The government of Ireland, previously vague about the timing of the Referendum on same sex marriage in Ireland, have now announced a Spring 2015 vote. It’s time to make sure that you, and the lovely sane people you know who think equality is an important factor in a modern republic, are registered and able to vote.

The link above gives detailed citizens information about getting registered which may be helpful for those who are not, or are soon to be eligible. If you are already registered but haven’t moved your vote when you’ve moved house, you might want to get working on that so that your allocated polling station is within reach on the day. Check The Register and see - you can fill out a form at your local Garda station to move your vote registration if necessary.

Complacency being the enemy of change, take the time to make sure. And make many many lovely people happier and more accepted next Spring.


Just gonna be That Person and register our disdain at the use of “the lovely sane people you know” here. Because that’s a seriously shitty way of phrasing it.

But still, this information is incredably important. We know a lot of people are angry and disillusioned about voting, particularly after the recent bout of elections. But remember, it’s notoriously hard to pass a referendum in Ireland.

The fifteenth amendment to the constitution was passed with a majority of 0.56% in 1995. The number of spoiled ballots - by which I mean the number of people who could not correctly answer a yes or no question - was 0.33%. In actual, real life numbers, we’re talking 9,114 people. So if you know somebody who has had a divorce, just bear in mind it was made possibe by less than 1/3 of the students who attend UCD. That’s how close a referendum can run in Ireland.

We know everybody says it about every election, but honestly, every vote counts here. Even if you’ve never voted before, please at least consider voting in this referendum, because it’s incredably important. We’re talking a medium sized towns worth of people here, that’s what can change Irish history forever.

And even if, like us, you believe that marriage is a patriarchal institution that upholds heteronormative standards (which it is) please just bear in mind that you’re not just voting for gay couples to get married. Off the top of our (well, my, admittedly drunken) head we can think of immigrants and trans people who will benefit from this, and if anyone wants to add to that list feel free to knock yourself out.

This is really super duper important you guys! And we absolutely should not just sit on this. It’s genuinely a thing we can all do and make ourselves feel slightly less shit about the country we live in. Go do something right now! Register to vote and then actually put that vote to good use! Tomorrow it’s gay marriage, after that who knows?

(bolding in easpageag’s comment mine)




Jean McConville is one of those great wake up stories for people who romanticise the modern IRA and the armed Republican movement.

She was rumoured to have helped a wounded British soldier. So a unit of IRA members show up to her flat, some of her neighbours being involved with this unit, and drag her screaming into a van which then takes her away. 
They tortured her; beat her so badly that she had broken bones and they mutilated her hands. They then put her on her knees and shot her through the back of the head. Drove her body over the border and buried it at a beach where nobody could find it. It was only uncovered when a storm washed the sand banks away and left her remains visible.

She was originally a Protestant who married a Catholic and converted to Catholicism. She was intimidated out of East Belfast and had to move to the Catholic area of Divis Flats. She was a widow and a mother of ten children. At the time her kids ranged between infancy and late teens. Three weeks after she was taken they were given her purse by a stranger with 52p and her rings inside it. They were informed their mother had “abandoned” them and were divided up amongst different foster families, barely being able to see each other again. 

This is an organisation that people are so quick to romanticise as freedom fighters and here on Tumblr you’ll see more than a few people try to talk about how armed revolution is top quality stuff and post pictures of PIRA members for that edgy aeshetic.

The reality of course is that these murdering lunatics decided that local rumours spread by sectarian idiots were enough justification to rip the McConville family apart and take an innocent woman’s life. 

There’s a whole visceral level of how disgusting the story of Jean McConville’s murder is. This wasn’t a bombing. This wasn’t a complete disregard for human life, where a bomber simply plants a device, arms it then goes home to wait for the headlines. This was a planned operation with multiple people to personally abduct one woman who had 10 kids to look after by herself, torture her and then execute her. And it is that level of, what I can comfortably describe as, pure malevolent evil which makes the murder of Jean McConville such an important lesson to the deluded fuckwits who want to romanticise the PIRA and its counterparts.

You can paint the overall violence as a response to oppression and some sort of revival of the cause for Irish freedom as much as you’d like. It doesn’t change the fact those murdering lunatics decided that they would bring the gun back into Irish politics and spent a good portion of their time using it to shoot innocent Irish people in the back. 

And it’s even more complicated and awful than this.

First of all, the IRA have always claimed that Jean McConville was passing information on to British forces, which pretty much everyone else agrees is a lie. At the time of her murder, one of her sons was serving time in prison for IRA activities. She was murdered in 1972, the IRA didn’t admit they were involved until after the Good Friday Agreement in 1998, her body was eventually found in 2003, and the investigation is still ongoing.

After her murder her children were left alone for three weeks until the stranger arrived with her purse. The Northern Irish police force at the time, the RUC, ignored two reports of her abduction, insisted that McConville had abandoned her children, and didn’t issue an apology for more than thirty years.

Just this week TD (Irish member of parliament) and leader of the Sinn Féin party Gerry Adams was arrested on suspicion of involvement in McConville’s murder. Sinn Féin, of course, essentially being the political wing of the IRA, whose members can never remember from week to week if they’re supposed to be denying their IRA connections or not. In 2005 the then Sinn Féin General Secretary actually said that the murder of McConville was not a criminal act because it took place during The Troubles and she was thought to be an informer.

Don’t fucking dare romanticise the history of someone else’s country because you like to think that you support “freedom” or “independence” or whatever. Don’t you fucking dare.




So much integrity.

Panti’s Noble Call at the Abbey Theatre (by rory oneill)

This is pretty fantastic.
If you’re not Irish (or have been living in a cave somewhere), a drag queen named Pati/Rory O’Neil dared to say homophobia was subtle and perpetuated by people who campaign against gay rights, naming a couple of notable cases. These notable cases took exception and threaten the state broadcaster with legal action, who quickly rolled over and paid them €85,000.

Furthermore, the segment in which the names were mentioned was speedily edited out of the online version of the programme, and Rory O’Neill himself has been threatened with legal action. Instead of forking out 85k of hush money, Panti took to the stage of the national theatre and gave this speech.

The night that this was performed (Feb 1st), the state broadcaster conceded to having a ‘debate’ on that same show about homophobia. Ultimately, it boiled down to definitely-not-homophobes trying to convince the audience that there was a real problem in describing discrimination and prejudice as homophobia (yes you read that right), and the ‘neutral’ host suggesting that “a little bit of institutional discrimination” shouldn’t really be a problem (yes I’m serious), and that maybe for the sake of reasonable discourse the word ‘homophobia’ should be banned from discussions on same sex marriage (no I’m not joking, yes I know this is past satire).

I am sure you’ll be shocked to learn that mainstream media has been almost silent on the matter. I am also sure you’ll be completely taken aback to learn that because mainstream journalists aren’t talking about it, public outcry (which has already been damage-controlled through what seems to be effectively a media blackout) has been dismissed as an internet storm in a teacup - though after a public protest in Dublin today, there does seem to be some acknowledgement appearing in the press.

Anyway. You should watch the speech, and maybe even give it a reblog.

It’s hella good.

Except you can’t show a topless woman on TV - and you can’t defibrillate a woman in a bra. So victims of heart attacks on TV are *always* male. Did you know that a woman having a heart attack is more likely to have back or jaw pain than chest or left arm pain? I didn’t - because I’ve never seen a woman having a heart attack. I’ve been trained in CPR and Advanced First Aid by the Red Cross over 15 times in my life, the videos and booklets always have a guy and say the same thing about clutching his chest and/or biceps.

And people laugh when I tell them women are still invisible in this world.


re: feministing - for women, heart attacks look different

Things I did not know, but should.

(via elfgrove)

This is a post that might save a life. 

(via str8nochaser)

My mom worked for 25 years as an ER nurse and is convinced that a lot of women die simply because folks only know heart attack symptoms that occur in males. 

(via darkjez)



Google acknowledged in its latest lobbying disclosure form that it is working behind the scenes on a controversial cybersecurity bill, the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA).

The bill’s author, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers (R-Mich.),






Hey everyone, remember the nightmare that was SOPA and PIPA? IT’S NOT OVER!

Reports say that lawmakers will vote on the bill as early as Wednesday, April 25th or Thursday, April 26th. It isn’t looking very good. It is of utmost importance that you contact your local representatives to tell them that you do not agree with this bill and they shouldn’t either. Make your voice heard. Don’t let this happen. 

Want to learn more about CISPA? Check out the EFF’s Cybersecurity Bill FAQ.

Don’t know who your representatives are? Just use this.

It takes maybe five minutes of your time to do this — make the effort. It will certainly be worth it.


Sorry guys to make you feel scared but we need to stand up again ! 

Well that can’t be good…











This is about CISPA.  Tl;dr, worse than SOPA. Watch the video. 

I know I’m a fairly ineloquent Tumblr nobody but come on, followers, spread this around, it could pass in THREE DAYS. 







This has been going on for a while and this is the first I’ve seen any sort of TV coverage about it :/


fuck. everything.

this is getting fucking annoying

COME ON GUYS give it a rest seriously



This Is Important, You Should Know This of the Day: The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act now has more than 105 co-sponsors, and some fear the bill could go further than SOPA and PIPA in threatening online privacy. SOPA and PIPA were finally discarded earlier this year after resoundingonline protest changed the debate, but the same doesn’t yet appear to be the case with CISPA.

According to the Electronic Frontier Foundation, H.R. 3523 “would let companies spy on users and share private information with the federal government and other companies with near-total immunity from civil and criminal liability. It effectively creates a ‘cybersecurity’ exemption to all existing laws.”

The bill could sneak through Congress quickly once it’s back in session, so be sure totrack its progress.




(reposting and quoting from LJ)


“File-sharers, beware: By July 12, major US Internet service providers (ISPs) will voluntarily begin serving as copyright police for the entertainment industry, according to Cary Sherman, chief executive of the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). The so-called “six-strikes” plan is said to be one of the most effective anti-piracy efforts ever established in the US.”

The article goes on to give details. After six notices, internet providers will decide to throttle a person’s internet speed, or cut it off altogether. I don’t know if they will crack down on torrents only, or if it is up to the internet provider. I get the sense it is up to the internet provider. So some people could get away with downloading non torrents, while others might get their internet service cut off. I urge you to click it and read, as we all know people who download.

No more downloading eps of your favorite shows for vidding, gifs, or fanfiction art. No more downloading screencaps possibly. I’m so sorry my friends. I don’t even know if BT Guard will work to protect you, but I would google it if I were you. It is a professional service that supposedly can protect you from the invasive eyes of your internet provider.

Just, my friends, please make each other aware. Please be aware of the date JULY 12TH. Mark your calendar and double check with your internet provider by then. If you start receiving notices of downloaded activity, this is why. And your internet service could be throttled or cut off.

Fox news confirms this:

Youtube video explaining this:


THE GOVERNMENT WAS called on today to address the subject of reparation for survivors of the Magdalene laundries.

Ireland’s human rights record is being examined at the United Nations in Geneva today as the country bids to become a member of the UN Human Rights Council. The Irish Human Rights…