Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Finally - Gardai investigating assault by armed US border cops in Dublin

Gardai have formally requested video

To answer the question about jurisdiction it turns out that the American Immigration runs a pre-clearance area in Dublin with their own uniformed and armed staff. These are the guys who attacked me .

Specifically what happened is issues came up above my eligibility to come in on a tourist visa. I've made no bones whatsoever in previous interviews with them in the last few years  about this and I was being open with them saying that I run an online research company..that of course means does inevitably I will be doing some work on that in the United States when I'm over seeing Melanie. I have indeed run academic  conferences in the US since 2012. The day academics need business visas to attend and run academic  conferences
in another country, that country will have no more academic conference

However when this issue came up this time I was told that they rendered my application to enter the United States invalid. This is the point that things got ugly. I said fair enough just give me back my passport and my phone which they had seized. I assumed I was free to go but that actually was not the case. The official who had my phone and passport assaulted me and I ran across the airport floor back to Ireland as I saw it. This is not how they saw it and 10 of them run after me and assaulted me from behind drawing blood in the process. They then locked me in there little in there little Guantanamo in their section of the airport doing a full a full Frisk including a crotch search. I was refused access to a department of Foreign Affairs official. When the Irish airport cops arrived to get me there was a marked change of attitude and the Irish took all their names and then advised me to go to the police station to make a formal complaint of the assault which drew blood which I have done

This is the situation; I was detained without being so informed. When I broke away from my detainer I shouted “this is Ireland” which did not stop at least 10 CBP thugs chasing me outside their own zone in Ireland. They then dragged me back and locked me up, I might still be there had the airport police not seen things my way, take their names, and advise me to make a formal complaint

This is how the jurisdictional issue arises;
Agreement between the Government of Ireland and the Government of the United States of America on Air Transport Preclearance - TREATY SERIES 2010 Nº 12


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S.I. No. 9/2011 - Preclearance Area (Dublin Airport) Regulations 2011.

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4.1 Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Pre-clearance:

The US CBP agency provides carriers bound for the United States with US CBP pre-clearance facilities
in Dublin Airport’s Terminal 2. These facilities offer US-bound passengers departing Dublin a range of
services that can be completed prior to departure, including all customs, US immigration and agriculture
clearance. The daa pre-clearance charge for the use of CBP pre-clearance facilities at Dublin Airport is
set out below:

Service Charge € Description

CBP pre-clearance charge* 7.90 Per passenger
*This charge is zero rated for VAT.

This daa CBP pre-clearance charge is distinct from any other pre-clearance charge(s) that may be
levied by the US CBP agency on passengers travelling to the United States.

All enquiries can be addressed to:  Gary McLean Head of Op - Phone 353 1 944 2748

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USCBP Preclearance Locations

Dublin Airport, U.S. Customs & Border Protection, Terminal 2, Pier E, Dublin, Ireland       011 353-1248-0300


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The Irish Times:  Wed, Feb 1, 2017

Government keen to maintain US immigration preclearance facilities at Irish airports
Complete review’ of the Dublin and Shannon facilities will continue, officials say


Review:

According to the Government briefing, a group of senior officials from both the Irish and US governments meet annually to review the operation of the agreement. The Preclearance Consultative Group, which includes representatives from the US Department of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Protection and the Transportation Security Administration and from the Irish Department of Transport and Dublin and Shannon airports, is due to have its next meeting on March 1st.


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Irish Independent - February 1 2017

Pre-clearance at airport is 'critically important' for our country, says DAA boss


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01-Jun-2016 CAPA
US immigration pre-clearance: Dublin Airport's rapid growth has been supported by enhanced US access

How the pre-clearance procedure is impacting airports
The countries where the pre-clearance procedure is already in place, at selected airports are: Canada, Ireland, the UAE (specifically Abu Dhabi), the Caribbean (Aruba, the Bahamas) and the North Atlantic (Bermuda) as in the table above.

Dublin (and Shannon) airports are five-year veterans at pre-clearance. Dublin makes for an interesting case study.

Ireland is the only country in Europe to offer pre-clearance for travellers flying to the US, and has done so for over five years. The service is available for those departing from Dublin and Shannon airports.

At Dublin the Customs & Border Protection pre-clearance (CBP p/c) initiative, which was installed in 2010 as part of the Terminal 2 project, is described as having ‘worked well.’ In summer 2015 all US bound flights pre-cleared at Dublin. Since 1986 the two countries had previously had a pre-inspection agreement - allowing immigration inspections but not customs or agriculture inspections.

There has been a particular focus on growing trans-Atlantic traffic at Dublin in recent years. Not for the first time - Aer Lingus was active in this segment in the 1980s, attempting to build Dublin as a hub, but lost its way later. And this time around it is not just Aer Lingus, which has become a member of International Airlines Group (IAG) and could become a focus of transatlantic hub activity for that group. Trans-Atlantic airlines now include Air Canada Rouge; Air Transat; American; Delta; Ethiopian (to LAX); United; US Airways; ASL Airlines (previously Europe Airpost) and WestJet.

As a consequence, Dublin is the fifth largest airport in Europe for trans-Atlantic flights and it increased its trans-Atlantic passenger numbers by 17% in 2015. Transfer passenger numbers increased by 27% as Dublin Airport continued to become a significant hub for trans-Atlantic transfers.

In 1Q2016 the number of passengers connecting from the UK and mainland Europe and transferring onwards to the United States increased by 68%. The increase in the reverse direction was 72%.

That is not to claim that the CBP p/c is uniquely responsible for these results. As the airport's operator, daa (Dublin Airport Authority), points out, Dublin Airport is helped by its geographic position on the western edge of Europe and the strong route network to North America, Europe and the Middle East, as well as the availability of US CBP.

This means shorter flying times and less backtracking of connections. Not mentioned, but also important, is a comparatively passenger friendly tax regime, especially when contrasted with the UK's.

Nevertheless the influence of the CBP p/c can perhaps be gauged from this advertisement from Liverpool’s John Lennon Airport, one of many (there are 21 in the UK) with ‘feeder’ flights that connect with Aer Lingus services to the US. The CBP p/c procedure is couched in such a way as to make it appear as if it has been arranged for the benefit of Liverpool Airport’s own passengers, which in a way it has, conferring as it does a special status on them, one which they cannot get ‘on a direct flight’ (i.e. from a competing airport).

This very positive marketing for Dublin suggests it could become as important for westbound transit from the UK and vice versa as Amsterdam Schiphol Airport is, eastbound.


Misc

To answer the question about jurisdiction it turns out that the
American Immigration runs a pre-clearance area in Dublin with their
own uniformed and armed staff. These are the guys who attacked me .

Specifically what happened is issues came up above my eligibility to
come in on a tourist visa. I've made no bones whatsoever in previous
interviews with them in the last few years  about this and I was being
open with them saying that I run an online research company..that of
course means does inevitably I will be doing some work on that in the
United States when I'm over seeing Melanie. I have indeed run academic
 conferences in the US since 2012. The day academics need business
visas to attend and run academic  conferences
in another country, that country will have no more academic conference

However when this issue came up this time I was told that they
rendered my application to enter the United States invalid. This is
the point that things got ugly. I said fair enough just give me back
my passport and my phone which they had seized. I assumed I was free
to go but that actually was not the case. The official who had my
phone and passport assaulted me and I ran across the airport floor
back to Ireland as I saw it. This is not how they saw it and 10 of
them run after me and assaulted me from behind drawing blood in the
process. They then locked me in there little in there little
Guantanamo in their section of the airport doing a full a full Frisk
including a crotch search. I was refused access to a department of
Foreign Affairs official. When the Irish airport cops arrived to get
me there was a marked change of attitude and the Irish took all their
names and then advised me  to go to the police station to make a
formal complaint of the assault which drew blood which I have done

This is the situation; I was detained without being so informed. When
I broke away from my detainer I shouted “this is Ireland” which did
not stop at least 10 CBP thugs chasing me outside their own zone in
Ireland. They then dragged me back and locked me up, I might still be
there had  the airport police not seen things my way, take their
names, and advise me to make a formal complaint

This is how the jurisdictional issue arises;
Agreement between the Government of Ireland and the Government of the
United States of America on Air Transport Preclearance - TREATY SERIES
2010 Nº 12

https://www.dfa.ie/media/dfa/alldfawebsitemedia/treatyseries/uploads/documents/legaldivisiondocuments/treatyseries2010/no.-12-of-2010.pdf

*****************
S.I. No. 9/2011 - Preclearance Area (Dublin Airport) Regulations 2011.

http://www.irishstatutebook.ie/eli/2011/si/9/made/en/print
******************
4.1 Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Pre-clearance:

The US CBP agency provides carriers bound for the United States with
US CBP pre-clearance facilities
in Dublin Airport’s Terminal 2. These facilities offer US-bound
passengers departing Dublin a range of
services that can be completed prior to departure, including all
customs, US immigration and agriculture
clearance. The daa pre-clearance charge for the use of CBP
pre-clearance facilities at Dublin Airport is
set out below:

Service Charge € Description

CBP pre-clearance charge* 7.90 Per passenger
*This charge is zero rated for VAT.

This daa CBP pre-clearance charge is distinct from any other
pre-clearance charge(s) that may be
levied by the US CBP agency on passengers travelling to the United States.

All enquiries can be addressed to:  Gary McLean Head of Op - Phone 353
1 944 2748

https://www.dublinairport.com/docs/default-source/Airport-Charges/2017-miscellaneous-charges-booklet.pdf?sfvrsn=0
*******************
USCBP Preclearance Locations

Dublin Airport, U.S. Customs & Border Protection, Terminal 2, Pier E,
Dub

Saturday, February 10, 2018

The crash of 2018


Jim Cramer formerly of Goldman Sachs has a show on MSNBC called Mad Money. As you might expect from the title of the show and the person who pretends to be crazy while touting a very financialized version of capitalism. After the stock market rout  of February 8th 2018 he took us through the exotic financial instruments that he said caused the crash that day.

In particular Cramer dipped  Into his  stockbrokers heart and said that frankly they would bet on anything. That included, he claimed,  raindrops on the window. But for him to crash was caused by several stocks that bet on  volatility on the market. He was horrified that the SEC allowed them to exist and indeed generate $billions in business that day. They have exotic names; SUXY, UVXY and indeed one – not sadly – died on Feb 3 as it encouraged bets AGAINST  volatility.

Is this the truth, or Cramer disavowing his own past in hedge funds? For example, the Shiller-Cape  index independently suggests  that the S+P and Dow should be at about half their current level;



The Shiller index in currently at 31.8 versus the historical average of 16.8.


Up to recently capitalist boom/burst Cycles were explained by entities like Kondratieff  Cycles which argued that boom bust was caused by the delay in capitalists building plant and that they would occur about once every 15 years. What is happening now is quite different particularly as automatic trading means that we have a very out of control stock market..

Moreover our economy is far more financial. After the crash of 2008 the capitalist class did two rather brilliant operations. One was to get behind Obama which meant that they had what Cornel West called “A black puppet of Wall Street” in the White House. The other was to bet the national economy on Wall Street using a degree of state control that Stalin would be ashamed of.

In particular, the Fed gave money to the banks that until recently were then forced to deposit at the Fed;


The bull market of the past year is explained in these terms as this deposit restriction being eased so the money went elsewhere, creating the very inflationary pressures that the Fed is now trying to ease with interest rate hikes.

The problem is that this has also created massive national debt and that several pundits like Rogers and Icahn believe that this would be impossible to resolve even in the very painful way we discovered since 2008; evicting millions of people before closing the legal  loophole that allowed banks evict people from houses they, the banks, had sold the mortgages on; neo-feudalism with the “gig economy”; trash like Uber, Airbnb and the new equally bad AI as tech; and so on.

Where does Ireland stand in this? As we always have been for most of our history; a colony, pushed hither and thither by these forces. When they had to pin a tail on a donkey a decade ago, we rather than Iceland (let alone larger indebted countries) became the donkey.  “Junior” debt was added to the sovereign ( a big word that means you and me)  for the first time, The resulting shambles has been viewed as tough love with robust economic growth now seen as a certainty – just as the world economy implodes, taking Ireland with it.  In fact, according to Barry Eichengreen, the ECB also forbade 50% reduction of senior unsecured debt which even the IMF wanted;



It is difficult to see how they're going to handle it in the United States. They have sacrificed another generation to immensely High property prices and created to freakish presidencies in Trump and Obama. After Hillary Clinton they can't really put a woman there and ask for sympathy on the basis that she is woman in the same way as they did for Obama being black.

Robert Nye the author of the concept of “soft power” argued that only if Trump gets reelected or Worse starts War can we decide that he is something different than freaks Like Joe McCarthy or George Wallace..
What seems to be the case for Ireland is that we need to get back to politics again rather than have the economy drive politics and the whole society

The other noticeable events today was the final demission of Gerry Adams;

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/456284/gerry-adams-retirement-northern-ireland-still-unsettled

The article misses the point that we southern republicans lost our whole country because of the 1998 deal.
Readers seeking any consistency in his life will look in vain 4 themes beyond the fact he wanted to remain head of the Republican movement. As far as he was concerned intern that involved simply dangling a nebulous United Ireland in front of his followers while he shifted from communism to neoliberalism to God knows what else in a far too long career.

One of the things of this blog and of the Society of which expression is that we are underwent a coup attempt in Ireland from 1998 to 2008. The coup was meant to be sealed by an electronic voting  initiative which was intended to prevent elections for the rest of our lives at least. Will simple Fianna Fail corruption explains an awful lot of what went on, it is also true to say that experiments were being done like the privatization of the universities, the privatization of traditional music, and a corporate structure which was a new form of fascism. Part of the funding for this initiative came from government promoted bonds which highly unusually are to be repaid in full; with CIA personnel around to ensure this but see preceding entry

What we need to do is forget about this “United Ireland”; any entity that the DUP is happy to enter will be unrecognizable as Ireland. As has been stated here, simple access to the web grants us 90% of what is currently valuable about Ireland. And yes, we c an do much better; refuse to pay back any odious debt,
stress agriculture (in case we need to be self-sufficient as globalized forces marginalize us), software, and culture. We can do this in conjunction with Scotland, another high resource and low population country (genocide will do that to a country)

Adams was actually a bureaucrat, and was nicknamed the “draft dodger”. While there is evidence that he betrayed Paddy Kelly and the others killed in the Loughall massacre, it is altogether undeniable that his entourage was full of  touts like Scappaticci, recently back from the dead as Adams resigns, Kelly and others were a la ISIS about to occupy some territory; it is arguable that Adams stopped them and  the least we owe them, Mairead Farrell, Joe McCann,  Bobby Sands et al is the assertion of a territory in which our values rule


Currently, Ireland is in a power vacuum. Referenda are proposed by an unelected “citizens assembly” and divide  the country for years; we have an “S+c” relationship between govt and oppo; bills are issued for water and then withdrawn; and as happened here in California, civil servants go berserk in the absence of government and start endangering Irish citizens. We owe it to ourselves and to the world  to create a parallel Ireland

Monday, January 29, 2018

The recolonisation of Ireland from 1997


First of all there was traditional Fianna Fail criminality; lining  their own pockets. They  were also able to give assurances to foreign powers that they could get away in Ireland with deep and broad
 initiatives they could not get away with it anywhere else.

 These included removing the Universities from the rule of law in order to prepare them for privatization, an egregious electronic voting proposal, exploiting the corporate structure of Ireland to facilitate summary dismissal of employees, and pushing the standard of the Arts and Sciences down so that they could replace it with their own sources of expression which, epitomized by the meteoric rise and fall of the Taoiseach’s daughter Cecilia, were vastly inferior but could be controlled; in her case, by her father

At this point Fianna Fail started playing out of their league and it could well be the case that the ultimate goal was a rerun of the civil war but with a different result, one in which they ended up actually beneficially owning much of the state that they failed to conquer militarily. To do that they had to issue bonds that were both explicitly (senior debt) and implicitly (junior debt ) guaranteed by the sovereign ie the taxpayer.

 Then came the buying of Irish bonds by   foreign agencies who of course want their money back. The result is a crushed people who owe nothing that is no land but the debt that was illegally transferred to them.

So the recolonisation of Ireland is one part CIA takeover (Science Ireland), one part ideological innovations that seem to have a think tank origin (the universities), and one part Fianna Fail filth.

So what can be done? Ironically, we had all our ducks in a row in 1997 – in particular, export of software and music. As I keep repeating, there are huge resources in the Irish republican narrative to negate the current power of the state. In particular, much power is held by an unelected Taoiseach; by an  unelected “Citizens’ assembly”; and, particularly for those of us abroad, by unelected civil servants behaving like Soviet commissars from their consulates

There is no need to obey the Irish state on the medium in which Irish culture is most expressed; the web. It does control Pravda/RTE and much other media. Likewise, it has nothing to offer to elite artists and other thinkers, because the ignorant scum left in the “public service” cannot assess our work. Most interestingly, it has nothing except debt; no land, a contested imperium, etc. Pout the Fenian flag on your own property and thus announce your wish to join others in a real Land of Ireland.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Ireland 1997 to 2018 a short and tragic account





 As of 2018 Ireland is a basket case economically culturally and morally.  The level of state indebtedness is crippling. There is a homeless crisis, with Irish natives dying on the streets while gigantic tranches of accommodation are sold at massive discounts to wall street firms.  No bands have broken for a generation while Iceland and the other Nordic countries are thriving musically; indeed our most talented female pop singer just killed herself in January 2018. Not a single Nasdaq listing has been achieved for over a decade.

The “government” is a corrupt “supply and confidence” job with thus no opposition to articulate the people’s concerns. An unelected “citizens’ assembly” sets the political agenda and – perhaps not coincidentally – sets as topics for referenda precisely those topics (like abortion and gay marriage) most likely to divide the Irish people.

 In 1997 Ireland was doing well economically and brilliantly in cultural terms. An  unprecedented intervention by independent newspapers of Ireland, controlled by an ex CEO of Heinz, allowed an utterly  unqualified person become Prime Minister that year. In July 1997. the IRA unexpectedly called a ceasefire. In 1998, a deal for power sharing that included the rejection of any land claim by Ireland was shepherded through by the United Kingdom and United States.

 No attempt was made to unseat the prime minister's minority government for 5 years. In 2002 he declared that “we have the money” and so the opposition even if elected could not run the country. It is arguable that we only later found which money this was.

 It was the result of bonds issued by private banks in Ireland. This issuance was quickened 2005-2007 and the banks went bust.  They were nationalized and in an unprecedented move even Junior debt  was transferred to the Irish taxpayer.

We also know of several initiatives redolent of experimentation on a country. Universities were removed from any oversight, and their imminent privatization was announced. The state went to the supreme court three times to try and destroy tenure, and thus academic freedom.  Those foreclosed on and evicted were told they still owed all the outstanding mortgage debt – a practice echoed in Spain with the results we have all seen, and again to benefit Wall Street.

 In a freakish initiative, the PM’s previously silent daughter was marketed as a writer, and given access to Hollywood through the movies and broadcast TV. While her Dad’s resignation initiated her writer’s block, at the same time the work of independent labels was effectively dumped on the US market by the state body Enterprise Ireland and the artists were unpaid. The head of the Irish music rights agency was involved in copyright theft on a huge scale; companies like U2’s distribution company were allowed trade blithely after dissolution.

It is always a bad idea to get into conspiracy theories. However we do know that in The Feeding Frenzy that followed the bust and the nationalization of property, ex CIA directors like Petraeus  and VP Quayle inter alia were involved. We do know that science in Ireland was taken over by the CIA in the early 2000s through Anita Jones of InQTel. We do know that MTV held its awards in Dublin at that time, bringing an array of American pantomime artists like Britney spears and Alice cooper.

Paradoxically, Irish culture is thriving – outside Ireland, and in the hands of non-Irish people. Scotland and the other “Celtic” countries have kept up a respectable level of achievement. Much more consequentially, the learning of Irish language and music is a burgeoning field, particularly among people with no Irish genetic heritage.

Therein lies the Achilles heel of this ruthless and otherwise successful neo-colonial venture. Having survived for 500 years in adversity, the culture has become portable in that it requires few physical resources. Just a fiddle or a smartphone is quite enough; no need for the type of concert hall that can be controlled by the (deep) state.

In fact, the only issue is whether the Irish people will be the conveyors of this burgeoning and rudely healthy culture. Even that phrase is moot; the “Irish people” now includes over half a million who have assimilated well there, despite their initial invite being arguably to fill the accommodation built to maintain Ahern’s grip on power through the bank bonds- political funding scam described above, one of many talons he used to maintain what must have seemed an insuperable grip.

The mistake made by the British was, according to the leader of 19i6, to leave us our Fenian dead. The mistake made by the globalist criminals who took over Ireland from 1998  was other; it was an underestimation of the power of the culture when released onto the web. There are so many reasons to deny the jurisdiction of what many of us still disparagingly call the “Free” state that only one will be listed here; we want  a physical space for this culture to foster its further development, and you criminals will not continue to deny it to us, particularly in the name of those who gave their lives to found the state in the first place.

Monday, November 27, 2017

(the death of) Citizenship and Law in Ireland



 This  Irish government will collapse this week. The next government will collapse in similar fashion. The problem is that the new colonial dispensation reorganized the state to suit our new colonial masters like Silicon Valley and the quid pro quo was that the normal rule of law was to be abandoned. So a justice minister felt comfortable in joining a campaign against a righteous whistleblower in the cops as that is how the establishment protected itself.

 Using what the GW Bush administration called the "weapons of the weak" - reason and publishing - my colleagues and I have just revealed the depths of state criminality in Ireland in the past 20 years;


Why the intensity this campaign against academic freedom in Ireland documented therein? We may never see a document from any government office beyond the attested drive to privatize the universities while removing them from the rule of law. In my home county, a state-sponsored body boasted of the close links to the CIA . It is a fact that privatization of state universities would be the greatest goldmine in history, particularly as the real estate could be dispensed with. It was my patriotic duty to stand up against this criminality.


There is a more fundamental issue about university presidents violating ancient common law precedents about stealing property, rights of one's person etc, and these are being allowed fade away rather than being confronted



Academic freedom depends on tenure, but the relevance of the law in society requires lawyers willing to do their job. Frankly, coming as I do from a part of the country where the Republican courts flourished until 1925,  I am tempted to invoke issues about citizenship, the role of law, and the fact that the Irish people has shown a laudable intolerance of statutory  nonsense like the recent water company's campaign to define all users of water/citizens as customers.



Finally, we find a new tactic; refusal to list a case. It looks as that tactic, coming from a state body (which DCU financially  is, despite the nonsense about autonomy), enjoys collusion from the legal profession. That will ensure a well-merited contempt for the law, and its use as instrument by the state against the citizenry, which is not a desirable outcome.

Remarkably, I set up a prize-winning online university in the meantime and the top mind conference in the world in terms of downloads

PS Underlying all the actions of our self-appointed elite is the notion that white collar criminal activity was within their gift; to be engaged in, ignored or acted on as they wished. That is what brought Ireland down in 2008 and will do so repeatedly until we get a new generation of administration

PPS (10 Nollag 2017) I still stand by this. The "supply and confidence" is over. Moreover, that Brexit fudge will not take

Monday, November 20, 2017

No Brexit deal and a hard border by Jan 2019



Until Nov 2017 it did indeed look like the kind of country a gay half-Indian man with no experience could run and indeed today it was delegated to a 16-year-old South African girl, in Ireland only 3 years. (I could not have made that up). . Universally pitied for its history as a colony; forgiven its tax haven status; no national territory; “autonomous” state institutions like universities and museums that did not require statutory oversight; a party political system so incestuous that the putative opposition party is in a “supply and confidence” arrangement; and so on.

Then Leo V decided to take on the Brits and is now utterly in over his head. He does not get it; the very point of Johnson Politik is NOT to have a deal on the Irish border by the time phase 2 is about to start. When the Barnier negotiations restart – or rather fail to restart -  Johnson can then collapse the scrum shouting about these frogs and Krauts, with their disgraceful WW2 history, trying to tell the UK what to do with their own land. That is a suitably jingoistic theme for a leadership heave and nasty, brutish and short snap election campaign.

Because Ireland has no territory, Johnson can theoretically put the new customs post anywhere. He will put them where they were before, whatever the DUP say. They in turn will realize that, while they were indeed initially brought to Ireland to be a nuisance, even their nuisance value has now expired.

So what is the antidote to Boris? In Adams’ farewell speech, he pointed out that Sinn Fein get 500k votes all over the island – roughly equal to the tweedle parties in Dublin. While they seem to have definitively said goodbye to the militarists of the Adams generation – and Martin Ferris may have been pushed – the Good Friday deal (GFA) no longer works for them.

For the Brits, the Good Friday deal was arguably  a classical forced Anglo-Saxon unconditional surrender; surrendering of territory and arms in exchange for POW’s.  They made it clear at the first crisis in the assembly that the viewed the GFA as entailing binding commitments only for Ireland. Now that the stakes are so high with the EU, the charade can be dropped. In this narrative, Sinn Fein signed on for it in bad faith, only to get the POW’s home, and are now unwilling to reinstate the institutions as nobody is going to rejail Joe O’Connell et al.

Is there an alternative to a forced snap election in Ireland next year as the humiliations pile on? Probably not, and Sinn Fein will be in government afterward, making it desirable to – yes!  - reinstate Stormont. As individuals, what can we do? Here is gets interesting.
The Republican narrative – to which the IRA, if not Sinn Fein still subscribe – is that both political entities on the island of Ireland are illegitimate, the progeny of the abortive 2nd Dáil.  It is a fact that Ireland is a deeply criminal state, a tax haven for scum, with no territory. Its resources have been sold off cheaply  to the point that the web contains more of value to Irish culture, held in the public domain, than the state. So get the Fenian flag, announce your own “parallel Ireland” on property you own, with a commitment to making it part of a new Republic. Then let the chips fall where they may.

PS The document is anodyne. What May said is what matters ie that by the phrases "customs union" and "single market" in the document she feels free to mean UK or EU "customs union" and "single market" as she wishes.

The Queen of Tarts etc; words mean what she wants. And that's what we get for putting a dyslexic and Indian up against the Brits. Bertie vs Blair in the GFA resulted in us having no national territory and, as we found, no country

Saturday, October 14, 2017

The Free state disgraces us again in LA




I run a music company that performs, composes , records, teaches, and makes radio programmes. We have won many awards and sold in the tens of thousands. All of the royalties were stolen, as the free state decided sometime in the 1990's not to have any more independent music. So along with all the other artists of that period, our work was bootlegged and sold off at an enterprise Ireland trade stand at Midem trade fair for sale at Walmart. Our CD's were stolen by U2 through their dissolved distribution outlet; again no action from the Free state

Yet that is not the main point here. The takeover of science in Ireland by the CIA through its InQTel front in the person of Anita Jones has resulted in the Irish taxpayer funding US spooks, unaccountable even  to the  US electorate, to the tune of about $1 billion a year. The main point is that the Free state does not allow Irish people express themselves in any advanced cultural activity and is almost certainly actively involved in cultural genocide..

After a lot of work, we have managed to find a home for jazz in Gaelic in a downtown SF club. The owner, who is gay, loves our theater background, and commented that he wants something classy, a contrast to the burlesque infecting SF. The Free state's response to this need? An ugly transvestite and kitsch;

https://www.irelandweek.com/

Something needs to be done, as there is no doubt that talented artists are among those being evicted from their homes in Ireland. As for those of us abroad, the Free state is just more garbage to deal with.

PS Intriguingly, Iceland with < 10% of our population earlier this year ran a successful event for 8 days with the LA Philharmonic;

 https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/05/01/the-la-philharmonic-celebrates-iceland

PPS 28 Oct/MF 2017 Rather incredible, but true;  a Google search today on "ireland week" los angeles
news over the past week yields - nothing. So $x millions of taxpayers' money, along with a huge chunk of national credibility, was wasted. By contrast, our event on mon 23 is still getting Google shows. There is an argument that Varadkar was trying to project a Trannie Ireland and LA did not bite