Monday, October 19, 2009

Erdoğan calls for new world order for sustainable peace


source: todays zaman, Link

While Javier Solana said on Monday that the future Palestinian state should be established along the 1967 borders (Link),

"Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan urged countries around the globe to work for a new order for the settlement of long-persisting problems on Monday.  The gathering was held by the Foundation for Political, Economic and Social Research (SETA) in cooperation with the Center for Strategic Communication (Stratim) and the German Marshall Fund of the United States to shed broad insight on possible ways to ensure security in the Middle East...

The main theme of yesterday's gathering at the Four Seasons Hotel was “The Middle East in World Politics: Searching for Security in a Troubled Region.” Erdoğan delivered a speech at the event in which he called for a new understanding, a new approach and a new global order for the settlement of the world's problems. “This new order should embrace everyone in a fair way which regards all diversity as a source of richness,” he noted...

One of the major issues Erdoğan addressed during his speech was his unrest about conspiracy theories on the Middle East..." Link

He also said: "Peace cannot be established in the Middle East when the suffering of the Palestinians continues and the Gaza Strip remains a wreck." Link

stay tuned!


Saturday, October 17, 2009

Solana: conquering the world with the pale horse - Copenhagen his global strike?

Turning crisis into opportunity...

Is the coming Copenhagen Climate Summit the place where the new World Government will be signed?

This is at least what Lord Christopher Monckton, former science adviser to British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher warned on Wednesday evening at the Minnesota Free Market Institute hosted event at Bethel University in St. Paul.

At [the 2009 United Nations Climate Change Conference in] Copenhagen, this December, weeks away, a treaty will be signed. Your president will sign it. Most of the third world countries will sign it, because they think they’re going to get money out of it. Most of the left-wing regime from the European Union will rubber stamp it. Virtually nobody won’t sign it. I read that treaty. And what it says is this, that a world government is going to be created. The word “government” actually appears as the first of three purposes of the new entity. The second purpose is the transfer of wealth from the countries of the West to third world countries, in satisfication of what is called, coyly, “climate debt” – because we’ve been burning CO2 and they haven’t. We’ve been screwing up the climate and they haven’t. And the third purpose of this new entity, this government, is enforcement. (Link)

The "treaty" was prepared in Bangkok and is to be finished in Barcelona:

Will it create a new World Government post for Javier Solana?

Timing is right.

Guess what: It is all based on Javier Solanas recommendations from:

                - European Security Strategy (ESS - Thessaloniki Dec. 2003, which was followed by the Barcelona based 7 year ENP-treaty with many)


                        -his recommendations (after the EU begged him to do so) on CLIMATE CHANGE AND INTERNATIONAL SECURITY (March 2008)

as well as his

- Report on the Implementation of the European Security Strategy(Dec. 2008) plus

-Climate Change and Security:
Recommendations of the High Representative
on follow-up to
the High Representative and Commission report
on Climate Change and International Security

(see also here: "Climate change and energy security(...) are new threats identified in the renewed European security strategy"  LINK)

Suddenly one understands what Solana has to do with Climate and what his doing in Israel next week in this relation:

"Israeli President Shimon Peres has been keeping busy lately with all of his environmental advocacy. Last year he launched Tel Aviv’s Earth Hour by powering down the lights in the Tel Aviv City Hall and Azrieli towers, then he inaugurated Israel’s first “green city” – Kfar Saba, this year he unplugged Jerusalem for Earth Day 2009, and just last month he launched an Israeli Clean Energy Forum. And he’s not tired yet. In his Presidential Conference taking place this week in Jerusalem (October 20-22), a portion of the discussions will be devoted to various aspects of the global environmental crisis. Looking at Tomorrow - Turning Crises into Opportunities: This session will examine whether some of the current global environmental crises can be transformed into opportunities and starting points for a better future. The panelists (which include Professor Ruth Gabizon, Bernard Henri Levy, Dr. Javier Solana, and Raymond Kurzweill) will provide a general outlook about the various crises." Link plus more at my post from yesterday...

Let's see some pieces from Dr. Solana's:


Approved by the European Council held in Brussels on 11 and 12 December 2008 and drafted under the responsibilities of the EU High Representative Javier SOLANA":

"Globalisation has brought new opportunities...

Europe will rise to these new challenges, as we have done in the past". (p1)

"The European Council adopted the European Security Strategy (ESS) in December 2003.

This report does not replace the ESS, but reinforces it." (p2)

"In 2003, the ESS already identified the security implications of climate change. Five
years on, this has taken on a new urgency. In March 2008, the High Representative and
Commission presented a report to the European Council which described climate change is a "threat multiplier"
. (p5)

"It is in our interest that the countries on our borders are well-governed. The European
Neighbourhood Policy (ENP)
, launched in 2004, supports this process."(p6)

"The Mediterranean, an area of major importance and opportunity for Europe, still poses
complex challenges, such as insufficient political reform and illegal migration. The EU
and several Mediterranean partners, notably Israel and Morocco, are working towards
deepening their bilateral relations. The ENP has reinforced reforms originally started
under the Barcelona process in 1995, but regional conflict, combined with rising
radicalism, continues to sow instability." (p7)

"The ENP has strengthened individual bilateral relationships with the EU. This process
now needs to build regional integration. "(p10)

"The EU is leading negotiations for a new international agreement on the former, and must use all its levers to achieve an ambitious outcome at Copenhagen in 2009". (p12)

from: Report on the Implementation of the European Security Strategy
- Providing Security in a Changing World -11 December 2008

"Building on initiatives undertaken within the framework of the Union for the Mediterranean and the European Neighbourhood Policy, our response should focus on the following:
-Enhanced dialogue. Work with the Euro-Mediterranean Climate Change Network to
promote the mainstreaming of climate change
and the development of adaptation strategies that take social factors and the risk of conflict into consideration..." (p3)

"The EU is at the forefront of efforts to achieve a global and comprehensive new international agreement at Copenhagen in December 2009. Neither reducing emissions nor addressing the security dimension can be done by the EU alone. It needs a multilateral effort. At national and EU level, action is needed across different parts of government, parliaments, media and civil society. During 2009, the EU should focus on the following:

• Key global partners, such as the US, China, India, and Russia. The EU will work closely
with these, sharing assessments and exploring potential for more cooperation on climate change and security. Early engagement with the US will be crucial.

• Regions at particular risk. The EU has already built close relations on climate change
and security with organisations representing regions at particular risk, such as the Alliance
of Small Island States, the Arab League, and the African Union. We should use these to
gather support ahead of Copenhagen
, while also working to enhance resilience to cope
with the security aspects of climate change.
Key international organisations (e.g. UN, AU and OSCE). Climate change is a global challenge. Building on work to date, the EU is committed to engaging further with these organisations..." (p6)

5. Conclusion
As the joint High Representative and Commission report on Climate Change and International
Security emphasised, the security implications of climate change are potentially vast. Our
response needs to combine global actions with detailed understanding of the consequences at a local level. Knowledge and awareness will both be key...Progress on the issue of climate change and security as well as implementation of these
recommendations should be reviewed by the Council in the second half of 2009."

-Climate Change and Security:Recommendations of the High Representative
on follow-up tothe High Representative and Commission report
on Climate Change and International Security

stay tuned!


Thursday, October 15, 2009

Solana to attend "facing tomorrow" in Jerusalem


Mr. Shimon Peres, President of the State of Israel is pleased to welcome illustrious guests to the 2. Israeli Presidential Conference: Facing Tomorrow 2009, October 20-22 in Jerusalem. About 1,500 people from abroad are expected to join 2,500 Israelis. Notable attendees or speakers are to include:

American futurist Raymond Kurzweil

French philosopher Bernard-Henri Lévy

EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana  (confirmed here and here).

Skype Ltd. President Josh Silverman

Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales

US Ambassador to the UN Susan Rice

French economist Dr. Jacques Attali

banker Baron David de Rothschild

Chinese Information Minister Chen Wang

President and CEO of Sesame Workshop Garry Knell 

US Investment Strategist for Goldman Sachs Abby Joseph Cohen 

Author of “Inside Jihad: Understanding and Confronting Radical Islam” Tawfik Hamid 

Governor of the Bank of Israel Stanley Fischer

Neuroscientist Henry Markram

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of AOL Tim Armstrong 

President Shimon Peres

Macedonian President Gjorge Ivanov

Croatian President Stjepan Mesic

Indian guru Sri Sri Ravi Shankar


After Wikipedia, the guru has a mediation relief program that has been successfully run in Kosovo, for the war ravaged population and the Public Health System , University and UN personnel. The organization also started an operation in Iraq in 2003, aimed at relieving the war-ravaged Iraqi population of stress. A Program was implemented in Afghanistan from 2003 to 2006 teaching to war victims, UN and ngo personnel. In 2007, Sri Sri visited Iraq at the invitation of Prime Minister Nouri al Maliki, and also met with Sunni, Shia, and Kurdish leaders. He visited Pakistan in 2004 and met with some political and religious leaders there as a part of his efforts to promote global peace. There also was a International Leadership and Spirituality Symposium 2008 in Brussels organized by the International Association of Human Values under the leadership of "His Holiness"Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and EU Parliament. Link He also was invited at the UNESCO's "3rdWorld Congress ofImams and Rabbis for Peace" Link. Ravi Shankar has been also nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize (Link).

Still His "Art of Living"-foundation should not be mixed with the "Art of Living" book by Claire Elizabeth  Terry, which is a AoC manifesto with the usual AoC crowd plus New Age contributors:


In Jerusalem conference discussions and deliberations will address topics as diverse as: 
The Global Economic Crisis - Building a Functioning World Economic System
Geopolitical Challenges of the 21st Century
A Greener Planet for Tomorrow
Culture and the Arts – Adjusting to the New World
Islam: Between Moderation and Extremism
The Role of the New Media in Shaping our Future 
The Individual in an Era of Crises and Change
Geopolitical Developments and their Impact on the Jewish People
Will we see Peace in our Region?
The Influence of the Global Economic Crisis on the Jewish World 
Jewish Peoplehood – Unity versus Pluralism
The Future of Capitalism
The Future of Artificial Intelligence
How should Education and Learning be adjusted to reflect Tomorrow’s Challenges?
What is the Scientific Community Striving to Discover?
The Human Brain and Tomorrow's Challenges
The Challenges of Jewish Continuity in a Changing World
The Future of the Trilateral Relationship: Jerusalem – Washington – U.S Jewish Community
The Young take Initiative"...
read more here: LINK

stay tuned!


Wednesday, October 14, 2009

behind the scenes


NeoConOpticon: The EU Security Industrial Complex” is a major new 80 page report published by the Transnational Institute and Statewatch in September 2009. A must read.

"Despite the often benign intent behind collaborative European ‘research’ into integrated land, air, maritime, space and cyber-surveillance systems, the EU’s security and R&Dpolicy is coalescing around a high-tech blueprint for a new kind of security.

It envisages a future world of red zones and green zones; external borders controlled by military force and internally by a sprawling network of physical and virtual security checkpoints; public spaces, micro-states and ‘mega events’ policed by high-tech surveillance systems and rapid reaction forces; ‘peacekeeping’ and ‘crisis management’ missions that make no operational distinction between the suburbs of Basra or the Banlieue; and the increasing integration of defence and national security functions at home and abroad.

It is not just a case of “sleepwalking into” or“waking up to” a “surveillance society”, as the
Britain’s Information Commissioner famouslywarned, it feels more like turning a blind eye
to the start of a new kind of arms race, one in which all the weapons are pointing inwards.

Welcome to the Neo-ConOpticon."



stay tuned! farmer

Monday, October 12, 2009

propably extension until end of December!


Today not just somebody but the Brookings Institution published an article about the cuurent and coming situation with the EU posts. Interesting what they have to say about Solana's  posts as High Representative and Secretray General of the WEU:

"The situation is complex. José Manuel Barroso was rewarded for the unimpressive work of the past five years with confirmation – he will thus chair the Commission for the next 5 years. The Commission’s mandate will expire on October 30th, so there is an urgent need to renew the rest of the team. ...Yet, the most probable outcome will be the extension of the current Commission until the end of December. Javier Solana is also probably to be extended as high representative. 

Solana’s term as Western European Union (WEU) secretary general will also expire on November 24th and the only sensible decision would be to dismiss what remains of such an inglorious organization. With the entering into force of the Lisbon Treaty, the only reasons for the WEU to be kept alive – mutual support against external aggression – will cease to exist. Yet, the WEU parliamentary assembly is unwilling to be dissolved. In the name of democratic deficit (!), it claims that it needs to stay absorbed in the EU (and, of course, nobody wants to deny the MPs the possibility to enlighten themselves in Paris twice a year... ). Keeping the WEU, would also mean having one extra post to assign in the redistributive game of chairs. Because no presidency gets wasted, all is duly weighted in Old Europe."

stay tuned! 


Friday, October 09, 2009

Solana: EU making the world safer

"I am delighted at the news that President Barack OBAMA has been awarded the Nobel PeacePrize and I offer him my warmest congratulations. This award is a fitting tribute to PresidentOBAMA's extraordinary leadership, his devotion to the cause of peace and his unstinting dedication to international diplomacy". Oct 9, Javier Solana, Link


Solana talks about new battlegroups by November,

see video:

Oct 10: "EU making the world safer" -By JAVIER SOLANA

(One can easily replace the word "EU" with "Solana")

"BRUSSELS — 2009 is a landmark year for the European Union's role in the world. It marks 10 years of the European Security and Defense Policy (ESDP), during which the EU became a global provider of security, making a real difference to people's lives all over the world.

At the same time, we are on the threshold of a new era when the Lisbon Treaty enters into force and provides fresh impetus for our external action. In 10 years, we have deployed 20 operations on three continents to prevent violence, restore peace and rebuild after a conflict.

From Kabul to Pristina, from Ramallah to Kinshasa, the EU is monitoring borders, overseeing peace agreements, training police forces, building up criminal justice systems and protecting shipping from pirate attacks. Thanks to our achievements, we are receiving more and more calls to help in a crisis or after a war. We have the credibility, the values and the will to do this.

The EU was ahead of its time in 1999. The comprehensive, multifaceted nature of our approach was novel. And the EU remains the only organization that can call on a full panoply of instruments and resources that complement the traditional foreign policy tools of its member states, both to pre-empt or prevent a crisis and to restore peace and rebuild institutions after a conflict. 

This is where the EU's unique added value lies. We combine humanitarian aid and support for institution-building and good governance with crisis- management capacities, technical and financial assistance, and political dialogue and mediation.

The ESDP first cut its teeth in the Balkans. When the Yugoslav wars broke out in the 1990s we watched as our neighborhood burned because we had no means of responding to the crisis. We learned our lesson and organized ourselves, acquiring a set of capabilities coupled with decision-making procedures and a security doctrine. In 2003, we prevented a fresh outbreak of hostilities in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia through our diplomatic efforts and then deployed Operation Concordia. In 2004, Operation Althea took over from the NATO peacekeeping force in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Today, we are still deeply engaged in the Balkans, fighting organized crime and building up the institutions of law and order. For example, EULEX Kosovo is the largest EU mission to date, with some 2,000 staff, working in the police and judicial system and in mobile customs teams.
This year the EU has 12 operations running concurrently — more than ever before. Since 2003, some 70,000 men and women have been deployed in 23 crisis- management operations. They come from EU member states and non-EU countries that also take part in our operations, including Norway, Switzerland, Ukraine, Turkey and the United States.

Of these 23 missions, six have been military and the other 17 civilian. We deploy army or navy personnel when and where they are needed but our business is peace-building, not waging war. The EU is not a military alliance. The solution to any crisis, emergency or conflict must always be political, and our ESDP actions are always firmly anchored in political strategies formed by consensus. 

As a member of the International Quartet, the EU is deeply engaged at diplomatic level in the Mideast peace process and when an agreement is reached between the Israelis and Palestinians we will be ready to help implement it on the ground. We already have a mission in the West Bank helping to build up the Palestinian civil police and criminal justice system.  

...And we need to strengthen our civilian and military capabilities and boost their funding in order to back up our political decisions. 

The EU's unique, joint civilian-military approach must be further developed to make us yet more flexible. Our capacity to deploy rapid reaction forces also needs strengthening. In the second decade of ESDP, the Lisbon Treaty will put all this within the EU's grasp."


Oct9: Obama receives Nobel Peace Prize


picture source: der Spiegel 2008

Obama wins Nobel Peace Prize

"His very first phone call was to Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian leader, and his speech in Cairo sought to cast America as an even-handed peacemaker in the Holy Land. Soon afterwards, Mr Obama also pledged to negotiate a new treaty on nuclear disarmament with Russia...

...The judges appear to be betting that he can defy the odds and resolve them all in the next few years . Anyone who has followed events in the Middle East might not be entirely convinced by their optimism"


Thursday, October 08, 2009

Clooney and Co. again

"In his first book on the weirdness around us, "Them: Adventures with Extremists," the British documentary filmmaker Jon Ronson explored the world of conspiracy theorists, hobnobbing with neo-Nazis, Islamic fundamentalists, Ku Klux Klansmen and the survivors of Ruby Ridge. He found they all shared a belief that a shadowy cabal of powerful men rules the world from inside a secret room.
In his funny, frightening non-fiction follow-up, The Men Who Stare at Goats" (Simon & Schuster, $24), Ronson tracks an equally bizarre group of individuals within U.S. military intelligence whose experiments in psychic warfare and paranormal abilities stretch from LSD experiments in the Fifties to the current strategic use of the Barney "I Love You" song on Iraqi prisoners of war.


Ronson got wind of a unit at Fort Bragg that had subsequently experimented with a more offensive psychic technique: killing a goat by staring at it. He interviewed one former member of "Goat Lab" who reportedly managed to achieve this goal, and another who reportedly stared a hamster to death.

In the '90s, the mind corps moved heavily into white noise and subliminal messages. Ronson describes how PsyOps flew a Moscow scientist to Waco to implant the voice of God (Charlton Heston was tabbed for the role) into the music being leveled at the Branch Davidian compound. A similar mind-numbing technique is still being unleashed on Iraqi POWs through repeated ear-shattering doses of Metallica's "Enter Sandman" and the Barney song, Ronson says.

Since the World Trade Center attacks, Ronson says PsyOps and Homeland Security have re-enlisted old First Earth Battalion operatives, including spoon-bender Uri Geller, to lend their psychic abilities to the war on terror.

"I'm sure that all the remote viewers (psychic spies) from the old days were called up right after 9/11. I'm sure they're back in business. The one thing I would love to have found out that I didn't is a 'nonspecific threat' warning coming out of John Ashcroft's mouth that could be traced back to a psychic divination from one of these guys. I spent months following that line of inquiry."LINK

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

UN launches online training course to fight terrorism

"The United Nations crime-fighting agency and its partners (International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL) and the DiploFoundation, a non-profit organization based in Malta) have launched a six-week online training course to provide Member States with crucial technical assistance for strengthening judicial and police cooperation against terrorism". LINK

Pushing Mr.Klaus

Irish voters approved the treaty in a repeat referendum on Saturday.

A new 27-member European commission must be appointed by 31 October and new top jobs – notably that of EU president and foreign minister – are waiting to be filled.

Sweden currently holds the EU's rotating half-year presidency. Sweden's prime minister, Fredrik Reinfeldt, said he had asked Javier Solana, the departing EU foreign and security affairs chief, not to move ahead to fill those jobs "until there is clarity" from Prague. LINK

The EU's game plan is to avoid the impression of putting pressure on Mr Klaus, in order to deprive him of the chance to portray himself as an heroic patriot helpless against foreign might.

European Union leaders made clear yesterday that they would not let Vaclav Klaus, the Czech president, hold them hostage by delaying his signature of the Lisbon treaty, a package of reforms approved by all 27 EU governments. Link

At an anti-treaty rally Saturday after the Irish vote for the treaty, only a few hundred people rallied outside Prague Castle, where Mr. Klaus has refused to hang the E.U. flag.

The demonstrators shouted “Long live Klaus” and “E.U. — the Fourth Reich.” One held a sign showing the E.U.’s yellow stars surrounding a communist hammer and sickle.

“I understand these slogans,” Mr. Klaus told his supporters. “I feel pretty much the same way as you do — though as the president I have to water it down a little.” Link

EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana, in uncharacteristically blunt language, called the latest attempt by Klaus' supporters to scuttle the treaty "absurd" and "irresponsible." Link

Solana: "calm!"

"European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana expressed concern Wednesday over "recent clashes in east Jerusalem."

In a statement, he called for restraint, saying, "I have been closely following the situation around the Al Aksa mosque in recent days. I would like to urge all parties to refrain from provocative actions that could further inflame tensions or lead to violence."

"Everyone must take action to avoid escalation," he added." LINK

Monday, October 05, 2009

Circus in Space OCT 9: Moving Stars and Earth for Water.


Circue de Soleil chief Guy Laliberte, photo: USAtoday LINK

Moving Stars and Earth for Water. This is a space performance at the ISS by the next private space explorer, Guy Laliberte, founder and chief executive officer of Cirque du Soleil.

"I feel a lot more mesmerized than I ever thought I would be", he said after his first hours in space. 

The circus is scheduled to be broadcast live around the world Friday October 9th, 8:00 PM ET (12 AM GMT) during his stay on the International Space Station. Laliberte will be hosting the event in support of the One Drop Foundation, which he founded two years ago with a pledge of $100 million to fulfill the dream “Water for all, all for water.” (Link was down since

Al Gore, Cirque du Soleil, Peter Gabriel, Shakira, Salma Hayek, Bono/U2 and many others will also be taking part in this two-hour ground-breaking performance spanning six continents.  "People will have access to a great poem, a great tale that will star the moon, the sun, and a drop of water," Laliberte said. LINK "I think it will also permit One Drop to position itself at the international level as a player in environmental issues." LINK

stay tuned!


Israel reacts to Irish vote

"When the original European constitution failed to be ratified in the earlier stages, in June 2005, there was the sense of spiteful satisfaction on the part of the Americans. In Israel too, the prevalent perception then was that "a weak Europe is better for the Jews." As a senior official in Jerusalem put it, "Without a constitution, Europe will show more humility and [EU foreign policy chief Javier] Solana won't come around anymore to mess with us." U.S. President Barack Obama, however, sees a strong Europe as an essential element in advancing his own agenda for the world. He needs its diplomacy in the face of the Iranian threat, its military capability in the Balkans and stabilizing missions in Iraq and Afghanistan, and he also needs it to realize his vision of peace in Middle East. 
It seems that Israel, too, will soon have to reprogram itself and realize that the United States is not the only one who counts."

from: "That boring niceness", by Adar Primor

EU's beast: bread and circuses

Photobucket LINK
"World's media circus moves on having come to Ireland's big top to hear the lion roar No." LINK

Oct 5, newspaper Metropol, nationalwide: page 5, Budapest page 12, LINK

Source: LINK
more EU circus:

Saturday, October 03, 2009

the glove continued

me just playing with the symbols...

Circus beast. "Celtic Tiger" is a term used to describe a period of rapid economic growth in Ireland between 1995-2007, coming to a halt by 2008.

On October 2 Rio was winning the bid for Olympics 2016.

One of the last 4 candidates was Madrid. Their symbol was a glove. 5 fingers.Photobucket

Irish Taoiseach Brian Cowen (showing the "5-hand") and Minister for Foreign Affairs Micheál Martin on the steps of Government Buildings on the afternoon after counting the yes vote for EU 2009 Oct 3. Photograph: Alan Betson

Irish Opposition leader, Declan Ganley, has stated that the Friday's Lisbon Treaty poll shows just how scared people are. He has congratulated the Taoiseach on "what was, politically, a masterful campaign…from a masterful politician who has made glove puppets out of the opposition". Link


See the colours of Dublin and Irish flag and compare it to Rio flag and Olympic logo:


Dublin                                          Ireland              Rio

The distance from Dublin to Rio is 5000 nautic miles.



5 llamas 5 km away from the circus 5550 EUR fine or working 5 days...

see also the wall behind the cars, at the Red Cow roundabout.

PhotobucketIrish 5 pence with (red?)Heifer.

Funny isn't it?

Friday, October 02, 2009

IRISH EU Referendum, five Llamas and two goats


5 Llamas and 2 goats on the run, source: rte-news,

Oct. 2: In Irland a herd of llamas and two goats caused chaos on the M50 Friday afternoon at the Red Cow roundabout.

The animals escaped from a circus at Tallagath and mader their way onto the motorway where they caused major traffic disruption, with up to 5 km tailbacks reported. LINK

(Tallaght is derived from the words támh leacht, meaning plague burial place, the actual name of the roundabout referred to the "Red Cow Inn", a landmark pub formerly in the vicinity. Biblically the Red Heifer was a sacrificial cow whose ashes were used for the ritual purification of people who came into contact with a corpse, it has also meaning in relation to the building of the Third Temple and as a symbol for Christ).


"During the night hard-working thieves took the animals, reports the Irish Times: “The thieves traversed eight fields, opened up ditches and travelled two kilometres on foot to the shed where the animals were being kept.” The owner...suspects animal rights activists."

A spokeswoman for the council last night confirmed the animals would not be released until the owners pay a €5,550 recovery fee. If it is not paid within five working days they will be re-housed or put down. But owner Yvette Scholl said she does not have the money and claimed the council was holding her animals to ransom.Link

"The Llama appears in several Monty Python sketches ("Flying CIRCUS") and the opening credits of Monty Python and The Holy Grail. The label "llama" is also used in game shows as a term for a contestant who leaves the game show with nothing." (Wikipedia)

There is an old Irish expression about troubled partnerships: "two goats pulling on a mountain". 

This happened when the Irish voted for the EU-treaty.

Early returns show solid Irish `yes' to EU treaty.

"Irish Opposition leader, Declan Ganley, has stated that the Friday's Lisbon Treaty poll shows just how scared people are. He has congratulated the Taoiseach on "what was, politically, a masterful campaign…from a masterful politician who has made glove puppets out of the opposition". Link