Slugger’s Daily Blogburst…

Okay, we’re going to resume the daily Blogburst on Slugger, but we are looking for your active help and participation. If you have a gmail account it comes with Google Reader. All I ask is that you look my account up (mick.fealty) and ‘follow’ me. I’ll then follow you back. Then you don’t have to do much more except use your own reader to choose your favourite blog posts of the day, along with a little bit of text to describe what’s noteworthy about the piece. I cannot promise that everything will wind up in the blogburst, but it should help make the blogburst both useful and practical. And you’ll get to see everyone else’s choice read of the day long before they hit Slugger…

– So kicking off, Ná Bí Dana! (no, not that Dana; it’s dana dana) has been doing his own (reluctant) revenge act for the Coir poster skits…- And new Dublin resident Soapbox discovered that the best piece of communication on the subject of Lisbon he’d seen was a booklet by poll toping Fine Gael MEP Gay Mitchell… Best that was until he discovered 20 pages missing from the middle… (via Alan in Belfast)…

– In other Lisbon business Declan Ganley complains that the second Lisbon vote is about the EU’s contempt for dissent…

– MacCartan Humphries points out that Ireland just isn’t asking itself the most basic questions about what kind of power it wants out of Lisbon:

…an assessment of voting power under a Lisbon?like treaty depends on what one wants Ireland to do with its power. There is much that we could do, from working for more accountable institutions, for a stronger international development policy, for greater social protection, for a fairer global trading system; for many of the issues that have sustained the no vote. What is really at question is not how much power but what type of power we want: the power simply to make sure that things stay much a they are or the power to contribute to crafting a new agenda for Europe?

– Johnny Guitar getting frustrated when even the cleanest of players resort to playing the man rather than the ball…

– Dan Boyle giving a fascinating piece of evidence for Transparency International. There are some parts of the electorate who vote for the ‘loveable rogue’, and we need recognise that before we can change things… (via Mark Coughlan)

– Not for the first time Horse is counting his political chickens before those long awaited policing and justice powers finally hatch…

– However, Daithi was there for the late night session on the second reading of the Justice Bill, and has the YouTube to prove it with a speech that points to Scotland for an example of what can be done:

Scotland has shown some initiative since having policing and justice powers devolved. The Scottish Government have led the way in introducing drugs courts, which are now being copied in other jurisdictions in Europe.

– At the same time, Alan was just a few miles down the road with the Assembly’s current iteration of its roadshow… the big show up at the big house kept them all waiting for the littler show to begin…

– Joe has some traumatic eyewitness accounts from the Bloody Sunday Inquiry…

– And just as two Telegraph journos have published their story in a book No Expenses Spared
, the paper may have inadvertently named their mole

– In the meantime Clay Shirky with some rough truths about the future of those same newspapers. In particular he looks at some of the financial assumptions surrounding print media and argues that if we are moving into a different age then new models must be found…(via Stephen Kinsella)

– And finally, Burke’s Corner with an up beat assessment of the effects of Benedict’s prospective visit to Armagh from an Anglican Catholic point of view…