The Rule Hibernia Thumbs Up is a selection of kick-ass posts from other websites we have linked here for your reading pleasure.
Man to Man: Episode #1
4 October 2010
Brett talks about the virtues and benefits of manly contemplation.
The Nation should not be sacrificed for the Fianna Fail party
2 October 2010
Machholz makes some damn good points about Fianna Fáil.
It is time for ineffective sound bites to be replaced by effective strategic and tactical practicality. It is time for foresight not panic. Hopefully the Irish people will wake up from their consensus trance and force the political elite to stop bailing out corrupt banking institutions and to start to save what’s left for its future, not continue to be slaves to the bankrupt past.
The Nation should not be sacrificed for the Fianna Fail party.
The Worst Shit In The World
1 October 2010
Paulie Pumpkins picks five things, presumably from the bottom of the barrel.
5. Captchas Oh my fucking God. Is it just me, or have these things gone from mildly annoying to 100% up our collective dick lately? It seems like you can’t even upload a hilarious video of old people banging without falling victim to some brutal Onamonapia – Dissociative finger-raping…
Iran’s Boat-Plane-Thing Would Strike Fear Into Other Flying Military Boats if Any Existed
30 September 2010
Clay Dillow reveals Iran’s latest military hardware.
Iran’s Sacred Week of Defense (celebrating its eight-year resistance to the Iraqi invation of the 1980s) is never without a healthy dose of pomp and ceremony, but this week Iran’s defense ministry took the usual military parade to the waterfront. Yesterday Iran unveiled three squadrons of machine-gun-wielding flying boats. Yeah, you read that correctly…
Why Companies Should Make Employees Take Naps
29 September 2010
Tony Schwartz is for naps during worktime. He explains why:
...here’s the reality: naps are a powerful source of competitive advantage. The recent evidence is overwhelming: naps are not just physically restorative, but also improve perceptual skills, motor skills, reaction time, and alertness…
The Entitled Dickhead
28 September 2010
Don Hall points out the stupidity of ‘select’ season ticket holders.
It was then that I established the WNEP Theater Box Office Customer Service Mantra:
“The customer is always right until the customer is an asshole and then the customer can go fuck himself.”
Opinion: Sick of writing about global insanity? You’re not alone
27 September 2010
pulls no punches about the state of the world.
If You Want To Slag Me Off
26 September 2010
Heather lays into sniping bloggers.
I’m sick to bleeding death of the passive aggressive rants and accusations I keep reading on blogs. You know, the ones that go along the lines:
‘Somebody, I won’t tell you who because I’m nice like that, has done something horrific, of which I wont give you any real details just skirt around the issue, giving you the bare bones so that it a. sounds way more interesting than it really is and will have you all begging me via email to tell you the details and will keep you coming back to the blog in hope of tasty updates and b. makes me out to be a blameless victim so you’ll all heap sympathy on my door and pander to my giant ego.’
The Battle Hymn of The Tea Party
24 September 2010
The Emergency team’s take on the Tea Party.
Taken from the forthcoming EP ‘The Morale Will Continue Until The Beatings Improve’ by Carmody & Jones of The Emergency’s Musical Corps. Featuring ‘My Granny Goes On Facebook’ a song about the perils of elder internet abuse;…
The Crying Games
22 September 2010
Vaish Words© criticises the Indian government over the shambles of the 2010 Commonwealth Games.
I have to say that I agree wholeheartedly with Mr. Aiyer and have joined the camp that hopes that these games are a total, utter and miserable failure and the greatest embarrassment to our 64 years of Independence…
Buying a degree?
21 September 2010
Pennybridged tells of a student suing Queen’s University Belfast – over his poor grade.
There educational news world is awash with discussion and commentary on the falling value of third-level degrees. The consensus seems to be that degrees are not what they used to be. Pass degrees and lower honours degrees, in particular, are suffering from a lack of value…
Unemployment and Mortality
20 September 2010
Liam Delaney explores an academic paper showing a link between unemployment and mortality rates.
Christopher Ruhm of the University of North Carolina has a series of papers that examine negative health effects of booms and therefore potentially positive health effects of downturns. One basic idea is that during booming economic conditions, people devote less time to exercise and self-care, and incur greater stress weakening autoimmune functions and placing greater pressure on a number of body systems…
Terrorism – A Fairly Secret Army
Theirishobserver has written a damning online book on the history of militant Irish republicanism.
This book will unravel the tapestry of 20th/21st Century Irish Republicanism that has been held together by such mythological threads as socialist republicanism and Irish national liberation. It will uncover the true identity of Irish Republicanism as embodied in Sinn Fein/IRA as a sectarian movement whose objective was and remains to coerce the Protestant people of Northern Ireland into a United Ireland, through a campaign of physical and psychological brutality…
Thousands attend Lucifer’s open-air coven in Glasgow
18 September 2010
Pinxit covers Old Nick’s appearance in the UK.
A multitude turned out in Scotland today to greet Beelzebub as he began his controversial three day tour of the UK.
Earlier, the Ruler of Hades urged the UK to resist “more aggressive forms of secularism”. Referring specifically to atheists, Mephistopheles called them “a Nazi tyranny that wished to eradicate me from society”…
Narcotics Interdiction Checkpoints
17 September 2010
420 Tribune are upset about fake narcotics checkpoints.
Returning from a trip along one of our nation’s most highly trafficked interstates, I-20, I happened across this foreboding sign. I didn’t have any bud on me at the time, but if you’re anything like me, you usually take a few bowls with you on road trips. Almost instinctively, I pulled over…
Do Children Get Too Many Immunizations? The Answer is No.
16 September 2010
Doctors Crislip and Barrett demolish the notion that delaying children’s vaccinations is safer than doing them all at once.
Some vaccination opponents try to look respectable by stating that they are not against vaccination but believe that fewer vaccines should be given at once and that the shot schedule should be spaced out. On a recent episode of “Good Morning America,” for example, actors Jenny McCarthy and Jim Carrey—with help from hostess Diane Sawyer—promoted the idea that vaccines have a “cumulative effect” and that giving several at once could provoke adverse interactions. This article explains why the “too many immunizations” claim does not have the slightest basis in reality…
Five reasons why astronomy is cool
15 September 2010
Colm gives five reasons why astronomy is cool.
It’s beautiful: If you go out on a dark moonless night, you will immediately know what I mean. The Milky Way, stretching its jagged course across the heavens, is quite a sight to behold. The constellations, particularly the winter constellations, have an elegance and familiarity to them…
The Bullshit Flag I: With Magic anything is Possible
14 September 2010
Johnny O’Coileain calls bullshit on the US catholic church “explanation” for child abuse.
With the recent pedophile explosion of Catholic priest cradle-thefts surfacing in the media, the shit-storm of fantastical excuses, once again, has become a central broadcast theme for the Vatican. As expected, it’s time for our favorite pajama-sporting, money-gorging, infant-porking conjurers to whip out the invisible scapegoat: a talking snake who, in “reality,” is a naked red guy with goat horns wielding a pointed farm tool…
The REAL ‘Stuff White People Like’
13 September 2010
Christian Rudder analyses trends in user profiles on Okcupid.
What is it that makes a culture unique? How are whites, blacks, Asians, or whoever different from everybody else? What tastes, interests, and concepts define an ethnic group? And is there any way to make fun of other races in public and get away with it?…
Energy revolution video shows Greenpeace becoming Redwar
10 September 2010
Matt Hayden from Die, Fluffy Wuffy, Die! is not impressed by Greenpeace’s series of youtube clips.
My, my. Greenies are even more unhinged than I thought. Check out this video from Greenpeace. It’s from a coupla years back. So Lord only knows how much further down this road they’ve gone of late…
9 September 2010
Nelson from spEak You’re bRanes dissects “grammatical criticism” of the BBC.
Thanks to Aifric for this one. It’s from a BBC magazine article about common grammatical mistakes. What flavour of person do you imagine has contributed to this? Interesting, eloquent, bright-eyed types with shit to do, people to see and places to be? Or a bunch of warbling cretins with fuck all else to do? Go on – guess…
A Definitive Guide To Taxing Taxi Drivers
6 September 2010
June Caldwell from The Anti-Room distinguishes between the varieties of Irish taxi driver.
THE GANGLAND GUY: Dark-haired, slick and slightly ugly, this guy is a rabid fan of stripey shirts and bobbing dashboard Holy Mary’s. He knew Marlo Hyland personally and it wasn’t all broken bones and bullets in the head… he bought local people hampers and goldfish at Christmas… a decent old spud, if you happened to be on his good side…
Hypocrisy, Double Standards Call It What You Like
5 September 2010
Abid Ali from Al Jazeera shows up the hypocrisy of Obama’s criticism of BP while ignoring the actions of US companies.
…it’s a bit rich for a nation that has the biggest lobbying industry in the world, that regularly waters down legislation and strong arms other nations into buying American, to be questioning the motive of others…
Making Small Talk With Strangers In The Street Is An Absolute Waste Of Time
2 September 2010
Drunken Hero gives his opinions on small talk.
I hate talking to strangers in the street. Usually I’ll have nothing to say to them of interest and they’ll have nothing interesting to say back either. If I see someone approach me in the street who wants to initiate a small talk session I have to be immediately sick. I honestly can’t contain the projectile vomiting…
1 September 2010
Hugh Green puts the spending on Anglo Irish into stark perspective.
“I’ve been sticking my head in the sand over this. I find it hard to hold in my head the idea of what a billion is, let alone €20bn. It takes necessary thinking labour time, of which I don’t have a great deal. So I decided to dig into the National Income Estimates yesterday to try to get to grips with what sort of money we’re talking about re: Anglo…”