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offsite link Roger Waters ? ?The Bravery of Being Out of Range? Sat Apr 17, 2021 21:39 | The Saker
Roger Waters, a “one man peace movement”, released this superb video just a few hours ago.  This man is truly a musical genius and one of the greatest people of

offsite link Russian amphibious options and how to debunk a Ukie lie (OPEN THREAD #13) Sat Apr 17, 2021 19:23 | The Saker
You probably have heard that Russian moved almost the entire Caspian Flotilla to the Black Sea, including quite a few amphibious assault ships.  What you might not know is that

offsite link So Who Wants a Hot War? Sat Apr 17, 2021 17:27 | amarynth
by Pepe Escobar and cross-posted with Strategic Culture Foundation It?s not by accident that the Hegemon is going no holds barred to harass and try to smash Eurasian integration by

offsite link Russian official statements about counter-actions to US sanctions Fri Apr 16, 2021 23:58 | The Saker
16 April 202119:28 Foreign Ministry statement on measures in response to hostile US actions The latest attack by the Biden administration against our country cannot go unanswered. It seems Washington

offsite link Moveable Feast Cafe 2021/04/16 ? Open Thread Fri Apr 16, 2021 22:00 | Herb Swanson
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offsite link Deaths Linked to Covid Vaccines are 30 Times More Common than with Other Vaccines ? Is the Safety Re... Sun Apr 18, 2021 15:27 | Will Jones
Is the Yellow Card vaccine reporting system fit for purpose? HART's Dr Ros Jones argues no, pointing to the 30-fold increase in vaccine linked deaths in the U.S in the past 3 months since Covid vaccination began.
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offsite link Toby Green?s New Book is the Perfect Cure For the Covid Lobotomy Sun Apr 18, 2021 15:16 | Toby Young
We're publishing a short piece today by Sinéad Murphy in which she praises a new book called The Covid Consensus that asks why the lockdown policy has commanded such support from people on the left and right of politics.
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offsite link International Travel Restrictions Likely to Be In Place For Some Time, Says Nicola Sturgeon Sun Apr 18, 2021 13:15 | Michael Curzon
Nicola Sturgeon has warned that restrictions on international travel should not be lifted too soon because of the "big risk" of importing Covid variants into the UK.
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offsite link SAGE Modelling From May Last Year Said Approach Recommended in Great Barrington Declaration Was Leas... Sun Apr 18, 2021 12:48 | Toby Young
Glen Bishop has analysed a paper produced by one of the SAGE modelling teams and discovered an interesting fact: it tacitly endorsed the approach recommended in the Great Barrington Declaration.
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offsite link Too Early to Tell If Hospitality Can Reopen On May 17th, Says Minister Sun Apr 18, 2021 12:21 | Michael Curzon
It is still "too early to say" whether the reopening of indoor hospitality can take place on May 17th because of the risk of Covid variants, according to the Environment Minister.
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national / consumer issues / press release Wednesday April 07, 2010 15:34 by AIMS Ireland
A new survey carried out by AIMS Ireland (Association for Improvements in the Maternity Services, Ireland) found that 22% of women surveyed stated the care they received postnatally was “poor”, whilst a further 23% found the care to be only “average”. Furthermore, 23% of women rated the quality of information they received from their carer postpartum to be “poor”. By contrast, only 3% found their care during pregnancy to be “poor”. read full story / add a comment
Boycott Israeli Blood Diamonds
international / consumer issues / news report Monday March 29, 2010 22:35 by Freda H, Zoe L & Kev   text 2 comments (last - tuesday march 30, 2010 01:40)   image 1 image
The Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) today expressed its shock and dismay at revelations unearthed by Limerick-based researcher Seán Clinton in his recent exposé on the role of Israel in the global diamond industry. Mr. Clinton’s article, published last night on the respected Electronic Intifada website (http://electronicintifada.net/v2/article11170.shtml), highlights how the industry deceives the public by playing up benefits accruing to poorer countries through the Kimberly Process – the stated aim of which is to eliminate ‘blood diamonds’ - while simultaneously hiding the fact that Israel, a state that has militarily occupied Palestine for more than 40 years, is the world’s biggest beneficiary of the diamond industry. read full story / add a comment
Eric Cuthbert
louth / consumer issues / news report Wednesday March 17, 2010 13:48 by Sean Crudden   text 2 comments (last - tuesday september 21, 2010 16:57)   image 2 images
GCFA has no fears of dealing with Louth County Council when it has already written to the EU in Brussels and been heard! read full story / add a comment
cork / consumer issues / press release Tuesday February 23, 2010 22:21 by anarkitty   image 1 image
Our guest speaker this month is Graham Strowts, who will be speaking about the concept of the Food Forest and Perennials read full story / add a comment
national / consumer issues / news report Wednesday December 02, 2009 12:40 by cirrius   text 4 comments (last - monday december 07, 2009 23:30)   video 1 video file
People who used to get the Christmas payment include those on the blind pension, Invalidity pension, widows allowance, long term unemployed people, people on carer's allowance, state pension, and the families of those in prison. Contrast their treatment with the pensions paid every week to former government ministers like Ray Burke and Bertie Ahern, or the billions ploughed into the budgets of banks and developers.

This year, the Fianna Fáil/Green Party coalition, backed by various Independents, has axed the Christmas payment to pensioners and those on the dole. Yesterday Sinn Féin held a protest outside Leinster Houses demanding that the payment be restored.

Aengus Ó Snodaigh said: “Economic recovery will not be achieved by driving people into poverty. The recession will deepen if the government persists in taking money from those who spend it on everyday necessities. If these cuts are not resisted we face a prolonged recession with more and more people living in poverty.”
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Kish energy prospect
dublin / consumer issues / news report Tuesday December 01, 2009 14:31 by Ramon Eyan   image 2 images
The Department of Transport has issued a notice to mariners to steer clear of an area in Dublin Bay where an exploration vessel is to conduct tests to check the viability of a plan to convert under sea deposits of coal to gas which could be used to produce energy. The tests will be carried out on behalf of a company called VP Power in the Kish Basin, around thirteen miles east of Bray Head starting on December 7th.

VP Power is group of investors who have raised money to fund the testing of the experimental gas-from-coal prospect. Brian Geoghegan, husband of health minister Mary Harney, is one of the backers of the scheme.
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national / consumer issues / opinion/analysis Sunday September 06, 2009 14:28 by Vincent O'Malley   image 1 image
The McCarthy or “Bord Snip Nua” report on public spending outlined a range of proposed cuts in government expenditure. Of the €5.3b in possible savings, it can be safely said that at least €4b of this (and probably more) targets the working class. Indeed, a full third of the cuts are aimed at pensioners and unemployed. In the private sector, attacks on our class continue in the form of pay cuts, short time and lay-offs. read full story / add a comment
national / consumer issues / opinion/analysis Thursday July 30, 2009 12:38 by Sean Crudden
"We will set the standards for delivering health and social care services and we will continuously inspect to ensure that these standards are being met."

"We will help deliver value for your money by monitoring that the resources in our health and social services are used in a way which delivers the best outcome for the patient or service user."

The above lines taken from the front page of HIQA’s web site strike me as being rather gung-ho. It appears that HIQA is setting itself up like some martinet intent on squeezing performance out of unwilling minions. read full story / add a comment
donegal / consumer issues / news report Tuesday July 07, 2009 02:59 by the green leprechaun   text 20 comments (last - tuesday april 12, 2011 02:27)
I was never so glad as the day I quit drinking. Almost 20 years now. Alcohol is poison and destructive to the body. Worse, it lines the pockets of the rack renters. Come on Ireland. Awaken. The world fears that. Believe it. Marijuana is one of the most powerful expectorants known. It is a pain reliever, a euphoric, an appetite enhancer, and enhancer of certain other states of thinking and cognition familiar to its users, and very useful. Let us have some real Irish Green. read full story / add a comment
national / consumer issues / news report Tuesday June 16, 2009 11:48 by Garry Grace   text 15 comments (last - wednesday december 30, 2009 14:16)
Fake Hannah Montana tickets! read full story / add a comment
national / consumer issues / opinion/analysis Thursday May 28, 2009 05:15 by Is Linn an Tír Seo   text 3 comments (last - friday june 05, 2009 15:10)   video 1 video file   1 attached file
Could Ireland, in its own way, become a beggar sitting in a bank of gold? read full story / add a comment
Topaz Leaflet
mayo / consumer issues / news report Wednesday April 29, 2009 13:23 by Topaz Ireland Watcher   text 36 comments (last - monday may 02, 2011 11:57)   image 3 images
Although many people know that Topaz is a Shell licensee, that company has been quietly removing all mention of Shell from its websites and anywhere else that the public might see it.

However, as the brochure shows, Topaz is a Shell licensee.
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national / consumer issues / news report Monday April 27, 2009 11:38 by Plato   text 1 comment (last - wednesday july 14, 2010 09:21)
Last year, Minister Ryan indicated that he would soon bring legislation forward so as to stop the rip-off by "subscription services" Alas.nothing has happened read full story / add a comment
national / consumer issues / opinion/analysis Saturday April 04, 2009 04:19 by Concerned Irish Citizen   text 6 comments (last - tuesday april 07, 2009 23:36)
This is a copy of a letter that I sent a few days ago to the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources Mr. Eamon Ryan. This letter was copied to all TD's, Senators and MEP's. The response I received from Mr. Ryan's office was that "the Minister of State, Mr Seán Power, T.D., has responsibility for this area." read full story / add a comment
Poster for meeting
international / consumer issues / news report Friday April 03, 2009 16:55 by Andrew recording Stanley Aronowitz   image 1 image   audio 1 audio file
This is a recording of Stanley Aronowitz speaking on 'Popular Education in a Time of Struggle' to a Workers Solidarity Movement meeting in the Seomra Spraoi Social centre, Dublin the end of March 2009. Stanley Aronowitz is professor of sociology, cultural studies, and urban education at the CUNY Graduate Center. He is also a veteran political activist and cultural critic and an advocate for organized labor. read full story / add a comment
dublin / consumer issues / news report Monday March 16, 2009 17:15 by T   text 7 comments (last - tuesday march 31, 2009 00:55)
Details are becoming available on the depth of the severe cutbacks in our public transport service from Dublin Bus.

Some of the buses have posted up a list of the routes affected. This is a callout for people to take a snap of the list (with their camera phone) for their area and then to later add to the list here, so that the full picture or the entire Dublin area can become clear. read full story / add a comment
Gardai clear protesters blocking prison van
national / consumer issues / feature Thursday March 12, 2009 12:37 by Andrew   text 25 comments (last - saturday april 04, 2009 11:46)   image 2 images   video 1 video file
This evening (Wed 11th March), after the news of the 30 day sentence imposed on 55 year old Shell to Sea protester Maura Harrington filtered through, supporters converged on the gates of Mountjoy prison. By the time the van carrying Maura came into view over 30 supporters were waiting at the prison gates, matched by a similar number of Gardai. read full story / add a comment
national / consumer issues / news report Thursday March 12, 2009 01:00 by Shell to Sea   text 2 comments (last - monday march 16, 2009 14:49)   image 5 images   video 1 video file
Sentenced to one month in prison for protesting against Shell
Another Shell to Sea protester was imprisoned today when retired school teacher Maura Harrington was given a one month sentence for supposedly assaulting a garda on June 11th 2007. She received a round of applause from the people in the court as she was led off the the prison van, much to the judge's displeasure.

Harrington was also ordered to pay a one thousand euro fine and one thousand euro to the Garda benevolent fund (she refused to agree to the latter). She arrived in Dublin tonight to be held in Mountjoy Prison on the North Circular Road. There was the usual heavy police presence, and when supporters gathered around the van to let her know they were there, the gardaí responded in the only way they know how, with violence.
Since the protests against Shell started a large number of people have been injured by garda actions. Some have even been hospitalised, but not a single garda has been pros read full story / add a comment
It's time to fight back, not cut back.
national / consumer issues / feature Saturday February 28, 2009 09:25 by Workers Solidarity   text 9 comments (last - monday march 23, 2009 20:05)   image 2 images   audio 1 audio file
There is no money left in Ireland. At least that’s what you might think after listening to Brian Cowen, Enda Kenny, IBEC and the parade of capitalist economists and pundits who parrot this nonsense. Yes, we are heading into a deep recession and guess who is expected to pay the cost? read full story / add a comment
dublin / consumer issues / press release Tuesday February 24, 2009 11:21 by Gillian Kane   text 1 comment (last - tuesday april 14, 2009 00:12)   1 attached file
AIMSI welcome the publication of the Independent Review of Maternity & Gynaecology Services in the Greater Dublin Area. In particular we welcome the recommendation for increased choice for women regarding models of care and the recognition that there is considerable evidence for the development of midwifery led units. We agree with the finding that the GDA is out of step in being able to offer a woman-centred service, providing choice and access to services .We share the belief that the GDA needs to place much more emphasis on community based maternity services, as 60% of women will experience a normal birth. read full story / add a comment
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