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Profile for DanielGillen

I'm a Socialist Republican but don't really know what those two words represent these days. I frequently have articles published in the Gown student newspaper and run my own blogs: belfastnightlife.blogspot.com and dannyinbelfast.blogspot.com

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DanielGillen has commented 45 times (0 in the last month).

  1. Comment on Oxford academic decries loss of terrorist murals
    on 8 August 2011 at 9:24 am

    I think the fairest way would be to allow local communities to vote on it.

    Personally I’d rather they were kept up if the local communities supported it. I’m certainly not a fan of the new peaceful ones.

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  2. Comment on Time to end the war in Afghanistan?
    on 7 August 2011 at 6:14 pm

    I think it’s always worth fighting fascists such as the Taliban and for me the issue is as simple as that.

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  3. Comment on You’ve heard of a pub with no beer, but a Church with no God?…
    on 6 August 2011 at 1:22 pm

    I don’t see anything wrong with this. It’s just reversing all the St.Paul rubbish that had nothing to do with Jesus’s teachings.

    I’m fairly sure Jesus had the same insight as many Buddhists and taught that message through parables etc.

    Take a look at the non-canonical Gospel of Thomas, it’s similarities between Buddhist teachings and taoist texts is astounding.

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  4. Comment on Republican Facebook site publishes police officers’ pictures
    on 4 August 2011 at 1:41 pm

    This seems like big news being reported across the media and yet not one site can post a link to the Facebook page. I took a look at politics.ie and couldn’t find anyone with a link to it either. I doubt it ever existed or is just an example of the BBC misunderstanding Facebook.

    Surely dissident republicans wouldn’t be stupid enough to post information on people they’re targeted under their own names on Facebook, the whole idea of the thing sounds really unbelievable to me.

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  5. Comment on BLOG: Join the Sluts
    on 30 July 2011 at 2:09 pm

    The whole notion of a ‘slut walk’ is utterly ridiculous.

    Yes rape is a horrible, evil thing. However no-one disagree’s with that, there is no issue of contention. People are protesting to say Rape is bad, but so what, everyone already agree’s with that.

    No-one blames women for getting raped, that kind of thing was left behind in the 70′s. This whole thing was started by a police officer giving out some sensible advice on avoiding getting raped.

    It’s similar to getting robbed. If you walk around the city centre at night with a laptop in your hands, you are more likely to get robbed. If you hid the laptop in a carrier bag you’d be less likely to get it robbed off you.

    This does not imply that it is your fault that you got robbed, it is just a practical tip if you wish to reduce your chances of getting robbed.

    Also the article author implies that sexual abuse/rape is something that only effects women and that is clearly not the case.

    To me the Slutwalk is a typical 21st century example of ‘slactivism’. It is a cause that everyone already agree’s with and has no real aims.

    If you really wanted to reduce rapes patrol the Holylands/University area in a high vis jacket and a flash light, it seems to me a poor girl is raped there every few months and it’s utterly disgusting but at the same time an obvious consequence of housing sex-offenders in a university housing area.

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  6. Comment on Donegall Road/Broadway bonfire ablaze 16 hours early
    on 11 July 2011 at 12:16 pm

    Shouldn’t have been allowed to be assembled in the first place, it’s a danger to peoples health and homes.

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  7. Comment on POTD- Tyres, pallets and a flag
    on 11 July 2011 at 12:14 pm

    Can you imagine the outcry if Sinn Fein decided to burn a stack of rubbish at their Easter commemoration and burnt Union Jacks along with Flags saying “Kill all protestants” on them?!

    There would be absolute outcry (and rightly so), I don’t think Stormont would survive it.

    Why then does this display of bigotry and offences against the environment get a free pass? Every year these parades and burning cause trouble and the strongest word of condemnation we get from the PSNI itself is that the violence is “Inexcusable”.

    The double standards are astounding.

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  8. Comment on The other sides(s) of the wall
    on 26 June 2011 at 10:17 pm

    I think if all these walls were just taken down overnight, and not discussed or reported in the media for quite a while there wouldn’t be much trouble.

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  9. Comment on Great. British team beat Irish. Royals rampant. GAA (mostly) delighted.
    on 26 June 2011 at 1:06 pm

    Anyone know a way to watch or listen to these games in GB? RTE and TG4 turn off their live online streams when sports come on.

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