Two apparently unrelated current events expose the key underlying problem with Ireland.
Sunday April 10 is census day, when we are obliged by law to furnish census forms with all kinds of personal information. It is worrying, then, to discover that the census is being conducted by a US company, CACI, which does all sorts of intelligence gathering for the US Government. CACI actually supplied torturers to Abu Ghraib in Iraq. So the company that was directly involved in some of the most revolting human rights abuses since World War 2 - some, myself included, would call them crimes against humanity - is collating every Irish resident's personal data. While boycotting the census carries a fine and therefore can't be encouraged, we should at least make our disgust known to the census form collectors.
Secondly, as the radioactive contamination from Japan continues to poison our food, air, water and soil, the State bodies responsible for our protection keep up the 'Don't worry' mantra. This is how the Irish State treats any potential crisis and, as has been shown, this is the worst possible approach. We should hope for the best but prepare for the worst. I want to know if the potassium iodine tablets distributed after September 11, 2001 are still safe to take. If not, what is the correct dosage of kelp tablets? How do we protect infants? What should we do if a reactor explodes?
The Irish State has, since its inception, treated the populace like mushrooms, keeping us in the dark and feeding us shit, all the while rewarding corruption and incompetence. It's time the mushrooms started to question everything about how this rotten country is run and to whose advantage.