Dead woman being kept alive in Ireland, because she’s 17 weeks pregnant

Oh Ireland, when will it end? Not even in death do Irish women have ownership of their bodies.
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Can you afford to be healthy?

We’ve all been there. Shopping isles, foraging for the items we normally throw in our trollies, but wait; something catches our eye on the same shelf. Organic. Hmm. Same item but apparently better for you, and alas, more expensive. Less chemicals, GMO free, No artificial flavors ect. and of course it probably is better for you. But can you afford it?


Government: “Eat healthier”

We hear it regularly, government plans to tackle obesity and related illnesses, often preaching to us, the consumer, to “Eat healthier, Make better choices”. These statements do nothing more than insinuate that the blame is on society; poor eating habits result in poor health. It’s your fault (lets ignore for a moment the vested interests the Healthcare industry and pharmaceutical companies have in unhealthy societies). The truth is while more and more people are becoming aware of poor quality food standards and the health dangers cheap, processed, chemical pumped foods offer, people cannot simply just “eat Healthier”. It’s not like go exercise; walking and running are free. It’s not like get more sleep. Antibiotics and arsenic in the chicken. Growth hormones in the milk. Cancer causing sweeteners in, well, just about everything. Now that your aware of such dangers, surely you can spend an extra 15 minutes on your shopping trip to read the label of every item you pick up and make better, healthier choices.

Truth is, a shocking number of people can’t. Cancer causing, processed, dangerous foods are stocked in every food store at low prices, as opposed to organic foods (if your store even stocks them) which are generally more expensive, and less plentiful. In new study published by the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, low income Americans would have to spend almost 70% of their income to meet the national dietary guidelines. So, while it’s all well and good for the government to simply blame societies lack of education regarding food, or allocating it to laziness, gluttony ect, and while this may be true in some cases, the fact that Governments maintain low food standards resulting in mass cheap food production that harms health is rather telling.

Bluntly, if low income families (nearly half of the USA) can’t afford a healthy lifestyle, this results in widespread unhealthy lifestyles, which results in health issues, which subsequently leads to a need for health care, which funds a booming Health and Pharmaceutical industry.

We are allowing ourselves to be told we’re to blame by the very organizations who are keeping us unhealthy.
Governments, Food and Healthcare companies need to stop allocating all the responsibility and blame for nationwide poor health and obesity epidemics to people and start taking responsibility for allowing the present day situation, where it’s cheaper to buy a box of doughnuts in Walmart then a bag of sprouts.

The R Bomb: The Abuse of Political Correctness

That’s racism.
“RACISM!”
“……..that’s just racist.”

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock, many of us have heard or read in the news numerous issues regarding racism and discrimination within the last few weeks. It seems nations worldwide are dealing with the topic, for instance the UK has had a flurry of issues regarding the political party UKIP, and whether protecting British homogeneity is racist or a legitimate concern. Ireland a few weeks ago had a ‘racist’ problem due to a lynch mob who protested outside a Roma gypsy home, the inhabitants of which were believed to be engaged in various criminal gangs and acts in the area. The US at present is under extreme scrutiny with regards to its law enforcement system, with the prolific deaths of 3 unarmed African American individuals at the hands of White policemen: Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, and Eric Garner. However though ethnicity undeniably plays a part in all the…

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Why Irish eyes aren’t smiling: Irish Water

After years of fierce austerity measures, the Irish Water debacle seemed to blast the last few bits of patience the Irish people had. No scheme has gathered more public unrest and controversy then the formation of the privately owned company Irish Water. This article is not attempting to influence or inform your decision on whether to pay the charge or not. There is a plethora of information out there to do that. What will be discussed however is why exactly the formation of the company Irish Water is illegal, as is the actions of the Irish Government. What follows is utter insults to the integrity of the people of Ireland by Fine Gael and Labour, and the tactics employed by the Government and Irish water to legitimize blatant illegal actions, resulting in an illegal domestic charge, and illegal contract (both by Irish and EU law) and nothing but an abuse and mockery of the Irish people


Lies

“Today I enter into a covenant with the Irish people……Honesty is not just our policy, it is our only policy”220px-EndaKenny2007FineGael
Enda Kenny, the Day he was elected as Taoiseach, 9th of march, 2011

Fine Gael and Labour were elected in a time of severe economical crisis. Severe cuts, increased taxes, and high unemployment and a general feeling of despair greeted the new coalition government, whose best policy was honesty, if words are anything to go by. Now, while no one would ever voluntarily testify to the honesty of a politician,  people had genuine hope, or at least belief, that a new party could hardly be worse than the last.
What came was a series of exploitative job schemes (Jobbridge) rooted in maintaining a welfare state, and yet again, increased taxation. But this time, the tax came in a form completely unexpected. While Water charges had been on the cards as early as 2009, no-one could have predicted the deceitful tactics employed by the Irish government to privatize Ireland’s water.


                                                                                                                                                                                     Is That Even legal?

On the 25th of December-yes, Christmas day- the legislation to privatize Irelands water, The Irish Water Act 2013, was signed into law. This was to pass the law without massive amounts of public attention
Firstly, there is existing EU legislation (Europeans Competitions Treaty Act art. 82 and 86) which prohibits the privatization of natural resources, so the Irish Water Act is in breach of EU competitors law.
Also, under the EU Water directive 2000, Ireland does not have to pay for water charges. However, as the Irish Water website kindly informs us “The Irish Government introduced national legislation in 2013 (Water Services Act No. 2) obliging Irish Water to introduce charging for the supply of domestic water services.”
It is highly evident from the above that the implementation of the company Irish Water was managed in a way to go unnoticed and unapproved by the people of Ireland.
To add further insult to injury, the Minister Alan Kelly is due to renew Ireland’s EU exemption on Water charges in January, which he intends not to do. As reported on avaaz.org ,

“Last week the Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly said that Ireland did not have an exemption from domestic water metering and charging as defined in the EU Water Services Directive.
This was simply untrue, and the EU have confirmed this.”


A Torrent of Tyranny

• Irish Water is owned by Denis O Brien, who owns GMC/Sierra and Communicorp, a media Giant who owns many of Ireland’s radio stations. Irish Water was not a legally registered or certified company at the time it signed a contract with the Irish Government, and did not possess an EU (required) Tax certificate of registration.
• Many have been critical of Irish Water’s bullying threats to people who don’t pay their charges. Turning off their water supply, directly taxing their wage or social welfare payment, but interestingly circling around court hearings. Irish water is currently being delayed due to major disputes in the courts already.
• Irish people already pay Water charges. The Property Tax introduced in 2011 is supposed to cover the costs of “Essential Services” which includes the water system. VAT was increased in the 1970’s to cover the costs of maintain the water infrastructure. The government, and company Irish Water want you to continue paying these, plus your average 260 euro a year.
• The meters currently being installed in thousands of homes across Ireland are the same meters that are currently being uninstalled across America due to concerns of dangerous radiation emissions.


Final Thoughts

Irish people are angry for a number of reasons; a strange company demanding details and PPS no’s, employing bullying tactics to those who don’t pay an already paid for charge,  and the blatantly deceitful illegal and bullying actions of the Irish Government complacent to Irish Water in the form of controlled media, downplaying the real issues with regards to the privatization of Ireland’s water, ignoring mass protests, and most recently, Enda Kenny’s refusal to call a general election early, despite widespread angst. There is a lack of transparency in the Irish government, and the establishment of Irish Water is a prime example of why: to push through agendas in favour of the elite few. There is a history of such in Irish politics. As long as they can bully and make unreasonable demands of the Irish people, be assured, they will continue to. Rising rent and house costs, rising intuition fees, “Temporary” Universal social charge, Property Tax, Water charges: only we can decide when it will end. Ireland is no longer a land of scholars, but a land of many who can no longer afford education, a place to live, and soon, one of the  basic human needs, water.

“The heaviest penalty for declining to rule is to be ruled by someone inferior to yourself.”

-Plato

The R Bomb: The Abuse of Political Correctness

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, many of us have heard or read in the news numerous issues regarding racism and discrimination within the last few weeks. It seems nations worldwide are dealing with the topic, for instance the UK has had a flurry of issues regarding the political party UKIP, and whether protecting British homogeneity is racist or a legitimate concern. Ireland a few weeks ago had a ‘racist’ problem due to a lynch mob who protested outside a Roma gypsy home, the inhabitants of which were believed to be engaged in various criminal gangs and acts in the area. The US at present is under extreme scrutiny with regards to its law enforcement system, with the prolific deaths of 3 unarmed African American individuals at the hands of White policemen: Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, and Eric Garner. However though ethnicity undeniably plays a part in all the instances above, there is considerable evidence in the media these days just how multifaceted and widespread the use of the term can be, to the point where it loses all meaning, and, more importantly, is being abused to legitimize crime, and further personal agendas.

Truth as Racism

Comments on current affairs often requires accuracy and vagueness, simultaneously. Political correctness is there to provide just that, and a plethora of other things: equality, fairness and sensitivity to issues of gender, race and culture from all parts of the world. However, we have gotten to the stage where almost anything, or anyone can be branded a ‘racist’ or ‘bigot’ for simply disagreeing with someone of a different ethnicity. Sometimes just citing the simple facts is seen as prejudice. And now it seems we avoid addressing the issues of ethnicity and race due to fears of being branded a racist. Contrastingly, by and large, issues regarding such ‘racists’ receive the most media attention, and the majority of the ‘racist’ labels are directed at White ethnicities. But racism should (and does) work both ways, however ‘selective racism’ seems to be the prevalent theme, while people of colour can never be racist.

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Firstly, to be branded a ‘racist’ or bigot’ when expressing genuine legitimate concern is offensive, as is hurling racist remarks or comments. Being termed a ‘Racist’ is career damaging, whether you’re a politician, news reporter, or anything else for that matter. A prime example of this is the racism reporting site set up in the aftermath of the Ferguson protests. The Tumblr blog ‘Racists getting Fired’ invites people to aim at getting people who post perceived racist comments online, fired from their jobs, by hunting down the persons employer, and informing them of their ‘racist’ employee. However who is to determine what constitutes as racism? Recently, health food company Holland and Barrett were accused of ‘racism’ for selling Royal Jelly skin Whitening Cream which is primarily used for lighting sun and dark spots. This is just one incredible end of the ‘racism’ cry spectrum. However regarding the Tumblr page, having visited the site, there are many ‘racist’ remarks that are not , by definition of the term, racist, that are still targeted.

Racism -the belief that all members of each race possess characteristics or abilities specific to that race, especially so as to distinguish it as inferior or superior to another race or races.”

Of course racism exists. In all countries, from all rankings. The issue is however that the term is abused, thrown around loosely and carelessly, in situations where race is clearly not the issue at hand. The recent US police shootings for instance, indicate more of an issue with regards to US Law enforcement and militarization of the Police force then it does of racism, especially considering US Police have shot dead more white individuals then black in recent years. The Irish ‘lynch mob’ protest at the Roma home, while undoubtedly not a right or peaceful protest by any means, did provide insight to the legitimate fears many in Irish society have of Roma immigrants, many of which engage in theft, crime and aggressive begging on Irish streets. Roma crime is reported, but largely left to flourish, as Irish authorities fear being labeled racist to the point of protecting what has been described as a “weak and vulnerable target”. If those that engage in thief and crime are “weak” and vulnerable” targets, what does that make the people they steal from? Subsequently, anyone to utter the words ‘Roma gypsy’ and ‘crime’ in the same sentence is branded a hateful racist, despite criminality being an intrinsic part of Roma culture for decades. So the criminals are protected, and the victims criminalized. This is the effect of PC today.

Political Correctness Is Damaging

The ever pressing urge for the media and politics to be politically correct is resulting in the avoidance and addressing of serious issues, which go un-dealt with for fear of the R bomb. And those who use the term carelessly and unscrupulously succeed in stifling opposition, and in certain instances, obstructing justice. An obvious example of this was the sexual exploitation and abuse of over 1000 girls in UK’s Rotherham, in which predominantly white British girls, some under the age of 12, were being groomed and exploited by a group of predators of Pakistani heritage. While calls had been made to the police regarding the issue previously, Police postponed investigating claims, due to fears of any investigation being branded ‘Racist’. Somehow, a gang of men raping and abusing children went unperturbed because the national Police force were afraid to intervene. In this regard it would seem very much so like the traditional notions of ‘racism’ turned upside down- these men were protected and the children abused for so long because somehow, they’re race placed them above the law, above claims regarding their activities, and above investigation.
Stroking the flames of Racism in every opportunity is erroneous, overdone, and becoming an instant go to for many media outlets and individuals in certain cases to in a way actually attempt to legitimize crime. Political correctness has resulted in injustices within the authoritative and political spectrums, as following standard procedure, simply expressing concern, or speaking the truth can result in cries of racism and bigotry. It has recently resulted in the abuse of hundreds of young British girls, mindless riots and violence in response to a police officer following standard procedure after being attacked, and who knows how many cases of unpunished, yet blatant criminality.

Racism!

Those who shout the cries of racism loudest, are often most racist themselves, seeing ONLY the race in a situation, and little else.