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offsite link Moveable Feast Cafe 2021/08/02 ? Open Thread Mon Aug 02, 2021 18:30 | Herb Swanson
2021/08/02 17:30:01Welcome to the ‘Moveable Feast Cafe’. The ‘Moveable Feast’ is an open thread where readers can post wide ranging observations, articles, rants, off topic and have animate discussions of

offsite link The West, Eurasia, and the Global South: The Development of Underdevelopment Sun Aug 01, 2021 23:00 | amarynth
By Francis Lee for the Saker Blog ?The dependency thesis, like all good (and great) theories can be summed up in a single phrase: Modern ??underdevelopment?? is not ??historical backwardness??

offsite link The Forever Imminent Collapse of the Iranian ?Regime? Sun Aug 01, 2021 12:46 | amarynth
From Seyed Mohammad Marandi at https://english.almayadeen.... As Iran is literally depicted as illegitimate and derogatorily labeled a ?regime,? these ?experts? can inform their audiences without irony of the rising ?menace?

offsite link The Taliban go to Tianjin Fri Jul 30, 2021 15:49 | amarynth
China and Russia will be key to solving an ancient geopolitical riddle: how to pacify the ‘graveyard of empires’ By Pepe Escobar, posted with permission and first posted at Asia

offsite link Russia and the Olympic Games Fri Jul 30, 2021 13:58 | amarynth
by Batko Milacic for the Saker Blog The world Olympic movement has always been based on the principles of equal and impartial attitude towards athletes – representatives of all states

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Public Inquiry
Interested in maladministration. Estd. 2005

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offsite link Mainstream media: Failing to speak truth to power Anthony

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Human Rights in Ireland
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offsite link 5 Year Anniversary Of Kem Ley?s Death Sun Jul 11, 2021 12:34 | Human Rights

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Lockdown Skeptics

The Daily Sceptic

offsite link Does This Data From Public Health Scotland Show that Vaccine Effectiveness Against Death is Just 46%... Mon Aug 02, 2021 00:55 | Will Jones
A rough calculation based on recent death data from PHS suggests that, with 87% of deaths in the vaccinated, vaccine effectiveness against death may be considerably less than studies have suggested.
The post Does This Data From Public Health Scotland Show that Vaccine Effectiveness Against Death is Just 46%? appeared first on The Daily Sceptic.

offsite link Tens of Millions of Brits Will Be Offered Pfizer Booster Vaccine This Autumn Sun Aug 01, 2021 13:31 | Michael Curzon
Millions of Brits will be offered a Pfizer vaccine booster later this year, even if their first two doses were from another provider, because it has proved to be more effective against the Delta Covid variant.
The post Tens of Millions of Brits Will Be Offered Pfizer Booster Vaccine This Autumn appeared first on The Daily Sceptic.

offsite link Andrew Bridgen MP Criticises Government Over ?Serious Infringement on People?s Liberties? Threatened... Sun Aug 01, 2021 12:08 | Michael Curzon
Andrew Bridgen MP has criticised the Government for "trying to aggressively coerce young people" into getting 'jabbed' with threats of vaccine passports, but says the plans would not pass through the House of Commons.
The post Andrew Bridgen MP Criticises Government Over ?Serious Infringement on People?s Liberties? Threatened by Vaccine Passports appeared first on The Daily Sceptic.

offsite link Australia Uses Helicopters and the Army to Enforce Lockdown Rules Sun Aug 01, 2021 11:07 | Michael Curzon
Australia is using its army to enforce strict 'Zero-Covid' lockdown measures, with helicopters flying over parts of the country telling rule-breakers: "You will be found and fines issued."
The post Australia Uses Helicopters and the Army to Enforce Lockdown Rules appeared first on The Daily Sceptic.

offsite link News Round-Up Sun Aug 01, 2021 01:45 | Toby Young
A summary of all the most interesting stories that have appeared about Covid and other areas of warranted scepticism in the past 24 hours ? not just in Britain, but around the world.
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international / racism & migration related issues / other press Monday April 25, 2005 11:18 by iosaf   text 5 comments (last - monday april 25, 2005 22:13)
Vlad Putin has taken the podium to give his sixth state-of-the-nation address to the combined houses of the Russian legislature.

Present were -Members of both chambers of parliament and the government, heads of supreme courts, the Prosecutor-General, the head of the Central Electoral Commission, the head of the Auditing Chamber, members of the State Council (regional leaders) and heads of the main religious confessions.

And for the first time as a bumper extra, commanders-in-chief of armed services and heads of military districts. read full story / add a comment
Vote! "they took an oath to tell the truth"
international / arts and media / other press Thursday April 14, 2005 13:36 by iosaf   image 1 image
the Campaign to free Florence Aubenas
and Hussein Hanoun Al-Saadi have been held hostage for 99 days in Iraq.

The French news media will demonstrate their support for Florence and Hussein throughout the day on Friday, 15 April, their 100th day in captivity. Plans for this show of solidarity were approved at a meeting of news media executives and editors at TF1 headquarters on 11 April. From 00:00 hours until midnight, all broadcast TV stations will regularly display a special logo designed by TF1, while radio stations will repeatedly broadcast a spot produced by France Info and spoken by Christian Chesnot, a former hostage in Iraq. All newspapers are invited to display the logo on their front page, and websites are invited to display the banner. read full story / add a comment
clotho lachysis atropo "the 3 fates" & mates enjoy the game.
international / rights, freedoms and repression / opinion/analysis Sunday April 10, 2005 16:05 by iosaf .:. sofia = O as If   text 9 comments (last - thursday january 26, 2006 23:49)   image 2 images
It has been long observed that people for some reason on their non-banking days readily absorb shite about Dangerous Places, Famous People, Sensible Saving Options, Holidays, Interesting facts, Sport results, Media, gardening and health as well looking ahead at “upcoming issues” including the future.

In this issue 've only been able to weave together :-
Dangerous Places - Famous People -
Sensible Saving Options & Health. read full story / add a comment
international / arts and media / news report Wednesday April 06, 2005 20:06 by redjade   text 8 comments (last - thursday september 26, 2019 04:43)   image 3 images   1 attached file
{ by redjade } copyleft read full story / add a comment
put the jigsaw together - ¿are we as a society in good shape?
national / rights, freedoms and repression / other press Friday April 01, 2005 17:53 by iosaf   text 7 comments (last - sunday april 10, 2005 01:34)   image 3 images
"This weekend’s Irish Medical Organisation annual general meeting will give members an opportunity to vent their frustration with the Fianna Fáil/ Progressive Democrat government, which has failed to deliver the badly-needed reforms promised in the health reform programme.

The new Minister for Health, Mary Harney, no doubt, will tell delegates that progress has been made on a number of key issues.

But this will not be enough for the GPs, consultants, NCHDs and public health doctors, who know from first-hand experience that the health service continues to be under-resourced and badly managed."

the words of the Irish Medical Times an online organ which voices opinion of the Irish Medical Organisation. read full story / add a comment
international / rights, freedoms and repression / opinion/analysis Sunday March 27, 2005 17:11 by iosaf mac diarmada   text 1 comment (last - tuesday march 29, 2005 17:54)
Some considerations on "life", "race", and "small minority interests".

and the painfully slow progress to a pluri-cultural Irish society. read full story / add a comment
nobody owns the land or the stars. But the dead yes.
international / anti-war / imperialism / other press Saturday March 26, 2005 12:29 by o as if = iosaf   text 1 comment (last - saturday march 26, 2005 12:33)   image 1 image
George Bush as well as being the Angel of the Lord, the occupier of Babalon, the wookie supreme of the christian fundamentalist republic of Gilead and the 43º president of the United States of America

is also the Big White Chief, and as such has offered prayers to the members of the Red Lake Indian reservation as they come to terms this Holy Week with the worst school massacre since the Columbine event in 1999. read full story / add a comment
international / miscellaneous / news report Thursday March 24, 2005 19:50 by dalek 2   text 11 comments (last - saturday march 26, 2005 14:53)   image 1 image
"They certainly are not great writers, but they speak their country's language and they make themselves heard" (de Tocqueville) read full story / add a comment
supercomputers are colour blind you know.
international / miscellaneous / other press Wednesday March 23, 2005 20:51 by iosaf = o as if = sofia = if Osa   text 10 comments (last - sunday april 15, 2007 04:09)   image 2 images
I'm a chess fan, its been two years since I left a comment on the Almuajaha "iraqi witness" Baghdad independent media site which I'm quite proud of -

"Do not play chess unless you see checkmate".

So I thought to share with you news of two Chess Grand Masters who are in the news at this time for well doing and saying stuff on the dirty game of knaves which is politics. read full story / add a comment
if the cap fits wear it...
national / crime and justice / opinion/analysis Tuesday March 22, 2005 13:47 by ipsiphi   text 26 comments (last - saturday may 26, 2007 13:04)   image 2 images
This week the minster of Justice, Michael mc Dowell addressed the Garda Siochana (his police force) on several issues.
Improvements to their housing.
What he terms "SF/IRA" criminality with very special references made to two events outside the jurisdiction of his department in Northern Ireland of the UK.
And reminded everyone that he supports the GFA (to wash hands of ethnicity issues and crucify the Christ).

Meanwhile the local "experts" on the Good Friday thing had earlier the same Dail holiday weekend
spoken out against his policies.

He made no reference to either speed lasers or
the deportation of a young black chap in his school uniform to Nigeria last week. read full story / add a comment
the right to participate secretly in an emergent democracy regardless of ethnicity, gender,social class or creed.
national / politics / elections / news report Sunday March 13, 2005 10:04 by iosaf = O' as if   text 10 comments (last - friday march 18, 2005 14:00)   image 1 image
On the 11th of March, those Irish citizens of counties Meath and North Kildare were called to vote in a secret ballot, as is their right for living in a tippy toppy emergent democracy, regardless of Ethnic origin, Religious Creed, Social Economic class, or Gender.
( but only if they actually live there, and pay or don't pay tax there, as the tippy toppy emergent democracy of Eire doesn't afford its citizens postal votes.)
Out they came in their handfuls.
Leaping over the primroses and daffodils, pushing aside the lobbying publicans to exercise the rights so sorely won and desperately needed in far off places. read full story / add a comment
home spun spin for the house arrested of Azkaban
international / rights, freedoms and repression / other press Thursday March 03, 2005 12:02 by iosaf   text 13 comments (last - thursday may 10, 2007 12:40)   image 2 images
The news that a 16 year old girl has succeeded in a case she started at the age of 14 against her school for limiting her interpretation of Islamic dress, has won at the British courts represented by no less a QC than Mrs Cherie Blair, is being hailed by the party who have done more to stoke islamaphobia than any other, as a victory for civil rights.

This young girl has said she has given "hope to muslim women". Meanwhile, her QC's husband continues to push un-neccesary legislation which flagrantly abuses the ancient liberties at the heart of the British legal system. read full story / add a comment
every visitor is shown the bullet holes he left. "to remember"
international / politics / elections / opinion/analysis Wednesday February 23, 2005 12:27 by iosaf mac diarmada   text 3 comments (last - saturday february 24, 2007 04:23)   image 3 images
Democracy does not spring up out of the ground.
The rights to equal suffrage regardless of socio-economic class, gender, or creed in a secret ballot are European rights.

They have rooted in the arguments of Greek sychophants and intellectuals, who never allowed their wives, concubines, slaves or migrants the same rights.

They have roots in the declaration of the rights of man of the French Revolution. read full story / add a comment
the poisoned chalice of Socrates
international / politics / elections / other press Monday February 21, 2005 21:34 by iosaf & julia   text 7 comments (last - wednesday february 23, 2005 04:23)   image 1 image
Portugal celebrated as its right as a democratic state and member of the family of civlised nations a general election Sunday last February 20th 2005.

The result was a foregone conclusion, José Sócrates won an outright majority returning his state to socialist rule with the lowest recorded abstention in Portuguese democratic history. read full story / add a comment
national / worker & community struggles and protests / event notice Monday February 14, 2005 12:31 by iosaf   text 3 comments (last - wednesday november 14, 2007 12:06)   image 1 image
Microfinance is about giving small loans (generally upto 5000€) with as little interest as possible (ought to be none) to poor people so they can set up commercial or agricultural concerns.
It's very important for 3rd world agriculture and has played a pivotal role in conflict resolutions in the Balkans and Africa.
It's not quite "anti-capitalism", rather it is one of the tools of the system as it exists which can be better used to alleviate in the short term the suffering and under-development of the majority of humanity. read full story / add a comment
learn. remember. make better.
international / crime and justice / opinion/analysis Thursday January 27, 2005 00:25 by iosaf   text 15 comments (last - friday february 25, 2005 14:51)   image 1 image
In today's world, the Irish are amongst the ten richest societies, and no-one dies from malnutrition.

In today's world one billion children are estimated by UNICEF to be at risk from malnutrition. read full story / add a comment
every colour under the rainbow now.
international / sci-tech / news report Wednesday January 26, 2005 10:11 by iosaf mac d   image 1 image
# diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis (whooping cough) measles, tuberculosis, and polio.

These are the illnesses you ought to have been immunised against as a child or as a teenager if you're female.

With the exception of tuberculosis these desiese are now controlled in the developed world. TB is returning and TB treatment centres are found in most eastern US cities and many European cities. I'll write about the new forms of TB in the fourth of this series.

# hepatitis B
# Hib
# yellow fever
are desieses against which many millions of children in the non developed world need vaccines.

Yesterday, the Gates foundation gave 750 million$ to GAVI the global vaccine alliance.
The donation was immediately supported by the state of Norway which gave $290 million, and this morning the UK has committed a further 750mil$ (=£400m) . These are comitments of annual support until the year 2015. read full story / add a comment
De Valera's Pope.
international / politics / elections / other press Sunday January 16, 2005 13:52 by iosaf mac d.   text 11 comments (last - wednesday may 10, 2006 21:58)   image 3 images
Pius XII was pontiff, bishop of rome, secular head of the Roman Catholic Church, pope, head of the Holy See, and as such signed the diplomatic agreement with Mussolini ending a very long conflict over the territorial integrity of the Vatican and establishing it as a state, and as Pope did not call attention to the Shoah.

Pius XII is currently being discussed for canonization by which he would be declared a Saint. read full story / add a comment
Biohazard - HIV/AIDS - TB - Influenza - SARS
international / sci-tech / news report Saturday January 08, 2005 11:42 by iosaf mac d.   text 6 comments (last - saturday march 18, 2006 19:07)   image 1 image
With the confirmation of two deaths from bird flu in Vietnam, World Health Organisations efforts to stem a pandemic of bird flu seem not to be working.

Last december Madrid's hospitals entered a small crises with the amount of flu victims (typical form), whilst Japan and China confirmed cases of bird flu amongst their poorest. read full story / add a comment
we need your middle class cash and your poor people prayers.
international / sci-tech / news report Tuesday January 04, 2005 13:30 by iosaf mac d.   text 14 comments (last - sunday july 03, 2005 16:41)   image 2 images
The Team at the University of Hamburg and the Heinrich-Pette-Institute for Virology and Immunological reseach working with Erlangen-Nürnberg unversity and Axxima Pharmaceuticals have built on the discovery of Hypusine an unusual and unique posttranslational modification, conserved in evolution from halobacteria to man. to create an enzyme inhibitor which stops the replication of HIV in an infected human body. read full story / add a comment
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