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  1. Shannon Benoit reads a book to daughter Hailey. CHARLTON (CBS) – A Charlton mom says her local library crossed the line when they sent police to collect her daughter’s overdue library books. Her mom says the 5-year-old girl was so afraid that she burst into tears. Charlton Police Sergeant Dan Dowd stopped by the home of Shannon Benoit to let her know that her daughter had two books several months overdue which needed to be returned or paid. “I thought it was way overboard,” says Benoit. “I closed my door, I looked at my daughter and she started crying.” Hailey asked her mom if the police were going to arrest her. Hailey says, “I was scared.” They found and returned the books, but Hailey’s mom argues that sending a cop to their house was like pounding a ten penny nail with a sledge hammer. Even Sgt. Dowd admits he wasn’t real keen on it. “Nobody wanted to, on this end to get involved in it,” says Sgt. Dowd. “But the library contacted us, and the chief delegated, and apparently I was one of the low men on the totem pole.” But state law does outline a misdemeanor for such things, and police thought a friendly reminder might make a better impression and get better results than a cold summons to court. The Benoit’s insist they never got any warnings. http://boston.cbslocal.com/2012/01/02/charlton-library-sends-police-to-collect-overdue-books-from-5-year-old/
  2. I'm just back from a community meeting in the flats regarding area regeneration and the recent article that was in the news papers. Dublin City Council, the redevelopment group and property developer Sean Reilly, are now saying that, what was written in the papers was totally taken out of context and the deal has not been shelved. Dick Brady of DCC said he was, unaware that the residents were not informed of any changes made, before he gave a statement to the press. As it stands, An Bord Pleanála have made changes to the original plans that the developer is not happy with. Now the developer is making an appeal to An Bord Pleanála, with a different set of plans, in order to make sure that he can continue with the redevelopment while making some sort of profit from it. There are no guarantees that the developer will not terminate the contract if his proposal is rejected. It is more likely than not, that An Bord Pleanála will reject his proposal, that will inevitably end up with the developer pulling out. In the likelihood of this happening, DCC have said that the plans will still go-ahead but under the direction of the Council. If this does happen, we will then be last in a queue, behind scores of other communities throughout the country, who have been waiting years for their own areas to be redeveloped by the Council, ever since the collapse of the proposed PPP deals in their own areas. Over a decade now we have been waiting for change and it looks like we might be in for the long haul for any sort of positive development to materialise.
  3. Rachel is a working class martyr who died this day two years ago at the hands of the bastard landlord's of DCC (Dublin City Council) when they turned off her heating in Ballymun Flats, she died of hypothermia. She will never be forgotten! Rest in Peace Rachel! JUSTICE FOR RACHEL PEAVOY CAMPAIGN: Leontia, rachel's sister, has asked if people who support Rachel's campaign, if they can change there profile picture to Rachel just for tomorrow to mark her 2nd year anniversary, thanks.
  4. Absolutely disgraceful! Read more: http://www.examiner....l#ixzz1j3fWJ4xu
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    Charity - Good or Bad?

    Some charities do great work while others, not so great. I could never figure out as to why concern as a charitable organisation, can afford to hire people to go out onto the streets to try and get you to signup to the organisation while trying to make you feel bad in the process when you refuse. The people who do this come off as very pompous and would seem to be the kind of type who would would turn their noses up at the less "popular" charitable needs of the people in Ireland. Having said that, there a quit a good few charities in Ireland at the moment who do great work such as, the Salvation Army, Age Action Ireland and various community and drug awareness organisations. I like the some of the work charities do in different countries such as Africa and such in where they build entire villages from the ground up, I was thinking of getting involved in something like this myself. My Uncle did something similar in Cuba where he would be up at the crack of dawn helping the impoverished farmers to harvest their sugar cane.
  6. Video footage of the strikes against Steel and General Motors in 1937 in the US. The video is played along to one of Joe Hill's songs "There is power in the Union" Note the strike breakers shooting indiscriminately into the crowd, killing some and wounding others. http://youtu.be/5POrqHav-lY
  7. This is just another example of the conditions that the residents of Charlemont Street are forced to live in. Damp Riddled Bedroom
  8. Imagine having to walk through this unsightly mess coupled with the stench of urine, everyday. This is the sad reality that many of the residents in Charlemont Street find themselves in today!
  9. Ní saoirse go saoirse lucht obair!
  10. The conditions the workers in China face are absolutely deplorable. This is only one example, many more stories of exploitation go untold!
  11. Yet again, Republican prisoners are met with the vindictiveness of the British authorities. All the best to Comrade Tony Taylor!
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    Rachel Peavoy

    Facebook Campaign: https://www.facebook...orrachelpeavoy/
  13. The Irish squatters taking on empty homes and a bankrupt system A nascent movement in Ireland is occupying 'ghost estates' as a political protest – and in 2012 it will be testing the authorities Liam Mac an Bháird, who has found 25 vacant properties around Dublin for squatting. Photograph: Kim Haughton/The Guardian As Ireland reels from yet another austere budget and a year of economic pain, a group of young activists have begun to take over empty properties spawned by the boomand abandoned by banks and property developers across the country. The squatters, linked to Ireland's Occupy movement, say they plan a mass occupation of houses and flats owned by the Irish government's "bad bank", National Asset Management Agency (Nama), which took over thousands of properties that speculators handed back after the crash. Led by a 27-year-old Irish-language speaker and graduate from Galway, the group has already squatted a house on Dublin's northside that was worth €550,000 in the boom but is now put at under €200,000. Since the property has been empty for several years, Liam Mac an Bháird and his friends occupied it in the autumn to highlight homelessness, as well as the way builders and banks were bailed out by the taxpayer. There are up to 400,000 properties lying empty in the Republic, with the country's National Institute of Regional and Spatial Analysis (NIRSA) warning that the number of vacant properties could keep house prices low for years. Mac an Bháird concedes that his group are breaking the law but argues that they are making an important political point. "There are thousands homeless in this country with about 2,000 on the streets of Dublin alone tonight. Yet across the city there are thousands of flats, apartments, homes lying empty – some could be fit for human habitation. "Our occupation is a way of making a point about the system we are living under. These properties could lie vacant for up to 10 years or more – so why not put homeless people into them?" He reveals that the nascent movement has targeted a range of properties including an empty electronics factory in north Dublin's Smithfield district. "I have been arguing in the Occupy movement that we need to take over Nama-owned properties in Dublin to highlight the injustice of a system where billions were pumped into banks that lent property speculators so much money," he said. "Ultimately we should be talking about moving a large number of people into one of our 'ghost estates', which otherwise will lie and rot." The 600 or so "ghost estates" built in the Celtic Tiger years have come to symbolise the Irish recession. The cost of bailing out the banks that loaned billions to builders and property speculators during the boom has been huge. Economists put the Irish bank losses at about €106bn. Anger is mounting towards the institutions the majority of Irish people blame for the economic collapse: the bailed-out banks and property speculators. That anger is compounded with nationwide misery as Ireland remains mired in recession. The most recent figures from the Republic's Central Office of Statistics prior to Christmas found that Irish GDP had contracted by 1.9% in the third quarter of 2011. In the Occupy camp at the Central Bank of Ireland, a focal point for opposition to the banks and the bailout, Mac an Bháird stressed that their movement would impose rules on Ireland's squatters. "There are no drugs or drink tolerated in these places during our occupations because we are making a political stand. It is also wholly non-violent, like the Occupy movement. And we do not take anything that doesn't belong to us in the properties we squat in." He explained that they survive by "skip diving" – reclaiming the uneaten, unused food discarded every day by major supermarket chains. With the Irish government imposing a further €2.2bn of cuts in the December budget, targeting Ireland's debt, Mac an Bháird says their campaign is going to gain support from normally conservative quarters. "Even at the Occupy camp at the Central Bank, there are middle-class people coming up and telling us they agree with our stance. It is the middle classes who are now paying for the greed of the bankers and the builders, and this corrupt system. They can see the logic behind taking over buildings that otherwise would be left to rot for years." The campaigners aim to soon target a major Nama-owned building in Dublin and test the attitude of the authorities. "It will be interesting to see if they are prepared to put homeless people out of the building, given that it is owned by the state and hence the people, and given that will be likely to lie empty for years," he adds.
  14. Many homeless people aren't drug addicts but even if they are, they should not be denied the right to a roof over one's head! The housing situation in Ireland is already a disaster with a vast majority of residents suffering with serious addiction problems, be it alcohol or heroin, and they are quite capable, to a certain extent, of maintain their own homes. Denying people a home based on that they 'cannot look after themselves' would not be the right way to look at it. Integrating them into communities is also going to be problematic as many resident's would be hostile to anybody, with a high dependence on drugs, moving in next door to them. So that brings us back to the question as to how and where to house these people. And I know, lumping them all together in ghost-estates out of sight is not the answer, but it is something that should be explored and discussed. Certain mechanism would need to be put in place with involvement from the available voluntary drug rehabilitation agencies.
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    Soviet Music

    Is cumhachtach dearg arm cór ☭ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=naQGW6fBFdw
  16. An invaluable tool no doubt, but the main thing to remember is, SAY NOTHING! You're well within you rights!!! Only give your name and address if obliged to do so!!!
  17. Absolutely comrade! There are thousands of empty homes that lay strewn across ghosts estates throughout the country, this is something I feel, that all republicans should be involved in, and getting people into badly needed housing and supporting them while they're there!
  18. Fáilte ar bord gach duinne! Welcome aboard to all new members and viewers from the admin team, we hope you enjoy your stay on SOVIET.IE ☭ If you have any questions or queries you would like answered, don't be afraid to ask. We aim to make the forum a pleasurable experience for all! Great to have you all on board comrades! Is mise, Comrádaí Nico.
  19. I'm not just saying it because I made it, but this is one hell of a poster!!! I think I might add to its awesomeness by adding this quote as posted above: "A spectre is haunting Europe - the spectre of Communism."
  20. Is mise Nico. And just like Fodla32 I'm a Communist and a PROUD Irish Republican! I'm also getting lessons from Fodla32 in as Gaeilge, tá sé múinteoir ar fheabhas! I play a bit of music myself, "an feadóg stain agus an bódhran" and hope to learn the bag-pipes with comrades through the James Connolly Soviet. I'm full of soviet home made brew (http://soviet.ie/ind...e-home-brewing/) and on a happy one, tomorrow I might be a bastard lol
  21. IMO, it was a failure from both the left and the republican left but mainly the republican left, who would be the most progressive out of all the left factions and who should have shown some leadership and taken the bull by the horns and led by example. The way I look at it is that people stood back to see what would materialise from the situation instead of getting involved from the beginning and giving their input and experience at an early stage. Ignoring it because it "didn't have any potential" would have been a great miscalculation because it was anybody's guess at the direction it would have taken. There's also a difference between been branded a socialist to that of been branded a SWP socialist, the SWP's eliteness would turn the most ardent socialist of their kind off "socialism" I've also heard reports from comrades that the people whom are now involved in ODS have a certain number for the gardaí encase they ever need assistance, I think that says it all about where they are at the moment.
  22. Actually it may be a lot sooner that the earth's magnetic field changes, in a matter of fact, its has been recorded by scientists to be changing since 2003: "In 2003 scientists found pronounced changes in the magnetic field in the Australasian region. In 2004, however, the changes were focused on Southern Africa." http://news.nationalgeographic.com/