32 Microlog entries tagged with ‘ireland’

All Politics Is Local
“Local is very different things to each of us. A short walk around town is enough to see nothing but parallel lives and contradictions.” It’s also so easy to compartmentalise these experiences so that individual ‘tragic circumstances’ never comprise a greater, more overwhelming whole that requires immediate response. #   ·

St Patrick’s Day: some helpful facts and figures
The Guardian runs the data on our national holiday. But I do have to point out, about the Irish language thing: that’s most likely a case of unreliable reporting based on wishful thinking, as there is no way 40% of the country can speak Irish with any fluency. I know I certainly can’t. The language is taught so badly in schools that unless you grow up in an Irish-speaking environment (and I do have friends who speak as Gaeilge at home and elsewhere) it simply won’t stick. #   ·

Without a proper class narrative, Trinity’s liberal culture is oppressive
It’s not just Trinity, of course; it extends to every Irish institution. It’s all-talk, no-action milquetoast liberalism, best (worst?) exemplified in this country’s political circles. #   ·

Wikipedia entry on Philip Graves
The infamous Protocols of the Elders of Zion was debunked by this Irish journalist. Something we can really be proud of, not this year’s Easter Rising self-congratulation bullshit. #   ·

Fintan O’Toole: Why the Irish vote for corruption
This is not a surprise to me. The last seven years – no, several decades – should mean it’s no surprise to anyone. And yet here we are, vacillating between the blue team and the green team as if those should be our only options. #   ·

Buy now, pay later
Explaining the Irish banking crisis, in typically Irish terms. It’s still pisses me off that we’ve never really learned the lessons of what went down, and we’re bound to repeat it again. No real sense of people pulling together, everyone out for themselves. The upcoming marriage referendum has brought it out again: such an absence of empathy in such a supposedly ‘Christian’ nation; personal ‘conscience’ as an excuse for denying others trumps all. As a people, we’re a sham, we really are. #   ·

When is a water charge not a water charge?
Una Mullaly on the money when it comes to the bullshit taxes levied on the Irish public: “The most offensive of all terms is Universal Social Charge (USC), which doesn’t mean anything, but suggests we would universally benefit from some sort of collective monetary contribution to society. Using its actual name – Infinite Pit of Banking Debt Sucker Payment (IPBDSP)– is just a bit too real.” #   ·

Here are Ireland’s top 10 biscuits, in order of popularity
Definitive proof that the vast majority of Irish society are morons. No Crunch Creams? No Viscounts? Zero credibility. #   ·

McDaids Football Special: An oral history of the Donegal delicacy
I’ve never been to Donegal, so I’d never even heard of this, let alone tried it. Obviously I’m on a mission now. #   ·

Telling women to be careful gets men off the hook
“Women should be free to talk to whomever they choose and go wherever they want without threat of assault. Men have the choice to either create this freedom, or uphold the threat.” The thing is that it feels like everybody needs to be guarded and vigilant but it’s only women who seem to get berated with that message, mostly by men, which is funny because the stats are pretty clear. Whenever I feel defensive about this — you know, I wouldn’t walk through town on my own in the middle of the night, there’s threat around every corner, whatever — I have to catch myself and remember that it really is worse for women. I still think anyone who gets so shit-faced drunk that they have no idea what they’re getting into is fucking stupid, because we clearly don’t live in a perfect world where we can do that without blundering into danger we would otherwise avoid. But that often turns straight into victim blaming — especially when the victim is a woman — which immediately clouds the issue and is so damaging because, let’s face it, the bastards who take advantage of these situations are the only ones to blame. The onus shouldn’t be on the victim when the one perpetrating the crime — any crime — could choose not to do it. #   ·

This Is The End, My Only Friend, The End
Colm Tobin remembers The End, one of the two best things Irish TV ever produced (the other being Blizzard of Odd). #   ·

‘The old sow that eats her farrow’: 22 sobering depictions of Irish life
Just so you know, things aren’t all that bleak here. Yet. #   ·

Once Upon a Tram (1958)
A nice little short film at the Europa Film Treasures archive capturing one of the last runs of the Hill of Howth tram. My grandmother on my mam’s side was on the last ever tram, if I’m not mistaken. #   ·

Ireland has done what the IMF wanted, but where is the reward?
It’s lovely that the bureaucrats and politicians think of Ireland as some kind of grand economic experiment. But, y’know, there are real people here, a few million of us actually… #   ·

As it happened: The Dáil debate on the ‘Irish SOPA’
In which Junior Minister Sean Sherlock attempts to defend his proposed through-the-back-door copyright legislation. “The best way of dealing with copyright infringement issues is on a case-by-case basis by means of a judicial process,” says the minister. Alas, if only the judgements made so far weren’t fundamentally flawed… #   ·

A response to Sean Sherlock’s Drivetime interview on Ireland’s SOPA
Someone needs to be challenging Minister Sherlock (and the rest of the Dáil) on these matters directly. That Radio 1 interview made a hames of it, IMHO: he simply wasn’t confronted with all the facts. #   ·

Ireland’s SOPA to permit three strikes; TDs asked to debate something they haven’t seen
Incidentally, adds TJ McIntyre, the move contradicts the minister’s own Programme for Government which states that “The situation can no longer be tolerated where Irish Ministers enact EU legislation by statutory instrument. The checks and balances of parliamentary democracy are by-passed.” And they say trust in government is rising? Not with me it isn’t. #   ·

Ireland and EU to sign controversial ACTA treaty
This is what happens when politicians think they know what they’re signing, but don’t understand its wider implications. #   ·

Visualising Ireland’s public data. I wish they would make more of an effort to advertise these things; it would educate the public better as to how Census information is applied and for what purposes. #   ·

Irish Palates, Enticed by Other Carbs, Are Losing Their Taste for a Signature Starch
I don’t know why people are so hung up over spuds. Get baby potatoes and steam them and they’re ready in no time, and you don’t lose as much of the nutrients either. #   ·

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