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General discussion / Re: The Many Faces of US Politics...
« on: Today at 12:38:02 PM »
What I do find hilarious about all this is how all US media keeps saying that "this is not what America stands for". The constant need for Americans to proclaim themselves as a great country unique in its virtue.

It's the opposite. It's a country that was built on genocide, slavery, racism, bigotry and colonialism. It was built on an absolutely rotten past and has a rotten present. And yet it still keeps trying to fool itself that it wasn't and isn't.

The US should take a look at Germany, and learn to confront its past and admit to itself that the notion of "American exceptionalism", "unique American virtue", that it is a "shining city on the hill" is so much utter nonsense. It's national self-delusion on a grand scale.

Americans aren't oblivious to the darker side of its past (and present). Liberals are constantly mocked by the right for "white guilt" and a whole movement is in progress on parts of the right to try to get a more pro-America or America-right-or-wrong version of history into schools, with curricula coming out of places like Texas which attempt to downplay the role and horrors of slavery and the Native American genocide and dispossession and so on (similar to their attempts to corrupt science teaching). And I'm sure you remember the right getting apoplectic over Obama's "apology tour" after he took office, when he committed what they perceived as the traitorous sin of acknowledging the US's poor choices and policies at times over the years.

The "we're America, bitch" (literal words from a White House official last week to describe the "Trump doctrine"!) element is definitely a dominant feature of, at least, the running of the country right now, but I think its correct to point out that, at least from an aspirational perspective, the cruelty and bigotryof the Trump administration, embodied in the separation and segregation of families, is NOT what America stands for and is partly why, for the first time, he was forced to back down in the face of the furious backlash.
Jefferson Beauregard Sessions quoted a line from the Bible to justify the policy of family separation.   Back in the good ol days in Dixie it had been used to justify slavery. Sessions is as close to Confederate as can be. That is definitely a step backwards.

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General discussion / Re: The Many Faces of US Politics...
« on: Today at 12:28:37 PM »
What I do find hilarious about all this is how all US media keeps saying that "this is not what America stands for". The constant need for Americans to proclaim themselves as a great country unique in its virtue.

It's the opposite. It's a country that was built on genocide, slavery, racism, bigotry and colonialism. It was built on an absolutely rotten past and has a rotten present. And yet it still keeps trying to fool itself that it wasn't and isn't.

The US should take a look at Germany, and learn to confront its past and admit to itself that the notion of "American exceptionalism", "unique American virtue", that it is a "shining city on the hill" is so much utter nonsense. It's national self-delusion on a grand scale.

"Insanity in individuals is something rare - but in groups, parties, nations and epochs, it is the rule. " Friedrich Nietzsche

In fairness the US has been better run in the past than it is now under the plutocracy

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GAA Discussion / Re: Dublin v Laois
« on: Today at 10:55:08 AM »
I'm actually a bit worried about whether discord might raise its head in the Dubs camp this year. Like any successful team there's been a great bond and togetherness between the team of the last few years. It had threatened to go pear shaped about 5 years ago when Philly and Diarmo had serious fisticuffs at training, but they sorted that out and it brought everyone closer.

This year we've had Connolly leaving. Now it's certainly not all to do with Gavin, but the fact they don't really get on hasn't helped. And Gavin certainly didnt go all out to try and get him back onboard.

There have been rumours circulating, totally unsubstantiated, of a few of the sub forwards not being happy with their opportunities, or lack thereof, and in particular of the stated policy of training impacting on teamsheet not being adhered to.

Dubs have had a lot of injuries in defence during the league, and actually down to the bare bones with Howard being relocated from wing forward to wing back leaving the back 6 as Fitz-Philly-Lowndes, Howard-McCarthy-Cooper with only Daly really left as an adequate replacement.

But now McCaffrey, O'Sullivan, Small and Davy Byrne are all going to be available, so who gets left out? Some big decisions coming up and there's going to be some disappointed experienced players.

Okay its definitely easier to keep everyone happy when you're winning, but its harder when you're telling experienced All Ireland winners who are still at the top of their game in their own heads, that they're only on the bench. Will be interesting to see how Gavin manages to keep the happy camp.

In summary, Dublin's primary weakness this year is the fact that they have too many good players.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stockholm_syndrome

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Sugrue is impressive in terms of what he has done with Laois in less than a year.

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General discussion / Re: World Cup Prediciton Comp
« on: Today at 09:13:00 AM »
There will be draws today
Is that a prediciton?

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General discussion / Re: The Official World Cup 2018 Thread
« on: Today at 08:38:57 AM »
Sepp Blatter was the one who sacrificed World Cup quantity for quality.
 Here's the Guardian on Saudi Arabia

"Saudí Arabia have not won a match in 4 World Cups.
Saudi Arabia, who suffered a minor scare when an engine on their plane caught fire before landing on Rostov-on-Don on Monday, instead have not found the back of the net in their last four World Cup outings.    "

The absolute piss take is of course Qatar, hosts next time. Never even qualified.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Concerned Gaels
« on: Today at 07:43:50 AM »
This isn't a case of bringing politics into sport. It's not a political protest. It's a humanitarian issue in the same way as campaigning against apartheid in South Africa was a humanitarian issue. Terming it 'political' is just a cowardly excuse for burying the head in the sand. As I said on here earlier, campaigns and boycotts through the medium of sport was an important and an effective tool in the fight against S. African apartheid. If it was effective in helping ending apartheid in S. Africa then that made it the right thing to have done, and it makes it the right thing to do now. The GAA isn't being asked to do anything here. Nobody is demanding the Palestine flag be flown alongside the tricolour on the grounds flagpoles - they are merely being asked not to treat the flag of Palestine as some sort of nefarious, offensive item and their 'patrons' who carry it as some sort of criminals. Someone took exception earlier to my use of the 'right side of history' term, but it is appropriate. The GAA have to do very little here in order to stay on the right side of history. Their current stance will be one that they risk looking back on with some shame and embarassment..

The difference is, for example, that the Springboks at the time represented the Apartheid state and it was to the eternal shame of Ireland and the IRFU that we broke the boycott and toured there. Did IRFU every apologise? Will it cost Irishmen a bother at the weekend?

The GAA on the other hand gets used inappropriately for all kinds of causes, that are nothing to do with the GAA. The murder of Palestinians is to be utterly condemned. But Palestine too is a fundamentalist regime. Both crowds are a bunch of religious fanatics and I doubt those who fly the flag would want their wife, or girlfriend or daughter living under their fundamentalist laws. Both crowds, Zionist and Palestinian, murder and torture under the name of their fairy tales. Do we need flags like that flying at GAA games no more than we need flags under which innocent blacks were lynched, hung, murdered, burned alive. Like the rugby crowd, does it even cost us a bother.
The Palestinians are not religious fanatics. They are an oppressed people.

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General discussion / Re: The Many Faces of US Politics...
« on: Today at 05:21:30 AM »
There was a segment on CBS world news ( not exactly a trump love fest), but they interviewed a poor woman from along the border, who was thinking of crossing  the border with her grandson , but now was afraid to in case they would be separated.
Reporter asked her why she was going to US , she replied, “ the Cartels have killed the rest of my family and she was afraid to stay. “  is that also Trump’s fault ?
I also think it is terrible separating families, but if folks believe that all the blame lies with Trump, they are off their rocker.
The liberal media in the US are scrambling right now for anything negative.
The economy is booming, unemployment is at 3.8% , ie, full employment
the FBI nonsense is coming to a head , and they need something to distract the American people about feeling good about themselves.
There isn't full employment. the labor participation rate never recovered from 2008
https://data.bls.gov/timeseries/LNS11300000

Most of the new jobs don't pay much either.
If the economy was booming the Fed wouldn't be in charge


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General discussion / Re: The Many Faces of US Politics...
« on: June 20, 2018, 10:24:16 PM »
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General discussion / Re: The Many Faces of US Politics...
« on: June 20, 2018, 09:45:59 PM »
Whitey is a rhubarb version of Ann Coulter.

Meanwhile


https://mobile.twitter.com/JuddLegum/status/1009484666339028992/photo/1

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GAA Discussion / Re: Concerned Gaels
« on: June 20, 2018, 03:12:53 PM »
The Dunnes strikers back in the 80s got awful abuse from the Dunnes stores for better value is not political crowd  . Everything is political.

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General discussion / Re: The Many Faces of US Politics...
« on: June 20, 2018, 02:58:34 PM »
Whitey has reached his Aughrim on this.

Trump and Coulter are well into Nazi territory. Trump for saying the US was infested with immigrants. Coulter for saying the kids were child actors.

Meanwhile Fox News host Laura Ingraham described the detention centers in which the children were housed “as essentially summer camps”

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GAA Discussion / Re: Concerned Gaels
« on: June 20, 2018, 01:00:42 PM »
The GAA has always been political in the north . The breakthrough Down team of 1960 and many others were regularly hassled by the insecurity forces.
The British Army built a helicopter base on the grounds of Crossmaglen Rangers. "f**k youse.  We are going to win an All Ireland" was the result.
Aidan McAnespie was shot dead outside a football pitch.

I think it was Nehru who said the man who has gotten all he wants is in favour of peace and order.

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