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To: Tom Clarke who wrote (7167)7/13/2021 10:01:03 PM
From: Joachim K
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So sad to lose a language.

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From: Joachim K7/18/2021 10:40:29 AM
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The Koran is banned in Angola and not popular in Slovakia.

I am surprised a book from the 7th century is taken as a divine revelation and not a simple guide of popular maxims that enrich the common good such as “render unto Caesar” or “turn the other cheek”.

The Koran councils’ followers to kill as a lifestyle choice.

Every western history book portrays the Crusades as an offensive war, long before any Crusader ever made it to the Holy Land, Islam had penetrated as far north as France.

Moslims need to rewrite their book or better yet pick a different book, I would suggest Les Misérables a story with good morals and values.

Of course, Muslims would be incensed by my suggestion because they believe their book is divine revelation.

Muslims do not realize this revelation was written in a script that no longer exists with countless edits and revisions getting more bloodthirsty with every rewrite.

The most important reason to ban the book is it does not believe in separation of church and state and therefore incompatible with western values.

Islam has a lot in common with a fledgling new religion called "global warming" that is trying to combine a belief system with government legislation financed by citizen slaves.

I suppose if I had to pick between the two faiths I would follow Mohammed, the promises are good and the loot better.

Mohammed only requires I accept a magical being called Allah which is a lot easier to accept than faith based science.

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To: Tom Clarke who wrote (7167)7/20/2021 11:11:18 AM
From: Joachim K
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The most disturbing liturgy ever’: Irish burglar gets highly charged send-off

A screwdriver and a torch, tools of a nocturnal trade, carried to altar at funeral of Dean Maguire

Rory Carroll Ireland correspondent

Tue 20 Jul 2021 15.19 BST

Father Donal Roche called it the most disturbing funeral he has ever attended, a homage to a life of crime played like a scene from The Sopranos.

Dean Maguire, 29, an Irish burglar with more than 25 convictions, had died in fiery motorway crash and mourners decided to give a memorable farewell.

Some blocked off roads leading to St Mary’s Priory Catholic church in Tallaght, west Dublin, while throngs piled into the church, flouting Ireland’s Covid-19 rules.

A screwdriver and a torch, tools of a nocturnal trade, were carried to the altar.

A poster paid tribute in rhyme. “RIP Dean. You know the score, get on the floor, don’t be funny, give me the money.”

Mourners who made eulogies said Maguire would not be forgotten. “Sorry for the language, Father – rest in peace, you fucking legend,” said one woman.

The atmosphere was highly charged, said Roche, who tried in vain to control the numbers entering the church while a colleague officiated at the mass.

“It was the most disturbing liturgy I have ever been at. There was a sense of restlessness, and the priest officiating was up against it,” he told RTÉ. “I didn’t feel in that much danger … but I did wonder, am I going to get a belt here?”

Since details of the mass last Friday seeped into the media there has been a public outcry at the glorification of criminals during funerals.

Diarmuid Martin, a former archbishop of Dublin, previously vowed that churches would not host such displays. Roche said he had no warning about the tributes to Maguire. When he phoned the police he was told their presence would inflame the situation and that officers would come only if there was a criminal act.

Gardaí are investigating videos that appear to show the hearse and some accompanying cars speeding and jumping traffic lights.

Maguire, who was wanted by British police, died on 7 July along with Graham Taylor and Carl Freeman when the BMW they were travelling in crashed into a truck on the N7, leaving the truck driver injured.

They were driving the wrong way up the motorway after fleeing from police. The trio were reportedly part of the same burglary gang, with more than 200 convictions between them.

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To: Joachim K who wrote (7170)7/20/2021 2:12:55 PM
From: Tom Clarke
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Another insight into contemporary Ireland. Sinn Fein leader speaks at an Eid festival in Dublin, having picketed a Catholic church a few weeks ago. This event has been allowed go ahead, while one of Ireland's most traditional Catholic pilgrimages to the shrine of Knock has been cancelled for Covid reasons.

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To: Joachim K who wrote (7168)7/22/2021 6:09:06 AM
From: Tom Clarke
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How the Irish Invented Slang: The Secret Language of the Crossroads
by Daniel Cassidy

In a series of lively essays, this pioneering book proves that US slang has its strongest wellsprings in nineteenth-century Irish America. "Jazz" and "poker," "sucker" and "scam" all derive from Irish. While demonstrating this, Daniel Cassidy simultaneously traces the hidden history of how Ireland fashioned America, not just linguistically, but through the Irish gambling underworld, urban street gangs, and the powerful political machines that grew out of them. Cassidy uncovers a secret national heritage, long discounted by our WASP-dominated culture.

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To: Joachim K who wrote (7170)7/29/2021 8:14:00 AM
From: Tom Clarke
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Masked thieves use stolen digger to rip ATM out of Derry shop

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To: Tom Clarke who wrote (7173)7/30/2021 1:01:28 AM
From: Joachim K
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Persuasion vs. Coercion: Vaccine Debate in Europe Heats Up

France is taking the lead in making life unpleasant for the unvaccinated, even requiring some people to get shots. Protesters see a soft dictatorship dawning.

A cinema manager, observed by a police officer, checking a health pass at a movie theater in Amneville, in eastern France, on Thursday.Credit...Jean-Christophe Verhaegen/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

By Roger Cohen

Published July 23, 2021Updated July 26, 2021

PARIS — As Europe and the United States scramble to find an appropriate balance between curbing the Delta variant of the coronavirus and curbing personal freedom, President Emmanuel Macron has led the way down a narrow path combining limited compulsion to get vaccinated with widespread coercion.

His approach of ordering health workers to get vaccinated by Sept. 15, and telling the rest of the French population they will be denied access to most indoor public venues if unvaccinated or without a negative test by Aug. 1, has prompted other countries including Italy to follow suit, even as it has stirred pockets of deep resistance.

“You are creating a society of generalized control for months, maybe years,” Éric Coquerel, a lawmaker from the far-left France Unbowed party, said during a tumultuous 48-hour parliamentary debate on Mr. Macron’s measures that ended early Friday with a relatively narrow victory for the president.

Barreling through 1,200 proposed amendments, defying accusations of authoritarianism and chaos from the hard right and left, the lower house voted by 117 to 86 to back President Macron’s attempt to strong-arm the French to get vaccinated by making their lives miserable if they do not.

A mobile coronavirus vaccination center in Aregno, on the French island of Corsica, on Thursday.Credit...Pascal Pochard-Casabianca/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

Europe’s problem is similar to that of the United States: vaccination levels that, at around or just under 60 percent, are inadequate for herd immunity; surging Delta variant cases; and growing divisions over how far getting an injection can be mandated.

But where the United States has generally not gone beyond hospitals and major health systems requiring employees to get Covid-19 vaccines, major European economies including France and Italy are moving closer to making vaccines mandatory for everyone.

Mr. Macron’s measures, announced July 12 as the only means to avoid yet another French lockdown, have spurred both protests and an extraordinary surge in vaccinations, with 3.7 million booked in the first week after the president spoke, and a record of nearly 900,000 vaccinations in a single day on July 19. In this sense, his bold move has been a success.

With the high summer vacation season underway, the French responded massively to the specter of their leisure options getting nixed.

Mario Draghi, the Italian prime minister, followed the French example. He did not pull punches in announcing similar measures this week. “The appeal to not getting vaccinated is an appeal to die,” he said. Resistance to vaccination could also kill others, he noted.

But the extent of the European lurch toward mandatory measures has also prompted unease and questioning over loss of freedom.

Claire Hédon, France’s government-appointed human rights ombudsman, known as the defender of rights, warned this week that the parliament was acting with unjustifiable haste “given the extent of the blow to fundamental rights and liberties that is foreseen.”

A protester held a sign reading, “No to compulsory vaccination, No to the health pass,” during a march in Paris on Thursday.Credit...Joel Saget/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

Among the most disturbing measures, she said, was the granting to “public and private enterprise of a kind of police power.”

She did not address the question of whether French freedoms include the freedom to put other people at risk.

The so-called “health law” would oblige the French to get a health pass — known in Italy as a “green pass” — showing they have been vaccinated against Covid-19, or recently tested negative, if they want to go to restaurants and cafes.

These establishments, many of which have protested, would then have the obligation to enforce the rule or be fined. They will not, however, have the power to demand the picture I.D.’s of prospective diners in order to match them with the health pass. That is a right still limited to the police, the government said.

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The French draft law will now go to the Senate, with a view to final adoption within a week and enforcement from the beginning of next month.

The provision making vaccination mandatory for health workers prompted particular fury in the National Assembly. “You have gone completely crazy,” said Julien Aubert, a lawmaker from the center-right Republicans party.

The idea of dismissing or not paying a worker for choosing not to be vaccinated is a far cry from normal French labor practice, which tends to make firing very difficult. Any attempt would certainly face court challenges.

Olivier Véran, the health minister, who was pictured in Le Monde with his head slumped on a desk during the marathon debate, replied that, “The spirit of this text is certainly not to fire people or force them to quit, it is to encourage vaccination.”

French Health Minister Olivier Véran, in shirt sleeves and tie, hosting a discussion with workers from the medical sector on Tuesday, at the Health Ministry in Paris.Credit...Geoffroy Van Der Hasselt/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

In France, 22,000 coronavirus cases were recorded in one 24-hour period this week, the highest rate in more than two months. But in Britain, with twice as many new infections in recent days, the approach has been radically different.

Boris Johnson’s conservative government declared “Freedom Day” this week, removing many Covid-19 restrictions. The prime minister is betting that with 68.4 percent of the population vaccinated at least once, Britain is ready to take its chances with a virus that appears to be here to stay.

The United States has Florida, where no business or government entity can deny service to the non-vaccinated, and San Francisco, where all city workers will be required to be vaccinated, at opposite poles of the mandatory vaccine debate. Europe has London and Paris.

Understand the State of Vaccine Mandates in the U.S.

College and universities. More than 400 colleges and universities are requiring students to be vaccinated for Covid-19. Almost all are in states that voted for President Biden.Hospitals and medical centers. Many hospitals and major health systems are requiring employees to get the Covid-19 vaccine, citing rising caseloads fueled by the Delta variant and stubbornly low vaccination rates in their communities, even within their work force. In N.Y.C., workers in city-run hospitals and health clinics will be required to get vaccinated or else get tested on a weekly basis.Federal employees. President Biden will formally announce on Thursday that all civilian federal employees must be vaccinated against the coronavirus or be forced to submit to regular testing, social distancing, mask requirements and restrictions on most travel. State workers in New York will face similar restrictions.Can your employer require a vaccine? Companies can require workers entering the workplace to be vaccinated against the coronavirus, according to recent U.S. government guidance.

Since President Macron revealed his strategy two weeks ago, some vaccination centers have been ransacked. Protests have unfurled across France with the same kind of anti-elite, anti-big-business themes that characterized the Yellow Vest movement that began in 2018.

As in the United States, some French people see manipulation and lies in the vaccination campaign — and indeed in the very way the coronavirus is portrayed as a mortal threat — where most see good sense and social responsibility.

“There is continuity between the Yellow Vests and the anti-health-pass movement,” said Sophie Tissier, a member of both and former freelance technician for a TV network. “They contest the way an anti-democratic political system functions in France.”

She continued: “If you are in the political opposition here, you are accused of being a conspiracy theorist. I am absolutely not that. I am just asking questions. We are witnessing a dictatorial drift.”

On both sides of the debate, positions are hardening and the rhetoric growing wilder. In Italy, Matteo Salvini, the leader of the governing coalition’s nationalist League party, suggested that requiring vaccination would mean depriving “at least half the population of their right to life.”

He did not elaborate. Several opinion polls have shown that 70 percent of Italians favor the sort of restrictions France first imposed, and 40 million Italians, or two-thirds of the population, have already downloaded the green pass.

People lined up earlier this month to be vaccinated at the vaccination hub of Santo Spirito hospital in Rome.Credit...Giuseppe Lami/EPA, via Shutterstock

“I propose collecting money to pay Netflix subscriptions to anti-vaxxers for when they will be under house arrest, closed in their homes like mice,” Roberto Burioni, a leading Italian virologist, wrote on Twitter.

In France, further protests are planned for the weekend, and it seems possible the summer will not see the usual respite from political agitation. The leaders of the far right and far left — Marine Le Pen and Jean-Luc Mélenchon — have already made clear they see political opportunity in the vaccine debate.

Hugues Debotte, an unemployed chef who was a Yellow Vest protester, said Mr. Macron had to be thanked for a decision that “mobilized hundreds of thousands of people.”

“The question is not the vaccination,” he said in an interview. “It is obliging us to do something I don’t want to do. I prefer to say ‘No’ and keep my freedom.”

Mr. Debotte is busy organizing resistance through various online networks. “We are in a soft dictatorship, and the oligarchs take us for idiots,” he said. “There is no more pandemic today. We know that. We are not stupid.”

Governments and health experts disagree, and it is clear that Mr. Macron will not relent. Mr. Véran, the health minister, said: “We have two choices. Succeed with the pass quickly, very quickly, or expose ourselves to the risk of another national lockdown.”

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To: Joachim K who wrote (7174)8/1/2021 6:53:47 AM
From: Tom Clarke
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"Programs are voluntary until people figure out they're rubbish, then they become mandatory."

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To: Joachim K who wrote (7174)8/1/2021 7:06:35 AM
From: Tom Clarke
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Vive la France

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To: Tom Clarke who wrote (7176)8/25/2021 10:55:18 PM
From: Joachim K
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French citizens boycott vaccine passports by eating right in front of nearly empty, vaxx-only bars and restaurants.

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