Interesting and scarily relevant article about an unemployed TD in 1957 Ireland.
In the Dáil / Hunger strike
Murphy had difficulty trying to get answers to even the most basic questions in the Dáil. He could not even get an answer to how much unemployment relief money was being spent in Dublin.
In May Murphy and two other members of the UPC, Tommy Kavanagh and Jimmy Byrne, began a hunger strike to highlight unemployment and to protest against the removal of food subsidies in the budget.
The hunger strike lasted four days and each evening thousands of protestors gathered on the corners of Abbey Street and O’Connell Street. Resolutions of support came in from trade union branches all over the country and there were demands for a one day strike.
via The Election of Jack Murphy in 1957 | The Irish Story.
A nice review on the rather excellent review blog over at Midleton & Fermoy books.
The novel is narrated from the viewpoint of Everett Hitch the friend and partner of Virgil Cole. The two are itinerant lawmen in the American west of 1882, hired to sort out the problems of the town of Appaloosa in New Mexico Territory by the town’s Board of Aldermen. Rancher Randall Bragg and his hands have taken effective control of the town having murdered the Sheriff and one deputy, his men take what they want, they do not pay, if you object you will be shot. Cole and Hitch are sworn in as lawmen and set about applying the law – as written by them.
via Midleton & Fermoy Books: Appaloosa – Robert B. Parker.
A very fine post by Brian O’Leary over at Magellan Media Partners:
The story broke pretty fast, and various news organizations struggled with how to “cover” a story for which the content was effectively unavailable. Time.com and Politico decided the story was the story, and so “fair use” could justify copying an entire article and posting it on their sites.
via Pirates’ wages.
I do love the writing and tone of the Bozo Sapiens pieces!
The lesson of World War I was that huge artillery barrages on entrenched positions achieve little. Armor was the answer – but the British were short of armor. They decided instead on a huge bombardment from the air. The hope was that a precise but devastating raid on key points would clear the way for a swift and direct infantry attack
via Bozo Sapiens: Operation Charnwood: Saturation.
While a technology may change, Centrello said that a publisher’s core mission remains the same: To deliver books to readers. “A publisher’s job is to deliver books in any form that the reader wants to read them,” she said.
via Gina Centrello: EBooks Will Be 50% Of Book Sales In Five Years – mediabistro.com: eBookNewser.