TV3 “News” Garth Brooks new PR crew; And saving Leo’s bacon?

Is, not a bit rich, to find the main item on TV3 news, two days on the trot, is Garth Brooks batting for 5 in a row, in Croke Park. Strange that there appears to be, a very distinct campaign by the station to promote the idea of the 5 going ahead. Even bring the future Taoiseach into such promoting of the venture. Rather like the carry on previously resorted to. A lovely distraction for Leo, from Merriongate!

An absent friend during COVID- 19.

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Back in the day, as they say. (Not That so long ago, I might say: lol.) As I stood at the bathroom wash-hand basin doing my preparations, for privileging the wider world with my presence; Through the door would often come the voice of my mother. “DON’T FOTGET TO USE THE NAIL BRUSH, AND GET THE GERMS AND DIRT OUT FROM UNDER YOUR NAILS!”

One has to wonder, why in these COVID- 19 times, as we are all advised on the need to wash and clean our hands at every turn! Why is my mother’s advice redundant? Anyone care to enlighten?

The Ship of a New world order, sets sail thanks to Bush, Blair, Trump and Biden.

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After, the debacle of defeat and ignominious retreat (orderly planned withdrawal?). To the ending of a 20 year war and occupation of Afghanistan: Following hot on the heals of the mess in Libya. (let’s not talk of Vietnam or Korea.) How do, The United States of America’s , current allies -clients, and rivals, view their future with this new America?

Well, today, it’s reported (Daily Mail), China, set 19 nuclear Bombers and fighter planes through the airspace of Taiwan; Taiwan, is of course, a semi protective of The United States of America. As is Japan.
During the week, Europeans; Were talking of European armed force, self-reliant, and independent, in policy, to that of the United States of America.

A semi socialist style of government involvement, in the affairs of the citizens and individual States are emerging in The United States of America, to which, even the GOP, is selectively subscribing. These are going to have be paid for. Trump’s, message to American business to return home and create jobs and wealth and pay taxes. The later which are being favourable reduced for American business. Has not been lost on the ears of the Democrats! America’s gain is going to be someone else’s loss.

The Penny (sorry the $) drops! The new democracy isolation of the USA, Biden style.

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So, how Trump and Biden, have with, post Afghanistan, so dramatically changed the world view. Slowly becomes clear.

Allegedly, according to President Biden, America is going to cease “major military intervention and occupation” of other countries in an effort to change such potential needful societies: Needful that is, of politically correct attitudes etc to America.

Apparently EU leading personalities are meeting today to bring about the closer of the EU’s borders to any Afghans, who might be fleeing from what is consider by the said EU , as an inhumane regime, with the exception of course of “worthy Afghans”.

Top Military Leaders and successful Bank Robbers; …What do they have in common?

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Well now any capable Bank Robber; will tell you, that planning how to get in there and committing the heist is the easy part of the enterprise. The really clever and important part, is planning for getting out of there in one piece with the objective secured, the loot, that is! This is a topic of discussion in every major prison in the world.

One would have thought, that this principle of planning an exit Strategy and the required construct of appropriate tactics to achieve the accomplishment of this; Would be a standard at Westpoint Military Academy?

Recent events suggest otherwise. Twenty years of casing the joint, then having to scraper empty handed; Criminal really!

Closing Day on Domestic Violence; Why did you stay? A victim’s response!

This was written by one victim, who had having been told by another victim; That said other victim’s COUNSELLOR, asked her “BUT WHY DID YOU STAY?”.

This was then read out by that second lady at the closing day of the groups sessions.

Powerful expression of a victim’s mindset, in prose.

Straight talking Jess Phillips.

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Having just accidentally tuned into BBC News program “Hard Talk” to see Jess Phillips, MP for Birmingham Yardley. Labour Party member. It was amazing and impressive listening this lady’s forth right, clear and direct dismissal, of the “standard definition of class and political allegiance, and the defining of people’s status and worth to society. Blunt up front and such a modern interpretation. Well worth seeing again. Oh if only we had such people as TDs.


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Yesterday, we got a Freenow taxi. The Freenow taxi app, provides an opportunity, to order a taxi fitted with a screen, between the driver and passengers sitting in the rear of the vehicle. Which of course is to provide driver and passengers with some level of protection from the spreading of Covid19.

This driver, during conversation about the screen in their vehicle; Told us of their recent experience with NCT. This driver’s taxi failed the NCT, for having such a screen fitted. The driver was told take your vehicle away, remove the screen before your re-test. Should you re-fit it after you pass the re-test, that’s not our concern.

Now, this driver pointed out., to the NCT, They were encouraged by Freenow, and the NTA to fit such a screen. They had paid 250 euro, to have the screen fitted by a qualified person. Had a qualified engineer’s report on the screen and its fitting method. Had a taxi insurance certificate for the screen. And that this taxi had passed it’s previous NCT, with the same screen fitted. To this the driver was told, that the NCT personnel were under instructions to fail any taxi with a screen fitted.

Bearing this in mind, today, we are all reading that the Government is considering, delaying the full re-opening of the hospitality sector; Due to concerns of a spread of The Delta Covid19 variant, leading to more than a thousand cases a day. Now if a meal or drink, in a fully ventilated, social distanced, Hospitality venue, can so seriously spread the Delta variant; What is going to happen in an enclosed non- social distance situation like a taxi? A place where many persons from home and abroad will have sat, talking, breathing and laying their hands on various surfaces.

When it comes to it, it seems the left hand doesn’t know what the right had is at!