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(Feel free to reply in the linked threads if you disagree with anything I said. I'm unsure if I'll pay to have the blog forever so you can download some pdf's if you want.) Maybe if they provided different strawberry or lemon flavoured water we could then pay water taxes! It’s interesting how of all places one of the rainiest countries in the world was in crisis over water! So there’ll be water shortages at the same time the town is in flood! Why privatise the water when we can have private beaches instead?

https://debatepolitics.com/threads/mixed-economy.355051/ Conflict of interest: if I ever won the lottery or somehow became rich then there’s a strong possibility that I’ll renege on some of my stated “ideals”.


Some people have ideals like equality or freedom. I admit I’m more of a pragmatist. So if I’m a peasant in the fields then I might join a rebellion but if circumstances change and I become a noble then I might change my mind and help to put out that rebellion!

A person came up to me and asked me for some change. I looked in my wallet and didn’t see any coins and only a lot of notes. I apologised to say I didn’t have any spare money. But then a thought came to me and I gave him €5 in exchange for 50cent. I felt bad even though I ultimately gave him €4.50. Is it wrong to ask a person begging for a coin! Anyway I ended up giving the 50 cent to the next person that asked!


It was getting late and I was walking back to my accommodation. I saw this elderly woman walking slowly ahead of me with two bags. She was stopping for a rest every so often and I thought she was taking it really easy. I snuck past her but when I turned around and saw that she stopped again I decided to do my good deed for the day and offer to carry a bag for her. Except that when I went to pick it up I noticed a huge weight in the bag as if there were a load of dumb-bells inside! Well I did my gym session by bringing it to the bus stop for her. She must have been a power-lifter in her younger days!


Forgetting your swimming togs is no excuse. No; I'm not talking about nude beaches. Go in to the water with your jeans and t-shirt on so you'll save money at the laundry! I did that upstream where I thought I'd have some solitude. Instead I was the only person around for tourists on river ferries to observe!

What's worse from a left wing perspective: one billionaire with a thousand million dollars or else 1,000 different millionaires? Perhaps we could use the billionaires to gobble up the millionaires!


Breakfast in a continental hotel at 4€90 will be €4.90 for those from France and 4✕€90 = 360 euro for those coming from England and Ireland who can go away and get their breakfasts elsewhere!


As a bachelor I think we should collectivise and redistribute the marriage system!


Family discussing a complex referendum while driving in the car:

Father: that "stability" signpost really captured the essence of the debate. It neatly summarised all 5,000 pages of text in a single word.

Mother: But what about the photo of the guy wearing the green tie with the caption "accountability"? I think the symbolic peaceful nature of green combined with an intense sounding word makes for a truly compelling argument.

Child: Maybe we shouldn't base our decisions entirely on signposts!




I don’t drive and I’m terrible at giving directions. My tactic sometimes was to say I wasn’t from the area. I forgot I’d my tennis gear with me near the tennis club so I think I was caught out when somebody asked where to go. I’ve gradually improved so that I can point my hand in a general direction though I still don’t know the names of many streets in my own town!

https://www.debatepolitics.com/law-and-order/358599-road-safety-cycling.html

Opening post, post 107 pg. 5, #131 and 135 pg. 6. Any collision will cause immense pain be it a cyclist hitting a pedestrian or a car hitting a cyclist. The objective is to make it as safe as possible for everyone. It’s not improper to note that the momentum of a car hitting a cyclist will invariably cause far more damage than the cyclist hitting a pedestrian. I know it’s a sensitive topic but we have to analyse all options and their relative risks at certain road speeds to come to an informed conclusion. Both the frequency and severity are important factors: the expected risk and quantity of pedestrian casualties vs the serious injury and death rate for cyclists on the road. For example if there was a low-speed road in the town centre than the cyclist can easily go out on it. Although if it was a high-speed busy road leaving the town with a quiet footpath I can’t help but personally view it as having less overall risk to cycle slowly on the footpath. In mist and poor visibility a cyclist could see a pedestrian easier than a car driver being able to see the cyclist. Other variables are the straightness or curvature of the road. For example cycling fast on busy footpath can be termed neglectful whereas cycling slowly on a quiet footpath carries a lower risk. Could we put cycling speed limits on any underused footpaths? There are so many tragic deaths that the best option might be to simply penalise and prosecute negligence for the specific cyclist depending on the circumstances of the pedestrian collision and any alternative options, speeds or routes that were available to them. Ideally there’d be cycle lanes and road barriers but not every road can have a cycle lane or a wide hard-shoulder. We have to improvise as best we can and make laws with the current road network. People should comply with all laws but there’s no harm in debating those laws. There are so many suspended sentences for drivers not seeing cyclists that cyclists should be free to cycle whatever way they feel safest. If people don't want cyclists on footpaths they should first jail dangerous car drivers. It's like there's a deadly war being waged against cyclists by the lazy. Recording a cyclist going too fast on a footpath on your phone is a simple way to counteract dangerous cycling by individuals rather than forbidding all cyclists from the footpath. https://debatepolitics.com/threads/standing-on-a-flight.451280/

“As the snow melts in the Himalayan heights along the disputed border between India and China, analysts and military officials warn warmer weather could lead to renewed conflict. For the past year, thousands of troops have been locked in a stand-off at various points along the 3,488km (2,167-mile) Line of Actual Control (LAC) between India’s Ladakh in the west and Arunachal Pradesh in the east, bordering China’s Xinjiang, Tibet and Aksai Chin regions.”

-scmp


Crikey. Just imagine if India and China stopped bickering about borders and actually united for a world conquest with 3 billion soldiers! They could lay siege to Europe through shortages in sweet and sour or tandoori chicken. We’d have no chance! (I’m sorry if I’ve just offended half of the world’s population but I couldn’t resist saying it!)

Comment 13 and 15 page 1:

https://www.debatepolitics.com/europe/390347-united-ireland-2.html “RUSSIA could have wiped out the British Army's only fighting unit in one afternoon, a shock report revealed after experts found the UK could have only deployed 5,000 to 10,000 war-ready troops.”

-Express.co.uk

No one should get too wrapped up in themselves!


If past economic issues were causing so much grievances there would of always been the option to simply decentralise the tax system in order to pay most of your taxes instead to the local county council. Northern Ireland is becoming obsessed about the all-powerful nanny state. I read a lot of articles about what America can learn from Northern Ireland in terms of race relations. I think that can also apply vice versa as to what Northern Ireland can learn from America. Remember their motto of “No taxation without representation”. So that can be relevant to unionists in a hypothetical United Ireland or Nationalists in the UK. There’s lots of complicated government structures like federations and confederations but we can’t risk getting too far removed and abstract. Really and truly the government’s sole job is to simply tax and use those taxes to fund projects. So long as the tax revenue is spent evenly then that’s the main goal. If the economic situation was viewed as unfair I can’t understand why the then Irish government didn’t subsidise more social welfare for nationalists in Northern Ireland. Likewise if they became concerned then the UK can help fund unionist social welfare if they wanted to in a United Ireland. Even in terms of the symbolism of a United Ireland, there’s nothing stopping nationalists in Northern Ireland voting in the Irish Republic’s elections. A ballot is only a piece of paper that’s easy to transport even though their representatives wouldn’t have jurisdiction in Northern Ireland. We’re in the digital age where communication and representation really isn’t a problem in any way whatsoever. They should be perfectly free to vote for TD’s and presidential elections if that’s what they want. It's not all-or-nothing when it comes to a United Ireland. Unionists might not take up the offer to sit in the Dáil but nationalist TD's from the north would still have authority in the Republic of Ireland and they'd have influence in Northern Ireland. Who made the silly stipulation that northern politicians can only be voted in by southern constituencies? We're free to travel across the border. People are reading too much into the meaning of a federal state and not enough about the importance of smaller local councils. https://www.irishpolitics.net/threads/tonights-spotlight-killer-billy-wright-given-dossiers-by-police-and-used-them-to-target-families-of-republicans.1085/#post-87014

(posts 39 and 40 on the first page)

“Majority favour a united Ireland, but just 22pc would pay for it”

-Independent newspaper

What if we did a swap? We could exchange the whole of Co Donegal for maybe half of Derry! Or else we could sell the county to China and pay off our debts.

Post number 367, 368 and 370 page 10:

https://www.irishpolitics.net/threads/a-united-ireland-in-our-lifetime.367/page-10#post-59790 There’s hundreds of thousands of nationalists in Northern Ireland. I think the British military and army reserves in Northern Ireland have to recruit vetted, moderate nationalists in the same way the PSNI is recruiting from both communities. Ensuring that peaceful members of all ethnicity are enlisted will prevent it being exploited as exaggerated rhetoric by ill-intentioned dissidents. Perhaps granting free expression to minority soldiers would make that task a lot easier. By all means preclude anyone with hostile intentions from enlisting but the majority of nationalists and unionists were unsympathetic to historical paramilitaries. Hence it’s only fair that both groups have representatives in the military be it in the same UK or a new United Ireland. There’s no point preemptively avoiding recruits from one community for fear of their potentially threatening behaviour only to have that very lack of recruitment being used in a circular way to attempt to justify their initial aggression. We’d run the risk of creating a self-fulfilling prophecy because it will be used as propaganda. Remember Ireland’s a 100 year track record of peaceful neutrality so obviously it wouldn’t be dangerous or threatening. I assume nationalists in Northern Ireland are free to travel down or commute in order to be proportionately employed and at least have some representation in the Republic’s military and gardai. Any under-representation of northern Irish nationalists in the Dáil, Gardai and Irish military is to some extent self-imposed by our own institutions.

I was in Belfast for a weekend a while ago. I’d a nice holiday. It was for a tennis tournament where I lost to a 13 year old in the main draw and a retired guy in the plate round. I’d no other trouble except for when a random person on the street inquired into what I was drinking. I told him I got a mango milkshake in an Asian takeaway. Whoever he was, he got quite enraged at my “healthy” milkshake and shouted as he walked by me. I don’t know where he was from or whether he was just another tourist! I let it go. After all if he got that upset with a small drink, at least luckily he didn’t know about all of my various ideas and musings.

https://www.irishpolitics.net/threads/is-northern-ireland-now-a-terrocracy.1114/page-7#post-100683

-Post 275 and 277, page 7. Guardian: “Thus, the primary motive of the war - mobilising Iraqi oil production to sustain global oil flows and moderate global oil prices - has, so far, been fairly successful according to the International Energy Agency.”

At least no one can say that there’s an oil conspiracy with Northern Ireland anyway. There just appears to be a few hexagonal rocks at stake!



(My post is number 12748 page 319 for the following link.)

https://www.irishpolitics.net/threads/emerging-viruses-human-variants-thread.1210/page-319

I think if everyone maintained compliance with hygiene protocols there wouldn’t be much need for more restrictions. I really think we should focus more on self-regulating in response to this virus. Most people are being responsible for their own sake. If someone is being neglectful and interfering with other people’s air safety there can then be a punitive response for that individual. But I mean are business closures and travel restrictions in particular really necessary if we all followed the guidelines of wearing masks, keeping a distance and using the soap? Is it worth a whole societal lockdown to prevent people spreading a virus when we could instead simply investigate and deter any specific instances of careless behaviour by individuals?


It’s said in the context of the quarantine guidelines that the virus can possibly remain dormant in a person for up to two weeks without symptoms. But this latent dormancy of the virus might make it difficult to fully eradicate covid from society through the zero-covid option. I’m not in any way an expert on pandemics. But I’d almost prefer something like an increased social distance to two and a half meters on the streets for example rather than indefinite travel restrictions. A lockdown is essentially the same as many kilometres worth of social distancing between towns. I do understand why we've prosecutions for general non-compliance with masks but there's millions of citizens to try keep an eye on so have there also been investigations into more specific covid transmissions where an individual gets sick out of another's person's breach of regulations?


“Coronavirus: Hairdressers offer virtual appointments in lockdown” -BBC

I actually tried there to get my beard trimmed online:

I walked into town too late and everything was closed except for a magazine shop. So I’d to buy a bag of sweets as dinner:

It’s usually packed on the way back from Limerick where I’m often standing on the evening train but I got a carriage to myself that day!


https://www.irishpolitics.net/threads/emerging-viruses-human-variants-thread.1210/page-344

post 13759 and 13760 page 344

I’m certainly not blaming any unfortunate patient for getting covid, but in post 13760 I was merely making the point that neither would it be the fault of people who needed to travel per se so long as they comply with wearing masks. I believe we can still be serious about fighting covid without the need for these lockdowns. It’s possible for us to help covid patients without the need to restrict people’s freedom of movement. I just think a lockdown for an indefinite length of time is a very blunt mechanism. Perhaps we could focus more on being precise about dealing with and deterring any specific breaches in covid regulations. Maybe reserve units or the civil defence might be able to help ensure social distancing on the streets if any problems were to occur. If people want to risk their own health getting Covid then honestly that’s their own prerogative in my opinion. I feel the job of the state should be to protect any infringements on other people’s health.

I’m becoming a bit cynical of these travel restrictions. I’m not sure how a biological virus necessitates all of these legal technicalities. I won’t nag about my own silly little difficulties but I’ve been denied entry to different places for having travel forms a few hours late. (Murphy’s law: PCR result test was too late only to reschedule for following day where now my passenger locater form was one day out of date!) It merely reminded me that in my view what really counts is that people aren’t invading your personal space and interfering with your hygiene. I appreciate that there’s the symbolism of solidarity but there are also other ways to help the vulnerable. The last thing I want to do is to appear unsympathetic towards covid sufferers. For example we could increase and prioritise social welfare and community support for elderly or sick people who might need to cocoon and isolate at their home rather than blanket travel bans on the whole of society. I know there’s the argument that we should wait until the virus disappears and I do agree with that but we have to keep in mind that time is a limited resource which we don’t get back. Sometimes it might be hard to fully describe the gravity of covid sickness or death statistic from technical flu terms and virus diagrams. Maybe creating more analogies would help maintain vigilance. For example air pollution, carbon-monoxide poisoning and radon cancers are all invisible threats in the atmosphere like covid that people are naturally wary of. People already have all the advice and resources needed to protect themselves and so even if it's legal to attend nightclubs or stadiums individuals are still free to use their own judgement not to attend if they view it as risky. Just because something is legal doesn't mean it's advisable. An instance of this would be how binge drinking is discouraged because it can be unhealthy and even dangerous but it's not actually a crime. I think there has to be more emphasis on encouraging people to use their own judgement during the latter stages of the pandemic. Each venue will have differences in ventilation, spatial size and local infection rates that might make local covid regulations more precise than national ones in certain situations.

Certain relatives have kept a distance away from me long before covid. They must of had a premonition there was going to be pandemic!


What if someone holds their breath while they're in the shop? There'd be no cheating allowed so you'll have to pinch your nose! Anyone found not gasping for air after they exit the shop will be prosecuted for not waring a mask! An even better idea would be to create an air vacuum in the shop such that taking off your mask will lead to disintegration and instant death like the astronauts in space!


Subliminal message from the HSE: get a covid test today and it will be administered by a nurse with aesthetic qualities!



I’m forever getting these type of jokes on the tennis WhatsApp group. It started off harmless enough to keep up the good spirits. But we’re over a year into the crisis now and the jokes are getting increasingly crude. I was getting so many messages I’d to put the conversation on silent. If there’s many more months of lockdown I fear they won’t even disguise them as jokes and we’ll all just be getting explicit hardcore stuff in our mail. https://debatepolitics.com/threads/w-3596-arguments-against-same-sex-marriage.352763/page-129#post-1070531064

(Post number 3212 page 129 and no. 4280 and 4283 pg 172 for the preceding website.)


https://www.irishpolitics.net/threads/are-fine-gael-beginning-to-stink.827/page-3

#108

"There will be car parking facilities for less than a fifth of the 5,000 staff in the St James’s Hospital campus upon completion of the proposed new national children’s hospital on the St James’s site, according to planners."

-Irish Times

I think there was a hidden solution to the controversy all along to satisfy everyone: continue with the 1 billion euro construction in the city centre but turn it into a giant multi-story carpark with car-lift features like the have in Dubai to cater for all of Dublin's parking needs; then get another billion somewhere to build the hospital on the outskirts!


Ballyalla Lake in Ennis January 2021: The few trees on the hill look very scenic even though they don’t extend beyond it. It goes to show that woodland looks nice even if it’s not a full plantation. I’m not well up on the national reforestation initiative. Perhaps there’s also scope to expand any public trails by afforesting a few bordering pathway ditches.

“One of my visions for the future is to make Ireland the best small country in the world for business, to raise a family and to grow old.” -Enda Kenny

If the statement wasn’t already harmless enough, Andorra and Iceland probably beats us on those fronts!

https://www.irishpolitics.net/threads/the-irish-defence-force-tokenism-agenda-or-waste-of-money.182/page-4 -page 4 number 129, 136, 139, 141, 142, 144, 147, 149, 153 and 155.

If anyone tries to invade Ireland then hopefully others would help us. But there isn't actually a guarantee of this and some countries might just declare neutrality themselves! I was in Galway a few years ago for an 18th birthday party. I’d a bit to drink and started falling over and knocking on windows. When we got back to where we were staying that night, I decided to do the wise thing and lie down and pretend to be asleep. That’s really when the night began. Everyone else started to gather around me as they thought I wasn’t awake. They started bitching about me and thrash talking my appearance. I didn’t know whether to pretend to awkwardly get up or stay as if I was still sleeping. So I’d to stay lying down for about an hour or so as this was going on. That was the last time I partied with those people! Since then I’ve only had to ring up a person once the next morning to thank them for walking me home and to apologise for blathering a lot of nonsense at them.

https://debatepolitics.com/threads/why-marijuana-should-be-legal-everywhere.425942/

-post 12, 14, 17, 31, 33, 35, 36, 37, 38, 40, 42, 43, 45, 47, 50, 52, 53 and 55.

I confess I’ve actually had a little bit of a YouTube music addiction in the past! It’d sometimes be as if one was inhaling the secondhand smoke of various drug induced beats:

In fact I almost smoked cannabis once. I was staying in a shared hostel and when I entered the room one day I got this really exotic and intense smell. The room was empty with the windows open and smoke billowing from the bathroom. I sat down and thought it strange that someone would leave drugs burning in the sink. I put it out. Only afterwards I googled it and saw it was merely incense! I was just never familiar with those substances and had to apologise for soaking his candle!

In case anyone complains I ought to add some missiles towards Europe for the sake of balance! I used to get an adrenaline kick listening to nuclear war sirens on YouTube while out walking. This is only meant as a joke or a roast as they'd say in America.


I began having only one or two mischievous jokes on the blog. Then I thought I better tell more jokes just to prevent the first ones standing out too much and insulting anyone. Lo and behold I've a blog full of these jokes!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KnYoFmBagmk

Over time my bills from travelling started to add up and I decided to sell some of my gadgets. I had to find the CeX shop to do some trade-ins; so-called I believe by the way we’ve to try “sell ourselves”! I lost in the second round in a tournament in Waterford which was an improvement on previous ones so I decided to have a celebratory drink afterwards. It was probably 6 or 7 months since my last drink and was curious how I’d react on my own. But the drinks just made me feel a bit dizzy without any excitement. I don’t know what conclusions I should draw: either my body has successfully tolerated and counteracted the effects of alcohol or else my older self is so wild such that drugs can’t possibly make me even more wild!


I’m always out walking really late at night. I was in Lisbon for a few days on holiday once. I was approached at least 3 times by people offering me “coke” and if not then “hash”. I was just thinking of the amount of effort undercover police must put in to infiltrate drug gangs. What they might need instead is an out-of-place looking guy with multicoloured tennis clothing and uncombed hair!



“Female garda officers posed as prostitutes as part of a major sting operation which brought 21 potential clients before court.” -Independent

I imagine they must eventually delete those recordings of garda chat-up lines in case someone accidentally discovers them somewhere!



“A protest has been held in Bangkok after the Thai government announced it has banned Pornhub and 190 other websites showing pornography.”

Imagine how dystopian it’d be if there were cartel wars between rival x-rated magazine dealers!


The drugs war has been going on for decades and there's only one way to sort it out: a rap battle between the prohibition and legalisation sides!


Saying your favourite drink is Irish coffee will deflect any speculation seeing as a follow-up question of whether you're a coffee person is needed to see how much you drink! Coffee can make you alert in the morning before work while alcohol might make you relax. So an alcoholic coffee is a mixed message to be more focused yet more laid-back. It'd be a suitable drink for a CEO or CIA agent so that they can focus on their work while remaining relaxed about the ethical implications created by their organisation.

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