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Even In March This Year America Continued To Lie To Its People And The World.


An Irishman's Perspective.

The American Government is continuing to spin that they, the White House and Obama are victims. Victims in the Edward Snowden exposures of their NSA bugging and hacking America and the world, revelations. They are claiming that they are the so called victims of the antics of another.

In fact the truth is far different – and they are willing to outright, break the law lie to protect that fact. Example?

One Senator Ron Wyden questioned in March just this year, the  Director of National Intelligence James Clapper in a Senate hearing. At these hearing by the way, its a VERY serious crime to lie under oath.

One very clear and serious question was asked. It required a “Yes” or “No” answer. So Clapper openly on air through C-Span, a broadcasting network, lied to the American Senate and he lied to the public that was watching. Clapper has denounced revelations in the…

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Hypocrisy: U.S. saves convicted CIA officer from incarceration in Italy while pursuing NSA leaker


The Secular Jurist

A former CIA officer arrested in Panama in connection with an Italian conviction has returned to the United States. Robert Seldon Lady, who ran the CIA’s station in Milan, was convicted in Italy and sentenced to nine years in prison for the kidnapping of a cleric known as Abu Omar in 2003. Omar was snatched from the streets of Milan and taken to U.S. bases in Italy and Germany before being sent to Egypt, where he says he was tortured. Lady was detained in Panama last Thursday at the Italian government’s request. But just one day later, he was released and put on a U.S.-bound plane. It is rumored the Obama administration applied pressure on Panama behind the scenes, but details have yet to emerge. Italy says its request for Lady’s extradition was “disregarded without plausible explanations.” The incident comes just as the United States is seeking Edward Snowden’s extradition…

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Women from Ireland face ‘enormous additional burdens’ in going to UK for abortions


“This is not a good situation to force women into when what they need is care. It is deeply wrong,” says Ann Furedi, of PBAS, the British Pregnancy Advice Service

Women from Ireland having abortions in Britain face “enormous additional burdens” compared to British women, the chief executive of the British Pregnancy Advice Service, said yesterday.

The service is a registered charity and the largest abortion services provider in Britain.

Ann Furedi said she could not comment on the specifics of the case reported in yesterday’s Irish Times.

“The Irish women we see are absolutely the same as the British women we see, apart from the fact the Irish women have these enormous additional burdens,” she said.

“They have travel, transport, accommodation costs and the additional stress of having to travel to a different legal jurisdiction to get the care that they need at a time when they are feeling, frankly, pretty awful. I think people forget that.

Lowest emotional ebb

“To be imposing on women, at a time when they must be feeling at their lowest physical and emotional ebb, the need to organise travel, bundling themselves on to Ryanair flights, shleping about Britain, taking time off work, having to leave their families.

“This is not a good situation to force women into when what they need is care. It is deeply wrong,” she said.

More than 95 per cent of the service’s work is funded by the National Health Service in the UK. Women from outside Britain must pay to avail of its services privately. An abortion costs between £400 (€465) and £1,500 (€1,750) depending on how far the pregnancy has progressed.

She said that in the vast majority of cases her organisation’s abortion services are free to women resident in Britain.

Mara Clarke, the founder of the Abortion Support Network in London which provides support to women from Ireland seeking to access abortion, said the women the organisation helped were in “dire financial straits, making huge sacrifices to get the services they need”.

“Recently we helped a mother who fed her three children toast and sandwiches for a month to save the money to pay for an abortion for her raped 17-year-old daughter.

“We helped a woman who needed her car but sold it and cut off her landline to raise the money.

“These are not women with credit cards or overdrafts. These are women who already have nothing, who are going to loan sharks, who are not eating trying to get the money together.”

‘Well over 400’

Since the network was founded in 2008, she said the number of women seeking its help had grown constantly, from 66 the first year to about 200 the second, and she expected the number this year to be “well over 400”.

While nationally in Britain about 2 per cent of abortions were carried out later than 20 weeks’ gestation, about 8 per cent of the women supported by the network had late-term abortions.

“This is because they are raising the money and, of course, the later they have it the more expensive it is and more traumatic.”

labortionsupport.org.uk

via Women from Ireland face ‘enormous additional burdens’ in going to UK for abortions – Social Affairs & News from Ireland & Abroad | The Irish Times – Tue, Jul 23, 2013.

Leonid Afremov- Oil Painter


Make Something Mondays!

So, there’s this artist… Leonid Afremov. He is AMAZING. He paints only with oil and a palette knife and creates something new every day of his life. His work is original and phenomenal at the same time. The colors are brilliant and uplifting and I can’t get enough.

 

Leonid according to Deviant Art:

“I’m a professional artist. i paint with palette knife with oil on canvas. Art is my life and I paint every single day. it makes me happy to see people enjoying my art. God gave me a gift of being able to paint good and I thank him for that everyday buy painting and having my art affordable to buy. I was born in city of Vitebsk in 1955. Amazingly enough I was born in the same town as Marc Chagall, the famous artist who also founded the Vitebsk Art School along with Malevich &…

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I’m a Bethany Home survivor and, at 74 years old, I’m finally happy


I AM ONE of the Bethany survivors group. I live in Sydney, Australia, which has been my home for the last 40 years.

I was born in the Bethany Home Rathgar, but I was adopted by a family from Belfast. This family was very wealthy, however I had a terrible life with them. They abused me on daily basis. I left their home at the tender age of 14 never to return.

I became an alcoholic

I got married and had three children, but I was a drunk. Life was terrible and I was in hospital many times. We came to Australia hoping for a better life, however I continued drinking. I was to meet an Irishman who convinced me that I could get better. I have not had a drink for over 30 years and thankfully, I have a wonderful life. I served as Deputy Mayor here and also assisted the Irish Olympic Team during the Sydney Games.

After starting the long journey to recovery it was suggested to me that I should look into my background as this was one of the many problems I had. I contacted a solicitor in Ireland and instructed him to find my mother and what had happened.

I never knew I was born in Dublin as the papers I had showed  that I was born in Belfast. I found my mother, but regretfully she had died just months before. She had seven sisters and I made a very emotional visit to Castlederg to visit one of them. That was a wonderful time in my life as I discovered I had a family.

The mystery around my identity

I found that my name was Maurice Johnston, so I went to Dublin and obtained a copy of my birth certificate and went to Rathgar to look at where I was born. I have had some health issues and most of these according to my doctor were a result of my treatment in Bethany. I found out about Bethany Survivors group by accident when I was looking for information on Bethany and I came across Derek Leinster, Chairperson Bethany Survivors Group.

Derek has become a good friend and without his help my anger and depression would be a lot worse. He has himself taken on this task and I know I speak for all of us when I say he has helped a lot of people understand why they feel different.

One of the strange problems involves my passport. I applied for a visa to visit USA, but the passport office came back and told me that there was no record of a Paul Graham being born in Dublin nor was there any record of a Paul Graham being born in Belfast.

The only person that understood

Eventually, we finally got the visa. I spoke to the Irish embassy about this and they said that as I had an Irish birth certificate it was legally possible to issue me a passport under my name of Maurice Johnston however they said it could cause a lot of legal problems.

I often wished that my childhood could have been different; I would love to have been normal and become perhaps a doctor, however this was not to be. I am now 74 and I have the beginnings of dementia, but I am finally happy after all these years. I have three wonderful children who have stood by me and a wonderful wife of 53 years.

She is only person who has understood that I was not bad, just sick.

via Column: I’m a Bethany Home survivor and, at 74 years old, I’m finally happy.

“Anti-woman, Anti-gay ‘pro-life’ bigots go away!”


Irish Student Left Online

Tomás Heneghan, a student from UL and member of Galway Pro-Choice shares his experience of the march on Youth Defence’s office…..originally posted here.

Me decked out in my pro-choice stuff

 

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New Weapon Emerges in Fight Against Fossil Fuel Dominance and Escalating Climate Change: A Wind Turbine That Both Achieves Grid Parity While Eliminating Intermittency


robertscribbler

Last year, Republicans fought tooth and nail to block and delay the only federal funding program for wind energy — the Production Tax Credit. Their energy brinksmanship and political hostage taking forced a delay of a critical renewable energy investment decision until the last minute even as US wind capacity surged to 60 gigawatts and is attributed to increasing US economic growth by .25% in the 4th quarter while adding over 80,000 new jobs. This cynical political action, on the part of republicans and other opponents to renewable energy, resulted in an unconscionable stalling of new installations in early 2013 even as extreme weather and climate change continued to batter countries around the globe.

By comparison, US fossil fuel companies still enjoyed billions of dollars in subsidy, tax incentive, land use donations, and direct investment support from the federal government, risk free. To this point, it is worth considering the…

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Shades of grey


big mac and whys

truth

We’ll never know the truth of what transpired between Zimmerman and Martin on the night of the fatal shooting but here are the facts as I see them.

Zimmerman ignored instructions from trained emergency personnel not to confront Martin.

Zimmerman was armed.

Trayvon was not.

Trayvon is dead.

Zimmerman is not.

A justice system that gives individuals the right to provoke a confrontation and then claim self-defence is irredeemably flawed.

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CRASH 2: Who will win the Apocalypse Stakes?


The Slog.

This time, there are more than four riders

apocalypseThe folks at Zero Hedge (especially Mark J Grant) are now at the forefront of those convinced – as am I – that the days of madness are numbered. Nobody knows, of course, how many numbers are involved, whether we can trust the numbers, or even if they’re going forwards or backwards; but the point is, the future for globalist Friedmanism is now very obviously finite. Indeed what we have this still, hot July 16th 2013 is a surfeit of potential explosions to set off the chain reaction. It’s like facing Harold’s illegal accession to the English throne, Charles I dissolving Parliament, Jenkins having his ear cut off, the Sarajevo assassination, and the Nazi invasion of Poland all at once this weekend.

So in the light of this near-tumescent anticipation, The Slog this afternoon offers you clear guidance on the runners and…

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Cardinal Peter Turkson on Bank Separation in Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung


LaRouche Irish Brigade

The German paper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) today carried a very important article. They interviewed Cardinal Peter Turkson, head of the Pontifical Council on Justice and Peace,who came out for bank separation Readers of this website know that  the reinstatement of the FDR Glass-Steagall Act will best accomplish bank separation. Here is a partial translation of the FAZ article:

The interview (headline “What Portugal goes through, is normal for developing countries”) starts off with a quote by Pope Francis on the “invisible tyranny of the markets” and the “new dance around the Golden Calf”. Asked on his view, Cardinal Turkson agrees “Of course the pope is right. Since 2008 we are living with the financial crises and nothing indicated that it disappears soon. To the opposite, one nation after the other is going to its knees. For how long do we want to watch this?”
Who is responsible for the…

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No posts 10th- 14th July


Sorry folks no posts  10-14th July as I am taking a little break.

Quote for today


QUOTE: Epicurus

Portrait of Epicurus, founder of the Epicurean...

 

Why should I fear death? If I am, death is not. If death is, I am not. Why should I fear that which can only exist when I do not?

Epicurus (341 BCE – 270 BCE)
Ancient Greek philosopher as well as the founder
of the school of philosophy called Epicureanism

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