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The TRUMP BUTTON. Governance for social media platforms!

A proposal to enable citizens to exert governance over those that abuse the social media platforms.   For the past few decades we have all been part of an enormous, worldwide sociology experiment. And the results are not good. Outside … Continue reading

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Pandemic Fatigue breaks out in Ireland. And it’s all the government’s fault!

It appears that much of Europe is struggling to contain the Coronavirus. Countries that did well in the Spring are heading back into lockdown. Last night here in Ireland we heard the official confirmation of what had been an open … Continue reading

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The Strange Tale of the Jacket and the Car Keys

This week Marie and I managed to fit in a road trip to West Cork just before the seemingly inevitable second Covid19 lockdown. On Wednesday we met up with our friend Ann in Quills car park and drove in convoy … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Covid19 Tracker Works – Everyone Needs to Download.

Abstract: Ireland’s Covid19 Tracker is widely regarded as a success in an application space littered with failures. Initial uptake has also surpassed other countries efforts, however in Ireland there has been considerable negative commentary regarding accuracy and privacy. As a … Continue reading

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CORONAVIRUS IS A DRILL!

In 2015 Bill Gates gave a TED talk. He predicted the current pandemic. He said, “. . . If anything kills over 10 million people in the next few decades, it’s most likely to be a highly infectious virus rather … Continue reading

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Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.

It’s always a pleasure to return to Berlin to look after the grandchildren. Even if they don’t really need any “looking after” it’s great to spend (so called) quality time with them, as well as continuing our exploration of this … Continue reading

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Nervous Breakdown Britain

Just hours after I penned this piece, I hear that Angela Merkel has doubled down on the tough EU negotiating position. She is reported to have told Leo Varadkar, “ . . a hard border has to be on the table in … Continue reading

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Brexit gets Personal

In today’s world talk is cheap and words often mean nothing. In Theresa May’s speech on future UK-EU relations 2 March, she said referring to the EU, “We know what we want. We understand your principles. We have a shared … Continue reading

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Was Hurricane Ophelia Damage Avoidable?

This week Ex-Hurricane Ophelia directly struck Ireland causing widespread damage and chaos. This is regarded as an exceptional event, the worst storm in recorded Irish history. The National Emergency Coordination Group  (NECG) were reported in the Irish Examiner as saying, … Continue reading

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Do we really need MORE democracy? Is consent of the people a recipe for instability?

I was intrigued to see today that as Jean-Claude Junker addressed the European Parliament he was heckled by Nigel Farage who said, “what was being proposed was more Europe in every single direction… without the consent of the people”. It … Continue reading

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