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Parchment in the Fire: Ireland’s New Rising

Filed under: Europe, Eurozone crisis Tagged: Austerity, Eurozone Crisis, Ireland . . . → Read More: Parchment in the Fire: Ireland’s New Rising

Montreal Simon: Kevin Vickers: Hero or Embarrassment?

As you may or may not know, the Irish Republic is marking the 100th anniversary of the so-called Easter Rising. The brutal battle in the heart of Dublin, which eventually led to the independence of that country.An estimated 485 people lost their li… . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Kevin Vickers: Hero or Embarrassment?

mark a rayner: The Ruins — a new flash fiction at the Caesura Letters

I have a new flash fiction up this week at the Caesura Letters called The Ruins. It’s a different kind of piece — a meditation on the nature of Stoicism (though to be fair, it has a dash of existentialism in it.) If you haven’t already checked out the Caesura Letters, you really should. It’s . . . → Read More: mark a rayner: The Ruins — a new flash fiction at the Caesura Letters

Parchment in the Fire: After Greece and Spain, the rise of anti-austerity in Ireland

After Greece and Spain, the rise of anti-austerity in Ireland.

Filed under: Austerity Tagged: Austerity, Eurozone Crisis, Ireland

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Montreal Simon: Ireland and the Amazing and Historic Struggle for Marriage Equality

A wonderful thing may be about to happen in Ireland in just a few days.Millions of people are preparing to take on the power of the Catholic Church, and some of the nastiest bigots you can imagine.And make that country the first in the world to vote to approve same-sex marriage. Read more »

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Parchment in the Fire: Capital, Labour, and the Eurozone Crisis

Most of the coverage regarding the Eurozone crisis has understandably focused on the politics of austerity. Less attention, however, has been paid to the longer term trends in the industrial relations of those countries hardest hit by the crisis: Portugal, Italy, Ireland, Greece and Spain; the so-called PIIGS countries.

Recent data from the . . . → Read More: Parchment in the Fire: Capital, Labour, and the Eurozone Crisis

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Afternoon Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading.

– Jo Snyder discusses how poverty makes everybody less healthy, and recognizes the need for higher basic wages as a result. And Laurie Penny highlights the futility of trying to badger young adults into service jobs which offer no opportunity for personal, professional or financial progress: The British . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Afternoon Links

drive-by planet: Maria the ‘mystery’ Roma girl and Madeleine McCann… racist underside of news coverage

Maria posters and headline/Maria’s biological mother Sasha Ruseva

A story from Greece about a four year-old ‘mystery girl’ named Maria has been making headlines in the mainstream media. Maria who is fair-haired was living in the care of a Roma couple who happen to be dark complexioned. This created suspicions in the minds . . . → Read More: drive-by planet: Maria the ‘mystery’ Roma girl and Madeleine McCann… racist underside of news coverage

Parchment in the Fire: Why have the Irish not revolted?

Reblogged from Sráid Marx:

The defeat of the opposition to the property tax and the ability of the Government to impose a second Croke Park austerity deal might lead many to conclude that resistance to austerity has been defeated. Even before this many have commented that while Greece has witnessed violent . . . → Read More: Parchment in the Fire: Why have the Irish not revolted?

CuriosityCat: The Anglo Tapes: Give us the %$%%$# moolah

The tapes that  have started a firestorm this week in Ireland do more than reveal the attitudes of the senior bankers involved in the destruction of Ireland’s financial system during the 2008 financial meltdown. They also show why the recommendations of the UK Parliament on legal standards of conduct for senior bankers should be . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: The Anglo Tapes: Give us the %$%%$# moolah

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Assorted content for your weekend reading.

– Andrew Jackson rightly questions Greg Mankiw’s faith-based assertion that increasing wealth accumulation is based solely on merit and contribution to society rather than hoarding and rent-seeking. And Martin Lobel highlights a few of the distortionary policies that have served to exacerbate inequality in the U.S.: Everyone admits that . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

This and that for your Sunday reading.

– Justin Ling writes that the Cons’ aversion to accountability isn’t limited to their own government, as they’re one of the few holdouts against transparency in resource-sector reporting of payments to governments abroad.

– Meanwhile, Stuart Trew discusses an international citizens’ initiative to keep the Trans-Pacific Partnership from . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

The Scott Ross: Atheist For Christmas, Christian For St.Paddy’s

Most atheists are as irrational as those who believe in religion. And perhaps even more hypocritical. 

There’s no greater example of this than those vocal opponents of religion who criticize Christmas but in just a few months time celebrate St.Patrick’s Day and other religious holidays with unrivaled enthusiasm.

St.Patrick’s Day is of course . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: Atheist For Christmas, Christian For St.Paddy’s

Things Are Good: In Ireland, Carbon Tax Means Less Waste and More Revenue

Modern economies indirectly subsidize environmentally damaging corporate practices by ignoring the environmental costs ( younger generations have to deal with the environmental damage), this can be seen in everything from the tar sands in Alberta to ewaste in electronics. In Ireland they have started a carbon tax to deal with this environmental problem while raising . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: In Ireland, Carbon Tax Means Less Waste and More Revenue

Politics, Re-Spun: ‘This is a Catholic Country’: Birth, Death and Abortion in Ireland

  Savita Halappanavar is dead. She joins millions of women who die every year from complications with their pregnancies. What makes her case particularly tragic is that it that she was refused a medical procedure that may have saved her life. Why? Because the procedure was an abortion and she had the misfortune of being […] . . . → Read More: Politics, Re-Spun: ‘This is a Catholic Country’: Birth, Death and Abortion in Ireland

THE FIFTH COLUMN: Ireland Bike Tour – Post Bike Tour Slide Shows

After the bike tour we stayed in Ennis for a few days and took a bus to Limerick for a day tour.

The most interesting observation we made was that while Ennis had narrow streets with one lane one way traffic and narrow sidewalks, much of Limerick had wide streets with one lane one way . . . → Read More: THE FIFTH COLUMN: Ireland Bike Tour – Post Bike Tour Slide Shows

THE FIFTH COLUMN: Ireland Bike Tour – Cycling Day 6 Slide Show

This was the longest ride of the tour but not too bad as far as hills go, except for the last ride into Westport, up and down and then back up and down again. Lots of scenery but not too many photo stops because of the long ride and then drive back to Ennis in . . . → Read More: THE FIFTH COLUMN: Ireland Bike Tour – Cycling Day 6 Slide Show

THE FIFTH COLUMN: Ireland Bike Tour – Break Day Slide Show

We took today easy, went for a walk near the lodge on Lough Inagh in the morning and managed to talk Jeff into driving us to the Kylemore Abbey in the afternoon where we explored the grounds and the remarkable gardens. There is some real interesting history about this place.

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THE FIFTH COLUMN: Ireland Bike Tour – Cycling Day 5, Sheep Shearing, Flowers and More Slide Shows

If you’ve ever been to a county fair or watched a movie about Australia you have seen sheep sheering, but usually with electric shears. In this part of Ireland they use hand shears and probably sheer the sheep faster and cleaner than with the electric ones. This was a great day for photos, including a . . . → Read More: THE FIFTH COLUMN: Ireland Bike Tour – Cycling Day 5, Sheep Shearing, Flowers and More Slide Shows

THE FIFTH COLUMN: Ireland Bike Tour – Cycling Day 4, Discovering Ireland’s Sheep Slide Show

Today was a day at the beach as we stopped at a wonderful little beach along the route, as well as made a visit to the lovely town of Clifden. More scenery, and did I mention the sheep. The sheep in Ireland seem to have priority over the roads, followed by bicycles and then cars.

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THE FIFTH COLUMN: Ireland Bike Tour – Cycling Day 3, The Aran Islands Slide Show

Most of the day was spent on one of the Aran Islands. It was a great day for photography as it was actually sunny and there was so much to photograph, from a remarkable fort to literally hundreds (maybe thousands) of stone fences from millions of stones dividing up the tiny allotments that people had . . . → Read More: THE FIFTH COLUMN: Ireland Bike Tour – Cycling Day 3, The Aran Islands Slide Show

THE FIFTH COLUMN: Ireland Bike Tour – Cycling Day 2, To The Burren Slide Show

Today we did a circle route through the remarkable Burren, a landscape that almost defies description, although parts of Ottawa’s Lime Kiln Trail with it’s underlying Limestone hints at it. And, of course it’s Ireland so there were more ruins. This was the second hardest climbing day of the tour.

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THE FIFTH COLUMN: Ireland Bike Tour – Cycling Day 1, The Irish Landscape Slide Show

Today we got setup on our bikes with our self-guiding instructions so we could ride on our own while Jeff went ahead with the van and then would mysteriously appear on his bike cycling towards us to make sure we were not lost. We rode to the Cliffs of Moher which reportedly has spectacular views, . . . → Read More: THE FIFTH COLUMN: Ireland Bike Tour – Cycling Day 1, The Irish Landscape Slide Show

THE FIFTH COLUMN: Ireland Bike Tour – Ennis Slide Show

We arrived a few days early and got to know the town of Ennis which was full of stone walls, first thing we noticed, and lots of local shops and pubs – no Walmarts or big box stores. The only chain store we noticed was a large Irish department store, Dunnes. The other big attraction . . . → Read More: THE FIFTH COLUMN: Ireland Bike Tour – Ennis Slide Show

THE FIFTH COLUMN: Ireland Bike Tour Overview

In recalling our wonderful bike tour of Ireland at first it seems like one long uphill ride in the rain, the green being the only constant. But actually every day was different with many different landscapes and varied geography throughout the over 300 kilometre route. We even had some dry and sunny days with fluffy . . . → Read More: THE FIFTH COLUMN: Ireland Bike Tour Overview