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If You See Only One Irish-Made Hugo Chavez Documentary


The Revolution Will Not Be Televised (2003).

Still startling fly-on-the-palace-wall documentary on strange but frightening 2002 coup attempt.

Dismissed by anti-Chavezites. Regularly shown on Venezuelan telly.

By Kim Bartley Donnacha Ó Briain. Produced by Power Pictures, Galway.

At first, the president’s staff treated the filmmakers with suspicion and made filming difficult. After numerous delays, Bartley and Ó Briain finally got through to Chávez. They calculated that they needed to “press the right buttons” to gain his support, so they presented him with an old edition of the memoirs of [Cork-born] Daniel Florence O’Leary, who had fought alongside Simón Bolívar. Inside, they had written a quote from the Irish socialist playwright Seán O’Casey. Slowly, Bartley and Ó Briain gained their subjects’ trust, “dissolving any self-consciousness as a result of their cameras”.

Watch the full documentary here:

via If You See Only One Irish-Made Hugo Chavez Documentary | Broadsheet.ie.

via If You See Only One Irish-Made Hugo Chavez Documentary | Broadsheet.ie.

Health Minister James Reilly gets stuck in a lift


Health Minister James Reilly gets stuck in a lift and does his nut!!!

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At the launch of a new mental health facility today in Dublin, Minister James Reilly ended up stuck in a lift for 20 minutes.

We don’t know if Minister for Health James Reilly is claustrophobic but he was certainly tested on that score today.

The Fine Gael man was attending the official opening of the Phoenix Care Centre in Grangegorman in Dublin when the lift he was in got stuck.

As you can see, thanks to this tweet by journalist Sara Burke (@sburx), his predicament drew quite a crowd.

Reilly lift

 

Various reports suggests that Reilly was trapped for between 10 and 20 minutes before emerging to officially launch the facility.

Rumours of sabotage from disgruntled public service workers are only the tip of the Twitter joke iceberg on this one.

via Tweet of the day | Health Minister James Reilly gets stuck in a lift.

via Health Minister James Reilly gets stuck in a lift.

Coming Soon: The 2nd Annual 420 Smoke Out at Belfast City Hall


It was around this time last year I first saw a poster circulating Facebook advertising a 420 Smoke Out at Belfast City Hall.

I knew instantly that I had to go.

Some people claimed a turnout of 200; others said it was more like 40 or 50 people, what I can tell you is that, being in the crowd looking out, it felt like thousands.

Whilst perhaps tiny in comparison to international 420 celebrations like Colorado, Toronto or Amsterdam, the people certainly made up for it with the atmosphere.  It was like a crowd of long lost friends reuniting. Everyone was buzzing, chatting, sharing stories, advice and everything else…

April 20th 2013 is just under two months away so I thought now was as good a time as any to ignite interest with this year’s flyer.

If you’re reading this, COME ALONG, and please take a few moments to share the poster with friends and family, via Facebook, Twitter or other social media.

Lets celebrate cannabis with like minded people.

via Coming Soon: The 2nd Annual 420 Smoke Out at Belfast City Hall.

via Coming Soon: The 2nd Annual 420 Smoke Out at Belfast City Hall.

Should we let smokers and fat people die? Twitter debate surging


According to some folks out there, smokers and fat people are either: 1) a burdensome group sinking everyone with their medical costs, or 2) a dispensable group we should all just let die early. Welcome to the health care debate that’s taken Twitter by storm. The fight over applying lifestyle penalties is raging as lawmakers hash out details of the Affordable Care Act. With those two “high-risk” groups tallying about $243 billion in annual health care costs, some argue that “willfully unhealthy” people should be left alone to die early and save the system money, rather than being taxed or penalized. Others say smoking control and anti-obesity measures have proven effective and should be continued. Can’t we all just have a smoke and a pastry and get along?

via Health care: smoking and obesity costs and penalties.

via Health care: smoking and obesity costs and penalties.

Luke Ming Flanagan -Is Ireland’s political establishment braced for the impact of social media?


Late last year, US President Barack Obama tweeted ‘four more years’ on his active Twitter page in what has to be the most retweeted post of all time. By comparison, Ireland’s Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s Twitter profile hasn’t been updated since July 2011. In general, Ireland’s political system just isn’t geared up for social media, warned independent TD Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan.

Yesterday, an international and non-partisan ‘think tank’ on 21st-century governance, the Digital Policy Council (DPC), revealed that three out of four heads of state worldwide now have a presence on microblogging site Twitter.

Speaking with Siliconrepublic.com, Flanagan pointed out that the next general election in Ireland, he believes, will be fought, won and lost on social media sites like Twitter and Facebook.

n fact, you could argue this has already happened. You could say the recent Irish presidential elections were, in fact, decided on Twitter when a tweet read out aloud on RTÉ made an allegation against then-leading candidate Sean Gallagher cost Gallagher the elections in the infamous Twittergate debacle.

Other notable incidents, such as Simon Coveney’s ‘hangover’ tweet following the previous taoiseach Brian Cowen’s interview on Morning Ireland the morning after a Fianna Fail annual conference in 2010 have no doubt led the political establishment to look on social media as toxic and to be avoided if possible.

There is no doubt that such views will be galvanised in the aftermath of the tragic death of Fine Gael Minister of State Shane McEntee, TD, just before Christmas, which many attribute to negative comments and anonymous cyberbullying on social media sites.

McEntee’s death, as well as the suicides of a number of teenagers in Ireland, have prompted debates on whether social media needs to be regulated. An Oireachtas committee on Transport and Communications will hold a special meeting to discuss the issue in the coming weeks.

The next Irish general election will be fought, won and lost via social media

But can Ireland’s existing and future politicians afford to ignore social media when you consider there are more than 2m Irish people using Facebook and of these some 1.5m return to the social network every day?

Obama’s Twitter and Facebook pages are updated just as zealously now as at the height of the US elections in November. Every day they are used to explain the impact of decisions and issues, such as the fiscal cliff.

By way of contrast, Kenny’s Twitter profile hasn’t been updated since July 2011, four months after his election victory, precisely at a time when the leader of a nation should be communicating and explaining difficult decisions to its people. His Facebook profile is regularly updated, however, with his weekly message.

The reality is that politics – and the overall political process – has become a real-time affair that now extends beyond newspapers, TV and radio into Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. The question is this: are the politicians and the apparatus designed to support them also geared up for this real-time age?

In an interview with Flanagan, he said he believes social media has become an important communications mechanism that could decide the next elections. He said politicians need to embrace social media rather than fear it.

Flanagan’s own election in the March 2011 general elections with almost 20pc first preference votes was considered a landslide victory. Flanagan attributed the victory to old-fashioned electioneering with a personal touch but also astute use of social media, Facebook in particular.

The outspoken TD, who has struggled to be taken seriously by the mainstream media, said we now live in the age of real-time politics, but he doubts the political establishment in Ireland has grasped it yet. If they have, they are choosing to ignore it and hope it goes away.

He believes social media offers benefits as well as pitfalls, and that education and training is crucial.

His comments were inspired by his own frustration at existing Oireachtas facilities, whereby he was unable to share out Dáil footage of his Budget 2013 speech where he had outlined how Ireland could reap €3.5bn in savings until three or four days later when it was made available online.

At that stage not only had the moment passed but the footage was nigh impossible to edit – the videos that result three days later are MPEG 4 files that capture specific chunks of meetings – in order to edit the videos, audio and video have to be separated and as a result the precise footage couldn’t be embedded on YouTube, for example.

Flanagan, who has almost 11,000 followers on Twitter and 11,650 on Facebook, said the outdated video and transcripts system will remain in place until members of the Dáil and Senate clamour for it themselves.

But considering the prevailing views on social media following recent events, that may be some time coming.

“When you try to edit it you are met with the problem that the sound and images appear to need to be edited independently of each other. Even a child out there with a smartphone can produce a file that they can put on the internet in seconds and you can work with easier than what they’ve done in the Dáil.

“That’s why technology works so well these days, because it is simple – and that’s why the Dáil system doesn’t work so well, because it is complicated.”

Winning elections digitally

Independent TD Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan, who believes the next elections in Ireland will be fought, won and lost on social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook. He urges more and more people out there to strive to get elected to office

Already the newspapers are filling with stories about how various parties are mining their councillors for potential candidates for local elections in 2014, but Flanagan’s belief is that any citizen should feel entitled to run for office and that social media will be a decider in the next elections.

Astute election watchers and politicians will be watching how Obama did it again in the US in 2012 through clever social media campaigning and old-fashioned legwork, but the example of Flanagan should be also be noted.

“Each election that comes along, if they hadn’t recognised it in the last election they are going to be even more out of touch in the next election and then they will rue the day.

“In my own case, I recruited 75pc of my canvassers through Facebook (I wasn’t active on Twitter at that stage). I did a tour of my constituency and would spend two to three nights in every town and before I’d arrive I would message friends telling them I’d be in the area and would they come out to help me.

“The most successful one was Carrick-on-Shannon, when I had 28 people turn up at the Landmark Hotel who I’d never met before just waiting and very keen to go out and canvass for me.”

Flanagan also said he would name check local businesses to help them drum up business as he went through each area.

“People kept coming out to canvass for me and in the end they were dubbed the Mingsters and this following would grow the more I put out messages. It was really viral and exciting for me given that as an independent candidate it just wouldn’t have been feasible to do what I did 15 years ago.”

Because of the shape of the Irish economy these have become highly politicised times and Flanagan urges anyone who feels they can do the job to get out there and run for election.

“They elected someone like me. I mean, look at me and listen to my policies! Yet I got elected in a place where they voted against divorce.

“With €1,000 to print leaflets, a computer and a Facebook page you could run a very professional campaign provided you get out there and be prepared to use up a lot of shoe leather,” Flanagan said.

via Is Ireland’s political establishment braced for the impact of social media? – New Media – New Media | siliconrepublic.com – Ireland’s Technology News Service.

via Is Ireland’s political establishment braced for the impact of social media? – New Media – New Media | siliconrepublic.com – Ireland’s Technology News Service.

Luke Ming Flanagan reads from a letter he received from a priest speaking of the wilderness that carers find themselves in.


Deputy Luke Ming Flanagan reads from a letter he received from a priest speaking of the wilderness that carers find themselves in.

The ebullient Mattie McGrath follows him with some apocalyptic imagery for the Taoiseach.

Hat-tip to Oireachtas Retort via twitter

If readers ever feel like a good dose of comedy we recommend the Oireachtas Live link here

via Blog : rabble.

via Blog : rabble.

Trump wins trademark law suit, The Donald claims “Bloviating Ignoramus”


New York:New York) Ucs News : This week it was revealed that Donald Trump has added the words Bloviating Ignoramus to the more than 200 trademark applications that contain his own name. The 200-plus number is held up as an example of his greed; his need to increase the value of his name (claimed to be $3 billion) by attaching it to “every kind of product imaginable, from hotels to perfume to a vanity beer label.”

A search on the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office website shows the good, the bad, and the ugly:

Trump Bloviating Ignoramus

Trumps Bad Hair

Trump…..Jerk!

Idiot Trump

Egomaniacal Trump

Oysters Trump

The Trump Art Collection

The Trump Follies

Trump Birther Moron

Douche Trump

Trump University

Trump Vodka

Trump’s American Pale Ale

Trumptini

Tumpthetic

Tumpidiot

Trump Airlines

Trump Institute

Trump Steaks

via Unconfirmedsources.com.

via Unconfirmedsources.com.

 

Donald Trump has never seen a shrink


Since he called for “revolution” after President Obama’s reelection, Donald Trump has seemed a little chastened on Twitter. His feed has become a dull litany of inspirational quotes from old generals and presidents, mixed with plugs for his hotels during the holidays and occasional concerns about the fiscal cliff and Paula Broadwell’s marriage.

But if you’ve stopped following him, well, a little of the crazy is back. In recent days, Trump has picked fights with Cher, Rosie O’Donnell and Chelsea Handler, and even gone after the Red Cross. And sometimes he just randomly defends himself from all the people who are disgusted by him. Here’s a taste:

Attacking Rosie:

Donald J. Trump

@realDonaldTrump

I was nice to loser @Rosie and she attacked me–it just shows never let up with a bully. They only fade when you hit them hard!

21 Nov 12 ReplyRetweetFavorite

Donald J. Trump

@realDonaldTrump

I am going to give @Rosie a pass. @Rosie is desperate to get back on TV so she can be on yet another show that can be quickly canceled.

21 Nov 12 ReplyRetweetFavorite

Baiting the Huffington Post:

Donald J. Trump

@realDonaldTrump

It’s Monday. How many people got fired from @HuffingtonPost today?

20 Nov 12 ReplyRetweetFavorite

Picking on Cher:

Donald J. Trump

@realDonaldTrump

All because of me- people don’t care about you Cher. “@cher My week on twitter 1k retweets , 29 new listings 15k new followers 2k mentions.”

20 Nov 12 ReplyRetweetFavorite

Donald J. Trump

@realDonaldTrump

.@cher–I don’t wear a “rug”—it’s mine. And I promise not to talk about your massive plastic surgeries that didn’t work.

14 Nov 12 ReplyRetweetFavorite

Bringing the crazy to Chelsea Handler:

Donald J. Trump

@realDonaldTrump�

.@chelseahandler–stop calling my office for me to do your rather “gross” show–I have less interest in you than Andre.

19 Nov 12 ReplyRetweetFavorite

�Donald J. Trump

@realDonaldTrump�

.@chelseahandler—stop trying to get your hotelier boyfriend back—a lost cause—he can do much better!

19 Nov 12 ReplyRetweetFavorite

Misleading people about the Red Cross:

�Donald J. Trump

@realDonaldTrump�

.@RedCross CEO’s salary in 2011 was $951,957. Where is the outrage?

20 Nov 12 ReplyRetweetFavorite

Watching MSNBC promos:

�Donald J. Trump

@realDonaldTrump�

.@maddow Standing in front of wind turbines is sad. Rachel, windmills are terrible for the environment—

13 Nov 12 ReplyRetweetFavorite

Deluding himself:

�Donald J. Trump

@realDonaldTrump�

It makes me feel so good to hit “sleazebags” back — much better than seeing a psychiatrist (which I never have!)

19 Nov 12 ReplyRetweetFavorit

via Donald Trump has never seen a shrink – Salon.com.

via Donald Trump has never seen a shrink.

Americans react to Pravda mockery of “illiterate” Obama voters


Pravda, the communist Russian mouthpiece of dictators for one hundred years, knows a savvy, exploitative commie when it sees one. A recent op-ed in the propaganda rag mocks America’s “illiterate society” and credits President Obama for exploiting voters’ ignorance to promote the “Commnist Manifesto without calling it so.”

Recently, Obama has been re-elected for a 2nd term by an illiterate society and he is ready to continue his lies of less taxes while he raises them…

…He is a Communist without question promoting the Communist Manifesto without calling it so. How shrewd he is in America. His cult of personality mesmerizes those who cannot go beyond their ignorance. They will continue to follow him like those fools who still praise Lenin and Stalin in Russia. Obama’s fools and Stalin’s fools share the same drink of illusion.

Logical consistency isn’t to be expected from a state propaganda organ, but the fact that Pravda attacked Obama from the right may be a first.

Many American Twitter users responded to the story by…agreeing:

via Americans react to Pravda mockery of “illiterate” Obama voters | Twitchy.

via Americans react to Pravda mockery of “illiterate” Obama voters | Twitchy.

Donald Trump Praises…President Obama?


Real estate mogul Donald Trump is a notoriously outspoken critic of President Barack Obama and his policies. But on Wednesday, the Donald had nothing but kind words for the commander-in-chief.

Trump, via his official Twitter account, said Obama did a “good job” handling the ongoing crisis between Israel and Hamas in Gaza and helped “stop the war” after the two spent days exchanging fire.

DonaldTrump – Tweet

Pres. Obama’s steady support of @Israel throughout this crisis helped stop the war. He did a good job’.

A cease-fire agreement between Israel and the Gaza Strip’s Hamas rulers took effect Wednesday night, bringing an end to eight days of the fiercest fighting in years. The agreement was sponsored by Egypt.

Trump was apparently in a particularly good mood on Wednesday, he even wished everyone a happy Thanksgiving — including his “many enemies.”

via Donald Trump Praises…President Obama? | TheBlaze.com.

via Donald Trump Praises…President Obama? | TheBlaze.com.

Donald Trump to get penis surgically removed from forehead


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Reality TV star and business magnate Donald Trump announced today that he will undergo surgery to remove genitalia from his upper facial region.

                                             A doctor analyses the problem

The delicate procedure – likely to take up to five hours – has never been attempted before. But doctors are hopeful Mr Trump will make a full recovery.

The star of The Apprentice said this morning “I’ve had this penis on my head for most of my life, but it’s gotten a lot more obvious in recent times. It’s hard for people to take my conspiracy theories seriously when there’s this cock dangling down around my eyes.

A doctor analyses the problem

“Even I have trouble looking at myself in the mirror sometimes. Which is saying something.”

Mr Trump says Chinese spies, under the orders of Barack Obama, secretly implanted the penis on his head while he was sleeping.

The operation will be filmed for an upcoming reality TV show The Appendage.

via Donald Trump to get penis surgically removed from forehead « The Shovel.

via Donald Trump to get penis surgically removed from forehead « The Shovel.

Donald Trump forms his own militia


vowing to restore democracy his own way

With US gun sales at a record high following Barack Obama’s re-election, American businessman Donald Trump has confirmed that he’s bought most of them, formed his own constitutional militia, and is planning to overthrow the US government.

The follicly-distressed tycoon, whose extravagant, outspoken style has earned him the nickname of ‘the twat’, now has a small private army of around 300 unemployed gas station attendants from all over the province of Dirtgully, New Hampshire, who are currently holed up in a heavily fortified penthouse near Mount Mansfield, protected by an efficiently snooty concierge.

When the time is right, Trump intends to lead them to the very gates of the White House and then, from a reasonable distance, ‘watch our fight to reclaim liberty’.

“The forces of evil, which recently voted in free and fair elections to appoint somebody I don’t personally care for, must be overthrown,” Mr Trump said over the ‘Citizens’-Band Radio’ of Twitter. “Our revolutionary movement, which I have named The Trump Martyrs (copyright pending, legal action to follow for use without permission), intends to stand up for the god-fearing downtrodden inexplicably irritated rich white folks of America.”

A perennially controversial figure, Donald Trump worked his way up from being little more than the son of a wealthy property developer, to become one of America’s wealthiest property developers. It is to this unorthodox upbringing he attributes his sense of fair play, compassion and keen interest in having pots and pots of money with which to buy wives, influence and bits of Scotland.

In 2010, Mr Trump announced his interest in becoming President of the United States and was astonished to discover there was more to getting the job than just asking for it. “You would not believe the obstacles to becoming Commander-in-Chief,” he told ABC’s Power Brunch in May 2011. “Campaigning, coming up with policies and all that horse-hockey. If I’m at home with Melania and the kids and we’re playing Monopoly I just declare myself the winner and we’re done; and if there’s any complaints I remind them whose board it is.”

Politically, he describes himself as tacking to the liberal wing of the anti-gay marriage, pro-life, anti-gun control, anti-medicare, China-hating segment of the Republican Party: “I believe in the inalienable right to hate all this stuff,” he said.

Mr Trump equipped his band of patriotic simpletons by tasking contestants on his NBC reality show The Apprentice to secure a large cache of illegal firearms and explosives. Team A successfully negotiated the deal with a Lebanese gentleman. Team B hasn’t been heard from since.

via Donald Trump forms his own militia | NewsBiscuit.

via Donald Trump forms his own militia | NewsBiscuit.

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