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Thu, Sep. 5th, 2002, 12:02 pm
Down boy, DOWN!

So, our second ever completed D&D campaign finished up last night, unfortunately it ended with the death of all the characters except one, who had fled earlier as per his instructions (he was no longer able to play in the game so he figured that he'd run off with all the cash and maybe come back later if the game was still going). We're veering off D&D for a while, possibly in the direction of seventh sea.

Greece bans gaming, Bertie Ahern is a moron.. an ignorant bullish hypocritical liar of a moron at that, gaelcon is coming up and for once I can't complain about it. The more things change the more they stay the same.

September 11th is on the way again, I hope any memorials are tasteful, I'd hate to see Bush hijack the date for his own "lets invade em" pep talks, I just sincerely hope he has the good taste to let one day go by to let people remember what happened without turning it into another cheap attempt to boost a flagging economy by whipping the public into a xenophobic frenzy. A short speech, "on this day we remember those that died in the attack......" no "cowardly strike on the free world" no "retribution" no "revenge" no "america", just remembering the tragic, needless deaths of over 2000 people.

I know that more people die from AIDS, food poisioning, war and famine every day than died on sept 11th but I suppose just because we don't have candlelit vigils for the above reasons, it doesn't mean we shouldn't and couldn't have one for a massive and pubicly massive loss of human life. I suppose it's easier to mourn the dead when there's somewhere obvious to do it and as bad as the attack was, what's sprung from it (tips, afghanistan, bills that wake the ACLU up screaming) is so much worse. Ah well.
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Thu, Sep. 5th, 2002 05:47 am (UTC)
mr_wombat: Bertie

Earth summit this week, bertie goes on and on and on about how everyone needs to increase foreign aid spending and drop third world debts (naturally, ireland is not one of the countries who is owed any cash).

Last week, Bertie decreased foreign aid spending from ireland rather drastically (I forget the percentage but it was significant). I was also listening to the radio last night about the whole nice thing. The scaremongering thing was incredible. Lines like "we'll lose influence in europe" were flying around (though that's the main argument for the no vote too) and the most solid point the yes campaign had to make was "you should do it 'cos it's right". There's not one concrete fact coming from the yes camp, nothing but hyperbole and scare tactics wheras the no camp churns out fact after fact after fact (admittedly with a negative tilt to them but at least they're saying "we will lose one seat on the committee, immigration laws will relax this will mean...." as opposed to "vote yes you assholes") I've yet to hear the yes campaign say "we'll lose a seat on the committee, this won't make any difference for the following reasons...."

I'll be voting no, simply because I don't like the deal we're getting and if a no is put through then the EU just makes up a new deal and puts it to us, the world won't end and the sole reason bertie is pushing for a yes is to avoid looking like a goon to even more people than usual (more important people than those who elected him in the first place) as opposed to any genuine concern for ireland.


Thu, Sep. 5th, 2002 07:06 am (UTC)
iresprite: Re: Bertie

I know this sounds stupid, but what's the best news source for us people in the Americas to whom international news largely means showing more tapes of Iraq and how enticing a land it is for military action?
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Thu, Sep. 5th, 2002 08:11 am (UTC)
mr_wombat: Re: Bertie

unison.ie is pretty good, it's still free afaik, you just need to create a login (last time I checked). BBC is excellent though.

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Thu, Sep. 5th, 2002 10:54 am (UTC)
iresprite: Re: Bertie

Mm. I will check out the site. Mostly, what I'm interested in are general goings-on in Ireland. I noted that ireland.ie is no longer free. This displeased me. Roar!