A bird's eye view of the vineyard
Moveable Feast Cafe 2019/04/20 ? Open Thread Sat Apr 20, 2019 18:30 | Herb Swanson
2019/04/20 17:30:01Welcome to the ‘Moveable Feast Cafe’. The ‘Moveable Feast’ is an open thread where readers can post wide ranging observations, articles, rants, off topic and have animate discussions of
The Deep State vs. WikiLeaks Fri Apr 19, 2019 18:54 | The Saker
by Pepe Escobar (cross-posted with the Strategic Culture Foundation) by special agreement with the author) The Made by FBI indictment of Julian Assange does look like a dead man walking. No evidence.
The Ukrainian elections ? a short preview of the coming attraction Fri Apr 19, 2019 18:47 | The Saker
Mommy! Daddy! Look at the circus that came to town! :-) Well, it sure looks like the Ukrainian elections will be very interesting after all. No, they probably won’t change
Russia 2019+ Military Doctrine Fri Apr 19, 2019 15:02 | The Saker
source: https://southfront.org/mili... Written and produced by SF Team: J.Hawk, Daniel Deiss, Edwin Watson The term ?Gerasimov Doctrine?, apparently wholly made up Mark Galeotti who, to his credit, owned up to his
Six months after it begins, the oligarchs/Macron versus Gilets Jaunes battle is still raging and wil... Fri Apr 19, 2019 13:46 | The Saker
By Le Saker Francophone for the Saker Blog This battle that the French people will win – we do not yet know when, but sure it will – is the
The Saker >>
A Blog About Human Rights
China?s LGBT Community Mon Apr 15, 2019 19:19 | Human Rights
Declaration of Human Rights at Sea Mon Apr 08, 2019 07:31 | Human Rights
NZ Watchdog On Limits Of Free Speech Thu Mar 28, 2019 11:44 | Human Rights
US Abortion Restrictions Violating The Human Rights Of Women Thu Mar 14, 2019 15:33 | Human Rights
Human Rights Watch Urges the Human Rights Council to Renew and Strengthen Mandate of UN Commission Tue Mar 12, 2019 21:51 | Human Rights
Human Rights in Ireland >>
For lefties too stubborn to quit
SP Euro Election Poster 15:41 Sat Apr 20, 2019 | irishelectionliterature
Fake five star reviews? 12:02 Sat Apr 20, 2019 | WorldbyStorm
Bicycle story 11:03 Sat Apr 20, 2019 | WorldbyStorm
This Weekend I?ll Mostly Be Listening to? Delta 5 06:13 Sat Apr 20, 2019 | WorldbyStorm
To all CWI members?. 17:13 Fri Apr 19, 2019 | irishelectionliterature
Cedar Lounge >>
Life should be full of strangeness, like a rich painting
Some Thoughts on the Brexit Joint Report 11:50 Sat Dec 09, 2017
IRISH COMMONWEALTH: TRADE UNIONS AND CIVIL SOCIETY IN THE 21ST CENTURY 14:06 Sat Nov 18, 2017
Notes for a Book on Money and the Irish State - The Marshall Aid Program 15:10 Sat Apr 02, 2016
The Financial Crisis:What Have We Learnt? 19:58 Sat Aug 29, 2015
Money in 35,000 Words or Less 21:34 Sat Aug 22, 2015
Dublin Opinion >>
The country will be back to normal in 2053
Thursday February 21, 2019 21:57 by Joe Terry
“The country will be back to normal in 2053” reveals the thoughts of Jack Kennedy in a future Ireland scenario.
The country will be back to normal in 2053
‘I am the bones of twenty stone, thirty-nine years old and live in Newtowncork. Like so many in depressed Ireland, I have taken the prescribed drugs route to stay sane, but they are not working too well for me, nothing is.
Economic experts say the crash has bottomed out, that judging from past downturn recoveries the country will be back to normal in 2053, another nine years away.
Growing into adulthood people said that I, John Kennedy, was lucky to have been born at the tail end of the last bad recession. I suppose I did in a way, living through a period when living standards kept on getting better and better, the thirty-three hours working week, fifty days vacation plus the sick days entitlement and free public transport if you opted to live in a high rise block of apartments in a new city or town, what was promulgated as a solution to the housing crisis. Yes, there was the nation-wide downside, the decommissioning and demolishing of villages and scattered rural communities, the closing of public houses. The Future Ireland political party promised so much, said the expertly costed policies would bear fruit if Ireland aligned with the USA, the US dollar. In effect, Ireland became an undocumented State of the United States of America.
The USA military needing graduates to operate their smart war machines in smart wars enticed me to join the Navy where I became a drone controller, penalising (from my comfortable work station) people with skin whose shade is not the colour of mine to die in infernos. But the long rest periods in my stateroom, the long nights reflecting on the consequences of my occupation got to me, causing a mental breakdown. Demobbed on medical grounds, I refused to further my education as I was entitled to under the terms of the GI Bill.
Back in Ireland, unable to put the unsettling thoughts that I had had in my US Navy stateroom out of my head, I drifted.
Now, I live seventeen floors up in an apartment block. The drab twenty-story edifice is one of twenty-five planted on what were agricultural fields by the Bandon river. Newtowncork has a population of forty thousand. I never take the bus or train to any other town or city. Along with other austerity measures, the once-upon-a-time free transport service has incrementally got expensive. For now, I exist in a high-rise tomb that is on an island when the Bandon river floods.
It’s hard to comprehend now that Ireland was once in what was called the European Union and using the Euro currency. The Irish dollar is aligned with Uncle Sams. Wishfully, the Conservative political party is advocating for Ireland to realign with Great Britain, the adoption of the sterling currency and benefit from the Commonwealth’s fast-developing economies.
In the meantime, Ireland’s economy remains in the doldrums. The country will be back to normal in 2053, how are ya!’