Who could argue with this?

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In Australia, keep the asylum seekers; deport the Liberal Party MPs..

Criticism should especially apply to the Arctic Monkeys – whose members have sheltered up to £1.1m in the Channel Islands – as they’ve long traded on their image as a band of the people, with Turner cast as a working-class hero, a snotty, sharp-minded northern kid in the mould of the young Lennon, cutting through the bullshit and telling it like it is. They could do with a reminder of just how much they owe to the state they’re so reluctant to fund. Singer Alex Turner may have ascended to the elite, dating models and living the high life, but taxation paid for the hospital where he was born, the school where he was educated and the schools which paid his (teacher) parents’ wages, the street lamps that lit his way home from rehearsals, and the benefits that sustained his bandmates when they were out of work.

[…] The temptation to snarkily quote lyrics has proven irresistible: “What a scummy man/ Just give him half a chance, I bet he’ll rob you if he can.” That song, of course, was a bleak piece of social realism about prostitution on the streets of Sheffield, a city in which the band exhibit a great deal of civic pride: they introduce themselves on stage as “The Arctic Monkeys, from High Green, Sheffield”, and the area telephone prefix 0114 is printed on Matt Helders’ drumhead. If they really cared about their hometown, they could always consider what that £1m could do for a city in which the number of people using food banks has almost doubled in the last 12 months, instead of leaving it to gather dust in Jersey.
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igetfoxdevilswild:

so there’s this little courtyard/lawn in the middle of my work where 5 tortoises are just chillin

and no one thought to tell me this until now

I’ve been working there 3 months and I didn’t know about the tortoises

but I do now

and I know where I’ll be spending my lunch times

we only have magpies; i’m jealous.

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Anonymous asked: Do you think now is the best time for a United Ireland? With all the economic problems, the lack of jobs and the current unrest in the unionist community in the north? Will a United Ireland really solve Ireland's problems like gay rights/abortion?

tiocfaidharlulz:

No, a united Ireland will never, ever, ever solve those problems. A united Ireland is just that; it’s the reunification of the areas within the island under one governmental and legal system. The reason a united Ireland is important is because it takes the entire population on the island allows them to decide the systems under which they live. If you have a different legal and governmental system in a small area of the island, it opens things open to corruption but also, very evidently, the segregation of communities because there are conflicts over dominance of culture, over historical supremacy and about a million other things that are just obvious enough for me not to bother typing on tumblr.

There’ll never be a ‘good time’ or ‘best time’ for that reunification because the two different systems have been cemented. Unrest within the loyalist community (I would stress loyalist rather than unionist to be honest, but obviously there’s an overlap) is inevitable because historically loyalism in northern Ireland is based on supremacy, particularly supremacy of culture, so when you make any strides at any time to level the playing field on that, there’s going to be unrest. Not least because anyone in a leadership position in the loyalist community is telling those communities that they’re being discriminated against and being attacked and, because it’s something they feel strongly about, they’re going to react, naturally.  That unrest is never going to go away so long as northern Ireland exists because northern Ireland is founded on the segregation, and unequal balance of two dominant cultures. So really, the unrest shows me that rather than this being a bad time for a united Ireland, it’s a really, really good time to scrap this faux-statelet because things from here can only get worse. In the short term, that solution may lead to conflict (hopefully not if everyone could engage logically and with their actual issues rather than green and orange politics), but in the long term its for the better. The main fear loyalists have about a united Ireland is that their culture will be eviscerated completely; which isn’t the aim of any Republican with any sense of proper politics. The PUL community are largely descended from planters and settlers, the fact is they’re generations of immigrants (like a lot of people in Ireland who have been here for generations). But the PUL community have retained their cultural position throughout those generations so they’re a settled population, therefore their culture needs to be respected (and celebrated if they wish) as long as it’s not discriminatory to any other groups of people. In a united Ireland, that would need to happen. In fact, loyalists would actually be better off in that position because they would have a say in the legal and governmental processes in their country, whereas at current that’s not the case because these things are simply devolved, not conrtolled, here in Northern Ireland.

The economic situation in the South is also a really big argument against reunification at the minute, and I can see how people fall into that line of thinking, but a) the reunification of the country would allow more citizen’s voices and more unrest to possibly change these things, and b) that’s capitalism, that’s not specific to Ireland. This is why anyone with a brain who is an Irish Republican is also a socialist, because we recognise that a united Ireland is completely pointless if the Ireland that we create isn’t fair to the people of Ireland and doesn’t work for us. The economic situation in Ireland needs to be changed and that would actually be more likely to happen with reunification than currently. Currently there’s apathy, if reunification were to be happen there would be a new voice across the island and more unrest because of the added positions of those poorer and unemployed and in the North. Additionally, without focus on partition, people are freed up a wee bit more to see that the government, large business owners, land owners and banking institutions are royally fucking them over so are more inclined to stand up and be counted.

Likewise, issues about gay rights, abortion or any other social issues will never be solved just be a united Ireland. Irish Republicanism is not, never has been and never ever will be enough of an ideology for anyone to call themselves that alone. If you just call yourself an Irish Republican, you don’t care about Ireland as far as I’m concerned. Republicanism is a statist ideology based on forms of societal structure and that’s it; remember there are left wing an right wing republicans. These social issues like abortion, gay rights, immigration etc. are based on fighting against the influence of religion in Ireland, they’re about fighting the idea that we can blame other people because of our situation when it’s not their fault but the government’s, it’s about arguing for better economic situations so we’re not taking our frustrations out on other people, it’s about campaigning for attitude changes, it’s about teaching people about things that they don’t understand… it’s about so many things, but those things have nothing to do with a united Ireland.

I hope people aren’t confused in thinking that because I’m an Irish Republican, I think that will solve all of these issues because I’m under no illusion that it won’t. Reunification is a practical issue which is necessary, but it’s by no means end game. If I didn’t think reunification was for the benefit of everyone on the island, I wouldn’t care about it. I do think it’s fundamental to Irish Republicanism that your politics are feminist, socialist, humanitarian etc. because historically those left wing pro-civil rights and pro-equality ideas were integral to any revolutionary step by Irish Republicans from Protestant Wolfe Tone’s anti-segregationary stances to James Connolly’s militant socialism and worker’s rights campaigns to Sighle Humphries feminist ideas and the positive influence of Cumann na mBan. But it’s also integral because if you want a particular kind of state to exist, you have to know what kind of state you want it to be, so you can’t just be a Republican… what the fuck’s the point in that?

But a 2007 poll in the five most influential European countries — France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom — found that most people regarded the United States as the greatest threat to global security, more dangerous than Iran, Iraq, or North Korea.

From “Fundamentals of World Regional Geography” (via kileyrae)

Hell yes. Wealthy morons who passionately believe they’re ‘great’.

fastcompany:

How Solar-Paneled “Plug-And-Play Donkeys” Bring The Internet To Turkish Sheepherders

“My first reaction was that at least in some respects the ‘digital divide’ idea was collapsing,” says Erkan Saka, an assistant professor of communications at Bilgi University in Istanbul. “At least in terms of connecting the web, all citizens in Turkey are finding ways to connect.”

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I, too, would like a solar powered donkey, please.

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