first_imgDeputy Padraig Mac LochlainnSINN Féin Justice Spokesperson Pádraig Mac Lochlainn has spoken out against the government plans to use the courts as a tool to prop up their own creditor, Irish Water. Speaking on the Civil Debt Bill, Deputy Mac Lochlainn also criticised the comments made by Deputy Catherine Byrne, as “utterly insulting”.Deputy Mac Lochlainn said: “Through their contributions last Friday and again today, Government TD’s tried their hardest to steer the debate away from the real reason for this Bill.“This a desperate attempt to follow on from the undemocratic process with which the Government rammed through the Environment (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill last week, all in the hope that outstanding issues  relating to the water charge disaster will be tied up before the summer recess and will not need to be debated in the autumn before a possible election.“People can see right through this. The fight against water charges is far from over. “The Government will not sweep this under the carpet because the people, and those of us in here who stand up for them, will not let you.”In reaction to Deputy Byrne’s comments, Deputy Mac Lochlainn had the following to say:“I want to address some of the bizarre comments made by Deputy Catherine Byrne on Friday.“I’m sure that the Deputy must have seen some of the media coverage over the weekend and realised the stupidity of her comments and just how far removed she actually is from the vast majority of citizens in this State. “It really must be difficult for her stretching her budget in such a way. After all, you could hardly fill a shopping basket on a basic salary of €87,000 a year.“Deputy Byrne stated that people have a civic responsibility to pay debts, including debts relating to water charges.“Can I ask her and her colleagues how an increase for former Taoisigh and Ministers in their pensions contributes to their civic responsibility? Or, how a ministerial pay increase contributes?“But I’m sure Deputy Byrne will be delighted that she too, can now afford a little luxury by way of a bottle of wine at the weekend with a salary increase on the cards for TD’s as well. “It is utterly insulting to suggest that the low paid and those on welfare, whom this Bill targets, haven’t paid their way.”MAC LOCHLAINN: CIVIL DEBT BILL DESIGNED TO PROP UP IRISH WATER was last modified: July 8th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:MAC LOCHLAINN: CIVIL DEBT BILL DESIGNED TO PROP UP IRISH WATERlast_img read more

New Athletics pitcher Tanner Roark slated for Sunday debut vs. Cardinals

first_imgThe Oakland Athletics will have a new face in the clubhouse this weekend, and possibly an old face too.Tanner Roark, acquired at the trade deadline, is scheduled to make his first start as an Athletic on Sunday against the St. Louis Cardinals.Also, Stephen Piscotty, out since June 29 due to a knee sprain, could return to face the Cardinals for the first time since the December 2017 trade that brought him home to be with his ailing mother.Piscotty went 2-for-4 with a walk in his rehab start …last_img

Did Indians See Jurassic Beasts?

first_imgDid Indians have familiarity with Jurassic monsters, or were they good paleontologists, skilled at reconstructions?  In the “Random Samples” page of news tidbits in the journal Science March 30,1 the story is told and the interpretation given:Some fossils are rare, but this one recently unearthed in eastern Oregon may be positively mythic.  In life, the 2-meter-long Jurassic seagoing crocodile (above), discovered by members of the North American Research Group, sported scales, needlelike teeth, and a fishtail.  Some paleontologists, including Stanford University researcher Adrienne Mayor, think similar fossils may have inspired Native American representations of water monsters.  Mayor notes the croc’s “remarkable” resemblance, for example, to a 19th century Kiowa artist’s drawing (inset) of a legendary water serpent.No evidence was supplied whether Native Americans were even familiar with fossils, let alone whether they ever made reconstructions based on them.1Random Samples, “Oregon Sea Monster,” Science, Volume 315, Number 5820, Issue of 30 March 2007.Unless such fossils were articulated and completely exposed, it’s hard to imagine early hunter-gatherers reconstructing entire animals from fossils as well as this story claims.  Why is the more straightforward explanation, that some of them actually saw this beast and imitated it, not even considered?  The obvious reason is that there is no way in the evolutionary timetable humans and Jurassic crocs could have co-existed.    Not enough information is supplied in this short article to explain if the Kiowa drawing was an imitation of earlier legendary monsters that his ancestors might have seen.  It’s also not clear whether a 19th century Indian might have seen scientific reconstructions of prehistoric monsters that influenced his work.  Not too much should be inferred, therefore, from this brief article.  The biased interpretation of the scientist is the interesting thing to note: he immediately jumps to a conclusion based on his assumption that the two were millions of years apart.(Visited 6 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more