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Thursday, June 30, 2005 

The 'Freedom Institute' needs to grow up

...as do some Indymedia people. Seriously, guys, neither one of you has a monopoly on idiotic positions.

There's normal give-and-take ribbing, and justification in occasional schadenfreude if/when you're right. However, a degeneration into flame-wars makes no-one look good, does it?

Some recent FI posts:

"My own observation and our recent experience with Indymedia, both there and in the comments threads on this blog has convinced me that they are by-and-large completely independent - of reality.

[snip by EWI]

I queried their describing Richard Delevan as a "fascist". How original, not to say accurate and insightful - and "so-called 'professional' journalist" - when she can't be bothered in basic details herself (does anyone here ever read the "Evening Herlad", which is one of at least six spelling mistakes in 430 words). My pointing this out as well as saying that by this stage not even the Chinese would suspect Griffith College is a proper institution probably contributed to my comments being deleted entirely. Contrary to the discussion on this posting, we're not getting money, guns or baseball caps from the CIA.

[snip by EWI]
posted by Peter Nolan"


(Note: as of 7.44pm, there are no comments allowed by the FI on the above)

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[snip by EWI]

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And Indymedia:

"Fascist Freedom Institute and "rivers of immigrants"
by fiwatch - afa Wednesday, Mar 2 2005, 2:42pm
national / migration / other press

Fascist Freedom Institute play the race card.
Ireland's "freedom institute" published an article today on "rivers of immigrants". Using emotive words like "floodgates" and "national interest" they are clearly trying to fuel racism in this country.

Pass on the warning.

http://www.freedominst.org/2005/03/rivers-of-immigrants.html "


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  • An early-thirties male Irish technologist living and working in Dublin, I'm a former (recovering) member of both Fianna Fáil and the Roman Catholic Church.

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