Apocalypse not

The Apocalypse is coming, you’re all going to die screams the headlines again……

I remember being told in the early 1970’s, while working in the motor industry, that I should find another career as the oil would be gone by the mid nineties and cars would revert to being pulled by horses…..

While we need to focus our efforts on sustainability and proper use of the resources that our planet can provide for a potential global population of 11 Billion. (Hans Rosling “showing the facts about population” on YouTube) and because we live on the third rock from the sun in a volatile cosmos, climate change will be a factor one way or the other so we need to limit, as best we can, the impact of human behaviour on our “Pale Blue Dot”  Having said that, I am in totally in agreement with the content  in this article from the Boston Globe.

Apocalypse not, The Boston Globe

The Christian Brothers Leather

Irish Christian Brothers strap
The Christian Brothers ‘leather’ a mass produced circa 30cm (one foot) length of leather that had old pennies sewn into their several layers. ‘Six of the best’ on each outstretched hand would have you numb for ten or fifteen minutes before the excruciating pain kicked in.

 

Closing the city down when there is an accident on the M50

I passed north bound on the M50 at 8:35 on the morning of the 11th November the first of the recent M50 accidents. At that time, 3 hours 15 minutes after the accident, the only thing that was left on the roadway was the vehicles that were involved, the CSI team and another team of Garda managing the closure of the M50 at the N3 off ramp

An Irish Times picture shows that the outside lane (and most of the centre lane) was free of any obstruction
M50 Accident 11th November 2015

As far as I am concerned there is no reason why this one lane could not have been opened. There were enough police managing the closure to make this possible safely.

I would challenge the CSI team to tell us what extra they could discover from this outside lane, in the five hours following this picture been taken that they did not get in the previous 3 hours. Those numbers may not be perfectly accurate but I think people get my drift.

Accidents where people die need to be properly investigated and as one lady commented on radio last week, while we might have been delayed, we got to our destination alive and well so I am not advocating a lessening of CSI activity, I just think that the CSI team should include someone who focus is on the efficiency of the investigation in the context of getting the road open again.

The Top Five Regrets of the Dying

Bronnie Ware, Top five regrets of the dyingBronnie Ware, is an Australian palliative care nurse providing medical care for people during the last weeks of their lives. Recording the dying thoughts of her patients she wrote a book “The Top Five Regrets of the Dying”.

This is her Top five regrets of the dying

  1. I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of    me.
  2. I wish I hadn’t worked so hard.
  3. I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings.
  4. I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.
  5. I wish that I had let myself be happier.

We have all heard these expressed in different ways. How many of these ring a bell with you?

What are you going to do about it?

16 Irish and 148 Britons Dead

Shock horror if this headline was in relation to a terrorist attack but it’s not, it is the number of people that will be killed on our roads this month, mostly by cars and predominantly by driver error combined with inappropriate speed.

We have a maximum speed limit of 120kph in Ireland and 70mph and yet it is still legal to sell,
buy and drive cars that can travel at speeds of up to 260kph/160mph.

Cars are regularly advertised on their power and 0-100kph time.

We know that speed and cars kill, we do nothing…..

If we are really serious about our shock horror when people die, this is something that we can actually control.

The question is this, why does nobody seem to care? Are the car manufacturers and the countries that benefit most from their manufacture so powerful that our politicians won’t even recognise this as an issue, never mind doing something about it.

With modern chip technology it is very easy to limit a car’s top speed, we do it with trucks.The same technology could be used in combination with imbedded RFID readers to prevent cars from braking a speed limit in a controlled zone.

All that’s required is the will to do it. Or have we actually decided that killing 200 Irish and 1775 Britons by car every year is in fact an acceptable level of death?

In Defence of Drinking Alcohol

Sometimes when I reflect back on all the wine I drink I feel shame. Then I look into the glass and think about the workers in the vineyards and all of their hopes and dreams. If I didn’t drink this wine, they might be out of work and their dreams would be shattered. Then I say to myself, “It is better that I drink this wine and let their dreams come true than be selfish and worry about my liver.”
~ Jack Handy

WARNING: Drinking alcohol may leave you wondering what the hell happened to your bra and panties.

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“I feel sorry for people who don’t drink. When they Wake up in the morning, that’s as good as they’re going to feel all day.”
~Frank Sinatra

WARNING: The consumption of alcohol may create the illusion that you are tougher, smarter, faster and better looking than most people.

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“When I read about the evils of drinking, I gave up reading.”
~ Henny Youngman

WARNING: The consumption of alcohol may lead you to think people are laughing WITH you.

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“24 hours in a day, 24 beers in a case . Coincidence? I think not.”
~ Stephen Wright

WARNING: The consumption of alcohol may cause you to think you can sing. As a certain irish CEO found out recently (listen here)

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“When we drink, we get drunk. When we get drunk, we fall asleep. When we fall asleep, we commit no sin. When we commit no sin, we go to heaven. So, let’s all get drunk and go to heaven!”
~ Brian O’Rourke

WARNING: The consumption of alcohol may cause pregnancy.

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“Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.”
~ Benjamin Franklin

WARNING: The consumption of alcohol is a major factor in dancing like a retard.

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“Without question, the greatest invention in the history of mankind is beer. Oh, I grant you that the wheel was also a fine invention, but the wheel does not go nearly as well with pizza.”
~ Dave Barry

WARNING: The consumption of alcohol may cause you to tell your friends over and over again that you love them!

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To some it’s a six-pack, to me it’s a Support Group. Salvation in a can!
~Dave Howell

WARNING: The consumption of alcohol may make you think you can logically converse with members of the opposite sex without spitting.

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And saving the best for last, as explained by Cliff Clavin, of Cheers. One afternoon at Cheers, Cliff Clavin was explaining the Buffalo Theory to his buddy Norm.
Here’s how it went:

“Well ya see, Norm, it’s like this. A herd of buffalo can only move as fast as the slowest buffalo. And when the herd is hunted, it is the slowest and weakest! ones at the back that are killed first. This natural selection is good for the herd as a whole, because the general speed and health of the whole group keeps improving by the regular killing of the weakest members. In much the same way, the human brain can only operate as fast as the slowest brain cells. Excessive intake of alcohol, as we know, kills brain cells. But naturally, it attacks the slowest and weakest brain cells first. In this way, regular consumption of beer eliminates the weaker brain cells, making the brain a faster and more efficient machine. That’s why you always feel smarter after a few beers.”

WARNING: The consumption of alcohol may make you think are whispering when you are not.

Bill Clinton Shakes hands with JFK

What an interesting picture

More about the meeting and it’s influence on Bill Clinton HERE

 

Loud Americans and a Kerryman Joke

Kerryman JokeThe recent notice in a Kerry Restaurant regarding “Loud Americans” shows that the traditional stupidity in that neck of the woods is alive and well.

While I think the attitude of the “Powers that be” is to ignore this idiot, if that sign had of said “No Travellers, or some version of the old English notice “No Blacks, No Irish, No dogs” These gobshites would have their business closed down and find themselves in the courts for racial prejudice.

Hopefully it will result in the boycotting of the establishment and they go out of business

Gobshite
Loud-mouthed person who talks a lot, but nothing with any value – as in shite coming out of their gob (mouth)

In America, there are Polish Jokes, In England there are Irish Jokes, Sweden/Norwegian, Holland/Belgium, Germany/Denmark. In Ireland we have “Kerryman Jokes”, this idiot is one of the biggest jokes around

Brendan Palmer is CEO of
Electronic Recycling and DravTec Ireland in Dublin

 

The Spirit of Annie

In memory of my wonderful mother whose birthday is today. Although she died on the 30th of May twelve years ago, her spirit still lives on

The Spirit of Annie

The Spirit of Annie is not gone
All around it still lives on
Kate, Brendan, Noreen, Ger
Denis junior are all still there
Lessons learned on Annie’s knee
Work hard to serve, keep your spirit free
In the children of her children
In their children too
The spirit of Annie flows strong and true

Although her body has now gone
The spirit of Annie still lives on
And will live on
Forever

©Brendan Palmer 30th May 2004

A vote for Paul Murphy MEP or other independent in the EU Election is a complete waste of a vote

A contributor to Politics.ie, “Making Waves” recently posted the following

Paul Murphy MEP has played a significant role in
1. publicising the impact of austerity in Greece,
2. opposing the brutal repression in Kazakhstan (while the EU officials were trying to do dirty deals with the dictatorship),
3. engaging in solidarity with the Tunisian masses in the revolutionary upheavals in that country,
4. supporting the No Tav campaign in Italy
5. Assisting the building of the new Left Party in Portugal
6. Assisting with the Freedom Flotilla to Palestine
7. Participated in the Taksim Square protests in Istanbul
8. Visited Iceland to assist opposition groups opposing IMF austerity

Greece, Kazakhstan. Tunisia, Italy, Portugal, Palestine, Turkey, Iceland?

Who exactly was this guy representing in Europe. Sounds like someone with nothing better to do than run around like a demented hornet tilting at any windmill he happens to see.

Of course if MEPs are not connected to one of the influence groups, they are a complete waste of space for their constituents. So the above type of activity is all he would be good for

I got a flyer from Joe Higgins TD extolling the virtues of Paul Murphy. It is a full A4 glossy on the most expensive paper available, printed only on one side.

Money no object for the Socialist’s obviously and as for the environment, that’s only for rich people, them poor socialists can’t be expected to get involved in that.

Murphy according to the flyer is going to have the EU Parliament get rid of the water charges. It just goes to show what Murphy knows about the workings of the EU. (Zip)

Of course he will be busy in Greece, Kazakhstan, Tunisia, Italy, Portugal, Palestine, Turkey and Iceland. The only thing he needs the Irish taxpayer for is to cover his very large salary and expenses.

Voting for Paul Murphy and his like is a complete waste of time. The EU has a completely different power structure than our parish pump twitter that passes for political activity.

See: Don’t Waste Your Vote in the European Parliament Elections