core issues and forces driving it
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international / rights, freedoms and repression / opinion/analysis Wednesday March 25, 2015 19:18 by Anthony Ravlich
Some of what I saw behind the Global Iron Curtain which, in my view, exists between the UN and the rest of humanity. I describe what I consider to be very much of enormous and profound importance hidden from people. read full story / add a comment
dublin / crime and justice / opinion/analysis Saturday March 14, 2015 17:29 by Con Carroll   text 2 comments (last - monday september 21, 2015 09:16)
when are we going to demand the truth, we could be hours, days, nights awaiting. will we ever get there who benefits. read full story / add a comment
international / anti-capitalism / opinion/analysis Thursday February 26, 2015 13:01 by fred
Michael Hudson, interviewed on real news network discusses the class war starting in greece and the panic among the Euro rich and powerful that the rich might actually be taxed for a change rather than crippling the labour force and the poor with endless austerity, and how the finance ministers of currently right wing governments of spain, finland, Portugal, Ireland and germany are determined to make an example of greece to avoid contagion of these dangerous ideas which would likely lead to such governments losing upcoming elections to left wing parties read full story / add a comment
international / irish social forum / opinion/analysis Tuesday February 24, 2015 16:31 by Nuala   text 2 comments (last - monday march 09, 2015 14:51)
It was bad enough in 1966. I'm glad I'll be at a safe distance when The Circus comes to town next year. read full story / add a comment
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national / housing / opinion/analysis Thursday February 19, 2015 14:40 by An Spréach   image 2 images
“No one deserves to live like this”
A poster I came across on a billboard recently, juxtaposed by the wasteland where one of our block of flats used to sit, where working class families used to live happily, side by side, before they were all socially cleansed from the area, and for what? Already a year has passed since they were pulled down to the ground, and all we have to show for it now is a lousy carpark—desperate!

Currently, there are over 80 unused empty units in Tom Kelly Flats, some of which have been empty for over five years or more, 3 and 4 bedroom flats too. read full story / add a comment
international / rights, freedoms and repression / opinion/analysis Wednesday February 18, 2015 05:14 by Anthony Ravlich.
Some of the gifted and highly intelligent victims of the UN's and State's cultural cleansing of individual self-determination may seek accountability. read full story / add a comment
international / anti-war / imperialism / opinion/analysis Sunday February 15, 2015 21:54 by William Wraithwrite
We Americans (conditioned in the Hebrew tradition) have learned to see enemies in Biblical terms as one-sidedly evil as Satan. It takes a mass media of some very sophisticated accomplishment to continually portray people like Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Saddam Hussein, Osama bin Laden, Muammar Gaddafi, several Middle Eastern leaders as Satan. One needs to be somewhat steeped in the Biblical Literature to create such black and white conclusions. This is one legacy the Bible has bequeathed to modern politics—the absolutism of naming enemy in terms of good versus absolute evil. Israel plays a master game of such portrayal of their supposed enemies. The current leader of Syria, Bashar al-Assad is the new version of Zionist Satan, but even this casting of totally evil Muslim figure is not good enough—we have a new entity that does the most obviously sensational sins—behead journalists and engage in egregious forms of violation—the ISIS/ ISIL phenomenon that America magically armed and some claim even trained (see in alternative media) and magically uses to create even more authoritarian war powers to an already criminal torture state that Barack Obama has no power to quell. read full story / add a comment
international / rights, freedoms and repression / opinion/analysis Thursday February 05, 2015 18:23 by Anthony Ravlich
Ethical human rights is firmly based on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights so removes the UN's 'hidden collectivist agenda' which, in my view, seeks to culturally cleanse the world of individual self-determination. read full story / add a comment
Clare Daly with campaigners outside the Boylesports office in Westmoreland Street, Dublin on January 30th
international / environment / opinion/analysis Saturday January 31, 2015 14:32 by Ban Hare Coursing in Ireland   text 3 comments (last - saturday january 31, 2015 22:53)   image 4 images
On the day that an alliance of animal welfare and conservation groups protested outside the office of main sponsor of the National Hare Coursing event, independent socialist TD for Dublin North, Clare Daly, confirmed that she was drafting a Bill to abolish the cruel so-called “sport” of hare coursing.

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international / elections / politics / opinion/analysis Wednesday January 28, 2015 00:45 by T   text 7 comments (last - tuesday february 03, 2015 11:30)
After the election victory of Syriza in Greece on Sunday 25th Jan, what are the chances they will implement their new anti-austerity programme and does this mean we can all follow their path. Is this a return of democracy -i.e. the will of the people. And can the rest of us follow them?

The short answer is seems to be no. read full story / add a comment
international / anti-war / imperialism / opinion/analysis Wednesday January 21, 2015 23:20 by Mick MacOmbe   text 1 comment (last - monday october 03, 2016 21:53)
The Taoiseach ,The arms dealers ,his money and the Gulf war.The arrival of an obscure millionaire to Massbrook Pontoon Co Mayo in the later part of the last century was cloaked in secrecy. Across the lake of Lough Conn the home town of Charles Haughey and Enda Kenny ,Castlebar was to be the recruiting ground for one of the largest arms controversies in modern times and the key issue that led to the Gulf War.

Here is that story. read full story / add a comment
international / irish social forum / opinion/analysis Tuesday January 20, 2015 12:45 by Nuala
Conservative party clutching at straws in their desperation to avoid a hung parliament in May read full story / add a comment
international / rights, freedoms and repression / opinion/analysis Tuesday January 13, 2015 18:25 by Anthony Ravlich
Consider it of profound concern that the UN's 'hidden collectivist agenda' seeks to eliminate God and Universal Truth. Also, Islamic terrorists should be told that at the UN it was very largely America, with some Western support, which opposed the secularization of the whole Universal Declaration. read full story / add a comment
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