Trump’s Solar Border Wall Idea Won’t Work in the Real World

Commentary: Pundits reported Tuesday June 6 that Donald Trump, at an Oval Office meeting of high-level Republican leaders, suggested that his proposed border wall incorporate solar panels, the goal being to sell electrical power as a way of funding the Wall's construction. According to Jonathan Swan at Axios, Trump described to assembled Republican Congressional leaders his image…Read more Trump’s Solar Border Wall Idea Won’t Work in the Real World

The Downfall Of YouTube’s Biggest Star Is A Symptom Of A Bigger Illness

The schadenfreude over YouTube star Felix Kjellberg’s sudden fall from grace overlooks a much bigger, more insidious pattern of young men testing boundaries in the angriest corners of the internet. This essay is a guest post from the Deputy Editor at Screener, a site for critical writing on television and streaming and the new home…Read more The Downfall Of YouTube’s Biggest Star Is A Symptom Of A Bigger Illness

Trial & Travesty

Editor’s note – If what is going on the children’s court in relation to the Jobstown Protest is a show-trial, it seems what Seanie Fitzpatrick is getting from our crooked state is a fake trial – with a Jury stocked exclusively by people who have no problem with the austerity caused by the actions of…Read more Trial & Travesty

Brexit stiff on sterling

  Sterling's never been so hard, apparently, despite its recent limp showing on currency markets. It's inspired Pounded by the Pound: Turned Gay by the Socioeconomic Implications of Britain Leaving the European Union, the first erotic novel about one man's obsession with a £1 sterling coin. by Adam Gabbatt (The Guardian) Brexit has produced its first…Read more Brexit stiff on sterling

Walk out Backwards, So I’ll think you’re Walking in, that referendum

A.A. Gill, of The Sunday Times, is a food critic with, an often, poisonous turn of phrase. Someone posted his recent opinion piece on the forthcoming British referendum on Brexit or Remain. It's worth repeating here.

We teach LIFE, sir

PALESTINIAN refugee poet and performance artist, RAFEEF ZIADAH got a five minute, standing ovation for her show in the Abbey Theatre, Dublin on Sunday, as part of the International Literature Festival. Her performances were captured by Irish film director, Terry McMahon. Do yourself a favour, watch this and then this, Shades of Anger…Read more We teach LIFE, sir

Shane MacGowan and The Popes

The pit is a seething mass of fans, swaying, swigging and baying: florid of face and, undoubtedly, 'fluthered', to a man, woman, unwashed street urchin and, for all one can tell amid the throng, at least one stray sheep.

Last encounter with the purple enigma

Funnily, or in a grotesquely ironic, pre-emption of his death, the Irish Times chose to publish an article by Jim Carroll that questioned Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Steve Miller's assessment of that same industry as a bunch of thieves, etc. But, I wonder, if Prince might've praised him.