More on Dublin{0}

Ireland has seen some problems, both historically and more currently. The current issue is of course the economic situation. We met a super-interesting cab driver who told us much about migration from Ireland (currently mainly to Australia and Canada).The situation has improved from 2009-2010 to now; Ireland’s economic growth is at about 2%, and considering their base-numbers, it’s ‘ok-ish’. Economic growth percentages can be misleading though. If I had $0.25 and my net worth increased by 100%, I would still  only have 50 cents- I wouldn’t have enough money to buy a cheap chocolate bar, but I’d be able to report a 100% growth in my net-worth.

That economic growth described in percentages can be totally misleading is evident in the case of some of the African countries. Percentages make it appear as though the financial growth is staggering, but,  the base-line was at such a ridiculously low level that they’re still very very broke. If I had donated $217 to Zimbabwe a while back, I would have increased their state budget by 100%). Nevertheless, 2% is decent for a country like Ireland.

Migration from Ireland is nothing new. Allen, like many other Canadians (and Americans) has roots in Ireland, and his ancestors migrated during the famine in the 19th. Century.

 

Famine, Ireland 1845-1852.

Famine, Ireland 1845-1852.

This statue made me feel horrible.

This statue made me feel horrible.

 

famine

famine..

 

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“The universal links for human rights” commissioned by Amnesty Int.
I have been (off and on) active (as a regional rep/a member of amnesty, but as of right now, I am not impressed with their effort. How about Manning (and Snowden) Amnesty?

 

The link

The link

 

The link

The link

Heh :D

Heh :D