While on a recent trip to the Bank in Dundrum, I noticed a sign that said ''Counter staff only operating 9.30am-12.30pm'' and I wondered why I couldn't see a member of staff regarding a lodgment. I asked someone at the counter and they ordered me to a ATM machine that could sort my query. Later that day I stopped off at MC Donalds to get a big mac and I noticed that their was only one staff member at the counter. She ushered me off to one of the 6 machines that could take my order and I could pay by Debit Card. Needless to say it got me thinking about why I believe the human race is being replaced by automation and why we as a people need to figure out what the hell we are going to be doing in the future and what our purpose will be.
Automation is the use of various control systems for operating equipment such as machinery, processes in factories, boilers and heat treating ovens, switching on telephone networks, steering and stabilization of ships, aircraft and other applications and vehicles with minimal or reduced human intervention, with some processes have been completely automated. Even Televisions and Radio Stations are being forced down the route of Automation.
Technology is advancing every second of the day and while most of us are oblivious to the real consequences of this change, the real fear is that we won't have any say in how it all pans out. It is not beyond the realms of possibility that if mankind finds a planet that is habitable that if may be an answer to the problem. Human nature refers to the distinguishing characteristics—including ways of thinking, feeling, and acting—which humans tend to have naturally. If this becomes extinct because machines take over then we have a massive decision. Do we move away and start over? or do we stay and face the consequences???
The decision is not yours but you will be part of the experiment.
Oh how times are a changing, I remember winning my first medal in October 1986 after winning the U17 boys singles in the Silvermints tournament in Dalkey. I was also runner up in the U14 boys singles. There was 3 medals for first, seecond and third. If you failed to reach the last 3 then that was your problem. Life is setting you up for the knocks and the falls that you will receive, and by god you will get big disappointments, you will aslo get joy and success. The three medal winners trained harder and deserved the medal. The others needed to try harder or find something they can excel at.
At a recent event I was attending I asked the teacher who was organising the competition about what prizes she had for the winners. I asked her was the there a first, second and third and to quote a lyric from a famous Hot Chocolate song ''Everyone's a winner'' She said Everyone gets a medal. I wanted to say something but could see the joy in her face and I didn't want to ruin her day. I waited until the following week to drop the bomb and come clean about how I felt about all children receiving a medal and how that can impact on there lives in later years.
She completely understood my point of view but I could see that she was going to continue down that path. If many teachers and youth leaders start this pointless and dangerous exercise then we will have a whole load of kids growing up butt hurt and very angry because they are not winning in life.
Remember, give a trophy to the winner. Show the other kids that there can be only one. How about we give Roger Federer the trophy and give everyone else a medal for taking part. This is the kind of nonsense that will destroy the next generation.
Trevor Deely was an ordinary 22 year old man, who had a steady job in the bank and had many friends at the time of his out of character disappearance. I worked in Percy Place at the time of his disappearance in December 2000. I always remember the seedy area just at the back of the building where I worked which was a haven for Prostitutes. Smyth's pub was a local hangout for staff in my office and we would often walk past the girls of the night who would try to proposition us. It was a lonely area and very cut off from the hustle and bustle of Baggot Street.
Since 2000 many theories have emerged about what had happened to Trevor. Did he fall into the canal close by. Did he change his name and jet off to South America to get away from Ireland and start over. I remember being very vocal in my office at the time of his vanishing. During the period of 2000, we had seen many young women disappear in the 90's including Jo Jo Dullard, Fiona Pender, Deirdre Jacob and Annie McCarrick and to be fair it had crossed my mind did one of these missing women have a similar experience connected to Trevor.
My gut feeling was that the man seen talking to Trevor outside the Bank Of Ireland on the night of his disappearance is the man responsible for Trevor's vanishing. My theory is that man was collecting a debt from Trevor for something that Trevor had acquired from that man or associates of that individual. The man turned up outside that building because he must have known Trevor worked there and was asking him do you have my money. The boss is getting upset and needs his cash. Trevor didn't have the means at that time to repay the man and after a few warnings had got impatient and decided to deal with Trevor in a more aggressive way.
This theory by the way is pure speculation but having watched the evidence on TV documentaries, having seen the guy in the grainy image on CCTV and taking into account that Trevor just vanished, the only reasonable conclusion is that Trevor met his end in a very unpleasant manner. The area where he vanished was crawling with Pimps, Prostitutes and drug dealers. I also remember cocaine was rampant and that many people were taking it. The drug has to come from somewhere and someone has to pay for it. I am not suggesting Trevor had a drug habit but it is a theory that must have been examined by Gardai. In the last few hours Gardai have been digging up an area of land in Chapelizod, West Dublin and following a tip off from an individual who said that Trevor had an interaction with top Dublin Criminal who was operating in that locality at the time.
To this day I still see photos of Trevor attached to lamp posts on Haddington Rd and Baggot St. I wish Trevor's family have closure soon and that this case is not a cold case anymore and that it is eventually solved.
In recent years I have begun to notice the massive globalisation around the world and the one state political system that some political leaders and institutions are trying to implement. The free movement of people from country to another and the ease at which this is possible. This has undoubtedly had a knock on effect in our sporting circles and particularly when it comes to National Championships. I played in the Irish Table Tennis National Championships for 25 years, and during that period it was kept to players who had Irish passports and who played for one of the four provinces.
That started to change in the noughties when the authorities allowed players who were living here for at least 6 years and who could prove that they are domiciled here. I have always thought that athletes who do not have an Irish passport should not be allowed to play in the National Championships of any sport. They are welcome to enter the Irish Open, Connaught Open, Leinster Open and so on. Otherwise call the even the Irish Open and let everyone play.
Many sports have taken advantage of getting athletes from elite level, a passport or citizenship process speeded up so they can play for that country. This has been apparent in the Premier League. The argument from people who agree with allowing elite athletes from any country play because they will improve performance. They can improve performance in the other events and play in there homeland National Championships. I certainly would not expect to be playing in the Hungarian, French or German National Championships without a passport from that country. Living there for 6 years should not be a reason to let them play in the event. If you cannot vote in National Elections then you should not be allowed play the National Championships.
Yours In Sport
I would firstly like to start by wishing you all a very Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year. In recent years it has been quite a challenge sourcing Merry Christmas Cards. For a while I was naive in not really understanding why ''Seasons Greetings'' was the most popular in card shops and why I couldn't get my hands on Happy Christmas cards and then it struck me, It's offensive to people of non Christian faith. Yes, we have become a nation and a Europe of political correctness and over the top pandering to people who we welcome here with open arms. We don't enforce our beliefs, our culture, our customs and our beautiful way of life but yet accept there extreme customs. We have become a very tolerant society and compliant with whatever governments expect of us.
In many other societies I am expected to follow custom, to respect the laws and the culture and I do so and I expect the same when someone visits my homeland. In the late noughties I visited the United Arab Emirates and stayed beside the Burj Al Arab hotel ( not in my budget). I remember taking a sip of cool water in the 41 degree heat and being touched on the arm by a local stranger who insisted I put my bottle of water away and to stop insulting his culture. Yes this did actually happen during Ramadan and yes I put the water away. But after the incident I thought hang on here, I am a tourist, I was not aware of Ramadan and isn't it a little over the top to request that I stop drinking water in dead heat at 12pm in a Dubai afternoon?
Recently at the entrance to a bank in Dublin City Centre I witnessed a courier being asked to remove his helmet to enter the bank which is common practice here. Then momentarily I also saw a woman in a Burka with two slits in the eyes walking past the same security man with no bother getting in. For me this is nonsense and totally unaceptable. They both have there faces covered and should be both asked to remove there face covers. It is situations like this that really get under the skin of some people. Europe has been spiralling out of control for sometime now. Merkel with her open border policies. 1 Million migrants being let in to Germany, Sweden losing its grip on the migrant crisis there and immigration at the top of most peoples concerns. Approximately 960,000 thousand migrants coming from war torn Syria entered Germany over the last year. 33,000 have sought employment and the others are on benefit. The recent terrorist attack in Berlin where a fanatical Jihad stole a truck and killed its driver and then drove the truck into a crowd of people was from Tunisia. The last time I checked, Tunisia was not at war. This attacker was let roam freely around Europe with a gun and it took German authorities 4 days to find him in ...wait for it......Italy.
I have become very interested in this failed EU project of flooding Europe with low paid migrants, carrying on like terrorism is the new norm. You hear the term ''Foiled plot'' mentioned in the mainstream media. You will be called ''Xenophobic'' or ''Racist'' if you have a passion to help Europe from falling into the wrong hands. These Jihadists want Europe more than us at present and whoever wants it most will win. This is a war and unless you get your head out of the sand and do something to help Europe survive, whether it be talking passionately with your friends and family, tweeting or facebook and show some back bone of why they should be worried, then we will lose to those lunatics and they will come here with the caliphate.
Merkel has to go now, as we need real leadership. Obama, Cameron and Merkel have been 3 of the weakest leaders I can certainly remember in my lifetime and although I go about my own business, working to pay the mortgage and having a pleasant life, I am worried about where we are all going in this doomed EU project. It has been so encouraging to see online other passionate and concerned individuals thinking about how to survive the onslaught of these weak leaders and Islamic State and there medieval butchery.
Trump, Farage & Le Pen will all help to defeat the terrorists, tighten borders and force Arab states to take in refugees because to this day they have not taken in many and possibly none. They have sent aid but that is not enough. Why should we have to be burdened with millions of migrants. I am all for helping genuine war survivors and the Aleppo scenes are dreadful but Arab states should be taking in more. Who and why did someone in power give these orders? But some leftist Europeans are tolerant, compliant with whatever happens, instead of asking why?
We must fight to save our Europe, We had the Franco Prussian war, WW1 & WW2 and if we don't do something soon we will be in a bigger mess than now and who knows what we may face. DO SOMETHING!
We are just over two weeks away from the most unpredictable and exciting Presidential race for the White House the world has ever seen. I've been glued to the race since July of last year when Donald Trump announced he was running for the Presidency. When I say glued, I mean literally watching the Irish and Uk TV networks deliver the same news regarding Trump. Much of the mainstream media have been completely one sided in there bias towards Donald Trump. In fact I emailed Sky News to ask them to broadcast a positive news story about him. I got no reply!
Because Trump says pretty much what he wants, that attracts the media like flies because they want to publish all the shocking details about what he said. Wikileaks released emails about Hillary Clinton with Podesta emails contributing absolutely nothing in Mainstream media circles. Either the public have become so conditioned by the ultimate power of the media or they are unaware or sadly to compliant.
It is incredible the response I get from friends and colleagues when I defend Trump or talk positively about him. Some are totally shocked and horrified that I would be supporting him. This is the response from people who are watching the Michael Moore documentaries, who love George Clooney and support Gary Lineker when he tweets with Lily Allen about how badly we treat the migrants in Calais. So my view is irrelevant to them. It's there leftist Obama approach of do nothing. Ah sure it's no harm having open borders and letting everybody come in, ''Ask no questions hear no lies''.I am all for helping people in distress and who have been stranded in countries who have been ravaged by war.
When they say they are voting for Clinton I don't jump down there throat or snigger at them. Human nature fears change. It fears the unknown, and certainly is wary of an Alpha male who has terrific leadership skills and who is the complete opposite to what we as a society in 2016 have become. Many men now have started to behave like Beta males, men who watch Hollywood movies and think and act like Hugh Grant. I used to watch Clint Eastwood and Charles Bronson movies and loved there cavalier approach. Take no nonsense and just get the job done. Not politically correct and who lay out there plan and see it through.
Clinton is owned by donors and special interest groups. They throw money at her in return for favours when she is in power. Goldman Sachs pay for her TV ads. Trump cannot afford TV ads and pays his own cash into his Presidential project. So if he did win then he would not be responsible for the special interests and donors. He could implement business incentives and introduce new plans to help the economy boom.
The mainstream media have been publishing articles online about Trump and Clinton everyday. Whenever I google Donald I get a stream of negative stories. When I google Clinton it mentions positive polling numbers. Trump went to flood damaged Louisianna a few months ago before Obama and Clinton. The major news networks hardly mentioned it. It made no news online and I had to look on youtube for some dodgy camera work from citizens living in Louisianna who filmed Trump coming. This pretty much sums up the challenge that Trump has. Clinton donors and special interests own the media networks and this is why she gets all the positive stories. I am at the stage now that people with my views don't seem to be on TV or Radio anymore.
WHAT I WANT TO HAPPEN WORLDWIDE
1). The USA to stop invading countries and claiming weapons of mass destruction (total lies)
2). The media to be more fair in there news stories
3). Getting Arab countries to sort out the mess in the middle east
4). To eradicate the ideology of Islamic terrorists
5). Peace and Love
6). For us all to get along
7). To control borders and to make sure that people are checked out before they come in
8). Better leaders
9). Improved relations with Russia, sit down with Putin and get along.
10). Stop the EU trying to eradicate sovereign countries and to slowly stop stripping away our freedoms.
Clinton wants opens borders,
Wants one currency worldwide,
One embassy in Europe
Low paid migrant workers flooding Europe & USA
She is a fan of Angela Merkel (that says it all) If Trump does win then the Media got it completely wrong. It will show them up and the public will start to distrust them going forward. It won't make a difference until people who have no agendas take over media corporations and provide a balanced view. There is a movement happening all over the world. Marine Le Pen, Nigel Farage and Trump moving forward with a different approach. The Alt right becoming the bane of the left. We need good fair leadership and nobody knows how Trump will do. One things for sure, we know 30 years of Clinton has done damage. She voted for the attack on Iraq, her dealings with Benhazi were dubious to say the least. She has achieved nothing and that is because she is controlled by the big banks and special interests.
November the 8th is the day we will find out who wins.
Good luck to both Hillary and Donald!
.. Since the year 2000, 27 murder suicides have occurred in Ireland. Not only has someone taken there own life but they have taken the lives of innocent people with them. When the news broke regarding this tragedy in Cavan my heart sank. A tear came to my eye as the realisation of what had happened in that house in Ballyjamesduff. I am aware that Gardai investigations are ongoing and no motive has yet been made public. I had initially thought that it was a spur of the moment attack and that not much planning had gone into it but having heard that the attacker left a note or possibly two I am beginning to think that the person who carried out these horrendous murders had been thinking about it for some time. In fact while I write this the Gardai have said that the Father left a second note detailing why he killed his wife and three young sons.
One of the toughest challenge's in my Table Tennis career was at the age of 17 debating on whether to change my style of play from defence to all round attack. I started Table Tennis in 1986 as a defence player as I had showed signs that my style was heading in that direction. I displayed characteristics of other defensive player's by retreating back from that table and the coach decided that he would mould me in that fashion and also thinking that the other players would benefit from playing against my awkward style.
The Olympic Table Tennis competition in Rio kicks off next week with China expected to make a clean sweep of medals, particularly Gold.