Mark O' Cúlar

May 292011
 
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Shocking scenes in Barcelona on Friday, but peace broke out again soon after…

I’ve been following the happenings in Spain as much as I can from afar and I’ve been meaning to post some thoughts following Friday’s intervention of police brutality. However my brain is not functioning well today, (at least not in the transferring of thoughts to keyboard), so here is a curated story with minimal comment from myself and lots of in depth analysis from elsewhere.

First a picture that tells a thousand stories… The police don’t discriminate with batons. (More on this below)

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http://www.flickr.com/photos/acampadabcnfoto/5765018458/

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May 092011
 
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THE PHOENIX   |   Vol. 29. No 9    |   May 6th – May 19th 2011 |  Page  7

HUSH, HUSH!  : WHO HAS ACCESS TO CENSUS INFO?

In the last post on the census contractors, I mentioned there was some recent media reporting here in Ireland about CACI. I was referring to the latest issue of The Phoenix Magazine, which has a good piece on this story. Needless to say, I am grateful that this news has been picked up and happier still that it was by a publication with a good reputation for investigation. The journalist who wrote the piece was kind enough to pass me on the text of the story which is pasted in below for posterity. Some bits didn’t make the cut but the full piece is included here, as well as a pdf of the article as it appeared in print. (you can also read it by clicking on the image of it to the right). This edition is in your local newsagent for a bit over another week and I recommend you grab a copy. As always it’s a worthwhile read and this issue’s highlights include; a piece on Bob Geldof’s non-response to the IPSC about whether he should accept an award of an honorary doctorate from an Israeli university or stand up for human rights, an article about SDU spies from the USA round the back of the US Ambassador’s residence in the Phoenix Park (included on the pdf below), a primer for the Presidential Elections later this year, the usual round up of cute hoors winning or losing money in the courts, other business of movers and shakers, the state of the arts as well as, the always on the button, Craic & Codology. Grab your copy today.

 

On to the article…

 

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After a brief flurry of interest when Sinn Fein and ULA TDs raised questions on the subject, the Irish media were cheerleaders for the census and consigned objectors to the realm of conspiracist paranoia. But as the old saying goes: just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean there isn’t a multinational military contractor involved in processing your census form.

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May 022011
 
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Osama Bin Laden is no more. The big news today is all over the place and so I’ve brought some of it together here for you. This is a collection of a variety of points of view on the killing of Osama.

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