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No Response from RTE …..

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Talked to the Solicitor today (19th Febuary) and basically six weeks after our letter we still have received no reply from RTE. (they must be delaying the post, like they are doing the fiddly with the email). So RTE can expect a writ to arrive some time next week. That’s of course unless they decide to name the people who told them to put the stuff out and I will sue them instead.  So if these people’s names should happen to get to me totally by accident of course, RTE might spare themselves a few bob.

By the way there’s no chance of any apology to Mary Hanfin, not after the absolute hell I been through the last few months.

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February 19, 2009 at 10:44 pm

Posted in Put Up Or Shut Up

Silly Little Drawings …

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Another strange one …

Take a look at this site  http://notinman.wordpress.com

Is it my imagination or is there some sort of sublime message here ?

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February 17, 2009 at 4:00 am

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The Witchhunt continues …..

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Just noticed this evening, rather odd reporting on TV 3 news and on six one the previous evening, the reporters on tv 3 were making comments that really didn’t fit in with their reports like ahem ” Black hole in the finances of the country ” and there was numerous others. In fairness one reporter was nearly in tears, obviously being made to put out stuff she didn’t want to. As for the guy on RTE, ooh dear the less said the better. At this stage I get the feeling that they are going to come at me again, they are slowly working towards it. The build up has started, I wonder what they are coming up with this time, I don’t think they can use the illegal download stuff this time, so what is it ? Everyone knows they tried to stick child porn on the visa at christmas so I don’t think anyone will believe it now. This government is getting desperate and looks little more than collection of thugs with all the threats they are making. I wonder how all of this will end ? Make a great book this, will it make it into history you never know.

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February 10, 2009 at 10:16 pm

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Truth and the lack of it.

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Haven’t made postings on this blog in while, but have noticed quite a few alterations some extremely nasty.

Write on your own blog.

love to see u get into trouble

Oh yeah the eye thing not saying its accurate or anything like that.

All planned for years in advance anyway

All bought and paid for

A few things i was told

Don’t watch the news it’s all lies

The guards had the house “bugged” when it was built.

 

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February 10, 2009 at 9:03 pm

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The Internet, What’s legal and What’s not.

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This is another topic of interest of mine, there has been much said about the topic of illegal downloads in the past few months but believe it or not the law on the subject is far from clear. The only categories which are well defined are child pornography (Child Trafficking And Pornography Act, 1998) and Incitement to Hatred (Prohibition Of Incitement To Hatred Act, 1989).     I actually rang a few agencies and the Department of Justice today to gain further clarification and was eventually put through to the Internet safety office and basically given the answer that wasn’t a list of  specifically banned ” items ” but operated on the principle that if it’s illegal offline it certainly isn’t legal online.

That really cleared the matter up for me (ha-ha-ha).

Well I rang the Irish film censor office and was directed towards their website  www.ifco.ie were i got the following

The Act, which runs to nearly seventy pages, provides among its detailed provisions that the Director of Film Classification shall certify a video work as fit for viewing, unless:

  • it would be likely to cause persons to commit a crime
  • it would be likely to stir up hatred against a group of persons on account of their race, colour, nationality, religion, ethnic or national origins, membership of the travelling community or sexual orientation
  • it would tend to deprave or corrupt because it is obscene or indecent
  • it depicts acts of gross violence or cruelty (including mutilation and torture) towards humans or animals

It also provides for the issuing of Wholesale and Retail Video Licenses and it sets out a range of relevant offences and penalties.

So all you have to do is define “obscene” and “indecent”, answers on a postcard please.

Here is a section of the Video Recordings Act 1989, on what powers the police have in the matter and what legal sanctions the accused may face.

If a justice of the District Court or a Peace Commissioner is satisfied on the sworn information of a member of the Garda Síochána not below the rank of sergeant that there are reasonable grounds for suspecting that—
A person guilty of an offence under this section shall be liable—

Possible links of interest:

www.ifco.ie

http://www.irishstatutebook.ie/1989/en/act/pub/0019/index.html

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February 8, 2009 at 8:00 am

Posted in Internet

what the future holds

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The unemployment rate continues to rise, there is now 327,000 people out of work in the country and the figure is expected to rise  to 400,000 by the end of the year. What actions are we (the people) expecting the Government to take to alleviate the crisis ? Generally I think the Government are panicking and steering the country into a steep reccession. I would take a gamble (that’s me !) that the outlook will be better in 2010 and borrow what the negative balance is for this year and review the situation at the year’s end. We need to get the revenues growing again and what I suggest is that

  • Bring back the scrap-age scheme for cars eight years or more (they are doing this in Germany ).
  • Reintroduce the first time buyer’s grant for a limited period say a grant of €10,000- € 15,000 just to get people buying again.
  • Tax Shell, no reason not to do this.
  • Use the remainder of the pension fund to build motorways, improve public transport, build extra hospitals not subside private ones.
  • Encourage people to start their own business/enterprises.

That’s a few of my idea’s, maybe they might not be many ” Irish beggars ” on foreign streets if we tried to help ourselves.

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February 6, 2009 at 12:55 am

Posted in Ireland Economy

Sour Grapes at Ryanair.

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I see that Ryanair has cut its services at Shannon, just about two weeks after their ridiculous offer for Aer Lingus was thrown out. Fancy this they put in a offer for a company with at least €760 m in the bank (  +42 planes and buildings worth another €916m according to the Sunday Business Post) and landing/take-off slots at Heathrow airport ( which are nearly impossible to get) of €748 m !!! I mean Micheal O’ Leary wanted a bargain there, less than half price !! I am not a fan of Aer lingus but Ryanair wanted the “Sale of the century”  just to suit them. Good thing it didn’t happen.

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February 6, 2009 at 12:18 am

Posted in Economy