Remembering the Irish

Young Irelander wonders if there is any form of website that promotes the issue of Irish participation in the two world wars.

This is a serious subject, and one I have personal experience of. My great grand uncle, Owen Clerkin, was killed near the Somme valley on the 15th of September 1916. This was towards the end of the Somme campaign. He was a private in the Irish Guards and died at the age of 26. He is buried at Delville Wood Cemetery, Longueval, France. In 2000 I visited his grave, and was on of his first relatives to go there. It was an emotional experience, as are all of the Great War memorials in Belgium and France, many of which I have visited. There is something about the Great War that is different, something about the sheer waste that makes my perception of it different to other wars.

And all credit to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, they are a great source of information. Details of my relative are here.

Details of the area he saw battle in are here. There is also a photo of the cemetery he is buried in, it is an incredibly well maintained place, as are all CWGC graves. My relative was one of the lucky ones, his body was actually identified and he has his own grave, unlike hundreds of thousands whose names appear on memorials like the Menin Gate in Ypres.

Mossad warning over nuclear Iran

It looks like Israel is getting pretty pissed off.

“This problem should be of concern to the whole world and not just Israel.”

Mr Peres, widely regarded as the father of Israel’s secretive nuclear deterrent, dampened suggestions that Israel was planning pre-emptive strikes against Iran, as hinted by Mr Cheney.

“The party that will decide is the United States,” Mr Peres said.

“If we go it alone, we will remain alone. Everyone knows our potential but we also have to know our limits.

“As long as there is a possibility that the world will organise to fight against Iran’s nuclear option, let the world organise.”

Anyone got odds on Israel striking Iran in 2005?

Global warming approaching critical point

Global warming is approaching the critical point of no return, after which widespread drought, crop failure and rising sea-levels would be irreversible, an international climate change task force warned Monday.

The report, “Meeting the Climate Challenge,” called on the G-8 leading industrial nations to cut carbon emissions, double their research spending on green technology and work with India and China to build on the Kyoto Protocol.

“An ecological time-bomb is ticking away,” said Stephen Byers, who co-chaired the task force with U.S. Republican Senator Olympia Snowe, and is a close confidant of British Prime Minister Tony Blair. “World leaders need to recognize that climate change is the single most important long term issue that the planet faces.”

The independent report, by the Institute for Public Policy Research in Britain, the Center for American Progress in the United States and The Australia Institute, is timed to coincide with Blair’s commitment to advance international climate change policy during Britain’s G-8 presidency.

Speculation on Condi Rices' sexuality

Late last year I wrote a post about rumours circulating concerning Condi Rices’ sexuality. Some more people recently added comments including:

Condoleeza has a wife in the D.C. area and used to roll with Anita Hill in lesbian haunts.

Comment by Anonymous

Everyone knows that Condoleeza Rice is into girls she is a devout lesbian. Isn’t it hypocritaical that Cheney’s allegience is to Bush and not his family (lesbian daughter Mary) and Condi’s allegiance is to Bush (literally) when Condi is out of town she’s into pussy. Also Barbara Bush (jr) gw’s daughter is into girls as well…oh my!!!

Comment by whitehouse aid

Barbara Boxer and Howard Dean are the guts of the democratic party now, none of the rest to include Kennedy or Kerry make too many waves anymore I’m so dissappointed! well at least Kerry disapproved of Rice….but seems most of the democrats now are all milktoast

Comment by observer

Not that there is anything wrong with being a lesbian.

Comment spam update

Google are working to try and curtail comment spam. Much of the weblog software out there will support the new rule.

What bugs me is that over the last 3 days I have recorded about 1000 spam comments that don’t even include a web address. Just random email addresses from different IPs, making inane comments about how good the weblog is. How do I blacklist that?