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    Lugh Ildánach got a reaction from nico in Sri Lanka Marxist Party   
    Good to see a statement on Syria. 
     
    This organisation's attitude to Tamil self determination however has bordered on outright Sinhalese nationalism, and they were implicated in the anti-Tamil violence that killed tens of thousands of Tamils.
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    Lugh Ildánach reacted to nico in Photography   
    Another one I took yesterday across the road from the Wolfe Tone monument, looking back towards Grafton Street. Nice effect with the traffic whizzing by.
     

    Across the road from Tone

    Theobald Wolfe Tone

     
     
     
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    Lugh Ildánach reacted to nico in Photography   
    Wolfe Tone monument, Stephens Green.
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    Lugh Ildánach reacted to nico in Photography   
    Traffic whizzing by the Wolfe Tone memorial.
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    Lugh Ildánach reacted to nico in Photography   
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    Lugh Ildánach got a reaction from Fodla32 in Human Rights Watch - Another Imperialist Weapon of Mass Destruction   
    Given that HRW was set up by the US to undermine the Soviet bloc, this should be no surprise.
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    Lugh Ildánach reacted to nico in Coercion by the Community Sector   
    http://citizensagainstworkfare.wordpress.com/

    Coercion by the Community Sector – Developments in the Community Employment & Tús Schemes

    Community Sector organisations have been drawn into direct conflict with the communities that they are supposed to be helping. When the Tús scheme was announced there was considerable disquiet amongst the community sector that the scheme would detract from and possibly replace the long-established Community Employment scheme. No effective action was taken to fight the scheme.

    The Community Employment scheme was most advantageous to those on disability linked or lone parents social welfare payments. Those in receipt of those payments could retain a large part of their social welfare payments as well as receive a basic wage for their 19.5 hours on Community Employment. Jobseekers were also eligible for the scheme, but could not keep their social welfare entitlement at the same time. This structure ensured that people were not being forced unwillingly into community sector jobs that they were not interested in, and made Community Employment a reasonable prospect for sections of the workforce who were already restricted to working part-time due to their personal circumstances. This structure has now been replaced, and those on Community Employment positions can no longer retain their social welfare entitlement, but instead receive 20 Euro more than their previous payment. For many disabled people and lone parents it is clear to see that 20 Euro is not sufficient to make Community Employment a viable option when the cost of getting to and from work, together with childcare is taken into account.

    The Tús scheme was introduced alongside these changes to Community Employment. The main difference with the Tús scheme was that participants could not chose to go on the scheme, they are instead selected from the live register by the Department of Social Protection and are threatened with a withdrawal of their social welfare entitlement if they do not comply. Unlike Community Employment, the Tús scheme is only aimed at those on Jobseekers Allowance and is not available to those on disability or lone parent payments. The agenda was clear, that unemployed people would no longer be given any choice.

    The local development or Partnership companies were selected as the body to interview potential participants. The “successful” participants are then allocated work with community organisations, with a report being sent back to the Department of Social Protection on those who were not selected. Those who did not attend the interview, or depending on the report, those who were considered not to have satisfactorily engaged at the interview, are considered by the Department for a reduction or a cut in social welfare entitlement. A 9 week disqualification from payment has been routine in these circumstances.

    An appeal process does exist through the Social Welfare Appeals Office, but further difficulties have been caused by the move of the Supplementary Welfare Allowance scheme from the HSE into the Department of Social Protection. This has made it almost impossible to gain access to interim payments while an appeal is taking place. As appeals can take anywhere between 6-12 months to be heard, this means that the affected person can be without any income for 9 weeks.

    The Community Sector plays two important roles in the Tús programme.

    Firstly, community organisations are represented on local development or Partnership companies. These bodies have provided excellent information and support services to the unemployed over the years. This has been largely provided on a voluntary basis whereby the unemployed person approaches the Partnership for the support that they need. The coercive threats involved in the Tús scheme have brought the Partnership companies into a closer relationship with the Department of Social Protection and put a further wedge between them and communities. Whilst decisions to cut a person’s social welfare entitlement are made by a Department official, these decisions are based on reports from the Partnership interview, making the Partnership complicit in the attack on people’s social welfare entitlements.

    The Partnership companies also provide much of the managerial role for the Tús participants, placing them in an employment type relationship, employers with the power to interfere with your social welfare entitlement if you dare to stand up for your rights or leave your job.

    Local community organisations also play an important role in this process. Attracted by the prospect of free workers, local organisations have allowed themselves to be used by the Tús scheme. Whilst many unemployed people relish the opportunity to work in the community, many others are forced into it against their will. Community organisations have done nothing to speak up against this form of slavery.

    The rollout of the Tús scheme has now been completed, and new powers introduced in the Social Welfare & Pensions Act 2013 have given the Department an even wider range of powers to reduce and disqualify the social welfare payments of those who are reluctant to participate.

    Of even more concern is that the Tús model appears now to be applied to the Community Employment scheme. Instead of the old voluntary model, the Department, through its new Intro service, is making compulsory referrals of those on the live register onto CE schemes. Those interested in CE schemes are still able to apply for the positions if they want, but the Department now holds the final say on whether the position can be filled. This is leading to the position where people who do not feel that a CE position is suitable for them are being forced into doing community sector work, while those who would like to work in the positions are being refused access to them.

    The Community Employment scheme has essentially become a larger version of the Tús scheme, and one where community organisations themselves are being asked to provide reports to the Department of Social Protection on how enthusiastic candidates present at interview in a similar way that the Partnerships do in the Tús process.

    Those working in the community sector and the communities served by them need to organise against these sinister changes. Community organisations have relied on Community Employment workers to provide the services that they operate. While Community Employment was a voluntary scheme this did just about manage to meet the needs of the community organisations and those working in the sector.

    The dynamics however have radically changed and the community sector is now being asked to help police the unemployed and to accept people to work against their will. These new antagonisms must be exposed and challenged. Community organisations must decide which side of the class divide they are on and whether they are prepared to be complicit in a direct attack on the unemployed. Many of the organisations have long been almost entirely dependent on state funding and the provision of CE workers and will find themselves in a precarious position. They face tough decisions. If they genuinely have the support of the communities, they can surely survive in the face of government attacks on their funding. A shift from state support to genuine popular support would be no bad thing! If however they allow themselves to become complicit in the Workfare agenda, they will soon find themselves isolated from the communities that they are supposed to be protecting.

    Anyone who finds themselves faced with a threat of their social welfare being cut, or anyone in the community sector who would like to join the fight against the Workfare agenda can contact the Citizens Against Workfare campaign for information, support and to organise.
     
     
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    Lugh Ildánach got a reaction from nico in New Workfare Scheme to Replace Council Workers   
    I heard from an ICTU rep that it has started already in Galway already with Union approval.  The previous ICTU position that this rep had indicated was that the scheme was going to happen over their dead bodies!  One can dream!!
     
    I don't know what particular Unions were involved, but would imagine probably SIPTU and any other Union that represents council workers.
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    Lugh Ildánach got a reaction from nico in New Workfare Scheme to Replace Council Workers   
    A new scheme announced in the budget has begun to be implemented.  The Union leadership, which pledged to oppose the scheme has backed down and given its approval after protracted negotiations. 
     
    The scheme is similar to the Tús scheme, with those being selected working 19.5 hours per week for an additional 20 Euro on top of their dole.  Like Tús you cannot apply yourself, you will be told that you have to do it.  This is a major further step towards the compulsary workfare model.
     
    Full details can be found here http://www.welfare.ie/en/Pages/Gateway.aspx
     
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    Lugh Ildánach got a reaction from nico in New Workfare Scheme to Replace Council Workers   
    A new scheme announced in the budget has begun to be implemented.  The Union leadership, which pledged to oppose the scheme has backed down and given its approval after protracted negotiations. 
     
    The scheme is similar to the Tús scheme, with those being selected working 19.5 hours per week for an additional 20 Euro on top of their dole.  Like Tús you cannot apply yourself, you will be told that you have to do it.  This is a major further step towards the compulsary workfare model.
     
    Full details can be found here http://www.welfare.ie/en/Pages/Gateway.aspx
     
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    Lugh Ildánach reacted to Fodla32 in SWP Supporting the Imperialists and its Allies   
    Fucking idiots - if I cared enough about these worthless shitheads I'd go to that meeting and knock some sense into their thick skulls.
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    Lugh Ildánach reacted to Fodla32 in Syria welcomes Russia’s offer to put its chemical weapons under intl control   
    Obama and Kerry put in check by Al Assad and Putin
     
     
    Damascus welcomes Russia’s call to hand control over its chemical weapons to the international community, the Syrian Foreign Minister said responding to Sergey Lavrov's statement after the two met in the Russian capital.
     
    “Syrian Arab Republic welcomes Russia’s initiative, based on the Syrian’s government care about the lives of our people and security of our country,” Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem said in response to the statement by his Russian counterpart.
     
    “We are calling on the Syrian authorities not only agree on putting chemical weapons storages under international control, but also for its further destruction and then joining the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons,” Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said earlier.
     
    http://rt.com/news/syria-chemical-weapons-handover-619/
     
     
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    Lugh Ildánach got a reaction from Fodla32 in Quisling Gilmore to dishonour 1916 Martyrs   
    Rather than have one at a separate time and place, I think Republicans should seriously organise together to re-capture the state events from these traitors.  Aim to disrupt their commemorations with our own.  Let them batter us off the streets if that's what it takes, it would show that nothing has changed!  Same should have happened for the 1913 commemorations being held by the treacherous Union leadership and the state.
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    Lugh Ildánach reacted to Fodla32 in Images of the Western Media   
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    Lugh Ildánach reacted to Fodla32 in Images of the Western Media   
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    Lugh Ildánach got a reaction from Fodla32 in Quisling Gilmore to dishonour 1916 Martyrs   
    Rather than have one at a separate time and place, I think Republicans should seriously organise together to re-capture the state events from these traitors.  Aim to disrupt their commemorations with our own.  Let them batter us off the streets if that's what it takes, it would show that nothing has changed!  Same should have happened for the 1913 commemorations being held by the treacherous Union leadership and the state.
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    Lugh Ildánach got a reaction from Fodla32 in AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL EXPOSED AS IMPERIALIST WEAPON OF MASS DESTRUCTION   
    I see Human Rights Watch have moved into the next phase of their operations in making ineffective demands that civilians be protected when the bombs start.  No demand from them that the bombs don't come in the first place?  Wouldn't that be the best way to protect civilians?
     
    https://www.hrw.org/news/2013/08/30/dispatches-syria-protecting-civilians-should-be-top-priority
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    Lugh Ildánach reacted in US and UK spy agencies defeat privacy and security on the internet   
    This is another shift toward turning the populous into indentured slaves. Monitoring everybody is one way to ensure that rebellion doesn't happen. They have all the tools - PRISM, XKeyscore, backdoors in all encryption, indefinite detention without trial, weapons that control crowds of people easily (look up Active Denial Systems), etc.
     
    It's getting to a point where successful revolution in 'Britain' or the USA will simply not be possible.
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    Lugh Ildánach got a reaction from nico in Free State Constitution Referendum   
    Not that we have any interest in reforming the Free State or any faith in the Free State Seanad as being of much use to the Irish people.  However, there is one provision in the Free State Constitution that always intrigued me, although it was never used.  The new referendum next month proposes to remove it.
     
     
     
    I think this provision is much more important than on whether we keep the Seanad.  At best the Seanad was a place where a fuller discussion (that nobody ever listened to) and some minor amendments would be made to legislation. 
     
    While I wouldn't be sad to see the end of it, giving the government full powers without any other oversight than what happens in the Free State Dáil is not something that anyone should be voting for.  Taking away the only power in the Constitution that actually allows people a vote on issues of national importance however is something that people should be up in arms over.
     
    It may even spark a debate on why these provisions have never been activated. 
     
    It reminds me of the first George W Bush election in 2000, where the election results were being challenged on the basis of so many black working class neighbourhoods in Florida being disenfranchished.  All that those who wanted to have the election challenged had to do was find one Senator to sign a petition of objection.  Not one senator amongst that group of white upper-middle class men (and a handful of women) did the honourable thing and one of the biggest electoral scams in history was rubber stamped by the so-called democratic institutions.
     
    The question should not be how effective the Seanad is as an institution, but how can these institutions and elections manage so consistently fail to represent the interest of the working class (who by definition form the majority of the population)
     
    Interestingly Provisional Sinn Fein are supporting the referendum.
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    Lugh Ildánach reacted to nico in Learning Tin Whistle, need help.   
    A wee tune played by myself, I can't remember the name of it though.
     

     
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    Lugh Ildánach reacted to Fodla32 in Leonard Peltier, One of the World’s Longest-Held Political Prisoners   
    Peltier Newsletter:
     
    http://www.whoisleonardpeltier.info/newsletter20130901.htm
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    Lugh Ildánach reacted to lenin86 in Today in history September 2, 1969 - Hồ Chí Minh dies.   
    Today in history September 2, 1969 - Hồ Chí Minh dies.


    "Ho Chi Minh, real name Nguyen Tat Thanh (1890-1969), Vietnamese Communist leader and the principal force behind the Vietnamese struggle against French colonial rule. Ho was born on May 19, 1890, in the village of Kimlien, Annam (central Vietnam), the son of an official who had resigned in protest against French domination of his country. Ho attended school in Hue and then briefly taught at a private school in Phan Thiet. In 1911 he was employed as a cook on a French steamship liner and thereafter worked in London and Paris. After World War I, using the pseudonym Nguyen Ai Quoc (Nguyen the Patriot), Ho engaged in radical activities and was in the founding group of the French Communist party. He was summoned to Moscow for training and, in late 1924, he was sent to Canton, China, where he organized a revolutionary movement among Vietnamese exiles. He was forced to leave China when local authorities cracked down on Communist activities, but he returned in 1930 to found the Indochinese Communist party (ICP). He stayed in Hong Kong as representative of the Communist International. In June 1931 Ho was arrested there by British police and remained in prison until his release in 1933. He then made his way back to the Soviet Union, where he reportedly spent several years recovering from tuberculosis. In 1938 he returned to China and served as an adviser with Chinese Communist armed forces. When Japan occupied Vietnam in 1941, he resumed contact with ICP leaders and helped to found a new Communist-dominated independence movement, popularly known as the Vietminh, that fought the Japanese. In August 1945, when Japan surrendered, the Vietminh seized power and proclaimed the Democratic Republic of Vietnam (DRV) in Hanoi. Ho Chi Minh, now known by his final and best-known pseudonym (which means the “Enlightener”), became president. The French were unwilling to grant independence to their colonial subjects, and in late 1946 war broke out. For eight years Vietminh guerrillas fought French troops in the mountains and rice paddies of Vietnam, finally defeating them in the decisive Battle of Dien Bien Phu in 1954. Ho, however, was deprived of his victory. Subsequent negotiations at Geneva divided the country, with only the North assigned to the Vietminh. The DRV, with Ho still president, now devoted its efforts to constructing a Communist society in North Vietnam. In the early 1960s, however, conflict resumed in the South, where Communist-led guerrillas mounted an insurgency against the U.S.-supported regime in Saigon. Ho, now in poor health, was reduced to a largely ceremonial role, while policy was shaped by others. On September 3, 1969, he died in Hanoi of heart failure. In his honor, after the Communist conquest of the South in 1975, Saigon was renamed Ho Chi Minh City. Ho Chi Minh was not only the founder of Vietnamese communism, he was the very soul of the revolution and of Vietnam's struggle for independence. His personal qualities of simplicity, integrity, and determination were widely admired, not only within Vietnam but elsewhere as well." - Marxist.org
     
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    Lugh Ildánach got a reaction from lenin86 in British court convicts Marian Price of public order offences in her absence   
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-23755561
     
    Republican Marian McGlinchey guilty of protest charges
        Marian McGlinchey was convicted of two charges   Veteran republican Marian McGlinchey has been convicted of two charges arising from a republican protest in Belfast over three years ago.
     
    McGlinchey, 59, also known as Marian Price, was accused of resisting and obstructing police after a white-line protest in the New Lodge area of Belfast on 10 July 2010.
     
    McGlinchey did not attend Belfast Magistrate's Court due to ill health.
    The case was adjourned until 2 September.
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    Lugh Ildánach reacted to nico in Poverty Has Same Effect On The Brain As Constantly Pulling All Nighters   
    BY BRYCE COVERT ON AUGUST 30, 2013 AT 8:54 AM
    http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2013/08/30/2555601/living-poverty-effect-brain-constantly-pulling-nighters/
     
     
    The mental strain of living in poverty and thinking constantly about tight finances can drop a person’s IQ by as much as 13 percent, or about the equivalent of losing a night of sleep, according to a new study. It consumes so much mental energy that there is often little room to think about anything else, which leaves low-income people more susceptible to bad decisions.
     
    One of the study’s authors, Harvard economist Sandhil Mullainathan, told the Washington Post, “Poverty is the equivalent of pulling an all-nighter. Picture yourself after an all-nighter. Being poor is like that every day.”
     
    The researchers came to this conclusion after conducting two separate experiments. The first gave low- and moderate-income shoppers at a mall in New Jersey a number of tests that measure IQ and impulse control, but half of the participants were first given a question about finances: what they would do if they needed to make $1,500 worth of repairs on their car, putting financial concerns at the forefront of their minds. They found that it reduced cognitive performance among the poor participants but not those who are well-off.
     
    The second experiment looked at the cognitive functions of farmers in India before the harvest, when they are poor, and after the harvest, when they have much more money. The same farmer performs lower on cognitive ability before than he does after — which researchers say “cannot be explained by differences in time available, nutrition, or work effort” nor by stress. Instead, it appears to be poverty reducing their mental capacity.
     
    A past study came to a similar conclusion: It found that scarcity can sap mental capacity and lead to short-term decision-making over long-term considerations.
     
    Poverty has other negative impacts. The chronic stress of growing up in poverty has been found to impair children’s brains, particularly in working memory. A study of veterans found that poverty is a bigger risk factor for mental illness than being exposed to warfare. The mental stress of being poor is also a major reason for why low-income people tend to have negative health outcomes like high blood pressure and cholesterol or elevated rates of obesity and diabetes.
     
    Poverty takes its toll on health in a number of other critical ways: It prevents people from buying healthy food, makes people more likely to smoke, means they are more likely to live in areas with poor air quality, and can cause health problems that begin in the womb.
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    Lugh Ildánach got a reaction from Fodla32 in Syrian Rebels Used Sarin Nerve Gas, Not Assad’S Regime: U.n. Official   
    This should be a red line, a red line for all those who stand with the Syrian people.  The US and Western backed groups have used chemical weapons against the civilians of Syria.  Not only should those responsible for funding these groups be brought to justice, but this gross contravention of humanity cannot go without a response against those who fund and organise it!
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