Monthly Archives: July 2013

More on Dublin

Ireland has seen some problems, both historically and more currently. The current issue is of course the economic situation. We met a super-interesting cab driver who told us much about migration from Ireland (currently mainly to Australia and Canada).The situation has improved from 2009-2010 to now; Ireland’s economic growth is at about 2%, and considering their base-numbers, it’s ‘ok-ish’. Economic growth percentages can be misleading though. If I had $0.25 and my net worth increased by 100%, I would still  only have 50 cents- I wouldn’t have enough money to buy a cheap chocolate bar, but I’d be able to report a 100% growth in my net-worth.

That economic growth described in percentages can be totally misleading is evident in the case of some of the African countries. Percentages make it appear as though the financial growth is staggering, but,  the base-line was at such a ridiculously low level that they’re still very very broke. If I had donated $217 to Zimbabwe a while back, I would have increased their state budget by 100%). Nevertheless, 2% is decent for a country like Ireland.

Migration from Ireland is nothing new. Allen, like many other Canadians (and Americans) has roots in Ireland, and his ancestors migrated during the famine in the 19th. Century.

 

Famine, Ireland 1845-1852.

Famine, Ireland 1845-1852.

 

This statue made me feel horrible.

This statue made me feel horrible.

 

famine..

famine..

"The universal links for human rights" commissioned by Amnesty Int. I have been (off and on) active (as a regional rep/a member of amnesty, but as of right now, I am not impressed with their effort. How about Manning (and Snowden) Amnesty?

“The universal links for human rights” commissioned by Amnesty Int.
I have been (off and on) active (as a regional rep/a member of amnesty, but as of right now, I am not impressed with their effort. How about Manning (and Snowden) Amnesty?

The link

The link

Heh :D

Heh :D

 

Oi! Demonstrations!

It has been a very odd day. Recall the thing about pro-life (anti-abortion/anti-choice) and pro-choice I posted yesterday? The demonstrations were today.

Pro-choice

Pro-choice

 

Pro-"Life"

Pro-”Life”

We were asked (kindly) to join the pro-choice side, and we did (really, all we did was to put the yellow “7 years for rape, 14 years for abortion?” sticker on our sweaters). The crowds were ridiculously large (particularly so on the anti-abortion side); there were riot-police present; several police helicopters; mounted police, and paddy-wagons aplenty. The pics do not adequately display the numbers present.

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I <3 the guy smiling!  (left in pic).

I love the smiling guy :)

 

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Yup..

 

Kids everywhere..

Kids everywhere..

Many (and I mean *Many*) of the pro-lifers brought their kids to the demonstration. What a horrible thing to do to a child. A 1-6 year old does not understand why the adults are angry with each  other. They do not understand demonstrations. They don’t understand why adults are yelling at each other, but they sure experience and understand fear.
CruelCruelCruel. I understand that bringing your child emphasizes your stance, but really?
For shame.

I am tired now so i’ll continue tomorrow.

 

Dublin

I’m in Dublin and I’ve taken some pictures.

Bachelor Inn

 

Truth.

Truth.

In terms of economists though, I like Keynes, and I like this quote in particular:

Keynes Capitalism

 

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James Joyce statue. Neat.

James Joyce statue. Neat.

 

Street art, bachelors walk.

Street art, bachelors walk.

Ireland is bizarre in some respects. My mother and I saw several young girls handing out fliers for this event. It seemed to be a reaction to the public meeting described in the flier/poster/event pictured below:

 

Indeed.

Indeed.

And here’s my opinion on abortion (heh! I seem to always have one, don’t I?): I do not believe the myth  that women “use abortion as a contraceptive”.  I firmly believe that i in most cases, it is a  last resort solution (seriously though, the “morning-after pill” is not an abortion). I do nevertheless believe that those who make the (frequently incredibly difficult) choice, should be able to do so without others interfering (I think this is a given in most of Norway. Norway is wonderfully progressive in terms of women’s rights, but since I’m at it…)

It is particularly jarring to see young girls with hardly any life-experience getting into it. I am not discounting their opinion(s) simply because they are young, but experience does hold some importance (and as for men..Shut up guys. This is not about you, unless you want to take on the full responsibility of raising said child). It appears to me that much of the abortion debate is founded on  judgement and (attempts at)  control, particularly so when men get into it (this whole thing is absolutely nuts in the U.S).

The financial and emotional implications of raising a child are enormous in scope, so I find it to be super-arrogant and unempathetic to judge/attempt to shame those who choose to end a pregnancy.  What if (when) the child was conceived in a non-consensual or casual/weird manner? Even worse.

If these young women really wanted to make a difference, how about volunteering? I’m sure there are many underprivileged mothers out there who would appreciate some extra help, both financially and emotionally.